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Schedule for today:

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

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

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

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

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

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

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

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

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

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

5:55 p.m.--Atlanta Braves baseball--Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta (will rejoin in progress after the City of Union candidates' debate)

7-9 p.m.--City of Union candidates' debate at USC-Union

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


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RIBBON CUTTING AT SCC UNION CAMPUS SCHEDULED

Thursday, August 25

Spartanburg Community College will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the college's newest and fifth campus, the SCC Union County Campus, this afternoon from 4-6 pm. The event will showcase recent renovations and expansions at the campus, as well as the relocation of a new community partner to the campus, the Union County Adult Education Center. Guest speakers include elected officials and SCC representatives, and tours of the facility will also be available to attendees.
Speakers include:
-Mr. Henry C. Giles, Jr., President, Spartanburg Community College
-Mrs. Kathy Jo Lancaster, Site Coordinator, SCC Union County Campus
-The Honorable Michael A. "Mike" Anthony, S.C. House of Representatives, District 42
-The Honorable Harold E. Thompson, Mayor, City of Union
-Mr. Frank Hart, Supervisor, Union County
-Mr. Bob Hart, Plant Manager, The Timken Company
-Mr. Earl Petty, SCC Student, Welding, Associate Degree in Applied Science

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JONESVILLE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HOST NEW AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Thursday, August 25

Jonesville Elementary/Middle School will be hosting a new after-school program for middle school students, sponsored by the Original Six Foundation chaired by Governor Nikki Haley.  The program will begin Tuesday, September 6, and will operate Monday through Thursday during the hours of 3:00-5:00 community involvement, technology, and mentoring services.  To kick off the program, Principal Kathy Taylor, Assistant Principal Erica Murdaugh, and Reading Coach Crystal Bryant attended the first Original Six Foundation's Taste of South Carolina event Sunday evening, August 21st, on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion.  The event was held in appreciation of sponsors and to recognize communities receiving assistance in the areas of education and workforce readiness. 

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MAN REPORTS RANSOMWARE SCAM ON HIS COUSIN'S TABLET

Thursday, August 25

A familiar computer scam is being reported again. Deputies responded to 129 Buffalo Street and spoke with the complainant about an issue he is having on a tablet. The man stated that he borrowed a tablet from his cousin. He said that Tuesday morning he was looking at the internet on the tablet when it suddenly became locked up and a message popped up saying that the FBI was watching him. The message stated the computer had been scanned by the FBI was found to have illegal pornographic pictures on it. The message went into great detail stating laws against pornographic pictures and stated that in order for Richard not to be arrested, he needed to deposit $500 into an account. Richard stated that the tablet was locked and would not go to any other screen. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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TWO CITED FOR TRESPASSING AT BUFFALO RESIDENCE

Thursday, August 25

Tuesday about 11:00 p.m., a Union County sheriff’s deputy and other units were dispatched to 100 Old Hickory Road, Buffalo, in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy found a male subject sitting in a red GMC truck. When asked what he was doing at the property, he stated that he had brought a female there and was waiting on her. The deputies could hear someone else inside the residence, but there were no lights on. The officer knocked at the front door, and a female subject appeared at the front door. She was asked what she was doing at the residence and was asked how she got in. She stated that she was waiting on another friend, and that she had come through a door that had been left unlocked. A family member showed up and advised that she had made several people leave the residence earlier in the day, as no one was supposed to be there, per request of the owner, while he was at work. The subjects were placed under arrest for trespassing and taken to Union County Jail. George Sims, Jr., and Candas Houghton received a citation for trespassing.

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SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HONORED BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Thursday, August 25

The American Heart Association has awarded Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) for its quick treatment of heart attack patients with the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

SRHS earned the award by meeting high standards for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI, a type of serious heart attack that completely blocks blood flow to the heart.

“We're honored to accept this award,” said Jennifer T. Smith, MSN, RN and Spartanburg Medical Center Chest Pain Center Coordinator. “We continue to collaborate with our community members to educate them about cardiac symptoms so a patient can get to the hospital in a timely manner.”

Beginning with the patient's call of 9-1-1 to start the process, SRHS provides emergency treatment to re-establish blood flow through blocked arteries. Emergency medical technicians are trained to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) in the field to determine if the patient is having a heart attack. If a heart attack is detected, the hospital is contacted to assemble its team of heart catheterization lab staff, an interventional cardiologist, and the Coronary Care Unit staff to prepare to treat the patient upon arrival.

