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FIVE ARRESTED AFTER DRUG SEARCH WARRANT SERVED AT A PEACH ORCHARD ROAD RESIDENCE

Thursday, February 26

Monday, the Union County Sheriff's Office served a drug search warrant at 1454 Peach Orchard Rd. at the home of Steve Redmon. Brandi Vicars, Willa Hucks, and Marvin Fowler all live in the house with Redmon. In addition, Matthew Arnold, Shannon Bailey, and Joseph Crowder were inside the residence when the deputies made entry. During the search, the following items were located:

-plastic container with red lid containing a green plant material (marijuana) located on the coffee table in the living room;

-glass pipe with burnt residue located in the top dresser drawer in the master bedroom, where Vicars' and Redmon's personal items were located;

-2 small Ziploc bags containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine located in the same dresser drawer;

-small Ziploc bag containing a partial suboxone strip located in Willa Hucks' purse in the guest bedroom;

-small Ziploc bag containing a white residue believed to be methamphetamine, located in Hucks' purse;

-glass pipe with a burnt residue located on the floor, next to the bed, in the guest bedroom where Hucks and Fowler were staying;

-Ziploc bag containing two smaller bags with a crystal-like substance, small clear bag containing a white powder substance, and 12 clear capsules containing a white powder substance, all located under the couch cushion where Matthew Arnold was sitting;

-canister of butane fuel, digital scales and a glass pipe with burnt residue, also located under the same cushion;

-2 glass pipes, both with a burned residue, and a straw with powder residue, located in Joseph Crowder's vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the residence;

- .40 caliber semi-auto Smith & Wesson handgun with 10 rounds of live ammo, located in Redmon's pickup truck that was also parked in the driveway. Redmon is a convicted felon and cannot possess those items.

All of the above items were photographed and collected for evidence. Following the search warrant, Sgt. Johnson advised all of the suspects of their Miranda warnings. At that time, Arnold claimed the contraband and items that were located where he was sitting, and Hucks claimed the items located in her purse. The following individuals were arrested on the following charges and transported to the Union County Jail:

Brandi Celeste Vicars--possession of methamphetamine;

Steven James Redmon--possession of methamphetamine, 3rd offense;

Willa Jean Hucks--possession of a schedule III narcotic and possession of methamphetamine;

Joseph Matthew Crowder--possession of methamphetamine;

Matthew David Arnold--possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Officers assisting in the search warrant were Lt. John Sherfield, Lt. Al Black, Master Sgt. Wendy Childers, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap, and Cpl. Blain Addis.

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THREE ARRESTED ON ALCOHOL CHARGES IN SCHOOL BUS INCIDENT

Thursday, February 26

Tuesday, Union County Sheriff's Deputy Blaine Addis was dispatched to 1821 Main Street in Buffalo for a disturbance on a school bus. Upon arrival, the complainant, showed Addis a Gatorade bottle that contained what looked and smelled like an alcoholic beverage. The man said that three subjects were seen passing the bottle around and acting somewhat intoxicated. The three subjects exited the bus, where Addis spoke with them and he could detect the odor of alcohol coming from their person. None of the other children showed any signs of intoxication and were released to their parents. One of the students, an 18-year old identified as Malcolm Jeter, was arrested, and officers found a 1.5 liter bottle of Jack Daniels Whiskey in his backpack. The bottle was half-empty, and in the same backpack, officers located a small Gatorade bottle that contained what appeared to be a mixture of an alcoholic beverage inside.

A second subject was charged with consuming alcohol by a person under 21 and released to his parents. A third subject was also charged with consuming alcohol by a person under 21 and transported to the sheriff's office until a parent could pick him up. Jeter was arrested for transfer of alcohol by a person under 21, disturbing school, and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. He was transported to the Union County Jail. The incident report stated the case is still under investigation.

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PEACHTREE CENTRE LOOKING TO HIRE HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Thursday, February 26

The Peachtree Centre will hold a recruitment event at the SC Works office in Gaffney from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd. They will be hiring to fill position of CNAs, LPNs, and part-time dietary aid/cooks. Recent graduates may apply, and no experience is required. Applicants must pass a physical and drug screen, and criminal background and references will be checked. The certification for CNAs will also be checked. These are full-time and part-time positions, and various shifts are available. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend the event.


SHORTFALLS IN WATER AND SEWER REVENUE CAUSES WORRY FOR TOWN OF LOCKHART

Wednesday, February 25

Negative revenue numbers could be threatening the future of the Town of Lockhart. The town clerk gave a report during Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting of losses over the past eight months in water and sewer services. Brenda Jenkins told the council that between July of 2014 and January of this year, sewer revenue reports showed a loss of $1564.50, and water revenue losses amounted to $10,798.09. Since the small community does not have a tax base, much of the town's revenue comes from these services. Obviously, as pointed out in the meeting, the town cannot continue to operate with these losses. It was suggested that if the situation cannot be turned around, it could spell the demise of the community as an incorporated town. Mayor Ailene Ashe said she does not want to entertain that thought.

One possible solution would be an increase in the amount charged for water and sewer service. Water rates have not been increased since 2013, and the sewer rate has been the same since 2009. The council is entertaining a suggested increase of $5 in the base rate of both services. For water, the base charge would go from $12 per month to $17. Sewer would be increased from the current base rate of $24.75 to $29.95. The council appeared to be reluctant to implement the increase Tuesday night but did agree to the possibility of a special meeting soon to consider the increases.

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FIRE DEPARTMENTS LOOK FOR REVENUE ANSWERS

Wednesday, February 25

Union County firefighters say they are facing difficult times if something isn't done soon to increase their revenue. Some are saying a tax increase is in order to raise needed funds for the county's rural fire departments. Newly-elected president of the Union County Fire Chief's Association says the effort to do something may be moving too fast.

So what is the county's position on the matter? Supervisor Frank Hart said:

Hart suggested that one answer to the financial problems of the fire departments could be better use of the money they are already getting.

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WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR THE AREA

Wednesday, February 25

Union County and the rest of the Upstate is bracing for another blast of winter weather. Currently, the forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for rain today with high temperatures in the lower 40s. That all changes tonight as the mercury is expected to drop to around the freezing mark, and snow is forecast. The prediction is calling for an accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. County officials are gearing up for the winter storm. Supervisor Frank Hart said:

The weather service has placed our area under a winter storm warning from 4 p.m. today to 7 a.m. tomorrow. WBCU will keep you advised as to the weather developments on air, as well as on our website and our Facebook page.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR VEHICULAR ASSAULT AFTER MAN HIT BY CAR

Wednesday, February 25

Deputies responded to the 100 block area of Jeter Cemetery Road in reference to a vehicle hitting a pedestrian. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies observed Randolph Jeter being put in an ambulance. The incident report stated Jeter was bleeding from numerous places on his body, and officers were unable to speak with him at the time due to his condition. Deputies did speak with a witness who claimed that he was in the car when this incident took place. The man stated that the driver of the car, Ashley Fuller, was arguing with the front seat passenger, Randolph Jeter, and he was in the back. The man stated that Fuller stopped the vehicle on Jeter Cemetery Road, and that is when Jeter got out of the vehicle and was walking around the car to switch places with Fuller. He stated that when Jeter got in front of the vehicle, Fuller put the car in gear and ran over Jeter. Jeter was taken by ambulance to Spartanburg Medical to be treated for his injuries. Deputies located Fuller at on Lucy Boler Road and placed her under arrest for vehicular assault. She was transported to the Union County Jail. The extent of Jeter's injuries were not known at the time of the report.


SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVES UPDATE ON COURSES, APPROVES COSTA RICA TRIP ACTIVITIES

Tuesday, February 24

Meeting Monday evening in their regular bi-monthly session, the Union County School District Board of Trustees handled several matters. One was to hear comments from board members Jantzen Childers, Jane Hammett and Gene Lipsey on the State School Board's annual convention. All reported an enjoyable time and useful information being taken away from that session.

Instructional Coordinator Tabitha Talley presented an update on courses. She said a need for academic electives has been identified.

There will be a group of five Spanish language students and two chaperones going to Costa Rica this spring, and during the last meeting of the board, several questions concerning the safety of the students came up. Teacher Katie Haney, who will also be a chaperone, addressed those questions from the board. One of the issues concerned a kayaking trip that is planned for the students. Haney told the group that there will be one guide kayaking with the students and others following in a pontoon boat. All participants will be required to wear life jackets. Another activity will be a boat tour to view the flora and fauna as well as wildlife. Crocodiles will be seen on that boat tour but will not be close enough to the students to pose a threat. Another question the board posed concerned available medical facilities. It was noted that the boat and the kayak station had first aid kits, and a medical facility was located 15 to 20 minutes away from the student's activity. The board was apparently satisfied with answers to their questions and voted unanimously to approve the activity. The actual trip out of the country was approved several months ago by the board.

The board entered into an executive session as usual, but this one lasted only 12 minutes. One of the items discussed was the use of school facilities by the Salkehatchie Summer Service project. The project uses high school and college-age students to go into an area and make repairs to homes where needed for occupants who may not be able to afford them. The group appeared at the last meeting and ask for a waiver of normal fees the school district charges to house the students, and a place where meals can be provided. Follow Monday night's executive session, the board voted to waive the regular fee of $55 per hour and charge a flat rate of $2000.

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PONDER NAMED SIMS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Tuesday, February 24

Billy Ponder has been named Sims Middle School 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. According to a news release, Ponder was chosen by his peers because he represents the true meaning of a teacher who possesses a positive, caring attitude, along with a genuine concern for all students. The release goes on to say, “Mr. Ponder is an excellent role model for his students and always goes the extra mile to help them and his fellow teachers.” Mr. Ponder grew up in Union County and lives here with his wife and two children. He started his career at Sims Middle School in 2007, where he has served as a 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade English Language Arts and Science teacher. Mr. Ponder has been coaching Sims Middle School football for many years and has previously coached UCHS JV soccer.

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CARLISLE AND LOCKHART TOWN COUNCILS HAVE MEETINGS TONIGHT

Tuesday, February 24

Carlisle Town Council will meet in regular session tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Town Hall. The Lockhart Town Council is also meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Lockhart Town Hall.

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USC UNION HOLDING SPRING SEMESTER BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW

Tuesday, February 24

USC Union will hold their Spring Semester blood drive tomorrow, February 25th.  The Blood Connection will be collecting the blood during the drive scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge in the Main Building.  The donors will receive a $5 gift card from Walmart.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE OPENS SPRING BASEBALL REGISTRATION

Tuesday, February 24

The Miracle of Union County has announced their spring registration for baseball. The registration deadline is March 13th, and games begin the week of March 30th. Miracle League baseball organizers say your child can play with no experience required. This league is specifically for players who need assistance. Buddies are provided to help keep players safe and assist them around the field and at bat. They say Miracle League Baseball will improve your child's confidence, self esteem, independence and development of coordination and motor skills. Registration forms can be picked up at the Union County Recreation Department at 111 Thomas Street. The Miracle League of Union County serves Union, Cherokee, Spartanburg, Newberry, York, Chester, Fairfield and Laurens counties.

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ADECCO IS HIRING FOR SEVERAL POSITIONS WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, February 24

ADECCO will hold a recruitment event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25th, at the SC Works Cherokee office. They are looking to hire assembly and inspection personnel, machine support personnel, and quality auditors. Six months of experience is required. They are also looking for forklift operators with 2 years of experience. A high school diploma is required, and you may apply at adeccousa.com.

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SPARTAN STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT

Monday, February 23

Spartan Staffing will hold a recruitment event from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 25th, at the SC Works Union office. They are looking to hire machine helper, crew weavers, loom technicians, warp operators, warp creelers, and draw tender and carding personnel. Applicants must be experienced and skilled workers. If selected, a background check and drug screening will be conducted. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET TONIGHT AT SIMS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Monday, February 23

The Union County School District Board of Trustees is set to meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Sims Middle School. The agenda lists a request from the Miracle League of Union County to speak to the board regarding the use of the high school cafeteria. Board members will share highlights from the annual convention, and Tabitha Talley will present an update of courses. Spanish teacher Katie Haney will present an update on the planned Costa Rica trip. That trip was approved last August. Haney will review the itinerary and request to take a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal and a boat cruise on a river to view wildlife in its natural habitat. The administration is requesting approval of the boat cruise if safety guidelines are met but does not recommend approval of the kayaking trip without more details about potential risk. In other school board matters, Finance Officer Lynn Lawson will give the monthly budget report.

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THREE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLES

Monday, February 23

On Tuesday, February 10th, Lt. John Sherfield received information that Jeffrey Holsten and his wife Jessica Holsten had a stolen Ford Mustang at their residence, located at 505 West South Street in the City of Union. Lt. Sherfield, Lt. Parker, and Sgt. Johnson went to the residence and noticed there were four Ford Mustangs and a Ford F-250 pickup truck on the sides of the residence and in the rear of the residence. Jeffrey Holsten came outside on the front porch and spoke to the officers.

Sherfield explained to Holsten why they were there and about the complaint. Holsten denied that any of the vehicles were stolen and gave the officers permission to search his residence and the area around it. Sherfield checked the vehicle identification number (VIN) of two of the Ford Mustangs, and they both came back clear. Next, he and Sgt. Johnson began checking the VIN numbers of the other Mustangs and the pickup truck. One of the Mustangs was reported stolen out of Greenville County, and the other one was reported stolen out of Laurens County. The Ford F-250 truck was reported stolen out of Greenville County. Sherfield had the Union Communications Department confirm with each agency that the stolen reports were still active. All of the vehicles were towed to the Drug Task Force Office for storage. Sherfield took written statements from the Holstens, who stated that two other individuals that had been living with them had brought the stolen vehicles to their residence and left them. They stated their names were Wendy Weatherford and Ryan McBay, and that they knew them from when they lived in Texas. The Holstens also stated that Weatherford and McBay were in Union Jail for shoplifting charges. Sherfield and Parker decided to go interview Weatherford and McBay at the Union County Jail.

While interviewing Weatherford, she admitted that she and the Holstens had gone to Greenville and stolen the green Mustang late one night at a restaurant. Weatherford said Jessica Holsten drove the white Mustang, and that Jeffrey Holsten actually stole the green Mustang while she stayed in the vehicle with Jessica. She stated that Jeffrey took the stolen Mustang to another individual's house, whose name she did not know, and left it for a couple of days before bringing it to Union. Weatherford said Jessica also drove Jeffrey to steal the other vehicles, but denied being with them on those two occasions.

While interviewing McBay, he stated that the Ford F-250 was already at the Holstens' residence when he arrived in Union from Texas on November 7, 2014. He stated that Weatherford and the Holstens stole the green Mustang from Greenville, and that the Holstens stole the other Mustang and the truck on their own. He said he thought they were stolen from Greenville or the Spartanburg area. McBay denied ever being present with the Holstens or Weatherford when they were stealing these vehicles. He stated that Jeffrey Holsten would take parts from the stolen Mustangs and put them on his own Mustangs.

After the interviews at the jail were completed, the officers found the Holstens has left their residence and that the white 1999 Mustang with black rims was missing. Arrest warrants charged both Holstens with 3 counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and 1 count of operating a chop shop. Wendy Weatherford was also charged with 1 count of possession of a stolen vehicle. Investigators plan to conduct more interviews, and further charges could be brought. The Holstens have been entered into NCIC as wanted.

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ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES PROGRAM FOR KIDS CALLED "MINI MONET"

Monday, February 23

The Union County Arts Council has announced a new program called “Mini Monet”. One Saturday each month they will open their doors to all students, ages 5 to 14, for a day of fun, activity and education. The Arts Council has partnered with Union County High School students in order to provide a safe and exciting experience for the children. The youngsters will be separated into groups based on age, and they will work with them on different age-appropriate projects to create their own art to take home with them. For more information on the program, interested persons should contact Coordinator Amber Ivey at the Arts Council office, 864-429-2817, or e-mail ucac@bellsouth.net.

