Susan Huntley thought there was something wrong. She was in a teachers team meeting at Harold C. Johnson Middle School, and the principal had just stuck his head inside the door.
“I've got something out here,” he said. Huntley, who has taught language arts for 32 years (30 at Harold C.), thought he was acting rather funny. But it was all good news. Two Wal-Mart employees burst into the meeting on Sept. 25 bearing a “sweepstakes-sized check” and told Huntley she was the 2008 York Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.
“I was stunned by it. I couldn't believe it,” Huntley said. “I was very, very honored.”
Wal-Mart presented her with a $1,000 Wal-Mart Teacher Grant, a $100 Wal-Mart gift card and a 2008 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year certificate.
More than 100 York School District One teachers were nominated by students, parents and other teachers from within the district community, but Huntley received the most votes.
Full disclosure: Huntley is the wife of York Observer columnist Dan Huntley.
Knowledge equals power
Obama vs. McCain? Yes, you'll need to choose. But how about Cox vs. Lee? Moss vs. Stacy? King vs. Rogers? You also must decide who to vote for in this year's local races.
The Greater York Chamber of Commerce will host the 2008 Western York County Candidate Forum, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Cotton Belt Elementary School in York. Moderator will be James Bradford of York law firm Bradford & Bradford
The forum will start with a brief opening statement, then candidates will answer questions from Greater York Chamber of Commerce members and the audience. Each session will last 40 minutes.
The forum's order:
Candidates for S.C. House District 49: Democrat John King, Republican Marvin Rogers.
Candidates for S.C. House District 29: Democratic incumbent Dennis Moss, Republican Danny Stacy.
Candidates for District 3 York County Council: Republican incumbent Joe Cox, Democrat Eddie Lee of York.
You may e-mail candidate questions to info@greater yorkchamber.com. Cotton Belt Elementary is at 1176 Black Highway. Details: 803-684-2590.
Speaking of politicians Come learn about George Washington and his style of leadership. The Culture & Heritage Museums presents “George Washington: A Leader of Character” at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
The lecture will focus on how our first president instilled democratic ideals and values in the new federal government. It's free and open to the public, although reservations are requested. To make a reservation, call 803-684-3948, ext. 27. The McCelvey Center is at 212 E. Jefferson St. in York.