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News briefs: York County property reassessments in mail

Property reassessments in the mail

Reassessment notices are being mailed this week to about 115,000 property owners, according to York County Assessor Teresa Simmons.

The notices reflect the new value of all property in York County valued by the Assessor’s Office. Notice of Assessments for manufacturing property will be mailed by the S.C. Department of Revenue later.

The taxpayer has 90 days from the date of the notice to appeal their value.

South Carolina requires counties to revalue all property every five years with the option for County Council to postpone for one year. York County was scheduled to implement the reassessment in 2010 but was postponed by County Council until the 2011 tax year. The postponement does not affect the schedule of the appraisal and equalization program required by law.

Reassessment was not created to raise taxes, officials said. It is intended to distribute the taxes collected more fairly among all property owners.

The assessment notices are provided so taxpayers can review the value, assessment ratio and offer objections or corrections. The amount of taxes will not be known until the budgets are approved and the millage rates set, usually around the end of September. The tax notices are mailed around the middle of October. However, property owners who object to the new valuation of their property must appeal within 90 days of the date of the reassessment notice. They cannot wait until receiving their tax notice later this year to appeal.

For more information visit or call 803-684-8526.

County chamber brings Leadercast to Rock Hill

York County Regional Chamber invites community and business leaders to attend Leadercast at 9 a.m. May 8 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

The Leadercast event, coordinated by the chamber’s young professionals network, YP Edge, is broadcast from Atlanta, to hundreds of sites around the world, including York County. This year’s speaker lineup includes: Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator; Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate and founder of The Malala Fund; Ed Catmull, president of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios; Seth Godin, best-selling author; Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City; Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, Calif.; Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AG; Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL commander and author; Bill and Giuliana Rancic, media personalities and co-hosts of Leadercast.

Tickets cost $65 per person for early registration and include admittance to the program, lunch and refreshments, and access to event sponsors.

For more information, call 803-324-7500, email, or visit

Cooking with herbs class offered

Cooperative Extension offers Cooking with Herbs classes at Lucile Tatum Center.

Choose from day or evening session: 6-8 p.m. May 5 or 10 a.m.-noon May 14.

Registration is required, Call 704-922-2110 or email five business days before the session.

Blood drives scheduled

Red Cross

▪ 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 11 at Nation Ford High School, 1400 A.O. Jones Blvd., Fort Mill.

▪ 2-6:30 p.m. May 14 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

For details, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Community Blood Center of Carolinas

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas posts May blood drives in York County.

▪ 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 6, U C Synergetic LLC, 123 N. White St., Fort Mill.

▪ 4-7:30 p.m. May 9, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

▪ May 18 4-7 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 2115 Celanese Road, Rock Hill.

▪ May 23 4-7:30 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

▪ May 25 1:30-5 p.m., Bluestar Silicones, 7979 Park Place road, York.

▪ May 29 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Keuster Cos., 130 Ben Casey Drive, suite 100, Fort Mill.

▪ May 29 noon-4 p.m., National Guard Armory, 126 Airport Road, Rock Hill.

▪ May 29 8-11:30 a.m., City of Tega Cay, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay.

▪ May 30 3:30-5:30 p.m., Providence Baptist Church, 1947 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill.

▪ May 31 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill.

Call 704-972-4700 or visit for more.

Walk to End Lupus needs volunteers

The Lupus Foundation of America North Carolina Chapter needs 100 volunteers to help at its 14th annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte on May 16 at Central Piedmont Community College – Belk Plaza, 425 N. Kings Drive.

Volunteers are needed anytime between noon-9:30 p.m. Event-day roles include: site set-up, registration, parking, kids area, first aid, support and gear vehicles, food and beverage, finish line cheerleaders and breakdown. Volunteers will be given a T-shirt and meal.

Visit or call 877-849-8271, ext. 4.

S.C. national parks visitor numbers up

A new National Park Service report shows that 1,519,746 visitors to national parks in South Carolina spent $81.1 million in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 1,275 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $103.1 million.

The national parks sites in South Carolina are: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Congaree National Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, Fort Sumter National Monument, Kings Mountain National Military Park and Ninety Six National Historic Site.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors occurred in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

For more, visit

CHS class of ’85 plans reunion

Clover High School class of 1985 is looking for classmates for the 30-year reunion.

Classmates can send contact information to or call 704-582-0781.

Donations needed for fireworks

Donations are being accepted for Lake Wylie Fireworks Fund.

The fireworks display begins about 9:30 p.m. July 4, launching from Camp Thunderbird.

Best viewing is near Buster Boyd Bridge area.

The fireworks are funded solely through donations. Send donations to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Film festival accepting entries

Underexposed Film Festival yc invites independent filmmakers to submit professionally presented short films, with a run time of 45 minutes or less, to participate in this juried competition.

Categories are narrative/fictional, animation, experimental and documentary.

Awards for best of show and in each category totaling $2,250 will be presented at the festival Nov. 5-7 at Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. Other awards include Cinema Carolina, Best Female Director, Best Student Film and Terry Roueche Audience Choice.

Entry fees and deadlines, beginning in May, vary. For festival guidelines and entry information, visit

Entries submitted via may be eligible for a $5 discount. Entries submitted via are automatically granted a $5 online discount. For those who do not wish to submit their films online, festival guidelines and entry information are available at Mailed and hand delivered entries will not be accepted.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit

Entries accepted for art competition

The Arts Council of York County presents the 26th annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., June 18-July 26. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. May 15.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the past two years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.

Entry fees are: members, $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; nonmembers, $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Top award is $1,000. First through third place also awarded. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to at 6 p.m. June 18 at Center for the Arts.

For guidelines, visit

Arts Council offering summer camps

The Arts Council of York County offers week-long, half-day summer art camps for children ages 6 and older with a focus on the visual, literary and performing arts.

The camps run from June 15-July 24 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St.; Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St.; and at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St.

Camps fees are $75 for Arts Council members and $85 for the general public. The deadline for camp registration is two weeks before camp starts. View the full schedule of camps and registration form at

Call 803-328-2787 for more information.