Editor's Note: The York County Roundup is a weekly look at highlights from The Herald's sister weekly newspapers, the Lake Wylie Pilot, Fort Mill Times and Enquirer-Herald. The publications come out Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively, and are available across the county.
Lake advocates raise water quality concerns
LAKE WYLIE -- Even during quiet times, Lake Wylie Covekeepers have plenty to keep busy.
The all-volunteer unit of environmental watchdogs last week discussed concerns -- which could turn into major problems with as little as 1 or 2 inches of rain -- during a meeting at York County Library in Lake Wylie.
So far, the groups says, 2009 is not presenting many problems with sediment runoff into the lake.
"Basically, it's pretty quiet," said Bill Hildebrand, reporting for Covekeeper efforts in York County. "My main concern is Big Allison (Creek) ran red in January with about 2 inches of rain. It's never run that red before, at least in the five years I've been here."
Lake Wylie Lakekeeper Ellen Goff is concerned about the development of more than 2,000 acres along S.C. 274 between Big Allison and Crowders Creek. Much of that planned development, a multi-use project already approved by the county, is on or near the water.
During its buildout in the next 20 years, the planned development will have a "profound effect" on the area and county efforts to protect water, Goff said.
Other York County projects under watch include Mill Creek Commons, Shoppes at the Landing and the S.C. 274 widening project.
The Lake Wylie Covekeepers meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are usually held at Red Fez Club in Steele Creek.
-- Lake Wylie Pilot, www.lakewyliepilot.com
Western York County museum collection grows
SHARON -- The Museum of Western York County is open for only a few hours each week, but visitors soon will need more than a couple of hours on a Sunday to see its collection.
Museum founder and director Jerry West closes the museum after Christmas each year to update exhibits. When it reopens this spring, he'll be introducing three new features.
They are an exhibit of fabric, machinery and other pieces of history tied to the once-thriving textile industry in York County; an antebellum bedroom that once graced a western York County home in the 1850s; and a display of artifacts with labels explaining how items are collected by the museum and the process they endure to determine the age and history of each piece from storage in the museum's center corridor.
"We've grown to 5,000 square feet, but I could fill up twice that much space," West said about the museum he founded in 2003.
The museum, housed in the Sharon Community Center at 1716 Woodlawn St., displays historical documents, antique farming equipment, a replica schoolroom from the past century and household items from bygone eras in the Sharon, Hickory Grove, Smyrna and Bullock Creek communities.
The museum is open from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, March through December, and by appointment. Admission is $2. The museum has a new Web site -- www.museumof- westernyorkcounty.org -- with videos of the various exhibits.
-- Enquirer-Herald, www.enquirerherald.com
Two face drug charges in Fort Mill
FORT MILL -- A cigarette pack loaded with cocaine and a drug deal near a school landed two Fort Mill men in jail.
Police last week charged Brett Allen Gaines, 30, of 1866 Doby's Bridge Road, with trafficking, distribution, possession with intent to distribute near a school and distribution of cocaine near a school, according to a report from York County Sheriff's Office.
Also charged with possession of cocaine was Cory Alexander Neal, 33, of 522 Bent Leaf Court.
The charges against Gaines and Neal stem from a Feb. 11 narcotics investigation in the parking lot of Wild Horses at 1326 Banks Road. Police contend that Gaines was trafficking cocaine while Neal purchased the drug about a half-mile from Fort Mill Academy, said B.J. Kennedy of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.
Around 8:20 p.m., Gaines and Neal walked outside Wild Horses -- a local bar -- and went to their trucks, Kennedy said.
"Gaines went to his pickup truck and got the cocaine," Kennedy said. "They got into Neal's truck. It looked like they were doing a drug."
From Gaines, authorities seized $544 and a pack of Newport cigarettes that contained a plastic bag with more than 15 grams of cocaine, according to Kennedy and the police report. The street value for that cocaine is $1,500, Kennedy said.
Authorities also seized a small amount of cocaine from Neal, the report states.
After the arrests, police searched Gaines' house, where they found a small amount of cocaine, according to a second report from the sheriff's office.
"We found a lot of packaging materials and scales," Kennedy said. "That indicates that he was selling, not using, the drugs."
Police seized plastic bags with cocaine residue in them as well as a box of baking soda, five metal pans and two digital scales, the second report states.
-- Fort Mill Times, www.fortmilltimes.com