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Schedule for today:

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

9-10 a.m.—Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Hour--music, interviews, talk

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

12-1 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

5:30-6 p.m.--5:00 News Report

6-8 p.m.--SC Sports Talk

8:55 p.m.--Atlanta Braves Baseball--Atlanta at LA Dodgers

8-8:55 p.m. and after the game-6 a.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday


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POTTER'S STOREHOUSE HOLDING BACK TO SCHOOL NON-FOOD DISTRIBUTION TODAY

Wednesday, July 30

The Potter's Storehouse in Jonesville is well-known for their bi-monthly food distributions, but today it's taking on a different twist. It's being called a Back to School non-food distribution. Pastor Don Moore explains.

This distribution is open to everyone and will take place from 10 am until 2 pm. Pastor Moore also mention a particular need for the ministry. He said the box truck they use for transporting food items has broken down and is in need of a new motor. He said if anyone could help with this need by donating to the ministry, they can contact the Potter's Storehouse at 864-680-3465. The Potter's Storehouse is located just north of Jonesville on Highway 18.  He mentioned a long-term goal of the ministry is to raise around $10,000 to buy a larger box truck to use to pick up food in Charlotte.

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ANNUAL CHEERLEADING CAMP BENEFITS MARISHA JETER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Wednesday, July 30

The annual Marisha Sharay Jeter Cheer Camp is set to begin Thursday morning. Camp Director Jessica Sherbert said the camp will be held July 31st through Aug. 2nd at the Twist and Shout Cheer & Dance Center from 9 a.m. until noon each day. She said that during the camp, the children attending will be taught dances, cheers, and chants, as well as basic tumbling and stunting. A snack will also be served each day. Sherbert said registration for the camp will be held at 9 am Thursday. She added that when they register their child, parents will need to pay a $20 fee. In addition to enabling their child to participate in the camp, the fee also covers the cost of a t-shirt. All proceeds from the cheer camp will go to the Marisha Sharay Jeter Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded each year to a female student at Union County High School. Twist and Shout Cheer & Dance Center is located at 409 Union Boulevard, Union, in the old Owens Lawn and Garden Building.

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UNION COUNTY DEMOCRATS HEAR FROM MULVANEY'S CHALLENGER

Wednesday, July 30

Union County Democrats heard from 5th Congressional District candidate Tom Adams during their regular monthly meeting Monday night. Adams is currently in his second term on the Fort Mill Town Council. According to his campaign material, after many years of community service, running for Congress is the next logical step for him. He says that recognizing the dysfunctional and unproductive state of our current Congress, he has a strong sense that we can do better. Adams is a 1981 graduate of Kent State University and has been a resident of York County for 33 years. He will face off against incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney in the November general election.

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CARLISLE TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES MONEY TO REPAIR TWO LIFT STATIONS

Wednesday, July 30

The Carlisle Town Council approved a $5000 expenditure during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening in order to make repairs to the main lift station. Mayor Mary Ferguson Glenn pointed out that the system is aging and such repairs are not totally unexpected. As it turns out, they will be able to make repairs to two lift stations with the funds.

Council put aside thoughts of repaving the parking lot at the Carlisle Town Hall. Estimates for the project came in higher than expected. The mayor said they would continue to seek estimates for the project in hopes that the repaving could be done at a later date.

The Town of Carlisle runs several programs throughout the year that are geared towards the children of the community. During the school year, they have an Early Learning Program through which they partner with the Union County School District. During the summer, they host a free lunch and activities program. Through that program, they serve 26 to 30 youngsters. The mayor said it's about service.

This year’s summer program will conclude Thursday, July 31st.

In other council activity, it was announced that the Union County Carnegie Library has donated five computers to the town. The computers will be used in the outreach programs.


SCHOOL BOARD PASSES ANNUAL BOND RESOLUTION FOR JONESVILLE AND SIMS

Tuesday, July 29

Two Union County School District Board members were recognized Monday night during their regular monthly meeting. Buck Peay was recognized for completing level two and Janzen Childers for reaching level four from the Boardsmanship Institute. 

Cindy Langley provided information for a first reading on Policy II-E, which deals with student schedules and course load.

The board approved 17 diploma requests as per Act 155. That act, for all intents and purposes, eliminated the exit exam requirement. Previous students who did not pass the exit exam but completed all course work can now make a request to receive their high school diploma. There were a total of 22 requests.

Lynn Lawson, Finance Director, gave information on the revised request for the non-school use of school facilities form.

An annual bond resolution was passed for the financing of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School and Sims Middle School. Lawson explained the resolution comes up each year for the purpose of meeting the district's financing obligation. Lawson said:

The board also agreed to renew the lease agreement for the Head Start Program, which is operated by Carolina Community Actions and utilizes the former Jonesville Elementary School site.

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FOUNDER OF JOYCE'S FLOWERS ON MAIN STREET DIES

Tuesday, July 29

A prominent Main Street businessman has died. Paul Patrick, 80, of 202 Church Hill Street, Union, died Sunday night at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Patrick and his wife owned and operated Joyce's Flowers on Union Main Street since 1965. Funeral services are planned for Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Philippi Baptist Church, and visitation will be held tonight from 7-9 at the Lewis Funeral Home.

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION TOMORROW

Tuesday, July 29

Exel Logistics will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office downtown on Wednesday, July 30th, from 1pm until 4pm. They are looking for weekend shift module operators. The hours are for Friday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The starting pay is $11.25 per hour, plus a shift premium of $0.65.  Full benefits are offered after 3 months, to include medical, dental, and vision. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and computer experience.  6 months of warehouse experience is preferred, and you must lift up to 50 lbs. & be able to stand long hours. You must have the ability to read, understand, & follow instructions and the ability to keep up with production in a conveyor environment. Applicants will undergo pre-employment tests in math, accuracy, & aptitude. You will also undergo a background check and a pre-employment drug screen. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  A staff referral is required for this position.  Come appropriately dressed for an interview.

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UNION COUNTY SCHOOLS OFFERING FREE SCREENINGS TO CHILDREN AGEs 3-5

Tuesday, July 29

Coming up Friday, August 15th, Union County Schools will provide free screening for vision, hearing, speech and other developmental problems for children ages three through five years old. Other children not presently enrolled in the public schools may also participate. This screening program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1-3 p.m. at the District Office Annex, located at 120 Lakeside Drive (behind the YMCA). A parent or guardian must accompany the child. For more information, call 429-1735.

