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

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

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

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

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

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

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

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

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

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

5:55 p.m.--Atlanta Braves baseball--Atlanta at Philadelphia Phillies (first pitch 7:10 p.m.--will rejoin in progress after UCHS baseball)

7:20 p.m.--UCHS Baseball--Union County at Broome

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


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DESPITE BUDGET DEFICIT, NO TAX OR UTILITY INCREASES EXPECTED

Wednesday, April 22

Meeting prior to the regular City Council meeting, a budget work session was held. Finance Director Walker Gallman gave an overview that follows the budget hearing held last week. There are no new taxes and no increases in utility rates proposed for the 2015–2016 budget year. There is a deficit figure of $555,870 that will in all probability be made up from the fund balance.

In the regular session, the Union City Council changed some language in an ordinance that deals with variances not permitted for businesses. The second reading calls for a 600-foot separation between certain businesses and residential dwelling and churches. The mayor said there were some gray areas in the ordinance that needed to be cleared up.

In other action, the council gave a first reading to an ordinance that will annex property located at 1021 South Duncan Bypass into the city limits.

The council authorized Mayor Thompson to sign a Landfill Notation to Deed. The Department of Health and Environmental Control requires owners of landfills to signs such documents so future owners of the property will be informed of its prior use.

In another resolution, the mayor has been authorized to execute an amendment to the PMPA Union billing agreement, which was originally signed April 18, 1985. The amendment deals with the methodology in dictating the calculating of the purchased power factor.

South Carolina House of Representatives bill H3490 has stirred concern by many small municipalities, in that it would cap the amount the local governments could charge for business licenses. The cap would be set at $100 regardless of how big or small the business might be. The council agreed to a resolution opposing the passage of this bill.

Two bids were awarded, one for electrical substation maintenance in the amount of $42,225.38 to L & L Contractors, Inc., and the other bid was awarded to Strickland Waterproofing Company for the cleaning and painting of light poles on Main Street in the amount of $22,620.

The Council agreed to support Caitlin Russell as she heads to the Miss South Carolina Pageant in Columbia this June. Caitlin was crowned Miss Union County Fair last October. She will be the first contestant to represent Union since 2010. The council appropriated $1000 to help with her expenses, contingent on finding the proper source for the funding. Caitlin's platform is domestic abuse.

The City of Union will be a participant in the upcoming Country Showdown, which is slated for June 12th in the USC-Union auditorium. The participating fee for the WBCU-sponsored event is $500. Another annual WBCU event coming soon is the Senior Citizens Expo. It will be held May 21st in the Family Life Center of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. City Council agreed to participate in the event with a $300 contribution.

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BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL MEETING

Wednesday, April 22

Broad River Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting of members will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, at the Broad River Electric Auditorium (811 Hamrick Street) in Gaffney.  In addition to the normal business proceedings, the event is also a birthday party in celebration of the cooperative’s 75th anniversary. Broad River Electric was incorporated on June 10, 1940.

Registering members will have an opportunity to win a 2003 GMC truck, along with several other door prizes, including a $75 bill credit. In addition, this year’s early bird prize, given to one winner among those who register between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., will be a 50-inch high-definition LED television. A $1,000 scholarship will be given away to a high school senior (member parents or grandparents can register on their behalf).

Doors to the auditorium will open at 8 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Prize drawings and the drawing for the truck will take place at the end.

Annual meeting registration tickets are on the cover-wrap of the April issue of South Carolina Living. Bring these cards, the attached prize stubs, and valid identification to the meeting on May 2.

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MAN WITH OUTSTANDING WARRANTS ATTEMPTS TO FLEE FROM DEPUTIES

Wednesday, April 22

Monday afternoon, Deputies Tommy Cudd, Russell Roark, and Lt. Terry Humphries went to a location on Meansville Road on a tip that William Jeffery Sinclair, 43, was at the location and had two outstanding family court bench warrants for his arrest. Officers approached the residence where Sinclair was reported to be and saw him running into the woods. Other UCSO officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter and called for the UCSO K-9 Tracking Team to respond. Before the K-9 team arrived, Sinclair was spotted walking through a field on Linersville Road and was taken into custody by Sheriff Taylor. Deputy Cudd and Roark transported Sinclair to the UCSO for booking. While en route to the jail, Sinclair told Deputy Cudd and Roark that he knew he had the warrants and probation violation and was not ready to go to jail yet. He stated he saw them coming up the driveway and knew they were there for him and ran into the woods in an attempt to avoid being arrested. A warrant will be sought for resisting arrest.


MAN ARMED WITH KNIVES ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RESISTING ARREST

Tuesday, April 21

Saturday, Sgt. Roger Hill was dispatched to Old Buncombe Road in reference to an assault. Hill was advised that the complainant had contacted dispatch and stated that her neighbor, Jason Lee Compton, 46, of Old Buncombe Road, had come to her residence and asked if she would call 911 for him. She said he told her that his wife was no longer alive, that he would be waiting on deputies at his residence, and to not come alone, because he would not be taken into custody alive. Hill notified the investigator on call along with the special response team. The officers gathered at the Cross Keys Fire Department. Deputies then went to the residence of the subject and found Compton standing in the front yard and being very belligerent with deputies. The deputies were advised by the stepdaughter that the subject had several weapons on his person. The investigator began to speak with the subject, and deputies were able to surround the subject to prevent escape. As the investigator was speaking with Compton, they could see that he had something in his right hand, and he was instructed to drop the object. The subject refused several times but finally complied. The investigator and other deputies could then see the object was a red spray nozzle. As the investigator and other deputies moved in closer to the subject, he pulled a steak knife from behind his back and drew it in the direction of the investigator. The investigator advised the subject several times to drop the knife, but he did not comply, at which time a deputy beside the investigator deployed his taser, sending the subject to the ground, where he was handcuffed. A search of Compton revealed the he had a number of items on his person, including seven steak knives aligned across his back. The subject was then placed in an upright position, where he was checked for injuries and the taser probes removed. Compton was then placed in a patrol unit and transported to Union County Jail. During the standoff with the subject, deputies were advised that the subject's wife was alive and not present at the home during the incident. The deputies then met with the wife and stepdaughter, where photos and statements were taken. A warrant for criminal domestic violence was being sought and a citation written for resisting arrest.

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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO NUMEROUS CHARGES FOR UNION MAN

Tuesday, April 21

During the early morning hours Sunday, Deputy Brandon Vaughan clocked a vehicle on radar traveling on Highway 49 at 73 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle turned on Police Club Road, where Vaughan initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle slid to a stop and pulled to the side of the road. The driver was identified as Matthew Arnold, 31, of 1932 Whitmire Highway, Union. Deputy Vaughan noted that as Arnold jumped out of the car, he appeared to throw something in front of the vehicle. The deputy stated he could smell a strong odor of alcohol. He said he also knew Arnold’s driver's license was suspended. As Vaughan was attempting to place Arnold under arrest, he jerked away and attempted to get away. The deputy took the suspect to the ground and place him under arrest. Captain Robert Hines arrived on scene and assisted Vaughan. The suspect was placed in the patrol car, and the deputies located a BC Powder pack, and inside was a plastic bag containing an off-white crystal-like substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine. Also located was an open can of beer. As the deputy was transporting Arnold to the jail, the report stated Arnold became very irate and started tearing up the back seat and kicking the window. At one point while transporting the subject, Vaughan had to call for assistance by a city Public Safety unit to help calm the suspect down and keep him from kicking out the window. In addition to kicking the window, Arnold started head butting the center divider glass. At the jail, Arnold was uncooperative. He was ultimately charged with driving under the influence, 3rd offense; resisting arrest; open container; habitual traffic offender; giving false information; littering; and a warrant was also signed on Arnold for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG AND GAMBLING CHARGES

Tuesday, April 21

Sunday afternoon, Sgt. Roger Hill, along with other deputies, was attempting to serve a warrant at 3rd Street, Ottaray. The officer knocked at the front of the residence and the door was opened, and in plain view was a table with playing cards and money.

Two other subjects then came from the rear of the residence, and Hill advised them as to why the deputies were present. He then asked about the illegal gambling. Hill noted he could smell the odor of marijuana. The occupants stated they were the only three people in the house. The deputies then conducted a protective sweep of the residence and saw in plain view in different rooms various items of drug paraphernalia. The subjects were then placed under arrest for illegal gambling. The suspects were asked if any illegal narcotics were at the residence, and the subjects stated "no". During the protective sweep, the officers could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from a heating vent. The suspects again denied any narcotics were in the house.

The officers pulled a cover from the heating unit, where a gray and black bookbag was located. Inside the bag was a large plastic bag containing a green leafy substance. The owner of the house was advised of the findings, and he stated that it was his marijuana.

As the RO was doing this, a search of the subjects incident to arrest was being conducted. The owner had in his possession a smaller bag of green plant material believed to be marijuana. The second subject was also searched, and a small baggie containing two pills were found in his possession. The subject stated they were Adderall. Subject #3 was also searched incident to arrest and a small baggie containing a powder substance along with a single pill was located. When asked what the substance was, the subject stated it was Xanax. Other deputies conducting a search of the residence also found a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber pistol underneath a couch. Another small bag of green plant material and a set of digital scales were found on top of a dresser under a decorative cloth in a bedroom. Several other sets of digital scales and a plastic wrap were found in the kitchen area, along with other paraphernalia. While at Union County Jail, all the subjects were informed again that their money would be confiscated due to the illegal gambling.

Caleb Kyle Revis, 19, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful games and betting.

Joseph Demetrius Jennings, 31, and Adrian Brett Garner, 24, are both charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful games and betting.

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CITY COUNCIL HOLDING BUDGET WORK SESSION AND REGULAR MEETING TONIGHT

Tuesday, April 21

Union City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall. There are quite a number of items on the agenda to be taken up. There are two ordinances that are set to receive a second reading, four resolutions that need to be dealt with, and two bids to be awarded. Prior to the meeting, there will be a budget work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. The agenda is calling the session a 2015-2016 budget review. The council finished up hearing budget requests last week and are now in the process of making adjustments so that the projected revenue and expenditures match.


DHEC HOSTS MEETING IN LOCKHART THURSDAY ABOUT LANDFILL FIRE

Monday, April 20

A meeting has been set up for Thursday in Lockhart to discuss the Bennett Landfill fire in Chester County. The fire ignited in November 2014 and has been burning since. It is said to be getting larger, and attempts to extinguish it have been futile. The fire does not blaze up in the manner in which we normally think of a fire but smolders underground. Lockhart and DHEC officials are hoping the Environmental Protection Agency will become involved, because they would have the resources and access to the equipment to extinguish the fire. Since the fire ignited, smoke from it has infiltrated the Town of Lockhart and is believed to be creating a hazardous condition. Seven air quality monitors have been set up in and around the town. Although the landfill is located in Chester County, it sits just across the Broad River from the Town of Lockhart. Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe said the Department of Health and Environmental Control is hosting the meeting that will be held at the Lockhart Power building beginning at 6 p.m. Lockhart residents are urged to attend the meeting in order to receive information and make comments concerning the situation.

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THREE SCAM ATTEMPTS REPORTED IN ONE DAY

Monday, April 20

There appears to be no shortage of scam attempts in the county, with three being reported to the Sheriff's Office in one day. One involved a telephone call to the victim who was told someone would be out to her house to look at her septic tank. The victim told the caller she did not want anyone on her property and did not need any work done on her septic tank. The victim called authorities to document the incident.

Another case involved a call from someone who identified themselves as an attorney. The caller told the victim she needed to send $500 or they would sign a warrant on her. The caller said they were representing a local bank where she had written a check for $6000. The victim told the caller she hadn't had an account with the bank in over three years. The bank confirmed the call was bogus.

Then, there was another case when a caller identified themselves as being with the South Carolina Treasury Fund. They told the victim they were eligible for a $7,000 grant but she needed to send $250 to India in order to receive the money. These scams appear to be rampant in the county, and residents are urged to be cautious when dealing with someone on the phone or if anyone shows up at your home and tries to lure you outside.

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FIRST STEPS PRESENTS TOUCH A TRUCK ON SATURDAY

Monday, April 20

The annual Touch a Truck event is scheduled for this Saturday. The event is put on by Union County First Steps and is sponsored by Lockhart Power Company. Touch a Truck allows youngsters to interact with all kinds of vehicles, including a fire truck, a mobile command bus, an ambulance, a motor grader, dump truck, humvee, helicopter, and a number of others.

There will be several booths set up, as well as a bouncy house and blowup slide. The program will be staged from 9 until 12, but the hours of 9 to 10 have been set aside as siren- and horn-free because of children that may be sensitive to the noise. This is a free family event.

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USC UNION ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

Monday, April 20

It is nearing the time of the year when graduation exercises will be held. USC-Union has announced their commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. USC-Union officials say due to limited seating, admission is by ticket only for everyone except the platform party, faculty members, and graduating students. Anyone who would like to attend the commencement should contact Kim Lawson at 864-424-8098 by tomorrow, April 21st, to reserve a seat.

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SCC COMMISSION MEETS TO HEAR BUDGET REQUESTS FOR ITS CAMPUSES

Monday, April 20

The meeting of the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education will be held today at 4:30 pm in the Benjamin Snoddy Board Room, located on the third floor of the Dan L. Terhune Student Services Building on the SCC central campus.

During that meeting, the commission will be hearing budget requests for the fiscal year 2015/16 for the Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union County campuses.


JONESVILLE MAYOR SUES SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Friday, April 17

A lawsuit has been filed in the Clerk of Court’s office against the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The suit, filed Wednesday by attorney Albert V. Smith on behalf of Jonesville Mayor Ernest Bernard Moore, Jr, asserts that:

“On or about April 18, 2013, agents or servants of the defendant acting within the course of the scope of their authority did formulate and execute a sting operation against the plaintiff along with a female operative that was designed to entrap and lure the plaintiff into a scheme whereby he was attempting to engage in sexual intercourse with a female operative in exchange for money. Subsequent to the sting operation, the plaintiff was arrested and charged with violating the prostitution laws and statutes of South Carolina and booked into the Union County Jail.”

The charges were later dropped, and Moore is claiming them to be false, and he asserts audio surveillance will substantiate his claim.

The plaintiff is asking for an award by the court from the defendant, as to each cause of action, "in the amount sufficient to compensate the plaintiff for his injuries, deprivation of freedom, losses and damage past, present, and future, in an amount sufficient to impress upon the defendant the seriousness of his conduct and to deter such similar conduct in the future, together with the costs of this action and such other relief as the court deems just and appropriate."

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MAN JUMPS INTO RIVER TO AVOID ARREST

Friday, April 17

Wednesday, deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Jack Jenkins Rowland, 49, of 44 Pinckney Road, Chester, who was reported to be at a residence in Lockhart. Initially, the deputies were unable to locate the subject but were advised he was on the bridge that connects Union and Chester counties. At that location, deputies approached Rowland and advised him he was under arrest. At that point, Rowland jumped over the guard rail and into the river. K-9 units were brought in from Union and Chester. The subject apparently got out of the river on the Chester County side. A search of the surrounding area was conducted, but Rowland was not located. A warrant will be issued for resisting arrest.

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USC UNION BOOK STORE AND STUDENT CENTER OPENS

Friday, April 17

The official ribbon cutting for the new USC Union book store took place Thursday afternoon. Coinciding with the grand opening was a well-attended Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. The bookstore construction began about a year and a half back, and almost immediately, construction issues surfaced. Those were eventually worked out and yielded the results seen Thursday. The bookstore features an assortment of USC memorabilia, and, believe it or not, there are a few Clemson items. In the rear of the building is a well-appointed student center that features plush furniture and several study rooms. USC Union Dean Alice Taylor Colbert says this is only the beginning.

The book store is open to the public

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TYGER RIVER RECRUITING CORRECTIONS OFFICERS IN SPARTANBURG

Friday, April 17

Tyger River Correctional Facility will hold a recruitment event at the Spartanburg SC Works office Tuesday, April 21st, from 9:00AM-12:00PM. They are looking for corrections officers at a starting salary of $26,583. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license. No experience is required, and the employer will train. Applicants will undergo drug testing, screening, background, reference and motor vehicle checks. The positions are 12-hour shifts with no rotation, and work only 14 days per month, with 2 weekends off monthly. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring your résumé with you and come properly dressed for an interview.

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EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS RECRUITING WORKERS WEDNESDAY

Friday, April 17

Express Employment Professionals will host a recruitment event at SC Works Spartanburg, located at 220 E. Kennedy Street, on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 8:30AM-11:30AM. The company is recruiting for multiple manufacturing and logistics positions. Candidates should visit www.scworks.org and search by employer name, Express Employment Professionals, to view job orders prior to the event.


28-YEAR OLD MAN SHOT AND KILLED AT HIS RESIDENCE

Thursday, April 16

Union County Sheriff David Taylor says his officers are investigating the first murder of 2015 in Union County.

Sheriff’s Deputies received a 911 call around 12:23am of a report of shots fired around Haas Street in the Monarch community of Union County. As officers were en route to the scene, they were advised that a subject had been shot.

The victim, 28-year old Christopher Lee Rhinehart, of 227 Haas St., Union, was found unresponsive by Sheriff’s Deputies beside his car at his residence.

EMS personnel responded and transported Rhinehart to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators are still working this incident and SLED was called in to process the scene. An autopsy is being conducted this morning in Newberry. At this time, no motive has been established. Investigators are working several leads, but no arrest has been made.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800 or 911.

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COUNTY COUNCIL WORKS TO SLASH BUDGET WITHOUT CUTTING EMPLOYEES

Thursday, April 16

Members of the Union County Council met Wednesday for a budget work session that was attended by a number of the county's elected officials. Their attendance was because the council had asked for them to try and trim an additional 10% from their budgets. Their request for additional funds over last year's budget had, for all intents and purposes, been turned down. When work began several weeks ago, the projected expenditures over the anticipated revenue yielded nearly a $1 million deficit. The biggest concern on the part of the county officials was that the cut would affect personnel. Out the group, Sheriff David Taylor was the only one that came up with a true 10% cut. Most of that would come about through attrition and eliminating the need to purchase additional vehicles. There were discussions concerning eliminating all outside agencies from the budget and the possibility of the addition of a one-penny sales tax. The penny sales tax would require a referendum and could be a possibility for next year. The council still has much work to do. Supervisor Frank Hart agreed that cutting employees should not be an option.

 

After the county officials left the meeting, the council went back to work to find ways of balancing the 2015–2016 budget. There will be more meetings on the matter, and WBCU will continue to follow the developments.

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JONESVILLE MAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

Thursday, April 16

A 21-year-old man from Jonesville is accused of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman in an off-campus apartment near the University of South Carolina Upstate early Friday morning.

Spartanburg County deputies were called to Campus Evolution Apartments on Valley Falls Road by two women who said they witnessed the man, later identified as Jacob Painter, sexually assaulting a woman with whom they share the apartment at about 4 a.m. Investigators considered the woman incapacitated because she was "unable to articulate consent." Deputies said the corroborating witness accounts led them to arrest Painter on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Investigators did not say whether Painter knew the woman or if they had any prior interaction.

According to Union County School District Superintendent Kristi Woodall, Painter had served as a volunteer coach but is no longer affiliated with the football program.

Painter was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Monday.  He has since been released.

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CITY MAY USE FUND BALANCE TO ERASE ITS DEFICIT

Thursday, April 16

Budget hearings have wrapped up for the City of Union, and now the process of balancing it begins. Monday, when the work sessions began, City Finance Director Walker Gallman reported that based on revenue projection and anticipated expenditures, the budget reflected a more than $500,000 deficit. Outside agencies were the first to make their funding requests. Mayor Harold Thompson said they would be funded at the same level as last year due to the overall deficit. In spite of the negative budget figures, the mayor said there would be no increase in fees or services. He said he believes the budget will be in good shape.

 

Thompson said they could draw from the fund balance to make up any deficit. The fund balance has been drastically reduced over the past few years. In 2007, the fund balance was a little over $3.5 million and is now just over $2 million.

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT ROBBERS LURING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOUSES

Thursday, April 16

Thieves are apparently continuing their criminal activity by attempting to lure people out of their houses under false pretenses and then robbing their homes. An elderly Jonesville woman is the latest Union County resident to become a victim.

An incident report filed last week with the Union County Sheriff’s Office states that a Union woman’s home was robbed earlier that day by a team of thieves who lured her out of her house by claiming to be working on septic tanks and needing her help. The report states the victim told deputies that an older white male with gray hair came to her door and told her he was there doing some work on some septic tank lines. The victim said that after he spoke with her for several minutes, he got her to come outside and help with some measurements. While the woman was outside, the report states another individual entered the victim’s house and stole both cash and jewelry.

On Monday, Sheriff David Taylor said that the thieves are believed to have robbed a Jonesville home the same day they robbed the one in Union. Taylor said that the Jonesville victim, a 97-year-old woman, told deputies that sometime between noon and 4 p.m. that day, an older white male knocked on her door, asking her about the location of her property line. The woman said the man who knocked on her door was accompanied by another older white male. She said that after talking about property line locations for a few minutes, the men left in what she described as a white pickup truck.

The sheriff cautioned citizens to be wary of anyone who comes to your door and attempts to get you to leave the residence.


COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS WITH LOCKHART COUNCIL TO DISCUSS THE TOWN'S CONCERNS

Wednesday, April 15

The regular monthly meeting of the Union County Council was held in Lockhart last evening. Supervisor Frank Hart mentioned taking the meetings to various parts of the county during his campaign. The council heard from Lockhart Town Council members about some of their concerns. The construction of a boat ramp on the Broad River was mentioned as an attraction that could foster tourism in the community. Mayor Ailene Ashe said she is hoping the project will soon become a reality, as it has already received approval by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Another discussion revolved around the need, according to the mayor, for a code enforcement officer for the Town of Lockhart. That has been the subject of numerous discussions at Town Council meetings. The town does have codes on their books but lacks the funds for enforcement. It was suggested that the County of Union may be able to provide that enforcement, but the town would first have to pass a resolution requesting the service. The County Council appeared favorable to such a move, but county attorney Sammy Diamaduros cautioned that ordinances of this nature could have more gray areas than black and white. Nonetheless, Mayor Ashe says she is encouraged by the prospects and also said she found the meeting very promising.

 

In the supervisor's report during the council meeting, Frank Hart reported that the Board of Spartanburg Regional Health System gave their approval Monday night to the resolution passed last Thursday by the Union Hospital District Board of Trustees. That resolution allows for the Spartanburg health care organization to take over the Union Hospital District.

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COUNTY COUNCIL SCHEDULES BUDGET WORK SESSION THIS AFTERNOON

Wednesday, April 15

The Union County Council will hold a budget work session this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Union County Annex. Then on Thursday at 5:00 p.m., the council will hold a special meeting in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Court House. The purpose of that meeting is to go into an executive session to discuss a contractual matter and other matters. Interestingly, the public is invited to attend, but you will not be allowed in the executive session portion.

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COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

Wednesday, April 15

The Union County Republican Party held their county convention Monday night at the Union County Court House. Elections were held for party officers amid some controversy about the advertisement of sign-ups and the advertisement of the convention. The following people were elected to the various offices:
Mike Fowler was re-elected chairman. The 1st Vice Chair is Tyler Shugart. Elected 2nd Vice Chair was Tommy Sinclair, and 3rd Vice Chairman is Nick Fowler. The Secretary/Treasurer is Randy English and the Executive Committeeman, Freddie Gault.
Those in attendances also heard from Sally Atwater, representing South Carolina GOP Chair Matt Moore.  The party also elected 7 people to represent Union County at the state Republican convention on May 2nd.
The Union County Democratic Party will hold their monthly meeting Monday, April 27th, at 5:45 p.m. The meeting location is 201 Porter Street and it is open to the public.

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MAU WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS LOOKS TO HIRE LOGISTICS PERSONNEL APRIL 28TH

Wednesday, April 15

MAU Workforce Solutions will hold a recruitment event Tuesday, April 28th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Spartanburg SC Works office. They will be hiring logistics personnel. Candidates should have at least 6 months forklift experience in the past 5 years in a high-volume environment. You will need proof of a GED or high school diploma, and applicants must be 18 years of age or older. All applicants must be able to work flexible hours. The day shift salary is $15 per hour, and the night shift salary is $16 per hour. Applicants will be required to undergo a drug screening and background check. You must be registered at www.scworks.org.

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CNA TRAINING INFORMATION SESSION PLANNED TOMORROW AT UNION SC WORKS

Wednesday, April 15

Ellen Sagar Nursing Home will hold an informational session for certified nursing assistant training tomorrow at the Union SC Works Office from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Expenses for the training are covered by Ellen Sagar Nursing Home and will last six weeks with signed agreement. There are only 16 slots available. Requirements for the training include a minimum of a 10th-grade education, and you must have a valid South Carolina ID. During the informational session, they will go through application process. Successful job candidates will undergo drug testing, screening, background and a reference check. Interested individuals must be willing to commit to full-time employment with Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, after successfully completing the course, for a minimum of 6 to 12 months.  Please come properly dressed and interview-ready to this event.


CITY LOOKS TO AVOID BUDGET SHORTFALL

Tuesday, April 14

Budget hearings began Monday morning for the City of Union and are expected to possibly run until Wednesday. It would appear this will be another tight budget year as the council heard an overview from City Finance Director Walker Gallman. The General Fund summary showed anticipated income at $5,359,280 and expenditures at $5,874,660. According to the report, that would leave a $515,380 loss. Gallman gave several suggestions as to how that loss could be recovered. Among the suggestions was to raise taxes. The millage rate for 2014 was 92.5 mills, and one mill yields $13,540. Other suggestions included raising other fees and possibly implementing a local option sales tax. This would required a referendum. Also suggested was the utilization of the Hospitality and Accommodations tax, reduce expenditures and reduce or eliminate outside agency funding. The other option would be to draw from the fund balance, which has been dramatically reduced over the years. In 2007, the fund balance was a little over $3.5 million and is now just over $2 million. Following the overview portion of the session, the council began hearing budget requests from the outside agencies. The were 19 agencies set to ask for funding.

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NEW HOSPITAL COULD BE BUILT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS

Tuesday, April 14

Union could be getting a new hospital in three to four years. If the bankruptcy court approves a plan set forth in a resolution adopted by the Union Hospital District Board of Trustees last Thursday night, the new health care facility could become a reality on a site yet to be determined. Spartanburg Regional would bear the cost of constructing the new facility. So what would happen to the current Wallace Thomson Hospital? That, too, is yet to be determined, and the matter very well also may fall into the lap of the bankruptcy court. The plan for the Spartanburg Regional Health System takeover must satisfy the court, and the creditors should also have some influence regarding the money they may receive to satisfy the debt incurred by Wallace Thomson. While not a “done deal”, hospital officials appear to be very optimistic that it will come about. Wallace Thomson Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse said he sees the district coming under the control of Spartanburg Regional in four to five months. He says from his perspective the affiliation is a good deal.

 

Newhouse said the plan is scheduled to be presented to the court tomorrow, and a hearing will be set for May. He say he believes the court will hand down their decision in June or July, and if approved, the takeover would come soon after. Part of the plan calls for the absolute control of the Union Hospital District by the Spartanburg Board of Directors, and the Union board would be dissolved. Newhouse said he does not expect the jobs of health care workers to be affected, but some administration personnel could be.

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SC LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION DISCUSSION CENTERS ON ROADS, EDUCATION, AND LOCAL FUNDING

Tuesday, April 14

A meeting of the Union County Legislative Delegation was well-attended last night at USC Union, as Senators Shane Martin and Harvey Peeler and House District 42 Representative Mike Anthony took questions from local government representatives. The meeting was moderated by Supervisor Frank Hart. The legislators heard from mayors Mary Ferguson Glenn of Carlisle, Ailene Ashe of Lockhart, Earnest Moore from Jonesville and Harold Thompson of Union. In addition, from the field of education was Dr. Alice Taylor Colbert from USC-Union, Henry Giles of Spartanburg Community College, and Dr. Kristi Woodall, Superintendent of the Union County School District. Roads were arguably the main topic of conversation, and it was noted that Governor Nikki Haley had sent letters to SC House and Senate members vowing to veto any legislation in its present form that may come from either body. The roads issue is apparently still up in the air. There was also discussion concerning what is termed the local government fund, where, by law, 4.5% of the money contributed by local governments is to be returned to them. This has not happened in a number of years, and local mayors were in effect demanding that the money come back to their areas. There were also questions from the local educators on the subject of education.

Following the 1-1/2 hour gathering, Senator Harvey Peeler was asked what he was taking away from the meeting.

 

Representative Mike Anthony stated that he hopes such meetings could be held in the future. Representatives from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control were on hand to give a report on the landfill fire in Chester County. The fire, which has been burning for five months, is affecting the town of Lockhart with sometimes heavy smoke and creating health concerns. The DHEC officials said they are looking to the Environmental Protection Agency to provide resources to extinguish the blaze.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS IN LOCKHART TONIGHT

Tuesday, April 14

The Union County Council goes on the road tonight, as their regular meeting will be held in Lockhart in the Lockhart Power Company's conference room. The activity will get underway at 5:00 p.m. when the council will receive comments from citizens in the Lockhart community. Then from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., the council will hold a joint meeting with the Lockhart Town Council. The regular meeting of the county council will take place from 6 until 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT

Tuesday, April 14

Sunday, Union County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call for assistance from Union County EMS. They requested the assistance due to a belligerent person interfering with their ability to provide care for a victim, who was reported to be possibly having a stroke. When the deputy arrived on scene, Cpl. Addis and Cpl. Manus were already there and speaking with the 911 caller and the victim's caregiver, Angela Sinclair. Cpl. Addis advised the responding officer that Sinclair appeared to be under the influence of some type of medication. He listened as Cpl. Manus talked with Sinclair, and it was evident to him that she was under the influence of some type of medication.

The victim is bedridden and is paralyzed on her left side due to a previous stroke. The personnel stated that when they got to the scene, they also realized something was wrong with Sinclair. It was stated that the victim had recently been to the doctor and she was given an antibiotic to take, but according to the amount of medicine in the bottle, she had not been receiving her medication. EMS personnel suggested that the victim be taken to Wallace Thomson's emergency room for further treatment.

Neighbors all stated that the "caregivers," Angie Sinclair and Carla Hill, do not take adequate care of the patient on a daily basis. The officer determined that the patient was being neglected and took her into emergency protective custody and notified DSS to respond to the Wallace Thomson emergency room. DSS representative Stacie Eison responded. The deputy and Eison agreed that emergency protective custody was in the best interest of the patient because she was not being given adequate care from her caregivers.

A warrant was signed on Angela Sinclair for unlawful neglect of a vulnerable adult.


DETAILS UNCLEAR FOR HOSPITAL'S AFFILIATION WITH SPARTANBURG REGIONAL

Monday, April 13

The Union Hospital District has adopted a resolution that is likely to consummate an affiliation with the Spartanburg Regional Health Care System. It all hinges on the approval of the bankruptcy court. Following a lengthy executive session Thursday, the Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the resolution that apparently sets the ground rules for the affiliation. The resolution states the Union Hospital District would be taken over by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and a new health facility constructed. Weather the new facility would replace Wallace Thomson Hospital or if it is in addition to the present facility was not made clear. The resolution states, “It is the judgment of the Board that the proposal by SRHS is in the best interest of the citizens of Union County and should be approved." According to the resolution, the chief executive officer of the district along with the chairman and the vice-chairman of the board are authorized to complete negotiations on a final lease and operations transfer agreement with such changes and modifications as they deem appropriate. The terms of the lease and operational transfer agreement were not make known.

It would appear that the future of the plan will be in the hands of the bankruptcy court. The hospital filed for protection under Chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code last year. That was said to be a posturing move to hold off creditors until the board could come up with a solution to the hospital’s financial woes. It was reported the hospital’s debt exceeded $19 million. This is a still developing story with many details not yet known. WBCU will continue to follow developments.

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LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MEETING TONIGHT AT USC UNION

Monday, April 13

The Union County Legislative Delegation will be meeting tonight in the USC-Union auditorium at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will include all three senators that represent portions of Union County: Harvey Peeler, Shane Martin and Ronnie Cromer, along with Representative Mike Anthony. Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said in an email notice about the meeting, “It is important that we get a good turnout from folks in Union to reinforce that people in Union are interested in what is going on in Columbia.” The purpose of the meeting according to Hart will be to present issues on behalf of Union County which need to be addressed at the state level. While the email was addressed to Union County Boards, Commissions and Councils, the public is invited to attend.

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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECRUITING PART-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS

Monday, April 13

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) will hold a job fair to recruit qualified part-time faculty members and provide an opportunity for job seekers to meet with SCC's hiring managers. The job fair will be held on Thursday, April 16th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at SCC's central campus in Spartanburg.

SCC is seeking part-time faculty from various educational backgrounds and experience for future vacancies with the college. "Our goal is to meet local educators--active and retired--who are interested in teaching in higher education," said Mary Whitener, employment and training manager for SCC human resources. "This job fair allows SCC hiring managers to speak with applicants and discuss qualifications and potential vacancies. These rewarding positions offer flexible schedules (day, evening and weekends) and convenient locations with classes offered at SCC's five campuses in Spartanburg, Gaffney, Duncan and Union, as well as online." Attendees are encouraged to bring transcripts and résumés.

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LIBRARY OFFERS NEW GENEALOGY TOOL ON ITS WEBSITE

Monday, April 13

A new genealogy tool is available on the Union County Carnegie Library website. Library Director Ben Loftis tell us about it.

 

The library's web site is www.unionlibrary.org. Loftis said currently they only have death records for the year 1940, but the site is being updated constantly. 


AFFILIATION WITH SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HINGES ON THE COURT; NEW HEALTH CARE FACILITY PROPOSED

Friday, April 10

The Union Hospital District is nearing an affiliation agreement with the Spartanburg Regional Health Care System. It all hinges on the approval of the bankruptcy court. Following a lengthy executive session Thursday, the Hospital Board of Trustees approved a resolution that states:

Whereas, the Board has investigated numerous options and proposals for the preservation of the Union Hospital District (“the District”) and the services it provides for the citizens of Union County; and,

Whereas, Spartanburg Regional Health System (“SRHS”) has proposed a transaction whereby the operations of the District would be taken over by SRHS and a new health facility constructed in Union County; and,

Whereas, it is the judgment of the Board that the proposal by SRHS is in the best interest of the citizens of Union County and should be approved;

NOW THEREFORE, after discussion and consideration of all issues involved, the following resolutions are hereby adopted:

RESOLVED, that the transaction with SRHS outlined in a proposed Lease and Operations Transfer Agreement, a draft of which was presented to the Board, be and the same is hereby approved.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the CEO of the District along with the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Board are hereby authorized to complete negotiations on a final Lease and Operations Transfer Agreement with such changes and modifications as they deem appropriate.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that a “plan and disclosure statement” consistent with the Lease and Transfer of Operations Agreement be finalized and filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court.

RESOLVED FURTHER that the CEO of the District along with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board be authorized to explore and consider alternative actions and plans should the proposed “plan” be disallowed by the Bankruptcy Court.

WBCU will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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HOSPITAL DISTRICT CONTINUES TO LOSE MONEY

Friday, April 10

The Union Hospital District met for their regular monthly session Thursday evening and spent some of the time going over the Lean program. The Wallace Thomson Hospital signed onto the program some months back as an effort to find ways to be more operationally efficient as well as to cut costs. Mark Reynolds is the director of the program, and he explained the effort.

 

Reynolds said the objective is to improve quality and cut costs.

The Hospital District continues to show losses, with the overall amount being a negative $103,879. The largest portion of the losses came from the physicians' offices operated by the hospital. That amounted to a $339,770 loss. EMS showed a $17,775 loss, while Ellen Sagar Nursing Home had a positive figure of $144,575. During the financial report, it was noted that $60,000 had been spent during February in legal fees dealing with the Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Chief Financial Officer Cindy Gault said while the fees are not necessarily $60,000 per month, legal fees are a recurring expense.

On the subject, the bankruptcy was viewed as a posturing move as part of the district's efforts to affiliate with another healthcare organization. The board went into an executive session to discuss “negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements relative to possible affiliation opportunities and to receive legal advice regarding pending, threatened and potential legal matters.”

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KELLY-KELTON FIRE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF OUSTED BY BOARD

Friday, April 10

The fire chief of the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department has been ousted as a result of a vote by the district's fire board Tuesday night. The meeting lasted nearly four hours and saw more than 30 people attending.

The primary discussion at the meeting was in regard to the department’s chief, whose credentials were questioned following a house fire last week on Bobby Faucette Road. Following public comments, board members entered into executive session, and when they returned to open session, a motion was made to remove Ben Hauser as chief. The vote was 3-2 in favor of Hauser being removed. Some of the firefighters then walked out of the meeting and resigned but later returned to the department and apologized after talking with some of the other firefighters.

We just want to move forward and help this department be the best department it can be for all the taxpayers in the district,” said newly-appointed Kelly-Kelton Fire Commissioner Kindra Horne. “I think we are on the right track, but it will be a process.”

Horne said neighboring departments have committed to helping the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department. Horne also said she is looking for the Union County Council to appoint someone to the vacant sixth seat on the fire board in May.

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BIG BUCK RACE SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND

Friday, April 10

The GNCC Big Buck Races return to Union this weekend. This is a nationally recognized event held each spring.

The Big Buck course presents the standard GNCC obstacles: everything from tight woods, to fields, creek crossings, rocks and hill climbs. It’s a fast, wide-open course, but it's definitely not easy. The field sections are very fast, and they get chopped up and rough as the weekend goes on.

Usually, course designers Jeff Russell and Barry Hawk create a spectacular creek jump where the riders launch off of a bank and over the water (with a path around the jump for those who aren’t as comfortable with air time).

The Big Buck facility is owned by Henry Turner and his family, and they are big fans and supporters of GNCC Racing. Even the town of Union gets behind Big Buck big time.

Since the course gets rough, riders need to be smart. New lines often open up throughout the race, so constantly scanning the terrain for a smoother route can save energy and reduce risks. Most of the tough sections, the hills and mud, are pretty basic, which means the winner will be the rider who runs through the trees fastest.

The soil at Big Buck is unique. It isn't a sandy soil that people associate with South Carolina. It's more of a clay base that can get slick when it's wet, and gets very silty and almost feels like sand when it's dry. The course is winding and can be tight. In fact, the quads usually have a section of tight trail, and the bikes have their own section of even tighter trail. If you're not a single track expert, don't worry, the sections are short and multiple lines open up.

The Big Buck course about 10 miles South of Union just off of Highway 49. There will be plenty of signs to direct you to the location. Admission is $20 for Adults 12 and over, and $10 for Kids ages 6 to 11. The ATV races will be held oN Saturday and the motorcycles on Sunday. The gates will open at 6:00 a.m.

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COOLING ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AT CARLISLE TOWN HALL NEXT tuesday

Friday, April 10

Carolina Community Action representatives will be at the Carlisle Town Hall Tuesday, April 14th, to accept applications for cooling assistance. To qualify, you must bring proof of income, your identification card, and the Social Security cards for you and each household member. You also need to bring a bill or statement from your power provider. The time to make an application on that day is from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon.


OFFICIALS RESPOND TO NORTH CHARLESTON SHOOTING

Thursday, April 9

A North Charleston police officer was charged with murder Tuesday after city officials viewed a video of him shooting a fleeing man several times in the back. The incident has brought national attention to the state. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the charges in a hastily-called news conference, saying the officer, Michael Thomas Slager, made “a bad decision.”

Governor Nikki Haley issued a statement Wednesday saying, “We have many good law enforcement officers in the field. What happened in this case is not acceptable in South Carolina, nor is it reflective of our values or of the way most of our law enforcement officials act, and I assure all South Carolinians that the criminal judicial process will proceed fully. This is a sad time for everyone in South Carolina, and I urge everyone to work together to help our community heal.”

Senator Lindsay Graham also issued a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Walter Scott.  The horrific video is very difficult to watch and deeply troubling on many fronts. I have full confidence this incident will continue to be investigated by the relevant authorities, the legal process will proceed, and ultimately, justice will be done. I also know the actions of the officer in this situation do not accurately reflect on the many valuable contributions made by thousands of law enforcement officers in South Carolina and across our nation."

The question comes to mind as to just how well are police officers in Union are trained and evaluated to hopefully prevent such an occurrence here. City of Union Public Safety Chief Sam White say becoming a police officer in the city of Union involves extensive testing.

 

White says no system is perfect, but the extensive testing and evaluations are designed to identify an individual that may not be suitable for the job. He says the process of being hired as a city officer can take as long as three to four months. He noted that the psychological test alone costs the department $200, but it has in the past eliminated prospective officers from being hired.

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GENERAL ELECTION MUST BE HELD DESPITE NO REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION FOR TUCKER

Thursday, April 9

There will be one more election before the Union County Council District 2 seat can be filled. Ralph Tucker won the Democratic primary nomination Tuesday, but there still has to be a general election to settle the matter. Even though Tucker's name will be the only one on the ballot and is statistically assured of winning the seat since there was no Republican to file, the election must be held to allow for write-in votes. Keith Vanderford say the special election will cost the county.

 

The need for the special election was caused when Frank Hart resigned the seat to become Union County's Supervisor. The date for the special general election in district 2 is May 12th and is being held to fill Hart's unexpired term.

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Thursday, April 9

The Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District will be meeting tonight. They will gather in the Board Room of Wallace Thomson Hospital at 6:00 p.m. The monthly financial report is expected to be brought up, as well as additional discussions concerning the possibility of consolidation with another health care entity.

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BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC TO HONOR ITS LINEMEN

Thursday, April 9

On Monday, April 13th, Broad River Electric Cooperative will honor the hardworking men who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

A resolution, which the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board adopted unanimously, says in part, "We proudly recognize all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety."

Electric linemen do not often receive the recognition they deserve,” said Cary Johnson, Manager of Operations. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our linemen, as well as linemen from across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”

To honor the twenty-five linemen, Broad River Electric plans to publish a “Lineman Appreciation” video with footage of each lineman in honor of their hard work and commitment to the cooperative and the community. This video is dedicated to the memory of a former co-op lineman, Mr. Joe Reid Howard. The video will be presented to the men at a luncheon held in their honor and will also be available on various Broad River Electric social media forums.

Broad River Electric invites members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the work they do. Use #ThankaLineman to show your support for the men and women who light our lives on social media forums.


RALPH TUCKER WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO SEAT

Wednesday, April 8

Ralph Tucker has become the Democratic nominee for County Council District 2. The primary runoff election took place Tuesday and involved 7 precincts plus an absentee box. In the race between Tucker and Steven Stone, Tucker received 57 votes more to win the runoff. Totals were 283 votes for Tucker and 226 for Stone. Tucker naturally was elated with the results of the election.

 

The results at this point are unofficial, and the election will be certified Thursday at the County Election Commission office located on the South Duncan Bypass. Tucker will be the only name on the ballot in the special general election May 12th, since no Republican filed for the seat. Write-ins will be permitted.

The District 2 seat became vacant when Frank Hart resigned the position and was sworn in as Union County Supervisor January 6th. The resignation required a special election be held to fill the seat.

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USC UNION BOOKSTORE TO HOLD ITS GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING NEXT THURSDAY

Wednesday, April 8

The new USC Union Bookstore and Student Center has been open for about a month. Inside the new location, they have coffee, snacks,  jewelry, and Carolina and Clemson items. In addition, they feature a large selection of tailgating items, shirts, shorts, homewares and more. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am-5:30pm, and Friday from 8am–2pm. There will be a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the USC Union Bookstore and Student Center, as well as a Business After Hours event on Thursday, April 16th, from 5pm-7pm. During the grand opening celebration, there will be a drawing for a Gamecock Tailgate camp chair. The bookstore is located on the 300 block of East Main Street in a building that once served as a print shop, a newspaper, and car dealership.

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FIRE CHIEFS CLOSE TO AGREEMENT ON AUTOMATIC AID

Wednesday, April 8

Union County firefighters are in the process of putting the finishing touches on what is called the Union County Fire Service Automatic Aid Agreement.

The plan will be geographical in nature as to the 3 closest fire departments responding to structure fires, both residential and commercial, and fire alarms, both residential and commercial.

This means when a fire is reported, the 911 dispatch will alert, or tone out, the primary department as well as the two closest departments. It is believed this will give greater manpower and equipment coverage to a blaze without the primary department arriving on scene first and then requesting additional help. Should the primary response department arrive on the scene of a fire and determine the additional help is not needed, they can then terminate the response from the other departments. The agreement was first introduced to the 11 county fire departments and the City of Union Fire Department several weeks ago in a meeting of the fire chiefs. As the chiefs scrutinized the document, it was determined that there were several elements in need of clarification. Once approved by the fire chiefs, the document will be presented to Union County Council for approval.

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MAU WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS RECRUITING WORKERS IN UNION APRIL 21ST

Wednesday, April 8

MAU Workforce Solutions will be hosting a recruitment event at  the SC Works Union office, located at 103 W Main Street, on Tuesday, April 21st, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The company will be recruiting production associates and control equipment technicians. Prior to this event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org, view the job order, and fill out an online application at www.mau.com. A staff referral is required for the positions.

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PRESENT SHREK: THE MUSICAL APRIL 23-26

Wednesday, April 8

The Union County High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts will be presenting SHREK: The Musical this month. Based on the DreamWorks film and the original book, SHREK tells the story of an ogre who find true love. There will be a dinner theater performance sponsored by the Union Rotary Club at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 23rd. Advance tickets are required, and they are available for $15 from local Rotarians. Non-dinner shows will run Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 26th, at 3:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $7 at the Union County Arts Council and at Union County High School. Tickets at the door for non-dinner shows will be $8.


TWO ARRESTED FOR SALE OF GUN IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT

Tuesday, April 7

This past Saturday Lt. John Sherfield and Investigator Roxie Belue used an operative of the Union County Sheriff's Office to make an undercover purchase of a Highpoint 9mm pistol from 17-year old Nathaniel McAbee while in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 513 North Duncan Bypass in Union. The operative purchased the firearm from McAbee using $125 of recorded government funds. After the transaction occurred and McAbee got back into his vehicle, Lt. Sherfield made a traffic stop in the parking lot. He found that Jonathan McAbee actually had the recorded government currency in his hand from the sale. While examining texts on the cell phone of Jonathan McAbee, the officer noticed that there were texts where he was asking his younger brother Nathaniel if he trusted the informant to not get him in trouble. Texts from Nathaniel McAbee to the operative also indicated that Nathaniel would not have been able to meet the operative if Jonathan had not picked him up and provided him with transportation to meet the operative. While searching Jonathan McAbee, Lt. Sherfield also located two 9mm bullets in his front pocket. Based on this information, he was arrested and jailed for criminal conspiracy, and Nathaniel McAbee was arrested and jailed for possession and sale of a pistol by a person under 18 years of age. The recorded government funds were recovered during the traffic stop, and the firearm was not reported stolen per NCIC; however, Lt. Sherfield will perform a gun trace for owner information on the firearm.

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MAN TICKETED WHEN GRASS FIRE SPREADS TO HIS NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY

Tuesday, April 7

The Monarch Fire Department and a sheriff's deputy were dispatched Saturday to a grass fire at 1362 Monarch Highway. On scene, the deputy spoke with Scott Bowser, who said he was burning trash and went inside his house to get something to drink. When he returned, the fire had spread to the wood line and onto his neighbor's property. The blaze damaged a fence and trees. The neighbor stated that she wanted a report to be made, as this was the second such incident. She said she was worried the fire could possibly get out of hand if there is a next time. Bowser was issued a ticket for burning during unsafe conditions and allowing the fire to spread to the land of another without consent.

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DEADLINES LOOM AS RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT NEARs

Tuesday, April 7

Plans for the annual Relay for Life event are being firmed up. A reminder has gone out to all participants who have raised $100 or more that they must be registered online in order to receive a t-shirt. For more information, call 864-426-5400. April 14th will be the last team captains' meeting of 2015. That will take place at 6:30pm in the Tabernacle Baptist Church family room. Also, April 15th is the deadline for $1000 and $500 sponsorships. Those may be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office.

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING LOOKS TO HIRE HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN UNION TOMORROW

Tuesday, April 7

Professional Staffing Solutions will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works Office Wednesday, April 8th, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. They are looking to fill several medical-related positions. One of those is a CNA position, and a high school diploma or GED is required. They are also seeking licensed practical nurses, and a South Carolina License is required. Nurse positions are open, and you must possess an associate's degree. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring a résumé and come properly dressed for an interview.

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ELLEN SAGAR GIVING INFORMATION ON CNA TRAINING NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, April 7

Ellen Sagar Nursing Home will hold an informational session for certified nursing assistant training (CNA) at the Union SC Works office April 16th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Expenses of the training will be covered by Ellen Sagar Nursing Home. Candidates will undergo six weeks of training with signed agreement. Only 16 slots are available, and you must have a minimum of a 10th-grade education. Applicants must have a valid South Carolina ID and undergo drug testing, screening, and background check. References will be checked. You must be willing to commit to full-time employment with Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, after successfully completing the course, for a minimum of 6 to 12 months.


SENATOR TIM SCOTT WEIGHS IN ON BUDGET, IMMIGRATION REFORM

Monday, April 6

Last Thursday, United States Senator Tim Scott was in town to address the Union County Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Awards Banquet. During his speech, Senator Scott touched on what he believes is the need for a balanced budget. He told WBCU News:

 

Another topic that's been in the forefront of the news of late is the subject of immigration reform. He believes the reform should start on the border.

 

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DISTRICT TWO VOTERS TO DECIDE BETWEEN STEVEN STONE AND RALPH TUCKER TOMORROW

Monday, April 6

District 2 voters will be returning to the polls Tuesday to decide on the Democratic candidate for a May 12th special election for Union County Council. A Democratic primary was held March 24th, which saw a field of three candidates: Ann Stevens, Steven Stone, and Ralph Tucker. None of the candidates received a clear majority, but Stevens was eliminated. That leaves Stone and Tucker to face off tomorrow. The seat has been open since Frank Hart resigned the position January 6th to be sworn in as Union County Supervisor. In all likelihood, whoever wins the Democratic primary runoff will become the District 2 representative, since no Republican or any other opposition party filed to run for the seat. The voting precincts are located in West Springs, Carlisle, Santuc, Black Rock and a partial number of registered voters in Jonesville Box 2, Putman and Cross Keys. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. For additional information concerning the District 2 special election, you may contact the Union County Election Commission at 864-429-1616.

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FUND ESTABLISHED TO HELP FAMILY OF BABY BORN WITH HEART PROBLEMS

Monday, April 6

A fund is being set up to benefit a family who has a child with some very serious medical issues. Emah Yarbrough was born last Wednesday and weighed in at 5.7 pounds. It was determined that she has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The problem occurs at a rate of 4 out of 10,000 live births. Her parents, Eric and Amber Yarbrough, will be in Charleston for the next seven weeks, and as a result, they will not have any income for that period of time. This fundraising drive is being sponsored by Janice Maness and Wade's Employment Agency. If you would like to contribute to this cause, you may do so by making a contribution to the Emah Yarbourgh fund at the Arthur State Bank.

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MONARCH ELEMENTARY RECEIVES MONEY FOR BOOKS FROM READING IS FUNDAMENTAL AND DOLLAR GENERAL

Monday, April 6

Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, selected Monarch Elementary School to receive $3168 to provide books and spark a lifelong love of reading.  The grant was made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has raised more than $118,000 to support children's literacy since partnering with RIF in 2005. "Books have the power to show children new perspectives on their lives and inspire them to imagine bigger futures," said Susan Gilstrap, RIF Coordinator.  "RIF and Dollar General are not just giving kids the tools to succeed in school, but are motivating them toward a lifetime of reading and achieving." "We appreciate the grants we have received from Dollar General for our RIF  program here at Monarch Elementary School.  We tell our students to READ, READ, READ each day!"  said MES Principal, Anita Hart Maness. "Dollar General shares our vision of a literate America and understands the transformative power of reading," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF.  "With their support, we are taking books that will open new doors to the children who most need them."


TIM SCOTT DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT ANNUAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANQUET

Friday, April 3

United States Senator Tim Scott addressed a capacity crowd at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held at Philippi Baptist Church Thursday evening. He challenged the group with a motivational speech. Scott was asked several questions following his talk, one of which was his reaction to the announcement Thursday that an agreement had been reached between the United States and five other countries with Iran in regard to their nuclear capabilities. Iran agreed to give up 2/3 of its nuclear capability. Scott is concerned about the remaining 1/3.

 

The evening saw the giving out of several awards. Named the Industry of the Year was Standard Textiles. Receiving the Small Business of the Year recognition was Kingsmore Construction. The Service Group of the Year is the Union County Detention Center, and the Friend of the Chamber is the Winters Law Firm. The Shining Star award was given to Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson Glenn, and the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year and the President's Choice award was Graham Williams of the Union County News. Three new chamber board members were introduced: Mrs. Lou Stackhouse, Mr. Lynn Mitchell, and Mrs. Dale Palmer. Paul Winters was installed as the new chamber president for the coming year.

