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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES FUTURE PLANS FOR THE TOWN

Wednesday, July 23

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 23

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

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

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WOODY DANTZLER TO HIGHLIGHT CLEMSON CLUB's KICKOFF EVENT

Wednesday, July 23

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

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

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

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

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5TH-ANNUAL SOS BASH SET FOR SATURDAY

Wednesday, July 23

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

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SECOND NIGHT OF DOWNTOWN MUSIC FEST RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, July 23

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


LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, July 22

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

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MAYOR HAROLD THOMPSON TALKS ABOUT EVENTS CENTER PROJECT

Tuesday, July 22

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

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

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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HOSTING SPECIAL YOUTH DOVE HUNT IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, July 22

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

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SOUTH CAROLINA FILM INSTITUTE SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

Tuesday, July 22

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


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

Monday, July 21

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

Love was asked what is next.

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

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING CASE OF TWO POISONED DOGS

Monday, July 21

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

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AUTOMATION PERSONNEL HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG WEDNESDAY

Monday, July 21

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

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MANCAN HOLDING GAFFNEY RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW

Monday, July 21

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

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

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

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ABLE SOUTH CAROLINA OFFERING FREE HEALTH PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Monday, July 21

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

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

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

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

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


SEVERAL ADMINISTRATORS TAKE ON NEW ROLES

Friday, July 18

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

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

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

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

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

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CORPORATE STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG MONDAY

Friday, July 18

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

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

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SMX STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT MONDAY IN GAFFNEY

Friday, July 18

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


HONOR CEREMONY PLANNED AT COLUMBIA CHURCH FOR VIETNAM-ERA VETERANS

Thursday, July 17

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

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ARTS COUNCIL HOLDING GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION

Thursday, July 17

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

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING SOLUTIONS HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TODAY IN SPARTANBURG

Thursday, July 17

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

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TYGER RIVER SEEKS CORRECTIONS OFFICERS

Thursday, July 17

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

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LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION HOLDING MEETING ABOUT COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

Thursday, July 17

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

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


LIVESTOCK OWNERS TAKE ISSUE WITH COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

Wednesday, July 16

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 16

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

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

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

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


WOODRUFF MAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Tuesday, July 15

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

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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING LOOKING FOR MACHINE OPERATORS AND LOADERS

Tuesday, July 15

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

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BENEFIT FOR DEE DEE MCDADE SCHEDULED SATURDAY

Tuesday, July 15

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

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION THIS EVENING

Tuesday, July 15

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

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STANDARD TEXTILES HOLDING RECRUITMENT IN SPARTANBURG TODAY

Tuesday, July 15

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

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OPSOURCE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW IN GAFFNEY

Tuesday, July 15

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

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

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

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


SIMS LIBRARY TO OPEN UP THIS WEEK

Monday, July 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 14

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

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CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE UP THREE ITEMS AT MEETING TUESDAY

Monday, July 14

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

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

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


HOSPITAL DISTRICT POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT MONTHLY NET PROFIT

Friday, July 11

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

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

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

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

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

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STANDARD TEXTILES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION MONDAY

Friday, July 11

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

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

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MONROE, NC FIRM LOOKING TO HIRE VETERANS

Friday, July 11

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

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LOTTERY FRAUD INVOLVING PREPAID CREDIT CARDS STRIKES AGAIN

Friday, July 11

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

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


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

Thursday, July 10

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

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

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BELK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ITS JONESVILLE FACILITY, 20 NEW JOBS

Thursday, July 10

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

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

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

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

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

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFERS BREAKFAST WITH 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Thursday, July 10

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

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

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

Thursday, July 10

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

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MAU HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR CONTEC

Thursday, July 10

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


BELK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION, 20 NEW JOBS

Wednesday, July 9

Belk announced it is expanding its Jonesville e-commerce facility.  The $47 million investment will expand the facility’s footprint by 50% and adding 20 new jobs, growing its workforce to 314 employees.  The expansion is expected to be complete in January, adding an additional 345,000 square feet of space to the building.  The 20 jobs are on top of Belk’s previous announcement to hire 17 personnel by the end of 2015. 

