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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

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

6-6:30 p.m.--SC Sports Talk

6:30 p.m.--South Carolina Gamecocks Basketball--South Carolina at LSU

After the game--Clemson Tigers basketball--Clemson at NC State--9 p.m. tipoff (will join in progress)

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


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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL GETS UPDATE FROM EPA ON CHESTER LANDFILL FIRE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Lockhart Town Council met Tuesday night in their regular monthly meeting. The main focus of business Tuesday night was the ongoing landfill fire in Chester County at Bennett's Landfill. The council heard from Matt Huyser from the Environmental Protection Agency about the EPA's involvement in the monitoring of the conditions surrounding the landfill fire. Huyser stated the EPA would be in and around Lockhart for the next several weeks and possibly months monitoring the air, soil, and water for possible contaminants related to the fire. Huyser stated that the EPA has responded at request of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Huyser told the council that he expects early tests to be completed quickly, though he could not provide a definite time table.

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

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

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APARTMENT COMPLEX COULD BE BUILT ON FORMER UNION MILL SITE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

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4K AND 5K SCHOOL REGISTRATION ANNOUNCED

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

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ROTARY CLUB RECOGNIZES NEW PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

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

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

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NEW TESTS ADDED FOR HEART DAY

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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


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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

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

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

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MAU WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS RECRUITING FORKLIFT DRIVERS TODAY

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

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VETERANS' RESOURCE FAIR SCHEDULED TODAY IN DUNCAN

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

* What employers want in today's workforce;

* Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce;

* Best practices in interviewing for jobs;

* Resources related to job a search;

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

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

Vendors attending the fair include:

*    Clemson University's Small Business Development Center

*    Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

*    SC ACCELERATE

*    SC Works

*    Spartanburg Community College (SCC)

*    SCC Career Services

*    SCC Foundation

*    South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce

*    South Carolina National Guard Employment Services Division

*    Spartanburg County Veterans Affairs Office

*    Upstate Warrior Solution

*    Veteran Scholarships Forever  

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY OF LOCKHART BOY SCOUT HUT

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

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TWO COUNTERFEIT BILLS PASSED AT KANGAROO EXPRESS STORES

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

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SEVENTEEN LOCAL STUDENTS HONORED AS JUNIOR SCHOLARS

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

Those honored include:

Lockhart School:

Daniel Grant, son of Dwyane and Gina Grant

 

Jonesville Middle School:

Makayla Dyer, daughter of Billy Joe and Shannon Dyer

Jayda Canada, daughter of Kenny and Kathy Teague

Kayla Means, daughter of Reginald and LaTunya Means

Haley McDade, daughter of James McDade

Delaney Duckett, daughter of Shane and Kelly Duckett

 

Sims Middle School:

William Balkum, son of Bill and Kim Balkum

Grant Berry, son of Jeff Berry and Libby Sailors

Zykeria Dawkins-Willingham, daughter of Reshana Dawkins

Latavia Foster, daughter of Larry and Sherry Foster

Carson Hickson, daughter of Will and Robyn Hickson

Makayla Grady, daughter of David and Crystal Grady

Jakob Lawson, son of Scott and Kim Lawson

Jordan Lawson, son of Scott and Kim Lawson

Lewis McBeth, son of Lewis and Deargrasure McBeth

Macy Petty, daughter of Kip and Tracy Petty

Benjamin Stone, son of Barron Stone and Lisa Morrow


BUFFALO MAN DIES TWO DAYS AFTER ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 215

Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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WALLACE THOMSON HEART DAY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 12TH

Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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FRIENDS OF LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR FEBRUARY 15TH

Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Friday, January 23, 2015

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

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

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

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHEDULES ITS ANNUAL BANQUET

Friday, January 23, 2015

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

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TRESPASSER HELD AT GUNPOINT

Friday, January 23, 2015

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

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

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

Veterans will have the opportunities to learn about:

* What employers want in today's workforce;

* Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce;

* Best practices in interviewing for jobs;

* Resources related to job a search;

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

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

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USC UNION ONCE AGAIN PROVIDES FREE BASIC INCOME TAX PREPARATION

Friday, January 23, 2015

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

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

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

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


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES TWO SUSPICIOUS FIRES

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

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

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

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MULVANEY CO-SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO REDUCE FEDERAL WORKFORCE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

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


CITY COUNCIL RENEWS COMMUNITY CHANGE PROJECT

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

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

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PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES OFFERED ACROSS UNION COUNTY

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

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


DRIVER OF VAN KILLED IN COLLISION WITH TRACTOR-TRAILER

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

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MORE THAN 200 GATHER TO HONOR DR. KING MONDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

Sheriff Taylor said there are people of interest.

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

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT WITH LIGHT AGENDA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING THAT INJURED TWO IN JONESVILLE

Monday, January 19, 2015

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

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CELEBRATION PLANNED TONIGHT

Monday, January 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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FOSTER PARK 4TH-GRADE TEACHERS RECEIVE GRANT

Monday, January 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHEDULES FIRST BUSINESS AFTER HOURS FOR 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

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

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CAREER FAIR PLANNED AT "THE GEORGE" IN SPARTANBURG

Monday, January 19, 2015

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


OFFICERS INVESTIGATING ARMED THEFT OF A CAR FROM LOCAL GAS STATION

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

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SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DRUG, GUN ARREST

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

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

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

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RECRUITMENT EVENTS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

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


COUNTY COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT UPGRADE TO 911 SYSTEM

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

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

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

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CELEBRATIONS PLANNED

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

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

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

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ARTS COUNCIL INTRODUCES ITS NEW COORDINATOR

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

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

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TYGER RIVER LOOKS TO HIRE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS IN UNION TOMORROW

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

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OMEGA CHEMICALS HAS CHEMICAL OPERATOR POSITIONS TO FILL IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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


COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES FUNDS FOR TIMKEN COMPLEX UPGRADES AND MARKETING

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

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

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DEVELOPMENT BOARD DIRECTOR REACTS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW INDUSTRY

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


CHARLESTON-BASED COMPANY BRINGING 114 JOBS TO UNION

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

 

QUOTES

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Vapor Apparel

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

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FLU PRECAUTIONS BEING TAKEN AT SCHOOLS

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

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

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

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY AT the COURTHOUSE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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GABRIEL GILSTRAP CLAIMS MONARCH SCHOOL SPELLING BEE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

 

 

 

 

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VBW HAULING IS RECRUITING LOCAL CDL DRIVERS

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

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HIGH SCHOOL NAMES ELIZABETH IRETON ITS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


RED CROSS CONTINUES TO NEED VOLUNTEERS

Monday, January 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HEART DAY SCHEDULED AT HOSPITAL ON FEBRUARY 12TH

Monday, January 12, 2015

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

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN LOCKHART

Monday, January 12, 2015

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

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MCMANUS NAMED VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AT WALLACE THOMSON

Monday, January 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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DUKE ENGLISH PROFESSOR AND POET TO HEADLINE THE UPCOUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL

Monday, January 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


HOSPITAL MOVING FORWARD WITH AFFILIATION; DISTRICT POSTS ANOTHER LOSS IN NOVEMBER

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees heard a report Thursday night from Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse that they are continuing to move toward an affiliation with another healthcare organization. All indications point to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare as the affiliation partner.

There was a meeting held in mid-December for the purpose of additional discussion with Spartanburg Regional regarding the potential affiliation, but for the most part, that meeting was held under the rules of executive session. It was noted by Dr. John Flood that a meeting of the medical staff was held earlier this month where Newhouse gave a report to them regarding the affiliation negotiations. Newhouse was asked if he thought the medical staff was on board with the partnership with another medical facility.

Newhouse gave a presentation to the board concerning what is called a strategic plan. That plan states the desire that an affiliation agreement be approved by July of this year.

The Union Hospital District continued to show a loss in November of $694,835. Chief Financial Officer Cindy Gault attributed the cause, at least in part, to repairs and maintenance issues.

The CDC is reporting that influenza is widespread across the nation. Emily Cannon, Director of Quality Improvement, said no action is being taken at this time to limit visitors to the hospital, but she did ask if you are sick to please not come.

The highly anticipated arrival of two new ambulances is on the horizon. EMS Director Ronnie Roberson and another EMS employee are currently on their way back from Houston, Texas, with the ambulances. On arrival, they will have decals applied and are expected to be in service in a couple of weeks.

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COLD TO STAY IN THE AREA THROUGH THE WEEK

Friday, January 9, 2015

The National Weather Service at Greer says the significant cold wave is expected to linger through the rest of this week. An arctic air mass will persist across the region. Even though it will be a bit warmer today, temperatures are expected to range 10 to 20 degrees below the climate normals. The cold weather has resulted in high demand for electricity, and power outages could result. As was the case a year ago, lingering frigid conditions will likely freeze unprotected water pipes. You may want to check on vulnerable neighbors or family members, possibly supplying extra blankets, heaters or offering a heated shelter. Also, keep watch on your pets. Any unheated outside water supply will freeze and remain frozen for several days. Make sure your pets have fresh, unfrozen water to drink if they are outside.

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ARTS COUNCIL DEBUTS EVERETT LEIGH'S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Union County Arts Council hosted the opening reception for Everett Leigh’s one-man photography exhibit, “Images by Everett Leigh”, last night. A good crowd was on hand to view around 50 of Leigh’s photographs, all custom-framed by Stacy Gibson. Leigh said the exhibit showcases a year of his life. He said he’s been interested in photography his entire life, but he’s been honing his craft now for the past two years.

Arts Council President Bennie Giles said she was very pleased with the turnout, and thanked those who helped coordinate the event.

We also spoke to new Arts Council Coordinator Amber Ivey, who has only been on the job for a few days.

 

Ivey, a West Virginia native, has lived in Union for the past seven years. She said she has some ideas for the coming year that she is excited to present to the Arts Council board and hopefully get implemented soon. “Images by Everett Leigh” will continue to be showcased at the Arts Council through February. If you like his work, you can purchase it. Also, in conjunction with his show, Leigh and fellow photographer Steve Rich will teach a photography workshop January 16-17 at The Dance Academy in Union. For more information about any of UCAC’s exhibits or programs call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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CLERK OF COURT FREDDIE GAULT GIVES JANUARY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT REPORT

Friday, January 9, 2015

Clerk of Court Freddie Gault has this report from General Sessions Court.


COLD WEATHER MEANS FIRE SAFETY IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT

Thursday, January 8, 2015

As temperatures drop, State Fire Marshal Bert Polk and the state’s fire service are asking for your help in protecting yourself, your loved ones, and others you know who may be most vulnerable to fire tragedy.

“We know that with lower temperatures, people are going to use whatever means they have to stay warm, and unfortunately, that is when we see fire deaths increase,” Polk said. “With everyone’s help, we can prevent these needless tragedies.”

Historically, fire deaths increase about 63% in the winter months (December-March). Bonham Fire Chief Scott Austin echoed the fire marshal’s words.

In 2014, fire deaths increased by 30 percent over the previous year, which makes getting the fire safety message to everyone even more critical, Polk said.

Fire Safety Tips:

 Check your smoke alarms to make sure they work. Replace any that do not work or that are more than 10 years old.

 If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Call the fire department as soon as you are safely outside.

Heating Safety

 All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

 Keep kids and pets away from open fires and space heaters.

 Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

 Never use an oven to heat your home.

 Use heating equipment with the label of a recognized testing laboratory and automatic shut-off—if they tip over, they shut off.

 Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and keep them and their electrical cords away from things that can burn, high traffic areas, and doorways.

 Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

 Inspect any heater for a damaged cord, broken plugs, or loose connections. Replace them before using the space heater.

 If you use fuel-burning space heaters, use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.

 When refueling, allow the appliance to cool first and then refuel outside.

 When using the fuel-burning space heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.

 If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1, the fire department, or the gas company.

 Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

 In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.

 Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.

 Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

For more information about fire safety, visit the website www.scfiremarshal.llronline.com or contact the OSFM Community Risk Reduction team at (803) 896-1250.

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STUDENTS ARE ON TWO-HOUR DELAY THURSDAY DUE TO COLD

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Due to the cold weather, Union County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Thursday. Students will report two hours later than their normal time, but teachers are to report at their regular starting time. There will be no morning 4K classes.

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee will meet tonight for their regular monthly session. It had been announced that the meeting would be held this past Tuesday, but that was an apparent error. The meeting tonight will start at 6:00 p.m. in the board room of Wallace Thomson Hospital.

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AMERICAN LEGION PLANS MONTHLY MEETING NEXT MONDAY

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Union American Legion Post 22 will be having its monthly meeting on Monday, January 12th. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Foster Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., and then at 6:30 P.M., Union County Veterans' Affairs Service Officer Cindy Fore will do a presentation. The business meeting will then follow at 7:00 P.M. Post 22 meets on the second Monday evening of every month except July, and prospective members are always welcome to attend.

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COMFORT KEEPERS LOOKING FOR CNA/CAREGIVERS IN GAFFNEY NEXT WEEK

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Comfort Keepers will hold a recruitment event next week, January 13th, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Gaffney SC Works office. They are looking to hire CNA/caregivers. Comfort Keepers provides non-medical, in-home services, which provide for the safety and comfort of the client as well as home management. These are full- and part-time positions, and 2nd and 3rd shifts are available, as well as weekend shifts. A high school diploma or GED is required. The company will conduct drug screen, criminal background check, motor vehicle record check, and reference check. Candidates must complete a Comfort Keepers application online and register at www.scworks.org to view the job order. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


FIRE DESTROYS BOGANSVILLE CHURCH PARSONAGE

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fire has destroyed the parsonage of the Bogansville United Methodist Church. Multiple fire department responded to the call around 5:30 to the home located on the Buffalo-West Springs Highway. Sources at the scene say the pastor and his mother were at the house when the blaze broke out. According to reports, the pastor was working on a classic car when gasoline from the carburetor jumped from it and landed on a nearby heater being used to heat the carport. The fire then spread.
The parsonage is reported to be a total loss. A team from the American Red Cross was summoned to assist the family.

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DUE TO NUMBER OF FIRES RECENTLY, HERE ARE SOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Due to the number of fires Union County has experienced recently, we offer these fire safety tips for you.

 

Fire Safety Tips:

 Check your smoke alarms to make sure they work. Replace any that do not work or that are more than 10 years old.

 If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Call the fire department as soon as you are safely outside.

Heating Safety

 All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

 Keep kids and pets away from open fires and space heaters.

 Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

 Never use an oven to heat your home.

 Use heating equipment with the label of a recognized testing laboratory and automatic shut-off—if they tip over, they shut off.

 Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and keep them and their electrical cords away from things that can burn, high traffic areas, and doorways.

 Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

 Inspect any heater for a damaged cord, broken plugs, or loose connections. Replace them before using the space heater.

 If you use fuel-burning space heaters, use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.

 When refueling, allow the appliance to cool first and then refuel outside.

 When using the fuel-burning space heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.

 If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1, the fire department, or the gas company.

 Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

 In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.

 Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.

 Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

For more information about fire safety, visit our website www.scfiremarshal.llronline.com or contact the OSFM Community Risk Reduction team at (803) 896-1250.

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FIVE SWORN IN TO OFFICE TUESDAY

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A large crowd filled the main courtroom at the Union County Courthouse Tuesday night to witness five men and women take their respective oaths of office. County Council District 1 member Joan Little was sworn in by Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault. She thanked the voters and pledged to do her best to help the county grow. Next to be sworn in by Gault was County Council District 4 member Ben Ivey. He said he has learned a lot in the past four years and has enjoyed his time in office. He said his prayer for this term is the same as the last—for the Lord to guide him and give him clarity of thought to make the decisions to advance the county. Judge Robert Guess swore in William Holcombe as Union County Coroner. Holcombe noted that Guess’s father delivered him 53 years ago, and the family has a special place in his heart. Holcombe said he has served with three sheriffs, four supervisors, three clerks of court, and numerous others, and he said he looks forward to working with those sworn in last night. He thanked the voters and his family for their support. New Probate Judge William All, III, took the oath of office from Gault. All said he was a man of few words, but he thanked those who gave him the opportunity to serve the people of Union County. Frank Hart was the last to be sworn in, becoming Union County Supervisor. Hart had this to say following his oath of office:

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LEAH LAWSON TO APPEAR ON AMERICAN IDOL; STEPHANIE KITCHENS TO COMPETE ON CMT SERIES

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Within the next week or so, you’ll have the opportunity to see two Union Countians on national TV. Coming up possibly as early as tomorrow night or next Wednesday, Union native Leah Lawson will appear on the popular show, American Idol.

Leah first auditioned for the program last July and earned the right to go on to the next level in Kansas City, Missouri, in August. To her surprise, she continued to advance to an audition with the celebrity judges.

The judges for the new season are Harry Connick, Jr., Jenifer Lopez and Keith Urban. Leah says meeting them was quite a experience.

The show will first air on FOX Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Another Unionite slated to appear on the national stage is Stephanie Kitchens. Stephanie competed in Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. She has been tight-lipped about how she did in the competition, but hopefully we can all find out when the show airs Sunday night on CMT. Stephanie is competing for a $10,000 prize

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REPRESENTATIVE TO BE AT LIBRARY TO ASSIST WITH WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program will have a representative at the Union County Carnegie Library Thursday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to assist with the application process.

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides home weatherization assistance to improve the quality of life for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. The Weatherization Assistance Program for each of the state's 46 counties is coordinated through ten community action agencies.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of South Carolina.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below certain amounts. For instance, the qualifying amount for a family of 4 is $47,700. Additional information will be provided to applicants Thursday at the library.

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RED CROSS ISSUES TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FREEZING TEMPERATURES

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The American Red Cross reminds people to take precautions against the cold during the frigid temperatures that are forecast to affect South Carolina in the coming days.

Protect Yourself from Freezing Temperatures

Avoid unnecessary exposure to the cold. Be aware of both the temperature and the wind chill when planning outdoor activities. When you prepare to go outside in severe cold weather, please remember the following:

Most of your body heat is lost through your head, so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.

Dressing in layers helps you retain heat. You can remove layers as needed if you become too warm.

Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.

Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.

Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.

Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.

Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.

There are a number of other cold weather safety tips available on the Red Cross website www.redcross.org/prepare


PUBLIC SAFETY LOOKING INTO ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Union Public Safety is investigating a possible sexual assault that is reported to have occurred on December 5th. The report initially went to the Union County Sheriff's Office, and they referred it to Union Public Safety when it was determined the alleged assault occurred within the Union city limits. The victim said she encountered the suspect, 24-year old Corey Davis Brock, in the Merchant's Walk Shopping Center, where she told him she had some cell phones and vapor pens for sale. Brock reportedly said he had a neighbor who would probably buy them and ultimately gave the victim a ride to his home, where they waited to hear from the neighbor. The victim said she fell asleep on the couch, and when she woke up, she was in Brock's bed and did not know how she got there. She told officers that when she asked Brock about it, he acted like she didn't know what she was talking about. The victim was transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital by a relative to receive medical attention. The case is still under investigation.

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THE STAND UP GUYS TO HEADLINE BROAD RIVER'S HILARITY FOR CHARITY BENEFIT

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hilarity for Charity will return to the Broad River Electric Auditorium on Thursday, February 19th. The sixth-annual family-friendly comedy show, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the standup comedy trio known as The Stand Up Guys and will benefit local senior hunger charities.

Robert G. Lee, Kenn Kington and Bob Smiley have combined their comedic talents into a clean comedy super group. These standup comedy pros bring over six decades of experience performing in clubs, festivals, corporate shows and Hollywood sitcoms.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, at Broad River Electric offices in Gaffney and Boiling Springs, the Union Oil Mill Farm & Garden in Union, and online at broadriverelectric.com/h4c. There is also special pricing for groups of 10 or more. Those tickets are $10 each.

Proceeds from the event will go to Meals on Wheels of Cherokee County, Senior Center of Cherokee County, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Meals on Wheels of Union, and the Union County Council on Aging to provide meals to seniors in our communities. 

For more information about ticket outlets as well as sponsorship and program ad opportunities, contact Josh Crotzer, Member Services Coordinator at Broad River Electric Cooperative. 

The event is presented by Broad River Electric Charities, a charitable subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, whose purpose is to raise and distribute funds to other non-profits and charities in Union, Cherokee, and Spartanburg Counties. Since 2010, Hilarity for Charity has raised over $80,000 for local charities and causes.

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FIRST BABY OF 2015 BORN SUNDAY AT WALLACE THOMSON

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Union County has its first baby of the new year. It's a baby boy that was born Sunday morning at 7:19 and entered the world weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces. The baby is said to be healthy and doing just fine. The mom and dad are OK too.

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SUPERVISOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CORONER, AND PROBATE JUDGE ALL TO BE SWORN IN TONIGHT

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Union County Supervisor-elect Frank Hart will be sworn into office tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the main courtroom at the Union County Court House. Also to be sworn in are Union County Council members Joan Little and Ben Ivey. In addition, Union County Coroner William Holcombe and newly-elected Probate Judge William All will receive the oath of office. Not being sworn in are County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins and County Auditor Brad Valentine. The reason for that is their terms will not officially begin until July 1st. Neither Wilkins or Valentine faced opposition in the primary or general elections. There will be a reception for the candidates following the swearing in ceremony.


WALLACE THOMSON STILL WAITING ON FIRST BABY OF 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

At last report, Wallace Thomson Hospital is still waiting on the arrival of their first baby of 2015. Director of the OB department, B. J. McMorris, said Friday that there are several deliveries expected at any time, but so far there is nothing to report. While larger hospitals have better odds of having a baby delivered on the first day of the year, traditionally for Wallace Thomson it has been several days into the new year before the first baby arrives.

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NEW SUPERVISOR AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BE SWORN IN TOMORROW

Monday, January 5, 2015

A swearing-in ceremony for several of Union County's elected officials is set for Tuesday. The ceremony will take place in the main courtroom of the Union County Court House at 6:00 p.m. County Supervisor-elect Frank Hart will receive the oath of office, as well as Union County Council members Joan Little and Ben Ivey. Also slated to be sworn in are Coroner Will Holcombe and newly-elected Probate Judge William All. Not being sworn in are County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins and County Auditor Brad Valentine. The reason for that is their terms will not officially begin until July 1st. Neither Wilkins nor Valentine faced opposition in the primary or general elections. There will be a reception for the candidates following the swearing-in ceremony.

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CARLISLE SWEARS IN NEW TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS

Monday, January 5, 2015

Saturday saw the swearing in of two council members for the Town of Carlisle. Former mayor and council member Ann Stevens received the oath of office from Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault, as did political newcomer Darlene Small. The current mayor, Mary Ferguson Glenn, said this was an unusual election.

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FLU NOT yet AFFECTING HOSPITAL VISITATION POLICY

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is reporting influenza to be widespread in South Carolina, and has reached epidemic status. In Union County, the CDC is reporting that one in fifty people may have the flu. Some area hospitals are beginning to limit visits to help curtail the spread of the bug, but such is not yet the case at Wallace Thomson Hospital. Emily Cannon, who is with the hospital, says:

Even though this year's flu shot has been reported as being only 30 to 40 percent effective, you are still advised to get one. And if you actually contract the flu, Cannon advises:

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES FOUR ARRESTS IN TWO BURGLARIES

Monday, January 5, 2015

Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested 4 individuals in connection with 2 separate burglaries in the Buffalo community. Those arrested are:

Nicholas Scott Lemons, 18, 237 Gin Circle, Buffalo, was charged with 2 counts of burglary, 1 count grand larceny, and 1 count petit larceny.

 

 

Thomas Chad Boulware, 34, 239 Gin Circle, Buffalo, was charged with 1 count burglary and 1 count grand larceny.

 

 

Joshua Neal Moore, 28, 250-A Haywood Street, Buffalo, was charged with 1 count burglary and 1 count grand larceny.

 

 

Jonathan Frank Walden, 33, 250-A Haywood Street, Buffalo, was charged with 1 count of receiving stolen goods.

 

 

Charges stem from 2 separate burglaries, 117 Cross Street, Buffalo, and 205 Gin Circle, Buffalo, where a large amount of power tools, yard equipment, cologne, and cell phones were stolen from the residence. Some of the power tools, cologne and cell phones have been recovered.

Sheriff Taylor states that more arrests are expected in the cases, and additional charges on the subjects are expected in the days to come.


POWER METER, WIRE REPORTED STOLEN IN THE CITY

Friday, January 2, 2015

Several cases of larceny have been reported by the Union Public Safety Department over the past few days. One of those occurred Monday when a resident of 1010 West Main Street reported to Union Meter Reader Supervisor Catherine Varner that his power meter had been stolen. The man told police that the power at that address had been cut off Monday. Varner searched the area but could not locate the meter. The case has been turned over to investigators.

It has also been reported that a quantity of #4 wire was taken off a spool of a City of Union utility truck. They are not sure how the thief or thieves gained access to the secured area. A value of $1100 was placed on the wire.

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NEW CARLISLE TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS TO BE SWORN IN TOMORROW

Friday, January 2, 2015

There will be a swearing-in ceremony tomorrow for the newly elected officials of the Town of Carlisle. It will take place at 1:00 p.m.  at the Carlisle Town Hall and officiated by Union County Clerk of Court, The Honorable Freddie Gault. The ceremony will be followed with a reception.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATes ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case where dogs were left for a period of time without food or water. Animal Control was also called to the scene on Tuesday at 202 South 5th Street in Lockhart, where one dog was found dead. It was noted that the spine and ribs of the dead dog was visible, as well as on two additional dogs at that location. The report stated there was no evidence of the animals having food or water. The two remaining dogs were seized by Animal Control. The case is being sent to investigators.

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RED CROSS RESPONDS TO SEVEN UPSTATE FIRES IN THE LAST DAYS OF 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

American Red Cross disaster volunteers responded to seven home fires in the Upstate during the last two days of 2014, providing emergency assistance to the 21 people affected. These incidents were the latest in a series of fires that have recently occurred, and tragically, there were injuries and fatalities associated with many of these fires.

It is not just the Upstate experiencing home fires. In South Carolina since December 1st, the Red Cross has assisted over 200 people who were affected by fires throughout the state. Red Cross has assisted and will continue assisting with temporary lodging, food, clothing, hygiene items, and health and mental health services.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross was able to help more than 7,118 people affected by disasters in South Carolina last year.

The American Red Cross needs additional volunteers who are willing to become trained to respond to fires and other disasters in the community. For more information, including volunteer orientation dates and locations, visit www.redcross.org/UpstateSC or call 864-271-8222.

Here are some fire safety tips provided by the Red Cross:

· Never use a stove or oven to heat the home.

· Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

· Never smoke in bed.

· Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches, and lighters, and keep them out of reach.

· Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

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

· Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

· Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

· Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

· Test smoke alarms once a month; if they’re not working, change the batteries.


SON ACCUSED OF KILLING FATHER EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

Wednesday, December 31

The Union County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the murder of a Jonesville man early this morning. Deputies were dispatched to 125 Elford Grove Road around 12:30 a.m., after they received a call from a neighbor of the victim. When they arrived, they found 55-year old Darrell Glenn Edwards, Sr., lying inside with a gunshot wound to the head. Edwards was transported to Spartanburg Regional, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to the police report, Edwards’ son, 24-year old Allen Michael Edwards, was at the scene and yelling that he had shot his father. Allen Edwards has been charged with murder. Sheriff David Taylor says he does not expect any other arrests in the case, but it is still being actively investigated.

 

 

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ANNUAL DR. KING CELEBRATION ANNOUNCED

Wednesday, December 31

The public is invited to attend the annual Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration on Monday, January 19th, at 6 p.m.. The celebration will be held at Sims Middle School. This year's guest speaker will be Attorney Donald Gist. The celebration is sponsored by the Union branch of the NAACP. Rev. Michael A. Glenn is president.

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TRASH PICKUP NORMAL TOMORROW; CITY AND COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED

Wednesday, December 31

City and county offices will be closed Thursday for New Year’s Day. The trash pickup schedule will be normal. The City of Union Sanitation Department asks that those with Thursday trash pickup have their carts to the curb before 7 a.m., because they will be running an extra truck on the route tomorrow. The Union County Carnegie Library will be closed Thursday, as well. Our offices at WBCU will be closed tomorrow for the holiday, as well. Normal programming and hours will resume Friday.

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VBW HAULING PLANS RECRUITMENT EVENTS TO HIRE CDL DRIVERS

Wednesday, December 31

VBW Hauling has three recruitment events scheduled in the coming weeks. The events will all take place at the SC Works Spartanburg Office at 220 East Kennedy Street. The company is looking to fill local CDL driver positions. A CDL class A or B license is required, and applicants must be at least 21 years old for insurance purposes. There are no minimum education requirements. Hours will vary, and the driving will take place between Greenville and Spartanburg. There will be permanent, part-time, and temporary positions available to be filled. The recruitment events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 9th, Thursday, January 15th, and Thursday, January 22nd. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend the event. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


SON CHARGED IN FATHER'S MURDER IN JONESVILLE EARLY THIS MORNING

Tuesday, December 30

The Union County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the murder of a Jonesville man early this morning. Deputies were dispatched to 125 Elford Grove Road around 12:30 a.m., after they received a call from a neighbor of the victim. When they arrived, they found 55-year old Darrell Glenn Edwards, Sr., lying inside with a gunshot wound to the head. Edwards was transported to Spartanburg Regional, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to the police report, Edwards’ son, 24-year old Allen Michael Edwards, was at the scene and yelling that he had shot his father. Allen Edwards has been charged with murder. Sheriff David Taylor says he does not expect any other arrests in the case, but it is still being actively investigated.

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PROPERTY TAXES DUE JANUARY 15TH

Tuesday, December 30

Union County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins reminds you that Union County real estate taxes are due soon. You can pay your real estate taxes without penalty through Thursday, January 15th, in the Union County Treasurer’s Office. The office will be closed this Thursday for New Year’s Day. To avoid any possible long lines, you can mail your taxes or use the night deposit drop box at the side entrance of the courthouse. They will mail you your receipt. For an added fee, you can pay your taxes by phone at 1-866-239-6927. You can also pay them online for an added fee at www.qpaybill.com/uniontreasurer or at www.countyofunion.org. After January 15th, a 3% penalty will be added. After February 2nd, they will add a 10% penalty. After March 16th, the taxes will be turned over to the delinquent tax collector and a 15% penalty plus costs will be added.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE TO SWEAR IN NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS SATURDAY

Tuesday, December 30

The Town of Carlisle will swear in their newly-elected council members Saturday, January 3rd. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Carlisle Town Hall. Freddie Gault, Union County Clerk of Court, will be tasked with swearing in Ann Stevens and Darlene Smalls to the Carlisle Town Council for a four-year term. Stevens was reelected to her seat, while Smalls is new to council. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the town will host a welcome reception.

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MONTHLY COMMUNITY PRAYER MEETING POSTPONED by A WEEK

Tuesday, December 30

The monthly community prayer meeting, normally held the first Thursday of the month at the USC-U gazebo, has been postponed. Since the first Thursday this month is New Year’s Day, organizers opted to move the prayer meeting to the following Thursday, January 8th.

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FOUR AREA STORES REPORT COUNTERFEIT MONEY GIVEN TO THEM

Tuesday, December 30

Four area stores have fallen victim to a counterfeiter. Public Safety was called to Family Dollar on East Main Street. The store manager showed the officer 5 counterfeit $20 bills. Three had the same serial number, and the other two had the same serial number. The officer spoke to the employee who took the money, and she said it was a light-skinned black male, around 6’3” and 240 lbs. She said the man loaded $200 onto a prepaid card, paying $100 in the fake currency and the other $100 in real $5 and $10 bills. Video surveillance showed a light-skinned black male with a small beard wearing a multicolored jacket, yellow shirt, and yellow shoes. A short time later, an officer responded to the Dollar General on North Duncan Bypass. An employee there said she was called by another store and asked to check her cash for counterfeit $20 bills. The employee said she found 5 such bills. The woman described a light-skinned black male coming into the store that day and buying a prepaid credit card for $200. $100 was paid for in the fake bills, and the other $100 was paid for with real $5 and $10 bills. As in the previous incident, three bills had one serial number, and the other 2 bills had another serial number. The Sheriff’s Office also received two calls about counterfeit money. They responded to calls at Dollar General on Lockhart Hwy. and Family Dollar on South Duncan Bypass. In each case, $100 of fake currency was found. The investigation is continuing.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF TWO COWS

Tuesday, December 30

On Friday, the Union County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the suspicious death of a couple of cows on Berry Farm Road. The cows’ owner said they were fed on Christmas Day between noon and 1 p.m., and they were all fine then. Another person checked the cows at 4 p.m. Christmas Day, and everything was good then, too. The two cows were found dead at some point the following day. The investigation is continuing.


CHASE THAT BEGAN IN NORTH CAROLINA ENDS IN A WRECK ON T BISHOP ROAD

Monday, December 29

A 2-state, 3-county chase ended on T Bishop Road Saturday. Rutherford County, NC, deputies attempted to serve a warrant on 41-year old Pelham Blake Stewart, of Forest City, NC. Stewart jumped in a Ford F-250 and allegedly attempted to strike a deputy. Deputies followed Stewart into Spartanburg County, where the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office picked up the chase at Parris Bridge Road and Highway 11. The chase continued into Union County on Highway 176, ended when Stewart attempted to turn onto T Bishop Road, ran off the right side of the road, and hit an embankment. Even after the crash, Stewart was uncooperative, refusing to listen to deputies’ commands. A K-9 was deployed and Stewart was taken into custody. He was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, including a K-9 bite. Union County Animal Control took possession of Stewart’s three dogs, which were all unhurt in the incident. According to Spartanburg Master Deputy Michael Clevenger, Stewart will face multiple charges as well as the bench warrant. He will face a North Carolina charge of aggravated assault on a government officer, felony fleeing to elude, and other traffic charges.

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THIRD SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ARRESTED

Monday, December 29

All three suspects in a September shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart have now been apprehended. 30-year old Larendas Lashawn Martin, of Anderson, was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with shoplifting. The incident took place on September 12th, as Martin, along with Frankie Montez Hampton and Derrick Jarod Davis, both also of Anderson, are accused of pushing three buggies full of electronics and automotive merchandise to the garden center near the exit. One of the suspects drove a car to the side of the store near the garden center, and the three men pushed open the fire door and loaded the merchandise into the car without paying. Various computer and stereo equipment, as well as automotive battery chargers, were taken. The total value of the stolen items was placed at $3249. Hampton was arrested on October 10th. Davis was taken into custody earlier this month, at which time it was discovered he was wanted on felony shoplifting charges in Forsyth County, GA. Martin was released on bond Wednesday.

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CHRISTMAS DAY FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

Monday, December 29

A Christmas Day fire damaged a vacant home and is currently under investigation by the Union Public Safety Department. The house at 104 Woodrow Street sustained $3000-$4000 worth of damage in the blaze. Union Public Safety and Monarch Fire Departments were called to the scene and stayed for about an hour.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Monday, December 29

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

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LIBRARY TO DEBUT NEW HOURS NEXT MONDAY

Monday, December 29

This is the final week of normal hours for the Union County Carnegie Library. The library will be closed Thursday for New Year’s Day, and next Monday they will roll out their new hours for 2015. The library will stay open one hour later on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Mondays and Tuesdays, the library will be open from 9-7. On Wednesdays, they will be open from 9-6. They will be open from 9-7 on Thursdays, 9-6 on Fridays, and 9-3 on Saturdays. Library officials say the decision to extend the hours was based on patron usage.


RECYCLING CENTERS OPEN, EXTRA TRASH TRUCKS RUNNING TO HANDLE CHRISTMAS WASTE

Friday, December 26

As a reminder, the City of Union Sanitation Department is running extra trucks today to pick up boxes and bags for those whose trash is normally picked up on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. For those whose trash is normally picked up on Thursdays, they will pick it up today, instead. There is no leaf or brush pickup today. All the Union County recycling centers are open today starting at 8 a.m. Union County offices remain closed today, though the city offices are back open. The library is closed today and tomorrow and will reopen Monday.

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LOCKHART POWER CONTRIBUTES UTILITY LICENSE TAX FUNDS TO LOCAL PROJECT

Friday, December 26

Lockhart Power Co. announced Tuesday a record-setting $145,000 contribution of utility license tax funds, bringing its total to more than $1 million reinvested in Union County since 2001.

The company said the funds will be used for road improvements at Midway Green Industrial Park, a more than 100-acre site at 265 Midway Drive.

The tax is normally paid by the utility directly to the state, but there is an option for the utility to receive a tax credit for any amount it contributes toward providing infrastructure for qualified economic development projects, and this has been what Lockhart Power has done over the past several years.

Lockhart Power said it elected to contribute the entire amount of its projected 2014 utility license tax liability to Midway Green for “the benefit of Union County and surrounding residents and businesses.”

“We are pleased that we are able to earmark these funds that would typically go to the state to reinvest in our own community,” Bryan Stone, chief operating officer of Lockhart Power, said in a statement. “These improvements at Midway Green Industrial Park will extend the county road to new industrial sites, helping to spur economic activity ... at the park.”

The utility said Midway Green is a state-certified industrial park that has high-reliability and low-cost power, which it provides. Lockhart Power said it generates 99 percent of its power from renewable sources.

The park has the ability to be served by renewable landfill gas, which can be used for on-site generation or direct thermal use for industrial heating, with residual heat resulting in low pressure steam and hot water, the utility said. It also has an adjacent wastewater treatment plant that can provide treated greywater for industrial process needs.

Lockhart Power said the site is ideal for environmentally conscious manufacturers that are large consumers of electricity and other utilities.

In addition to Midway Green, the utility has in the past contributed to other projects that include Union Commerce Park, Dollar General, Gestamp and Gonvauto.

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PAPER BOXES VANDALIZED AT AREA BUSINESSES

Friday, December 26

A number of paper boxes at retail locations were vandalized earlier in the week. On Monday, someone checking on the paper boxes discovered the locks had been cut off them at several locations. The boxes at Dairi-o, Country Store, Union Family Pharmacy, Hardees, Save A Lot, and Fresh Air Galaxy had all had their locks cut. The security bar from the box at Hardees were missing, as well. The complainant did not believe the vandals made off with much money, as the cash had already been retrieved. Damage to the paper boxes was estimated at around $65. The investigation into the vandalism is continuing.

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LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINES SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER

Friday, December 26

The number of South Carolinians working reached a record high of 2,051,511 in November, while the labor force expanded for the fifth consecutive month, according to the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 6.7%, and the labor force increased by 5,563 people to an estimated all-time record of 2,197,756.

An estimated 28,659 people have found work since the same time last year, and the labor force has increased by 27,592. Over the year, the state’s unemployment rate has declined by 0.1 percentage points.

Nationally, the November unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent.

Union County saw a decline in its unemployment rate as well, but it was due to a decline in the workforce and the number employed. There were 53 fewer people listed as being in the workforce in November, and there were 35 fewer listed as employed. Still, since last year, Union County has added 133 to the labor force, and 246 more people have found jobs. Union County’s unemployment rate is 7.8%, 14th highest in the state.


FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE ON PERRIN AVENUE

Tuesday, December 23

A two-story house on Perrin Avenue sits empty today following a fire that destroyed the structure. Firefighters were called to the scene around 11:45 a.m. Monday to battle the blaze. Two residents were inside at the time the fire started, but both were able to get out of the house. They were taken to Wallace Thomson Hospital to be checked out, but they were believed to be unhurt. The large blaze caused some damage to the siding of one of the houses next door, but no major damage was reported to the surrounding structures.

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CITY OF UNION ANNOUNCES TRASH PICKUP SCHEDULE

Tuesday, December 23

The City of Union Sanitation Department will have the following schedule for the Christmas holidays:

--Rollout cart service will remain the same for Christmas Eve. They will be running an extra truck, so please have your cart at the curb before 7 a.m.

--If your trash is normally picked up on Thursdays, it will be picked up on Friday, December 26th. They will also have extra trucks picking up boxes and bags in the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday routes on Friday, as well.

--There will be no leaf or brush pickup Wednesday through Friday.

--Pickup will be normal on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1st, but you are advised to have your cart at the curb by 7, because they will be running an extra truck that day, as well.

The City of Union Street and Sanitation Department sends out best wishes for a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND LIBRARY ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS HOURS

Tuesday, December 23

All Union County Recycling Centers will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. All of the recycling centers will be open Friday, December 26th, at 8 a.m.

The City of Union will be closing all of their offices on Wednesday, December 24th, and Thursday, December 25th. They will be back open Friday. Union County offices will remain closed Wednesday through Friday, with the exception of the recycling centers.

The Union County Carnegie Library will be closed from Wednesday through Saturday. They will reopen Monday, December 29th.

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WBCU PRESENTS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY

Tuesday, December 23

WBCU will have special programming Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for you. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, we will present our annual “Sounds of a Union County Christmas”. Various churches and schools have recorded their Christmas programs, and we will play them for you on WBCU Wednesday. From 6 p.m. Christmas Eve to 6 p.m. Christmas Day, we will have 24 hours of Christmas music for you, presented by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union Hospital District. You can hear all the special programming on 1460 AM, 103.5 FM, online at www.wbcuradio.com, or on your Android or iPhone device via our WBCU apps. WBCU and our advertising partners present these special programs as our Christmas gift to you.

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TWO LOCKHART RESIDENTS FIND THEIR INFLATABLE DECORATIONS SLASHED

Tuesday, December 23

It appears someone doesn’t have any Christmas spirit. Inflatable decorations at two houses in Lockhart were found to have been slashed by a knife or other sharp object. The houses are located on 6th Street and Old Union Road. The woman who reported the first incident on 6th Street said she took her grandchild out to see the decorations around 7 p.m. Saturday. When she looked out an hour or so later, they had been turned off. When she went out to investigate, she found they had been unplugged. When she plugged them back in, they did not fully inflate, and she saw that they had been cut. Her husband said he had heard some people in the area around the time of the incident, but he didn’t know the decorations were on, so he didn’t check. After taking the report, the officer patrolled the Lockhart area, and he came to the house on Old Union Road, which had an inflatable decoration that was not fully inflated. He investigated and found it had been cut, as well. The officer notified the victim of the incident. The investigation continues.

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MAN JUST RELEASED ON BOND WANTED ON FELONY SHOPLIFTING CHARGES IN GEORGIA

Tuesday, December 23

An Anderson man arrested in Union County on shoplifting charges was discovered to have outstanding warrants for felony shoplifting in Forsyth County, Georgia. 23-year old Derrick Jarod Davis was released on bond on December 18th, so a warrant for fugitive from justice was issued on him.

