Community news for Feb. 20

February 18, 2014 

Clover Optimists honor essay winners

The Clover Optimist Club hosted the winners of its essay contest on Jan. 31 with dinner and awards.

First place winner was Hannah Mace and second place was Braden Johnson. Third place winner was Kaitlyn Hershey, who was not able to attend.

The top three winners received a medallion, a certificate and a monetary award. The first place has been forwarded to the district for statewide competition.

The winner at the district level will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

5K race planned for Relay for Life

The Stars of Hope Relay for Life team of First Baptist Church in York will sponsor a 5K Hippity Hoppity Hope Easter run/walk to benefit the relay.

The event, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, and the route will begin at the church and go through a residential part of York.

Early packet pickup will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the church fellowship hall. Race-day registration and packet pickup will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

For details, contact the church at 684-4297 or go to Online registration is available at

Allison Creek Bluegrass is Thursday

Allison Creek Bluegrass will host Bluegrass Inspirations 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Allison Creek Church on S.C. 274 between Lake Wylie and Newport.

There is no cover charge for the family friendly event. Doors open at 6 p.m and concessions are available beginning at 6:30. For information visit

Western county NAACP to meet

The Western York County branch of the NAACP will have its executive board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Wesley United Methodist Church in York.

The board meeting will be followed by a regular membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

OES plans poor man’s supper

The Clover Chapter No. 138 Order of the Eastern Star will have a Poor Man’s Supper 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Alpine Masonic Lodge No. 208, 502 N. Main St.

Menu: pinto beans, vegetable soup, cornbread, slaw, dessert and drink. Cost: $7 for all-you-can-eat. Dine-in or take-out available. For information, contact David or Kathy Wallace at 803-222-3516.

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.

Sign up for girls’ running group Registration begins running for Girls on the Run

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 to Feb. 28 meeting

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.

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