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MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING COUNTY ROAD SIGNS

Thursday, March 26

Tuesday, Sheriff's Office Investigator Scott Coffer assisted State Trooper Brad Horne in the search of a vehicle. Some county road signs were given to Coffer, which the driver of the vehicle, Dontarious Marquel Washington, 17, of Jolly Road, Union, admitted taking. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Union County Jail.

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TWO ARRESTED ON MARIJUANA CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

Thursday, March 26

Another case Tuesday that involved Cpl. Horne occurred when Lt. John Sherfield was contacted to assist with a traffic stop on Pineland Road. Upon arrival, Lt. Sherfield and Sgt. Johnson met with Trooper Horne and several other troopers. Trooper Horne stated he had stopped a white 1993 Ford Crown Victoria for a speeding violation and found Octavius Thompson, 18, to be the driver of the vehicle, which was also occupied by 3 other individuals. While speaking with Thompson, Horne stated he could smell a strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, Trooper Horne was able to locate some marijuana and scales, which Catorian Smith, 18, a backseat passenger, stated was his. Smith was then placed under arrest for the marijuana and searched further. During this search, Trooper Horne removed currency from Smith's pockets. Sgt. Gilstrap was searching the trunk area of the vehicle and located a Crown Royal bag under a spare tire, which contained a large quantity of marijuana that Smith again stated was his. Then Sgt. Gilstrap located a white plastic bag in a book bag in the trunk of the vehicle. The bookbag belonged to Octavius Thompson. Thompson was arrested by Lt. Sherfield and charged with possession of marijuana, and Smith was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The marijuana, scales and $524 cash was collected by Lt. Sherfield for evidence and seizure.

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FFA STUDENTS TAKE PART IN LEGISLATIVE DAY

Thursday, March 26

Several members from the Union County Career and Technology Center’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter traveled to Columbia on March 3rd to partake in Legislative Day. Approximately 600 FFA students gathered on the steps of the capitol to pay tribute to many great agriculture leaders in South Carolina.

Agriculture in South Carolina makes up about 25% of the economy, a major and crucial part of our markets. Jay Cunningham, an FFA senior student, said, “Agriculture touches every aspect of our everyday lives, and the FFA helps to teach and to promote the agricultural awareness that has diminished over the years. From the golf course to the dinner table, agriculture deals a hand in the process in one way or another.”

The FFA members selected to participate this year are: Tamara Wilkens, Maria L. Mercado, Anna Johnson, Brandon Cromer, and Jay Cunningham. Cleveland Jackson is the adviser and instructor. Sen. Shane Martin and Representative Mike Anthony were the host of the Union County Career and Technology Center’s delegates.

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MAU RECRUITING PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES AND CONTROL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIANS

Thursday, March 26

MAU will hold a recruitment event next Thursday, April 2nd, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gaffney SC Works office, which is located at 133 Wilmac Road. They will be hiring production associates for a weaving facility in Jonesville. Industrial experience is preferred, and you must be motivated to learn and succeed in weaving. A high school diploma or GED is preferred.

They are also looking for production associates to work primarily 2nd- and 3rd-shift positions in Gaffney. 6 months of manufacturing experience is preferred in this fast-paced environment. Associates may operate presses and sanders, and some bulky lifting is required.

They also want control equipment technicians. Industrial experience is preferred, but the company will train associates with a strong mechanical aptitude. The technicians must be able to troubleshoot equipment malfunctions. These are rotating shifts in Jonesville starting at $13.63 per hour. A drug test, background check and reference check will be required.

Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend the event.

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BROAD RIVER RENAMES ROAD NEARS ITS FACILITY

Thursday, March 26

Broad River Electric Cooperative, as part of their year-long 75th-anniversary celebration, has dedicated a new street adjacent to its headquarters in Gaffney. Co-op Way is 778 feet of pavement that runs from Hamrick Street to the Ryder Refrigerated Services Distribution Center located directly behind the co-op facility.

“This tiny road represents a long legacy of cooperation, service and progress,” said Josh Crotzer, Broad River Electric’s Coordinator of Member Services. “It is a connection between industry and community. That is why we named it Co-op Way.”

The new street changes the physical address of both the distribution center (142 Co-op Way) and Broad River Electric Auditorium (128 Co-op Way). It does not change the mailing address of either company.

“Seventy-five years ago, it was local farmers who banded together to form their own electric cooperative,” said Crotzer. “They worked with county officials and one another to make their community better. We wanted to celebrate that spirit of cooperation and innovation as it continues today.”


RUNOFF SET FOR APRIL 7TH IN COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO RACE

Wednesday, March 25

Steven Stone was the top vote getter in Tuesday's special Democratic primary to select a candidate whose name will appear on a general election ballot later this year. Even though Stone received the most votes, it was not enough to avoid a runoff election. That will be held April 7th and will pit Stone against Ralph Tucker. Stone received 186 votes to Tucker's 123. Ann Stevens was eliminated after receiving 115 votes.

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BENNETT LANDFILL FIRE IN CHESTER STILL CAUSING PROBLEMS IN LOCKHART

Wednesday, March 25

The issue of a landfill fire in Chester County is still plaguing the people in the Town of Lockhart. Mayor Ailene Ashe told town council members during Tuesday's monthly meeting that she has received an advisory from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that smoke from the fire at the Bennett Landfill could be expected today and Thursday to infiltrate the town. The mayor said the advisory stated that heaviest concentrations could be expected in the nighttime hours. She advised resident to keep the windows of their homes closed. The fire has been burning since November of last year, and there is no estimate as to when it will be extinguished. Mayor Ashe was asked about the impact of the fire on the community.

She said they have been given no word concerning the air quality there.

Union County Tax Assessor Susan Hanvey appeared before the council and those attending the meeting to say that tax assessment notices will go out May 1st. She said citizens will have 90 days to contest the assessment, and she encouraged them to contact the office if anyone has an issue with the assessment.

In other action, the council gave a first reading to an ordinance to annex a house at 126 Canal Road. The property was previously believed to already be inside the town limits, but a clerical error was discovered that eliminated it from the town boundary.

The council also gave a first reading to an ordinance that raises the base rate of water and sewer by $5. The last time the town's residents saw an increase in sewer rates was 2009, and water rates last went up in 2013.

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COUNTY COUNCIL BEGINS PROCESS OF BUILDING NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET

Wednesday, March 25

Budget work began Tuesday for the Union County Council. Supervisor Frank Hart explained the purpose for the sessions.
 


Appearing Tuesday to make their request were representatives from the Veteran Affairs office, the Sheriff's Office, Victim Advocate, Clerk of Court, the Coroner's office, The Olde English District, the Chamber of Commerce, Clemson Extension, the Timken Sports Complex, Union Services, The Public Defender's office, The Arts Council, the Detention Center and the Union County Carnegie Library. Hart said with the exception of some potential capital improvement projects, the request for budget increases have been minimal. The county had a deficit of nearly a million dollars last year.

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CIVITAN CLUB HOSTS ANNUAL PANCAKE DAY FUNDRAISER TOMORROW

Wednesday, March 25

The Union Civitan Club's annual Pancake Day is tomorrow. There will be three opportunities to take advantage of the good food. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and dinner will be from 5 until 7 p.m. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, milk and coffee. The event will be held in the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

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FISH FRY TO RAISE MONEY FOR RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY

Wednesday, March 25

The Kicking Cancer Relay for Life Team will be hold a Fish Fry Saturday. It'll be held at the Monarch Fire Department between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The menu includes the fish plate with fries, onion rings, hush puppies, and a drink, all for a donation of $10. Tickets are available from any team member, or you can just show up. There will be plenty of fish to go around.


ELIZABETH IRETON NAMED DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Tuesday, March 24

Recognizing the various teachers of the year for the Union County Schools was the highlight of the Monday night meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees. Those recognitions included:

--Buffalo Elementary School--Stefanie Miller

--Foster Park Elementary School--Kim Davis

--Jonesville Elementary Middle School--Anna Robinson

--Lockhart School--Jennifer Seeman

--Monarch Elementary--Tami Garrett

--Sims Middle School--William Ponder

--Union County High School--Elizabeth Ireton

--Union County Career & Technology Center--Ryan Young

The District Teacher of the Year was revealed. Receiving that distinction was Elizabeth Ireton of Union County High School. Ireton commented:

During that meeting, Superintendent Kristi Woodall reported that historical data requested at the last regular meeting has not yet been compiled. Board member Manning Jeter requested information from 2011 to present on the number of minority teachers that have been hired and the number that have left the district. Woodall said that information would be forthcoming. In other action, the board approved two overnight field trip requests and heard a budget report from Finance Director Lynn Lawson. Lawson reported that the State Legislature is proposing an increase in the amount designed per student in the state. In Union, that amount would increase by $100, from $2100 to $2200 per enrolled student.

As usual, the board went into an executive session to hear contract recommendations. This is the normal time of year that teacher contracts are being considered for the 2015–2016 school year.

