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6-9 a.m.--Union County's Morning Show with Daniel Prince

9-10 a.m.—Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Hour

10-10:45 a.m.—Union County's Morning Show with Daniel Prince

10:45-11 a.m.--Swap N Shop

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

Noon-1 p.m.--Noon Report with Mike Stevens

1-3 p.m.--The Clark Howard Show--Call 1-877-872-5275

3-5 p.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday

5-5:30 p.m.--Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Top 5 at 5

5:30-5:55 p.m.--5:30 News Report

5:55 p.m.--UCHS Basketball--Chesnee at Union County varsity girls and boys

After the games-6 a.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday


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RIBBON CUTTING AT SCC UNION CAMPUS SCHEDULED

Thursday, August 25

Spartanburg Community College will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the college's newest and fifth campus, the SCC Union County Campus, this afternoon from 4-6 pm. The event will showcase recent renovations and expansions at the campus, as well as the relocation of a new community partner to the campus, the Union County Adult Education Center. Guest speakers include elected officials and SCC representatives, and tours of the facility will also be available to attendees.
Speakers include:
-Mr. Henry C. Giles, Jr., President, Spartanburg Community College
-Mrs. Kathy Jo Lancaster, Site Coordinator, SCC Union County Campus
-The Honorable Michael A. "Mike" Anthony, S.C. House of Representatives, District 42
-The Honorable Harold E. Thompson, Mayor, City of Union
-Mr. Frank Hart, Supervisor, Union County
-Mr. Bob Hart, Plant Manager, The Timken Company
-Mr. Earl Petty, SCC Student, Welding, Associate Degree in Applied Science

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JONESVILLE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HOST NEW AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Thursday, August 25

Jonesville Elementary/Middle School will be hosting a new after-school program for middle school students, sponsored by the Original Six Foundation chaired by Governor Nikki Haley.  The program will begin Tuesday, September 6, and will operate Monday through Thursday during the hours of 3:00-5:00 community involvement, technology, and mentoring services.  To kick off the program, Principal Kathy Taylor, Assistant Principal Erica Murdaugh, and Reading Coach Crystal Bryant attended the first Original Six Foundation's Taste of South Carolina event Sunday evening, August 21st, on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion.  The event was held in appreciation of sponsors and to recognize communities receiving assistance in the areas of education and workforce readiness. 

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MAN REPORTS RANSOMWARE SCAM ON HIS COUSIN'S TABLET

Thursday, August 25

A familiar computer scam is being reported again. Deputies responded to 129 Buffalo Street and spoke with the complainant about an issue he is having on a tablet. The man stated that he borrowed a tablet from his cousin. He said that Tuesday morning he was looking at the internet on the tablet when it suddenly became locked up and a message popped up saying that the FBI was watching him. The message stated the computer had been scanned by the FBI was found to have illegal pornographic pictures on it. The message went into great detail stating laws against pornographic pictures and stated that in order for Richard not to be arrested, he needed to deposit $500 into an account. Richard stated that the tablet was locked and would not go to any other screen. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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TWO CITED FOR TRESPASSING AT BUFFALO RESIDENCE

Thursday, August 25

Tuesday about 11:00 p.m., a Union County sheriff’s deputy and other units were dispatched to 100 Old Hickory Road, Buffalo, in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy found a male subject sitting in a red GMC truck. When asked what he was doing at the property, he stated that he had brought a female there and was waiting on her. The deputies could hear someone else inside the residence, but there were no lights on. The officer knocked at the front door, and a female subject appeared at the front door. She was asked what she was doing at the residence and was asked how she got in. She stated that she was waiting on another friend, and that she had come through a door that had been left unlocked. A family member showed up and advised that she had made several people leave the residence earlier in the day, as no one was supposed to be there, per request of the owner, while he was at work. The subjects were placed under arrest for trespassing and taken to Union County Jail. George Sims, Jr., and Candas Houghton received a citation for trespassing.

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SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HONORED BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Thursday, August 25

The American Heart Association has awarded Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) for its quick treatment of heart attack patients with the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

SRHS earned the award by meeting high standards for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI, a type of serious heart attack that completely blocks blood flow to the heart.

“We're honored to accept this award,” said Jennifer T. Smith, MSN, RN and Spartanburg Medical Center Chest Pain Center Coordinator. “We continue to collaborate with our community members to educate them about cardiac symptoms so a patient can get to the hospital in a timely manner.”

Beginning with the patient's call of 9-1-1 to start the process, SRHS provides emergency treatment to re-establish blood flow through blocked arteries. Emergency medical technicians are trained to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) in the field to determine if the patient is having a heart attack. If a heart attack is detected, the hospital is contacted to assemble its team of heart catheterization lab staff, an interventional cardiologist, and the Coronary Care Unit staff to prepare to treat the patient upon arrival.

“One of our biggest challenges is to educate the public on the signs and symptoms of a heart attack,” Smith said. “We encourage them to call 911 for an ambulance so they can be treated immediately.”

Arriving heart attack patients avoid the emergency room and are taken directly to treatment, which includes either operating to clear the arteries, or medication. This decreases treatment time and improves outcomes,” Smith said.

Winners of the Lifeline Gold Award are tracked through a data registry that recognizes hospitals that treat STEMI, or St-segment elevation myocardial infarction, through a number of measures over time. Eligible hospitals must meet a set level of these measures for a designated period of time to receive the award.


WALLEN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO VEHICLE

Wednesday, August 24

The fifth person charged in a series of burglaries in the Whitmire area of Union County was arrested Monday. 45-year old Ansel Bradley Wallen is charged with theft from a motor vehicle and petit larceny. The incident took place on July 31st at the 200 block of Eaves Road. The victim said that while she was at the river, someone had thrown a rock through the driver’s side window of her vehicle. $600 was taken from the center console of the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING HER SISTER'S CHECKS AND FORGING SIGNATURE

Wednesday, August 24

A Union woman was arrested and charged with forgery after her sister said she had stolen some of her personal checks and was forging her signature. 38-year old Rhonda Johnson was charged with four counts of forgery. Johnson’s sister contacted Chief Deputy Perry Haney and told him about the forged checks that were being passed at various locations in Union County. The incidents took place on June 22nd and June 23rd at Bi-Lo of Union. The amounts of the checks ranged from $30 to nearly $40. Haney received copies of the checks from Bi-Lo, as well as the video CD from the store security system that showed Johnson presenting four forged checks.

