Community news for Jan. 23

January 21, 2014 

Clover Optimists plan oratorical contest

The Clover Optimist Club will host its 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 an application, contact Ashby or Josie Skinnell at 803-684-2008 or email

Library plans book sale

Friends of the York County Library book sale will be Thursday to Saturday, Jan. 23 to 25, at the Pope John Center at the Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for all ages will be sold at $2 per inch. Videos, DVDs, and audiobooks will also be available at bargain prices.

Opening night for members is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memberships, $15 for individual and $25 for families, will be available at the door. The sale is open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All books will be half price on Saturday.

Registration begins for Girls on the Run

Registration for Girls on the Run of the Tri County, presented by Piedmont Medical Center, opens Jan. 27. Activities begin Feb. 24 and end with the Girls on the Run 5K on May 10.

The after school program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For information, go to To volunteer, contact Lindy Morris at 803-493-3834 or email

Polar Plunge planned Feb. 22 for Special Olympics

Area Eleven Special Olympics will host the third annual Frozen Fans Polar Plunge at Ebenezer Park on Lake Wylie. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the plunge is at noon.

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics athletes in York, Chester and Lancaster counties by providing year round sports training and competition for local, state and national competitions.

A minimum of $50 must be raised to take the plunge and participants will receive a Frozen Fans T-shirt. Fun costumes are encouraged, but not required. Registration is not necessary. For more information, email

Gardening symposium planned

Seven experts on gardening will be featured during the ninth annual Joy of Gardening Symposium March 1, at Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill.

Speakers include Joe Lamp’l, Barry Glick, Cory Tanner, Stephanie Turner, Keven Shanks, Paul Thompson and Rolf Mischker. Topics range from the “Five Biggest Mistakes in Our Gardens and How to Fix Them” to “Organic Pest Management.”

Nearly 20 vendors will offer plants, gardening books, pottery, jewelry and other items during the event.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. Cost is $50 and includes lunch and drawings for door prizes.

Registration is available at Deadline is Feb. 21. For information, call Nancy Newman at 704-443-1366.

The symposium is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County.

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.

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 p.m.

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.

Radio group holding HAM operator classes

The York County Amateur Radio Society class to become an Emergency Communications Amateur (HAM) Radio operator will be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 11 at the Piedmont EMS Headquarters, 1065 Heckle Blvd.

Participants must attend all three classes to qualify to take the exam. The book by Gordon West, “2010-2014 Technician Class,” must be purchased in advance and is available at

The FCC Amateur Radio Technician test will be 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Test fee is $12. To register, contact Brent at K4BSC@ARRL.NET. For information, visit

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 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 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 Historical 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.

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