Enquirer Herald

News in brief - June 12, 2008

School district grant

YORK -- The York school district is getting $109,246 to improve emergency management plans.

The district was one of four in the state and 92 in the nation that were awarded Emergency Planning Grants from the federal Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

"Nothing is more important to Americans than the safety of their children," U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said in a press release. "These grants will support that effort by helping more school districts strengthen their crisis planning and better coordinate with their entire community to ensure the safety of our schools and students."

The money may be used for coordinating with local responders, conducting drills and exercises, purchasing emergency supplies and equipment, and for training school staff members and students on emergency response procedures, according to the release.

Lisa Spangler, coordinator of special projects, will be the project manager for the grant for York.

Clover OKs budget without new taxes

CLOVER -- The Clover town council gave final approval Monday to the 2008/2009 budget, which includes no new taxes or fees.

No residents showed up to speak at the public hearing. The budget goes into effect July 1.

Most of the new budget items are for personnel to help handle growth.

The police department, which has seen calls for service nearly double since last year, will add three officers over the course of the year and the fire department will hire a part-time fire inspector starting Jan. 1. This person will perform commercial inspections, as well as residential inspections on request.

The administrative department will get some help by contracting with a planner to help with planning and zoning related issues.

History and tea

CLOVER -- The Town of Clover will host a History and Tea featuring Liam Kelly from Larne, Northern Ireland from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the Clover Public Library. Kelly is a frequent visitor to Clover and was instrumental in forming the Sister City relationship between Clover and Larne. Hot tea and scones will be available during the informational lecture on the history of Larne.

Yard sale

YORK -- The York County Sheriffs Office will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Wesleyan Church Family Life Center, 1830 York Highway, York. Hot dogs and refreshments will be sold. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of South Carolina. The church will have a bake sale for the Family Life Center fund. To donate items for the yard sale, call Sgt. Broadus Strain at (803) 230-9197 or at 628-3238.

Downtown Live

YORK -- Downtown Live in York, an outdoor community concert series, will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 19 in the parking lot of Whiteside Cleaners and Uniform Rental, 5 E. Madison St., York. Performing will be Soul Watt, a high-energy trio playing classic rock and edgy top 40 hits. The event is free. Food and drinks will be sold.

Upcoming concerts are July 17, featuring Parallel, a five-piece group playing a variety of current and original rock hits, and Aug. 22 with "Flash Back," a six piece group playing beach, oldies, and classic rock music.

The series is a program of the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.

CHS reunion

CLOVER -- The Clover High School class of 1998 is seeking contact information for its 10-year reunion Oct. 11. E-mail information to Jackie Meek Krashner at jackiekrasher@hotmail.com or call her at (704) 913-5850 or to Jessica Rogers Smith at jessica.smith@allentate.com or call her at (803) 493-2794.

Senior Expo

YORK -- The Greater York and Clover chambers of commerce and Individuals Caring for the Elderly are sponsoring the 2008 Western York County Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Filbert Presbyterian Church, 2066 Filbert Hwy., to view the products, benefits, and services available in York County for the elderly. Free health services and information provided and health screenings are available. Admission, food and beverages are free. Entertainment will be provided, and door prizes awarded.