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SHOTS FIRED, MAN STRUCK BY CAR IN SATURDAY INCIDENT ON ORCHARD LANE

Tuesday, March 24

Saturday at around 4:30 p.m., a Union man reported that he heard shots being fired near the intersection of Peach Orchard Road and Orchard Lane. He said when he heard the shots, he saw a gold Chevrolet Impala being chased by a purple SUV. He said it appeared to him that the occupants of the SUV were shooting at the Impala. He also stated that rounds were hitting a tree in the yard of the location he was visiting. As deputies were speaking with the complainant, they received a call that a male was in the parking lot at McDonalds and was in need of medical attention. The reporting party said the subject had been struck by a car during the shooting incident on Orchard Lane. The officers met with the subject at Wallace Thomson Hospital, where he was identified as Darryl Maurice Phillips.

Phillips told officers that he was struck by a gold Impala on Orchard Lane. The deputies received information that the vehicle was at lot 7-A on Orchard Lane, and they responded to that location. There they spoke with Sylister Tray Jeter. They noticed and photographed damage to the vehicle, including a dented hood, a busted windshield, and a bullet hole in the rear bumper. Jeter told officers that as he was leaving his residence, he was met by several subjects who were blocking the roadway. He said one of the subjects had a firearm and the others had bottles. Jeter said when he saw the gun, he ducked down and steered his vehicle to the left to get as far away as he could from the gun. While doing so, he said he unintentionally struck one of the subjects. He said the subjects were trying to kill him. According to the report, Jeter said the subject he struck was not the one with the gun.

Investigator Roxie Belue was notified, and it was noted that all of the subjects were uncooperative with the deputies as far as revealing information about the incident.

Jeter and his girlfriend, who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, gave written statements saying they did not want to press charges against anyone in reference to the incident. Investigator Belue will follow up on the case, but there is nothing further to report at this time.

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FIRST STEPS BOARD MEETS NEXT MONDAY

Tuesday, March 24

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, March 30th, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Schools District Office Annex located at 120 Lakeside Drive in Union.  The public is invited to attend.  Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Executive Director Catherine M. Childers at (864) 429-1740, ext. 134, prior to the start of the meeting.

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ALLIANCE STAFFING RECRUITING WAREHOUSE PAckERS IN GAFFNEY FRIDAY

Tuesday, March 24

Alliance Staffing will hold a recruitment event at the Cherokee SC Works office located at 133 Wilmac Road in Gaffney this Friday, March 27th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are looking to hire warehouse packer. Packing experience is required, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts are available. There are no minimum education requirements. The company is located in Groner, NC. The minimum pay is $7.50 per hour, and candidates must complete a paper application. A drug test and background check is required.

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TYGER RIVER SEEKS CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS IN UNION TOMORROW

Tuesday, March 24

The Tyger River Correctional Facility will hold a recruitment event tomorrow (March 25th) at the Union SC Works office on Main Street. The time for the event will be from 9 a.m. until noon. They are looking to hire correctional officers at a starting salary of $26,583. Applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED and possess a valid South Carolina driver's license. No experience is required, and the employer will provide training. There will be drug testing and screening, and references will be checked, along with motor vehicle records. These are 12-hour positions with no rotation. Successful candidates will work 14 days per month and will have two weekends per month off. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring your résumé and come properly dressed for the interview.


CIVITAN CLUB'S PANCAKE DAY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY

Monday, March 23

The annual Union Civitan Club's Pancake Day is coming up Thursday. It's an opportunity for Union-area residents to fill up on some good food and help a good cause at the same time. Amy Austin, who is president of Union Civitan, says this is their largest fundraiser of the year, and all the money raised goes for good causes.

There will be three opportunities to partake of the pancake meal on Thursday, March 26th. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner will be served between 5 and 7 p.m. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, milk, and coffee. The event takes place in the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

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SCHOOL BOARD TO RECOGNIZE TEACHERS OF THE YEAR TONIGHT

Monday, March 23

The Union County Board of School Trustees is meeting tonight, this time in a regular session. Teachers of the year in the school district will be recognized, and the board will consider two overnight field trip requests. They will also hear the monthly budget report. As usual, an executive session is on the agenda.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS TO WORK ON NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET

Monday, March 23

It appears the Union County Council will be busy for the next week. They will start tomorrow when they gather in the conference room of the County Annex Building for a budget work session. It starts at 9:00 a.m. On Thursday, March 26th, they will gather again in the same location for another budget work session. This one will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Yet another meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 31st, in the County Annex Building conference room. This will be a special meeting for the purpose of discussing the needs assessment list, and they will consider a resolution and other matters. Another budget work session will be held immediately following the special session. The public is invited to attend all of the meetings.

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FOUR ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE FUNDS FROM BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC CHARITIES

Monday, March 23

Four Union County organizations will be receiving a portion of the $30,000 raised by Broad River Electric's Hilarity for Charity comedy show and Operation Round Up.

The beneficiaries of Hilarity for Charity in Union include Union County Meals on Wheels and the Union County Council on Aging.

Proceeds from the event were not the only funds provided to local needs from Broad River Electric Charities in February. The cooperative’s philanthropic subsidiary also donated $25,000 from its Operation Roundup trust to 12 organizations serving the area, including two in Union. They were the Union County Carnegie Library and the Union County Pregnancy Center. That donation is the second of three $25,000 distributions from Operation Roundup. The donations are given as part of the co-op’s 75th anniversary. The third donation will be given in May. Each month, participating members’ account balances are rounded up to the nearest dollar. That extra change goes to the benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River’s service area. Broad River Electric Charities is a philanthropic subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina, and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina.


THURSDAY WAS A RARE DAY WITH NO POLICE REPORTS

Friday, March 20

Interestingly, criminal activity in the City of Union and Union County has been minimal. Neither the Union County Sheriff's Office nor the Union Public Safety Department had anything to report Thursday. Both agencies provide their reports weekdays to area media and press outlets, and it is an unusual occurrence when there is nothing to report. While it makes for a slow news day, it is a good thing for the community.

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JUNIOR CHARITY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 35 VENDORS FOR its SPRING MARKET

Friday, March 20

The Union Junior Charity League says they will have 35 vendors at their Spring Market, which is going to be held Saturday. It will take place in the Exhibitors Building at The Union County Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Local residents are invited to attend the event and take advantage of the special deals that will be offered.

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UNION COUNTY NEWS TAKES HOME 11 SC PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS

Friday, March 20

The Union County News brought home 11 awards from the South Carolina Press Association's winter meeting this past weekend. Anna Brown won first and second place for her feature stories “Lockhart's Lost Sons” and "BUC Railroad Lives On in New Book”. She also won second place for lifestyle feature writing. Pete Cochran took first place and an honorable mention for his sports action photos. Brain Whitmore won a first-place award among all weekly newspapers for his sports special section, “Hit List.” He also received a third-place award and an honorable mention award. Graham Williams took a third-place award for an editorial or column in support of the Freedom of Information Act and two other third-place awards for a humor column and a spot news photo of a house fire. The majority of the awards were for weekly newspapers with a circulation of under 4500. South Carolina has 93 weekly newspapers, 43 of which have a circulation under 4500.

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PIC GROUP RECRUITING QUALITY INSPECTORS IN GAFFNEY MONDAY

Friday, March 20

The Pic Group will hold a recruitment event at the Cherokee SC Works office on Monday, March 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They are looking to hire quality inspectors who will examine manufactured products. Candidates should have the ability to coordinate, prioritize and multitask, along with demonstrated flexibility within a fast-paced challenging environment. Applicants are expected to take initiative and recognize needs, and handle highly sensitive and confidential material. A high school diploma or equivalent is desired. The minimum salary is $10/hour. The job requires drug screening and a background check. All applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend the event.

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EATON HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR MATERIAL HANDLERS WEDNESDAY IN SPARTANBURG

Friday, March 20

Eaton will hold a recruitment event Wednesday, March 25th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Spartanburg SC Works office located at 220 East Kennedy Street. They are looking for material handlers for all shifts. 1st shift hours are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. 2nd shift hours are 3:00 pm to 11:30pm, and the 3rd shift schedule is from 11:00 pm to 7:30am. Starting pay is $11.53 per hour plus a shift premium. A high school diploma or GED is required, and 6 months of warehouse experience is preferred. There will be a criminal background check and drug screen. All applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must have a referral to attend the event.

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GOVERNOR HALEY ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO TAKING IN MORE NUCLEAR WASTE

Friday, March 20

On Thursday, Governor Nikki Haley announced her opposition to taking in more nuclear waste at the Barnwell Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility.

“We need to let the state know, we need to let the legislature know, where we are on this,” said Gov. Haley. “I remember dealing with this as a legislator several years back, and you know the bottom line is we've worked very hard over the last few years to make sure we've improved the quality of South Carolina – the quality of the jobs, the quality of the environment, the quality of tourism. Now there's an opportunity that's being presented in front of the legislature to be able to take in more nuclear waste from other states, and we just want the legislature to know we don't want to go in that direction.”

 “Additional nuclear waste would be a huge step backwards for the state of South Carolina,” said Gov. Haley. “Let's not go down this direction. There are a lot of things we need to be working on right now, and taking in other states' nuclear waste is not one of them.”


