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SLED INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS FIRE ON PARTRIDGE ROAD

Friday, October 24

The State Law Enforcement Division has been called in to assist in the investigation of a house fire that occurred Thursday afternoon. Union firefighters were dispatched at 12:49 p.m. to 113 Partridge Road, where significant damage was inflicted by the blaze. Although investigators have not officially pinpointed the fire's origin, it appeared that it could have started in a garage where a vehicle was also destroyed. The fire was determined to be of a suspicious nature, and the investigation continues.

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HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN SET FOR FRIDAY FROM 4-6; TEEN EVENT ALSO PLANNED

Friday, October 24

Plans are firming up for the annual Halloween observance in downtown Union. It's set for October 31st from 4 until 6 p.m. Merchants will allow children to trick or treat the downtown area, and there will be games for youngsters under 12. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Union and the YMCA.

Another Halloween activity will occur when the Union County Recreation Department will host a “Teen Fright Night” event at the Timken Sports Complex on October 30th.  This activity is primarily for ages 13-17.  Jessica Gallman, Program Director for UCRD, says, “This is a great opportunity to make sure our teens know that they are important to us and we want to have fun activities for them as well.”

Admission is one canned good or non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Salvation Army of Union.  No one with a mask will be allowed to enter the complex.  Masks will be checked at the front gate, and the owners may pick them up after the movie.

The event begins with a photo booth at 6pm.  Youth may use their own cell phones or cameras to take photos in the booth and post to social media.  The booth will be taken down shortly after 7pm when the movie begins. 

If you have any questions about this event, call 429-1670.

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CLEMSON CLUB ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ITS ANNUAL CHICKEN ROAST

Friday, October 24

The Union County Clemson Club will host its annual Chicken Roast on November 24 at Veteran’s Park. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with supper served at 6:00 PM, and the program to begin at 7:00 PM. Former Clemson baseball and football player Ray Williams will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. A special auction will take place during the event, and many items of Clemson memorabilia will be raffled. Proceeds from the special auction will be used for the club’s scholarship fund.

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

The Chicken Roast is one of several events the Union County Clemson Club hosts each year. Annual membership in the Union County Clemson Club is $25 per family. The goal of the Clemson Club is to award academic scholarships to deserving students who will be attending Clemson. For more information about the club or the event, contact club president Virgil Childers at (864) 251-0094.

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ARTS COUNCIL SOLICITING ENTRIES FOR ITS LOCAL ARTISTS' SHOWCASE

Friday, October 24

The Union County Arts Council is now soliciting entries for the annual “Local Artists’ Showcase” that will be held in November. This show provides any artist the opportunity to display work in the UCAC gallery and sell it during the holiday season.

We have a lot of artists come back every year for this show,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn, “But we also love to see the new work by artists who have never shown anything before. This is a great way for them to exhibit their work for the first time.”

UCAC will accept everything from fine art to crafts and anything in between, and artists may bring their work in during the first two weeks of November, the 3rd through the 14th.

We always have people who bring in paintings, drawings, fiber art, wood carving, jewelry and much more,” continued Senn. “We’ll take it all.”

The “Local Artists’ Showcase” will officially begin at the Downtown Open House on November 20, but everything will be on display at UCAC starting November 16th. All artists are asked to either come by or e-mail the UCAC for an inventory sheet that must be filled out when bringing items in for the show.

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

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LIBRARY PATRONS CAN LEARN LANGUAGES ONLINE FOR FREE

Friday, October 24

The Union County Carnegie Library has announced that its patrons now have access to the Mango Languages online language-learning system. This service is provided by the South Carolina State Library, who purchased a statewide subscription to Mango Languages. Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection through the library’s website. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website at www.unionlibrary.org. For more information, contact 864-427-7140.


TIMKEN FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TOWARDS LIBRARY RENOVATIONS

Thursday, October 23

The Timken Family Foundation of Canton, Ohio, has awarded the Union County Carnegie Library with a $70,000 grant. The grant will be used for a building project the library seeks to undergo, which will "Renovate, Restore, and Complete" the library. Library Director Ben Loftis explained how the money would be used.

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

The project to renovate and restore the library will cost a total of around $2 million.

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CIVITAN INSTALLS NEW OFFICERS AND HANDS OUT AWARDS

Thursday, October 23

Union Civitans held their annual installation of officers on Tuesday.  S.C. District Civitan Governor Dr. Misty Konow challenged the new officers for the 2014–2015 year. The new officers include Donna McMurray, Secretary; Becky Helms, Treasurer; Modest Keenan, President-Elect; and Amy Austin, President.     

Amy Austin was voted Officer of the Year and received an award from Dr. Konow. Modest Keenan accepted the award for Fundraiser of the Year, which was the Union Pancake Day, and Kevin Shropshire accepted the award for the Project of the Year, which was the Union Miracle League.

Miss Calista Woodson was recognized as the Young Volunteer of the Year and was awarded a plaque in appreciation for her service.

Chippie Graham was voted Union County Civitan of the Year and received a plaque for her many hours of volunteer service.

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STOP FOR IMPROPER LANE CHANGE LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

Thursday, October 23

On Monday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap initiated a traffic stop for an illegal lane change and approached the driver of the vehicle. The driver, Gail Allison, was advised why she was stopped was asked for her license and information. During the driver contact, the the officer observed Cody Allison in the front passenger seat and Michael Fleming in the back seat. Gillstrap had previous knowledge of Allison's and Fleming's involvement in the use and distribution of drugs, and he called for Cpl. Addis to meet with him with the narcotics K-9. While waiting on Cpl. Addis to arrive on scene, the deputy was advised that Cody was wanted in Greenwood on 1st-degree burglary and grand larceny charges. Gilstrap then detained Cody, pending a verification of the warrants. Cpl. Addis arrived on scene and deployed his K-9. The dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle. Sgt. Johnson then went to where Fleming was sitting in the car and advised him that the dog had alerted on the car and asked him to step out. Fleming then stated to Sgt. Johnson that "it" was in his pocket. Sgt. Johnson then asked Fleming which pocket, and Fleming stated, "All of them."

Sgt. Johnson recovered 3 plastic bags with a green plant material believed to be marijuana from Fleming's pockets (168.3 grams field weight), along with plastic baggies, a digital scale, and $112. Fleming was placed under arrest for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Fleming and Allison were transported to the Union County Jail for booking. Gail Allison was issued a warning for the improper lane change and was released from the scene.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAUSING DISTURBANCE AND CHANGING CLOTHES AT THE COURT HOUSE

Thursday, October 23

On Tuesday, dispatch advised a sheriff's deputy that there was a subject in the tax assessor's office causing a disturbance. The complainant reported that the white female, wearing a shiny black shirt, black pants, and silver sandals was walking into the court house. The officer located the subject, identified as Pamela Morgan, 42, of 113 North Main Street, Whitmire, and detained her until he could speak with the complainant. The witness came and met with the deputy at the Sheriff's Office, and she stated that she heard Morgan shouting, cursing, and causing a disturbance outside her office window. When she looked out, she saw Morgan changing clothes out in public view. She stated that Morgan changed clothes 3 times and was in nothing but her underwear at one point, where anyone could have seen her. After speaking with the witness, the officer placed Morgan under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported her to the Union County Jail.

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SC WORKS ACCEPTING INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS

Thursday, October 23

SC Works Upstate is again accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grants. An IWT grant, totaling $83,050, was issued for employers to upgrade the skills of their current employees, of which approximately $40,000 remains unallocated. IWT grants provide opportunities for training in programs ranging from computer skills to manufacturing skills specific to industries. Up to $8,000 of funding is available for each approved business. A committee will review all applications to determine awards.

All applications should be dropped off at any SC Works Upstate center to the attention of Ms. Dana McKnight, including the one in Union at 103 W. Main Street, Union. The deadline to apply is Friday at noon.


CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT SPAYING AND NEUTERING PROGRAM

Wednesday, October 22

Union City Council met Tuesday evening and took up a number of items. One of them was the first reading of an ordinance to rezone property at 719 North Duncan Bypass, which is the location of the former Union Square Cinema, from A-5 for shopping centers to A-2, designated as highway commercial. First reading on that ordinance passed on the recommendation of the building and zoning board. The rezoning will allow for the establishment of a church and coffee house.

A bid in the amount of $78,900 was awarded to Smith Back Hoe and Construction for the replacement of 6-inch and 20-inch valves and plugging a water line.

The council declined to participate in the publishing of a city directory by Civitas Media, the parent company of the Union Daily Times.

Heather Sealy, Union County Animal Control Officer, had voiced an interest to the mayor for the city to do a match of $2000 with the county to aid in subsidizing a spaying and neutering program. Sealy explained how the program works.

The council agreed to allot $2000 for the program. If the animals have not had their required shots, there will be a charge of $35, and only $10 if they have had them.

The WBCU Radio Truck Full of Toys campaign for Christmas will soon begin, and the city agreed to participate at the same $500 level as they did last year. The collected toys are donated to UCARE and distributed throughout Union County.

City Council voted to change the date of the November 18th regular meeting to the 11th due to the mayor having a conflict.

Councilman Yates Giles wants to see an existing ordinance enforced that calls for the city-provided trash cans to be removed from curbside within specific time limits. The ordinance calls for the trash cans to be placed at curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled pick up and removed by 7:30 p.m. the day of pick up. There was no word as to when the enforcement would begin.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT'S FEDERAL REPORT CARD GRADE IMPROVES

Wednesday, October 22

The Union County School District has shown a significant improvement in their federal report card score that was released yesterday. In 2013, Union County High School scored an “F”, but that has improved for this year to a “C”. According to the State Department of Education website, a “C” is defined as a performance that meets the state's expectations. The numerical score was 77.7.

The middle school grade did not do quite as well, earning a numerical score of 68.5, which translates into a “D”. That means the performance did not meet the state expectations. The elementary grades did rather well with a “B”, or a numeric grade of 84. That means elementary grades exceeded the state expectations. The overall grade for the district was a “C”.

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DEMOCRATIC US HOUSE CANDIDATE TOM ADAMS RUNNING ON PLATFORM OF COOPERATION

Wednesday, October 22

Tom Adams, Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives, District 5, was in Union Tuesday afternoon and dropped by the WBCU Studios. Adams says his platform centers around the polarization in Congress.

Adams will face off November 4th against incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney.

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UNION NATIVE RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR AT LIBRARY COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, October 22

A Union native has received national recognition for his service in the library and information science field. Dr. Curtis R. Rogers recently received the 2014 Founders Award at the 4th-annual Library Communications Conference held in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Rogers is the son of Mary Jo Rogers and the late Richard Rogers.

Rogers also coordinates the South Carolina Center for the Book and has been in the library and information science field for 27 years, working at public, academic, and government libraries. Rogers developed and conducted a national survey on how libraries use social media for public relations and has presented at the American Library Association and German Library Association annual conferences. Rogers was the 2008 president of the South Carolina Library Association and currently serves on the South Carolina Book Festival advisory committee. He is secretary of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and chairs the USC School of Library and Information Science’s Annual Literacy Leaders Awards committee.

The Library Communications Conference is sponsored by the Library Management Institute, and connects marketing, public relations, special events, fundraising, outreach, and program development professionals from public, academic, and special libraries. The vision of the conference is to create a platform that connects professionals committed to promoting libraries.


WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HER BABY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME

Tuesday, October 21

Sgt. Johnson received a referral from Department of Social Services worker Betsey Hudson in reference to an infant suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome. The child's mother, Jean Koosa, 41, of 155 Lite Street, Union, advised Hudson that she found out she was pregnant on April 1st, and she admitted that she consumed alcohol on April 3rd. According to the report, Koosa has continued to consume alcoholic beverages on different occasions after that time, and also missed counseling and doctor appointments. Since the child was born, it has remained in the neonatal intensive care unit at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, and has been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. A warrant for unlawful neglect of a child has being signed on Koosa.

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UNION MAN ARRESTED FOR OPERATING A METH LAB IN HIS MOTHER'S GARAGE

Tuesday, October 21

On October 17th, narcotics investigators received information that Travis Austin, 37, was possibly operating a meth lab in his mother's garage, located at 500 Springdale Dr., in the city of Union. The investigators went to that location and located Austin's mother, Cynthia Ellis. Lt. John Sherfield advised her why they were there, and at that time she gave Lt. Sherfield and Sgt. Jimmy Johnson consent to search the garage area of her home. During the search, Sgt. Johnson located a used shake-and-bake meth lab bottle and a jar full of a clear liquid, believed to be meth oil, in a closet in the garage. Also located in a separate closet were a number of pieces of tin foil with burn residue on them, a bottle of liquid fire, and a number of coffee filters. These items were collected as evidence so that samples could be sent for SLED for analysis. Warrants for trafficking methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine were signed on Travis Austin.

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TEN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

Tuesday, October 21

That same day, Lt. Sherfield received information that a shake-and-bake methamphetamine cook was about to take place at the residence of Shellie Blalock on Spring Street. Lt. Sherfield then contacted Sgt. Hill with the Union County Sheriff's Office and asked if he and some deputies would go by and check on this information.

The deputies went to this location and Sgt. Hill spoke with Blalock, who gave written consent to search the premises. During the search, the officers located ten adult individuals inside the residence and a 7-month old baby. They also found what appeared to be two plastic containers previously used to manufacture methamphetamine in the yard behind the residence, and inside an outbuilding, they found a glass jar, a plastic container that was smoking, coffee filters, and lithium strips. Sgt. Hill realized these items were meth lab-related, so he then contacted Lt. Sherfield to come to the scene and collect the evidence and safely secure the premises. Sgt. Hill then removed all persons from inside the residence until Lt. Sherfield could arrive. Lt. Sherfield contacted Sgt. Johnson and had him meet with officers at this address for assistance.

The following adults were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.

1-Heather Browning, 25

2-Wanda Keisler, 44

3-Megan Keisler, 22

4-Shellie Blalock, 38

5-Candice Woodsby, 27

6-Heather Stevens, 30

7-Caleb Roberts, 27

8-Heath Millwood, 40

9-William Ochiltree, 24

10-James Mitchell, 40

This was found to be a 2nd offense for the listed violations for Heath Millwood. Heather Browning was also charged with exposing her 7-month old child to methamphetamine. A SC DSS worker was contacted, arrived on scene, then took custody of the 7-month old baby.

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STAFFMARK RECRUITING FOR BELK DISTRIBUTION THURSDAY

Tuesday, October 21

Staffmark Corp. will hold a recruitment event for the Belk Distribution Center Thursday, October 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30am, and from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please note you must complete an application online before the event at www.staffmark.com. They are looking to hire warehouse associates, including picker-packers, RF scanners, lift operators, cycle counters and inventory controllers. Shifts available include Sunday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm or 3pm-11pm, and Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm, plus overtime and weekends as needed. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20-70 lbs. and be on your feet from 6-12 hours a day. Corporate policy dictates that applicants must be at least 18 years old. Please come properly dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, October 21

Union City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30 at City Hall. They have a number of items to take up, one of which will be first reading of an ordinance to rezone property at 719 North Duncan Bypass. The rezoning will allow for the establishment of a church and coffee house.

They will consider awarding a bid for the replacement of 6-inch and 20-inch valves and plugging a water line.

The council will also consider participating in the publishing of a city directory by Civitas Media, the parent company of the Union Daily Times.

Heather Sealy, Union County Animal Control Officer, has voiced an interest to the mayor for the city to do a match of $2000 with the county to aid in the operation of the animal shelter. That matter will be up for discussion.

WBCU Radio will soon begin their annual Truck Full of Toys campaign for Christmas and is asking the city to participate once again. The collected toys are donated to UCARE and distributed throughout Union County.

Another consideration on the part of council is to change the November 18th regular meeting date to November 11th due to a conflict.

Also, Phillip Parker has requested time to address the council during the public comment section.

The meeting is open to the public.


CHARLES, COMER HONORED AT FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Monday, October 20

The University of South Carolina Union held their 19th-annual Founder’s Day celebration on Friday. The Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education honored Mr. William Comer and Dr. Allan Charles at the celebration in USC Union’s Main Building Auditorium.  USC Union Dean Dr. Alice Taylor Colbert explained the criteria for choosing the honorees.

Following the presentations, their portraits were unveiled on stage, and they will be displayed in the Main Building’s Community Room at USC Union.

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CHARGES ON UNION TEEN UPGRADED TO MURDER; PETITION SERVED ON 15-YEAR OLD FOR MURDER

Monday, October 20

Charges of Attempted Murder against Herman Phillip "Bubba" Farr, 19, of 308 Aetna Street, Union, have been upgraded to murder. That action came Friday afternoon as reported in a news release from the Union Public Safety Department. The incident occurred on September 28th when police responded to a call on Blassingame Street and found a subject identified as Chad Anthony Whitlock, 30, of 1208 West Main Street, apparently unconscious in the roadway behind a PT cruiser. The officers called for EMS and then tried to locate several subjects they witnessed running away from the scene. When they returned to the scene they found the vehicle had left the scene. A short time later the vehicle was located and a traffic stop was performed. The driver was identified as Zachary Edward Johnson, who told the officers that Farr and Whitlock had been in the vehicle fighting and he stopped on Blassingame Street. He said the two continued the fight outside the car, and Whitlock was knocked out. Johnson said he left the scene because he did not want to be involved.

Farr is in custody and will appear for a bond hearing at a later date. The Union Public Safety Department has also served a petition on a 15-year old subject for murder for his involvement in the matter.

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RELAY FOR LIFE HOLDING NEW TEAM START-UP MEETING TONIGHT AT TABERNACLE

Monday, October 20

Union County Relay For Life has been in the fight against cancer since 1996. On May 8, 2015, They will have their 19th Relay event. The theme this coming year is the 1980s. 

In order to reach the fundraising goal, they need to add more teams. A team can be any group of people. Businesses, industries, churches, families, and friends can make up a team. A team can be any number of people who want to join in the fight against cancer. This disease claims the lives of young and old every day. Progress is being made, and countless lives are saved as a result of what participants do to raise money for research, education, advocacy and treatment. Area citizens are asked to start a team today.

There will be a Relay Team Start-up meeting today for anyone who wants to learn how to start a team. Participants will be shown how form a team and will be given all the resources and training that will ensure a successful team. The meeting will take place at Tabernacle Baptist Church in the Family Life Center at 6:30pm tonight. Should you have any questions, you may call Beth Lancaster at 864-426-3438, or Torance Inman at 864-426-0883.

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TEAMS RAISE $32,000 FOR MARCH OF DIMES

Monday, October 20

A good crowd of team representatives gathered at Foster Park Saturday morning for the March of Dimes March for Babies 2014. It was revealed that $32,000 has been raised in Union County this year, with more money expected to come in. Awards were handed out to those that excelled in fundraising, with Kevin Henderson of the Milliken Cedar Hill plant being named the #1 adult fundraiser with $5,255. The 2014 Legacy award went to Michelle Alexander of Foster Park Elementary School, who has been with the March of Dimes many years and does much to educate her students on the mission of the organization. The volunteer of the year award went to Kim Bailey with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Kevin Henderson and Heather Barnado were named to the Circle of Champions. On hand for the event was Lindsey Vickery, Community Director for the March of Dimes Upstate. She explained how the $32,000 raised in Union will be used, saying it will go towards prematurity awareness and research, so that number can be reduced in South Carolina. The event concluded with participants doing a three-mile walk.

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RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY IN GAFFNEY

Monday, October 20

Professional Staffing Solutions will hold a Recruitment Event at the Gaffney SC Works office on Wednesday, October 22nd from 10am until 12pm. The are looking to hire CNAs, LPNs, and registered nurses. Prior to event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.


MUSC PARTNERS WITH DHEC TO SERVE AS STATE'S HUB FOR ANY POSSIBLE EBOLA PATIENTS

Friday, October 17

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced that MUSC has agreed to serve as the state’s hub for treatment of patients with an Ebola diagnosis, should a patient need transportation to the academic medical center. MUSC Medical Center CEO/Executive Director Patrick Cawley, M.D., MUSC Chief Quality Officer Danielle Scheurer, M.D., and DHEC Director Catherine Templeton held a press conference to mark this agreement and address the current health crisis. MUSC has a five-bed unit ready to care for any infectious disease patient. DHEC has been in close contact with MUSC leadership while monitoring the situation in West Africa and now in the U.S.

Templeton said, “South Carolina has a world-class trauma system that includes MUSC, Greenville Hospital and Palmetto Health. While every hospital in this state, rural or metropolitan, is ready to identify and isolate suspected cases, we are taking care of ourselves by identifying trauma level one hospitals that are ready, willing and able to treat people sick with Ebola. MUSC has a team of experts who have volunteered to be the boots on the ground for South Carolinians.”

Wallace Thomson Hospital is preparing in case an Ebola patient shows up there. Emily Cannon, Director of Quality Improvement, which includes infection control, said,

At MUSC, the physicians and nurses who would likely provide bedside care for this patient have already volunteered and are receiving specific and up-to-date information about this virus and MUSC protocols.

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HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION RAISES $4500 AT CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, October 17

The Union County Health Care Foundation is looking to raise $20,000 to go toward the construction of a helipad at Wallace Thomson Hospital. They got closer to that goal with the annual Fall Charity Golf Classic at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman.

The tournament generated $4,500 raised through the fees—$75 per individual, $260 per team—paid by the golfers who signed up to play, and from corporate sponsors of the event.

The Union Hospital District is seeking to build the helipad to provide a safer and more efficient method of transporting patients from Union to an area trauma center. At present, the hospital has to notify an ambulance to transport patients from the ER to the nearby City Park ball field on Main Street. The City of Union Public Safety Department must then clear the field and protect the area for the landing and takeoff of the helicopter.

The district will use $120,000 from a two-year grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, to help pay for the construction of the helipad.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME MAINTENANCE WORKER

Friday, October 17

The Town of Carlisle is looking for a part-time meter reader/maintenance worker for indoor and outdoor work. Experience is preferred. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED and a valid SC driver’s license. A reference check and background check along with a drug screen will be conducted. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply. The Town of Carlisle is an equal opportunity employer.

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SCHOOL DAY TICKETS TO THE FAIR WILL BE HONORED TODAY

Friday, October 17

There is a little confusion concerning school tickets to the Union County Fair. Today is actually School Day, but a misprint on the actual ticket listed yesterday's date. Not to worry, because the tickets will be honored today.

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FLAG POLE PREVIOUSLY REPORTED STOLEN WAS TAKEN DOWN AND STORED BY UTILITY DEPARTMENT

Friday, October 17

The case we reported yesterday about the missing flag pole from the Excelsior Mill property has been solved. The Public Safety Department says after their report was released, they were contacted by the Utility Department and that they had been asked by contractor Ben Ivey to remove the pole and store it until a concrete pad could be poured at Veteran's Memorial Park, where it would be reinstalled.


HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH TEACHER SHARES TRAGIC STORY OF HER SON KILLED BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER

Thursday, October 16

Union County High School students were given yet another reason for not texting and driving Wednesday morning during the announcement period. Gilda Tafolla, a Spanish teacher at UCHS, appeared on the school’s closed-circuit television system to tell the students about her own son being killed by a young woman who was using her phone while driving in front of their home. She described her 12-year old child’s crumpled, lifeless body after being struck by the vehicle, with thoughts of what might have been. Her message to the students about using their cell phones while driving was a simple one--don’t do it.

Union County High School students are currently in a program sponsored by State Farm Insurance and local agent Letha King that could win them a grant of up to $100,000 by going online and taking the 2 + 2 pledge. That’s two eyes on the road, and two hands on the wheel. You can make a safe driving commitment, too, and help out UCHS by going to www.celebratemydrive.com and registering your commitment with Union County High School. You may vote once per day per e-mail address. The voting period ends at the end of the day on October 24th.

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REP. MICK MULVANEY RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS ON EBOLA, ISIS

Thursday, October 16

Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney was in Union Wednesday afternoon and dropped by our WBCU Studios. We had the chance to ask the congressman about some events occurring internationally and in the United States. The potential for the spread of the Ebola virus is on the minds of many, but Mulvaney says we shouldn’t be afraid.

Another question concerns the ISIS threat and President Obama's statement of an unwillingness to send in American troops.

Mulvaney’s visit to Union Wednesday included a visit to the Union County Fair.

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FLAG POLE THAT WAS TO BE DONATED TO VIETNAM KIA MEMORIAL REPORTED STOLEN

Thursday, October 16

Union Public Safety is investigating the theft of a flag pole. The incident report states the flag pole, which was located on the property of the now-closed Excelsior Mill, had been designated to be given to the American Legion. A Milliken representative, Michael Malarik, told officers that he talked with an American Legion representative two weeks ago about donating the pole to the group. When Malarik checked on the property this past Friday, he noticed the pole, which was located in a lower parking lot, was missing. The report stated the value of the flag pole is valued at $5000. The case has been turned over to investigators.

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USC-UNION TO HONOR TWO AT ANNUAL FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION TOMORROW

Thursday, October 16

The University of South Carolina-Union will hold their 19th-annual Founder’s Day celebration tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. The Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education will honor Mr. William Comer and Dr. Allan Charles at the celebration in USC-Union’s Main Building Auditorium at 401 East Main Street. A reception will follow in the Main Building Lobby at 11:45 a.m.  Following the presentations, their portraits will be unveiled on stage, and they will be displayed in the Main Building’s Community Room at USC-Union.


COMMITTEE FORMED TO STUDY POSSIBILITY OF TURNING COURTHOUSE INTO A TRUE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

Wednesday, October 15

Longtime court house offices could be moving to a new location in the future. It all depends on recommendations from a committee appointed during Tuesday's County Council meeting. The committee, made of councilpersons Frank Hart, Ben Ivey, Kacie Petrie, and Supervisor Tommy Sinclair, will be studying the possibility of turning the Union County Court House into a true Law Enforcement Center. If that committee deems it appropriate, all non court-related offices would be relocated. Just where they would be relocated to is a part of what the committee is charged with determining. Space is at a premium, as Assistant Solicitor John Anthony told the council that he just found out his office was previously a closet.

In action at the meeting, council voted to return Kim Gist to the Work Force Investment Board and Joan Penland and Gwin Lindler were re-appointed to the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

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COMMIT TO SAFE DRIVING AND HELP UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WIN MONEY, CONCERT

Wednesday, October 15

Union County High School students now have a new incentive not to text and drive as a result of a partnership with local State Farm Agent Letha King. Denise Eubanks, a teacher at the high school, tells us about it.

In addition to the cash awards, schools also have the chance to win a concert by The Band Perry. You can learn more about the program by visiting the State Farm Booth at the Union County Fair. To vote, go online to www.celebratemydrive.com. You can vote once per e-mail address, per day.

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR AMAZON TOMORROW IN UNION

Wednesday, October 15

SMX Staffing will hold a recruitment event for Amazon at the Union SC Works office tomorrow from 9am-11:30am. The jobs are temporary for all shifts (day, night, midday) at an hourly rate of $10.75—$11.25. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must bring proof of education. They will be hiring warehouse associates that will receive and stock material, pick, pack, and ship material. Also, employees will load and unload trucks, may drive powered industrial equipment, as well as work with and/or around moving mechanical parts. The noise level varies and can be loud, and temperature may vary between 60-90 degrees, occasionally exceeding 90 degrees. The environment is very fast-paced. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, be able to lift 49 lbs., and willing to work overtime. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view job order #579534. A staff referral is required. Apply online at: http://apply.smjobs.com and enter job code 7C1S. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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STAFFMARK HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR BELK TOMORROW IN UNION

Wednesday, October 15

Staffmark Corporation will also hold a recruitment event Thursday from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Union SC Works office. They are looking for warehouse associates for Belk. These are general warehouse positions that will vary from picking and packing with an RF scanner, to lift operations, to cycle for counting, and inventory control. The hours are Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm or 3pm-11pm, and Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm plus overtime and weekends as needed. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20 & 70 lbs and be on your feet between 6-12 hrs./day. The salary range for 1st shift is $9-$9.50/hr., and 2nd shift, $9.25-$9.75/hr. There will be a $0.50 per hour raise after 90 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years old due to the warehouse setting and corporate policies. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position.

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GREAT SOUTHEAST SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL SET FOR TOMORROW

Wednesday, October 15

The Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill will be held tomorrow. Individuals and communities throughout Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia will participate in the event, which will be part of the largest earthquake safety drill ever held. In all, more than 23.8 million people are expected to participate.

WBCU will broadcast a 60-second drill while ShakeOut participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. This is the recommended safety action to take during an earthquake, and is designed to protect an individual’s head and neck from falling debris. The drill will be broadcast at approximately 10:16 am Thursday.

Generally, earthquakes are thought to be rare in South Carolina, but records show they occur more often than we might think. Annually, South Carolina records eleven to fourteen earthquakes; however, they are generally not noticed by the population.

One of the most noticeable occurred on Valentines Day this year when a quake, centered near Edgefield, hit at 10:23 p.m., rattling dishes and even shaking some small items from shelves. Even so, there were no immediate reports of damage. There was some minor damage in nearby counties, such as cracks appearing in sidewalks, walls and driveways.

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NO BUSINESS VIOLATIONS REPORTED IN ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS

Wednesday, October 15

Between October 1st and October 10th, the Drug Task Force conducted 26 alcohol compliance checks at businesses across Union County. During those checks, no alcohol was found to be distributed to the underage operative for the Sheriff's Office by those establishments. There were two separate "shoulder tap buys" that did take place on October 1st. The operative approached Matthew Shran Gregory, 41, of 110 Hickory Street, Jonesville, outside of the Kangaroo Express, located 100 S Main St, in Jonesville, and Gregory purchased an amount of an alcoholic beverage for the operative. A short time later, the operative approached Ronald Glenn Garner, 57, of 1821 Jonesville Lockhart Highway, outside the Kelly One Stop, located at 1508 Jonesville Lockhart Highway. Garner also purchased an alcoholic beverage for the operative. Gregory and Garner were both issued summons for transfer of beer to a person under 21.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO REVIEW TEXTBOOKS BEFORE THEIR ADOPTION BY STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, October 15

The Union County School District has announced that the general public has been invited to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s public schools. The materials will be recommended to the State Board of Education for adoption on December 10, 2014, by the Instructional Materials Review Panels appointed by the board. The materials are in the following subject areas: Social Studies, Advanced Placement Human Geography, and Elementary Cursive Writing, for grades 3-5.

This year, the South Carolina Department of Education will conduct a virtual public review of the student materials for each recommended program from October 10 through November 10, 2014. Access to the web links for each proposed program and the Public Review Comment Form is available on the web at www.mysctextbooks.com under “What’s New.” State Board of Education members will review citizens’ comments before a final decision is made on adopting the materials.


SCHOOL BOARD HEARS POSITIVE NEWS ON HIGH SCHOOL TEST SCORES

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County School Board of Trustees met in their regular bi-monthly session Monday night and heard a report from the Director of District Accountability, Cindy Langley, on test data. There were a lot of figures offered to the board, and Langley explained the meaning of those numbers.

In other action, the board approved two diplomas under Act 155 and authorized a field trip involving a water activity.

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FIREFIGHTERS THANK SPONSORS WHO HELPED PROVIDE 350 SMOKE DETECTORS

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County Firefighters Association says they would like to thank the sponsors who helped raise money to purchase the detectors to give away for Fire Prevention Week. Union County Baptist Association, Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, Sonoco Plastics, Gault's Small Engine,  Paradise Home Center, Ace Hardware, and Union County Council all contributed. They assisted in purchasing around 350 detectors, for which several people signed up at the event Saturday. The remainder will be given out at the fair at the Union County Emergency Management exhibit booth.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING SET FOR THIS AFTERNOON

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County Council will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30 pm. The agenda lists several items for presentation, including one from Ted Trantham representing the Ottaray Community Group, Torance Inman discussing the proposed Vietnam KIA Memorial, and the consideration of filling vacancies on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. The council will also give first reading for an amendment to the building code ordinance.

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UNION COUNTY FAIR SET TO OPEN TODAY

Tuesday, October 14

The Union County Fair is set to open today amid a forecast of heavy rain. Fair Director Paul Winters says:

Winters say when the rain clears out, it should be a great week.

The Union County Fair will feature agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, food vendors, and entertainment.

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MAGNA MIRRORS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TODAY

Tuesday, October 14

Magna Mirrors, a company located in Greer, SC, will hold a recruitment event today from 9am until noon. They are looking to hire assemblers/operators at $11.75/hr. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, 401k, and tuition assistance. A high school diploma or GED is required, and a minimum of 2-5 yrs. of experience and/or training is preferred. Applicants must undergo drug testing, screening, and background check. The positions are available Monday through Friday on first shift from 6 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., and second shift from 4 p.m. to 12:20 a.m., plus overtime. Please bring a résumé and come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. 


FIREFIGHTERS, CROWD ASSEMBLE FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK ACTIVITY SATURDAY

Monday, October 13

Some twenty pieces of fire and rescue equipment were assembled on the grounds of the Walmart shopping center Saturday in an observance of Fire Prevention Week. All of Union County's fire departments were represented, along with rescue squads and the Regional One helicopter. The day’s events started with a parade Saturday morning. Roger Bailey of the Southside Fire Department explained why they do this.

Prior to the event, Union County fire personnel raised funds to purchase smoke detectors to be donated to people who do not have one in their home. Their goal is an attempt to place at least one working smoke detector in every Union County home.

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SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION GROUPS COME TOGETHER AT BLACKSTOCK BATTLEFIELD

Monday, October 13

On November 23rd, the James Williams SAR camp and the Daniel Morgan SAR group will co-sponsor a commemorative event at 2PM at the Blackstock Battlefield in the Cross Keys community. On November 20, 1780, a battle was fought there which, in the opinion of many historians, was the turning point of the American Revolution. Lt. Col. Banestre Tarleton of the British Army had never been defeated in the Revolution and was viewed by many on both sides as invincible. That fateful day, he faced the Gamecock, Thomas Sumter. At the end of the day, over half of Tarleton's men were dead or wounded, with only six Patriots wounded and three killed. While Tarleton claimed the victory in a message to his commander Lord Cornwallis who was camped in Fairfield County, the facts prove otherwise. Just a few weeks later, Tarleton faced Daniel Morgan's forces at Cowpens. One writer gives the length of the battle as just forty-seven minutes. Following that event, it was pretty much on to Yorktown. The public is invited.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 PLANS MEETING TONIGHT

Monday, October 13

Union American Legion Post 22 is having its monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Veterans Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., followed by a speaker at 6:30, and the business meeting at 7:00. Specially planned for this meeting is the installation ceremony for the new officers for the 2014-15 year. Regular Post 22 meetings, such as this one, are held on the second Monday evening of every month, except July. Also, the annual Veterans Day banquet on November 11th replaces the November meeting. The Veterans Day dinner is just a month away, and Post 22 members are reminded that it is only free to current members, their spouses, and invitees, although any qualified veteran can attend by joining that same day as well. Those interested in joining the Legion are also always welcome to attend any of the regular meetings without charge, in order to learn more about the American Legion.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, October 13

The Union County School Board of Trustees is set to meeting tonight. That session will taken place at 7:00 pm in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. An update will be given on the AP, SAT and End-of-Course test data. The board will consider two Act 155 diploma requests, and one field trip request involving a water activity. Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles and Career and Technology Center Director Kevin Morrow will discuss achievements and programs at their schools. An executive session is on the agenda. The purpose is stated as being for two hearings and two personnel matters. 


HOSPITAL BOARD HEARS DISTRICT PLAN FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES SUCH AS EBOLA

Friday, October 10

Ebola is the disease that is causing a lot of concern these days, and that concern is being dealt with at Wallace Thomson Hospital. During Thursday night's meeting of the Board of Trustees, Emily Cannon brought the group up to date on precautions being taken locally.

One area of concern is for emergency medical personnel who may come in contact with an infectious disease. EMS Director Ronnie Roberson talked about the precautions taken by the EMS workers.

Emily Cannon said while the Ebola virus is a concern, people in our area should be more proactive for the other issues they may confront, such as flu, whooping cough, and the enterovirus that is currently affecting young children.

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FOSTER PARK RECEIVES GRANTS WORTH $8000

Friday, October 10

Four teachers at Foster Park Elementary School will benefit from a total of $8,000 in grants to purchase classroom supplies and fund activities for the school’s students. Principal Barbara Palmer said the the school had received a $4,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and another $4,000 in grants from the PPG Industries Foundation. She said the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant is being used to purchase books for students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades. In addition, the PPG Industries Foundation donated approximately $1,000 each to four FPES teachers. Palmer said that the teachers applied for the grants, which were sponsored by a PPG employee whose son is a student at the school. Palmer thanked both the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the PPG Industries Foundation for their support of the school, and the teachers for writing the grant requests.

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MONARCH NAMED SCHOOL OF THE YEAR BY WALMART

Friday, October 10

Monarch Elementary School has been selected School of the Year by Walmart.  The representatives from Walmart in Union surprised the faculty at MES by thanking the administration and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice of the teachers.  A total of $1000 was given to the teachers at MES.  Also, a cake was presented for all to enjoy.

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UNION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GIVES GRANTS TO FOUR ORGANIZATIONS

Friday, October 10

Four Union County organizations received grants Thursday afternoon from the Union Community Foundation. Jim and Kathy Stepp received a $500 grant for Meals on Wheels. Safe Home's Tanya Brannon received a $500 check for that organization. Ben Loftis received a $500 grant for the Union County Carnegie Library, and Earl Black was given a $500 donation for the Union County Council on Aging.

Lisa Morris with the Union Community Foundation explained how the four groups were chosen.

The funds for the Union Community Foundation are administered by the Spartanburg County Foundation. Troy Hanna, President and CEO of the Spartanburg County Foundation, explained the partnership.