“One of our biggest challenges is to educate the public on the signs and symptoms of a heart attack,” Smith said. “We encourage them to call 911 for an ambulance so they can be treated immediately.”

Arriving heart attack patients avoid the emergency room and are taken directly to treatment, which includes either operating to clear the arteries, or medication. This decreases treatment time and improves outcomes,” Smith said.

Winners of the Lifeline Gold Award are tracked through a data registry that recognizes hospitals that treat STEMI, or St-segment elevation myocardial infarction, through a number of measures over time. Eligible hospitals must meet a set level of these measures for a designated period of time to receive the award.


WALLEN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO VEHICLE

Wednesday, August 24

The fifth person charged in a series of burglaries in the Whitmire area of Union County was arrested Monday. 45-year old Ansel Bradley Wallen is charged with theft from a motor vehicle and petit larceny. The incident took place on July 31st at the 200 block of Eaves Road. The victim said that while she was at the river, someone had thrown a rock through the driver’s side window of her vehicle. $600 was taken from the center console of the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING HER SISTER'S CHECKS AND FORGING SIGNATURE

Wednesday, August 24

A Union woman was arrested and charged with forgery after her sister said she had stolen some of her personal checks and was forging her signature. 38-year old Rhonda Johnson was charged with four counts of forgery. Johnson’s sister contacted Chief Deputy Perry Haney and told him about the forged checks that were being passed at various locations in Union County. The incidents took place on June 22nd and June 23rd at Bi-Lo of Union. The amounts of the checks ranged from $30 to nearly $40. Haney received copies of the checks from Bi-Lo, as well as the video CD from the store security system that showed Johnson presenting four forged checks.

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HOSA STUDENTS HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE AT STADIUM FRIDAY

Wednesday, August 24

The Union County Career Center Health Occupation Students of America is sponsoring a blood drive during the Union-Gaffney home game Friday night. A Blood Connection blood mobile will be set up at the stadium from 3:30-7 for fans to donate. Their goal is for fans to donate more units of blood than Gaffney has points in the game, beating Gaffney and saving lives. Each donor will receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card and 1000 TBC reward points that can be redeemed for prizes and gift cards. Blood Connection will provide a scholarship to HOSA based on the number of units of blood donated over the school year. There will be three more blood drives throughout the school year. To make an appointment, contact the school at 429-1765.

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TWO FUNDRAISERS PLANNED TO BENEFIT MEALS ON WHEELS

Wednesday, August 24

The 2016 Charity Gala benefitting Union’s Meals on Wheels program is scheduled for this Saturday from 6-10 at the newly opened Main Street Junction. Tickets are $30 and are available at Ben’s Paint and Carpet Store on East Academy Street. Tickets will not be available at the door. The evening includes dinner, dance, music by the group Missing Monday, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, serving Union County since 1979. The Benefactor Sponsor is Gestamp; Steward Sponsor is WT’s of Jonesville; Guardian Sponsors are Arthur State Bank and the Union County Development Board; and Community Sponsors are Gwinn’s Florist, Shutterbug Booth, and Rep. Mike Anthony for re-election to SC House District 42.

Meals on Wheels has another event planned in mid-September, called Miles for Meals. It is a 5K race scheduled on Saturday, September 17th, with packet pick-up at 7 and the race starting at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $20 through August 31st, and $30 after that. Runners will receive the official race t-shirt while supplies last, designed by Vapor Apparel of Union. Runners have a chance to enter a special division that will reduce their time based on fundraising efforts. For every $20 raised, their run time will be reduced by two minutes. For more information on Miles for Meals, presented by Vapor Apparel and the Brat Pack, visit www.mealsonwheelsunionsc.com.

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REPUBLICAN PARTY HOLDING ELECTION KICKOFF DINNER

Wednesday, August 24

The Union County Republican Party will hold their election kickoff dinner on Monday, August 29th, at 6 p.m. at Midway Barbecue. Featured speakers will be Congressman Mick Mulvaney, State House District 42 candidate Tommy Mann, Clerk of Court candidate Amy Austin, Sheriff candidate Jeff Bailey, and County Council District 3 candidate David Sinclair. Republican presidential signs and bumper stickers will be available. Dinner will be available for $7.50 per person but is not required.