USC UNION HOSTS UPCOUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Thursday, March 19

The Upcountry Literary Festival is coming up this weekend. Annie Smith at USC Union tells what to expect.

In addition, there are a number of artists and authors that will be on hand. One of the highlights will be the opening of the much-anticipated USC bookstore on Main Street. The bookstore has been in a renovation phase for more than a year.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ARSON CASE

Thursday, March 19

There's a bit of a sad story in the Union County Sheriff's Office reports. It seems that between March 6th and March 15th, a Union man was in the hospital having emergency heart surgery. The man told officers that his wife passed away the day he entered the hospital. A family member was cleaning at his residence and noticed two places on the back side of the house that appeared to have been set on fire. The man returned to his home Tuesday and called to report the finding. Investigator Roxie Belue responded to the scene and notified arson investigator Scott Coffer. The investigation into the matter continues.

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TEAM ARUBA MAKES QUARTERFINALS OF FIRST IHRA RACE OF THE SEASON

Thursday, March 19

After a long off season, Union-based Team Aruba was anxious to get back on the track and tackle the 1320 feet of an IHRA Nitro Jam racing surface. State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, La. played host to the IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals this past weekend and was the stage for Team Aruba’s return to the restructured and renewed racing organization.

It was great to personally meet all the new members of the IHRA ownership and staff,” said Trevor Eman, pilot of the Aruba.com Mustang. “We could not feel more welcome in a racing sanctioning body than we did from them."

Despite Mother Nature canceling Friday’s test session, Team Aruba qualified for the elite eight car field with a 6.39 elapsed time at 222 MPH.

Rainy weather on Friday made for tricky track conditions on race day, and in round two, this would prove to be Team Aruba’s nemesis. Eman encountered tire shake that forced him to let off the throttle, giving opponent J.R. Carr the semifinal victory.

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UNION COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY REORGANIZES ITS PRECINCTS AT MEETING

Thursday, March 19

The Union County GOP held a county precinct reorganization at the Union County Courthouse, with the purpose of electing precinct chairmen for each county precinct and electing delegates to attend the party’s county convention in April.

The meeting opened with comments from South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore, who reviewed the electoral success the GOP achieved in the 2014 elections. He also spoke about the importance of the 2016 election cycle and how important small counties like Union County are to the GOP’s continued success.

We’re trying to be a political party that is attractive to young people, millennials, and people from diverse backgrounds,” Moore said. “We are focused on policies and candidates that can best attract a new generation of voters.”

Following Moore’s comments, the Republicans proceeded with the precinct reorganization portion of the meeting.

For additional information about the Union County Republican Party, you may contact Michael Fowler by phone at 864-251-0604, or by email at mielfo@charter.net.

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MISS USC UNION PAGEANT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH

Thursday, March 19

The University of South Carolina Union will host the Miss USC Union Pageant on March 28th at 7:00pm in the school's auditorium. The pageant is a community service project, and also provides scholarships for the queen, as well as first and second runners-up. Proceeds from this pageant will benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association. The USC Union University 101 classes have raised more than $12,000 towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s since 2011.This year’s theme, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, will showcase eight young women throughout the evening in casual wear, on-stage questions, talent and evening gown competition.

Admission to the pageant is by ticket only. The tickets are $5 each and can be purchased prior to the pageant from the contestants, the USC Union Financial Aid Office (424-8024), or at the USC Union Laurens location. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

This year’s contestants are: Jasmine Craig (Union), Kami Edwards (Pauline), Kayce Edwards (Union), Makayla Hutzell (Spartanburg), Brandi Lott (Union), Cali Scoggins (Blacksburg), Briana Spencer (Union) and Alana Wright (Buffalo).

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STAFF MASTERS RECRUITING WORKERS IN UNION MARCH 24TH

Thursday, March 19

Staff Masters, Inc., will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office March 24th from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. They are looking to hire creelers, weavers, and warping operators. These are full-time jobs for all shifts and 12-hour weekend shifts. The company will conduct drug screening, background checks and reference checks. Apply at staffmasters.com and choose the Duncan location. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please bring a résumé with you, and come properly dressed for an interview.

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JOE PITT TO BE INDUCTED INTO SC BASKETBALL COACHES HALL OF FAME FRIDAY

Thursday, March 19

Former Union High School and Union County High School boys' basketball coach Joe Pitt, who is being inducted into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Friday night. The induction ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at Seawell's Restaurant in Columbia. Pitt is one of five coaches being inducted this year. Pitt coached here for 22 years, leading the Jackets to two state title appearances, following an 11-year stint at Ware Shoals. He is currently head basketball coach and athletic director at Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro, where he has served the past four years.


CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEEDS ASSESSMENT, AMENDS ORDINANCE to allow TATTOO PARLORS

Wednesday, March 18

Meeting Tuesday night, the Union City Council heard from John Lummus, who is the president and CEO of the Upstate Alliance. Lummus gave a report on what the alliance has done in the past year and how it affects Union County. He said the three major purposes of the organization is to: 1) Market and brand the Upstate to the world;

2) Work with local economic developers; and

3) Find leads and prospects.

Lummus told WBCU News:

Robby Moody of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments went over the needs assessment, on which he said twelve items were listed. The assessment makes the city eligible for Community Development Block Grants. The council voted to finalize the list. The council gave a first reading to an ordinance that will annex property at 1021 South Duncan Bypass into the city. Another ordinance that was up for discussion involved the establishment of a tattoo parlor in the city. The current ordinance prohibits tattoo parlors here. Council gave a first reading to an amended ordinance that removes such businesses from the prohibited list.

The council passed a motion that grants an easement to buildings on which a painting by world-renowned artist Blue Sky exists. The art work was damaged by water leaking behind the painting, and in order for the city to make the repairs, the easement is necessary. Once that repair work is done, the artist will return to Union to repair the damage to the painting.

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DIALYSIS CLINIC HOLDING HOT DOG PLATE SALE FRIDAY FOR KIDNEY HEALTH AWARENESS

Wednesday, March 18

March is National Kidney Month, and Dialysis Clinic, Inc., is joining in with the “Paint the Town Orange" campaign. Orange ribbons have been placed along Main Street to bring attention to chronic kidney disease. More that 26 million Americans have the disease but do not know it. A Dialysis Clinic spokesperson said diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease. The clinic will be having a hot dog plate sale Friday to help raise money for kidney health awareness, with all proceeds going to the National Kidney Foundation. The orders for the hot dog sale will be delivered on March 20th between 11:30 and 1:30 p.m. To place your order or for more information, you should call 429-2943.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT BASEBALL REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY

Wednesday, March 18

Registration for T-Ball and Coach Pitch baseball will wrap up Friday, March 20th. The registration is taking place at the Union County Recreation Department on Thomas street from 9 until 5 each weekday. T-Ball is designed for ages 3 and 4, and coach pitch is for 5- to 7-year olds. The fee to register is $35. Parents should bring the child's birth certificate and proof of insurance to the registration. For additional information, you should contact Sam Phipps at 429-1670.

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HEAD START ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015-2016

Wednesday, March 18

Carolina Community Actions, Inc., Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3 to 4 years old for the 2015 -2016 program year. Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. They are also accepting applications for infants and toddlers from birth to those three years of age. Early Head Start programs begin serving children before they are born by offering services to their pregnant mom. The purpose of this is to ensure that pregnant women remain healthy throughout their pregnancy. A legal birth certificate, certification of immunization, proof of income for the 2014 calendar year, and Social Security numbers for all persons in the household must be provided when applying. The Head Start Center is located in Jonesville at 514 Alman Street. For additional information or an appointment, call 864-674-6014.

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GOVERNOR OPPOSES LEGISLATURE'S BONDS BILL

Wednesday, March 18

Governor Nikki Haley was vehemently against a bonds bill recently introduced by the SC Legislature, which included $50 million in funding for construction of a new MUSC Children's Hospital, funding for a new SLED crime lab, and several higher education projects. Haley said the package was formed in backroom deals, with little transparency, and would drive up state debt.

During budget week in the SC House, Haley took an active role speaking out against the package on social media, urging voters to contact their representative.

I have a job to do," Gov. Haley said. "My job is to say something when I see it's wrong. If I have to go to social media to do it, it's because I know how busy taxpayers are. There's a place for bonds, but bonds are meant for long term infrastructure projects. They're not the normal course of business. They're not meant for your day-to-day regular projects. That's where this went wrong," Haley said. "When you look at an economic development deal, that's a long-term infrastructure project."


SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OUTLINES LAST WEEK'S events AT UCHS

Tuesday, March 17

A standing-room-only crowd turned out for Monday night's specially called meeting of the Union County School Board of Trustees. The agenda listed only two items: “safety,” and an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Upon calling the meeting to order, Board Chair Dr. Wanda All turned the meeting over to Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall, who began a chronicle of the events that occurred last week. Woodall noted the two fights that occurred in the school cafeteria, in which a total of four students faced disciplinary action from the school but also criminal charges. Woodall emphatically stated that the two fights in no way resulted in the resignations Wednesday of Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles and Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam. Woodall said Thursday there was a large number of students being signed out of school by their parents. She squarely laid the blame for this event on area television station WSPA.

