Fort Mill Times

News in Brief - March 26, 2008

SES 'rodeo'

Springfield Elementary School will celebrate it's seventh annual Rodeo Round-Up Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the school.

There's something for everyone, from pony rides, games, great food, a bouncy activity arena and a silent auction. For more information, visit sfes.fort-mill.k12.sc.us/home.aspx

City considers smoking ban

Tega Cay may be the next S.C. city to consider a smoking ban.

Resident Joe Soprano gave the city council a petition calling for smoke-free public buildings at a March 17 meeting. It was signed by more than 260 city residents.

City Manager Grant Duffield said he would review the petition and include a discussion of it on a future city council agenda. The only city-owned building that allows smoking is the clubhouse at the Tega Cay Golf Course, which restricts smoking to the bar area.

Soprano said the problem with that, is the smoke seeps out into the dining room area. He invoked recent U.S. Surgeon General findings that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Soprano said he is not concerned with the constitutionality of such a ban, even as the S. C. Supreme Court considers a similar one in Greenville. Smoking bans in other states - like his native New York City - have withstood court challenges, he said.

"Most smokers are considerate, I'd even go as far as to say 90 percent of them won't object to stepping outside," Soprano said in a phone interview a day after the meeting. "It's that 10 percent that say they just don't care about you."

At the very least, Soprano said, he would like the council to put the question of a ban to voters in a referendum this November, since the city will already be asking them whether businesses inside city limits should be allowed to sell beer and wine to go on Sundays.

- Jonathan Allen

Corrections

The phone number for the Humane Society of Lancaster County was incorrect in a story published in the March 19 edition. The correct phone number is (803) 286-6019.

Also in that edition, Henry Batten was incorrectly identified in a story about noise from Indian Land concrete plants. Batten is the executive vice president for Concrete Supply.

Accuracy is the top priority of the Fort Mill Times. If you spot an error please call Editor Michael Harrison at 547-2353 or send an e-mail to mharrison@fortmilltimes.com.

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