Meeting will focus on homelessness in Fort Mill

May 13, 2013 

Meeting called to discuss homelessness

Renew Our Communities will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss the homeless issue and how to help homeless people living in Fort Mill Township.

The meeting will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Dale Dove at 803-493-2313.

Flint Hill Memorial Association honors vets Sunday

The 122nd meeting of the Flint Hill Memorial Association will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill.

The Memorial Association first met in 1891 and was originally called the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association to honor the dozens of Flint Hill men who served and died in the Confederate cause. The name was later changed to Flint Hill Memorial Association and veterans of all wars buried in the cemetery are honored. Veterans present at the meeting will be recognized.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran (2007-2011) David Cantrell will be the guest speaker. He served as an infantry mortar man in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently a student at Winthrop University.

The community is invited to attend.

EMS contract still in limbo

A final decision on emergency service contracts won’t come this month, as one and possibly two more meetings with county officials and responders remain.

For more than a year, the county and service responders have been reworking and negotiating contracts for medical transport service. The county is updating contracts that will impact both Piedmont Medical Center, which provides paid ambulance service, and volunteer units.

On April 16, the committee that includes Councilmen Michael Johnson, who represents Fort Mill and Tega Cay, Joe Cox and Bruce Henderson, met in executive session with Piedmont officials to iron out final details. The group promised a similar meeting with volunteers.

“I’m trying my best to make it right for everyone involved, as best I can,” Henderson said.

The next scheduled Council meeting is May 20. The following day, the committee will meet behind closed doors with volunteer units like Fort Mill Rescue and River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS. One more meeting between the committee, volunteer units and Piedmont is likely before an official recommendation comes to Council.

“We’re hoping to be able to carry it to the next meeting,” said Councilman Bruce Henderson.

Council meets June 3, then again June 17.

Emergency response team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers.

The groups conducts water related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low angle rope rescue and searches for missing people. Scuba divers and non divers are needed to help in these operations.

For more information contact Terri Cook at 803-372-7593, tcook41338@gmail.com or go to yorkcountyert.com.

Tega Cay beautification group needs volunteers

On Thursday at 2 p.m. the Tega Cay Beautification Committee will have a planning meeting at the Glennon Center lower level. On Tuesday, May 21, there will be a workday at the Living Memorial Gardens beginning at 9 am. New members and workers are needed.

For more information, email jstalford@comporium.net or call Kline at 704-287-7432.

York County Council on Aging in need of volunteers

The York County Council on Aging is in serious need of volunteers to help deliver meals to frail, home-bound seniors in Rock Hill, York, Fort Mill and Clover, with the most urgent need being in Fort Mill.

Those who would like to sign up to deliver meals or who have questions should contact the center where they’d like to volunteer. Volunteers deliver a hot, nutritious lunch, which for many seniors is the only meal they eat each day. They also provide a brief period of companionship for the seniors, many of whom are isolated and lonely.

While there is no urgent volunteer need for Chester County, anyone interested is urged to contact the center or one in another town.

For more information, contact Paula Adams at the Rock Hill center at 803-328-0197, ext. 302, Elaine Kershaw at the York center at 803-684-6115, Billie Haney at the Fort Mill center at 547-6184, or Tonya Begley at the Clover center at 803-222-9286.

Coupon books support the fire dept.

The Tega Cay Fire Dept. has a new supply of 2013 Coupon Books available for local residents.

The books contain hundreds of coupons, including 2-for-1 fine dining, informal dining discounts and mark-downs on golf, movies, office supplies, and groceries. The offers are for businesses throughout York County and Charlotte and are good through Nov. 30, 2013.

To obtain a book, call Bill Fenton at 548-6206.

Fort Mill NAACP meetings scheduled

Those interested in joining a Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Indian Land chapter of the NAACP are invited to attend organizing meetings scheduled from 7-8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at United AME Zion Church, 804 Steele St., Fort Mill.

Children and teens are welcome.

Money available to help low-income families

Carolina Community Actions has money available to assist low-income families with heating and water bills, mortgage and rent.

CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist individuals with obtaining employment, licenses for certified nursing assistants, supplies, General Education Degree (GED) study and child care.

CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and General Emergency Assistance Program assists eligible households with benefits up to $1,000.

Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

Applications are taken for emergency heating and water bills, rent and mortgage assistance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill.

In addition, applications will be taken for nonemergency heating assistance at the following locations:

• Fort Mill Care Center, 9 a.m. to noon, first and third Wednesdays, 513 Banks St.

• Carolina Community Actions, 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays (seniors and disabled), Apple West Center, 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill.

• Wesley United Methodist, 8:30 a.m. to noon, first and third Tuesdays, 110 W. Jefferson St., York.

• PATH, 9 a.m. to noon, second and fourth Wednesdays. 204 Raille St., York.

• Clover Area Assistance Center, 1 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, 1130 S.C. 55 East.

Qualified households may receive assistance up to $500.

For information, contact Diane Wells at Carolina Community Actions at 803-366-5537.

DHEC rabies vaccination clinics

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with participating veterinarians across the state to help residents protect their pets and themselves against rabies.

“Participating veterinarians will be conducting rabies clinics to vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets against this fatal disease,” said Sue Ferguson of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services. “Vaccination fees in these clinics will not exceed $10 per pet.

“Rabies is a threat to pets, wild animals and humans, so all pet owners should have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated as required by state law,” Ferguson said. “The disease is fatal once the virus reaches the brain. Each year nearly 275 South Carolinians are recommended to undergo preventive treatment after being bitten by a rabid or suspected rabid animal.”

In 2012, there were 137 positive cases of rabies confirmed in animals in the state, including 66 raccoons, 25 bats, 21 skunks, 18 foxes, four cats, two cows and one bobcat.

“The contribution of local veterinarians to this annual effort provides a valuable public service to our citizens,” Ferguson said. “More than 29,000 pets were vaccinated against rabies during the clinics last year.”

For dates, times and locations of DHEC-sponsored rabies vaccination clinics and additional information on rabies, visit the agency’s website at www.scdhec.gov/rabies.

From staff reports

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