Hereafter, Woodall said it has been decided that students involved in a fight at school will be charged with disturbing school, which is a General Sessions Court offense, and will be recommended for expulsion. She said that on Friday, even though a press release went out stating there were no threats at the school, there were 350 absences recorded, which she said created chaos and parental concerns. She noted that some of the people who communicated the false information to the television station do not even have children in the district's schools. Lunch periods have been shortened, which Woodall said would allow for greater supervision. Attendance was back to normal Monday.

The board then went into an executive session to consider a personnel matter. When they returned to regular session, Dr. All addressed those attending by apologizing for information that had gotten out that indicated they would be given the opportunity to speak or ask questions. She said the district has a procedure that must be adhered to by people who wish to address the board. Those people are required to make their request known to the school board secretary by the Wednesday prior to the meeting date. That request can be made at the district office on West Main Street.

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CITY COUNCIL HAS CROWDED AGENDA FOR MEETING TONIGHT

Tuesday, March 17

The Union City Council is meeting tonight at 6:30, and their agenda appears to be fairly crowded. Among the items to be discussed in the council chambers will be comments from Amy Austin with the Union County Miracle League. Andrena Powell-Baker of the Union County Development Board will make a presentation, and the council will hear from John Lummus of the Upstate Alliance. Robby Moody from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments will go over the Needs Assessment. That will also be discussed when the council moves to give finalization to the Needs Assessment. The council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would allow a variance in zoning that prohibits businesses from locating within 600 feet of a residential area. In this case, a tattoo parlor is seeking to open in the Union Square Shopping Center. In other action, the council will give a first reading to an ordinance that will annex property at 1021 S. Duncan Bypass. An executive session is on the agenda to discuss a legal matter.

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ARTS COUNCIL HOLDING YOUTH ART SHOW RECEPTION TONIGHT

Tuesday, March 17

The Union County Arts Council will hold a reception for the Middle and Senior High School Youth Art Show at 5:30 tonight. All are invited to come and support our local youth on their big night.

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MUSGROVE MILL OFFERS GUIDED LANTERN HIKE MARCH 28TH

Tuesday, March 17

History will come alive at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site on Saturday, March 28th, as the park presents a Guided Lantern Hike at the park. This Guided Lantern Hike will be led by a park ranger who will take the visitors down the British Camp trail at the park. Along the trail, attendees will meet visitors from the past that will tell them about life during the colonial period at Musgrove Mill.  The event will be held from 7 PM to 9 PM.  Reservations for this event must be made in advance.  The cost for the event is $5 per person.  For more information or reservations, 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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UNION MAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA

Tuesday, March 17

A 50-year old Union man has been charged with distribution of marijuana. The case began in October when Lt. John Sherfield 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 $20 to attempt to make an undercover purchase of marijuana from an individual that he only knew as D.C. The operative went to the Union Mill Hill area and picked up D.C. and then was directed to drive to another residence located off of Moore Street. D.C. then exited the vehicle with the money for a brief period of time and then returned with 4 small bags of marijuana, which he gave to the operative. The operative then dropped D.C. off at his residence and then met back with Lt. Sherfield. Upon viewing the video of the undercover transaction, Lt. Sherfield found that D.C. was actually Garcia Glover, whose place of birth is Washington, D.C. This incident location is within 1/2 mile of Union City Park, which could intensify the charge.

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KANGAROO EXPRESS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY MARCH 31ST

Tuesday, March 17

Kangaroo Express of The Pantry, Inc., will hold a recruitment event at the Cherokee SC Works Office on March 31st, from 10:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. They are looking to hire sales associates. The positions are part-time, and a high school diploma or equivalent is preferred. They are also looking to hire a lead assistant manager. This is a full-time position, and a high school diploma or equivalent with 1 to 2 years of experience is required.


SCHOOL DISTRICT ATTEMPTS TO SHED MORE LIGHT ON WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK AT UCHS

Monday, March 16

Apparently responding to public demands to give an explanation as to why Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles and Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam resigned, District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall issued a press release Friday saying:

Over the past several days, it has been speculated by the media and posted on social networking sites that the recent resignations of the principal of Union County High School and one of the school’s assistant principals are related to media reports that there is ongoing gang activity on the school campus and that students are not safe. As both the district and law enforcement have stated, the reports that there have been threats to the school are unsubstantiated.
This speculation has included that these administrators resigned because they were unable to provide a safe and secure school environment. Postings also have speculated that the resignation of the principal is related to football coach Steve Taneyhill and the board’s continuation of his employment or that the administrators resigned because of racial issues.
As District Superintendent and the school official who accepted the resignations of these two administrators, I can unequivocally assure the public that their resignations are unrelated to any of these speculated reasons. While I am not at liberty to publicly comment on the events that preceded the resignations, the two former employees are free to speak with media if they so choose about the reasons that they resigned. The district does not generally issue press releases about the reasons why an employee may or may not have resigned, but because of the widespread speculation and the resulting impact on parents and students, I felt that this release was necessary in order to provide accurate information to our district community.

In addition to Woodall’s press release, the district also issued a video press release. Here is the audio portion of statements being made by UCHS interim principal Betsy Trakas and safety officer Randy Crocker.

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SPECIAL CALLED SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS TONIGHT

Monday, March 16

A special called meeting of the School District Board of Trustees will take place tonight in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. The subject listed on the agenda is safety, and an executive session is scheduled to discuss a personnel matter.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES BREAK-INS AT TWO BUSINESSES

Monday, March 16

During the early morning hours Friday, Sgt. Kevin Powers responded to a call at the Lil Cricket store located on the corner of Arthur Blvd. and East Main Street. Upon arrival, he noted a broken window next to the store's cashier's station. He also observed several packs of Newport cigarettes laying in the parking lot. They were also scattered on the floor, along with Philly blunts wraps. The store manager arrived on the scene, and reviewed the surveillance video with the officer. On that video, a male dressed in all black with a black ball cap and a light-colored mask was observed casing the store at 2:40 a.m. It then showed the same male throwing an object at the window and shattering it. The subject made entry into the store, and it was noted that he was wearing blue medical gloves. The subject went to the safe but was unable to gain access, so he then started grabbing cigarettes and blunt wraps. The subject left the store the same way he came in. Then at around 4:00 a.m., presumably another subject entered the store through the same broken window. This subject was dressed in black and had on brown boots, a black doo-rag covering his face and black gloves. This subject started putting cartons of Newport cigarettes in a black plastic bag. He also left the store through the broken window and was in the store less than a minute. The store manager was unable to provide a total for the stolen merchandise but would report the amount later. The store's alarm did not go off. The incident was reported by a lady who stopped at the store to make a purchase, and when she saw the broken window she left the location and call police.

The was another incident, apparently a break-in attempt at Palmetto Drugs on Lakeside Drive. Here the alarm did go off. Police found a broken window, and a large rock was found in the store. It was determined that no entry was made. Police made pictures of the scene.


POTTER'S STOREHOUSE PREPARING TO MOVE INTO OLD PEOPLE'S GROCERY BUILDING, BUT FUNDS ARE NEEDED

Friday, March 13

Success can sometime create problems. Such is the case for the Potter's Storehouse Ministry in Jonesville. The food distribution program has been operating for more than five years and has been growing dramatically during that time. Recently, the ministry received a donation of a building on Jonesville's Main Street. What is known as the old People's Grocery now belongs to the Potter's Storehouse, and they are preparing to move from their location on the Gaffney Highway. Pastor Don Moore says renovations have already begun, but there is a lot to do.

If you would like to contribute to this cause, you should call Pastor Moore at 864-680-3465.

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TWO ARRESTED IN METAL AND AC UNIT THEFTS

Friday, March 13

Union County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have arrested 2 individuals in 6 incidents of metal and A/C unit thefts.

These thefts occurred at:

1- 159 Sunset Drive, Union- where an a/c unit was broken into and copper was taken from the unit--value $4000

2- Pacolet River Baptist Association Building at 168 Lovers Lane, Union-there was a theft of 2 a/c units and damage was done by taking copper coils and other metal parts-Value $8000

3- 541 Bobby Faucette Rd., Union- where an a/c unit was damaged, dismantled, and totally destroyed- Value $5000

4- 1026 Old Pump Station Rd., Union- there was a theft and damage to a/c unit- Value $2995

5- Old Bowling Alley, Cross Keys Hwy., Union- 2 units were damaged and the coils stolen - Value $8000

6- 305 Alman St., Jonesville- 1 a/c unit was damaged and coils were stolen- Value $3000

The 2 individuals charged are:

Donald Clayton Hodge, Jr., 54, of 303 Knitting Mill Street, Jonesville, SC, and Jerome Glenn, 46, of 305 Alman Street, Jonesville, SC.

