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York County chamber drop-in Dec. 11 in Fort Mill

Suspect charged in CHS bomb threat

A girl was charged in Mecklenburg County in connection with a bomb threat at Clover High School on Nov. 12.

The girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was also charged in a separate threat that took place in Charlotte on the same day. She confessed, according to Clover School District spokesman Mychal Frost.

The York County Sheriff's Office worked with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools police department to identify the girl.

At Clover High School, a female called the school Nov. 12 to say there was a bomb in the building. All students were evacuated and spent about two hours outside while the school was searched and cleared by law enforcement.

Chamber drop-in Dec. 11

York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a Holiday Drop-In at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Fort Mill Golf Club, 101 Country Club Drive, hosted by the chamber’s Fort Mill Area Council.

Donations of cash, personal care items or nonperishable food items will benefit local charitable organizations. To suggest a recipient of donated items, call 803-547-5900.

For information, visit

CAAC seeks ham donations

After cross-checking names with the Clover School District regarding Thanksgiving meal requests, Clover Area Assistance Center provided 155 households with turkeys and sides. Because the school district does not provide Christmas meals to families in need, CAAC would like to provide turkeys or hams to 360 households.

CAAC is accepting donations of hams of all sizes through Dec. 15.

Following Christmas food donations drop in January, February and March and encourages groups to hold food drives.

CAAC accepts donations at 1130 S.C. 55 E. It is the largest food pantry in western York County and provides aid through food, financial assistance, education, medical and dental care.

For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Be a Santa to a Senior ends Dec. 15

Residents in York County can take part in Be a Santa to a Senior, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

“It is heartbreaking to think of the senior members of our community spending the holidays all by themselves, without any gifts or any way to celebrate the season,” says Carol Horton, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving York and Chester counties. “But all too often, that’s what happens when seniors live alone. It can be a really tough time of year for them.”

Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Catawba Area Agency on Aging and Golden Corral to help with the gift collection and distribution. Program officials hope to collect 150 gifts to help more than 70 seniors.

Golden Corral at 1031 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill, will display a Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas tree through Dec. 15 featuring ornaments with seniors’ first names and gift requests. Shoppers can pick ornaments from the tree, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to the store.

Program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts.

For more information, call 803-817-1901 or visit

CBCC posts blood drives

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold blood drives in December.

During December, every donor may sign a gift tag to be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in the local hospitals as part of CBCC’s 10th annual Puppies for Patients program.

Call 704-972-4700 or go to for more information.

Red Cross seeks blood donations

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives.

For more information, visit

YMCA plans ski trip for next year

The Upper Palmetto YMCA annual family ski trip to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., will be Jan. 14-19.

The group will stay at the Timberline Condominiums in Snowmass. The package includes a range of rooming options for five nights; transfers to and from the airport, and from the airport to Timberline; luggage service; four-day lift ticket to Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ski areas; shuttle service from Snowmass to Aspen; and a welcome reception and slope-side picnic.

Call 803-324-9622, ext. 228, or visit

Registration opens for gardening event

Registration is open for the 10th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium set for Feb. 28 at Baxter Hood Center.

Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County, the day-long event will include seven gardening experts, break-out sessions, vendors and a chance to win door prizes.

The early registration fee, which includes lunch, is $50. After Dec. 31, the cost will be $60.

To register, visit

To pay by mail, make checks payable to: Master Gardeners of York County, and mail to: 266 Fischer Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715.