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HOSA STUDENTS HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE AT STADIUM FRIDAY

Wednesday, August 24

The Union County Career Center Health Occupation Students of America is sponsoring a blood drive during the Union-Gaffney home game Friday night. A Blood Connection blood mobile will be set up at the stadium from 3:30-7 for fans to donate. Their goal is for fans to donate more units of blood than Gaffney has points in the game, beating Gaffney and saving lives. Each donor will receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card and 1000 TBC reward points that can be redeemed for prizes and gift cards. Blood Connection will provide a scholarship to HOSA based on the number of units of blood donated over the school year. There will be three more blood drives throughout the school year. To make an appointment, contact the school at 429-1765.

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TWO FUNDRAISERS PLANNED TO BENEFIT MEALS ON WHEELS

Wednesday, August 24

The 2016 Charity Gala benefitting Union’s Meals on Wheels program is scheduled for this Saturday from 6-10 at the newly opened Main Street Junction. Tickets are $30 and are available at Ben’s Paint and Carpet Store on East Academy Street. Tickets will not be available at the door. The evening includes dinner, dance, music by the group Missing Monday, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, serving Union County since 1979. The Benefactor Sponsor is Gestamp; Steward Sponsor is WT’s of Jonesville; Guardian Sponsors are Arthur State Bank and the Union County Development Board; and Community Sponsors are Gwinn’s Florist, Shutterbug Booth, and Rep. Mike Anthony for re-election to SC House District 42.

Meals on Wheels has another event planned in mid-September, called Miles for Meals. It is a 5K race scheduled on Saturday, September 17th, with packet pick-up at 7 and the race starting at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $20 through August 31st, and $30 after that. Runners will receive the official race t-shirt while supplies last, designed by Vapor Apparel of Union. Runners have a chance to enter a special division that will reduce their time based on fundraising efforts. For every $20 raised, their run time will be reduced by two minutes. For more information on Miles for Meals, presented by Vapor Apparel and the Brat Pack, visit www.mealsonwheelsunionsc.com.

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REPUBLICAN PARTY HOLDING ELECTION KICKOFF DINNER

Wednesday, August 24

The Union County Republican Party will hold their election kickoff dinner on Monday, August 29th, at 6 p.m. at Midway Barbecue. Featured speakers will be Congressman Mick Mulvaney, State House District 42 candidate Tommy Mann, Clerk of Court candidate Amy Austin, Sheriff candidate Jeff Bailey, and County Council District 3 candidate David Sinclair. Republican presidential signs and bumper stickers will be available. Dinner will be available for $7.50 per person but is not required.

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HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER

Wednesday, August 24

The Union County Healthcare Foundation has announced its next fundraiser. The Fall Charity Golf Classic will be held Friday, October 7th. The captain’s choice tournament will take place at Woodfin Ridge Golf Course in Inman. One of the popular features is the putting competition. Winners receive cash prizes. Sign in for the tournament will be October 7th at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9. To sign up for the tournament, call Greta Bailey at 301-2466 by September 30th.

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UNION COUNTY DSN HIRING CAREGIVERS

Wednesday, August 24

Union County Disabilities & Special Needs is now hiring. Caregivers are needed in the DSN residential living facilities to care for people with intellectual disabilities. Prior experience as a caregiver or CNA is a plus, but not required. Applicants must have a valid SC driver’s license, have a clean criminal background, have a high school diploma, and attend two weeks of job-related training. If you are interested, apply at 226 South Gadberry Street. Prior experience as a caregiver or CNA is a plus, but not required. Must have a valid SC Driver’s license, have a clean criminal background and possess a high school diploma and attend 2 weeks of job related training“Improving the quality of life for people with disabilities” Please apply at 226 S. Gadberry Street, Union, SC.

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WELCOME BAPTIST CHURCH HOSTS 30TH ANNUAL PREACHER'S JUBILEE

Wednesday, August 24

If you noticed a few more cars in Monarch last week, it might have been because Welcome Baptist Church held its 30th annual Preacher’s Jubilee. The Preacher's Jubilee was started by the former pastor, the late Bro. Billy Cole. He had a burden to provide a place and a meeting where pastors, missionaries, and evangelists could come and find rest, refreshment, encouragement, and spiritual help. The meeting has been under the direction of the current pastor, Dr. Robert Jarvis, for the past 21 years. The church provides a motel room, meals, gifts, and special speakers free of charge for the visiting preachers and their wives. This year, more than 70 preachers from at least 8 states attended the meeting. The impact this meeting has on our local stores and restaurants is great for our community.

Dr. Jarvis said, “If just one preacher, preacher's wife, or preacher's child is encouraged to go another mile, it will be well worth the money, resources, and man hours that are put into this meeting. Our church has always had a love for our community and for God’s people. We hope to continue another thirty years or more if our Lord will allow to do so.”

The Jubilee starts on the second Sunday of August each year with Precious Memories Day - a time when the church remembers those members who have passed away. Everyone is invited to attend. More information and preaching messages from the Jubilee can be found at www.preachersjubilee.com.


SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF AMPLIFIERS FOR UCHS CAFETERIA

Tuesday, August 23

At last night’s meeting, the Union County School Board of Trustees approved the purchase of amplifiers for the UCHS cafeteria sound system. The old ones were no longer functional, and they had been renting amplifiers since last spring. The $5475 approved for the purchase includes the rental fees of the ones they have been using. The board also approved the personnel report. These were the only actionable items on the agenda last night. There was a discussion about Union County Stadium that involved Supervisor Frank Hart, but nothing was decided. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12th, in room 600 at the Career and Technology Center.

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SHERIFF NOTES LINK BETWEEN METH AND PROPERTY CRIMES

Tuesday, August 23

After last week’s press conference announcing charges against five people for burglary, Taylor again noted the link between drugs and property crime, with crystal meth a particular problem in the county.

 

 

 

Taylor said if anyone has any information on anyone involved in property crimes or drugs, they should call Crimestoppers at 427-0800. He said calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous and aren’t even answered by anyone in Union County. It goes to a call center in Columbia, and the information is shared with local law enforcement.

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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST GRAND OPENING OF UNION COUNTY CAMPUS

Tuesday, August 23

Spartanburg Community College will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the college's newest and fifth campus—the SCC Union County Campus—on Thursday, August 25, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. The event will showcase recent renovations and expansions at the campus as well as the relocation of a new community partner to the campus, the Union County Adult Education Center. Guest speakers include elected officials and SCC representatives, and tours of the facility will also be available to attendees.