The Union Community Foundation began a few years back with $1 million in seed money from the City of Union.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATING THEFT OF COLOGNE, TV, AND TOILET SEAT FROM WALMART

Friday, October 10

Union Public Safety officers are investigating a rather bold shoplifting case. Walmart Loss Prevention Officer Kenneth Newton told police that on Tuesday at about 11:30, a black male entered the store through the home and living side and proceeded to the fragrance area, where he loaded 15 bottles of cologne, valued at $586.58, into a shopping cart. He then walked over to the electronics section and loaded a 37” TV into the cart. The TV is valued at $198. Lastly, he took a toilet seat, which was valued at $9. The suspect then exited the store through a fire door located near the sporting goods area. Outside, he loaded the merchandise into a waiting white vehicle, believed to be a newer Chrysler 200. Investigators are looking into the theft.

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING AMAZON RECRUITMENT EVENT TUESDAY

Friday, October 10

SMX Staffing will be holding a recruitment event for Amazon next Tuesday, October 14th, from 9am-12p. These are temporary jobs for all shifts. The hourly pay is $10.75 to $11.25. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must bring proof of education. Warehouse associates will receive and stock material, pick, pack and ship material. They will also load and unload trucks, and may drive powered industrial equipment, as well as work with and/or around moving mechanical parts. The noise level varies and can be loud, and temperatures may vary between 60-90 degrees, occasionally exceeding 90 degrees. The environment is very fast-paced.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and able to lift 49 lbs. You must be willing to work overtime and learn industrial equipment. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view job order #579534. You may apply online at: http://apply.smjobs.com, then enter job code 7C1S. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


THREE ARRESTED IN PROSTITUTION STING

Thursday, October 9

Narcotics officers with the Union County Sheriff's Office and Union Public Safety Department officers performed an undercover prostitution operation at a local motel on Tuesday. During this undercover operation, Gary Montgomery, 54, of 71 Wheatly Way, Fountain Inn, Maurice Powers, 33, of 292 Northside Church Road, Laurens, and Michael Land, 38, of 511 Santuc Drive, Union, were all arrested after paying money to an undercover agent of the Union County Sheriff's Office in exchange for sexual acts. All of the above were charged with soliciting prostitution, and Land was also charged with having an open container of beer when he arrived in his vehicle.

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ARREST MADE IN CHAMBERS AVENUE SHOOTING

Thursday, October 9

An arrest has been made in the case of an attempted murder that we reported on yesterday. Benjamin Mills of 110-A Chambers Avenue was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The victim, John Russell Thomas, had gone to the emergency room of Wallace Thomson Hospital to seek treatment of the wound. It was there he told officers that he would handle the matter himself.

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UNION MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES AFTER THROWING A SCREWDRIVER AT A WOMAN

Thursday, October 9

Tuesday, deputies were called to the Wallace Thomson Emergency Room in reference to a stabbing victim. Upon arrival, the victim reported that she got into an argument with Harold Gossett, 71, of 305 Lover's Lane Rd., over her kids building a wood fort on his front porch. She stated the kids play between her house and Gossett's house everyday after school. When the kids got home after school, they built a fort out of wood on Gossett's porch. He came out of the house and told the kids to clean up the mess. The victim then told the kids to put up their book bags first. Gossett and the victim then got into an argument about the kids cleaning up the wood on the porch. She stated that during the argument, Gossett picked up a large screwdriver and threw it at her, striking her in the face. The deputy did observe a puncture wound on the left side of her mouth, consistent with the size of a screwdriver. A warrant was issued by the Chief Magistrate for 2nd-degree assault and battery. Gossett was arrested and transported to the Union County Jail for booking.

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RELAY FOR LIFE RECRUITING NEW TEAMS, REMINDING FANS TO "PINK OUT" FRIDAY'S GAME

Thursday, October 9

The Relay for Life organization will be conducting a Team Recruitment class on Monday, October 20th, at 7pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center. This does not apply to People who already have a team. They are looking for people who are interested in starting a team, and the goal is to get them started on the right foot. Organizers ask that this be talked up at work, church and with family and friends.  They are looking to get 10 more teams started. One additional Relay event is coming out. It's the Pink Out game Friday between Union and Broome. They are looking to bring home the pink trophy to Union County.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS SET FOR OCTOBER 30TH

Thursday, October 9

The Union Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for their next Business After Hours. It's set for Thursday, October 30th, at the Union Arts Council Gallery. They are looking for sponsors for the event. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact the Chamber right away. They are limited to four sponsors at $300 per sponsorship. The Chamber office will take care of all the arrangements, including sending out invitations, food, entertainment, and door prizes. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors these events periodically as networking opportunities for area businesses and organizations.

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ABSENTEE VOTING NOW OPEN FOR GENERAL ELECTION

Thursday, October 9

It's a little less than a month before election day, but absentee voting is now available to those who qualify. The Absentee Precinct opened Monday at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office. An Election Commission spokesperson said that individuals who will not be able to be physically present at their voting precinct on Nov. 4th can vote absentee, either by requesting an absentee ballot and returning it before Election Day, or voting on one of the two voting machines set up in the Registrar’s Office. There are 18 reasons a person may not be able to be physically present at their voting precinct on Election Day. You can find out if you qualify for absentee voting by contacting the Voter Registration office or going online to www.scvotes.org.

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HOSPITAL BOARD SET TO MEET TONIGHT

Thursday, October 9

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees and the the Finance committee will be meeting tonight. That meeting will take place in the Board Room at the Hospital at 6:00 pm. There is a possibility of hearing an update on talks that are currently going between the Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Health Care Systems concern a partnership between the two.


PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES SHOOTING ON CHAMBERS AVENUE

Wednesday, October 8

Monday morning, Union Public Safety officers were advised of shots being fired around the 100 block of Chambers Avenue. Officer Lee Chambers arrived on the scene and spoke with several people in the area who told him they had heard an argument in the parking lot but did not witness anything. Shortly after Officer Chambers cleared the scene, he was advised that a gunshot victim was in the emergency room at Wallace Thomson Hospital. At the hospital, the officer spoke with John Russell Thomas, of 209 Hill Street, Union. When Thomas was asked who shot him, he responded by saying he would handle it himself. The case has been turned over to investigators.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES JEWELRY THEFT

Wednesday, October 8

Union County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of grand larceny that occurred between September 28th and October 5th. Eleanor Bowling of Old Union Road, Lockhart, reported that several items of jewelry were taken from a drawer in her bathroom. She told deputies that the only person inside her home during the time frame was a worker she hired from Lo Tyme Tree Service. She said the person used her bathroom on October 3rd, and she thought it was odd that he took such a long time. She did not get the subject's name. Taken was a diamond watch valued at $700, three diamond rings, one appraised at $40000, one at $2500, and another appraised at $3300. Also taken was a gold cupid and heart bracelet valued at $150, and two other bracelets for which she could not provide a value. Bowling described the suspect as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.

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MEDI HOME HOSPICE AND TRI COUNTY HOME HEALTH ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH AUSTIN REHAB

Wednesday, October 8

Medi Home Hospice & Tri County Home Health has announced that the organization has entered into a partnership with Austin Rehab of Union. A spokesperson said the partnership will enable Medi Home Hospice to not only provide its patients with hospice services, but home health care and therapy services as well.

Being able to offer both home health care and hospice care, Medi Home Hospice’s partnership with Austin Rehab will offer patients and their families greater continuity of service when and if a patient’s condition reaches the point where they have to go from home health care to hospice care.

The partnership between Medi Home Hospice & Tri County Home Health and Austin Rehab is a contractual one, not a merger. Both companies remain separate entities with their own names and own staffs, but will be working together to benefit the patients and the families of the patients who need their help.

Medi Home Hospice & Tri County Home Health can be contacted at 864-427-8322, and Austin Rehab and can be contacted at 864-429-3003.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST TRICK OR TREAT DOWNTOWN ON OCTOBER 31ST

Wednesday, October 8

The Union County Chamber of Commerce is saying, “Dress up and Come on Down.” They are talking about the annual Halloween Trick or Treat celebration where youngsters are invited to parade the sidewalks and pick up treats from merchants. An e-mail release from the chamber says, "We would like to invite anyone/everyone (church, business, or industry) that would like to come to Main Street, participate, and help make this a fun safe event for our children." It’s set for October 31st from 4:30 to 5:30. For more information, call 864-427-9039 or e-mail ralexander@unionsc.com.

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187 HUNTING DOGS ENTERED IN COON HUNTER COMPETITION THIS PAST WEEKEND

Wednesday, October 8

The Coon Hunters Kennel Club held what is called the Super Bowl of Coon Hunting in Union last week, with a bench show on Saturday afternoon. The event drew around 187 hunting dogs, with three nights of qualifying for a guaranteed cash prize of $20,000. Each night was an elimination round, with 14 dogs hunting in the finals on Saturday night. Curtiss Hunter of the Union County Tourism Commission said the CHKC Super Bowl was a precursor to the Palmetto State Jamboree and Hunting Expo scheduled to take place during the first whole week in December. Hunter said Saturday’s event was just a spinoff of the December hunt, but after talking to organizers, she believes it could become something big, as well. The jamboree and expo in December will be a family-oriented sportsman’s expo, featuring numerous vendors.


SCHOOL DISTRICT SUED following OCTOBER 2012 INCIDENT

Tuesday, October 7

The Union County School District is being sued by a student, identified only as Jane Doe, for a gross negligent act of failing to provide a safe environment to protect the plaintiff. The suit listed the name of the Guardian Ad Litem as filing the action on behalf a Jane Doe who was 14 at the time of the alleged assault, which is listed as occurring on October 1, 2012. The details listed in the suit are far too graphic for broadcast, but it does name two students who are alleged to have committed the assault. The action charges the school district with failure to supervise students in the classroom setting. The suit is asking that the defendant be found guilty of negligent supervision, that the defendant be found guilty of negligent infliction of emotional distress, and for such other and further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate. It also asks that she be granted compensatory damages for her pain and suffering, that she be granted punitive damages, and that she be granted the cost of this action and interest and such other and further relief as is just and proper. The action was filed September 30th.

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ROSE HILL WILL HOST "TALES OF UNION COUNTY AND BEYOND" OCTOBER 25TH

Tuesday, October 7

The popular program "Tales of Union County & Beyond" will return to Rose Hill Plantation October 25th. Organizers say you may have a mysterious evening as Rose Hill Plantation presents a program for visitors to enjoy local legends and ghostly tales told by regional storytellers. They have new storytellers this year, and with that, some different stories to hear.

The eeriness will begin at 6:30 pm behind the kitchen at the rear of the Gist Mansion. While listening to Southern folklore, stories and legends, the whole family can enjoy a marshmallow roast by the campfire, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and other refreshments. All the fixings for s’mores will be provided.

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair, a blanket or some other form of portable seating, and to dress for the weather to ensure their comfort. Lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven, so decent walking shoes are recommended. They ask that you bring your own mug so they can reduce styrofoam waste.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Please e-mail or call in your reservation by October 23rd so they'll we know how much food to prepare. Call 427-5966 or e-mail rosehill@scprt.com. Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is at 2677 Sardis Road in Union. Cost for the program is $7.50 per person, with kids age 5 and under free. This is a S.C. Park Passport Plus program.

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SCHEDULING CONFLICT FOR MONTY ALLEN LEADS TO CHANGE IN CHURCH NIGHT LINEUP

Tuesday, October 7

The Union County Fair starts up next week, and that always bring an air of excitement to the community. One of the popular events is what is billed as Church Night at the Fair. There has been a change in the lineup for that, and Paul Winters tells us about it.

The first day for the fair will be next Tuesday, October 14th.

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AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS REMIND CITIZENS OF PREVENTION TIPS

Tuesday, October 7

This is Fire Prevention Week, and area fire departments say this is a good time to take a few minutes to test smoke alarms and review insurance policies. A few preventive things you can do is:

1.) Make sure your smoke detectors are working, and change the batteries on the same date every year. Make sure you test your smoke alarm at least once a month.

2.) Consider purchasing a central monitoring service for fire and burglary, which may also qualify you for discount on your homeowners insurance.

3.) Clear debris from around your house, and empty gutters around your home.

4.) Don’t leave your stove unattended.

5.) Smokers, remember to extinguish cigarettes.

6.) Properly maintain your clothes dryer, because extremely flammable lint can build in a compacted ventilation system.

The will be a Fire Prevention Week parade Saturday, and a display of firefighting and rescue equipment will be set up on the grounds at Wal-Mart.

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STAFFING ASSOCIATES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Tuesday, October 7

Staffing Associates will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office Wednesday from 1-4pm. They are looking to hire team leaders at an hourly rate of $12-$15 depending on experience. They also want forklift operators at $9.50-$10.50/hr., and machine operators at $10.48/hr. All positions are temporary to hire, and a high school diploma or GED is required. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.


SILENT WITNESS VIGIL SCHEDULED IN SPARTANBURG THURSDAY

Monday, October 6

The 17th-annual Silent Witness Vigil will take place on Thursday, October 9th, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Daniel Morgan Square on Main Street in Spartanburg.

In the United States, millions of people, most often women and children, are affected by domestic violence each year. Newly released statistics from the Violence Policy Center state that per capita, South Carolina ranks 2nd in number of homicides committed by an intimate, and it has some of the highest rates of violent crime in the United States. Statewide, the Upstate finds itself with high rankings as well. In 2013, SAFE Homes –Rape Crisis Coalition assisted 6087 families and children with domestic violence services, including sheltering 344 women and children.

Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of employment or educational level, race or ethnic background, religion, marital status, physical ability, age, or sexual orientation. In a survey conducted by Lieberman Research, Inc., 82% of Americans said they would do something to reduce domestic violence if they knew what to do. SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition and its community partners urge you to attend the vigil and find out more about the problem and how to help in our community.

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LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NOT INVOLVED IN RECENT BUSINESS INFORMATION CALLS

Monday, October 6

The Union County Chamber of Commerce says it has been brought to their attention that calls are being made from 402-509-5055 to businesses, not just in our area, but throughout the country. The caller is asking to verify business information; when pressed, they say they are from the Chamber of Commerce or, more specifically, the American Chamber of Commerce. From the information gathered, this is not a legitimate Chamber of Commerce phone call. The Union County Chamber of Commerce is not a participant in these calls.

According to the Chamber, whenever they are involved with solicitation of their publication products (magazine and map), they will always inform their members that it is taking place. They say if they contact you via telephone for other business related to the chamber, they will always identify themselves as a member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce staff or the company handling the publications, and you will recognize a local phone number and caller.

If at any time you have a question about calls made to you or your business, you are asked to call the Chamber at 864-427-9039.

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MODERN HEALTHCARE NAMES HOSPICE CARE OF SC TO AWARDS LIST

Monday, October 6

Modern Healthcare, an industry trade publication, has announced that Hospice Care of South Carolina has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The publication recognizes employers for outstanding performance in economic development, employee retention and satisfaction. Hospice Care of South Carolina has been headquartered in Spartanburg since 1997 and has an office in Union. A news release states, “Being named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014 validates that Hospice Care of South Carolina has built a culture in which employees are supported and engaged." The company, as all the winners, will be announced at the Best Places to Work Awards Gala in Chicago October 23rd.

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BUFFALO AND LOCKHART AMONG SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN WALK TO SCHOOL DAY WEDNESDAY

Monday, October 6

Buffalo Elementary School along with Union Public Safety, UCHS football players, cheerleaders, band members, parents and grandparents will be joining schools across the country to celebrate International Carolina Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. The celebration begins at 1:30 with kids, parents and community leaders walking from the flag pole. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative poster. In South Carolina, nearly 300 schools are expected to participate with a variety of events. Lockhart School will also hold an observance. Walk to school events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, as well as pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concerns for the environment and building connection between families, schools and the broader community.


COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPRESS CONCERNS OVER EVENTS CENTER PROJECT

Friday, October 3

The jury is still out on whether or not the proposed Union Events Center will become a reality. The Union county and city councils met in a joint session Thursday evening mainly for the purpose of having an open discussion on the matter. The Events Center Board has requested funding from both groups, but there were reservations expressed by members of both councils. The Center’s board is asking the county for $250,000 of non-committed hospitality tax moneys and 50% of the same funds from the city for a three-year period. That 50% would amount to approximately $100,000 per year. Events Center Board Chair Bob Love commented that between the city and the county, “There’s plenty of money to go around."

While questioning some of the revenue projections for the center, Councilman Randall Hanvey commented that from the feedback he has received, “The community support is not there” for the project. Councilwoman Joan Little agreed that the feedback she has received has been negative. Basing her comments on the recent Uniquely Union Festival, Councilwoman Kacie Petrie said, “Union people don’t support Union events." She added, “This makes me nervous.” Mayor Harold Thompson supports the project and said, “We’re not going to raise taxes."

Union City Councilman Jim Wilson indicated he still questions the validity of the project.

County Councilman Randall Hanvey says it is the unknown that scares him.

City Councilman Tommy Hill spoke in favor of the undertaking, saying it’s one of the elements needed to keep people from leaving the community.

Bob Love defended the project numerous times during the meeting, saying contributions are still coming in. “We have never stopped fund raising and grant writing,” Love said. He added if the funding doesn’t come through, there is a lot to lose.

Discussion on the subject is expected to continue and should come up in a future meetings of both councils. About 25 citizens attended the meeting but were not given an opportunity to express their opinions.

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FOUR PUT ON TRESPASS NOTICE AFTER SKIPPING SCHOOL AND HANGING OUT IN A SHED

Friday, October 3

Last Friday, a deputy with the Union County Sheriff's Office responded to a call in reference to a group of juveniles that were in a shed and possibly trespassing. Upon arrival, the officer located the 4 juveniles sitting under the shed. They were asked what they were doing at the residence, and they all stated they didn't want to go to school that day and were skipping school. The deputy talked with the complainant and asked him if anything looked out of place, and he stated that nothing appeared to be out of place or missing at that time. The complainant gave the deputy a phone number to the owner of the house, who lives in another county. The owner stated if nothing was broken into, to put all four on trespass notice and let the school punish them accordingly. All four were placed on trespass notice and were released into the custody of UCHS administration and SRO Mike Nance.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD TO HOLD MONTHLY MEETING MONDAY

Friday, October 3

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, October 6th, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Schools District Office Annex, located at 120 Lakeside Drive in Union.  The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Executive Director Catherine Childers at 429-1740, ext. 134, prior to the start of the meeting.

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TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION

Friday, October 3

If you have not registered to vote, tomorrow will be the last day to do so before the November general election that is slated for November 4th. There are a number of races where the positions are up for grabs. The Union County Voter Registration office will open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Registration to vote can also be accomplished by going online at www.scvotes.org. Just follow the prompts and that will lead you through the process.


IRS TELEPHONE SCAM REAPPEARS IN UNION

Thursday, October 2

A familiar telephone scam is showing up again in Union County. This is someone posing as an IRS agent and is trying to solicit money. The call comes in as a voice message where the caller asks that his call be returned immediately because it is a “time-sensitive” matter. The caller never specifies the reason for the call. Earlier this year, there was a similar scam where con artists targeted the Upstate, posing as IRS agents threatening to sue people. Sheriff David Taylor said dozens of people have called and complained about this latest scam. He says should you receive one of the calls to hang up the phone immediately.

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CITY COUNCIL HOLDS JOINT MEETING WITH COUNTY COUNCIL ON EVENTS CENTER TODAY

Thursday, October 2

The Union County Council will hold a joint special meeting with the Union City Council this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Union County Annex. They will discuss the proposed Union Events Center and other matters.

