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Citizens Police Academy accepting applications from York County residents

Utilities Inc.: Pump repaired, no spill

Heavy maintenance truck traffic Wednesday at the Yachtsman in Steele Creek wasn’t because of a sewage spill, officials say. It was to prevent one.

Yachtsman resident Colleen O’Connell contacted the Lake Wylie Pilot after seeing Utilities Inc. trucks. She had read about several sewage spills in Tega Cay by Tega Cay Water Service, a subsidiary of Utilities Inc. Carolina Water Service, which serves Lake Wylie and parts of Steele Creek, also is a subsidiary of Utilities Inc.

“These trucks have been cycling every three hours for probably four days now,” O’Connell said. “It’s the same Utilities Inc. we have.”

Tom Oakley with Utilities Inc. said Thursday morning there was an incident but not a sewage spill.

“There has been no spill,” he said. “We had a catastrophic pump failure at a lift station in our Queens Harbor/Yachtsman system, and have been pumping and hauling from the lift station to prevent a spill.”

Oakley said the issue has been almost entirely resolved and reiterated Lake Wylie wasn’t affected.

“A new pump arrives today and we are having the second pump repaired, which will take care of the situation,” he said. “Again, no spill.”

Citizens Police Academy applications accepted

The York County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy will meet for 11 classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, March 3 to May 12, ending with formal graduation May 19.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will introduce participants to functions of the York County Sheriff’s Office and will feature instruction by staff. The goal, in addition to providing an overview of the Sheriff’s Office, is to create partnerships with York County residents.

Class is open to adults, 18 and older, and is free.

Applications, due Jan. 31, are available at the York County Sheriff’s Office and online at

For more information, call 803-628-7634.

Learn about upcoming Habitat trip

Habitat for Humanity of York County will be hold orientation at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at 825 N. Anderson Road for Guatemala Global Village Trip, likely in October.

All interested individuals 16 and older are welcome; an adult must accompany teens younger than 18. Habitat Guatemala is a tithe partner of HFHYC.

Participants will construct a Habitat home, view the local community on a cultural day and have the opportunity to engage with the partner family.

The orientation is mandatory for participation on the trip and space is limited. Email

Conservation board candidates sought

The York Soil & Water Conservation District expects to have two vacancies on its board between now and the general election in November and is seeking candidates to fill the vacancies. A candidate must be a registered voter in York County and interested in conservation. Conservation district commissioners are non-salaried officials.

Conservation districts were created in 1937 by federal and state law for the purpose of managing natural resources. The idea is that local residents can best protect and conserve the natural resources in their communities. They also are an educational resource for the local schools and community groups on environmental issues. Each district is managed by a five-member board.

Commissioners tasks include planning and directing a conservation program, assigning priority to resource concerns and serving as a community clearinghouse for information and services on natural resource issues. Regular monthly board meetings are held for setting priorities and planning. Conservation Districts partner with federal and state agencies to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners.

Potential candidates may call 803-684-3137, ext. 101, or email

HIV/AIDS Day Feb. 8

Catawba Care in honor of the 14th annual observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to help treat and test for HIV/AIDS will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road.

The event will have free food, door prizes, entertainment, an free health screenings and free HIV testing.

Catawba Care, 500 Lakeshore Pkwy., offers free, rapid HIV testing and free STD testing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. No appointments necessary.

For more information, call 803-909-6363 or visit

Give blood, feed neighbors

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has launched its fifth annual “Pints for Pounds” campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate seven pounds of food for every blood donation through Feb. 28.

Since 2009, CBCC has been able to contribute 182,534 pounds of food.

For more information, visit

Gallery accepting artist’s submissions

The Arts Council of York County is accepting applications for gallery exhibitions.

The council is looking for artists interested in presenting their work in the Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. The gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit

Free trees offered

Residents of South Carolina can get 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. New members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, three white flowering dogwoods.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb.1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. South Carolina residents also may join online at

Shoe donations accepted

Lake Wylie Realty, 1 Executive Court, is collecting gently used and new shoes to be redistributed by local charitable organizations through Shoe Closet project.

Call 704-309-1549 for more information.

CAAC seeks volunteers

Clover Area Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to serve four to five hours spans once or twice a month to help select foods for purchase from Charlotte area food bank Second Harvest.

Volunteers will be responsible for loading pallets and large boxes of food into a 26-foot truck and then offloading the merchandise into the CAAC warehouse.

Volunteers work in teams of three to select the food, and an additional team of four assist with offloading.

Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, able to drive and maneuver a large truck and forklift is a plus, but not required.

CAAC is located at 1130 S.C. 55 E. Food donations can be dropped off at CAAC 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information or to obtain a volunteer application packet, call 803-222-4837.

Assistance available

Carolina Community Actions Inc. has money available to assist low-income families with services including mortgage, rent, water and heating bills. CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, General Emergency Assistance Program and Duke Energy Project Share Program assists eligible households with benefits ranging from $50 to $1,000.

In addition, CCA Inc. administers employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, GED, childcare and youth leadership programs. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

For more information, call 803-329-5196 or call 211.

Meal delivery volunteers needed

The York County Council on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals to frail, home-bound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about one hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.

For information, go to

Animal shelter seeks volunteers

The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, and assisting in follow-ups, publicity and marketing, and various other jobs at the shelter.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and orientation and training are required. For information, call 803-628-3190 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd.