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Schedule for today:

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

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

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

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

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

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

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

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

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

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

5:55 p.m.--Atlanta Braves Baseball--Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta

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


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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.


THUNDER ROAD MOTORCYCLE EVENT TO BRING CYCLES, PEOPLE DOWNTOWN SUNDAY

Friday, August 29

Thunder Road is headed to the streets of Union this weekend. Torance Inman with the Union Chamber of Commerce tells us about it.

The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Commission, Recreation Department, Southeastern Motorcycle Racing Group, and Christian Motorcycle Association. Proceeds raised by the event will go to the local Wounded Warriors Project and the Miracle League of Union County.

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MAN ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER WARRANT FROM ROCK HILL

Friday, August 29

It was around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when Public Safety Officer Mark Anthony Smith noticed a male and female standing in the parking lot of the Merchants Walk Shopping Center. The two got in a vehicle and drove toward the drive-in window of Bojangles. Smith called the tag number in and was notified that the owner of the vehicle, Wolfgang William Liewald, was wanted for attempted murder in Rock Hill. Smith initiated his blue lights and stopped the car. He was advised to approach the vehicle with caution. The individual driving met the description of the individual in the NCIC report. Liewald told the officer he did not have any identification in his possession. Officer Smith conducted a Terry frisk to check the subject for weapons and placed him in handcuffs. Sgt. Hart arrived on the scene, and Liewald was advised he was being placed under arrest on the warrant from Rock Hill. It was also determined that the female, Tonya Davis, was wanted for a parole violation out of Columbia. Both subjects were taken to the Union County Jail and later turned over to York County officials.

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TWO ARRESTED IN SEPARATE CASES FOR UNLAWFUL NEGLECT TO A CHILD

Friday, August 29

Last week, Sgt. Jimmy Johnson received a referral from Union County DSS in reference to the 2-year old child of Peggy Collins, 26, of 111 New Hope Church Road, Jonesville. Following the initial investigation by the DSS, they had a hair drug screening completed on the child on August 15, 2014, and the child tested positive for methamphetamine. Prior to the drug screening, Collins had admitted to the social worker that she had a history of methamphetamine use. A warrant for unlawful neglect to a child was signed on the subject.

Sgt. Johnson received another referral from DSS in reference to a one-year old child testing positive for THC metabolites. The child received a drug hair screening on 08/14/2014 which showed THC positive results. A warrant for unlawful neglect to a child was signed on the child's mother, Tekilia Porter, 28, of 420 Peach Orchard Road.

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MAYOR GIVES UPDATE ON NEW FARMER'S MARKET

Friday, August 29

Work is continuing at the new location of the Union County Farmer's Market, but it's running behind schedule. Mayor Harold Thompson says he still has hopes of the market's opening in its new locale to accommodate farmers for their late summer crops.


BROAD RIVER DONATES 950 BACKPACKS FILLED WITH SUPPLIES TO UNION COUNTY SCHOOLS

Thursday, August 28

Of the 3000 book bags distributed to schools in the Broad River Electric Cooperative service area, 950 came to Union County. Just as last year, the cooperative used their Operation Round Up funds to purchase the bags and then asked for donations to fill them. As a result, 4200 notebooks, 1500 packs of paper, 10,000 pencils, and an assortment of other supplies were collected. In Union County, Broad River Electric employees delivered a total of 950 book bags to Buffalo Elementary School, Foster Park Elementary School, Jonesville Elementary/ Middle School, Lockhart Schools, Monarch Elementary School, and the Town of Carlisle. The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville was a big contributor, donating 3,000 spiral-bound notebooks. Other participants assisting in Union included the Oakbrook Community Church, Mon Aetna Baptist Church and Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION PROCLAIMS ART AND SOUL EVENT A SUCCESS

Thursday, August 28

The Union County Health Care Foundation presented its Art and Soul fundraiser Saturday night with about 125 people in attendance. Foundation Director Catherine Childers said it was a success.

The program was held as part of efforts to raise $20,000 to help pay for the construction of a helipad next the hospital to provide a safer, more efficient method of transporting patients from Union to an area trauma center.

The three-hour event took place on all three floors of the USC-Union Main Building, with dance on the first floor, art on the second, and music on the third.

Childers said that a final total of how much was raised is not yet known as donations are still coming in.

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PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS ARREST TWO BURGLARS AFTER MAN GETS STUCK IN WINDOW

Thursday, August 28

Tuesday around 11:30 p.m., Union Public Safety officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at the Senior Citizens Center on North Gadberry Street. Upon arrival, they found two suspects on the scene, with one stuck in a window. One of the suspects was identified as Kenneth Lipsey, 47, of 202 North Gadberry Street, Apartment 202, who was standing outside a rear window of the building. A second suspect, Jimmy Rhinehart, 32, of 312 Wilbur Street, was found hanging from the window, with his upper body inside the building. Union EMS and the Union Fire Department were summoned to assist in removing Rhinehart from the window. Both were placed under arrest, with Lipsey being transported to the Union County Jail, and Rhinehart taken to Wallace Thomson Hospital for treatment of minor scrapes and cuts he received while being stuck in the window. The investigation determined that Rhinehart had thrown a brick through the window to gain access. Rhinehart also told police that he had not eaten in three days, and that was the reason he was trying to break into the building. Both suspects were charged with burglary.

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SCDOT REMINDS TRAVELERS OF 511 TRAVELERS INFORMATION SYSTEM, APP

Thursday, August 28

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reminds Labor Day travelers of the free 511 Travelers Information System, which provides traffic camera images, travel time estimates and other technological tools to help motorists to navigate South Carolina roadways. The web address is www.511sc.org.

There is also a free 511 app available. Links to download the applications are on the 511 website under “Extras” and “511 tools". The SCDOT reminds motorists not to use these applications while you are driving. They suggest you be safe and either pull over or have a passenger access it while in a motor vehicle. The 511 system operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Be safe if you're driving this Labor Day Weekend.


FARMERS AFFECTED BY 2012 FREEZE MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE

Wednesday, August 27

Union County farmers who experienced losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year may be eligible for assistance through the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payments to eligible producers.

Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties of Spartanburg and Cherokee that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

Applications are being taken and must be submitted to their local FSA county office by Sept. 22.

To expedite applications, producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for sign-up. Producers also are encouraged to contact their FSA county office to schedule an appointment. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and beginning producers are eligible for premium reductions and also may be eligible for fee reductions.

For more information, contact the Spartanburg/Union/Cherokee County FSA office at (864) 814-2471, extension 2, or visit the USDA Web site at http://www.usda.gov.

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LOCKHART COUNCIL TALKS ABOUT POSTING HOUSE NUMBERS, ADDING SPEED BUMPS

Wednesday, August 27

The Lockhart Town Council met for their regular monthly session Tuesday evening and took up several matters for discussion. Mayor Ailene Ashe reported on meetings held with some county officials, including the sheriff's office and 911 personnel. Mayor Ashe noted the need in the community for posting house numbers for emergency responders.

Another issue is that of speeding vehicles on the narrow streets. There are no speed limit signs in the town of Lockhart, and the mayor says this needs to be addressed.

It was also mentioned that the council would like to stimulate interest in a community crime watch program.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES THEFT OF FARM EQUIPMENT

Wednesday, August 27

Deputy Brad Woods met Monday with a Kenneth Lominack concerning farm equipment that had apparently been stolen from his property. He said someone entered his property via an access point off of Hidden Forest Road in the last few weeks and took several farm implements. The deputy observed that tall grass in the area was disturbed, and it appeared a vehicle had driven through the field a few days prior. A footprint was also observed. Lominack was able to provide some information concerning the items taken and valued them at just under $2000. The case has been turned over to investigators.


CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER TO ADD PHARMACOLOGY CLASS

Tuesday, August 26

The Union County Career and Technology Center will be adding a new class this year--one that relates to pharmacology. That was revealed during Tuesday's meeting of the Union County School Board at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School. Cindy Langley, the Director of Adult Education and District Accountability, informed the board that four Union County High School seniors who plan to major in college in Pharmacy have been awarded scholarships by a company known as Path Assured. The course is being added to accommodate the students. Langley also gave a report on the HSAP scores. Langley said:

Langley noted that as of this year, HSAP has become a thing of the past.

The board approved a request for three people to receive their high school diplomas under Act 155.

In other action prior to going into an executive session, the trustees approved an overnight field trip to Pigeon Forge in November.

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POTTER'S STOREHOUSE TRYING TO RAISE MONEY FOR BOX TRUCK

Tuesday, August 26

The food ministry The Potter's Store House in Jonesville is in need of a truck. Pastor Don Moore explains.

The ministry depends for the most part on food donations from Second Harvest and other organizations that may have surplus items. They serve 700 to 800 families during their bi-monthly distributions, the next of which is scheduled tomorrow. Moore said the need is critical, in that using loaned pickup trucks from individuals is just not adequate to transport the amount of food needed. He is hoping to raise around $10,000 to purchase a 24- to 26-foot box truck. He has already received what he called a $1000 seed donation from a Union businessman and hopes to build on that. Anyone wishing to make a donation may call Pastor Moore at 864-680-3465, or drop a donation by the WBCU studios.

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MUSEUM REPORTS AN ACTIVE MONTH OF JULY

Tuesday, August 26

100 guests signed the guest register at the Union County Museum during July. Some of those were from as far away as Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Texas and Utah. The museum reported that as of July 30th, they had 424 paid memberships in the Historical Society, and they continue to receive requests on Facebook for the membership materials.

Visitors are averaging approximately 100 per month at the Cross Keys Plantation, and work is progressing on the three new buildings, with a completion date nearing. Legislators were invited to a recent picnic provided by one of the directors of the society. The reason for the event was to introduce them to the Blackstock Battlefield Site. Many historians believe that what took place there on Nov. 20, 1780, was the turning point of the American Revolution.

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ARTS COUNCIL RELEASES ITS SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Tuesday, August 26

The Union County Arts Council has released their calendar of activities for the month of September. It includes the usual list of activities, such as “Jam With Lunch” on September 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Arts Council Writers group will meet on September 9th from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery.

September 12th and 13th, in conjunction with the Uniquely Union Festival, the Arts Council will be converted to the “UCAC Acoustic Café”, featuring live music, cold soft drinks and free peanuts. The café will be open from noon until 7:00 pm each day.

September 15th– The Union County Arts Council will NOT hold “Monday Night Music” this month. It will return in October.