City council held a workshop session a little more than a week ago to receive information they had requested from the Events Center Board. The board is asking the city to extend a bridge loan so construction can begin on the project. They have also requested a significant portion of the county’s Accommodations and Hospitality tax. It has been suggested this money could be used to sustained the center’s operation once open.

The public is invited to attend all of the previously mentioned meetings.

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USC-UNION STUDENTS SUPPORT ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

Thursday, October 2

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and the awareness of the disease. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and brings in participants of all ages and abilities. The Spartanburg chapter has raised over half of their goal this year with 73 teams.

Bobby Holcombe’s University 101 class at USC-Union is the only Walk to End Alzheimer’s team in Union County. In 2012-2013, his four classes raised over $5,000, and this year his two classes have raised $650 so far. Holcombe and his University 101 class raise money by selling Alzheimer’s Association merchandise and hosting the Miss USC-Union Pageant in the spring. “We hope to exceed $2000 by October 11th," Holcombe says. The class also participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Spartanburg. Aundi Hunter, Alzheimer’s Association Upstate’s Director of Development, spoke to Holcombe’s University 101 class and stated, “Bobby does a great job by getting the Alzheimer's Association to talk to the class and spread the awareness.”

This year, the walk will be held on Saturday, October 11th, at Wofford College at Gibbs Stadium. Registration begins at 9:00am, the ceremony starts at 9:45am, and the 2-3 mile walk begins at 10:00am. The Spartanburg office serves Union County, and they are located at the Union County Health Department at 115 Thomas Street on the first and last Thursdays of the month. They can be reached at (800) 272-3900 for any inquiries, requests for appointments or care consultations.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT PREPARES FOR SENIOR DAY AT THE FAIR

Thursday, October 2

The Union County Fair gets underway in a little more than a week, and the Union County Recreation Department has set the date for their annual Senior Citizens day.

Recreation Department Program Director Jessica Gallman tells us all about it.

For more information about this special day, you may contact the Recreation Department at 429-1670.


VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE TO OPEN FOR A FEW HOURS SATURDAY

Wednesday, October 1

As reported earlier, Saturday is the last day to register to vote in the November 4th general election. While normally the Voter Registration Office is closed on Saturdays, the Union County Election Commission met Monday night and decided to open the Union office for a few hours that day. The office will be open from 9 a.m. until noon to register citizens who have yet to do so. Going to the Voter Registration Office can be avoided altogether by going online to www.scvotes.org. By following the prompts, a qualified individual can complete the process without leaving home.

There are a number of contested races in the upcoming election, including that of SC House of Representatives District 42. Incumbent Democrat Mike Anthony will face Republican challenger David Tribble.

The race for Probate Judge will see two newcomers competing for the office. Democrat Calvin Payton will face Republican William D. All, III. Incumbent Coroner, Democrat William Holcombe, will go up against Republican challenger Scott Lewis.

For Union County Supervisor, Democrat Frank Hart's name will be on the ballot with no opposition listed. There will be a place for write-in votes.

County Council District 1 will see Democrat and incumbent Joan Little going up against Republican Randy English. Incumbent Councilman Ben C. Ivey, III, has no opposition in district 4.

There are several contested races for the Union County Board of School Trustees. In District 3, incumbent Kim Bailey will face retired teacher and coach, Mike Massey. In District 4, there are three newcomers in the race, as incumbent Buck Peay did not file for reelection. The three running for the post are Gene Doc Lipsey, Jeremy Donnell Robinson and Trad Robinson. In District 9, Jessica Childers Sherbert will face incumbent Jane R. Wilkes. District 5's Jane Hart Hammett and District 8's Wanda R. All do not have opposition.

As a reminder, photo identification will be required to vote in the general election.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY AT MCCUTCHEN MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Wednesday, October 1

Deputies with the Union County Sheriff's Office are investigating a break-in at a local church. The deputies were called Monday to McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church after William Gonce reported the break-in. The police report stated that between Sunday and Monday, someone had entered the church by pushing an air conditioner out of a window. After the suspects entered the building, they went through, opening doors and going through closets. The door to the pastor's study had been kicked in and drawers were rummaged. Gonce said he did not believe anything was taken. Investigator Scott Coffer has taken over the case.

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SEMINAR CONCERNING CONTAMINATED WATER AT CAMP LEJEUNE SCHEDULED IN COLUMBIA

Wednesday, October 1

The Union County Office of Veterans Affairs has been informed by the SC Division of Veterans Affairs of information concerning a seminar sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 303. The program will be held at the American Legion Post 6 in Columbia.  They are holding this seminar on October 21st at 7:30 PM, and it is concerning all those (especially marines) who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957–1987 and were exposed to contaminated water. The address for the American Legion Post 6 is: 200 Pickens St., Columbia, SC, 29205.  Additional information can be obtained by contact the local Veterans Affairs office.

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UNION COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS STILL SEEKING MONEY FOR SMOKE DETECTORS

Wednesday, October 1

Union County Firemen are still seeking donations of cash to purchase smoke detectors. They want to give the smoke detectors away to people who do not currently have at least one in the home. A special event is planned for October 11th, when there will be a fire prevention parade and a display of fire-fighting and rescue equipment set up on the grounds of Wal-Mart, where the units will be given away. Currently, they are about $1200 short of their goal to purchase 400 of the detectors. They are looking to do their part in ensuring that every home in Union has a smoke detector. Donations can be made at your community fire department or here at WBCU.

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HIGH SCHOOL STING MACHINE TAKES FIRST PLACE IN COMPETITION AT LAURENS LAST WEEKEND

Wednesday, October 1

The Union County High School Band has jumped out to a great start in their season of competition by bringing home a first-place finish from the Henry Warrens Invitational in Laurens. This was their first competition of the year, and they won in the 4-A division. There were 19 bands competing. Jumping out to a first-place win this early in the season is a pretty good feeling, says Band Director Matt Chastain.

The band also brought home the awards for best percussion, best color guard and best musical performance. The title of this year's show is “Among the Stars,” with the music having been written by Chastain, and Sims Middle School Director Jeff Key wrote the drill.


VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY

Tuesday, September 30

Persons who want to vote in the November 4th general election have until Saturday to register. Whether the Union County Voter Registration Office will be open this coming Saturday is yet to be determined. Even so, there are other ways to register to vote, according to Darlene Pettit of the Voter Registration Office.

You can find a sample ballot for Union County by going to www.scvotes.com.

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THREE LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES DAMAGED IN PURSUIT

Tuesday, September 30

Two Union County Sheriff's Office vehicles and a state trooper's car sustained damage Sunday morning as a result of a chase that ended in a field near Pacolet. The chase began when Union County dispatch was notified by Newberry County that a pursuit was in progress and was headed toward Union County. A silver Toyota Camry was being chased by a Newberry County sheriff's deputy and a Whitmire town officer. Deputies Jody Willis and Sgt. Jared Gilstrap located the vehicle and joined the pursuit after Newberry and Whitmire terminated their chase at Padgett's Creek in Union County. A state trooper joined the chase as it entered the City of Union and traveled up the Duncan Bypass and Furman Fendley Highway. After several miles, the vehicle turned onto Chapman Road and then on Highway 9 through the town of Pacolet. They eventually ended the chase on a dead-end road where the suspect turned into a driveway and then went into a field. The officers continued their pursuit, and Deputy Willis made contact with the car on the rear passenger side. The suspect continued to flee, and the deputy again made an attempt to end the chase by striking the vehicle.

The driver managed to gain control of the car, and Trooper West then took aim at the driver's side of the vehicle. The suspect drove up an embankment, and Sgt. Gilstrap ended the pursuit by striking the driver's side front and rear door. Not giving up, the suspect continued to accelerate his vehicle in an effort to push Sgt. Gilstrap's car out of his path. It was then that Sgt. Gilstrap and Deputy Willis approached the car with weapons drawn. The subject surrendered. Trooper West removed the subject from the car to the ground and handcuffed him. The driver was identified as Cheron Darnel Fields, 30, of 212 Garden Path Lane, Columbia. He was taken into custody.

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UNION TEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

Tuesday, September 30

A Union man has been arrested for attempted murder following an altercation on Blassingame Street. Herman Farr was arrested after police found Chad Whitlock unconscious in the roadway. Police learned from witnesses that Herman Phillps Farr, 19, and Whitlock had gotten into a fight inside a car. Farr continued to punch Whitlock in the head outside the vehicle. Whitlock had such severe wounds that he stopped breathing and was said to have bleeding on the brain. Police say that Whitlock passed away, but Farr has only been charged with attempted murder at this time. Charges may be upgraded on Farr, depending on what the autopsy report shows for cause of death on Whitlock. Farr is being held in the Union County Detention Center.

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COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES 2 MILL PROPERTY TAX HIKE

Tuesday, September 30

Property taxes will be going up for Union County residents in the coming year. Union County Council held a public hearing Monday afternoon to receive public comment on the matter. Supervisor Tommy Sinclair explained what setting the tax levy is all about.

The current total tax levy for the county is 137.7 mills, and an increase of 1.6 mills is allowed for the coming year and as determined by the Consumer Price Index. In addition, 2.4 mills were left on the table from last year, which could be rolled into this year's assessment. Following the public hearing, the council entered into a special session to consider the proposal. The recommendation called for a total increase of 4 mills, but that number did not sit well with some council members. Councilman Frank Hart said he believed an increase would be in order to keep from being caught short in the future. Councilpersons Joan Little and Tommy Ford disagreed and did not want to see any increase. The motion was made to increase the amount by 2 mills, and when the vote was taken, Frank Hart, Ben Ivey, and Randall Hanvey voted in favor, with Little and Ford voting against. In simple language, what the increase means is a person with a $100,000 home would see an increase of $8.


UNION MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER FIGHT LEAVES MAN DEAD; CHARGES MAY BE UPGRADED

Monday, September 29

A Union man has been arrested for attempted murder following an altercation on Blassingame Street. Herman Phillips Farr, 19, was arrested after police found Chad Whitlock unconscious in the roadway.

Police learned from witnesses that Farr and Whitlock had gotten into a fight inside a car. Police say the fight spilled over into the parking lot, where Farr continued to punch Whitlock in the head. Whitlock had such severe wounds that he stopped breathing and had bleeding on the brain.

Police say that Whitlock has passed away, but Farr has only been charged with attempted murder at this time. Charges may be upgraded on Farr, depending on what the autopsy report shows for cause of death on Whitlock. Farr is being held in the Union County Detention Center.

 

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY SELLING COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLIONS MARKING 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF CROSS KEYS HOUSE

Monday, September 29

As one of the ways to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Cross Keys House, the Union County Historical Society has minted 200 1.75" brass commemorative medallions. The obverse depicts a three-dimensional image of the house, while the reverse depicts the crossed keys as seen on the marble marker located in the home's gable. It also contains the initials BB, which is the abbreviation for the original owner, Barham Bobo. Each medallion comes with its own protective clear holder. The price is $15 each. If you are a Union County Historical Society member, you are entitled to a discount. Historical Society members pay only $12 per medallion. Medallions may be purchased directly from the museum gift shop at 127 W. Main Street or purchased online via eBay. There is a 5 medallion maximum per order, per person. 

 

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TOURISM COMMISSION TAKING ITS TOURISM SUMMIT ON THE ROAD TO HOLLY HILL

Monday, September 29

The Union County Tourism Commission is changing their usual annual tourism summit to a field trip this year. They’ll be going by bus to the Orangeburg County town of Holly Hill on October 22nd. They will be touring a recently completed $4 million project, which was accomplished with help of grants and loans through the Department of Agriculture. Holly Hill’s population was 1,281 as of the 2000 census. Prior to 1910, it was located in the northwest portion of St. James Goose Creek Township in Berkeley County. Invitations to participate have been sent to elected officials and concerned citizens. The deadline to sign up for the trip is October 1st. Seats are limited.

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COUNTY COUNCIL HAS MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED TODAY

Monday, September 29

The Union County Council Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will meet today at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse to consider a request from the Clerk of Court and other matters.

In addition, the Union County Council will hold a public hearing today at 5:15 p.m. in the same location to receive comments from the public concerning setting the tax levy for fiscal year 2014-2015.

Upon completion of the public hearing, the Union County Council will hold a special meeting to consider the resolution setting the tax levy for fiscal year 2014-2015 and other matters.

Later in the week, county council will hold a joint special meeting with the Union City Council. That will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Union County Annex to discuss the Events Center and other matters.

City council held a workshop session a little more than a week ago to receive information they had requested from the Events Center Board. The Events Center Board is asking the city to extend a bridge loan so construction can begin on the project. They have also requested a significant portion of the county’s accommodations and hospitality tax. It has been suggested this money could be used to sustained the center’s operation once open.

The public is invited to attend all of the previously mentioned meetings.

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PROLOGISTIX HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY TOMORROW

Monday, September 29

ProLogistix is hiring for all shifts and will hold a recruitment event at the Gaffney SC Works office, which is located at 133 Wilmac Road. It will take place Tuesday, September 30th, from 1pm until 3:30pm. They are looking to hire pickers at a rate of $9-$9.75 per hour, and restockers at $10-$10.75/hr. Stackers or loaders are needed and will be paid $9-$9.75/hr. Receivers will be paid $10-$10.75/hr., and packers will receive $9-$9.75/hr. No minimum education is required, but a minimum of 6 months experience is required. All applications are taken online at www.applyplx.com prior to the recruitment event. ALL applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


ARTS COUNCIL GIVES OUT AWARDS TO KICK OFF ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW

Friday, September 26

The 2014 Juried Art Show awards were handed out during a special presentation by the Union County Arts Council in the USC-Union auditorium Thursday evening. Cash prizes for all the awards totaled $3,250.

Susan Hinrichs received the United Wood Treating award for her painting, “Murrel of the Inlet,” and Betsy Skipper received the Local Artist Award for her painting, “Barns in the Morning Light.”

The Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Company Award went to Sharron Burns for her painting entitled “Korn Belt.” Receiving the Union Family Pharmacy award was Lynn Schilling for the painting “Marianne," and the Switzer award went to Tommy Thompson for “Assemblage in White.” The Timken Tyger River Plants award was given for a painting listed as “Untitled” by Al Beyer, and the Mrs. W.J. Whitner Award was for a work entitled "Asher Jesionka" by Anthony Hedrick. The top prize, which was sponsored by Arthur State Bank, went to Dwight Rose for his work called "Monemvasia." Perhaps one of the most coveted awards is the one the attendees voted on. They chose "Always Greener" by Amanda Kingsmore. Kingsmore said she was honored.

Kingsmore has been teaching art at Sims Middle School for 11 years.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT HOSTS NFL PUNT, PASS, AND KICK COMPETITION TOMORROW AT STADIUM

Friday, September 26

There are several events coming up you'll want to know about. One will be tomorrow, when youngsters will gather at Union County Stadium for the annual NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15 and will start up at 10:00 a.m. There are five age groups, which insures a place for everyone. Sam Phipps, Athletic Director for the Union County Recreation Department, reminds participants that no cleats will be allowed--just sneakers. For additional information, you may contact the Recreation Department at 429-1670.

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USC-UNION HOSTING COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS NEXT WEEK

Friday, September 26

Beginning Monday, you'll have the opportunity to improve your basic computer and Microsoft Office skills. Classes will start up Monday, September 29th, and continue Tuesday, September 30th, and Thursday, October 2nd. The classes will take place in the Computer Room of the USC-Union Campus Library from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Participants will learn about internet access, Wi-Fi, e-mail, and basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills. There is a $30 fee that covers all three evenings. Additional information can be obtained by calling Bill Moore at 427-3681, extension 7737.

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TODAY IS FINAL DAY TO REGISTER FOR HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION'S GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, September 26

The Union County Health Care Foundation will be staging the Fall Charity Golf Classic next Friday at the Woodfin Ridge Gold Club in Inman. It'll be a day of golfing, giveaways, and the popular putting competition for cash prizes. Today is the registration deadline, and you may register by contacting Catherine Childers at 864-301-2466. The Union County Health Care Foundation works to raise money for various projects associated with the Union Hospital District. Their latest project is helping to raise money for the construction of a helipad at Wallace Thomson Hospital.

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DENNIS "HILL TOP" CRISP SEEKS TO HELP MIRACLE LEAGUE TEAMMATES GET GLOVES

Friday, September 26

There's a birthday party coming up that you may find interesting. Dennis Crisp, generally known to his friends as “Hill Top,” is a special needs man who will be turning 60 on October 9th. Rather than have a traditional birthday party, Dennis want to help his teammates who are playing in the Union County Miracle League to have baseball gloves. Last year, the Miracle League had their first season and Dennis played in every game. It was at that time he noticed many of his teammates did not have gloves. They would use their balls caps and try and catch the balls when playing outfield. As a result, Dennis is having a party, which will include wrestling, hot dogs with all the trimmings, and everyone is invited to attend. Admission and the hot dogs are free, but Dennis is requesting that participants make donations to the Miracle League to be used to purchase the gloves and other equipment. The birthday party will take place on Thursday, October 9th, at 6:30 at the Union National Guard Armory.

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SPOTLIGHT ON USC-UNION: NEW FACE IN ADMISSIONS OFFICE

Friday, September 26

The Fall semester at USC-Union kicked off on August 21st with new and returning students, as well as a new face for USC-Union’s Admissions Office.

Kaitlyn Wade, a USC-Union alum, joined the Admissions Office as the new Admissions Counselor in August. Wade graduated from USC-Union with an Associates in Science in 2010 and went on to complete her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership through USC-Union’s Palmetto College in 2013. She states, “I have the knowledge and experience of being a student in both the two-year and four-year programs. I feel that I easily relate to students since it wasn’t that long ago that I was a student.”

"I loved being a student here so much and I want to help other students have that same love for this campus,” she says. Wade likes the fact that students feel comfortable going to faculty and staff when they have a problem.

For more information about USC-Union and how to apply, please contact the Admissions Office at 427-8728, ext 7756.


USC-UNION AGAIN SEES RECORD ENROLLMENT

Thursday, September 25

There were nearly 200 more students enrolled at USC-Union for the 2014 fall semester than for the fall 2013 semester, giving the campus its highest enrollment in its history. In a statement released earlier this week, Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert announced that USC-Union had a total enrollment of 676 students for the fall of 2014, or 196 more than the 480 students enrolled for fall of 2013. This was our highest enrollment ever,” Taylor-Colbert said Tuesday. “It’s a record enrollment for USC Union.” She said factors leading to the increase include the new Pacer Pathway Program offered with USC-Aiken, recruiting from surrounding counties, retaining more of their current students, and an increase in students taking dual-enrollment classes at area high schools.

For more information about USC-Union, the classes and degrees it offers, and enrollment information, call 864-429-8728, ext. 7756.