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WORK DISPUTE LEADS TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGE

Tuesday, December 23

A Greenwood man assaulted his boss at work last Thursday. The foreman for a construction company doing work at Timken stated he and one of his employees got into a dispute while working, and the employee, 35-year old Sean Douglas Lowe, hit him numerous times in the head. The man said he had to seek medical attention for his injuries, which included 2 black eyes, seven stitches in his forehead, a broken nose, and other minor injuries. A warrant was signed for aggravated assault against Lowe.


GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW CARLISLE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING

Monday, December 22

Attending the ground breaking ceremony Saturday afternoon for the new Carlisle Fire Department were (L to R) Ann Stevens, Jamal Clark, Kimberly Booker, Marie Whitener, Richard Bostic, Carlisle Fire District Board Chairman Mike Spencer, Assistant Chief Ronnie Lyles, Supervisor-elect Frank Hart, Mayor Mary Ferguson Glenn and William GlennCarlisle Fire District Board members and town officials gathered in the cold and damp weather Saturday afternoon for the ceremonial ground breaking for their new fire department building. The new structure will cost $288,000, with the fire district having to come up with a match of $16,200. Fire District Board Chairman Mike Spencer says the ground breaking has been a long time coming.

Milage for those living in the district will go up to 6 mills in order to service the $275,000 bond issue. Completion of the building is expected in June 2015.

Attending the ground breaking ceremony Saturday afternoon for the new Carlisle Fire Department were (pictured L to R) Ann Stevens, Jamal Clark, Kimberly Booker, Marie Whitener, Richard Bostic, Carlisle Fire District Board Chairman Mike Spencer, Assistant Chief Ronnie Lyles, Supervisor-elect Frank Hart, Mayor Mary Ferguson Glenn and William Glenn.

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DOES CONTINUE TRADITION OF AWARDING SCHOLARSHIPS TO USC-U INCOMING FRESHMEN

Monday, December 22

Pictured is USC Union dean – Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert, Sandy Montgomery – Treasurer of Does #148, and Mason Montgomery – Sandy’s grandson.For over 20 years, the Does #148 of Union have presented a scholarship to University of South Carolina-Union to support higher education. The scholarship is awarded annually to one male and one female who are new incoming freshmen. Last year, Elliot Trammel and Karla Franklin were the recipients of the Does scholarship.

The Does promote social activities among members, promote generous work in the community, and they are active with their charitable and social projects. Every year, the Does have bake sales, poinsettia sales, and other campaigns to raise funds for Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Heartland Health Care, and even more philanthropies. Sandy Montgomery, Treasurer of Does #148, stated, “We like to give our funds back to the community.”

The Benevolent, Patriotic Order of DOES #148 has been established in Union, SC, since 1957. They were organized on October 15, 1957, and had forty members present to sign the charter at the Union Elks Lodge #1321 on November 15, 1957.

For more information about USC Union scholarships, please visit uscunion.sc.edu or call the Financial Aid Office at 424-8024.

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HOYT DRIVE FIRE DEEMED TO BE ARSON

Monday, December 22

A fire that completely destroyed a house on Hoyt Drive Thursday is now being called arson. Investigators spoke with a neighbor who said she was the one who placed the 911 call. The woman said she had been smelling smoke and called her husband and asked him to drive down the street to see what was burning. He reported that the back right side of the house at 215 Hoyt Drive was burning. The responding officer spoke with the 29-year old owner of the house, who said she and her husband were having some domestic issues and that he had stated he would move out of the house by the weekend. The owner of the house stated she had been at work since 5:30 that morning. The woman's husband stated he left the house at 6:50 to take the youngest children to school and continued on to work in Spartanburg. Investigator Scott Coffer was called to the scene for further investigation.

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DOT PROHIBITS LANE CLOSURES ON INTERSTATES AND HIGH VOLUME ROADS THROUGH HOLIDAYS

Monday, December 22

If you are traveling during the holidays, here is some good news. The South Carolina Department of Transportation prohibits lane closures for highway work on interstate highways and high volume, multilane primary routes during the Christmas holidays. The restrictions are in effect from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 23rd, through 10:00 PM Sunday, January 4th. That's particularly good news since record high vehicular traffic is expected this holiday season.


FIRE DESTROYS HOME OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER

Friday, December 19

Fire completely destroyed a home Friday morning on Hoyt Drive in the Kelly community of Union County. The blaze was reported at around 9:30 a.m., and the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department responded and immediately called for more manpower. The Sheriff's Office was also summoned to the scene and began an investigation, saying the fire is of an undetermined origin. Sheriff David Taylor said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arson investigators have been called to assist in the investigation. It was reported that the home belonged to Arron and Misty Heatherly, and that it is a total loss, which included Christmas presents for the children. Heatherly is a member of the Kelly-Kelton Volunteer Fire Department. Responding in addition to Kelly-Kelton were units from Philippi, Buffalo, Jonesville, Bonham and Monarch fire departments.

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TODAY IS LAST DAY OF SCHOOL in 2014 FOR CHILDREN AND TEACHERS

Friday, December 19

Union County School will dismiss today for what is usually termed as Christmas holidays. They will return January 5th, 2015. The City and County of Union have announced their holiday schedule. The city will take Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off. Their offices will reopen December 26 on a normal schedule. County employees will get an extra day, as the county offices will be closed December 24th, 25th and 26th. Just a note as a reminder, all county recycling centers will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They all will be open the day after Christmas.

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JONESVILLE PARADE RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY

Friday, December 19

Folks in Jonesville are determined to get their Christmas parade in this year. That parade was originally scheduled for two weeks ago, but bad weather forced the cancellation. It was rescheduled for tomorrow, but the National Weather Service is forecasting a 50% probability of rain. To be on the safe side, organizers have moved the parade to Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN HOLDS ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER

Friday, December 19

There are many Christmas-related activities this time of year. One took place last night at First Presbyterian Church. It was their annual Community Christmas dinner where everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fellowship. Pastor Keith Morrison explained the purpose behind the annual event.

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HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS HOLDING $5 JEWELRY AND GIFT SALE NEXT WEEK

Friday, December 19

The Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteers will have a $5 Jewelry and Gift Sale on Monday, December 22nd, from 7am-7pm, and Tuesday, December 23rd, from 7am- 5pm. It will take place in the hospital lobby. Cash, checks, and debit/credit cards are accepted. Area residents are invited to come out and finish your Christmas shopping and take advantage of the great prices.

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UNION MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

Friday, December 19

The Union Public Safety Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday night. The incident report stated that a Union man arrived at his home on North Church Street and was approached by a black male who pointed a gun in his face and demanded a green bank bag he was carrying. The victim said he started fighting with the suspect, who was able to take the bag and run behind a nearby house. Assistance was requested from the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, and the suspect was tracked to the intersection of Culp Court and Faith Lane. The dog lost the scent at that point, indicating the suspect may have had a vehicle at that location or was picked up by an accomplice. The man told police that no cash was taken, but the bank bag did contain $3500 in personal checks that had been stamped for deposit on the back and winning lottery tickets that had been cashed out. The police report stated the suspect was wearing a black mask, a black hoodie, and black pants.


HOSPITAL BOARD DISCUSSES NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPARTANBURG REGIONAL IN EXECUTIVE SESSION

Thursday, December 18

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees met last night, for the most part in executive session. They were there to have more discussion concerning a possible partnership with Spartanburg Regional Health Care Systems. District Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse explained how the board got to this point.

The possibility of a partnership with a larger healthcare organization is believed to be a way of overcoming the financial losses experienced by the Union Hospital District as well as many smaller healthcare organizations across the nation. Newhouse maintains that while negotiations are progressing, an actual partnership is some time away.

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TEAMS MONITORING AIR QUALITY AROUND LOCKHART DUE TO SMOKE AT BENNETT LANDFILL

Thursday, December 18

Notice was given Wednesday afternoon that Union County Emergency Services has advised residents living in the Town of Lockhart to monitor local media for the latest information about smoke being emitted at the Bennett Landfill in Chester County.  

Teams with SCDHEC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are continuously monitoring the air quality immediately around the Lockhart community. The EPA activated their air monitoring team and had them positioned around Lockhart Wednesday evening. 

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES FLOAT WINNERS AT PARADE

Thursday, December 18

Winners in the Union Christmas Parade this past Sunday have been announced. The winner in the business category was Elaine’s Dance Company, and the runner-up was Twist and Shout.

Taking the top prize in the non-profit category was Miracle League of Union County, and the runner-up was Boy Scouts Troop 42.

The winner in the church category was Padgett’s Creek, and the runner-up was Mon-Aetna.

One more Christmas parade is slated this week. The Jonesville parade has been rescheduled for Saturday at 3:00 pm. That parade was postponed two weeks ago due to rain, and there is a 90% chance of rain again this Saturday.

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AMIKIDS WHITE PINES RECEIVES GRANT

Thursday, December 18

AMIkids Piedmont announces that it has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs provided by the grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to AMIkids earlier this year. The training will provide AMIkids Piedmont students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment.

The awardees were determined by a proposal process that 25 of AMIkids’ programs responded to.

In addition to AMIkids Bennettsville, the South Carolina recipients of the grant include AMIkids White Pines in Jonesville, SC.

The vocational training and job placement initiative will initially focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service, with 100% of the government funding going towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select their desired path that best fits their skills and interest.

Founded in 1969, AMIkids, Inc. is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that offers a promising future to kids through positive and motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth. As one of the few juvenile justice programs nationally accredited by AdvancEd, AMIkids transforms its students through education, counseling and behavior modification services, empowering them to make positive decisions that will ultimately shape their future and allow them the opportunity to transform their lives. For more information, visit www.amikids.org.

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ARTS COUNCIL TO EXHIBIT EVERETT LEIGH'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursday, December 18

The Union County Arts Council will kick off the new year with a photography exhibit featuring the work of local photographer Everett Leigh. Leigh’s one-man show, “Images by Everett Leigh”, will fill the UCAC gallery with over sixty of his works of photographic art all custom-framed by Stacy Gibson.

“We’re really excited to be able to show Everett’s work,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn. “We had heard about his work for some time but never saw it until someone came in one day and showed us his website. We were blown away by the quality of his photographs.”

Leigh’s interest in photography began in high school, and he still has the first Argus film camera that he used when his stepfather taught him some basic photographic principles. Although he has taken many photos over the years, his interest in photography as an art form developed relatively recently.

Leigh is currently involved, along with other small groups of photographers, in showcasing the varied landscapes of the Carolinas through submissions to fifteen “Community Pics” Facebook pages. These contributors consist of sixty other photographers, all of which he has met during his photographic journeys.

“Images by Everett Leigh” will begin at UCAC January 8 and run through February. Also, in conjunction with his show, Leigh and fellow photographer Steve Rich will teach a photography workshop January 16-17 at The Dance Academy in Union.

For more information about any of UCAC’s exhibits or programs call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.


CITY AWARDS BIDS FOR ROOF REPAIRs, OTTARAY MILL VILLAGE PROJECT

Wednesday, December 17

The Union City Council held their December meeting Tuesday night and took up several matters. Among them was the passage of a resolution in support of a South Carolina Municipal Association advocacy initiative. That initiative addresses challenges that face the state's 270 cities and towns. Another resolution that was passed will allow for the newly announced Standard Textiles expansion to receive an “in city” water rate and waste water rate as incentive for one year. The council awarded a bid for roof repairs to the city warehouse and the Public Safety building, as well as six pump station locations. Damage was inflicted to these structures during a hail storm May 23rd. Insurance money will pay for the cost of the repairs. Drake Builders of Lancaster, South Carolina, won that contract in the amount of $49,355. A bid was also awarded for sewer system, drainage, and road improvements for phase II of the Ottaray Mill Village project. Winning that contract was G. H. Smith Construction in the amount of $563,303. The project is a joint undertaking by the city and county.

The council reappointed two members to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Reappointed were Wiley Trip Sheorn and Jerry A. Willard, Jr. They were appointed to three-year terms.

City Council voted to enter into a contract with artist Blue Sky to return to Union to do repair work to the mural he painted about seven years ago. The mural is located on the back of the Jeter building and is viewable by those traveling in a southerly direction on North Pinckney Street. It was revealed that the city does not have an easement to that property. They decided that the easement is necessary before the repair work can begin. The motion placed a $3000 cap on the project. The mural was originally done at a cost of $55,000.

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HOSPITAL BOARD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT TO DISCUSS NEGOTIATIONS

Wednesday, December 17

There is a special called meeting of the Union Hospital District Board of Trustees tonight. The notice of the meeting sent to media representatives stated the purpose of the meeting is to “discuss negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements relative to possible affiliation opportunities." It is expected that the meeting will be called to order and a motion will be made to go into an executive session.

Hospital District CEO Paul Newhouse talks about why this meeting is being held.

The public notice states that no decisions are anticipated to be made at this meeting.

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UNION COUNTY FIRST STEPS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Wednesday, December 17

Union County First Steps is seeking nominations for new board members. The nominating committee will meet in February 2015 to consider nominations for new members of the Union County First Steps Board. They say potential applicants should keep in mind that the board is looking for members to meet certain membership categories and who are willing to make the necessary time commitment to Union County First Steps Board.

A nomination form should be completed and returned to Catherine M. Childers, by Friday, January 30th, at 130 W. Main St., Union, SC, 29379, or by e-mailing cmchilders@union.k12.sc.us.

You may contact Childers at 864-429-1740 for more information or to request a nomination form, a Board Responsibilities information sheet, and the categories of individuals as defined in the First Steps legislation that must be elected to the board.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT CONGRATULATES CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CONTEST WINNERS

Wednesday, December 17

The Union County Recreation Department has announced the winner of their annual Christmas Lighting contest.

These are in the creative category:

1st: Paul Burgess, 165 Woodside Drive, Union (Lockhart)

2nd:  Clyde Seymore, 917 Lovers Lane Road, Union

3rd:  Joe Wade, 233 Munro Street, Union

Winners in the elegant category are:

1st: Courtney Lancaster, 151 Ben Black Road, Union

2nd: Buck Peay, 159 New Hope Church Road, Jonesville

3rd: Tracy Wade, 1419 Berry Farm Road, Union

First place won $100, Second $75, and third $50.


COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SET TO BEGIN IN LOCKHART

Tuesday, December 16

It was announced last night at the Lockhart Town Council meeting that two houses have been selected to kick off a community improvement project. The houses will be painted at no charge to the owner. The paint is being donated by Lockhart Power Company, and the labor will be provided by Jacob's Well ministries.

Summit Engineering Group, Inc., of Spartanburg will oversee a sewer project that is set to begin soon. Summit will receive a payment of $80,000 to oversee the nearly $700,000 project. A grant for the work was secured through the Catawba Regional Council of Government.

Petitions are currently being accepted for those desiring to offer for the Lockhart Town Council. The election will be held the second Tuesday in March. The terms for councilpersons Connie Porter and Donnie Adams are expiring. Both Porter and Adams have already submitted their petition for reelection.

The council meeting was intentionally brief Monday night, and upon adjournment, they moved directly into their annual town Christmas dinner.

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CITY COUNCIL HOLDS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING TONIGHT

Tuesday, December 16

The Union City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30 in City Hall, and they have a number of matters to take up. One of those matters is a resolution in support of a South Carolina Municipal Association advocacy initiative. That initiative addresses challenges that face the state's 270 cities and towns. Another resolution to be addressed will allow for the newly announced Standard Textiles expansion to receive an in-city water rate and waste water rate as incentive for one year. The council will consider bids for roof repairs to the city warehouse and the Public Safety building, as well as six pump station locations. Damage was inflicted to these structures during a hail storm May 23rd. A bid should also be awarded for sewer system, drainage, and road improvements for phase II of the Ottaray Mill Village project. The council will also consider filling two vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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KIM DAVIS NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT FOSTER PARK

Tuesday, December 16

Kim Davis, a kindergarten teacher at Foster Park Elementary School, has been chosen as their teacher of the year. The selection was made by the teachers and staff at the school. Davis attended the University of South Carolina. She has been teaching for nine years, five of which have been at Foster Park. She has taught four-year old kindergarten, five-year old kindergarten, and first grade.

Principal Barbara Palmer said of Davis, “She is that teacher that you would want your child or grandchild to have in those very first years of school. It is so important that young students get off to a great start. Mrs. Davis is kind, caring and compassionate. She is a team player and is always willing to help her peers. She is truly an outstanding teacher."

Davis sums up her philosophy a succinct and powerful statement: “I am a teacher: I refer to my past and present students as 'my kids'.  I am a teacher: I am not in it for the income; I am in it for the outcome.  I am a teacher: It’s who I am.  It’s my passion, my calling, my world.”

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KUDZU STAFFING RECRUITING ASSEMBLY PERSONNEL, CDL DRIVERS, AND FORKLIFT OPERATORS

Tuesday, December 16

Kudzu Staffing will hold a recruitment event at Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus Wednesday, December 17th, from 9:30AM until 12:30PM. They will be interviewing for assembly personnel, CDL drivers, and forklift operators at $10-$12.72 per hour. Benefits include medical, life insurance, and vacation. There are no minimum education requirements, but applicants must be at least 18 years old. Drug testing and screening will be conducted, as well as background and reference checks. Various shift schedules are available. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral. Please bring your résumé and come appropriately dressed for the interview. You can apply online at www.kudzustaffing.com

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ALORICA RECRUITING INBOUND CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES

Tuesday, December 16

Alorica will be holding a recruitment event at the Spartanburg SC Works office at 220 East Kennedy Street on Thursday, December 18th, from 9:30AM until 12:00PM. The jobs are in an inbound contact center for a name-brand digital TV, home appliance, and home computer systems provider. They are looking to hire inbound customer service representatives at $8-$12 per hour. They are also looking for laptop technical support agents at $11 per hour. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, vacation, holidays, tuition assistance, and 401K. A high school diploma or GED is required, and a minimum 8 to 12 months of experience is preferred. Applicants must undergo drug testing and screening. Your background and references will be checked. Applicants should have the ability to be flexible and work weekends and holidays. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral. Please bring your résumé and come appropriately dressed for the interview. You may apply at https://www.aloricajobs.com prior to the event.


TWO KILLED IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

Monday, December 15

Two people are dead as a result of a fatal crash in Union County. State Troopers say the crash occurred around 11:30 Friday morning on the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway at Mount Tabor Church Road. Complete details are not available as of yet, but it is known that the driver and passenger of a 2013 Kia were pronounced dead at the scene. Union County Coroner William Holcombe identified the dead as 28-year old Tara S. Worthy, of 2877 Pilgram Road, Chester, and her passenger, Quenzella S. Wilkes, 28, of 926 Quenzell Senior Road, Carlisle. The teenaged driver of the other vehicle involved was flown by helicopter to Spartanburg Regional Hospital, and his condition is unknown. He was not wearing a seatbelt, but the two women killed were. Firefighters, EMS, as well as law enforcement responded to the scene.

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WBCU TRUCK FULL OF TOYS CAMPAIGN COMES TO A SUCCESSFUL END

Monday, December 15

The 2014 Truck Full of Toys campaign concluded with Sunday’s Union Christmas Parade. The drive has been going on for more than a decade and focuses on filling out a wish list of toys for deserving children. WBCU General Manager Chris Woodson says this has been one of the better years for the drive, with several truck loads of toys having been donated by Union Countians. Several groups and organizations have gotten involved in the drive this year, including the Union Junior Charity League and the Union Hospital District. There were numerous donations of bicycles, but one is particularly worth noting. Seven-year old Jaden Clark won a bicycle this year at the Whitmire Community School and chose to donate it to the cause. His mom, Stacey Wallen, said it was Jaden’s decision to make the donation to the hospital’s drive. Wallen is an employee at Wallace Thomson Hospital. All the toys were loaded up following the Union Christmas Parade and delivered to UCARE, an organization of County of Union employees for charitable purposes. UCARE will see to the distribution of the toys through the Salvation Army. While final numbers are not yet available, last year the drive benefited more than 80 children. Woodson says the Truck Full of Toys campaign is all about giving.

The drive is made possible through the sponsorship of a number of businesses and organizations, including: Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube/Tiny Bubbles Car Wash, Government Offices of Union County, Dollar General, Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Union Hospital District, Wal-Mart of Union, UCARE, City of Union/PMPA, Clerk of Court Freddie Gault, Arthur State Bank, and Broad River Electric Cooperative, with truck graphics by Renntech Graphics.

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GREAT WEATHER, LARGE CROWD WELCOMES THE UNION CHRISTMAS PARADE

Monday, December 15

The Union County Chamber of Commerce staged the 2014 Union Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The weather cooperated with bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s. Main Street was lined with onlookers as the one-hour parade progressed. We caught up with the chamber's Executive Director Torance Inman during the parade.

Normally, the Union parade would be the last one of the season, but due to the Jonesville Parade being postponed last week because of inclement weather, they will stage theirs next week, December 20th, at 3:00 p.m.

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COMFORT KEEPERS HOLDING a RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR CAREGIVERS TOMORROW

Monday, December 15

Comfort Keepers will hold a recruitment event Tuesday, December 16th, at the Union SC Works Office located at 103 West Main St. from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The are looking to hire full- and part-time caregivers and CNAs for 2nd & 3rd shifts, as well as weekend shifts.

Comfort Keepers provides non-medical, in-home services that provide for the safety and comfort of the client, as well as home management.

A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as a valid Class D driver's license. The company will conduct a drug screen, criminal background check, motor vehicle record check, and reference checks.

All applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order before the event. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


HOSPITAL DISTRICT CONTINUED TO LOSE MONEY IN OCTOBER

Friday, December 12

There were several informative matters that were revealed during Thursday night's meeting of the Union Hospital District Board of Trustees and Finance Committee. One was the matter that the district continues to lose money. The financial report for the period ending October 31st showed a districtwide loss of $458,512. Of that amount, Wallace Thomson Hospital was responsible for $147,118, but the largest losses were attributed to the district-run physician's offices. All combined, they posted a loss of $305,685, with EMS showing a $108,333 loss. Ellen Sagar Nursing Home was the only district entity to show a positive figure. That amount was $102,623. Chief Financial Officer Cindy Gault told the board one of the reasons for the loss was the breakdown of some equipment.

The board entered into an executive session for a discussion on several matters, one of which is the negotiations that are currently underway with Spartanburg Health Care Systems concerning a possible affiliation with the Union Hospital District. The behind-closed-doors negotiations have been going on for some months now, and Hospital District CEO Paul Newhouse was asked if any progress is being made.

Ronnie Roberson, EMS Director, gave a report on the progress being made concerning the delivery of two new ambulances. He has just returned from an inspection visit to the Houston, Texas, plant where the vehicles are being constructed. He will be returning just after the first of the year and anticipates the the new ambulances will be in service by the 3rd of 4th week of January. In other news, it was revealed that the annual Healthcare Foundation fundraising event, Shag Night, will be staged March 7th. The very popular group The Band of Oz will be returning.

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CARLISLE AND UNION CHRISTMAS PARADES SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND

Friday, December 12

Two Christmas parades are on tap for this weekend. Saturday, the Town of Carlisle will stage its annual parade beginning at 2:00 pm. The parade will begin on Highway 215 and progress to Martin Luther King Boulevard. Then on Sunday at 3 pm, the annual Union Christmas Parade will take place. It will begin in the vicinity of Lakeside Drive and East Main Street. Next week, December 20th, the Jonesville Christmas parade will take place at 3:00 pm.

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MILLIKEN CEDAR HILL PLANT SUPPORTS HOLCOMBE/WBCU COAT DRIVE

Friday, December 12

The Holcombe Funeral Home/WBCU Promotion, Coats for Kids, has for more that 10 years evolved into one that provides coats for anyone in need of one. Initially started as a promotion for children's coats, it was soon discovered the need went far beyond just the children. At that point, solicitation was made for donations of any gently used coat that someone else might be able to use. This season alone, more that 100 coats have been given out. Local organizations have become involved in the project, the latest being the employees of the Milliken Cedar Hill Plant. Audra Scott works with Cedar Hill and explains how they became a donor to the cause.

Persons wishing to donate to the Holcombe Funeral Home WBCU coat drive should drop their gently used coats by the station at 210 East Main Street.

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MEALS ON WHEELS AND POTTER'S STOREHOUSE RECEIVE GRANTS

Friday, December 12

Two local charities got a financial boost during the Thursday meeting of the Union Lions Club. The civic organization presented $150 checks to Meals on Wheels and to the Potter's Storehouse ministry. In addition, the Cone Mills Retiree Club, represented by Gene Gregory, presented $150 checks to each of the organizations.


STANDARD TEXTILE EXPANDS OPERATIONS IN UNION COUNTY

Thursday, December 11

As was announced yesterday, Standard Textile, a leading global provider of end-to-end solutions for the institutional textile and apparel markets, is expanding its Union County manufacturing facility. The $5 million capital investment is expected to create 35 new jobs in Union.

Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Standard Textile operates 29 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 16 countries, including two operations in South Carolina. As a worldwide firm, Standard Textile employs a workforce of more than 4,000 and serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, interior products, and industrial apparel marketplaces.

Standard Textile will be expanding its existing Union County facility, located at 100 Highpoint Drive in Union. By expanding the facility by 39,000 square feet, Standard Textile will be able to accommodate increasing terry towel finishing capabilities. The expanded plant will also facilitate new partnerships and opportunities in Standard Textile’s yarn spinning, yarn preparation, and weaving processes.

The investment in South Carolina is part of Standard Textile’s overall effort to bring manufacturing back—in a significant way—to all of their U.S.-based facilities, which remained operative when other textile companies left America. The expansion in Union marks the beginning of Standard Textile’s North American manufacturing strategy, and demonstrates how the company is making greater use of its global web of manufacturing facilities in order to serve customers.  

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training of potential employees for these 35 new jobs. To apply for these positions, please visit www.readysc.org/standardtextile.

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COUNCIL WANTS TO WAIT BEFORE BUYING ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES TO AID AIRPORT EXPANSION

Thursday, December 11

During the Union County Council meeting Tuesday night, Airport Director Ronnie Wade asked about purchasing two additional properties that will be needed for future airport expansion. Wade explains just what happened.

Wade was asked if County Council's decision not to purchase the two properties encumbered the progress of the airport project.

The ultimate goal is to expand the runway to 5000 from 3500 feet. Wade says he does not have a target date for the completion of the project but anticipates the total cost will be around $12 million. He says the expansion will complement the economic development efforts in Union County.

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HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT THE HOSPITAL

Thursday, December 11

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee will be meeting tonight. The time for the meeting will be 6:00 p.m. in the board room of Wallace Thomson Hospital.


STANDARD TEXTILE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION, 35 NEW JOBS IN UNION

Wednesday, December 10

Standard Textile, a leading global provider of end-to-end solutions for the institutional textile and apparel markets, is expanding its Union County manufacturing facility. The $5 million capital investment is expected to create 35 new jobs in Union.

Standard Textile will be expanding its existing Union County facility, located at 100 Highpoint Drive in Union. By expanding the facility by 39,000 square feet, Standard Textile will be able to accommodate increasing terry towel finishing capabilities. The expanded plant will also facilitate new partnerships and opportunities in Standard Textile’s yarn spinning, yarn preparation, and weaving processes.

Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Standard Textile operates 29 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 16 countries, including two operations in South Carolina. As a worldwide firm, Standard Textile employs a workforce of more than 4,000 and serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, interior products, and industrial apparel marketplaces.

The investment in South Carolina is part of Standard Textile’s overall effort to bring manufacturing back—in a significant way—to all of their U.S.-based facilities, which remained operative when other textile companies left America. The expansion in Union marks the beginning of Standard Textile’s North American manufacturing strategy, and demonstrates how the company is making greater use of its global web of manufacturing facilities in order to serve customers.  

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training of potential employees for these 35 new jobs. To apply for these positions, please visit www.readysc.org/standardtextile. For more information on Standard Textile, please visit www.standardtextile.com.

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COUNTY COUNCIL COMES UP WITH FUNDS FOR KELLY-KELTON FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT

Wednesday, December 10

Two people representing the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department appeared before the Union County Council Tuesday evening to present a financial predicament. C.W. Garner and Jerry Yarborough presented their case that occurred when a significant and unbudgeted repair had to be made to one of their trucks. Just prior to that, the department committed $7200 for the purchase of turnout gear. The truck repair cost, in effect, took the money that had been designated for the equipment purchase. The bottom line was that the department still owed a little over $6000 to the equipment vendor that they did not have. Following a considerable amount of discussion, the council agreed to pay the bill. Councilman and Supervisor-Elect Frank Hart called for the stipulation that the money not come from the general fund but from each council member's designated special project fund. Hart explained the stipulation.

Each councilperson will have to provide $893.52 to pay the fire department's bill. The department appears to be struggling financially and noted they have only some $2200 to last for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The council approved a resolution for what is being called project STC4. As explained in the resolution, the county is recruiting an investment in the county in the form of a new and/or additional facility that manufactures textile products. The document states that it is anticipated the project will represent an investment of not less than $4 million. The resolution set up the next action, which was the first reading of an ordinance authorizing a Fee-in-Lieu agreement between the county and project STC4. An announcement is expected as early as today on the STC4 project.

A bid in the amount of $288,700 was accepted to begin construction on a new building for the Carlisle Fire Department. That bid amount is some $13,000 higher than the approved bond amount, and the fire district will have to make up that difference out of their own funds.

Supervisor Tommy Sinclair said a large auction could be expected soon. He explained the county has acquired property, mostly in the form of houses, and that property needs to be disposed of and placed back on the tax rolls. Details are expected soon.

County employees will be getting a Christmas bonus in their paycheck. The total for all county employees will amount to some $11,000.

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JONESVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20TH

Wednesday, December 10

The organizers of the Jonesville Christmas Parade have announced they will have their parade on Saturday, December 20th, at 3 p.m. The parade was scheduled for this past Saturday, but inclement weather forced the cancellation. The parade will be carried live on WBCU Radio, 1460 AM and 103.5 FM. You can also listen on line at wbcuradio.com.

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HIGH SCHOOL PLAY AND JINGLE JOG 5K AMONG THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, December 10

Several events are planned over the next few days. One of those will be a presentation by the Union County High School Drama Department, as they present "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". That will be on Friday, December 12th, at 7 pm in the Union County High School Cafetorium. Advance tickets are on sale now for $5 each in the lobby of the school. The tickets are $6 at the door.

Coming up Saturday will be the Jingle Jog 5K run, sponsored by the Union County Junior Charity League. They are calling it an event to raise money for charities in the county. It will start at 8:30 am at Timken Park, but registration will begin at 7:30 at the main entrance of the complex. There is a registration fee of $25, and groups of 10 or more is $15. Organizers are also asking that participants bring a toy to donate to the WBCU Truck Full of Toys campaign.

Registration is continuing for the Union County Recreation Department's youth basketball program. Registrations will be accepted through Friday, December 12th, at the Recreation Department on Thomas Street. The fee for the preschool program is $20, and for the 6-9-year olds and 10-12-year olds, the fee is $30. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Recreation Department at 429-1670.

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UNION MAN REPORTS HIS WALLET STOLEN AT SHADY'S

Wednesday, December 10

Here's a story just to serve as a reminder to be careful in taking care of your possessions. A Union man reported to the Union Public Safety Department that this past Saturday he inadvertently left his wallet on the counter at Shady's. When he returned, it wasn't there. He may be in luck, however. When the surveillance video was viewed, it showed a white female arriving at the counter and moving the wallet. A short time later, the woman was joined by a male, and the video showed him taking the wallet and putting in his rear pocket and exiting the business. The police do have some leads in the case and will continue the investigation. The victim reports the wallet contained $75 to $100, plus his driver's license, Social Security card, debit card and birth certificate.


SCHOOL BOARD AGREES TO FUND REPAIRS TO BALL FIELD; DROPOUT RATE FALLS

Tuesday, December 9

Somewhat reluctantly, the Union County School Board of Trustees approved a project funding request that was presented by Finance Director Lynn Lawson. Lawson made a presentation concerning the matter at the last board meeting, calling attention to needs for the tennis court, the wireless communications system in the high school, and the dual-use baseball/softball field. The issue that drew the most discussion was the need of an estimated $30,000 repair to the ball field. At issue was the matter of foreign matter surfacing on the field that could disrupt play and has the potential of causing injury. When the field was constructed three years ago, there were certain specifications for the materials that were to be used. It was revealed some material that did not meet the specifications managed to make its way into the construction process, thereby creating the need for the resurfacing. Board Member Manning Jeter commented that “somebody dropped the ball” during the construction process. The question came about as to who is responsible for the problem, the architect or the contractor? Lawson pointed out that in weighing the cost of follow through with a legal process or just fixing the problem, it would be less costly to make the repairs. Jeter commented that they were not being good stewards of the taxpayer's dollar. The board did vote to make the repairs, which will cost an estimated $115,000 for all three projects.

In other action, Cindy Langley gave a report on the dropout rate from 2009 to 2013. She reported that the actual number of dropouts totaled 34, with 25 of the number coming from the Adult Education program and 9 from Union County High School. That was a total drop of 4 from the previous years. She also gave an explanation of the State Report Card and what it all means.

In other matters, the trustees approved the board calendar for the 2015 year and also heard a report from board members Jane Wilkes and Jantzen Childers on the School Board Association's Legislative Advocacy Conference. Wilkes said the message from the conference was, “This is the year for public education, with a focus on Early Childhood Education and School Safety." Childers called the session informative and said he liked the comments from the newly-elected State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

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COUNTY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON INDUCEMENTS FOR "PROJECT STC4"

Tuesday, December 9

The Union County Council is meeting tonight. For those planning on attending the session, there is a change in the venue. This meeting will take place in the conference room of the Court House Annex on East Main Street at 5:30. If the agenda is any indication, it should be a relatively short meeting. William Reeves is scheduled to appear to discuss a matter concerning Whispering Pines Drive in Buffalo, and C. W. Garner and Jerry Yarborough will discuss the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department.

The council will consider an Inducement Resolution for what is being called project STC4. As explained in the resolution, the county is recruiting an investment in the county in the form of a new and/or additional facility that manufactures textile products. The document states that it is anticipated the project will represent an investment of not less than $4 million. The resolution also sets up action on another agenda item, which is the first reading of an ordinance authorizing a Fee-in-Lieu agreement between the county and project STC4.

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STEPHANIE KITCHENS COMPETES ON SHOW AIRING ON CMT IN JANUARY

Tuesday, December 9

A Union woman will be appearing on network television this coming January. Stephanie Kitchens, who works as the Guardian ad Litem for Union County, has participated in a series of physical challenges in an effort to win a $10,000 cash prize. Stephanie tell us about the show.

To get on the show, Stephanie had to go up against thousands of entrants. She picks up the story from there.

No doubt many Union Countians will be watching CMT January 11th to see if Stephanie can capture the $10,000 prize as she goes up against 7 other contestants. By the way, she is the only one of the contestants who is not a professional athlete.

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UNION CHRISTMAS PARADE, ELF SPRINT COMING UP SUNDAY

Tuesday, December 9

The Union Christmas Parade is coming up Sunday at 3:00 p.m., and entries are still being sought for that event. The Union County Chamber of Commerce says if you would like to be in the parade, you should contact them right away. Their telephone number is 427-9039.

The parade Sunday traditionally is the last of the Union County Christmas parades for the season; however, the Jonesville parade was rained out last Saturday and has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 20th, at 3 p.m. The Town of Carlisle will hold their annual event Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. The Lockhart and Buffalo parades were staged earlier.

Back to the Union parade--a fun event for area youngsters age 12 and under will take place just prior to the parade. The running group known as The Brat Pack is sponsoring the inaugural Elf Sprint, an event that will take place at 2:50 p.m. They will assemble in the YMCA parking lot and run the parade route.


KITCHEN FIRE CAUSES MAJOR DAMAGE TO HOUSE SATURDAY

Monday, December 8

A house in Union County sustained major damage Saturday afternoon. Roger Bailey with the Southside Fire Department gives us this report.

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UPPER PALMETTO STATE SPORTSMAN'S EXPO DEEMED A SUCCESS

Monday, December 8

What promises to be a large attraction for Union County in coming years was held this past weekend. The Upper Palmetto State Sportsman’s Expo was staged at the Union County Fairgrounds, with some three hundred dogs participating. Steven Stone of the Union County Coon Hunters Association, the organization that sponsored the event, pointed out that success is measured by the number of dogs rather than people. Stone called the expo a success.

Stone said this event had a significant economic impact on the county.

There were around 50 vendors on site with all kinds of hunting and fishing wares. The expo is expected to become an annual event with exponential growth in years to come.

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AMERICAN LEGION MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, December 8

Union American Legion Post 22 will be having its monthly meeting on Monday, December 8th. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Foster Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., with the business meeting starting at 7:00 P.M. Post 22 meets on the second Monday evening of every month except July, and prospective members are always welcome to attend.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Monday, December 8

The Union County School Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight. That session will take place at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. The agenda appears to list a good bit of work to be accomplished tonight. The board will hear a report from members Jantzen Childers and Jane Wilkes on the Legislative Advocacy Conference. Cindy Langley will present the 2009-2013 dropout rate and also provide an update on the district's annual state report card. There are two diploma requests under Act 155, and one overnight field trip that will be considered. Finance Director Lynn Lawson will present a project funding request, and there is an executive session on the agenda. A parent has requested to speak about a bullying issue, and there is one discipline issue for personnel and one legal update.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES AND WREATHS RAISES MONEY FOR HEARTLAND RESIDENTS

Monday, December 8

Heartland Healthcare of Union put a spotlight on the Christmas wreaths and trees Thursday evening. Local merchants and businesses were solicited to decorate either a tree or wreath and place it in the facility for the enjoyment of the residents and visitors. Those viewing the displays were encouraged to submit a bid on the items through a silent auction.

Virginia Babb was pleased with the reception of the Christmas décor.

As mentioned by Babb, monies raised through the auction will be used for activities for the Heartland residents.

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WOMAN CLAIMS SPARTANBURG MAN HELD HER AND HER CHILDREN AGAINST THEIR WILL

Monday, December 8

Around 10:30 Thursday morning, a 30-year old complainant told Sheriff's deputies that she had been held against her will by a subject, identified as John Hardy, 43, of Evans Street, Spartanburg. The complainant said she had stayed the night with Hardy at the Quality Inn in Union. She said they left the room to take her child to school and were going to her house in Carlisle. She said all was well, but Hardy “snapped” and said he was going home to Spartanburg because she disrespected him. The woman had her two small children with her and told Hardy to let her out of the car. She said he was speeding and was yelling at her as they traveled toward Spartanburg on Highway 176. She said Hardy told her he was going to wreck the car and kill everyone in it.

Again she asked Hardy to let her out of the car but he refused. The woman located her cell phone and called 911. Once on the phone, the subject did pull over and let her and the children out of the car. Responding officers told her the information would be given to a judge in an attempt to obtain a warrant on Hardy.


UNION COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL RELEASES DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Friday, December 5

The Union County Arts Council has released their calendar of events for December.

Coming up December 9th--The Council’s Writers’ Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. at the UCAC gallery on Main Street in Union.

December 15th–The Union County Arts Council will hold a special Christmas-themed “Monday Night Music” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the UCAC gallery on Main Street in Union. Anyone wanting to play in this session should be at UCAC by 6:00 p.m. for a quick sound check.

December 22-26–The Union County Arts Council will be closed for Christmas vacation.

Continuing through December 31–“Local Artists’ Showcase” features the work of Union-area artists. Works range from fine art to folk art with paintings, drawings, fiber art, woodworking and much more on display and on sale.

An ongoing event is “Painting with Coffee", which is held each Tuesday from 10 until noon. Come join in and work on your art project while you enjoy spending time, and having coffee, with other like-minded artists.

For additional information on these events you may contact the Union County Arts Council at 429-2817, or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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NOMINATION PERIOD IS OPEN FOR GT ARTS CLASSES

Friday, December 5

The nomination period for the Gifted/Talented Arts Classes is now open. Gifted and Talented arts classes are offered in Drama, Visual Arts and Music. Students may be nominated by teachers, parents or friends. Students may nominate themselves. Forms can be picked up at the school guidance office or a school's fine arts teacher. All form must be returned to the guidance office at the nominee's school no later than January 5th.

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ROSE HILL OFFERING CHRISTMAS TOURS THIS WEEKEND

Friday, December 5

Special tours will be given this weekend at Rose Hill Plantation. The mansion will be decorated in a Christmas style such as it might have been in the mid 1850s. The tours will be conducted between 1 and 4 on Saturday, December 6th, and Sunday, December 7th. Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is located at 2677 Sardis Road.

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JROTC LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC TEAMS ADVANCE in exam competition

Friday, December 5

The JROTC Leadership and Academic teams have advanced to Level II of the annual Leadership and Academic Boards by scoring in the top half of the 1302 Leadership teams and 1491 Academic teams who took the Level I exams.
The Leadership team consists of team captain Skylar Senn, and members Les Wentz, Kolby Riddle, Sarah McGee, Jennie Allen, and Jonathan Earls.
The Academic team consists of team captain Toni Teal, and members Alex Childers, Devon Dyer, Austin Keatley, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Cassie Horne.
The Level II exam will be administered in February.

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UPPER PALMETTO STATE SPORTSMAN'S EXPO OPENS TODAY AND RUNS THROUGH THE WEEKEND

Friday, December 5

The Upper Palmetto State Sportsman's Expo opens today at the Union County Fairgrounds. Curtiss Hunter of the Union County Tourism Commission tells us what we can expect.

The expo is expected to have a significant economic impact on the county.

The event runs through noon Sunday.

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LIBRARY TO EXPAND ITS HOURS NEXT YEAR

Friday, December 5

The Union County Carnegie Library will have new hours beginning January 5, 2015. Starting then, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Saturday hours will remain the same from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the library will be closed on Sundays. The library is expanding its hours to better reflect the library’s patronage usage.


HEARTLAND HEALTHCARE HOLDING FESTIVAL OF TREES AND WREATHS TODAY

Thursday, December 4

Heartland Healthcare of Union is presenting their Festival of Trees and Wreaths today. Virginia Babb, Supervisor and Admissions Coordinator for Heartland's Assisted Living tell us what it's all about.

