Fort Mill Times

News in Brief - June 17, 2009

County wants your input on tourism

The public is invited to a public forum 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18, to share their thoughts about tourism development in York County. The forum will be held at the Baxter Hood Center on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill.

The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is conducting a Product Development Study of tourism assets for the state, and South Carolina's Catawba region will be the focus for much of the month of June. The State has hired Tourism Development International, headquartered in Ireland, to serve as consultants for the study.

According to Bennish Brown, executive director of the Rock Hill/York County CVB, the purpose of the study is to assess tourism products in regions across South Carolina in an effort to identify ways to strengthen this state's non-coastal tourism offerings and experiences.

"This is definitely a time for our entire York County community to have a voice and to be heard," he said.

YEC gets loan

York Electric Cooperative has been selected to receive a $46.7 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman John Spratt (D-York) announced Monday.

"This investment will help York Electric Cooperative continue to provide reliable and affordable electric power to their customers," Rep. Spratt said in a news release. "I am pleased they were selected."

The cooperative is one of 37 rural-based utilities and cooperatives in 29 states slated to receive more than $1 billion in loans to build and repair more than 10,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines and make system improvements that will benefit 60,000 rural customers.

According to Spratt, York Electric Cooperative will use the funding to serve 12,359 new and existing customers, build 610 miles of new distribution lines, and make improvements to 131 miles of distribution lines.

Moose seeks old Lodge photos

The Fort Mill Moose Lodge is planning a community family celebration and fun day in August and would appreciate it if anyone with old photos of the Fort Mill Lodge or members and past events over the 43 years to loan them to the Lodge to scan and keep in their archives.

All loaned photos will be returned. To contact the Lodge, call 547-4204 after 4 p.m. daily or 1 p.m. on weekends. The address of the Lodge is 1676 Harris Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708. or you may e-mail to