President and COO John R. Belk said, “Belk’s e-commerce business continues to grow, and with it the demand for increased distribution and fulfillment operations. Our Jonesville facility has been a key factor in our belk.com growth, and we are pleased to be able to invest additional resources in and to bring additional jobs to Union County.”

Supervisor Tommy Sinclair added, “This expansion represents more jobs for our citizens, more tax base for government services and schools, and shows continued confidence in the future Union County.  I commented at Belk’s initial opening that it fit like a good pair of shoes.  Now, with a 345,000 square foot addition to the existing building, $47,000,000 in new investment for a total of $93,000,000, it is more like a new suit. On behalf of our community and citizens, thank you Belk!”

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COUNTY TO GUARANTEE LOAN FOR AMBULANCES

Wednesday, July 9

The County of Union will guarantee a loan, the proceeds of which will go to purchase two new ambulances for the Emergency Medical Service. Months ago, EMS Director Ronnie Roberson appealed to the Union Hospital Board to purchase the needed ambulances. The board approved the request; however, the lending agency that was to finance the acquisition withdrew from the agreement, reportedly because of the financial condition of the hospital. Roberson picks up the story from there.

The $38,000 monthly payments will run over a period of seven years. Robinson said the two new ambulances will not bring EMS up to where he feels they need to be, but will replace two aging, high-mileage vehicles.

In other action, the council gave second reading to an ordinance to amend an existing agreement for the development of a joint county industrial and business park by and between Union and Spartanburg Counties. The ordinance paves the way to enlarge the boundaries of the park to include certain property owned or operated by Michelin North America, Inc. Supervisor Tommy Sinclair was asked just how an industrial park in another county would benefit Union.

The council also voted to name two people to the Union County Carnegie Library Board. Those two are Sally A. Palmer and Daniel O’Shields.

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ALORICA HIRING INBOUND CUSTOMER SERVICE EMPLOYEES AT EVENT THURSDAY

Wednesday, July 9

There are several recruitment events to tell you about today. Alorica will hold a recruitment event Thursday, July 10th, from 10am-2pm at the Spartanburg SC Works office, located at 220 East Kennedy Street in Spartanburg. They are looking to hire inbound customer service employees at $8-$12 per hour. A high school diploma or GED is required, and a minimum of 8-12 months experience is preferred.  All applicants must undergo drug testing and screening, and there will be a background and reference check. Candidates should have the ability to be flexible and work weekends and holidays. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.  You may apply at www.aloricajobs.com prior to the event.  Please bring your résumé with you for the interview.

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TYGER RIVER SEEKING CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AT HIRING EVENT FRIDAY IN UNION

Wednesday, July 9

A recruitment event for the Tyger River facility of the SC Dept. of Corrections will be held Friday, July 11th, from 9am-12:30pm at the Union SC Works office, which is located at 103 West Main Street, Union. They are hiring corrections officers at a salary of $26,583.  Benefits include medical, life insurance, vacation, retirement & pension. To qualify, you must be a US citizen with a high school diploma or GED. No experience is required. Training will be provided by the employer. The jobs are 12 hr. shifts with no rotation, working 14 days per month, with 2 weekends off. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants will undergo a background check and drug testing. There will be reference checks and a motor vehicle check. You are requested to bring your résumé to the recruitment event. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview.

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LI'L CRICKET STORES SEEKING MANAGERS AND CASHIERS AT RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY

Wednesday, July 9

Li’l Cricket stores will hold a recruitment event Friday July 11th, from 10am until 12pm at the Gaffney SC Works office, which is located at 133 Wilmac Road. They will be hiring store managers, assistant store managers and cashiers. Please come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.


CONGRESSMAN MICK MULVANEY HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING IN UNION

Tuesday, July 8

Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney was in town Monday for a Town Hall Meeting at USC-Union. Prior to that event, the press was afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the congressman. One of the questions involved the United States' involvement in Iraq.