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HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER

Wednesday, August 24

The Union County Healthcare Foundation has announced its next fundraiser. The Fall Charity Golf Classic will be held Friday, October 7th. The captain’s choice tournament will take place at Woodfin Ridge Golf Course in Inman. One of the popular features is the putting competition. Winners receive cash prizes. Sign in for the tournament will be October 7th at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9. To sign up for the tournament, call Greta Bailey at 301-2466 by September 30th.

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UNION COUNTY DSN HIRING CAREGIVERS

Wednesday, August 24

Union County Disabilities & Special Needs is now hiring. Caregivers are needed in the DSN residential living facilities to care for people with intellectual disabilities. Prior experience as a caregiver or CNA is a plus, but not required. Applicants must have a valid SC driver’s license, have a clean criminal background, have a high school diploma, and attend two weeks of job-related training. If you are interested, apply at 226 South Gadberry Street. Prior experience as a caregiver or CNA is a plus, but not required. Must have a valid SC Driver’s license, have a clean criminal background and possess a high school diploma and attend 2 weeks of job related training“Improving the quality of life for people with disabilities” Please apply at 226 S. Gadberry Street, Union, SC.

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WELCOME BAPTIST CHURCH HOSTS 30TH ANNUAL PREACHER'S JUBILEE

Wednesday, August 24

If you noticed a few more cars in Monarch last week, it might have been because Welcome Baptist Church held its 30th annual Preacher’s Jubilee. The Preacher's Jubilee was started by the former pastor, the late Bro. Billy Cole. He had a burden to provide a place and a meeting where pastors, missionaries, and evangelists could come and find rest, refreshment, encouragement, and spiritual help. The meeting has been under the direction of the current pastor, Dr. Robert Jarvis, for the past 21 years. The church provides a motel room, meals, gifts, and special speakers free of charge for the visiting preachers and their wives. This year, more than 70 preachers from at least 8 states attended the meeting. The impact this meeting has on our local stores and restaurants is great for our community.

Dr. Jarvis said, “If just one preacher, preacher's wife, or preacher's child is encouraged to go another mile, it will be well worth the money, resources, and man hours that are put into this meeting. Our church has always had a love for our community and for God’s people. We hope to continue another thirty years or more if our Lord will allow to do so.”

The Jubilee starts on the second Sunday of August each year with Precious Memories Day - a time when the church remembers those members who have passed away. Everyone is invited to attend. More information and preaching messages from the Jubilee can be found at www.preachersjubilee.com.


SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF AMPLIFIERS FOR UCHS CAFETERIA

Tuesday, August 23

At last night’s meeting, the Union County School Board of Trustees approved the purchase of amplifiers for the UCHS cafeteria sound system. The old ones were no longer functional, and they had been renting amplifiers since last spring. The $5475 approved for the purchase includes the rental fees of the ones they have been using. The board also approved the personnel report. These were the only actionable items on the agenda last night. There was a discussion about Union County Stadium that involved Supervisor Frank Hart, but nothing was decided. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12th, in room 600 at the Career and Technology Center.

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SHERIFF NOTES LINK BETWEEN METH AND PROPERTY CRIMES

Tuesday, August 23

After last week’s press conference announcing charges against five people for burglary, Taylor again noted the link between drugs and property crime, with crystal meth a particular problem in the county.

 

 

 

Taylor said if anyone has any information on anyone involved in property crimes or drugs, they should call Crimestoppers at 427-0800. He said calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous and aren’t even answered by anyone in Union County. It goes to a call center in Columbia, and the information is shared with local law enforcement.

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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST GRAND OPENING OF UNION COUNTY CAMPUS

Tuesday, August 23

Spartanburg Community College will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the college's newest and fifth campus—the SCC Union County Campus—on Thursday, August 25, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. The event will showcase recent renovations and expansions at the campus as well as the relocation of a new community partner to the campus, the Union County Adult Education Center. Guest speakers include elected officials and SCC representatives, and tours of the facility will also be available to attendees.

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MARCH FOR BABIES KICKOFF SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY

Tuesday, August 23

The March of Dimes March for Babies kickoff for Union County is also scheduled Thursday. It will take place at noon at the Union County Sheriff’s Office Annex Building. Organizers are looking for new corporate, community, and family teams. You can register at marchforbabies.org and join in at the kickoff. For more information, call 864-551-2641. Local sponsors include Dollar General, Founders Federal Credit Union, and Lockhart Power.

