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LakeWylie today Spring 2011 | Issue 1

Time well spent Serious fishing means serious fun on Lake Wylie

Healthy, wealthy and wise

Tips on achieving physical, mental and financial health in 2011

Chamber Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce news and information


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Our View

Lake Wylie poised for more growth in 2011 By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


ook around in any direction in the Lake Wylie area and you will see evidence of growth. Even in a down economy, there was growth, including investments from two major companies: Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. Other new construction projects included office complexes like Lake Wylie Business Centre and Lake Wylie Professional Center, a new apartment complex and a new middle school. Other businesses such Auto Zone, Auto Bell, Jersey Mikes, Vitamins 4 Less and Miller Orthodontics have opened or expanded. The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce estimates more than 600 new jobs were created in the area during the recent economic downturn. The chamber worked with many businesses, employers and investors to keep things moving and support existing businesses. We know that Lake Wylie is poised for more growth in 2011 because there are already plans under way including new roads, churches and more new multi-use developments. For example, Waterside Marketplace was purchased and is slated for an update and rejuvenation in 2011. In addition, a new fishing and tackle store, a wine shop and another spirits store are set to open this spring. As president of the chamber, I receive regular requests to provide demographics to and meet with prospective business investors. After 20 years as chamber president, my knowledge of the area has grown and I have seen many changes. It is definitely a challenge to keep abreast of all that is going on, especially since this is an unincorporated area with no city government to keep records or require business licenses or registration and permits. I meet with prospects and share a wealth of knowledge and information, however, there isn’t a neat and tidy demographic report for the area. Printed data is often misleading for several reasons including: Lake Wylie shares a zipcode with Clover, there are about 12 miles of rural area between the two communities, there are no defined official boundaries and the 2000 census was inaccurate. We anticipate the 2010 census data due out this spring. Typical demographic reports identify a center point in Lake Wylie. Depending on the 2 | Spring 2011

report and where they have decided to locate the “center point,” and its proximity to the lake, the numbers may not give a true picture of the area’s demographics. Generally, the closer to the lake, the higher the income. Those who live closest to the lake generate in excess of $130,000 per household annually, which is among the highest in the state. Also, the closer to the lake, the greater the population. It is estimated that there are approximately 30,000 people living within a 5-mile radius of the Buster Boyd Bridge. Lake Wylie also serves as a corridor to and from Charlotte, N.C. More than 30,000 vehicles travel S.C. Highway 49 daily. Since there is no alternate route to Charlotte without traveling about 12 miles south to Rock Hill or north to Belmont to cross the lake, the Highway 49 corridor is prime business location. That factor contributes greatly to why fast food chains, banks, gas stations, self-storage facilities, car washes and auto-related businesses keep popping up along Highway 49. Thousands of visitors have also come to check out Lake Wylie. More than 7,500 people visited the chamber’s Visitor Center between 2008 and 2010. So, why is Lake Wylie so appealing? Lifestyle, prosperity, growth, location, excellent schools, low taxes, four mild yet distinct seasons and the opportunity to move or start a business in a prosperous and growing area. Then there is its proximity to the CharlotteDouglas International Airport that enables people to be able to travel easily. The area also offers easy access to Interstates 85 and 77. In addition, Charlotte offers professional sports teams, major cultural, shopping and fine dining opportunities. With N.C. 49 widening and I-485 expanding, the Lake Wylie-Highway 49 corridor is attracting a lot of attention and has been identified as a prime growth area. Many of us have known for years that Lake Wylie is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Where else can you live and work where the slogan is: “Come home to a resort every day.” The secret is out and Lake Wylie has all the right ingredients: Location, location, location! LW


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2 Our View 6 Mailbag 14 Shoreline

What’s biting this spring at Lake Wylie

16 Roving Palate

Chefs use fresh, locally grown ingredients as inspiration for dishes that are healthy and beautiful

22 Garden Party

Winning photos from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s annual Shutterbug contest

30 Development Update 32 Time well spent

Behind the scenes of a recent bass fishing tournament

40 Healthy, wealthy and wise

Experts offer tips on how to achieve physical, mental and financial wealth in 2011

46 Faces

Meaningful connections: Dr. Alan Hartley seeks to make a difference in people’s lives

49 Profiles in Business

Shining the spotlight on Lake Wylie’s business leaders

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LakeWylie today Published by SC Biz News Director of Business Development - Mark Wright • 843.849.3143 Andy Owens - Managing Editor • 843.849.3141 Special Projects Editor - Allison Cooke Oliverius • 843.849.3149 Senior Copy Editor - Beverly Morgan • 843.849.3115 Art Director - Ryan Wilcox • 843.849.3117 Senior Graphic Designer - Jane Mattingly • 843.849.3118 Advertising Sales - Jane DuBois McCarthy • 704.287.8668 Circulation and Event Manager - Kathy Allen • 843.849.3113 Circulation, Event and Business Coordinator Kim McManus • 843.849.3116 CEO and Group Publisher - Grady Johnson • 843.849.3103 Vice President of Sales - Steve Fields • 843.849.3110 Contributing Editors Susan Bromfield President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce • 803.831.2827 Jane DuBois McCarthy • 704.287.8668 Contributing Writers Susan Bromfield, Lizabeth Currie, Marsha Guerard, Jane DuBois McCarthy, Allison Cooke Oliverius, Leigh Pressley, Rodger Taylor Contributing Photographers Susan Bromfield, Diana Grubenhoff, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, Jane DuBois McCarthy, Point of View Photography, Richard Rudisill, Ed Stewart, Rodger Taylor The entire contents of this publication are copyright by SC Biz News with all rights reserved. Any reproduction or use of the content within this publication without permission is prohibited.

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Mailbag Did you just catch a fish? Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary? Are you participating in a charity event or community fundraiser? Where did you go on your last family outing? Whether you just celebrated a major milestone or are gearing up to give back, part of our goal with Lake Wylie Today is to provide a platform for our community to share what’s happening in the community through stories and photos. We want to celebrate with you, laugh with you and build memories with you. See page 13 for information on how to submit photos and stories.

The Swan, owned by Brad Thomas, was named the winner of the 22nd annual Lights on the Lake holiday boat parade. Second and third place winners were Sid Smith’s “Gingerbread house at Christmas,” Chris Kropac’s “Santa in a hot air balloon,” respectively.

Grooming Naturally has moved to its new location at 4555 Charlotte Highway, Suite 22. Along with dog grooming, cat grooming,

bathing services and pet products, Grooming Naturally now offers self-serve pet bathing. Christy is shown here grooming one of her favorite clients, Seamus McCarthy. Grooming Naturally, 803-831-0707.

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Joe Silva is now a partner with the David R. Vickers Agency, an Allstate Insurance Agency. He is a personal financial representative with Allstate Financial Services LLC. Visit Joe at the agency’s new location at 4937 Charlotte Highway, Suite 104 near Anchor Self-Storage and Bojangles. 803-831-8958.

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Mailbag Haselden, Owen, Boyloyan & Corson Attorneys at Law are celebrating 35 years of service in our community. The firm has an office in Lake Wylie at 4609 Charlotte Highway. 803-831-2738.

Matthew G. Griffin recently joined Family Trust Federal Credit Union. Matt is the financial consultant for Family Trust Investment Services. Read his blog at

Wal-Mart employees picked up litter recently along several miles of Highway 274 as participants in the Adopt-a-Highway Program.

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Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living held a “Festival of Trees” during the holidays. They invited businesses and groups to decorate a tree and display it in the facility.

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Iron chefs The Lake Wylie Boy Scouts recently held their fourth annual “Iron Chef ” competition, an event that promotes outdoor cooking skills and teamwork among the different patrols. Troop 333 currently has seven patrols and The competition requires scouts to team up more than 50 scouts. and prepare a meal on camp stoves and portable setup within 30 minutes (similar to what they must do when they go camping). The menus included: spaghetti with salad and garlic bread, shrimp and grits, potato soup, stir fry, flank steak and green beans, and gumbo. Scoring was based on originality, presentation, flavor, use of ingredients and creativity. Judges included Chef Beau Baker of the Clover School District Culinary Arts DeThe winning group was the Venture Patrol, seen partment, Susan Bromfield of the Lake Wylie here with their Gold Spoon award. Left to right: Chamber and a former scout leader. Chef Beau Baker stands with Daniel Truelove, Connor Hale, Aaron Kelly and Matthew Kutrubs. The winning dish was potato soup. 

Left to right: Steven Truelove, Richard Keller, Merrick Price, Jeff Trowbridge and Dale Johnston of the Bobcat Patrol. This team presented its meal with sparkling grape juice.

Left to right: Luke Trowbridge, Thomas Key, Carter Purvis, Jackson McDowell, Cameron Bonney and Andrew Peterson of the Flying Eagle Patrol, the youngest scouts.

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Celebrate the 21st annual Earth Day at Schiele Museum Saturday, April 9. Activities for this water-themed event will begin with a parade down Garrison Boulevard in front of the museum at 9:30 a.m. and will continue through the day until 4 p.m. Visit the GeoDome and enjoy various water activities including fishing demonstrations and a duck race. Also enjoy a magic show, cooking demonstrations, Earth Game Show and more. Admission to Earth Day is free for Schiele Museum members. Nonmembers must just pay the museum’s general admission fee.