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UNION WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF EXPOSING HERSELF

Tuesday, July 29

Union police responded Sunday evening to a call of disorderly conduct. It was reported a woman, identified as Carla Brannon Wade, 49, had exposed part of herself to the callers. Wade reportedly told police she was just trying to take off an undergarment and did not intentionally flash anyone. There was another resident that told police he saw Wade walking around exposing herself. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.


STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED

Monday, July 28

The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held firm at 5.3% in June, reflecting no change since April. An estimated 115,583 people were unemployed, showing an increase of 630 people over the month, while the number of those employed decreased by 847 people, totaling 2,050,128. Over the month, the labor force declined by 217 people to 2,165,711.

Since June 2013, the state’s unemployment rate fell by 2.5 percentage points. More than 35,000 people have found work, and the labor force has decreased by 20,082 people. Nationally, the unemployment rate declined to 6.1% in June from 6.3% in May.

Union County is still showing good numbers in its unemployment rate. The rate for June was 7.4%. That translates into 10,832 Union Countians working, out of a potential workforce of 11,699. A year ago, the rate of unemployed was 12.1%.  Union County's unemployment rate increased from 7.0% in May, but the number of workers and the workforce both increased from May.  86 more residents found jobs in the past month, while 145 people were added to the labor force.  262 more Union County residents are working now than in June of 2013, while the labor force has decreased over the past year by 322 people.

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FOUR INMATES FOUND WITH ALCOHOL IN THEIR Systems

Monday, July 28

This past Wednesday, a sheriff’s deputy was contacted by Union County Detention Center Director Neil McKeown in reference to state and county inmates having alcohol at the detention center. Upon arrival, UCDC officers reported that at approximately 9:45 pm, Officer Cragle was doing a security check on the lower yard and noticed state inmate Billy Joel McKinney and a county inmate doing push-ups to see who could do the most. Officer Cragle stated that when the inmates quit doing push-ups, inmate McKinney could not maintain his balance. Two county inmates had to grab McKinney and sit him down on a bench. Officer Cragle continued to observe the inmates, because he felt that McKinney may have overdone it doing the push-ups and wanted to make sure he was okay. Officer Cragle stated that after a minute or so, the inmates began doing push-ups again, and again when they stopped, McKinney staggered when getting up.

Officer Cragle grabbed McKinney and stood him against a wall, and at that time he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the inmate.

McKinney was then taken to the upper office, and upon entering, Officer Young made a comment that he also could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from McKinney. Officer Cragle then called Assistant Director Roy Brackins, and it was decided that UCDC officers would call Union County Sheriff's Office personnel to respond and run a Datamaster test on McKinney. Brackins responded to the UCDC to assist in the investigation. UCSO Sgt. Scott Ruby performed a Datamaster test on McKinney, and he had a blood alcohol content of 0.19. McKeown was notified to respond at this time. UCDC officers then made the decision to run Datamaster tests on all the state inmates, and 3 more state inmates were found to have alcohol in their system. The three were found to have been drinking and were placed in holding cells.

Inmates Jenkins and Sims both admitted to drinking the alcohol, but Robertson and McKinney both denied it. At the time of the report, none of the inmates would say how they gained access to the alcohol. UCDC officers will continue to investigate the origin of the alcohol.

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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRESIDENT HAS BREAKFAST WITH UNION COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Monday, July 28

A candidate for the Democratic nomination for president was the guest for a breakfast hosted by the Union County Democratic Party. Robby Wells, who was in Union once before, addressed the group and then spent time talking one-on-one with the attendees. His parents adopted him when he was six years old in Bartow, Georgia. He has spent a considerable amount of time in South Carolina as an educator and coach. Wells is campaigning on the platform of what he calls Eaglenomics. He explained it as taking the best and utilizing both the left and right wings of economics.

Wells told the group, “We’ve got to get this country working again." More about Wells and his campaign can be found on his website, robbywells2016.com.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, July 28

The Union County School Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. It will get underway at 7:00 pm. There are several items listed on the agenda, including the 2013-2014 Boardsmanship Institute recognition by Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall. Cindy Langley will provide information on the first reading of Policy 2-E and Diploma Procedures. There will also be information provided on the revised request for non-school use of school facilities. An executive session is on the agenda that states, “A parent has requested to speak to the board regarding a situation at Jonesville Middle School.”

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KELLY SERVICES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW IN UNION

Monday, July 28

Kelly Services will hold a recruitment Tuesday, July 29th, from 9am until 11am at the Union SC Works office, located at 103 West Main Street. They will be looking to hire production associates. The hours are 6:00am to 6:00pm or 6:00pm to 6:00am, 2 on and 2 off. Candidates should be able to follow good manufacturing practices to build a high-quality product in accordance with standard operating procedures. Employees will perform line clearances between batches, clean work area as in accordance with SOPs, operate pallet mules and walkies, and other manufacturing-related duties as directed by the supervisor.  Applicants must have a GED or high school diploma. Neither previous applicants nor former employees of Haemonetics should apply.  Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  Come appropriately dressed for an interview.

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION WEDNESDAY

Monday, July 28

Exel Logistics will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office downtown on Wednesday, July 30th, from 1pm until 4pm. They are looking for weekend shift module operators. The hours are for Friday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The starting pay is $11.25 per hour, plus a shift premium of $0.65.  Full benefits are offered after 3 months, to include medical, dental, and vision. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and computer experience.  6 months of warehouse experience is preferred, and you must lift up to 50 lbs. & be able to stand long hours. You must have the ability to read, understand, & follow instructions and the ability to keep up with production in a conveyor environment. Applicants will undergo pre-employment tests in math, accuracy, & aptitude. You will also undergo a background check and a pre-employment drug screen. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  A staff referral is required for this position.  Come appropriately dressed for an interview.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS LOCKHART POWER CUSTOMERS OF NEW PHONE SCAM

Friday, July 25

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has received a report from Lockhart Power Company regarding a phone scam. The caller is claiming to be an employee of Lockhart Power. This person is telling Lockhart Power customers that they are behind on their power bill, and if they do not pay their bill right then, over the phone, their power would be cut off. Lockhart Power officials say It is not their policy to give courtesy calls regarding non-payment. Be forewarned, the name and number of Lockhart Power shows on the customer's caller ID. If you receive one of these calls, the Sheriff's Office advises you to hang up and report it to law enforcement.