September 25th– The opening reception and awards ceremony for the Union County Arts Council’s 2014 Juried Art Show will be held September 25 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the USC-Union Main Building. Everyone in attendance will be have the opportunity to vote for the “Peoples’ Choice Award”. Refreshments will be served.

September 26th & 27th–Todd Baxter will lead a Drawing Workshop at the Union County Arts Council’s gallery on Main Street in Union on September 26th and 27th. The two-day workshop will begin at 9 am and finish at 4 pm each day. Lunch will be provided both days.

Continuing through Sept. 30th– “Hanging Up My Mouse” will feature oil paintings and drawings by Todd Baxter of Tega Cay, SC. After forty years as a graphic designer, Baxter is hanging up his mouse to focus on painting full-time. His 35 pieces range from landscapes to children playing on the beach.

From September 25th through Oct. 24th, The UCAC’s 2014 Juried Art Show will be on display at the USC-Union Main Building. The 80 works come from across the Southeast and as far away as Michigan. The show will be available for viewing during regular USC-Union hours. For more information call UCAC at 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL SET TO MEET TONIGHT

Tuesday, August 26

The Lockhart Town Council will be meeting tonight. The session will take place in the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.


NEW SCAM CLAIMS THAT A FAMILY MEMBER HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED AND YOU MUST PAY RANSOM

Monday, August 25

A possible scam was reported to the Union County Sheriff's Office Thursday, this one with a little different approach. Jeannie Belue told officers that her father received a call from a New Jersey number, and the caller stated that they were holding his wife hostage. They said if he wanted to see her alive that he needed to pay them money now. Belue said her father handed her the phone, and she told the caller off and said not to call again. She said her mother had been deceased for 10 years. A report was taken for documentation purposes.

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ROSE HILL TO PRESENT FREE PROGRAM TITLED "LABORS" SEPTEMBER 6TH

Monday, August 25

The second annual "Labors" program has been set for September 6th at Rose Hill. Through interactive exhibits, visitors to the park will focus on the daily work of the enslaved African-Americans at Rose Hill, which was a large Upstate plantation in the 1800s. The world of Vardy Gist and Allen Gist and their families, people who lived at on the plantation both as enslaved laborers and later as tenant farmers, will be explored.

With special performances by guest interpreters, visitors will be able to experience what life might have been like for Vardy and Allen. They will examine plantation daily life through duties that enslaved people would have carried out, including food preparation in the plantation kitchen, brick making, gardening, and weaving. 

"Labors" is ongoing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with activities at various locations on the park. Kitty Wilson-Evans, a well-known interpreter of slave life, will give a presentation at 11 a.m. In addition, Tyrie Rowell will present “Cato,” an enslaved brick maker, and Dontavius Williams will tell the story of “Adam.”

No registration is required. The park also offers gardens and a nature trail. A picnic shelter with several tables is available for those who would like to bring their lunch.

Special fee-required tours of the Gist mansion begin on the hour at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. These tours will emphasize the duties of enslaved African-Americans who worked in the mansion at Rose Hill. For further information, contact Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site at 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, call 864-427-5966, or e-mail rosehill@scprt.com.

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URBAN LEAGUE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT WEDNESDAY

Monday, August 25

The Urban League of the Upstate will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office, located at 103 West Main Street, Wednesday, August 27th, from 9am-12pm. They are looking for employees for several positions in the Buffalo and Lockhart areas. Those positions include after-school teachers, site coordinators, tutor/bus drivers, and tutors. All applicants must be active in www.scworks.org and view the job order prior to the event. Details of the jobs can be viewed at that site. Please come properly dressed for the interview.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN JONESVILLE

Monday, August 25

The Union County School District Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight. That gathering will take place at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School at 7:00 p.m. The agenda list several items, including the personnel report by Jeff Stribble. Cindy Langley will provide information about the Career and Technology pharmacology scholarship winner, and also information on the 2014 HSAP scores. The board will also hear request for diplomas and act on a field trip request. An executive session is listed for two contractual issues.

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COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, August 25

The Union County Democratic Party monthly meeting will be held this evening at 6:00 p.m. at their usual location, 201 Porter Street, Union.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES ALLEGED ASSAULT INVOLVING JONESVILLE MAYOR

Friday, August 22

The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating an alleged assault by the Mayor of Jonesville against a citizen there. The police report states that deputy Jody Willis responded to the call around 10:20 Wednesday morning and talked with the victim, Joe Stepp. According to Stepp, he witnessed Mayor Ernest Moore at the Jonesville Post Office driving a police car. Stepp said he was attempting to take a picture, because he believed the mayor was not authorized to drive the vehicle. Stepp claims that Moore approached him and began cursing and using racial remarks. He said Moore told him, “I'm going to kill you and your fat (expletive) wife." He said Moore also told him, “I'm going to cut your throat and get rid of you.” Stepp said Moore produced a knife from his pocket but did not open it. He told the officer that Moore struck him on the right side of his face with his fist, and also struck him in the chest. He said Moore attempted to strike him again, but he blocked it and was scratched on the left wrist in the process. The deputy did observe a scratch on Stepp's left wrist and photographed it. An investigation continues.

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USC-UNION STUDENTS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RESOURCES AND FACILITIES AT ALL USC CAMPUSES

Friday, August 22

Officials at The University of South Carolina-Union say it's the perfect place to start your college experience. USC-Union is a Palmetto College campus and is supported by the entire University of South Carolina system, and students can take advantage of the resources and facilities on other USC campuses. The partnerships with USC in Columbia, USC-Upstate, USC-Beaufort and USC-Aiken provide access to programs of study and unique academic opportunities. A student can graduate from USC-Union with an Associate's Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree whether they are in Union or in Laurens.

USC-Union offers an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree. The B.A. in Liberal Studies and a B.A. in Organizational Leadership are offered by USC on the local campuses. A Bachelor’s degree can be obtained through the online programs by Palmetto College. This brings together the resources of the entire University of South Carolina system with the flexibility of online learning. Palmetto College offers seven online degree programs. You can reach USC-Union’s Admissions office at 864-429-8728, ext. 7739. Isaiah Butler, USC Union’s Palmetto Coordinator, can assist you about the online programs. He can be reached at 864-429-8728, ext. 7732.

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HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION RAISING MONEY AT "ART & SOUL" EVENT TOMORROW

Friday, August 22

Art and Soul is set for tomorrow. Health Care Foundation Executive Director Catherine Childers tells us more.

Funds raised from the event will go toward the construction of a helicopter landing pad at the hospital.


MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS MORE DONATIONS AS HOSPITAL INCREASES ITS COSTS

Thursday, August 21

The Union County Meals of Wheels program has taken something of a financial blow this week. Wallace Thomson Hospital, which provides the meals, has informed the program that they will increase the cost by seventy cents per day. Up until the increase, the Meals of Wheels program was spending some $6500 each month to provide the service to homebound individuals. With the increase, the monthly cost will soar to $7900 per month. The program will need an additional $16,800 annually to maintain their current level of service. Lynn Mornane, who chairs the program’s board, says she understands the reason for the increase.

Mornane say this situation points out why it’s important for the community to support the hospital.

A part of the reason for the increase in the amount the hospital charges Meals on Wheels is the financial crisis they have been battling.  They cannot afford to subsidize any portion of the program. Hospital CEO Paul Newhouse agreed with Mornane with the importance of supporting the healthcare facility.

Persons that wish to donate to the Meals on Wheels program can do so by calling Lynn Mornane at 427-7974, or vice-chair and treasurer Kathy or Jim Stepp at 427-1598. WBCU will air a special news program Monday at 9:00 a.m. to provide a more detailed explanation of the financial crisis the Meals on Wheel program is facing.

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LOCKHART HOLDING COMMUNITY YARD SALE SATURDAY

Thursday, August 21

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here’s a suggestion--drive down to Lockhart and check out the big community yard sale. The sale is promoted by the Lockhart Town Council as a way to spotlight the community.

The space is free for sellers, and people area-wide are encouraged to visit the community. It all starts early Saturday morning.

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COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING IN SHERIFF'S OFFICE PARKING LOT 

Thursday, August 21

Should you anticipate having an altercation with someone, it would probably be a good idea not to have it in the parking lot of the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Such was the case around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday when Sgt. Jimmy Johnson noticed a dispute taking place in the parking lot located at 210 West Main Street. The police report stated that Johnson noticed the two subjects striking each other. Sgt. Jeff Wright responded, and the officers intervened. The two subjects were identified as James Eric Chaney, 44, of Osborne Street, and Kristina Ann Millwood, 35, also of Osborne Street. Both had visible injuries, and both blamed the other for the incident. The officers were unable to determine the primary aggressor, and as a result, both Chaney and Millwood were placed under arrest for criminal domestic violence.

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UNITED WAY OF THE PIEDMONT TAPS KENTUCKY MAN TO LEAD ITS ORGANIZATION

Thursday, August 21

United Way of the Piedmont (UWP) announced Tuesday it has selected a new President and CEO for the organization. Douglas E. Eberhart, President and CEO of United Way of Kentucky, has been chosen by the search committee after a three-month search process.

"The search committee reviewed over 90 résumés, narrowing it to five final candidates from different regions of the country and diverse backgrounds,” said Clarence Batts, Chairman of the Search Committee and past board member for UWP. “Doug brings with him 15 years of service in the United Way system, including 12 years of senior management experience."

Eberhart formally begins his new role at UWP on Monday, September 8th. 

United Way of the Piedmont is a community-based nonprofit organization that seeks to engage local citizens in giving, advocacy and volunteerism. It is governed by a local board of directors and serves Spartanburg, Cherokee & Union counties. For more information, please visit www.uwpiedmont.org


CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FIRST READING TO REZONE PROPERTY FOR HABITAT HOUSE

Wednesday, August 20

Union City Council met Tuesday evening in regular session at Union City Hall.  The first discussion on the agenda was an ordinance to rezone property at 510 South Pinckney Street. This matter was discussed at a public hearing earlier that evening. The City of Union requested that the property there be rezoned to allow the construction of a single-family house by the Habitat for Humanity of Union County. The recommendation was to pass the 1st reading of the attached rezoning ordinance. City Council voted in favor of this recommendation.

The second discussion on the agenda was the recommendation to authorize Mayor Thompson to suspend the collection of a convenience fee on online payments of services to the city. City Council voted in favor of this recommendation.