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MARCH FOR BABIES KICKOFF SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY

Tuesday, August 23

The March of Dimes March for Babies kickoff for Union County is also scheduled Thursday. It will take place at noon at the Union County Sheriff’s Office Annex Building. Organizers are looking for new corporate, community, and family teams. You can register at marchforbabies.org and join in at the kickoff. For more information, call 864-551-2641. Local sponsors include Dollar General, Founders Federal Credit Union, and Lockhart Power.

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CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFICE HOSTING CANNING WORKSHOP

Tuesday, August 23

The Union County Clemson Extension office will be having a canning workshop on Monday, August 29th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  The cost is $30 per person.  This workshop will teach the basics of home food preservation, using the boiling water bath canning process. Pickling recipes and sauces will be highlighted.  This is a hands-on workshop.  Participants need to register by this Thursday by contacting the Union County Extension office at 427-6259.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES ARMED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE

Tuesday, August 23

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery Saturday night at the Lockhart One Stop. Around 10:24 p.m., deputies were dispatched to investigate a report that a black male wearing sunglasses and a blue hoodie entered the store, pulled a black handgun on the clerk, and demanded the money from the register. The clerk said the man exited and went to the left, but she was unsure if he left in a vehicle or on foot. Deputies rode around the area searching for the suspect but did not find him. The clerk stated the man, who was also wearing surgical gloves, told her, “Open your drawer and give me all your money.” When she went to hit the robbery button, he said, “Don’t do that or I’ll shoot.” The man took the cash from the register, approximately $300, and left the store. Another store employee gave a similar account of the event. The K-9 unit was called in to check the area but was unable to locate the man. The case has been turned over to investigations.

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STATE AND LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DECLINE

Tuesday, August 23

Governor Nikki Haley issued a statement Friday in response to South Carolina’s unemployment rate declining to 5.2% in July from 5.4% in June.
 
She said, "When we talk about priorities like workforce training and investments in education and students, there's a reason we do it - it's paying off as July's unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent. We are excited to celebrate another month of record-low unemployment, that includes three straight months of decline, and we look forward to keeping up the momentum."

Union County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.7% from 7.1% in June, ranking 14th-highest in the state. In that time, the labor force shrank by 176, while the number of those employed shrank by 99. Since last July, Union County has 41 more people counted in the labor force, and 178 more people working. Last year, the unemployment rate stood at 7.9%, 1.2% higher than this year.


INMATES CAPTURED AFTER ESCAPING FROM UNION COUNTY JAIL

Monday, August 22

Sheriff David Taylor announced Saturday morning that the two inmates who escaped from the Union County Jail Friday afternoon are back in custody. Shortly after 9:00am Saturday morning, Ashley Dean Tyler and Kenneth Stephen Lipsey, Jr., were taken in to custody by Union County deputies and SLED agents with bloodhound units in a wooded area in the Buffalo community. The two individuals escaped shortly after 4:00pm Friday and had been on the run all night. Sheriff Taylor stated that Union County bloodhounds and SLED bloodhounds had tracked these two individuals through the night and again Saturday morning. The two bloodhound units tracked the individuals for approximately 10 miles through rough terrain and along Buffalo Creek. Saturday morning, law enforcement received a tip from a homeowner who had spotted two sets of footprints with no shoes. Officers knew the two inmates had no shoes on, because they had lost them running from officers. The homeowner had been down to the creek about dusk/dark on Friday, and there were no prints at that time. The bloodhounds were deployed off of South Street in Buffalo and tracked along Buffalo Creek towards Wages Road. After tracking the creek for approximately one mile, the footprints were no longer visible. The bloodhounds circled back and picked up the tracks going up into a wooded area. About 100 feet into the woods, the two inmates were spotted by deputies and SLED agents. The two escapees were arrested without incident and transported to the Union County Jail. After a bond hearing Saturday afternoon, they were transferred to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Sheriff Taylor thanked the following agencies for assistance: Union Public Safety Department, SLED agents, Jonesville Police Department, Probation and Parole, SC Highway Patrol, and SC Department of Natural Resources. Without the teamwork of these agencies together, he said we would not have these two escapees back in custody in less than 19 hours. Taylor also thanked the Buffalo Fire Department for allowing them to use their facility as a command post during this event. Taylor also expressed his appreciation of the assistance from all the volunteer firemen who helped them keep a tight perimeter during the tracking of Tyler and Lipsey.

Taylor said that during a recreation time Friday afternoon, the pair took apart a chain link fence and used a blanket to get over the concertina wire topping the next fence. From there, Taylor said they pulled themselves up to the top of the jail. They then ran across to the other side, jumped off the roof, and escaped across the back of the jail.

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MAIN STREET JUNCTION HOLDS GRAND OPENING

Monday, August 22

Main Street Junction had its grand opening celebration Saturday afternoon. The lobby was packed as Andrena Powell-Baker and Harold Thompson thanked all those who had a part in making the building a reality. Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers took groups of ten into the building for guided tours of the building and grounds. Entertainment and refreshments were provided in the ornamental garden. Chamber of Commerce Director Torance Inman said the building is a great addition to the downtown area.

 

For information on Main Street Junction or to book it for an event, call Debbie Woodard, 429-1700, at City Hall.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT MONARCH ELEMENTARY

Monday, August 22

The Union County School Board of Trustees will meet in the Monarch Elementary School cafeteria tonight at 7. There are two items on the agenda on which the board will take action. The first is a recommendation to replace the amplifiers for the UCHS cafeteria sound system. The other is the personnel report. Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach will present information on celebrations of learning and a stadium discussion. Finance Director Lynn Lawson will present the monthly budget report and also report on door locks at Union County High School. Personnel Director Jeff Stribble will give information on updating the board policy manual. An executive session is planned to discuss a legal matter. As always, the public is invited to attend the meeting.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING TO FEATURE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE

Monday, August 22

The Union County Democratic Party will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Fran Person, candidate for US House District 5, will be the special guest at the meeting. The public is invited to attend. On Saturday, they will have a voter registration drive at Dawkins Restaurant on South Pinckney Street from 11-3. For questions, call 429-1108 or 426-6518. The last day to register to vote in the November election is October 8th.