The 2 suspects are each charged with 6 counts of grand larceny, 5 counts of unlawful transport of nonferrous metal, and 1 count of obtaining a signature under false pretenses. The thefts took place between February 1, 2015, and March 2, 2015. This is an ongoing investigation, and more charges could be forthcoming.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE ISSUES LITTERING CITATION TO BUSINESS OWNER

Friday, March 13

The Union County Sheriff's Office has issued a summons for littering to a business owner. Abdul Hemani, owner of the Kelly One Stop on the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway, was cited Wednesday after a complainant reported that trash was blowing out of a receptacle at the store. The report stated that Hemani had been cited before for the same violation and was asked to put some kind of lid on the receptacle to keep this from happening.

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PENMAC STAFFING HIRING WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES MARCH 18TH

Friday, March 13

Penmac Staffing will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works office on March 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They are looking to hire warehouse associates. These are full-time positions, and first- and second-shift positions are available. The company will conduct drug screening, background checks and reference checks. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org, and please come properly dressed for the interview.


SPECULATION ABOUNDS FOLLOWING RESIGNATION OF UCHS PRINCIPAL, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Thursday, March 12

Answers as to why Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles and Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam resigned their position Wednesday are not forthcoming.

WBCU News talked with a woman who did not give her name but identified herself as Lyles' mother. She said her son is a decent person, and, quoting her, “All this stuff on Facebook is not true.” She said it all started with what she called the “school board mess”. Lyles' mother said, “He loved his school and the students, but you can only take so much.” She made reference that Lyles' issues with the school started with football coach Steve Taneyhill. Taneyhill's coaching contract was extended last month until December of this year. She also said, “It's been like a death in the family.”

Attempts to reach Union County School Superintendent Kristi Woodall and several school board members have been unsuccessful. Speculation in the community abounds as to why they resigned, and many believe it may have something to do with several fights that broke out at the school Tuesday. While it has not been confirmed, reports say the fights were gang-related, and three students were arrested as a result.

In a news release informing media outlets of the resignation, Dr. Kristi Woodall said, ““While change can be challenging, I am confident that the district staff members, who are stepping up to these roles, will do a great job meeting that challenge.” The release continued to say Betsy Trakas, currently the Lockhart Schools Principal, will serve as Interim UCHS Principal. Jeff Stepp, currently serving as Interim Assistant Principal at Jonesville Elementary Middle School, will transfer to the same position at Union County High School. Eric Childers, Assistant Principal at Lockhart Schools, will assume additional leadership duties at that location.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES ARREST IN CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT CASE INVOLVING A CHILD

Thursday, March 12

On January 28th, Union Public Safety officers Robbie McGee and Mark Gregory went to the Union County Sheriff's Office to report a possible sexual assault that originally occurred in the county. The city officers had completed a report when it was discovered that the incident was outside their jurisdiction. As a result, Cleveland Edward Young, 51, of Alexander Road, Whitmire, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct. The incident report says the case involves a 7-year old female. Deputy Roxie Belue took over the investigation from the city and made the arrest.

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COUNTY COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO MEET TODAY TO EVALUATE ROADS

Thursday, March 12

The Union County Council Committee on Public Works, Roads, and Bridges and County Property will meet on Thursday, March 12th, at 3:00 p.m. They will go out to evaluate various roads in the county. The public is invited to attend.

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SEVERAL RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISERS ARE SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND

Thursday, March 12

There are several Relay for Life events coming up this Saturday. The first will be an opportunity to have your child's picture made with a live bunny or baby chick. It will take place at the Bonham Fire Department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. At 9 o'clock Saturday morning, the Leprechaun walk and run will take place at Bogansville United Methodist Church. The cost to enter is $20, and for information, you should contact Lee Gentry at 864-494-3812. The will be a Chitterling Dinner at 11 a.m. on Washington Street in Union. This event is sponsored by Corinth Baptist Church, and for information you should contact Danielle Fowler at 441-2245. Also at 11 a.m., a Flag Football Tournament will be staged at the Jonesville football field. For more information, contact Inman Deberry at the Dollar General Corporation.

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VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER COMING TO UNION FOR CAREER AND BENEFITS FAIR

Thursday, March 12

The Veterans Resource Center and USC Union invite veterans to a Veteran’s Career & Benefits Fair on Tuesday, March 17th, from 12:00pm–2:00pm at USC Union’s Truluck Gym. The intent of the Vet Center’s visit is to assist USC Union veterans and the Union County veteran residents and families with the services that are available to them.

The Vet Center will assist veterans, service members, their families and survivors with various services, from employment to benefits information. Services on the Mobile Vet Center mirrors the services at Vet Centers, and some of the services that will be provided are: Medical & Mental Health, Women’s Health Care, Veteran Justice Outreach, Readjustment Counseling, Disability and Compensation Claims Education Programs, Homeless Veterans Program (HUD/VASH), and Peer Support Program. The “Mission Accomplished” Resource Center Career & Benefits Fair is designed to provide veterans the opportunity to meet with employers and service providers in a single location.

For more information, please contact Bobby Holcombe at (864) 424-8024, or visit the VA website at www.vetcenter.va.gov.

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SC WORKS CHEROKEE TO HOST TWO RECRUITMENT EVENTS WEDNESDAY

Thursday, March 12

Thompson Industrial Services will hold a recruitment event next Wednesday, March 18th, from 1-4 p.m. at the Cherokee SC Works office. They are looking to hire industrial service technicians and industrial service operators.

There are no minimum education requirements. The jobs require flexible hours and being on call 24/7. A drug test and background check is required. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org.

Talent Force will also hold a recruitment event at the Cherokee SC Works office Wednesday, March 18th, from 9 a.m. until noon. They are looking to hire textile productions workers. 12 months of textile experience is required in weaving, carding, spinning, and winding. They are also looking for maintenance workers and supervisor. 12 months of textile experience is required, as well as a high school diploma. All shifts are available, and drug testing, background check, and reference checks are required. All applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org and must receive a referral to attend the event.


LYLES, GILLIAM RESIGN THEIR LEADERSHIP ROLES AT UCHS

Wednesday, March 11

The Union County High School principal and assistant principal have resigned their positions.

A news release from the Union County School District Wednesday afternoon stated:

The Union County School District is implementing several changes in administration to finish out the current school year. These changes are being made as the result of the resignations of Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles and Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam. Betsy Trakas, currently the Lockhart Schools Principal, will serve as Interim UCHS Principal. Jeff Stepp, currently serving as Interim Assistant Principal at Jonesville Elementary Middle School, will transfer to the same position at Union County High School. Eric Childers, Assistant Principal at Lockhart Schools, will assume additional leadership duties at that location.

Dr. Kristi Woodall issued a statement saying, “While change can be challenging, I am confident that the District staff members, who are stepping up to these roles, will do a great job meeting that challenge. The District will make plans for the 2015-16 school year staffing as the school year progresses.”

There were no reasons forthcoming for the resignations of Lyles or Gilliam.

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COUNTY COUNCIL HEARS UPDATE ON AIRPORT MASTER PLAN, MAKES APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS

Wednesday, March 11

The Union County Council met Tuesday evening in a lengthy session and first heard from Jason Fant, Community Development Planner with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. Fant presented the criteria for the county's needs assessment. The needs assessment was described by Fant as being sort of a wish list for the county in the coming year--such things as addressing needs in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and extension of water and sewer lines. The 2014 list contained 14 items. Gwin Lindler was appointed to a term on the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, and Jimmy Carter was appointed to the Board of Appeals. Receiving appointments to the Kelly-Kelton Fire Board were Raven Finch, Greta Bailey and Kendra Horne. There is one other vacancy on that board.

A representative from WK Dickson gave an update on the Union County Airport's master plan.

Airport Director Ronnie Wade explained the ultimate goal of the plan.

Spartanburg Community College President Henry C. Giles and K.J. Jacobs of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects appeared before the council. Giles said they want to develop a master plan for the Union campus. Jacobs led a discussion where he asked the council several questions concerning, in part, the needs and impressions of the Union campus. The council responded with comments such as wanting an expansion of programs, with Supervisor Frank Hart saying it was his impression that the school is underutilized. He also said he would like to see a clearer mission of the two schools, SCC and USC-U.

Jim Pittman appealed to the council to become involved in the reopening of River Chase Golf Course. The course shut down two years ago after experiencing a decrease in business, which was blamed on economic conditions. Pittman said:

The council took Pittman's comments under advisement.

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES DOG ATTACK ON POSTAL WORKER

Wednesday, March 11

The Union Public Safety Department is investigating an animal attack that occurred Monday morning. Officer Rusty Young was dispatched to the Union Post Offic,e and there talked with Amy West Garrett. Garrett told the officer that she and a co-worker, both post office employees, were walking on Locust Street during their lunch break. The report states that as the two ladies got near 126 Locust Street, two pit bulls jumped on Garrett. She fell to the ground and attempted to fight off the dogs with her arms and legs. The officer observed bite marks on her arms and legs. Garrett went to Wallace Thomson Hospital for treatment. The owner of the dogs was identified as Lynette J. Soltwedel, who called the dogs off the victim. She told the officer the animals have been immunized. The case has been turned over to animal control, and the dogs have been quarantined.