The third discussion on the agenda was the recommendation to fund the Partnership Commitment Level of $1000 for March of Dimes.  The money would come from the Community Services Special Events Account. The council voted in favor of this recommendation.

The last discussion on the agenda was the recommendation to reappoint Melissa Brown to the City of Union Municipal Election Commission Board. City Council voted in favor of this recommendation.

There was not a discussion concerning the bridge loan for the Union Events Center, and no indication was given as to when the subject may come before council.

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DANTZLER ADDRESSES FAITH AT CLEMSON CLUB MEETING

Wednesday, August 20

Some 150 people turned out Tuesday evening for a membership drive meeting of the Union County Clemson Club. Clemson Tiger and NFL football standout Woody Dantzler spoke to the enthusiastic fans. Dantzler spoke about his faith as an athlete.

The next meeting of the group will be November 24th for their annual chicken roast.

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UNION AMONG THREE COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR USDA EMERGENCY LOANS

Wednesday, August 20

Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties are eligible for USDA assistance as a result of a U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster designation declared for three primary counties in the State of South Carolina, according to Glenn Thomas, County Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The disaster designation is a result of damages and losses caused by freeze that occurred from March 4th through April 17th. The decision makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The disaster areas were designated on August 6, 2014. All qualified farm operators in the designated counties are eligible for EM loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs.

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ADECCO HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG TODAY

Wednesday, August 20

ADECCO will hold a Recruitment Event today at the Spartanburg SC Works Office at 220 East Kennedy Street from 9am-11am. They are looking to hire assembly & inspection personnel, CNC machine operators, machine operators and quality auditors. The pay range is $10-$12 per hour. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Applicants must undergo drug testing and screening, as well as background/reference checks. These are full-time hourly positions with various shifts of 8 to 12 hours. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and must have a referral. Please view the job orders for the job description information, and please come appropriately dressed for an interview. Applications may be made online at www.adeccousa.com.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT HONORED AT ORIGINAL SIX FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, August 20

Union County Schools were recognized in Orangeburg, SC, on Monday, August 18th, at an evening gathering of The Original Six Foundation Board of Directors and its Chairman Nikki Haley. Dr. Woodall was presented with Governor Haley’s Community Spotlight Award for the school district’s Healthy Explorers program developed and implemented last school year. This program is designed to teach kindergarten students about healthy snack choices through produce purchased at the local farmers’ market. This year, the program will include grocery shopping parent trips coordinated by First Steps. Spartanburg Regional Foundation has recently awarded a grant to assist with costs of the food purchased from local farmers. The farmers deliver produce used in nutrition lessons to the five elementary schools in the fall.

 

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ROTARY CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Wednesday, August 20

At Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting, William Jeter had a presentation about the Healthcare Foundation’s Art & Soul event this weekend, the Union County Lake Project, and the renovations at the Cross Keys House. Then afterwards, Catherine Childers spoke briefly about the Art & Soul event a little more.

 

 

 

 


CITY COUNCIL HOLDING PUBLIC HEARING AND VOTE TO REZONE PROPERTY FOR A HABITAT HOUSE

Tuesday, August 19

The Union City Council will hold a public hearing and their regular monthly tonight. The public hearing concerns the rezoning of property located at 510 South Pinckney Street. This is also an agenda item. That will be a first reading on an ordinance that, if approved, will make way for construction of a single-family dwelling by Habitat for Humanity of Union County. Another agenda item is a discussion concerning the suspension of charging a fee for an online payment to the city for such things as a utility bill. According to information provided by the city, the savings realized from an online payment being automatically posted to the customer's account will compensate for the fee currently being charged.

The council will also consider making a partnership commitment of $1000 to the March of Dimes and making one appointment to the Municipal Election Commission. There are two vacancies on that board.

One item that is not on the agenda is the possible discussion of what is called a bridge loan for the proposed Union Events Center. Such a loan is needed to start construction of the project, but thus far, City Council has shown little enthusiasm for doing so. The Events Center Board has also asked Union County Council for a contribution. The terminology "bridge loan" was never used in making the request; even so, that body had been reluctant to act on the matter.

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JONESVILLE VOTERS WILL DECIDE FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN NOVEMBER

Tuesday, August 19

Voters in the Town of Jonesville will decide on the form of government they will have as a result of a referendum on the November general election ballot.

In a special meeting Friday morning at the Jonesville Municipal Complex, the members of the Jonesville Town Council voted 3-1 to approve an ordinance placing a referendum on changing the town’s form of government.

The ordinance states that the referendum will 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?”

The mayor-council form of government is commonly referred to as the "strong mayor" form of government, because the mayor is granted by state law the right to exercise legislative as well as executive and administrative authority.

The council form is referred to as the "weak mayor" form, because of the mayor's lack of formal executive authority. It's also sometimes called "governance by committee" because of council's shared powers and the fact that there is no separation of powers between the executive and legislative functions. 

The filing period has ended for candidates to sign up to run in the November election.

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NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT SET

Tuesday, August 19

Seats for Union County Board of School Trustees Districts 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 will be on the November ballot. The seats are currently held by trustees Kim Bailey (District 3), Buck Peay (District 4), Jane H. Hammett (District 5), Wanda R. All (District 8), and Jane Wilkes (District 9). Those filing to run include: Kim Bailey — District 3, Mike Massey — District 3, Jeremy Donnell Robinson — District 4, Gene “Doc” Lipsey — District 4, Trad Robinson — District 4, Jane Hart Hammett — District 5, Wanda R. All — District 8, Jane R. Wilkes — District 9, Jessica Childers Sherbert — District 9.

The November general election ballot will also include seats on the boards of the Monarch, Southside, Santuc and Jonesville fire districts. The Monarch Fire District and Santuc Fire District each have two seats on the ballot, while the Jonesville Fire District has three seats, and the Southside Fire District has five. Candidates include: Thomas H. Ivey — Jonesville Fire District Board, Cam Robinson (incumbent) — Jonesville Fire District Board, Harold Dean Robinson, Jr. (incumbent) — Jonesville Fire District Board, Claude “Tommy” Hart, Jr. (incumbent) — Monarch Fire District Board, Phillip Crane (incumbent) — Monarch Fire District Board, Buford Brown (incumbent) — Southside Fire District Board, Phil Moore (incumbent) — Southside Fire District Board, Jimmy Mark Smith — Southside Fire District Board, Russell Trammel — Southside Fire District Board, Larry Scarborough — Southside Fire District Board. No one filed to run for the two seats on the Santuc Fire District Board. This means the seats will be filled based on write-in votes.

Two seats on the board of the Brown’s Creek Watershed will also be on the November ballot. Those seats are currently held by Mike Scales and Evelyn Alman, and both of those incumbents have filed for reelection.

The City of Union ballot will include the District 1, 2, and 5 seats on the Union City Council. The seats are currently held by council members Tommy Hill (District 1), Robert Garner (District 2), and Orangelow Ruff (District 5).

Filing for those seats include: Tommy Anthony — District 1, Tommy Hill — District 1, Don Shetley — District 1, Tyra Katrina Parham — District 1, Robert Earl Garner — District 2, Pamela Garner Sloss — District 5, and Brandy Erwin — District 5.

In the Town of Carlisle, there are two seats on the Carlisle Town Council on the November ballot, but according to election officials, only one candidate had filed to run as of the close of filing.

The seats are currently held by councilmen John Glenn and Gregory Shorter, but only Glenn had filed to run. The remaining seat will have to be filled by write-in votes.

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UNION COUNTY CLEMSON CLUB MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, August 19

The Union County Clemson Club will be meeting tonight at Foster Park. The gathering is a part of their membership drive. The guest speaker will be former Clemson and NFL standout Woody Dantzler. A light supper will be served.


UNION WOMAN CHARGED WITH MEDICAID FRAUD

Monday, August 18

A 56-year old Union woman has been charged by the State Attorney General’s office with making false statements on an application for Medicaid assistance. Virginia F. Dawkins of 133 Pumpkin Drive, Union, was arrested and charged Thursday with the offense. The warrant states that Dawkins, from approximately October 30, 2007, to present, falsely reported on a S.C. Medicaid application and/or review for assistance forms that she was separated from her husband, when in fact she was not. This willful and unlawful misrepresentation of fact caused Michael Gene Dawkins' income to be obscured from the Medicaid system, and therefore caused the defendant to become eligible for substantial Medicaid benefits for which she was not entitled. The defendant has admitted to the facts stated in the warrant. Dawkins was booked into the Union County Jail and released after posting $1000 personal recognizance bond.

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STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL TODAY

Monday, August 18

Summer vacation is over, and it’s back to the books for Union County School District students, as well as those at Union Christian Day School. Motorists are reminded that traffic will be heavier, and caution should be exercised countywide. The Union County School District is comprised of five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. The first holiday is just a few weeks away when Labor Day will be observed.

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TYGER RIVER STILL needs CORRECTIONS OFFICERS

Monday, August 18

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is still looking for corrections officers, so they will hold a recruitment event this week at SC Works in Union.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st, from 9 a.m. until noon. The starting salary is $26,583. Benefits include medical and life insurance, vacation, retirement & pension. To qualify for the job, an applicant must be a US citizen with a high school diploma or GED. No experience is required, and training will be provided by the employer. This is a 12-hr. shift position with no rotation, and successful applicants will work 14 days per month with 2 weekends off. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and must undergo a background check, drug testing and screening, reference check and motor vehicle records check. Bring your résumé to the recruitment event. All applicants must be active on www.scworks.org and view the job order prior to the event.  Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.


UNION COUNTY PEP RALLY DRAWS MORE THAN A THOUSAND TO THE FAIRGROUNDS

Friday, August 15

An estimate of more than 1000 people turned out at the Union County Fairgrounds Thursday evening for the annual Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU Pep Rally. The pep rally is staged each year as a back to school and welcome to football event. In addition to the entertainment, the fall sports teams and cheerleading squads were introduced. Highlighting the activity was the introduction of the 2014 UCHS Yellow Jackets Football team. Holcombe Funeral Home's William Holcombe said he was pleased with the turnout.

The pep rally ended with attendees being invited by Head Football Coach Steve Taneyhill to walk across to Union County Stadium and watch the Jackets practice.

