South Charlotte

A Night Out against crime

Detective Harry “Buddy” Spence of the Tega Cay Police Department has organized the annual National Night Out at the Tega Cay Beach & Swim Center 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

The event is held in conjunction with the 25th Annual National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The evening is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness while generating support and participation in local anticrime programs such as neighborhood watch groups. Buddy and the local officers would like to strengthen communications between neighborhoods and the law enforcement agencies, and are encouraging groups to organize in the city.

The police department will serve hot dogs and drinks while providing information about how to start neighborhood watch groups. This is a great way to meet local officers and to visit with the department's dog. Bring your swimsuit and join the fun.

For more on National Night Out in Tega Cay, all Spence at 803-548-0340.

Sweet treat for blood donors

The American Red Cross held its annual blood drive at Maggie Moo's Ice Cream July 26, and 39 pints of blood were collected. Each donor received a pint of ice cream.

Mobile blood unit supervisor Laura Boyd was pleased that so many took the time to help others by making a blood donation. Marti Sims of Clay Escape took a break from work to donate, and Bruce Halstensgard brought his wife, Mary Jo, and two of their children, Stephen and Melissa. This was the first time Stephen was old enough to donate, and it was great to see young people participating.

Maggie Moo's is also collecting used sporting goods for the Recreation Equipment Yard Sale to be held Aug. 16 at Turner Field in Tega Cay from 7a.m. to noon.. If you drop off used adult or youth equipment at Maggie Moo's, Dilip and Binta Shah will give you some ice cream.

Yard sale proceeds will benefit the Children's Attention Home in Rock Hill for abused, abandoned or neglected children.

Scavenger hunt

Paula Stewart is inviting everyone to join in the 2nd Annual Lake Wylie Scavenger Hunt, hosted by the Charlotte Power Squadron.

A Captain's Reception will be held at T-Bones on the Lake at 6 p.m. Friday. The questions and other information for Saturday's event will be given at the reception. Following the lead of a group in Charleston, the squadron is using the hunt as a fundraiser. Squadron members put together 25 questions on boating and landmarks on Lake Wylie.

Jarod Schmeider won the hunt last year and plans to bring plenty of family and friends this year. He and his family enjoyed the event last year. More importantly, he says, they learned a lot about boating safety and the geography of the lake.

Scavenger hunt results are due 4 p.m. Saturday at Merit Mark Point. An awards reception and barbecue will follow.

Registration is $50 per boat, which includes the captain's reception and Saturday's barbecue for each boat captain and a guest. First prize is $300 and there will be other prizes donated by area businesses.

Proceeds will be used for squadron programs, especially the annual children's outing sponsored with the Catawba Power Squadron each June on Lake Wylie.

If you don't have a boat and want to join in the fun, contact Paula. Boats must be registered by Monday by calling 704-865-3355 or e-mailing Paula at


Hats off to Greg and Julie Metcalfe! With six months under their belts as owners/operators of the Lake Wylie Junction restaurant at N.C. 49 and N.C. 160, they were photographed and interviewed for the front page of the summer issue of Charlotte Food & Wine.

They also were voted “Best of the Taste of Charlotte” for 2008 recently.

Taking over the location of the former Grid Iron, they have jumped in with some fun foods – like my favorites, warm blue cheese cole slaw, portabella mushroom sandwich and fried bologna. They also have steaks cut to order, pastas and seafood. They have spruced up the décor, too, and are incorporating some fun into the dining room and bar.