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LOCKHART POWER ANNOUNCES THE OPERATION OF LANDFILL GAS-TO-ENERGY FACILITY

Friday, April 3

Lockhart Power Company and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., has announced the start-up of the new landfill gas-to-energy renewable energy (LFGTE) facility at the Republic Services, Inc., Upstate Regional Landfill located near Cross Anchor in Union County, South Carolina. Lockhart Power Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Lockhart BioEnergy, LLC, owns and operates the facility, which consists of two reciprocating combustion engines that produce 3,200 kilowatts of useful electric power capable of supplying approximately 1,800 average size homes. The facility is connected to the electrical grid, and its output is being purchased by Duke Energy.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), three megawatts of energy produced from landfill gas is equivalent to preventing carbon emissions generated by the consumption of 16.6 million gallons of gasoline. Based on EPA methodology, the carbon emissions prevented by the Upstate Regional LFGTE project from entering the air is equivalent to the consumption of roughly 900,000 gallons of gasoline each year.

We are pleased to bring another renewable energy facility to South Carolina,” said Bryan Stone, chief operating officer at Lockhart Power. “The facility not only generates renewable clean energy for customers in Union County and surrounding areas, but it’s also a great economic development tool for attracting industries tailored for green initiatives to our area. This project is a win-win for our community.”

The Upstate Regional Landfill also has excess landfill gas available for other beneficial uses. One such potential use would be to pipe the excess gas to the Midway Green Industrial Park, a nearby site that is being developed for large industrial companies. The gas could be used for on-site power generation or direct thermal use for industrial heating, with residual heat used to produce low-pressure steam and hot water. A company spokesperson said the availability of this renewable landfill gas helps make this site ideal for manufacturers that are large energy consumers and who are concerned with minimizing their environmental footprint. This project represents the sixth renewable energy facility Lockhart Power has developed or purchased throughout the last seven years. Lockhart Power currently owns and operates a similar landfill gas-to-energy facility in Wellford through a partnership with Spartanburg County.

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MONARCH FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 2ND-ANNUAL RACE COLOR TO 5K RUN/WALK

Friday, April 3

The Monarch Fire Department will hold their Race Color to 5K run or walk Saturday, May 2nd. Registration for the event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Monarch Fire Department, located at 1508 Lockhart Highway. The walk and run starts at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee is $35.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY ON MAN'S HUNTING PROPERTY

Friday, April 3

On Wednesday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap responded to a burglary that had already occurred. Upon arrival, the victim stated that sometime between March 1st and April 1st, someone kicked in the front door of his hunting property and ransacked the residence. The subject or subjects also attempted to pry open the back door and pried open an outbuilding door. In addition, they beat the lock off a cooler door behind the residence, causing approximately $700 worth of damage in total. At the time of report, nothing appeared to be missing from the residence. Gilstrap called for an investigator to meet with him, and a short time later, Lt. Humphries and Capt. McNeil arrived on scene to process any evidence. The scene was photographed, and the victim was issued a Victim's Form.


FIRE ON BOBBY FAUCETTE ROAD NOT THOUGHT TO BE SUSPICIOUS

Thursday, April 2

Tuesday evening, a deputy was dispatched to 720 Bobby Faucette Road in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the fire chief of Kelly-Kelton Fire Department, who stated that he wanted to speak with an investigator in reference to the fire. Investigator Scott Coffer was contacted and arrived on scene. Investigator Coffer spoke with the homeowners as well as the fire chief, and he also did a walkthrough of the structure. The fire was undetermined as to the cause, but a point of origin was located and deemed nonsuspicious in nature. Investigator Coffer took photos and will follow up with a report.

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ANNUAL CHAMBER BANQUET IS TONIGHT AT PHILIPPI BAPTIST

Thursday, April 2

The Union County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual awards banquet tonight. It will start at 6:30 in the Family Life Center of Philippi Baptist Church. The keynote speakers will be United States Senator Tim Scott. The event is held to honor companies and individuals for outstanding contributions to the community.

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APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN FOR BUFFALO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Thursday, April 2

The Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department's James H. Hampton Scholarship will be awarded to a recipient that lives in the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department  Service Area.  This scholarship is available to a high school senior or adult that is seeking an advanced degree. The degree may be pursued at a technical school, college, or university.  Applications are available at UCHS, Andy's, or by calling 427-5739. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is May 8, 2015.

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MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING HELD AT THE GAZEBO TODAY

Thursday, April 2

The monthly Community Prayer Meeting will be held today at noon at the USC-U gazebo. Area citizens are invited to come and join with other Union Countians for a short time of prayer for the church, community, state, nation, and the world.  You do not have to pray out loud.  If you can't get there, organizers ask that you please take some time for special prayer during the day.  All are welcome.

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ARTS COUNCIL RELEASES ITS APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, April 2

The Union County Arts Council has released its April calendar of events. In addition to the normal schedule of events, there are three new ones. The first is called Corky Canvas. It is being called a fun night out and will take place every Friday night at 6:00pm. The notice says, “All you need are a few friends, a favorite drink, and they will provide the rest." The teacher is Brandy Ketterman, and she will help participants create a masterpiece to take home. Each week they will have a different theme. The fee is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. You are asked to pre-register.

Mini Monet will be Saturday, April 18th, and is another exciting class just for kids ages 4k-14. Participants will discover the world of art in a hands-on, fun, and educational environment. You may call the UCAC for more details.

Then on April 23rd at 5:30pm, the Union County Arts Council will host a reception for the opening of the 2015 Elementary School Art Show. Patrons are encouraged to take this opportunity to support the children of Union County.

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MEN OF UNION COUNTY UNITING IN CHRIST RALLY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 1ST

Thursday, April 2

A nondenominational event is planned for the men of Union County May 1st. It's called “Men of Union County Uniting in Christ.” It will start at 5:30 at the USC-Union Gazebo, with a march to Union County Stadium. A tailgate supper will be held at 6:00 p.m., with the rally beginning at 7:00. The program will feature music by the Childers and the Union County All-Male Chorus. Testimonials will will be given by Bass Pro Hank Parker and Bill Randall. The main speaker will be Mike Minter, former All-Pro Safety with the Carolina Panthers.

Union County Baptist Association Director of Missions David Blanton explained what the event is all about.

 

This is a free, nondenominational event, and door prizes will be given out.


COUNTY COUNCIL LOOKS TO TRIM NEARLY $800,000 FROM NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET

Wednesday, April 1

The Union County Council met Tuesday in a budget work session, with a personnel committee meeting and a special session that followed. They began with the budget, and they appear to still be struggling with just how to balance it. The projected revenue for the 2015–2016 year is $12,240,924, while the proposed budget stands at around $13 million. Budget increase requests have already been eliminated, and there was discussion about the possibility of taking out the total allocations to what is termed outside agencies. If that happens, it would mean that agencies and organizations such as the Arts Council, the Rescue Squad, the Chamber of Commerce, the Union County Museum, and 14 other groups would receive no funding from the county. As of now, the consensus of the body was to go back to department heads and ask them to find a way to trim another 10% from their budgets. The next work session is now slated for Wednesday, April 15th.

In the personnel meeting, it was decided to recommend to the full council to hire two people as equipment operators. In the full council meeting, the Needs Assessment list was tweaked and approved. Eliminated from the list was the expansion of the business incubator program, renovation of the remaining portion of the From building and the idea of working with Wallace Thomson Hospital to purchase and equip a mobile mammography unit. Added to the list was to investigate the possibility of another water source for the county. The proposed Patriot's Lake was mentioned as a possibility for this purpose. They also opted to explore public transit possibilities for the county. The Needs Assessment has been referred to as a “wish list” for county and city government.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FROM ANOTHER MAN'S TRUCK

Wednesday, April 1

Monday Lt. John Sherfield was contacted by a man who stated that over the last few days he has had some of his prescription medication, Hydrocodone, to go missing from his work truck on at least two different occasions. He stated that he has a valid prescription for the medication, that he only brings a few to work with him, and that he keeps them in the pill bottle in a green bag in the floorboard of the front seat of his truck.