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UNION WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING MAN IN LEG DURING ARGUMENT

Thursday, September 25

Tuesday, deputies with the Union County Sheriff's Office responded to the Wallace Thompson Emergency Room in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, Kareem Smith, 40, stated that the mother of his two children, Nicole L. Booker, 41, stabbed him during an argument while they were at KC Mart on N. Duncan Bypass. Smith stated that he pulled up to the store to buy cigarettes, saw Booker sitting in her vehicle, and went over to talk to her about an issue with their two kids. Smith opened the back passenger-side door and sat inside the car to talk with Booker. The conversation began to get heated, and Smith alleges that Booker reached into her center console, pulled out a small kitchen knife, and stabbed him in the upper left thigh. The officer observed a small hole in the upper left thigh area of Smith's jeans. Smith then showed an approximately half-inch wide puncture wound in his upper left leg. 

While at the ER, Smith's current girlfriend, Terasa Lindsay, stated that Booker sent her a text message stating that if Smith called the police, she had evidence to have him locked up. Lindsay also gave the responding officer a name and number of a woman named Annie who was supposed to be a witness to the incident. Lindsay stated she talked with Annie, and she stated that she saw Booker stab Smith in the leg during the argument.

The officer then took the case before Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker, and he issued a warrant for Booker's arrest for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. With the warrant in hand, the officers went to Booker's address, placed her under arrest, and  transported her to the Union County Jail. A small silver kitchen knife with a black handle was retrieved from the center console of her vehicle.

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CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER TEACHER WINS PANTHERS TEACHER OF THE WEEK AWARD

Thursday, September 25

Brian Kemp, a business teacher at the Union County Career and Technology Center, has been chosen as FSIoffice and the Carolina Panthers’ Teacher of the Week for September 21st.  He is the second teacher receiving this honor in Union this year, and was voted as the winner by coworkers, students, and community members for his exceptional work.  In addition to the gift basket, he has been invited to the Panthers-Buccaneers game, where the Teacher of the Year announcement will be made.

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ARTS COUNCIL READY FOR AWARDS RECEPTION TODAY

Thursday, September 25

The Union County Arts Council's 2014 Juried Art Show awards reception is set for this afternoon. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m. in the main building of USC-Union. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for the People's Choice Award, and refreshments will be served. The Juried Art Show will be on display until October 24th.


LOCKHART TASK FORCE LOOKS TO HELP RESIDENTS

Wednesday, September 24

People in the Lockhart area who did not complete their high school educations will have another chance to do so starting Monday. Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe announced during Tuesday night's meeting that GED classes will resume beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 29th at Jacob's Well.

Another community service in the making is one being put forth by the Town of Lockhart Task Force. Mayor Ashe explains:

Under the plan, people living in the town limits who need assistance in having their houses painted can apply for that help. Lockhart Power Company will supply the paint, and volunteer labor will do the work. It was also noted during the meeting that the Salvation Army will be in the community October 1st from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. taking applications for assistance at Christmas in providing gifts for children.

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DEPUTIES ARREST THREE ON PROSTITUTION CHARGES

Wednesday, September 24

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Monday to the Dollar General Distribution facility in reference to a robbery, where it was reported the parties involved were in a confrontation at the truck entrance. The officers were advised that the robbery involved a truck driver and a female. Upon arrival, the officers located a blue Camry occupied by Bradley Reynolds of Cowpens and Sonya Stiwinten, also of Cowpens, and an 18-wheeler occupied by Clarence Jones of Nashville, North Carolina. Reynolds and Stiwinten stated that Jones had raped and robbed her after identifying himself as a police officer and threatening her with arrest. All parties said the incident occurred while Jones was parked in his truck at the Kangaroo gas station on Furman Fendley Highway. After conducting the initial investigation, Jones was placed under arrest for soliciting prostitution and was transported to the Union County Jail. Stiwinten was placed under arrest for prostitution and transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital and then to the county jail. Reynolds was arrested for aiding prostitution and transported to the jail.

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"A FALL TO REMEMBER" NETS 34 ARRESTS

Wednesday, September 24

On Monday, Union County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers and deputies kicked off the beginning of "A Fall to Remember". with 51 arrest warrants for 34 individuals kicked off the beginning of “A Fall to Remember”. Just after daylight, officers began to serve 51 arrest warrants for 34 individuals, arresting them on a variety of drug charges that has been part of an ongoing undercover operation for several months. During the process of the drug round-up, an additional six people were arrested for drug and other charges, including driving under suspension, sex offender registration violation, and hindering.

"The Union County Sheriff’s Office will relentlessly seek and apprehend the predators that continue the sales of illegal narcotics and degrade our community through their violent criminal acts,” Sheriff David Taylor said Tuesday. "We do not have a large narcotics division, but they are as good as any agency in the state.”

Additional charges are pending, and more arrests will be made in the near future.

Those arrested so far are:

 

Kenneth Wayne Sorrell- 131 Westville Street /Dist. Of SCH II, Dist. Of SCH II and Dist. of SCH III

 

 

Joshua Wayne Sorrell- 131 Westville Street / Dist. Of SCH III and Dist. Of SCH IV

 

 

Thomas Chad Boulware- 239 Gin Circle /Dist. Of Methamphetamine, Possession of SCH IV

 

 

Kevin Wayne Haney-820 Flat Drive/ Dist. Of Methamphetamine

 

 

Arlene Francis Barnett-105 Clifford Drive / Dist. Of SCH II

 

 

Tyler Wayne Sumner-129 Buffalo Street/ Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Charles Edward Lee- 140 Lancaster Road/ Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Everette Rashad Means- 817 North Church Street/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Sondra Laselle Smith-1208 West Main Apt 11B/ Obtaining a Controlled subs. Of Like Therapeutic Use, Dist. Of SCH IV

 

 

Jacob Tyler Wade-107 Sprouse Street/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Amy Owenby-109 Wedgewood Court/Dist. Of Marijuana, Dist. Of Mar. within a ½ mile of a School

 

 

Donnie Wayne Sumner-109 Wedgewood Court/ Dist. Of Marijuana, Dist. Of Mar. within a ½ Mile of a School

 

 

Micheal Deon Spencer-101 Ravenscroft/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Tina Smith Lipsey-216 Raymond Road/Dist. Of SCH III, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering

 

 

Charles Earl Hames, Jr.- 141 Oak Grove Road/ Distribution of Marijuana

 

 

Harold Lynn Thompson-1438 Pineland Road/ Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Subs.

 

 

Carl Charles Winfield Patrick- 212 Kissy Creek Circle/ Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Peggy Elise Collins- 111 New Hope Church Road/ Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Subs.

 

 

Willie Arthur Kershaw- 120 Dover Road/ Dist. of Crack Cocaine

 

 

Kalee Elisebeth Selim-114 Short Street/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Coleman Carroll- 1437 Peach Orchard Road/Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III within a ½ Mile of  a School

 

 

David Wayne Cohen- 141 Oak Grove Road/ Dist. Of SCh III

 

 

Christopher Gene Wyatt- 426 Pineland Road/ Dist. Of Synthetic Marijuana

 

 

John Henry Holden- 267 Eaves Road/ Attempting to Possess a Controlled Subs.

 

 

Charles Edward Henderson-1527 Cross Keys Hwy/ Dist. Of Marijuana

 

 

Gail D. Bagwell- 1396 Barrell Stave Road /Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III, Dist. Of SCH III

 

 

Richard Lee Gilliam- 453 Police Club Road/Obtaining a Cont. Subs of Like Therapeutic Use

 

 

Raymond Tequan Mcrae-112 Thomas Ranch Road/ Dist. Of Crack Cocaine

 

 

Travis Duncan- North 3rd Street- Possession of Marijuana

 

 

Niki Hames-141 Oak Grove Road, Hindering Police Officers, DUS 3rd offense

 

 

Paul David Thomas- 216 Raymond Road, Poss. Of Meth, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering, Violation of Sex Offender law (Failure to change address)

 

 

Bobby Bright-216 Raymond Road, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering

 

 

Teresa Garner- 216 Raymond Road, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Littering

 

 

Donna Vaughan- 909 Jones Ford Rd, Dist. Of SCH II

 

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WILLIAM COMER AND DR. ALLAN CHARLES TO BE HONORED AT FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Wednesday, September 24

Officials of the University of South Carolina-Union are in the process of planning their annual Founder’s Day celebration. USC-Union and the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education will honor Mr. William Comer and Dr. Allan Charles at the event, which is set for Friday, October 17, 2014. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Building Auditorium at 401 East Main Street in downtown Union, and will be followed with a reception in the Main Building Lobby at 11:45 a.m.

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ALORICA HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG TOMORROW

Wednesday, September 24

Alorica will hold a recruitment event at the Spartanburg SC Works office tomorrow, September 25th, from 10am until 12 noon. They are looking to hire inbound customer service representatives at $8-$12 per hour, and laptop technical support agents at $11 per hour. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, vacation, holidays, tuition assistance, and 401K. A high school diploma or GED is required, and a minimum of 8 to 12 months of experience is preferred. Applicants must undergo drug testing and screening, background and reference checks. Candidates should have the ability to be flexible and work weekends and holidays. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring your résumé and come appropriately dressed for the interview. Application can be made at www.aloricajobs.com prior to the event.  

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JOB FAIR AIMED AT EX-OFFENDERS SCHEDULED IN SPARTANBURG MONDAY

Wednesday, September 24

A job fair has been set for Monday, September 29th, at the Spartanburg Reentry Center. That’s located at 108 Broadcast Drive in Spartanburg. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services and is designed to assist ex-offenders, probationers and parolees. The notice stated that participants should come prepared to be interviewed.


DISTRICT 6TH GRADERS TO WORK WITH TOUCH SCREEN LAPTOPS AT SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 23

The Union County School Board met Monday night and IT Director Tim Barnado gave an update on what was termed the digital device pilot program. Barnado reported that 275 units were ready to be placed in service for sixth graders in the district's three middle schools. He said the devices are in reality a touch screen laptop computer. He explained how they will be used.

The devices will only be used at school and will not be taken home by the students. They were purchased at a cost of approximately $650 each.

Adult Education and District Accountability Director Cindy Langley presented information on the 2013–2014 Dual Credit program as well as data on the 2013–2014 ACT exams. Langley said the data is important.

The board heard a report from Finance Director Lynn Lawson and also approved three overnight field trips.

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NUMBER OF STUDENTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH TDAP VACCINE REQUIREMENT DROPS TO 13

Tuesday, September 23

WBCU reported yesterday that as of this past Friday, nearly 60 students were out of compliance due to not having verification of a required Tdap booster shot. Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. According to state law, the seventh grade students would not have been permitted to enter the school Monday. District Superintendent Kristi Woodall told WBCU Monday night that the figure has been reduced to 13. She said to her knowledge no student was barred from entering the school, and she believed the noncompliant students just did not attend. The students can still get the vaccination from their health care provider or the Union County Health Department.

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SEVERAL JROTC CADETS COMMISSIONED AND PROMOTED

Tuesday, September 23

September 15th saw the commissioning of several of the Union County High School JROTC Yellow Jacket Battalion cadets. In this highly prestigious celebration of excellence, exceptional and well-rounded non-commissioned officers are commissioned to officer rank, and currently serving officers are promoted.

Two of the cadets that were promoted this year are:

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Nicole Fowler, a senior in her fourth year in JROTC. Promoted to Cadet Major was Hailey Elizabeth Sherbert. She is a senior, and this is her fourth year in JROTC.

The following cadets were commissioned as Cadet Captains:

Andre De’von Jeter, senior; Quandarius Neal, senior; Satardra Hall, senior; Shameek White, senior.

Commissioned as Cadet First Lieutenant were:

Alex Childers, junior; Toni Teal, junior; Les Wentz, junior.

Cadet 2LTs is Ricky Paul White.

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Board teams belatedly received the George Marshall and Douglas MacArthur medals for their performances during last year’s competition. Both teams were among the national finalists in their respective competitions. The Leadership Team placed third in the nation. Academic Team members were: C/1LT Brandon Copeland, C/1LT Toni Teal, C/SGT Devon Dyer, and C/SSG Austin Keatley. Leadership Team members were: C/LTC Nicole Fowler, C/1LT Les Wentz, C/1LT Alex Childers, C/SGT Skylar Senn, C/SGT Kolby Riddle, and C/SGT Sarah McGee.

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TEACHERS FROM FLORENCE, GREENWOOD, AND UNION COME TOGETHER FOR WRITING CONFERENCE

Tuesday, September 23

Clemson University’s Upstate Writing Project (UWP) brought together teachers from Florence 2, Greenwood 51, and Union school districts for a conference focused on helping rural students write their way to college and career success. The conference, held at the University Center of Greenville on September 18th, trained teachers on how to improve students’ writing skills.

An official National Writing Project site sponsored by Clemson, UWP offers professional development in the teaching of writing and literacy skills to K-12 teachers in the Upstate. The National Writing Project is a network of university-based sites that seeks to help schools improve their ability to teach writing and learning.

UWP was the only writing project in the Southeast selected to participate in the grant, and it is also serving more school districts and students than any other site across the nation, said Upstate Writing Project Director Rebecca Kaminski, who also serves on the faculty of Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

The grant is part of the National Writing Project College-Ready Writers Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation competitive grant program.

For more information, contact Kaminski at krebecc@clemson.edu or call 864-250-6723.

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RECRUITMENT EVENT LOOKING FOR SEWING PERSONNEL SCHEDULED TOMORROW IN UNION

Tuesday, September 23

A recruitment event is set for Wednesday at the Union SC Works Office, located at 103 W. Main Street from 1-3 p.m. A growing sublimation apparel company is seeking motivated candidates to work in a fast-paced environment. There will be on the spot interviews. They are looking to hire a sewing division supervisor who is experienced in sewing apparel with a single needle, over lock, and/or cover stitch. Supervisory experience is a plus. Also wanted are seamstresses, seamsters or sewers with experience and knowledge of sewing apparel with a single needle, over lock, and/or cover stitch. Successful candidates will sew garments using various fabrics from performance polyesters to blends. Apparel spreaders and cutters are wanted with experience in spreading and cutting all kinds of knit and woven fabrics. A sewing division maintenance technician is wanted with experience in industrial sewing machinery and general operations maintenance.


STATE LAW on tdap vaccine means AROUND 60 7TH-GRADERS WON'T BE ALLOWED IN SCHOOL

Monday, September 22

As of noon Friday, there were approximately 60 seventh-grade students who will not be allowed in school today. The reason is they have not received the state required Tdap booster vaccination. Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. School officials have been working feverishly to get the word out that state law prohibits any student entering the seventh grade to attend without first having the shot. Students received vaccinations prior to entering kindergarten, but the Centers for Disease Control believes that by the time they enter the seventh grade, the effect may have diminished and a booster inoculation would be the most effective way to prevent contracting any one of the three diseases. Currently, there appears to be a great deal of concern over the spread of pertussis, better known as whooping cough. DHEC has already recorded one case of the disease in an upstate school student. Lead Nurse for the Union County School District, Kelly Walton, said:

District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall said, “It is not our desire to keep anyone out of the school, but this is state law we’re dealing with.” Parents have been informed even as early as last spring when the district made arrangements with DHEC to hold a two-day clinic in the school for the students that would be entering the seventh grade this year. Of the 319 seventh-graders, the approximately 60 who have not had the shot yield a figure of 20% not in compliance. That’s considered to be a high number, and school officials are at a loss as to why. Dr. Woodall said she did not know what else the district could do to inform parents. She said they have even resorted to making telephone calls and personal visits. They did say they expected the number of non-compliant students to be reduced as of this morning. Students who have not had the vaccination can do so by going to their health care provider or the Union County Health Department. You’ll need to call first for an appointment. That number is 429-1690.

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THREE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOLLOWING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Monday, September 22

Three Union men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder following what investigators say was a drive-by shooting. Quentin Xavier Smith, 19, Darion Marqui Smith, 20, and Phillip Ryan Broadus, 20, were arrested and charged by Union police around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers were called to a report of shots being fired from a lime green Honda in the 600 block of South Pinckney Street. The call to 911 indicated a long barrel gun--possibly a shotgun--was used in the shooting. A city police officer spotted a green 2001 Honda Accord at the intersection of West South Street and South Pinckney Street. Police pulled the car over on Hunter Street. According to the incident report, police asked and were allowed to search the car for a gun the suspects admitted was inside the vehicle. Police say they recovered a 12-gauge shotgun and several shells. One of the suspects told police shots had been fired at the Honda. A bullet fragment was removed from the driver's side door.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, September 22

The Union County School Board will be meeting tonight. That meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Buffalo Elementary School cafeteria. The agenda shows a reminder from Dr. Kristi Woodall that a delegate designation needs to be made for the upcoming South Carolina School Board Association gathering in December. She is asking that if there is a board member who would like to attend, let the board chair, Dr. Wanda All, know. Tim Barnado will give a digital device update. Cindy Langley will present the 2013-2014 Dual Credit information and will report on ACT data to the board. There are three overnight field trips up for consideration. Finance Director Lynn Lawson will give the monthly budget report and will give information on state surplus purchases.

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MANY ATTEND FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OVER THE WEEKEND

Monday, September 22

Saturday was a busy day for folks in Union as several events were taking place. One of those was a community event at the USC-U Gazebo to raise awareness of the Guardian ad Litem program. Guardian ad Litem County Coordinator Stephanie Kitchens explains why the event was being held.

A number of activities were held, including a moment of reflection and the blowing of bubbles to celebrate the children they serve. Guardian ad Litem has been described as the “voice for the children” in court and other environments.

The Jonesville Town Festival was held and ran through 10 p.m. Attendees enjoyed numerous displays, activities, music, and food.

The 12th-annual Antique Farm Equipment Show kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and was attended by a crowd estimated to run into the thousands. The theme for the event was “Urban Homesteading.” Raymond Sligh, who is one of the organizers for the event, explained the term.

There were also demonstrations of canning and preserving, along with the parade of antique tractors.

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TOM ERVIN, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, VISITS UNION

Monday, September 22

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin was in Union Saturday. Area residents were invited to a free lunch courtesy of the candidate. Erwin’s candidacy has been described as that of a spoiler. Ervin disagrees.

Ervin, who calls himself an Independent Republican, will face Democrat Vincent Sheheen and Incumbent Republican Nikki Haley in the November general election.


CITY COUNCIL GETS UPDATE ON HOW MUCH WOULD BE NEEDED FOR events center BRIDGE LOAN

Friday, September 19

The Union City Council met in a workshop session Thursday morning to hear from Bob Love, who chairs the proposed Union Events Center Board. The council had stated the need for the workshop to answer questions they have concerning the city's potential financial involvement in the project. About a month ago, Love appeared before the council asking them to consider making a bridge loan so construction could begin on the facility. Unanswered questions concerning that request was the reason for the Thursday meeting. Love provided much information concerning construction cost and revenue projections, saying they actually have the money in cash and pledges to build the center. Love reported that they currently have $3,005,076 to go against the estimated construction cost of $3,254,612. Of that amount, $857,442 is in yet-to-be-paid pledges, of which they expect to collect 94%. The Events Center Board has asked the city to extend a bridge loan to help cover the construction costs while the pledges come in over a five-year period. If the council agrees to the bridge loan, it will be money they will have to borrow. It was revealed that Arthur State Bank has agreed to make a short-term loan to the city for that bridge loan. According to Love's figures, that loan would be in the estimated amount of $120,368, and the need would not occur before September of 2015. Love explains:

The September 2015 date coincides with the date they hope the center could be up and running. City Council made no indication as to the direction they may head, but Love did ask for another workshop-type session in a few weeks. One late development revealed during the meeting is that an unidentified individual has expressed interest in creating an endowment for the Events Center from which, Love says, the interest could go in helping cover operational costs once the building is open and operating.