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DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS HOLDING SPECIAL MAIN STREET PROMOTION THIS MONTH

Thursday, December 4

The downtown merchants in Union are having a promotion called "The Main Event". One of those merchants, Harriett Bruce of Something Special, explains the purpose of this promotion.

The participating merchants are offering special giveaways during the Christmastime promotion to draw customers to the downtown area. The prizes include everything from jewelry, grocery and gas cards, to local restaurant certificates.

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INVESTIGATORS LOOKING INTO SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN BUFFALO

Thursday, December 4

The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating what is termed a suspicious fire. The blaze occurred Tuesday morning, and according to reports, it completely destroyed a home located at 102 Antioch Drive, Buffalo. The incident report stated that firefighters showed the scene to the responding officer from the Sheriff's Office, and investigators were called in. An appeal has been issued to assist the victims, who lost everything in the fire. A list of the items needed can be obtained by calling 466-5035. There is a particular need for infant items for a daughter who is pregnant with twins.

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GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HOLDING CHILDren'S COAT DRIVE SATURDAY

Thursday, December 4

Grace United Methodist Church will be holding a children's Winter Warmth Coat Drive Saturday from 9:00 am until 6 pm. It will be held in their fellowship hall. Letters have been sent to children and parents inviting them to come in that morning to pick out a brand new coat in the child's size.

The church also says they have extra coats for girls only in size small (7/8), and medium (10/12). They say if you know of a child who needs a coat for the winter, you should call the church office at 427-1266 or 426-2037 and give the child's name, parent's name, and size. Once the name is on the list, the child and parent can come to the church between 9 & 12 Saturday morning to pick up their special coat.

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TAMI STEVENS GARRETT NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT MONARCH

Thursday, December 4

Tami Stevens Garrett has been selected as 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Monarch Elementary School. Faculty members selected Garrett based on her many qualities as a teacher, leader, and community member. Mrs. Garrett earned a Master’s Degree, with a perfect grade point average, from Converse College in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English, Cum Laude, from Converse College, and thirty hours above her Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. A proud graduate of Jonesville High School, Garrett was class vice president and involved in marching band, Key Club, and many other organizations.

She has been serving the children of Union County for 26 years, the majority of those years in the same classroom. Mrs. Garrett taught for one semester of English Language Arts at Lockhart Elementary School and has been teaching third grade at Monarch since 1988.

Garrett is married to Scott Garrett. They are the parents of Grayson, Mary Ashton, and Alex Garrett.

Anita Maness, principal of Monarch Elementary School, said, “They are very fortunate to have Mrs. Garrett as a third grade teacher and colleague.  She makes each child feel special and is a role model for other teachers.”


PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT HONORS SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES AT THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER

Wednesday, December 3

Awards were handed out Tuesday evening at the Union Public Safety Department's annual Christmas dinner. First, service awards were given to employees having served in five-year increments. Receiving the recognition were: Jerome Beaty, 15 years; Tommy Hart, 20 years; Vic Kingsmore, 10 years; Robbie McGee, 10 years; Douglas Spencer, 5 years; and Judy Yount, 20 years.

Receiving the coveted Chief's Award this year was Cpl. Rusty Young. The Volunteer of the Year was Department Chaplain David Bauknight, and named the Employee of the year was officer Tony Keisler.

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AREA HOSPICE PROGRAMS SEEKING DONATIONS OF ITEMS FOR SENIORS

Wednesday, December 3

Activity is beginning to pick up as we enter the holiday season. Volunteers of Medi Home Hospice are collecting gifts for their annual Santa Shoppe project. This project benefits residents of our local nursing homes. Organizers point out this may be the only opportunity for the residents to shop for a gift for a family member, loved one, grandchild or even themselves. That are asking for citizens to help create some holiday joy for local seniors by donating gifts, volunteering to assist as one of Santa's helpers or simply to join them for Christmas caroling. Gifts and donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday at Medi Home Hospice, 101 South Boyce Street, suite B. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Jenny Crocker at 427-8322 or 426-3646.

A similar project is being conducted by Blue Ridge Hospice. The are collecting donations for seniors that will be without gifts this holiday season. They are looking for items such as lotions, reading glasses, word search, toiletry items, towels, large piece puzzles, slippers, socks, etc. Donations may be dropped off at Blue Ridge Hospice, 103B South Boyce Street. The deadline for donations is this Friday, December 5th.

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NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN FOR GT ARTS CLASSES

Wednesday, December 3

The nomination period for the Gifted/Talented Arts Classes is now open. Gifted and Talented arts classes are offered in Drama, Visual Arts and Music. Students may be nominated by teachers, parents or friends. Students may also nominate themselves. Forms can be picked up at the school guidance office or a school's fine arts teacher. All form must be returned to the guidance office at the nominee's school no later than January 5th.

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ROSE HILL PLANTATION PLANS SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TOURS THIS WEEKEND

Wednesday, December 3

Here's a reminder that special tours will be given this weekend at Rose Hill Plantation. The mansion will be decorated in a Christmas style such as it might have been in the mid-1850s. The tour will be conducted between 1 and 4 on Saturday, December 6th, and Sunday, December 7th. Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is located at 2677 Sardis Road. Tickets are $7.50 for ages 6 and up. Ages 5 and under and those with the SC Park Passport Plus get in free.

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MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY HOLDING A WOMAN AGAINST HER WILL

Wednesday, December 3

Monday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated male holding a female hostage. Upon arrival, a man reported that he was called by his neighbor, and she wanted him to call 911 because Charles Christopher Clark, 45, had another woman held against her will. When the man arrived at the residence at 200 Frances Avenue, Union, Clark had his pit bull loose in the yard and the man asked Clark to get his dog.

Clark then told him that he would kill him if he touched his dog. He stated that Clark was extremely intoxicated. Gilstrap then went and spoke with Clark, who stated he didn't know what the man was talking about. He stated he didn't know the man and why would he threaten him. The officer observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Clark's person. Gilstrap asked Clark how much he had to drink, and he stated 12 beers. He then spoke with the woman reportedly being held, and she stated she went to Clark's residence to talk to him and get some of her stuff. When she arrived at the house, she said Clark threatened her and made her get into the passenger side of her vehicle. Clark then drove her from his residence to her residence on Raymond Rd. When they got onto Raymond Rd, Clark stopped the vehicle to talk to the woman's neighbor, who was walking her dog. After speaking with the neighbor, Clark continued on to the woman's residence. She stated that Clark would not give her back the keys to her vehicle and would not allow her to leave, and he would not leave either. The deputy then spoke to the neighbor, who stated she was walking her dog and saw Clark driving the woman's vehicle. She said she knew that this was odd, as the woman would not let Clark drive her vehicle because he does not have a driver's license. She said Clark pulled up to her and talked to her for a short time. As they talked, she stated that the victim was in the passenger seat of the vehicle waving her arms like she was distress. Clark and the woman then continued on to her residence, and the neighbor put her dog up and walked down to the residence to check on the victim. There, the woman told her that Clark had threatened her and was holding her against her will. The neighbor also stated that she was present when the man who called the police arrived at the residence and witnessed Clark threaten to kill the man. The victim and witnesses all gave written statements of the incident. Clark was placed under arrest for driving under suspension. He will also be charged with breach of peace and 3rd-degree assault and battery.

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WOFFORD SEEKING CRAWLING BABIES FOR "DIAPER DERBY" AT HALFTIME OF SATURDAY'S GAME

Wednesday, December 3

It's not what we would call "hard news", but this is something at least some of you may find interesting. Wofford College Sports Marketing is looking for crawling babies to participate in a “Diaper Derby” contest at halftime of the Terriers men’s basketball game this Saturday, December 6.  Tip-off is slated for 2:00 pm as Wofford hosts Florida National inside the Benjamin Johnson Arena.

The little crawlers will have a chance to win prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and their parents will score 4 free tickets to the game just for registering.  Because babies learn to crawl at different ages, there is no specific age restriction, only that the child cannot be able to walk, only crawl.  Derby participants will “race” across padded cheerleading mats laid across the court during halftime.

To register your child or for more information, please email MathisLD@wofford.edu before 5pm tomorrow.


NOTHING NEW TO REPORT IN MURDER INVESTIGATION

Tuesday, December 2

A spokesperson for the Union Public Safety Department says there is nothing new to report in their investigation into the death of 53-year old Carl Palmer. Palmer was found dead in his Cogdill Plaza apartment Thanksgiving Day. Authorities believe he was shot Wednesday evening. An autopsy was performed Friday to determine the cause of death, but those results have yet to be released. Public Safety is asking for help from the public and says if there is anyone who may have information concerning the homicide to contact them at 429-1713 or Crimestoppers at 427-0800.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MAKE DONATION TO LIBRARY RENOVATION

Tuesday, December 2

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library have donated $5,000 to the Library Renovation Project.  The donation will be used for a building project the library seeks to undergo which will ‘Renovate, Restore, and Complete’ the Carnegie Library.  Debby Green, President of the Friends of the Library, stated, "The library is one of Union's most essential resources. The Friends are pleased to donate to the renovation project and encourage other civic organizations and individuals to consider donating to such a worthy endeavor."

The restoration of the building will focus on the historic, original area of the library and will include cleaning of the tin ceiling and stained glass under the dome, the reopening of the original front doors (currently blocked by computers), and improved access to the dome for cleaning and maintenance purposes.  The completion of the library will focus on the currently unfinished basement, which will make that space usable by housing a meeting room, conference room, staff and storage areas, and reconfiguring the current level to maximize space in a facility that is quickly seeing limited additional space for new materials. Overall, this project will allow the library to maximize its space (and add more than 4,000 usable square feet of new space), become safer and more comfortable, and restore the original beauty of the historic Beau-Arts structure.

The project to renovate and restore the library will cost a total of approximately $2 million.  Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Harvey Peeler and Rep. Mike Anthony, the library was able to receive $1.25 million.

Library Director Ben Loftis was appreciative of the gift from the Friends.  “We are grateful for the continuing support of the Friends in providing this gift.”

To make a donation, send checks made payable to Union County Carnegie Library Renovation Project, 300 E. South St., Union, SC, 29379, Attention:  Ben Loftis, Director.

For more information, please call Ben Loftis at (864) 427-7140, ext. 102 or email to bloftis@unionlibrary.org.

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FIRE AT HOUSE ON O'SHIELDS STREET MAY HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY SET

Tuesday, December 2

Union firefighters responded to a structure fire at 12:34 Monday afternoon. Upon arrival, they found the front porch of the dwelling at 102 O'Shields Street engulfed in flames. Authorities on the scene said it appeared the front porch had been deliberately set on fire. As a result, State Law Enforcement Division arson investigators were called in to assist in the investigation. Fire Commander Larry Robinson said he would estimate the house to be a total loss.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE HONORS FOUR AT THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

Tuesday, December 2

Pictured are (L - R) Capt. James McNeal, Derrick O'Shields, Michelle Gregory, Candice DavisThe Union County Sheriff's Office held their Christmas Party Monday night, and during that time, four people were honored for their outstanding performance during the year. Named the Dispatcher of the Year was Candice Davis, and Jailer of the Year was Derrick O'Shields. There were two officers named as Deputies of the Year. Sheriff David Taylor explained that with the number of deputies on the force, it would only be appropriate to select two. Receiving that honor was Deputy Michelle Gregory and Captain James McNeal. The Sheriff asked the attendees to make donations during the Christmas season to the children of a Laurens County Deputy that was slain in the line of duty in 2011. He also asked that the department employees “give up” some of the hours they work to go toward assisting a fellow employee who has faced complications following a surgery.

 

 

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SHERIFF HAS PERSONAL REASON TO WARN ABOUT SCAMS AND IDENTITY THEFT

Tuesday, December 2

At the party, Taylor also gave a warning about scams and identify theft, saying that everybody needs to be on the alert for this type of activity. He has a personal reason for issuing that warning.

The sheriff said they have made some headway in investigating his case, and an arrest could be forthcoming.


PUBLIC SAFETY SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP TO SOLVE MURDER

Monday, December 1

The Union Public Safety Department is seeking help from the public in identifying who shot and killed 53-year old Carl Lee Palmer.

Palmer was found dead in his bedroom at 107-B Cogdill Plaza Thursday afternoon.

In a news release issued Thursday, Union County Coroner William Holcombe said the deceased man was found in his home Thanksgiving Day, the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred sometime Wednesday evening. He said an autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Palmer’s body Friday at Newberry Pathology Associates in Newberry.

According to police, Palmer was found by one his neighbors who had been concerned about him. The neighbor found the door to Palmer’s home open, and when she looked in, she saw Palmer laying there and some blood. The neighbor then called 911.

The State Law Enforcement Division Crime Scene Team was called in to collect forensic evidence from the scene.

Police are asking anyone who might have any information about the incident to please contact the Public Safety Department, either directly or through Crimestoppers.

Robbery does not appear to have been a motive, because the home had not been ransacked and his wallet was still there. Investigators have yet to determine a motive and are saying the crime was especially senseless given Palmer’s physical condition. Reportedly, Palmer was on dialysis and in a wheelchair.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Union Public Safety Department at 864-429-1713 or call Crimestoppers at 864-427-0800.

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TREVOR BOOKER GIVES BACK

Monday, December 1

Former Union County High School athletic standout and now NBA star Trevor Booker clearly demonstrated the Thanksgiving spirit this past week when he took families Thanksgiving food shopping at Smith's Marketplace in Bountiful, Utah, as part of "Booker's Thanksgiving Assist." Booker called Thanksgiving his favorite holiday and said that there is always food on his table. That’s the reason he said he wanted to purchase the food for others. One of the requirements to participate was that the families pick out what Trevor called “good cereals.” He said one reason is because he loves cereal so much. He said, “Just to see people smiling…it feels good." He continued, “Not all families are fortunate enough to have food on their table for the holidays. I just wanted to give back.” A video of Booker’s visit to the food market was posted on Facebook. You can see this heartwarming video by going to the Utah Jazz Facebook page.

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BUFFALO LEADS OFF CHRISTMAS PARADE SCHEDULE

Monday, December 1

With no break in between, Union County has jumped straight from Thanksgiving into the Christmas season. It kicked off yesterday with the Buffalo Christmas parade.

There are four other parades scheduled in the county over the next two weeks, with the next one in Jonesville Saturday, December 6th, at 3 p.m., followed by the Lockhart parade on Sunday, December 7th, at 3 p.m. On Saturday, December 13th, the Town of Carlisle will stage their parade at 2 p.m., and the final parade of the season will be December 14th on Union’s Main Street at 3 p.m. All of the county’s parades will be broadcast live on WBCU, 1460 AM and 103.5 FM, as well as online at www.wbcuradio.com.

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USC UNION HOLDS THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON FOR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS

Monday, December 1

USC Union had their Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday, November 20th, at Truluck Gym. The luncheon was a celebratory gift to the USC Union campus from Palmetto College Chancellor Susan Elkins for USC Union’s record enrollment in fall 2014. Faculty, staff, and students were in attendance, as well as USC Board of Trustees member Bubba Fennell, Union and Laurens City Council members, members of the Union/Laurens Commission of Higher Education and members of the USC Union Partnership Board.

USC Union grew their enrollment by 196 from Fall 2013 to have a total enrollment of 671 students for the fall of 2014. Increasing student retention, expanding the dual enrollment program at high schools, and adding the Pacer Pathway Program in conjunction with USC Aiken led to increased enrollment. USC Union’s bachelor degrees that are offered through Palmetto College have also aided in enrollment.

For more information about USC Union and the degrees offered, please call (864) 429-8728.


PUBLIC SAFETY, SLED INVESTIGATING MURDER AFTER MAN FOUND DEAD

Friday, November 28

The City of Union Public Safety Department and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division are investigating the death of a 53-year old Union man. Police were called Thanksgiving Day to 107-B Cogdill Plaza where the man, Carl Lee Palmer, was found dead in the floor. Reports say Palmer was to receive a Meal on Wheels delivery but did not answer the door. The report also says the back door was found to be ajar. Police believe the murder occurred sometime Wednesday evening. An autopsy was being conducted to determine the cause of death.


LIGHT UP MAIN AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Thursday, November 27

The winners of the 2014 Light Up Main Awards have been announced. The awards came about as a result of last week's Downtown Open House event on Main Street. Businesses were encouraged to decorate their store in celebration of the official opening of the Christmas season in Union and were judged in three categories.

Winning for the financial business was Arthur State Bank. The retail award went to Smith's Jewelry, and for the service institution, Fairforest Apartments. Each of the businesses received a trophy in recognition of their creative displays.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT LOOKING INTO BODY CAMERAS IN RESPONSE TO MICHAEL BROWN CASE

Thursday, November 27

The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, brought about by citizens protesting a grand jury decision not indicting police officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown has caused law enforcement agencies across the country to reevaluate their arrest procedures. That grand jury said there was not sufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge against the officer, and some have said a body camera on the officer could have told a different story. As a result of this, Union Public Safety Chief Sam White says his department is seriously looking into the purchase of these units.

The department has employed the use of dash-mounted cameras in their vehicles for some time now, but White says the body cams would allow officers to record when they are not in view of the dash camera. White says he will appeal to the council for the more than $20,000 to fund the purchase of the body camera during the 2015-2016 budget hearings.

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WORKSHOP AIMS TO HELP BUSINESSES IN CREATIVE MARKETING

Thursday, November 27

A creative marketing workshop is scheduled to be held next week. Area businesses are encouraged to sign up for this event, which will be held at the SC Works office at 103 West Main Street, Wednesday, December 3rd, from 11:30 to 1:30. There is a $10 charge, which includes the cost of lunch. Organizers say small businesses owners wishing to learn more about marketing their businesses creatively and affordable should attend this workshop. Marketing is crucial to the success of any business. Without the benefit to buy public relations services, learning some simple and effective marketing methods is just what you need. This course is presenting by the Winthrop University Small Business Development Center.

Seating is limited and participants should register by Monday, December 1st. To register, call the Chamber of Commerce at 427-9039, or Lewis Jeter at the Union SBDC office at 427-8864.

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CROSS KEYS HOUSE OFFERING CHRISTMAS TOURS next SATURDAY

Thursday, November 27

Coming up Saturday, December 6th, from 12 noon-5 PM, the Cross Keys House will be decorated for the holidays and the doors will be open to visitors who wish to share in the holiday fanfare. This is a free event. Later in the month, the Union County Historical Society will hold their Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, December 14th, at 3 PM in the Museum meeting room. As usual, the back door will be open for those wishing to avoid the stairs. Ray Robbins and Sarah Parker will be the guest speakers, and the topic will be the Mount Vernon Church.


MONARCH AND FOSTER PARK schools RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT GRANTS FROM SAVE THE CHILDREN

Wednesday, November 26

During Monday night's School Board meeting, Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness revealed that her school and Foster Park Elementary School have been awarded significant grants from the Save the Children organization. Mrs. Maness explains.

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CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER RECEIVES GRANT TO FIELD ROBOTICS TEAM

Wednesday, November 26

The Union County Career and Technology Center has been awarded a Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology matching grant to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition during the 2014-2015 season. One of the biggest obstacles facing many schools and teams participating in high-end technology competitions is the financial cost. The grant will pay for team registration and provide robotics equipment that will allow the Union County Career and Technology Robots Team to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition program. The school will be required to provide support for one additional team.

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students. Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Two teams from the Union County Career and Technology Center will compete in a state qualifier event in Fort Mill, South Carolina, on February 7, 2015.

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POTTER'S STOREHOUSE, TRUCK FULL OF TOYS AMONG THOSE RECEIVING BROAD RIVER GRANTs

Wednesday, November 26

Broad River Electric Charities has provided $25,000 from its Operation Round Up® program to local charities and causes, an amount that will be duplicated in the organization’s next two grant cycles as Broad River Electric Cooperative begins its 75th anniversary celebration. On the cooperative’s “birthday” June 10th, $75,000 will have been donated to non-profit organizations in the area.

Union County organizations receiving Operation Round Up® funds this cycle include: The Potter’s Storehouse, Union County Baptist Association, Salvation Army, and WBCU’s Truck Full of Toys.

“Empowering communities and improving quality of life has been a mission of this cooperative since we began in 1940,” said cooperative CEO and Charities Board member Doug Wilson. “We could think of no better way to celebrate 75 years than to support organizations that have the same mission.”

Donations to the selected charities come from Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up program. Each month, participating members’ account balances are rounded up to the nearest dollar. That extra change goes to the benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River’s service area.

Funds from Operation Round Up are distributed quarterly through Broad River Electric Charities, Inc, which is governed by a 7-member board representing the cooperative and the three major counties it serves – Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process.

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HIGHWAY 49 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT REMAINS ON TRACK TO BEGIN IN EARLY 2016

Wednesday, November 26

During the regular monthly meeting of the Lockhart Town Council Tuesday night, it was revealed that the project to replace the Highway 49 bridge over the Broad River is on track. The council derived that information from a newsletter published by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The newsletter stated a multitude of activities have taken place since the last communication in March, resulting in the completion of two major milestones since the last update. The first was the certification of rights-of-way, allowing agents to begin the process of acquiring impacted property. Secondly, the geotechnical field work has been completed, which will allow engineers to optimize the design of the bridge and roadway structure to service the Lockhart residents. It is anticipated the project to be bid on by contractors in the winter of 2015, with construction expected to start in early 2016. In other action, the Lockhart council agreed to retain Summit Engineering of Spartanburg to oversee a $700,000 sewer grant.


BOARD RELEASES SOME REQUESTED INFORMATION TO SHERBERT

Tuesday, November 25

The meeting of the Union County School Board Monday night began with an appeal from Jessica Sherbert for information she had requested but had not as yet received. Sherbert explained what she was asking for.

She said she was satisfied with the board's decision to release some of the information.

The next question centered around why she wanted this information.

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SCHOOL BOARD GETS INFORMATION ON SPORTS MAINTENANCE FUNDING REQUESTS

Tuesday, November 25

Finance Director Lynn Lawson presented information concerning funding requests. He told the board that a baseball and softball field at Union County High School needed to be leveled, a necessary maintenance required about every three years. In addition, however, the problem has become worse due to debris surfacing on the fields, a situation that could impact play and create a potential for injury. The explanation for the occurrence of the debris is that the sand and clay mixture required for the fields was compromised with gravel and other materials. The estimate for repairing the fields is $30,000. The consensus of the board was that responsibility for problem is that of the original architect and contractor. The board instructed Lawson through a vote to contact the architect about the problem. The other matter Lawson brought to the board is that two of the oldest tennis courts at the high school need to be completely replaced. The estimated cost would be $60,000-$65,000. Lawson's presentation was taken as information.

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POTTER'S STOREHOUSE STILL NEEDS TURKEYS FOR DISTRIBUTION

Tuesday, November 25

The Potter's Storehouse ministry is still looking for turkeys for today's distribution to needy families. Pastor Don Moore who heads the Jonesville ministry made an appeal last week for the birds, saying they only had 48 and were in need of 500-600. Contributions have come in, but the need is still there.

Contributions can still be made by contacting Pastor Moore at 864-680-3465.

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WOMAN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY SPRAYING FLEA KILLER IN HER MOTHER-IN-LAW'S FOOD

Tuesday, November 25

The Union County Sheriff's office has announced an arrest in a possible intentional poisoning. The complainant told police that on June 29, 2014, she poured herself a glass of wine and noticed it smelled funny. The same day at around 2:00 p.m., another woman attempted to eat some cauliflower and noted that it also smelled funny, like the wine. This caused the woman to become suspicious and she checked other items. In the refrigerator was a container of yogurt that was supposed to be unopened, and it smelled like the other items. A bottle of flea and tick spray was noticed, and after smelling it, they believed that substance had been sprayed on the food items.

The police report stated they believe that Cathy Vasser, daughter-in-law to the complainant, was the one who did this because she was left in the house alone the day before. She was also said to have been upset with the women over another issue. As a result, Cathy Delynn Vasser, 38, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVOLVED IN DEATH INVESTIGATION

Tuesday, November 25

This past Thursday, Union County Sheriff's officers responded to a call in reference to a death investigation. Upon arrival, medic units were already on scene and advised that Lana Michelle Fowler, 42, had been found unresponsive on the living room floor by her boyfriend. When they arrived on scene, they observed bruising and other injuries about her body that could be consistent with an assault and asked for the UCSO to be dispatched to the location. The responding officer, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap, entered the residence and took initial pictures of the scene and awaited the arrival of investigators. Upon arrival of the investigators and the Coroner, the scene was turned over to them.

Officer Gilstrap then spoke with her boyfriend outside the residence. He stated that he left Fowler's residence around 6:30pm on November 20th to go to his mother's house on Lockhart Hwy., and Fowler was laying on the couch where she had been sleeping the last several nights. He returned at approximately 10:00 am the next day and entered the residence through the front door. That is when he found Fowler lying on the floor and unresponsive. He called 911 at this time. Odell stated that Fowler had several medical problems including diabetes, hepatitis C, and major nerve damage in her back. He also stated that she had a bad cough for some time that seemed to be getting worse. When Odell left the night before, he stated that Fowler was not complaining of anything unusual or feeling ill. The investigation continues to determine cause of death.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT MONARCH ELEMENTARY

Monday, November 24

The Union County School Board of Trustees will be meeting this evening at 7:00 in the cafeteria of the Monarch Elementary School. The agenda appears rather routine, with the personnel report and the consideration of a request for an overnight field trip. Finance Director Lynn Lawson will present three project funding requests. Monarch Principal Anita Maness will discuss some of the highlights of the school. There are two personnel items listed for executive session. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

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BEST CHANCE NETWORK OFFERS FREE BREAST AND CERVICAL EXAMS

Monday, November 24

Union-area ladies are invited to see if you qualify for a free breast and cervical examination. Hildreth Perrin with the Best Chance Network talks about how to qualify for the exams.

Complete information can be obtained by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-277-2345, or call Perrin directly at 864-443-2521.

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STATE RELEASES REPORT CARDS FOR AREA SCHOOLS

Monday, November 24

The 2014 State Report Cards for the Union County School District have been released. Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall issued a release Friday explaining the data. She explained, “There are 2 report cards given to each school based on 2013-14 data. The first report card (ESEA) is a federal one based on student growth, showing averages in grade levels. For instance, it measures how one year’s 6th grade measures up to another year’s 6th-grade data. Reports are broken down to show growth of student subgroups consisting of 30 or more students.

The second state report card issued on November 15th this year is for actual student scores in 2013-14. There is a growth rating on this report card as well, but the scores are not averaged as in the federal report. It measures individual student growth.

Administrators and teachers have reviewed data on 2013-14 test scores to determine gaps and areas of focus for the 2014-15 school year. These highlights are being shared at board meetings during the fall.”

Buffalo, Foster Park, Monarch, Lockhart, and Jonesville Elementary Schools and Sims Middle School rated average with average growth. Jonesville Middle School rated average with below average growth, and Union County High School rated average with unsatisfactory growth.

No explanation was given for the specific ratings.

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SAME-SEX MARRIAGES TO PROCEED IN SC; ONE COUPLE APPLIES FOR LICENSE IN UNION COUNTY

Monday, November 24

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in South Carolina, rejecting an emergency application seeking a stay of a judge’s order striking down the state’s ban on such unions. Friday, a lesbian couple became the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in Union County since the overturning of South Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The license will be issued by the Probate Judge’s office on Monday. State law requires the Probate Judge’s Office to wait 24 hours before issuing a marriage license to a couple who has applied for one.

State officials had stressed federalism concerns, saying that South Carolina’s voters, rather than the federal government, should be allowed to decide questions of “domestic relations,” including marriage. The state officials also noted that the legal landscape had changed since the Supreme Court last month refused to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in five states. A recent ruling from the Federal Appeals Court in Cincinnati upholding several state bans, they said, made it likely that the Supreme Court would soon decide whether there is constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

As is its custom, the Supreme Court offered no reasons for declining to intercede. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have granted a stay.

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INGRAM CLAIMS JEOPARDY! TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS CROWN

Monday, November 24

Ben Ingram, the Florence, South Carolina, resident with ties to Union, is $250,000 richer after winning the nationally-syndicated TV game show Jeopardy!. Ingram returned to the show for the Tournament of Champions and held off challengers to take the top prize. He qualified to return for the competition after becoming one of the top winners in the show's history. Ingram is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Stan James of Union.

 


HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR DOWNTOWN OPEN HOUSE; THREE INJURED IN TRACKLESS TRAIN ACCIDENT

Friday, November 21

Hundreds of people turned out Thursday evening for the Annual Downtown Christmas Open House. There were a number of food vendors as well as entertainment. Downtown merchants offered special buys during the open house event. There was one unfortunate incident during the evening. Public Safety Chief Sam White said it was his understanding that a wheel broke on the trackless train attraction, causing it to turn over. Two children and one adult were injured. One of the children received only minor injuries, while the other child and the adult were transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital. The child's injuries were not believed to be serious, but the adult did receive a cut to the head. The Downtown Open House officially opens the Christmas season for Union.

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CAROLINA COMMUNITY ACTIONS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE

Friday, November 21

Carolina Community Actions, Inc., (CCA) announced Tuesday that it is now taking applications to assist low-income families with home energy heating bills and a variety of other needs and services through the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and GEAP (General Emergency Assistance Program) programs.

Applications are taken Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 201 E. Main Street, Suite A, in Union.

In addition to its Union office, CCA is also taking applications at the Carlisle Town Hall, 3911 Fish Dam Avenue, Carlisle, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today, and Potter's Storehouse, 618 Pacolet St., Jonesville, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Persons seeking to apply for the assistance must bring the Social Security cards for each member of their household; income for all household members for the past 30 days; current and past due heating bills; and photo identification. The photo identification of the applicant must match the address on the heating bills.

For more information, please contact Union County Carolina Community Actions at 864-427-0336.

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MAYOR THOMPSON ELECTED SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF SC CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS

Friday, November 21

City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson was recently elected as Second Vice President of the South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors (SCCBM). The election took place during the SCCBM’s 25th biennial meeting and scholarship gala on Oct. 17th at the Bean Market in Lake City, SC. Thompson has served as mayor of the City of Union since 2008.

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RED CROSS OFFERS FIRE AND COLD SAFETY TIPS

Friday, November 21

With the unusually cold weather and the forecast for another severe winter, it is worth noting that the American Red Cross is currently assisting 48 people who were among those affected from 13 home fires Wednesday in South Carolina. Red Cross is meeting their immediate emergency needs, which may include temporary lodging, food, clothing, mental and health services. Red Cross is also providing referrals to partner agencies for their long-term recovery.

When heating systems are being run at full force, many people resort to other sources to keep their homes warm. The Red Cross is urging residents to employ these cold and fire safety tips: 

--Never use a stove or oven to heat the home.

--If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away.

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

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

--Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

Here are some cold weather safety tips:

--Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm.

--Wear gloves.

--Someone should seek medical attention immediately if they have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.

--Don’t forget family pets–bring them indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

--Avoid frozen pipes--run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing.

--Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.

--Download the Red Cross First Aid App for quick, expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores.

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BOOGALOO HISTORICAL PLAYS, HOUSE TOURS HIGHLIGHT THIS SATURDAY AT CROSS KEYS HOUSE

Friday, November 21

There are special goings on at the Cross Keys Plantation this week. It is all a part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the historic home. Ola Jean Kelly of the Union County Historical Society fills us in with the details.


HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR USES SCHOOL MEDICAL TRAINING TO SAVE HER NEPHEW

Thursday, November 20

Kaylin Wicker is a 17-year old junior at Union County High School and is in the Health Occupation Services class. As part of her training last year, she became certified in CPR and first aid and learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Although Kaylin is planning on a career in health care, little did she think her training would come into play so quickly. The incident happened last Friday, and Kaylin picks up the story from there.

Kaylin says the cry of her 1-1/2-year old Aiden was a sweet sound. Her instructor, Donna Pendleton, said she is very proud of Kaylin and glad that her training kicked in in this emergency situation.

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DOWNTOWN OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED TONIGHT

Thursday, November 20

A highly-anticipated event occurs tonight on Union's Main Street. It's the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, and it starts up at 6:00 p.m. Merchants have decorated their store fronts and will be offering special buys and entertainment inside during the event. Outside the stores, there will be a lot of activity, with music by a variety of musicians and local dance classes performing. There will be food with vendors offering their specialties. One of the many organizations represented on the street will be the Potter's Storehouse. That food ministry is currently involved in a project to give turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving. They will be accepting donations for that cause during the event.

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EXPERIENCE VICTORIAN-ERA CHRISTMAS AT ROSE HILL

Thursday, November 20

Area residents will have the opportunity to experience the ambience of a Victorian-era Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation, former home of Gov. William Henry Gist and his family. Special tours will be held on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2014.

Many of our familiar Christmas decorations and traditions were started in Victorian times. The mansion will be decorated and interpreters will conduct special Christmas-themed tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Father Christmas will make a special appearance on the park Sunday afternoon. The whole family is invited to attend.

Refreshments, including some from Victorian recipes, will be available in the original kitchen located behind the mansion. Children’s activities will also be available in the kitchen. The mansion will remain decorated for the holiday season throughout the month of December.

Tickets are $7.50 per person (age 6 and older), while children ages 5 and under get in for free. Tickets may be purchased in the kitchen the day of your visit. No reservations are required. The program is free with a S.C. Park Passport Plus.

After the holidays are over and you have made your New Year’s resolutions, start out on the right foot with a First Day Hike. Meet with the ranger on Thursday, January 1, 2015, to hike the short nature trail at Rose Hill. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the picnic shelter. The fee is $2 per person, age 16 and older. Age 15 and under are free. You should bring binoculars, insect repellant, and a camera if you like. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes.

For information, you may contact Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379, at 864-427-5966, or e-mail rosehill@scprt.com.


COUNTY COUNCIL PAYS OFF DEBT FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON CROSS KEYS PLANTATION SITE

Wednesday, November 19

Meeting in their regular monthly session Tuesday night, the Union County Council heard a report from Melinda Wages who was representing the Buffalo Community Center. She called to council's attention a number of mostly structural issues they would like to see addressed. Among those was a call for the upstairs windows in the building to be replaced and the upstairs area to be cleaned out to make way for a potential renter. Also mentioned was a need for better lighting and a new entrance. Included too was the need for handicap-accessible bathrooms. Wages stated the realization that the cost of the projects would need to be a budget item and asked the council to give consideration to having the work done in the future. Ola Jean Kelly and Buddy Smith, representing the Union County Historical Society, made a presentation of the recently struck Cross Keys House Medallion to each of the council members and thanked them for their support. A part of that ongoing support came near the end of the meeting when, following an executive session, the council voted to appropriate $25,000 to the Historical Society to pay off debt incurred by the construction of three buildings on the plantation site, including a period kitchen and restrooms.

The council failed to respond to a request from Dr. John Flood, Chief of the Monarch Fire Department, who asked for the purchase of breathing air compressors for his department. The matter was put aside following disclosure that four such units are available in Union County to any department having need of the equipment.

A second reading was given to amending the County Building Code. Frank Hart, who chairs that committee, said some work still needs to be done, and that a third reading should be delayed until the January meeting.

County Council approved a resolution proclaiming Union County as a Purple Heart County. Supervisor Tommy Sinclair explained what this means.

There was one additional matter of business that came from the executive session. On a letter of recommendation from House District 42 Representative Mike Anthony, the council voted to increase the salary of the Union County Veterans Affairs Officer, Cindy Fore, by 10%.

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SHOES FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER SCHEDULED TOMORROW AT EL POBLANO

Wednesday, November 19

There's a fundraiser coming up tomorrow at El Poblano Mexican Restaurant. It called Shoes for Kids and is sponsored by the Union County Prevention Coalition. Jimmy Johnson, a sergeant with the Union County Sheriff's Department, is a part of that organization and tells us about the fundraiser.

All the donated shoes and proceeds from the food sales during that time will go to children in Union County.

The Union County Prevention Coalition is an organization in partnership with the Union County Drug and Alcohol Commission to bring about an awareness of the dangers associated with drug use. More information can be obtained from the group's Facebook page.

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JINGLE JOG 5K, SANTA SHOPPE AMONG ACTIVITIES HELPING OTHERS THIS CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, November 19

As the holiday season approaches, activities are beginning to be scheduled to celebrate and observe the season. One such event will be what is called the Jingle Jog 5K. It is sponsored by the Junior Charity League and will be held Saturday, December 13th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be held the morning of the event at the Timken Sports Complex beginning at 7:30 a.m. There is a $25 registration fee. For groups of ten or more, the fee is $15 per participant. The Junior Charity League raises money throughout the year for Union County charities and is asking that participants in the Jingle Jog bring a toy to go in the WBCU Truck Full of Toys promotion.

Medi-Home Hospice is asking for donations of gifts for their Santa Shoppe. The Santa Shoppe benefits residents of local nursing homes where those residents may shop for gifts for loved ones or even themselves. The gifts or donations may be dropped by the Medi-Home Hospice office, located at 101 South Boyce Street, suite B, Monday through Friday from 8 until 5. For additional information, inquiries may be directed to Jenny Crocker at 427-8322 or 426-3646.


DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY

Tuesday, November 18

The holiday season will kick off in downtown Union Thursday evening with the annual Downtown Christmas Open House. Torrance Inman, Executive Director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, tells us what we can expect.

What can be described as the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas get underway at 6:00 pm Thursday evening with the Christmas Open House.

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COMMITTEE ON ANIMAL CONTROL MEETS TO DISCUSS CHANGES TO ORDINANCE

Tuesday, November 18

The Union County Ad Hoc Committee on Animal Control held a meeting Monday afternoon. The committee, chaired by Supervisor-Elect Frank Hart, discussed changes to the current ordinance. Hart said:

Some of the changes discussed concerned animals that are deemed to be dangerous and/or exotic. The proposed changes are for clear definitions to designate a dangerous or exotic animal. They would, for instance, exclude from the exotic list animals of a species customarily used in South Carolina as ordinary household pets or animals. Once the changes are finalized, the amended ordinance will be presented to the full council and will take three readings to become official.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

Tuesday, November 18

The Union County Council will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30 in the Grand Jury Room of the County Court House. The agenda lists several matters up for discussion. Melinda Wages is set to appear before the council to discuss the Buffalo Community Center, and Buddy Smith and Ola Jean Kelly of the Historical Society will make a presentation to the council. Dr. John Flood will make a request for breathing air compressors. The agenda also lists a 2nd reading for an amendment to the Building Code Ordinance and adoption of a resolution proclaiming Union County as a Purple Heart County. The public is invited to attend.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES SHOOTING; VICTIM UNCOOPERATIVE

Tuesday, November 18

Public Safety officers responded in the early morning hours Monday to a call about shots being fired. When they arrived on scene at the apartments located at 219 South Church Street, they spoke with a woman who stated she heard people arguing in a downstairs apartment and also heard a single gunshot. Smith also stated she observed several subjects running to their vehicles and leaving the parking lot. Ultimately, officers received notification that the shooting victim was at the Wallace Thomson Hospital Emergency Room. Arriving there, they spoke with the victim, 24-year old Solomon Gore, of 309 South Church Street. Gore told the officers that he didn’t know who shot him. The officers asked Gore to tell them what happened, and he did not answer. They did observe what appeared to be a gunshot wound just above the knee on Gore’s left leg. They photographed the wound and also the crime scene at the apartment. The case remains under investigation.

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UNION NATIVE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF STATE BAPTIST CONVENTION

Tuesday, November 18

A Union native has been elected President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Dr. Tommy Kelly, pastor of the Varnville Baptist Church, was elected last Wednesday during the 194th session of the convention at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He is married to the former Phyllis Adams of Union, and they have one daughter, Rebekah. Dr. Kelly is the son of Ola Jean Kelly and the late Thomas Kelly of Union. He will serve a one-year term that will conclude next November when the convention will be held at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg.


EVENTS CENTER BOARD TO RETURN DONATIONS, DISSOLVE AS AN ENTITY

Monday, November 17

The proposed Events Center in Union is now a dead issue. Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love issued the following statement Friday afternoon.

"The Board of Directors for the Union Events Center (UEC) has voted to proceed with returning all funds raised to the donors, and wrapping up any other administrative issues as quickly as possible, before dissolving the board no later than year end.  This decision by the board was made due to City Council’s decision not to approve the board’s request for support.  City Council was scheduled to vote in its November 11th meeting on a request by the UEC Board for backstop funding for the center’s operational expenses.  The board had requested that the city act as a backstop in case there was an unexpected budget shortfall, a concern that had been previously expressed by some City Council members.  While the funds were not expected to be needed, it was considered prudent to put them in place.  The amount of the funds requested was no more than one-half of the amount the city will collect from Hospitality and Accommodation taxes for the next three years.  By law, these taxes must be used for tourism-related activities such as the UEC.

Four years ago, the Union City Council initiated the process of creating a board of private, community-minded individuals willing to invest their time to revive the UEC project, which the city had previously established, supported and obtained bids for construction.  Efforts by the board to develop the UEC project were to include obtaining public input, design, siting, fundraising, construction, and ongoing governance post-construction.  The board recently completed all of the pre-construction tasks, including raising over $3 million, and approached City Council and County Council to publicly support the UEC.  Since the City Council did not vote on or express any level of support for the project, and since the board was created at the behest of the city, the board feels it has no choice but to dissolve.

The board would like to thank the hundreds of residents who have expressed their support for this project, many of whom are community leaders in the business, manufacturing, education, non-profit, and religious sectors.  We ask our supporters not to let this decision by local government discourage them from supporting similar public benefit projects in the future."

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AD HOC COMMITTEE ON ANIMAL CONTROL TO DISCUSS ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE TODAY

Monday, November 17

The Union County Ad Hoc Committee on Animal Control will hold a meeting this afternoon at 5:15pm in the conference room at the Union County Annex Building, located at 320 East Main Street. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Union County’s Animal Control Ordinance, and the public is invited to attend.

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USC UNION OFFERING CLASS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR BUSINESS

Monday, November 17

USC Union will offer a continuing education class. The two-evening course is designed to help small businesses take advantage of social media to advertise their services. The teacher is Ms. Melissa Patton, a coach from GoTeamSocial.com, who hosts several “social media” presentations and classes in the region.

Organizers say “this specific course would be ideal for small businesses not currently using social media to promote their business.” Patton will show attendees how valuable a tool social media can be and how to set up a media page.