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DAN O'SHIELDS TO SIGN COPIES OF HIS NEW BOOK AT THE UNION COUNTY MUSEUM

Friday, August 15

Dan O'Shields will be at the Union County Museum on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM for a book signing. He is the author of the new book, Where Have You Gone, Ted Williams?  This is a new work of fiction that takes place in the Union Mill Village in the 1950s. The southern mill village is an all but disappeared culture that dominated the social scenes of many southern small towns from the turn of the century through the 1950s & '60s.  At the center of this culture stood a huge textile mill, a structure with an insatiable appetite for manual laborers.  To house workers, mill owners built small living quarters to recruit  and house prospective employees; these structures became the basis of the mill villages and ultimately, the basis for the work of Dr. Dan O'Shields in this book. Many of the real life mill village characters will tug at your heart strings.  Where Have You Gone Ted Williams? is packed with wonderful, believable characters from a unique era of Union history.  This story leaves readers with a detailed picture of 1950s mill village culture.

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THREE TEACHERS ATTEND SANTEE COOPER ENERGY EDUCATORS INSTITUTE

Friday, August 15

This summer, Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry to three Union County educators as part of the 29th-annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis, S.C.

More than 70 educators from across the state participated in this graduate level course, receiving interdisciplinary materials while gaining new knowledge and understanding about complex topics, including the production of electricity and the opportunities and challenges of renewable energy. This was illustrated through field experiences and tours of Santee Cooper facilities.

Santee Cooper held three institutes this summer. Each of the four-day institutes included trips to Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Generating Station, the Old Santee Canal Park and industrial customer Alcoa-Mt. Holly. Teachers also participated in hands-on learning activities and unit planning sessions, and they connected directly with Santee Cooper experts on topics such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, environmental resources, power generation, transmission, distribution, electrical safety, water quality and utility economics.

In attendance from Union were Kristi Sommer, an inclusion language arts teacher at Sims Middle School; Jefferson Stepp, a geometry, algebra and mathematics for technologies teacher at Union County High School; and Loren Grissom, a chemistry and chemistry technology teacher at Union County High School.

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TWO ARRESTED IN SEPARATE CASES INVOLVING MARIJUANA

Friday, August 15

A Union man has been charged with distribution of marijuana. According to a Union Public Safety police report, Charles Edward Henderson, 22, of 1527 Cross Keys Highway, distributed a quantity of marijuana to a confidential informant with funds provided by the police. Details of the case were not provided, but the warrant was signed Wednesday.

In another case, a Union woman has been charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. The warrant lists Amber Dean Nelson, 26, of 137 North Church Street, as having been charged Wednesday. The warrant states that Nelson committed the crime of unlawful neglect of a child in that she has a minor child that tested positive for THC metabolite or marijuana. She is currently out of jail on bond.

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BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC GETS PLENTY OF HELP IN FILLING 3000 BACKPACKS

Friday, August 15

Two separate tag-team efforts with area churches and a professional wrestling organization are helping elementary and middle school students in the Broad River Electric Cooperative’s service territory begin their academic year empowered to succeed. 

As they did last summer, Broad River Electric Charities used Operation Round Up funds to purchase book bags for elementary school students in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties.  This year, Broad River Electric asked for donations of school supplies to fill 3,000 backpacks.

Local churches, businesses, and organizations responded, bringing approximately 4,200 notebooks, 1,500 packs of paper, and 10,000 pencils, along with countless other supplies to the cooperative offices during the month of July.

The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville was a big contributor, donating 3,000 spiral-bound notebooks. Other contributors from Union included Oakbrook Community Church (Union), Mon-Aetna Baptist (Union), and Tabernacle Baptist (Union).

Over 50 volunteers stuffed the bags at the beginning of August and Broad River Electric employees delivered them to the schools before the start of the year.

On August 9, the cooperative teamed with Trans South Wrestling to present the first ever “Brawl at Broad River”. The event raised $2,750 for local middle school students. The money was distributed to area middle schools in all three counties to be used for activity scholarships. The money will help students and schools defray the costs and fees of special educational activities such as field trips.

“Trans-South Wrestling was proud to present 'The Brawl at Broad River Electric' with Broad River Electric Charities,” said TSW promoter Derik Vanderford. “The combination of Gaffney’s dedicated wrestling fans and Broad River’s facility made for a tremendous night of pro wrestling excitement.”

Broad River Electric Charities is a philanthropic subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 20,000 members.


WBCU/HOLCOMBE FUNERAL HOME UNION COUNTY PEP RALLY SET FOR TONIGHT

Thursday, August 14

The Union County Pep Rally is set for this evening at the Union County Fair Grounds. The event is sponsored annually by Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU. Chris Woodson tells why the event is held each year.

Lots of entertainment is on the bill with various musical acts. The UCHS cheerleaders and fall sports teams will be introduced, and the evening will conclude with the introduction of the 2014 UCHS Yellow Jackets football team.

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HIGH SCHOOL'S GRADUATION RATE SECOND-BEST IN THE UPSTATE

Thursday, August 14

Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles has instituted an initiative for this coming school year, titled “Success Is Our Only Option”. Recently, Lyles hosted a meeting of community leaders and parents to introduce the program and to solicit input. A well-designed, magazine-formatted brochure was distributed that draws attention to the many programs and activities at the school. Principal Lyles explains the purpose behind the initiative.

One positive indicator that was made known is that the graduation rate for UCHS students was the second-best in the Upstate region, exceeded only by Dorman High School. Union County had a graduation rate of 82.2%. Again, Lyles explains how this was accomplished.

Students will become acquainted with the “Success Is Our Only Option” theme when the new school year begins Monday.

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SPRINGFIELD HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION NEXT WEEK

Thursday, August 14

Springfield, LLC, will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office at 103 West Main Street next Tuesday from 9am until 12 noon. They have a number of positions open, including:

--Weavers, 2nd & 3rd shifts--responsible for random patrolling assigned machines, restarting looms and inspecting for defects. 2 years of air jet weaving experience is required.

--Card room techs are needed Monday-Friday from 4pm until midnight. The job description calls for making repairs to breakdowns in opening, carding and drawing areas and performing upkeep duties. 2 years card room technician experience preferred.

--1st class electricians to work from 12am until 8am. The opening is for an electrician with at least 2 years experience in plant engineering. Electrical maintenance experience is required. The successful candidate will be troubleshooting electrical equipment and machinery, running conduit and wiring equipment.

--Twister operator is wanted for shift rotation. Qualified applicants will patrol twisters repairing end breaks, will doff full packages and creel in full supply packages. 2 years twister operator experience required.

--Warper operator to work from 4pm until 12am.  Job duties include, but are not limited to, repair warper stops, record warper stops on production sheets, doff warper, and weigh beams. Applicants must have 2 years experience to apply.

A high school diploma or GED is required for all positions. Prior to the event, all applicants must be active in 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'S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY

Thursday, August 14

The 2014–2015 school year opens Monday, and coinciding with that will be the first day of the Union County Recreation Department's after school program. Program Director Jessica Gallman explains:

For more information and registration, call Jessica at 429-1670.


COUNTY COUNCIL GIVES MONEY TO SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, August 13

The Union County Council gathered for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon and took up several matters. Two of those items included the consideration of filling vacancies on the Appeals Board and the Development Board.

The council gave third reading to two ordinances. One was an amendment to the multi-county park agreement to include Michelin North America, and the other was for a special source credit agreement with Belk, Inc.

There was also a resolution concerning the animal control ordinance. The purpose of the resolution, in the words of Supervisor Tommy Sinclair, was to invalidate a section of the ordinance that required livestock owners to register their animals with the county. After the ordinance was passed, a state law was discovered that supersedes the county’s. The state law, in effect, makes that section of the county ordinance unenforceable.

Prior to the beginning of the regular meeting, the County Council Administration and Finance Committee heard a presentation from the Uniquely Union Festival. Jamie Trammel made the presentation, during which she said this coming festival would mark the 19th year it’s been held. The 2013 festival has been touted by many as having been the best ever. Trammel said 6000 people attended last year, and that translated to an economic impact of $105,000 for the county. The festival committee is requesting a $15,000 donation from the county to help continue to build the event. Trammel said:

Trammel told the council she has hopes of 8000 people attending this year, which would translate into a $140,000 economic impact. The festival is slated for September 12th and 13th.

Part of the problem with the county making that $15,000 donation is there are others wanting money. The accommodations and hospitality tax yields around $80,000 a year for the county to use for tourism-related activity. Those standing in line in hopes of getting a portion of that money in addition to Uniquely Union is the proposed Union Events Center, The Union County Coon Hunters Association, The Union County Fair Board, and the Antique Tractor Show.

The council had some discussion concerning a presentation last week from Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love, who requested the county’s participation in the project. A contribution of approximately one-fourth of the annual accommodations and hospitality tax was mentioned by Love. He also mentioned a $250,000 figure. In spite of the prodding from several Events Center supporters and board members, the council failed to take any action. Several council persons mentioned questions about the project they would like to have answered. One of those was Frank Hart, who is poised to become the county supervisor January 1st.

Hart suggested a workshop be held where the City of Union, the county, and the Events Center Board would come together to answer some of the questions.

The council went into an executive session, and when they returned, they agreed to give money to several events. Uniquely Union received $10,000, The Union County Fair Board was given $5000 for the resurfacing of the fairground, and the upcoming Antique Farm Equipment show was given $2,500. No vote was taken on the $20,000 request from the Coon Hunters Association, because they were under the impression they had already acted on the matter. Supervisor Sinclair said he would check the minutes from previous meeting to be sure.

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PACOLET MAN ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTION

Wednesday, August 13

Last Thursday, narcotics investigators had an undercover operative make contact with Brian Douglas Panther, 54, of 150 Love Lane, Pacolet, and Panther offered to pay the operative $50 in US currency and a pack of cigarettes in return for sexual favors. Panther was advised to meet the operative in a room at the Magnuson Inn, located on South Duncan Bypass in the city. When Panther arrived, he was taken into custody for soliciting prostitution. He was advised of his Miranda warnings as he was taken into custody. During an interview, Panther admitted that what he was doing was wrong, and the $50 currency located in his wallet and the cigarettes located in his car were for the exchange.

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UNION WOMAN MAY BE VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT IN ANOTHER PHONE SCAM

Wednesday, August 13

It would seem that no matter how often we put these scam stories in our newscasts, people are still falling for them. This one involved a Meansville Road resident who told sheriff's deputies that she received a call from a man with a foreign accent. The man said she had won a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart. The caller told her to purchase a credit card from Wal-Mart and to call him back. When she did as instructed, she was told that she had purchased the wrong type of card. A friend became involved and advised her to contact law enforcement. It was determined the woman may be the victim of identity theft. This is the third story we have had on our newscast in less than a week, and in each case, the victims have lost a substantial amount of money. It has been said dozens of time, but we'll say it again: please do not give your personal information, such as your Social Security or bank account number, to anyone who calls you, and always report any activity such as this to law enforcement.