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LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH SCLENDS TO EXPAND ITS OFFERINGS

Monday, February 23

If it's too cold to be outside, the Union Carnegie Library offers a great way to find and reserve books from the comfort of your own home. SC LENDS, the library’s circulation system, offers a searchable catalog, available through the library’s website (www.unionlibrary.org). Once you find a book you are interested in, you can place the book on hold online. You will receive a call when the book you have placed on hold arrives (typically 3-5 business days or later), and you only have to make one trip to the library. To place books on hold online, all you need is your library card number and PIN/password for your library. If you don’t know your PIN, simply call the library at (864)427-7140 and you can have a new PIN created. Once you access your account using that PIN, you can then change it to any password you would like. While in your account, you can also check on the status of your account or follow up on any previous holds you have placed. Additionally, you can create lists of books you are interested in reading in the future, or you can begin a list of books you have checked out. Please note that when you log in, the library setting will be “Union County Carnegie Library”. If you don’t find your book, change the library setting from the drop down menu to “SCLENDS”, which will show books available in any of their consortium libraries.


RELIEF FROM FRIGID TEMPERATURES EXPECTED

Friday, February 20

Union Countians as well as all Upstate residents are looking forward to some relief from extremely cold temperatures today. Arctic air descended into the area Wednesday and the mercury fell into single digits, causing the opening of shelters for those that might need it. Union's First Baptist Church provided a warm location for up to twenty people Thursday night. A high of 31 degrees is predicted for today, and that, too, is below the freezing mark but considerably better than the twenties of yesterday. While there is a 20% chance of freezing rain in the morning, temperatures are expected to warm to the mid 50s by Sunday.

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UNION SERVICES HOLDS GRAND REOPENING

Friday, February 20

The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs facility on Industrial Park Road held their grand reopening Thursday morning. The organization had to vacate the building 18 months ago due to extensive water damage. Executive Director Lou Stackhouse said that it is good to be back.

The Disabilities and Special Needs organization serves around 80 consumers with a staff of 20.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATING THEFT OF JEWELRY, PURSE FROM RESIDENCE

Friday, February 20

Just after midnight Wednesday, Public Safety Officer Douglas Spencer responded to a call on South Pinckney Street regarding a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, the officer noticed that the back door appeared to have been kicked in. Upon entering the dwelling, Spencer continuously identified himself and got a response from a woman who had locked herself in a bathroom. She told the officer that she was about to take a shower when she observed a short stocky person's shadow outside her son's bedroom window. She said she then heard the person run across her back porch, kick in the back door, and enter the house. She said that was when she went into the bathroom and locked the door. The woman said the individual was shaking the door knob, and she asked that person to identify himself. The intruder was said to respond by saying, “You know me cuz, open the door.” At that point, she called 911 and stayed in the bathroom until the officers arrived. The woman went to her bedroom, where she stated that $25,000 worth of jewelry had been taken, along with a Coach purse with the contents. A K-9 unit from the Union County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene and appeared to initially pick up a scent but was unsuccessful in locating a subject. The case has been turned over to investigators.

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PHILLIPS STAFFING HIRING INJECTION MOLDING OPERATORS

Friday, February 20

Phillips Staffing announces that they are now hiring injection molding operators. These are 12-hour shifts at a rate of $10-$10.50 an hour. The jobs are in the Inman area. Interested individuals should apply in person at Phillips Staffing, Spartanburg Branch, 357 E. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg, SC. Background check, drug screening, and other requirements may apply.

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HEARTLAND OF UNION HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT NEXT MONTH

Friday, February 20

Heartland-HCR Manorcare will be holding a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. March 5th. They will be looking to hire certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and a registered nurse supervisor. CNAs must be South Carolina certified, and RNs must be licensed in SC. Applications must be submitted online prior to the event at http://job.hcr-manorcare.com. The company will conduct drug screening and background checks. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT; SHELTERS OPEN TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THE COLD

Thursday, February 19

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for dangerous wind chill values for today. The values are forecast to be as low as 5 degrees below zero due to the temperatures going to as low as 8 degrees. Winds are expected to be out of the northwest 5 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Be sure to dress appropriately if you must be outside.

Due to the extreme drop in temperatures over the next two nights, Union County Sheriff David Taylor and the Union County Emergency Management Division is advising the residents of Union County that if they need to seek warm shelter due to the extreme cold, they should call Union County 911 at 864-429-1611 or call 911 to receive instructions on where to go to seek shelter.

First Baptist Church of Union has opened its Christian Family Life Center today as a "warming station" where people can come and stay warm during the day if they like. There will be some snacks, television, and other activities available. They will stay open tonight for those who need shelter and a place to sleep tonight. They will have about 20 beds available, but people need to bring their own pillows and blankets. Rev. Rick Pendleton, pastor of First Baptist Church, explains how the effort came about.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEEKS AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Thursday, February 19

The Union County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Members' Award Banquet has been set for Thursday April 2, 2015, and Executive Director Torance Inman says they are beginning the selection process for this year’s awards. Nominations for Industry of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Service Group of the Year and Volunteer of the Year are now being accepted.

If you are interested in recommending a business or an individual for these respective awards, who is a current Chamber of Commerce member, please send your nominations to the Union County Chamber of Commerce no later than Thursday, February 26th. A short written summary should accompany your nomination. You may mail your nomination to 135 West Main Street, fax to 427-9030, e-mail to torance@unionsc.com, or contact the Chamber office at 427-9039.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT BASEBALL REGISTRATION TO OPEN SOON

Thursday, February 19

Registration for the Union County Recreation Department's T-ball and Coach Pitch Baseball is set to take place beginning March 2nd and continuing through March 20th. T-ball is for 3- and 4-year old children, and the coach pitch is for youngsters 5 to 7 years old. The fee to register is $35. To register, parents should bring the child's birth certificate and proof of insurance. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. The Union County Recreation Department is located at 111 Thomas Street, and their telephone number is 429-1670.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PLANs GRAND OPENING BOOK SALE NEXT WEEK

Thursday, February 19

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library is planning a Grand Opening Book Sale next Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the old Green's Salvage building, located at 126 East Main Street. All books will be half-price, so patrons are encouraged to bring a box and shop. Money raised from the sale will go to support library projects and activities.

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COSMETOLOGY CLASS AT UCHS ENTERS COMPETITION

Thursday, February 19

The new cosmetology class at the Union County High School Career and Technology Center will be having their first competition soon. The students will be doing a competition on their mannequins.  The theme is a love story, and they have been on the internet looking at hairstyles for this event. They will also be providing props for their mannequins to go along with the hairstyle they have chosen.  They have to have their mannequins ready to be judged by 12:00 p.m. February 23rd. The judges will be looking for neatness, no hair pins showing, and creativity of the style, and they have to write why they chose it and their inspiration for doing so.


WINTER WEATHER YIELDS POWER OUTAGES, CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

Wednesday, February 18

Winter weather yielded some problems across the county as freezing rain and sleet brought activity to a halt in several areas. Tuesday morning saw few cancellations but quite a number of delays in the openings of businesses and offices. One of the biggest problems was that of power outages throughout the city and county. Crews were working to restore power as the buildup of ice on tree limbs and power lines contributed to the problem. Snow showers are predicted for this afternoon, but little or no accumulation is expected. A main concern for tonight is the temperature, which is expected to bottom out at around 10 degrees early Thursday morning. The temperature combined with the wind could yield a wind chill value of minus-one. Area residents are urged to take precautions against the extremely cold weather and avoid exposure when and where possible. One of the main threats will be frozen pipes that can burst when thawed. It is advised that residents leave the faucet dripping and cabinet doors open to allow some heat to circulate around the pipes. If at all possible, exposed pipes should be wrapped with an insulating material. There is a 30% chance of snow for Friday night, and a 40% chance for Saturday.

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COMMUNITY VIBRANCY COMMITTEE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH DOWNTOWN TREE REMOVAL

Wednesday, February 18

Meeting in their regular session Tuesday night, the Union City Council set the dates for their budget workshop. The council holds the workshop annually to hear requests from departments in preparation for the upcoming fiscal year budget. Those date will be April 13th, 14th and 15th. The council also voted to make a contribution of $500 for the Union County Health Care Foundation's Shag Night. That event is set for March 7th.

In addition, the council heard a report from the Community Vibrancy Committee about the removal of the trees that line Union's Main Street. Committee Facilitator Torance Inman explained.

Council approved a motion that will allow for the Community Vibrancy Committee to move forward.

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ARGUMENT LEADS TO CHARGE OF UNLAWFUL NEGLECT OF A CHILD

Wednesday, February 18

Sunday, a deputy was dispatched to 311 Buffalo Street in reference to an assault upon a child. Upon arriving on the scene, the deputy spoke with a woman there. She stated that her friend Timothy Oswald had been living in her house. She stated that when she came home, she saw that Oswald had been drinking, and they began to argue. During the argument, Oswald became angry and slammed a Sprite bottle into a table, causing it to bounce off and hit the woman's 6-month old nephew in the head. EMS was called to the scene to evaluate the baby, and they stated that he was okay. No marks were visible on the child. The woman, the baby's mother, and the baby's grandmother were all present during this incident, and they all gave written statements as to what they saw. Oswald was arrested for unlawful neglect of a child and was transported to the Union County Jail. The Department of Social Services was notified about the incident.

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CLEMSON CLUB WILL SUPPORT MIRACLE LEAGUE's belk FASHION SHOW

Wednesday, February 18

The Union County Clemson Club has voted to support Rion Holcombe and the Clemson LIFE program during the Belk Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Miracle League of Union County’s proposed all-inclusive playground. The club plans to demonstrate its support by purchasing tickets and attending the fundraiser, sitting together wearing orange. Clemson Club members are asked to contact Tommy Sinclair at (864) 621-2435 so the Civitan Club can reserve spots for club members.

The Belk Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, February 28th, in the gymnasium of Mon-Aetna Baptist Church. Doors will open at 5:30 PM, at which time a silent auction will take place. A presentation discussing the Miracle League’s all-inclusive playground will be given, followed by dinner at 6:30, and the fashion show concluding the event. Outfits for the fashion show will be selected from Belk department store and modeled by Miracle League participants, siblings, and friends.

Emceeing the event will be Rion Holcombe, a student selected to be a part of the Clemson LIFE program and whose reaction to his Clemson acceptance letter went viral on social media last year. Holcombe’s mother will also serve as a guest emcee. The Clemson LIFE program is a four-year program that incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, and social/leisure skills in a public university setting, with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and may be purchased from the Union County Recreation Department, WBCU Radio Station, and any member of the Miracle League of Union County Board or the Union Civitan Club. Profits from ticket sales will be split between MLUC and the Civitan Club; however, donations may be designated to the playground the day of the event.


CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, February 17

The Union City Council is set to meet tonight at 6:30. Among the items on the agenda is a discussion of a recommendation by the Community Vibrancy Committee to replace the holly trees that line Main Street. The committee's report says the trees are in various degrees of distress and disease and are in need of removal. In addition to replacing the trees, there are suggestions for fountains, public art and floral islands.

In other matters, the council will consider a sponsorship in the upcoming Shag night, which is sponsored by the Union County Health Care Foundation. That event is set for March 7th. Council could contribute to the sponsorship with a donation as little as $250 up to $1500. The event is held annually to raise funds for various projects in the Union Hospital District. This year, they are working to raise the money to build a helipad at the hospital.

Council is expected to set the dates of April 13-15 for their budget workshop.

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USC UNION TO HOLD BLOOD DRIVE NEXT WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, February 17

USC Union will hold their spring semester blood drive next Wednesday, February 25th.  The Blood Connection will be collecting the blood from 11:00 to 4:00 in the Student Lounge in the Main Building.  The donors will receive a $5 gift card from Walmart.

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RED CROSS OFFERS TIPS TO STAY SAFE IN COLD WEATHER

Tuesday, February 17

The American Red Cross is urging people to take 10 simple steps to stay safe, as frigid air and wintery conditions have moved into South Carolina.

Although winter weather can be dangerous, you can take steps to protect yourself and your family,” said Tony Reid, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.  “We want everyone to stay safe as the temperatures drop outside.”

Here are ten ways to stay safe during this latest round of winter weather and cold temperatures:

1.    Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat help prevent loss of body heat.

2.    Know the signs of hypothermia: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.

3.    Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including: numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.

4.    Bring pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they have unfrozen water.

5.    Avoid frozen pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.

6.    Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.

7.    Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface, and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.

8.    If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

9.    Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

10.  When a disaster strikes, such as winter weather, know when and where shelters have been opened to provide assistance by downloading the free Red Cross Shelter Finder App at redcross.org/apps.

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STATE AGENCIES TRY TO GET MORE FARMERS TO SIGN UP AS SNAP MERCHANTS

Tuesday, February 17

Thursday, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will join South Carolina state agencies for Agriculture and MarketLinkTM to host a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Merchant Sign-up Day.

State and federal Agriculture Departments are working together to increase SNAP recipients’ access to farmers’ fresh products and farmers’ markets. Grants are available for free wireless Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) equipment and internet access.  The USDA SNAP sign-up day will provide a one-stop shop to help direct marketing farmers get authorized, receive additional support for incentive programs to encourage SNAP customers to shop at farms and farmers’ markets, and help create a win/win situation for farmers, customers, and local economies. 

South Carolina SNAP-authorized farmers and farmers' markets can also participate in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.

Currently, there are 129 South Carolina farmers' markets listed in the USDA National Farmers' Market Directory, and 22 farmers’ markets and direct marketing farmers are authorized to accept SNAP statewide. Farmers who are interested in becoming an authorized SNAP retailer should bring the following items to the sign-up event:

1. Picture ID (driver’s license or passport)

2. Social Security Card (or other official document with your name and SSN)

3. Copy of voided check for bank account you will use to deposit funds.

The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 19th, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Chester Market Building, 16 Columbia Street, Chester, SC, 29706.


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT TODAY AS SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN THREATEN THE AREA

Monday, February 16

A winter weather advisory is expected to go into effect at noon today as frigid temperatures infiltrated the region over the weekend and remain in place. Moisture will be moving in from the Mississippi Valley and will combine with the cold temperatures to yield a good chance of a wintry mix of sleet, rain, and freezing rain. Sleet is expected to arrive this afternoon and turn to rain. Overnight, freezing rain is expected to develop. One-tenth to two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is possible. Ice forming on tree limbs and power lines will create the potential for power outages in the area. Area residents are advised to be prepared for this winter event and have alternative heat sources on hand. Roads will become slippery, and driving is not advised. Stay tuned to WBCU for the for the latest weather updates and information on delays and cancellation.

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RED CROSS URGES CAUTION WHILE HEATING YOUR HOME IN COLD WEATHER

Monday, February 16

The frigid weather we've had over the weekend is a reminder that winter is not over. The Red Cross urges families to be cautious when using space heaters and other heating sources, and to make a plan in case of a home fire. Heating sources are the second leading cause of home fire deaths, and fatal home fires increase during the winter months.

“So far this year we’ve helped more than 1,000 people who were victims of home fires in South Carolina,” said Louise Welch-Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC region of the American Red Cross. “But the good news is that there are steps you can take when using heating equipment to reduce your risk of a home fire.”

Heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces or wood and coal stoves can pose a fire hazard, and fatal fires peak in the early morning hours when most people are sleeping. As families turn to alternative heating sources to supplement their home heating systems, they should take the following precautions:

--Use caution with portable space heaters. Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. About two-thirds of home heating fire deaths are caused by portable or fixed space heaters.

--Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly, and replace batteries as necessary.

--Use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.

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FOREIGN PRISON SCAM COMES BACK TO UNION COUNTY

Monday, February 16

It's a familiar scam, but it has shown up in Union County once again. In this case, a Union man reported that he received a call from a female who was crying and stated she was his granddaughter. The caller said she was in jail in Mexico City and needed $1500 to get out. The female gave him a telephone number to call her lawyer. The subject said he knew it was a scam, because he had talked with his granddaughter, who is a professor at a college in Boston, and she was on her way to class. The grandfather did call the number and spoke to a male subject who identified himself as Jennifer Lawrence, and when asked if he knew the attorney, the subject said yes and hung up. A report was taken for documentation.

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION BEGINS NEXT WEEK FOR 4- AND 5-YEAR OLDS

Monday, February 16

Registration for 4- and 5-year old kindergarten is coming up. To register for the 4-year old kindergarten, the child will need to be four years of age on or before September 1, 2015, and the same is true for the five-year old kindergarten. The schedule for registration is Tuesday, February 24 at Buffalo Elementary School and February 25 at Monarch Elementary School. Foster Park Elementary will register on February 26th, and Jonesville Elementary on March 4th. Lockhart School will register 5K only on March 3rd. Lockhart 4K may register at any other location. The registration will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at each of the schools. Academic screening will be provided during registration. Parents should bring the child's official certificate of immunization, their child's Social Security card, the child's birth certificate with the state seal, and proof of residence.

