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Did you know there are 6 elected members serving on the Fort Mill Town council? Fort Mill is divided into 4 wards with an elected member to serve those areas plus 2 more elected officials to represent “at large” seats. To qualify and campaign for a ward seat, you must live within the ward, however, everyone can vote for the candidate running for a seat on town council….which means YOUR vote counts!!! The council members serve staggered 4 year terms and this year the seat serving ward 3 is between 2 candidates: incumbent- Larry Huntley and challenger – Julia Beilsmith. So…what is the difference between these candidates?

Larry Huntley has served on town council since 2007, he is rooted in our community and embraces growth as it is a “good problem to have”. He is a husband, father, and grandfather who invests his time and stories (packed full of wisdom) with them daily. Larry Huntley is running on his voting record.

Julia Beilsmith is a newcomer to Fort Mill and brings with her the experience of many years of public service. She is an engineer who works in Huntersville,NC, a wife and mother who believes her experience can help effectively manage the growth in Fort Mill.

Both candidates are concerned about traffic, water and sewer lines, and the right balance between residential/commercial development.

Both candidates are likable, engaging, and open to sharing their time to connect with citizens.

You can reach Larry Huntley by cell 803) 417-0851
Julia Beilsmith: juliamahurin@hotmail.com or (813) 956-3436

To hear the entire interview on “Close up” visit http://www.WRHI.com




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Today’s edition of “Close up” featured Carol Dixon and Alexa Spratt who both serve on the Fort Mill History Museum committee. The Fort Mill History Museum is located at 310 N White St in Fort Mill and is quickly becoming a “branding” feature of Fort Mill- by displaying incredible exhibits, sharing History lessons dating back to Spanish explorers and promoting the rich culture of art, life and manufacturing of textiles in our town…. That’s just a snippet of what they do!!!!
It’s not too late to purchase your tickets for “The Art of the Knight Gala” happening on Friday Oct 4, 2013 however, the last day is Sept 21st. Also- be sure to attend “Art on Main” happening Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 from 10am-4pm in Historic Downtown Fort Mill. for more details visit http://www.FortMillHistoryMuseum.org. …And be sure to “Like” them on Facebook: Fort Mill History Museum!!! Today’s interview can be heard on http://www.WRHI.com. “see you on the radio”. Patti 🙂

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by | September 17, 2013 · 5:39 pm



Today on “Close up: Fort Mill/Tega Cay” I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Hugh Wilson. Dr Wilson is the principal of The Palmetto School which services children at The Attention Home, Safe Passages and Pilgrims Inn. With over 40,000 children in South Carolina suffering from physical and emotional abuse, often neglected by parents who are addicted to drugs, it is imperative that we all contribute where we can to raise dollars for the academic welfare of our kids in York County attending the Palmetto School!
**October 12, 2013 is the 4th annual RUN FOR ATTENTION benefitting the Palmetto School 9am @ Knight’s Stadium – prizes, food and family fun!!
**USATF certified 5K RUN ****1 mile FUN run/walk******meet Matt Elliot********
go to http://www.runforattention.org for race details and http://www.WRHI.com to hear full interview!!
See you there!!!

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by | September 10, 2013 · 5:00 pm





“Cookies for Kids Cancer” is a sweet idea with a serious purpose! A national nonprofit dedicated to childhood cancer research. Throughout the month of September we are “Painting the town Gold” to show our support in Fort Mill and Tega Cay for families who have faced the “C” word. Our 2013 SC Strawberry Queen, Dana Boutwell has a mission to raise awareness and funding through “30 Days for a cure”. The month started off strong with Daniel Kauffman tossing the first pitch at the last Knights game in Fort Mill. Daniel was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed- he is 5 years old today. His family’s story inspired our SCSF Queen to advocate for this “cause before crown”.

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Congratulations to Sarah Bazey, our 2012 Mrs. international!!! This lady is amazing – having suffered 3rd degree burns to over 40% of her body in a helicopter crash, she continues to serve as a spokesperson for the Phoenix Society sharing a message of hope and strength.

Thanks to everyone in my life who have supported my efforts to raise awareness for Autism through the International System. Mel and Mary Richardson have developed an opportunity for all women to embrace their femininity, support each other and pursue a competition where the blessing is in the experience of making a difference.

When you first arrive at the International pageant- the energy of over 50 breathtakingly beautiful women is enough to make Angelina Jolie want to run home and hide!! However, with each individual conversation -as we get to know each others hearts and causes, an incredible miracle begins to unfold. It’s not about the “crown” …it truly is about the “cause”!

This year- the class of 2012- was extra special! It was an honor to share the stage with all 54 of the most amazing women. I hope that each one of my pageant sisters will walk away from this week with the same blessing that I received.

Was I disappointed??? Heck yes!!! Was I hurt … Did I feel rejected…. You bet!!! When Autism is the message and the message is not picked for the International title … It feels personal… I’m human with emotions that scream….REALLY????

As I looked at the top 16- Autism, Post traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s …. NOT there!!!
Cancer, heart disease…. Well represented.

As contestants, we can prepare and present our best and it may not be enough to claim the crown. Judges are people with their own set of life experiences and sometimes your cause will “click” with theirs and sometimes it doesn’t. That is the excitement of the sport of pageantry!!
Each contestant has five minutes to make their message heard and who knows where the starting point is….???

I love the time and attention that the International System takes to help all the contestants understand that it’s the people who know us best – our family, friends, and community- whose opinion we should always hold dearest. Above all, it’s the vertical accountability to GOD who has given each one of us a unique purpose with the skill set to accomplish the task that matters most.
God knows our hearts and my heart is filled with love for the Mrs International Class of 2012!!!

Congratulations to all of you!!!


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“Guys and Dolls” opening Thursday 4/19 at NFHS. Awesome show – incredible cast – don’t miss it!!!


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by | April 15, 2012 · 8:18 am