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CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFICE HOSTING CANNING WORKSHOP

Tuesday, August 23

The Union County Clemson Extension office will be having a canning workshop on Monday, August 29th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  The cost is $30 per person.  This workshop will teach the basics of home food preservation, using the boiling water bath canning process. Pickling recipes and sauces will be highlighted.  This is a hands-on workshop.  Participants need to register by this Thursday by contacting the Union County Extension office at 427-6259.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES ARMED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE

Tuesday, August 23

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery Saturday night at the Lockhart One Stop. Around 10:24 p.m., deputies were dispatched to investigate a report that a black male wearing sunglasses and a blue hoodie entered the store, pulled a black handgun on the clerk, and demanded the money from the register. The clerk said the man exited and went to the left, but she was unsure if he left in a vehicle or on foot. Deputies rode around the area searching for the suspect but did not find him. The clerk stated the man, who was also wearing surgical gloves, told her, “Open your drawer and give me all your money.” When she went to hit the robbery button, he said, “Don’t do that or I’ll shoot.” The man took the cash from the register, approximately $300, and left the store. Another store employee gave a similar account of the event. The K-9 unit was called in to check the area but was unable to locate the man. The case has been turned over to investigations.

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STATE AND LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DECLINE

Tuesday, August 23

Governor Nikki Haley issued a statement Friday in response to South Carolina’s unemployment rate declining to 5.2% in July from 5.4% in June.
 
She said, "When we talk about priorities like workforce training and investments in education and students, there's a reason we do it - it's paying off as July's unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent. We are excited to celebrate another month of record-low unemployment, that includes three straight months of decline, and we look forward to keeping up the momentum."

Union County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.7% from 7.1% in June, ranking 14th-highest in the state. In that time, the labor force shrank by 176, while the number of those employed shrank by 99. Since last July, Union County has 41 more people counted in the labor force, and 178 more people working. Last year, the unemployment rate stood at 7.9%, 1.2% higher than this year.


INMATES CAPTURED AFTER ESCAPING FROM UNION COUNTY JAIL

Monday, August 22

Sheriff David Taylor announced Saturday morning that the two inmates who escaped from the Union County Jail Friday afternoon are back in custody. Shortly after 9:00am Saturday morning, Ashley Dean Tyler and Kenneth Stephen Lipsey, Jr., were taken in to custody by Union County deputies and SLED agents with bloodhound units in a wooded area in the Buffalo community. The two individuals escaped shortly after 4:00pm Friday and had been on the run all night. Sheriff Taylor stated that Union County bloodhounds and SLED bloodhounds had tracked these two individuals through the night and again Saturday morning. The two bloodhound units tracked the individuals for approximately 10 miles through rough terrain and along Buffalo Creek. Saturday morning, law enforcement received a tip from a homeowner who had spotted two sets of footprints with no shoes. Officers knew the two inmates had no shoes on, because they had lost them running from officers. The homeowner had been down to the creek about dusk/dark on Friday, and there were no prints at that time. The bloodhounds were deployed off of South Street in Buffalo and tracked along Buffalo Creek towards Wages Road. After tracking the creek for approximately one mile, the footprints were no longer visible. The bloodhounds circled back and picked up the tracks going up into a wooded area. About 100 feet into the woods, the two inmates were spotted by deputies and SLED agents. The two escapees were arrested without incident and transported to the Union County Jail. After a bond hearing Saturday afternoon, they were transferred to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Sheriff Taylor thanked the following agencies for assistance: Union Public Safety Department, SLED agents, Jonesville Police Department, Probation and Parole, SC Highway Patrol, and SC Department of Natural Resources. Without the teamwork of these agencies together, he said we would not have these two escapees back in custody in less than 19 hours. Taylor also thanked the Buffalo Fire Department for allowing them to use their facility as a command post during this event. Taylor also expressed his appreciation of the assistance from all the volunteer firemen who helped them keep a tight perimeter during the tracking of Tyler and Lipsey.

Taylor said that during a recreation time Friday afternoon, the pair took apart a chain link fence and used a blanket to get over the concertina wire topping the next fence. From there, Taylor said they pulled themselves up to the top of the jail. They then ran across to the other side, jumped off the roof, and escaped across the back of the jail.