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JUNIOR CHARITY LEAGUE SEEKS VENDORS FOR ITS SPRING MARKET NEXT MONTH

Monday, February 16

The Union County Junior Charity League is looking for vendors for their Spring Market that will be coming up March 21st from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds Exhibitors Building. They are looking for businesses or individuals who make or sell products such as children's clothing, jewelry, woodworking, metals, t-shirts, and other such things. The deadline for vendors to sign up is Friday, March 6th. If interested, contact Sarah Holcombe at 864-426-6539 or any Junior Charity League member.

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COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES BEGIN THIS WEEK

Monday, February 16

Community Lenten services will begin this week at Grace United Methodist Church. The first of the seven services will be Wednesday, February 18th, at noon. The services will be followed by lunch for a minimal charge of $6. The annual event will run through April 1st. The speaker for this week's service will be Reverend Merritt Wentz from the Bethel and Duncan Acres United Methodist Church.


SON OF COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER KILLED IN LOG TRUCK ACCIDENT

Friday, February 13

A Jonesville man was killed Thursday in Newberry County after he became pinned between two logging trucks. The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on a wood yard off College Street, one mile north of the city of Newberry. Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said 51-year old Dan Little, a log truck driver from Jonesville, entered the wood yard at 4:30 p.m. to deliver a load of wood. Newton said Little then exited the truck and walked to the rear to remove a load warning flag. At that point, a second truck parked behind Little's and the driver exited the truck, Newton said. The second truck then began rolling forward without a driver and pinned Little, killing him instantly, according to Newton. Little was the son of Union County Councilwoman Joan Little.

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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISERS SCHEDULED IN THE COMING WEEKS

Friday, February 13

Several Relay for Life fundraising events are scheduled. One is coming up February 28th and will be sponsored by the Kick'in Cancer team. It will be a chicken stew held at the Jonesville Fire Department from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The stew is $8 per quart. On March 15th, the Grace United Methodist Church team will host a Potato Soup Dinner, which will feature soup, salad, bread, dessert, and tea. Additional information can be obtained by calling the church office at 427-1266.

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USC-UNION LITERARY FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS HOSTING ANNUAL CHICKEN STEW SALE

Friday, February 13

As the date for the USC-Union Literary Festival draws near, organizers are planning a fundraising chicken stew sale on Wednesday, February 18th. The time will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the lobby of the USC-Union Main Building. The stew is $6 per quart. The Union Shrine Club will prepare the stew. To reserve yours, call 424-8055.

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONDUCT STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL NEXT MONTH

Friday, February 13

The National Weather Service will initiate a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 11th, at approximately 9:00 a.m. using EAS and NOAA weather radios. Broadcast facilities around the state are being urged to participate in this drill. The National Weather Service will activate the EAS unit, and a message will be heard from the National Weather Service explaining that it is a test. The event is a test to determine the readiness of EAS equipment and emergency radio receivers located in broadcast facilities, schools, hospitals and other public buildings. All EAS receivers and weather radios that are set to receive tornado codes should receive the drill message at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 11th. This annual drill is a way for the public to learn simple precautions that could save lives.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WILL HOLD ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY

Friday, February 13

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library will have their annual meeting on Sunday, February 15th, at Grace United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall starting at 3pm. Officers for the Board of Directors will be elected. There will be a special presentation by USC Upstate Professor Deane Brown about "The Star Spangled Banner," and local students will provide musical entertainment featuring patriotic songs. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to all members of the community.

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WOMAN REPORTS DAMAGE TO HER ROSE BUSHES

Friday, February 13

Tuesday, a woman who lives on Jonesville-Lockhart Highway reported that her rose bushes had been damaged. She believes someone poured what appeared to be some kind of oil on them, and one of the three bushes was broken. She said she does not have any idea who would have done this and was advised the incident would be documented but not investigated further unless more information was received.

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COMFORT KEEPERS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY

Friday, February 13

Comfort Keepers will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office Wednesday, February 18th, from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. They are looking to hire CNA/caregivers. 2nd and 3rd shifts are available, as well as weekend shifts. Full- and part-time positions are available. A high school diploma or GED is required, and the company will conduct drug screen, criminal background check, motor vehicle record check and reference check. Applicants should be able to function in a home setting with minimal direct supervision. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend event.


HICKSON RESIGNS AS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT UCHS; MICHELLE JAMES TO TAKE INTERIM ROLE

Thursday, February 12

WBCU News has learned that Union County Schools Athletic Director Will Hickson asked to resign his duties as athletic director. Michelle James, Assistant Director at Union County Career Center, has been named as Interim AD to begin immediately. Hickson will remain as a certified teacher with Union County Schools and will remain head basketball coach of the boys' basketball team. Union County hosts Eastside in a playoff game Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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COUNTY AUDIT REVEALS $900,000 DEFICIT FOR PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR

Thursday, February 12

During Tuesday's County Council meeting, CPA Brown Fant presented an audit report in which he revealed a deficit for the last fiscal year of $903,146. That will be covered by the fund balance, but that has decreased also over the past few years. Supervisor Frank Hart said:

Of that more than $900,000 deficit, more than $700,000 was money that the county had put up to assist Wallace Thomson Hospital. That money was expected to be paid back, but that did not happen when the hospital filed for bankruptcy under chapter 9.

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NEW TREES COULD BE COMING TO MAIN STREET

Thursday, February 12

Union's Main Street could be in for something of a new look soon. It was noticed that the some of the trees that line the street were being removed. Mayor Harold Thompson explains why this is being done.

The mayor said the Chamber of Commerce has undertaken the project and should soon bring a proposal for the replacement of the trees to the Union City Council.

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UNION SERVICES TO REOPEN WITH RIBBON CUTTING NEXT WEEK

Thursday, February 12

Union Services will be returning to its Industrial Park Road location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Feb. 19th. The “Re-Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting” will be held at the Union Services Building at 737 Industrial Park Road next Thursday, Feb. 19th, at 11 a.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be part of a special celebration of the reopening of the facility, which had been closed while undergoing remodeling to repair flooding damage. The organization has been displaced from the facility for 18 months. For more information about Union Services and the services it provides, call 864-427-7651.

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SIMS MIDDLE SCHOOL HOSTING BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM FEBRUARY 26TH

Thursday, February 12

Sims Middle School will host their Semi-Annual Black History program Thursday, February 26th. It will take place in the Sims Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. and will feature performances by the Sims 8th-grade band and the Sims 8th-grade singers. The guest speaker for the event will be Jada Kidd, principal of the Spartanburg High Freshman Academy. Kidd was the 2013 South Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Kidd earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Auburn University. She earned a master’s in education from Auburn and a degree as an educational specialist in administration and supervision from Clemson University. Kidd brings over 22 years of experience to the education field and a wealth of knowledge regarding curriculum and technology.

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TWO ARRESTED AS A RESULT OF K-9 DEPLOYMENT IN THE UCHS PARKING LOT

Thursday, February 12

On Tuesday, a Union County Sheriff's Deputy was conducting a K-9 deployment in the parking lot of Union County High School at the request of school administrators. While walking between vehicles, he noticed a change in behavior of the K-9. The responding officer then noticed an open bottle of beer in plain view in a magazine holder on the passenger side of the car. A 15-year old student who was listed as the driver of the car was brought to the location and asked about the beer. He responded by saying it must have been left there by a family member. A search of the vehicle turned up 4 bottles of prescription medication that did not belong to the listed subject, a butterfly knife, one open bottle of beer, one open can of beer, one pipe used for smoking with a green leafy plantlike material believed to be marijuana, two empty cigarette packs and one unopened bottle of ibuprofen. The subject was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of beer by a minor. The subject was released to his parents.

During that same K-9 deployment, the officer noticed several loose shotgun shells in another vehicle. The student driver, a 16-year old, was brought to the location and asked if there were weapons in the car. He responded that there were three. As the vehicle was searched, they found one pistol, two shotguns, and an assortment of ammunition along with other items. The student was charged with possession of weapons on school grounds and released to his parents.


COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES FEE AGREEMENT WITH STANDARD TEXTILE

Wednesday, February 11

Members of the Union County Council were involved in several meetings Tuesday, the first of was a meeting of the Personnel, County Offices and Departments committee. That committee brought a recommendation to hire people to fill three vacant positions in the Road Department.

A public hearing was held to hear public comments on a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement with Standard Textiles. There were no comments offered. At the actual council meeting, a 3rd reading of an ordinance for the fee agreement was approved.

Kara Drane, Senior Planner from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments gave a presentation on a Transit Feasibility Study Project. Drane explained the procedures for the study.

Kenneth Black of the Union County Fire/Rescue Squad asked for the council's blessings for constructing a 40x60 building on the site of their present building on the Duncan Bypass. The location is already county property.

Ronnie Wade gave an update on the airport project. He says the county needs to move ahead with the purchase of property that will allow for airport expansion. Those properties will cost a total of $296,500, but that amount would be reimbursed.

Keith Vanderford of the Election Commission says they need an additional 5 laptop computers to comfortably conduct elections in the county. The council gave approval to the purchase, at a total cost of $3,843.15.

The Miracle League of Union County wants to build what is termed an all-inclusive playground adjacent to their ball field at the Timken Sports Complex and asked for the support of the County Council. Amy Austin of the Miracle League said they have already received $21,200 in unsolicited donations. She said depending on the final plans for the facility, the cost could run between $225,000 to $300,000. The council voted to support the project but did not commit a specified amount of money.

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UPSTATE AUTHOR TO BE HONORED AT LITERARY FESTIVAL

Wednesday, February 11

USC Union will host the Upcountry Literary Festival on Friday, March 20th, and Saturday, March 21st. This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Literary Festival and also the beginning of USC Union’s 50th Anniversary that will kick off officially in May 2015. The festival committee will present an assortment of distinguished authors, poets, and musicians at USC Union.

John Lane, writer and environmentalist, will receive the 4th-annual Allan D. Charles Award for non-fiction for his piece, My Paddle to the Sea, about his trip crossing South Carolina by canoe. The journey he made, which was over 300 miles, started in a Spartanburg creek near his home. He then made his way down the Broad River, crossed Lake Marion and reached the ocean by the way of the Santee. My Paddle to the Sea reflects on the history of the river, friendship, and his own life.

The Literary Festival is free to everyone and will take place in the USC Union Auditorium. The Literary Festival has partnered with the Union County Arts Council to co-host Open Mic Night at the Union County Arts Council on Main Street at 8:00pm Friday evening of the festival. A full schedule and participant list will be announced closer to time. For more information, please call Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057.

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JROTC ANNOUNCES THIRD ROUND OF PROMOTIONS

Wednesday, February 11

The Union County JROTC Yellow Jacket Battalion held the third round of promotions of the 2014-2015 school year in January. As always, each promotion-eligible cadet had to obtain the concurrence of each of his/her teachers to ensure that cadets are performing in every class, not just JROTC. Many parents and other family members attended and participated in the ceremonies.

The following cadets were promoted based on their academics, physical fitness, conduct, and leadership:

From Alpha Company: C/PFCs Ricky Belue, Dimitri Dean, and Cassie Horne. Also promoted to Cadet/SSG was Jeffery McDaniel, and Cadet/SFC Austin Keatley and Kristian Lewis.

From Bravo Company: C/Privates are Al’Jamir Ray Grant, Charles McLain, and Cadet/PFC Jordan Calhoon and Blake Johnson. Cadet Corporal are John Addison, Jennie Allen, Bobby Bedore, Dillon Earls, Blake Johnson, Austin Roark, and Ryan Young. Cadet Sergeants are Ivanna Bell, Devon Dyer, Darrian Jeter, Kolby Riddle, Skylar Senn, and Sarah McGee.

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS UPDATE ON COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION

Wednesday, February 11

The Union County School Board meeting Monday saw several items of interest brought up. One was a report by Cindy Langley concerning comprehensive health education. Langley explained.

Langley reported that the Union School District was one of fourteen that showed an increase in teen pregnancy.

Teacher Katie Haney was to have given a report on the board-approved trip for students to travel this spring to Costa Rica. Haney was not able to attend the board meeting, but that did not prevent several questions from coming up. Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall asked that several questions be answered about activities planned for the students. Among those activities are a kayak trip and a boat tour. Woodall asked that information be provided concerning the speed of the kayak trip, as well as questions about boat safety. Board member Jane Hammett wants information about medical facilities that are available in the country.

In other action, the board approved a total of 8 field trips and agreed to the awarding of two diplomas under Act 155.


BY NARROW VOTE, SCHOOL BOARD EXTENDS TANEYHILL'S CONTRACT THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST

Tuesday, February 10

Union County High School head football coach Steve Taneyhill will lead the Yellow Jacket football squad for at least another season. The matter came up, presumably, as a result of talk that surfaced in the community that Taneyhill's contract would not be renewed for another year. A large number of people turned out for the school board meeting Monday night; the majority of them, when polled, said they were there in support of the coach. Among them were a large number of football players and coaches. The matter was apparently discussed in an executive session, and after more than two hours, the body returned to the open session. School Board member Jane Wilkes made the motion to renew Taneyhill's contract until December 31, 2015, at which time it would be reevaluated. The vote was close, with five members voting to renew the contract, and four opposed.

In other action, the Monarch Fire Department was recognized for their contribution of a fire truck to the Career and Technology Center Protective Services class. The 2015–2016 school calendar was approved. The new year will begin on August 17th, 2015, which by law is the earliest that school can begin, and it will finish before Memorial Day.

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COUNTY COUNCIL INVOLVED IN SEVERAL MEETINGS THIS AFTERNOON

Tuesday, February 10

Members of the Union County Council will be involved in several meetings today, the first of which will be a meeting of the Personnel, County Offices and Departments committee beginning at 4:30 p.m. The second will be a public hearing at 5:15 to hear public comment on a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Standard Textiles. Then at 5:30, the regular monthly meeting of the Union County Council will be held. All of the meetings will be held in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Court House. Seven items are listed on the agenda, plus a 3rd reading of an ordinance for a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Standard Textiles. In other action, the council is expected to consider appointments to several boards and commissions. Kara Drane from the Catawba Regional Council of Government will give a presentation on a Transit Feasibility Study Project and discuss a technical assistance contract. Kenneth Black of the Union County Rescue Squad will discuss building renovation, and Ronnie Wade will give an update on the airport project. They will hear a request from Keith Vanderford of the Election Commission, and Donald Lyles will talk about paving roads in the Goshen Hill and Goldville areas. Amy Austin will talk about the Miracle League of Union County. An executive session is listed to discuss personnel contractual matters.

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WADE'S EMPLOYMENT AGENCY HOLDING EVENT TO RECRUIT FORKLIFT OPERATORS

Tuesday, February 10

Wade's Employment Agency, Inc., will host a recruitment event tomorrow from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Union SC Works Office on Main Street. They will be hiring to fill forklift operator positions. Applicants must have at least 3-5 years experience within the last ten years, and provide a SLED background check. A high school diploma or GED is required, and applicants must be able to pass a drug test. An updated résumé must be provided during the event, and prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org. Please come properly dressed for the interview.

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ENTREPRENEURS' WORKSHOP SLATED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, February 10

An Entrepreneurs' Workshop has been scheduled for next week, February 18th, at the SC Works office located at 103 West Main Street from 11:30 until 1:30. Noting that starting a business requires planning, organizers say there are many local rules, regulations, taxes, and employment issues to be considered. They say you'll need to create a business plan, figure start-up cost, and know how to market your business to grow. This workshop is designed to walk you through all the ins and outs of starting a business. Participants may register at the Union County Chamber of Commerce office by calling 864-427-9039. There is a $15 fee for Chamber members, and a $20 fee for non-members. Registration should be made before 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 16th.


SCHOOL BOARD HAS PACKED AGENDA TONIGHT

Monday, February 9

The Union County School Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. There is a good bit listed on the agenda, which includes a recognition of the Monarch Fire Department for their donation of a fire truck for training purposes. Board Member Jantzen Childers will give an update of a meeting of the South Carolina School Board Association. The 2015–2016 school calendar is expected to be approved, and Jeff Stribble will give a personnel report. Cindy Langley will provide an update on comprehensive Health Education. Teacher Katie Haney will present the board with an update on a planned trip for students to Costa Rica. There are four field trip requests, and two Act 155 diploma requests. An executive session is on the agenda to discuss a contractual matter, a personnel issue, one personnel issue to be discussed by a community member, and a discipline matter to be discussed by a parent.