On another subject, Mulvaney says he does not believe "Obamacare" is here to stay.

The town hall meeting was attended by a modest group of people with questions for the congressman. Since he has been the 5th District representative, he has staged around 60 such gatherings.

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COUNTY COUNCIL TO MEET THIS AFTERNOON

Tuesday, July 8

The Union County Council will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30. That session will take place in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Court House. The agenda appears to the light, with only a few items listed to be taken up. One of the items listed is the consideration of filling vacancies on the Union County Carnegie Library Board, and Harold Senn of the Arts Council is listed as making a presentation. Action on one ordinance is listed, and that is to give a second reading to amend the Multi-County Park Agreement to include Michelin North America, Inc.

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ARTS COUNCIL HOSTING WRITER'S GROUP TONIGHT

Tuesday, July 8

The Union County Arts Council hit the road running since they reopened a couple of weeks ago. They very quickly reestablished the regular events calendar, which lists a meeting of the writers' group for tonight from 6 until 8 pm in the Main Street Gallery. This group is for all established and beginning writers, along with anyone just curious about writing.

Then on July 17, the Arts Council will hold a Grand Reopening Celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UCAC gallery on Main Street in Union. UCAC was closed for five months for water damage repair and renovation, and this celebration will help show off the new gallery to the public. For more information, call UCAC at 864-429-2817, or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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POWER TRANSFORMER VANDALIZED

Tuesday, July 8

Thursday, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to 100 Industrial Park Road in reference to a suspected vandalism. The deputy spoke with a maintenance worker at the location. He told the deputy when he arrived at work, he noticed a padlock had been cut off the gate. Upon closer inspection, he noticed some pieces of a transformer and some copper wire was missing. A representative of Lockhart Power arrived on scene and was able to provide information as to what was actually missing and destroyed. Two copper disconnect switches, valued at $1000 each, were missing, and six approximately 5-foot lengths of copper wire, valued at $2000, were missing. The scene was photographed, and the case was turned over to an investigator.


LARGE CROWDS ATTEND FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

Monday, July 7

One of Union County’s highlight events of the year took place took place at Foster Park Friday. Light up the Lake, a celebration of the nation’s independence, is an annual event that features entertainment, food vendors and fireworks. The celebration was well-attended Friday, and the weather got a great deal of credit for that. After sweltering in mid-ninety degree temperatures for over a week, a cold front moved through, dropping temperatures and humidity to very comfortable levels, all of which combined to make for a very comfortable evening. Jessica Gallman, Program Director for the Union County Recreation Department, said she was very pleased with this year's event.

Another event took place simultaneously in Buffalo Friday. An annual event, Party at the Pond, was staged. That too, was well-attended, and featured food vendors, entertainment and fireworks.

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PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT PATROLS EVENT ON BICYCLE

Monday, July 7

The City of Union Public Safety Department displayed two of their newest vehicles during the Light Up the Lake program Friday. Actually, they are not new vehicles but had been in storage for several years. Officer Mark Smith explains just how the bicycle patrol came into being.

Officer Smith emphasizes that the bicycles were placed into service at virtually no expense to the taxpayers. The two-wheeled vehicles are in the process of being equipped by the officers at their own expense.

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TWO LOCAL SOFTBALL PLAYERS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN SAN DIEGO

Monday, July 7

Two local softball players will be headed to San Diego, CA, the week of July 27th to compete in the 14U ASA/USA National Tournament. Abbie Valentine and Katelyn Petty, both members of the Union County High School softball team, will participate in the tournament with their travel team, 3rd Degree. This travel team was started 5 years ago by Shane Wallace from Gaffney, with the intent of preparing girls to play softball at the highest level in a family-oriented Christian environment that would not only benefit their game, but also impact their lives. Abbie has been on the team since it started, and Katelyn joined the second year, so these two young ladies have been playing together with them for 4 years. The team is comprised of girls from Anderson, Gaffney, Landrum, Spartanburg, and Union, SC, along with others from Polk and Canton, NC. They typically play weekend tournaments in and around the upstate of South Carolina and parts of North Carolina.