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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL SCHEDULED TODAY

Wednesday, March 11

A statewide tornado drill will be conducted this morning around 9 a.m. You will hear the activation on WBCU, but be reminded it is only a drill. The purpose is to make listeners aware of the dangers involved with these storms, and it provides an opportunity for you to map out a plan for your safety when a tornado warning is issued. A tornado watch means that conditions exist that could spawn a tornado, and a tornado warning mean a tornado has been spotted and you should take immediate shelter.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS THAT SOMEONE IS STEALING MAIL

Wednesday, March 11

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving reports that mail is being stolen in the southern part of the county. Witnesses believe that the vehicle is a Toyota Corolla or similar vehicle, either green or faded blue in color. This is the time of year that many citizens are expecting income tax returns by mail, and that is possibly what the culprits are searching for. Sheriff David Taylor is asking for your assistance in the apprehension of these persons. If possible, have someone monitor your mailbox around the usual delivery time. If you see anyone suspicious stopping around your mailbox, call 864-429-1611 or 911 immediately.  If you have information on this case, you may also contact CrimeStoppers at 864-427-0800.

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four ARRESTED ON DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGES FOLLOWING SEPARATE FIGHTS

Wednesday, March 11

Two Union County High School students have been charged with disorderly conduct following a fight that broke out Tuesday in the school's cafeteria. A teacher gave a written statement that he had witnessed the entire incident. He said two students were having words, and 18-year old Michael Elijah McCants threw a punch, hitting D'Angelo Means in the head, knocking him to the floor. McCants was taken to the Union County Jail, where he faces charges of disorderly conduct. This incident occurred around 12:15 p.m.

There was an earlier incident in the school's cafeteria when a fight broke out between Elizawon Milik Gray and Kenneth Shemar Brandon, both 18 years old. The two were arrested and taken to the Union County Jail, where they were charged with disorderly conduct. There was no word on what started the fights.


SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVES UPDATE ON district STRATEGIC PLAN

Tuesday, March 10

Amy Austin of the Union County Miracle League was on the agenda for the Union County School Board meeting. The agenda stated that she had requested to speak to the board regarding the use of the high school cafeteria, apparently for a Miracle League activity. Without explanation, her presentation was moved to executive session. The board took no action on her request.

Cindy Langley gave an update on the district's Strategic Plan. She explained just what that is.

Board member Manning Jeter asked for a list of minority teachers since 2010 and their duties, along with a list of those who are still working in the district. He also made a motion for the Adamsburg and Kelly-Pinckney School properties to be placed on the market and sold, and suggested the money derived from the sale could be used to build an auditorium, which he says the school district does not have. His motion died for the lack of a second.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY, PRECEDED BY COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND PUBLIC HEARING

Tuesday, March 10

There’s a lot of activity planned at the Union County Courthouse this afternoon, as the Union County Council is set to meet at 5:30 in the Grand Jury Room. That’s not the only meeting that is scheduled. There is a public hearing and two committee meetings scheduled prior to the full council meeting together. At 4:00 p.m., the council’s Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments will meet to discuss personnel and other matters. Then at 4:30 p.m., the committee on County Administration and Finance will meet to discuss financial and other matters. At 5:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing to solicit public input on community needs and priorities for housing, public facilities and economic development. It is noted that the public is invited to attend and participate.

5:30 will see the start of the regular monthly meeting, and the agenda appears to be packed with matters to be discussed and acted upon.

The first item of business will be to consider appointments to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, The Appeals Board and the Board for the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department. W. K. Dickson and Ronnie Wade will give an update on the Union County Airport plan. Henry C. Giles, President of Spartanburg Community College, and K. J. Jacobs, of McMillian, Pazdan, Smith Architects, will appear for the purpose of obtaining information from the council that will help develop a comprehensive master plan for the college.

In addition, Jim Pittman will be there to discuss a golf course.

The agenda lists an executive session to discuss economic development and contractual matters. Following that session, the council will review and approve financial statements.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETS SUNDAY

Tuesday, March 10

The quarterly meeting of the Union County Historical Society will be on Sunday, March 15th, at 3:00 pm at the museum.  The guest speaker will be John Leake, owner of Leake Furniture Makers in York, SC.  He will speak on how Britain influenced our furniture.

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MUSICAL TRIO TO ENTERTAIN AT UPCOUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL

Tuesday, March 10

USC Union will be the host to the fifth-annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 20th, and Saturday, March 21st. The two-day event will showcase a number of nationally- and regionally-renowned authors, poets, and musical artists as part of a free public event. On Friday, March 20th, a musical trio consisting of Freddie Vanderford, Fayssoux McLean and Brandon Turner will take the stage from 3:00pm–4:00pm.

Vanderford, a local favorite, is well-known for his love of blues and his famous harmonica. In May 2010, he was awarded the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for maintaining and sharing the tradition of the Piedmont Blues harp.

Also on stage with Vanderford is Pacolet native Brandon Turner. He has been playing with Fayssoux McLean and Vanderford since his early teens and is known for his superior guitar work. Fayssoux McLean is an essential component on Emmylou Harris’ album, “Luxury Liner,” and duets with Emmylou on “Spanish is a Loving Tongue” and “Green Rolling Hills”. Her genres are traditional folk songs, old-time gospel and contemporary country-rock.

The Upcountry Literary Festival is also featuring an assortment of authors, poets, and historians. The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union. A full schedule and participant list can be found on USC Union’s website: http://uscunion.sc.edu/. For more information, please call Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057. You can also follow the festival on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/upcountryliteraryfestival.

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ARTS COUNCIL PLANS ACTIVITIES LATER THIS MONTH

Tuesday, March 10

There are two events coming up at the Union County Arts Council. Coordinator Amber Ivey tell us about them.

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ABSENTEE VOTING underway IN COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 RACE

Tuesday, March 10

The Absentee Precinct for the Union County Council District 2 special election has opened.

The District 2 seat became vacant Jan. 6th when Frank Hart was sworn in as Union County Supervisor. With two years left on Hart’s unexpired term, a special election must be held to elect a new council member to serve out that term.

Three candidates—Ralph Tucker, Stephen Stone, and Ann Stevens—have filed to run for the Democratic nomination for the District 2 seat. No Republicans have filed to run for the seat.

The Democratic primary for the District 2 seat will be held Tuesday, March 25th. If none of the three candidates seeking the party’s nomination wins a majority of the vote, a runoff will be held Tuesday, April 7th. The general election for the District 2 seat is scheduled for May 12th.

For more information about the District 2 special election, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.

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FIRE DAMAGES HOUSE ON WHITMIRE HIGHWAY SATURDAY

Tuesday, March 10

A house on Whitmire Highway sustained major damage Saturday. Roger Bailey with the Southside Fire Department gives us this report.


MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

Monday, March 9

A 14-year old Sims Middle School student is facing drug-related charges as a result of an incident this past Thursday. School Resource Officer Scott Griffin was notified by the Sims assistant principal of a juvenile student at school with drugs in his possession. A small clear Ziploc bag containing a green, leafy substance was recovered. The student gave a written statement stating the substance was drugs and had been brought to school from his home. The juvenile was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana and released to his mother. A Department of Juvenile Justice complaint was signed along with a custodial promise. The marijuana was taken into custody as evidence.

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CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH RAISES MONEY FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

Monday, March 9

Corinth Baptist Church has scheduled several Relay for Life events coming up soon. On March 14th, there will be a Chitterling Dinner at 11 a.m. on Washington Street, Union. The contact person for that event is Danielle Norman Fowler, 864-441-2245.

March 18th is El Poblano Night at 504 N. Duncan Bypass. 10% of the proceeds from 5pm-10pm will be donated to the Corinth Relay for Life Team.

On April 18th, they will hold a Yard Sale and Fish Fry at Union County Stadium beginning at 7 a.m.

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UNION COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION MEETS WEDNESDAY

Monday, March 9

The Union County Human Resources Association will be meeting Wednesday, March 11th, at noon at the Union County Advanced Technology Center, located at 1401 Furman Fendley Highway. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Ben Davis of Spartanburg Community College, who will speak on the college's efforts regarding the Union County Initiative. Participants are asked to RSVP today to the Chamber of Commerce at 427-9039.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT ADDS EVENTS TO EVENING EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE

Monday, March 9

The Recreation Department's Evening Easter Egg Scramble & Bunny Hop, Roll and Stroll fun runs are set to take place Friday, March 27th, at the Timken Sports Complex. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and it will be a free event for youngsters 1 to 10 years of age, rain or shine. Events will include: face painting, Easter Bunny, the Bunny Hop Fun Run and Egg Scramble for all abilities. The scrambles begin at 6:15 that day and are divided into 4 categories: 1 to 3, 4 to 7 and 8 to 10 years old. There will be a special scramble for children 1 to 10 who may have disabilities, and “buddies” from the Miracle League will be available for children who may need assistance. Registration for the Bunny Hop Fun Run is open now through March 24th. All children must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their own Easter baskets.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT; SNOW MAKE-UP DATES SET FOR MARCH 20TH AND MAY 29TH

Monday, March 9

There will be a regular meeting of the Union County School Board of Trustees tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 600 of the Career and Technology Center. The agenda lists several items, which will include hearing from a representative of The Miracle League concerning use of the Union County High School cafeteria. As a matter of information, the superintendent will reveal that snow make-up days have been set for March 20th and May 29th. Cindy Langley will provide an update on the District Strategic Plan. The agenda also includes one overnight field trip request, and Finance Officer Lynn Lawson will present the monthly budget report. An executive session is listed for a personnel matter.