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Mailbag Lee Kehler (far left) was named Lion of the Year by the River Hills Lions Club for leading the spring golf tournament at the River Hills Country Club. It was one of the Lions Club’s most successful fundraisers ever. Lee Kehler, Debra Eident of CMC-Steele Creek, and Chamber President Susan Bromfield at the River Hills Lions Club Golf event.

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Tommy Pope of Elrod Pope Law Firm, and newly elected S.C. House Representative, with Susan Bromfield, Chamber president. Elrod Pope Law Firm has expanded and opened an office at Lake Wylie in the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Business Center. Elrod Pope Law Firm sponsored the Feb. 17 Business After Hours at the new location.

Former S.C. Rep. Herb Kirsh, who recently received the Order of the Palmetto — the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina — visits with recently elected S.C. Rep. Tommy Pope and his daughter "K-K" at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s February Business After Hours.

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2II<RXU7D[5HWXUQ S.C. Representatives Gary Simrill, Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman. York County Day was held in Columbia on Feb. 15, 2011. It was hosted by the Lake Wylie, Clover, Greater York and York County Regional chambers of commerce. Together, the chambers are known as the Council of Chambers of York County. The day featured a panel discussion with elected state officials. Topics of discussion included tax reform, redistricting and budget needs. York County Day has been held for 23 years.   

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biting in Lake Wylie this spring By Rodger Taylor when these fish congregate on rocky offshore humps. These small fighters are often found in massive schools. It is not uncommon to catch more than one fish at a time when using Sabiki rigs. On a very good outing, one can expect to catch in excess of 100 fish. They also make excellent fish bait to go after those catfish, too. Spring is just around the corner. If you are a seasoned angler or a novice who wants to learn, catfish and white perch offer great excitement on Lake Wylie. LW

Above: A fisherman begins to reel in his catch. Below right: His reward â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Lake Wylie blue catfish. (Photos/Rodger Taylor)


ost folks who fish know the blooming of the dogwoods signals the beginning of great fishing. It is time to make sure the tackle box is in order, put new line on the fishing outfits and make sure the boat is ship shape. Now that everything is ready to go, here are a couple suggestions for early spring fishing on Lake Wylie. Catfish angling on Lake Wylie is second to none. The lake has a well deserved reputation as a channel catfish factory. Catching 25-30 scrappy channel catfish daily during the early pre-spawn season in April is not uncommon. These fish usually weigh 4 to 6 pounds with larger fish weighing 7 to 9 pounds. They are very aggressive in late April to mid-May and are easily located in the backs of major creeks. Blue catfish are well established in Lake Wylie. Fishing for these larger fish is a growing sport in our area. The average size blue catfish is 6 to12 pounds. Fish in excess of 30 pounds are not uncommon and a couple of documented catches greater than 60 pounds have been recorded in our waters. Blue catfish are very powerful and their strikes are as violent as any

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fish in fresh water. March is a great month to seek out trophy catfish on Lake Wylie. Flathead catfish have been in our lake for quite a few years and their number and individual size is getting larger every year. Flathead catfish are true predators of fresh water. Although flatheads prefer live fish as bait, they have been caught on many baits either dead or alive. The flathead catfish is more of a loner than channel or blue catfish. Catching two or three in a single trip is an accomplishment. Like the blue catfish, the flathead grows to immense size and they are among the largest of freshwater fish. Many flatheads are caught by patient anglers who use live bait and present it to known flathead catfish lairs under the cover of darkness. If super fast action is what you prefer, the invasive white perch may be the fish you are looking for. The white perch fishing really gets cranked up in late April

Capt. Rodger Taylor is a USCG licensed fishing guide on Lake Wylie. He can be reached at, or visit his website at

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Culinary art Chefs use fresh, locally grown ingredients as inspiration for unique dishes that are as healthy and delicious as they are beautiful.

By Leigh Pressley • Photography by Richard Rudisill


ake Wylie’s early culinary scene may have started with fried fish, hush puppies and sugar-water tea, but these days, restaurants know many folks are focused on health and wellness. Finding the freshest food available has become as important to a restaurant’s success as culinary creativity, attentive customer service and value.

Passion8 Bistro

At Passion8 Bistro in Fort Mill, utilizing locally grown food is the guiding principle for Chef Luca Annunziata, who grew up on the Mediterranean coast of southern Italy in a large family that operated a beachside restaurant. Annunziata has traveled the world as a chef aboard a Cunard cruise ship, cooked for celebrities featured in Good Housekeeping magazine and worked as a private chef for founders of the Zagat restaurant guides. His resume also includes stints at London’s Dorchester Hotel and The Suvretta House in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He and wife Jessica met in the business and later worked in Italy at a restaurant that grew or raised everything it served.

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“For us, fresh food is paramount,” says Jessica. “We’re fortunate that this part of the country is so agriculturally rich and we’re lucky to work with folks who are as dedicated as we are. The food we serve is grown and cultivated with love and respect, just as we prepare it with love and respect. And the reason it’s so good is that it’s as fresh as it can be.” This cozy bistro with international culinary influences is located on Highway 51 off Carowinds Boulevard. Regulars and special occasion patrons flock to the intimate, 60-seat restaurant with rich, red cabernet walls and fabric draped over the ceiling. Everything about it oozes passion for good food shared by the vibrant couple. Passion8’s menu changes twice a season to reflect the freshest local ingredients and dishes appropriate to the time of year. Every day, Luca heads to the farmer’s market to see what’s new. Local farmers provide meat and vegetables, and fish is fresh from the Carolinas. “Our signature salad is from Tega Hills Farm near Tega Cay,” says Jessica. “Everything in it is red, from the Lola Rossa curly leaf red lettuce to the candied walnuts. We’ve been

buying that specific lettuce from Tega Hills Farm ever since we told him the idea behind the salad and that’s what we both came up with. I’ve never seen it in a local grocery store or on another menu.” The folks at New Town Farms in Waxhaw provide Passion8 with a wide range of organic vegetables, including sprouts and rutabaga. “They’re like an organic garden sherpa for us,” says Jessica. “They grow things we’ve never even heard of, and that’s great when you’re trying to use ingredients that aren’t so readily available. We collaborate all the time. We do our best to be innovative, but to the farmer’s credit, we’re constantly being introduced to unique things we’ve never seen before.” For beef, Passion8 calls on Proffitt Farm in Kings Mountain. The Scottish Aberdeen angus descends from an original line of pure bred cattle and is completely full-range grass fed. But sometimes, Passion8’s unique offerings Above: North Carolina day boat amber jack with local rutabaga puree, new beginnings baby carrots, spinach, beet vinaigrette and basil oil at Passion8 Bistro.

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Passion8 Bistro serves South Carolina poussin with coconut jasmine rice, wine-poached pear, local broccoli and pecan, rosemary and orange reduction.

come from the extensive experience of the Annunziatas as much as local ingredients. For example, an old Neopolitan recipe of Jessica’s grandmother is the inspiration behind zucchini blossom appetizers. “They’re made from the flower of the zucchini plant, which is normally thrown out because nobody knows how to prepare them,” she says. “It’s a big flower stuffed with something different every day. Today’s, it’s parmesan cheese, caramelized onions, basil, ricotta cheese and sweet Italian cheese that’s tempura battered and very lightly fried. It’s served with a fondue of zucchini that’s almost like a cheesy spread. For the longest time, I thought everyone ate them. It was normal fare for me.” Passion8 Bistro also offers chef tastings, cooking classes, wine dinners, movie nights, karaoke and a book club. “We want people to feel very welcome, like they’re having dinner with us in our living room,” says Jessica. “This isn’t a chain. And it isn’t what we do. It’s who we are. It’s our dream come true.”


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For folks around Lake Wylie, Café 49 and its extensive menu of vegetables is another dream come true. Popular with seniors, families and people picking up an order from work, veggie plates are a mainstay for the casual café. Veggie plates are $5.50 for three vegetables, $6.95 for four with corn bread or dinner rolls, and $1.95 per side item. “We’ve got 37 different items on our vegetable menu,” says manager Lamar Shaw. “Veggie plates are a huge seller for us every day. People are trying to eat lighter and healthier. Plus it helps people’s budgets and it comes out fast. You can order and be out the door with a veggie plate in 10 minutes.” Stewed squash made with onions, garlic, salt, pepper and butter is a must-have for many customers. Others favor black-eyed peas, candied yams and the three greens: collards, turnips and spinach. “We’ve been open three years, but our sister restaurant, the original Charlotte Café, has been in business since ’72,” says Shaw. “So our menu was great the day we opened.” Café 49 also utilizes locally grown produce, particularly in summer. “We use Tim Reid, a local farmer who has a fruit stand near Pole Branch Road,” says Shaw. “For sure, he has the prettiest tomatoes in town. He also has brothers in the mountains, and when he runs out, he takes a flatbed truck up there to get me more. Having fresh tomatoes in season keeps me in business. Customers can see the difference and taste the difference.” Reid also supplies the restaurant with squash, cucumbers and okra. “We like to use fresh vegetables and recipes that you can’t get just anywhere,” says Shaw. “The odd ones we sell a ton of are pickled beets and cucumbers and onions, both of which are cold dishes. What we serve depends on what we can get in season. If we could, we’d use all local farmers.”