Many fundraisers, such as a golf tournament, silent auctions, and raffles are in process as the team tries to raise money to make the trip. Donations are also being sought from businesses and individuals to help pay the cost of travel and lodging for the girls and a chaperone. This is a huge opportunity for these two local softball players and their teammates, as this tournament will be attended by college scouts and recruiters from all over the country. If you would be interested in helping these girls attain their goal, you can contact their parents for more information. Abbie is the daughter of Brad and Brooke Valentine, and they can be contacted at (864) 426-0983. Katelyn is the daughter of Tommy and Karen Petty, and they can be reached at (864) 426-3875. All donations will go toward the cost of travel and lodging. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated and positively represented in San Diego.

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COUNTY COUNCIL SCHEDULES MEETING TOMORROW

Monday, July 7

The Union County Council is set to meet in their regular monthly session tomorrow. The meeting will take place in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Court House at 5:30. The public is invited to attend, and should you need special assistance, contact the Supervisor’s office.


FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS PLANNED TONIGHT AT FOSTER PARK LAKE, BUFFALO MILL POND

Friday, July 4

Union Countians will be celebrating the nation's independence today with two events planned.

In Union, the Light Up the Lake celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event will include a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Brianna Bailey of Union, as well as a musical performance by “Not Even Brothers” at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 42 and Cub Scout Pack 42 will stage a flag retirement ceremony beginning at 8:25, and at dark, a huge fireworks display will be presented. This is a free event and is billed as wholesome entertainment for the entire family. Food vendors will be available.

The Buffalo Community will also host its annual July 4th Party at the Pond, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday. The event, sponsored by the Buffalo Community Festivals Committee, will include music and vendors, as well as a fireworks show at dark.

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TRAIL LIFE TROOP CARRIES ON BARBECUE AND HASH TRADITION

Friday, July 4

Barbecue and hash has been a tradition in Union for the Fourth of July longer than fireworks and picnics. Not so many years ago, dozens of barbecue and hash houses would spring up this time of year, and many people would make their way to the locations before sunrise to get their portion of the product as it came off the pit. Strict health department regulations are said to be the cause of the demise of the Independence Day tradition, but there are some businesses and organizations carrying on. One such organization is the Trail Life Troop 332 of Buffalo that often has barbecue sales on holidays. Theirs is being held at Pye Ward's Hash House, at the intersection of Highway 215, Beltline Rd., and Monarch Highway. Funds raised from the sale go to support the troop's activities.

Another longstanding tradition is the product produced at Midway Barbecue. Jay Allen said Thursday, July 3rd, was their busiest day of the year, and they were cooking "tons" of barbecue and hash.

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UNION COUNTY JAILER ACCUSED OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT OF A FEMALE INMATE

Friday, July 4

A Union County jailer has been accused of assaulting a female inmate. Ronald Wesley Pruitt, 38, of 15 Pine St. in Buffalo, was arrested on a third-degree assault and battery charge Wednesday afternoon following an investigation from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division. He has been placed on leave without pay while facing the charge, according to Union County Sheriff David Taylor. According to an arrest warrant from SLED, Pruitt pushed a female inmate against a wall and caused a cut to her head on May 31st. The state investigation began at the request of the Union County Sheriff's Office, said Thom Berry, a SLED spokesman. The charge is a misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, or both, upon conviction. Pruitt, who has been an officer at the jail for more than a year, is not the first officer to be charged with assaulting an inmate, Taylor said. There have been at least two within the last year in Union County.


SMALL, GIBSON POST BOND AFTER ARREST ON ARSON CHARGES

Thursday, July 3

Here's a follow-up on a story from yesterday. Warrants have been signed against two Union businessmen on charges of arson.