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AMERICAN LEGION'S MONTHLY MEETING SET FOR TONIGHT

Monday, March 9

Union American Legion Post 22 will be having its monthly meeting on Monday, March 9th. The meeting will be held in its usual location, the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive in Foster Park in Union. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M., there will be a speaker at 6:30, and the business meeting will follow at 7:00 P.M. Post 22 meets on the second Monday evening of every month except July, and prospective members are always welcome to attend.

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DESIGNER LINDSAY PHILLIPS VISITS LOCAL STORE

Monday, March 9

A sale event at a local store this past weekend drew a large turnout to shop for a popular product and to meet the designer. The event was billed as "Switch Flop Weekend" at Nonie’s Gift and Custom Frame Shoppe on West Main Street. Friday afternoon featured the appearance of Lindsay Phillips, the designer of the immensely popular flip-flops known as Switch Flops. Lindsay created the concept of the Switch Flop when she was only 16 as a result of a high school art project. Through trial and error, she continued to develop the product to add "bling" to what she otherwise considered to be a boring shoe. The success of her product did not deter her from continuing her education, and she went on to finish college. Lindsay encouraged young women with entrepreneurial ambitions to follow their dreams.


HOSPITAL BOARD SEES NEW AMBULANCE; DOCTORS' OFFICES PUT HOSPITAL DISTRICT IN THE RED

Friday, March 6

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees got their first look at one of two new ambulances that will go into service for the Emergency Medical Service. EMS Director Ronnie Roberson brought one of the $180,000 ambulances to the hospital Thursday so board members could actually see the unit. The effort to obtain the two ambulances has been going on for about two years. Roberson said he is hoping the unit will be on the road soon.

The ambulances were acquired in part through donations. The Timken Foundation was responsible for a $130,000 donation to the cause.

During the board meeting, CEO Paul Newhouse said the hospital is gearing up to participate in the LEAN program. He explains just what that is.

The financial report showed relatively positive numbers for the month of January. Districtwide, the financials showed a loss of $167,066, far less than in previous months. The hospital actually showed a profit of $17,179, and Ellen Sager Nursing home has a positive number of $137,578. EMS has a $5,953 loss, and Carolinas Health Associates posted a $315,870 loss.

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SHAG NIGHT 2015 SELLS OUT

Friday, March 6

A lot of folks in Union County are getting ready to dance the night away. Greta Bailey, Director of the Union County Health Care Foundation, explains.

Funds raised from Shag Night will go toward the construction of a helipad at Wallace Thompson Hospital.

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VETERAN'S CAREER AND BENEFITS FAIR COMING TO USC UNION ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Friday, March 6

The Veterans Resource Center and USC Union are inviting folks to a Veteran's Career & Benefits Fair. It will take place Tuesday, March 17th, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. next to the Truluck Gym. The Veteran's Career & Benefits Fair will bring together veteran representatives and employers that can assist veterans, service members, their families and survivors with everything from employment to benefits information. Employers will be there to answer questions and take applications. The “Mission Accomplished” Resource Center Career & Benefits Fair is designed to provide veterans the opportunity to meet with employers and service providers in a single location.

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BUFFALO WOMAN REPORTS THAT SOMEONE STOLE HER GOLF CART

Friday, March 6

On Wednesday, a Buffalo woman reported that sometime between Monday and Wednesday, someone stole her golf cart from the back side of her Candler Drive residence. The golf cart is described as a 2005 EZ GO golf cart, metallic blue in color with blue seats and black trim on the seats. It is valued at $4500. The woman gave the investigator the cart's VIN number and attempted to locate a picture of it. The responding officer did locate and photograph some footprints in the mud near where the golf cart was parked. The prints appear to be that of a man's shoe, approximately size 9-11. The investigation continues.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING BREAK-IN AT LOCKHART HIGHWAY RESIDENCE

Friday, March 6

A deputy responded Wednesday to 2104 Lockhart Highway in reference to a break-in. Upon arriving on the scene with other deputies, the complainant stated that he came home and noticed that his door was standing open, and it appeared to have been kicked in. Muddy footprints were observed on the door, and the door was bent in, with the deadbolt still turned in the locked position. Odell stated that the only thing missing from his house was a large safe that contained a sum of money and some personal paperwork. The K9 tracking unit was on the scene and attempted to track a suspect but was unable to do so. An investigator was called to the scene.


LOCAL GANG INVESTIGATOR'S TASK FORCE HONORED AT ANNUAL GANG CONFERENCE

Thursday, March 5

Union County Sheriff David Taylor has announced that Task Force Officer Jermaine Smith and members of the FBI’s Upstate Violent Gang Safe Street Task Force has been named the Gang Squad of the year for 2015. The awards were given out at the Annual Gang Conference held in Myrtle Beach, SC, on February 22nd.  Task Force Officer Smith was the recipient of the Gang Investigator of the Year for the South Carolina Gang Association last year.  A member of their squad was awarded Gang Investigator of the year for 2015.  The squad has indicted approximately 40 people on gang-related charges from all over the Upstate. Jermaine Smith is a gang officer with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

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REPUBLICAN PARTY HOLDING PRECINCT REORGANIZATION MARCH 16TH

Thursday, March 5

The Union County Republican Party will hold County Precinct Reorganization in the courthouse on March 16th at 6:30pm. Local party officials say, “This is an opportunity for all voting-age citizens of Union County to be involved at the grassroots level and make our county the best it can be.” Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to be a delegate to the County Convention, and if elected, a delegate to the State Republican Party Convention. Their news release states, “There is no cost to get involved, just your time and enthusiasm for the ideas you hold dear.” If additional information is needed, contact the party chairman, Michael Fowler, at 864-251-0604 or e-mail mielfo@charter.net.

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HOSPITAL DISTRICT MOVES ITS REGULAR MEETING TO TONIGHT

Thursday, March 5

The Union County Hospital District Board of Trustees and Finance Committee will be meeting tonight. Tonight's meeting is a change from the originally scheduled date of March 12th. No reason was given for the change of the meeting date. The session will begin at 6:00 p.m. tonight in the Board Room of Wallace Thompson Hospital.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY HOLDING BOOK SALE TODAY AND TOMORROW

Thursday, March 5

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library are holding a book sale today and tomorrow. The sale was originally scheduled for Feb. 26th and 27th, but due to threatening weather conditions, it was rescheduled to today and Friday.  The time for the sale both days is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the old Green Salvage Building, located at 126 East Main Street.

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ORANGE RIBBONS ON MAIN STREET CALL ATTENTION TO KIDNEY DISEASE

Thursday, March 5

March is National Kidney Month. DCI (Dialysis Clinic Inc.) is helping to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease. They have hung orange bows all along Main Street in honor of National Kidney Month. March 12th is World Kidney Day. The dialysis clinic will be decorating in orange & wearing orange during the month of March. Also, on Friday, March 20th, they will be selling hot dog plates to raise money for kidney health awareness. All proceeds will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation. Further information may be obtained by calling 429-2940 or by e-mailing missy.oakman@dciinc.org.

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MARCH DECLARED RED CROSS MONTH IN SC

Thursday, March 5

Last year, the American Red Cross responded to more than 2100 disaster calls in South Carolina, many of them leaving people without a place to live. For more than 7000 people, the Red Cross was there, helping them recover from home fires, floods, winter weather, tornadoes, and any other disaster where people needed care, comfort, and hope.

Governor Nikki Haley has signed a proclamation to highlight March as Red Cross Month, which recognizes the everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors and communities when a disaster strikes.

“Our heroes are our volunteers, people who take our classes and donate blood, and those who make a financial contribution to help us help others throughout the state of South Carolina,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Red Cross in South Carolina. She continued, “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by taking time to help people in our community."


BELK FASHION SHOW RAISES $6000 FOR MIRACLE LEAGUE AND CIVITAN

Wednesday, March 4

A fundraising event this past Saturday night raised more than $6000 to be divided between two organizations.

The Belk fashion show was held at the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church gymnasium as a fundraiser for The Miracle League of Union County all-inclusive playground and the Union Civitan Club. Models for the fashion show were Miracle League players, families and friends.

The playground will ensure that children with special needs will have equipment they can navigate and explore with their parents or siblings who may not have special needs. The playground will also benefit parents as well as children by making it possible for local wounded warriors or parents with disabilities to be able to enjoy playing outside with their children.

