Community news, March 20: Herb Kirsh, Linden Smith honored by Boy Scouts

March 18, 2014 

Herb Kirsh, Linden Smith honored by Boy Scouts

The late state Rep. Herbert Kirsh of Clover was memorialized at the 2014 Golden Eagle Awards Dinner on March 6 at First United Methodist Church in Clover.

Kirsh was recognized as one of the Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 37. Kirsh received his Eagle Scout rank in 1943. Kirsh supported the troop’s scouts, especially its Eagle Scouts.

The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America has provided in Kirsh’s memory a scholarship to Boy Scout Camp Bob Hardin for the 2014 summer camp.

Also at the dinner, Linden Smith was honored by the York District Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America as a 2014 Golden Eagle.

Smith was honored for his community service. Webelos Scout Walt Norment from Pack 237 and Eagle Scout Billy Gallien from Troop 37 both spoke about what it means to be a Scout.

Western NAACP to meet

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

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

Hinson Girls to perform at Allison Creek

Allison Creek Bluegrass at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church will welcome local favorites The Hinson Girls to the stage on Thursday, March 20. Allison Creek Bluegrass is a no cover charge, family-friendly event.

Dooors open at 6 p.m., with concessions available beginning at 6:30 p.m. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. For details, visit

Library plans fiction sale

The Friends of the York County Library will hold a fiction sale with a large selection of hardcover and paperback fiction titles and VHS tapes at the York County Library in Rock Hill.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22; 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 24. Items are priced from 50 cents to $2 each. For details, go to or call 803-981-5837.

GOP group to focus on U.S. Senate races

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club will hold a “Red to the Roots” town-hall style luncheon meeting to talk about South Carolina’s 2014 electoral cycle on March 28 at the River Hills Country Club. Emphasis will be on U.S. senatorial races.

Wes Climer, chairman of the York County Republican Party, will serve as the moderator. A question and answer segment will follow the presentations.

The South Carolina Republican Party “Red to the Roots” campaign has as its focus the election of more Republicans to local office.

The meeting begins with social time at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and speaker forum at noon. Cost is $18 per person. To reserve your seat with or without lunch, call 803-831-1814 by March 25.

The group also will hold a White Elephant Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the R.P. Boggs & Co. parking lot at Lake Wylie Plaza. Proceeds go to Clover Area Assistance Center Easter meal program.

Donations of gently-used items including purses, belts and specialty items are accepted. However, no clothing items are accepted. For more information or for donation pickup, call 803-431-1691.

Agape plans program on dementia, Alzheimer’s

Agape Senior Assisted Living, 44 Ross Cannon Road, will have a program on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 24.

For more information, contact Lindsay Davis at 803-415-2578.

The agency also will host volunteer training from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. Volunteers can offer a variety of services: provide clerical or administrative office support, share music, join the baking ministry, or visit patients for companionship or socialization.

Contact Kay Lee at 803-517-2021 or email

Choral society plans concert

The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers, with the Winthrop Chorale and Chamber Singers, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University.

They will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a secular cantata featuring the Civil War poetry of Walt Whitman. Soloists are Dr. Kristen Wonderlich, soprano, and Dr. Jeffrey McEvoy, baritone.

Also featured will be music by Vaughan Williams’ British predecessors, contemporaries and successors. All groups are under Dr. Katherine Kinsey, director of choral activities at Winthrop University and artistic director of the choral society. General admission is $15, and $10 for seniors 62 and over; students with ID, $5. For details, visit

Clover Optimists oratorical contest March 29

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

Children 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, call 803-684-2008 or email

Women’s club holding game lunch

The Clover Woman’s Club will hold a “Downton Abbey” card and board game luncheon at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Clover School District Office, 604 Bethel St.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Lunch is served at 1 p.m., followed by the games. Cost is $15 and includes door prizes. Call 803-684-5271 for information.

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; 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 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

For details, call 803-684-4297 or go to Online registration is available at

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

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