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100 ATTEND ART RECEPTION FOR DR. SUZANNE GUNTER

Wednesday, August 13

In spite of a rainy Sunday, some 100 art patrons turned out at the Union County Arts Council’s reception for Dr. Susanne Floyd Gunter’s “The Artist Collects” show August 10th. The show, which features works from the private collection of Dr. Gunter, will come to an end Friday.

“Not only did we have a great crowd,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn, “But we were very happy to see that, by our estimations, over half of those in attendance had never been in our gallery before. That’s a great tribute to the popularity of Dr. Gunter.”

The highlight of the afternoon was the talk given by Dr. Gunter detailing how she started, and continues to add to her collection. She also gave advice about how anyone can do the same thing, and do it on a budget. One of the main points that she made was to, “Make friends with artists and gallery owners."

During the show, there was a surprise announcement. Dr. Gunter said she would donate her collection to the Union County Arts Council. The donation will be known as “The Floyd Collection”.


COUNTY COUNCIL HAS PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETINGS SCHEDULED TODAY

Tuesday, August 12

The Union County Council will be holding their regular monthly meeting this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. It will be in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Court House. Prior to that meeting will be two special sessions. First, at 4:45 there will be a meeting of the County Council Committee on Administration and Finance. That committee will receive a request from the Economic Development Board. Then at 5:15, the council will hold a public hearing relating to an ordinance authorizing an amendment to an existing special source revenue credit agreement with Belk, Incorporated. The public is invited to attend all of the sessions.

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SURVEY FINDS 87% OF UNION COUNTY STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET

Tuesday, August 12

The Union County Board of School Trustees heard a report during their meeting Monday night from Tim Barnado of the IT department on a technology access survey. The survey, in effect, was an effort to find out just how many students had access to the internet. Barnado reported that 2,396 students have the access, which translates into 87.1%. Barnado was asked how the information would be used.

He also reported on the upgrades made to Union County schools during the summer. He said a total of 84,000 feet of cable had been installed to upgrade internet access. He said there is a push to have the access outside the building.

As a result of the last meeting, finance director Lynn Lawson reported his finding concerning a handicap ramp being installed in the Jonesville Elementary-Middle School athletic field stands. Lawson reported that to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act, in addition to the ramp being installed, the walkway would have to be widened by some two feet, and three wheelchair spaces would have to be created. The three spaces would accommodate six wheelchairs. It is estimated the cost of the work would run around $30,000. The board took no action but did instruct Lawson to do additional research and perhaps come up with some other options.

In other action, the board approved one diploma request and said yes to three overnight field trips next spring. The trip are for New York, Costa Rica, and Atlanta. The next board meeting will take place August 25th at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School.

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TWO SPARTANBURG MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Tuesday, August 12

This past Friday, Lt. John Sherfield met with operatives of the Union County Sheriff's Office, who stated that they knew a drug dealer that lived in Spartanburg that was wanting to purchase a pound of marijuana by way of paying for half of it in cash and the other half in crystal methamphetamine. The operatives stated that the dealer's name was Travis Kirby, 37, and that he was willing to drive to Union County to make the transaction. After several calls and text messages from the operatives, Kirby stated that he would come to the Hardee's in Union. The operatives agreed, and the deal was set in place.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., Kirby called the operatives and stated that he was at Hardee's and was waiting on them to arrive. Lt. Sherfield then provided the operatives a pound of marijuana with which to do the reverse operation. After arriving on scene, one of the operatives exited the undercover vehicle and got inside the vehicle with Kirby and another individual, later identified as Richard Perry, 40, of 7239 Mapleleaf Drive, Spartanburg. Once inside, the operative was given a plastic bag containing a clear crystal substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine and some cash from Kirby in exchange for the pound of marijuana. Kirby described it as being 1/2 of an 8-ball and $400. A short time later, the operative exited the suspect's vehicle and got back into the undercover vehicle, signaling the deal was done. Lt. Sherfield then notified other officers nearby that the suspect's vehicle was exiting the parking lot onto U.S. Hwy. 176. A traffic stop was made on U.S. Hwy 176 just north of Toney Road. The officers advised both subjects they were under arrest and then handcuffed them. While searching the vehicle, the officers located and seized the pound of marijuana from under Kirby's seat, $2268 cash from Kirby, and a loaded semi-automatic pistol from the glove compartment. Kirby is a convicted felon is not allowed to possess ammunition or a firearm. Also NCIC showed this firearm to be stolen out of Anderson County, SC. Kirby was then arrested for purchasing marijuana, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

A driver's license check showed that Perry's license were suspended, and that this was his 3rd offense. He was issued a summons for driving under suspension, and he was also arrested and charged with purchasing marijuana and distribution of methamphetamine. It was then found that Kirby had actually only paid the operative $360 cash, instead of the $400 like he said.

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INMATE ASSAULTS TWO OFFICERS FOR NO APPARENT REASON

Tuesday, August 12

Saturday, Sgt. Kevin Vinson told sheriff's officers that an inmate had punched him in the face. The subject, Christopher Allen Grier, was being booked into the jail and was being fingerprinted when he punched Sgt. Vinson for no apparent reason. Grier was coming back from the detention center because he had assaulted another officer, Jackie Boulware, at the facility as well. The evidence in the case was given to a judge, and a warrant was acquired for assault on an officer serving process. The evidence on the other assault at the detention center was also presented, and an additional warrant was obtained on the same charge.

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GCA SERVICES GROUP HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW

Tuesday, August 12

GCA Services Group, Inc., will host a recruitment event at the Spartanburg SC Works Office, located at 220 East Kennedy Street. It will be held tomorrow, August 13rd, from 2pm to 4pm. They are looking to hire custodian/general cleaning personnel and floor technicians at $7.50 to $13.50 per hour. A high school diploma or GED is required. Applicants must undergo background screenings. Full- and part-time hours are available. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Monday, August 11

The Union County School Board meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. The agenda lists several items, including a report from Dr. Kristi Woodall on the technology access survey, a personnel report, and action on diploma requests under Act 155. There are three requests for field trips to be taken up, and the board will receive information concerning the possible construction of a handicap ramp at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School. There is an executive session listed, where a discipline issue is to be discussed.

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HUNDREDS OF MOTORCYCLES EXPECTED AT THUNDER ROAD BIKE SHOW AND RIDE

Monday, August 11

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

The purpose of this event is to showcase Union’s downtown and the county’s landscape, history, and great outdoors.

All proceeds will go to the local Wounded Warrior Project and The Miracle League of Union County. Sponsorships are being sought by the Chamber of Commerce for the event. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039.

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HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION HOSTING "ART AND SOUL" FUNDRAISER AUGUST 23RD

Monday, August 11

The Union County Health Care Foundation will present Art and Soul on August 23rd. Foundation Chairperson Dr. Melinda Moretz tells us what it is all about.

The hours for Art and Soul are from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Midway Barbeque, WBCU, Paradise Home Center and Wallace Thomson Hospital. 

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WOMAN LOSES $1000 TO SECRET SHOPPER SCAM

Monday, August 11

Last week, we told you about a scam where a local man lost $5,000. We have another one of a similar nature. A Baber Street resident reported that, between August 1 and August 7, she had received a check as part of a Secret Shopper program, with instructions to deposit the check in her bank account and then send money to a subject via Western Union. She said she followed the instructions and was notified by her bank that the check was no good. As a result, she is out $1,026. Sheriff David Taylor says check with them before you react to one of the "too good to be true" scams.

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KELLY SERVICES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR HAEMONETICS IN UNION TOMORROW

Monday, August 11

A recruitment event by Kelly Services will be held at the Union SC Works office, located at 103 West Main Street, tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

They are looking for production associates for the hours of 6:00am to 6:00pm or 6:00pm to 6:00am, with 2 days on and 2 days off. Successful candidates will be expected to follow good manufacturing practices to build high-quality product in accordance with standard operating procedures. A GED or high school diploma is required. Neither previous applicants nor former employees of Haemonetics should apply.  Prior to the event, all applicants should view the job order.  To apply, you must have an active account on www.scworks.org and a staff referral.  Come appropriately dressed for an interview.


UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Friday, August 8

Wallace Thomson Hospital may be a step closer to affiliating with another health care system. Union Hospital District Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse issued the following statement:

The statement means that Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has agreed to enter into serious discussions with Wallace Thompson Hospital as long as they agree not to have discussions with any other entity for the next sixty to ninety days. Newhouse said he sees this as a positive sign that could possibly help alleviate the financial issues they have been facing.

The Hospital District is still showing positive numbers for the third straight month. That was revealed last night during the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees. District-wide, the profit was $42,187, of which the hospital contributed $41,689. That’s a significant improvement compared to a year ago, when they showed a loss of $832,070. The physician offices still are showing losses totaling $411,740.

The hospital received a special recognition from Medicare. Emily Cannon, Process Improvement Coordinator, explains.

The program is directed by RN Tavia Rigdon.

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JONESVILLE MAN BURNED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT

Friday, August 8

A 33-year old Union man has sustained burn injuries as a result of an incident involving his tractor. D.J. Long was operating his tractor in Jonesville around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Bonham Fire Chief Scott Austin said a freeze plug blew out, inflicting 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns from his neck to his waist. He was transported to the medic 5 headquarters in Jonesville, where has was met by a med transfer helicopter. Long was later transferred to the Augusta Burn Center, where he was expected to undergo surgery. Long is a member of both the Bonham and Jonesville Fire Departments.

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MORE THAN 950 STUDENTS REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

Friday, August 8

So far, more than 950 students have registered for the upcoming school year at Union County High School. Those that have not registered will have an opportunity to do so on August 13th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The registration was held Monday and Tuesday of this week in the school cafetorium. The registration enabled the students to get their textbooks, lockers, photo identifications and schedules. Reports from the school say that everything went smoothly.

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APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH

Friday, August 8

For families that meet the income requirements for their children to receive free or reduced price meals at school, applications are now available from the Union County School District.

The Union County School District’s School Food Service announced that the district participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs that provide meals for all students. New household income guidelines that are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals are now available for 2014-15.

Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130% and 185% of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students are charged .40 cents for lunch and .30 cents for breakfast.

As an example, for a family of four in this upcoming school year, 130% and 185% of the poverty level is $31,005 and $44,123, respectively, both up about 1.27% over the previous year.

Applications are available during registration and are also available on the District Food Service web page. Only one application per household is needed.

Students who received free or reduced meal benefits in the previous school year have until Sept. 29th to have a new application for the 2014-2015 school year approved in the District Food Service Office. Applications for free or reduced price meals are accepted all throughout the year.

A household may qualify for free or reduced price meals due to a temporary loss of income, such as a period of unemployment or an increase in family size. The information provided on the application for free and reduced price meal benefits will be used to determine student’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals.


LAURENS WOMAN CAUSES DISTURBANCE AT CLERK OF COURT'S OFFICE, BITES JAIL OFFICER

Thursday, August 7

A 32-year old subject created quite a stir in the Clerk of Court's office Tuesday and concluded with a sheriff's deputy having to be called. Lt. John Sherfield was inside the Union County Sheriff's Office at the Union County Courthouse when a Clerk of Court employee called and requested assistance from a deputy because a person was being irate inside their office. Lt. Sherfield went to the clerk's office, and before arriving, he could hear a female yelling inside. Sherfield found 31-year old Deborah Barber, of 46 Mill Ham Drive, Laurens, yelling and cursing at June Miller and other employees. Sherfield asked Barber to calm down, and she replied, "It's freedom of speech, and I can say what the (expletive) I want to, and they better give me my (expletive) money." Barber was then told she was under arrest, and as Sherfield attempted to grab her arm and escort her out of the office, she attempted to jerk away. He then gained control of Barber and escorted her out of the Clerk of Court's office and out of the courthouse. During this time, Barber continued to curse and yell at the deputy, using language not suitable for airing. When the deputy got Barber to the police car and was attempting to search her, she again became irate and told him to get his (expletive) hands off her. Then while searching her purse for weapons, she told the officer to leave her (expletive) alone. While in route to the jail, Barber continued to yell and curse at the officer and stated she would see him when she got out.

Upon arrival at the Union County Jail and while being processed, Barber then began arguing with jail officer Kevin Vinson about him counting her money. She became irate and was cursing at Vinson and refused to cooperate with his searching and booking instructions. Vinson then placed Barber in a holding cell in front of the booking area until she could calm down and the booking process be completed at a later time. Barber then began hitting and kicking the cell door of the holding cell, so Vinson decided to call female jail officer Debbie Morris and have her assist him with placing Barber in a restraint chair. The two jail officers entered the cell with Barber, and while attempting to restrain Barber, she stated she would spit on his (expletive). Vinson then put his hand in front of Barber's face to prevent her from spitting on him if she decided to try and do so. Barber became even more irate and would not cooperate with the jail officers, so Vinson attempted to put his left arm across the chest area of Barber so that he could pull her to the back of the restraint chair. While attempting to do this, Barber bit Vinson in the triceps area of his left arm. This left a large purple, red and blue mark on his arm. Lt. Sherfield then assisted the officers, and Barber was restrained. The nurse at the jail treated Vinson for the bite wound.

After leaving the jail, Sherfield went back to the Clerk of Court's office and checked on the female employees. While speaking with them, they stated that Barber was there to dispute a court payment she had made to them on behalf of her husband. They stated she became irate and started yelling and cursing and also told them she would come over the counter and beat all their (expletive).

Barber is charged with disorderly conduct, 3rd-degree assault, and resisting arrest causing injury to an officer.

Later on this date Officer Kevin Vinson went to Wallace Thomson Hospital for treatment of the bite wound from Barber after it was discovered that the bite had actually broken the skin.

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COMMUNITY PRAYER MEETING PLANNED TODAY AT USC-UNION GAZEBO

Thursday, August 7

A community prayer meeting will be held today at noon at the USC-Union gazebo.  Citizens are encouraged to take a few minutes to gather with other citizens of Union County to pray for the church, our community, state, and nation, as well as for the world.  No one has to pray out loud, though those who wish to may do so.  If you can't get there, organizers ask that you take some time in the day for special prayer.  All are welcome.

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HOSPITAL BOARD PLANS REGULAR MEETING TONIGHT

Thursday, August 7

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight. It will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room of Wallace Thomson Hospital.

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FILING STILL OPEN FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS

Thursday, August 7

A number of candidates have filed for office since filing opened. 

Seats for Union County Board of School Trustees districts 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 will be on the November ballot. The seats are currently held by trustees Kim Bailey (District 3), Buck Peay (District 4), Jane H. Hammett (District 5), Wanda R. All (District 8), and Jane Wilkes (District 9). Those filing to run include the following:

Kim Bailey — District 3

Mike Massey — District 3

Jeremy Robinson — District 4

Gene “Doc” Lipsey — District 4

Trad Robinson — District 4

Jane H. Hammett — District 5

Wanda R. All — District 8

Jane R. Wilkes — District 9

This November’s general election ballot will also include seats on the boards of the Monarch, Southside, Santuc and Jonesville fire districts. The Monarch Fire District and Santuc Fire District each have two seats on the ballot, while the Jonesville Fire District has three seats, and the Southside Fire District has five. The Union County Voter Registrar’s Office reported that as of Tuesday morning, no one had filed to run for seats on the Santuc or Monarch fire district boards. The following candidates have filed to run:

Thomas H. Ivey — Jonesville Fire District Board

Buford Brown (incumbent) — Southside Fire District Board

Phil Moore (incumbent) — Southside Fire District Board

Jimmy Mark Smith — Southside Fire District Board

Russell Trammell — Southside Fire District Board

Larry Yarborough — Southside Fire District Board

Two seats on the board of the Brown’s Creek Watershed will also be on the November ballot. Those seats are currently held by Mike Scales and Evelyn Alman, and both have filed to for reelection.

The November general election ballot in the City of Union will include City Council seats in Districts 1, 2, and 5. The seats are currently held by council members Tommy Hill (District 1), Robert Garner (District 2), and Orangelow Ruff (District 5).

Municipal Administrator Gloria Rogers said that as of Tuesday morning, Hill and Garner had filed to run for reelection. They are the only candidates to file to run for city council so far.  Filing for those seats closes at noon on Friday, August 15th.  Candidates looking to run for city council must file at the office of the Municipal Clerk at City Hall in Union. In order to run for a seat on city council, the candidate must pay a $100 filing fee and be a registered voter as well as a resident of the district for which they file to run.

There are also two seats on the Carlisle Town Council up for election on the November ballot. Municipal Administrator Shannon McBride said Tuesday morning that no one, including incumbents John Glenn and Gregory Shorter, had filed to run for the seats. Those who want to run for the at-large seats must file to do so at the Carlisle Town Hall. Candidates must pay a $75 filing fee and be a registered voter in the Town of Carlisle.


UNION MAN LOSES $5000 TO FAKE CHECK LOTTERY SCAM

Wednesday, August 6

Monday, a Union man reported to the Union County Sheriff's Office that he had received a letter and a check for $5970 in the mail. The letter stated he had won a lottery sponsored by Publishers Clearing House, Readers Digest and Mega Millions. The victim took the check and deposited it in the bank.  He then called the subject listed on the letter and was told to get $5000 in cash and mail it to K.A. Johnson at 4950 Vearum Ct., Maryland. He did so on August 1st. The bank notified him that the check he deposited was no good. One of the numbers listed on the letter was out of Canada. The subject has lost his $5000, due to the scam being located outside of the United States.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES REPORT OF STOLEN UNDERGARMENTS

Wednesday, August 6

Here's another interesting item from the Sheriff's Office. Monday, officers were dispatched to a larceny on Vaughan Road in Union. The victim stated that someone had stolen her undergarments from the dresser in her room. The case has been sent to investigators.

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PUBLIC SAFETY BRINGS POLICING TO THE COMMUNITY FOR INPUT

Wednesday, August 6

National Night Out took place in many communities across the nation last night, but not in Union. Public Safety Chief Sam White explains why.

White says they take policing to the community and look for their input.

Chief White said these efforts, which take place throughout the year, have a most positive impact on the community, both in terms of crime prevention and in cracking down on crime when it occurs.

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CAROLINA COMMUNITY ACTIONS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE

Wednesday, August 6

Applications are currently being taken by Carolina Community Actions to assist low-income families with home energy bills.

Funds are available to assist households with cooling bills up to $1,000, air conditioner units, HVAC repairs or replacement. Assistance is also available for rent or mortgage bills, in addition to tuition for job training, employment, child care and general education degrees (GED).

Eligible households may use the assistance twice during the program year. Household income for one person cannot exceed $1,458.75, and the household income for two persons cannot exceed $1,966.25. An additional $507.50 is allotted for each additional person in the household.

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

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

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WBCU/HOLCOMBE FUNERAL HOME PEP RALLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT THURSDAY

Wednesday, August 6

It's just a couple of weeks before students head back to school for the 2014-2015 year. With that comes a lot of activity, including the start up of the high school football season. Teachers will report to work on August 11th, and the students go back on the 18th. In the mix with all that activity comes the annual WBCU/Holcombe Funeral Home Union County Pep Rally at the Union County Fair Grounds. WBCU CEO and General Manager Chris Woodson tells us what it's all about.

It'll all get underway August 14th at 5:00 p.m.


AIRPORT RECEIVES $150,000 FROM FAA TO AID EXPANSION PLANS

Tuesday, August 5

The Union County Airport has been allotted $150,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help purchase some adjacent properties as part of its expansion plans.

Airport Director Ronnie Wade said that the funds, along with $73,000 left over from a previous FAA allocation, will be used to help purchase land adjacent to the airport. He said the airport is looking to acquire the properties in order to clear-cut them as part of its efforts to eventually lengthen the runway from its current length of 3,500 feet to 5,000 feet. Once it reaches that length, the airport will be able to accommodate corporate jets that currently must land in Spartanburg County, even if their destination is Union County.

Earlier this year, Wade announced that the airport was clearing 100 acres of land, including 75 acres owned by the county and 25 acres the airport had either acquired outright or had acquired the right to clear-cut from its owners. The clearing of those properties was also designed to help facilitate the lengthening of the runway, as well as enable aircraft to approach and land at the airport in inclement weather when visibility is limited. With the property cleared of trees and other potential obstructions, aircraft equipped with GPS are able to make what is known as a “non-precision landing” in inclement weather from both ends of the runway without guidance from the ground.