“Everything a child without disabilities can do on a playground, children with disabilities will be able to do on this playground,” Said Amy Austin, coordinator for the event. She said the next step for the playground would be:

The guest speakers for the event were Susan Holcombe and her son, ClemsonLIFE Program student Rion Holcombe. ClemsonLIFE is a four-year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment and social/leisure skills in a public university setting, with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.

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MICHELIN HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TODAY AT SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Wednesday, March 4

Michelin in Spartanburg, SC, is seeking to hire industrial maintenance technicians and system troubleshooters. The qualifications and requirements include having a 2-year technical degree or equivalent, and having industrial or military experience in electrical, electronics or mechanical engineering technology. Qualified candidates will be screened to determine language, math and technical skills.

Employees receive competitive pay and an excellent and extensive benefits package, as well as a number of other benefits. A recruitment event will be held today. Representatives from Michelin will conduct interviews from 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. at Spartanburg Community College, located at 1875 East Main Street (Highway 290) in Duncan, SC.

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SCC HOLDING OPEN HOUSE EVENTS AT ITS CAMPUS LOCATIONS

Wednesday, March 4

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) will host free open house events each Tuesday afternoon throughout the month of March from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at all SCC campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties. The events are open to students, parents and career seekers interested in SCC's academic programs. Anyone interested in attending college, starting a new career or gaining professional development skills is invited to the open house events to learn about SCC's academic program offerings, tour the campus and speak to faculty members about specific programs and career opportunities.

Each Tuesday afternoon throughout March, guests can visit SCC locations from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. as follows:

March 10 - SCC Cherokee County Campus - Gaffney

March 17 - SCC Downtown Campus - Spartanburg

March 24 - SCC Tyger River Campus - Duncan

March 31 - Union County Advanced Technology Center - Union

Guests can also attend information sessions that focus on the admissions and financial aid processes, as well as support services that help students make the most of their educational experience, such as career planning, counseling, student disability services, student activities, advising and tutoring. Attendees will also be eligible for door prizes, including SCC t-shirts and a $500 scholarship from the SCC Foundation.

Representatives from BMW and Michelin will also be available to provide information and answer questions about the Technical Scholars Program, a unique opportunity that allows students to work part-time while attending classes full-time at SCC. Students gain hands-on experience and become viable candidates for full-time positions at BMW and Michelin.

For more information about the open house event and to register online, visit www.sccsc.edu/open or call (864) 592-4216.

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COMFORT KEEPERS RECRUITING CAREGIVERS AND CNAS IN UNION

Wednesday, March 4

Comfort Keepers will host a recruitment event on Thursday, March 19th, at the Union SC Works office, located at 133 West Main Street. The time will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. They will be hiring to fill caregiver/CNA positions. A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as a Valid Class D driver's license. The company will conduct drug screening, criminal background check, motor vehicle record check, and reference check. 2nd and 3rd shifts are available. Successful candidates will function in a home setting with minimal direct supervision. Application may be made at SC Works or online at https://jobs.scworks.org. Prior to the event, all applicants must be registered at www.scworks.org. Please come properly dressed for the interview.


JROTC ADVANCES TO NATIONAL FINALS IN LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC BOARDS

Tuesday, March 3

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Board has named forty teams of the 1,320 that competed nationwide to advance to the national final competition at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, June 26–30. Union County has made it to the finals for the eighth straight time, a streak that began in 2007.

The team consists of Skylar Senn, team captain, Les Wentz, Sarah McGee, Kolby Riddle, Jonathan Earls, and Jennie Allen.

Cadets trained for the competition all year long. They participated in the level one online examination in November, which winnowed the field of 1,320 down to 521. Level two was held in February, and produced the 40 finalists. JROTC’s Fourth Brigade, consisting of North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC, had eight finalists. Other teams from South Carolina included in the elite list are Barnwell, Pickens, and Saint James of Murrells Inlet. Cadets decided early in the training year that preparation in class alone would not be sufficient to advance in the increasingly demanding competition. They created a practice schedule, meeting before school and using automated curriculum resources.

Since the Leadership and Academic Boards began, UCHS has enjoyed one second and one third-place finish. This year’s team is committed to the pursuit of the elusive national championship.

The preparation continues as the team prepares to meet head–to–head with the best in the nation.

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WINTHROP AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOSTING FORUM

Tuesday, March 3

Winthrop University and the Winthrop Region of the SC Small Business Development Center has announced the Business Success Extravaganza 2015. This is an all day forum for small businesses with sessions designed to help their business succeed. It will be held Tuesday, March 24th, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Winthrop University in the Richardson Ballroom at the DiGiorgio Student Center. Attendees of the Business Success Extravaganza will have the opportunity to choose 3 of 9 available sessions facilitated by national speakers as well as a variety of business leaders and experts in their field. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 19th, and the event, a $200 value, is being made available at $50.

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SEN. TIM SCOTT TO KEYNOTE THE ANNUAL CHAMBER BANQUET

Tuesday, March 3

The annual Union County Chamber of Commerce Banquet is now set for Thursday, April 2nd. There is a change of venue this year. The event will be held in the Family Life Center of Philippi Baptist Church. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be South Carolina's junior US Senator, Tim Scott. Individual tickets are available from the Chamber office for $30 each. Numerous awards will be handed out, such as Industry of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION BEGINS SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS TONIGHT

Tuesday, March 3

The Alzheimer's Association announces a new support group for caregivers of persons with dementia beginning tonight. The Alzheimer's Association says the caregivers support groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The group encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. This first meeting will be held tonight from 6 until 7 p.m. in the parlor of Grace United Methodist Church, located at 201 South Church Street. For additional information you should contact Ann Canada at 864-429-0505.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE SCHEDULED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Tuesday, March 3

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library book sale that was slated for last week but was postponed due to weather has been re-scheduled for this week. It will be held Thursday and Friday, March 5th and 6th, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the old Green's Salvage building located at 126 East Main. The book sale benefits the Friends of the Library who provided services to the library.

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INMAN MAN REPORTS AIR CONDITIONER DESTROYED AT HOUSE HE OWNS IN UNION

Tuesday, March 3

On February 28th, an Inman man went to his home he purchased approximately two years ago to continue working on it. He bought the home after his wife died with the intentions of one day moving here to Union to live. When he arrived at the house, he noticed the air conditioner, which is positioned to the left of the house, didn't look right. He walked around to investigate and he discovered that someone had completely taken it apart and dismantled the working components to the point that it was destroyed. The entire inside working components of the unit were missing. The person or persons responsible first removed the top of the unit and then all three sides. The responding officer found a few fingerprints that could possibly be lifted. The man stated that it has been about two months since he'd come to this location due to him being sick with the flu, and the last time he was there, the unit was fine.


MAN ARRESTED FOR FIRING SHOTS INTO HOME WEDNESDAY

Monday, March 2

An arrest has been made in a case where a woman reported that last Wednesday night, a vehicle stopped in front of her house and fired shots into the dwelling on Mt. Tabor Church Road. The shots went into the house and broke a globe on a ceiling fan in her bedroom, and fragments were also taken out of the headboard on her bed. Arrested in connection with the case is James Kevin Gault, 28, of Franklin Street, Jonesville. He is charged with breach of peace, possession of a firearm, and discharging firearms. No motive was given for the incident.

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL'S PRESIDENT NOMINEE ADDRESSES AREA ROTARIANS

Monday, March 2

The President-Nominee of Rotary International, John Germ, was the keynote speaker at Rotary International’s 110th birthday celebration held at the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park last week. There were a number of Union Rotarians attending the event.

President Nominee Germ presented the highlights of Rotary’s fight to eliminate polio from the face of the earth. Rotary’s effort to eliminate polio began in 1985. Today, with the help of the United Nations and countries throughout the world, this fight has resulted in polio now being endemic in only three countries: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tangible progress continues to be made. Afghanistan and Nigeria have not reported a case of polio this year. Unfortunately, Pakistan has reported seven new cases. Nevertheless, Rotary and the rest of the world are close to ending this terrible, debilitating disease that has over the years caused death or severe disability to so many people, particularly in developing countries.

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AMY SMITH NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DSN

Monday, March 2

The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board has announced the hiring of Amy Smith as Executive Director. She is replacing Lou Stackhouse, who is retiring after 37 years of loyal service to the agency.

Amy has been employed with the agency for almost 25 years. She has been a valuable employee and an asset to the Union County DSN Board. She is a graduate with distinction of the DSN Executive Director’s Academy, and in the past has served as Interim Executive Director and again as Acting Executive Director. She possesses the ability and leadership skills to lead the agency into the future. She is well respected by her peers and co-workers, and the board says they are expecting a smooth transition as they move forward in providing quality services to the individuals and families they serve.

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SIMS MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM

Monday, March 2

A celebration of Black History month was held at Sims Middle School Friday afternoon. The program was delayed by one day due to school being out on Thursday because of the threat of snow and ice. Numerous students participated in the presentation, including the Sims Band and Chorus. Guest speaker for the program was Mrs. Jada Kidd, principal of Spartanburg Freshman Academy. WBCU News asked her why programs such as this one held at Sims is important.

In addition to the speaker and music, the program featured several skits performed by students.


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