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Boating safety course May 16 in York

Register for Boat Poker Run

Lake Wylie Rotary Club’s annual Boat Poker Run will be May 16.

Registration and first stop is at T-Bones on the Lake area 11 a.m.-noon. Second stop is Harbortowne Marina noon-1 p.m. Third stop is Long Cove Marina 1-2 p.m. Fourth stop is Commodore Yacht Club 2-3 p.m. The fifth and final stop is T-Bones on the Lake with all boats back by 4 p.m.

Each hand costs $15. You do not need a boat to play. You may go to T-Bones and buy a complete hand to participate.

There will be prizes for first and second best hands, and for worst hand. Proceeds go to Alzheimer’s disease research. Rain date May 30.

For more information, call 704-674-2525 or 704-968-8844, or visit to register.

Boating safety class May 16

The York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Enforcement Unit and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have scheduled several boating safety courses to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A May 16 class will be held in Tega Cay.

Other dates are June 20 and July 18 at the Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive, York.

There is no charge for the class. The minimum age for participants is 12. Instructors suggest bringing a No. 2 pencil, a highlighter pen, plus snacks and a beverage.

To register for the class, visit

Event launches safe boating season

Lake Wylie Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 kicks off National Safe Boating Week at 1 p.m. May 16 at Buster Boyd Access Area.

The Boat Smart, Boat Safe! event will offer free life jackets, loaners and exchanges; tours of fire and police boats; free food and drinks; knot tying and marine education; free vessel safety checks; vendors and exhibits; and games.

Clover team takes 2nd in bass tourney

Midlands Striper Club held its monthly Lake Murray tournament April 18 with 32 teams bringing 60 striped bass to the scales weighing 431.04 pounds with a 7.18 pound average.

Finishing in first place with 24.43 pounds and winning the Big Fish Award with a 19.51-pound striper was Team Wildman captained by Donnie Christopher of Rock Hill with Justin Christopher of Rock Hill and Danny Young from Sumter.

Finishing in second place with 20.46 pounds was Team Shipwreck captained by Danny Kimble along with Lenny Mull, both of Clover.

The next monthly meeting is 7 p.m. May 12 at the Flight Deck in Lexington. Visit for information.

Funds available for wildlife projects

Qualifying government agencies and nonprofit organizations wanting to enhance, create and protect fish and wildlife habitats along the Catawba-Wateree River and its tributaries are encouraged to submit applications for grants provided by Duke Energy’s Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program.

CWHEP is a cooperative effort by Duke Energy, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The program is funded annually from a fee charged to individuals and residential marina developers seeking permits to build piers on the Catawba-Wateree lakes. The Foundation for the Carolinas administers the funds.

Projects eligible include planting native shoreline vegetation, constructing osprey platforms and wood duck boxes, and installing fish attractors, to purchasing property and conservation easements along the Catawba-Wateree River that permanently preserve rare and unique habitats.

Applications are at Deadline is July 31.

Class held monthly at Lake Wylie

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary holds a boating safety course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at River Hills Marina conference center.

About Boating Safely covers all aspects of boating. A safe boating course is required for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988, and is recommended for everyone.

For more information or to register, call 704-588-1678 or email