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GUARDIAN AD LITEM EVENT, JONESVILLE TOWN FESTIVAL, AND TRACTOR SHOW SCHEDULED TOMORROW

Friday, September 19

Several events are coming up Saturday in Union County. One of those will take place from 10am-12pm It is a community event to raise awareness of the Guardian ad Litem program and will be held at the USC-U Gazebo.

The Guardian ad Litem Office, DSS, the Foster Parent Association, and Union County Alcohol & Drug Abuse will be there providing information. There will be activities for the children that will include a giant slide provided by Twist & Shout, the opportunity to meet some of the Trans-South wrestlers, painting with Palmetto Treats & Sweets, meeting Bella, the newest bloodhound with the Sheriff's Office, and goodies from M&M Munchies.

At 11am, each county in the state will be holding a moment of reflection to celebrate the children in Guardian ad Litem care. In Union, they will be blowing bubbles for the children, and the GT Music class from UCHS will be performing in their honor.

Beginning at 12 noon Saturday, the Jonesville Town Festival will be held and will run through 10 p.m. The musical lineup is as follows:

11:50- Ms. Betsy National Anthem

12:00-12:30- Kayla Rochester

 

12:30-1:30- The Campground Boys

 

1:30-2:00-Jeremy Robinson

 

2:00-2:30- Roxanne Parham

 

2:30-3:00- Tiffany Littlejohn  

 

3:00-3:30- Brianna Hamilton

 

3:30-4:00- Josh Lydia

 

4:00-4:30-Erin Gallman Bobo

 

4:30-5:00- Jessica Huffman

 

5:00-6:00 Anointed Harmony

 

6:00-6:45 Brittany Kelley w/ Travis Smith

 

7-10- Cadillac High

The 12th-annual Antique Farm Equipment Show will kick off at 9 a.m. One of the organizers, Bill Graham, says:

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USC-UNION OFFERING CLASSES ON COMPUTER SKILLS

Friday, September 19

USC-Union says you can learn or improve your basic computer and Microsoft Office skills. Classes will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 29th & 30th, and Thursday, October 2nd from 5:30PM-7:00PM. It will take place at the USC-Union Campus Library-Computer Room. The cost will be $30 for all three evenings. Participants can learn how to access the internet, use Wi-Fi, e-mail, and basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills. For more information, contact Bill Moore at 864-427-3681, ext. 7737.

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ADECCO HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY MONDAY

Friday, September 19

Adecco will hold a recruitment event on Monday, September 22nd from 9am-12pm at the Gaffney SC Works office located at 133 Wilmac Road. They are looking to hire machine operators at $12/hour, quality auditors at $11/hour, CNC machine operators at $12/hour, and assembly and inspection at $10/hour. A high school diploma or GED is required. You can apply online at www.adeccousa.com. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.

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ARTS COUNCIL LOOKS BACK ON UNIQUELY UNION EVENTS

Friday, September 19

The Union County Arts Council’s contribution to this year’s Uniquely Union Festival featured cold soft drinks, free peanuts, and live music all day long for the two days of the festival. The “Acoustic Café” gave festival goers a respite from the heat as well as the opportunity to hear some of Union’s finest local musicians perform in an intimate setting.

At last year’s festival, the Arts Council’s musicians performed on an outside stage on Main Street, but they changed to an inside venue this year because of the relocation of some of the other festival stages.

In addition to the music, “Acoustic Café” visitors were treated to a new art exhibit by Tega Cay’s Todd Baxter and a book signing by Dan O’Shields. O’Shields recently published his book “Where Have You Gone Ted Williams”, a generally fictitious story about life on the Mill Hill in Union. Copies of the book are available for purchase at UCAC and other locations downtown.

Most of the musicians featured at the “Acoustic Café” can be seen at either of the two music programs held monthly at UCAC. “Monday Night Music” is held the third Monday of the month from 6:30–8:30 p.m., and “Jam with Lunch” takes place from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Both events are free and open to the public.


FARMERS MARKET OPEN AT NEW LOCATION AT YMCA

Thursday, September 18

After months of planning and site preparation, Union has a new Farmer's Market. It is located on East Main Street adjacent to the YMCA. Union Mayor Harold Thompson says he is glad the new operation is up and running.

The farmers also are pleased with the new location. Mrs. Betty Jean Jackson, who sells from the location during the season, says she believes the venue will work just fine.

The farmers moved last week from the location on East Academy Street where they sold the produce and other items for many years.

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ADULT EDUCATION OFFERING FREE GED PRACTICE TESTS

Thursday, September 18

Union County Adult Education Center will be giving free GED practice tests for a limited time. The free test will be given out from September 22nd through October 3rd at the Union County Adult Education Center. Students who take the GED can see if they’re ready to pass the GED test, the skills they need to work on to pass the test, and a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books. Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact the Union County Adult Education Center at 864-429-1770. Adult Education officials say the GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.

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BROAD RIVER'S PHONE SYSTEM WILL BE DOWN MONDAY AFTERNOON

Thursday, September 18

The Broad River Electric Cooperative phone system will be down temporarily for upgrades on the afternoon of Monday, September 22nd. Officials project this break in communication to last from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., but it could last longer. During this time, members will be unable to use the outage phone system or conduct any other transactions via phone.

There are three alternate methods to notify Broad River Electric of an outage should one occur during this period.

1. For those with smart phones, outage notification can be made using the Broad River Electric app.

2. You can also text your outage to the response center using your cell phone. If you have not registered your mobile phone for this feature, you need to do so at least one day prior to activation.

3. They also have an email account for outage notification, outage@broadriverelectric.com. Please provide you name, phone number, and service address in this email.

In the event you do not have access to the previously-mentioned methods, you should make arrangements with a friend or family member to assist you in communication efforts in the event of an outage. If you must, you are asked to please continue your attempts to call the outage system until you are successful. For Union County residents, you may call toll-free 1-866-266-7688.

Broad River apologizes for any inconvenience this interruption in communication causes. The say this upgrade will allow them to better serve the membership, especially during future outages.

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CITY COUNCIL HOLDING WORKSHOP REGARDING EVENTS CENTER THIS MORNING

Thursday, September 18

The Union City Council will be holding a workshop this morning at 9:00 to discuss their participation in the construction process of the Events Center. The Events Center Board had proposed the city extend what is known as a bridge loan in order to begin construction of the project. The council said they need to have a discussion of the proposal prior to it going to a vote.

Likewise, Union County Council is considering a financial contribution to the project but have yet to act on the matter. During their last meeting, a workshop was suggested, and it was thought the gathering this morning would be a joint city/county session. Apparently, the county has not been invited to participate in the city's discussion this morning.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATING THEFT OF ELECTRONICS AND AUTOMOTIVE ITEMS AT WAL-MART

Thursday, September 18

Union Public Safety officers are investigating a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart of a significant nature. According to the incident report, three black males entered the store on or about September 12th and loaded three buggies with an assortment of merchandise from the electronics and automotive departments. The three then went to the Garden Center and exited through a fire door near where a vehicle was parked. The report said the vehicle was a silver four-door model. The computer and vehicle items taken were valued at $3,249. The case has been turned over to investigators.


CITY COUNCIL CONTRIBUTES TO HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, RAISES PAY FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

Wednesday, September 17

The Union City Council took up several matters during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Among the action items considered was a contribution to the Union County Health Care Foundation's Annual Fall Charity Golf Classic. The range of potential contributions ran from $150 to $750, and the council voted to give $500.

Volunteer firefighters will be getting a raise for their services. Before Tuesday's meeting, the volunteers were paid $10 for responding to a call, $10 an hour for station duty, and $16 per training meeting. The pay will increase to $15 for responding to a call and $20 per meeting for training. The rate of $10 per hour for station duty will remain the same.

The council also appointed Annie M. Harris to the City Election Commission.

A second reading was given to an ordinance to rezone property at 510 South Pinckney Street to allow for the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity House. The construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015.

Don Wilder, local revenue manager for the Union Daily Times, gave a presentation concerning a news media program entitled "My Own Union." Wilder explained the program:

Wilder also proposed a mobile app for cell phones that would inform subscribers of events on a real-time basis. If the city decides to become a part of the website, it will cost them $2200 initially and $225 per month. The mobile app would have an initial cost of $500, and $75 per month. The council took the proposal under advisement. Also taken under advisement was a presentation by Torance Inman, representing the Vietnam Veterans of America local chapter. That group wants to establish a memorial on the grounds of the Veteran's Lodge at Foster Park with a monument for each of the 15 people from Union killed in action during that conflict. Each monument would cost $895. The veterans group has already raised over $11,000.

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FIREFIGHTERS NEED DONATIONS OF SMOKE ALARMS

Wednesday, September 17

Union County firefighters are still looking for donations that will help them purchase smoke detectors. The plan is to have a quantity of the detectors on hand to give away during a special fire prevention week event. The event is scheduled for October 11th when firefighters will stage a parade on Union's Main Street. The firefighting equipment will then be on display for a period of time on the Wal-Mart property on the North Duncan Bypass. According to Chief Scott Austin of the Bonham Fire Department, the smoke detector giveaway is an effort to ensure that every home in Union County has at least one in operation. The Union County Firefighters Association is accepting cash donations, which can be dropped off at the fire department in your area or here at WBCU.

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JONESVILLE TOWN FESTIVAL, ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW COMING THIS WEEKEND

Wednesday, September 17

Several events are on tap for this coming weekend. One of those is the Jonesville Town Festival. That will be happening from 12 noon until 10 p.m., and will feature prizes, games and food. They will also have a petting zoo that will feature camel rides. More information can be obtained by calling 864-497-3016. Also, Saturday will be the 12th-annual Union County Antique Farm Equipment Show, with the theme of Urban Homesteading. This event will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. For additional information, you may call 426-0068 or 426-0922.

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RED CROSS LAUNCHES "PREPARE SC" DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN

Wednesday, September 17

This Sunday, September 21st, on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo’s devastation inflicted on South Carolina, the American Red Cross will launch a landmark statewide campaign called Prepare SC to better prepare our communities for disasters and to create a stronger, more resilient South Carolina.

The Upstate is vulnerable to severe damage from floods and tornadoes caused by hurricanes that don’t even cross over our region,” says Ann Wright, regional CEO of Red Cross of the Western Carolinas. “Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane and other disasters.”

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) estimates a storm of similar intensity on the same path as Hugo would destroy over 21,000 homes. During Hugo, the American Red Cross opened 238 shelters and housed over 46,000 people. Given the population growth in South Carolina since Hugo, Red Cross must be prepared to do even more in the event of another disaster the size of Hugo.

Hurricanes are not the only disasters that threaten South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reports that between 1990 and 2013, the annual average of tornadoes was 29 per year in South Carolina. The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 84 minutes in South Carolina and touches over 200,000 lives in our communities every year.

The goals of Prepare SC will be to better prepare South Carolinians and to also strengthen Red Cross’ capacity to respond to major disasters. The goals include:

Increase the number of people trained in preparedness from 19,000 to 38,000.

Train 100,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills.

Increase the number of volunteers trained for disaster response from 3,000 to 7,000.

Increase community capacity to distribute and serve meals from 150,000 to 300,000 per day.

The Red Cross is asking everyone to join them on Sept. 21st and 22nd in supporting the Prepare SC campaign by texting REDCROSS at 90999 to donate $10, or by donating online at www.RedCross.org/preparesc.


ACCIDENT ON I-26 CLAIMS LIFE OF MORNINGSIDE BAPTIST YOUTH PASTOR

Tuesday, September 16

A 25-year-old youth pastor at Morningside Baptist Church in Union died in a crash that also injured a ministry director, and now troopers say they are looking for a hit-and-run-driver.

The accident happened at 5 a.m. Monday on Interstate 26 at mile marker 29, which is near the Dorman High School/Highway 221 exit in Spartanburg County, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers. Cpl. Bill Rhyne said a truck was traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-26 hauling a trailer with a golf cart. He said the driver, Timothy Dan Holden, lost control of the truck when the trailer started to fishtail. The truck went into the median and overturned, Ryne said. Holden and the passenger were thrown from the truck and ended up in the westbound lanes. Neither were wearing seat belts, the trooper said.

The passenger was then hit by another vehicle. The coroner identified the passenger as 25-year-old Jemel "Jay" Hillard Lawter, Jr. Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Lawter died at the scene. Rhyne said the vehicle that hit Lawter did not stop.

Holden is the director of Seeds of Hope Outreach Ministries. Ministry officials say he is in serious condition. They said the two men were going hunting at the time of the accident.

Rhyne said an investigation is underway to determine if Lawter's death was caused by the initial accident or being hit by the vehicle. A Highway Patrol release said the vehicle of interest has been identified as a black or dark blue four-door Toyota Camry or Honda Accord that has damage on the center front or right front. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 864-241-1000 or 1-800-768-1503, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD HIRES CHILDERS AS NEW DIRECTOR

Tuesday, September 16

The Union County First Steps Board of Directors has hired Catherine McManus Childers as executive director, replacing Beth Thompson, who resigned from the position in August. Childers most recently has worked as executive director of the Union County Health Care Foundation and as volunteer coordinator for Wallace Thomson Hospital. With over a decade of experience, Childers led her organization in establishing several annual fundraising events and directed the work of over 40 volunteers. Dr. Kelli Johnston, chair of the board of directors, stated, “The search committee carefully considered many impressive candidates for this position. We ultimately selected Catherine because we feel that she has a skill set that matches well with our strategic plan and the direction that we are headed. We are thrilled to welcome her to Union County First Steps – an organization that we all feel is vitally important to this community.” Childers will begin her employment with Union County First Steps on October 1st.

Ms. Childers graduated from Union County High School and received her BA in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is on the board of Union County Disabilities and Special Needs and is a member of New Life Baptist Fellowship in Boiling Springs, SC. She and her husband, Eric, are the proud parents to Emma Cate and Carson.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT TO DISCUSS FIREFIGHTER COMPENSATION, REZONING FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Tuesday, September 16

The Union City Council will be meeting tonight in their chambers at City Hall. A number of items are on the agenda, including a presentation from Don Wilder of the Union Daily Times, and Torance Inman will talk about a proposed Vietnam memorial.

Among the action items will be the consideration of a contribution to the Union County Health Care Foundation's annual Fall Charity Golf Classic. The range of potential contribution runs from $150 to $750.

The council will also consider raising the compensation paid to volunteer firefighters. Currently, the volunteers are paid $10 for responding to a call, $10/hour for station duty, and $16 per meeting for training. If approved, those amounts will increase to $15 for responding to a call and $20 per meeting for training. The rate of $10 per hour for station duty will remain the same.

The council will also consider the appointment of Annie M. Harris to the City Election Commission.

Another item listed on the City Council agenda is the second reading of an ordinance that will rezone property at 510 South Pinckney Street and allow for construction of a Habitat For Humanity home. Keith Morrison, who chairs the organization's Board of Directors, says the South Pinckney street project is just one of two in the making.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING TO ER AND LEAVING 4-YEAR OLD ALONE AT HOME

Tuesday, September 16

Sheriff's deputies were informed that a woman had shown up at Wallace Thomson Hospital's emergency room for treatment Saturday night around 10:30. The reason the deputies became involved is that the woman, Tonya Charlene Rice, 33, had informed hospital personnel that she had left a four-year old child alone at her home on the Linersville Road. Rice was placed under arrest on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child. The Department of Social Services was called and placement was found for the child.

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ROTARY CLUB spotLIGHT

Tuesday, September 16

Union Rotarian Rep. Mike Anthony spoke to the Rotary Club today about the importance of education.


RAIN LARGELY HOLDS OFF DURING UNIQUELY UNION FESTIVAL

Monday, September 15

A few of the BBQ teams set up along Enterprise Street.A view from atop the ferris wheel overlooking Main Street.Dennis Johnson and Josh Lydia play at the Acoustic Cafe at the Arts Council.

Another Uniquely Union Festival is in the books for this year. The festival saw expanded activity with more entertainment and rides in the Kidz Zone. Their worst fear was the possibility of rain dampening the activity, but festival director Jamie Trammel indicated the effect was minimal.

The festival have been an ongoing event for some years now and is expected to continue for years to come.

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JONESVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE FROM MARCH

Monday, September 15

Kendrick Jamal Sims, 21, of Jonesville, SC, was arrested and booked into the Union County Jail around 12:25 Friday morning. He was wanted for attempted murder in an incident that occurred in Union County on March 8, 2014. He was also booked on 5 outstanding general session bench warrants. The investigation began when Deputy Jody Willis was dispatched to Wallace Thomson Hospital in reference to a stab victim. There, the deputy spoke to Jeffery Ryans, who said while at 267 Duncan Avenue in Buffalo, he was approached by Sims who wanted to fight because of an argument several days earlier. Ryans told Sims he would not fight him and went into the house. Later when Ryans came out of the house, he said he saw Sims running toward him, and it appeared he had a small kitchen knife. He said Sims was trying to stab him in the chest, but he was able to fight him off. Even so, Ryans was stabbed in the right forearm and bicep, as well as the left hand. A group of people pulled Sims off of the victim and left in a white vehicle. Ryans went to the hospital where he was treated and received stitches.

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STAFFMARK RECRUITING WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES FOR BELK

Monday, September 15

Staffmark Corp. has scheduled a recruitment event for Thursday from 9am until 11:30am and from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at the Union SC Works office. They are looking to hire warehouse associates for Belk. These are general warehouse positions that will vary from picking and packing with an RF scanner to lift operation to cycle counting and inventory control. Hours are Sunday-Thursday from 9am to 5pm or 3-11pm, and Monday-Friday from 7am to 3pm, with overtime & weekends as needed. Applicants should have the ability to lift between 20 & 70 lbs. and be on your feet between 6-12 hours per day. These are temporary-to-hire jobs. The salary will be 1st shift, $9-$9.50/hr., & 2nd shift $9.25-$9.75/hr. There will be a $0.50/hr. raise after 90 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years old due to warehouse setting and corporate policies. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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US SECURITY ASSOCIATES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION TUESDAY

Monday, September 15

US Security Associates will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office Tuesday, September 16th, from 9am until 11:30am. They are looking to hire security officers for a Jonesville location. Candidates must obtain a local or state guard card and undergo a criminal background evaluation, have a valid identification, and must pay a state security license fee. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All uniformed officers must furnish their own black, plain-toed shoes (suitable for uniform, maintained in good condition) and furnish own black socks. Those hired should be available for overtime and various shifts as needed, be able to maintain records, walk up and down stairs, stand for long periods of time, and work outside in a variety of weather conditions, depending on the assignment. All applicants must be active in www.scworks.org and view the job order prior to the event. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


UNIQUELY UNION KICKS OFF TODAY AT NOON

Friday, September 12

More that 7000 people came into the downtown Union area for the Uniquely Union Festival, and for this year's event, more are expected. The festival is building on the success of last year by offering more music, entertainment and rides for the kids.