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ANNUAL MARISHA SHARAY JETER CHEER CAMP SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JULY 31ST

Friday, July 25

The Marisha Sharay Jeter 2014 Cheer Camp is coming up July 31st through August 2nd from 9am until Noon. The cost is $20 per child, and that includes a t-shirt. It will take place at Twist and Shout Cheer & Dance Center, which is located in the old Owens Lawn and Garden Building at 409 Union Blvd, Union. All proceeds will go toward the Marisha Sharay Jeter Scholarship Fund. Registration will take place July 31st at 9am. Should you have any questions or need additional information, contact Jessica Sherbert at 864-427-0740, or send her a message on Facebook.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT CONTINUES REGISTRATION FOR FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING

Friday, July 25

The Union County Recreation Department is holding registration for their flag AND stinger football and cheerleading programs. The registration will run through August 1st. The fee for Flag football is $30. This is for youngsters 6 to 9 years of age. The Flag cheerleading fee is $35, for children 5 to 8 years of age. The Stinger football program is for children 10 to 12 years old, with a registration fee of $55, and the Stinger cheerleading program is for those 9 to 12 years of age and the fee is $45. To sign your child up, drop by the Recreation Department, located at 111 Thomas Street, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 and 5. You should bring your child's birth certificate and proof of medical insurance.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING BREAK-IN ON PUMP STATION ROAD

Friday, July 25

We have another breaking and entering to tell you about--this one at a Pump Station Road residence. Wednesday, the victim reported that sometime between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, someone had broken into his home and took several items. Included was a Smith and Wesson 50-caliber revolver valued at $850, a Taurus 357 Stainless Steel Revolver valued at $450, a black, size 50 Harley Davidson size 4XL jacket valued at $150, three silver dollars, one $50 Gold Buffalo coin, a bottle of medication and a diamond ring valued at $3500. The victim stated the doors were locked when he left the residence, but there was no sign of forced entry. He said he did not know of a possible suspect. The total amount of the missing items is $4553.

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POSSIBLE IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED

Friday, July 25

Wednesday, Jody Walker of Lockhart came to the Sheriff's Office to report that he may be a victim of identity fraud. Walker stated that he received a letter in the mail from Ally Bank, thanking him for opening six checking accounts and six saving accounts. Walker stated that he has never opened an account with Ally Bank. He said that he called Ally Bank via the toll-free number provided and was advised that there has been no activity on any of the accounts. Ally Bank has since closed the twelve accounts in Jody Walker's name, with no apparent loss to the bank or to Walker. Walker stated that he then contacted Trans-Union in order to get a complete credit history. Walker was advised that if the credit history did show possible fraud, to return to the Sheriff's Office with the paperwork, and it would be added to the report. A copy of the initial letter from Ally Bank, containing the bank account numbers, was taken as evidence.


TEN UNION COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NAMED SOUTH CAROLINA JUNIOR SCHOLARS

Thursday, July 24

Ten 8th-graders in the Union County School District have achieved the South Carolina Junior Scholar Award for the school year 2013-2014. Those students from Sims Junior High School include:

Jennie Allen, Mary Katherine Gibbs, Curtis Nichols, Katelyn Petty, Julia Phillips, Thomas Schreiber, Riley Shropshire, and Caleb Vanderford.

Jonesville Middle School students include Anthony Esposito, and Kira Reardon.

The students were selected as South Carolina Junior Scholars 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 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in either verbal, math, or writing.

As recipients of this honor, the students were recognized in local award ceremonies and received an Award of Merit from the State Department of Education.

The South Carolina Junior Scholars Identification and Development Program, begun in the 1985-86 school year, reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities. The purpose of the program is to identify students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability and to provide opportunities for these students that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement. Such opportunities are provided during the academic school year or summer following identification in the eighth grade and continue throughout the high school years.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE SEEKs VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Thursday, July 24

The Town of Carlisle is planning their 11th Community Fun Day Cookout and Back to School Bash. It's set for Saturday, August 16th, from 2 until 7 pm at the Carlisle Playground. There will be a fashion and talent show, food, games and music. Volunteers and donations are needed for school supplies that will be given out that day. Additional information can be obtained by calling 427-1505.

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ARTS COUNCIL to host RECEPTION FOR DR. SUZANNE GUNTER'S COLLECTION

Thursday, July 24

The Union County Arts Council has scheduled a reception and lecture for August 10th from 2 until 4 pm. The reception will be for Dr. Suzanne Floyd Gunter, who is currently showing her collection at the UCAC Gallery. The show and lecture is entitled “The Artist Collects”, which is described as an eclectic collection, and she will speak about how to collect art for yourself on a budget. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery is located at 116 East Main Street.

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FILING OPEN FOR NONPARTISAN RACES IN UNION COUNTY

Thursday, July 24

Filing has opened in Union County for several nonpartisan races. Among those is the Union County School Board. Open seats in November will be Districts 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9. Those seats are currently held by trustees Kim Bailey (District 3), Buck Peay (District 4), Jane H. Hammett (District 5), Wanda R. All (District 8), and Jane Wilkes (District 9). Filing thus far are Jeremy Robinson — District 4, and Gene “Doc” Lipsey — District 4. Jane H. Hammett has filed for reelection to her District 5 seat, as has Wanda R. All in District 8.

The filing for nonpartisan races on the November general election ballot opened Tuesday, July 15th, and will close at noon on Friday, Aug. 15.

Also on the November general election ballot will be seats on the boards of the Monarch, Southside, Santuc, and Jonesville fire districts.

The Monarch Fire District and Santuc Fire District each have two seats on the ballot, while the Jonesville Fire District has three seats, and the Southside Fire District has five.

The Monarch seats are currently occupied by Bill Crayne and Tommy Hart, while the Southside seats are currently occupied by Phil Moore, Dudley Adams, Tommy Bishop, Buford Brown, and Roger Bailey.

As of Tuesday, two people had filed for Fire Board seats. They are: Jimmy Mark Smith for the Southside Fire District Board, and Thomas H. Ivey for the Jonesville Fire District Board.

No one has filed as of yet for the Brown's Creek Watershed. Those seats are currently held by Mike Scales and Evelyn Alman.