Christopher’s Bar & Grill

Just down the road on Highway 49 in Lake Wylie, Christopher’s Bar & Grill is a popular casual eatery with an extensive menu of salads, sandwiches and dinner plates featuring seafood, chicken, pasta and steak. Owner Chris Earle opened the restaurant in 2001. “Salads are great sellers for us,” says manager Ashley Miller. “We have nine options

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topped with everything from grilled chicken and chicken salad to grilled grouper, salmon or shrimp. We’ve been voted ‘Best Salads’ by local publications for several years, so we’ve become known for our variety.” It’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t offer a basic salad, but Christopher’s steps it up a notch with its toppings. “We give people more options than most places with salmon, grouper and shrimp that can be grilled, blackened or, if you’d like, fried,” he says. “Particularly in spring and summer, salads are big sellers. When it gets warm weather, people start watching the waistline.” The grilled chicken breast salad is the restaurant’s most popular salad. A large bowl of fresh mixed greens is blended with cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, red onions, sliced boiled eggs, cheddar and jack cheeses and croutons, then topped with diced grilled chicken. “It’s a large bowl and a generous portion for a great price,” says Miller. The baby spinach salad is another big seller, with tender baby spinach and spring salad mix topped with a boiled egg, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, crispy bacon and

Roving Palate toasted almonds. For a heartier, but still healthy option, the ocean’s bounty salad is topped with grilled grouper, grilled salmon or eight shrimp. In recent years, Christopher’s has seen business grow with wraps stuffed with lettuce, vegetables, meats and cheese. “The most popular wrap is a tomato basil shell filled with lettuce, tomato, provolone and grilled chicken,” he says. “You can also get a club wrap, turkey wrap or turkey and spinach wrap. Basically anything you can put on a salad we can put in a wrap. They’re another fresh alternative.” For sides, health-conscious diners go with pasta salad that’s made in-house daily. “It’s a rotini spiral pasta tossed with Italian dressing sauce, black olives and tomatoes and served cold,” says Miller. “It’s a healthy alternative to fries.” Christopher’s also recently added baked wings that are cooked in the oven and finished on the grill. “You can get them naked or lightly breaded,” says Miller. “They’re excellent, and they’re The cozy interior of Passion8 Bistro. turned into a really big seller for us.” LW

Want to go? Passion8 Bistro 3415 S.C. 51 North, Fort Mill 803-802-7455 Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday for lunch and 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday for dinner. Café 49 4516 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie 803-631-5350 Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Christopher’s Bar & Grill 1500 Village Harbor Drive facing S.C. 49 803-831-2461 Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden? Orchid Spectacular Through March 14, 2011 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Orchids are the jewels of the botanical world and each winter, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden puts on an orchid show to entice the casual guest, educate the novice and entertain the expert. The gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth annual Orchid Spectacular, which opened Jan. 14 and runs through March 14, includes educational classes, workshops and a dazzling display in the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only glasshouse dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants

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Garden Party

Spring gardening to-do list By Lizabeth Currie


t’s beginning to look a lot like spring. And this beautiful weather we’ve been having is sure to give you the gardening itch. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your yards, flower beds and gardens this spring. For those of you who seeded your lawns this past fall, it’s time to apply pre-emergent for crabgrass control. This can be done until April. If you need to overseed your grass now, do not apply crabgrass control that contains Halts. This will not allow your grass to germinate. There is a new product on the market that will allow you to seed, fertilize and prevent crab grass at the same time. It contains another active ingredient other than the Halts that allows for germination. There are also products that will prevent crabgrass and broadleaf weeds at the same time so you can knock them both out at once. New shipments of trees are here. The Bradford pear, dogwood and Yoshino cherry trees are just a few of the beauties. They are dormant now, but get yours in the ground soon and they will be blooming before long. Remember, when you plant trees and shrubs, it’s very important to dig the hole twice the size of the root ball. It’s also important to make sure the hole drains well. Fill the hole with water and walk away for a while. The water should have drained by the time you return. Amend your soil with a good tree and shrub soil mixed with at least half of your native soil. Break up any compacted native soil and mix well. When spacing trees and shrubs, follow the directions on the tag. Fifteen feet apart may sound drastic, but this allows your tree its right of space. The growers are the experts, and that’s why we should follow their directions. The space allows for air flow, root growth and helps prevent the spread of diseases and insects. Who doesn’t love fresh blueberries and blackberries? It’s time to plant dormant fruit and it’s recommended that you plant more than one variety of each fruit. It really helps with pollination and the amount of harvest. Plant enough to share! Our feathered friends enjoy them, too. Climbing vines such as wisteria, jasmine and clematis can be planted now, along with some summer bulbs. Always check the firmness of the bulbs and plant according to the package directions.

I plan to start my seeds inside, with my daughter Chloe, by mid-March. If you have never tried planting seeds, make this the year you do. You will not only save tons of money, you can also grow so many different varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Not only is it amazing to watch the growth from seed to seedling to plant, it’s more rewarding to say, “I grew that all by myself!” LW

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Development Update

Lake Wylie continues to be hot in every season Photo/Ed Stewart

By Susan Bromfield


ake Wylie continues to grow. Several new businesses have opened and many existing businesses have expanded or updated, despite the economic conditions in the state and nation. In addition to these activities, many more are slated for 2011. Here are a few updates: Vitamins 4 Less opened next to Anytime Fitness and offers a variety of natural products and supplements. Owners Mike and Juanita Kimbro moved to Lake Wylie 18 years ago because of the school system. “It was always our dream to have a vitamin and supplement store,” Mike Kimbro said. “We saw this location and just loved it! So, here I am.” Lily Nails and Spa opened next door to Vitamins 4 Less at Highway 49 and Evergreen Road. The spa already has a location in Gastonia. Along the water at River Hills Marina, Pier 30 | Spring 2011

88 is expanding again and gearing up for a big season by adding Cookie’s Boutique at Pier 88. Cookie’s Boutique will bring swim wear and fun summer fashions to Lake Wylie. It will offer an assortment of beach bags and towels, sunglasses and hats, and lake– themed accessories, all affordably priced. The shop will be open during spring and summer. It joins Cookie’s Café, which serves lunch fare through the summer. At Lake Wylie Plaza, David Wysor Jewelry has added a line of moderately-priced jewelry. The line includes earrings, bracelets and necklaces for every budget, just in time for Mother’s Day and graduation day. David Wysor Jewelry will also be showcased at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce spring luncheon and fashion show in April. The Village Cellar, owned by Jeffrey Cushing, is now open. Located next to

Sportscenter in Lake Wylie Plaza, The Village Cellar features a full assortment of foreign and domestic wines as well as spirits and gifts. Cushing has been in the wine business for 25 years and is “very excited to be bringing a fine wine shop to Lake Wylie.” The Fishing and Tackle Shop, located in the former Knothole on Highway 49, opens this spring. Fisherman will soon have a Lake Wylie location to purchase all their fishing supplies. The shop is close to the Buster Boyd Landing, the most used public landing on the Catawba River. Next door, the Spirit Shoppe will also open early this spring and feature a full assortment of liquor. The Buster Boyd Landing will be ready for use this spring. Duke Energy has spent the winter performing major maintenance, repairs and various improvements, including new ramps and a parking area. York Development Group of Charlotte

Development Update purchased the the former Waterside Marketplace. Plans are under way to update, refurbish and rejuvenate this shopping center to include a recreational business, a coffeehouse and restaurants. Stay tuned for more details. Dilworth Coffee at Lake Wylie has changed its name to Lake Wylie Coffeehouse. Owner Greg Gardner is making plans to move closer to the lake with a location in the former Waterside Marketplace shopping center that will feature a drive-through window. Lake Wylie Coffeehouse is the only Lake Wylie business to offer freshly roasted coffee beans. Lake Wylie Coffeehouse now serves breakfast and lunch. It also features a dinner theater and live music. Visit www.lakewyliecoffeehouse. com the for schedule. Allstate – David Vickers Agency has relocated from Plantation Square to a new office beside Anchor Self Storage at River’s Edge Pavilion near Lake Wylie Coffeehouse. Carolina Family Dentistry at Lake Wylie, owned by Dr. Vanessa Vargas, is expanding its space and other services. The office is located in Lake Wylie Business Centre across from Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. Vargas opened her practice in 2008 and is pleased to be expanding to provide more services locally. Scholarship Gold, owned by Elizabeth Hartley, has opened a new office in Lake Wylie Business Centre. Scholarship Gold is a business that works with students and their families to obtain scholarship funds as well as entrance to colleges and universities. Hartley has secured millions of dollars to help students with tuition fees and college entrance.