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BUFFALO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS RAISE MONEY, AWARENESS FOR HEART DISEASE PREVENTION

Monday, February 9

Buffalo Elementary held their annual Jump Rope for the Heart event last Thursday night. The events brings awareness to the dangers of heart disease and ways to improve heart health. Coach Mike Magee tells us what the jumping rope is all about.

Tyger Suggs was the 3rd grade top individual fundraiser with over $360. Stella Phillips was second with $125. followed by Calista Woodson with $75, Erin Freeman with $60, and John Bogan with $50. As mentioned by Coach Magee, over $2000 has currently been raised towards the goal of $2500.

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AMERICAN LEGION MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, February 9

Union American Legion Post 22 will be having its monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Foster Park, Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., and the business meeting will follow at 7:00 P.M. Post 22 meets on the second Monday evening of every month except July, and prospective members are always welcome to attend.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE TO HOST SENIORS BINGO ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Monday, February 9

There are several Valentine’s Day events planned around the county. One will be in Carlisle, where seniors age 62 and older will be playing Bingo Saturday at the Carlisle Town Hall from 3 until 6 p.m. It’s open to Carlisle seniors only. Organizers say it will be an afternoon filled with prizes, fun, food, and fellowship. Participants are ask to bring a covered dish.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WILL HOLD ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY

Monday, February 9

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library is having an annual meeting on this coming Sunday, February 15th, at Grace United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall starting at 3pm. Officers for the Board of Directors will be elected. There will be a special presentation by USC Upstate Professor Deane Brown about "The Star Spangled Banner," and local students will provide musical entertainment featuring patriotic songs. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to all members of the community.

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COLLEGE GOAL SOUTH CAROLINA COMING TO USC-UNION FEBRUARY 28TH

Monday, February 9

Students needing assistance in obtaining financial aid to attend college should mark February 28th on their calendars. Each year, USC Union holds a special event called College Goal South Carolina, during which it provides students and their parents with free assistance with their financial aid. The event will be held on the USC-U campus in the Central Building, located at 309 East Academy Street, on Feb. 28th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. College Goal South Carolina is a free event to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. For more information about College Goal South Carolina, contact the USC Union Financial Aid Office at 864-424-8024.

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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 11TH

Monday, February 9

The National Weather Service will initiate a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 11th, at approximately 9:00 a.m. using EAS and NOAA weather radios. Broadcast facilities around the state are being urged to participate in this drill. The National Weather Service will activate the EAS unit, and a message will be heard from the National Weather Service explaining that it is a test. The event is a test to determine the readiness of EAS equipment and emergency radio receivers located in broadcast facilities, schools, hospitals and other public buildings. All EAS receivers and weather radios that are set to receive tornado codes should receive the drill message at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 11th. This annual drill is a way for the public to learn simple precautions that could save lives.


HOSPITAL DISTRICT POSTS NARROW LOSS FOR DECEMBER

Friday, February 6

The financial report for the Union Hospital District looked better for the month of December as revealed at the district's meeting of the Board of Trustees Thursday night. The report showed a loss of just under $10,000, as compared to the November report of nearly $700,000. Cindy Gault, Chief Financial Officer for the district, explained.

So can it be expected for the number to go back up next month?

CEO Paul Newhouse reminded the board of the annual Heart Day event scheduled for Thursday. In addition to vendors, the hospital will offer a number of tests to attendees, some of which are free. Three new tests are being added this year, including a complete blood count, an iron test, and the A1C test. A fee will be charged for these tests, and also for the cholesterol test, the chemistry panel test, the men's PSA test, and the thyroid test.

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KELLY-KELTON FIRE DEPARTMENT NAMES NEW CHIEF; SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS LEAVE

Friday, February 6

The Kelly-Kelton Fire Department Board named a new chief Monday night, and as a result, several volunteers walked away. Ben Hauser was named the new chief, and some members took issue with his lack of experience. Hauser said he does not have formal training from the SC Fire Academy, but he said he does not need that, because the chief's position is an administrative one. C.W. Garner, one of the board members at Kelly-Kelton, said the department really needs work when it comes to the budget and administrative issues. Before Christmas last year, the department had to request extra funds from Union County Council when it needed to repair a broken truck. Hauser said he is not worried about the loss of manpower now that some people have left. He pointed out there are mutual aid agreements with neighboring departments, which could help in an emergency.

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LOCAL STUDENTS FARE WELL AT FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA COMPETITION

Friday, February 6

The Union County Career and Technology Center participated in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) district competition that was held recently at Dorman High School. The students competed against several schools from the Upstate in categories such as: Business Finance, Video Production, Public Speaking, and Introduction to Business.

Individuals who placed in their events included Lyra Mercado, Cassidy Pridemore, Kasie Roark, Heather Petty, Cole Rector, Andre Jeter and Chaz Roberts.

The students are eligible to compete at the FBLA state competition. The FBLA state competition will allow the students to compete against students from across South Carolina. That competition will be held in Charleston on March 20-21. The students are currently raising money to help fund the trip. If any organization or individual would like to donate, please contact Mrs. Mary Hooker at the Union County Career and Technology Center at 429-1765.

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CITY, COUNTY PROCLAIM TODAY AS HEART DAY

Friday, February 6

Today is Heart Day in the City of Union and Union County as announced in a proclamation by Union County Supervisor Frank Hart and City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson. The proclamation asks that citizens wear red today in support of the men and women who have heart disease and by increasing awareness and empowering men and women in their fight against cardiovascular disease.

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UNION MAN FACES SHOPLIFTING CHARGES IN TWO INCIDENTS AT SEPARATE STORES

Friday, February 6

A 52-year old Union man is facing shoplifting charges after he was observed attempting to take a 39” flat screen from the Union Wal-Mart. Store Loss Prevention Officer Kenneth Newton told police that he witnessed Johnny Edward Glenn, of 141 Oak Grove Road, select a 39” Vizio TV and head for the front of the store. Newton said he followed Glenn toward the door and passed all points of sale without paying. He said Glenn was yelling that he had paid for the merchandise, and Newton advised him not to go out of the store with the TV. The incident report stated that Glenn put the TV down at the front door and ran toward the parking lot. Newton told officers that he wanted Glenn charged with shoplifting, and that charge will be enhanced due to previous convictions of property crimes.

In an unrelated case, Union Public Safety officers were called to Jimmy's Fresh Air Galaxy Wednesday where the same man was observed taking rib eye steaks from a refrigerated display case. Store owner Jimmy McCormick provided police with digital footage of the crime and showed Glenn passing all points of sale without paying. The officer advised that Glenn would be charged with the offense.


FUNDRAISERS PLANNED FOR FAMILY WHO LOST THEIR HOME TO FIRE

Thursday, February 5

Several fundraising events are planned for the Goode family, who lost their home and belongings in a house fire Tuesday morning. The fortunate part of the story is there was no one at home at the time of the blaze and therefore no injuries. As of Thursday afternoon, $2710 of a $5000 goal has been raised through the website www.gofundme.com/goodefamily. In addition, faculty, staff and students at the Union Career and Technology Center are planning a benefit car wash for Saturday morning. A student there, Terrance Johnson, was one of the victims of the fire. The car wash will take place at the NAPA store on the Duncan Bypass from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The wash is $5, and the wash and vacuum is $10. All donations are appreciated.

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Thursday, February 5

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees and Finance Committee will be meeting tonight. The session is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Board Room of Wallace Thompson Hospital. Updates on the possible partnership between the district and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare are expected; however, those discussions are usually held in an executive session.

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CHURCH VAN VANDALIZED

Thursday, February 5

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched Monday to Lockhart Freewill Baptist Church in reference to the church's van being broken into. The pastor of the church, Rev. Brian Bishop, told the deputy that a member on Sunday noticed the back left window of the 1993 Club Wagon has been shattered. The pastor noted that he had found a brick laying close by, and the passenger-side door was open. He also noted damage to the steering column, along with a black tire iron in the driver's seat. Also located were two black knit gloves and a Bud Light can. According to the report, the van had not been used in quite some time. It was reported that a red Ford truck had been seen sitting beside the van a couple of weeks ago. Officers were unsuccessful in obtaining fingerprints. The case has been sent to investigators.

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LIBRARY HAS FEDERAL INCOME TAX FORMS

Thursday, February 5

If you are in need of the forms to fill out your tax return, you can find them at the Union County Carnegie Library. They have the 1040 form, in addition to the 1040A and 1040EZ. The federal government is not sending any instructional booklets with these forms.  Forms are one per person while they last.

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THREE FILE TO RUN FOR COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 SEAT

Thursday, February 5

Three people have filed as candidates in an upcoming special election that will name the successor to newly-elected Supervisor Frank Hart's District 2 County Council seat. With two years left on Hart’s unexpired term, a special election must be held to elect a new council member to serve out that term. Filing for the special election opened at noon on January 23rd and closed this past Monday at noon. A Union County Election Commission spokesperson said Monday afternoon that as of the close of the filing period, three people had filed for the seat. They are Ralph Tucker, Stephen Stone, and Ann Stevens. All three filed to run in a Democratic primary. The Democratic primary for the District 2 seat will be held Tuesday, March 25th. If none of the three candidates seeking the party’s nomination wins a majority of the vote, a runoff will be held Tuesday, April 7th. Even though no one filed to run as a Republican, the special election will still be held as required by law, because in a general election, write-in votes may also be cast. The special election itself will be held Tuesday, May 12th.

District 2 is made up of precincts in:

• West Springs

• Carlisle

• Santuc

• Black Rock

• part of Jonesville Box 2

• part of Putman 

• a portion of Cross Keys

Beginning with this special election, the Jonesville Box 2 precinct will move from the former Jonesville Elementary School to the Jonesville Fire Department, located at 101 Webber St., Jonesville. For more information about the District 2 special election and other voting information, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616. The Union County Voter Registrar’s Office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING MARIJUANA FOUND IN FOSTER CHILD'S DIAPER BAG

Wednesday, February 4

Union County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a case where they say marijuana was found in a baby's diaper bag. A woman in Union says she received a four-month old foster baby from the Department of Social Services in Kershaw County to care for on Saturday evening. The woman told deputies she found a green, leafy substance in a small glass container that was in the diaper bag. The UCSO incident report states there was 0.18 grams of what was believed to be marijuana in the jar. The incident report states the case has been set to investigations.

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FIRE DESTROYS HOME ON PEACH ORCHARD ROAD

Wednesday, February 4

Union area firefighters were summoned to the scene of a house fire Tuesday morning. The call came in to the 911 center just after 10 a.m. Details are sketchy, but it is known the house on Peach Orchard Road, near Union County High School, is considered to be a total loss. An investigation continues to determine a cause.

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REP. MULVANEY ANNOUNCES CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

Wednesday, February 4

Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney has announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Every year, members of Congress from across the country host a local art competition for high school students, and a winner is selected from each Congressional District. Congressman Mulvaney said, “The participation has gotten larger and larger each year, as we had over 200 submissions last year alone. Every high school across the district will be receiving information from my office this week on how to participate.” He concluded by saying, “I’m really looking forward to seeing the artwork from the many talented students across the Fifth District.”

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DMV LOOKS TO clear or reduce CERTAIN LICENSE SUSPENSIONS IN MARCH

Wednesday, February 4

The SCDMV will hold the 2015 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week for drivers with certain license suspensions from March 16-20 in all offices across the state. During Driver Suspension Eligibilty Week, South Carolina drivers who have lost their driving privileges for suspensions included in the program may be able to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspension. The program will assist the following types of suspended drivers:

--Drivers under 18 years of age that are suspended for excessive points.

--Drivers suspended for operating an unlicensed taxi or vehicle.

--Drivers suspended for operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own.

--Drivers suspended for operating or allowing operation of an uninsured vehicle.

--Drivers suspended for driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related convictions.

To qualify for the program, drivers must meet all of the conditions of their suspensions. All fees must be paid, and any required insurance must be filed. If a driver has more than one suspension, DMV will recalculate the suspension time. Drivers with suspensions not covered by the program will still need to serve that suspension.

To apply for the program, drivers must complete the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application Form DL-601 and visit a SCDMV office during Driver Suspension Eligibility Week. Drivers with a clear record may apply for a driver’s license. Depending on the type of suspension, they may be required to take the vision, knowledge and road skills tests before getting a new driver’s license.

All offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. except on Wednesdays, when all offices are closed for training from 8:30 -9:30 a.m.

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THOMSON INDUSTRIAL SERVICES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, February 4

Thomson Industrial Services will hold a recruitment event at the Cherokee County SC Works Office next Wednesday, February 11th, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. They are looking to hire industrial service technicians and industrial service operators. No minimum education is required, but it does require a flexible work schedule--24/7 on call and travel is required. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend.


CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCE REGARDING MILL SITE PROPERTY

Tuesday, February 3

The Union City Council gave a second and final reading to an ordinance that will allow the city to enter into an option agreement that could result in the construction of around 40 low-to-middle income housing units.

City Attorney Larry Flynn explained.

The project was brought to the city by New Horizon Realty, and the purchase price is reported to be $22,000 per acre.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS TO HIRE BUS DRIVERS

Tuesday, February 3

The Union County School District is looking for bus drivers. They say they want mature, responsible adults to become certified for full- and part-time employment. The minimum rate of pay is $9.32 per hour, and applications to enter a training program are due today. The training will take place at the Union County High School Career Center on February 9th through the 12th. In order to qualify, applicants must be 18 years of age, have a valid South Carolina driver's license, and complete the bus driver's training program. A good driving record is required, and the applicants must be in good health and have good eyesight. Applications must be made at the school district's administrative office at 130 West Main Street and at the Operations Facility, located at 1417 Whitmire Highway. Should you have any questions, you may call 429-2836.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL MEETING

Tuesday, February 3

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library is having an annual meeting on Sunday, February 15th, at Grace United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall starting at 3pm. Officers for the Board of Directors will be elected. There will be a special presentation by USC Upstate Professor Deane Brown about "The Star Spangled Banner," and musical entertainment will feature patriotic songs by local students. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to all members of the community. 

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MAN BEING SERVED WARRANT FOR RESISTING ARREST RESISTS ARREST AGAIN

Tuesday, February 3

Deputy Russell Roark went to the residence of Lovic E. Booker, 31, at 4917 English Ave., Carlisle, with a General Sessions bench warrant on him for resisting arrest. Roark knocked on the door, and Lovic opened the door. He informed Booker that he had a warrant for his arrest and asked him to step back in the residence.

While inside the residence, Roark attempted to handcuff Booker and he began to scuffle. The deputy was able to get one handcuff on, but he continued to scuffle. The deputy could not get the other cuff on, and the suspect attempted to run out the front door of the residence, dragging the officer out of the residence and off the front porch. Roark was able to pull Booker back into the residence but he continued to scuffle, and the officer pushed Lovic on to a couch. Booker's mother, Adrianne Booker, then ran over and got on top of her son and was preventing the deputy from getting the other cuff on him. Roark had to physically push Adrianne off the subject, and once the he did this, Booker stated, "I'm giving up." The officer then put the other cuff on the subject and also placed Adrianne under arrest for resisting the arrest of Booker. Sgt. Gilstrap and Deputy Willis arrived on scene a short time later, and they transported the Bookers to Union County Jail for booking. The deputy received a cut on his left hand from the scuffle and was treated at Wallace Thompson Hospital for the injury. Roark will seek a warrant with the Union County Magistrate for resisting arrest on Booker and his mother.


CITY COUNCIL TO MEET THIS MORNING

Monday, February 2

Union City Council will hold a special meeting Monday morning at 9. At the meeting, council is expected to approve the second reading of an ordinance allowing the city to enter into an option agreement with Quad-State Development as they seek to build an apartment complex on the Union Mill site. The ordinance also authorizes the city to enter into a non-exclusive real estate listing agreement. According to Mayor Harold Thompson, the meeting is expected to be brief, as the second reading is the only thing on the agenda. If the sale goes through and the apartment complex is built, the city stands to gain around $200,000, which could be used to pay off a brown field loan the city took out to pay for the cost of cleaning up the site, or it could be set aside for economic development purposes. The meeting will be held in the City Municipal Building Monday at 9, and the public is invited to attend.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

Monday, February 2

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, February 2nd, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Schools District Office Annex located at 120 Lakeside Drive in Union.  The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Mrs. Catherine M. Childers, Executive Director, at (864) 429-1740, ext. 134, prior to the start of the meeting.

