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News briefs: Nine graduate York County Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy

The York County Sheriff’s Office honored the nine members of the 2015 graduating class of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy on May 11.
The York County Sheriff’s Office honored the nine members of the 2015 graduating class of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy on May 11. YORK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Nine graduate from Citizens Police Academy

The York County Sheriff’s Office honored the nine members of the 2015 graduating class of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy on May 11.

Through the 12-week class, which met on Mondays, residents were introduced to functions of the York County Sheriff’s Office featuring instruction by staff from the different units. Classes included lessons on criminal investigations, uniform patrol, forensics, polygraph, public information, crime prevention, dive team, K-9 and SWAT. The class also toured the detention center and York County Public Safety Communications.

The academy is open to adults, 18 and older, and is free. Registration for the 2016 York County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy will begin January.

Food service program starts June 8

York County Council announces the administration of the Summer Food Service Program run June 8-Aug. 14.

Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and younger without charge. The Summer Food Service Program has operated in York County for the past 33 years.

To locate a meal service site, call the Summer Feeding Office in Rock Hill at 803-909-7511.

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.

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

American Red Cross

▪ 2-6:30 p.m. June 1, Oakland Presbyterian Activities Center, 421 W. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

▪ 2:30-7 p.m. June 9, Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

▪ 2-6:30 p.m. June 15, American Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

Community Blood Center of Carolinas

▪ 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.

▪ 5-8 p.m. June 2, Banks Trail Middle School, 1640 Banks Road, Fort Mill. Donors get a free T-shirt.

▪ 3:30 pm ‑ 6:00 p.m. June 6, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free ticket voucher.

Call 704-972-4700 or visit for more.

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.