The course will be held on Monday, November 24th, and Tuesday, November 25th, from 6:00pm–7:30pm in the USC Union computer lab in the Central Building at 309 E Academy Street. The cost for the course is only $50, and you can register by calling Bill Moore at (864) 424-8037, or by e-mailing moorebil@mailbox.sc.edu.

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POTTER'S STOREHOUSE NEEDS TURKEY DONATIONS AHEAD OF NEXT WEEK'S DISTRIBUTION

Monday, November 17

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and the Potter's Storehouse food ministry is gearing up for a massive distribution of turkeys. One problem--they only have three on hand. Pastor Don Moore fills in the details.


SANTA TO VISIT SAVE THE CHILDREN PROGRAM

Friday, November 14

For the fifth year in a row, The Noerr Programs and Save the Children are teaming up to demonstrate Santa’s heart by giving back to kids in need. This year, Haywood Mall’s Santa has been chosen to make a surprise landing at Save the Children’s early childhood and elementary school programs in Union. While there, Santa will share a holiday story with his young guests to demonstrate the importance of reading, and sing Christmas carols with each class.

Santa will also deliver Carter’s pajamas, toothbrushes, toothpaste and books packed with care during Noerr's annual Santa University. These early Christmas gifts will be distributed to infants up to 3 years old enrolled in Save the Children's Early Steps to School Success program in Union, as well as all the Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Monarch Elementary.

Additionally, Santa will distribute copies of Careful Santa! and Christmas Carol: Junior Novel for each elementary student at Monarch Elementary, generously donated by Scholastic Books. What’s more, nearby Haywood Mall contributed plush holiday bears, activity pads and reindeer antlers to add holiday cheer, and Snowman Truffles provided by Lindt USA will top off each gift bag with a sweet touch.     

The activities will start at the Monarch Elementary School at 8:30 Tuesday morning.

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RECRUITMENT EVENT SET IN GAFFNEY MONDAY

Friday, November 14

A recruitment event is set for Monday, November 17th, from 9:00am-11:30am at the Gaffney SC Works office. Circle of Angels is looking to hire Primary Care Associates. Successful candidates will be charged with managing housekeeping, laundry, shopping and errands, preparing and serving diets according to instruction, and other duties related to care for homebound patients. A high school diploma or GED is required. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CONTEST

Friday, November 14

The Union County Recreation Department has announced their annual Christmas House Lighting Contest. The deadline to enter is December 10th, and there is no fee for entering the contest. The contest is open to all Union County residents. There will be first, second, and third-place winners in two categories, the elegant and creative. To enter your house in the contest, you should call the Recreation Department at 429-1670.

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SEVERAL EVENTS SCHEDULED IN CARLISLE

Friday, November 14

There are several events scheduled over the next few weeks in the town of Carlisle. The first will be Wednesday, November 19th, from 9:00 am until 1 pm, when Carolina Community Action will hold a food distribution along with toiletries and household products. During that time, applications will be accepted for heating assistance. To qualify, you must bring proof of income, your ID, Social Security card for you and each household member, and a bill or statement from the electric company.

Then on Thursday, November 27th, there will be two Thanksgiving Day events. The Mobley family will be hosting their 12th-annual Thanksgiving Community Breakfast from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Also that day, the Carlisle Christian Fellowship Church, located at 4513 King Kennedy Highway, will be serving their annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

On Sunday, December 7th, from 2-5 p.m., Carlisle residents can come to the town hall and have their child's photo taken with Santa. This event is for children 10 and under. Refreshments will be served. The town's Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 13th, at 2:00 p.m.

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CLEMSON AND GAMECOCK CLUBS ANNOUNCE ANNUAL EVENTS

Friday, November 14

It's that time of the year, as the most competitive event of the year takes place. That would be the Clemson-Carolina football game, which is set for November 29th. Both schools have organizations in Union that promote the institutions and the athletic programs, and both have special activities scheduled the same day.

The Union County Clemson Club still has tickets available for its annual Chicken Roast on November 24th at Veteran’s Park. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with supper served at 6:00 PM, and the program will begin at 7:00 PM. Former Clemson baseball and football player Ray Williams and Clemson play-by-play announcer Don Munson will serve as the keynote speakers for the event. A special auction will take place during the event, and many items of Clemson memorabilia will be raffled. Proceeds from the special auction will be used for the club’s scholarship fund. The event will once again be catered by Parklane Seafood.

Tickets for the event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Children’s tickets for children ages 5-11 are $5, and children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. Non-members wishing to join the club will receive a $5 rebate on their tickets. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling club president Virgil Childers (251-0094), Charlie Kelly (426-0899), John Stapleton (426-1765), Jim and Cathy Stepp (427-1598), or Rozelle Bramlett (429-6256). Tickets will not be available at the door and will be available through November 19th.

The annual Union County Gamecock Club Tiger Burn will be held on Monday, November 24th, at 6pm in the Truluck Activity Center on the Campus of USC Union. This year's event will feature great speakers, Cocky, Gamecock cheerleaders, food from the Dairi-o, fireworks, and the burning of the tiger. This year's guest speakers will be: former Gamecock quarterback Steve Taneyhill, who played quarterback for the Gamecocks from 1992-1995; Langston Moore, who played defensive line for the Gamecocks from 1999-2002 and then played in the NFL from 2003-2009. He became sideline reporter for Gamecocks radio in 2012; Andy Demetra, who is the Director of Broadcasting for the Gamecock Radio Network and does play-by-play for men's basketball and baseball radio broadcasts.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $7 for children 3-12, and children under 3 are free. Tickets are available for purchase at the USC Union Bookstore, Union Family Pharmacy, Studio 201 in Jonesville, or by contacting any Union Gamecock Club board member.


EVENTS CENTER TO HOLD CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS THE PROJECT'S FUTURE

Thursday, November 13

Even though the Union City Council failed to take any action concerning a request for funding of the Union Events Center, the question remains as to the future of the project. Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love was contacted and asked that question. Love's e-mail response was, “We will have a board conference call as soon as possible to discuss that--hopefully by Thursday." They had hoped to receive 50% of the collected Hospitality and Accommodations tax for a three-year period, which would have yielded an estimated $100,000 per year. Although Love did not say, the project could now possibly hinge on a request to the county for a one-time donation of $250,000.

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CITY COUNCIL ALLOTS MONEY TO BUFFALO MILL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

Thursday, November 13

The discussion about funding the proposed Events Center was of dominating interest at the Union City Council meeting Tuesday night, but there was more activity and action than that. The council gave approval to a second reading of an ordinance to rezone property located at 719 North Duncan Bypass to allow for a church and coffee house. The property is the site of the former Union Square Cinema.

They also gave a reading to allot $154,513 to an infrastructure project in the Buffalo Mill village. The total project is for $504,513, with $350,000 of that amount being paid through a grant from the SC Infrastructure Authority.

The council agreed to participate in the WBCU stocking stuffer project in the amount of $550. The project is one where toiletry items are given to residents of area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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CATO RELOCATES TO NEW SHOPPING CENTER TODAY

Thursday, November 13

The first of three stores to locate in the new Audrey's Plaza opens today.

The store’s relocation was announced in October by John Cato, Chairman, President, and CEO of the Cato Corporation.  “With exclusive styles, on-trend fashions and low prices every day, our customers can always find their statement of style while enjoying their shopping experience at Cato,” Cato said. “We are excited about the opening of our new store in Union.”

Cato is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel, shoes, and accessories, offering exclusive fashions in the newest styles, colors and fabrics.

Audrey Plaza was built by SGC-McWhorter on behalf of HL Union, LLC, a Charlotte, NC-based developer. A previous project of the company was the Shoe Show building located just across the Walmart parking lot from where the plaza is located.

In addition to Cato, the 17,000 square-foot facility will also be the new home of Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports. The stores are relocating to Audrey Plaza from 441 N. Duncan Bypass.

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SMX STAFFING TO RECRUIT WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES TOMORROW

Thursday, November 13

SMX Staffing will hold a recruitment event for Amazon Friday from 1:00pm-3:00pm. These are temporary positions for all shifts (day, night, and midday). The hourly rate of pay will be $10.75—$11.25. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must bring proof of education. Warehouse associates will receive and stock material, pick, pack, and ship material. The will also load and unload trucks and may drive powered industrial equipment, as well as work with and/or around moving mechanical parts. The noise level varies and can be loud, and temperatures may vary between 60-90 degrees, occasionally exceeding 90 degrees. The environment is very fast-paced. Applicants must be 18 years or older, be able to lift 49 lbs., and be willing to work overtime to learn industrial equipment. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. Applicants should apply online at http://apply.smjobs.com and enter job code 7C1S. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.

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CROSS KEYS HOUSE TO HOST TOURS, PLAYS ON NOVEMBER 22ND

Thursday, November 13

A special event is coming up at the Cross Keys House. The Historical Society's Ola Jean Kelly gives the details.


MOTION TO SUPPORT EVENTS CENTER DIES WITHOUT A SECOND

Wednesday, November 12

As expected, the Union City Council meeting Tuesday night was well attended, presumably because of the expected vote on the Union Events Center. The mayor had said there would be an up or down vote. That's not exactly what happened. The Events Center Board of Directors had requested a donation of 50% of the funds derived from the hospitality and accommodations taxes. The 2014 revenue derived from that source was $210,873, and half of that would be a little over $105,000. An additional $190,000 is projected to come in for 2015.

A wrinkle was introduced into the equation when City Attorney Larry Flynn proposed that it would be better for the city if a set amount was proposed by the Events Center. It was also noted that $149,000 was already allocated for other purposes. Councilman Robert Garner made a motion for the city to participate in the project but ask the Events Center Board to submit a request for a specific amount. New city councilman Tommy Anthony commented that, “Once we agree, it becomes our project." Garner's motion died for the lack of a second. No other recommendations were made, and the council moved on to other matters. Is the Events Center project dead to the City of Union? Mayor Harold Thompson said:

The Events Center Board may have one more opportunity to help fund the project. They have submitted a request to the Union County Council for a one-time contribution of $250,000 to come from the hospitality and accommodations tax. The County Council is set to meet Tuesday, November 18, for a regular session. The agenda has not been made public as of yet, so it is unknown if that matter will be brought up for discussion.

In other action, the meeting saw the swearing in of three council members. Robert Garner won reelection to his seat in district 5 and was also chosen as the Mayor Pro-Tem for a second time. Garner's daughter, Pamela Sloss, was elected to fill the seat in district 2 and was sworn in, as was Tommy Anthony, who defeated incumbent councilman Tommy Hill for the district 6 seat.

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LARGE CROWD HONORS VETERANS AT PARADE AND CEREMONY

Wednesday, November 12

School children and patriotic citizens gathered on Union's Main Street Tuesday morning for the annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade featured dignitaries, military vehicles, and bands, and the procession made its way to the war memorial monuments located on the corner of Main and Mountain Streets. Pre-service music was provided by the Union County High School Chorus. The veteran of the year was Lewis O'Shields, a US Navy Veteran from the Vietnam era, and the speaker was Frank M. Hart, also a US Navy Veteran from World War II. Special emphasis was placed this year on Vietnam War veterans, as the fiftieth anniversary of that conflict nears. Click here to watch some of the parade.

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JROTC HANDS OUT PROMOTIONS

Wednesday, November 12

The Union County JROTC Yellow Jacket Battalion held the second promotions of the 2014-2015 school year on November 11th. This promotion followed the issuance of the first-quarter report cards and was the first opportunity for freshmen cadets to pin on rank. As always, each promotion-eligible cadet had to obtain the concurrence of each of his/her teachers to ensure that cadets are performing in every class, not just JROTC. Many parents and other family members attended and participated in the ceremonies.

The following cadets were promoted based on their academics, physical fitness, conduct, and leadership. From Alpha Company: C/PVT Dimitri Dean, C/PVT Ricky Belue, and C/PVT Timothy Whatley. From Bravo Company: C/PVT Jordan Calhoon, C/PVT Curtis Johnson, C/PFC Jonathan Earls, C/PFC Austin Roark, C/PFC Ryan Young, C/CPL Zachary Lowe, C/SGT Darrian Jeter.

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LIBRARY WEBSITE OFFERS SAMPLE DRIVER TESTS

Wednesday, November 12

The Union County Carnegie Library now has a resource that can help students practice for their driver's license test.  Driving-Tests.org provides sample tests for those seeking to earn a permit, CDL, or motorcycle license.  It also includes handbooks for each type of license. Driving-Tests.org pulls in a variety of practice driving tests and places them in one convenient location.  A link to the site is available through the library’s website (www.unionlibrary.org). Select the link to “Digital Resources,” and scroll down the list until arriving at “Driving-Tests.org.”  The tests are free and the information is geared specifically to South Carolina law and driving tests.  It should be noted that Driving-Tests.org is not affiliated with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, so no tests are official.  Be sure to obtain and consult an official South Carolina Driver’s Manual before taking any test or beginning to drive.  Still, Driving-Tests.org is a great to refresh your knowledge and gain some confidence before taking a driver’s test.

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BENORE LOGISTIC SYSTEMS RECRUITING CDL DRIVERS

Wednesday, November 12

Benore Logistic Systems, Inc., will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office tomorrow from 9am-11:30am & 1:30pm-3:30pm. They are looking to hire Class A CDL drivers. Local drivers are needed for dedicated runs between a Union manufacturing facility and a Greer manufacturing facility. This is a 24-hour operation, 7 days a week, with some weekend work necessary.

Advantages of driving for Benore include:

--Flat rate pay per run

--a six-month pay increase program

--driving 2013 or newer tractors

--set start time and work days

--You do not have to touch the freight

--Sign-on and new driver referral bonuses are available, as well as paid holidays and vacation

--Comprehensive benefits package offering medical, dental, vision, prescription, life, AD&D, 401k, STD, LTD, critical illness, and accident

Top driver candidates will have 2 years of Class A experience, 200,000 safe miles driven, and a motor vehicle report with 3 points or less.

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CLEMSON AND GAMECOCK CLUBS ANNOUNCE ANNUAL EVENTS

Wednesday, November 12

It's that time of the year, as the most competitive event of the year takes place. That would be the Clemson-Carolina football game, which is set for November 29th. Both schools have organizations in Union that promote the institutions and the athletic programs, and both have special activities scheduled the same day.

The Union County Clemson Club still has tickets available for its annual Chicken Roast on November 24th at Veteran’s Park. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with supper served at 6:00 PM, and the program will begin at 7:00 PM. Former Clemson baseball and football player Ray Williams and Clemson play-by-play announcer Don Munson will serve as the keynote speakers for the event. A special auction will take place during the event, and many items of Clemson memorabilia will be raffled. Proceeds from the special auction will be used for the club’s scholarship fund. The event will once again be catered by Parklane Seafood.

Tickets for the event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Children’s tickets for children ages 5-11 are $5, and children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. Non-members wishing to join the club will receive a $5 rebate on their tickets. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling club president Virgil Childers (251-0094), Charlie Kelly (426-0899), John Stapleton (426-1765), Jim and Cathy Stepp (427-1598), or Rozelle Bramlett (429-6256). Tickets will not be available at the door and will be available through November 19th.

The annual Union County Gamecock Club Tiger Burn will be held on Monday, November 24th, at 6pm in the Truluck Activity Center on the Campus of USC Union. This year's event will feature great speakers, Cocky, Gamecock cheerleaders, food from the Dairi-o, fireworks, and the burning of the tiger. This year's guest speakers will be: former Gamecock quarterback Steve Taneyhill, who played quarterback for the Gamecocks from 1992-1995; Langston Moore, who played defensive line for the Gamecocks from 1999-2002 and then played in the NFL from 2003-2009. He became sideline reporter for Gamecocks radio in 2012; Andy Demetra, who is the Director of Broadcasting for the Gamecock Radio Network and does play-by-play for men's basketball and baseball radio broadcasts.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $7 for children 3-12, and children under 3 are free. Tickets are available for purchase at the USC Union Bookstore, Union Family Pharmacy, Studio 201 in Jonesville, or by contacting any Union Gamecock Club board member.


SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES REVISED POLICY FOR STUDENTS CAUGHT FIGHTING AT SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 11

Monday night's meeting of the Union County School Board saw the swearing in of five board members. Two were newly elected. They were Gene “Doc” Lipsey and Mike Massey. Currently serving and re-elected members were Jane Wilkes, Jane Hammett, and Dr. Wanda All. Hammett and All ran unopposed, and Wilkes held off a challenger to hold on to her seat.

School Board Chairperson Dr. Wanda All and Vice Chairperson Kakie White received the nod to retain those posts for another year.

Several items were up for discussion, including a revision in the policy for students caught fighting on school grounds. The revised policy calls for a three-day suspension for first offense, five days for second offense, and 10 days for the third offense. Board Member Manning Jeter took exception with the revision, saying it had been weakened by reducing the first offense for fighting from five to three days suspension. Following the meeting, Jeter said:

The matter was presented as information, so no vote was taken.

School Board Members Jantzen Childers and Jane Wilkes were tapped to represent the Union School Board at the Legislative Advocacy Conference on December 6th.

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UNION ROTARY CLUB RECOGNIZED FOR ITS MEMBERS' GENEROSITY

Tuesday, November 11

Friday evening, board members from the Rotary Club of Union attended the District 7750 Foundation Banquet in Greenville. Among those attending were Lewis Jeter--President, Buddy Smith--Assistant District Governor, Scott Sandor--Foundation Director, Torance Inman--Vice-President, and Annie Smith--Public Relations Director.

The Rotary Club of Union received an award at the banquet for being one of only 1,200 clubs worldwide to attain status as a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club, meaning that 100% of the active members personally have contributed $100 or more to the Annual Fund during the year.



 

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT; EVENTS CENTER VOTE HIGHLIGHTS THE AGENDA

Tuesday, November 11

The Union City Council meets tonight at 6:30 at City Hall, and it appears to be an up or down meeting for the proposed Union Events Center. During a joint meeting last Thursday with the City and County Councils, Events Center Board Chair Bob Love reiterated their request for the City of Union to provide 50% of its annual hospitality and accommodations taxes for a three-year period in support of the ongoing operation of the center. At that time, Mayor Harold Thompson, who has been an outspoken proponent of the center, said the matter was on the agenda for the Tuesday's meeting, and that there would be a vote on the subject, “Up or down.” It was during that joint meeting that a parade of industrial officials went before the group to urge financial support from both councils. Timken General Manager Bob Hart pointed to the quarter of a million dollars that has already been donated by the Timken Foundation, saying if something doesn't happen before January 1st, the foundation will want their money back.

Bryan Stone, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Lockhart Power Company and is vice-chair of the Events Center Board, has written an open letter calling on citizens to contact their council members, both city and county, and urge their support of the project. His letter says, in part:

If you believe that Union can be better than it is today, that it should be willing to accept a tremendous gift offered by numerous private companies and individuals to help everyone in the county, that it deserves to have at least one public place for groups of people to conduct business meetings, social functions, and cultural and educational events, and that our community has the wherewithal to handle details that arise along the way, please contact your council representatives now! There are still some of them who say the residents in their districts don’t care about these issues, and they need to hear from you before the votes this coming week.” Lockhart Power has also contributed a significant amount to the project.

The Events Center Board has also requested a one-time contribution from the County of Union in the amount of $250,000. There has been no indication as to when the County Council will take up the matter. Stone stated in his letter, “If they vote “no”, they will likely lose the substantial gift from Timken, which would probably be the end of the Union Events Center.”

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USC UNION STUDENTS RAISE $2878 TOWARDS THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

Tuesday, November 11

This past October 11th marked the fourth consecutive year that USC Union’s University 101 classes participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The university encourages community service projects, and Bobby Holcombe, University 101 instructor, selected this worthy cause. Holcombe states, “We are all unknowingly at risk for this disease. I want victims and caretakers to be aware of the services and resources that are offered to Union County residents.” This was a special walk for Bobby Holcombe himself. His father has suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years and had been completely bedridden the last 14 years. On Tuesday, October 14th, four days after the walk, his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s ended. Holcombe said, “His release from this dreaded disease is a victory and he is much better off in heaven.”

This semester, USC-U’s University 101 raised $2,878 towards the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This includes proceeds from the 2014 Miss USC Union Pageant that was held March 2014.

Presently, out of 70 teams, University 101 placed third this year, and since participating in 2011, they have been among the top 10 teams each year.

The services and resources that Holcombe referred to is the Alzheimer’s Association of Spartanburg, located at 901 S. Pine Street Spartanburg, SC. The program director, Joyce Finkle, and can be reached at 864-542-9998, Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00. There is also a 24/7 toll free Help Call Line: 1-800-272-3900. The Spartanburg Office serves Union, Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties. Union has a service office. Contact the Spartanburg Office for location and hours.


MAN LEADS OFFICERS ON CHASE AFTER SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART

Monday, November 10

Authorities say a man accused of ramming a Union County deputy's car during a high-speed chase Friday following a shoplifting call at Walmart could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The suspect, identified as Joshua Burbage, 28, of Winnsboro, SC, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature stemming from the ramming incident. He is also facing four additional charges: shoplifting enhanced, failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, and habitual traffic offender.

Walmart employees called the police after Burbage was seen shoplifting marine batteries. When officers arrived, the chase began as the suspect left the Walmart parking lot. Deputies from the Union County Sheriff's Office picked up the chase and followed Burbage for 20 miles, with the suspect reaching speeds of 100 mph. According to reports, Burbage rammed a deputy's car during the chase, but the deputy was not injured. According to reports, the deputy driving the vehicle that was rammed opened fire at the suspect, hitting Burbage in the hand. Deputies said they deployed stop sticks, and the chase ended near the intersection of Highway 72 and Santuc Drive.

Burbage was transported to Spartanburg Regional after the chase ended for the gunshot wound to the hand. He was booked into the Union County Detention Center on Saturday.

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SCHOOL BOARD SET TO MEET TONIGHT

Monday, November 10

The Union County School Board meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. A main item on the agenda is the swearing in of two new board members who were elected this past Tuesday, and one that was re-elected. Gene “Doc” Lipsey held off two challengers to be elected to the post formerly held by Buck Peay in the Jonesville area. Mike Massey defeated board member Kim Bailey and will represent the general Lockhart area. Jane Wilkes held off challenger Jessica Sherbert to retain her seat representing district 9. The board will also select new officers, to include a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and other officers the board may deem necessary. While the board members are elected to serve a four-year term, officers will only serve one year.

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HOSPITAL BOARD CONTINUES TO MEET WITH SPARTANBURG REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Monday, November 10

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees met Thursday evening, and the first order of business was an executive session. The purpose was to hear from representatives of Spartanburg Regional Hospital concerning the possibility of Wallace Thomson Hospital forming a partnership with them. Roughly two months ago, an agreement was reached with the healthcare organization to enter into talks that would explore the partnership possibilities. Wallace Thomson agreed to a sixty-day period where they committed not to talk with any other healthcare organization. The negotiations have now exceeded the sixty-day period, but Union Hospital District CEO Paul Newhouse says the signs are positive.

Newhouse said they are months away from an agreement, but he remains optimistic that a partnership is possible. One of the obstacles that may be standing in the way is the Chapter 9 bankruptcy that was filed by the Union Hospital District several months ago. At the time, the bankruptcy was viewed as a posturing move to set up a partnership possibility.

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VETERANS DAY PARADE, CEREMONY SCHEDULED TOMORROW ON MAIN STREET

Monday, November 10

A Veterans Day celebration is set for tomorrow in downtown Union, and Veterans Affairs Officer Cindy Fore tells us what we can expect.

The parade and program will be carried live on WBCU on 1460 AM and 103.5 FM, as well as streamed at www.wbcuradio.com.

Another part of the Veterans Day celebration will be the annual Veterans Day dinner at the Veterans Memorial Lodge in Foster Park beginning at 6:00 pm. Because of the 50th anniversary next year of the start of the Vietnam War, there will be a special emphasis on that conflict. The speaker will be local Vietnam Veteran Jantzen Childers. The dinner itself will include the traditional Legion barbecue and hash.

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TEXAS WOMAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF FINANCIAL CARD THEFT AND IDENTITY THEFT

Monday, November 10

On October 22, 2014, a Union County couple from 134 Chapel Road reported that their Arthur State Bank checking account had been accessed on two separate occasions, and an unknown person had used their account to make payments. According to the Federal Reserve paperwork obtained from Arthur State Bank, the suspect used the name of Kimberly Webb to pay her Verizon bill, and used the name of Britten Webb to pay an Atmos Energy Company of Texas bill. The Sheriff’s Office subpoenaed records from Atmos Energy and Verizon to see who the customer was to which these accounts were credited. The bills that were paid were both in the name of Britten Webb. On November 5th, 2014, Union County Sheriff David Taylor and Investigator Scott Coffer went to Rockwall, Texas, and met with Investigator Steven Tigert of the Rockwall County Police Department. Officers went to the address listed on the accounts to speak to Britten Webb. After a brief interview, it was determined that Kimberly Alison Webb had used her daughter’s identity and paid the accounts from the stolen Arthur State Bank checking account. Kimberly Alison Webb, a white female, 47 years of age, was arrested and taken into custody on November 6th, 2014, near her residence by Investigator Steven Tigert. Webb was transported to the Rockwall County Jail and is currently awaiting extradition back to Union, SC, where she will face charges of 2 counts of financial transaction card theft and identity theft.
Sheriff Taylor stated that he wants people to know that acts such as this will not be taken lightly in Union County, and we all have to work together to bring these criminals to justice. Sheriff Taylor said that citizens work too hard for what they have for someone to try to steal it away from them.


VOTES ON FUNDING FOR EVENTS CENTER MAY BE NEARING

Friday, November 7

The future of the Union Events Center very well may be on the line today as a result of a meeting last evening of the Union County Council and Union City Council. That meeting was requested by Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love, who said:

Love told the assembled group that fundraising is nearly complete but is stalled because of having no financial commitment from the city or the county. Love presented what was termed a joint proposition concerning the center. The proposition calls for the City of Union to provide up to 50% of its annual hospitality and accommodations tax to support the ongoing operation of the Events Center for a period of three years, beginning January 1, 2015. For the county's part, they are asking that the county provide a one-time contribution from accrued hospitality and accommodations taxes of $250,000 for construction of the Union Events Center upon groundbreaking for the facility.

Brian Stone, who is the vice-chair of the Events Center board, addressed the group and asked for their support. He introduced a number of industry officials in Union County who support the project. One of those people was Bob Hart, who is the general manager of the Timken plant here in Union and also a representative of the Timken Foundation. The Timken Foundation has already donated $250,000 to the cause, and Hart pointed out a check had already been cashed and the money is drawing interest by the City of Union. He told the assembled individuals in the room, “The leadership in this room needs to decide if it's going to support this project or not.” He then added that if no decision is reached by January 1st, the Timken Foundation will want their money back.

Stone told the group that the request they are making is extremely modest compared to the amount of money the city and the county has already collected through the accommodations and hospitality tax. He called the center a “poster child project” for the community. Union Mayor Harold Thompson, who has openly endorsed the project since its inception, indicated that it was time for the city to make a decision on the support that they will or will not give. Thompson said it will be on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting, and “we will vote on it, up or down."

County Councilman Randall Hanvey asked if there was any chance a different location would be considered. His question did not receive a direct answer, but Love did say they would be happy to hear any suggestions. There was also discussion concerning the fact that perhaps a better location could be found on Union's Main Street. Love told the assembled group that selecting another location would cause them to have to start over again. As far as making a decision concerning the county's possible contribution, Supervisor Tommy Sinclair commented that maybe the County Council should take a cue from the city and be prepared to make a decision.

Also addressing the group was Arthur State Bank President Carlisle Oxner, who called it a quality of life issue, saying, “We need something to be proud of, and I think this does it." He added, “We did our part, is time for you to step up and do your part."

Love said it is now crunch time.

The future of the Events Center project is still unknown and will only be revealed when the two councils meet in their separate sessions and vote on the matter. Although Union Mayor Harold Thompson said that a vote would be taken this coming Tuesday night on the matter, there was no indication from the County Council as to when they might take up the issue.

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JONESVILLE VOTERS APPROVE GOVERNMENT CHANGE REFERENDUM

Friday, November 7

Voters in Jonesville narrowly approved changing the town’s form of government in Tuesday’s general election. This past August, the Jonesville Town Council voted 3-1 to approve an ordinance placing a referendum on changing the town’s form of government on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The ordinance stated that the referendum would ask voters in the town to vote yes or no on the following question:

Shall the municipality of Jonesville change its form of government from the mayor-council form to the council form?”

Unofficial results, which will be certified today, shows that the referendum was approved with 144 yes votes to 140 no votes.

The SC Municipal Association website states that the mayor-council form of government is used by 145 of South Carolina’s 270 municipalities. It says that the mayor-council form of government is “often called the strong mayor form because the mayor is granted by state law the right to exercise legislative as well as executive and administrative authority.”

The council form of government is used by 93 of South Carolina’s municipalities. The site states that the council form is “sometimes called the weak mayor form, which refers to the mayor’s lack of formal executive authority” and is “often called governance by committee because of shared powers." Under that form of government there is “no separation of powers between the executive and the legislative functions.”

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EXEL LOGISTICS LOOKING TO HIRE SEASONAL WAREHOUSE WORKERS

Friday, November 7

Exel Logistics will be holding a recruitment event on Tuesday, November 18th, from 1:30-4 p.m. The recruitment event will be at the SC Works Spartanburg office. They are looking to hire seasonal warehouse workers for a starting pay rate of $10/hr., plus an end-of-season bonus for all hours worked. A high school diploma or GED is required. Candidates will undergo pre-employment drug screening and a background check. 6 months of warehouse experience is preferred, and you must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and push and/or pull up to 100 lbs. using a pallet jack. Basic computer skills are needed. They are hiring for all 3 shifts. Bring a résumé and come appropriately dressed for an interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and must have a referral.

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BENORE LOGISTIC SYSTEMS RECRUITING CLASS A CDL DRIVERS

Friday, November 7

Benore Logistic Systems, Inc., has scheduled a recruitment event for next Thursday at the Union SC Works office from 9 until 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. They want to hire Class A CDL drivers. Local drivers are needed for dedicated runs between a Union manufacturing facility and a Greer manufacturing facility. This is a 24-hour operation, 7 days a week, with some weekend work necessary. Benore offers flat rate pay per run and a six-month pay increase program. Successful candidates will be driving 2013 or newer tractors with set start times and work days. There is a comprehensive benefits package.


MIKE ANTHONY, FRANK HART LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING FOR THE COUNTY IN THE COMING YEAR

Thursday, November 6

House District 42 Representative Mike Anthony easily retained his State House seat in Tuesday's General Election, winning over challenger David Tribble 6073 votes to 3794. In an interview at the election headquarters Tuesday, Anthony addressed some of the pressing needs facing the legislature in the 2015 session.

Frank Hart officially became the Union County Supervisor-elect with the Tuesday election. Hart's name appeared on the ballot with no listed opposition, and with no significant write-in opposition, he will become the new supervisor in January. Hart said he is glad the election season is over.

Hart defeated incumbent Supervisor Tommy Sinclair in the June primary.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE LOOKING INTO REPORTED ROBBERY

Thursday, November 6

The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that was reported to have occurred Tuesday. According to the incident report, a deputy was dispatched to 1208 West Main Street in reference to an incident that had occurred earlier in the day at 1303 Jonesville-Lockhart Highway. The complainant stated he was moving some items into his West Main Street apartment and had solicited the help of two individuals, Willie Kershaw and Ernest Gregory. The man said when finished, he gave the two a ride back to their home on the Jonesville-Lockhart highway. He said when they arrived, Kershaw reached over and took the keys from the ignition and placed a cinder block in front of a tire, thereby preventing the vehicle from moving. He said Kershaw then demanded money. He said he attempted to move the cinder block, and that was when Kershaw kicked him and took his money, about $70, and his key ring. The man said he had an extra truck key in his pocket, which he used to leave the scene. The case was being sent to investigators.

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COUNTY AND CITY COUNCILS PLAN JOINT MEETING ON EVENTS CENTER THIS AFTERNOON

Thursday, November 6

The Union County Council will hold a joint meeting with the Union City Council this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. It will be held in the Conference Room at the Union County Annex for the purpose of discussing the Events Center.

The nature of the discussion was not revealed. The Events Center Board of Directors has asked both bodies for financial support. For the county’s part, there has been a request for a significant contribution from the hospitality and accommodations tax. Concern was expressed by some council members that the significant contribution from that fund could encumber contributions to other projects. Union City Council has been asked to float a bridge loan so construction can begin on the project. Events Center Board Chair Bob Love says they have the money for the project, but much of the money is in pledges yet to be received. The bridge loan would allow for funds to be dispersed as the construction progresses, with the city being repaid from those pledges as they come in. An informal poll of the council suggest that a majority are not in favor of the loan. The Union City Council will see two new members added as a result of Tuesday’s election, and just how their presence will influence the overall decision is not known.

The public is invited to attend.


RESULTS IN ON LOCAL ELECTIONS; ANTHONY RETURNs TO STATE HOUSE

Wednesday, November 5

South Carolina House District 42 representative Mike Anthony will return to the chamber for a seventh term. Anthony won the election yesterday in a heavily-contested battle with Laurens County Republican David Tribble. Anthony campaigned on being the only resident voice for Union County. When the votes were counted, Anthony unofficially ended up with 6,073 votes to Tribble's 3794.

In other races, William D. All, III, won the contest for Probate Judge by defeating Calvin Payton, 4352 to 3531.

William Holcombe easily reclaimed his post as Union County Coroner as he defeated challenger Scott Lewis, 6048 to 1877 votes.

County Council's District One representative Joan Little will serve another four-year term. Little defeated challenger Randy English by a vote of 765 to 588.

Just nine votes separated the two candidates for the District 3 representative on the Union County School Board. The incumbent, Kim Bailey, was unseated when challenger Mike Massey won by garnering 426 votes to Bailey's 417.

In School District 4, a three-way race saw Gene “Doc” Lipsey win with 497 votes to Jeremy Robinson's 265 and Trad Robinson's 165.

Another contested race was in School District 9. Incumbent Jane Wilkes outpolled challenger Jessica Sherbert, 433 to 376 votes.

A veteran City Councilman was unseated by a challenger in a three-way race for District 1. Tommy Anthony gained 190 votes to incumbent Tommy Hill's 160. Candidate Tyra Katrina Parham received 81 votes.

Pamela Sloss defeated challenger Brandy Erwin, 284 to 121 votes.

All results are considered to be unofficial until they are certified by the Election Commission. That body will meet for that purpose Friday at 10:00 a.m.

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OFFICIALS MONITORING AIR QUALITY IN LOCKHART BECAUSE OF FIRE AT CHESTER LANDFILL

Wednesday, November 5

Union County Emergency Services has advised residents living in the Town of Lockhart to monitor local media for the latest information about the ongoing fire at the Bennet Landfill in Chester County. Union County is working in cooperation with Chester County Emergency Management, the SC Emergency Management, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency as they continued to monitor the situation. Teams with SC DHEC and the EPA are continuously monitoring the air quality immediately around the fire scene and in Lockhart. As of noon Tuesday, the air monitoring teams had detected no airborne dangers. As crews continue to contain the fire at the landfill, residents should be prepared to take additional safety measures should they become necessary.

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DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20TH

Wednesday, November 5

The annual Downtown Christmas Open house is set for Thursday, November 20th. Officials with the Union County Chamber of Commerce say they are looking to make this event the biggest and best ever. They are looking for individuals or group who would like to participate in the event with crafts, bake sales, or other promotional items. For additional information, potential participants should contact the Chamber at 427-9039.

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CHAMBER AND SC WORKS TEAM UP FOR ENTREPRENEURS START-UP WORKSHOP

Wednesday, November 5

An Entrepreneurs Start-up Workshop is slated to be held Wednesday, November 19th, at the Union SC Works office. It has been noted that starting a business requires planning. There are many local rules and regulations, taxes, and employment issues to be considered. There is also a need to create a business plan, figure start-up cost, and know how you'll market your business to grow. This workshop will walk you through the ins and outs of starting a business and get you on the road to creating a successful business. There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of lunch and drinks. You will need to register by Monday, November 17th, by calling either the SC Works office at 427-4119, extension 2004, or the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 427-9039.


LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL RACES TO BE DECIDED AT THE POLLS TODAY

Tuesday, November 4

Today is Election Day across the state and the nation. Statewide, there are several constitutional offices up for election, including that of governor. That race has five candidates, but the most hotly contested is between incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley and Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen.

In Union County, voters will choose between House District 42 incumbent Mike Anthony and challenger David Tribble. The will be a new Probate Judge, as Calvin Payton and William D. All, III, square off to replace the retiring Judge Donna Cudd.

Voters will choose between incumbent William Holcombe and Scott Lewis for the office of Coroner. Frank Hart is running unopposed for the office of Union County Supervisor after defeating incumbent Tommy Sinclair in the June primary. Auditor Brad Valentine and County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins are running unopposed.

County Councilwoman Joan Little is facing challenger Randy English for the District 1 County Council seat. Ben C. Ivey is running unopposed in District 4. In School Board District 3, incumbent Kim Bailey faces Mike Massey. In District 4, there is a three-way race between Gene “Doc” Lipsey, Jeremy Donnell Robinson, and Trad Robinson. District 9 School Board Member Jane Wilkes is being challenged by Jessica Sherbert.

There is a three-way race for Union City Council District 1 between Tommy L. Anthony, Tommie L. Hill, Sr., and Tyra Katrina Parham. In District 2, Robert Garner is running unopposed. District 5 has Brandy Erwin facing off against Pamela Garner Sloss. Two seats are open on the Carlisle Town Council, but only one person, John Glenn, filed for election. The second seat will be chosen by write-in vote.

The polls will remain open until 7:00 p.m. At 7:30, WBCU Radio will begin election coverage on 1460 AM and 103.5 FM. The coverage will also be available on the internet by going to www.wbcuradio.com.

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TOURISM COMMISSION COORDINATES A VISIT TO OLD SIMS PROPERTY

Tuesday, November 4

Nearly two weeks ago, a group of local political and civic leaders along with interested persons took a trip to Holly Hill, South Carolina, to view a project where an abandoned school building has been renovated and turned into a government facility. As a result, many of those same people toured the abandoned Sims High School property Monday morning for reasons not clearly stated. Curtiss Hunter, interim director of the Union County Tourism Commission, set up the Holly Hill trip and coordinated the visit to the local school. Hunter described both events as “fact-finding” ventures, with the idea that the information gained could be used to develop a future project. No particular project was ever named, but community speculation is that the building could be used as an Events Center. The current Events Center project would appear to be somewhat stalled, as both city and county councils appear reluctant to provide requested funding in order to break ground. A meeting has been set for Thursday where the Events Center will be discussed, but the nature of those discussions have not been disclosed.

Another speculated use for the Sims High School building is the possibility for it becoming a county-owned facility for offices. At last month’s county council meeting, County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair appointed a committee to study the possibility of turning the courthouse into solely a Law Enforcement Center, which would result in all other non-law enforcement-related offices relocating to an unknown building.

Frank Hart, who defeated Sinclair in the June primary and whose name is the only one appearing on today’s ballot, was one of the people touring the Sims building. He was asked if the school building would be a possibility for the county offices. He admitted it could be a possibility but would not commit to the idea because the county committee has yet to meet.

Reaction to the Sims building appeared to be positive, but no one who was asked would commit their positive reaction to a specified project.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY HOLDING A BOOK SALE DURING DOWNTOWN OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, November 4

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library will be hosting a used book sale in conjunction with the annual Downtown Open House on Main Street on Thursday, November 20th. The sale will take place at the Lions Club building on Main Street from 5pm-9pm.

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COMMUNITY PRAYER GATHERING SCHEDULED AT GAZEBO THURSDAY

Tuesday, November 4

The Community Prayer Meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, November 6th, at the USC-U gazebo. You are invited to come and join with fellow citizens of Union County for a short time of prayer for the church, for our community, and also for our state, nation, and the world.  You do not have to pray out loud.  If you can't get there, please take some time for special prayer during the day.  All are welcome.

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STAFFMARK RECRUITING IN UNION THURSDAY

Tuesday, November 4

Staffmark Corporation will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office Thursday, November 6th, from 9:00am until 11:30am. Applicants must complete an application online before the event at www.staffmark.com. They are looking to hire picker/packers, RF scanners, lift operators, cycle counters and inventory controllers. Shifts available include Sunday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm or 3pm-11pm. Monday through Friday is available from 7am to 3pm, plus overtime & weekends as needed. Candidates should have the ability to lift between 20 & 70 lbs. and be on your feet 6-12 hours per day. These are temp-to-hire positions. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age per corporate policies. Please come properly dressed for the interview, and prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE GETS NEW FINGERPRINTING TECHNOLOGY

Monday, November 3

New technology has been implemented in the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Union County Sheriff David Taylor said that last month the department joined twelve other agencies across the state to become part of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division “Rapid ID” program. It is a handheld, mobile fingerprint identification device for law enforcement to use in the field. This program started as a pilot project in early 2013 with SLED’s field agents. The program was successful from the start and now is expanding statewide. The device is handheld, lightweight, portable and fast. The device works by the deputy taking two fingerprints from the subject and transferring it to a laptop via Bluetooth. Prints are then uploaded to a server at SLED via the internet and encrypted. The prints are sent to two different databases to gather information. From these databases, (defined by state statute), the following information can be found:

 

· Criminal offenders

· CWP holders

· Bondsman

· Mortgage Brokers

· Law enforcement, EMTs and nurses

Results are transmitted back to the laptop, including a picture if one is available. The results are typically returned to the computer in less than a minute.

Sheriff Taylor stated, "With this type of equipment in the Sheriff’s Office, we can better monitor who is moving through our county. Many times, we stop vehicles that are being operated by people with no identification, now we can find out their identity from the side of the highway. More emphasis is being placed on Homeland Security than ever before, and we want to have the technology to move forward as times change in Union County”.

The morph mobile device was provided through SLED for free to the county, because the infrastructure is in place at the Sheriff’s Office to accommodate the device.

