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News briefs: Lake Wylie piano students become fraternity members

Matt Dillion, owned by Lake Wylie residents Carol Butler and Katherine Gillis, was a finalist in the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival in Charlotte.
Matt Dillion, owned by Lake Wylie residents Carol Butler and Katherine Gillis, was a finalist in the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival in Charlotte. COURTESY OF CAROL BUTLER

Piano students audition for fraternity

Piano students of Joanne Marie’s School of Piano participated April 17 in the new National Guild of Piano Teachers audition center at River Hills Community Church. The center was established by Joanne M. Barnaba in 1999.

Students received local, district, state and national honors, and have become members of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. Students memorized and performed from two to 10 pieces each.

Students participating included: Mason Branch, Joseph Crovi, Gabrielle Hoang, Julie Kerkman, Kaitlyn Horky, Garrett McCord, Kate Morris, Caleb Moreno, Kayleen Moreno, Seth Moreno, Zoe Muiruri, Kevin Nguyen, Emily Park, Delaney Quin, Peighton Quin, Abby Renner, Anna Marie West, Ben Wilson and Samantha Wilson.

Adjudicator for the event was Peter Davis, piano professor at Bob Jones University.

For more information, call 803-230-7526 or visit

Wylie dog finalist as Top Dog

Lake Wylie residents Carol Butler and Katherine Gillis’ dog, Matt Dillon, was a finalist in the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival in Charlotte.

Owners had to submit a photo of the dog and a 250 work essay about why the dog should be Top Dog.

Museum awarded for excellence

Culture and Heritage Museums has received the Achievement of Excellence award from the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies.

The award honors the Culture and Heritage Museums’ research, interpretation and exhibits for the Historic Brattonsville’s Huck’s Defeat battlefield trail project.

The confederation program recognizes member organizations, individuals and other entities for outstanding work in promoting and preserving South Carolina’s heritage.

Blood drives scheduled

Red Cross

▪ 2-6:30 p.m. May 14 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Community Blood Center of Carolinas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

▪ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31, 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.

Volunteer award nominations accepted

The Arts Council of York County is accepting nominations for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award.

Nominees must be a volunteer with an arts/cultural organization; have been involved with the organization for the calendar year 2013-2014; involved in other organizations throughout the community; and must be a York County resident.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and honored at the Arts Council’s annual Celebration June 25 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

This award honors Dr. William Benjamin Ardrey, a Rock Hill pediatrician for more than 30 years. During his career, Ardrey was a senior partner with Rock Hill Pediatric Associates. He was also was involved with the arts throughout his lifetime, working with both the Fine Arts Association and the Arts Council of York County.

Nomination forms are available through the Arts Council of York County. Call 803-328-2787 or stop by the offices at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. May 22.

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

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.

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.