Community news for Feb. 6

February 6, 2014 

Allison Creek features 2 bands

Allison Creek Bluegrass features Bullet Creek and the Cowboy Church Band Thursday, Feb. 6, at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church on S.C. 274 between Lake Wylie and Newport.

Doors open 6 p.m. Concessions will be available 6:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7. No cover charge. The event is open to the community.

Clover Jaycees plan chili cook-off

The Clover Jaycees will host the annual chili cook-off Feb. 8. Contestants entering chili should be there at 6:30 p.m. and admission begins at 7 p.m.

Entry fee is $20 for competitors and $5 for those who want to taste the chili. Proceeds go to fund projects in the Clover community.

Contact Danielle Holt or Morgan Stewart for information or to sign up at or

Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting

The Pvt. Thomas Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

Don Gordon of Lexington will speak about Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton. For information, call Kirk Carter at 704-806-2941.

Clover Woman’s Club meeting at McCelvey

The Clover Woman’s Club will meet 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

The program is “Historical Tour of Early Times in York County.”

Judy Miller is chairman of the refreshments with Carolyn Nivens and Donna Hartsoe. Call 803-222-5799 or 803-222-7873 for more information.

Tax help available

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for low-income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers began this week.

Tax assistance will be offered 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday through April 15 at Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center; and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 1-22 at the Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St.; Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.; and Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

Relay team plans Zumba party

The First Baptist Church Stars of Hope Relay for Life team will have a Cupid-style Zumba party from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at the Carolina Crossing YMCA.

There will be a free nursery, door prizes and more. Cost is $10 at the door. For details, or advance tickets, contact Annissa Biggers at

Clover Optimists plan contest

The Clover Optimist Club will host its annual oratorical contest for local youths 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29.

Youths 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.

The contest is open to all youths younger than 19. Parental permission is required.

The contest will be 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

Sign up for girls’ running group

Registration is open for Girls on the Run of the Tri County, presented by Piedmont Medical Center. 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 that creatively integrates running.

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

GOP group invites new members

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club welcomes newcomers, visitors and members to its Feb. 28 membership luncheon at River Hills Country Club.

The featured speaker will be Kim Wellman, president of the S.C. Federation of Republican Women.

The meeting will begin with an 11:30 a.m. social, followed by lunch and speaker at noon. Cost is $18 per person. To reserve a seat with or without lunch (please specify), email by Feb. 25.

To become a member of the Clover Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club, email Annual membership dues are $25; dues for associate members (men) are $10. CLWRW membership includes an automatic membership in the SC Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

Polar Plunge Feb. 22 for Special Olympics

Area Eleven Special Olympics will host the third annual Frozen Fans Polar Plunge on Feb. 22 at Ebenezer Park on Lake Wylie. Registration begins 11 a.m.; 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 $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 information, email

Gardening symposium planned

Seven experts on gardening will be featured during the ninth annual Joy of Gardening Symposium on 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 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.

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.

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