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UNION MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER BEATING HIS FATHER WITH BAT

Monday, February 2

A Union man is in jail after allegedly beating his father with a metal baseball bat. Deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a call Friday night to a residence on Sardis Road, where a woman said a man was beating on her door saying his son had beaten him and he needed an ambulance.  When deputies arrived, a DNR officer was already on the scene. The DNR officer told the deputy that his initial investigation had revealed that 35-year old John Michael Betenbaugh had come to his father’s home, had beaten and robbed him, had taken everyone’s cell phone at the residence, and had fled the scene in a stolen vehicle. The victim, 63-year old John Betenbaugh, had to go next door to get the neighbor to call EMS and law enforcement.

When EMS arrived, Betenbaugh was unconscious and was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. He was suffering from injuries due to him being beaten severely over his entire body and severe blows to his head with a metal baseball bat. Deputies were able to determine from witnesses who were at the home that Michael Betenbaugh came to the residence and asked his father for money. The elder Betenbaugh told his son he was not going to give any money, and Michael Betenbaugh began to beat his father in the head with the metal baseball bat. He continued to beat his father until his father was not able to continue to protect himself. Then he started searching the house and located a lock box that contained money and pills and took all the cellphones and left the residence.

The Sheriff’s Office put out a BOLO on the stolen car and started searching for the suspect. Sometime between midnight and 1:00 a.m., a Union Public Safety officer saw someone on Hicks Street who met the description of Michael Betenbaugh. The officer approached the individual and the person lied about who he was. The officer called for assistance, and when deputies arrived, they identified him to be Michael Betenbaugh. He was transported to the Union County Jail where he is being held without bond and charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and giving false information to police.

Sheriff David Taylor said there will be additional charges forthcoming from both the Union Public Safety and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

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TWO ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO FORMER SIMS JR. HIGH BUILDING

Monday, February 2

Two people were arrested shortly after breaking into the former location of Sims Jr. High School. 18-year old Collin Bailey Walker and 18-year old Jacob Brandon Rhame were charged with third-degree burglary. According to the Union Public Safety report, officers arrived on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call about a possible burglary at the former school. When an officer arrived, he found a silver Honda Civic parked there unoccupied. Three officers then entered the school and heard noises coming from the auditorium. They found the two suspects around the right stage stairwell area and took them into custody. One of the officers reentered the school and located a white bag with several items in it, which the suspects identified as items they had picked up while in the school. Walker told the officer he wanted to show Rhame where he went to school, so they entered through a rear door that was propped open. They had taken 2 plastic water bottles, 3 silver watches, 7 yellow/green rubber wrist bands, 1 gold bracelet, 3 sets of keys, 1 pair of eye glasses, a 7th-grade president vote button, and a white Amaze-N marble bag. Walker and Rhame were charged and transported to Union County Jail for booking. They were released on bond.

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UTILITY SCAM MAKING ITS ROUNDS AGAIN

Monday, February 2

A familiar utility scam appears to be making the rounds again, and one Union County woman was not fooled by it. The complainant told the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday someone had called her saying they were with the billing department for Lockhart Power Company. The person on the phone said the payments from the last two months had not gone through. The subject told her the amount of the two power bills and the check numbers she paid with. He told her to go to Bi-Lo and transfer the money to a green dot card or he was going to have to turn off her power. She hung up and called Lockhart Power, who told her there was no issue with her payments and that the call was a scam. She alerted her bank, since the caller knew the check numbers used and the amounts of the bills, and she then alerted the Union County Sheriff’s Office for documentation purposes. As always in these cases, you are warned never to give out any personal information over the phone, to hang up and call the company in question directly, and to let the Sheriff’s Office know so they can then alert others to the scam.

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FORKLIFT DRIVERS SOUGHT AT RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Monday, February 2

MAU Workforce Solutions will hold a recruitment event at the SC Works Gaffney Office tomorrow. The event, located at 133 Wilmac Road in Gaffney, will take place Tuesday from 10-3. They are looking to hire material handlers/forklift drivers at a salary of $15-$16 an hour. 12 months of experience is required, as well as a high school diploma and the ability to work flexible schedules. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and have a referral to attend the event.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLDS BUSINESS AFTER HOURS EVENT

Friday, January 30, 2015

       

The Union County Chamber of Commerce held its first Business After Hours of 2015 Thursday evening. The event was held at the SC Works Office at 103 West Main Street in Union. Torance Inman explained the event and its overall purpose.

For more information on becoming a member of the Chamber or seeing how the Chamber could benefit you, please call 427-9039.

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SC WORKS SHOWCASES ITS MISSION AT BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Friday, January 30, 2015

SC Works, which hosted the Business After Hours event, is designed as a “reemployment office,” as well as helping businesses find employees to fill their needs, according to SC Works Center Manager Katherine Pendergrass.  Pendergrass told WBCU News more about SC Works and how it can help you.

For more information about SC Works and how it can help you, please call 427-4119, or e-mail kpendergrass@scworksupstate.com.

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BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC PRESENTS HILARITY FOR CHARITY BENEFIT FEBRUARY 19TH

Friday, January 30, 2015

Broad River Electric will be hosting its 6th-annual Hilarity for Charity benefit show on February 19th. Proceeds from this event will be used in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties to benefit senior hunger charities. In 2014, Broad River Electric Charities put back a large amount of money into its communities. For more on that, here’s Josh Crotzer of Broad River Electric.

If you want tickets to Hilarity for Charity, you can purchase them at Union Oil Mill or call Broad River Electric at 489-5737.

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CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD SECOND READING OF MILL SITE AGREEMENT MONDAY

Friday, January 30, 2015

Union City Council will hold a special meeting Monday morning at 9. At the meeting, council is expected to approve the second reading of an ordinance allowing the city to enter into an option agreement with Quad-State Development as they seek to build an apartment complex on the Union Mill site. The ordinance also authorizes the city to enter into a non-exclusive real estate listing agreement. According to Mayor Harold Thompson, the meeting is expected to be brief, as the second reading is the only thing on the agenda. If the sale goes through and the apartment complex is built, the city stands to gain around $200,000, which could be used to pay off a brown field loan the city took out to pay for the cost of cleaning up the site, or it could be set aside for economic development purposes. The meeting will be held in the City Municipal Building Monday at 9, and the public is invited to attend.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD SCHEDULES MEETING MONDAY AFTERNOON

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, February 2nd, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Schools District Office Annex located at 120 Lakeside Drive in Union.  The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Mrs. Catherine M. Childers, Executive Director, at (864) 429-1740, ext. 134, prior to the start of the meeting.

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UNION WOMAN REPORTS STOLEN FIREWOOD

Friday, January 30, 2015

Someone has been helping themselves to a Union woman’s firewood, and she finally called the Union County Sheriff’s Office to try and put a stop to it. The victim said she had noticed that someone had been coming onto her property on Beltline Road and taking firewood since early January, but she hadn’t reported it until this past Wednesday, when someone had left a beer can there. The responding officer took the can as evidence. It was estimated that over the past month, nearly $600 worth of firewood had been taken from her property. The investigation is continuing.


GAFFNEY WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON IN DECEMBER FIRE IN BUFFALO

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Gaffney woman has been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree arson and ill treatment of animals. The fire took place at 102 Antioch Drive in Buffalo on December 2nd. The fire completely destroyed the home, and two dogs died in the blaze. No details were released as to what led to the arrest of 41-year old Kimbrelle Clary, of 654 White Plains Road in Gaffney. The ill treatment of animals charge stemmed from the death of the dogs in the fire, which was set while the dogs were still inside the house, causing “unnecessary pain and suffering”, according to the arrest warrant. The arrest warrant on the arson charge stated that Clary started three different fires at the residence with the intent to destroy it. The arrest warrant on the arson charge stated that Clary set three different fires at the residence with the intent of destroying it.The arrest warrant on the arson charge stated that Clary set three different fires at the residence with the intent of destroying it.At the time of the blaze, an appeal was made to help the victims, including the homeowner’s daughter, who was pregnant with twins.

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SIMULATOR DEMONSTRATES TO STUDENTS THE DANGERS OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Thursday, January 29, 2015

There were lots of accidents at Union County High School Wednesday, and there were probably many more today. Don’t worry, no one was hurt. It was a simulation to display the dangers of distracted driving. The SC Highway Patrol, in cooperation with the Union County School District, The Union County Sheriff’s Office, and The Union County Drug Prevention Coalition, have brought this informative session and simulator to Union County High School. Lance Corporal James Miller with the SC Highway Patrol said the simulator helps illustrate the dangers of distracted driving.

According to Miller, distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic fatalities for individuals under the age of 25. Students were given the opportunity to watch a short video on the dangers of distracted driving, and then given the opportunity to ask questions. Then, students that have a license or a permit were given the opportunity to drive the simulator to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving in a safe and controlled environment. Union County High School student Dee Jeter said his friends were a major distraction for him, while Cole Seymour found that texting kept him from seeing everyday obstacles.

Lance Corporal Miller said the simulator would be at Union County High School Wednesday and Thursday to give all students the opportunity to experience the hazards of distracted driving with the simulator.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING BUSINESS AFTER HOURS TONIGHT

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Union County Chamber of Commerce will host their first Business After Hours event of 2015. It will be held at the SC Works Union office at 103 West Main Street from 5-7 p.m. Business After Hours is a chance for networking and fellowship. Refreshments will be served, and those attending can win door prizes. Live entertainment will be provided by Mr. William Christopher. Business After Hours is sponsored by Broad River Electric Cooperative, Charter Business, Liberty Tax Service, and Medi Home Hospice.

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TOMORROW IS DEADLINE FOR FIRST STEPS BOARD NOMINATIONS

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Union County First Steps Board continues to accept nominations from the public to be considered by its nominating committee when they meet in February. They will recommend a pool of nominees to the full board. Dr. Kelli Johnston, board chair, says the board is looking for members to meet certain membership categories and who are willing to make the necessary time commitment to the board. Nomination forms need to be completed and returned to Catherine Childers by Friday, January 30th. You can call her at 429-1740 for more information or to request a nomination form, a board responsibilities information sheet, and the list of membership categories that must be elected to the board.

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ANNA GREGROY WILL REPRESENT SIMS AT REGIONAL SPELLING BEE

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On Wednesday, January 21, Sims Middle School held its annual school spelling bee.  The sixth grade runner-up was Attonette Moore.  The sixth grade winner was Anna Gregory.  The seventh grade runner-up was Gabe Inman.  The seventh grade winner was Anna Rose Sawyer.  The eighth grade runner-up was Jakob Lawson, and the eighth grade winner was Carson Hickson. 

The three winners then went on to compete in the school bee.  Anna Rose Sawyer was the first runner-up, and the Sims spelling bee champion was Miss Anna Gregory.  The Sims staff is extremely proud of each and every contestant. 

The Herald-Journal/Go Upstate.com Regional Spelling Bee will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Spartanburg at the District Five Fine Arts Center on the campus of Byrnes High School in Duncan.  Sims wants to wish Anna Gregory much luck in the competition.

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70 MORE PEOPLE FIND WORK IN UNION COUNTY IN DECEMBER AS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The end of 2014 saw more people in Union County working than the year before, and even the previous month.

Union County’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.3% from November to December. Fueled by an increase in the workforce of 39 people, and 70 more people finding work, Union County’s unemployment rate is now 7.5%, down from 7.8%. Since last December, the local unemployment rate has dropped 1.2%. 165 people have been added to the labor market, and 290 people have found work. For an even better perspective, 1401 people have found work in Union County since the local unemployment rate peaked in 2010.

 The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 6.5 percent in December from November’s rate of 6.7 percent. The estimated number of South Carolinians working rose by 7,243 people to set a new record of 2,058,657.

The state’s labor force continued to expand with an increase of 4,459 people in December, setting another all-time high of 2,202,017. The estimated number of unemployed people decreased by 2,784 to 143,360.

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TRANS-SOUTH WRESTLING WELCOMES RON SIMMONS TO THEIR NEXT EVENT

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Trans-South Wrestling will welcome a very special guest at their next event. Ron Simmons, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame, will be the guest of honor at Trans-South Wrestling’s Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 7th, at the Union County Fairgrounds. Simmons is recognized as the first African-American world champion in pro wrestling history, and he still appears sporadically on WWE programming, as recently as two weeks ago. Simmons was also the first Florida State defender to have his number retired. Bell time for the event is 7:30 at the fairgrounds. Tickets are $9 for adults at the door, and $6 for children. Advance tickets are $6 for everyone, and they are available at Buffalo Pawn & Gun.


LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL GETS UPDATE FROM EPA ON CHESTER LANDFILL FIRE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Lockhart Town Council met Tuesday night in their regular monthly meeting. The main focus of business Tuesday night was the ongoing landfill fire in Chester County at Bennett's Landfill. The council heard from Matt Huyser from the Environmental Protection Agency about the EPA's involvement in the monitoring of the conditions surrounding the landfill fire. Huyser stated the EPA would be in and around Lockhart for the next several weeks and possibly months monitoring the air, soil, and water for possible contaminants related to the fire. Huyser stated that the EPA has responded at request of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Huyser told the council that he expects early tests to be completed quickly, though he could not provide a definite time table.

In other business, the council voted to make Larry "Luke" Jenkins the new town historian. The position was recently vacated by the death of long-time historian and former council member Linda Ann "Hooch" Warren. 

The council then went into executive session to discuss a legal matter. No votes were taken, and upon leaving executive session no other business was discussed and the meeting was adjourned.

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APARTMENT COMPLEX COULD BE BUILT ON FORMER UNION MILL SITE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If things go well, there could be a new 40-unit apartment complex coming to the site that formerly housed the Union Mill. At a special meeting Monday morning, Union City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Harold Thompson to execute an option agreement with Quad-State Development for the potential sale of the 11.4-acre Union Mill site. Under the agreement, which requires approval of a second reading by council, Quad-State Development will pay the city $2500 for an option on the property. The company would have until October to see if it can secure funding for the proposed 40-unit apartment complex. If needed, the company could extend the option by another 120 days by paying the city an additional $10,000. If funding comes through and the company decides to move forward with the project, they would pay the city approximately $22,000 an acre for the site, or just under $250,000. After real estate fees and closing costs, the city could clear $200,000 on the property, as well as gain new tax revenue and utility fees as the complex gains tenants. The second reading of the ordinance could come as early as Monday.

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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Union County Relay for Life 2015 is a little more than 3 months away, and fundraising activities are beginning to ramp up as teams prepare to meet this year’s goal. The next team captain’s meeting will be held Tuesday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Two other meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th, and Tuesday, April 14th. Buffalo United Methodist Church will hold a fundraising soup lunch after church on February 15th. Bethel Baptist will have an Old Timey Dinner on February 22nd at Virginia’s Restaurant. Dollar General Distribution will host a flag football game on Saturday, March 7th, at 11 a.m. The Relay for Life event is scheduled for May 8th and 9th.

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4K AND 5K SCHOOL REGISTRATION ANNOUNCED

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

4K and 5K registration is less than a month away for Union County’s future leaders. Buffalo Elementary will host their registration on Tuesday, February 24th. Monarch Elementary’s registration will be Wednesday, February 25th. On Thursday, February 26th, Foster Park Elementary will register their 4K and 5K students. On Tuesday, March 3rd, Lockhart School will accept registrations for 5K students only. Jonesville Elementary/Middle School will hold their 4K and 5K registration on Wednesday, March 4th. Registration at all locations will be from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. To register for 4K, children will need to be 4 years of age on or before September 1st, 2015. The same goes for 5K, as students need to be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2015. Parents or guardians should be aware that academic screenings will be provided during registration, and those screenings will take around 45 minutes to complete. Be sure to bring your child’s official certificate of immunization (the white card), your child’s Social Security card, your child’s birth certificate with state seal, and proof of residence in the form of a tax receipt, power bill, or similar document. If your child needs immunizations, they are given by appointment only at the Union County Health Department. To schedule an appointment, call 424-8004. Copies of birth certificates are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-4.