Anyone wanting to run for any of these nonpartisan races must file at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 1246B South Duncan Bypass, Union.

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FILING OPEN FOR SEATS ON CARLISLE TOWN COUNCIL

Thursday, July 24

Two seats on the Carlisle Town Council will be on the ballot in the Town of Carlisle in November. No one, including the incumbents who currently hold the seats, has filed to run for the seats.

Anyone who wants to run for the seats, which are elected at-large, must file to do so at the Carlisle Town Hall.

Candidates must pay a $75 filing fee and be a registered voter and resident of the Town of Carlisle.


LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES FUTURE PLANS FOR THE TOWN

Wednesday, July 23

The Lockhart Town Council met for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday. That session was presided over by Mayor Pro-Tem Connie Porter in the absence of Mayor Ailene Ashe. It was announced that a meeting of the town's task force would be held Monday, July 28th, in the Town Hall at 10:00 am. Four elements are up for discussion concerning the town: nature-based tourism, signage, beautification, and web site. Councilwoman Beverly Shrader brought up the matter that speed limit signs are needed in the community, and she cited several examples where traffic is too fast. The council appeared to be at something of a loss as to how to address the issue. They discussed the possibility of trying to get the Highway Patrol to enforce a speed limit there. Porter asked the council for ideas as to matters they should have for discussion at future meeting. Councilman Donnie Adams contributed by saying he would like to see a designated Main Street in Lockhart.

Adams said he believes the Main Street could be designated on what is now Mill Street. He said it would present an opportunity for establishing something of a business district.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PARTNERS WITH LOCAL GROUPS TO PRESENT A MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Wednesday, July 23

The Union County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Union County Tourism Commission, Union County Recreation  Department, and the Southern Legends Motorcycle Club, is bringing the first ever Thunder Road Bike Show and Ride to downtown Union.  This event on August 31st is expected to draw several hundred motorcycles of all kinds to Union County.

The stated purpose of the event is to showcase Union’s downtown and the county’s landscape, history, and great outdoors.  All proceeds will go to the local Wounded Warrior Project and The Miracle League of  Union County. Sponsorship for the event is being sought from local businesses. Sponsorships need to be confirmed by August 15th. For more information, call the Chamber at 864-427-9039, or email ralexander@unionsc.com

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WOODY DANTZLER TO HIGHLIGHT CLEMSON CLUB's KICKOFF EVENT

Wednesday, July 23

Former Clemson quarterback Woodrow “Woody” Dantzler will serve as keynote speaker for the Union County Clemson Club’s 2014 Kickoff event. The annual event, which will include a light meal, will be held August 19th at Veterans Memorial Park at Foster Park, and doors will open at 5:00 PM.

Members who have paid the $25 annual dues will be admitted free; non-members will be charged $10 per person. Those planning to attend must confirm no later than August 12th. Proceeds from memberships and the event will go towards supporting the club, whose activities are highlighted by annually awarding two $1000 scholarships to Union County residents who will be attending Clemson University.

Woodrow “Woody” Dantzler lettered as a quarterback at Clemson from 1998-2001, taking over as starter during the 1999 season, and continuing in that role in 2000 and 2001. He was a dual-threat quarterback who set 53 Clemson football records and became the first quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

The goal of the Clemson Club is to award academic scholarships to deserving students who will be attending Clemson. For more information about the club or the event, contact club president Virgil Childers at (864) 251-0094.

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5TH-ANNUAL SOS BASH SET FOR SATURDAY

Wednesday, July 23

The fifth-annual SOS Bash is set to take place Saturday from 7 pm until midnight. SOS is an acronym for Save Our Shriners. The event has been staged each year since 2009 to support the Shriners Children's Hospital in Greenville. The featured performers this year will be Bombshell. That group is described as presenting music from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and beyond. Also featured will be a guest group known as Dead End Grace Street. Along with the live music will be a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese Auction. It all gets underway at Shady's Saturday night.

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SECOND NIGHT OF DOWNTOWN MUSIC FEST RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, July 23

Due to inclement weather last Saturday, the "I Love a Summer Night" Downtown Music Fest has been rescheduled for August 2nd from 7pm to 10:00pm. It will take place in the Court House area of Main Street and will feature the Weatherman Band with Union native Jack Roper.


LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, July 22

The Lockhart Town Council will have their regular monthly meeting tonight. It will take place at the town hall at 7:00.

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MAYOR HAROLD THOMPSON TALKS ABOUT EVENTS CENTER PROJECT

Tuesday, July 22

The Union City Council's decision not to authorize the rebidding of the Events Center project has raised concerns about its future. The project appears to hinge on what is called a bridge loan: in other words, having money available to pay out to contractors while pledge money comes in. Without the “bridge loan”, Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love says it will not be built. Mayor Harold Thompson was asked for his view of the situation.

Thompson said he is looking at calling a work session of the council to discuss the matter.

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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HOSTING SPECIAL YOUTH DOVE HUNT IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, July 22

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Enoree District of the U.S. Forest Service, will host a special youth dove hunt in Union County on Saturday, September 6th.  The youth dove hunt will be at the U.S. Forest Service Herbert Field, about 5.6 miles southeast of the town of Carlisle. Only youth 17 years of age or younger will be allowed to shoot, and youth must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Adults must remain in the field and closely supervise participating youth at all times. An adult may only bring one or two youth, and only one youth hunter may be handling a loaded firearm at any given time. Youth hunters under age 16 do not have to have a hunting license, WMA permit or migratory bird permit. Public hunting for adults will begin on the second Saturday of the season, which is Sept. 13. For questions on the youth dove hunt, or for more information, contact the Union office of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at (864) 427-5140, or contact the U.S. Forest Service Enoree Office at (864) 427-9858.

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SOUTH CAROLINA FILM INSTITUTE SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

Tuesday, July 22

Ever thought you might want to get into the movie industry? The South Carolina Film Institute is seeking to increase its member base to create nearly 100 film productions over the next year. The South Carolina Film Institute, a non-profit, member-benefit organization is seeking to increase it's membership base in order to complete nearly 100 film productions within the next year. The completion of those film productions will serve to have a dramatic impact on the lives of aspiring and experienced filmmakers alike. The completion of 100 film productions would also intensify the growth of the South Carolina economy. Members of SCFI can expect to be involved in new film productions and participate in all roles of film production, including, but not limited to, Production Assistant, Editor, Director of Photography, Writer, Story Board Artist, Musicians, and even Makeup Artist. They are appealing everyone in South Carolina and nationwide who has ever wanted to be involved in film making. As a member of SCFI, you will be immediately be placed into a role on a professional film set, and you can begin building a résumé to help you along in a film career. For information on membership fees and benefits, please visit www.scfilm.tv.