visible location. Grooming Naturally, as the name implies, offers pet grooming services using natural products that are also for sale for home use. River Hills Marina’s new boardwalk has been completed and is ready for spring. The boardwalk and walking bridge have been completely rebuilt and updated during the past two years. Lighting was recently added to the bridge. AT&T, formerly known as Bellsouth in

the Lake Wylie area, has invested in new technology and is offering upgraded services to Lake Wylie customers. It is offering the new AT&T U-verse, high-speed Internet and upgraded cable services. The upgraded services are available in select areas with expansion plans in progress. As summer is just a few months away there are bound to be many more businesses opening, expanding and making changes. Lake Wylie continues to be hot! LW

Wal-Mart – Lake Wylie has added a Health Clinic. This service will offer families immediate health care for minor sickness and injuries. In addition to regular operating hours, it will also be open after hours, when your doctor may not be available. Andy Reynolds of Keller Williams Realty has opened an office at the Lake Wylie Business Centre. Keller Williams Realty is also located in Baxter Village in Fort Mill. Grooming Naturally has expanded and relocated in Plantation Square to a more Spring 2011 |



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well spent By Allison Cooke Oliverius • Photography by Richard Rudisill

It’s tournament day and Rusty White and his fishing partner Ron Farrow hit Lake Wylie at first light in search of the biggest bass they can find. Freezing temperatures and a biting wind didn’t deter the two, who put in a full day on the lake February 12 and won second place in the fourth tournament of the Rod Jimmy Series.

Rusty White (left) and Ron Farrow have been fishing together for about 12 years. They went into this tournament knowing recent rains and bitter cold temperatures would make conditions tough. Spring 2011 |


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he temperature was 27 degrees when boats began arriving at the Ebenezer Park Boat Ramp at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 12. Six teams of two anglers each lined up to register for the Rod Jimmy Tournament Series. Organizers said fishing has been more challenging in recent weeks due to the bitter winter, which has led to cold water temperatures; and recent rains have left the upper part of the lake stained and muddy. But for serious fisherman, that’s all part of

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the challenge. “It’s always exciting to me the day of tournament, even though I’ve been doing it so long,” said Rusty White, who has been fishing in tournaments for 26 years. “The anticipation of what the day may bring … I may do very well or very poorly. You never know until the end of the day.”

Fishing buddy

For White, who is also a fishing guide on

Lake Wylie, tournament fishing is all about decision making and efficiency. That’s why it’s important to have a good partner. He and Ron Farrow have been fishing together for the better part of 12 years, are the best of friends and respect each other’s ability to find and catch fish. “We both have the same drive, determination and passion for the sport,” White said. See Fishing, Page 36



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Feature Official results of the Feb. 12 tournament Place Team Weight 1. Derek Lilly/Rob Sledzueski 14.98 2. Ron Farrow/Rusty White 12.80 3. Brian/Shannon Stowe 8.70 4. Jack Fraser/Matt Hayes 4.07 5. Thomas Richmond/Juan Mobley 2.56 6. Danny Williamson/ Tom Christafaro 0 For more information, including additional tournament dates in the series, visit:

Tournament director Jerem y Cabe (left) presents a che ck to Rusty White (center) and Ron Far row (not pictured) as ano ther competitor looks on. FISHING, continued from Page 34

“We talk a lot during the day about ideas, gut feelings/instinctual thoughts and try to use that information to make good decisions.” The two have fished the Rod Jimmy Series since the tournament debuted in November, when the two came in first with a 13.75 pound catch.

Catching keepers

The February tournament was tough, primarily because the fish didn’t bite that well, White said. “We started the day up the lake in an area where I had found some fish the day before, but after several hours without a single bite, it was clear we had to make a change. We went to an area that my partner had found some fish in and managed to catch one small keeper. It was noon, we only had one small

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Above: Ron Farrow grabs a largemouth for weigh-in. Below: Rusty White (left) and Ron Farrow (right) fish the shoreline of Lake Wylie. fish and we decided to abandon the upper portion of the lake and start working our way back down the lake; stopping briefly on each point for 10 minutes. The first point we stopped, I caught our second and biggest fish on the suspending jerkbait. We spent the afternoon jumping from point to point every 10 minutes and managed to catch four more decent fish.”

Technically speaking

The fish White and Farrow weighed in were caught on a suspending jerkbait, which can be a tedious way to fish, White explained. “The colder water temperatures dictate that you must fish slower bait. Twitching then pausing the jerkbait was critical to getting bit. Every fish that was caught on the jerkbait came after at least a 5 second pause. See Fishing, Page 38

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FISHING, continued from Page 37

The majority of the bites you get on a jerkbait come while the bait is paused; when you go to twitch the bait again, the fish is there. You feel the weight of the fish, lean/pull back on the rod to sink the hooks into the fish,” he said. With the colder water and slower metabolism, many times the fish just nip at the tail of the bait and only get one hook in their mouths, White said. So until you actually see the fish and how it is hooked, the fight is give and take (mostly give). If you see that the fish is hooked well, then you can apply more pressure on the fish and get it in the boat as quickly as possible. “The longer the fish is in the water the

Feature For more information about all tournaments in the Lake Wylie area, visit http://www. Pages/tournaments/ Months/2011/ January2011.html. After weigh-in, Ron Farrow releases a bass back into the water.

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greater the chances are of it getting away,” White said. “Once the fish is in the boat, there is a feeling of relief and elation. “We finished the tournament in second place with 12.80 pounds. First place was 14.98 pounds,” he said.

Serious fishing, serious fun

Lake Wylie is a good lake with a good population of fish. It continues to provide some serious fun for serious fishermen, as well as those are just out there for the fun of it. And as White will tell you, “There is no substitute for time on the water.” Even when it’s 27 degrees outside? “It’s fun regardless of temperature as long as you’re catching fish,” White said. LW

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Healthy, wealthy and wise Spring is the perfect time to develop a fresh, new perspective. So, we asked several local experts for tips on ways you can begin to achieve physical, mental and financial wealth in 2011.

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Feature Financial health Planning key to financial health

Are you on track to be as financially healthy as you should be? The authors of The Millionaire Next Door suggest a simple rule of thumb for 35- to 65-year-olds in the middle income bracket: Multiply your age by your annual income and then divide by 10. If your net worth is more than the result, good news, you’re on the right track. If not, don’t despair. Millionaires plan ahead and you should too.

How is your investment health?

Our portfolios at R.P. Boggs Co. have two long-term themes: 1. We are experiencing a shift to a more balanced model of global consumption. This shift is brought about by the American consumer finally running into a wall of debt. Export-driven countries, like China, will need to increase their household consumption by increasing the value of their currency. Import-driven countries, like the U.S., will need to increase their manufacturing by decreasing the value of their currency. When you live and consume in U.S. dol-

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Remember that regardless of your net worth, you are priceless to your family. Your real worth includes your life experiences, values, knowledge, interests and moral guidance, not just your financial wealth. Planning for who will be in charge of your finances, business and medical decisions if you become disabled, and taking steps to protect your spouse and your children’s inheritance, can put you on the right track. Planning will

help you and your family face the future with assurance.

lars, this balancing can be very painful on the purchasing power of your money. 2. Countries with large populations, like China, Brazil, India and Indonesia, are developing at a very fast pace and will increase their consumption of resources. These two “big picture” themes coordinate with our portfolios via things that come from the ground and hold their value versus a declining dollar, like gold and silver. We also like companies that make money from things that come from the ground, like Exxon and the fertilizer company Potash Corp.

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Feature Five health components

What does health mean to you? It can mean many different things to people. Some think it is looking good. Some think it is eating well. Others think health comes in a bottle.  We believe health includes five different components: proper nutrition, exercise, rest, good mental attitude and proper nerve supply.  1. Proper nutrition. We all know that eat-

ing right does the body good. Less sugar in your diet always plays a key role in proper nutrition. 2. Exercise. Keeping your body in motion is a must. It’s like adding oil to a machine. You must stay active. 3. Rest. You have always heard that proper rest does a body good. When you rest, your body heals. It regains strength for a new day. 4. Good mental attitude. This is critical in maintaining your health. Keeping a posi-

tive attitude is feeling the part. Keep a good attitude and never give up. 5. Proper nerve supply. That’s right. Proper nerve supply is a key function in being healthy. Your nervous system controls all of the functions to your body’s organs. Without proper nerve supply, you will not function at 100%. Chiropractic adjustments helps keep the body free of nerve interference. Dr. Al Glaza Glaza Chiropractic Center 548 Nautical Drive, Suite 204 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2345

2011 could be the year that you take control of your health If you owned the very last car ever to be produced and could never buy another car, you would pamper it and take exceptionally good care of it. Think of your body as that “last car.” Smoking, lack of exercise and obesity will accelerate its decline. People work hard saving for retirement and poor health often robs them of enjoying the retirement years. Quit smoking The American Lung Association offers an online program called Freedom from Smoking. It offers techniques and tips to help you quit for good. A three-month membership is only $15. There are also medications that can help people quit smoking. Chantix, for example, has been extremely helpful for many people.

