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York conservation meeting Sept. 25

Conservation meeting Sept. 25

The next Commissioners meeting of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway.

The public or other agencies interested in conservation issues are welcome to attend. For information, call 803-684-3137.

Dine out, help teen

A fundraiser for COTA in honor of Jordan Diggs, a Chester-area teen who needs a kidney transplant, will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bob Evans, 520 John Ross Parkway, with 15 percent of all receipts going to COTA for Diggs.

The doctors at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant for the 18-year-old.

For more information, call 803-374-7580.

Blood drives announced

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives:

CBCC is holding its annual Pints for Pencils campaign this month. For every blood donation, CBCC will provide school supplies for local public school systems.

CBCC is recruiting students for its Students Saving Summer Scholarship program through Sept. 30. High school and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive have the chance to earn scholarship money for their secondary education.

For more information or to register for the scholarship program, call 704-972-4727 or email

Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment.

Notary seminar offered

Secretary of State Mark Hammond is offering a free regional notary public seminar 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at York Technical College Baxter Hood Center Barnes Theater for all South Carolina notaries and those interested in becoming a notary.

The seminar will address new state laws governing the duties and responsibilities of notaries. The unauthorized practice of law will also be addressed in a joint session with a representative from the South Carolina Bar.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For more, visit

Food Giveaway Sept. 30 in Clover

Clover Area Assistance Center will hold a Food Giveaway 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at 1130 Highway 55 E.

Anyone seeking food will be asked to provide a photo identification and complete a brief questionnaire. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

No other CAAC services will be available that day.

Hazardous item collection Oct. 4

York County and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture will accept household hazardous materials and pesticides 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 4 at the York County Public Works facility, 220 Public Works Road (off Highway 5).

Most services provided by the event are open only to residents of York County, but unwanted and unused pesticides will be accepted from both residents and farmers from any South Carolina county.

Pesticides will not be accepted from commercial businesses or commercial applicators. Quantities will be limited to 2,500 pounds of solid and 300 gallons of liquid at no charge. Pesticide products include herbicides, nematicides, fungicides and other similar products used in agriculture production or around the home.

The purpose of this event is to help residents safely dispose of materials that shouldn’t be placed in the garbage can or aren’t accepted for disposal/recycling at the 16 Collection & Recycling Centers. Accepted items are leftover cleaners, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, oil-based paint, turpentine, paint thinner, mineral spirits, brake fluid and gas/oil mix. Empty pesticide containers will not be collected. Infectious, biological or radioactive materials, and explosives are prohibited. A hazardous material company will be on site to properly dispose of the materials collected. Materials should be transported to the collection event in sturdy boxes with newspaper stuffed between the containers to prevent spills. Leave items in the original containers.

The next scheduled event is March 7. Call 803-628-3181 or 803-737-9696.

Revolutionary War symposium Oct. 4

York County Cultural & Heritage Museums’ Southern Revolutionary War Institute presents a day-long symposium 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4 at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St.

“The King’s Own Patriots: Loyalists and Provincials in the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution” will examine the identities, motivations and experiences of the thousands of men and women who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution. In particular, this conference will focus on loyalists in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, including not only men and European-Americans, but also women and African-Americans.

Southern Revolutionary War Symposium scholars include noted loyalist expert Todd Braisted of New Jersey; history professors Dr. Jim Piecuch and Dr. Greg Brooking of Kennesaw State University in Georgia; Dr. Carole Troxler, professor emeritus of history at Elon University, in North Carolina; historian Ben Rubin of Bloomfield College; Army historian Dr. Steven Rauch; and two of the Culture and Heritage Museums’ experts, interpreter and military re-enactor Bob Bemis of Historic Brattonsville and historian Michael Scoggins of the Historical Center of York County.

Registration costs $50, which includes lunch and a tour of the renovated Historical Center and Southern Revolutionary War Institute adjacent to the McCelvey Center. Symposium attendees also receive free admission Oct. 5 to Historic Brattonsville.

For more information on the Southern Revolutionary War Institute or the symposium, call 803-818-6768 or email

Mayday golf tourney Oct. 13

Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Golf Tournament will be Oct. 13 at River Hills Country Club, with R.P. Boggs & Co. as title sponsor.

Check in is at 10:30 a.m. Rain date is Oct. 20.

Entry fee is $85 per person, includes cart, lunch and awards dinner; $30 of fee is tax deductible. Entry forms are available at the club or call 704-301-4848.

Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Project is a nonprofit established in 2012 to enhance the quality of life of homeless children and families in the Clover School District area, and in general to assist people in need within the community. Monetary donations can be sent to: Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Project, P.O. Box 5123, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. For more information, call 803-631-3776.

Children’s garden to open Oct. 18

Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden will open to the public at noon Oct. 18 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road.

The opening comes more than two years after the garden announced Gastonia textile executive Duke Kimbrell and wife Dot were giving the garden a $2 million challenge gift. More than 200 people contributed to raise more than $4 million. After nearly a year of construction, the new garden is ready to open.

Lost Hollow includes 3 acres of places to explore. During opening weekend, there will be performances at the Hillside Theatre, and guests can grab a bite from Brixx Pizza or coconut water from Vita Coco.

Lost Hollow was designed by New York Landscape designer W. Gary Smith. Admission to Lost Hollow is included in garden admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. Call 704-825-4490 or visit for more information.

Lake Wylie Crop Hunger Walk Oct. 19

The first Lake Wylie Crop Hunger Walk will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 starting at River Hills Community Church Life Center.

CROP Walk is a chance for neighbors to walk together to raise awareness and money for local and international hunger relief.

The 3-mile walk along Charlotte Highway goes from River Hills Community Church to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and back. It is not a race. Strollers and pets are welcome, but no bikes.

Equally split, 25 percent of proceeds will be returned locally to CAAC, PATH and God’s Kitchen.

Sponsors, teams and donations are wanted. For more information, call 704-301-3652 or visit Lake Wylie CROP Hunger Walk - CROP Hunger Walk.

Red Cross launches disaster preparedness campaign

The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 84 minutes in South Carolina and touches more than 200,000 lives in communities every year.

The goals of Prepare SC will be to better prepare South Carolinians and to also strengthen Red Cross’ capacity to respond to major disasters. The goals include: increase the number of people trained in preparedness form 19,000 to 38,000; train 100,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills; increase the number of volunteers recruited and trained for disaster response from 3,000 to 7,000; and increase community capacity to distribute and serve meals from 150,000 to 300,000 per day.

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