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ARTS COUNCIL RELEASES NOVEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR

Monday, November 3

The Union County Arts Council has released their calendar of activities for the month of November. In addition to the regular programs and activities, they will be open for “Downtown Open House” from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20th. Items from local artists will be on display, and live music will be offered all evening. In addition, the Local Artists’ Showcase, which features the work of Union-area artists, will be on display. Works range from fine art to folk art, with paintings, drawings, fiber art, woodworking and much more on display and on sale through December 31st. For more information on this and other activities, call the Arts Council at 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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OHIO MAN PRESSES CHARGES OVER INCIDENT AT BIG BUCK IN APRIL

Monday, November 3

Last Thursday, Sheriff's Deputy Blain Addis spoke by phone with a man from Corning, Ohio, concerning an incident that occurred last April at the Big Buck race in the Cross Keys community. The man told the deputy that Thomas P. Collins of Cooksville, Ohio, came running with what the man thought was a bottle of water and said, “You look hot.” Collins then allegedly threw the liquid on him. As it turned out, the man said the liquid was gasoline. He said he did not file a report at the time but wants to do so now. The case has been turned over to investigators to see if a judge will issue a warrant.

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TRACTORS REPORTED STOLEN AT RIVER CHASE PROPERTY

Monday, November 3

Last week, Roger Malman of Business Loan Center, LLC, out of Charlotte, NC, contacted the Union County Sheriff's Office to report a larceny of two Massey Ferguson tractors from River Chase Golf Course at 459 Fairwood Blvd. Malman explained that his firm had foreclosed on that property. He stated that the two Massey Ferguson tractors that were put up as collateral for the loan were no longer on the property as of September 15th. Officers are investigating.

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ELECTION DAY IS TOMORROW; POLLS OPEN FROM 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M.

Monday, November 3

Tomorrow is Election Day, and there are a number of races in which Union Countians will be voting. Darlene Pettit at the Union County Election Commission says there are a couple of things you need to know.

Pettit say there are a total of forty different combinations of ballots in Union for this election. Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. WBCU will provide complete coverage of how Union County voted beginning at 7:30. It can be heard at 1460 AM and 103.5 FM as well as on the internet at www.wbcuradio.com.


WBCU ANNOUNCES 24/7 STREAMING, NEW MOBILE STREAMING APP

Friday, October 31

WBCU is proud to announce a new way to listen. Starting at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, we will begin streaming our signal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have been on the air serving Union County now for 65 years, and during that time, we have seen many changes in technology. For a number of years, full-time streaming has been too expensive to undertake for smaller stations. Now, though, costs have dropped to the point where we feel it is worth paying for the benefit of bringing our signal to anyone seeking it, no matter where they are or whether they are close to a radio. Starting at 5:30 p.m., go to www.wbcuradio.com and click on the streaming button that will be on every page. That will bring up the new streaming player. If you have an Android smart phone, there will also be a link to download our new Android mobile streaming app. If you are an iPhone user, stay tuned. We expect our iPhone app to be approved next week. WBCU president and CEO Chris Woodson commented on the exciting news.

We want to thank Ashley Turner State Farm Insurance, our very first streaming partner. There are plenty of opportunities to advertise your business with us online, so if you are interested, call Chris or Linda at 427-2411.

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CHIEF SAM WHITE CAUTIONS TRICK-OR-TREATERS TO BE SAFE

Friday, October 31

Today is All Hallows Eve, better known as Halloween, a time when youngsters take to the streets and neighborhoods in search of sweet treats and goodies. Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead. Over the millennia, the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.

While the traditions have changed, there could still be dangers lurking for trick-or-treaters, and City of Union Public Safety Chief Sam White says revelers should exercise caution.

The fun starts early today as downtown merchants will host a trick-or-treating event for children on Main Street from 4 until 6 p.m.

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COUNTY, CITY COUNCILS TO MEET REGARDING EVENTS CENTER NEXT THURSDAY

Friday, October 31

The Union County Council will hold a joint meeting with the Union City Council on Thursday, November 6th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Union County Annex to discuss the Union Events Center. The two bodies met about a month ago where they received information about the project. The purpose of this upcoming discussion was not made known in the public notice of the meeting. The public is invited to attend.

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WAL-MART OF UNION RECRUITING CASHIERS NEXT WEEK

Friday, October 31

The Union Wal-Mart Supercenter will hold a recruitment event Tuesday, November 4th, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. They are looking to hire cashiers. The job responsibilities include operating a cash register and related tools, and processing customer purchases using appropriate procedures for different payment types and items sold. The successful candidates will provide customer service, acknowledge customers, identify customer needs, assist with purchasing, locate merchandise, resolve customer issues and concerns, and promote products and services, while maintaining a safe shopping environment. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please come properly dressed for an interview.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICERS FIND METH COOKING IN A DITCH

Friday, October 31

Wednesday morning, Lt. John Sherfield was contacted by Lt. Jeff Lawson and Lt. Humphries, who stated that they were traveling along SC Hwy. 215 near Buffalo Seafood and saw a plastic bottle smoking in the ditch. When they stopped and looked at the bottle, they found it to be a one-pot methamphetamine cook inside a plastic water bottle. Lt. Sherfield and Sgt. Johnson responded, and upon arrival, they contacted SLED, who dispatched a disposal crew from the Columbia area. The disposal crew arrived at approximately 12:20 p.m. and took possession of the one-pot bottle. The scene was then cleared. There are no suspects at this time.

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WHITMIRE HIGHWAY RESTAURANT BROKEN INTO

Friday, October 31

Union County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call Wednesday at 6414 Whitmire Highway in reference to a break-in at County Line Steak & Seafood. The complainant stated that sometime between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone had broken into the restaurant. $75 in cash was taken, along with a number of food items and tools. The report stated it appeared that someone had entered through a window on the side of the building. It appeared the subject or subjects exited through a side door, leaving it open when they left. The total amount of the cash and items taken is $1335.


HIGHWAY PATROL OFFERS SOME HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Thursday, October 30

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is offering some safety tips for motorists this Halloween. Lance Corporal James G. Miller says to be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m. on Halloween. He says to drive slowly and use caution when passing stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children. He also says to limit your distractions by waiting until you've stopped to call, text, or search the web. Watch for children darting into the street. He recommends that trick-or-treaters cross at an intersection instead of darting back and forth across the street. The trooper says to communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals, and if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights. Miller says it's a good idea to brighten your children up. Give them flashlights and glow sticks, and/or use reflective tape on their costumes, so drivers can see them. By wearing something reflective, it allows you to be seen as far as 500 feet away.

For adults, if you plan on drinking, make sure to have a designated driver and know who that person is before you head out to the party. Wait until you get to your destination before putting on your mask. This can limit your peripheral vision when driving, and you may not be able to see the entire roadway. As a reminder, golf carts are not allowed on roadways after dark.

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BOY SCOUTS' ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE COMING SOON

Thursday, October 30

Boy Scouts from Troop 43 will be out and about Saturday morning dropping off empty grocery bags with Union area residents. James Townsend with the Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts of America tells us what this is all about.

Another event is coming up next Thursday when there will be a fundraising barbeque dinner. This event will be on Thursday, November 6th, at Grace United Methodist Church from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Plates are $10 or 4 for $30. Walk-ins are welcome. For tickets, call the church at (864) 427-1266. All proceeds will go to the Scouts of Union County to help them pay for camps, supplies, and financial assistance.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE OFFICIALLY WRAPS UP ITS FIRST YEAR

Thursday, October 30

The Miracle League of Union County wrapped up their first year Tuesday night at the Timken Sports Complex. The campaign to build a Miracle League baseball field for special needs participants began some three years ago when it was proposed to dedicate one of the fields at the complex for this purpose. Multiple fundraising events and contributions from city and county government came together to made the field a reality. Amy Austin, who works with the league, says this first year has been a good one.

The Miracle League has around 65 participants and will resume play in the spring of 2015.

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USC UNION PLAYERS TO PERFORM NOVEMBER 21-23

Thursday, October 30

The USC Union Players are performing "SOS: Spillage on Stage" on November 21st and 22nd at 6:30, and November 23rd at 3:00pm.  The play will be in the Main Building Theater of the university, and tickets are $5. SOS is a collection of student-written poems, monologues, and short stories written from 2011-2013.  These stories were collected by the Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) and the Literary Club. The play is being directed by Amber Crocker. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Amber Crocker at amcrocker93@gmail.com or (864) 345-3143.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT HOSTING TEEN FRIGHT NIGHT THIS EVENING

Thursday, October 30

The Union County Recreation Department will be hosting Teen Fright Night tonight at the Timken Sports Complex. The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for teens ages 13 to 17. Admission is free with a donation of a canned good or a non-perishable food item. Those donations will go to the Salvation Army. They'll have a photo booth set up where participants can use their own camera, cell phone, or iPad for taking pictures. A movie will begin at 7:00, and pick up time will be at 9:00 p.m. Masks are not allowed.


TYGER RIVER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY RECRUITING for officers IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Wednesday, October 29

The Tyger River Correctional Facility will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office Thursday, October 30th, from 9am until noon. They are looking to hire corrections officers at a starting salary of $26,583. Candidates must be US citizens with a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license. No experience is required, and the employer will train. Candidates will undergo drug testing/screening, background/reference/motor vehicle checks. These are 12-hr. shifts, and the work is only 14 days per month, with 2 weekends off monthly. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring a résumé with you for the interview.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY TO ACCEPT BOOK DONATIONS NOVEMBER 7TH

Wednesday, October 29

If you need to clean out those book shelves at home, this announcement may interest you. The Friends of the Library says they will be accepting donations of books on November 7th at the Lion's Club building on Main Street. The time for this will be from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Neither the library nor Friends of the Library will accept encyclopedias or magazines.

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ELLEN SAGAR NURSING HOME HOSTING 2ND ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT TOMORROW

Wednesday, October 29

Ellen Sagar Nursing Home is hosting its 2nd annual Trunk or Treat on Thursday, October 30th, from 5-7 p.m. and would like to invite the community to come join us. Residents, staff, and community volunteers will be giving out candy, and there will be free face painting and popcorn. The employee appreciation team will be hosting a fundraiser also, selling hot dogs, nachos, drinks, and candy apples.

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OFFICIALS PROCLAIM RED RIBBON WEEK

Wednesday, October 29

Union County officials signed a proclamation Monday declaring this to be Red Ribbon Week. Representatives from Union County, The City of Union, Jonesville, Carlisle and Lockhart signed the proclamation at the Union County Court House. The proclamation explains that a part must be played by students, parents, teachers, law enforcement officials, business leaders, elected officials, churches, and citizens in the war against drug and alcohol abuse. It states education is the most important weapon, reminding young people that turning to alcohol or illegal drugs is never the right decision.

Starlin Phelps, Prevention Coordinator for the Union County Commission on Drug and Alcohol, said the purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to bring about an awareness about the dangers of using drugs.

The proclamation states, “It is the goal of Red Ribbon Week to involve the entire community in all aspects of this campaign and establish an atmosphere that supports awareness, education and ongoing initiatives to deter and prevent illegal substance abuse.” The proclamation also cites research indicating young people who avoid the early use of alcohol and drugs are less likely to engage in other harmful behavior such as crime and delinquency.

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TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIES TAKING PLACE IN FOUR COUNTIES

Wednesday, October 29

Union County Sheriff David Taylor says that 2 suspects are in custody, breaking up a 4-county burglary ring. The 2 suspects are accused of burglaries in Union, Saluda, Spartanburg and Greenwood counties and face other charges in Laurens County, as well.

Those arrested are: Jeffery Tyler Wilson, 21, of Highway 49, Laurens, SC, and Jose Ariel Rivera, Jr., 28, of 192 Kellett Rd., Gray Court, SC.

The four Union County cases solved by the arrest include:

--One at 644 Old Buncombe Rd., Union, involving jewelry and a TV stolen;

--One at 236 Sprouse Rd., Jonesville, where firearms, hunting equipment, cameras, and money was taken;

--Another at 322 Oakland Road, Union. 8 guns, a pistol, iPod and money were taken at that location;

--And 725 Lemonade Rd., Pacolet, where there was an attempted burglary.

Warrants for both of the individuals have been signed for 2 counts of 2nd-degree burglary, 2 counts of 1st-degree burglary, petit larceny, grand larceny and safecracking, for a total of 8 warrants for each individual. The 2 suspects are currently in the Laurens County Detention Center, and a detainer has been placed on the pair.  A check of both subjects' criminal records shows that both have previous property crime and narcotics convictions.

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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE ON WATER AND SEWER RATES FOR RENTAL OWNERS

Wednesday, October 29

The Lockhart Town Council held a brief meeting Tuesday night in the Lockhart Town Hall. Although that session was only about 15 minutes, they did take up and pass one significant ordinance. That ruling says that there will be no base rate for property owners on rental houses for water and sewer. Mayor Aileen Ashe explained the reasoning behind the ordinance.

The only other matter was the council being informed of an invitation for them to participate in the Union Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.


SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS FIRST READING ON UPDATED POLICY ON PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Tuesday, October 28

Among the matters taken up by the Union County School Board of Trustees during last night's meeting was the introduction to the first reading concerning the JICJ policy. That policy deals with personal communication devices. District Superintendent Kristi Woodall explained why the matter came up.

The proposed policy defines, among other items, when a personal communication device may be used. They are forbidden to be used in the classroom. Violation of the policy, if passed, calls for confiscation for three days. Second offense mandates a $25 fine and five-day confiscation. A third offense will have the same fine and a 10-day confiscation, and the fourth time, the fine will be levied and the device confiscated for the remainder of the year. Use is prohibited in locker rooms and restrooms. If the second reading is approved next month, the policy will be implemented in December.

Director of District Accountability Cindy Langley gave a report on the ESEA report card that was released last week. In that report, Union County High School moved from an “F” last year to a “C” this year. That were lots of numbers and dates in the report, and Langley explained what it all means.

In other action, the board approved one overnight field trip and approved two high school diploma requests under Act 155.

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BUFFALO MAN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL NEGLECT

Tuesday, October 28

Friday evening, sheriff's deputies were called to meet a Department of Social Service representative at a location on Buffalo's Main Street. The DSS employee told the deputies that she had received a call from the mother of the suspect, Travis Howell, 30, and grandmother to two juvenile victims. The DSS representative said she went to the home and found both juveniles badly bruised and apparently had been abused. The deputy stated in the incident report that he did observe what was described as substantial bruising to the head and face of the two juvenile victims. The grandmother was instructed to take the children to the Wallace Thomson Hospital to be checked by medical personnel. Howell told the deputies that he saw one of the children in the crib striking the other child with a plastic bowl. Howell said he grabbed the child and smacked him on his rear end, causing the child to lose his balance and fall into a chest of drawers, which cause the injury to his face. Based on what the deputy described as inconsistencies in Howell's statement, he was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of unlawful neglect.

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UNION MAN FLEES COURTHOUSE AFTER SENTENCING

Tuesday, October 28

Friday around 1:30, Terry Smith, 39, of 304 Rice Avenue, was sentenced by Judge Jeff Bailey in Union County Magistrate Court. After being found guilty and notified of his sentence by the judge, Smith ran from the courtroom, through the courthouse, and outside. Judge Bailey advised Smith several times to stop and advised Smith that he was in custody. Smith ran several blocks and was located near the Union County Carnegie Library, where he was taken back into custody and transported to the Union County Jail.

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UNION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BOMB THREAT AT MONARCH GAS STATION

Tuesday, October 28

Saturday around 4:00 p.m., an employee of the Kangaroo gas station in Monarch notified authorities of a bomb threat at that location. The employee stated the threat came in on the store phone. Law enforcement was notified, and the store was evacuated, as well as the Dollar General store next door. Assistance was summoned from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office with an explosive technician K-9 and a bomb technician. The store was cleared and no explosives were found. The case remains under investigation by the Union County Sheriff's Office.

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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, October 28

The Lockhart Town Council will be meeting tonight. The time for that meeting will be 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

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JASMINE GOODE NAMED HOMECOMING QUEEN FRIDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, October 28

Congratulations to Jasmine Goode on being named the 2014 Union County High School Homecoming Queen. Goode was named the homecoming queen during halftime ceremonies at Union County Stadium Friday night. The homecoming court included 11th-grade princess Akire’ Clowney, 10th-grade princess Cheyenne Fraley, and 9th-grade princess Jazmyne Boyd. A pep rally Friday afternoon in the UCHS gymnasium saw the naming of senior Shemar Glenn as the 2014 Homecoming King.


TWO NAMES ACCIDENTALLY LEFT OFF SOME ABSENTEE BALLOTS; NEW ONES MAILED OUT

Monday, October 27

The Union County Election Commission confirmed Friday that two names were left off the absentee ballot for the upcoming General Election. Election Commission Chairman Keith Vanderford explained what happened and what was done about it.

Since the matter has been cleared up, Vanderford says the inadvertent error will have no impact on the outcome of the November 4th election.

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CIVIC LEADERS TOUR HOLLY HILL, NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE

Monday, October 27

A number of civic leaders took a trip this past Wednesday to Holly Hill, South Carolina, on a fact-finding mission. WBCU’s Chris Woodson went on that trip.

A group of elected officials, business and community leaders took a trip on Wednesday, October 22nd, to Holly Hill and to the Newberry Opera House. The trip to Holly Hill was to look at an old middle school that had been remodeled and developed into a multi-use governmental facility that houses the town of Holly Hill local government offices, as well as Orangeburg County offices and SC DHEC offices. Holly Hill’s population is roughly 1300 people according to the 2000 census, which begs the question how can a town of only 1300 people afford such a project? According to John McGlocklin, project manager of Orangeburg County, the project was paid for with help from a USDA grant, and a large portion of the renovation was paid for with a one-cent sales tax increase that was voted on by the residents. When asked how the tax was approved, Mr. Mcglocklin stated that simply explaining what the money will be used for goes a long way. Therefore, the ballot listed exactly what projects would be done with the money over the next seven years, and residents either voted in full for the increase or against based on the projects listed.  Nearly $83 million was designated by the Department of Commerce over a 7-year period as a result. The money was then distributed to the municipalities within the county. The 32,000 square foot renovation cost roughly $4.2 million, which is cheaper than the $6.2 million the project would have cost if they had done a new construction.  Mayor  William Johnson of Holly Hill said that the key to this and any other project was to get citizens involved. 

The group then headed back to Newberry and took a tour of The Newberry Opera House. The Newberry Opera House  hosts approximately 140 events per year and draws about 50,000 visitors to the area annually, creating great economic impact, according to Mayor Foster Senn.  Mayor Senn also cited the Newberry Opera House as a player in the recruitment of several industries to the area, such as Komatsu. Even with the success of the Newberry Opera house, it still has to raise approximately $400,000 annually to make budget. Some of this money is through hospitality tax, and the rest is through fundraisers, grants, or boosters.

The group then returned to Union and met on Friday, October 24th, to discuss their biggest takeaways from the trip. Some of the biggest takeaways are that we have a lot of potential to utilize some of the vacant properties currently located in Union County, and that a lot can be accomplished when we all work together. Here’s Mayor Thompson with his thoughts.

The meeting this past Friday was described as a “take away,” where some of the participants discussed what they learned on the trip.

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MAN FACES ARSON, ASSAULT, AND CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES AFTER FIRE

Monday, October 27

We have more information about that house fire Thursday at 113 Partridge Road. A City of Union Public Safety Department incident report stated they received the call at approximately 12:49 p.m. and were advised that a car blew up in the garage and set the house on fire. As firefighters attack the blaze, a woman approached Sgt. Eddie Williams and told him that her boyfriend set the fire. The fire was extinguished, and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was called to the scene. David Wayne Bledsoe, 48, of 3229 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, was arrested later that afternoon and is facing multiple charges, including criminal domestic violence, aggravated assault, and arson. The case is still under investigation.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, October 27

The Union County School Board of Trustees is set to meet tonight. That session will take place at Foster Park Elementary School at 7:00 p.m.. Routine items are listed on the agenda, such as the Superintendent's report of policy JICJ, dealing with the use of communications devices in schools. Jeff Stribble will give information on the policy regarding JICD-R, which is the student code of conduct. Cindy Langley will discuss the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) report card, which was released last week. There will also be consideration of an overnight field trip request.

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RESCARE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TUESDAY

Monday, October 27

ResCare will hold a recruitment event tomorrow from 10-noon at the SC Works office in Spartanburg. They are looking to hire a part time bilingual career consultant/case manager. The rate of pay will be $14.50-$15.50 per hour. Applicants must possess a related bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Candidates must undergo drug testing/screening, background check, reference check, and MVR check. They must have a valid driver’s license. Please bring a résumé and come appropriately dressed for the pre-interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. You may apply at www.rescare.com/careers.  


SLED INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS FIRE ON PARTRIDGE ROAD

Friday, October 24

The State Law Enforcement Division has been called in to assist in the investigation of a house fire that occurred Thursday afternoon. Union firefighters were dispatched at 12:49 p.m. to 113 Partridge Road, where significant damage was inflicted by the blaze. Although investigators have not officially pinpointed the fire's origin, it appeared that it could have started in a garage where a vehicle was also destroyed. The fire was determined to be of a suspicious nature, and the investigation continues.

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HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN SET FOR FRIDAY FROM 4-6; TEEN EVENT ALSO PLANNED

Friday, October 24

Plans are firming up for the annual Halloween observance in downtown Union. It's set for October 31st from 4 until 6 p.m. Merchants will allow children to trick or treat the downtown area, and there will be games for youngsters under 12. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Union and the YMCA.

Another Halloween activity will occur when the Union County Recreation Department will host a “Teen Fright Night” event at the Timken Sports Complex on October 30th.  This activity is primarily for ages 13-17.  Jessica Gallman, Program Director for UCRD, says, “This is a great opportunity to make sure our teens know that they are important to us and we want to have fun activities for them as well.”

Admission is one canned good or non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Salvation Army of Union.  No one with a mask will be allowed to enter the complex.  Masks will be checked at the front gate, and the owners may pick them up after the movie.

The event begins with a photo booth at 6pm.  Youth may use their own cell phones or cameras to take photos in the booth and post to social media.  The booth will be taken down shortly after 7pm when the movie begins. 

If you have any questions about this event, call 429-1670.

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CLEMSON CLUB ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ITS ANNUAL CHICKEN ROAST

Friday, October 24

The Union County Clemson Club will host its annual Chicken Roast on November 24 at Veteran’s Park. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with supper served at 6:00 PM, and the program to begin at 7:00 PM. Former Clemson baseball and football player Ray Williams will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. A special auction will take place during the event, and many items of Clemson memorabilia will be raffled. Proceeds from the special auction will be used for the club’s scholarship fund.

Tickets for the event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Children’s tickets for ages 5-11 are $5, and children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. Non-members wishing to join the club will receive a $5 rebate on their tickets. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling club president Virgil Childers (251-0094), Charlie Kelly (426-0899), John Stapleton (426-1765), or Jim and Cathy Stepp (427-1598). Tickets will be available through November 19th and will not be available at the door.

The Chicken Roast is one of several events the Union County Clemson Club hosts each year. Annual membership in the Union County Clemson Club is $25 per family. 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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ARTS COUNCIL SOLICITING ENTRIES FOR ITS LOCAL ARTISTS' SHOWCASE

Friday, October 24

The Union County Arts Council is now soliciting entries for the annual “Local Artists’ Showcase” that will be held in November. This show provides any artist the opportunity to display work in the UCAC gallery and sell it during the holiday season.

We have a lot of artists come back every year for this show,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn, “But we also love to see the new work by artists who have never shown anything before. This is a great way for them to exhibit their work for the first time.”

UCAC will accept everything from fine art to crafts and anything in between, and artists may bring their work in during the first two weeks of November, the 3rd through the 14th.

We always have people who bring in paintings, drawings, fiber art, wood carving, jewelry and much more,” continued Senn. “We’ll take it all.”

The “Local Artists’ Showcase” will officially begin at the Downtown Open House on November 20, but everything will be on display at UCAC starting November 16th. All artists are asked to either come by or e-mail the UCAC for an inventory sheet that must be filled out when bringing items in for the show.

For more information about any of UCAC’s exhibits or programs, call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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LIBRARY PATRONS CAN LEARN LANGUAGES ONLINE FOR FREE

Friday, October 24

The Union County Carnegie Library has announced that its patrons now have access to the Mango Languages online language-learning system. This service is provided by the South Carolina State Library, who purchased a statewide subscription to Mango Languages. Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection through the library’s website. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website at www.unionlibrary.org. For more information, contact 864-427-7140.


TIMKEN FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TOWARDS LIBRARY RENOVATIONS

Thursday, October 23

The Timken Family Foundation of Canton, Ohio, has awarded the Union County Carnegie Library with a $70,000 grant. The grant will be used for a building project the library seeks to undergo, which will "Renovate, Restore, and Complete" the library. Library Director Ben Loftis explained how the money would be used.

The restoration of the building will focus on the historic, original area of the library and will include cleaning of the tin ceiling and stained glass under the dome, the reopening of the original front doors, which are currently blocked by computers, and improved access to the dome for cleaning and maintenance purposes. The completion of the library will focus on the currently unfinished basement, which will make that space usable by housing a meeting room, conference room, staff and storage areas, and reconfiguring the current level to maximize space in a facility that is quickly seeing limited additional space for new materials. Overall, this project will allow the library to maximize its existing space, add more than 4,000 usable square feet of new space, become safer and more comfortable, and restore the original beauty of the historic Beau-Arts structure.

The project to renovate and restore the library will cost a total of around $2 million.

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CIVITAN INSTALLS NEW OFFICERS AND HANDS OUT AWARDS

Thursday, October 23

Union Civitans held their annual installation of officers on Tuesday.  S.C. District Civitan Governor Dr. Misty Konow challenged the new officers for the 2014–2015 year. The new officers include Donna McMurray, Secretary; Becky Helms, Treasurer; Modest Keenan, President-Elect; and Amy Austin, President.     

Amy Austin was voted Officer of the Year and received an award from Dr. Konow. Modest Keenan accepted the award for Fundraiser of the Year, which was the Union Pancake Day, and Kevin Shropshire accepted the award for the Project of the Year, which was the Union Miracle League.

Miss Calista Woodson was recognized as the Young Volunteer of the Year and was awarded a plaque in appreciation for her service.

Chippie Graham was voted Union County Civitan of the Year and received a plaque for her many hours of volunteer service.

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STOP FOR IMPROPER LANE CHANGE LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

Thursday, October 23

On Monday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap initiated a traffic stop for an illegal lane change and approached the driver of the vehicle. The driver, Gail Allison, was advised why she was stopped was asked for her license and information. During the driver contact, the the officer observed Cody Allison in the front passenger seat and Michael Fleming in the back seat. Gillstrap had previous knowledge of Allison's and Fleming's involvement in the use and distribution of drugs, and he called for Cpl. Addis to meet with him with the narcotics K-9. While waiting on Cpl. Addis to arrive on scene, the deputy was advised that Cody was wanted in Greenwood on 1st-degree burglary and grand larceny charges. Gilstrap then detained Cody, pending a verification of the warrants. Cpl. Addis arrived on scene and deployed his K-9. The dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle. Sgt. Johnson then went to where Fleming was sitting in the car and advised him that the dog had alerted on the car and asked him to step out. Fleming then stated to Sgt. Johnson that "it" was in his pocket. Sgt. Johnson then asked Fleming which pocket, and Fleming stated, "All of them."

Sgt. Johnson recovered 3 plastic bags with a green plant material believed to be marijuana from Fleming's pockets (168.3 grams field weight), along with plastic baggies, a digital scale, and $112. Fleming was placed under arrest for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Fleming and Allison were transported to the Union County Jail for booking. Gail Allison was issued a warning for the improper lane change and was released from the scene.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAUSING DISTURBANCE AND CHANGING CLOTHES AT THE COURT HOUSE

Thursday, October 23

On Tuesday, dispatch advised a sheriff's deputy that there was a subject in the tax assessor's office causing a disturbance. The complainant reported that the white female, wearing a shiny black shirt, black pants, and silver sandals was walking into the court house. The officer located the subject, identified as Pamela Morgan, 42, of 113 North Main Street, Whitmire, and detained her until he could speak with the complainant. The witness came and met with the deputy at the Sheriff's Office, and she stated that she heard Morgan shouting, cursing, and causing a disturbance outside her office window. When she looked out, she saw Morgan changing clothes out in public view. She stated that Morgan changed clothes 3 times and was in nothing but her underwear at one point, where anyone could have seen her. After speaking with the witness, the officer placed Morgan under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported her to the Union County Jail.

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SC WORKS ACCEPTING INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS

Thursday, October 23

SC Works Upstate is again accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grants. An IWT grant, totaling $83,050, was issued for employers to upgrade the skills of their current employees, of which approximately $40,000 remains unallocated. IWT grants provide opportunities for training in programs ranging from computer skills to manufacturing skills specific to industries. Up to $8,000 of funding is available for each approved business. A committee will review all applications to determine awards.

All applications should be dropped off at any SC Works Upstate center to the attention of Ms. Dana McKnight, including the one in Union at 103 W. Main Street, Union. The deadline to apply is Friday at noon.


CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT SPAYING AND NEUTERING PROGRAM

Wednesday, October 22

Union City Council met Tuesday evening and took up a number of items. One of them was the first reading of an ordinance to rezone property at 719 North Duncan Bypass, which is the location of the former Union Square Cinema, from A-5 for shopping centers to A-2, designated as highway commercial. First reading on that ordinance passed on the recommendation of the building and zoning board. The rezoning will allow for the establishment of a church and coffee house.

A bid in the amount of $78,900 was awarded to Smith Back Hoe and Construction for the replacement of 6-inch and 20-inch valves and plugging a water line.

The council declined to participate in the publishing of a city directory by Civitas Media, the parent company of the Union Daily Times.

Heather Sealy, Union County Animal Control Officer, had voiced an interest to the mayor for the city to do a match of $2000 with the county to aid in subsidizing a spaying and neutering program. Sealy explained how the program works.

The council agreed to allot $2000 for the program. If the animals have not had their required shots, there will be a charge of $35, and only $10 if they have had them.

The WBCU Radio Truck Full of Toys campaign for Christmas will soon begin, and the city agreed to participate at the same $500 level as they did last year. The collected toys are donated to UCARE and distributed throughout Union County.

City Council voted to change the date of the November 18th regular meeting to the 11th due to the mayor having a conflict.

Councilman Yates Giles wants to see an existing ordinance enforced that calls for the city-provided trash cans to be removed from curbside within specific time limits. The ordinance calls for the trash cans to be placed at curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled pick up and removed by 7:30 p.m. the day of pick up. There was no word as to when the enforcement would begin.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT'S FEDERAL REPORT CARD GRADE IMPROVES

Wednesday, October 22

The Union County School District has shown a significant improvement in their federal report card score that was released yesterday. In 2013, Union County High School scored an “F”, but that has improved for this year to a “C”. According to the State Department of Education website, a “C” is defined as a performance that meets the state's expectations. The numerical score was 77.7.

The middle school grade did not do quite as well, earning a numerical score of 68.5, which translates into a “D”. That means the performance did not meet the state expectations. The elementary grades did rather well with a “B”, or a numeric grade of 84. That means elementary grades exceeded the state expectations. The overall grade for the district was a “C”.

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DEMOCRATIC US HOUSE CANDIDATE TOM ADAMS RUNNING ON PLATFORM OF COOPERATION

Wednesday, October 22

Tom Adams, Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives, District 5, was in Union Tuesday afternoon and dropped by the WBCU Studios. Adams says his platform centers around the polarization in Congress.

Adams will face off November 4th against incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney.

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UNION NATIVE RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR AT LIBRARY COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, October 22

A Union native has received national recognition for his service in the library and information science field. Dr. Curtis R. Rogers recently received the 2014 Founders Award at the 4th-annual Library Communications Conference held in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Rogers is the son of Mary Jo Rogers and the late Richard Rogers.

Rogers also coordinates the South Carolina Center for the Book and has been in the library and information science field for 27 years, working at public, academic, and government libraries. Rogers developed and conducted a national survey on how libraries use social media for public relations and has presented at the American Library Association and German Library Association annual conferences. Rogers was the 2008 president of the South Carolina Library Association and currently serves on the South Carolina Book Festival advisory committee. He is secretary of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and chairs the USC School of Library and Information Science’s Annual Literacy Leaders Awards committee.

The Library Communications Conference is sponsored by the Library Management Institute, and connects marketing, public relations, special events, fundraising, outreach, and program development professionals from public, academic, and special libraries. The vision of the conference is to create a platform that connects professionals committed to promoting libraries.


WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HER BABY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME

Tuesday, October 21

Sgt. Johnson received a referral from Department of Social Services worker Betsey Hudson in reference to an infant suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome. The child's mother, Jean Koosa, 41, of 155 Lite Street, Union, advised Hudson that she found out she was pregnant on April 1st, and she admitted that she consumed alcohol on April 3rd. According to the report, Koosa has continued to consume alcoholic beverages on different occasions after that time, and also missed counseling and doctor appointments. Since the child was born, it has remained in the neonatal intensive care unit at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, and has been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. A warrant for unlawful neglect of a child has being signed on Koosa.

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UNION MAN ARRESTED FOR OPERATING A METH LAB IN HIS MOTHER'S GARAGE

Tuesday, October 21

On October 17th, narcotics investigators received information that Travis Austin, 37, was possibly operating a meth lab in his mother's garage, located at 500 Springdale Dr., in the city of Union. The investigators went to that location and located Austin's mother, Cynthia Ellis. Lt. John Sherfield advised her why they were there, and at that time she gave Lt. Sherfield and Sgt. Jimmy Johnson consent to search the garage area of her home. During the search, Sgt. Johnson located a used shake-and-bake meth lab bottle and a jar full of a clear liquid, believed to be meth oil, in a closet in the garage. Also located in a separate closet were a number of pieces of tin foil with burn residue on them, a bottle of liquid fire, and a number of coffee filters. These items were collected as evidence so that samples could be sent for SLED for analysis. Warrants for trafficking methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine were signed on Travis Austin.

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TEN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

Tuesday, October 21

That same day, Lt. Sherfield received information that a shake-and-bake methamphetamine cook was about to take place at the residence of Shellie Blalock on Spring Street. Lt. Sherfield then contacted Sgt. Hill with the Union County Sheriff's Office and asked if he and some deputies would go by and check on this information.

The deputies went to this location and Sgt. Hill spoke with Blalock, who gave written consent to search the premises. During the search, the officers located ten adult individuals inside the residence and a 7-month old baby. They also found what appeared to be two plastic containers previously used to manufacture methamphetamine in the yard behind the residence, and inside an outbuilding, they found a glass jar, a plastic container that was smoking, coffee filters, and lithium strips. Sgt. Hill realized these items were meth lab-related, so he then contacted Lt. Sherfield to come to the scene and collect the evidence and safely secure the premises. Sgt. Hill then removed all persons from inside the residence until Lt. Sherfield could arrive. Lt. Sherfield contacted Sgt. Johnson and had him meet with officers at this address for assistance.

The following adults were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.

1-Heather Browning, 25

2-Wanda Keisler, 44

3-Megan Keisler, 22

4-Shellie Blalock, 38

5-Candice Woodsby, 27

6-Heather Stevens, 30

7-Caleb Roberts, 27

8-Heath Millwood, 40

9-William Ochiltree, 24

10-James Mitchell, 40

This was found to be a 2nd offense for the listed violations for Heath Millwood. Heather Browning was also charged with exposing her 7-month old child to methamphetamine. A SC DSS worker was contacted, arrived on scene, then took custody of the 7-month old baby.

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STAFFMARK RECRUITING FOR BELK DISTRIBUTION THURSDAY

Tuesday, October 21

Staffmark Corp. will hold a recruitment event for the Belk Distribution Center Thursday, October 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30am, and from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please note you must complete an application online before the event at www.staffmark.com. They are looking to hire warehouse associates, including picker-packers, RF scanners, lift operators, cycle counters and inventory controllers. Shifts available include Sunday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm or 3pm-11pm, and Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm, plus overtime and weekends as needed. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20-70 lbs. and be on your feet from 6-12 hours a day. Corporate policy dictates that applicants must be at least 18 years old. Please come properly dressed for the interview. 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.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, October 21

Union City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30 at City Hall. They have a number of items to take up, one of which will be first reading of an ordinance to rezone property at 719 North Duncan Bypass. The rezoning will allow for the establishment of a church and coffee house.

They will consider awarding a bid for the replacement of 6-inch and 20-inch valves and plugging a water line.

The council will also consider participating in the publishing of a city directory by Civitas Media, the parent company of the Union Daily Times.

Heather Sealy, Union County Animal Control Officer, has voiced an interest to the mayor for the city to do a match of $2000 with the county to aid in the operation of the animal shelter. That matter will be up for discussion.

WBCU Radio will soon begin their annual Truck Full of Toys campaign for Christmas and is asking the city to participate once again. The collected toys are donated to UCARE and distributed throughout Union County.

Another consideration on the part of council is to change the November 18th regular meeting date to November 11th due to a conflict.

Also, Phillip Parker has requested time to address the council during the public comment section.

The meeting is open to the public.


CHARLES, COMER HONORED AT FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Monday, October 20

The University of South Carolina Union held their 19th-annual Founder’s Day celebration on Friday. The Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education honored Mr. William Comer and Dr. Allan Charles at the celebration in USC Union’s Main Building Auditorium.  USC Union Dean Dr. Alice Taylor Colbert explained the criteria for choosing the honorees.

Following the presentations, their portraits were unveiled on stage, and they will be displayed in the Main Building’s Community Room at USC Union.

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CHARGES ON UNION TEEN UPGRADED TO MURDER; PETITION SERVED ON 15-YEAR OLD FOR MURDER

Monday, October 20

Charges of Attempted Murder against Herman Phillip "Bubba" Farr, 19, of 308 Aetna Street, Union, have been upgraded to murder. That action came Friday afternoon as reported in a news release from the Union Public Safety Department. The incident occurred on September 28th when police responded to a call on Blassingame Street and found a subject identified as Chad Anthony Whitlock, 30, of 1208 West Main Street, apparently unconscious in the roadway behind a PT cruiser. The officers called for EMS and then tried to locate several subjects they witnessed running away from the scene. When they returned to the scene they found the vehicle had left the scene. A short time later the vehicle was located and a traffic stop was performed. The driver was identified as Zachary Edward Johnson, who told the officers that Farr and Whitlock had been in the vehicle fighting and he stopped on Blassingame Street. He said the two continued the fight outside the car, and Whitlock was knocked out. Johnson said he left the scene because he did not want to be involved.

Farr is in custody and will appear for a bond hearing at a later date. The Union Public Safety Department has also served a petition on a 15-year old subject for murder for his involvement in the matter.

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RELAY FOR LIFE HOLDING NEW TEAM START-UP MEETING TONIGHT AT TABERNACLE

Monday, October 20

Union County Relay For Life has been in the fight against cancer since 1996. On May 8, 2015, They will have their 19th Relay event. The theme this coming year is the 1980s. 

In order to reach the fundraising goal, they need to add more teams. A team can be any group of people. Businesses, industries, churches, families, and friends can make up a team. A team can be any number of people who want to join in the fight against cancer. This disease claims the lives of young and old every day. Progress is being made, and countless lives are saved as a result of what participants do to raise money for research, education, advocacy and treatment. Area citizens are asked to start a team today.

There will be a Relay Team Start-up meeting today for anyone who wants to learn how to start a team. Participants will be shown how form a team and will be given all the resources and training that will ensure a successful team. The meeting will take place at Tabernacle Baptist Church in the Family Life Center at 6:30pm tonight. Should you have any questions, you may call Beth Lancaster at 864-426-3438, or Torance Inman at 864-426-0883.

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TEAMS RAISE $32,000 FOR MARCH OF DIMES

Monday, October 20

A good crowd of team representatives gathered at Foster Park Saturday morning for the March of Dimes March for Babies 2014. It was revealed that $32,000 has been raised in Union County this year, with more money expected to come in. Awards were handed out to those that excelled in fundraising, with Kevin Henderson of the Milliken Cedar Hill plant being named the #1 adult fundraiser with $5,255. The 2014 Legacy award went to Michelle Alexander of Foster Park Elementary School, who has been with the March of Dimes many years and does much to educate her students on the mission of the organization. The volunteer of the year award went to Kim Bailey with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Kevin Henderson and Heather Barnado were named to the Circle of Champions. On hand for the event was Lindsey Vickery, Community Director for the March of Dimes Upstate. She explained how the $32,000 raised in Union will be used, saying it will go towards prematurity awareness and research, so that number can be reduced in South Carolina. The event concluded with participants doing a three-mile walk.

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RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY IN GAFFNEY

Monday, October 20

Professional Staffing Solutions will hold a Recruitment Event at the Gaffney SC Works office on Wednesday, October 22nd from 10am until 12pm. The are looking to hire CNAs, LPNs, and registered nurses. Prior to event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.


MUSC PARTNERS WITH DHEC TO SERVE AS STATE'S HUB FOR ANY POSSIBLE EBOLA PATIENTS

Friday, October 17

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced that MUSC has agreed to serve as the state’s hub for treatment of patients with an Ebola diagnosis, should a patient need transportation to the academic medical center. MUSC Medical Center CEO/Executive Director Patrick Cawley, M.D., MUSC Chief Quality Officer Danielle Scheurer, M.D., and DHEC Director Catherine Templeton held a press conference to mark this agreement and address the current health crisis. MUSC has a five-bed unit ready to care for any infectious disease patient. DHEC has been in close contact with MUSC leadership while monitoring the situation in West Africa and now in the U.S.

Templeton said, “South Carolina has a world-class trauma system that includes MUSC, Greenville Hospital and Palmetto Health. While every hospital in this state, rural or metropolitan, is ready to identify and isolate suspected cases, we are taking care of ourselves by identifying trauma level one hospitals that are ready, willing and able to treat people sick with Ebola. MUSC has a team of experts who have volunteered to be the boots on the ground for South Carolinians.”

Wallace Thomson Hospital is preparing in case an Ebola patient shows up there. Emily Cannon, Director of Quality Improvement, which includes infection control, said,

At MUSC, the physicians and nurses who would likely provide bedside care for this patient have already volunteered and are receiving specific and up-to-date information about this virus and MUSC protocols.

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HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION RAISES $4500 AT CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, October 17

The Union County Health Care Foundation is looking to raise $20,000 to go toward the construction of a helipad at Wallace Thomson Hospital. They got closer to that goal with the annual Fall Charity Golf Classic at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman.

The tournament generated $4,500 raised through the fees—$75 per individual, $260 per team—paid by the golfers who signed up to play, and from corporate sponsors of the event.