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Feature Lose weight Obesity has become our “diabesity” epidemic and the truth about a magic pill to lose weight is that there is no magic pill. A free website devoted to weight loss and healthy living,, has been available for a few years now with more than 9 million members. There are many success stories with before and after photos. It was created to “spark” people’s enthusiasm to lose weight and exercise. There are daily meal plans with snack ideas and weekly shopping lists. Once you learn how to navigate the site, it is easy to use.

Here are my guidelines for a happy life: • Have a vision for your life. • Decide to be happy. Create a JOY list. • Be the most positive person you know. • Be kind to yourself and others. • Practice gratefulness. • Simplify. Less is better. • Forgive yourself and others. • Meditate. Create times of silence each day. • Connect with fun, stimulating people.

• Move and make it fun. • Eat healthy food you enjoy. Paula Guilfoyle President and owner, Claim Your Best Life 36 Sunrise Point Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Mobile: 704-906-8045 E-mail:

Get a check-up Schedule an appointment with your health care provider for a healthy living assessment if it has been more than 2-3 years. Pamela J. Pritchett CaroMont Family Medicine-Lake Wylie 1200 Village Harbor Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710-9092 803-631-2858

Mental Health Claim your best life Do you know that you are remarkable and that you can create the life that you deserve? I believe that we are here to love and be loved. That means that we are here to experience joy – to live happily, to experience “well being,” and live life with meaning and purpose. Through my corporate wellness company, I teach people in corporations to create the thinking that leads to a better life. My company is devoted to improving employee and individual wellness by changing thoughts and behavior to positively impact overall health.

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Meaningful connections By Marsha Guerard • Photography by Richard Rudisill

At home and at work, Dr. Alan Hartley seeks to make a difference in people’s lives. Hartley is currently expanding his chiropractic practice to include neurofeedback therapy in an effort to provide drug-free, safe and permanent help to patients who struggle with a variety of conditions.


r. Alan Hartley, a chiropractor in Lake Wyle for the past 10 years, is expanding his practice from the neck up — with a brain-focused therapy that he says appeals to both the “science geek” and the health care provider in him. Hartley, who holds a doctoral degree in biochemistry and genetic engineering from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, has gained certification as a practitioner of EEG biofeedback therapy, also called neurofeedback therapy. He’s pursuing his national board certification in the new pursuit. “It is a drug-free, safe and permanent way to create meaningful improvement in patients who struggle with a variety of conditions,” Hartley said. Patients who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, migraines, fibromyalgia, insomnia and even epilepsy have seen dramatic improvements in their conditions, he said. The process involves a thorough EEG evaluation of the patient’s brain wave patterns and ratios, allowing the doctor to see if there are any abnormal patterns taking place dur46 | Spring 2011

ing different activities. “After processing their information and EEG, I can determine which patterns we can hope to change or improve,” Hartley said. Treatments consist of the patient being hooked up to an EEG, which is then hooked to a computer and monitor. When the patient’s brainwave patterns get into the right ratio, they are “rewarded” with feedback. The reward may be that a movie plays, the table vibrates gently  or Pac Man comes on the monitor and plays as long as they are in the right ratio. “Kids love to play  Pac Man with their brain,” Hartley said. If the patient loses focus or is distracted, the reward stops. This immediate feedback helps the brain to create new and beneficial neuropathways. “I have already seen some truly remarkable results in my patients, children and adults alike,” Hartley said. “I love being able to identify if there is a problem with the brain wave patterns and then being able to determine if there is a correlation between

them and the patient’s symptoms. Seeing the improvement in the patients, though, is the most exciting part.” 

A classic love story

Born and raised in a small village in Northern England, Hartley met his American wife, Elizabeth, when she was a student at Canterbury. “For me, it was love at first sight, just like in the movies,” Hartley said. “I knew without a doubt that I was going to marry her.” But he was shy, and they spoke little at first. When Elizabeth and a friend decided they wanted to spend a week in Paris during spring break, Hartley volunteered to go along as interpreter. “At the last minute, the friend had a change of plans. So, effectively, our first ‘date’ was a week in Paris in the springtime.” One afternoon as they sat in the grass under the Eiffel Tower, an older French man walked by, pushing a bike. He looked at the couple and approached, pulling some crêpes out of a satchel around his shoulder. Handing them to Hartley, the man said something to


A patient does neurotherapy training by playing a computer game using brain waves. Spring 2011 |




Hartley performs a trigger point release on the shoulder of a chiropractic patient.

Hartley uses software to monitor the progress of a neurotherapy patient.

him in French. “My face went bright red and he walked away, laughing,” Hartley said. “Elizabeth insisted I tell her what he said, which was, ‘You two look like you’re so much in love that you probably forgot to eat today.’ After that, we had ‘the’ discussion and revealed that we did indeed like each other.”  Elizabeth moved back to the United States less than two months later, but Hartley had three years of work left on his PhD. Despite the wait and the distance, they were engaged within six months. “When all 26 of my extended family decided to come to the wedding, my mum made all the arrangements with a local travel agent. The week before the wedding, my mum went to pick up the tickets and the agent had gone bankrupt with all of our money and left us with no tickets! That same day, I found out (down in Canterbury) that the U.S. Embassy in London had never received my passport — it was apparently stolen in the mail — and had therefore never given me a fiancé visa. “So, here I was a week before the wedding with no passport, visa or plane ticket. I ran down into Canterbury with my birth certificate to apply for an emergency passport. When someone opened the front door of the passport office, it created a cross breeze and my birth certificate blew out the back window and disappeared. So, I hopped a train to London to go get a new birth certificate, to get a new passport, to get a fiancé visa and hopefully, somehow score a plane ticket all within a few days.

“My mum miraculously worked it out with US Airways in Europe — God bless US Airways — and they offered to bump 5 to 6 people a day off the flight to Charlotte in order to get my family here. Everyone else made it but me because I was still trying to get my paperwork sorted out in London. By the day before the wedding, everyone else was in Charlotte, including a bridesmaid from Japan, groomsmen from England and Australia, my whole family, so they decided to have the wedding without me and just let my brother stand in by proxy. The last flight before the wedding, I surprised them by making it on that flight. I didn’t have my fiancé visa by then but we worked it all out in the end. That was 20 years ago this March. I can’t believe it’s gone by so quickly. She’s a real joy to be married to. I can’t imagine life being any better. She’s my very best friend.” | Spring 2011

Family comes first

After their marriage, Hartley did a fiveyear post-doctoral cancer research fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina. But the couple realized they would need to relocate to the Lake Wylie region to be closer to Elizabeth’s family. “She has a special-needs sister who will ultimately be our responsibility and it was a priority to make sure we were available to the changing needs of her parents and sister.” Hartley scrapped his plans to go to medical school at Duke, where he was already on the faculty. Although he’d never been to a chiropractor himself, the science of their meth-

odology made sense to Hartley. He and Elizabeth moved to Spartanburg, S.C., where he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree. But even then, Hartley’s life was hardly simple.  “The day that I interviewed to become a student is the same day they lost their professor of biochemistry and microbiology so I was hired on the spot to be a full-time professor while I was also a full-time student. Soon I was made head of the science department and so was juggling being a dad to three small kids, a husband, professor, student and administrator. It was a hectic time, now that I think about it, but those were really special years, living in a little house in the country with my family. Loved it.” When asked how he manages to balance the demands of a busy chiropractic business with those of the new neurofeedback therapy practice, Hartley replied, “Yes I am way too busy at the moment but in a good way. I’d like to get a better balance between work and family. Both practices are in the same office at the moment, though as the BrainCore neurofeedback practice expands, I will probably cut back on my chiropractic hours, though I don’t plan to stop completely.” He does plan to bring in a second chiropractor to join the practice. Although he misses his family in England and the lovely countryside there, Hartley said he loves living in Lake Wylie. “I like the people here the best. We have some wonderful friends here and a great church. I like how it’s its own little community, but yet it is close to the benefits of a big city.” LW

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Golf Masters

Golf Masters is more than just golf

t happens when a boys golf coach and a girls golf coach get gether? They fall in love and produce a great place for players all ages to brush up on their game.

and Taylormade clubs and bags available for purchase. The shop also carries a full stock of gloves, clothing, sunglasses and other amenities.

c and Lyn Harper, who both coach golf at Clover High hool, opened the Golf Masters practice facility at 5241 arlotte Highway in Lake Wylie in 2006.

Eric has been a golf course superintendent for many years and is a member of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent Association, Lyn said. That means the condition of the Golf Masters range is excellent.

olf Masters is a full-service golf practice facility,” Lyn Harper d. The range offers both grass and mat teeing areas with get greens to hit to, and a realistic short game practice area th a Bermuda grass putting green and sand bunker. “Our nge offers the chance for a player to hit every club and create ot making skills by having target greens.”

Victory Custom Golf, operated by Ken Husvar, and Accelerized Golf of Lake Wylie are located at Golf Masters. Victory Custom Golf builds and repairs clubs and Accelerized Golf offers lessons through PGA professional Tommy Jordan. Victory Insurance &ofFDMG Custom Lakeside Golf was just recognized as one the top 100 club fitters in the nation by Golf Digest.

