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

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

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

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

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 p.m.-6 a.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday


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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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