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News briefs: Piano, guitar students perform in Lake Wylie

From left student Mary Katherine Mooney, instructor Joanne Marie Barnaba and student Anna Marie West at River Hills Country Club in Lake Wylie.
From left student Mary Katherine Mooney, instructor Joanne Marie Barnaba and student Anna Marie West at River Hills Country Club in Lake Wylie. JOANNE MARIE'S SCHOOL OF PIANO

York County libraries post closings

All York County libraries will be closed for Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. All libraries will remain closed May 26 for staff training.

The Main Library in Rock Hill will begin closing Sundays for the summer, starting May 24.

Piano, guitar students perform

Piano students of Joanne Marie’s School of Piano performed solo and ensemble piano and guitar pieces May 3 at River Hills Country Club.

Students performing included: Peyton Roop, Hunter Hoak, Deven King, Lainey Moss, Lanie Conklin, Brooks Johnson, Zoe Muiiruri, Alexandra Lostetter, Avery Conklin, Colin Roop, Julia Wilson, Kevin Nguyen, Catherine Justice, Ben Wilson, Logan Fanning, Owen Branch, Margaret Lostetter, Anna Marie Wes, Julie Kerkman, Emily Justice, Caroline Lostetter, Michael Vanderlip, Katelyn Morris, Samantha Wilson, Connor Love, Mason Branch, Austin Love, Alex wilson, Peighton Quin, and Mary Katherine Mooney.

Instructors are Joanne Barnaba and son Dan Barnaba.

Sponsor a Highland Games League athlete

Highland Games League is offering Sponsor-an-Athlete program for businesses and individuals for the Clover games to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 13 at New Centre Park.

Sponsorship costs $50 and will help provide each athlete with lunch, T-shirt and snacks.

Sponsors are welcome to come to the game to meet your athlete.

Make checks payable to The Highland Games League, c/o Ted Leger, P.O. 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Conservation group meeting May 21

The next commissioners meeting of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will be at 5 p.m. May 21 at USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway.

The public and agencies interested in conservation issues are welcome to attend. For details, call 803-684-3137.

Register for libraries’ summer reading programs

York County Libraries will offer summer reading programs for all ages beginning June 8, featuring online registration.

Participants may keep track of hours read with the online summer reading program, with early registration beginning the week of May 18.

With a superheroes theme, the four programs are: Tiny Tots for children ages 3 and younger and their parent, Every Hero has a Story for children ages 3-11, Unmask for ages 12-17 and Escape the Ordinary for adults.

Each reading program features prizes and incentives for those who complete the reading requirements. In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups, magicians and others. Teens can participate in free programs including chess club, anime and gaming.

Summer reading programs are free and designed to encourage reading for pleasure and relaxation. Studies have shown that students who read during the summer to keep up necessary skills are better prepared when school starts in the fall.

All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. Register at

Blood drives scheduled

Community Blood Center of Carolinas

▪ 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.

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.