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MAIN STREET JUNCTION HOLDS GRAND OPENING

Monday, August 22

Main Street Junction had its grand opening celebration Saturday afternoon. The lobby was packed as Andrena Powell-Baker and Harold Thompson thanked all those who had a part in making the building a reality. Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers took groups of ten into the building for guided tours of the building and grounds. Entertainment and refreshments were provided in the ornamental garden. Chamber of Commerce Director Torance Inman said the building is a great addition to the downtown area.

 

For information on Main Street Junction or to book it for an event, call Debbie Woodard, 429-1700, at City Hall.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT MONARCH ELEMENTARY

Monday, August 22

The Union County School Board of Trustees will meet in the Monarch Elementary School cafeteria tonight at 7. There are two items on the agenda on which the board will take action. The first is a recommendation to replace the amplifiers for the UCHS cafeteria sound system. The other is the personnel report. Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach will present information on celebrations of learning and a stadium discussion. Finance Director Lynn Lawson will present the monthly budget report and also report on door locks at Union County High School. Personnel Director Jeff Stribble will give information on updating the board policy manual. An executive session is planned to discuss a legal matter. As always, the public is invited to attend the meeting.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING TO FEATURE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE

Monday, August 22

The Union County Democratic Party will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Fran Person, candidate for US House District 5, will be the special guest at the meeting. The public is invited to attend. On Saturday, they will have a voter registration drive at Dawkins Restaurant on South Pinckney Street from 11-3. For questions, call 429-1108 or 426-6518. The last day to register to vote in the November election is October 8th.

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county COUNCIL PASSES FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE TO REPEAL PUBLIC SAFETY FEE

Monday, August 22

Union County Council met Friday afternoon in a special called meeting to consider four ordinances. They approved the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the annual Public Safety fee, which was originally put in place for the 2015-2016 fiscal year to help fund EMS when the county took over its control. WBCU News asked Supervisor Frank Hart why the fee is being repealed.

 

Council approved first reading of an ordinance to lease vehicles for the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Hart says Sheriff Taylor put together a plan for five new vehicles, which is the normal number they ask for based on the size of the fleet and the number of miles they put on them. He said this year with the low interest rates available, the plan is to do a lease-purchase on the vehicles, which will free up funds for other projects the county needs to undertake. At the end of the lease, the county can then purchase the vehicles for $1.

Another special meeting to hold the second reading on these two ordinances is expected later this week. We’ll let you know the exact date and time when it is announced.

Council approved second reading of an ordinance related to the issuance and sale of up to $1.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds. Hart said this will save the county money in interest.

 

Council also approved second reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $2.8 million in general obligation bonds. Hart said this ordinance is tied to the other one, as this one deals with the reissuing of the bonds. Money from the sale of the bonds will go to county projects, though Hart said precisely which ones haven’t yet been spelled out. He did mention a few possibilities, though.

 

A public hearing and third reading of these ordinances will occur at the next regular Union County Council meeting on September 13th.


INMATES BACK IN CUSTODY AFTER ESCAPE

Saturday, August 20

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SEARCH IS ON FOR TWO INMATES who ESCAPED from UNION COUNTY JAIL

Friday, August 19

Ashley Tyler and Kenneth Steven Lipsey, Jr., escaped from the Union County Jail today around 4 p.m. Law enforcement are actively seeking these individuals. K-9 has been called in. Law enforcement has a perimeter set up. Avoid the area if possible. SLED has been called in for aerial assistance. Tyler is charged with murdering his stepmother in November, while Lipsey was charged with meth possession a couple of weeks ago.

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COUNTY COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL CALLED MEETING TODAY AT NOON

Friday, August 19

Union County Council will have a special called meeting today at noon. They will be considering four ordinances at the meeting. They will consider the first reading of an ordinance, in title only, pertaining to the repeal of the annual Public Safety fee. That fee was put in place as part of the 2015-2016 budget to help fund EMS when the county took over its control. They will also consider the first reading of an ordinance, again in title only, pertaining to the lease/purchase of vehicles for the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The council will consider setting a date for another special meeting in which to hold a second reading of these ordinances. They will consider second reading of an ordinance pertaining to the issuance and sale of up to $1.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds. This will allow the county to realize some savings in interest on bonds originally issued and sold in 2007. The final ordinance is the second reading of one authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $2.8 million in general obligation bonds. A public hearing and third reading of the ordinances is scheduled for the date of the next regular council meeting on September 13th.