The man stated that he feels sure that Ronald Eubanks, 39, who works for him, is the person who is taking the pills. Lt. Sherfield met with and wired the man's work truck to see who was actually stealing the medication. While viewing the video, it was found that at approximately 10:30, Eubanks opened the driver's side door and stole the medication from the green bag. Based on this video evidence, Lt. Sherfield will sign an arrest warrant for Ronald Eubanks for theft of prescription medication.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS IN BURGLARY

Wednesday, April 1

Monday, Sheriff's officers were dispatched to a Country Side Drive address in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, Sgt. Roger Hill spoke with a male subject who stated that the building that he and his girlfriend live in had just been broken into by at least three subjects. As Hill was talking with the male subject, the complainant was walking back toward the residence from the roadway and stated that she went to locate the subjects that committed the break-in at her property. The woman stated that she was inside the main residence taking a shower, and when she came back out, she noticed that her curtain had been pulled down from the window. She asked her boyfriend about it. She then stated that she noticed her purse was missing and that she had her medication along with a large sum of money in her purse. She said she found her purse dumped out at the edge of the roadway, and the medication and money was missing. Hill then spoke with the male subject, who stated that he was outside behind the main residence gathering some limbs and wood and was placing them on a fire he had in the yard. He said he noticed his dog barking and saw a large white dog was in his yard. He was attempting to run the dog off when he noticed a male subject standing at the end of his driveway urinating. He stated that he told the male subject to move on down the road. As he got closer to the building, he could see that there were three people in the roadway, two males and a female. Moments later, he said his girlfriend noticed the curtains and her purse missing and found the window to the building open. Parris stated that the subjects in the roadway were headed toward a residence at the end of the road. The deputy contacted the investigator on call, and a K-9 unit began a search of the area. Lt. Terry Humphries will follow up with the investigation.

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TOUCH A TRUCK COMING TO FAIRGROUNDS APRIL 25TH

Wednesday, April 1

Touch a Truck, a free family event, has been scheduled for April 25th. It will take place at the Union County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. until noon. A multitude of trucks will be there, and the children will be allowed inside the vehicles. Organizers say they realize some children may be sensitive to the loud sirens, so they have set aside the hours of 9 to 10 as a noise- and siren-free time. This event is sponsored by Lockhart Power Company.

Another event for children is set for Thursday, April 30th. Spring Time Story Time will take place at the Community Center located at 210 Porter Street, starting at 11 a.m. The story time is designed for preschool children up to 5 years old. In addition to the story time, there will be a craft time. A small gift will be given to each child.

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USC UNION ANNOUNCES CHAPTER OF HONOR SOCIETY FOR NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS

Wednesday, April 1

USC Union has announced that they now have a chapter, Upsilon Zeta, of Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for non-traditional students. USC Union has the second-highest number of eligible students among the Palmetto College campuses.

A press release describes Alpha Sigma Lambda as “the oldest and largest student honor society for the non-traditional student in the United States." Student eligibility is based on a set of specific criteria, including age, number of hours attempted, overall GPA, and so forth.

It further states that, “USC Union’s nominees are Annias Gaffney, Britney Sheppard, Candice Owens, Tim Black, Jeremy Infinger, Janice Crumley, Robert Johnston, Jeremy Brown, and Gary (Kent) Suggs. The induction ceremony will be Wednesday, April 8th, at 4 p.m. in the Gressette Room on the Horseshoe.”


DEPUTIES ARREST WHITMIRE MAN FOR STALKING

Tuesday, March 31

Last Thursday, Investigator Scott Coffer and Reserve Deputy Kenny West responded to a call at the Whitmire Dollar General Store. Once there, they talked with the complainant, who stated she had been stalked and harassed by Greg Lyles of Whitmire. She said customers had been telling her that Lyles has been waiting in the parking lot on numerous occasions and had been watching her. She said she had received numerous electronic messages from Lyles on her phone. Coffer reviewed the messages and found that Lyles had indeed been stalking her as determined by his language in the messages. Investigator Coffer met with officers from the Whitmire Police Department and went to Lyles' residence, where he was placed under arrest and transported to the Union County Jail.

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OFFICERS INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY IN CARLISLE

Tuesday, March 31

Saturday, Cpl. Russell Vinson responded to a Carlisle address in reference to an armed robbery. Once on the scene, he spoke with a man who stated Rodney Whitner stopped by to see if he still had his house for sale. He said shortly after Whitner arrived, he heard a noise and saw a hand with a white glove attempting to push the door open. The man said he tried to close the door, but the subject pushed it in. He said there were two males wearing jump suits and a mask. One of the males hit him in the head with a pistol and started beating and kicking him. He said they took his wallet containing $9200. Statements were taken, and a K-9 unit was called to try to locate a track. The case has been turned over to an investigator.

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SCAMMER POSES AS REPRESENTATIVE OF SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Tuesday, March 31

Also on Saturday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap received a call from a man stating he was the target of a scam. The man stated that someone called him and identified themselves as a representative of the Union County Sheriff's Department and wanted to know why he had not responded to a citation he was given by the Sheriff's Department. The man stated that he had not received any citation for any violation and did not give the caller any further information. Lawson stated the number on his caller ID was 864-270-2194. The caller never gave a name to the man. Gilstrap did a reverse look-up on the phone number and it came back as a Greenville, SC, cell phone number with Verizon Wireless. He said he just wanted the Sheriff's Office to be aware of the scam.

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REP. MIKE ANTHONY TO GIVE UPDATE ON SC LEGISLATURE THIS MORNING

Tuesday, March 31

So what all is going on in the state legislature this year? There's been a lot of debate on how to fix the roads in South Carolina. Ethics legislation is another topic. A WBCU News special this morning will feature State Legislator Mike Anthony, who will have a discussion and answer questions about what is going on in Columbia. That news special will commence at 9:00 a.m. It can be heard on WBCU-AM and FM, as well as online at wbcuradio.com.

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COUNTY COUNCIL HAS FULL DAY PLANNED WITH BUDGET WORK SESSION AND OTHER MEETINGS

Tuesday, March 31

It'll be another busy afternoon for members of the Union County Council. They will convene at 4:00 p.m. in the County Annex building on East Main Street for another budget work session. Last week, when the council heard all the budget requests, they found they were about $1 million over the anticipated revenue. They have already trimmed more than $200,000 from the budget but still have a ways to go. Following the budget work session, the council's Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will meet. After that, the full council will meet in a special session to discuss the Needs Assessment Priority List, consider a resolution, and other matters. The public is invited to attend.

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NURSES AND NURSING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT

Tuesday, March 31

Professional Staffing Solutions will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office Thursday, April 2nd, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They are looking to hire certified nursing assistants. A high school diploma or GED is required.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are also wanted, and a South Carolina license is required for that position.

Nurses with an associate's degree are being sought.

Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring a résumé and come properly dressed for an interview.


WAGES HONORED AT CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

Monday, March 30

The Union County Career and Technology Center recently held its spring Advisory Committee Meeting. During the meeting, Ben Wages was honored with a plaque for having served on the Machine Tool advisory committee for 41 years. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to serve as a valuable resource and sounding board for the Career and Technology Center (CATE) teachers and administrators. The members of the committee make significant contributions by consulting with the faculty regarding business and industry needs. They also assist the school in planning and implementing relevant educational programs for students. Some of the members also come into the CATE center as guest speakers and coordinate field trips for students to tour their facilities.

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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER HOLDING OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW

Monday, March 30

Area residents are invited to learn more about Spartanburg Community College (SCC) at the Union County Advanced Technology Center’s Open House tomorrow from 4:00–7:00 pm. The center is located at 1401 Furman Fendley Highway in Union. While attending the open house, visitors are encouraged to meet with faculty and staff to discuss SCC’s academic programs and also learn about financial aid opportunities. There will be an opportunity to register for a $500 scholarship and other door prizes. For additional information, call 864-466-1060.

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HIGH SCHOOL INDOOR PERCUSSION TEAM PLACES SECOND IN STATE

Monday, March 30

The Union County High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble won second place in statewide competition on Saturday, March 22nd. Last year, the group placed first in that competition. The ensemble’s show for this year is entitled “The Last Goodbye” and is a narrative that follows the relationship of a father and son from the son’s first day of school through adult life. Band Director Matt Chastain said this show is very different from previous shows because it requires a much more mature performance quality from students.

“Contemplation and remorse are much more difficult to convey than anger or happiness,” Chastain said. “This has really pushed the students to expand their performance vocabulary.”

Several weeks ago, the ensemble finished first in its class at a Carolina Indoor Percussion Association event at Laurens High School.

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ON-THE-JOB TRAINING OFFERED FOR THREE POSITIONS

Monday, March 30

If your are unemployed, this could be an opportunity for you. There are three jobs being offered with on-the-job training. On-the-job training provides individuals an opportunity to earn and learn at the same time.

The jobs are:

Sanitation in Spartanburg County at a rate of $12 per hour;
Press operator in Cherokee County at a rate of $14 per hour; and
Order selector in Spartanburg County at a rate of $14.44 per hour.

Interested candidates should contact Yvonne Roberts at 864-764-1967 for more information. All eligible candidates will be considered.

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Monday, March 30

Exel Logistics will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office tomorrow from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. They are looking to hire module operators. 6 months of warehouse experience is preferred. The job requires opening, verifying and scanning returned merchandise. Applicants should have the ability to read, understand and follow instructions. You must be able to lift 50 lbs., use a pallet jack, and stand long hours. 2nd shift and weekend shifts are available.

The minimum salary is $11.25 per hour, and a high school diploma or GED & computer experience is required. You will receive full benefits after 3 months. Candidates will undergo pre-employment tests, which includes math, accuracy, and aptitude testing. A pre-employment drug screening and background check will be administered. All applicants must register at www.scworks.org and must receive a referral to attend the event.


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