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A great amenity in Baxter Village: The Fort Mill Library.

A great place to read and do research is the Fort Mill Public Library in Baxter. This library gives students and families the resources they need for homework assignments and science projects. High-speed Internet service will allow them to find the information they need instantly without the wait.

The branch of the York County Public Library is located at the main entrance of Baxter Village and offers residents an incredible resource right at their back door. The library is one of the best amenities found in the Fort Mill area.

  • Houses more than 40,000 volumes with the capacity to hold 80,000 volumes
  • 18 personal computers with Internet access and CD-ROM capabilities
  • 1,000 square-foot community meeting room
  • Enlarged collection of magazines, books-on-tape and reference volumes
  • Bookfairs, Arts and Craft Workshops and Children's Storytime
  • Website: www.yclibrary.org

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New Artisan Bakery in Fort Mill

The new Breadsmith, an artisan bakery, will hold its grand opening Monday. Owners Mark and Lisa Daubenspeck have already been baking European style bread, crusty rolls and sweet treats for Fort Mill residents. Breadsmith is located at 2000 S.C. 160 West near Auto Zone.

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Low Crime Rates in Tega Cay

I was just reading in the Fort Mill Focus Magazine how low our crime rates are in the City of Tega Cay. I was very pleased to read the article, since I am a resident there as well

Here is what was reported for the year 2006 (Tega Cay population is about 4500):

Murder 0

Rape 0

Robbery 0

Aggravated Assault 0

Breaking and Entering 4

Larceny 14

Auto Theft 0

Total 18

I think the low crime is attributed to the community involvement and our Tega Cay police department, who has its seat at the entrance of Tega Cay. Since Tega Cay is a peninsula there is only one road, Tega Cay Drive, which leads in and out the city. If a resident would see a suspicious activity, they can just call the police department and they’d stop the car. We hope Tega Cay can keep this low crime rate in the future. Good thing is our city is almost finished building and they will be very few more residents.

What is your take on this?

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With York County Growth come some Challenges

York County picked up 10,395 people, bringing its population to 208,827. But with the increase comes challenges. Area school systems must find ways to accommodate the influx of new students. Fort Mill schools for example will open two new elementary campuses, Sugar Creek Elementary off Farm House Road and Pleasant Knoll Elementary off Pleasant Road in August 2009. They'll ease crowded conditions at the district's five elementaries which three of them have capped enrollment. I believe all Fort Mill elementary schools will be overburdened this year.

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Lower Property Taxes spur Growth in York County

As most of us know, York County's growth rate blew past 5 percent between 2006 and 2007. It has grown faster than any other county in the state according to 2007 Census estimates released this week. And this despite the national housing market collapse and a sluggish economy that has cooled, and in some cases reversed growth in many South Carolina counties. It's an indication of the Carolinas' continued growth, especially in the Charlotte area. is a dynamic, growing metro area, and we're getting the bleed-over from it. It signifies that the economy here is good and we're going to be one of the areas in the country to see that kind of growth.

York County's 5.2 percent growth rate was up from 4.8 percent between 2005 and 2006, a rate that ranked as S.C.'s fourth-fastest that year.

According to Census estimates, all major cities and towns in the Charlotte region grew between July 2006 and July 2007. Fort Mill's population even jumped 7 percent, ranking it second in the state to Bluffton's 10 percent leap. Four other York County municipalities joined Fort Mill among S.C.'s 10 fastest-growing cities -- Clover, Smyrna and Rock Hill.

The Census Bureau distinguishes between growth rate and numbers of people. Charlotte, for example, grew by only 3 percent. But it gained an estimated 17,471 people, ranking it ninth among U.S. cities in the number of new residents.

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New Seafood Restaurant will replace Inn at Baxter

A new owner is taking over the former Inn at Baxter site on Market Street in Fort Mill's Baxter Village.

Hank Lim, who runs a sushi restaurant in Charlotte, said he plans to open the Fish Market on Market Street in August. It will be somewhat casual in decor, but offer fresh fish that will arrive once or twice daily and range from shrimp, clams, oysters and Georgebank sea scallops to Florida black grouper, Scottish salmon, Block Island swordfish and Carolina trout.

It will be mostly grilled seafood, but also fried. It will up to the customer how they like it: blackened, grilled, fried or sautéed.The 6,500-square-foot restaurant also will feature steaks, including New York strips and filets. Lunch will range from $7 to $11 for a full meal and $12.95 to $18.95 for dinner. A children's menu will be available for $4.95. Beer, wine and other liquor will be served.

