Community News for Aug. 29

August 29, 2013 

Clover Ducks Unlimited leader honored

Ducks Unlimited recently awarded regional director Justin Harris of Clover a 2012-13 Co-Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts in Region 7, which covers the southeastern United States.

“Winning this award is a great honor and a testament to the great volunteers of western North and South Carolina. Our volunteer team is one of the best in the country,” Harris said.

Harris covers upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina, working with volunteer committees in this area hosting fundraising events for the 76-year-old wetlands conservation organization. The events in Harris’ region raised more than $600,000 for DU’s conservation mission during the fiscal year ending June 30.

Volunteers coordinate more than 4,000 local fundraising events that generate more than 400,000 memberships and more than $50 million annually.

Genealogical group to meet

The York County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Louis Pettus Archives at Winthrop University. Archivist Gina White will talk about collections in the archives.

The exhibit “Pirates of the Carolinas” from the S.C. State Museum will be on display. This meeting is open to the public.

Photography group forming for 4-H

The Clemson Extension Service York County 4-H will sponsor a Photography Club for youth 9 to 12. Youth must own or have the use of a digital camera. Club members will learn the basics of photography and then apply the skills to take better photos.

The club will be led by volunteer leaders, Jennifer Walker and Cayla Revels.

The club will meet once a month at the Fort Mill Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Some months the club will meet in the field to take photos. Interested youth must register as 4-H member with a $10 membership fee and $10 in dues for the club year.

The new 4-H club year starts Sept. 1 and clubs are open to new members. For more information, contact the Clemson Extension office at 120 N. Congress St., York, call 803-684-9919 or email

Fall livestock show planned

The 2013 York County Fall Livestock Show will be Sept. 13 and 14 at the High Tension Ranch, 930 Sandifer Road, York. 4-H members and FFA members from South Carolina will show their livestock.

Shows will include a chicken show at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, followed by a goat show at 6 p.m. On Sept. 14, there will be an 8:30 a.m. sheep show, an 11 a.m. beef cattle show and a 2 p.m. dairy cattle show.

At 10 a.m. Sept. 14 there will be a horse show at 8024 Park Place Road, York.

The show is free and open to the public. Food will be sold at both locations. For more information, contact Margie Sippel at 803 684-9919, ext. 113, or by email at

York to offer programs for seniors

The York Parks and Recreation Department is introducing two programs for seniors ages 55 and older that will begin in September. Classes will be at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane.

For more information, call 803-684-3742. The programs are:

•  Pickleball-from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 9. Pickleball is an easy game for any skill level. All materials and equipment will be provided and are free of charge.

•  Seniors in Motion-a low-intensity exercise class that will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 3. Classes will help improve cardiovascular, flexibility, balance and strength through low-intensity exercises. The cost is $10 per month.

4-H anglers club forming

The Clemson Extension Service York County will offer a 4-H Anglers Club and is open to new members.

The first meeting will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 for youth ages 9 to 17. The youth need to provide their own rod, tackle box and bait. For meeting location and additional information, contact Jennifer Stalford via email at or call her at 803-493-4020.

For more information about programs, contact the Clemson Extension office at 120 N. Congress St., York, call 803-684-9919 or email

Small grants application deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is Sept. 2. Small grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in York County.

The arts council allocates between $3,000 and $4,000 in small grant awards each quarter. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.

For information or applications, call 803-328-2787 or go to

Literary competition to be held

The Arts Council of York County presents its 10th annual Literary Competition, highlighting short stories and poetry from the Southeast; and the second Youth Literary Competition, highlighting short stories and poetry from across York County.

The postmark deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 20.

The 10th annual Literary Competition will include an adult and youth component. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and poetry competition. First-place awards are $100. Winners of the youth competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

Entry fees for the adult competition are: nonmembers: $15 per entry; arts council members: $10 per entry. There are no entry fees for the youth competition. All participants are invited to a free, public reception and awards ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

For more information, call the arts council at 803-328-2787, email or visit the website at

Meal delivery volunteers needed in Clover

The York County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to frail, homebound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about an hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should call Tonya Begley at the Clover Mill Senior Center, 803-222-9286, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

CAAC seeking pantry volunteers

The Clover Area Assistance Center is seeking volunteers to help customers shop directly from its food pantry shelves. This a good opportunity for people who are outgoing, caring, enjoy meeting and helping new people, and who want to have fun while they volunteer.

A weekly or biweekly commitment of three and a half hours at a time is needed. Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays. For more information or to request a volunteer application packet, call Jennifer at 803-222-4837 or email

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