The Union Hospital District is seeking to build the helipad to provide a safer and more efficient method of transporting patients from Union to an area trauma center. At present, the hospital has to notify an ambulance to transport patients from the ER to the nearby City Park ball field on Main Street. The City of Union Public Safety Department must then clear the field and protect the area for the landing and takeoff of the helicopter.

The district will use $120,000 from a two-year grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, to help pay for the construction of the helipad.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME MAINTENANCE WORKER

Friday, October 17

The Town of Carlisle is looking for a part-time meter reader/maintenance worker for indoor and outdoor work. Experience is preferred. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED and a valid SC driver’s license. A reference check and background check along with a drug screen will be conducted. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply. The Town of Carlisle is an equal opportunity employer.

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SCHOOL DAY TICKETS TO THE FAIR WILL BE HONORED TODAY

Friday, October 17

There is a little confusion concerning school tickets to the Union County Fair. Today is actually School Day, but a misprint on the actual ticket listed yesterday's date. Not to worry, because the tickets will be honored today.

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FLAG POLE PREVIOUSLY REPORTED STOLEN WAS TAKEN DOWN AND STORED BY UTILITY DEPARTMENT

Friday, October 17

The case we reported yesterday about the missing flag pole from the Excelsior Mill property has been solved. The Public Safety Department says after their report was released, they were contacted by the Utility Department and that they had been asked by contractor Ben Ivey to remove the pole and store it until a concrete pad could be poured at Veteran's Memorial Park, where it would be reinstalled.


HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH TEACHER SHARES TRAGIC STORY OF HER SON KILLED BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER

Thursday, October 16

Union County High School students were given yet another reason for not texting and driving Wednesday morning during the announcement period. Gilda Tafolla, a Spanish teacher at UCHS, appeared on the school’s closed-circuit television system to tell the students about her own son being killed by a young woman who was using her phone while driving in front of their home. She described her 12-year old child’s crumpled, lifeless body after being struck by the vehicle, with thoughts of what might have been. Her message to the students about using their cell phones while driving was a simple one--don’t do it.

Union County High School students are currently in a program sponsored by State Farm Insurance and local agent Letha King that could win them a grant of up to $100,000 by going online and taking the 2 + 2 pledge. That’s two eyes on the road, and two hands on the wheel. You can make a safe driving commitment, too, and help out UCHS by going to www.celebratemydrive.com and registering your commitment with Union County High School. You may vote once per day per e-mail address. The voting period ends at the end of the day on October 24th.

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REP. MICK MULVANEY RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS ON EBOLA, ISIS

Thursday, October 16

Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney was in Union Wednesday afternoon and dropped by our WBCU Studios. We had the chance to ask the congressman about some events occurring internationally and in the United States. The potential for the spread of the Ebola virus is on the minds of many, but Mulvaney says we shouldn’t be afraid.

Another question concerns the ISIS threat and President Obama's statement of an unwillingness to send in American troops.

Mulvaney’s visit to Union Wednesday included a visit to the Union County Fair.

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FLAG POLE THAT WAS TO BE DONATED TO VIETNAM KIA MEMORIAL REPORTED STOLEN

Thursday, October 16

Union Public Safety is investigating the theft of a flag pole. The incident report states the flag pole, which was located on the property of the now-closed Excelsior Mill, had been designated to be given to the American Legion. A Milliken representative, Michael Malarik, told officers that he talked with an American Legion representative two weeks ago about donating the pole to the group. When Malarik checked on the property this past Friday, he noticed the pole, which was located in a lower parking lot, was missing. The report stated the value of the flag pole is valued at $5000. The case has been turned over to investigators.

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USC-UNION TO HONOR TWO AT ANNUAL FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION TOMORROW

Thursday, October 16

The University of South Carolina-Union will hold their 19th-annual Founder’s Day celebration tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. The Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education will honor Mr. William Comer and Dr. Allan Charles at the celebration in USC-Union’s Main Building Auditorium at 401 East Main Street. A reception will follow in the Main Building Lobby at 11:45 a.m.  Following the presentations, their portraits will be unveiled on stage, and they will be displayed in the Main Building’s Community Room at USC-Union.


COMMITTEE FORMED TO STUDY POSSIBILITY OF TURNING COURTHOUSE INTO A TRUE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

Wednesday, October 15

Longtime court house offices could be moving to a new location in the future. It all depends on recommendations from a committee appointed during Tuesday's County Council meeting. The committee, made of councilpersons Frank Hart, Ben Ivey, Kacie Petrie, and Supervisor Tommy Sinclair, will be studying the possibility of turning the Union County Court House into a true Law Enforcement Center. If that committee deems it appropriate, all non court-related offices would be relocated. Just where they would be relocated to is a part of what the committee is charged with determining. Space is at a premium, as Assistant Solicitor John Anthony told the council that he just found out his office was previously a closet.

In action at the meeting, council voted to return Kim Gist to the Work Force Investment Board and Joan Penland and Gwin Lindler were re-appointed to the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

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COMMIT TO SAFE DRIVING AND HELP UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WIN MONEY, CONCERT

Wednesday, October 15

Union County High School students now have a new incentive not to text and drive as a result of a partnership with local State Farm Agent Letha King. Denise Eubanks, a teacher at the high school, tells us about it.

In addition to the cash awards, schools also have the chance to win a concert by The Band Perry. You can learn more about the program by visiting the State Farm Booth at the Union County Fair. To vote, go online to www.celebratemydrive.com. You can vote once per e-mail address, per day.

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR AMAZON TOMORROW IN UNION

Wednesday, October 15

SMX Staffing will hold a recruitment event for Amazon at the Union SC Works office tomorrow from 9am-11:30am. The jobs are temporary for all shifts (day, night, midday) at an hourly rate of $10.75—$11.25. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must bring proof of education. They will be hiring warehouse associates that will receive and stock material, pick, pack, and ship material. Also, employees will load and unload trucks, may drive powered industrial equipment, as well as work with and/or around moving mechanical parts. The noise level varies and can be loud, and temperature may vary between 60-90 degrees, occasionally exceeding 90 degrees. The environment is very fast-paced. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, be able to lift 49 lbs., and willing to work overtime. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view job order #579534. A staff referral is required. Apply online at: http://apply.smjobs.com and enter job code 7C1S. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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STAFFMARK HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR BELK TOMORROW IN UNION

Wednesday, October 15

Staffmark Corporation will also hold a recruitment event Thursday from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Union SC Works office. They are looking for warehouse associates for Belk. These are general warehouse positions that will vary from picking and packing with an RF scanner, to lift operations, to cycle for counting, and inventory control. The hours are Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm or 3pm-11pm, and Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm plus overtime and weekends as needed. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20 & 70 lbs and be on your feet between 6-12 hrs./day. The salary range for 1st shift is $9-$9.50/hr., and 2nd shift, $9.25-$9.75/hr. There will be a $0.50 per hour raise after 90 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years old due to the warehouse setting and corporate policies. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview. 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.

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GREAT SOUTHEAST SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL SET FOR TOMORROW

Wednesday, October 15

The Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill will be held tomorrow. Individuals and communities throughout Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia will participate in the event, which will be part of the largest earthquake safety drill ever held. In all, more than 23.8 million people are expected to participate.

WBCU will broadcast a 60-second drill while ShakeOut participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. This is the recommended safety action to take during an earthquake, and is designed to protect an individual’s head and neck from falling debris. The drill will be broadcast at approximately 10:16 am Thursday.

Generally, earthquakes are thought to be rare in South Carolina, but records show they occur more often than we might think. Annually, South Carolina records eleven to fourteen earthquakes; however, they are generally not noticed by the population.

One of the most noticeable occurred on Valentines Day this year when a quake, centered near Edgefield, hit at 10:23 p.m., rattling dishes and even shaking some small items from shelves. Even so, there were no immediate reports of damage. There was some minor damage in nearby counties, such as cracks appearing in sidewalks, walls and driveways.

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NO BUSINESS VIOLATIONS REPORTED IN ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS

Wednesday, October 15

Between October 1st and October 10th, the Drug Task Force conducted 26 alcohol compliance checks at businesses across Union County. During those checks, no alcohol was found to be distributed to the underage operative for the Sheriff's Office by those establishments. There were two separate "shoulder tap buys" that did take place on October 1st. The operative approached Matthew Shran Gregory, 41, of 110 Hickory Street, Jonesville, outside of the Kangaroo Express, located 100 S Main St, in Jonesville, and Gregory purchased an amount of an alcoholic beverage for the operative. A short time later, the operative approached Ronald Glenn Garner, 57, of 1821 Jonesville Lockhart Highway, outside the Kelly One Stop, located at 1508 Jonesville Lockhart Highway. Garner also purchased an alcoholic beverage for the operative. Gregory and Garner were both issued summons for transfer of beer to a person under 21.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO REVIEW TEXTBOOKS BEFORE THEIR ADOPTION BY STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, October 15

The Union County School District has announced that the general public has been invited to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s public schools. The materials will be recommended to the State Board of Education for adoption on December 10, 2014, by the Instructional Materials Review Panels appointed by the board. The materials are in the following subject areas: Social Studies, Advanced Placement Human Geography, and Elementary Cursive Writing, for grades 3-5.

This year, the South Carolina Department of Education will conduct a virtual public review of the student materials for each recommended program from October 10 through November 10, 2014. Access to the web links for each proposed program and the Public Review Comment Form is available on the web at www.mysctextbooks.com under “What’s New.” State Board of Education members will review citizens’ comments before a final decision is made on adopting the materials.


SCHOOL BOARD HEARS POSITIVE NEWS ON HIGH SCHOOL TEST SCORES

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County School Board of Trustees met in their regular bi-monthly session Monday night and heard a report from the Director of District Accountability, Cindy Langley, on test data. There were a lot of figures offered to the board, and Langley explained the meaning of those numbers.

In other action, the board approved two diplomas under Act 155 and authorized a field trip involving a water activity.

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FIREFIGHTERS THANK SPONSORS WHO HELPED PROVIDE 350 SMOKE DETECTORS

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County Firefighters Association says they would like to thank the sponsors who helped raise money to purchase the detectors to give away for Fire Prevention Week. Union County Baptist Association, Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, Sonoco Plastics, Gault's Small Engine,  Paradise Home Center, Ace Hardware, and Union County Council all contributed. They assisted in purchasing around 350 detectors, for which several people signed up at the event Saturday. The remainder will be given out at the fair at the Union County Emergency Management exhibit booth.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING SET FOR THIS AFTERNOON

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County Council will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30 pm. The agenda lists several items for presentation, including one from Ted Trantham representing the Ottaray Community Group, Torance Inman discussing the proposed Vietnam KIA Memorial, and the consideration of filling vacancies on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. The council will also give first reading for an amendment to the building code ordinance.

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UNION COUNTY FAIR SET TO OPEN TODAY

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County Fair is set to open today amid a forecast of heavy rain. Fair Director Paul Winters says:

Winters say when the rain clears out, it should be a great week.

The Union County Fair will feature agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, food vendors, and entertainment.

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MAGNA MIRRORS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TODAY

Tuesday, October 14

Magna Mirrors, a company located in Greer, SC, will hold a recruitment event today from 9am until noon. They are looking to hire assemblers/operators at $11.75/hr. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, 401k, and tuition assistance. A high school diploma or GED is required, and a minimum of 2-5 yrs. of experience and/or training is preferred. Applicants must undergo drug testing, screening, and background check. The positions are available Monday through Friday on first shift from 6 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., and second shift from 4 p.m. to 12:20 a.m., plus overtime. Please bring a résumé and come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. 


FIREFIGHTERS, CROWD ASSEMBLE FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK ACTIVITY SATURDAY

Monday, October 13

Some twenty pieces of fire and rescue equipment were assembled on the grounds of the Walmart shopping center Saturday in an observance of Fire Prevention Week. All of Union County's fire departments were represented, along with rescue squads and the Regional One helicopter. The day’s events started with a parade Saturday morning. Roger Bailey of the Southside Fire Department explained why they do this.

Prior to the event, Union County fire personnel raised funds to purchase smoke detectors to be donated to people who do not have one in their home. Their goal is an attempt to place at least one working smoke detector in every Union County home.

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SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION GROUPS COME TOGETHER AT BLACKSTOCK BATTLEFIELD

Monday, October 13

On November 23rd, the James Williams SAR camp and the Daniel Morgan SAR group will co-sponsor a commemorative event at 2PM at the Blackstock Battlefield in the Cross Keys community. On November 20, 1780, a battle was fought there which, in the opinion of many historians, was the turning point of the American Revolution. Lt. Col. Banestre Tarleton of the British Army had never been defeated in the Revolution and was viewed by many on both sides as invincible. That fateful day, he faced the Gamecock, Thomas Sumter. At the end of the day, over half of Tarleton's men were dead or wounded, with only six Patriots wounded and three killed. While Tarleton claimed the victory in a message to his commander Lord Cornwallis who was camped in Fairfield County, the facts prove otherwise. Just a few weeks later, Tarleton faced Daniel Morgan's forces at Cowpens. One writer gives the length of the battle as just forty-seven minutes. Following that event, it was pretty much on to Yorktown. The public is invited.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 PLANS MEETING TONIGHT

Monday, October 13

Union American Legion Post 22 is having its monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Veterans Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., followed by a speaker at 6:30, and the business meeting at 7:00. Specially planned for this meeting is the installation ceremony for the new officers for the 2014-15 year. Regular Post 22 meetings, such as this one, are held on the second Monday evening of every month, except July. Also, the annual Veterans Day banquet on November 11th replaces the November meeting. The Veterans Day dinner is just a month away, and Post 22 members are reminded that it is only free to current members, their spouses, and invitees, although any qualified veteran can attend by joining that same day as well. Those interested in joining the Legion are also always welcome to attend any of the regular meetings without charge, in order to learn more about the American Legion.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, October 13

The Union County School Board of Trustees is set to meeting tonight. That session will taken place at 7:00 pm in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. An update will be given on the AP, SAT and End-of-Course test data. The board will consider two Act 155 diploma requests, and one field trip request involving a water activity. Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles and Career and Technology Center Director Kevin Morrow will discuss achievements and programs at their schools. An executive session is on the agenda. The purpose is stated as being for two hearings and two personnel matters. 


HOSPITAL BOARD HEARS DISTRICT PLAN FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES SUCH AS EBOLA

Friday, October 10

Ebola is the disease that is causing a lot of concern these days, and that concern is being dealt with at Wallace Thomson Hospital. During Thursday night's meeting of the Board of Trustees, Emily Cannon brought the group up to date on precautions being taken locally.

One area of concern is for emergency medical personnel who may come in contact with an infectious disease. EMS Director Ronnie Roberson talked about the precautions taken by the EMS workers.

Emily Cannon said while the Ebola virus is a concern, people in our area should be more proactive for the other issues they may confront, such as flu, whooping cough, and the enterovirus that is currently affecting young children.

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FOSTER PARK RECEIVES GRANTS WORTH $8000

Friday, October 10

Four teachers at Foster Park Elementary School will benefit from a total of $8,000 in grants to purchase classroom supplies and fund activities for the school’s students. Principal Barbara Palmer said the the school had received a $4,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and another $4,000 in grants from the PPG Industries Foundation. She said the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant is being used to purchase books for students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades. In addition, the PPG Industries Foundation donated approximately $1,000 each to four FPES teachers. Palmer said that the teachers applied for the grants, which were sponsored by a PPG employee whose son is a student at the school. Palmer thanked both the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the PPG Industries Foundation for their support of the school, and the teachers for writing the grant requests.

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MONARCH NAMED SCHOOL OF THE YEAR BY WALMART

Friday, October 10

Monarch Elementary School has been selected School of the Year by Walmart.  The representatives from Walmart in Union surprised the faculty at MES by thanking the administration and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice of the teachers.  A total of $1000 was given to the teachers at MES.  Also, a cake was presented for all to enjoy.

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UNION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GIVES GRANTS TO FOUR ORGANIZATIONS

Friday, October 10

Four Union County organizations received grants Thursday afternoon from the Union Community Foundation. Jim and Kathy Stepp received a $500 grant for Meals on Wheels. Safe Home's Tanya Brannon received a $500 check for that organization. Ben Loftis received a $500 grant for the Union County Carnegie Library, and Earl Black was given a $500 donation for the Union County Council on Aging.

Lisa Morris with the Union Community Foundation explained how the four groups were chosen.

The funds for the Union Community Foundation are administered by the Spartanburg County Foundation. Troy Hanna, President and CEO of the Spartanburg County Foundation, explained the partnership.

The Union Community Foundation began a few years back with $1 million in seed money from the City of Union.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATING THEFT OF COLOGNE, TV, AND TOILET SEAT FROM WALMART

Friday, October 10

Union Public Safety officers are investigating a rather bold shoplifting case. Walmart Loss Prevention Officer Kenneth Newton told police that on Tuesday at about 11:30, a black male entered the store through the home and living side and proceeded to the fragrance area, where he loaded 15 bottles of cologne, valued at $586.58, into a shopping cart. He then walked over to the electronics section and loaded a 37” TV into the cart. The TV is valued at $198. Lastly, he took a toilet seat, which was valued at $9. The suspect then exited the store through a fire door located near the sporting goods area. Outside, he loaded the merchandise into a waiting white vehicle, believed to be a newer Chrysler 200. Investigators are looking into the theft.

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING AMAZON RECRUITMENT EVENT TUESDAY

Friday, October 10

SMX Staffing will be holding a recruitment event for Amazon next Tuesday, October 14th, from 9am-12p. These are temporary jobs for all shifts. The hourly pay is $10.75 to $11.25. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must bring proof of education. Warehouse associates will receive and stock material, pick, pack and ship material. They will also load and unload trucks, and may drive powered industrial equipment, as well as work with and/or around moving mechanical parts. The noise level varies and can be loud, and temperatures may vary between 60-90 degrees, occasionally exceeding 90 degrees. The environment is very fast-paced.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and able to lift 49 lbs. You must be willing to work overtime and learn industrial equipment. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view job order #579534. You may apply online at: http://apply.smjobs.com, then enter job code 7C1S. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


THREE ARRESTED IN PROSTITUTION STING

Thursday, October 9

Narcotics officers with the Union County Sheriff's Office and Union Public Safety Department officers performed an undercover prostitution operation at a local motel on Tuesday. During this undercover operation, Gary Montgomery, 54, of 71 Wheatly Way, Fountain Inn, Maurice Powers, 33, of 292 Northside Church Road, Laurens, and Michael Land, 38, of 511 Santuc Drive, Union, were all arrested after paying money to an undercover agent of the Union County Sheriff's Office in exchange for sexual acts. All of the above were charged with soliciting prostitution, and Land was also charged with having an open container of beer when he arrived in his vehicle.

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ARREST MADE IN CHAMBERS AVENUE SHOOTING

Thursday, October 9

An arrest has been made in the case of an attempted murder that we reported on yesterday. Benjamin Mills of 110-A Chambers Avenue was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The victim, John Russell Thomas, had gone to the emergency room of Wallace Thomson Hospital to seek treatment of the wound. It was there he told officers that he would handle the matter himself.

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UNION MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES AFTER THROWING A SCREWDRIVER AT A WOMAN

Thursday, October 9

Tuesday, deputies were called to the Wallace Thomson Emergency Room in reference to a stabbing victim. Upon arrival, the victim reported that she got into an argument with Harold Gossett, 71, of 305 Lover's Lane Rd., over her kids building a wood fort on his front porch. She stated the kids play between her house and Gossett's house everyday after school. When the kids got home after school, they built a fort out of wood on Gossett's porch. He came out of the house and told the kids to clean up the mess. The victim then told the kids to put up their book bags first. Gossett and the victim then got into an argument about the kids cleaning up the wood on the porch. She stated that during the argument, Gossett picked up a large screwdriver and threw it at her, striking her in the face. The deputy did observe a puncture wound on the left side of her mouth, consistent with the size of a screwdriver. A warrant was issued by the Chief Magistrate for 2nd-degree assault and battery. Gossett was arrested and transported to the Union County Jail for booking.

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RELAY FOR LIFE RECRUITING NEW TEAMS, REMINDING FANS TO "PINK OUT" FRIDAY'S GAME

Thursday, October 9

The Relay for Life organization will be conducting a Team Recruitment class on Monday, October 20th, at 7pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center. This does not apply to People who already have a team. They are looking for people who are interested in starting a team, and the goal is to get them started on the right foot. Organizers ask that this be talked up at work, church and with family and friends.  They are looking to get 10 more teams started. One additional Relay event is coming out. It's the Pink Out game Friday between Union and Broome. They are looking to bring home the pink trophy to Union County.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS SET FOR OCTOBER 30TH

Thursday, October 9

The Union Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for their next Business After Hours. It's set for Thursday, October 30th, at the Union Arts Council Gallery. They are looking for sponsors for the event. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact the Chamber right away. They are limited to four sponsors at $300 per sponsorship. The Chamber office will take care of all the arrangements, including sending out invitations, food, entertainment, and door prizes. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors these events periodically as networking opportunities for area businesses and organizations.

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ABSENTEE VOTING NOW OPEN FOR GENERAL ELECTION

Thursday, October 9

It's a little less than a month before election day, but absentee voting is now available to those who qualify. The Absentee Precinct opened Monday at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office. An Election Commission spokesperson said that individuals who will not be able to be physically present at their voting precinct on Nov. 4th can vote absentee, either by requesting an absentee ballot and returning it before Election Day, or voting on one of the two voting machines set up in the Registrar’s Office. There are 18 reasons a person may not be able to be physically present at their voting precinct on Election Day. You can find out if you qualify for absentee voting by contacting the Voter Registration office or going online to www.scvotes.org.

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HOSPITAL BOARD SET TO MEET TONIGHT

Thursday, October 9

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees and the the Finance committee will be meeting tonight. That meeting will take place in the Board Room at the Hospital at 6:00 pm. There is a possibility of hearing an update on talks that are currently going between the Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Health Care Systems concern a partnership between the two.


PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES SHOOTING ON CHAMBERS AVENUE

Wednesday, October 8

Monday morning, Union Public Safety officers were advised of shots being fired around the 100 block of Chambers Avenue. Officer Lee Chambers arrived on the scene and spoke with several people in the area who told him they had heard an argument in the parking lot but did not witness anything. Shortly after Officer Chambers cleared the scene, he was advised that a gunshot victim was in the emergency room at Wallace Thomson Hospital. At the hospital, the officer spoke with John Russell Thomas, of 209 Hill Street, Union. When Thomas was asked who shot him, he responded by saying he would handle it himself. The case has been turned over to investigators.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES JEWELRY THEFT

Wednesday, October 8

Union County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of grand larceny that occurred between September 28th and October 5th. Eleanor Bowling of Old Union Road, Lockhart, reported that several items of jewelry were taken from a drawer in her bathroom. She told deputies that the only person inside her home during the time frame was a worker she hired from Lo Tyme Tree Service. She said the person used her bathroom on October 3rd, and she thought it was odd that he took such a long time. She did not get the subject's name. Taken was a diamond watch valued at $700, three diamond rings, one appraised at $40000, one at $2500, and another appraised at $3300. Also taken was a gold cupid and heart bracelet valued at $150, and two other bracelets for which she could not provide a value. Bowling described the suspect as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.

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MEDI HOME HOSPICE AND TRI COUNTY HOME HEALTH ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH AUSTIN REHAB

Wednesday, October 8

Medi Home Hospice & Tri County Home Health has announced that the organization has entered into a partnership with Austin Rehab of Union. A spokesperson said the partnership will enable Medi Home Hospice to not only provide its patients with hospice services, but home health care and therapy services as well.

Being able to offer both home health care and hospice care, Medi Home Hospice’s partnership with Austin Rehab will offer patients and their families greater continuity of service when and if a patient’s condition reaches the point where they have to go from home health care to hospice care.

The partnership between Medi Home Hospice & Tri County Home Health and Austin Rehab is a contractual one, not a merger. Both companies remain separate entities with their own names and own staffs, but will be working together to benefit the patients and the families of the patients who need their help.

Medi Home Hospice & Tri County Home Health can be contacted at 864-427-8322, and Austin Rehab and can be contacted at 864-429-3003.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST TRICK OR TREAT DOWNTOWN ON OCTOBER 31ST

Wednesday, October 8

The Union County Chamber of Commerce is saying, “Dress up and Come on Down.” They are talking about the annual Halloween Trick or Treat celebration where youngsters are invited to parade the sidewalks and pick up treats from merchants. An e-mail release from the chamber says, "We would like to invite anyone/everyone (church, business, or industry) that would like to come to Main Street, participate, and help make this a fun safe event for our children." It’s set for October 31st from 4:30 to 5:30. For more information, call 864-427-9039 or e-mail ralexander@unionsc.com.

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187 HUNTING DOGS ENTERED IN COON HUNTER COMPETITION THIS PAST WEEKEND

Wednesday, October 8

The Coon Hunters Kennel Club held what is called the Super Bowl of Coon Hunting in Union last week, with a bench show on Saturday afternoon. The event drew around 187 hunting dogs, with three nights of qualifying for a guaranteed cash prize of $20,000. Each night was an elimination round, with 14 dogs hunting in the finals on Saturday night. Curtiss Hunter of the Union County Tourism Commission said the CHKC Super Bowl was a precursor to the Palmetto State Jamboree and Hunting Expo scheduled to take place during the first whole week in December. Hunter said Saturday’s event was just a spinoff of the December hunt, but after talking to organizers, she believes it could become something big, as well. The jamboree and expo in December will be a family-oriented sportsman’s expo, featuring numerous vendors.


SCHOOL DISTRICT SUED following OCTOBER 2012 INCIDENT

Tuesday, October 7

The Union County School District is being sued by a student, identified only as Jane Doe, for a gross negligent act of failing to provide a safe environment to protect the plaintiff. The suit listed the name of the Guardian Ad Litem as filing the action on behalf a Jane Doe who was 14 at the time of the alleged assault, which is listed as occurring on October 1, 2012. The details listed in the suit are far too graphic for broadcast, but it does name two students who are alleged to have committed the assault. The action charges the school district with failure to supervise students in the classroom setting. The suit is asking that the defendant be found guilty of negligent supervision, that the defendant be found guilty of negligent infliction of emotional distress, and for such other and further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate. It also asks that she be granted compensatory damages for her pain and suffering, that she be granted punitive damages, and that she be granted the cost of this action and interest and such other and further relief as is just and proper. The action was filed September 30th.

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ROSE HILL WILL HOST "TALES OF UNION COUNTY AND BEYOND" OCTOBER 25TH

Tuesday, October 7

The popular program "Tales of Union County & Beyond" will return to Rose Hill Plantation October 25th. Organizers say you may have a mysterious evening as Rose Hill Plantation presents a program for visitors to enjoy local legends and ghostly tales told by regional storytellers. They have new storytellers this year, and with that, some different stories to hear.

The eeriness will begin at 6:30 pm behind the kitchen at the rear of the Gist Mansion. While listening to Southern folklore, stories and legends, the whole family can enjoy a marshmallow roast by the campfire, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and other refreshments. All the fixings for s’mores will be provided.

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair, a blanket or some other form of portable seating, and to dress for the weather to ensure their comfort. Lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven, so decent walking shoes are recommended. They ask that you bring your own mug so they can reduce styrofoam waste.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Please e-mail or call in your reservation by October 23rd so they'll we know how much food to prepare. Call 427-5966 or e-mail rosehill@scprt.com. Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is at 2677 Sardis Road in Union. Cost for the program is $7.50 per person, with kids age 5 and under free. This is a S.C. Park Passport Plus program.

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SCHEDULING CONFLICT FOR MONTY ALLEN LEADS TO CHANGE IN CHURCH NIGHT LINEUP

Tuesday, October 7

The Union County Fair starts up next week, and that always bring an air of excitement to the community. One of the popular events is what is billed as Church Night at the Fair. There has been a change in the lineup for that, and Paul Winters tells us about it.

The first day for the fair will be next Tuesday, October 14th.

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AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS REMIND CITIZENS OF PREVENTION TIPS

Tuesday, October 7

This is Fire Prevention Week, and area fire departments say this is a good time to take a few minutes to test smoke alarms and review insurance policies. A few preventive things you can do is:

1.) Make sure your smoke detectors are working, and change the batteries on the same date every year. Make sure you test your smoke alarm at least once a month.

2.) Consider purchasing a central monitoring service for fire and burglary, which may also qualify you for discount on your homeowners insurance.

3.) Clear debris from around your house, and empty gutters around your home.

4.) Don’t leave your stove unattended.

5.) Smokers, remember to extinguish cigarettes.

6.) Properly maintain your clothes dryer, because extremely flammable lint can build in a compacted ventilation system.

The will be a Fire Prevention Week parade Saturday, and a display of firefighting and rescue equipment will be set up on the grounds at Wal-Mart.

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STAFFING ASSOCIATES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Tuesday, October 7

Staffing Associates will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office Wednesday from 1-4pm. They are looking to hire team leaders at an hourly rate of $12-$15 depending on experience. They also want forklift operators at $9.50-$10.50/hr., and machine operators at $10.48/hr. All positions are temporary to hire, and a high school diploma or GED is required. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.


SILENT WITNESS VIGIL SCHEDULED IN SPARTANBURG THURSDAY

Monday, October 6

The 17th-annual Silent Witness Vigil will take place on Thursday, October 9th, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Daniel Morgan Square on Main Street in Spartanburg.

In the United States, millions of people, most often women and children, are affected by domestic violence each year. Newly released statistics from the Violence Policy Center state that per capita, South Carolina ranks 2nd in number of homicides committed by an intimate, and it has some of the highest rates of violent crime in the United States. Statewide, the Upstate finds itself with high rankings as well. In 2013, SAFE Homes –Rape Crisis Coalition assisted 6087 families and children with domestic violence services, including sheltering 344 women and children.

Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of employment or educational level, race or ethnic background, religion, marital status, physical ability, age, or sexual orientation. In a survey conducted by Lieberman Research, Inc., 82% of Americans said they would do something to reduce domestic violence if they knew what to do. SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition and its community partners urge you to attend the vigil and find out more about the problem and how to help in our community.

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LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NOT INVOLVED IN RECENT BUSINESS INFORMATION CALLS

Monday, October 6

The Union County Chamber of Commerce says it has been brought to their attention that calls are being made from 402-509-5055 to businesses, not just in our area, but throughout the country. The caller is asking to verify business information; when pressed, they say they are from the Chamber of Commerce or, more specifically, the American Chamber of Commerce. From the information gathered, this is not a legitimate Chamber of Commerce phone call. The Union County Chamber of Commerce is not a participant in these calls.

According to the Chamber, whenever they are involved with solicitation of their publication products (magazine and map), they will always inform their members that it is taking place. They say if they contact you via telephone for other business related to the chamber, they will always identify themselves as a member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce staff or the company handling the publications, and you will recognize a local phone number and caller.

If at any time you have a question about calls made to you or your business, you are asked to call the Chamber at 864-427-9039.

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MODERN HEALTHCARE NAMES HOSPICE CARE OF SC TO AWARDS LIST

Monday, October 6

Modern Healthcare, an industry trade publication, has announced that Hospice Care of South Carolina has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The publication recognizes employers for outstanding performance in economic development, employee retention and satisfaction. Hospice Care of South Carolina has been headquartered in Spartanburg since 1997 and has an office in Union. A news release states, “Being named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014 validates that Hospice Care of South Carolina has built a culture in which employees are supported and engaged." The company, as all the winners, will be announced at the Best Places to Work Awards Gala in Chicago October 23rd.

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BUFFALO AND LOCKHART AMONG SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN WALK TO SCHOOL DAY WEDNESDAY

Monday, October 6

Buffalo Elementary School along with Union Public Safety, UCHS football players, cheerleaders, band members, parents and grandparents will be joining schools across the country to celebrate International Carolina Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. The celebration begins at 1:30 with kids, parents and community leaders walking from the flag pole. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative poster. In South Carolina, nearly 300 schools are expected to participate with a variety of events. Lockhart School will also hold an observance. Walk to school events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, as well as pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concerns for the environment and building connection between families, schools and the broader community.


COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPRESS CONCERNS OVER EVENTS CENTER PROJECT

Friday, October 3

The jury is still out on whether or not the proposed Union Events Center will become a reality. The Union county and city councils met in a joint session Thursday evening mainly for the purpose of having an open discussion on the matter. The Events Center Board has requested funding from both groups, but there were reservations expressed by members of both councils. The Center’s board is asking the county for $250,000 of non-committed hospitality tax moneys and 50% of the same funds from the city for a three-year period. That 50% would amount to approximately $100,000 per year. Events Center Board Chair Bob Love commented that between the city and the county, “There’s plenty of money to go around."

While questioning some of the revenue projections for the center, Councilman Randall Hanvey commented that from the feedback he has received, “The community support is not there” for the project. Councilwoman Joan Little agreed that the feedback she has received has been negative. Basing her comments on the recent Uniquely Union Festival, Councilwoman Kacie Petrie said, “Union people don’t support Union events." She added, “This makes me nervous.” Mayor Harold Thompson supports the project and said, “We’re not going to raise taxes."

Union City Councilman Jim Wilson indicated he still questions the validity of the project.

County Councilman Randall Hanvey says it is the unknown that scares him.

City Councilman Tommy Hill spoke in favor of the undertaking, saying it’s one of the elements needed to keep people from leaving the community.

Bob Love defended the project numerous times during the meeting, saying contributions are still coming in. “We have never stopped fund raising and grant writing,” Love said. He added if the funding doesn’t come through, there is a lot to lose.

Discussion on the subject is expected to continue and should come up in a future meetings of both councils. About 25 citizens attended the meeting but were not given an opportunity to express their opinions.

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FOUR PUT ON TRESPASS NOTICE AFTER SKIPPING SCHOOL AND HANGING OUT IN A SHED

Friday, October 3

Last Friday, a deputy with the Union County Sheriff's Office responded to a call in reference to a group of juveniles that were in a shed and possibly trespassing. Upon arrival, the officer located the 4 juveniles sitting under the shed. They were asked what they were doing at the residence, and they all stated they didn't want to go to school that day and were skipping school. The deputy talked with the complainant and asked him if anything looked out of place, and he stated that nothing appeared to be out of place or missing at that time. The complainant gave the deputy a phone number to the owner of the house, who lives in another county. The owner stated if nothing was broken into, to put all four on trespass notice and let the school punish them accordingly. All four were placed on trespass notice and were released into the custody of UCHS administration and SRO Mike Nance.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD TO HOLD MONTHLY MEETING MONDAY

Friday, October 3

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, October 6th, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Schools District Office Annex, located at 120 Lakeside Drive in Union.  The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Executive Director Catherine Childers at 429-1740, ext. 134, prior to the start of the meeting.

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TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION

Friday, October 3

If you have not registered to vote, tomorrow will be the last day to do so before the November general election that is slated for November 4th. There are a number of races where the positions are up for grabs. The Union County Voter Registration office will open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Registration to vote can also be accomplished by going online at www.scvotes.org. Just follow the prompts and that will lead you through the process.


IRS TELEPHONE SCAM REAPPEARS IN UNION

Thursday, October 2

A familiar telephone scam is showing up again in Union County. This is someone posing as an IRS agent and is trying to solicit money. The call comes in as a voice message where the caller asks that his call be returned immediately because it is a “time-sensitive” matter. The caller never specifies the reason for the call. Earlier this year, there was a similar scam where con artists targeted the Upstate, posing as IRS agents threatening to sue people. Sheriff David Taylor said dozens of people have called and complained about this latest scam. He says should you receive one of the calls to hang up the phone immediately.

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CITY COUNCIL HOLDS JOINT MEETING WITH COUNTY COUNCIL ON EVENTS CENTER TODAY

Thursday, October 2

The Union County Council will hold a joint special meeting with the Union City Council this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Union County Annex. They will discuss the proposed Union Events Center and other matters.

City council held a workshop session a little more than a week ago to receive information they had requested from the Events Center Board. The board is asking the city to extend a bridge loan so construction can begin on the project. They have also requested a significant portion of the county’s Accommodations and Hospitality tax. It has been suggested this money could be used to sustained the center’s operation once open.

The public is invited to attend all of the previously mentioned meetings.

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USC-UNION STUDENTS SUPPORT ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

Thursday, October 2

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and the awareness of the disease. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and brings in participants of all ages and abilities. The Spartanburg chapter has raised over half of their goal this year with 73 teams.

Bobby Holcombe’s University 101 class at USC-Union is the only Walk to End Alzheimer’s team in Union County. In 2012-2013, his four classes raised over $5,000, and this year his two classes have raised $650 so far. Holcombe and his University 101 class raise money by selling Alzheimer’s Association merchandise and hosting the Miss USC-Union Pageant in the spring. “We hope to exceed $2000 by October 11th," Holcombe says. The class also participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Spartanburg. Aundi Hunter, Alzheimer’s Association Upstate’s Director of Development, spoke to Holcombe’s University 101 class and stated, “Bobby does a great job by getting the Alzheimer's Association to talk to the class and spread the awareness.”

This year, the walk will be held on Saturday, October 11th, at Wofford College at Gibbs Stadium. Registration begins at 9:00am, the ceremony starts at 9:45am, and the 2-3 mile walk begins at 10:00am. The Spartanburg office serves Union County, and they are located at the Union County Health Department at 115 Thomas Street on the first and last Thursdays of the month. They can be reached at (800) 272-3900 for any inquiries, requests for appointments or care consultations.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT PREPARES FOR SENIOR DAY AT THE FAIR

Thursday, October 2

The Union County Fair gets underway in a little more than a week, and the Union County Recreation Department has set the date for their annual Senior Citizens day.

Recreation Department Program Director Jessica Gallman tells us all about it.

For more information about this special day, you may contact the Recreation Department at 429-1670.


VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE TO OPEN FOR A FEW HOURS SATURDAY

Wednesday, October 1

As reported earlier, Saturday is the last day to register to vote in the November 4th general election. While normally the Voter Registration Office is closed on Saturdays, the Union County Election Commission met Monday night and decided to open the Union office for a few hours that day. The office will be open from 9 a.m. until noon to register citizens who have yet to do so. Going to the Voter Registration Office can be avoided altogether by going online to www.scvotes.org. By following the prompts, a qualified individual can complete the process without leaving home.

There are a number of contested races in the upcoming election, including that of SC House of Representatives District 42. Incumbent Democrat Mike Anthony will face Republican challenger David Tribble.

The race for Probate Judge will see two newcomers competing for the office. Democrat Calvin Payton will face Republican William D. All, III. Incumbent Coroner, Democrat William Holcombe, will go up against Republican challenger Scott Lewis.

For Union County Supervisor, Democrat Frank Hart's name will be on the ballot with no opposition listed. There will be a place for write-in votes.

County Council District 1 will see Democrat and incumbent Joan Little going up against Republican Randy English. Incumbent Councilman Ben C. Ivey, III, has no opposition in district 4.

There are several contested races for the Union County Board of School Trustees. In District 3, incumbent Kim Bailey will face retired teacher and coach, Mike Massey. In District 4, there are three newcomers in the race, as incumbent Buck Peay did not file for reelection. The three running for the post are Gene Doc Lipsey, Jeremy Donnell Robinson and Trad Robinson. In District 9, Jessica Childers Sherbert will face incumbent Jane R. Wilkes. District 5's Jane Hart Hammett and District 8's Wanda R. All do not have opposition.

As a reminder, photo identification will be required to vote in the general election.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY AT MCCUTCHEN MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Wednesday, October 1

Deputies with the Union County Sheriff's Office are investigating a break-in at a local church. The deputies were called Monday to McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church after William Gonce reported the break-in. The police report stated that between Sunday and Monday, someone had entered the church by pushing an air conditioner out of a window. After the suspects entered the building, they went through, opening doors and going through closets. The door to the pastor's study had been kicked in and drawers were rummaged. Gonce said he did not believe anything was taken. Investigator Scott Coffer has taken over the case.

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SEMINAR CONCERNING CONTAMINATED WATER AT CAMP LEJEUNE SCHEDULED IN COLUMBIA

Wednesday, October 1

The Union County Office of Veterans Affairs has been informed by the SC Division of Veterans Affairs of information concerning a seminar sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 303. The program will be held at the American Legion Post 6 in Columbia.  They are holding this seminar on October 21st at 7:30 PM, and it is concerning all those (especially marines) who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957–1987 and were exposed to contaminated water. The address for the American Legion Post 6 is: 200 Pickens St., Columbia, SC, 29205.  Additional information can be obtained by contact the local Veterans Affairs office.

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UNION COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS STILL SEEKING MONEY FOR SMOKE DETECTORS

Wednesday, October 1

Union County Firemen are still seeking donations of cash to purchase smoke detectors. They want to give the smoke detectors away to people who do not currently have at least one in the home. A special event is planned for October 11th, when there will be a fire prevention parade and a display of fire-fighting and rescue equipment set up on the grounds of Wal-Mart, where the units will be given away. Currently, they are about $1200 short of their goal to purchase 400 of the detectors. They are looking to do their part in ensuring that every home in Union has a smoke detector. Donations can be made at your community fire department or here at WBCU.

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HIGH SCHOOL STING MACHINE TAKES FIRST PLACE IN COMPETITION AT LAURENS LAST WEEKEND

Wednesday, October 1

The Union County High School Band has jumped out to a great start in their season of competition by bringing home a first-place finish from the Henry Warrens Invitational in Laurens. This was their first competition of the year, and they won in the 4-A division. There were 19 bands competing. Jumping out to a first-place win this early in the season is a pretty good feeling, says Band Director Matt Chastain.

The band also brought home the awards for best percussion, best color guard and best musical performance. The title of this year's show is “Among the Stars,” with the music having been written by Chastain, and Sims Middle School Director Jeff Key wrote the drill.


VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY

Tuesday, September 30

Persons who want to vote in the November 4th general election have until Saturday to register. Whether the Union County Voter Registration Office will be open this coming Saturday is yet to be determined. Even so, there are other ways to register to vote, according to Darlene Pettit of the Voter Registration Office.

You can find a sample ballot for Union County by going to www.scvotes.com.