BOB LOVE REACTS AFTER CITY COUNCIL FAILS TO REBID EVENTS CENTER PROJECT

Monday, July 21

The Union Events Center hit something of a stumbling block this past week when Union City Council failed to okay the rebidding of the project. The center’s board chairman, Bob Love, wanted the authorization in order to position the center to break ground. Also up for discussion is what is called a “bridge loan” to, in effect, finance the project while pledges come. The board says they have the money, some in the bank and a significant portion in pledges. When construction begins, contractors would have to be paid, but without the bridge loan, the board would not be able to do so. Several council members appeared to be rather tentative about floating a “bridge loan”, money the city itself would have to borrow. A vote by council sent the message that there would be no reason to put the project back out for bid until the financing element could be resolved. Love told the council that without the loan, the building would not be built.

Love was asked what is next.

Love said he would like to see construction begin in the fourth quarter of this year. City council agreed to having a work session where the bridge loan would be discussed.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING CASE OF TWO POISONED DOGS

Monday, July 21

Two dogs have died, apparently after ingesting antifreeze. Donna Crocker, of 180 Crocker Campground Road, told sheriff’s deputies that her Chocolate Lab had been missing since July 14th, and the animal came home on the 17th. She said the dog appeared to be very sick, and she took it to Triangle Veterinary Clinic, where the vet told her the dog had been poisoned and would die. With that diagnosis, Crocker had the dog put to sleep. Mrs. Crocker’s daughter-in-law told her that her beagle had died on the 14th of the same thing. Crocker said she believes hunters could be responsible.

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AUTOMATION PERSONNEL HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG WEDNESDAY

Monday, July 21

We have several recruitment events coming up. One is being held at the Spartanburg SC Works office, which is located at 220 East Kennedy Street. It’s for Automation Personnel and will be held Wednesday, July 23rd, from 1pm until 3pm. These are industrial cleaning positions at $10 per hour and are for temporary and full-time jobs in Greer, SC. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There are no minimum education requirements. Applicants must undergo drug testing & background screenings. No minimum experience is needed. The work schedules are flexible, from 7pm until 7am, and 8am until 8pm. Applicants should bring two forms of ID (one must be state-issued), proof of education, and have steel-toed boots. There will be some heavy lifting. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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MANCAN HOLDING GAFFNEY RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW

Monday, July 21

Mancan will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office, located at 133 Wilmac Road, tomorrow from 9am until 12pm. They are hiring electrician technicians. Applicants should have steel- or hard-toed boots, electrician's gloves, certification or certificate of electrical trade, and will take a pre-entry electrical test.

Another available position is that of open-end spinning operator. Successful candidates are expected to set up, operate, or tend machines that wind or twist textiles; or draw out and combine sliver, such as wool, hemp, or synthetic fibers.

Yarn services/can haulers are also wanted. The job requires a good work history, but a high school education is not needed. Applicants must be able to physically perform the job duties and be able to work 12-hour shifts. Reliable transportation is a must, and being bilingual is a plus. The starting rate of pay is $8-$10 an hour, depending on job experience. Please come appropriately dressed for an interview.  Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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ABLE SOUTH CAROLINA OFFERING FREE HEALTH PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Monday, July 21

Photo: Participants of Able SC’s Healthier Habits Series enjoy a morning at Subway.  Training facilitator and Able SC Independent Living Specialist, Amy Austin, discusses healthier menu choices when eating out. 

Able South Carolina is offering “Healthier Habits for a Happier You,” a free health program for Union County residents with any type of disability, funded by United Way of the Piedmont.

“Healthier Habits for a Happier You” is a free series for individuals with disabilities ages 16 and older who want to learn more about making better choices to improve their health. Participants who have any type of disability or chronic health condition are invited to attend. The schedule has been made convenient for busy schedules by offering an evening class time as well as morning sessions.

This series is unique in that it is tailored for individuals with disabilities who may have not been given information in a way that is relevant to their specific situation. For instance, at “Healthier Habits,” individuals with physical disabilities can learn exercises adapted to their needs. Individuals with intellectual disabilities can receive information broken down into easy-to-understand concepts. Also, since the program is available only in Union County, residents can get information that relates specifically to the resources available to them locally.

Evening sessions will be from 6:00-7:30 pm beginning on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ending on August 26. If a morning time suits better, there will be another series offered from 10:00-11:30 am beginning on August 25 and ending on September 29. It is important to register in advance by calling 864-235-1421, or emailing aaustin@able-sc.org in order to have adequate supplies available. Each participant who completes the series will receive a free manual, healthy recipes, a reusable water bottle, and an exercise band.  


SEVERAL ADMINISTRATORS TAKE ON NEW ROLES

Friday, July 18

The Union County School District has announced changes in some administrative positions.

Cindy Langley will add Director of Adult Education to her role as Director of District Accountability. In past years, Mrs. Langley has served Union County Schools as the Director of Secondary Education, principal of Jonesville High School, assistant principal of Union High School, and English teacher at Union High School.

Betsy Trakas will remain as principal of Lockhart School while also working as Coordinator of High School Initiatives at Union County High School. Mrs. Trakas has served as an Instructional Facilitator for the Union County Schools. She has taught English Language Arts and Social Studies in grades six through twelve in Union County Schools and in Spartanburg County District 3.

Eric Childers will take the positions of Lockhart School assistant principal and the Coordinator of Applied Technology at Union County High School. Mr. Childers has taught all levels of science, physics, and biology at Union County High School, Union County Achievement Academy, and Gaffney High School. He has also served as the Director of the Union County Learning Center.

Jenelle Gilliam will take the position of assistant principal at Jonesville Elementary-Middle School.  Mrs. Gilliam has served Union County Schools as an administrative assistant at Union County High School and as an assistant principal at Buffalo Elementary School.  She has also taught at Foster Park Elementary School.