One of the biggest changes to this year’s festival is the addition of a greater number, and variety, of entertainment being offered," said Jamie Trammell, Festival Coordinator. Last year we decided to try to steer the festival in the direction of being more of an art and music festival instead of just a barbeque event. We’ve continued that philosophy this year and we think that this decision will be very well received by festival-goers.”

We’ve tried our best to put on a free festival that can be enjoyed by every member of every family in Union County and surrounding areas,” added Trammell.

For a complete festival schedule, go to www.uniquelyunion.com.

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JROTC CADETS RECEIVE PROMOTIONS

Friday, September 12

A number of Union County High School JROTC cadets have received promotion. The promotions were awarded on August 27th and September 10th.

These promotions recognize students who participated in voluntary summer activities such as the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC), JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), and other activities that demonstrate physical leadership, and academic competitions.

The cadets promoted in Alpha Company are: Cadet/1SG Jeremy Fulgam, and C/Command Sgt. Major Francisco Paco Ramirez.

The cadets promoted in Bravo Company are: Cadet/1SG Tyrin Briggs, Cadet/PFC Dylan Kendrick, Cadet/SGT Sarah McGee, Cadet/ PFC Bobby Bedore, Cadet/SGT Ivanna Bell, Cadet/Sgt Kolby Riddle, Cadet/SGT Skylar Senn and Cadet/SGT Devon Dyer.

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DEADLINE IS IN TWO WEEKS TO ENTER HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION'S GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, September 12

The deadline is approaching for the Union County Healthcare Foundation's Fall Charity Golf Classic. The event will be held October 3rd at the Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. It'll be a day of golfing, giveaways, and the popular putting competition for cash prizes. The deadline to register is September 26th, and for more information, interested persons should contact Catherine Childers at 864-301-2466.

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MAU HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY FOR CONTEC

Friday, September 12

MAU will hold a recruitment event Monday, September 15th, from 9am until noon at the SC Works Office in Gaffney, located at 133 Wilmac Road. They are looking to hire production associates in both full- & part-time positions at $9 per hour. Contec is a manufacturing facility operating on a 24/7 basis. The shifts available are 8 hours Monday-Friday on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts. Weekend positions are 12-hour shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. Industrial experience is a plus, but not required. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. These are long-term positions working with MAU at Contec. There is no guarantee of permanent hire. MAU offers a limited medical benefit package, vacation pay, and holiday pay. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


UNIQUELY UNION ORGANIZERS SAY FESTIVAL IS READY TO GO

Thursday, September 11

The Uniquely Union Festival is just a little more than 24 hours away, and organizers have been really busy putting the finishing touches on the event. Jamie Trammel says they are ready.

The only concern is the possibility of rain showers. The forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. On a positive note, should a shower occur, all activity should go on as scheduled.

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NEW USDA REGULATIONS CAUSING SOME PROBLEMS FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS

Thursday, September 11

New regulations from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. This brings up the question of what can be sold by students as a fund raiser. Actually, there is no restriction on Krispy Kremes or World's Finest Chocolates. The restrictions apply to when they can be sold on school grounds. According to Susan Thompson, director of Food Services for the Union County School District, items or foods that do not meet the dietary restriction of the USDA cannot be sold on school grounds between midnight through thirty minutes after school. How does this apply to organizations such as PTO that often conduct fundraisers by selling the so-called unhealthy products? There is not a prohibition, other than the previously mentioned selling on school grounds. Also, the guidelines do not apply to the foods a parent may pack in a school lunchbox. Likewise, products sold at a school-related sporting event in a concession area are exempt from the regulation. What is impacted are canteen or vending machine areas in schools. These foods, when sold during normal school hours, must comply. The problem the Union School District is having, as well as other districts in the area, is products are not yet available that conform to the USDA standards. The products sold for student consumption must be a whole grain-rich product or have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food. Snack items can be no more than 200 calories, and entrée items no more than 350 calories. There are also sodium, fat and sugar limits. Thompson says it is difficult to find the products.

School cafeterias are seeing an impact from the new regulations in many areas, but not so much in Union. The only food that local students appear to be rejecting is pizza. They report they just do not like the taste of what is called the "new pizza". Pizza was the number one cafeteria item prior to the changes.

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DEFENDANT IN MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE EMBEZZLEMENT CASE HAS SENTENCE SUSPENDED

Thursday, September 11

Sherry Johnson was back in court Wednesday. Johnson entered a guilty plea this past July and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended upon two years of service and five years on probation. She was also required to pay $40,000 in restitution in the case in which she was charged with misconduct in office. She and another defendant, Allyson Shaw Ayers, were charged with the offense of embezzling $115,000 from the Magistrate’s Office, where they both were employed. Ayers entered a guilty plea in November 2013 and received a sentence of six months' probation after paying restitution of $57,500.

Johnson’s attorney Doug Brannon filed a “motion to reconsider,” which was heard by Judge John C. Hayes, III, Wednesday. Brannon argued that Ayers was a “person of means” with the ability to pay restitution, and Johnson was not, which he indicated was the reason Johnson was sentenced to serve time. Up until Wednesday, she had served 63 days. Since her sentencing, Johnson’s husband had been able to acquire a $20,000 bank loan to apply to her $40,000 restitution amount. Johnson addressed the court, during which she admitted her guilt and apologized for her actions. Her husband also spoke, asking that the sentence be reconsidered and also telling of the hardship placed on his family. Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair also addressed the court, saying he was not there to make a statement but to answer any questions they may have. He did say his only interest was to get the money back for the county.

Judge Hayes, who handed down Johnson’s original sentence, took the testimony under advisement and upheld the 10-year sentence, but suspended it to the 63 days time served. The five years' probation remains in place, and she is being required to pay the additional $20,000 restitution over that period of time. Solicitor Kevin Brackett said he was satisfied with the judge's decision.


DEFENDANT IN MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE EMBEZZLEMENT CASE HAS SENTENCE SUSPENDED

Wednesday, September 10

Sherry Johnson was back in court Wednesday, where her prison sentence was suspended to time served. Johnson entered a guilty plea on charges of misconduct in office this past July and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended upon two years of service and five years on probation. She was also required to pay $40,000 in restitution. She and another defendant, Allyson Shaw Ayers, were charged with the offense of embezzling $115,000 from the Magistrate’s office where they both were employed. Ayers entered a guilty plea in November 2013 and received a sentence of six months on probation after paying restitution of $57,500.

Johnson’s attorney, Doug Brannon, filed a “motion to reconsider,” which was heard by Judge John C. Hayes, III, on Wednesday. Brannon argued that Ayers was a “person of means” with the ability to pay restitution, and Johnson was not, which he indicated was the reason Johnson was sentenced to serve time. Up until Wednesday, she had served 63 days. Since her sentencing, Johnson’s husband had been able to acquire a $20,000 bank loan to apply to her $40,000 restitution amount. Johnson addressed the court, during which she admitted her guilt and apologized for her actions. Her husband also spoke, asking that the sentence be reconsidered and telling of the hardship placed on his family. Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair also addressed the court, saying he was not there to make a statement but to answer any questions they may have. He did say his only interest was to get the money back for the county.

Judge Hayes, who handed down Johnson’s original sentence, took the testimony under advisement and upheld the 10-year sentence, but suspended it to the 63 days served. The five years on probation remains in place, and she is being required to pay the additional $20,000 restitution over that period of time.

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COUNTY COUNCIL GIVES MONEY FOR COON HUNTING EVENT, WANTS TO HOLD WORKSHOP WITH CITY ON EVENTS CENTER

Wednesday, September 10

The Union County Council met in regular session Tuesday afternoon, but the majority of active conversation occurred before the formal meeting convened. The committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments met first to consider hiring a 911 operator. The committee agreed to make the recommendation to advertise for the position to the full council, which they did, and the motion passed in the regular session. Next, the committee on Administration and Finance convened to hear from the Union County Coon Hunters Association and the Union Events Center Board.

Steve Stone from the coon hunters group presented their case in an effort to get an appropriation from the county to stage a major coon hunting event in the county in December. Stone stated they expected the event to have an economic impact on the county of $65,425. He also noted that another such event will be staged this coming October. He told the group that he expected the December hunt to become self-sufficient in subsequent years, and he would not have to return to request more funding. The council voted in their regular session to appropriate $17,500 to the Tourism Commission that will administer the funds to the Coon Hunters.

Events Center Board Chairman Bob Love came to answer a question presented by the council during last month's meeting. Love had requested $250,000 for the center, which is expected to cost $3,154,000. A major point of concern seemed to center around just how much the proposed facility would cost to operate. No definitive answer was given to the question, but Love indicated that such money would come from the city and county's Hospitality and Accommodations tax. Love said the cost of construction would have to be adjusted and would be done through what he referred to as a “design building approach.” Love defined that terminology.

Love said this approach differs from a traditional bid process and believes it would save some money.

County Council failed to act on the matter and still indicated they want to know what the city's involvement will be. They asked Love to arrange for a joint workshop between the two councils to discuss the matter. There was no indication as to when that workshop would take place.

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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK TO CULMINATE IN PARADE AND CELEBRATION OCTOBER 11TH

Wednesday, September 10

Fire prevention week is coming up, and the Union County Fireman’s Association is planning to celebrate in a big way on October 11th. Scott Austin, chief of the Bonham Fire Department, tells us what will be happening.

The association is planning on giving out free smoke detectors on that day and are asking for help with making the purchase. The Union County Baptist Association will partner with the firefighters in the effort to help make sure every home in Union County has at least one smoke detector. Should you wish to make a donation, you may call Chief Austin at 426-7247 or drop your contribution by WBCU.

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COMFORT KEEPERS RECRUITMENT EVENT CANCELLED

Wednesday, September 10

We have been informed that the Comfort Keepers recruitment event scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. SC Works apologizes for any inconvenience the cancellation may cause, and they will inform us should the event be rescheduled.

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PROLOGISTIX HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR MULTIPLE POSITIONS TOMORROW

Wednesday, September 10

Also at the Union SC Works office, ProLogistix will hold a recruitment event and will be hiring for all shifts on Thursday, September 11th, from 1pm until 4pm. There are numerous positions available, including: pickers at $9-$9.75 per hour, restockers at $10-$10.75 per hour, stackers and loaders at $9-$9.75, receivers at $10-$10.75), and packers at $9-$9.75. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account in www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO HOLD NFL PUNT, PASS, AND KICK COMPETITION SEPTEMBER 27TH

Wednesday, September 10

The Union County Recreation Department will host the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Saturday, September 27th. This competition is for boys and girls ages 6-15 and will take place at Union County Stadium at 10am.  Pre-registration is preferred, but they will also take registration the day of the event beginning at 9am.  Remember, no cleats are allowed.  Participants must wear regular tennis shoes. The competition is free for all children ages 6-15 and consists of punting, passing, and kicking a football. The first place winner in each age category will advance to the sectionals competition and have a chance to compete at a Carolina Panthers game. E-mail Sam Phipps at sphipps@countyofunion.com or call 429-1670 for more information.


SCHOOL BOARD HONORS STUDENTS WITH PERFECT PASS SCORES AT MEETING

Tuesday, September 9

Monday's meeting of the Union County School Board of Trustees began as something of a celebration, as 12 students were recognized for having a perfect score on the PASS Test. Officially, it's known as the SC Palmetto Achievement State Standard. The students represented five schools in the district, including Buffalo Elementary, Foster Park Elementary, Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, Lockhart School, and Monarch Elementary. Dr. Kristi Woodall said the students were worthy of the recognition.

Currently in the making is something called the Early College High School Initiative, where a high school senior can graduate with two years of college under his or her belt. Tabitha Talley presented the concept to the board last night. Talley said the program has already enjoyed a great amount of success.

Initially, the program will have 25 students participating, beginning in 2015 with 9th graders. Talley admitted that a good bit of work is yet to be done before the program becomes a reality and the partnership with USC-Union formed.

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COUNTY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEES MEET TODAY

Tuesday, September 9

The Union County Council will be meeting for their regular monthly session this afternoon at 5:30 in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Court House. The agenda looks fairly light, with only two items listed for action. One of those will be the consideration of appointees to the Drug and Alcohol Commission. The other item will be the transfer of a Fee-in-Lieu-of-Taxes lease agreement of the Special Source Revenue Credit Agreement for the Belk Project.

Prior to the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m., the Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will meet in the Law Library to consider a vacancy for a 911 dispatcher and other matters. Following that, the committee of Administration and Finance will receive information from the Union Coon Hunters Association and from Bob Love who chairs the proposed Events Center Board of Directors. The council asked for additional information from both groups following their request for funding.

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UNIQUELY UNION FESTIVAL COMING TO DOWNTOWN UNION FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Tuesday, September 9

Union’s downtown is expected to once again be packed with visitors when the 2014 edition of the Uniquely Union Festival returns September 12-13. Last year, the event drew nearly 7,000 people to the city center, and festival organizers hope to top that number this year. This year’s festival will build on last year’s success by offering more music, entertainment and rides for the kids. One of the biggest changes to this year’s festival is the addition of a greater number, and variety, of entertainment being offered.

“Last year we decided to try to steer the festival in the direction of being more of an art and music festival instead of just a barbeque event,” Jamie Trammell, Festival Coordinator, said. “We’ve continued that philosophy this year, and we think that this decision will be very well received by festival-goers. We’ve tried our best to put on a free festival that can be enjoyed by every member of every family in Union County and surrounding areas,” added Trammell. For a complete festival schedule, go to www.uniquelyunion.com.

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PEOPLELINK HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY THURSDAY

Tuesday, September 9

PeopleLink will hold a recruitment event Thursday, September 11th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Gaffney SC Works office, located at 133 Wilmac Road. Employees will pick orders, package orders, etc. The job requires lots of walking, stair climbing, bending, stooping, lifting up to 49 lbs., as well as pushing and pulling items. The positions are for a 6-month contract to permanent. Background and drug screening will be conducted. The rate of hourly pay is $10.50-$11 per hour, and a high school diploma or GED is required. 12 months of experience is preferred. If interested, please apply prior to the recruitment event at www.peoplelinkstaffing.com and click on the Dallas, NC, branch, or you can call 704-922-3868. Jobs are located in SC. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account in www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for an interview.

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REV. DR. DON WILTON TO PREACH AT UNION COUNTY CAMP MEETING

Tuesday, September 9

The Union County Camp Meeting has been held here for more than ten years, and it is scheduled again for this coming Sunday, September 14th, at the Union County Fairgrounds. Reverend David Blanton, Director of Missions for the Union County Baptist Association, tells what's on this year's program.

Preservice music will start at 6:30, and child care will be provided.

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ROTARY CLUB NEWS

Tuesday, September 9

Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles told our club today that at UCHS, "Success is Our Only Option!" He is holding the UCHS "State of the UC" newsletter designed by Mrs. Jenelle Gilliam.

 

 

 

 

 


HOSPITAL DISTRICT POSTS LARGE LOSS IN JULY

Monday, September 8

Even with the problems facing the Union Hospital District, for the past few months their financial reports have shown modest but positive gains. In the month of June, the district posted $42,187 to the black side of the ledger. The latest report for July, however, showed a reversion to the numbers of some months ago. The district showed a $545,277 loss for the month, with $472,629 of that attributable to Wallace Thomson Hospital. Disappointing? Yes, but Chief Financial Officer Cindy Gault says it’s not totally unexpected.

As expected, district officials hope those numbers will turn around with the coming of fall.

One other note from the Hospital Board meeting last Thursday, EMS Director Ronnie Roberson reported that he expects delivery of two new ambulances in January. He said the delay is due to the fact the order was placed following the arrival of new fiscal years for many government organizations, when they also place orders for new equipment. It's just a matter of waiting their place in line.

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USC-UNION TO HOST ARTS COUNCIL'S JURIED ART SHOW

Monday, September 8

The hallways of USC-Union’s Main Building are expected to be overflowing with art beginning this month and running through October, thanks to the exhibition of work making up the Union County Arts Council’s 2014 Juried Art Show.  The show, which will kick off with an opening reception at the university on September 25th from 5:30-7:30 P.M., will end October 24.  The reception is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  Reception attendees will have a say in the awarding of one of the prizes by casting their “People’s Choice Award” vote for their favorite piece.

UCAC president Bennie Giles says, “This year’s exhibit is larger than the last, and we would be hard-pressed to find enough space to hang all of the competition art at our gallery.”

The juror for this edition of the yearly competition is Todd Baxter from Tega Cay, SC.  Baxter culled through one hundred thirty-four works of art, representing forty-four artists, in order to choose the eighty pieces entered into the show.

Baxter will teach a drawing workshop at the UCAC September 26-27 from 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., with lunch provided each day.

For more information about UCAC, or to sign up for the workshop, call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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EXEL LOGISTICS HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENT THURSDAY

Monday, September 8

Exel Logistics will hold a recruitment event Thursday, September 11th, from 1pm until 4pm at the SC Works Spartanburg Office, located at 220 East Kennedy  Street. They are looking to hire forklift operators and module operators in the warehouse. 2nd shift will be paid $11.25/hr. + $0.50 shift premium, and weekend employees will receive $11.25/hr. + $0.65 cents shift premium. Benefits include medical, dental, life, vision, vacation, holidays, tuition assistance, 401k, and an expense account. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Applicants must undergo a drug test and screening and a background check. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and must have a referral. Please view the job order for job description information, and please bring your résumé to the interview. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET TONIGHT

The Union County School Board will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. The agenda calls for Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall to recognize student PASS test performance and report on something called College Days. Tabitha Talley will provide PASS test data to the board and also talk about the USC-Union partnership. Cindy Langley will give a report on the 10-day enrollment numbers, and the board will hear more requests for high school diplomas under Act 155.

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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR MEETS POTENTIAL UNION COUNTY VOTERS

Monday, September 8

Union Democrats welcomed their candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen, to Union Saturday. The event was staged as a luncheon at Midway Barbeque. Sheheen’s campaign has focused on attacking incumbent Governor Nikki Haley, with one of the latest concerning the governor's failure to report the hacking of the Department of Revenue. That’s something Haley said she did not do at the request of law enforcement. Union Democratic Party Chairman Ted Trantham said he believes Sheheen has a good chance of defeating the Republican governor.

 Approximately 100 people turned out for the gathering.

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EMERGENCY PERSONNEL KEPT BUSY SATURDAY RESPONDING TO NUMEROUS CALLS

Monday, September 8

Union County emergency personnel were kept busy Saturday afternoon and evening as the 911 center was inundated with numerous calls.  Fire departments were call to a structure fire in Lockhart. While complete details are not available, a Sheriff’s deputy reported the dwelling on Askew Circle was completely destroyed. It was during that time that officers and EMS personnel were called to an accident on Highway 9. Around 7:15, the 911 office received a call of a possible drowning. The location was on Parks Farm Road in Jonesville. The victim was identified as a three-year old female that went under water in the family’s back yard pool. She was quickly removed from the water and resuscitation efforts begun. The child was quickly revived and transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital for treatment. Reports from the scene indicated the child would be OK.