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THREE LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES DAMAGED IN PURSUIT

Tuesday, September 30

Two Union County Sheriff's Office vehicles and a state trooper's car sustained damage Sunday morning as a result of a chase that ended in a field near Pacolet. The chase began when Union County dispatch was notified by Newberry County that a pursuit was in progress and was headed toward Union County. A silver Toyota Camry was being chased by a Newberry County sheriff's deputy and a Whitmire town officer. Deputies Jody Willis and Sgt. Jared Gilstrap located the vehicle and joined the pursuit after Newberry and Whitmire terminated their chase at Padgett's Creek in Union County. A state trooper joined the chase as it entered the City of Union and traveled up the Duncan Bypass and Furman Fendley Highway. After several miles, the vehicle turned onto Chapman Road and then on Highway 9 through the town of Pacolet. They eventually ended the chase on a dead-end road where the suspect turned into a driveway and then went into a field. The officers continued their pursuit, and Deputy Willis made contact with the car on the rear passenger side. The suspect continued to flee, and the deputy again made an attempt to end the chase by striking the vehicle.

The driver managed to gain control of the car, and Trooper West then took aim at the driver's side of the vehicle. The suspect drove up an embankment, and Sgt. Gilstrap ended the pursuit by striking the driver's side front and rear door. Not giving up, the suspect continued to accelerate his vehicle in an effort to push Sgt. Gilstrap's car out of his path. It was then that Sgt. Gilstrap and Deputy Willis approached the car with weapons drawn. The subject surrendered. Trooper West removed the subject from the car to the ground and handcuffed him. The driver was identified as Cheron Darnel Fields, 30, of 212 Garden Path Lane, Columbia. He was taken into custody.

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UNION TEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

Tuesday, September 30

A Union man has been arrested for attempted murder following an altercation on Blassingame Street. Herman Farr was arrested after police found Chad Whitlock unconscious in the roadway. Police learned from witnesses that Herman Phillps Farr, 19, and Whitlock had gotten into a fight inside a car. Farr continued to punch Whitlock in the head outside the vehicle. Whitlock had such severe wounds that he stopped breathing and was said to have bleeding on the brain. Police say that Whitlock passed away, but Farr has only been charged with attempted murder at this time. Charges may be upgraded on Farr, depending on what the autopsy report shows for cause of death on Whitlock. Farr is being held in the Union County Detention Center.

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COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES 2 MILL PROPERTY TAX HIKE

Tuesday, September 30

Property taxes will be going up for Union County residents in the coming year. Union County Council held a public hearing Monday afternoon to receive public comment on the matter. Supervisor Tommy Sinclair explained what setting the tax levy is all about.

The current total tax levy for the county is 137.7 mills, and an increase of 1.6 mills is allowed for the coming year and as determined by the Consumer Price Index. In addition, 2.4 mills were left on the table from last year, which could be rolled into this year's assessment. Following the public hearing, the council entered into a special session to consider the proposal. The recommendation called for a total increase of 4 mills, but that number did not sit well with some council members. Councilman Frank Hart said he believed an increase would be in order to keep from being caught short in the future. Councilpersons Joan Little and Tommy Ford disagreed and did not want to see any increase. The motion was made to increase the amount by 2 mills, and when the vote was taken, Frank Hart, Ben Ivey, and Randall Hanvey voted in favor, with Little and Ford voting against. In simple language, what the increase means is a person with a $100,000 home would see an increase of $8.


UNION MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER FIGHT LEAVES MAN DEAD; CHARGES MAY BE UPGRADED

Monday, September 29

A Union man has been arrested for attempted murder following an altercation on Blassingame Street. Herman Phillips Farr, 19, was arrested after police found Chad Whitlock unconscious in the roadway.

Police learned from witnesses that Farr and Whitlock had gotten into a fight inside a car. Police say the fight spilled over into the parking lot, where Farr continued to punch Whitlock in the head. Whitlock had such severe wounds that he stopped breathing and had bleeding on the brain.

Police say that Whitlock has passed away, but Farr has only been charged with attempted murder at this time. Charges may be upgraded on Farr, depending on what the autopsy report shows for cause of death on Whitlock. Farr is being held in the Union County Detention Center.

 

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY SELLING COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLIONS MARKING 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF CROSS KEYS HOUSE

Monday, September 29

As one of the ways to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Cross Keys House, the Union County Historical Society has minted 200 1.75" brass commemorative medallions. The obverse depicts a three-dimensional image of the house, while the reverse depicts the crossed keys as seen on the marble marker located in the home's gable. It also contains the initials BB, which is the abbreviation for the original owner, Barham Bobo. Each medallion comes with its own protective clear holder. The price is $15 each. If you are a Union County Historical Society member, you are entitled to a discount. Historical Society members pay only $12 per medallion. Medallions may be purchased directly from the museum gift shop at 127 W. Main Street or purchased online via eBay. There is a 5 medallion maximum per order, per person. 

 

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TOURISM COMMISSION TAKING ITS TOURISM SUMMIT ON THE ROAD TO HOLLY HILL

Monday, September 29

The Union County Tourism Commission is changing their usual annual tourism summit to a field trip this year. They’ll be going by bus to the Orangeburg County town of Holly Hill on October 22nd. They will be touring a recently completed $4 million project, which was accomplished with help of grants and loans through the Department of Agriculture. Holly Hill’s population was 1,281 as of the 2000 census. Prior to 1910, it was located in the northwest portion of St. James Goose Creek Township in Berkeley County. Invitations to participate have been sent to elected officials and concerned citizens. The deadline to sign up for the trip is October 1st. Seats are limited.

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COUNTY COUNCIL HAS MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED TODAY

Monday, September 29

The Union County Council Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will meet today at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse to consider a request from the Clerk of Court and other matters.

In addition, the Union County Council will hold a public hearing today at 5:15 p.m. in the same location to receive comments from the public concerning setting the tax levy for fiscal year 2014-2015.

Upon completion of the public hearing, the Union County Council will hold a special meeting to consider the resolution setting the tax levy for fiscal year 2014-2015 and other matters.

Later in the week, county council will hold a joint special meeting with the Union City Council. That will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Union County Annex to discuss the Events Center and other matters.

City council held a workshop session a little more than a week ago to receive information they had requested from the Events Center Board. The Events Center Board is asking the city to extend a bridge loan so construction can begin on the project. They have also requested a significant portion of the county’s accommodations and hospitality tax. It has been suggested this money could be used to sustained the center’s operation once open.

The public is invited to attend all of the previously mentioned meetings.

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PROLOGISTIX HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Monday, September 29

ProLogistix is hiring for all shifts and will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office, which is located at 133 Wilmac Road. It will take place Tuesday, September 30th, from 1pm until 3:30pm. They are looking to hire pickers at a rate of $9-$9.75 per hour, and restockers at $10-$10.75/hr. Stackers or loaders are needed and will be paid $9-$9.75/hr. Receivers will be paid $10-$10.75/hr., and packers will receive $9-$9.75/hr. No minimum education is required, but a minimum of 6 months experience is required. All applications are taken online at www.applyplx.com prior to the recruitment event. ALL applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


ARTS COUNCIL GIVES OUT AWARDS TO KICK OFF ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW

Friday, September 26

The 2014 Juried Art Show awards were handed out during a special presentation by the Union County Arts Council in the USC-Union auditorium Thursday evening. Cash prizes for all the awards totaled $3,250.

Susan Hinrichs received the United Wood Treating award for her painting, “Murrel of the Inlet,” and Betsy Skipper received the Local Artist Award for her painting, “Barns in the Morning Light.”

The Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Company Award went to Sharron Burns for her painting entitled “Korn Belt.” Receiving the Union Family Pharmacy award was Lynn Schilling for the painting “Marianne," and the Switzer award went to Tommy Thompson for “Assemblage in White.” The Timken Tyger River Plants award was given for a painting listed as “Untitled” by Al Beyer, and the Mrs. W.J. Whitner Award was for a work entitled "Asher Jesionka" by Anthony Hedrick. The top prize, which was sponsored by Arthur State Bank, went to Dwight Rose for his work called "Monemvasia." Perhaps one of the most coveted awards is the one the attendees voted on. They chose "Always Greener" by Amanda Kingsmore. Kingsmore said she was honored.

Kingsmore has been teaching art at Sims Middle School for 11 years.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT HOSTS NFL PUNT, PASS, AND KICK COMPETITION TOMORROW AT STADIUM

Friday, September 26

There are several events coming up you'll want to know about. One will be tomorrow, when youngsters will gather at Union County Stadium for the annual NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15 and will start up at 10:00 a.m. There are five age groups, which insures a place for everyone. Sam Phipps, Athletic Director for the Union County Recreation Department, reminds participants that no cleats will be allowed--just sneakers. For additional information, you may contact the Recreation Department at 429-1670.

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USC-UNION HOSTING COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS NEXT WEEK

Friday, September 26

Beginning Monday, you'll have the opportunity to improve your basic computer and Microsoft Office skills. Classes will start up Monday, September 29th, and continue Tuesday, September 30th, and Thursday, October 2nd. The classes will take place in the Computer Room of the USC-Union Campus Library from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Participants will learn about internet access, Wi-Fi, e-mail, and basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills. There is a $30 fee that covers all three evenings. Additional information can be obtained by calling Bill Moore at 427-3681, extension 7737.

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TODAY IS FINAL DAY TO REGISTER FOR HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION'S GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, September 26

The Union County Health Care Foundation will be staging the Fall Charity Golf Classic next Friday at the Woodfin Ridge Gold Club in Inman. It'll be a day of golfing, giveaways, and the popular putting competition for cash prizes. Today is the registration deadline, and you may register by contacting Catherine Childers at 864-301-2466. The Union County Health Care Foundation works to raise money for various projects associated with the Union Hospital District. Their latest project is helping to raise money for the construction of a helipad at Wallace Thomson Hospital.

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DENNIS "HILL TOP" CRISP SEEKS TO HELP MIRACLE LEAGUE TEAMMATES GET GLOVES

Friday, September 26

There's a birthday party coming up that you may find interesting. Dennis Crisp, generally known to his friends as “Hill Top,” is a special needs man who will be turning 60 on October 9th. Rather than have a traditional birthday party, Dennis want to help his teammates who are playing in the Union County Miracle League to have baseball gloves. Last year, the Miracle League had their first season and Dennis played in every game. It was at that time he noticed many of his teammates did not have gloves. They would use their balls caps and try and catch the balls when playing outfield. As a result, Dennis is having a party, which will include wrestling, hot dogs with all the trimmings, and everyone is invited to attend. Admission and the hot dogs are free, but Dennis is requesting that participants make donations to the Miracle League to be used to purchase the gloves and other equipment. The birthday party will take place on Thursday, October 9th, at 6:30 at the Union National Guard Armory.

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SPOTLIGHT ON USC-UNION: NEW FACE IN ADMISSIONS OFFICE

Friday, September 26

The Fall semester at USC-Union kicked off on August 21st with new and returning students, as well as a new face for USC-Union’s Admissions Office.

Kaitlyn Wade, a USC-Union alum, joined the Admissions Office as the new Admissions Counselor in August. Wade graduated from USC-Union with an Associates in Science in 2010 and went on to complete her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership through USC-Union’s Palmetto College in 2013. She states, “I have the knowledge and experience of being a student in both the two-year and four-year programs. I feel that I easily relate to students since it wasn’t that long ago that I was a student.”

"I loved being a student here so much and I want to help other students have that same love for this campus,” she says. Wade likes the fact that students feel comfortable going to faculty and staff when they have a problem.

For more information about USC-Union and how to apply, please contact the Admissions Office at 427-8728, ext 7756.


USC-UNION AGAIN SEES RECORD ENROLLMENT

Thursday, September 25

There were nearly 200 more students enrolled at USC-Union for the 2014 fall semester than for the fall 2013 semester, giving the campus its highest enrollment in its history. In a statement released earlier this week, Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert announced that USC-Union had a total enrollment of 676 students for the fall of 2014, or 196 more than the 480 students enrolled for fall of 2013. This was our highest enrollment ever,” Taylor-Colbert said Tuesday. “It’s a record enrollment for USC Union.” She said factors leading to the increase include the new Pacer Pathway Program offered with USC-Aiken, recruiting from surrounding counties, retaining more of their current students, and an increase in students taking dual-enrollment classes at area high schools.

For more information about USC-Union, the classes and degrees it offers, and enrollment information, call 864-429-8728, ext. 7756.

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UNION WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING MAN IN LEG DURING ARGUMENT

Thursday, September 25

Tuesday, deputies with the Union County Sheriff's Office responded to the Wallace Thompson Emergency Room in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, Kareem Smith, 40, stated that the mother of his two children, Nicole L. Booker, 41, stabbed him during an argument while they were at KC Mart on N. Duncan Bypass. Smith stated that he pulled up to the store to buy cigarettes, saw Booker sitting in her vehicle, and went over to talk to her about an issue with their two kids. Smith opened the back passenger-side door and sat inside the car to talk with Booker. The conversation began to get heated, and Smith alleges that Booker reached into her center console, pulled out a small kitchen knife, and stabbed him in the upper left thigh. The officer observed a small hole in the upper left thigh area of Smith's jeans. Smith then showed an approximately half-inch wide puncture wound in his upper left leg. 

While at the ER, Smith's current girlfriend, Terasa Lindsay, stated that Booker sent her a text message stating that if Smith called the police, she had evidence to have him locked up. Lindsay also gave the responding officer a name and number of a woman named Annie who was supposed to be a witness to the incident. Lindsay stated she talked with Annie, and she stated that she saw Booker stab Smith in the leg during the argument.

The officer then took the case before Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker, and he issued a warrant for Booker's arrest for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. With the warrant in hand, the officers went to Booker's address, placed her under arrest, and  transported her to the Union County Jail. A small silver kitchen knife with a black handle was retrieved from the center console of her vehicle.

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CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER TEACHER WINS PANTHERS TEACHER OF THE WEEK AWARD

Thursday, September 25

Brian Kemp, a business teacher at the Union County Career and Technology Center, has been chosen as FSIoffice and the Carolina Panthers’ Teacher of the Week for September 21st.  He is the second teacher receiving this honor in Union this year, and was voted as the winner by coworkers, students, and community members for his exceptional work.  In addition to the gift basket, he has been invited to the Panthers-Buccaneers game, where the Teacher of the Year announcement will be made.

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ARTS COUNCIL READY FOR AWARDS RECEPTION TODAY

Thursday, September 25

The Union County Arts Council's 2014 Juried Art Show awards reception is set for this afternoon. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m. in the main building of USC-Union. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for the People's Choice Award, and refreshments will be served. The Juried Art Show will be on display until October 24th.


LOCKHART TASK FORCE LOOKS TO HELP RESIDENTS

Wednesday, September 24

People in the Lockhart area who did not complete their high school educations will have another chance to do so starting Monday. Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe announced during Tuesday night's meeting that GED classes will resume beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 29th at Jacob's Well.

Another community service in the making is one being put forth by the Town of Lockhart Task Force. Mayor Ashe explains:

Under the plan, people living in the town limits who need assistance in having their houses painted can apply for that help. Lockhart Power Company will supply the paint, and volunteer labor will do the work. It was also noted during the meeting that the Salvation Army will be in the community October 1st from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. taking applications for assistance at Christmas in providing gifts for children.

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DEPUTIES ARREST THREE ON PROSTITUTION CHARGES

Wednesday, September 24

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Monday to the Dollar General Distribution facility in reference to a robbery, where it was reported the parties involved were in a confrontation at the truck entrance. The officers were advised that the robbery involved a truck driver and a female. Upon arrival, the officers located a blue Camry occupied by Bradley Reynolds of Cowpens and Sonya Stiwinten, also of Cowpens, and an 18-wheeler occupied by Clarence Jones of Nashville, North Carolina. Reynolds and Stiwinten stated that Jones had raped and robbed her after identifying himself as a police officer and threatening her with arrest. All parties said the incident occurred while Jones was parked in his truck at the Kangaroo gas station on Furman Fendley Highway. After conducting the initial investigation, Jones was placed under arrest for soliciting prostitution and was transported to the Union County Jail. Stiwinten was placed under arrest for prostitution and transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital and then to the county jail. Reynolds was arrested for aiding prostitution and transported to the jail.

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"A FALL TO REMEMBER" NETS 34 ARRESTS

Wednesday, September 24

On Monday, Union County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers and deputies kicked off the beginning of "A Fall to Remember". with 51 arrest warrants for 34 individuals kicked off the beginning of “A Fall to Remember”. Just after daylight, officers began to serve 51 arrest warrants for 34 individuals, arresting them on a variety of drug charges that has been part of an ongoing undercover operation for several months. During the process of the drug round-up, an additional six people were arrested for drug and other charges, including driving under suspension, sex offender registration violation, and hindering.

"The Union County Sheriff’s Office will relentlessly seek and apprehend the predators that continue the sales of illegal narcotics and degrade our community through their violent criminal acts,” Sheriff David Taylor said Tuesday. "We do not have a large narcotics division, but they are as good as any agency in the state.”

Additional charges are pending, and more arrests will be made in the near future.

Those arrested so far are:

 

Kenneth Wayne Sorrell- 131 Westville Street /Dist. Of SCH II, Dist. Of SCH II and Dist. of SCH III

 

 

Joshua Wayne Sorrell- 131 Westville Street / Dist. Of SCH III and Dist. Of SCH IV

 

 

Thomas Chad Boulware- 239 Gin Circle /Dist. Of Methamphetamine, Possession of SCH IV

 

 

Kevin Wayne Haney-820 Flat Drive/ Dist. Of Methamphetamine

 

 

Arlene Francis Barnett-105 Clifford Drive / Dist. Of SCH II

 

 

Tyler Wayne Sumner-129 Buffalo Street/ Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Charles Edward Lee- 140 Lancaster Road/ Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Everette Rashad Means- 817 North Church Street/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Sondra Laselle Smith-1208 West Main Apt 11B/ Obtaining a Controlled subs. Of Like Therapeutic Use, Dist. Of SCH IV

 

 

Jacob Tyler Wade-107 Sprouse Street/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Amy Owenby-109 Wedgewood Court/Dist. Of Marijuana, Dist. Of Mar. within a ½ mile of a School

 

 

Donnie Wayne Sumner-109 Wedgewood Court/ Dist. Of Marijuana, Dist. Of Mar. within a ½ Mile of a School

 

 

Micheal Deon Spencer-101 Ravenscroft/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Tina Smith Lipsey-216 Raymond Road/Dist. Of SCH III, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering

 

 

Charles Earl Hames, Jr.- 141 Oak Grove Road/ Distribution of Marijuana

 

 

Harold Lynn Thompson-1438 Pineland Road/ Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Subs.

 

 

Carl Charles Winfield Patrick- 212 Kissy Creek Circle/ Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Peggy Elise Collins- 111 New Hope Church Road/ Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Subs.

 

 

Willie Arthur Kershaw- 120 Dover Road/ Dist. of Crack Cocaine

 

 

Kalee Elisebeth Selim-114 Short Street/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Coleman Carroll- 1437 Peach Orchard Road/Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III within a ½ Mile of  a School

 

 

David Wayne Cohen- 141 Oak Grove Road/ Dist. Of SCh III

 

 

Christopher Gene Wyatt- 426 Pineland Road/ Dist. Of Synthetic Marijuana

 

 

John Henry Holden- 267 Eaves Road/ Attempting to Possess a Controlled Subs.

 

 

Charles Edward Henderson-1527 Cross Keys Hwy/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Gail D. Bagwell- 1396 Barrell Stave Road /Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Richard Lee Gilliam- 453 Police Club Road/Obtaining a Cont. Subs of Like Therapeutic Use

 

 

Raymond Tequan Mcrae-112 Thomas Ranch Road/ Dist. Of Crack Cocaine

 

 

Travis Duncan- North 3rd Street- Possession of Marijuana

 

 

Niki Hames-141 Oak Grove Road, Hindering Police Officers, DUS 3rd offense

 

 

Paul David Thomas- 216 Raymond Road, Poss. Of Meth, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering, Violation of Sex Offender law (Failure to change address)

 

 

Bobby Bright-216 Raymond Road, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering

 

 

Teresa Garner- 216 Raymond Road, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering

 

 

Donna Vaughan- 909 Jones Ford Rd, Dist. Of SCH II

 

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WILLIAM COMER AND DR. ALLAN CHARLES TO BE HONORED AT FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Wednesday, September 24

Officials of the University of South Carolina-Union are in the process of planning their annual Founder’s Day celebration. USC-Union and the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education will honor Mr. William Comer and Dr. Allan Charles at the event, which is set for Friday, October 17, 2014. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Building Auditorium at 401 East Main Street in downtown Union, and will be followed with a reception in the Main Building Lobby at 11:45 a.m.

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ALORICA HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG TOMORROW

Wednesday, September 24

Alorica will hold a recruitment event at the Spartanburg SC Works office tomorrow, September 25th, from 10am until 12 noon. They are looking to hire inbound customer service representatives at $8-$12 per hour, and laptop technical support agents at $11 per hour. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, vacation, holidays, tuition assistance, and 401K. A high school diploma or GED is required, and a minimum of 8 to 12 months of experience is preferred. Applicants must undergo drug testing and screening, background and reference checks. Candidates should have the ability to be flexible and work weekends and holidays. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring your résumé and come appropriately dressed for the interview. Application can be made at www.aloricajobs.com prior to the event.  

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JOB FAIR AIMED AT EX-OFFENDERS SCHEDULED IN SPARTANBURG MONDAY

Wednesday, September 24

A job fair has been set for Monday, September 29th, at the Spartanburg Reentry Center. That’s located at 108 Broadcast Drive in Spartanburg. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services and is designed to assist ex-offenders, probationers and parolees. The notice stated that participants should come prepared to be interviewed.


DISTRICT 6TH GRADERS TO WORK WITH TOUCH SCREEN LAPTOPS AT SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 23

The Union County School Board met Monday night and IT Director Tim Barnado gave an update on what was termed the digital device pilot program. Barnado reported that 275 units were ready to be placed in service for sixth graders in the district's three middle schools. He said the devices are in reality a touch screen laptop computer. He explained how they will be used.

The devices will only be used at school and will not be taken home by the students. They were purchased at a cost of approximately $650 each.

Adult Education and District Accountability Director Cindy Langley presented information on the 2013–2014 Dual Credit program as well as data on the 2013–2014 ACT exams. Langley said the data is important.

The board heard a report from Finance Director Lynn Lawson and also approved three overnight field trips.

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NUMBER OF STUDENTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH TDAP VACCINE REQUIREMENT DROPS TO 13

Tuesday, September 23

WBCU reported yesterday that as of this past Friday, nearly 60 students were out of compliance due to not having verification of a required Tdap booster shot. Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. According to state law, the seventh grade students would not have been permitted to enter the school Monday. District Superintendent Kristi Woodall told WBCU Monday night that the figure has been reduced to 13. She said to her knowledge no student was barred from entering the school, and she believed the noncompliant students just did not attend. The students can still get the vaccination from their health care provider or the Union County Health Department.

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SEVERAL JROTC CADETS COMMISSIONED AND PROMOTED

Tuesday, September 23

September 15th saw the commissioning of several of the Union County High School JROTC Yellow Jacket Battalion cadets. In this highly prestigious celebration of excellence, exceptional and well-rounded non-commissioned officers are commissioned to officer rank, and currently serving officers are promoted.

Two of the cadets that were promoted this year are:

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Nicole Fowler, a senior in her fourth year in JROTC. Promoted to Cadet Major was Hailey Elizabeth Sherbert. She is a senior, and this is her fourth year in JROTC.

The following cadets were commissioned as Cadet Captains:

Andre De’von Jeter, senior; Quandarius Neal, senior; Satardra Hall, senior; Shameek White, senior.

Commissioned as Cadet First Lieutenant were:

Alex Childers, junior; Toni Teal, junior; Les Wentz, junior.

Cadet 2LTs is Ricky Paul White.

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Board teams belatedly received the George Marshall and Douglas MacArthur medals for their performances during last year’s competition. Both teams were among the national finalists in their respective competitions. The Leadership Team placed third in the nation. Academic Team members were: C/1LT Brandon Copeland, C/1LT Toni Teal, C/SGT Devon Dyer, and C/SSG Austin Keatley. Leadership Team members were: C/LTC Nicole Fowler, C/1LT Les Wentz, C/1LT Alex Childers, C/SGT Skylar Senn, C/SGT Kolby Riddle, and C/SGT Sarah McGee.

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TEACHERS FROM FLORENCE, GREENWOOD, AND UNION COME TOGETHER FOR WRITING CONFERENCE

Tuesday, September 23

Clemson University’s Upstate Writing Project (UWP) brought together teachers from Florence 2, Greenwood 51, and Union school districts for a conference focused on helping rural students write their way to college and career success. The conference, held at the University Center of Greenville on September 18th, trained teachers on how to improve students’ writing skills.

An official National Writing Project site sponsored by Clemson, UWP offers professional development in the teaching of writing and literacy skills to K-12 teachers in the Upstate. The National Writing Project is a network of university-based sites that seeks to help schools improve their ability to teach writing and learning.

UWP was the only writing project in the Southeast selected to participate in the grant, and it is also serving more school districts and students than any other site across the nation, said Upstate Writing Project Director Rebecca Kaminski, who also serves on the faculty of Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

The grant is part of the National Writing Project College-Ready Writers Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation competitive grant program.

For more information, contact Kaminski at krebecc@clemson.edu or call 864-250-6723.

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RECRUITMENT EVENT LOOKING FOR SEWING PERSONNEL SCHEDULED TOMORROW IN UNION

Tuesday, September 23

A recruitment event is set for Wednesday at the Union SC Works Office, located at 103 W. Main Street from 1-3 p.m. A growing sublimation apparel company is seeking motivated candidates to work in a fast-paced environment. There will be on the spot interviews. They are looking to hire a sewing division supervisor who is experienced in sewing apparel with a single needle, over lock, and/or cover stitch. Supervisory experience is a plus. Also wanted are seamstresses, seamsters or sewers with experience and knowledge of sewing apparel with a single needle, over lock, and/or cover stitch. Successful candidates will sew garments using various fabrics from performance polyesters to blends. Apparel spreaders and cutters are wanted with experience in spreading and cutting all kinds of knit and woven fabrics. A sewing division maintenance technician is wanted with experience in industrial sewing machinery and general operations maintenance.


STATE LAW on tdap vaccine means AROUND 60 7TH-GRADERS WON'T BE ALLOWED IN SCHOOL

Monday, September 22

As of noon Friday, there were approximately 60 seventh-grade students who will not be allowed in school today. The reason is they have not received the state required Tdap booster vaccination. Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. School officials have been working feverishly to get the word out that state law prohibits any student entering the seventh grade to attend without first having the shot. Students received vaccinations prior to entering kindergarten, but the Centers for Disease Control believes that by the time they enter the seventh grade, the effect may have diminished and a booster inoculation would be the most effective way to prevent contracting any one of the three diseases. Currently, there appears to be a great deal of concern over the spread of pertussis, better known as whooping cough. DHEC has already recorded one case of the disease in an upstate school student. Lead Nurse for the Union County School District, Kelly Walton, said:

District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall said, “It is not our desire to keep anyone out of the school, but this is state law we’re dealing with.” Parents have been informed even as early as last spring when the district made arrangements with DHEC to hold a two-day clinic in the school for the students that would be entering the seventh grade this year. Of the 319 seventh-graders, the approximately 60 who have not had the shot yield a figure of 20% not in compliance. That’s considered to be a high number, and school officials are at a loss as to why. Dr. Woodall said she did not know what else the district could do to inform parents. She said they have even resorted to making telephone calls and personal visits. They did say they expected the number of non-compliant students to be reduced as of this morning. Students who have not had the vaccination can do so by going to their health care provider or the Union County Health Department. You’ll need to call first for an appointment. That number is 429-1690.

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THREE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOLLOWING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Monday, September 22

Three Union men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder following what investigators say was a drive-by shooting. Quentin Xavier Smith, 19, Darion Marqui Smith, 20, and Phillip Ryan Broadus, 20, were arrested and charged by Union police around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers were called to a report of shots being fired from a lime green Honda in the 600 block of South Pinckney Street. The call to 911 indicated a long barrel gun--possibly a shotgun--was used in the shooting. A city police officer spotted a green 2001 Honda Accord at the intersection of West South Street and South Pinckney Street. Police pulled the car over on Hunter Street. According to the incident report, police asked and were allowed to search the car for a gun the suspects admitted was inside the vehicle. Police say they recovered a 12-gauge shotgun and several shells. One of the suspects told police shots had been fired at the Honda. A bullet fragment was removed from the driver's side door.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, September 22

The Union County School Board will be meeting tonight. That meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Buffalo Elementary School cafeteria. The agenda shows a reminder from Dr. Kristi Woodall that a delegate designation needs to be made for the upcoming South Carolina School Board Association gathering in December. She is asking that if there is a board member who would like to attend, let the board chair, Dr. Wanda All, know. Tim Barnado will give a digital device update. Cindy Langley will present the 2013-2014 Dual Credit information and will report on ACT data to the board. There are three overnight field trips up for consideration. Finance Director Lynn Lawson will give the monthly budget report and will give information on state surplus purchases.

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MANY ATTEND FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OVER THE WEEKEND

Monday, September 22

Saturday was a busy day for folks in Union as several events were taking place. One of those was a community event at the USC-U Gazebo to raise awareness of the Guardian ad Litem program. Guardian ad Litem County Coordinator Stephanie Kitchens explains why the event was being held.

A number of activities were held, including a moment of reflection and the blowing of bubbles to celebrate the children they serve. Guardian ad Litem has been described as the “voice for the children” in court and other environments.

The Jonesville Town Festival was held and ran through 10 p.m. Attendees enjoyed numerous displays, activities, music, and food.

The 12th-annual Antique Farm Equipment Show kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and was attended by a crowd estimated to run into the thousands. The theme for the event was “Urban Homesteading.” Raymond Sligh, who is one of the organizers for the event, explained the term.

There were also demonstrations of canning and preserving, along with the parade of antique tractors.

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TOM ERVIN, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, VISITS UNION

Monday, September 22

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin was in Union Saturday. Area residents were invited to a free lunch courtesy of the candidate. Erwin’s candidacy has been described as that of a spoiler. Ervin disagrees.

Ervin, who calls himself an Independent Republican, will face Democrat Vincent Sheheen and Incumbent Republican Nikki Haley in the November general election.


CITY COUNCIL GETS UPDATE ON HOW MUCH WOULD BE NEEDED FOR events center BRIDGE LOAN

Friday, September 19

The Union City Council met in a workshop session Thursday morning to hear from Bob Love, who chairs the proposed Union Events Center Board. The council had stated the need for the workshop to answer questions they have concerning the city's potential financial involvement in the project. About a month ago, Love appeared before the council asking them to consider making a bridge loan so construction could begin on the facility. Unanswered questions concerning that request was the reason for the Thursday meeting. Love provided much information concerning construction cost and revenue projections, saying they actually have the money in cash and pledges to build the center. Love reported that they currently have $3,005,076 to go against the estimated construction cost of $3,254,612. Of that amount, $857,442 is in yet-to-be-paid pledges, of which they expect to collect 94%. The Events Center Board has asked the city to extend a bridge loan to help cover the construction costs while the pledges come in over a five-year period. If the council agrees to the bridge loan, it will be money they will have to borrow. It was revealed that Arthur State Bank has agreed to make a short-term loan to the city for that bridge loan. According to Love's figures, that loan would be in the estimated amount of $120,368, and the need would not occur before September of 2015. Love explains:

The September 2015 date coincides with the date they hope the center could be up and running. City Council made no indication as to the direction they may head, but Love did ask for another workshop-type session in a few weeks. One late development revealed during the meeting is that an unidentified individual has expressed interest in creating an endowment for the Events Center from which, Love says, the interest could go in helping cover operational costs once the building is open and operating.

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GUARDIAN AD LITEM EVENT, JONESVILLE TOWN FESTIVAL, AND TRACTOR SHOW SCHEDULED TOMORROW

Friday, September 19

Several events are coming up Saturday in Union County. One of those will take place from 10am-12pm It is a community event to raise awareness of the Guardian ad Litem program and will be held at the USC-U Gazebo.

The Guardian ad Litem Office, DSS, the Foster Parent Association, and Union County Alcohol & Drug Abuse will be there providing information. There will be activities for the children that will include a giant slide provided by Twist & Shout, the opportunity to meet some of the Trans-South wrestlers, painting with Palmetto Treats & Sweets, meeting Bella, the newest bloodhound with the Sheriff's Office, and goodies from M&M Munchies.

At 11am, each county in the state will be holding a moment of reflection to celebrate the children in Guardian ad Litem care. In Union, they will be blowing bubbles for the children, and the GT Music class from UCHS will be performing in their honor.

Beginning at 12 noon Saturday, the Jonesville Town Festival will be held and will run through 10 p.m. The musical lineup is as follows:

11:50- Ms. Betsy National Anthem

12:00-12:30- Kayla Rochester

 

12:30-1:30- The Campground Boys

 

1:30-2:00-Jeremy Robinson

 

2:00-2:30- Roxanne Parham

 

2:30-3:00- Tiffany Littlejohn  

 

3:00-3:30- Brianna Hamilton

 

3:30-4:00- Josh Lydia

 

4:00-4:30-Erin Gallman Bobo

 

4:30-5:00- Jessica Huffman

 

5:00-6:00 Anointed Harmony

 

6:00-6:45 Brittany Kelley w/ Travis Smith

 

7-10- Cadillac High

The 12th-annual Antique Farm Equipment Show will kick off at 9 a.m. One of the organizers, Bill Graham, says:

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USC-UNION OFFERING CLASSES ON COMPUTER SKILLS

Friday, September 19

USC-Union says you can learn or improve your basic computer and Microsoft Office skills. Classes will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 29th & 30th, and Thursday, October 2nd from 5:30PM-7:00PM. It will take place at the USC-Union Campus Library-Computer Room. The cost will be $30 for all three evenings. Participants can learn how to access the internet, use Wi-Fi, e-mail, and basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills. For more information, contact Bill Moore at 864-427-3681, ext. 7737.

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ADECCO HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY MONDAY

Friday, September 19

Adecco will hold a recruitment event on Monday, September 22nd from 9am-12pm at the Gaffney SC Works office located at 133 Wilmac Road. They are looking to hire machine operators at $12/hour, quality auditors at $11/hour, CNC machine operators at $12/hour, and assembly and inspection at $10/hour. A high school diploma or GED is required. You can apply online at www.adeccousa.com. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.

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ARTS COUNCIL LOOKS BACK ON UNIQUELY UNION EVENTS

Friday, September 19

The Union County Arts Council’s contribution to this year’s Uniquely Union Festival featured cold soft drinks, free peanuts, and live music all day long for the two days of the festival. The “Acoustic Café” gave festival goers a respite from the heat as well as the opportunity to hear some of Union’s finest local musicians perform in an intimate setting.

At last year’s festival, the Arts Council’s musicians performed on an outside stage on Main Street, but they changed to an inside venue this year because of the relocation of some of the other festival stages.

In addition to the music, “Acoustic Café” visitors were treated to a new art exhibit by Tega Cay’s Todd Baxter and a book signing by Dan O’Shields. O’Shields recently published his book “Where Have You Gone Ted Williams”, a generally fictitious story about life on the Mill Hill in Union. Copies of the book are available for purchase at UCAC and other locations downtown.

Most of the musicians featured at the “Acoustic Café” can be seen at either of the two music programs held monthly at UCAC. “Monday Night Music” is held the third Monday of the month from 6:30–8:30 p.m., and “Jam with Lunch” takes place from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Both events are free and open to the public.


FARMERS MARKET OPEN AT NEW LOCATION AT YMCA

Thursday, September 18

After months of planning and site preparation, Union has a new Farmer's Market. It is located on East Main Street adjacent to the YMCA. Union Mayor Harold Thompson says he is glad the new operation is up and running.

The farmers also are pleased with the new location. Mrs. Betty Jean Jackson, who sells from the location during the season, says she believes the venue will work just fine.

The farmers moved last week from the location on East Academy Street where they sold the produce and other items for many years.

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ADULT EDUCATION OFFERING FREE GED PRACTICE TESTS

Thursday, September 18

Union County Adult Education Center will be giving free GED practice tests for a limited time. The free test will be given out from September 22nd through October 3rd at the Union County Adult Education Center. Students who take the GED can see if they’re ready to pass the GED test, the skills they need to work on to pass the test, and a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books. Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact the Union County Adult Education Center at 864-429-1770. Adult Education officials say the GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.

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BROAD RIVER'S PHONE SYSTEM WILL BE DOWN MONDAY AFTERNOON

Thursday, September 18

The Broad River Electric Cooperative phone system will be down temporarily for upgrades on the afternoon of Monday, September 22nd. Officials project this break in communication to last from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., but it could last longer. During this time, members will be unable to use the outage phone system or conduct any other transactions via phone.

There are three alternate methods to notify Broad River Electric of an outage should one occur during this period.

1. For those with smart phones, outage notification can be made using the Broad River Electric app.

2. You can also text your outage to the response center using your cell phone. If you have not registered your mobile phone for this feature, you need to do so at least one day prior to activation.

3. They also have an email account for outage notification, outage@broadriverelectric.com. Please provide you name, phone number, and service address in this email.

In the event you do not have access to the previously-mentioned methods, you should make arrangements with a friend or family member to assist you in communication efforts in the event of an outage. If you must, you are asked to please continue your attempts to call the outage system until you are successful. For Union County residents, you may call toll-free 1-866-266-7688.

Broad River apologizes for any inconvenience this interruption in communication causes. The say this upgrade will allow them to better serve the membership, especially during future outages.

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CITY COUNCIL HOLDING WORKSHOP REGARDING EVENTS CENTER THIS MORNING

Thursday, September 18

The Union City Council will be holding a workshop this morning at 9:00 to discuss their participation in the construction process of the Events Center. The Events Center Board had proposed the city extend what is known as a bridge loan in order to begin construction of the project. The council said they need to have a discussion of the proposal prior to it going to a vote.

Likewise, Union County Council is considering a financial contribution to the project but have yet to act on the matter. During their last meeting, a workshop was suggested, and it was thought the gathering this morning would be a joint city/county session. Apparently, the county has not been invited to participate in the city's discussion this morning.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATING THEFT OF ELECTRONICS AND AUTOMOTIVE ITEMS AT WAL-MART

Thursday, September 18

Union Public Safety officers are investigating a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart of a significant nature. According to the incident report, three black males entered the store on or about September 12th and loaded three buggies with an assortment of merchandise from the electronics and automotive departments. The three then went to the Garden Center and exited through a fire door near where a vehicle was parked. The report said the vehicle was a silver four-door model. The computer and vehicle items taken were valued at $3,249. The case has been turned over to investigators.


CITY COUNCIL CONTRIBUTES TO HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, RAISES PAY FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

Wednesday, September 17

The Union City Council took up several matters during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Among the action items considered was a contribution to the Union County Health Care Foundation's Annual Fall Charity Golf Classic. The range of potential contributions ran from $150 to $750, and the council voted to give $500.

Volunteer firefighters will be getting a raise for their services. Before Tuesday's meeting, the volunteers were paid $10 for responding to a call, $10 an hour for station duty, and $16 per training meeting. The pay will increase to $15 for responding to a call and $20 per meeting for training. The rate of $10 per hour for station duty will remain the same.

The council also appointed Annie M. Harris to the City Election Commission.

A second reading was given to an ordinance to rezone property at 510 South Pinckney Street to allow for the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity House. The construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015.

Don Wilder, local revenue manager for the Union Daily Times, gave a presentation concerning a news media program entitled "My Own Union." Wilder explained the program:

Wilder also proposed a mobile app for cell phones that would inform subscribers of events on a real-time basis. If the city decides to become a part of the website, it will cost them $2200 initially and $225 per month. The mobile app would have an initial cost of $500, and $75 per month. The council took the proposal under advisement. Also taken under advisement was a presentation by Torance Inman, representing the Vietnam Veterans of America local chapter. That group wants to establish a memorial on the grounds of the Veteran's Lodge at Foster Park with a monument for each of the 15 people from Union killed in action during that conflict. Each monument would cost $895. The veterans group has already raised over $11,000.

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FIREFIGHTERS NEED DONATIONS OF SMOKE ALARMS

Wednesday, September 17

Union County firefighters are still looking for donations that will help them purchase smoke detectors. The plan is to have a quantity of the detectors on hand to give away during a special fire prevention week event. The event is scheduled for October 11th when firefighters will stage a parade on Union's Main Street. The firefighting equipment will then be on display for a period of time on the Wal-Mart property on the North Duncan Bypass. According to Chief Scott Austin of the Bonham Fire Department, the smoke detector giveaway is an effort to ensure that every home in Union County has at least one in operation. The Union County Firefighters Association is accepting cash donations, which can be dropped off at the fire department in your area or here at WBCU.

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JONESVILLE TOWN FESTIVAL, ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW COMING THIS WEEKEND

Wednesday, September 17

Several events are on tap for this coming weekend. One of those is the Jonesville Town Festival. That will be happening from 12 noon until 10 p.m., and will feature prizes, games and food. They will also have a petting zoo that will feature camel rides. More information can be obtained by calling 864-497-3016. Also, Saturday will be the 12th-annual Union County Antique Farm Equipment Show, with the theme of Urban Homesteading. This event will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. For additional information, you may call 426-0068 or 426-0922.

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RED CROSS LAUNCHES "PREPARE SC" DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN

Wednesday, September 17

This Sunday, September 21st, on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo’s devastation inflicted on South Carolina, the American Red Cross will launch a landmark statewide campaign called Prepare SC to better prepare our communities for disasters and to create a stronger, more resilient South Carolina.

The Upstate is vulnerable to severe damage from floods and tornadoes caused by hurricanes that don’t even cross over our region,” says Ann Wright, regional CEO of Red Cross of the Western Carolinas. “Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane and other disasters.”

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) estimates a storm of similar intensity on the same path as Hugo would destroy over 21,000 homes. During Hugo, the American Red Cross opened 238 shelters and housed over 46,000 people. Given the population growth in South Carolina since Hugo, Red Cross must be prepared to do even more in the event of another disaster the size of Hugo.

Hurricanes are not the only disasters that threaten South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reports that between 1990 and 2013, the annual average of tornadoes was 29 per year in South Carolina. The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 84 minutes in South Carolina and touches over 200,000 lives in our communities every year.

The goals of Prepare SC will be to better prepare South Carolinians and to also strengthen Red Cross’ capacity to respond to major disasters. The goals include:

Increase the number of people trained in preparedness from 19,000 to 38,000.

Train 100,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills.

Increase the number of volunteers trained for disaster response from 3,000 to 7,000.