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CORPORATE STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG MONDAY

Friday, July 18

Corporate Staffing will hold a recruitment event on Monday, July 21st from 1pm until 3pm at SC Works Spartanburg office, located at 220 East Kennedy Street. The jobs are for industrial cleaners at a Greer location at $10 an hour (full-time & part-time). They have immediate openings for 50 to 75 employees. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, be able to lift up to 50 lbs., bend, stoop, and squat, not afraid of heights, work in confined areas, and work a flexible schedule. Drug testing and a criminal background check will be conducted. Applicants are asked to bring two forms of ID and proof of education to the event.

They are also looking to hire machine operators at a Duncan location at $10/$11 an hour. They have immediate openings for up to 25 employees. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and will undergo a drug test and a criminal background check. Successful candidates must be able to work 12-hour swing shifts from 7am to 7pm and 7pm to 7am. One year of machine operator experience is required. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT MONDAY IN GAFFNEY

Friday, July 18

SMX Staffing will hold a recruitment event at the SC Works office in Gaffney, located at 133 Wilmac Road, on Monday, July 21st, from 9am until 12pm. They are looking to hire warehouse associates at a rate of $10.50 to $11 per hour.  A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must be at least 18 years of age. Drug testing and screening & a background check will be done.  Full-time: All shifts available: day, night, and midday.  Applicants must lift up to 49 lbs. & stand for the shift duration.  Applicants must bring 2 forms of ID & proof of education.  Please come appropriately dressed for an interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.


HONOR CEREMONY PLANNED AT COLUMBIA CHURCH FOR VIETNAM-ERA VETERANS

Thursday, July 17

Union County Veteran's Affairs officer Cindy Fore says she has been informed by U.S. Senator Tim Scott's office of an Honor Ceremony for Vietnam-era veterans. It will be held August 2nd in Columbia at First Baptist Church, located at 1306 Hampton Street in Columbia. The notification says all Vietnam-era veterans and their families are invited to attend and be recognized. For more information, call 844-820-0146.

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ARTS COUNCIL HOLDING GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION

Thursday, July 17

The Union County Arts Council (UCAC) will hold a Grand Reopening Celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UCAC gallery on Main Street in Union. UCAC was closed for five months for water damage repair and renovation, and this celebration will help show off their new gallery to the public. For more information, call UCAC at 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING SOLUTIONS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TODAY IN SPARTANBURG

Thursday, July 17

Professional Staffing Solutions, LLC, is holding a Recruitment Event today at the Spartanburg SC Works office from 2pm-4pm. They will be hiring machine operators/loaders. A high school diploma or GED is required, and applicants must undergo drug & background screenings. Six months of manufacturing experience is required, and you must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time. Heavy lifting may be required. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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TYGER RIVER SEEKS CORRECTIONS OFFICERS

Thursday, July 17

The Tyger River facility of the South Carolina Department of Corrections will hold a recruitment event tomorrow from 9am-12:00pm. It will be held at the SC Works office in Gaffney, which is located at 133 Wilmac Road. They are looking to hire corrections officers at an annual salary of $26,583. Benefits include medical and life insurance, vacation, retirement & pension. To qualify for the job, you must be a US citizen with a high school diploma or GED. No experience is required, and training will be provided by the employer. These are 12-hr. shifts with no rotation, with work schedules for 14 days per month, with 2 weekends off. Successful candidates must have a valid driver’s license and will undergo a background check and drug testing and screening. A reference check and motor vehicle records check will be conducted. You are reminded to bring your résumé to the recruitment event and to please come appropriately dressed for an interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION HOLDING MEETING ABOUT COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

Thursday, July 17

A meeting has been called for tonight by the Union County Livestock Association concerning a county animal control ordinance. Jake Black is the organization's vice-president, and he explains why the meeting was called.

Black said the animal control ordinance will be the only matter discussed at the meeting.


LIVESTOCK OWNERS TAKE ISSUE WITH COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

Wednesday, July 16

A new and revised animal control ordinance that went into effect several months ago has upset some livestock owners. Allegedly, the ordinance contains language that requires owners to register their livestock and could face a fine if they fail to do so. At issue, says livestock owner Holly Barfield, is they didn't know the new ordinance contained the registration requirement.

Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair explains the intent of the ordinance.

Sinclair did say a penalty can be imposed if livestock repeatedly get out and are not registered. A meeting of livestock owners is scheduled for Thursday at the fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m.

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CITY COUNCIL TO TALK ABOUT BRIDGE LOAN FOR EVENTS CENTER AT FUTURE WORK SESSION

Wednesday, July 16

The future of the proposed Union Events Center may be in jeopardy as indicated during Tuesday's Union City Council meeting. Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love gave an update on the project, informing the council of the current financial condition. Several years have elapsed since the project was put out to bid, and it is anticipated the cost will be higher than the previous numbers. Love told the council that he wanted to get authorization to put the project out to bid again. He explained that the board had received a “takeoff” bid from Kingsmore Construction. He described the takeoff bid as one where the inflationary costs are factored in, but it is for estimate purpose only. The Kingsmore “takeoff” bid came in at some $500,000 more than the original bid. The subject of a bridge loan from the city came up in the discussion. A bridge loan is one where another source, in this case the city, would initially fund the project, because the Event Center funds, to a large degree, are coming from pledges spread over a five-year period. If the bridge loan were agreed to, the city would have to borrow the money for it, according to Finance Director Walker Gallman.

Councilman Ricky Harris asked, “What will happen if the city does not agree to do the bridge loan?” Love answered by saying, “The building will not be built.”

Love asked the council to authorize the rebidding, which will cost an estimated $75,000. The council balked at rebidding the project until the bridge loan issue could be resolved. Love cautioned that a significant contribution from the Timken Foundation may not come through if the project is delayed. The council is expected to meet in a work session soon to discuss the matter.

In other action, the council voted to purchase property on East Academy Street at an appraised cost of $13,500. The property had been leased since 1996 for use as a city parking lot at a rate of $160 per month. The council also agreed to make a donation of $925 to the Union Pregnancy Center to replace some windows.


WOODRUFF MAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Tuesday, July 15

A Woodruff man has died, apparently as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Sunday night. Union County Coroner William Holcombe issued a news release stating that Tony Curtis Todd, 48, of 356 Allen Street, Woodruff, died early Monday following the accident that occurred after 8:00 p.m. Sunday night on Old Buncombe Road near Whitmire. He was one of four occupants in the single-vehicle crash. An autopsy is scheduled for today. There is no word on the condition of the other passengers. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Union County Coroner’s office are investigating.