SHERIFF PRAISES COOPERATION OF EVERYONE INVOLVED IN SEARCH FOR DROWNING VICTIM

Friday, September 5

At 3:52pm on Wednesday, September 3rd, a call came in to the Union County 911 Center about a swimmer in distress on Broad River in the area of John Meador Road and River Road. The Union County Sheriff’s Office responded with the Union County Rescue Squad Dive Team. When deputies arrived, they began to speak with witnesses who stated that the subject was swimming in about 4-5 ft. of water, went underwater, and never resurfaced. Sheriff David Taylor issued the following statement:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) responded along with Newberry County Dive Team to assist with the search and recovery efforts. Due to severe thunderstorms in the area at the time of the call, this delayed the search efforts for approximately 45 minutes. Emergency personnel continued with the search and rescue efforts until around 9:00pm, when they had to call off the search due to more severe thunderstorms in the area of the search. Efforts were then postponed until 8:00am on Thursday morning.

At 8:00am on Thursday morning, Union County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Union County Dive Team, SCDNR, Newberry Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded back to the location to continue the search. The sheriff gave details of the search difficulties.

At this time, Sheriff Taylor states that foul play is not suspected, and this incident does not appear to be suspicious in nature. Taylor did say that this case would remain active, pending the autopsy and toxicology results.

Taylor said he was pleased with the joint effort of his department and the resources of the SCDNR, Union County Rescue Squad and Dive Team, Newberry County Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and wants to thank all involved in the search and recovery efforts.

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HOSPITAL BOARD HEARS FROM SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS AT MEETING

Friday, September 5

Two representatives of Spartanburg Regional Health Systems appeared at Thursday night's meeting of the Union Hospital District Board of Trustees. They were there to provide information; however, the trustees declared an executive session, so the press was not privy to that discussion. As announced last month, the board voted to enter into discussions with that healthcare organization regarding the possibilities of a partnership. The agreement was for the discussion or negotiations to be for a period of sixty to ninety days, as long as Wallace Thomson talks only with Spartanburg Regional. According to Chief Executive Officer Paul Newhouse, that sixty to ninety day clock just started ticking.

The board also heard the financial report for the district, and we will bring you a complete report on that segment of the meeting on Monday morning.

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TAILGATE PARTY AT MR. GATTI'S TO BENEFIT UNION COUNTY STUDENTS

Friday, September 5

There will be a tailgate party for Union County football fans at the popular Spartanburg family restaurant Mr. Gatti's tonight from 4-7 p.m. Those patronizing the restaurant can sign in as being from Union County, and the proceeds will go back to UCHS students. Those planning on attending the Union County/Spartanburg game are encouraged to go by, enjoy some pizza, and then go and cheer on the Yellow Jackets.


BROAD RIVER DROWNING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Thursday, September 4

Union County Coroner William Holcombe has identified the Broad River drowning victim as 25-year old Todd Michael Moore of 2543 Meansville Road, Jonesville. An autopsy has been scheduled for this evening at Newberry Pathology.

Sheriff David Taylor has said this incident does not appear suspicious in nature, and no foul play is suspected. The case remains open pending the autopsy and toxicology results.

Sheriff Taylor said he was pleased with the joint effort of his department and the resources of the SCDNR, Union County Rescue Squad and Dive Team, Newberry County Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and expressed his appreciation to everyone involved in the search and recovery efforts.

The search began Wednesday afternoon just after 4 o'clock after witnesses reported that the victim had gone in the water to swim and failed to re-surface after going under.

The search was suspended at around 9:30 Wednesday night as a weather front moved in on rescue personnel. The searchers were first hindered by a storm that moved through and then darkness engulfed the search area. A second storm hit at the Broad River Boat Landing just after the search was called off for the night. Multiple agencies were assisting in the search including the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County EMS, Whitmire, Newberry, and Prosperity Rescue and The Department of Natural Resources. The recovery effort resumed just after 8 this morning, and Moore's body was recovered this morning around 11 a.m. .

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SWIMMER MISSING IN BROAD RIVER

Thursday, September 4

The search for a man missing in the Broad River was suspended at around 9:30 Wednesday evening as a weather front moved in on rescue personnel. The man was reported missing around 4 p.m. at the Tate Wilkes Sandbar near John Meador Road and River Road. Witnesses said the man waded into the water to swim when he went under and failed to surface. The searchers were first hindered by a storm that moved through, and then darkness engulfed the search area. A second storm hit at the Broad River Boat Landing just after the search was called off for the night. Multiple agencies were assisting in the search, including the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County EMS, Whitmire, Newberry, and Prosperity Rescue and The Department of Natural Resources. The search is expected to resume in the morning.

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HOSPITAL BOARD SCHEDULES REGULAR MEETING TONIGHT

Thursday, September 4

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees will be meeting tonight for their regular monthly session. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the board room at Wallace Thomson Hospital.

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DIGITAL TRANSITION LEADS TO CLOSING OF UNION SQUARE CINEMAS

Thursday, September 4

Should you call the Union Square Cinema to find out what is playing, this is what you will hear.

Union Square Cinemas owner Tradd Bruce announced Tuesday that the theater has closed. In a prepared statement, Bruce said, “This past year has been a struggle due to 35 mm films being phased out and all new Hollywood releases going to digital format. This change was forced onto all theaters by Hollywood film studios. It has been several years in the making, and it has increasingly become harder for many small towns to retain their theaters, just like Union.”

Union Square Cinemas opened for business June 23, 1995, and operated for 19 years.

Bruce added in his statement, “This theater has been a labor of love for so many years for me and my family. I hope that one day Union will get to enjoy another theater."

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MAN WANTED IN THE BRONX ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN GOODS HERE

Thursday, September 4

On Tuesday, investigator Scott Coffer was notified by Sgt. Powers of the Union Public Safety Department of a car break-in that had occurred, and a female told him she had seen a phone that was taken by Woodrow Ward while he was at the Murphy gas station. Sgt. Powers had the female bring the phone in, and it was confirmed as the one that was stolen. She also told officers that Ward had a tablet and some guns he was trying to get rid of at his residence located at 275 Oakland Road. Investigator Coffer knew of a burglary near the subject's residence two weeks ago. Sheriff's deputies went to the residence, and when they arrived, Ward slammed the door. A search warrant was obtained, and Ward was taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen goods. After being booked, it was discovered that Ward is wanted in Bronx, NY. He is being held at the Union County Jail awaiting extradition.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 MEETS MONDAY

Thursday, September 4

Union American Legion Post 22 will be having its monthly meeting on Monday, September 8th. The meeting will be held in its regular location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Foster Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., followed by a speaker at 6:30, and the business meeting at 7:00. Post 22 meets on the second Monday evening of every month except July, and prospective members are always welcome to attend.


RELAY FOR LIFE TO WRAP UP 2014, KICK OFF 2015 CAMPAIGN SEPTEMBER 16TH

Wednesday, September 3

The Union County Relay For Life 2014 Awards Wrap-Up & the 2015 Relay Kickoff will be held Tuesday, September 16th, at Tabernacle Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. Team captains can invite up to 10 team members to the dinner. An RSVP is needed by Tuesday, September 9th, on how many from each team will attend. Organizers say they are really looking forward to seeing everyone, celebrating the 2014 accomplishments, and kicking off the 2015 campaign.

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WHITMIRE MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES

Wednesday, September 3

On August 25th, Lt. John Sherfield, Sgt. Jimmy Johnson, Lt. Parker, and Inv. Stribble met with and searched an operative of the Union County Sheriff's Office. The operative was then wired with audio and video equipment and given recorded government funds to attempt to purchase a quantity of crystal methamphetamine from Mac Antonio Hill, 36, of 107 Hill Road, Whitmire.

The operative then drove to Hill's residence as Sgt. Johnson and Inv. Stribble followed and observed. Upon arrival, Hill got into the passenger's front seat of the vehicle and began speaking with the operative. The operative asked to purchase methamphetamine from Hill, who stated that he had it, but that he would not sell it to the operative then because there was some nosy people outside of his home watching. Hill then told the operative that he had some Adderall pills he would sell, and that they were the same thing. The operative agreed to buy the pills, so Hill exited the vehicle and went into the back yard to retrieve a pill bottle from under a grill. Hill then came back to the vehicle and got inside. He then gave the operative the bottle of pills, which contained 15 Adderall 30mg pills and 45 Methadone 10mg pills. Hill told the operative that he was selling the operative the 15 Adderall pills for $60, and that he was giving the operative 4 of the Methadone pills for buying the Adderall. He said the operative could sell the other 41 Methadone pills and pay him later, $2.50 each for the 41 Methadone pills he was fronting. Hill and the operative talked more about the methamphetamine, and Hill stated that if the operative would get a hotel room, he would bring the methamphetamine later on in the evening. Hill then asked the operative to follow him to the Dollar General in Whitmire so that he could get a movie from the Red Box. The operative then followed Hill to the Dollar General and Hill got a movie.

The pill bottle given to the operative by Hill was labeled as an Adderall prescription for Charles M. Thomas and was filled at Macdill AFB in Florida. Thomas has not been identified by the officers at this time.

The operative also later made a phone call to Hill on this date at approximately 4:40 p.m. and talked about the methamphetamine. The call was recorded by Lt. Sherfield. Sherfield planned on signing an arrest warrant for Mack Hill for the distribution of the Adderall {SCH II} and distribution of Methadone {SCH II}.

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MUSGROVE MILL TO PRESENT BACK COUNTRY SURVIVAL PROGRAM THIS MONTH

Wednesday, September 3

Coming up Saturday, September 13th, at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, the park staff will present a Back Country Survival Program from 10:00 to 12:00. Visitors will learn the basic survival skills of the back country colonist.  The program will introduce the visitor to different colonial skills, including how to build a shelter, fire-starting, and more. The cost of the program is $5 per person, and space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at (864) 938-0100, e-mail mgmillsp@scprt.com or go to www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.

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SHEHEEN MEET-AND-GREET SCHEDULED AT MIDWAY SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Wednesday, September 3

Area residents are invited to a meet-and-greet event for State Senator Vincent Sheheen. Sheheen is the Democratic nominee for the Governor of South Carolina. The event will be held at Midway Barbeque Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Sheheen will face off against incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley and Independent candidate Tom Erwin in November. For more information about Sheheen, call 276-395-4632.

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UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO PLAY AT WOFFORD GAME SEPTEMBER 13TH

Wednesday, September 3

Wofford College and Wofford Sports Marketing is welcoming the Union County High School Band for an exciting night of Terrier football on Saturday, September 13th. They are inviting friends, family and supporters of the band program to take advantage of discounted tickets for that date. The tickets are "best available" seats. All tickets will be left at "Will Call" at the video board ticket booth at Gibbs Stadium.

25% of all tickets sold through a ticket representative will be given back to the band booster club. To receive the discounted ticket rate, all tickets must be purchased over the phone by 5:00 pm Friday, September 12th, no exceptions.  Discounted ticket rates are not available at the Gibbs Stadium Box Office.  Tickets must be purchased in advance using a credit card, as no cash is taken at the “Will Call” window at Gibbs Stadium.

For more information, call 864-597-4110 or 864-597-4023.


UNION COUNTY MAN KILLED WHILE WALKING ON I-20

Tuesday, September 2

A 23-year-old Union County man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer as he walked in the roadway at the 122 mile marker of southbound Interstate 20 in Lee County at 11 p.m. Friday night, the South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported.

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said investigators have no idea why Thomas Jay Elston, of 231 Hancock St., Union, was walking in the roadway.

"We searched up and down the area to see if he had anybody waiting for him in a vehicle or somewhere, but we didn't find anybody," Logan said. Identification was made through an ID found on the body, and family in Union was notified, Logan said.

Frank Pitts, 66, driver of the truck, was not injured.

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EVENTS CENTER CHAIRMAN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT MOVING FORWARD

Tuesday, September 2

Had things gone as hoped, The Union Events Center would be breaking ground by now. That’s what the Center’s board chairman had been pushing for when he appealed to Union City Council for a bridge loan to, in effect, finance the project while pledges come in. A majority of the council did not appear too excited to commit to that loan with funds they would have to borrow. The matter did not exactly receive back burner status, but apparently the heat has been turned down. There had been talk of a City Council work session being held to discuss the matter, but so far that hasn’t happened. Mayor Harold Thompson says he would like to see what Union County Council will do before moving ahead. In a statement that was requested by WBCU from Board Chair Bob Love, enthusiasm for the project has not dwindled. Love said, “The EC Board asked for $250,000 from the county pledged over 3 years. That is a small part of the Hospitality and Accommodations taxes in hand and to be raised each year. It will not affect revenues from the county’s general fund in any way. This would help us complete a couple of things that were not in the original budget, such as finishing the second floor, equipping the service kitchen, etc. It would be a huge help, and we are excited for their consideration. The city meeting concerning pledges is on hold until the county makes a decision. The city wants more information on how the pledges will be covered during the construction phase. We have raised the necessary cash and pledges to build the Center. I feel certain that we will have one, but we still have these two issues in the works.”

Mayor Thompson said he also believes the Events Center will become a reality.

The matter is expected to come up for discussion in future city and county council meetings. WBCU is continuing to follow this story and will bring updates as they become available.

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SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS SCHEDULED IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, September 2

September is shaping up to be a fairly busy month with a number of major activities taking place. This coming Saturday, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site will stage its “Labors” program, a special free event. Through interactive exhibits, visitors will focus on the daily work of the enslaved African-Americans. For additional information, you may call the park at 864-427-5966 or e-mail rosehill@scprt.com. Then next weekend, September 12th & 13th, the highly-anticipated Uniquely Union Festival will take place. The downtown area will be covered with with an enormous assortment of displays and activities. Then on September 20th, the 12th-annual Antique Farm Equipment Show will be held. That event will feature urban homesteading, antique tractors, woodcarving, blacksmithing, chain saw art, farm animal displays, kids pedal tractor, canning and preserving, the parade of power, and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 426-0068 or 426-0922.


CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER OFFERS NEW COURSES IN COSMETOLOGY, EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL SERVICES

Monday, September 1

There are two new courses being offered this year at the Union County Career and Technology Center that could help student land a job upon graduation. One is cosmetology, and the two classes are almost full with nearly 40 participants. The students are learning in a fully-equipped environment the basic and fundamentals of cosmetology, while preparing for a career in that field. The other course is called Emergency and Medical Services. Instructor Brian Mullinax had a fire truck on site at the school on Friday morning to give the students the opportunity to see how things work. He explains the curriculum as it will be taught.

Again, students will be taught fundamentals that could lead to a career.

Both classes are two-year programs and were requested by students.

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CIRCLE OF ANGELS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR In-Home PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATES

Monday, September 1

Circle of Angels will hold a recruitment event for both part-time day and evening primary care associates. The event is coming up Thursday, September 4th, from 9am until 12pm.

Successful candidates will be expected to manage housekeeping, laundry, shopping and errands. Also, they will prepare and serve diets according to instruction, assist with feeding as necessary, help with bathing, dressing and grooming, aid clients with use of bedpan, commode or toilet, assist with use of cane/walker/wheelchair, provide aid with medication/prescription refills, help clients with routine skin care, collect regular specimens, maintain and submit client records per prescribed format, relay messages to appropriate personnel, and respond to emergencies in accordance with established procedures.

A high school diploma or GED and current TB test is required. Positions are available in Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee counties. Pay will depend on experience. Prior to the event, all applicants must have an active account on www.scworks.org and view the job order. A staff referral is required for this position. Please come properly dressed for the interview.

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THUNDER ROAD MOTORCYCLE EVENT DRAWS BIKES DOWNTOWN

Monday, September 1

Main Street became Thunder Road Sunday afternoon. The “Thunder Road Motorcycle Show and Ride” took place in downtown Union Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the motorcycle show on Main Street, the event included a ride through Union County by the participating motorcyclists. The ride encompassed historic sites throughout the county, and was followed by an awards ceremony on Gadberry Street. The proceeds of the show and the ride were designated to go to the local Wounded Warrior Project and the Miracle League of Union County. Food vendors and live entertainment were also a part of the Thunder Road event. Awards were given out in a number of categories including: Custom, American Made, Metric, English/European, Chopper, Rat, Trike or Three Wheel, and Custom Support. There was also an award for Best of Show.


THUNDER ROAD MOTORCYCLE EVENT TO BRING CYCLES, PEOPLE DOWNTOWN SUNDAY

Friday, August 29

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

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

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MAN ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER WARRANT FROM ROCK HILL

Friday, August 29

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

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TWO ARRESTED IN SEPARATE CASES FOR UNLAWFUL NEGLECT TO A CHILD

Friday, August 29

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

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

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MAYOR GIVES UPDATE ON NEW FARMER'S MARKET

Friday, August 29

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


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

Thursday, August 28

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

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HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION PROCLAIMS ART AND SOUL EVENT A SUCCESS

Thursday, August 28

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 28

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

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SCDOT REMINDS TRAVELERS OF 511 TRAVELERS INFORMATION SYSTEM, APP

Thursday, August 28

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

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


FARMERS AFFECTED BY 2012 FREEZE MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE

Wednesday, August 27

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

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

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

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

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

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LOCKHART COUNCIL TALKS ABOUT POSTING HOUSE NUMBERS, ADDING SPEED BUMPS

Wednesday, August 27

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

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

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

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES THEFT OF FARM EQUIPMENT

Wednesday, August 27

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


CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER TO ADD PHARMACOLOGY CLASS

Tuesday, August 26

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

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

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

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

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POTTER'S STOREHOUSE TRYING TO RAISE MONEY FOR BOX TRUCK

Tuesday, August 26

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

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

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MUSEUM REPORTS AN ACTIVE MONTH OF JULY

Tuesday, August 26

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

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

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ARTS COUNCIL RELEASES ITS SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Tuesday, August 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL SET TO MEET TONIGHT

Tuesday, August 26

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


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

Monday, August 25

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

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

Monday, August 25

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

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

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

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

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

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URBAN LEAGUE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT WEDNESDAY

Monday, August 25

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

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN JONESVILLE

Monday, August 25

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

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COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETS TONIGHT

Monday, August 25

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


SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES ALLEGED ASSAULT INVOLVING JONESVILLE MAYOR

Friday, August 22

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

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

Friday, August 22

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

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

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

Friday, August 22

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

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


MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS MORE DONATIONS AS HOSPITAL INCREASES ITS COSTS

Thursday, August 21

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

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

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

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

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LOCKHART HOLDING COMMUNITY YARD SALE SATURDAY

Thursday, August 21

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

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

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COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING IN SHERIFF'S OFFICE PARKING LOT 

Thursday, August 21

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

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

Thursday, August 21

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

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

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

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


CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FIRST READING TO REZONE PROPERTY FOR HABITAT HOUSE

Wednesday, August 20

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

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

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

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

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

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DANTZLER ADDRESSES FAITH AT CLEMSON CLUB MEETING

Wednesday, August 20

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

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

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UNION AMONG THREE COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR USDA EMERGENCY LOANS

Wednesday, August 20

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

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

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

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

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ADECCO HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG TODAY

Wednesday, August 20

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

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SCHOOL DISTRICT HONORED AT ORIGINAL SIX FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, August 20

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

 

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ROTARY CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Wednesday, August 20

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

 

 

 

 


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