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Check out York on the Web

York has been upgrading its city Web site. The site,, has many new features, including a home page with links to some of the city's major departments. Here are some of the highlights:

Police Department: Pictures of most-wanted criminals and information on how to file reports.

Fire Department: Arson hotline, city codes and fire-safety links.

Recreation Department: League standings and programs.

City Hall: Tax forms and utility service applications.

Planning Department: Zoning ordinances and building permits.

Public Works: Information about recycling, water and sewer service.

York's fire chief, Domenic Manera, spearheaded the site's redesign.

“All of the departments and the city manager were involved,” he said. “You can't say just one person put it together. Everyone had a tremendous amount of input, and we wanted to make it user-friendly.”

Also from the home page, you can find PDF files of local maps (existing land use, population areas, transportation plans, historic resources, etc.) and links to local boards and commissions. Be sure to scroll through all the pages – there are lots of things to see.

You now can set up your own “Citizen Profile.”

By signing up online, you can use the Service Request system to notify the city of a problem or concern, or request a service. The request automatically gets routed to the appropriate city department for action. You check on the status of any requests you have in the system, and, if you provide an e-mail address, the city will keep you informed of the request's status.

Sign up for softball camp

For all you big hitters: There's still time to sign up for the York/Clover Youth Softball Camp. The camp, for ages 5 to 15, will be 4-7 p.m. July 14-16. The cost is $40 a player. Register by Monday in order to receive a free camp T-shirt. The camp is being offered by the York and Clover high school coaching staff and players. You can register at either the York or Clover recreation departments. Details: 803-684-3742.

Child's health insurance

Did you know that your children may qualify for free health insurance? Partners for Healthy Children provides immunizations, vision exams and glasses, hearing exam and hearing aids, and well-child visits to identify developmental problems.

The program, which was authorized under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, provides Medicaid coverage for children in families with an income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This would mean a family of four would have to earn less than $2,650 per month. If your children qualify for free or reduced lunch, they may be able to receive the benefits.

Other requirements include a Social Security number, citizenship and state residency.

For full details and to pick up an application, go to the York County Health Department or Department of Social Services, or call 1-888-549-0820.