Community news for Feb. 27

February 27, 2014 

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.

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, call 684-4297 or go to Online registration is available at

Clover native gets Brevard Rotary honor

Maj. Max Sipe, a Clover native who is retired from the Salvation Army, has received a triple crown from the Brevard Rotary Club in western North Carolina.

Sipe, who retired to Hendersonville, N.C., about 15 years ago with his wife, Dorothy, also was named a Paul Harris Fellow, made a life member of the club and received the Four-Way Test Award, presented to Rotarians to best demonstrate service and integrity in their lives.

Sipe is a 1953 graduate of Clover High School.

Benefit concert planned for Thompsons

Project Action, which is raising money for Sam and Annie Thompson of New Beginnings Baptist Church, will present a benefit concert, Beauty for Your Ashes, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Blue Eagle Academy auditorium, 300 Clinton Ave., Clover.

The Thompsons lost their home and all their belongings in a January home fire. Performing groups are being lined up; sponsors for programs are being sought.

Donations for the Thompsons can be sent to:

• York Baptist Association, P.O. Box 36817, Rock Hill SC 29732. Write Thompson Family Relief Fund in the memo line.

• Clover Community Bank, P.O. Box 69, Clover SC 29710. Write Pastor Sam Relief Fund in the memo line.

For more information, or to get tickets to the benefit concert, call New Beginnings Baptist Church at 803-222-0711.

Preschool registration underway

First Baptist Church Preschool of York is taking registration for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2014-2015 school year.

Half-day programs are offered for three and five days from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call Beth at 803-448-6439 or visit the website,

Red and White social planned

The sixth annual Red and White Social has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. March 8 at the Silver Eagles of the Community Family Life Center of Union Baptist Church, at Mount Gallant Road at S.C. 274. Cost is $5. RSVP to 803-366-1556 and indicate the number attending

AARP plans driver safety class

AARP Drivers Safety Program will offer a class in York for ages 26 and older. Participants will get certificates that may reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage.

Cost is $15 for for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at York Public Library, East Liberty Street, York. To register, contact Gerald Kempt at 803-684-9512.

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

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.

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 .

For information, call Nancy Newman at 704-443-1366.

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

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