A 26% reduction in employee expenses is good for any business!

e lit range area allows evening practice, said Lyn, who can found there most evenings after her day serving as school Of course, a golf range isn’t all that the match between Lyn and harles Bromfield always looked for ways to save money for “There are hidden savings too, in eliminating the hiring expenses retary at Crowders Creek Elementary School has ended. companies on their insurance plans, butHarper now he’s found aproduced. way to of advertising, time spent interviewing in order to hire only Eric has Their children, Erica andmany Lucas, also c runs the range and golf shop full-time. She’s proud of the cut their operating costs even more. a few, and no company policy training before a new employee is are avid players. ready to go to work. All of this is done by FDMG.” mprehensive service that she and Eric offer. Bromfield’s Lakeside Insurance, at 264 Latitude Lane in Lake Wylie, is embarking on a new venture, partnering with First

The company will work with its clients to arrive at their true

offer companies personalwith service, such fitting, andgive place orders Management to provide hourly costas perclub employee, and then the client a bid for an olf Masters has everything a golfer needsDiversity to improve his Group “We employees at considerably less cost. hourly fee that usually uphas to 26% he explained. for the individual to make sure theisplayer theless,correct club. me. With a top-notch range offering target greens with daily we support junior golf and hope the interests of junior “Specializing entry-level, Also, high turnover, non-clinical “There are we other companies that do contract employees,” dages from teeing area and a short game area, one canin work will provide payroll services and labor Bromfield said, “but they are not the same as FDMG. Other golfers continue to grow,” Lyn said. “In this area, the country and improve every aspect of his game,” Lynemployees, said. byFDMG partnering assuming the payroll requirements and expenses companies transfer your employees to their payroll only AFTER of the client’s employees,” Bromfield said. “This can eliminate haveagone and takento on practice the expense and of, the entire clubs are private and we you offer waythrough, for players or reduce a business client’s expenses on worker’s compensation hiring process. At FDMG, we take on all the pre-hire expenses learnpayroll the wonderful lf Masters also has a full-service golf shop with PING, Nike insurance, insurance, unemployment taxes, Medicare/game of of newgolf.” employees; and they begin employment on the FDMG Social Security matching expenses, and human resource costs such as health/medical insurance and time-off benefits.”

payroll. Also, the on-site manager is most often an existing client employee (we guarantee to match or exceed their current benefits package). As an employee of FDMG they essentially become a 5241 Charlotte Highway FDMG can provide a company with 50 or more employees with “free” employee for the client!” Lake Wylie, SC 29710 an on-site manager at no cost to them, Bromfield said. If more employees need to be added, FDMG will interview prospective Bromfield said that in this new current economy, FDMG’s growth 803-831-5499 employees, check references, conduct background checks and is no surprise. We lower overhead substantially at the bottom line. skills assessments, and perform an 11-panel drug test. FDMG No upfront costs. No hidden fees. Just an immediate reduction in E-mail: does not charge an up-front cost for their services, he added. employee expenses.

Pier 88 Yacht Club at River Hills Marina “That’s why we are adding it to the services Lakeside Insurance

“The benefits to the client are an immediate reduction of expenses of up to 26%, and long-term solutions to entry level employees by reducing or eliminating employee hassles,” Bromfield said.

provides. A 26% savings on employee expenses is good for business growth. Period.”

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Golf Masters is more than just golf hat happens when a boys golf coach and a girls golf coach get together? They fall in love and produce a great place for players of all ages to brush up on their game.

and Taylormade clubs and bags available for purchase. The shop also carries a full stock of gloves, clothing, sunglasses and other amenities.

Eric and Lyn Harper, who both coach golf at Clover High School, opened the Golf Masters practice facility at 5241 Charlotte Highway in Lake Wylie in 2006.

Eric has been a golf course superintendent for many years and is a member of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent Association, Lyn said. That means the condition of the Golf Masters range is excellent.

“Golf Masters is a full-service golf practice facility,” Lyn Harper said. The range offers both grass and mat teeing areas with target greens to hit to, and a realistic short game practice area with a Bermuda grass putting green and sand bunker. “Our range offers the chance for a player to hit every club and create shot making skills by having target greens.” The lit range area allows evening practice, said Lyn, who can be found there most evenings after her day serving as school secretary at Crowders Creek Elementary School has ended. Eric runs the range and golf shop full-time. She’s proud of the comprehensive service that she and Eric offer. “Golf Masters has everything a golfer needs to improve his game. With a top-notch range offering target greens with daily yardages from teeing area and a short game area, one can work on and improve every aspect of his game,” Lyn said. Golf Masters also has a full-service golf shop with PING, Nike

Victory Custom Golf, operated by Ken Husvar, and Accelerized Golf of Lake Wylie are located at Golf Masters. Victory Custom Golf builds and repairs clubs and Accelerized Golf offers lessons through PGA professional Tommy Jordan. Victory Custom Golf was just recognized as one of the top 100 club fitters in the nation by Golf Digest. Of course, a golf range isn’t all that the match between Lyn and Eric Harper has produced. Their children, Erica and Lucas, also are avid players. “We offer personal service, such as club fitting, and place orders for the individual to make sure the player has the correct club. Also, we support junior golf and we hope the interests of junior golfers continue to grow,” Lyn said. “In this area, the country clubs are private and we offer a way for players to practice and learn the wonderful game of golf.” 5241 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5499 E-mail:


A 26% reduction in employee expenses is good for any business!

harles Bromfield always looked for ways to save money for companies on their insurance plans, but now he’s found a way to cut their operating costs even more. Bromfield’s Lakeside Insurance, at 264 Latitude Lane in Lake Wylie, is embarking on a new venture, partnering with First Diversity Management Group to provide companies with employees at considerably less cost.

“Specializing in entry-level, high turnover, non-clinical employees, FDMG will provide payroll services and labor partnering by assuming the payroll requirements and expenses of the client’s employees,” Bromfield said. “This can eliminate or reduce a business client’s expenses on worker’s compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, Medicare/ Social Security matching expenses, and human resource costs such as health/medical insurance and time-off benefits.”

“There are hidden savings too, in eliminating the hiring expenses of advertising, time spent interviewing many in order to hire only a few, and no company policy training before a new employee is ready to go to work. All of this is done by FDMG.” The company will work with its clients to arrive at their true hourly cost per employee, and then give the client a bid for an hourly fee that is usually up to 26% less, he explained. “There are other companies that do contract employees,” Bromfield said, “but they are not the same as FDMG. Other companies transfer your employees to their payroll only AFTER you have gone through, and taken on the expense of, the entire hiring process. At FDMG, we take on all the pre-hire expenses of new employees; and they begin employment on the FDMG payroll. Also, the on-site manager is most often an existing client employee (we guarantee to match or exceed their current benefits package). As an employee of FDMG they essentially become a “free” employee for the client!”

FDMG can provide a company with 50 or more employees with an on-site manager at no cost to them, Bromfield said. If more employees need to be added, FDMG will interview prospective employees, check references, conduct background checks and skills assessments, and perform an 11-panel drug test. FDMG does not charge an up-front cost for their services, he added.

Bromfield said that in this new current economy, FDMG’s growth is no surprise. We lower overhead substantially at the bottom line. No upfront costs. No hidden fees. Just an immediate reduction in employee expenses.

“The benefits to the client are an immediate reduction of expenses of up to 26%, and long-term solutions to entry level employees by reducing or eliminating employee hassles,” Bromfield said.

“That’s why we are adding it to the services Lakeside Insurance provides. A 26% savings on employee expenses is good for business growth. Period.”


264 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-408-8363



Pier 88 Yacht Club is your ticket to smooth sailing Whether you own a boat — or just have a burning desire to get out on Lake Wylie — Chip Krell and his partners have a great place to launch your dreams at River Hills Marina.

It also helped that he increased the restaurant’s food offerings, and added beer and wine. The outside dining areas have been expanded, as well.

The Pier 88 Yacht Club at the River Hills Marina, which is coowned by Krell, his wife Heather and Robert Chute, boasts 200 boat slips, 11 jet ski ramps and kayak storage. If you don’t own your own boat, the marina offers a fleet of clean pontoon boats for rental.

Chute says the Yacht Club offers “easy access, a clean environment, friendly atmosphere, assisted docking, good food and willingness to provide excellent service to our clients.”

In addition, the marina offers 89 Octane ethanol-free gas, a restaurant with on-deck dining — which overlooks the marina and Lake Wylie — and take-out service, beer and wine, and an easy access 100-foot face dock in a protected cove with four gas pumps and 24 hour hands free pump-out station. There’s even a covered pavilion available for rental with bathroom facilities, picnic tables, a grill and music system. The Pier 88 Yacht Club was established in 2007 at the marina. There have been challenges, but the Krells and Chute have surmounted them. “Our first year, we experienced low lake levels, the second year, inflated gas prices, and most recently we had the economic downturn. But we were able to overcome these challenges and grow by providing great services to our Lake Wylie boaters,” Krell said.