Robert Fred Small, 61, of 1818 Jonesville Highway, and William Howard Gibson, 44, of 142 Foster Farm Road, were arrested and charged late Tuesday evening. They are alleged to have caused fires at houses located at 741 Thompson Blvd. and 755 Thompson Blvd on May 13th of this year. The owner of the house was listed as Small's wife, Hope Small. Bond was set at $25,000 on each of the charges. Records show that both Small and Gibson were released after posting 10% of the bond amount.

Gibson is facing an additional arson charge. Union County Sheriff's Office arson investigator and SLED arson investigators arrested and charged Gibson with 3rd-degree arson. Quoting from the Sheriff's Office release: “...That he did maliciously cause a fire of a home on June 9, 2014, at 246 Meadows Wood Road in Union County.” The home that was burned belonged to Wells Fargo Bank, and Gibson was under contract to buy the home on June 11, 2014. The home was a total loss, and multiple Union County fire departments were called to fight the blaze. The charge, if convicted, carries a sentence of not more than 15 years.

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OP SOURCE HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION FOR JOBS IN GAFFNEY

Thursday, July 3

Op Source will hold a recruitment event at the Union SC Works Office, located at 103 West Main Street, on Monday, July 7, from 10am to 12pm. All jobs are located in Gaffney through a temporary service. They are looking to hire production workers at an hourly rate of $7.75. These are second-shift production positions that work from 2:30-11 p.m.

They are also looking to hired can haulers at an hourly rate of $8.60. The hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Applicants must be 18, as required by company policy.

There are additional openings for open end spinning operators at $9.60 per hour. The hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. They produce top-quality yarns on a top-quality package to meet specifications of their external customers. Applicants must be able to walk extended distances for 12-hour shifts. Minimum requirements call for 6 months experience and a high school diploma or GED. Come appropriately dressed for the interview. Prior to the event, all applicants must register at www.scworks.org and view the job order.

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US HOUSE REP. MICK MULVANEY SCHEDULES TOWN HALL MEETING IN UNION MONDAY

Thursday, July 3

US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney has scheduled a town hall meeting in Union for Monday, July 7.

In an invitation mailed to constituents, Mulvaney’s office announced that the town hall meeting will take place in the USC-Union Auditorium from 6-7:30 pm. During the town hall meeting, Mulvaney will give a presentation and host a question-and-answer period. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Mulvaney, who was elected to the Fifth District seat in 2010, currently serves on The House Committee on Financial Services, which is described on his website as having “jurisdiction over banking, economic stabilization, international finance, monetary policy, housing, securities and exchange, and urban development.”

He also serves on The House Small Business Committee. This committee oversees the Small Business Administration and also reviews laws and regulations to make sure they aren’t unfair to small business owners and employees.

The Fifth Congressional District is composed of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, and York counties.

Mulvaney is running for a third term on the Republican ticket in the November general election. Tom Adams is his Democratic opposition.

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HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERING REDUCED-COST SPAYING FOR DOGS THIS MONTH

Thursday, July 3

The Union County Humane Society is giving area residents an opportunity to have their female dogs spayed. The surgical procedure is being done every Tuesday during the month of July. The cost is $50, which includes all shots. To make an appointment, contact the Humane Society at 427-6423.


TWO UNION BUSINESSMEN FACING ARSON CHARGES

Wednesday, July 2

Two Union businessmen have been jailed and are facing arson charges. Union County Jail records show that Robert Fred Small, 61, of 1818 Jonesville Highway, was booked late Tuesday afternoon and was charged with two counts of third-degree arson. Also arrested was William Howard Gibson, 44, of 142 Foster Farm Road. Gibson was also booked into the Union County Jail late Tuesday and is facing three counts of third-degree arson. The details of the arrests and charges were not readily available but are expected to be made known later today.  WBCU will bring you more details as they become available.

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE VANDALISM OF A GRAVE MARKER

Wednesday, July 2

Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the vandalism of a grave marker. The incident was reported by Tammie Davis, who said she mowed the grass at the grave site on Williford Road on June 27th and returned later to edge the area. It was then she noticed that the grave marker had been dislodged from its base. The incident report stated that it had been moved significantly from its base, and a flower pot had been removed and set next to the headstone. The scene was photographed and the case has been sent to investigators.