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county COUNCIL PASSES FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE TO REPEAL PUBLIC SAFETY FEE

Monday, August 22

Union County Council met Friday afternoon in a special called meeting to consider four ordinances. They approved the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the annual Public Safety fee, which was originally put in place for the 2015-2016 fiscal year to help fund EMS when the county took over its control. WBCU News asked Supervisor Frank Hart why the fee is being repealed.

 

Council approved first reading of an ordinance to lease vehicles for the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Hart says Sheriff Taylor put together a plan for five new vehicles, which is the normal number they ask for based on the size of the fleet and the number of miles they put on them. He said this year with the low interest rates available, the plan is to do a lease-purchase on the vehicles, which will free up funds for other projects the county needs to undertake. At the end of the lease, the county can then purchase the vehicles for $1.

Another special meeting to hold the second reading on these two ordinances is expected later this week. We’ll let you know the exact date and time when it is announced.

Council approved second reading of an ordinance related to the issuance and sale of up to $1.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds. Hart said this will save the county money in interest.

 

Council also approved second reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $2.8 million in general obligation bonds. Hart said this ordinance is tied to the other one, as this one deals with the reissuing of the bonds. Money from the sale of the bonds will go to county projects, though Hart said precisely which ones haven’t yet been spelled out. He did mention a few possibilities, though.

 

A public hearing and third reading of these ordinances will occur at the next regular Union County Council meeting on September 13th.


INMATES BACK IN CUSTODY AFTER ESCAPE

Saturday, August 20

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SEARCH IS ON FOR TWO INMATES who ESCAPED from UNION COUNTY JAIL

Friday, August 19

Ashley Tyler and Kenneth Steven Lipsey, Jr., escaped from the Union County Jail today around 4 p.m. Law enforcement are actively seeking these individuals. K-9 has been called in. Law enforcement has a perimeter set up. Avoid the area if possible. SLED has been called in for aerial assistance. Tyler is charged with murdering his stepmother in November, while Lipsey was charged with meth possession a couple of weeks ago.

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COUNTY COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL CALLED MEETING TODAY AT NOON

Friday, August 19

Union County Council will have a special called meeting today at noon. They will be considering four ordinances at the meeting. They will consider the first reading of an ordinance, in title only, pertaining to the repeal of the annual Public Safety fee. That fee was put in place as part of the 2015-2016 budget to help fund EMS when the county took over its control. They will also consider the first reading of an ordinance, again in title only, pertaining to the lease/purchase of vehicles for the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The council will consider setting a date for another special meeting in which to hold a second reading of these ordinances. They will consider second reading of an ordinance pertaining to the issuance and sale of up to $1.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds. This will allow the county to realize some savings in interest on bonds originally issued and sold in 2007. The final ordinance is the second reading of one authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $2.8 million in general obligation bonds. A public hearing and third reading of the ordinances is scheduled for the date of the next regular council meeting on September 13th.

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ELKS LODGE DONATES $2000 TO MEALS ON WHEELS

Friday, August 19

Members of the Union Elks Lodge donated $2000 to Union’s Meals on Wheels. Terry Wade, president of the Elks Lodge, told WBCU News how the donation came about.

 

Meals on Wheels Vice-Chair Kathy Stepp thanked the Elks for their generosity, which she said goes a long way towards helping them serve their clients.

 

If anyone would like to make a donation to help out Union’s Meals on Wheels, call Jim or Kathy Stepp at 427-1598. Coming up next Saturday, August 27th, a charity gala at the new Main Street Junction building on East Main Street will benefit Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Ben’s Paint Store.

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DCI SHOWS OFF NEW BUILDING AT OPEN HOUSE

Friday, August 19

After 22 years serving Union, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., moved to a new building on the corner of Thompson Boulevard and Connector Road last month. The staff was excited to show off their new digs, and did so at an open house Thursday afternoon. Ann Marie Roberts, administrator at DCI, talked about the advantages the new building brings to their service.

 

The DCI staff was pleased with the turnout for the open house. They loved seeing all the faces for that event, but they hope you never have to need their services. Karen Moore, Care Coordinator at DCI, told WBCU News the two biggest factors in kidney disease and how best to avoid them.

 

For more information on DCI, kidney disease, or dialysis treatments, you can call DCI at 427-8250.

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MAIN STREET JUNCTION RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW

Friday, August 19

The public is invited to the grand opening of newly renovated Main Street Junction on Saturday, August 20th, at 107 East Main Street in downtown Union. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:00 pm. The opening has been coming for some time, as workers have been busy remodeling the building known as the Super 10 building. The facility will be used for any number of events, including meetings, wedding receptions, family and class reunions. Funds for the project came from money that was designated for the Union Events Center. While that project fell through, the funds were designated to be used on a project such as Main Street Junction. Guided tours of the facility will begin at 1:15 on August 20th.

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LIBRARY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PART-TIME CLERK AND INTERN POSITIONS

Friday, August 19

The Union County Carnegie Library is accepting applications for a part-time library clerk and a part-time library intern. The clerk’s position is entry level. Applicants should have skill in consistently attending to details, filing skills, using technology easily and effectively, and have skill in relating to the public. The position involves working evenings and weekends as required. Those interested may apply at the library through September 5th. The intern position has many of the same requirements as the clerk position, but the intern has to be at least 16 years old, live in Union County, and be enrolled full-time in classes in Union County. Interns may work up to 20 hours a week for three months. Those interested should apply at the library through September 5th.

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COOPERATION AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES leads to ARRESTS IN BURGLARY CASES

Friday, August 19

At a press conference Thursday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor joined Newberry Sheriff Lee Foster and Whitmire Police Chief Jeremiah Sinclair to announce charges for five people involved in burglaries in Union and Whitmire. Sheriff David Taylor told WBCU News how the collaborative law enforcement effort came about.

 

Chief Sinclair said the suspects stole approximately $1500 worth of antique bottles during the burglary in Whitmire, going on to describe the group as “a menace to the community who has caused people to not even feel secure in their homes.”

Taylor said the suspects broke into three homes and stole collectibles and other items. In addition, one suspect was charged with breaking into a motor vehicle. He noted they have been able to recover more than $3000 of the stolen items so far. The burglaries occurred between July 26-August 1 in the Whitmire section of Union County.

Sheriff Foster praised the cooperation between the offices, saying, “Our communities are better served and our agencies far more effective through these partnerships. We want to place the bad guys on clear notice that if you mess with one, you mess with all.”