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING LOOKING FOR MACHINE OPERATORS AND LOADERS

Tuesday, July 15

Professional Staffing Solutions, LLC, will hold a recruitment event Thursday, July 17th, from 2-4 p.m. at the Spartanburg SC Works office at 220 East Kennedy Street.  They are looking to hire machine operators/loaders.  A high school diploma or GED is required, and applicants must undergo drug & background screenings.  Six months of manufacturing experience is required, and you must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time.  Heavy lifting may be required.  Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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BENEFIT FOR DEE DEE MCDADE SCHEDULED SATURDAY

Tuesday, July 15

A benefit will be held Saturday at the Oakbrook Community Church in Jonesville for Dee Dee Owens McDade. She is a victim of breast cancer. It will all get underway at 5 p.m. with hotdogs, drinks and sweets. Music will begin at 6 pm featuring the Oakbrook Praise Team as well as others. The proceeds will go to assist with medical expenses. T-shirts commemorating the event are also available.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION THIS EVENING

Tuesday, July 15

The Union City Council is meeting tonight at 6:30 for their regular monthly session. The agenda appears to be fairly light, with only three action items listed. They will consider purchasing property on East Academy Street. It has been leased for a number of years by the city and used as a parking lot. The purchase price is $13,500. They will also consider a donation to the Union County Pregnancy Center and will talk about the next step in starting construction of the Union Events Center.

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STANDARD TEXTILES HOLDING RECRUITMENT IN SPARTANBURG TODAY

Tuesday, July 15

Standard Textiles of Union is holding a recruitment event today at the Spartanburg SC Works office, which is located at 220 East Kennedy Street, from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. They are looking to hire auto sewing operator, electro/mechanical technicians, production supervisors, QA auditors, sewing machine technicians, range operators, dryer operators, auto sewing operators, material handlers, and folder/inspectors. You are reminded to please come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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OPSOURCE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW IN GAFFNEY

Tuesday, July 15

OpSource will hold a recruitment event tomorrow from 9am until 1pm at the Gaffney SC Works office located at 133 Wilmac Road. All jobs are located in Gaffney through temporary service. They are looking to hire production workers at $7.75 per hour. These are second shift positions from 2:30-11 p.m.

Can haulers are wanted at an hourly rate of $8.60. The hours are from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM, and 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM. Applicants must be 18 years of age, as required by company policy.

Also wanted are open end spinning operators at $9.60 per hour. The hours for those positions are from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM and 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM. Successful candidates will produce top-quality yarns on a top-quality package and will meet specifications of the company's external customer. Applicants should come appropriately dressed for an interview. 

Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.


SIMS LIBRARY TO OPEN UP THIS WEEK

Monday, July 14

Sims Middle School students can use the school’s library for a portion of this week.

School Librarian Jennifer Tazerouti says that the library will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today through Wednesday to provide summer activities for Sims students.

Tazerouti said, “The reason we are doing this is because by this time, the students may have exhausted all the novelties of summer. They may be looking for something to do. They may be looking for something else to read or somewhere else to go. It is hot outside and we have the largest collection of books for middle schools students in the county.”

Tazerouti said that when students come to the library next week, they may engage in activities on their own or with others who are there.

In addition to being able to check out books, Tazerouti said students can take advantage of the other activities and services offered by the library.

Tazerouti said the students can make videos and they can learn how access the library’s e-books, including “A Separate Peace”, which is required reading for Honors students.

Tazerouti added the library has digital resources for all the other books required of the Honors program.

For more information about the library being open, contact Sims Middle School at 864-429-1755, or email jtazerouti_sjh@union.k12.sc.us.

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CLERK OF COURT GIVES UPDATE ON LAST WEEK'S GENERAL SESSIONS COURT

Monday, July 14

General Sessions Court was held last week in Union. Clerk of Court Freddie Gault files this report.

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CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE UP THREE ITEMS AT MEETING TUESDAY

Monday, July 14

The Union City Council will be meeting Tuesday evening. There are three action items listed on the agenda. One of the items to be taken up is the consideration of purchasing property on East Academy Street. The property has been leased for some years by the city for use as a parking lot at a rate of $160 per month. It’s owned by the estate of Hunter Harris and his widow, Anna Harris. Mrs. Harris is said to have expressed an interest in selling the property for an appraised value of $13,500.

The council will also consider making a donation to the Union County Pregnancy Center for some much needed repair to a window unit. A bid from Martin House Electric shows an expenditure of $995.

Another item on the agenda lists a discussion and motion concerning the proposed Union Events Center. No other details were given; however, it is expected the discussion could revolve around information given to the council by Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love about a month ago. Love revealed at the time that a majority of the money for the project had been raised and construction could begin as early as September. The monies raised, for the most part, have been through pledges to be paid over a five-year period. Of course, that being the case, money would have to be paid out well before the pledge money comes in. Love indicated that the city may be asked to pay out that money and be reimbursed as funds come in. At the time, several of the council members expressed skepticism over the proposed financing of the project.


HOSPITAL DISTRICT POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT MONTHLY NET PROFIT

Friday, July 11

The financial situation for the Union Hospital District continues to improve. The report for the month of May show a positive figure of $14,284, and the hospital on its own shows a positive of $164,985. The largest drain is coming from physicians' offices that operate under the umbrella of the district. That element posted a loss of $290,994.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse was asked what is the reason for the losses in the doctors' offices.

Ellen Sager Nursing Home and the Emergency Medical Service both had positive reports.

EMS Director Ronnie Roberson reported to the Hospital Board Thursday evening the action of the Union County Council last Tuesday. Action by that body is making the purchase of two new ambulances possible. While he would not be pinned to a date, Roberson is in hope that the new vehicles can be in service in three to four months.

A new fundraising event was announced for the Hospital Foundation. It’s call Art and Soul and is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 23rd, at USC-Union. It will feature an evening of an Art Gallery and classes along with live music and dance classes. More information will be forthcoming about the event.

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STANDARD TEXTILES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION MONDAY

Friday, July 11

Standard Textiles will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office, located at 103 West Main Street, Monday from 9 until 1 and from 2:30 to 4:30.