The Union County Council voted in a special called meeting Thursday to proceed with the acquisition of property connected to the airport in support of the airport’s current improvement plan.

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TWO GREAT DANES KILLED BY CROSSBOW

Tuesday, August 5

Jerry Burnett is the latest pet owner in Union County to suffer heartache. Burnett found his two male Great Danes lifeless and laying in their fenced-in yard Saturday.  They had been shot with a bow and arrow.  The Union County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the dogs were killed by a crossbow. Investigators don't yet know why or who did it. According to Sheriff David Taylor, animal cruelty reports in the county are on the rise. Last month, a dog was reportedly shot to death in Jonesville. Also in July, two other dogs died after swallowing antifreeze. Deputies believe someone may have poisoned the pets. The Sheriff’s Office charged the owner of a pony back in June. The man was accused of dragging the animal behind a truck. Deputies also investigated the shooting of two bulls in the spring. Investigators say these cases can be tough to solve. They rely on tips from the public. Taylor said the Sheriff’s Office usually investigates gunshots to animals about four to six times a year. Only about 50% of the cases are solved due to lack of evidence. You can report animal abuse to Crime Stoppers at 427-0800 or 1-888-CRIMESC.

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TWO CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Tuesday, August 5

Two Union County people have been arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence, and one of them is facing an additional charge of possession of a distillery. A report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office shows that on Friday night, they received a call in reference to an argument at 326 Old Buncombe Road. At the scene, 34-year old Danny E. Atchley told the officers that 27-year old Holly Susanne Lee was being irate and causing a disturbance. The disturbance was said to have come about as a result of a earlier argument with Atchley’s mother over a purse that Lee thought was supposed to be given to her. He said Lee was cursing his mother and he stepped in, which resulted in what was described as a bad argument with Lee. The situation escalated when Lee went outside and got a bat and began to beat his truck. Eventually, Lee is alleged to have begun hitting Atchley with the bat. The report states that Atchley retaliated and hit Lee in the head. The investigating deputies were unable to determine the primary aggressor, so both were placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail and charged with criminal domestic violence. Atchley was also charged with unlawful manufacturing of alcohol, but the report did not contain any information as to just how that charge came about.

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OP SOURCE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW IN GAFFNEY

Tuesday, August 5

Op Source will hold a recruitment event tomorrow at the Gaffney SC Works Office, located at 133 Wilmac Road. The event will be tomorrow morning from 9-11.  All jobs are located in Gaffney through a temporary service. They are looking to hire production workers at an hourly rate of $7.75.  The hours are 2:30-11 p.m.  These are second-shift production positions.

They are also looking for can haulers at $8.60 per hour.  The hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Applicants must be 18 as required by company policy.

Also, open end spinning operators are wanted at an hourly rate of $9.60.  Hours are from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and 7 p.m.-7 a.m.  The workers will produce top-quality yarns on a top-quality package to meet the specifications of external customers.

Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  A staff referral is required for this position. Come appropriately dressed for an interview.

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STAFFMARK HIRING FOR BELK AT RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION THURSDAY

Tuesday, August 5

Staffmark Corporation will be holding a recruitment event Thursday, August 7th, from 9-11:30am and 1-3pm at the Union SC Works office, located at 103 West Main Street. They are looking to hire warehouse associates for Belk. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm or  3-11pm, and Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20 & 70 lbs. and stand between 6-12 hours per day. Specific skills for the jobs include: previous RF scanner experience; forklift or reach truck, cherry picker, and pallet jack experience; cycle counting and inventory control; shipping & receiving; put-away; and picking and packing. These are temporary to hire positions from mid-August to late November 2014. The salary for 1st shift is $9 to $9.50/hr., and 2nd shift will be $9.25 to $9.75/hr. Applicants must be at least 18 years old due to the warehouse setting and corporate policies.

Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  Come appropriately dressed for an interview.


LEWIS JETER WILL LEAD UNION OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Monday, August 4

The Winthrop Region of South Carolina Small Business Development Centers has announced that it will open an office to serve the small business community in the City of Union. Larry Stevens, a Union native and Director of the Winthrop Region SBDC, said, “Our staff has been traveling to Union as time allowed, to work with local agencies and the City of Union in assisting start-up businesses with one-on-one consulting and presentation of business workshops. Now, with the help of additional dollars and in-kind donations as well, we will have an actual presence in Union and will be able to work much closer with the community."

Stevens announced that well-known Union community leader Lewis Jeter, III, will be the new Union SBDC Consultant, with an office located in the SC Works Building at 103 West Main Street. Lewis will be visiting with a variety of local agencies and community leaders in the weeks to come to make them aware of the variety of small business services available to SBDC clients courtesy of the State of SC and the SBA, as well as their supporting local partners in Union: SC Works, the City of Union and the Union Chamber of Commerce.

Consultants from the Rock Hill office of the SBDC will also continue to work with Lewis to offer a variety of workshops to help grow and develop the business community. Interested business owners may reach the Union office at UnionSBDC@gmail.com or call (864) 427-4119 to schedule an appointment for consultation.

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KELLY SERVICES LOOKING TO HIRE PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Monday, August 4

Kelly Services will hold a recruitment tomorrow from 10am until noon at the Gaffney SC Works office, located at 133 Wilmac Road. They will be looking to hire production associates. The hours are 6:00am to 6:00pm or 6:00pm to 6:00am, with 2 days on and 2 days off. Successful candidates are expected to follow good manufacturing practices to build high-quality products in accordance with standard operating procedures. Applicants must have a GED or high school diploma. Neither previous applicants nor former employees of Haemonetics should apply.  Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  A staff referral is required for this position. Come appropriately dressed for an interview.

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AUDREY PLAZA CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES; 3 EXISTING STORES TO MOVE IN LATER

Monday, August 4

Workers are continuing construction on a new shopping plaza that, when complete, will be home to three local businesses. The new shopping area is call “Audrey Plaza” and is located at 317 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, adjacent to Wal-Mart. Grading began in June, and the 17,000 square-foot building is scheduled to be complete by October. It is being built by SGC-McWhorter on behalf of HL Union, LLC, a Charlotte-based developer. Once complete, the plaza will be the new home of Dollar Tree, Hibbett Sports, and Cato, all of which are currently located at 441 N. Duncan Bypass. Hibbett Sport is the only one of the stores that has announced when they plan to move to the new location. They say that will happen in January.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE HOSTING "MOVIE ON THE MOUND"

Monday, August 4

Area residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a movie under the stars later this month. The Miracle League of Union County will be putting on the event, and Amy Austin tells us what it's all about.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th, at 8:30 p.m.  A suggested donation of $5 for the event is encouraged, and $3 for children 5 and under.  The Miracle League of Union County will be selling drinks, popcorn, and candy.  Advance donation tickets are available at WBCU, Union County Recreation Department, and Union Disabilities and Special Needs office.

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TODD BAXTER OF TEGA CAY WILL LEAD ARTS COUNCIL DRAWING WORKSHOP

Monday, August 4

The Union County Arts Council will host a drawing workshop featuring Todd Baxter of Tega Cay. The two-day workshop will be held Sept. 26-27 from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., with lunch provided each day. Baxter will also serve as the juror for UCAC’s Juried Art Show being held at USC-Union from Sept. 25 through Oct. 24, with a reception at the university Sept. 25th from 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Baxter says, “This workshop will be informal with very little structure. Most of the instruction will take place while the students are working.”

Students are asked to bring their own photos to work from, but Baxter will bring extra photo references as backup.

Baxter has been a successful graphic designer and artist since 1975. He is currently represented by the Providence Gallery in Charlotte, Olive’s in Ft. Mill, the Edward Dare Gallery in Charleston and the Sandpiper Gallery in Sullivan’s Island. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Tega Cay Art League, the Charlotte Art League, the Catawba River Art Guild and the Charlotte Plein Air Painters.

For the workshop price and to receive a supply list, or to sign up for the workshop, call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.


COUNTY COUNCIL HEARS INFORMATION ABOUT BRIDGE LOAN FOR UNION EVENTS CENTER

Friday, August 1

The future of the proposed Events Center remains uncertain after last evening's County Council meeting. The center's board chairman, Bob Love, made a presentation to the council and brought them up to date on fundraising efforts and the amount of money they have on hand. At issue is the need of a bridge loan to cover the cost of construction, with that amount to be reimbursed with funds as they come in. Love said to get the building built and open, it is estimated to take around $3.1 million, an amount Love says they have, although some $800,000 is in pledges. Love did not ask for a specific amount from the council, but when prodded by councilman Randall Hanvey, Love suggested an amount of $250,000. On hand for the meeting was Bob Hart of the Timken Company, who has initiated several grants from the Timken Foundation. Hart commented that if the project doesn't move forward, “I can't just let the family's money just sit there." Supervisor Tommy Sinclair stated, “It's time to say yes or no." No decisions were made by the council, but the information was taken under advisement.

Love appeared to be encouraged by the feedback.

The city's participation is not out of the question as of yet. Love said he thought a work session would be held next week to discuss the matter further.

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UNION WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT AFTER LEAVING 16-MONTH OLD IN THE CAR

Friday, August 1

A Union woman has been charged with child neglect following an incident Wednesday. A Union Public Safety report stated that police were called to investigate a matter of a small child being left unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Fresh Air Galaxy on East Main Street. Police made contact with Crystal Jean Nave, 31, of Vanderford Road, Union, who confirmed that she did leave her sixteen-month old child in her truck, but added she left the truck running with the air conditioning on. Police questioned Nave concerning what would have happened if someone decided to take the running vehicle. Nave told police she “made a mistake.” The report stated the child was left unattended for about 15 minutes. Nave is being charged with child neglect under South Carolina 63-5-70. So far, nationwide in 2014, there have been at least nineteen heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.

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LOCKHART MAN ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF HITTING 9-YEAR OLD

Friday, August 1

This past Tuesday, a complainant called 911 dispatch to report an assault at 403 N. 1st Street in Lockhart. The complainant stated that she was at work and her children were at the above location with Robert Earl Sumner. The complainant stated she got a text message from her 15-year old son that said Robert Earl Sumner had hit her 9-year old child who was at the residence. Deputies were dispatched to the location and found the children sitting outside with their 2-year old brother, and they appeared visibly upset. The deputy saw minor swelling under the 9-year old's eye. The child said that Robert Earl Sumner hit him and that the 15-year old was a witness to the incident. The Department of Social Services was notified and responded to the scene. Robert Earl Sumner was charged with child cruelty and was taken to the Union County Jail.