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ROTARY CLUB RECOGNIZES NEW PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Union Rotary Club recognized eight of its members as Paul Harris Fellows at yesterday’s meeting, and named six others as Paul Harris Fellows Plus 1. The recognition shows appreciation to individuals who donate, or have donated in their name, $1000 to The Rotary Foundation. Plus 1 status is given to those who have given an additional $1000 to the foundation. As of today, more than $1 billion has been raised and contributed to The Rotary Foundation by members around the world. The recognition is named for Paul P. Harris, who organized the first Rotary Club in Chicago 110 years ago. The club became the world’s first Service Club as its members helped build public toilets for men and women in the Chicago area. The Rotary Foundation was established as a vehicle for doing good in the world.

Paul Harris Fellows recognized at Tuesday’s meeting include: Representative Mike Anthony; Helen Diamaduros, who was awarded as wife and mother of three Rotarians with special appreciation from her husband, Gus; John Fallaw; Scott Sandor; Lynn Mornane; Torance Inman; Beth Belue; and John Gregory.

Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 recipients are: Frank M. Hart, Robbie Littlejohn, Sammy Diamaduros, Gus Diamaduros, Lisa Morris, and Charles “Buddy” Smith.

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NEW TESTS ADDED FOR HEART DAY

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wallace Thomson Hospital has added three additional tests to its annual Heart Day event, scheduled for Thursday, February 12th, from 7-10 a.m. In addition to the free blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests for $15, chemistry panel tests for $20, men’s PSA tests for $30, and thyroid tests for $30, the hospital will offer a complete blood count test for $22, iron test for $15, and A1C test for $15. For more information, call the hospital at 301-2000.


SCHOOL BOARD GETS INFORMATION ON HOW THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET IS SET

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Union County School Board of Trustees met Monday night in the Career and Technology Center at Union County High School. Only two items were on the agenda for the meeting. The first was a budget workshop conducted by District Finance Director Lynn Lawson. Lawson discussed with the board how the district comes up with the yearly budget. Lawson stated the district has three goals when developing the budget: first, pay for all educational and operational goals; second, balance the budget; and third, build the fund balance. Lawson stated that roughly 80% of the district's revenue for operational expenses comes from the state, while only 20% comes from local taxes.  Lawson explained that the presentation was intended to shed some light on the budget process for new board members, and serve as a refresher for longer-serving board members.

The presentation was taken as information by the board and no action was taken.

The board then went into executive session to discuss the other matter on the agenda, a personnel matter. No votes were taken. Following executive session, the meeting was adjourned.

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MAU WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS RECRUITING FORKLIFT DRIVERS TODAY

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MAU Workforce Solutions will hold a recruitment event today from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will be at the Spartanburg SC Works office at 220 East Kennedy Street. They are looking to hire material handlers and forklift drivers with at least 12 months of experience. The salary ranges from $15-$16 an hour. A high school diploma or GED is required. Applicants must have the ability to work a flexible schedule, have customer service skills, and be registered at www.scworks.org prior to the event.

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VETERANS' RESOURCE FAIR SCHEDULED TODAY IN DUNCAN

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) and United States Senator Tim Scott have partnered to host a veterans' resources fair today. The fair is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCC's Tyger River Campus in Duncan. The event is an effort to help US military service members, veterans, and their families learn about local employment, career and workforce training opportunities, as well as perfect résumés and job search skills. Veterans will have the opportunities to learn about:

* What employers want in today's workforce;

* Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce;

* Best practices in interviewing for jobs;

* Resources related to job a search;

* Résumés will be critiqued by human resource professionals and make assessments to help with career choices.

Participants will receive resources available for starting a business and learn how to apply to college, as well as resources on how to help pay for college.

Vendors attending the fair include:

*    Clemson University's Small Business Development Center

*    Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

*    SC ACCELERATE

*    SC Works

*    Spartanburg Community College (SCC)

*    SCC Career Services

*    SCC Foundation

*    South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce

*    South Carolina National Guard Employment Services Division

*    Spartanburg County Veterans Affairs Office

*    Upstate Warrior Solution

*    Veteran Scholarships Forever  

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY OF LOCKHART BOY SCOUT HUT

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sometime between January 17th and 24th, someone broke into the Boy Scout Hut at 118 Mill Street in Lockhart. Rather than taking things, though, the burglar or burglars left items there. The complainant said when he arrived at the hut, he had to force the door open because someone had placed items in front of the door to block it. He found a window broken out and several items left behind that did not belong to the hut. The officer investigated and found 5 red and white pillows and one olive-colored cushion. The items had been stolen from a previous incident at 140 Old Union Road on January 17th. The items were returned to their owner. No items were believed to have been taken from the Boy Scout hut. The investigation will continue.

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TWO COUNTERFEIT BILLS PASSED AT KANGAROO EXPRESS STORES

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two counterfeit $20 bills were discovered at Kangaroo Express stores on Lockhart Highway and the South Duncan Bypass. They were passed late on the 23rd and early on the 24th. The suspect is believed to be a white male, and the store managers were reviewing the surveillance videos to see if the bills were given by the same person. Union Public Safety and the Union County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incidents.

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SEVENTEEN LOCAL STUDENTS HONORED AS JUNIOR SCHOLARS

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

17 Union County 8th-graders have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars. They were selected either by meeting the Duke University Talent Identification Program criteria as seventh-grade students, or by scoring at or above 50 as eighth-grade students on the PSAT test in one or more of its subject areas of verbal, math, or writing.  As recipients of this honor, the students will be recognized in local award ceremonies and will receive an Award of Merit from the State Department of Education.

Those honored include:

Lockhart School:

Daniel Grant, son of Dwyane and Gina Grant

 

Jonesville Middle School:

Makayla Dyer, daughter of Billy Joe and Shannon Dyer

Jayda Canada, daughter of Kenny and Kathy Teague

Kayla Means, daughter of Reginald and LaTunya Means

Haley McDade, daughter of James McDade

Delaney Duckett, daughter of Shane and Kelly Duckett

 

Sims Middle School:

William Balkum, son of Bill and Kim Balkum

Grant Berry, son of Jeff Berry and Libby Sailors

Zykeria Dawkins-Willingham, daughter of Reshana Dawkins

Latavia Foster, daughter of Larry and Sherry Foster

Carson Hickson, daughter of Will and Robyn Hickson

Makayla Grady, daughter of David and Crystal Grady

Jakob Lawson, son of Scott and Kim Lawson

Jordan Lawson, son of Scott and Kim Lawson

Lewis McBeth, son of Lewis and Deargrasure McBeth

Macy Petty, daughter of Kip and Tracy Petty

Benjamin Stone, son of Barron Stone and Lisa Morrow


BUFFALO MAN DIES TWO DAYS AFTER ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 215

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 79-year old Buffalo man died from injuries he sustained in a car accident Friday morning just after 11 a.m. According to the Union County Coroner’s Office, the man was identified as 79-year old Grady Tucker, Sr., of 2450 Mt. Lebanon Road in Buffalo. Lance Corporal Tony Keller with the SC Highway Patrol said Tucker was attempting to turn left from Industrial Park Road onto Hwy. 215 when he failed to yield the right of way and was struck by 53-year old Pete Spencer of Carlisle. The victim was transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital, and was later transferred to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he died at 6:18 Sunday evening.

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SCHOOL BOARD, CITY COUNCIL, LOCKHART AND CARLISLE COUNCILS ALL MEET THIS WEEK

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Union County School Board will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology center. The only items listed on the agenda is a budget planning discussion and an executive session.

The Union City Council will be meeting this morning at 9 for a workshop session. They will have the first reading of an Ordinance that would allow the City to enter into an option agreement with Quad State Development and to enter into a non-exclusive real estate listing agreement both of which relate to the Union Mill Property site.

There will also be a discussion of a downtown plan with Robby Moody of the Catawba Region Planning Council.

Carlisle Town Council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 27th, at 6:30 p.m. and the Lockhart Town Council meets Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

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ALZHEIMER'S, HIV/AIDS AMONG TOPICS AT HEALTH AND WELLNESS SEMINAR

Monday, January 26, 2015

There will be a Health and Wellness Seminar coming up of Saturday, February 7th from 10:30 until 2:00 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Spartanburg County Public Library. They will be discussing Alzheimers, Dementia, HIV and Aids. Organizers say these condition have a very devastating effect on the community. Area citizens are invited to join the program for Valuable information on symptoms, stages of Alzheimer and support for family and caregivers of those affected. Also discussed will be HIV/AIDS and how it is spread and prevention. Presenters for the session will be Joyce Finkle, Director of the Alzheimer's Association and Tracy Jackson, Executive Director of the Piedmont Care Coalition.

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WALLACE THOMSON HEART DAY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 12TH

Monday, January 26, 2015

Just a reminder once again of the Heart Day Health Fair coming up on February 12th at the Wallace Thomson Hospital. The time for the event is from 7:00 a.m. Until 10:00 a.m. There will be free blood pressure checks and reduced fees for other test such as the Cholesterol test for $15.00, the Chemistry Panel Test for $20.00, the men's PSA test for $30.00 and the Thyroid test for $30.00. Those taking these test you are reminded in order to help with test accuracy not to eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the testing.

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FRIENDS OF LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR FEBRUARY 15TH

Monday, January 26, 2015

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Library will be Sunday, February 15th, at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Methodist. Students from local schools will be performing songs of America, and Deane Brown will give a 20-minute talk on "The Star Spangled Banner". The general public is invited, and anyone can join or renew their membership at that time.

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BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH TOUR OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Four full days in our nation’s capital, face-to-face meetings with members of Congress, new friends from around the state and the country, an experience of a lifetime – that’s the opportunity available to high school juniors in Union, Cherokee, and Spartanburg Counties through the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

Each summer, Broad River Electric Cooperative sends four rising seniors to Washington, D.C., on an all-expenses paid trip to our nation’s capital that includes a tour of the city, visits to the capital’s monuments, dining at cool restaurants and talking with South Carolina’s lawmakers. They will also be eligible for the $5,000 R.D. Bennett Scholarship. This year, Youth Tourists will depart on June 13th and return on June 18th.

Broad River Electric is currently taking applications from high school juniors in Cherokee, Union, and Spartanburg counties who are interested. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, March 3rd. Applicants are also asked to submit a written recommendation from a representative of the school or prominent member of the community.

“While we are investing in our future energy infrastructure, we also want to invest in the leaders of our future,” said Doug Wilson, President and CEO of Broad River Electric Cooperative. “We are proud to be able to provide this opportunity to some of the outstanding young people in our community.”

Based on the applications and interviews with a selection committee, four students will be selected to represent Broad River Electric Cooperative at Youth Tour 2015. The applicants do not have to have electrical service with Broad River Electric; however, it is considered during the selection process. The tourists will be selected by March 21st.

To apply, contact Josh Crotzer at Broad River Electric at 864-206-7128, or e-mail jcrotzer@broadriverelectric.com. Applications are also available on their website, www.broadriverelectric.com.


FILING OPENS TODAY FOR FRANK HART'S VACATED COUNTY COUNCIL SEAT

Friday, January 23, 2015

Filing opens today for those who may be seeking a seat on Union County Council in District 2. That seat opened when newly-elected Supervisor Frank Hart's election was confirmed this past November. Hart vacated the District 2 seat when he was elected. The open filing period will close at noon on February 2nd.

The Statement of Intention of Candidacy & Party Pledge (SICPP) form required for filing is available in the “Candidate Information” section of www.scvotes.org and at the county Voter Registration and Elections office at 1246 S. Duncan Bypass. This form is required along with a $153 filing fee issued to the party of the candidate’s choice. The office is open 8–5 Monday–Friday.

If more than one person files from the same political party, there will be a primary election on March 24. There is also the possibility of a runoff election April 7th, and the actual election date is set for May 12th.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHEDULES ITS ANNUAL BANQUET

Friday, January 23, 2015

The date for the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet has been set for Thursday, April 2nd. The event is held each year to honor local businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. The guest speaker for this year's banquet will be United States Senator Tim Scott. Additional details concerning tickets and other pertinent information will be released at a later date.

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TRESPASSER HELD AT GUNPOINT

Friday, January 23, 2015

On Wednesday, officers were dispatched to Hawkins Road concerning a disturbance. Dispatch advised the officers that an unknown male had come to the home, and the homeowner was holding him outside at gunpoint. The officer arrived and identified the suspect as Joshua Kyle Brunet, 25, of 2708 Lockhart Highway. The complainant said that Brunet was in the yard and was screaming. He was told to leave but refused. When officers asked Brunet where he was coming from, he told them that he was really high on drugs and couldn't remember things clearly. Brunet was placed under arrest and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE PARTNERS WITH US SENATOR FOR VETERANS' RESOURCE FAIR

Friday, January 23, 2015

In an effort to help US military service members, veterans, and their families learn about local employment, career and workforce training opportunities, as well as perfect résumés and job search skills, Spartanburg Community College (SCC) and United States Senator Tim Scott have partnered to host a veterans' resources fair. The fair is planned for Tuesday, January 27th, at SCC's Tyger River Campus in Duncan from 9:30 am-2:00 pm. The Veterans' Educational & Entrepreneurship Resources Fair brings together members of the military community and human resources professionals in an effort to connect veterans with the appropriate resources to achieve their goals.

Veterans will have the opportunities to learn about:

* What employers want in today's workforce;

* Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce;

* Best practices in interviewing for jobs;

* Resources related to job a search;

* Résumés will be critiqued by human resource professionals and make assessments to help with career choices.

Participants will receive resources available for starting a business and learn how to apply to college, as well as resources on how to help pay for college.

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USC UNION ONCE AGAIN PROVIDES FREE BASIC INCOME TAX PREPARATION

Friday, January 23, 2015

University of South Carolina Union is offering a free tax preparation service through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at USC Union’s Founders House. The free service is a partnership between USC Union, the IRS, and United Way of Spartanburg.

Any household with a yearly income of $53,000 or less will qualify for the free service. Situations where real property has been sold or rented out as business income will not be handled with the service. Only 2014 taxes will be prepared. Please bring all W2s and Social Security cards for any children or dependents you are claiming. This service is by appointment only.

The program will take place every Tuesday starting on February 3rd up until April 14th during the times of 9:00am–11:15am. To schedule an appointment, please call USC Union’s Founders House office at (864) 424-8042.

United Way will offer the same service for two days at the Union Health Department on February 17th and March 17th. Appointments for this location can be made by calling (864) 582-2975.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES TWO SUSPICIOUS FIRES

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating two suspicious fires. One was a grass fire that occurred Monday at 809 Old Pump Station Road. Deputies talked with firefighters from the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department who said they believed the fire was set, due to evidence found at the scene. That evidence included two lighters, batteries and a soda bottle. A suspect in the case is listed as being a juvenile.

The other case was a house fire on Tuesday at 1520 Jerusalem Road. The incident report stated that deputies spoke with the complainant, who told them the subject, Adam Minter, came to her residence and asked to borrow some matches. She said she gave him two books of matches, and a short time later, he returned and told her to call 911 because the house was on fire. It was determined that the house was owned by Effie Ruth Minter, who told deputies by phone that Adam Minter had been told not to go to that house. The deputies determined that Minter was trespassing after notice and was transported to the Union County Jail. Investigators will follow up on the case.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE TO PRESENT PLANS FOR ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND AT EVENT NEXT MONTH

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC), the Union Civitan Club, and Belk will host a fundraiser and unveil plans for an accessible playground to be located near the Miracle League Field at Timken Sports Complex.

The event will take place on February 28th at the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church gymnasium. A silent auction begins at 5:30pm when doors open. Following the presentation of the proposed playground, guests will remain seated while they are served dinner by wait staff at 6:30pm. The event will conclude with a fashion show featuring outfits chosen from Belk Department Store and modeled by Miracle League players, siblings, and friends.

Rion Holcombe, a student in Clemson University’s ClemsonLIFE Program whose college acceptance letter video went viral on social media last year, and his mother will be the guest emcees for the fashion show.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased from the Union County Recreation Department, WBCU Radio Station, and any member of the Miracle League of Union County Board or the Union Civitan Club. Profits from ticket sales will be split between MLUC and the Civitan Club; however, donations may be designated to the playground the day of the event.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION'S ANNUAL SHAG NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Union County Healthcare Foundation has announced the date for their popular event, Shag Night 2015. It will take place March 7th at the Union National Guard Armory and will see the return of the Band of Oz for entertainment. It will all get underway at 6:00 p.m. with a silent and live auction and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The tickets are $40, and no tickets will be available at the door. For more information on the event, you may call 864-301-2466. Tickets are available at WBCU and at the Union County Health Care Foundation's office at the hospital.