In the future, Krell plans to expand the ship’s store to offer a larger variety of products, and to open Cookie’s Boutique, which will feature designer jewelry, clothing, ladies and men’s hats and much more. “We also plan to incorporate jet skis and houseboats into our rental fleet,” Krell said. Krell is proud that for the last two years, the River Hills Marina has been awarded the Lake Wylie Marine Commission and the S.C. Marine Commission’s “Clean Marina” award. “River Hills is taking great strides to improve and beautify the entire marina grounds and complex,” Chute said. “The Cove Bridge recently was rebuilt and the entire boardwalk was replaced around the marina. New floatation was recently added to enhance the docking facilities.” It’s looking like smooth sailing at River Hills Marina and the Pier 88 Yacht Club.

54 Marina Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Phone: 803-831-0088 Web:

Spotlight The magazine of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles Wood – Chairman KODIAK MINI STORAGE Ed Stewart – Past Chairman M.L. FORD & SONS Don Long – 1st Vice Chairman Fred Wetherell – 2nd Vice Chairman STERLING SOURCE, INC. Donna Bordeaux – Secretary BORDEAUX & BORDEAUX, CPAs, PA Michaelyn Sherrill – Treasurer WINGFOOT RESIDENTIAL Myron Boloyan, Esq. HASELDEN, OWEN, BOLOYAN & CORSON, LLC Joan Brom PHP LOCKER CO. Fred Caldwell FRED CALDWELL CHEVROLET Jeffrey DeSart ENERGY SMART HOMES Allan Gregory EDWARD JONES Diana Grubenhoff LONG COVE MARINA Leonard Jackson LAKE WYLIE BUSINESS CENTRE

Citizen of the Year

Business Person of the Year

Tom Smith, former District 2 York County Councilman, is the recipient of the  2010 Citizen of the Year honor awarded at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Holiday Gala in December. Smith was instrumental in creating York County’s Adopt-a-Stream and Cove program, updating the Unified Development Ordinance, efforts to establish a recreation plan and complex in the Lake Wylie area, and many more efforts that benefit the Lake Wylie area. Smith and his family own Maygreen Properties.

Fred Caldwell, owner of Fred Caldwell Chevrolet in Clover, is the recipient of the 2010 Business Person of the Year award. Fred Caldwell Chevrolet services the Clover and Lake Wylie areas. In difficult economic times, especially in the auto industry, Caldwell managed to keep all of his employees and even expanded his service department. He has served on the board of directors at both the Lake Wylie and Clover chambers of commerce and bridged communications between the communities and chambers. He has been a consistent sponsor and supporter of many of the community and chamber events in both Lake Wylie and Clover for years. Caldwell has created a family owned and operated business that employs many and he is a role model as a community businessman and leader.


Welcome new board member

Susan Bromfield, President P.O. Box 5233 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803.831.2827 Fax: 803.831.2460 ed the Leonard Jackson has join mCo of ber am Ch lie Lake Wy . merce board of directors

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Leonard Jackson is a CPA and owner of The Jackson Corp., which developed the Lake Wylie Business Centre. Jackson has worked with the chamber and supported it to secure its facility at Lake Wylie Business Centre on Latitude Lane.

Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Annual Spring Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion Show


April 27, 2011 • River Hills Country Club Presented by Watson Insurance and Bank of York

elebrate spring at Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon and Fashion Show! This year’s event, sponsored by Bank of York and Watson Insurance, will be held on Wednesday, April 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at River Hills Country Club. The luncheon features a fashion show of styles by Alta of Rock Hill and The Men’s Shop of York, modeled by local residents and business people. There will be live music and lots of attractive door prizes. The Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon is an ideal way for businesses to entertain or thank clients, customers, staff and/or vendors. A corporate table for eight is $325 and includes a table sign with the company’s name, priority seating at the luncheon and acknowledgement in pre- and post-event publicity. Individual table seats are also available, at $25 per person. Since the luncheon is a very popular event in the Lake Wylie community, guests are encouraged to reserve a spot without delay. To make reservations now or for more information, call Susan Bromfield or Johan Peers at the Chamber at 803-831-2827 or e-mail

Chamber models “strike a pose” at last year’s Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon and Fashion Show held at River Hills Country Club.

Left: S.C. Rep. Tommy Pope of Elrod Pope Law Firm. Center: Mary Kate McManus of Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living. Right: Kitty Muccigrosso, editor of Lake Wylie Pilot.

Jay Rinehart of Rinehart Realty. David Wysor will showcase his new jewelry for spring at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Spring Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Joyce Presley of Joyce Presley Realty.

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Annual Holiday Gala Dec. 2, 2010 â&#x20AC;˘ River Hills Country Club Sponsored by: T-Bones on the Lake, York County Natural Gas, Duke Energy, Piedmont Medical Center, S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman, Ledcor Construction, Fred Caldwell Chevrolet and River Hills Country Club Photography by Point of View Photography


Russell and Carolyn Partin of Ledcor Construction, a sponsor of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Gala, enjoy the festive annual meeting held at River Hills Country Club.

Andy and Florence Kane at the Holiday Gala. Andy retired from Camp Thunderbird this fall after more than 20 years as executive director. Andy is a former Chamber chairman and current board member.

Barbara and Neil Matheson of Covenant Alternative Health Care, located in the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Business Center, enjoy the evening of networking and fun.

New member Dr. Alfred Jackson, of Jackson Orthodontics, recently opened an office at Steele Creek. Dr. Jackson and his wife Stephanie enjoyed the Gala.

Gene and Lisa McCarthy at the Gala. Lisa worked at the chamber for seven years before retiring. She is now a volunteer.

Beautiful holiday dinner music was provided by harpist Joan Johnson of Tega Cay. | Spring 2011


S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman and his wife Elaine were sponsors of the Gala.

Fred and Vicki Caldwell, of Fred Caldwell Chevrolet. Fred was the recipient of the 2010 Business of the Year award. (See related story on page 2.)

Tom and Alice Smith of Maygreen Properties enjoyed the Gala. Tom served as District 2 York County Councilman for two terms and was the recipient of the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award. (See related story on page 2.)

Jerry Robinson and The Classics, known locally as the Lake Wylie Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band, played beach music and other favorites at the Gala.

Susan Bromfield, chamber president; Leonard Jackson of Lake Wylie Business Centre; Charlie Bromfield of Lakeside Insurance; and Jane McCarthy of Lake Wylie Today visit after dinner at the Gala as the band plays.

And the music played onâ&#x20AC;Ś

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Holiday Business After Hours Dec. 9, 2010 • Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living Sponsored by: Lake Wylie Retirement & Assisted Living, Lake Wylie Liquor and Home Helpers

Don and Kay Westmoreland of Allen Tate Realty with their adorable granddaughter, Carly, enjoyed the Holiday Business After Hours at Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living, and visited Grandma, too!

John Ficker, executive director of Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living, and a resident welcome the chamber to their lovely facility for the Holiday Business After Hours in December.

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Mike Odom, Joyce Odom and Bud Rather visit enjoy the hospitality at the Holiday Business After Hours. Bud is a volunteer at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Susan Keefe and Peggy Hamilton, of Halo Caregivers, and Chamber President Susan Bromfield at the “Teddy Bear Tree,” sponsored by Halo Caregivers. Residents at LWR&AL received a bear from the tree.

Donna Tucker and Heather Catts of Mary Kay at the December Holiday Business After Hours sponsored by at Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living, Home Helpers and Lake Wylie Liquor.


Allan Gregory, of Edward Jones, and Chad Bordeaux, of Bordeaux and Bordeaux CPAs, enjoy networking. Chad is the incoming president of the Lake Wylie Rotary and Allan is the incoming vice president of the Lake Wylie Rotary. Allan is also a chamber board member.

Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living is petfriendly. “Fido” joined in the festivities during the holiday business after hours. Pets give comfort, love and a sense of well being to many of the center’s residents.

Allan Tate Realty was well represented by this group at the Holiday Business After Hours.

Shirley MacMillan and Marilyn Lueking of Home Helpers, a sponsor of the Holiday Business After Hours, greeted chamber members and guests at this special holiday event.

The staff at Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living welcomed more than 200 chamber members and visitors to their Business After Hours in December. Toys and canned goods were also collected for Clover Area Assistance Center’s pantry and Santa’s Closet during the evening.

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber partners with York County to help clean our waterways Get involved and make a difference in our area. The Lake Wylie Chamber is proud to announce it is partnering with York County in support of its Adopt-a-Stream and Storm Drain Marking programs as part of our Green Initiative. We ask that you please join us in supporting these programs to make our lake and our community a beautiful place. Get involved. Adopt-a-Stream or Cove and/or participate in Mark Storm Drain programs in your area.

Adopt-a-Stream benefits Keep waterways litter-free. Awareness of your watershed. Training on how to monitor the health of your stream. Have recognition of your group on an Adopt-a-Stream sign. Receive certificate of appreciation. Community pride in our streams and coves.