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ADVANTAGE STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT MONDAY

Friday, August 1

Advantage Staffing will stage a recruitment event Monday, August 4th, from 9am until 11am. It will take place at the Union SC Works office located at 103 West Main Street. They are looking for production line workers for an operation in Chester. The job requires that you be able to work well in a team environment, be able to read, write and speak English, and be able to understand verbal and written instructions. 1st, 2nd & 3rd shifts are available. A high school diploma or GED is required, along with at least 12 months of manufacturing experience. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org, view the job order, and update your résumé.  A staff referral is required for this position.  Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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CHANGES COMING TO TURN SIGNALS AT HIGHWAY 176 AND FOREST STREET IN JONESVILLE

Friday, August 1

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced as part of a safety improvements project for Furman Fendley Highway (Hwy. 176) at the Forest Street intersection, a traffic signal will change the left turn arrow operation for both directions. DOT says plans have been approved to use the new style left turn traffic signal head, commonly called the flashing yellow arrow.

The left turn traffic signal head is designed to make it easier for drivers to identify when a left turn maneuver is allowable. The new signal design will allow motorists on Furman Fendley Highway to turn left under the protected green arrow, as well as turn left during the permitted flashing yellow arrow after first yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The flashing yellow arrow left turn signal heads are designed to improve driver understanding of left turn traffic signal displays. The goal, they say, is to improve efficiency and reduce crashes at signalized intersections. The SCDOT is planning to carry out the signal changes during the week of August 4th, weather permitting.


BOB LOVE TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO UNION COUNTY COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON

Thursday, July 31

The Union County Council will hold a special called meeting this afternoon at 5:30 in the conference room of the Court House Annex on East Main Street. One of the items on the agenda is a presentation from Bob Love, who chairs the proposed Events Center Board of Directors. The nature of the presentation was not made known, but speculation is that he may ask the county for a bridge loan so work can begin on the project. Two weeks ago, the Union City Council failed to give approval to the board to re-bid the project, saying there would be no need to do so as long as financing of the center was not certain. The Events Center Board spent more than a year raising money for the project through pledges. Many of the pledges are payable over a five-year period, which means actual cash is not on hand to fund the project. The board had planned to ask the city for the bridge loan, but several council members appeared to balk at the proposal. Love said at the time that if they could not secure a bridge loan, “the building would not be built.” Mayor Harold Thompson said at that time he planned to call for a council work session to discuss the matter. No such session has been called thus far.

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USC-UNION SHINES FACULTY SPOTLIGHT ON CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR

Thursday, July 31

The University of South Carolina Union is gearing up for the fall semester, and officials there say it is the perfect fit to start your college experience. They offer classes at the main campus in Union or at the new location in Laurens. The application deadline for Fall 2014 is Friday, August 15th, and classes will begin on Thursday, August 21st.

One of the instructors this year is Dr. Helene Maire-Afeli, who says she believes that USC Union is a perfect match for her.

Dr. Maire-Afeli (Mare a-Felly) is from Nice (pronounced Neece), France, and resides in Columbia, SC, now. She has a five-year old son and one beta fish. Dr. Maire-Afeli graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 with a PhD. in Analytical Chemistry. She also has a BS in Chemistry with biochemistry, biology and human nutrition. In other words, she likes science. She says she likes the fact that she can make a difference in students' lives by helping them achieve their academic goals. She will be teaching Chemistry 101: Fundamental Chemistry, and Chemistry 111: General Chemistry, this coming fall semester, and the labs that coincide with the course.

To register for classes, call USC-Union’s Admissions Office at (864) 429-USCU, ext. 7756, or visit their website uscunion.sc.edu for a full schedule.

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UNION COUNTY FIRST STEPS PARTNERSHIP BOARD SCHEDULES MEETING MONDAY

Thursday, July 31

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, August 4th, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Advanced Technology Center, located at 1401 Furman Fendley Highway in Union. The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Beth Thompson, Executive Director, at (864) 429-1740, ext. 134, prior to the start of the meeting.

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"I LOVE A SUMMER NIGHT" DOWNTOWN MUSIC FEST SET TO WRAP UP SATURDAY NIGHT

Thursday, July 31

The conclusion to the "I Love a Summer Night" Downtown Music Fest is set for Saturday on Union's Main Street. The event was postponed several weeks ago due to inclement weather. The music gets underway at 7 p.m. and runs until 10, and will feature “The Weatherman Band” with Union native and WSPA-TV personality Jack Roper. It is staged by the Union County Recreation Department and the Chamber of Commerce. It'll be held in the first block of Main Street.


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

Wednesday, July 30

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

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

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ANNUAL CHEERLEADING CAMP BENEFITS MARISHA JETER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Wednesday, July 30

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

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UNION COUNTY DEMOCRATS HEAR FROM MULVANEY'S CHALLENGER

Wednesday, July 30

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

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CARLISLE TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES MONEY TO REPAIR TWO LIFT STATIONS

Wednesday, July 30

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

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

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

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

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


SCHOOL BOARD PASSES ANNUAL BOND RESOLUTION FOR JONESVILLE AND SIMS

Tuesday, July 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOUNDER OF JOYCE'S FLOWERS ON MAIN STREET DIES

Tuesday, July 29

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

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION TOMORROW

Tuesday, July 29

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

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

Tuesday, July 29

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

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UNION WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF EXPOSING HERSELF

Tuesday, July 29

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


STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED

Monday, July 28

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

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

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

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FOUR INMATES FOUND WITH ALCOHOL IN THEIR Systems

Monday, July 28

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

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

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

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

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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRESIDENT HAS BREAKFAST WITH UNION COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Monday, July 28

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

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

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, July 28

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

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KELLY SERVICES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW IN UNION

Monday, July 28

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

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION WEDNESDAY

Monday, July 28

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


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

Friday, July 25

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

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

Friday, July 25

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

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT CONTINUES REGISTRATION FOR FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING

Friday, July 25

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

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

Friday, July 25

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

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POSSIBLE IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED

Friday, July 25

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


TEN UNION COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NAMED SOUTH CAROLINA JUNIOR SCHOLARS

Thursday, July 24

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

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

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

The students were selected as South Carolina Junior Scholars either by meeting the Duke University Talent Identification Program criteria as seventh grade students or by scoring at or above 50 as eighth grade students on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in either verbal, math, or writing.

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

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

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

Thursday, July 24

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

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

Thursday, July 24

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

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FILING OPEN FOR NONPARTISAN RACES IN UNION COUNTY

Thursday, July 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FILING OPEN FOR SEATS ON CARLISLE TOWN COUNCIL

Thursday, July 24

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

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

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


LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES FUTURE PLANS FOR THE TOWN

Wednesday, July 23

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 23

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

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

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WOODY DANTZLER TO HIGHLIGHT CLEMSON CLUB's KICKOFF EVENT

Wednesday, July 23

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

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

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

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

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5TH-ANNUAL SOS BASH SET FOR SATURDAY

Wednesday, July 23

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

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SECOND NIGHT OF DOWNTOWN MUSIC FEST RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, July 23

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


LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, July 22

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

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MAYOR HAROLD THOMPSON TALKS ABOUT EVENTS CENTER PROJECT

Tuesday, July 22

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

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

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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HOSTING SPECIAL YOUTH DOVE HUNT IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, July 22

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

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SOUTH CAROLINA FILM INSTITUTE SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

Tuesday, July 22

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


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

Monday, July 21

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

Love was asked what is next.

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

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING CASE OF TWO POISONED DOGS

Monday, July 21

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

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AUTOMATION PERSONNEL HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG WEDNESDAY

Monday, July 21

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

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MANCAN HOLDING GAFFNEY RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW

Monday, July 21

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

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

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

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ABLE SOUTH CAROLINA OFFERING FREE HEALTH PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Monday, July 21

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

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

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

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

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


SEVERAL ADMINISTRATORS TAKE ON NEW ROLES

Friday, July 18

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

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

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

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

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

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CORPORATE STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG MONDAY

Friday, July 18

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

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

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT MONDAY IN GAFFNEY

Friday, July 18

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


HONOR CEREMONY PLANNED AT COLUMBIA CHURCH FOR VIETNAM-ERA VETERANS

Thursday, July 17

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

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ARTS COUNCIL HOLDING GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION

Thursday, July 17

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

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING SOLUTIONS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TODAY IN SPARTANBURG

Thursday, July 17

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

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TYGER RIVER SEEKS CORRECTIONS OFFICERS

Thursday, July 17

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

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LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION HOLDING MEETING ABOUT COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

Thursday, July 17

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

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


LIVESTOCK OWNERS TAKE ISSUE WITH COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

Wednesday, July 16

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 16

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

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

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

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


WOODRUFF MAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Tuesday, July 15

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

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING LOOKING FOR MACHINE OPERATORS AND LOADERS

Tuesday, July 15

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

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BENEFIT FOR DEE DEE MCDADE SCHEDULED SATURDAY

Tuesday, July 15

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

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION THIS EVENING

Tuesday, July 15

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

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STANDARD TEXTILES HOLDING RECRUITMENT IN SPARTANBURG TODAY

Tuesday, July 15

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

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OPSOURCE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW IN GAFFNEY

Tuesday, July 15

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

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

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

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


SIMS LIBRARY TO OPEN UP THIS WEEK

Monday, July 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 14

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

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CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE UP THREE ITEMS AT MEETING TUESDAY

Monday, July 14

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

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

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


HOSPITAL DISTRICT POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT MONTHLY NET PROFIT

Friday, July 11

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

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

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

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

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

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STANDARD TEXTILES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION MONDAY

Friday, July 11

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

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

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MONROE, NC FIRM LOOKING TO HIRE VETERANS

Friday, July 11

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

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LOTTERY FRAUD INVOLVING PREPAID CREDIT CARDS STRIKES AGAIN

Friday, July 11

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

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


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

Thursday, July 10

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

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

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BELK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ITS JONESVILLE FACILITY, 20 NEW JOBS

Thursday, July 10

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

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

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

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

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

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFERS BREAKFAST WITH 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Thursday, July 10

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

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

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

Thursday, July 10

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

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MAU HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR CONTEC

Thursday, July 10

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


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