Fort Mill Times

Up Close & Down Home - March 26, 2008

Lizann Lutz writes about the people, places and events around Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land and Van Wyck. Reach her at
Lizann Lutz writes about the people, places and events around Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land and Van Wyck. Reach her at

The 2-year-old collie has been on her own since early January, and her family just wants her to come home.

"One minute I saw Lexie in the yard with our son, Josh," says Julie Neely, "and the next minute she was gone. I wonder if she ran off chasing rabbits and got lost."

The Neelys - parents Jeff and Julie, Josh, 9, Sam, the blue heeler dog, several horses and barn cats - live off White's Road, near the Bridgehampton neighborhood.

"Lexie was devoted to Josh - wherever, whatever Josh was doing, she was right there with him," Julie says. Josh was outside a lot, cruising on his four-wheeler or visiting family members that live nearby.

There are posters all over town showing Lexie's smiling face, telephone numbers, and pleas for her return. The Neelys are offering a reward.

Lexie became a member of the family when she was 4 months old. She was brought to the Dirty Dog Depot, where Julie is a groomer, and Julie fell in love with the collie right off.

"She was a bit shy and nervous at first, but soon she was right at home," says Julie. "One of her favorite jobs was to go out and boss around the horses."

The family has canvassed nearby neighborhoods of Bridgehampton and Whitegrove, talked to countless people and fielded calls at the Dirty Dog Depot.

"We are going on the notion that Lexie is with another family. If we could get the message to the right persons who might have taken in Lexie, then maybe Lexie can come home.

If you have information about Lexie, call Julie Neely at 322-1330 or 547-1144.

Grab some MOPS

If you're new to the area and have preschoolers, grab some MOPS. This group, Mothers of Preschoolers, meets every other Friday at Fort Mill's First Baptist Church. While moms share fellowship and snacks, the children share fun, Bible lessons and snacks. Ages for the children are birth to kindergarten.

"This is a great opportunity for new folks to get to know the community and other mothers who may live nearby," says Heather Wells, one of the publicity coordinators for the group. "We try to group all the women from Rock Hill together, as well as Fort Mill, Lancaster, and Charlotte."

Moms enjoy a brunch, a speaker or a craft, times for small group play dates and other announcements and the children enjoy games in the classrooms upstairs.

"With young children, all the mothers have a common thread and it's good to have other mothers to talk with," says Wells.

For details, call First Baptist Church at 547-2051.