Storm Drain Marking information What is a storm drain? Storm drains are the drains you see at street corners or low points in a street or parking lot. What are they for? They are for transporting stormwater. What is stormwater? Stormwater is water from rain, snow, sleet or hail that flows across the ground or pavement when it rains. Stormwater either seeps into the ground or it flows into storm drains. These drains are connected to an underground series of pipes that discharge directly into streams and creeks. What is the concern with stormwater? As stormwater travels across the ground, it can pick up pollutants and carry them directly to the nearest creek or stream. More information If you would like more information reMyth: Stormwater is treated. garding York County Storm Drain Marking Truth: Stormwater is not treated. Whatever Program, please contact Carolyn Partin, York goes into a storm drain is discharged directly County environmental compliance outreach into our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. coordinator by phone at 803-818-5145 or by e-

mail at You may also call the Lake Wylie Chamber office at 803-831-2827. Visit the Environmental Compliance website at

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Members supporting

launches new benefits package for 2011


Member Services and Benefits: Networking opportunities: Approximately 10 Business After Hours held throughout the year (usually more than 140 members attend), plus invitations to our Spring Luncheon, Annual Golf Classic and Annual Holiday Gala.

New Member Package We have a saying here in Lake Wylie: “The Chamber is a contact sport!” That said, it is important to not only attend our networking functions but also to take advantage of all the benefits that apply to you and the success of your business.

Marketing opportunities: New for 2011! Member e‐mail address list available to members only for member-to-member marketing! Continuing education opportunities: New for 2011! York Technical College will offer classes on insurance, social media, Internet basics and much more. Listing in Chamber’s online Business Directory: Updated weekly and available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Business referrals: The chamber refers business to members only. (Inquiries received daily in the Chamber office.) Lake Wylie Chamber conference rooms: The chamber has two conference rooms and facilities for meetings and group gatherings available to its members by reservation and advance approval. Monthly news page in the Lake Wylie Pilot: The chamber news is included in the Lake Wylie Pilot. More than 10,000 copies distributed in the area. Quarterly newsletter in Lake Wylie Today magazine: The chamber’s 12 page newsletter is included in Lake Wylie Today. More than 10,000 copies are distributed in the area each quarter. Lake Wylie Visitor Center: The chamber maintains a visitor center in the heart of Lake Wylie and promotes area businesses daily to visitors. Promotes the area: The chamber promotes the area through brochures, website, collaborations with publications. The chamber also advertises and maintains memberships with regional organizations. It also promotes the area via special events including the holiday boat parade and the Splash Dash 10K race.


Join the chamber’s winning team in 2011

New Member Networking Lake Wylie Coffee House offers a networking session — over coffee — for new members once a month. New Member Auto Service Package — $69.95 value Fred Caldwell Chevrolet provides new members with this one-time service package! Lube, oil and filter service: $24.95 Tire rotation and reset sensors: $25 Wash and vacuum service: $19.95 Total value: $69.95 Internet Presence and Strategy — $125 value DuBois and Co. can improve your Internet presence and website strategy. DuBois and Co.’s complimentary consultation will evaluate your current status and determine the best value for your individual business needs. Business Consultation — $75 value ComPro Business Services provides new members with a personal discussion concerning financial statements or other business matters. Business Consultation — $125 value The law firm Haselden, Owen, Boloyan and Corson LLC provides new members with a complimentary business consultation.

Area development and beautification: The chamber lobbied and supported the Highway 49 overlay, the raising of Buster Boyd Bridge, the widening of Highway 49, providing traffic signals on Highway 49 and containing cost of water and sewer service.

Insurance and Risk Management Consultation — $250 value Lakeside Insurance offers new members a complimentary health insurance check‐up. They will analyze your health insurance and conduct a risk assessment. They will then compare and evaluate all 11 insurance companies that offer health insurance in the Carolinas to determine the best possible coverage and value for your needs.

Countywide representation: The chamber president serves on boards and committees in the county, region and state (ie., Council of Chambers of York County, York County Day and York County Economic Development Board).

Advertising Value up to $335 Lake Wylie Pilot provides a 50% discount on a new member’s first retail advertisement.

Legislative liaison: President promotes our community and businesses to local and state representatives.

Social Membership — $250 value Long Cove Marina (Includes pool, beach, camping, fishing and picnic area). | Spring 2011

Spotlight Welcome New Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Members Nov. 5, 2010 – Feb.14, 2011 Businesses: Environmental Compliance Services Inc. Kurt Blevins 13504 South Point Blvd., Unit F Charlotte, NC 28273 704-583-2711, Fax: 704-5832744 Environmental and Engineering Consultants ASHA Luxury Limousine Mehul Patel 1517 Deer Forest Dr. Fort Mill, SC 29707 704-222-9299, Fax: 888-600-6541 Transportation Services The Pet Care Specialist LLC Tammy Harrison 1594 Lloyd White Road P.O. Box 313 Clover, SC 29710 803-818-1916 Pet Sitting

Scholarship Gold Consulting Elizabeth Hartley 244 Latitude Lane, Suite 106 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-608-1807 Guidance for College and Scholarships

AAA-Carolinas Diana Johnson 13540 Steelecroft Parkway Charlotte, NC 28278 704-816-1680 Travel, Car Care and Insurance

Pathfinder Planning, LLC Pam Horack 8 Mischief Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-301-7522 Financial Planning

Vitamins 4 Less Mike Kimbro 131 Evergreen Road, Suite 105 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-746-5033 Retail/ Vitamins and Supplements

Miller Orthodontics Dr. Kevin Miller 439 Channel Rd. Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-631-5508 Orthodontics

Individuals: Ray Petty 4851 Valita Road York, SC 29745 704-813-4917 Jim McDowall 20 Cove Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-516-1991 Prepaid Legal and Wilkinson Associates

Renewing Members Investing in our Lake Wylie Community Nov. 5, 2010 – Feb.14, 2011 Businesses: Academic Licenses Advicoach Altieri @ Re/Max Allstate – David Vickers Agency Bank of America Home Loans – Tom Griffin BB&T Lake Wylie Bi-Lo – Lake Wylie Clover Area Assistance Center Comporium Creative Solutions D&D Sanitation DuBois and Company Edward Jones – Lake Wylie

Fred Caldwell Chevrolet Halo Caregivers Joyce Presley Realty, LLC Lake Wylie Athletic Association Lake Wylie Boat Rentals Lake Wylie Business Centre Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic Lake Wylie Marina Lake Wylie Tax Service Lake Wylie Today Lake Wylie Travel Lifestyle Physical Therapy LLC Mary Kay- Donna Tucker McSpadden Development

Red Fez Shrine Club Rinehart Realty Corporation Sterling Source Total Bond Veterinary Hospital Whippoorwill Ranch Wingfoot Residential Wylie Boat Rentals

Individuals: Walter Hein R. Stanton Over Bob Wheeler Sandee Wilkerson

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Activities

Business After Hours Thursday, March 10, 2011 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by: AAA-Carolinas Held at: AAA-Carolinas Steele Creek, 13540 Steelecroft Parkway, Charlotte

Spring Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion Show Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Bank of York and Watson Insurance Held at: River Hills Country Club

Business After Hours Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by: McSpadden Custom Homes, Bordeaux & Bordeaux, CPAs, PFS, Focus Physical Therapy, Glaza Chiropractic, Lake Wylie Professional Center, Lake Wylie Eye, Miller Orthodontics Held at: Lake Wylie Professional Center Nautical Drive, Lake Wylie

Business After Hours Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by and held at: Kodiak Mini Storage Highway 49 at Bonum Road, Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie Splash Dash 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk Saturday, June 11, 2011 8 a.m. Held at: Camp Thunderbird and River Hills Lake Wylie Business After Hours Thursday, June 16, 2011 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by: River Hills Marina, T-Bones on the Lake, Pier 88, Q-2-U-Catering, Lake Wylie Marina and Sea Tow Held at: River Hills Marina Pavilion River Hills, Lake Wylie

Save the Date! Lake Wylie Splash Dash Splash Dash, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s 10K/5K race/walk, takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Registration is at 7 Camp Thunderbird. The race and walk start at 8 a.m. and wind through River Hills, finishing at Camp Thunderbird. Advance reservations: $20 race, $10 walk. Visit for more information and an online registration form.

Runners of all ages come from all over the region to participate in the Splash Dash in one of the most scenic locations in the Carolinas at Lake Wylie in River Hills and Camp Thunderbird. Where else are there horses by the finish line? 

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2010 Boat Parade Winners 1st Place Brad Thomas – “Swan” 2nd Place Sid Smith – “GingerBread House at Christmas” 3rd Place Chris Kropac –“Santa in a Hot Air Balloon”

Thank You to Our Boat Parade Sponsors! T-Bones on the Lake Light-N-Up Houseboat Bi-Lo – Lake Wylie

2011 Lake Wylie Today - Issue 1  

Lake Wylie, South Carolina, is a vibrant and thriving community where geography, people and economic vitality have fashioned a distinctive S...

2011 Lake Wylie Today - Issue 1  

Lake Wylie, South Carolina, is a vibrant and thriving community where geography, people and economic vitality have fashioned a distinctive S...