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WOMAN INJURED IN DOG ATTACK ON WEST SPRINGS HIGHWAY

Wednesday, July 2

Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched Monday evening to assist EMS at the scene of a dog attack at 1732 West Springs Highway. While en route to the scene, the responding officer was advised the animal had killed another dog and was still at large. It was stated the dog was being aggressive toward EMS personnel and other residents in the trailer park. The victim of the attack, Joyce Rhoden, stated she had been walking her dog on a leash in her yard when she and the dog were attacked. She pointed out the dog that launched the attack, a brown dog that appeared to the officer to be a boxer and pit bull mix. The animal had another dog in its mouth that appeared to be deceased. Rhoden was transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Animal Control was summoned to the scene to tranquilize and take possession of the dog. The officer was unable to locate any food or water for the animal. The deputy spoke with the dog's owner and informed him that Animal Control had taken possession of the dog due to the attack.

In a follow-up release, Sheriff David Taylor said, “The dog owner is on vacation, so he will be charged when he gets back in town. The victim is at home resting but is facing more surgery in the days ahead. The dog was being cared for by a family member while the owners are on vacation. The owner will be charged with allowing a dog to run at large."  The case is still under investigation and more charges may be filed.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES NO LONGER HAVE TO TAKE EXIT EXAM

Wednesday, July 2

The requirement to pass an exit exam for high school graduation has been eliminated.

Governor Nikki Haley’s signing of Act 155 into law on April 14th eliminated passage of the exit exam as a requirement for high school graduation, beginning with the Class of 2015. Passage of an exit exam (BSAP or HSAP) had been a requirement for graduation since 1990, and the new law eliminating that requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990. 

 A person who is no longer enrolled in a public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements may petition the local school board to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma. Persons eligible to receive a South Carolina high school diploma under these provisions must have met all other graduation requirements at the time of his or her high school attendance. The local school board will transmit diploma requests to the South Carolina Department of Education in accordance with Department procedures.  Petitions must be submitted to the local school board by December 31, 2015.

Petitions for those individuals who would have graduated from a high school in Union County are available on the Union County Schools’ website www.union.k12.sc.us, or they may be picked up at the Union County Schools District Office at 130 West Main Street.  All eligible candidates' names must be verified and submitted by the local school board. The South Carolina Department of Education will not accept requests directly from a diploma candidate. For additional information, please contact Cindy Langley at Union County Schools (clangley@union.k12.sc.us).

The South Carolina Department of Education will begin processing requests from local school boards as soon as possible. Since this law applies to the graduating class of 2015, students in the graduating class of 2014 who are denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirement may petition their local school board for a high school diploma as soon as they are no longer enrolled in public school, as outlined in the law.

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DOWNTOWN MUSIC FEST LINEUP SET

Wednesday, July 2

Plans are coming together for the Downtown Music Fest, which has taken on the theme, “I Love a Summer Night". The Jukebox 45 Band is set to take the stage Thursday, July 12th; then, on July 19th, two groups are booked. One is the Carolina Rhythm Band, and the other is the Weatherman Band, with Union's own and WSPA personality Jack Roper. The programs get underway at 6:00 p.m. and run until 9. The stage will be set up in the Court House area of Main Street.


TRANS-SOUTH WRESTLING HOLDING BENEFIT EVENT AT BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC AUDITORIUM

Tuesday, July 1

The Brawl at Broad River Electric,” a professional wrestling event to benefit local middle school students, will bring some of wrestling’s legendary names and up-and-coming stars to Gaffney’s Broad River Electric Auditorium on Saturday, August 9. The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for ringside seats (all ages), $10 for general seating and $5 for students, and may be purchased at the door, at Broad River Electric offices, or online. 