A number of positions are open including: auto sewing operators, electro/mechanical technicians, production supervisor, QA auditors, sewing machine technicians, range operators, dryer operator, auto sewing operators, material handlers and folder inspectors. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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MONROE, NC FIRM LOOKING TO HIRE VETERANS

Friday, July 11

Union County Veterans Affairs officer Cindy Fore says she has been contacted by a company known as Advanced Maintenance in Monroe, North Carolina. It seems they are seeking veterans for job openings in the mechanic field, regular and diesel. The business is owned and operated by military retired veterans, with a workforce of approximately 75% veteran employees. They are looking for veterans within a 50-mile area for the job. The salary is performance-based and varies from $40,000 to $80,000 a year. Interested persons should call 704-839-0185 and ask for Tommy Sutton or Mike Efison.

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LOTTERY FRAUD INVOLVING PREPAID CREDIT CARDS STRIKES AGAIN

Friday, July 11

We have a wire fraud case to tell you about. You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s still happening. An alert CVS store clerk helped to partially foil this one when she noticed a customer coming in several times to get prepaid credit cards. The clerk feared the customer was being scammed and notified authorities. Deputy Jody Willis responded and contacted the victim. She told the deputy that she had in fact been talking with someone on the phone who said she had won a lottery and needed to send the money via a pre-paid credit card to pay taxes to the IRS. The victim said she had given the caller the card information and transferred $1600. Deputy Willis called the number that was given to the victim, and when that individual was informed they were speaking with a law officer, they hung up.

This is a common scam, and several locally have fallen victim to it. As a reminder, a legitimate company will not ask for a payment with a prepaid credit card, and you should never give your personal information to anyone who calls.


WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE, SENTENCE SUSPENDED TO TWO YEARS

Thursday, July 10

A Union woman, Sherry Fisher Johnson, 45, of 2935 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, entered a guilty plea to a charge of misconduct in office Tuesday in General Sessions Court. The case stemmed from money missing in the Union County Magistrates office, where Johnson worked, dating back as far as September 2010. Two people were charged with the offense. The other, Allyson Shaw Ayers, 43, of 108 Cane Creek Road, and also an employee in the Magistrates office, entered a guilty plea some months back and received a probationary sentence after paying $57,500 in restitution. The total amount taken from the Magistrates office totaled $115,000.

Johnson was sentenced by Judge John Hayes to 10 years, suspended to two years and five years probation. The sentence was due in part because Johnson was not able to pay the restitution. She will be required to pay $40,000 by the end of her two years service and five years probation. Another charge of embezzlement was dismissed.

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BELK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ITS JONESVILLE FACILITY, 20 NEW JOBS

Thursday, July 10

Department store retailer Belk, Inc., is expanding its Union County e-commerce distribution and fulfillment center operations for the second time since opening there in mid-June 2012. The $47 million investment will expand the facility's footprint by 50 percent and add 20 new jobs, which will grow the company’s Jonesville presence to 314 employees.

The expansion, which is expected to be completed in January 2015, will add more than 345,000 square feet of newly constructed space to the 515,000-square-foot building. The Jonesville facility, located at 3805 Furman L. Fendley Highway, was recently acquired by CPA®:18 – Global, a non-traded REIT affiliate of global real estate investment trust W.P. Carey, Inc., and is being leased to Belk. Belk and CPA®:18 – Global will invest a collective $47 million, which includes funding for construction and to upfit the facility with equipment such as conveyor systems, racking and automation.

County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair commented, “This expansion represents more jobs for our citizens, more tax base for government services and schools, and shows continued confidence in the future Union County."

Belk announced in December its intention to hire an additional 170 personnel by the end of 2015, and this expansion grows those expectations to add another 20 jobs. Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Belk’s careers page and search for positions in Jonesville, S.C.

Founded more than 125 years ago, today Belk is the nation’s largest family-owned-and-operated department store company, with 299 stores in 16 states offering Belk’s signature “Modern. Southern. Style.” The company is based in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit www.belk.com.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFERS BREAKFAST WITH 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Thursday, July 10

Area residents will have the opportunity to have breakfast with a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate later this month. The Union County Democratic Party has announced they will host a breakfast gathering with Robby Wells on July 25th at Andy’s restaurant at 9:00 a.m. Wells, who lived in the state of South Carolina for 25 years, spoke at a meeting of the Union group last April. The presidential candidate’s economic plan, “Eaglenomics,” is said to take the best from the left wing and right wing. The plan can be viewed at the campaign website: www.robbywells2016.com. For more information, contact 864-427-6887 or 864-429-6585.

Union Democrats have scheduled a meeting of the party on Monday, July 28th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Union Housing Authority, located at 201 Porter Street.

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25-YEAR OLD MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO MEET AND HAVE SEX WITH A 13-YEAR OLD GIRL

Thursday, July 10

A 25-year old Union man has been arrested after deputies say he took his three children with him to a park in an attempt to meet and have sex with a 13-year old girl he had been texting. According to the incident report, Kevin Dustin Stinson, of 182 Lower Eison Road, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The report stated the 13-year old's parents reported a 25-year old man had sent text messages to the girl asking her to have sex with him. It further states that Stinson told the 13-year old he had his three children with him, ages 6, 8, and 11, and wanted to meet the 13-year old to have sex in a public bathroom or nature trail. Undercover deputies conducted surveillance at Foster Park on Monday. At about 3 p.m., Stinson walked to the bathroom, but instead of meeting the 13-year old, he was met by undercover deputies who apprehended him. The report states Stinson had thrown his cell phone into a pond prior to being arrested. A Spartanburg County underwater crimes unit responded and recovered the phone a few hours later.

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MAU HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR CONTEC

Thursday, July 10

MAU will hold a recruitment event Monday at the Gaffney SC Works office, located at 133 Wilmac Road. They will be accepting applications for CONTEC, Inc., for full- and part-time production associates at a rate of $9 per hour. CONTEC is a manufacturing facility that operates 24 hours, 7 days a week, and shifts are available for Monday through Friday, on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts.  12-hour weekend shifts are available on Saturday and Sunday. Industrial experience is a plus, but not required. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview. These are long-term positions working through MAU at Contec. There is no guarantee of a permanent hire. MAU offers a limited medical benefit package, vacation pay, and holiday pay.


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