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Country couple dance class starts Jan. 8 in Lake Wylie

Teen charged in burglary following car chase

A Clover teenager police say was wanted in connection with a burglary led York County sheriff’s deputies on a chase Dec. 10 through Lake Wylie.

Rex Thomas, 17, was stopped and arrested on Daimler Boulevard off S.C. 274 and charged with burglary and failure to stop for blue lights, sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said.

Thomas was wanted in connection with a burglary in Lake Wylie, Faris said. Deputies say he took video games and a Nintendo gaming console and hid them in his book bag.

Police also found deer hunting stands that Thomas allegedly had stolen, Faris said.

A State Law Enforcement Division helicopter crew assisted in the pursuit and capture of Thomas, Faris said. The SLED team already was in the area for the 16th annual Police Bloodhound Handlers Winter Seminar, hosted by the sheriff’s office Wednesday morning.

“We lucked out today,” Faris said.

Marine rings found, owner sought

A Clover resident reported Dec. 8 finding three United States Marine Corps ring while cleaning her kitchen, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

One ring is gold with a red center stone and the inscription of United States Marines around the stone. An eagle, globe and anchor is on one side of ring and an etching of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima is on other side.

Another ring is silver or white gold with red center stone and eagle, globe and anchor on center stone. Vietnam Veteran is inscribed around the center stone, Vietnam ribbon with republic of Vietnam service is on one side of ring. Also an etching of the Vietnam Memorial with words “you are not forgotten” is on the other side of the ring. There is writing inscribed on inner band of ring.

Another ring is yellow gold ring with red center stone and an eagle, globe and anchor is on stone. United States Marines is inscribed around center stone. Tun Tavern with a building and the year 1775 is etched on one side. On the other side is the picture of Iwo Jima flag raising and the year 1945.

The case is under investigation. If someone can identify and prove they are the owner of the rings, are asked to call 803-628-3059.

Gift of Life benefit Dec. 19

The Gift of Life benefit for Jessica Mellema will be held 7:30-11 p.m. Dec. 19 at Red Fez Shrine Club, 16600 Red Fez Club Road, Steele Creek.

The event includes music from the Anthony Pope Band, caroling by the Clover High School Choraliers, a silent auction and grand prize raffle for a five-day cruise.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call 803-631-5928.

CBCC posts blood drives

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

• 4-6 p.m. Dec. 22, Toyota of Rock Hill, 640 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.

• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 30, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.

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.

• 2:30-7 p.m. Dec. 22, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.

• 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 24, Sam’s Xpress, 2354 Parchment Blvd., Fort Mill.

• 2:30-7 p.m. Dec. 30, Tirzah A. R. Presbyterian Church, 6161 Mount Gallant Road, York.

For more information, visit

Country couple dance class starts Jan. 8

Country couple dance class starts Jan. 8 at The Journey Family Life Center, 5415 S.C. 557.

Beginners class is 7:30-8:15 p.m. Intermediate is 8:15 to 9 p.m.

Cost is $30 per person for six-week session.

Couples preferred, but singles welcome.

For information, call 803-831-1076.

Riding center seeks support

Victory Farm Inc., a therapeutic horseback riding center, seeks help to purchase 155 acres bordering South and North Carolina off S.C. 274, near Lake Wylie.

Donations go through the Community Foundation of Gaston County. Call 704-241-2270 or email

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.