Broad River Electric Charities and Trans-South Wrestling have teamed up to bring a spectacular card of pro wrestling headlined by “The American Wolf” Davey Richards, one half of the current TNA World Tag-Team Champions. Richards and his partner, Eddie Edwards, are seen weekly on Spike TV’s “TNA Impact.”

Trans-South Wrestling also features a women’s division, headlined by Tessa Blanchard, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer and original Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard. Tessa began managing many of the wrestlers TSW fans love to hate earlier this year, and recently began competing in the squared circle herself.

All proceeds from the event will support local middle school students throughout Broad River Electric territory.

For more information about the event or Trans-South Wrestling, visit www.broadriverelectric.com or facebook.com/transsouthwrestling.

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.

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SMX STAFFING LOOKS TO HIRE WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES AT EVENT WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, July 1

SMX Staffing will be holding a recruitment event Wednesday from 9am-1pm at the Spartanburg SC Works office. They are looking to hire warehouse associates at $10.50-$11 per hour.A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must undergo drug testing/screening & a background check. These are full-time jobs for all shifts, day, night, and midday. Candidates must lift up to 49 lbs. & stand for the shift duration. Applicants must bring 2 forms of ID & proof of education and also must have a registered account at www.scworks.org. You may view the job order #579534 for a detailed job description.

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ARTS COUNCIL OFFERING MEMBERS DISPLAY SPACE FOR THEIR ART

Tuesday, July 1

The Union County Arts Council has expanded the services offered to its members by adding a gallery within a gallery called the “Local Artists’ Alley”. The brainchild of UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn, the Alley is a space that is designated to display art by members only.

I’ve wanted to this for some time,” Senn explained. “For three years now I’ve looked at a hallway in our building that wasn’t being used for anything and thought about what we could do with that space. It seemed to me that the best use would be to offer free exhibit space to our member artists.”

The building renovation that was just completed gave UCAC the opportunity to put this plan into action. The improvements to the gallery also included new flooring, paint and trim in the bathrooms, kitchen area and the hallway.

All we had to do was add track lighting and some molding to hang the art,” said Senn. “Those few additions turned our hallway into a beautiful space to hang art.”

A display case was also put in to house 3D art, such as woodwork, ceramics, folk art and any other pieces that can’t be hung on the wall.

Pieces will be added as more UCAC members show interest in displaying their work, with each artist having the opportunity to change, sell or remove pieces at their discretion.

We have some talented local artists, and this will give the people in Union a chance to see, and purchase, art produced in our area year-round,” Senn added.

For more information about how to secure a space for your art, call 864-429-2817 or email ucac@bellsouth.net.

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ELKS AWARDS "GRATITUDE GRANT" TO LIBRARY TO EXPAND ITS LARGE-PRINT SELECTION

Tuesday, July 1

The Union County Carnegie Library's large-print fiction and nonfiction collection is growing thanks to a $2,000 grant donated by Union Elks Lodge 1321.

Jim Cunningham, the Lodge’s Elks National Foundation (ENF) chairman, said that each Elk is asked to donate an amount set by the national Elks president for their lodge. Cunningham said Elks Lodge 1321 met its 2014 goal of an average of $4.50 per member, and that he, as the lodge’s ENF chairman, sent those funds to the ENF, which he described as an arm of the national Elks organization. The ENF then uses the donations it receives from a lodge to fund a “Gratitude Grant”, which it awards to an agency or institution that serves the lodge’s community.

Cunningham said he informed library personnel of the potential for a $2,000 Gratitude Grant for 2014 and was informed by them that their most pressing need was for large-print books. He said he then applied for the grant, and it was approved by the ENF. When the lodge receives the funds, he will present the library with a check for $2,000.

According to Ben Loftis, Library Director, the grant will add approximately 70 new large-print books to the collection.

We’re just thrilled the Elks have considered us again this year in their giving,” he said. “The Elks have been very generous to the library over the past several years, and their generosity has been greatly appreciated.”

Loftis said the library is looking forward to expanding its collection of large-print books.

The Union County Carnegie Library is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

For additional information about the library and the services it provides, call 427-7140.


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