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Start the new year healthy

Start the new year healthy

Live Well Clover will offer free classes for the new year.

• Smoking Cessation Class, 6-7 p.m. Jan. 6, Clover Community Center. Learn the skills and techniques proven to help quit smoking. Class led by Kathy Brewer with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Free, but registration required.

• Lunchtime trail walk, noon-1 p.m. Jan. 14, Blue Eagle Academy.

• Run/Walk Clinic, noon-2 p.m. Jan. 14, Blue Eagle Academy. Omega Sports presents a clinic offering tips for improving performance and how to get started. Registration encouraged.

• Getting 2 the heart of the matter, noon-2 p.m. Jan. 24, Clover Community Center. Sponsored by Heart2Heart Foundation and presented by heart attack survivor and heart health advocate Sheila Caldwell. Registration required.

To register, call 803-222-9493 or email

For more information, visit

Quit Smart series starts Jan. 7

The Heart2Heart Foundation and the York County Library, through funding provided by the Williams and Fudge Employee Fund, will present a three-session Quit Smart series taught by nurse Deb King, who has more than 15 years of experience teaching smoking cessation classes.

The sessions will be held three consecutive Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. at the Main Branch of the York County Library, 138 E. Black St. The sessions are:

• Jan. 7: Are you addicted? How and why: Fading off nicotine. How can my family and friends support my effort? Other tools available to assist with my cessation effort.

• Jan. 21: Quit date. Physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. How to survive without tobacco.

• Jan. 28: Coping methods. Relapse prevention. Weight control.

The class is limited to 25. Participants must be 18 or older and attend all three sessions to receive a certificate of completion and free smoking cessation kit, which includes the Quit Smart Book, a Better Quit Cigarette and self-hypnosis CD. To register, call 803-981-5845.

For more information, visit

Power outage disrupts flights

A power outage at the control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport briefly disrupted air traffic Dec. 30, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a power surge knocked out electricity to the airport’s control tower and radar tracking facilities for about 10 minutes. Emergency generators switched on at about 10:10 a.m., a spokeswoman said, and operations soon returned to normal.

During the outage, an FAA facility in Georgia handled inbound flights that were arriving at Charlotte. The FAA reported some flights delayed 15 minutes or more, as a traffic management program was put in place to cope.

Charlotte Douglas is a major domestic hub for American Airlines, with about 650 flights a day operated by the carrier.

Clover woman charged in assault on pregnant jail worker

An intoxicated woman called 911 more than 12 times and kicked a pregnant detention officer in the midsection, according to a York County sheriff’s report.

Mary Hromada, 50, of Clover called 911 to report that her ex-boyfriend was going to come to her Hines Road residence Dec. 27. An hour later, she called 911 for the same reason. In both instances, the ex-boyfriend was not found at the residence.

Hromada was highly intoxicated, according to deputies, and was advised on the consequences of calling 911 without an emergency.

Hromada called 911 more than 12 times, the report states. When deputies arrived to her residence, they found her stumbling and not making sense. She was arrested and charged with unlawful use of 911, the report states.

At the York County Detention Center, Hromada became belligerent. A detention corporal came to assist and was kicked in the middle of her body, deputies say. The detention corporal is 12 weeks pregnant and suffered abdominal pain from the kick, the report states.

Hromada was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

She was released from the Detention Center on Dec. 28 on a personal recognizance bond.

Submit T-shirt designs by Jan. 10

South Carolina students have a chance to win a Chromebook by entering a T-Shirt design for the S.C. Archery in the Schools State Tournament.

The contest ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 10.

Designs must have the S.C. Department of Natural Resources logo and the National Archery in the Schools program logo. 2015 SC State Tournament must be on the shirt. Designs may be used on any style of T-shirt. Art and lettering may be on the front, back or sleeves of the T-shirt. Designs must be in the form of a PDF, JPG or PNG and not exceed 7 MB in size.

To enter, a participant must submit the T-shirt design (either as artwork or actual T-shirt) to DNR through email at or delivered to SCDNR Attn: Hunter Ed. Lt. Leverich P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29577.

For more information, DNR logos and official contest rules, visit

Tax program training Jan. 12-16

Volunteers are needed to help low income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers prepare income tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service, S.C. Department of Revenue and N.C. Department of Revenue to prepare basic tax returns.

The training is free to volunteers who will learn to prepare 1040A, 1040EZ and the basic 1040 forms with schedule A and B.

Training will include the filing of tax return on computers. Training will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12-16 at Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnston St., in the Wellness Center on the first floor. For information, call 803-322-4195.

Red Cross plans blood drives

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.

These blood drive are planned in York County:

• Fort Mill: 2-6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St.

• Sharon: 2:30-7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 3852 Woodlawn St.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Apply for Citizens Police Academy

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

The academy runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays for 10 sessions March 2-May 4. A formal graduation will be held May 11.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will introduce participants to functions of the York County Sheriff’s Office and will feature instruction by staff from the divisions. The goal is to create partnerships with York County residents for better efficiency.

The free class is open to adults 18 and older.

Applications, accepted through Jan. 31, are available at the York County Sheriff’s Office, district offices and at Call 803-628-7634 for more information.

Clover seeks St. Patrick’s Day vendors

The town of Clover is accepting vendor applications for the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 14.

Early registration is due Jan. 30. Deadline is Feb. 27. For information, call 803-222-9493 or visit

Flu shots for children available

Free flu shots for children are available at the Early Learning Partnership’s free children’s clinic.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. Children birth to age 18 who do not have health insurance can see a doctor or nurse practitioner. Services include sick visits, immunizations, and sports and school physicals.

For appointments, call 803-322-6636.

Other clinics are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover. York County children may attend any of the four clinics.

CHS Class of ’85 plans reunion

Clover High School Class of 1985 is looking for classmates for the 30 year reunion.

Classmates can send contact information to or call 704-582-0781.

Agape offers Canine Forward program

Agape Senior has a new volunteer program, Canine Forward, which offers regular free dog walking and playtime services for seniors living independently but who are physically unable to exercise their animals.

The program recognizes the importance of the relationship between the owner and his or her pet.

The program depends volunteers for walking, playing with and brushing the animals.

Canine Forward provides training. To volunteer, call 803-329-4544.

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 open 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.