Those charged are:

40-year old Kenneth Lamar Braswell, of 74 Sinclair Avenue, Whitmire, charged with one count of burglary by the Whitmire Police Department and 3 counts of burglary in Union County. Braswell was arrested August 12th and is held in the Newberry County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

 

29-year old Sierra Dawn Braswell, of 1260 Church Street, Whitmire, charged with 3 counts of burglary. She was arrested on August 9th and has been released on bond.

 

 

43-year old Chrystal R. Hughes, of 7471 River Fold Rd., Waterloo, SC, is charged with one count of burglary in Whitmire. She also has charged pending from the SC Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole. She was arrested on August 10th and is held at the Newberry County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

 

26-year old Donald Andrew Price, II, of 191 Sinclair Avenue, Whitmire, is charged with 3 counts of burglary in Union County, 1 count of receiving stolen goods, and 1 count of receiving stolen goods in Newberry County. He was arrested on August 4th and is being held at the Newbery County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

 

45-year old Ansel Bradley Wallen, of 1971 Highway 66, Whitmire, will be charged with one count of breaking into a motor vehicle. As of the time of the press conference, he had not yet been taken into custody.

 

 


DIALYSIS CLINIC HOLDING OPEN HOUSE AT its NEW LOCATION THIS AFTERNOON

Thursday, August 18

A special event is coming up this afternoon at the Dialysis Clinic in Union. Since 1994, DCI has provided lifesaving dialysis treatments for community members who suffer from kidney failure. In July, construction was completed at the new location at 921 Thompson Boulevard, at the corner of Thompson Blvd. and Connector Rd.  Today from 5-7 p.m., they are having an open house at the new facility and would like to invite area folks to tour it, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate DCI’s 20+ years of service to the city of Union.

They say the open house is an opportunity for the community to meet the local staff and learn more about dialysis and kidney disease. Staff from Reach Kidney Care of Spartanburg, DCI’s local chronic kidney disease education program, will also be at the open house to provide education about the early identification of chronic kidney disease and maintaining kidney health. This is the first event at the new facility, and the DCI staff is eager to share their new building with the public.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO FACE OFF ON SOFTBALL DIAMOND

Thursday, August 18

The Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament is coming up September 17th at the Timken Sports Complex. Local law enforcement and first responders will battle it out on the softball field to see who is the best physically conditioned first responder. Any county law enforcement or first responders may enter a team. If interested in participating, you should contact Brandon Vaughan at 864-466-6639 or Kenneth Black at 864-251-0680 by September 5th. Team entry fee is $100. 

The Miracle League of Union County Major players will compete against the tournament winners. The losing team will be buddies for the MLUC Major players.

Donations will be accepted at the gate for spectator admission, and all proceeds will benefit the Miracle League’s ALLstar Park. First responder vehicles will be on site for kids. Other donations may be mailed to: MLUC, PO Box 425, Union, SC, 29379.  Please mark your donation as “Battle of the Badges.”

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MAN ON MOPED INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT

Thursday, August 18

On Tuesday, Union County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Union Medical Center to a hit-and-run call. The victim stated someone in a black Dodge SUV intentionally ran him off the road and struck him with the vehicle. The man was driving his moped on Herbert Road, and the unknown subject was coming toward him from the other direction. The victim stated he did not notice anything about the driver of the vehicle at all. He does not know if it was a man or woman. He also did not see the tag number on the vehicle. He said he got over as far as he could off the road, and the vehicle still struck him with the side view mirror. Price stated the mirror hit him in his chest area. He was at the hospital for treatment but did not appear to have any major injuries. The man said his moped suffered an estimated $500 of damage from the wreck. He was advised the case would remain open to be investigated further, but there was not much information to go on at this time.

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TWO FACE CHARGES FOR DISTRIBUTING METHAMPHETAMINE

Thursday, August 18

On or about the first of August, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap met with an operative of the Union County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from 53-year old Carl Patrick. The operative was searched, wired with audio and video equipment, and given recorded government funds to purchase the methamphetamine from Patrick at his residence, located at 212 Kissy Creek Circle. While Gilstrap was meeting with the operative, Patrick called the operative to finalize the details of the deal. The officer listened to and recorded the phone call from Patrick to the operative and recognized his voice from his many law enforcement dealings with him. The operative then left the meet location and went to Patrick's residence.

While there, the operative received a quantity of methamphetamine from Patrick, but the operative began to question if the meth was real or not and handed the meth back to him. Another subject, identified as 27-year old Bryse Rankin, was also at Patrick's residence and told the operative that it was the best stuff in Union County. Rankin took the meth from Patrick, placed it on the scale to weigh it, and handed the meth back to the operative. The operative then left Patrick's residence and met back with the deputy and turned over the meth and the audio and video equipment. Plans were for warrants to be signed on Patrick and Rankin for distribution of meth with the Union County Magistrate Office.

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CHRISTMAS PARADE SCHEDULE FOR 2016 ANNOUNCED

Thursday, August 18

While still more than three months off, the Christmas parade schedule has been released for the season. Traditionally, the Buffalo parade is the first of the season, and the same is true this year. It will be on November 27th at 4:00 p.m. Next comes the Jonesville parade at 3:00 p.m. on December 3rd, followed by Lockhart’s parade December 4th at 3:00 p.m. Carlisle will stage their parade on Saturday, December 10th, at 2:00 p.m., and the Union parade will be December 11 at 3:00 p.m.


CITY APPROVES PLAN TO SHARE COUNTY'S ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Wednesday, August 17

The Union City Council gave a 2nd and final reading to an intergovernmental agreement that will allow for the County Animal Control Officer to have jurisdiction within the city’s corporate limits. The move has been in the works for some months as a result of Union County Supervisor Frank Hart’s suggestion that the two bodies find areas where they can consolidate services and work together. The county gave their consent last week with a third and final reading to the ordinance.

The council awarded a bid for water and sewer system improvements and water plant backwash force main modifications. Only one bid was received, and that was from Smith Backhoe and Construction in the amount of $444,739.

A workshop meeting date was set for August 29th at 6:00 p.m. for the council to discuss the city’s master plan. An executive session Tuesday concerned a contractual matter about the master plan. That also discussed contract negotiations on the Main Street Junction project. Main Street Junction is set to have a ribbon cutting and grand opening this coming Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Appearing before the council was Cassandra Cantey with Welvista. Welvista is an organization that provides free prescription medications for those who are uninsured and 200% under the poverty level. Cantey pointed out that the 200% mark translates into an hourly wage of $9 per hour. In order to sign people up for the program, she is proposing to hold a wellness fair where people can come in for information and screenings. Cantey said:

 

More information will be forthcoming as the plans for the wellness fair continue to develop.