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Growth continues in the Fort Mill Township!

Development continues in Fort Mill, despite a slowdown in national building trends,

Several major projects have already broken ground, and several more are in the early planning stages. Homes are already built and on the market in Springfield and Massey, two massive projects annexed into Fort Mill two years ago. In Tega Cay, Drake Capital has installed roads and other infrastructure in Lake Ridge - formerly Gardendale - and has started developing the first 170 lots.

The community's amenities center, featuring a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse, a competition size pool, kiddy pool with slides, a playground, two tennis courts and a multipurpose court, will be open by next Memorial Day. In addition to the initial phase of 170 lots, which Toll Brothers will build, Drake is also opening approximately 39.5 acres as half-acre estate lots on which customers will be able to choose their own builder. The plan also includes 180 lots designed for ranch-style homes that may be targeted toward senior citizens.

In the coming months work is likely to begin on two more Fort Mill developments, including the environmentally-friendly Kanawha development and two of the projects Clear Springs Development annexed into Fort Mill last year. The Fort Mill Town Council is scheduled to vote next month on a 20-to-40-year development agreement with Clear Springs and on the Kanawha annexation.

The plan includes Kingsley Village north of Hwy. 160 West, between I-77 and Hwy. 21. The development will include a commercial area larger than the Baxter Town Center with more office and retail space, along with several hundred residential units spread across more than 600 acres, Traynor said. It will also tie in with Piedmont's plan for Fort Mill Medical Center.

The project brings approximately 400 acres south of Sutton Road along the Catawba River into Fort Mill. Along with a mixed-use residential and commercial development spread across 340 acres, the plan also includes an interactive museum campus on 60 acres. The museum will emphasize the importance of the river to local history and have other environmental themes.

Kanawha includes 20 acres for an elementary school, and more than 100 acres of undisturbed open space. Ruins of two 18th Century Catawba Indian Villages should be preserved.

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Tega Cay’s Bouquets of Fruit, offers 'Frogurt'

The newest addition to Tega Cay's Stonecrest shopping center is offering bouquets of fresh fruit in lieu of flowers.

The Fresh Fruit Bouquet Co. will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Tuesday at its location, 2435 S.C. 160, near the Tega Cay Wal-Mart.

The new business sells fruit arrangements with or without chocolate and real fruit smoothies. It also is an exclusive retailer of "Frogurt" frozen yogurt, rated "Best of New York" by New York Magazine this year.

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Grapevine to host an event this Wednesday!

Grapevine Wine Shop & Wine Bar, 1012 Market St. in Fort Mill, will host a Networking After Hours event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at its store in Baxter Village Town Center.

Business leaders are encouraged to attend and bring business cards for the event, to be held the first Wednesday of each month. No affiliation or membership in any group is required, and there is no fee to attend.

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Tega Cay will add 80 acres of Recreation

So far the plan will look like this. It will include a gymnasium, four baseball fields, a parking lot, walking trails, multipurpose fields, a disc golf course, fishing piers, a canoe and kayak launch - even a dog park.

The park will stretch along roughly 80 acres of riverfront south of New Grayrock Road. Ten acres came from land donated to the city from Lake Ridge (formerly Gardendale) and the rest comes from two parcels owned by Duke Energy near the Lake Wylie Dam. Last Monday's vote was the first of two on annexing the Duke Property.

 

While the city is finishing negotiations with Duke, Funderburk hopes to get things started with the 10-acre parcel already inside the city, which will include the baseball fields, gym and parking lot. Central Bark, the city's dog park, is also currently on the property, but may be relocated within the larger park once development begins in earnest. However, Funderburk said the initial phase of development is still as much as 18 months away, depending on how long it takes to get all the necessary approvals to begin.

 

The city will be seeking both state and federal grants, private donations and is planning to use some funds from Tega Cay's hospitality tax revenue, which has to be used on tourism-related projects. City leaders expect an 80-acre park along the river to attract many visitors and possibly host baseball or softball tournaments.

 

The walking trails throughout the property will also allow the existing trail network inside the city to connect with the Nation Ford Greenway and the 15-county Carolina Thread Trail project, which seeks to connect the people of the Charlotte Region with walking, hiking and biking trails.

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Plenty of options to play Golf in the Fort Mill area!

Fort Mill is a great Place to play Golf!