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MULVANEY CO-SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO REDUCE FEDERAL WORKFORCE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tuesday, U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) introduced the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act.  The bill limits new federal hires to one employee for every three that retire or leave service, saving a previously estimated $35 billion over five years without forcing any current federal employees out of a job.  If a federal agency were to refuse to comply with the legislation’s hiring limits, it would result in a federal hiring freeze.

“It’s no secret that the federal government is way too big and spends way too much,” said Rep. Mulvaney.  “This bill is a big step in the direction of efficiency, and I’m hopeful this common-sense approach is something my colleagues across the aisle can agree on, as it was part of the plan written by the President’s Fiscal Commission.


CITY COUNCIL RENEWS COMMUNITY CHANGE PROJECT

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Union City Council met last night and took up several items. Two of those were the awarding of bids. Smith Backhoe and Construction won a bid to demolish the Ellen Sagar Nursing Home Booster Pump Station. That project will cost the city $10,665. The high bid for that demolition project was $38,000. Terex Utilities was awarded a contract for the purchase of a 47-foot hydraulic rotation digger derrick with a boom winch. It will be mounted on a 2016 4x2 Freightliner M2–106 cab and chassis. The bid amount, which was the higher of the two received, was $216,797. Utility Director Joe Nichols cited quality issues as the reason for recommending the higher bid. The bid from Altec industries was nearly $22,000 less than the one that was awarded.

The council also voted to continue the Community Change program. The Community Change program went into effect back in 1993 and once was a way of generating funds for food and shelter for the needy. In August 2011, the council voted to expand the program to heating and cooling assistance. The program works by rounding up the utility bills of participants to the nearest dollar. Those receiving assistance are required to participate in the program. Mayor Thompson said:

City Finance Director Walker Gallman said the program costs around $1700 per month.

CPA Terry Fant gave a report on the 2014 audit, and there were lots of numbers presented. The bottom line, Fant said, is the general fund broke even, and the utility fund had a good year. One interesting note was that Fant said the city had bad debt writeoffs in the amount of $336,681. Of the amount written off, $249,000 was from the Union Hospital District for utilities. That writeoff was blamed on the district's bankruptcy. There remains the possibility that at least a portion of that amount can be recouped.

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STUDENT ARRESTED ON THIRD-DEGREE ARSON CHARGES AFTER SETTING FIRE AT SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We have two cases of disturbing school to report, one involving a charge of 3rd degree arson. School Resource Officer Randy Canupp was called to a classroom at Union County High School where the student, 17-year old Tremayne Deshun Jeter was being asked to leave the classroom and refused. The police report said he was cursing, being very loud and disorderly. One of the teachers attempted to intervene and take Jeter to his room to try and calm him down. Reportedly, Jeter jerked away from the teacher and threatened bodily harm. Jeter's teacher told the officer that Jeter had been trying to intimidate her for two days, but she had not at that point tried to remove him from the classroom. On Friday, Jeter told her he was going to the bathroom, and she refused permission. Jeter told the teacher he did not have to do anything she said, and then stated, “What are you going to do about it? You ain't going to do nothing.” The teacher stated he was really trying to be intimidating by his actions. Officer Canupp spoke to the student and then advised him he was under arrest for disturbing school. He was transported to the Union County Jail for booking.

Another incident occurred last Friday, when 17-year old Jacob Ross Fleming was accused of starting a fire that destroyed a table full of science projects. Officer Canupp was called to Principal Floyd Lyles' office, where he was told about the incident. The officer went to the classroom, where the teacher told him the student had started the fire that smoked up the room. Other students and the teacher managed to put water on the blaze before any major damage was done. Fleming was transported to the Union Public Safety Department for further investigation. He was charged with disturbing school and third-degree arson.

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PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES OFFERED ACROSS UNION COUNTY

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A free preschool story time is being offered for children under five. Laura Wade, Coordinator for Early Steps, explains.

The story time takes place at Foster Park Elementary School from 10 until 12 on Mondays; at the Union Carnegie Library and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School on Tuesdays; Monarch Elementary School will host the event from 10 until 12 on Wednesdays; on Thursdays, it will be at the Carlisle Town Hall from 10 until 12; and Fridays, it will be at the Buffalo Elementary School from 10 until 12.


DRIVER OF VAN KILLED IN COLLISION WITH TRACTOR-TRAILER

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate a fatal collision that occurred Monday afternoon on Highway 215 about three miles south of Union. The accident occurred at approximately 12:46 p.m. and involved a tractor-trailer and a van. According to the Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer, driven by James Douglas Alexander of Rock Hill, was traveling South on Hwy. 215 when a 2012 Chevrolet van, traveling north, veered left of the center and collided with the trailer. Union County Coroner William Holcombe has identified the deceased as 64-year old Donald C. Saylor of Newberry, SC. Saylor was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed today at Newberry Pathology Associates.

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MORE THAN 200 GATHER TO HONOR DR. KING MONDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

An estimated 200+ people turned out Monday evening for the Union County NAACP's annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. There were several features of the program, such as Brandy Jeter delivering the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and vocal presentations by the Regional All-Male Chorus. The speaker for the event was the honorable Donald Gist, a highly-acclaimed attorney who practices in Columbia and is also a Jonesville native. During his address, he commented that he believes Dr. King would be disappointed today, adding, “We must save our children.”

Gist also commented on his belief that Martin Luther King, Jr., was the Moses of this era. It was announced at the celebration that Shemar A. Glenn is the recipient of the MLK Jr. Clemson Dreamer Scholarship. The scholarship is given to any senior that demonstrates leadership & service both in school and their community.  It is a $16,000 ($4,000 a year) scholarship that goes to a student that has a 3.0 GPA or greater.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE OF INTEREST IN JONESVILLE SHOOTING

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Union County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the shooting of an 82-year old Jonesville woman and her grandson. The shooting happened about 9 p.m. Friday at 113 C St. At last report, Sheriff David Taylor said the 33-year old grandson remains in Spartanburg Regional Hospital in serious but stable condition. The woman, who was shot in the hand, was treated and released from Wallace Thomson Hospital.

Sheriff Taylor said there are people of interest.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call CrimeStoppers at 864-427-0800.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT WITH LIGHT AGENDA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Union City Council will be meeting tonight for their regular monthly session. The starting time is 6:30. There are only three items on the agenda up for discussion or action. One of the matters is the awarding of a bid for the demolition of the Ellen Sagar Nursing Home Booster Pump Station. Another bid should be awarded for the purchase of a 47' hydraulic rotating digger derrick line truck. The reason for the purchase is because of issues with an older 2009 model. There are two bids, one from Altec Industries in the amount of $194,807, and the other from Terex in the amount of $216,797. The recommendation is to accept the higher bid.

The Community Change program went into effect back in 1993, and once was a way of generating funds for food and shelter for the needy. It became a heating and cooling assistance program. In August 2011, the council voted to expand the program to heating and cooling. The program works with utility bills of participants being rounded up to the nearest dollar. Those receiving assistance are required to participate in the program. The council is expected to vote to continue the program.

Also on the agenda is a presentation by Terry Fant on the 2014 audit.

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REP. ANTHONY HOPES ROADS WILL BE MAJOR FOCUS OF LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The South Carolina Legislature convened in Columbia with their work cut out for them. District 42 Representative Mike Anthony says he hopes that roads will be a priority matter.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING THAT INJURED TWO IN JONESVILLE

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that sent two people to the hospital, with one still in serious condition. According to reports, a man and a woman were shot at a residence on C Street in Jonesville Friday night. The victims were transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital. One victim, an 82-year old female, identified as Lola Jeter, suffered a gunshot wound to her hand and was treated and released. Her grandson, the 33-year old male victim, identified as Walt Spencer, was shot in the abdomen. Spencer was later transported to Spartanburg Regional, where he has undergone three surgeries and was scheduled for another. He was reported to be in serious but stable condition. Spencer was visiting his grandmother at her residence on C Street when the shooting took place. It was reported that this was not a drive-by, but it did happen in front of the residence. No motive for the shooting has been released. Deputies are continuing to investigate, and anyone with information concerning this incident should contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CELEBRATION PLANNED TONIGHT

Monday, January 19, 2015

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and several celebrations were held or will be held. One was held Saturday at McBeth Baptist Church, where the community was invited to participate in a walk that began at the Union County Court House and proceeded to the church.

The walk, which began at 10:00 a.m., was organized to bring attention to the desire for unity in the community. Attending the event was Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson Glenn, who talked about what the march means to her.

The march concluded at the church, where there was a Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration program. Dr. Natashia Jeter was the guest speaker, and the theme was “Building Bridges, Dialogue, Dreams, and Dare.”

Tonight the local chapter of the NAACP will hold their annual celebration at Sims Middle School. The starting time for that event is 6:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Attorney Donald Gist.

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FOSTER PARK 4TH-GRADE TEACHERS RECEIVE GRANT

Monday, January 19, 2015

Foster Park Elementary School’s fourth-grade teachers have been awarded a $1,000 PPG Industries Foundation grant. The funds will be used to supplement the fourth-grade science unit on Astronomy, enabling the students to visit the observatory at the SC State Museum.

This is the second time during the current school year that teachers at FPES were awarded grants by the PPG Industries Foundation. In October, four teachers each received $1,000, for a total of $4,000 in grants. The recipients of those grants and the purposes which they used the grants for were:

• 4K teacher Jennifer Arrington, for materials and supplies for her classroom.

• 5th-grade teacher Sally Inman will take her students on a trip to Camp Greenville.

• Art teacher Amy Truitt will have an artist in residence.

• DD Class teacher Crystal Medlock will use the money for materials and supplies for her classroom.

PPG Industries Foundation made the donations to FPES through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants. Any PPG employee may sponsor PELC grant requests annually to support projects meeting program requirements at public schools where they are involved.

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHEDULES FIRST BUSINESS AFTER HOURS FOR 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Union County Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for their first Business After Hours event of the new year. It has been set for January 29th at the SC Works office, which is located at 103 West Main Street. Live entertainment by William Christopher is planned, and there will be refreshments and door prizes. This event is being sponsored by Broad River Electric, Charter Business, Liberty Tax Service and Medi Home Hospice.

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CAREER FAIR PLANNED AT "THE GEORGE" IN SPARTANBURG

Monday, January 19, 2015

American Credit Acceptance, LLC, is hosting another career fair and will seek qualified individuals in business-to-business sales and servicing positions. They are also recruiting for part-time positions as well. Company managers and HR representatives will be on hand to accept résumés and conduct on-site interviews. The career fair will take place Friday, January 23rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at “The George,” located at 160 East St. John Street, in the atrium of the George Dean Johnson, Jr., College of Business and Economics building. Free parking is available at the city parking garage directly behind “The George”.


OFFICERS INVESTIGATING ARMED THEFT OF A CAR FROM LOCAL GAS STATION

Friday, January 16, 2015

Late Wednesday, Union Public Safety officers responded to a robbery call in the parking lot of the Li'l Cricket store on East Main at Arthur Blvd. There, Sgt. Kevin Powers spoke with two victims who said they were robbed at gunpoint and their car had been stolen. The incident report stated that while parked at the gas pumps, two black males got into the back seat of the vehicle, pointed a gun at them and demanded everything they had. One of the victims told the officer that he grabbed the gun and a struggle ensued while inside the car. Both men managed to exit the vehicle and called for help. They reported that one of the black males drove off in the car, headed east on East Main Street. One of the assailants was described as wearing a red hoodie, and the other was wearing a striped top, which was also possibly a hoodie. It was noted the two victims were from Spartanburg and were visiting a friend but did not know the address. Sgt. Powers determined the only thing stolen was the 2003 Honda Accord and one victim's cell phone. The case is still being investigated.

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SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DRUG, GUN ARREST

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tuesday, narcotics officers with the Union County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at 210 Youngblood Street in the Jonesville community, which is the residence of Matthew Dillon Scott West.

The occupants, West and his girlfriend, were secured. Their infant child remained with the girlfriend while the officers searched the residence. Sgt. Gilstrap located a plastic bag, which contained 16 blue Alprazolam pills and 4 green Alprazolam pills, a Schedule IV drug, in a chair in the living room area of the residence. Also during the search, the officers collected digital scales and plastic bags from a drawer inside West's bedroom, which had one of his ID photos under them. Deputy Willis located a Glock model 22 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, along with a loaded clip and two boxes of bullets inside the mother's bedroom area. Sgt. Johnson also located 2 Alprazolam pills in the console area of a Silver Impala in the yard, which also had one of West's IDs inside of it.

The evidence was collected by Lt. Sherfield and secured. West was arrested for possession of a Schedule IV drug. The firearm was seized because West is a convicted felon and cannot possess a firearm or ammunition under federal law. A firearms trace has been performed on the firearm by Lt. Sherfield, and investigators are awaiting the results.

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RECRUITMENT EVENTS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK

Friday, January 16, 2015

There are a couple of recruitment events coming up next week.

Heaven Sent Caregivers will be looking to hire CNAs at a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office next Wednesday, January 21st, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as Nursing Assistant Certification. Successful candidates will help provide basic care and activities for residents and patients. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order.

Conn's Home Plus will hold a recruitment event Thursday, January 22nd, at the Spartanburg SC Works office, located at 220 East Kennedy Street, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. They are looking to hire a sales porter, retail sales associates and retail CSR specialist and cashiers. A high school diploma or equivalent is required, and applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule. Candidates should have customer service skills. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and have a referral to attend the event.

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REAL ESTATE TAXES PAYABLE WITH A 3% PENALTY Through FEBRUARY 2ND

Friday, January 16, 2015

If your real estate taxes have not yet been paid, a 3% penalty will be added. That penalty will continue until February 2nd, when a 10% penalty will be imposed. County officials say you can avoid long lines by either mailing in your taxes or using the night deposit drop box at the side entrance of the court house. Your receipt will be mailed to you. You can pay by telephone by calling 1-866-239-6927 or online at www.countyofunion.org. A fee will be added for the online transaction.


COUNTY COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT UPGRADE TO 911 SYSTEM

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday's meeting of the Union County Council saw a presentation by the Union County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Perry Haney and County GIS Coordinator Linda Mitchell concerning an upgrade to the 911 call system. Details of the upgrade have not been made available as of yet, but it was revealed the upgrade will cost $229,573. The provider, AT&T, will allow that amount to be made in two payments of $114,286. The money is eligible for reimbursement, and the county's part will be $62,454. Haney and Mitchell asked the council to possibly buffer the account the money is coming from in case it runs dry before the reimbursement comes in.

The council needs to make two appointments to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. Councilman Tommy Ford recommended they advertise for anyone who may be interested in serving on that council. The group did appoint David Barnett to the Airport Commission. One additional appointment is to be made to that commission, and there are three to be made to the Appeals Board. William Jolly and Dudley Adams were appointed to the Union County Fair Board.

There was one additional matter of information. Supervisor Hart told the group he is trying to set up meetings where they and the Union County Legislative Delegation would meet together twice yearly.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CELEBRATIONS PLANNED

Thursday, January 15, 2015

There are a couple of Martin Luther King Day celebrations coming up. One will be Saturday, as McBeth Baptist Church invites the community to participate in a walk that will begin at the Union County Court House and proceed to the church. That will begin at 10:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m. there will be a celebration program at McBeth Baptist Church, where Dr. Natashia Jeter will be the guest speaker. The Theme is “Building Bridges, Dialogue, Dreams, and Dare.”

Monday, the local chapter of the NAACP will hold their annual celebration at Sims Middle School. The starting time for that event is 6:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Attorney Donald Gist.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE NEEDS A PART-TIME METER READER AND MAINTENANCE WORKER

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Town of Carlisle is looking for a part-time meter reader/maintenance worker (indoors and outdoors). Experience is preferred, and requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid SC driver’s license. A reference check, background check and a drug screen will be conducted. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply. Applications will be taken at Union Career Source now through Friday, January 30th.

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ARTS COUNCIL INTRODUCES ITS NEW COORDINATOR

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Union County Arts Council has a new coordinator. She is Amber Ivey, a native of West Virginia who has lived in Union for the past seven years. Amber is very enthusiastic about her new position and is said to have some great ideas she hopes to implement soon. Amber said:

Amber is married to Keith Ivey, and they have two children, Peyton, 5, and Addison Grace, 3. They are members of Grace United Methodist Church, where Amber helps with children's activities. She also has a photography business, Saving Grace Photography.