Increase community capacity to distribute and serve meals from 150,000 to 300,000 per day.

The Red Cross is asking everyone to join them on Sept. 21st and 22nd in supporting the Prepare SC campaign by texting REDCROSS at 90999 to donate $10, or by donating online at www.RedCross.org/preparesc.


ACCIDENT ON I-26 CLAIMS LIFE OF MORNINGSIDE BAPTIST YOUTH PASTOR

Tuesday, September 16

A 25-year-old youth pastor at Morningside Baptist Church in Union died in a crash that also injured a ministry director, and now troopers say they are looking for a hit-and-run-driver.

The accident happened at 5 a.m. Monday on Interstate 26 at mile marker 29, which is near the Dorman High School/Highway 221 exit in Spartanburg County, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers. Cpl. Bill Rhyne said a truck was traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-26 hauling a trailer with a golf cart. He said the driver, Timothy Dan Holden, lost control of the truck when the trailer started to fishtail. The truck went into the median and overturned, Ryne said. Holden and the passenger were thrown from the truck and ended up in the westbound lanes. Neither were wearing seat belts, the trooper said.

The passenger was then hit by another vehicle. The coroner identified the passenger as 25-year-old Jemel "Jay" Hillard Lawter, Jr. Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Lawter died at the scene. Rhyne said the vehicle that hit Lawter did not stop.

Holden is the director of Seeds of Hope Outreach Ministries. Ministry officials say he is in serious condition. They said the two men were going hunting at the time of the accident.

Rhyne said an investigation is underway to determine if Lawter's death was caused by the initial accident or being hit by the vehicle. A Highway Patrol release said the vehicle of interest has been identified as a black or dark blue four-door Toyota Camry or Honda Accord that has damage on the center front or right front. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 864-241-1000 or 1-800-768-1503, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD HIRES CHILDERS AS NEW DIRECTOR

Tuesday, September 16

The Union County First Steps Board of Directors has hired Catherine McManus Childers as executive director, replacing Beth Thompson, who resigned from the position in August. Childers most recently has worked as executive director of the Union County Health Care Foundation and as volunteer coordinator for Wallace Thomson Hospital. With over a decade of experience, Childers led her organization in establishing several annual fundraising events and directed the work of over 40 volunteers. Dr. Kelli Johnston, chair of the board of directors, stated, “The search committee carefully considered many impressive candidates for this position. We ultimately selected Catherine because we feel that she has a skill set that matches well with our strategic plan and the direction that we are headed. We are thrilled to welcome her to Union County First Steps – an organization that we all feel is vitally important to this community.” Childers will begin her employment with Union County First Steps on October 1st.

Ms. Childers graduated from Union County High School and received her BA in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is on the board of Union County Disabilities and Special Needs and is a member of New Life Baptist Fellowship in Boiling Springs, SC. She and her husband, Eric, are the proud parents to Emma Cate and Carson.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT TO DISCUSS FIREFIGHTER COMPENSATION, REZONING FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Tuesday, September 16

The Union City Council will be meeting tonight in their chambers at City Hall. A number of items are on the agenda, including a presentation from Don Wilder of the Union Daily Times, and Torance Inman will talk about a proposed Vietnam memorial.

Among the action items will be the consideration of a contribution to the Union County Health Care Foundation's annual Fall Charity Golf Classic. The range of potential contribution runs from $150 to $750.

The council will also consider raising the compensation paid to volunteer firefighters. Currently, the volunteers are paid $10 for responding to a call, $10/hour for station duty, and $16 per meeting for training. If approved, those amounts will increase to $15 for responding to a call and $20 per meeting for training. The rate of $10 per hour for station duty will remain the same.

The council will also consider the appointment of Annie M. Harris to the City Election Commission.

Another item listed on the City Council agenda is the second reading of an ordinance that will rezone property at 510 South Pinckney Street and allow for construction of a Habitat For Humanity home. Keith Morrison, who chairs the organization's Board of Directors, says the South Pinckney street project is just one of two in the making.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING TO ER AND LEAVING 4-YEAR OLD ALONE AT HOME

Tuesday, September 16

Sheriff's deputies were informed that a woman had shown up at Wallace Thomson Hospital's emergency room for treatment Saturday night around 10:30. The reason the deputies became involved is that the woman, Tonya Charlene Rice, 33, had informed hospital personnel that she had left a four-year old child alone at her home on the Linersville Road. Rice was placed under arrest on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child. The Department of Social Services was called and placement was found for the child.

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ROTARY CLUB spotLIGHT

Tuesday, September 16

Union Rotarian Rep. Mike Anthony spoke to the Rotary Club today about the importance of education.


RAIN LARGELY HOLDS OFF DURING UNIQUELY UNION FESTIVAL

Monday, September 15

A few of the BBQ teams set up along Enterprise Street.A view from atop the ferris wheel overlooking Main Street.Dennis Johnson and Josh Lydia play at the Acoustic Cafe at the Arts Council.

Another Uniquely Union Festival is in the books for this year. The festival saw expanded activity with more entertainment and rides in the Kidz Zone. Their worst fear was the possibility of rain dampening the activity, but festival director Jamie Trammel indicated the effect was minimal.

The festival have been an ongoing event for some years now and is expected to continue for years to come.

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JONESVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE FROM MARCH

Monday, September 15

Kendrick Jamal Sims, 21, of Jonesville, SC, was arrested and booked into the Union County Jail around 12:25 Friday morning. He was wanted for attempted murder in an incident that occurred in Union County on March 8, 2014. He was also booked on 5 outstanding general session bench warrants. The investigation began when Deputy Jody Willis was dispatched to Wallace Thomson Hospital in reference to a stab victim. There, the deputy spoke to Jeffery Ryans, who said while at 267 Duncan Avenue in Buffalo, he was approached by Sims who wanted to fight because of an argument several days earlier. Ryans told Sims he would not fight him and went into the house. Later when Ryans came out of the house, he said he saw Sims running toward him, and it appeared he had a small kitchen knife. He said Sims was trying to stab him in the chest, but he was able to fight him off. Even so, Ryans was stabbed in the right forearm and bicep, as well as the left hand. A group of people pulled Sims off of the victim and left in a white vehicle. Ryans went to the hospital where he was treated and received stitches.

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STAFFMARK RECRUITING WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES FOR BELK

Monday, September 15

Staffmark Corp. has scheduled a recruitment event for Thursday from 9am until 11:30am and from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at the Union SC Works office. They are looking to hire warehouse associates for Belk. These are general warehouse positions that will vary from picking and packing with an RF scanner to lift operation to cycle counting and inventory control. Hours are Sunday-Thursday from 9am to 5pm or 3-11pm, and Monday-Friday from 7am to 3pm, with overtime & weekends as needed. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20 & 70 lbs. and be on your feet between 6-12 hours per day. These are temporary-to-hire jobs. The salary will be 1st shift, $9-$9.50/hr., & 2nd shift $9.25-$9.75/hr. There will be a $0.50/hr. raise after 90 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years old due to warehouse setting and corporate policies. 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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US SECURITY ASSOCIATES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION TUESDAY

Monday, September 15

US Security Associates will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office Tuesday, September 16th, from 9am until 11:30am. They are looking to hire security officers for a Jonesville location. Candidates must obtain a local or state guard card and undergo a criminal background evaluation, have a valid identification, and must pay a state security license fee. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All uniformed officers must furnish their own black, plain-toed shoes (suitable for uniform, maintained in good condition) and furnish own black socks. Those hired should be available for overtime and various shifts as needed, be able to maintain records, walk up and down stairs, stand for long periods of time, and work outside in a variety of weather conditions, depending on the assignment. All applicants must be active in www.scworks.org and view the job order prior to the event. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


UNIQUELY UNION KICKS OFF TODAY AT NOON

Friday, September 12

More that 7000 people came into the downtown Union area for the Uniquely Union Festival, and for this year's event, more are expected. The festival is building on the success of last year by offering more music, entertainment and rides for the kids.

One of the biggest changes to this year’s festival is the addition of a greater number, and variety, of entertainment being offered," said Jamie Trammell, Festival Coordinator. Last year we decided to try to steer the festival in the direction of being more of an art and music festival instead of just a barbeque event. We’ve continued that philosophy this year and we think that this decision will be very well received by festival-goers.”

We’ve tried our best to put on a free festival that can be enjoyed by every member of every family in Union County and surrounding areas,” added Trammell.

For a complete festival schedule, go to www.uniquelyunion.com.

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JROTC CADETS RECEIVE PROMOTIONS

Friday, September 12

A number of Union County High School JROTC cadets have received promotion. The promotions were awarded on August 27th and September 10th.

These promotions recognize students who participated in voluntary summer activities such as the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC), JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), and other activities that demonstrate physical leadership, and academic competitions.

The cadets promoted in Alpha Company are: Cadet/1SG Jeremy Fulgam, and C/Command Sgt. Major Francisco Paco Ramirez.

The cadets promoted in Bravo Company are: Cadet/1SG Tyrin Briggs, Cadet/PFC Dylan Kendrick, Cadet/SGT Sarah McGee, Cadet/ PFC Bobby Bedore, Cadet/SGT Ivanna Bell, Cadet/Sgt Kolby Riddle, Cadet/SGT Skylar Senn and Cadet/SGT Devon Dyer.

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DEADLINE IS IN TWO WEEKS TO ENTER HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION'S GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, September 12

The deadline is approaching for the Union County Healthcare Foundation's Fall Charity Golf Classic. The event will be held October 3rd at the Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. It'll be a day of golfing, giveaways, and the popular putting competition for cash prizes. The deadline to register is September 26th, and for more information, interested persons should contact Catherine Childers at 864-301-2466.

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MAU HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY FOR CONTEC

Friday, September 12

MAU will hold a recruitment event Monday, September 15th, from 9am until noon at the SC Works Office in Gaffney, located at 133 Wilmac Road. They are looking to hire production associates in both full- & part-time positions at $9 per hour. Contec is a manufacturing facility operating on a 24/7 basis. The shifts available are 8 hours Monday-Friday on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts. Weekend positions are 12-hour shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. Industrial experience is a plus, but not required. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. These are long-term positions working with MAU at Contec. There is no guarantee of permanent hire. MAU offers a limited medical benefit package, vacation pay, and holiday pay. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


UNIQUELY UNION ORGANIZERS SAY FESTIVAL IS READY TO GO

Thursday, September 11

The Uniquely Union Festival is just a little more than 24 hours away, and organizers have been really busy putting the finishing touches on the event. Jamie Trammel says they are ready.

The only concern is the possibility of rain showers. The forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. On a positive note, should a shower occur, all activity should go on as scheduled.

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NEW USDA REGULATIONS CAUSING SOME PROBLEMS FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS

Thursday, September 11

New regulations from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. This brings up the question of what can be sold by students as a fund raiser. Actually, there is no restriction on Krispy Kremes or World's Finest Chocolates. The restrictions apply to when they can be sold on school grounds. According to Susan Thompson, director of Food Services for the Union County School District, items or foods that do not meet the dietary restriction of the USDA cannot be sold on school grounds between midnight through thirty minutes after school. How does this apply to organizations such as PTO that often conduct fundraisers by selling the so-called unhealthy products? There is not a prohibition, other than the previously mentioned selling on school grounds. Also, the guidelines do not apply to the foods a parent may pack in a school lunchbox. Likewise, products sold at a school-related sporting event in a concession area are exempt from the regulation. What is impacted are canteen or vending machine areas in schools. These foods, when sold during normal school hours, must comply. The problem the Union School District is having, as well as other districts in the area, is products are not yet available that conform to the USDA standards. The products sold for student consumption must be a whole grain-rich product or have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food. Snack items can be no more than 200 calories, and entrée items no more than 350 calories. There are also sodium, fat and sugar limits. Thompson says it is difficult to find the products.

School cafeterias are seeing an impact from the new regulations in many areas, but not so much in Union. The only food that local students appear to be rejecting is pizza. They report they just do not like the taste of what is called the "new pizza". Pizza was the number one cafeteria item prior to the changes.

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DEFENDANT IN MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE EMBEZZLEMENT CASE HAS SENTENCE SUSPENDED

Thursday, September 11

Sherry Johnson was back in court Wednesday. Johnson entered a guilty plea this past July and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended upon two years of service and five years on probation. She was also required to pay $40,000 in restitution in the case in which she was charged with misconduct in office. She and another defendant, Allyson Shaw Ayers, were charged with the offense of embezzling $115,000 from the Magistrate’s Office, where they both were employed. Ayers entered a guilty plea in November 2013 and received a sentence of six months' probation after paying restitution of $57,500.

Johnson’s attorney Doug Brannon filed a “motion to reconsider,” which was heard by Judge John C. Hayes, III, Wednesday. Brannon argued that Ayers was a “person of means” with the ability to pay restitution, and Johnson was not, which he indicated was the reason Johnson was sentenced to serve time. Up until Wednesday, she had served 63 days. Since her sentencing, Johnson’s husband had been able to acquire a $20,000 bank loan to apply to her $40,000 restitution amount. Johnson addressed the court, during which she admitted her guilt and apologized for her actions. Her husband also spoke, asking that the sentence be reconsidered and also telling of the hardship placed on his family. Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair also addressed the court, saying he was not there to make a statement but to answer any questions they may have. He did say his only interest was to get the money back for the county.

Judge Hayes, who handed down Johnson’s original sentence, took the testimony under advisement and upheld the 10-year sentence, but suspended it to the 63 days time served. The five years' probation remains in place, and she is being required to pay the additional $20,000 restitution over that period of time. Solicitor Kevin Brackett said he was satisfied with the judge's decision.


DEFENDANT IN MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE EMBEZZLEMENT CASE HAS SENTENCE SUSPENDED

Wednesday, September 10

Sherry Johnson was back in court Wednesday, where her prison sentence was suspended to time served. Johnson entered a guilty plea on charges of misconduct in office this past July and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended upon two years of service and five years on probation. She was also required to pay $40,000 in restitution. She and another defendant, Allyson Shaw Ayers, were charged with the offense of embezzling $115,000 from the Magistrate’s office where they both were employed. Ayers entered a guilty plea in November 2013 and received a sentence of six months on probation after paying restitution of $57,500.

Johnson’s attorney, Doug Brannon, filed a “motion to reconsider,” which was heard by Judge John C. Hayes, III, on Wednesday. Brannon argued that Ayers was a “person of means” with the ability to pay restitution, and Johnson was not, which he indicated was the reason Johnson was sentenced to serve time. Up until Wednesday, she had served 63 days. Since her sentencing, Johnson’s husband had been able to acquire a $20,000 bank loan to apply to her $40,000 restitution amount. Johnson addressed the court, during which she admitted her guilt and apologized for her actions. Her husband also spoke, asking that the sentence be reconsidered and telling of the hardship placed on his family. Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair also addressed the court, saying he was not there to make a statement but to answer any questions they may have. He did say his only interest was to get the money back for the county.

Judge Hayes, who handed down Johnson’s original sentence, took the testimony under advisement and upheld the 10-year sentence, but suspended it to the 63 days served. The five years on probation remains in place, and she is being required to pay the additional $20,000 restitution over that period of time.

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COUNTY COUNCIL GIVES MONEY FOR COON HUNTING EVENT, WANTS TO HOLD WORKSHOP WITH CITY ON EVENTS CENTER

Wednesday, September 10

The Union County Council met in regular session Tuesday afternoon, but the majority of active conversation occurred before the formal meeting convened. The committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments met first to consider hiring a 911 operator. The committee agreed to make the recommendation to advertise for the position to the full council, which they did, and the motion passed in the regular session. Next, the committee on Administration and Finance convened to hear from the Union County Coon Hunters Association and the Union Events Center Board.

Steve Stone from the coon hunters group presented their case in an effort to get an appropriation from the county to stage a major coon hunting event in the county in December. Stone stated they expected the event to have an economic impact on the county of $65,425. He also noted that another such event will be staged this coming October. He told the group that he expected the December hunt to become self-sufficient in subsequent years, and he would not have to return to request more funding. The council voted in their regular session to appropriate $17,500 to the Tourism Commission that will administer the funds to the Coon Hunters.

Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love came to answer a question presented by the council during last month's meeting. Love had requested $250,000 for the center, which is expected to cost $3,154,000. A major point of concern seemed to center around just how much the proposed facility would cost to operate. No definitive answer was given to the question, but Love indicated that such money would come from the city and county's Hospitality and Accommodations tax. Love said the cost of construction would have to be adjusted and would be done through what he referred to as a “design building approach.” Love defined that terminology.

Love said this approach differs from a traditional bid process and believes it would save some money.

County Council failed to act on the matter and still indicated they want to know what the city's involvement will be. They asked Love to arrange for a joint workshop between the two councils to discuss the matter. There was no indication as to when that workshop would take place.

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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK TO CULMINATE IN PARADE AND CELEBRATION OCTOBER 11TH

Wednesday, September 10

Fire prevention week is coming up, and the Union County Fireman’s Association is planning to celebrate in a big way on October 11th. Scott Austin, chief of the Bonham Fire Department, tells us what will be happening.

The association is planning on giving out free smoke detectors on that day and are asking for help with making the purchase. The Union County Baptist Association will partner with the firefighters in the effort to help make sure every home in Union County has at least one smoke detector. Should you wish to make a donation, you may call Chief Austin at 426-7247 or drop your contribution by WBCU.

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COMFORT KEEPERS RECRUITMENT EVENT CANCELLED

Wednesday, September 10

We have been informed that the Comfort Keepers recruitment event scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. SC Works apologizes for any inconvenience the cancellation may cause, and they will inform us should the event be rescheduled.

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PROLOGISTIX HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR MULTIPLE POSITIONS TOMORROW

Wednesday, September 10

Also at the Union SC Works office, ProLogistix will hold a recruitment event and will be hiring for all shifts on Thursday, September 11th, from 1pm until 4pm. There are numerous positions available, including: pickers at $9-$9.75 per hour, restockers at $10-$10.75 per hour, stackers and loaders at $9-$9.75, receivers at $10-$10.75), and packers at $9-$9.75. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account in www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO HOLD NFL PUNT, PASS, AND KICK COMPETITION SEPTEMBER 27TH

Wednesday, September 10

The Union County Recreation Department will host the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Saturday, September 27th. This competition is for boys and girls ages 6-15 and will take place at Union County Stadium at 10am.  Pre-registration is preferred, but they will also take registration the day of the event beginning at 9am.  Remember, no cleats are allowed.  Participants must wear regular tennis shoes. The competition is free for all children ages 6-15 and consists of punting, passing, and kicking a football. The first place winner in each age category will advance to the sectionals competition and have a chance to compete at a Carolina Panthers game. E-mail Sam Phipps at sphipps@countyofunion.com or call 429-1670 for more information.


SCHOOL BOARD HONORS STUDENTS WITH PERFECT PASS SCORES AT MEETING

Tuesday, September 9

Monday's meeting of the Union County School Board of Trustees began as something of a celebration, as 12 students were recognized for having a perfect score on the PASS Test. Officially, it's known as the SC Palmetto Achievement State Standard. The students represented five schools in the district, including Buffalo Elementary, Foster Park Elementary, Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, Lockhart School, and Monarch Elementary. Dr. Kristi Woodall said the students were worthy of the recognition.

Currently in the making is something called the Early College High School Initiative, where a high school senior can graduate with two years of college under his or her belt. Tabitha Talley presented the concept to the board last night. Talley said the program has already enjoyed a great amount of success.

Initially, the program will have 25 students participating, beginning in 2015 with 9th graders. Talley admitted that a good bit of work is yet to be done before the program becomes a reality and the partnership with USC-Union formed.

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COUNTY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEES MEET TODAY

Tuesday, September 9

The Union County Council will be meeting for their regular monthly session this afternoon at 5:30 in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Court House. The agenda looks fairly light, with only two items listed for action. One of those will be the consideration of appointees to the Drug and Alcohol Commission. The other item will be the transfer of a Fee-in-Lieu-of-Taxes lease agreement of the Special Source Revenue Credit Agreement for the Belk Project.

Prior to the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m., the Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will meet in the Law Library to consider a vacancy for a 911 dispatcher and other matters. Following that, the committee of Administration and Finance will receive information from the Union Coon Hunters Association and from Bob Love who chairs the proposed Events Center Board of Directors. The council asked for additional information from both groups following their request for funding.

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UNIQUELY UNION FESTIVAL COMING TO DOWNTOWN UNION FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Tuesday, September 9

Union’s downtown is expected to once again be packed with visitors when the 2014 edition of the Uniquely Union Festival returns September 12-13. Last year, the event drew nearly 7,000 people to the city center, and festival organizers hope to top that number this year. This year’s festival will build on last year’s success by offering more music, entertainment and rides for the kids. One of the biggest changes to this year’s festival is the addition of a greater number, and variety, of entertainment being offered.

“Last year we decided to try to steer the festival in the direction of being more of an art and music festival instead of just a barbeque event,” Jamie Trammell, Festival Coordinator, said. “We’ve continued that philosophy this year, and we think that this decision will be very well received by festival-goers. We’ve tried our best to put on a free festival that can be enjoyed by every member of every family in Union County and surrounding areas,” added Trammell. For a complete festival schedule, go to www.uniquelyunion.com.

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PEOPLELINK HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY THURSDAY

Tuesday, September 9

PeopleLink will hold a recruitment event Thursday, September 11th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Gaffney SC Works office, located at 133 Wilmac Road. Employees will pick orders, package orders, etc. The job requires lots of walking, stair climbing, bending, stooping, lifting up to 49 lbs., as well as pushing and pulling items. The positions are for a 6-month contract to permanent. Background and drug screening will be conducted. The rate of hourly pay is $10.50-$11 per hour, and a high school diploma or GED is required. 12 months of experience is preferred. If interested, please apply prior to the recruitment event at www.peoplelinkstaffing.com and click on the Dallas, NC, branch, or you can call 704-922-3868. Jobs are located in SC. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account in www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.

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REV. DR. DON WILTON TO PREACH AT UNION COUNTY CAMP MEETING

Tuesday, September 9

The Union County Camp Meeting has been held here for more than ten years, and it is scheduled again for this coming Sunday, September 14th, at the Union County Fairgrounds. Reverend David Blanton, Director of Missions for the Union County Baptist Association, tells what's on this year's program.

Preservice music will start at 6:30, and child care will be provided.

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ROTARY CLUB NEWS

Tuesday, September 9

Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles told our club today that at UCHS, "Success is Our Only Option!" He is holding the UCHS "State of the UC" newsletter designed by Mrs. Jenelle Gilliam.

 

 

 

 

 


HOSPITAL DISTRICT POSTS LARGE LOSS IN JULY

Monday, September 8

Even with the problems facing the Union Hospital District, for the past few months their financial reports have shown modest but positive gains. In the month of June, the district posted $42,187 to the black side of the ledger. The latest report for July, however, showed a reversion to the numbers of some months ago. The district showed a $545,277 loss for the month, with $472,629 of that attributable to Wallace Thomson Hospital. Disappointing? Yes, but Chief Financial Officer Cindy Gault says it’s not totally unexpected.

As expected, district officials hope those numbers will turn around with the coming of fall.

One other note from the Hospital Board meeting last Thursday, EMS Director Ronnie Roberson reported that he expects delivery of two new ambulances in January. He said the delay is due to the fact the order was placed following the arrival of new fiscal years for many government organizations, when they also place orders for new equipment. It's just a matter of waiting their place in line.

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USC-UNION TO HOST ARTS COUNCIL'S JURIED ART SHOW

Monday, September 8

The hallways of USC-Union’s Main Building are expected to be overflowing with art beginning this month and running through October, thanks to the exhibition of work making up the Union County Arts Council’s 2014 Juried Art Show.  The show, which will kick off with an opening reception at the university on September 25th from 5:30-7:30 P.M., will end October 24.  The reception is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  Reception attendees will have a say in the awarding of one of the prizes by casting their “People’s Choice Award” vote for their favorite piece.

UCAC president Bennie Giles says, “This year’s exhibit is larger than the last, and we would be hard-pressed to find enough space to hang all of the competition art at our gallery.”

The juror for this edition of the yearly competition is Todd Baxter from Tega Cay, SC.  Baxter culled through one hundred thirty-four works of art, representing forty-four artists, in order to choose the eighty pieces entered into the show.

Baxter will teach a drawing workshop at the UCAC September 26-27 from 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., with lunch provided each day.

For more information about UCAC, or to sign up for the workshop, call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENT THURSDAY

Monday, September 8

Exel Logistics will hold a recruitment event Thursday, September 11th, from 1pm until 4pm at the SC Works Spartanburg Office, located at 220 East Kennedy  Street. They are looking to hire forklift operators and module operators in the warehouse. 2nd shift will be paid $11.25/hr. + $0.50 shift premium, and weekend employees will receive $11.25/hr. + $0.65 cents shift premium. Benefits include medical, dental, life, vision, vacation, holidays, tuition assistance, 401k, and an expense account. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Applicants must undergo a drug test and screening and a background check. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and must have a referral. Please view the job order for job description information, and please bring your résumé to the interview. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET TONIGHT

The Union County School Board will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. The agenda calls for Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall to recognize student PASS test performance and report on something called College Days. Tabitha Talley will provide PASS test data to the board and also talk about the USC-Union partnership. Cindy Langley will give a report on the 10-day enrollment numbers, and the board will hear more requests for high school diplomas under Act 155.

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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR MEETS POTENTIAL UNION COUNTY VOTERS

Monday, September 8

Union Democrats welcomed their candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen, to Union Saturday. The event was staged as a luncheon at Midway Barbeque. Sheheen’s campaign has focused on attacking incumbent Governor Nikki Haley, with one of the latest concerning the governor's failure to report the hacking of the Department of Revenue. That’s something Haley said she did not do at the request of law enforcement. Union Democratic Party Chairman Ted Trantham said he believes Sheheen has a good chance of defeating the Republican governor.

 Approximately 100 people turned out for the gathering.

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EMERGENCY PERSONNEL KEPT BUSY SATURDAY RESPONDING TO NUMEROUS CALLS

Monday, September 8

Union County emergency personnel were kept busy Saturday afternoon and evening as the 911 center was inundated with numerous calls.  Fire departments were call to a structure fire in Lockhart. While complete details are not available, a Sheriff’s deputy reported the dwelling on Askew Circle was completely destroyed. It was during that time that officers and EMS personnel were called to an accident on Highway 9. Around 7:15, the 911 office received a call of a possible drowning. The location was on Parks Farm Road in Jonesville. The victim was identified as a three-year old female that went under water in the family’s back yard pool. She was quickly removed from the water and resuscitation efforts begun. The child was quickly revived and transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital for treatment. Reports from the scene indicated the child would be OK.


SHERIFF PRAISES COOPERATION OF EVERYONE INVOLVED IN SEARCH FOR DROWNING VICTIM

Friday, September 5

At 3:52pm on Wednesday, September 3rd, a call came in to the Union County 911 Center about a swimmer in distress on Broad River in the area of John Meador Road and River Road. The Union County Sheriff’s Office responded with the Union County Rescue Squad Dive Team. When deputies arrived, they began to speak with witnesses who stated that the subject was swimming in about 4-5 ft. of water, went underwater, and never resurfaced. Sheriff David Taylor issued the following statement:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) responded along with Newberry County Dive Team to assist with the search and recovery efforts. Due to severe thunderstorms in the area at the time of the call, this delayed the search efforts for approximately 45 minutes. Emergency personnel continued with the search and rescue efforts until around 9:00pm, when they had to call off the search due to more severe thunderstorms in the area of the search. Efforts were then postponed until 8:00am on Thursday morning.

At 8:00am on Thursday morning, Union County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Union County Dive Team, SCDNR, Newberry Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded back to the location to continue the search. The sheriff gave details of the search difficulties.

At this time, Sheriff Taylor states that foul play is not suspected, and this incident does not appear to be suspicious in nature. Taylor did say that this case would remain active, pending the autopsy and toxicology results.

Taylor said he was pleased with the joint effort of his department and the resources of the SCDNR, Union County Rescue Squad and Dive Team, Newberry County Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and wants to thank all involved in the search and recovery efforts.

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HOSPITAL BOARD HEARS FROM SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS AT MEETING

Friday, September 5

Two representatives of Spartanburg Regional Health Systems appeared at Thursday night's meeting of the Union Hospital District Board of Trustees. They were there to provide information; however, the trustees declared an executive session, so the press was not privy to that discussion. As announced last month, the board voted to enter into discussions with that healthcare organization regarding the possibilities of a partnership. The agreement was for the discussion or negotiations to be for a period of sixty to ninety days, as long as Wallace Thomson talks only with Spartanburg Regional. According to Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse, that sixty to ninety day clock just started ticking.

The board also heard the financial report for the district, and we will bring you a complete report on that segment of the meeting on Monday morning.

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TAILGATE PARTY AT MR. GATTI'S TO BENEFIT UNION COUNTY STUDENTS

Friday, September 5

There will be a tailgate party for Union County football fans at the popular Spartanburg family restaurant Mr. Gatti's tonight from 4-7 p.m. Those patronizing the restaurant can sign in as being from Union County, and the proceeds will go back to UCHS students. Those planning on attending the Union County/Spartanburg game are encouraged to go by, enjoy some pizza, and then go and cheer on the Yellow Jackets.


BROAD RIVER DROWNING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Thursday, September 4

Union County Coroner William Holcombe has identified the Broad River drowning victim as 25-year old Todd Michael Moore of 2543 Meansville Road, Jonesville. An autopsy has been scheduled for this evening at Newberry Pathology.

Sheriff David Taylor has said this incident does not appear suspicious in nature, and no foul play is suspected. The case remains open pending the autopsy and toxicology results.

Sheriff Taylor said he was pleased with the joint effort of his department and the resources of the SCDNR, Union County Rescue Squad and Dive Team, Newberry County Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and expressed his appreciation to everyone involved in the search and recovery efforts.

The search began Wednesday afternoon just after 4 o'clock after witnesses reported that the victim had gone in the water to swim and failed to re-surface after going under.

The search was suspended at around 9:30 Wednesday night as a weather front moved in on rescue personnel. The searchers were first hindered by a storm that moved through and then darkness engulfed the search area. A second storm hit at the Broad River Boat Landing just after the search was called off for the night. Multiple agencies were assisting in the search including the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County EMS, Whitmire, Newberry, and Prosperity Rescue and The Department of Natural Resources. The recovery effort resumed just after 8 this morning, and Moore's body was recovered this morning around 11 a.m. .

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SWIMMER MISSING IN BROAD RIVER

Thursday, September 4

The search for a man missing in the Broad River was suspended at around 9:30 Wednesday evening as a weather front moved in on rescue personnel. The man was reported missing around 4 p.m. at the Tate Wilkes Sandbar near John Meador Road and River Road. Witnesses said the man waded into the water to swim when he went under and failed to surface. The searchers were first hindered by a storm that moved through, and then darkness engulfed the search area. A second storm hit at the Broad River Boat Landing just after the search was called off for the night. Multiple agencies were assisting in the search, including the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County EMS, Whitmire, Newberry, and Prosperity Rescue and The Department of Natural Resources. The search is expected to resume in the morning.

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HOSPITAL BOARD SCHEDULES REGULAR MEETING TONIGHT

Thursday, September 4

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight for their regular monthly session. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the board room at Wallace Thomson Hospital.

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DIGITAL TRANSITION LEADS TO CLOSING OF UNION SQUARE CINEMAS

Thursday, September 4

Should you call the Union Square Cinema to find out what is playing, this is what you will hear.

Union Square Cinemas owner Tradd Bruce announced Tuesday that the theater has closed. In a prepared statement, Bruce said, “This past year has been a struggle due to 35 mm films being phased out and all new Hollywood releases going to digital format. This change was forced onto all theaters by Hollywood film studios. It has been several years in the making, and it has increasingly become harder for many small towns to retain their theaters, just like Union.”

Union Square Cinemas opened for business June 23, 1995, and operated for 19 years.

Bruce added in his statement, “This theater has been a labor of love for so many years for me and my family. I hope that one day Union will get to enjoy another theater."

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MAN WANTED IN THE BRONX ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN GOODS HERE

Thursday, September 4

On Tuesday, investigator Scott Coffer was notified by Sgt. Powers of the Union Public Safety Department of a car break-in that had occurred, and a female told him she had seen a phone that was taken by Woodrow Ward while he was at the Murphy gas station. Sgt. Powers had the female bring the phone in, and it was confirmed as the one that was stolen. She also told officers that Ward had a tablet and some guns he was trying to get rid of at his residence located at 275 Oakland Road. Investigator Coffer knew of a burglary near the subject's residence two weeks ago. Sheriff's deputies went to the residence, and when they arrived, Ward slammed the door. A search warrant was obtained, and Ward was taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen goods. After being booked, it was discovered that Ward is wanted in Bronx, NY. He is being held at the Union County Jail awaiting extradition.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 MEETS MONDAY

Thursday, September 4

Union American Legion Post 22 will be having its monthly meeting on Monday, September 8th. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Foster Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., followed by a speaker at 6:30, and the business meeting at 7:00. Post 22 meets on the second Monday evening of every month except July, and prospective members are always welcome to attend.


RELAY FOR LIFE TO WRAP UP 2014, KICK OFF 2015 CAMPAIGN SEPTEMBER 16TH

Wednesday, September 3

The Union County Relay For Life 2014 Awards Wrap-Up & the 2015 Relay Kickoff will be held Tuesday, September 16th, at Tabernacle Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. Team captains can invite up to 10 team members to the dinner. An RSVP is needed by Tuesday, September 9th, on how many from each team will attend. Organizers say they are really looking forward to seeing everyone, celebrating the 2014 accomplishments, and kicking off the 2015 campaign.

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WHITMIRE MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES

Wednesday, September 3

On August 25th, Lt. John Sherfield, Sgt. Jimmy Johnson, Lt. Parker, and Inv. Stribble met with and searched an operative of the Union County Sheriff's Office. The operative was then wired with audio and video equipment and given recorded government funds to attempt to purchase a quantity of crystal methamphetamine from Mac Antonio Hill, 36, of 107 Hill Road, Whitmire.

The operative then drove to Hill's residence as Sgt. Johnson and Inv. Stribble followed and observed. Upon arrival, Hill got into the passenger's front seat of the vehicle and began speaking with the operative. The operative asked to purchase methamphetamine from Hill, who stated that he had it, but that he would not sell it to the operative then because there was some nosy people outside of his home watching. Hill then told the operative that he had some Adderall pills he would sell, and that they were the same thing. The operative agreed to buy the pills, so Hill exited the vehicle and went into the back yard to retrieve a pill bottle from under a grill. Hill then came back to the vehicle and got inside. He then gave the operative the bottle of pills, which contained 15 Adderall 30mg pills and 45 Methadone 10mg pills. Hill told the operative that he was selling the operative the 15 Adderall pills for $60, and that he was giving the operative 4 of the Methadone pills for buying the Adderall. He said the operative could sell the other 41 Methadone pills and pay him later, $2.50 each for the 41 Methadone pills he was fronting. Hill and the operative talked more about the methamphetamine, and Hill stated that if the operative would get a hotel room, he would bring the methamphetamine later on in the evening. Hill then asked the operative to follow him to the Dollar General in Whitmire so that he could get a movie from the Red Box. The operative then followed Hill to the Dollar General and Hill got a movie.

The pill bottle given to the operative by Hill was labeled as an Adderall prescription for Charles M. Thomas and was filled at Macdill AFB in Florida. Thomas has not been identified by the officers at this time.

The operative also later made a phone call to Hill on this date at approximately 4:40 p.m. and talked about the methamphetamine. The call was recorded by Lt. Sherfield. Sherfield planned on signing an arrest warrant for Mack Hill for the distribution of the Adderall {SCH II} and distribution of Methadone {SCH II}.

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MUSGROVE MILL TO PRESENT BACK COUNTRY SURVIVAL PROGRAM THIS MONTH

Wednesday, September 3

Coming up Saturday, September 13th, at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, the park staff will present a Back Country Survival Program from 10:00 to 12:00. Visitors will learn the basic survival skills of the back country colonist.  The program will introduce the visitor to different colonial skills, including how to build a shelter, fire-starting, and more. The cost of the program is $5 per person, and space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, 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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SHEHEEN MEET-AND-GREET SCHEDULED AT MIDWAY SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Wednesday, September 3

Area residents are invited to a meet-and-greet event for State Senator Vincent Sheheen. Sheheen is the Democratic nominee for the Governor of South Carolina. The event will be held at Midway Barbeque Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Sheheen will face off against incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley and Independent candidate Tom Erwin in November. For more information about Sheheen, call 276-395-4632.

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UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO PLAY AT WOFFORD GAME SEPTEMBER 13TH

Wednesday, September 3

Wofford College and Wofford Sports Marketing is welcoming the Union County High School Band for an exciting night of Terrier football on Saturday, September 13th. They are inviting friends, family and supporters of the band program to take advantage of discounted tickets for that date. The tickets are "best available" seats. All tickets will be left at "Will Call" at the video board ticket booth at Gibbs Stadium.

25% of all tickets sold through a ticket representative will be given back to the band booster club. To receive the discounted ticket rate, all tickets must be purchased over the phone by 5:00 pm Friday, September 12th, no exceptions.  Discounted ticket rates are not available at the Gibbs Stadium Box Office.  Tickets must be purchased in advance using a credit card, as no cash is taken at the “Will Call” window at Gibbs Stadium.

For more information, call 864-597-4110 or 864-597-4023.


UNION COUNTY MAN KILLED WHILE WALKING ON I-20

Tuesday, September 2

A 23-year-old Union County man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer as he walked in the roadway at the 122 mile marker of southbound Interstate 20 in Lee County at 11 p.m. Friday night, the South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported.

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said investigators have no idea why Thomas Jay Elston, of 231 Hancock St., Union, was walking in the roadway.

"We searched up and down the area to see if he had anybody waiting for him in a vehicle or somewhere, but we didn't find anybody," Logan said. Identification was made through an ID found on the body, and family in Union was notified, Logan said.

Frank Pitts, 66, driver of the truck, was not injured.

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EVENTS CENTER CHAIRMAN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT MOVING FORWARD

Tuesday, September 2

Had things gone as hoped, The Union Events Center would be breaking ground by now. That’s what the Center’s board chairman had been pushing for when he appealed to Union City Council for a bridge loan to, in effect, finance the project while pledges come in. A majority of the council did not appear too excited to commit to that loan with funds they would have to borrow. The matter did not exactly receive back burner status, but apparently the heat has been turned down. There had been talk of a City Council work session being held to discuss the matter, but so far that hasn’t happened. Mayor Harold Thompson says he would like to see what Union County Council will do before moving ahead. In a statement that was requested by WBCU from Board Chair Bob Love, enthusiasm for the project has not dwindled. Love said, “The EC Board asked for $250,000 from the county pledged over 3 years. That is a small part of the Hospitality and Accommodations taxes in hand and to be raised each year. It will not affect revenues from the county’s general fund in any way. This would help us complete a couple of things that were not in the original budget, such as finishing the second floor, equipping the service kitchen, etc. It would be a huge help, and we are excited for their consideration. The city meeting concerning pledges is on hold until the county makes a decision. The city wants more information on how the pledges will be covered during the construction phase. We have raised the necessary cash and pledges to build the Center. I feel certain that we will have one, but we still have these two issues in the works.”

Mayor Thompson said he also believes the Events Center will become a reality.

The matter is expected to come up for discussion in future city and county council meetings. WBCU is continuing to follow this story and will bring updates as they become available.

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SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS SCHEDULED IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, September 2

September is shaping up to be a fairly busy month with a number of major activities taking place. This coming Saturday, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site will stage its “Labors” program, a special free event. Through interactive exhibits, visitors will focus on the daily work of the enslaved African-Americans. For additional information, you may call the park at 864-427-5966 or e-mail rosehill@scprt.com. Then next weekend, September 12th & 13th, the highly-anticipated Uniquely Union Festival will take place. The downtown area will be covered with with an enormous assortment of displays and activities. Then on September 20th, the 12th-annual Antique Farm Equipment Show will be held. That event will feature urban homesteading, antique tractors, woodcarving, blacksmithing, chain saw art, farm animal displays, kids pedal tractor, canning and preserving, the parade of power, and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 426-0068 or 426-0922.


CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER OFFERS NEW COURSES IN COSMETOLOGY, EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL SERVICES

Monday, September 1

There are two new courses being offered this year at the Union County Career and Technology Center that could help student land a job upon graduation. One is cosmetology, and the two classes are almost full with nearly 40 participants. The students are learning in a fully-equipped environment the basic and fundamentals of cosmetology, while preparing for a career in that field. The other course is called Emergency and Medical Services. Instructor Brian Mullinax had a fire truck on site at the school on Friday morning to give the students the opportunity to see how things work. He explains the curriculum as it will be taught.

Again, students will be taught fundamentals that could lead to a career.

Both classes are two-year programs and were requested by students.

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CIRCLE OF ANGELS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR In-Home PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATES

Monday, September 1

Circle of Angels will hold a recruitment event for both part-time day and evening primary care associates. The event is coming up Thursday, September 4th, from 9am until 12pm.

Successful candidates will be expected to manage housekeeping, laundry, shopping and errands. Also, they will prepare and serve diets according to instruction, assist with feeding as necessary, help with bathing, dressing and grooming, aid clients with use of bedpan, commode or toilet, assist with use of cane/walker/wheelchair, provide aid with medication/prescription refills, help clients with routine skin care, collect regular specimens, maintain and submit client records per prescribed format, relay messages to appropriate personnel, and respond to emergencies in accordance with established procedures.

A high school diploma or GED and current TB test is required. Positions are available in Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee counties. Pay will depend on experience. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.

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THUNDER ROAD MOTORCYCLE EVENT DRAWS BIKES DOWNTOWN

Monday, September 1

Main Street became Thunder Road Sunday afternoon. The “Thunder Road Motorcycle Show and Ride” took place in downtown Union Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the motorcycle show on Main Street, the event included a ride through Union County by the participating motorcyclists. The ride encompassed historic sites throughout the county, and was followed by an awards ceremony on Gadberry Street. The proceeds of the show and the ride were designated to go to the local Wounded Warrior Project and the Miracle League of Union County. Food vendors and live entertainment were also a part of the Thunder Road event. Awards were given out in a number of categories including: Custom, American Made, Metric, English/European, Chopper, Rat, Trike or Three Wheel, and Custom Support. There was also an award for Best of Show.


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