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USC-UNION DEAN EXPECTS INFLUX OF STUDENTS DUE TO SPORTS AND PROPOSED NURSING PROGRAM

Wednesday, August 17

USC-Union Dean Dr. John Catalano says there are three things students ask for when enrolling at the campus.

 

He said he feels confident that they will be able to announce the program in the next few months, and that they will start it in August 2017 for entering freshmen. In order for the nursing program to become a reality, USC-Union will have to partner with another campus. They will also have to receive approval of the State Board of Nursing and the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education. One issue that is faced by the university for the nursing program as well the two recently announced sports program is student housing. Catalano says an influx of students is expected.

 

He says he would like to see construction that could be used for student housing. He said a student that comes in from out of town to attend USC-Union would have an economic impact of $13,000 each.

Should anyone have suitable housing that would serve students, you are asked to contact the university.

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ELKS LODGE DONATES $2000 TO LIBRARY

Wednesday, August 17

The Union Elks Lodge 1321 made a $2000 donation to the Union County Carnegie Library Tuesday afternoon. The donation has been made annually since 2009. In thanking the civic group for their generosity, Library Director Rieta Drinkwine said:

 

The library was able to purchase 71 large-print books.

 

 

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HIGHWAY PATROLMAN INVOLVED IN WRECK DURING VEHICLE PURSUIT

Wednesday, August 17

Monday, Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Vaughan was advised by the Highway Patrol that they were involved with a vehicle pursuit on Tinsley Road in Jonesville. They stated that the trooper wrecked his patrol vehicle around the 300 block of Tinsley Road. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Trooper Nicholson, who stated while he was pursuing a vehicle, his vehicle lost control coming around a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch on the right side of his patrol car. The Highway Patrol estimated the damage to his vehicle around $3500. Trooper Nicholson estimated his speed at around 70mph during the pursuit. Deputies then filled out a report and gave the trooper his copies. Deputy Vaughan did a report to document the incident.


FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO HEARTLAND FOR REPORTS OF SMOKE IN THE BUILDING

Tuesday, August 16

Union firefighters were called to Heartland of Union just before 9 o’clock Monday morning to a report of smoke in the building. Firefighters and EMS personnel responded as the building was being evacuated. At the scene, Fire Commander Larry Robinson said they still had not located the source of the smoke. He said he was thinking it could have come from an air conditioning unit. No blaze was ever reported. Once the scene was secured, the residents were allowed to return to the building, but not before feeling the effects of the hot weather. No injuries were reported, and the incident continues to be under investigation.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, August 16

Union City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30 in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Among the items of the agenda will be a report from Libby Oliver and Elise Ashby on the recent Ag & Art Tour. A second reading is expected to be given to an ordinance authorizing the execution and delivery of an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Union County for the provision of the county’s Animal Control Officer enforcing the municipal Animal Control Ordinances.

The council will award a bid for water and sewer system improvements and water plant backwash force main modifications. Only one bid was received, and that was from Smith Backhoe and Construction in the amount of $444,739. The bid is expected to be approved for that amount.

The council is expected to have a discussion and motion to set city council workshop dates. They do this annually in order to allow time for study and discussion of a new budget in the spring of the year. An executive session is on the agenda to discuss contractual matters about the city’s master plan. They will also discuss contract negotiations on the Main Street Junction project and receive legal advice regarding the same.

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ROBERT SMALL TO FACE HAROLD THOMPSON AND TOMMY ANTHONY IN RACE FOR MAYOR

Tuesday, August 16

As of the filing deadline Monday at noon, there are three candidates in the race for mayor of the City of Union. The incumbent, Mayor Harold Thompson, will face opposition from District 1 City Councilman Tommy Anthony and businessman Robert Small. A three-way race developed for City Council District 3. Incumbent Yates Giles will face off against Jack Kelly, III, and Vicki Morgan. District 4 incumbent councilman Ricky Todd Harris has no opposition. District 6 also has a three-way race. The incumbent, Jim Wilson, will face opposition from Sonja Craig and Kristi Sommer. The election will take place on November 8th. There will be no opportunity for a runoff in the races that are challenged. The candidate with the most votes wins.

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VIETNAM VETERANS CHAPTER ANNOUNCES MONTHLY MEETING THIS THURSDAY

Tuesday, August 16

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 644, will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 18th, at 7 p.m. The business meeting will be held in its usual location at the Legion Hut on 120 Scenic Drive in Union. Members are urged to be present to help decide the future direction of the organization. VVA Chapter 644 meets on the third Thursday of the month, and Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, as well as any persons interested in supporting the VVA's mission, are welcome to attend and learn more.

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MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CAR WRECK

Tuesday, August 16

Just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday, Union Public Safety Officer Rusty Young was dispatched to East Lee Street for a motor vehicle collision. On scene, Young observed a black male standing beside a gold-colored vehicle. He noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the subject. He asked him if he had been drinking, and the subject said he had. Young asked for the man’s driver’s license, and he said he did not have one. When asked for any identification, the subject took his wallet, threw it on the vehicle, and told Young to get it if he wanted it. The officer found the ID that identified the subject as 52-year old Rick Anderson Bell. Young read Bell his rights and told him he was going to do a field sobriety test. Bell said he wasn’t going to do the test, and to just take him to jail. Bell was placed in the patrol car. He still refused to cooperate when he was taken in for a breathalyzer. He refused the test and informed Young that he had to go to the restroom. When the officer told him to sit down, Bell unzipped his pants and began urinating on the floor. Young reported the subject was belligerent. Bell was transported to the Union County Jail, where he faces charges of driving under suspension and throwing of bodily fluids.