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TYGER RIVER LOOKS TO HIRE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS IN UNION TOMORROW

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tyger River Correctional will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works Office tomorrow, January 16th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. They are looking to hire corrections officers at a starting salary of $26,583 annually. A high school diploma or GED is required, and applicants must have a valid driver’s license. No experience is required, and the employer will train. Drug testing and screening, background, reference, and motor vehicle checks will be conducted. These are 12-hour shifts with no rotation, and successful applicants will work only 14 days per month, with 2 weekends off monthly. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring a résumé with you, and come properly dressed for an interview.

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OMEGA CHEMICALS HAS CHEMICAL OPERATOR POSITIONS TO FILL IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Omega Chemicals will hold a recruitment event tomorrow, January 16th, from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Gaffney SC Works office. They are looking to fill chemical operator positions. A high school diploma is required, as is 3 years experience as a chemical operator. Candidates should have the ability to calculate formulas and percentages with calculators and make lab tests with instruments. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend the event. Please come properly dressed for an interview.


COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES FUNDS FOR TIMKEN COMPLEX UPGRADES AND MARKETING

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A lot of ground was covered during Tuesday's meeting of the Union County Council. There were seven items listed on the agenda that were up for discussion. One of those was a presentation by Diane Freeman, who heads the IT department for the county. Freeman told the council about what could be termed an unfunded mandate to upgrade the IT equipment to meet the requirements set by the State Law Enforcement Division. Actually, the requirements are those of the FBI that were passed on to SLED, and ultimately to the counties. The upgrades are those concerning computer links that allow law enforcement agencies to access the federal database. Freeman said they currently have the funds to pay for the upgrades, but she put council on notice that a shortfall could occur later. The county is supposed to be in compliance January 31st. Freeman did not say what the cost would be.

The council also heard a presentation by Kevin Shropshire and Dalton Williams of the Timken Sports Complex. According to Union County Supervisor Frank Hart, the complex generates about $100,000 a year in revenue. Hart had asked that Shropshire and Williams try and come up with some ways that the complex could double that revenue amount. They presented what could be considered obstacles in increasing revenue, and suggested that the addition of tournaments could held. But, they added, the addition of large tournaments is hindered due to the limited number of fields available for play. Although not asking for the construction of more fields, Williams did say four more would be very helpful. They also mentioned the lack of motels in the area as a hindrance due to participants not having a place to stay while visiting the town. They said many potential tournaments go to other areas where accommodations are more prevalent. One area where they believe revenue could be increased is by providing a greater variety in food that is sold in the concession area. Shropshire then asked County Council to provide $30,000 to support upgrades, and an additional $15,000 for marketing and business development. The council approved that request, with the funds coming from the Hospitality and Accommodations Tax. Shropshire explained just how the $30,000 would be used.

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COUNTY COUNCIL WILL BRING MEETINGS TO LOCKHART, CARLISLE, AND JONESVILLE ONCE A YEAR

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Residents in Lockhart, Carlisle and Jonesville can look forward to playing host to county council meetings once a year. Supervisor Hart made that recommendation, and also suggested that the regular meeting begin at 5:00 p.m. rather than 5:30. Council did not agree to the time change, but they did OK the venue change three times a year.

The council also elected a vice-chairman and chaplain. District Three representative Tommy Ford was selected as vice-chairman, and District 4 councilman Ben Ivey was selected as chaplain.

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DEVELOPMENT BOARD DIRECTOR REACTS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW INDUSTRY

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Union County is getting another new industry. Vapor Apparel, a leader in performance apparel manufacturing and digital print-on-demand services, is opening a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility here.  This marks a major step for the company that focuses on sublimation printing solutions and performance fabrics. The facility will house the company’s domestic cut and sew division, which is a rapidly expanding part of the company’s product line. The $1.3 million investment is expected to create 114 new jobs over five years.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Vapor Apparel is experiencing rapid growth and has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing companies in South Carolina twice within the last five years. The establishment of this Union County facility will complement the company’s existing production facility located in North Charleston, South Carolina and expand its ecommerce fulfillment and print-on-demand services.

Union County Development Board Director Andrena Powel-Baker said the announcement is good news for everyone.

Located on an 8.5 acre tract of land at 1243 Riley Road in Union, S.C., Vapor Apparel’s Union County operations are expected to come on line in the first quarter of 2015. Hiring for some of the new positions is expected to begin in the spring.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training for the open positions at Vapor’s Union County facility. To apply for these positions, please visit www.sctechjobs.com. For more information on Vapor Apparel, please visit www.vaporapparel.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.


CHARLESTON-BASED COMPANY BRINGING 114 JOBS TO UNION

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vapor Apparel, a leader in performance apparel manufacturing and digital print-on-demand services, is opening a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Union County.  This marks a major step for the company that focuses on sublimation printing solutions and performance fabrics. The facility will house the company’s domestic cut and sew division, which is a rapidly expanding part of the company’s product line. The $1.3 million investment is expected to create 114 new jobs over five years.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Vapor Apparel is experiencing rapid growth and has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing companies in South Carolina twice within the last five years. The establishment of this Union County facility will complement the company’s existing production facility located in North Charleston, South Carolina and expand its ecommerce fulfillment and print-on-demand services.

Located on an 8.5 acre tract of land at 1243 Riley Road in Union, S.C., Vapor Apparel’s Union County operations are expected to come on line in the first quarter of 2015. Hiring for some of the new positions is expected to begin in the spring.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training for the open positions at Vapor’s Union County facility. To apply for these positions, please visit www.sctechjobs.com. For more information on Vapor Apparel, please visit www.vaporapparel.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

 

QUOTES

 

“It is an honor to bring sewing jobs back to South Carolina. Union is textile country. It has a history in the industry. These jobs are connected to technology through Print-On-Demand markets which we will continue to invest in moving forward.” –Vapor Apparel Co-Founder and President Jackson Burnett

 

“This time the jobs are connected to dynamic markets and leverage our investment in mass customized artwork for our clients. We also have a lot of demand for Made in the USA products with our national parks retailers. Our custom cut and sew offers minimum orders as few as six garments.” –Vapor Apparel Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer Christopher Bernat

 

“It’s always exciting to celebrate a South Carolina company like Vapor Apparel making the decision to expand in our state. The 114 jobs that this investment will create in Union County is great news for the local community and it proves that every part of South Carolina is open for business.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“South Carolina has a long tradition of supporting the textile industry. Today, we celebrate Vapor Apparel’s decision to continue that tradition by selecting Union County as the site of their first U.S. manufacturing facility. This is not only another victory for our textile manufacturing industry but for our state as a whole.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt  

 

“I am particularly excited about Vapor Apparel’s investment in Union County, which will provide 114 additional jobs for our citizens. Vapor Apparel is using an existing facility and that in itself is noteworthy. We welcome Vapor Apparel to our community and look forward to a long and profitable relationship with them.” –Former Union County Supervisor Thomas L. Sinclair

 

“We are pleased to announce that Vapor Apparel will be locating a cut and sew facility in Union County with a projected investment of approximately $1.4 million and the potential for 114 jobs for Union citizens. This is great news for our community and through public and private funds this textile project has come to fruition. We wish Jackson Burnett and his team great success in Union.” –Union County Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

·         Vapor Apparel is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Union County.

·         $1.3 million investment creating an expected 114 new jobs over five years.

·         The company is currently headquartered in North Charleston, S.C.

·         This Union County manufacturing facility will complement the company’s existing production operations in North Charleston, South Carolina.

·         To join the Vapor Apparel team, please email info@vaporapparel.com.

 

About Vapor Apparel

Founded in 2004, Vapor Apparel is the industry leader in Sublimation Certified™ performance apparel for the sublimation / print-on-demand markets. With distribution throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, the UK and the Caribbean, the company, Vapor Apparel offers high-quality performance apparel, bulk fabrics and various accessories manufactured in the Americas with the digital decorator in mind. The company also offers cut & sew custom garment services as well as full private label programs for personal apparel branding. The company also offers Amazon fulfillment and Ecommerce Print-On-Demand services. Vapor Apparel has been recognized by Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association, Impressions Magazine, Wearables Magazine, ASI and others for award winning product development, print quality and commitment to the digital apparel industry.

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FLU PRECAUTIONS BEING TAKEN AT SCHOOLS

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In a Union County School Board meeting that lasted only 13 minutes before going into an executive session, a significant amount of ground was covered. The meeting began with Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall recognizing two board members for 15 years of service. The two were Manning Jeter and Kakie White. Cindy Langley reported that 65% of the 2014 Union County High School graduates enrolled in 2- or 4-year institutions to further their education. An eight-year average for the statistic is 66%. Fifty-two percent of that number enrolled in a public school and 23 percent in private institutions. There was one overnight field trip approved. That was for the wrestling team to travel to Greenville High School later this month to participate in a tournament. Harris Darver of McGregor and Company gave a report on the 2013–2014 audit. Harris told the board that the company had issued an unmodified opinion saying no significant deficiencies were found. He said at the year end, the district had a fund balance of $1.45 million, with $1.09 million unassigned.

It would appear that, thus far, Union County schools are dodging the bullet this year with the flu bug. Absences attributed to the flu have been low, with only 12 cases being reported districtwide as of Monday. Dr Kristi Woodall said one of the reasons for the low number is attributed to precautions being taken at the schools.

All students were given the opportunity to have flu shots in the fall.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY AT the COURTHOUSE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Union County Council will be meeting this evening at 5:30 in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Court House. There are two other meetings prior to that one, however. The council’s committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will gather an hour earlier at 4:30 at the same location to discuss personnel and other matters. Then at 5:15, the council will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed amendment to the Union County Building Code Ordinance.

It would appear that newly-elected Supervisor Frank Hart has packed the agenda with numerous items for his first meeting.

Aubrey Norris is slated to appear to discuss the renaming of Peakeville Road. The council will consider appointments to various boards and commissions. Diane Freeman will give the body information for the State Law Enforcement Division’s requirements for IT (information technology) and Kevin Shropshire and Dalton Williams will give a presentation on the Timken Sports Complex. There will also be a discussion about appointment of representatives to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The council will elect a vice-chairman and chaplain, and there will be a discussion of future dates, times and locations of council meetings.

The only other matter for council’s consideration will be a second reading of a Fee-in-Lieu-of-Taxes ordinance for Standard Textiles.

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GABRIEL GILSTRAP CLAIMS MONARCH SCHOOL SPELLING BEE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spelling Bee winners have been announced for Monarch Elementary School. The winners are: Gabriel Gilstrap, third grade, who was the overall school winner.  First runner-up was Mackenzie Flowers, and Abby Gregory was second runner-up.  Gabriel will represent MES in Spartanburg at the regional spelling bee. The Monarch spelling bee was held on January 9th.

 

 

 

 

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VBW HAULING IS RECRUITING LOCAL CDL DRIVERS

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

VBW Hauling will hold recruitment events January 15th and January 22nd from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Spartanburg SC Works office, located at 220 East Kennedy Street. They are looking to hire for local CDL driver positions at a salary of $13-$18 an hour. A CDL Class A or Class B is required, and there are no minimum education requirements. Applicants must be 21 years old for insurance purposes. The hours vary, and successful candidates will be driving between Spartanburg and Greenville. These are permanent, temporary, and part-time positions. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend.

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HIGH SCHOOL NAMES ELIZABETH IRETON ITS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Union County High School has announced its 2014–2015 Teacher of the Year. She is Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Ireton. Ireton is a 1995 graduate of Jonesville High School. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Wofford College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and completed her Teacher Education Program in 1999. Soon after, she began to pursue National Board Certification, which she earned in 2005. In 2008, she earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Converse College.

Ireton has an extensive educational background and currently teaches Special Education and Advanced Placement Psychology at Union County High School, and is the co-chairperson of the Special Education Department. Over the past 15 years, she has served as chairperson on various committees, including the American Education Week Committee and Senior Awards Committee.

Not only is Ireton an active participant in the educational field, but in the community as well.

Ireton said, “It is vital that my students are able to look back and remember me as a teacher who sincerely cared about their well-being, both academically and emotionally.”

Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles added that she is “very compassionate and has done an outstanding job since joining our faculty approximately two years ago."

Ireton is the daughter of Charles and Jane Wilson of Union and David and Betty Jo Taylor of Jonesville. She is married to Mark Ireton, who also teaches at Union County High School. They have 1 son, Daniel Ireton, age 7, who is a first grader at Jonesville Elementary Middle School.


RED CROSS CONTINUES TO NEED VOLUNTEERS

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers and is inviting the community to attend a New Volunteer Orientation to learn more about opportunities to provide Red Cross services to friends, neighbors, and others affected by disasters.

The Red Cross is especially in need of volunteers that can be trained to be part of the Disaster Action Team and go to the scene of home fires to help provide services to families.  The Red Cross is the only social service organization at the scene of residential fires, providing immediate emergency relief of temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and clothing, and other related needs.

Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for American Red Cross of South Carolina, said, “There aren’t specific criteria to meet when joining the team; if you are compassionate and dedicated, we have a place for you at the Red Cross.”

Volunteers make up 96% of the Red Cross workforce. These volunteers represent a variety of age groups and skill sets, and the Red Cross provides free training to its volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering can register online to attend one of the upcoming volunteer orientations to learn more. A training event will be held in Spartanburg, Thursday, January 22nd, from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Red Cross Office located at 131 E. Main St. Their telephone number is (864) 583-8000. You can register for the class online at www.redcross.org/upstatesc

In South Carolina, the American Red Cross, on average, responds to a disaster every four hours. Because of volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the Red Cross was able to help over 7,000 individuals affected by disasters in SC last year. 

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HEART DAY SCHEDULED AT HOSPITAL ON FEBRUARY 12TH

Monday, January 12, 2015

Wallace Thomson Hospital has set the date for their annual Heart Day exhibition. It will be held Thursday, February 12th, from 7:00 until 10:00 a.m. The annual event draws attention to heart health matters and focuses on early prevention. Several tests will be offered, such as blood pressure checks and cholesterol testing. Some of the tests are offered free of charge or for a minimal fee. It will also feature vendors with heart related products and services. WBCU will broadcast from the event that morning. That broadcast as well as all other programming can also be heard by logging into our website at wbcuradio.com or on our mobile app.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN LOCKHART

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Union County School Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lockhart School. On the agenda for discussion or action includes School Board Service recognition and the approval of the 2015–2016 school calendar. Cindy Langley will present college enrollment information for Union County High School, and auditors will present the 2013–2014 audit report. The is one overnight field trip request to be acted on. An executive session is on the agenda, where one legal update and one personnel matter will be discussed.

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MCMANUS NAMED VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AT WALLACE THOMSON

Monday, January 12, 2015

Retired pastor Rev. Tommy McManus has been chosen as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year at Wallace Thomson Hospital. He has served as a volunteer at the hospital for nearly 10 years.

Hospital officials say his hard work and dedication is a true testament to the spirit of giving.

Generally, McManus works the information desk from 8-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and always greets hospital visitors with a huge smile on his face. He also works most book sales and jewelry sales sponsored by the volunteers.

The announcement of McManus receiving the honor said, “He is living proof of the motto of the Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteers: ‘Caring put into action.’”

Wallace Thomson Hospital is always looking for volunteers, and if you would like to become a part of this group, you may do so by calling 864-301-2466, or visiting the volunteer office in the main lobby of the hospital for more information.

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DUKE ENGLISH PROFESSOR AND POET TO HEADLINE THE UPCOUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL

Monday, January 12, 2015

The keynote speaker for the annual Upcountry Literary Festival has been named. The festival committee is honored to announce the keynote speaker this year will be Duke University English Professor and American poet James Applewhite.

Applewhite was raised on a tobacco farm in Stantonsburg, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University in English. He has served more than 30 years at Duke University as an instructor, professor, and presently as professor emeritus. Applewhite has published numerous poetry collections dating back to 1975 with his first compilation, Statues of the Grass.

His published works include eight books of poetry, essays and articles in literary journals, and volumes of critical essays. In addition to his collections, the renowned poet has been awarded several honors and has been inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Along with James Applewhite, the Literary Festival is also presenting an assortment of authors, poets, and musicians. The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union. A full schedule and participant list will be announced closer to time. For more information, please call Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/upcountryliteraryfestival.

USC Union will host the Upcountry Literary Festival on Friday, March 20th, and Saturday, March 21st. This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Literary Festival and also the beginning of USC Union’s 50th Anniversary that will kick off in May 2015.


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