Fort Mill Golf Course, at 101 Country Club Drive, closed for renovations earlier this year. (Details at www.leroysprings.com.) The Leroy Springs facility will reopen in the next few months. Meantime, the Accelerized Golf Academy with PGA professional Brent Reneau is still operating at the driving range. Call 803-230-2853 or visit www.aga-fmgc.com.

Regent Park Golf Club (www.regentparkgolfclub.com at 5055 Regent Parkway has a golf academy for junior and adult players. PGA professional Todd Burrell and first assistant Kyle Morton can help hone your skills. Call 803-547-8373.

Another Leroy Springs facility, Springfield Golf Club, 639 Hambly House Lane, offers online specials at www.playspringfield.com. Season passes are available to people who live or work in Fort Mill. Head golf Professional Bud Welch can set you up with instruction; call 803-548-3318.

Tega Cay Golf Club (www.tegacaygolfclub.com at 1 Molokai Drive has the only 27-hole course in the Charlotte region. General Manager and PGA professional Bryan Bradshaw will lead junior clinics and camps this summer. Details at www.playgolfamerica.com. PGA professional Ed Sehl also offers lessons (www.edsehlgolf.com).

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York County Water is stretched to the Limit!

Fort Mill roads are nearing or exceeding their design capacity, but what many residents may not know is that the county's water system here is also close to the breaking point.

 

York County engineers are in the process of studying various options to expand the county's existing water capacity to find the most efficient and cost effective avenue to sending more water to a growing population center.

 

Engineers looking at a pipe to connect directly to Rock Hill.That would free up some capacity for Fort Mill.

 

With a direct connection to Rock Hill, the county could bypass the Town of Fort Mill as a middle man, thereby handing the carrying capacity on the Fort Mill lines it currently buys back to the town for its own growing water needs. They need to work out a new bigger pipe. It needs to be twice its size, because it will affect the pressure in the line with everyone using it.

The drought-induced water restrictions adopted across the region last year have helped the county keep up with demand only because there has been less of it.

Last year, Tega Cay installed a new sewer line beneath the Catawba River that connects directly to Rock Hill's Sewer system, bypassing Fort Mill's system. Now, county engineers are looking into doing the same thing with a 30-inch water line. Another option had been to include a new sewer line on the Hwy. 21 Bridge when the S.C. Department of Transportation replaces it.

 

So far the county has only a rough cost estimate of more than $7 million for the line. There is enough money in the county's water and sewer system fund to cover the cost. Because the utility is run as an enterprise fund, it is supported through fees and payments. Tax money cannot be used on the system.

 

Over the next month, an engineering firm hired by the county will be studying the best place for the county to connect directly to the Rock Hill system. Once the study is complete, the county plans to call meetings with Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Tega Cay officials to discuss the options. Construction could begin by next spring.

 

But it's a race against the clock. People continue to flood into the township for quality schools, proximity to Charlotte and quality of life. There seems to be is a delay, often of a couple years, between the time officials recognize a need and getting new infrastructure installed.

 

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Huge changes to come on the western side of Lake Wylie!

Crescent Resources plans to develop more than 2,300 acres around Lake Wylie in York County for residential, retail and office space.

It would be one of the largest developments in the Charlotte area once they get the go ahead.

The project would be almost a third bigger than the Palisades in southwest Charlotte, which has 1,600 acres and it would be about double the size of The Point on Lake Norman.

Crescent wants to develop three tracts of land with Allison Creek Partners near the Catawba Nuclear Station on the western side of Lake Wylie.

The three tracts are a combination of 750 acres owned by Allison Creek Partners and 640 acres owned by Crescent on either side of Allison Creek, 330 acres on the Allison Creek peninsula and 460 acres around Crowders Creek.

Sites also are planned for an elementary school and possibly a high school within the project. Also, there is an area set aside for a public athletic park.

The change in zoning would open up the land for a mix of retail, residential and an office park designed with Daimler Trucks North America in mind, formerly Freightliner.

It will be designed to conserve more open space, provide better connectivity and create a common architectural theme on the property.

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Wondergirl 5K Race
Be sure to attend Wondergirl 5K, the Girls on the Run race next Sunday at Baxter Community Center. Race day registration is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; the race starts at 2 p.m. Register online at www.gotrtricountysc.org or stop by the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex to pick up a race brochure

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New Dunkin Donuts off Gold Hill Road

Dunkin' Donuts

If you've driven around the parking lot by McDonald's on S.C. 160 and Gold Hill Road, chances are you've run into some bulldozers. Once the construction is over you'll run into some welcome aromas. Dunkin' Donuts is coming to Fort Mill.

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