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER REPORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Tuesday, August 16

Around 7 p.m. Sunday, Union County Sheriff’s Sgt. Roger Hill was dispatched to the intersection of River Rd. and Woodyard Rd. in Carlisle for a possible domestic incident. Upon arrival, the officer found a black Nissan parked on the side of the road with a female and male passenger. He found that the female had been the one to call 911. She stated that the male subject had gotten mad at her for speaking and being around several men while at a ballgame on Woodyard Rd. in the Carlisle community. She said that they had begun to argue when the male subject began striking her in the face and body. She said that she did return strikes with the subject in an effort to get him to stop hitting her. As the deputy was talking with the victim, he could see the male subject attempting to hide an open beer in the vehicle. He then spoke with the male subject, who had obviously been in a struggle with the female from the scratches and bleeding from his lip area. The subject was placed under arrest for domestic violence and placed in the back of a patrol unit. The officer was getting a statement from the female when she informed him that she had marijuana in her purse. When asked about the marijuana, she handed over a small bag containing a green leafy substance from her purse. Hill asked if she had any other drugs, and she stated she did not. The officer asked to look inside the purse, and the female handed over the purse. Inside, Hill found another small bag of a green leafy substance, along with several pills. When asked to identify the pills, she stated that she wasn't sure because she had gotten them from someone else. The officer could see from experience the pills were Xanax, a controlled substance, and asked if she had a prescription. The woman stated she did not. She was also then arrested for simple possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Both subjects were transported to the jail. The car was turned over to another family member. The male subject was identified as 49-year old Ricky Gernard Andrews, and the female was identified as 48-year old Vanessa Diane Glenn, both of Carlisle.


LIBERTARIAN SENATE CANDIDATE VISITS UNION

Monday, August 15

Dr. Bill Bledsoe was in Union Saturday carrying his musket. Dr. Bledsoe is running for the US Senate against South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.  He has aligned himself with the Libertarian and Constitution Party. This means his names will appear twice on the ballot. Bledsoe told WBCU News why he is running.

 

As evidenced by the authentic Revolutionary War musket he was carrying, he is also a 2nd amendment candidate.

 

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MIRACLE LEAGUE TO HOLD BUDDY INTEREST MEETING AUGUST 30TH

Monday, August 15

Coming up on Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m., the Miracle League of Union County will hold a Buddy Interest meeting at the Miracle League office, located at 115 Thomas Street. Anyone age 14 and older who would like to be a buddy to a Miracle league player this fall season is asked to come for a brief sign up and orientation, even if you have buddied in the past. The organization is in need of individuals and buddy groups to come and sign up. The fall season starts September 12th. The Miracle League says “Our players can’t play the game without your commitment.”

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SCHOOL DISTRICT RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Monday, August 15

The Union County School District has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  Local school officials have adopted household size and income criteria for determining eligibility. A chart showing the income and size of household requirement is below.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information on the application:  (1) A SNAP or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of these assistance programs and an adult household member signature or (2) names of all household members, the name and last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income.  If a household has foster children living with them and the household has not previously been notified by the School District that their foster children have been directly certified for free meals, the household should include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children.

Under the provisions of the policy Mrs. Debbie Johnson will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Mr. Lynn Lawson, Director of Finance and Operations, whose address is: 130 W. Main St. Union, SC (864-429-1740) for a hearing to appeal the decision.  The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a meal application.  Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the office of the District Superintendent where any interested party may review it.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 

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JERMAINE SMITH PART OF PANEL AT ANNUAL STATE GANG CONFERENCE

Monday, August 15

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said Friday that hundreds attended the annual Gang Conference this past week. The 3-day class began on Monday, August 8th, at Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus, in Irmo, SC. The attendees included police, deputies, corrections officers, investigators, and agents from across the state. The subject of the 2016 Police Service Gang Conference was gangs in South Carolina. During the conference, there was a panel made up of seven leaders in the South Carolina Gang Task Force that shared information with the attendees of the conference and provided first-hand knowledge of the new trends gang investigators are seeing in the field. One of those on the panel of seven was Investigator Jermaine Smith, who is employed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and works alongside local law enforcement as a member of the Upstate Gang Task Force.

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THREE ARRESTED ON METH AND GRAND LARCENY CHARGES

Monday, August 15

On Monday, August 8th, Union Drug Task Force officers met with an operative who they sent to 2249 Lockhart Highway to attempt to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine. Upon arrival, the operative was able to purchase methamphetamine from Tyler Scott Henderson. Based on that information, narcotics officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the address. On Wednesday, August 10th, the operative was used again at the same address to attempt to purchase methamphetamine. This time, the methamphetamine was purchased from Christopher Scott Sumner, II, out of a camper located on the property. Later that day, the search warrant was executed on 2249 Lockhart Hwy. Narcotics officers and deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union Public Safety Department entered the residence to find Tyler Scott Henderson, Christopher Scott Sumner, II, Amy Renee Pettie, and Sumner’s wife. During a search of the individuals, Henderson was found with methamphetamine and hydrocodone in his pocket, and Pettie had methamphetamine in her pocketbook. Inside the residence, methamphetamine was found inside of a metal suitcase along with syringes, scales and methamphetamine packaged into little baggies. They also found marijuana inside of a dresser drawer in the master bedroom and 2 long guns.

Officers noticed a variety of tools and other items that burglary reports had been taken on. Officers also located a camper on the premises that had paperwork with information from Marietta, Georgia, inside. When asked, everyone denied knowledge of who owned the camper or how it even got on the property. Investigators with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union Public Safety Department responded to the scene and recovered the items for the cases of stolen property they had located. The owner of the camper was contacted and stated that the camper was stolen, and so were items in and around his home.

The subjects were then arrested and transported to Union County Jail. The following charges were made:

Tyler Scott Henderson, 20, of 302 Canal Road, Lockhart:

Distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, and grand larceny.

 

 

Christopher Scott Sumner, II, 25, of 2249 Lockhart Hwy., Union:

Distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and grand larceny.

 

Amy Renee Pettie, 33, of 1101 Arthur Blvd., Union:

Possession of methamphetamine and grand larceny. Amy Pettie was also served with warrants from an earlier incident for distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within ½ mile of a school or park.

 

Sheriff Taylor stated that these arrests prove the constant connection between drug arrests and property crimes in Union County. This is another example of agencies sharing case information and working together. Taylor said he hoped the judicial branch of government will help take these individuals off the street. More charges and/or arrests may come from investigators from both the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union Public Safety Department.

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BELK EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF SHIPPING NEARLY $96,000 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE TO HER HOME

Monday, August 15

Sheriff’s deputies received a call to the Belk Distribution Center about a theft by an employee. Upon arrival, Deputy Tommy Cudd spoke with Weldon Rodgers, who said that 44-year old Sonya Ann Edwards, who is a supervisor with Belk, had shipped approximately 135 shipments of merchandise from the distribution center to her residence at 112 Carolyn Drive in Spartanburg. The value of the merchandise, including shipping, is $95,945. Edwards was transported to Union County Jail. A warrant was signed by Cudd charging Edwards with breach of trust with fraudulent intent valued at $10,000 or more.

