Fort Mill Times

News in Brief - May 13, 2009

Church collecting for local family

Lakeshore Christian Fellowship is accepting gifts for the Greek family in the form of gift cards and new clothes from major department stores from anyone in the community who wishes to help the family.

The family's home was badly damaged by fire recently.

Any one wanting to drop off a gift to the Greek family may do so at: Lakeshore Christian Fellowship 130 Shoreline Parkway Tega Cay. For more information, call 548-2755

Change in debris pick up

The Tega Cay Public Works Department is introducing a change in residential curbside debris removal. The city says the change will result in a decrease in fuel consumption, wear and tear on equipment and man hours required to complete the routes.

The new system, which requires residents to have their debris placed curbside by 7 a.m. Mondays, is based on GPS technology.

"The problem with how we were conducting our debris removal service was, our crews were having to drive down every street looking for yard debris, leaves, limbs and bags to pickup," said Operations Director Charlie Funderburk. "With a limited crew and a large number of streets, this was a very time consuming process."

The new system is a GPS-based touch screen computer mounted on the dashboards of two light-duty vehicles. Two employees start Monday morning by dividing the city and driving each street, categorizing and marking items that need to be collected.

By simply pressing one of up to nine category buttons on the touch screen, the driver is able to get an accurate location and type of debris logged into the unit.

At the end of their route, each driver is then able to upload the data into a mapping system in the Administration Office. From there, Funderburk, can generate work orders for the collection crews.

Make a donation, get a pass

The Upper Palmetto YMCA is helping those in need by hosting a food drive called "Giving Can Be Fun!" Every Upper Palmetto YMCA member who donates two canned food items to their local Upper YMCA branch will receive a one week guest pass and waived joining fee for a friend.

The program ends May 24.

Voter info update underway

In an ongoing effort to maintain the integrity of South Carolina's statewide voter registration list, the State Election Commission last week sent out a notice to more than 120,000 inactive voters throughout the state. The purpose of the postcard is to reach out to voters who haven't voted in the past four years to determine if they still reside at the address where registered.

The vast majority of South Carolina's 2.6 million voters will be unaffected by the mailing.

Anyone who has voted in an election since November 2004 or registered to vote during that time will not receive the notice. Anyone who has not voted since November 2004, about five percent of the state's registered voters, will receive the notice.

The SEC asks card recipients to respond by checking one of three boxes:

• Please leave my name on the voter list

• I moved and wish to have my name removed from the voter list in South Carolina

• My address has changed (voters checking this box are asked to provide their new address)

Voters should sign, date and return the pre-addressed, postage-paid postcard within 90 days. Voters who fail to return the postcard, and who do not vote in an election in the next four years, will be removed from the state's list of active, registered voters. Even after being removed, voters who are still eligible will be permitted to vote.

Confirmation card mailings are conducted periodically and in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

JROTC camp offered

Nation Ford High School's Marine Corps JROTC will be hosting a leadership camp on June 15-19 and July 6 -10. The five-day camp will start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Cost is $100 without overnight stay on Thursday; Spending the night Thursday will make the total $150.

The camp will not only provide attendees lunch and snacks, it will also help build character, leadership skills and teamwork through fun activities such as crafts and scavenger hunts.

For more information, call the school at 835-0000

Arts grants available

The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is Monday, June 1. Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools throughout York County. The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves.

The Arts Council allocates $4,000 to $5,000 to small grant awards each quarter. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.

For more information, call 328-2787 or visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.

United Way can help

As times become more difficult for many families across the area, United Way of York County reminds residents of local programs that may help, including 24-hour information and referral, free tax preparation, free prescription drug cards.

The first point of contact for valuable information and referrals is the 2-1-1 information and referral hotline. It connects people to vital social services provided by a range of nonprofit and government services and is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. By simply dialing 2-1-1, or 1-866-892-9211, callers are connected to a highly trained 2-1-1 information and referral specialist who listens to the caller's need, searches a comprehensive database of possible referrals and explains how to access those services.

In the case of a worker recently laid off or recently had hours reduced, the 2-1-1 Specialist may share information about unemployment, job search options, Food Stamps, food pantries, mortgage or rent help, utility assistance counseling and much more.

For more information, visit www.united wayofyc.org.

Free clinic available

Palmetto Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic opened last week to begin accepting applications for patients. Call 366-6337 to schedule appointments and obtain information on eligibility requirements.

Patients must live in York County, have no medical insurance, and meet income eligibility guidelines. The clinic is located at 235 S. Herlong Ave. Rock Hill.

Fire department has new coupon books

The Tega Cay Volunteer Fire Department has a new supply of Citipass coupon books for sale. The coupons, including two-for-one deals, are good until Nov. 30, 2009. Local restaurants and retailers such as Home Depot and Dicks are included. Citipass books cost $25. Fifty percent of the proceeds goes to the fire department. To purchase a book, call Bill Fenton at 548-6206.

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--compiled by staff

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