Community news for Jan. 16

January 13, 2014 

Whole hog class to be Saturday

Barbecue competition team Up In Smoke will teach a “whole hog” class Saturday, Jan. 18 in McConnells. The team, a member of the South Carolina Barbecue Association, is a three-time whole hog winner.

Demonstrations will include trimming, injecting and cutting the whole hog, from start to finish. The event also includes a rib demonstration and box building for judging presentation.

Lunch will be an old fashion pig pickin’ with all the trimmings Participants also will get the award winning recipes for the sauces, rubs and injections. Cost is $225 and spouses can attend free.

For information or to register, email Brian at

Clover Optimists plan oratorical contest

The Clover Optimist Club will host their annual oratorical contest for area youth on Saturday, March 29.

Youth who enter will be asked to write and speak on the topic “How my passions impact the world.” The speech must be four to five minutes long.

Each contestant must prepare his or her own speech, and may receive advice in the preparation. Entrants may make minor changes or improvements in the speech at any time.

The contest is open to all youth younger than 19. There is no minimum age. Parental permission is required; entrants should submit an application.

The contest will be at 10 a.m. March 29 at the Clover Optimist Club, 1500 Tom Joye Road, Clover. Entrants should bring a copy of their speech, a copy of their birth certificate and the application.

For details, or to obtain a copy of the application, contact Ashby or Josie Skinnell at 803-684-2008 or email

Gilfillan, Mitchell trip planned

Denise Mitchell and Jane Gilfillan will have their annual trip July 13-18.

It will include Niagara Falls, the Canadian side, Skylon Tower, Amish Country, Luray Caverns, Mimslyn Inn, Dutch Apple dinner theater show and more.

An informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at York’s First Baptist Church. For details, call Jane Gilfillan at 684-3364 or Denise Mitchell at 684-7311.

Western county NAACP to meet

The Western York County branch of the NAACP executive board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Wesley United Methodist Church. The regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

Choral society auditions planned

York County Choral Society, directed by Dr. Katherine Kinsey, will hold auditions for new singers from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 23 in the choir room at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1320 India Hook Road with the first rehearsal from 7 to 9:30 pm.

The group’s spring concert will be April 13 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University. For information, contact Kinsey: 803-323-2250 or 704-591-5147.

HIV/AIDS awareness event planned

The Catawba Care Coalition will observe the 14th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with an event 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. It will include free food, door prizes, entertainment, free health screenings and HIV testing.

Republican women to meet Jan. 24

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club will meet Friday, Jan. 24, at the River Hills Country Club in Lake Wylie.

The speaker will be Kim Dault of the Cross Roads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation, a nonprofit charity based in Summerton. The foundation is dedicated to introducing American soldiers wounded since 2000 to the exciting sport of archery.

Visitors are welcome. After an 11:30 a.m. social, the meeting will begin at noon, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the luncheon is $18 per person.

To reserve your seat with or without lunch (please specify), email Carol Waris by Jan. 21 at

Men may join the CLWRW as an associate member. Annual membership dues are $25; associate member dues are $10.

Genealogical society to meet

The York County Genealogical and Hisotircal Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster. Meetings are open to the public.

Program offered on mental illness

Family to Family, the National Alliance for Mental Illness’s 12-week peer-led educational course for family members of individuals living with a mental illness, begins Jan. 19 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

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