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WELFARE CHECK LEADS TO MAN'S ARREST ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE

Monday, August 15

Friday at approximately 1:44 a.m., Union County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 109 Caroleigh Drive in reference to a welfare check. While en route, Deputy Roger Suber contacted the complainant, a woman who lives in New York, who stated that she was on the phone with her friend, and she could hear the woman’s boyfriend, Anthony Tiffany, yelling at her in the background. The woman had told her that Tiffany had been drinking. She asked deputies to do a welfare check on her friend because she feared for her safety. Upon arrival, Deputy Suber was met at the door by Tiffany, and he asked him where was his girlfriend. She came to the door and was asked to step outside. She stated that Tiffany came home from work upset that she would not pick him up because they were fighting. He wanted a cigarette, and she would not give him one. He became irate and began to call her names. She told him that she was going to call the police, and he turned off the power and unplugged the wi-fi box. The wi-fi box or internet is how the woman uses her cell phone. He told her, "good luck, no internet." Suber spoke with the subject, and he admitted that he unplugged the wi-fi box because he was mad at his girlfriend. Tiffany was placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail. A warrant will be sought on Anthony Tiffany for 2nd-degree domestic violence.


HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR UNION COUNTY PEP RALLY

Friday, August 12

Hundreds of enthusiastic fans turned out Thursday evening for the 2016 Union County Pep Rally. The annual event is sponsored by Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU Radio. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy hot dogs and drinks provided by Dairi-o and Save-a-Lot. During the event, fans were introduced to the Jonesville and Sims cheerleaders and football squads, as well as the UCHS JV and varsity volleyball teams. They also got to meet the 2016 UCHS football team and their cheerleaders. The new UCHS head football coach and athletic director, Bradley Adams, was on hand and made these comments.

 

The Yellow Jackets will open their season Friday, August 19th, with a home game against Chapman.

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COUNTY, CITY, AND USC-UNION SEARCH FOR STUDENT HOUSING

Friday, August 12

Union County, the City of Union, and the University of South Carolina-Union have begun a search for student housing. At the Union County Council meeting Tuesday night, Supervisor Frank Hart mentioned in his report that student housing is needed for additional influx that is expected as a result of the university fielding a baseball and softball team. Hart said:

 

An additional need for housing could be expected with the future creation of a nursing program here.

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MAIN STREET JUNCTION RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SATURDAY

Friday, August 12

The public is invited to the grand opening of newly renovated Main Street Junction on Saturday, August 20th, at 107 East Main Street in downtown Union. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:00 pm. The opening has been coming for some time, as workers have been busy remodeling the building known as the Super 10 building. The facility will be used for any number of events, including meetings, wedding receptions, family and class reunions. Funds for the project came from money that was designated for the Union Events Center. While that project fell through, the funds were designated to be used on a project such as Main Street Junction. Guided tours of the facility will begin at 1:15 on August 20th.

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WRECK LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR UNION TEEN

Friday, August 12

Wednesday, Sgt. Eddie Williams with the City of Union Public Safety Department was working a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Arthur Blvd. While doing his report, he noticed a green leafy plant substance in the driver’s side floor and down by the driver’s seat. He reported that the substance had a strong odor of marijuana. Sgt. William advised the driver, 17-year old Jesse James Bradburn, III, of what he observed and placed him under arrest for simple possession of marijuana. Ultimately, Bradburn was transported to Union County Jail for booking and was charged with simple possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and unsafe tires.

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MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTING HIKE AND WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY

Friday, August 12

Coming up next week, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will have a guided hike and wreath-laying ceremony in commemoration of the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill.  It is set to take place on Saturday, August 20th. The guided hike of the Battlefield Trail will be led by park staff and will leave the visitor center at 8 AM. Participants should meet at the visitor center at by 7:45 a.m., then drive to the trail head on Horseshoe Falls Road to begin the hike.  The hike will last 2 hours. There will be a $2 per person charge for this event. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.

At 10:30 A.M. that morning, a Commemoration Ceremony will take place at the Visitor Center location.  It will be led by the local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution. The ceremony will honor the participants of the Battle at Musgrove’s Mill.  Following the ceremony, there will be an ice cream social at the picnic shelter. This part of the event is free to the public. Please bring lawn chairs for the ceremony and ice cream social.

For more information, contact Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at (864) 938-0100, e-mail mgmillsp@scprt.com or go to www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.

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LIBRARY SCHEDULES BOARD MEETING FOR TUESDAY

Friday, August 12

The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will have a board meeting Tuesday, August 16th, at the library from 5-6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Also that same day, the Union Elks Lodge will be presenting a check to the library that will be used for the purchase of books. Be aware the library will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 17th, for a staff meeting and will reopen Thursday, August 18th, at 9 a.m.

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UNION COUNTY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES JULY VISITORS, TWO PROJECTS

Friday, August 12

The Union County Museum is reporting that 139 visitors came to the facility in July. There remains a question that of the visitors, just how many actually sign the guest book. The staff has come up with a way they think might improve the number who sign the guest book, and they say they will try this for a month and see how it works.  If successful, they’ll share it.

The visitors came from North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, George, Ohio, Texas, and from other places in SC. Comments were positive.

Museum staff say they have two projects in the works.  Work is almost complete on their newest book, which is a compilation of obituaries from the Union Progress newspaper from 1915-1925.  The final step is to proof the index.  As far as can be determined, there is no such reference anywhere.  This should be a best-seller to genealogical researchers.

The second project is to begin an oral history program.  The intent is to capture oral history that is quickly getting away as our older population leaves us.  Elizabeth Moses, ranger at Rose Hill State Historic Site, has experience in the field and has been kind enough to share her expertise.  Included is information on how to interview, what questions to ask, how to transcribe, etc.  The first interviewee is already lined up and just celebrated her 99th birthday.


GOVERNOR ATTENDS RIBBON CUTTING

Thursday, August 11

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley came to Union Wednesday for the ribbon cutting at the Meeting Place on Main and Common Grounds Coffee Shop. The business is located at 111 West Main Street. The reason for the shop is to promote the job initiative partnership with the Original Six Foundation that provided the grant money to renovate