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ELKS LODGE DONATES $2000 TO MEALS ON WHEELS

Friday, August 19

Members of the Union Elks Lodge donated $2000 to Union’s Meals on Wheels. Terry Wade, president of the Elks Lodge, told WBCU News how the donation came about.

 

Meals on Wheels Vice-Chair Kathy Stepp thanked the Elks for their generosity, which she said goes a long way towards helping them serve their clients.

 

If anyone would like to make a donation to help out Union’s Meals on Wheels, call Jim or Kathy Stepp at 427-1598. Coming up next Saturday, August 27th, a charity gala at the new Main Street Junction building on East Main Street will benefit Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Ben’s Paint Store.

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DCI SHOWS OFF NEW BUILDING AT OPEN HOUSE

Friday, August 19

After 22 years serving Union, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., moved to a new building on the corner of Thompson Boulevard and Connector Road last month. The staff was excited to show off their new digs, and did so at an open house Thursday afternoon. Ann Marie Roberts, administrator at DCI, talked about the advantages the new building brings to their service.

 

The DCI staff was pleased with the turnout for the open house. They loved seeing all the faces for that event, but they hope you never have to need their services. Karen Moore, Care Coordinator at DCI, told WBCU News the two biggest factors in kidney disease and how best to avoid them.

 

For more information on DCI, kidney disease, or dialysis treatments, you can call DCI at 427-8250.

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MAIN STREET JUNCTION RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW

Friday, August 19

The public is invited to the grand opening of newly renovated Main Street Junction on Saturday, August 20th, at 107 East Main Street in downtown Union. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:00 pm. The opening has been coming for some time, as workers have been busy remodeling the building known as the Super 10 building. The facility will be used for any number of events, including meetings, wedding receptions, family and class reunions. Funds for the project came from money that was designated for the Union Events Center. While that project fell through, the funds were designated to be used on a project such as Main Street Junction. Guided tours of the facility will begin at 1:15 on August 20th.

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LIBRARY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PART-TIME CLERK AND INTERN POSITIONS

Friday, August 19

The Union County Carnegie Library is accepting applications for a part-time library clerk and a part-time library intern. The clerk’s position is entry level. Applicants should have skill in consistently attending to details, filing skills, using technology easily and effectively, and have skill in relating to the public. The position involves working evenings and weekends as required. Those interested may apply at the library through September 5th. The intern position has many of the same requirements as the clerk position, but the intern has to be at least 16 years old, live in Union County, and be enrolled full-time in classes in Union County. Interns may work up to 20 hours a week for three months. Those interested should apply at the library through September 5th.

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COOPERATION AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES leads to ARRESTS IN BURGLARY CASES

Friday, August 19

At a press conference Thursday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor joined Newberry Sheriff Lee Foster and Whitmire Police Chief Jeremiah Sinclair to announce charges for five people involved in burglaries in Union and Whitmire. Sheriff David Taylor told WBCU News how the collaborative law enforcement effort came about.

 

Chief Sinclair said the suspects stole approximately $1500 worth of antique bottles during the burglary in Whitmire, going on to describe the group as “a menace to the community who has caused people to not even feel secure in their homes.”

Taylor said the suspects broke into three homes and stole collectibles and other items. In addition, one suspect was charged with breaking into a motor vehicle. He noted they have been able to recover more than $3000 of the stolen items so far. The burglaries occurred between July 26-August 1 in the Whitmire section of Union County.

Sheriff Foster praised the cooperation between the offices, saying, “Our communities are better served and our agencies far more effective through these partnerships. We want to place the bad guys on clear notice that if you mess with one, you mess with all.”

Those charged are:

40-year old Kenneth Lamar Braswell, of 74 Sinclair Avenue, Whitmire, charged with one count of burglary by the Whitmire Police Department and 3 counts of burglary in Union County. Braswell was arrested August 12th and is held in the Newberry County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

 

29-year old Sierra Dawn Braswell, of 1260 Church Street, Whitmire, charged with 3 counts of burglary. She was arrested on August 9th and has been released on bond.

 

 

43-year old Chrystal R. Hughes, of 7471 River Fold Rd., Waterloo, SC, is charged with one count of burglary in Whitmire. She also has charged pending from the SC Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole. She was arrested on August 10th and is held at the Newberry County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

 

26-year old Donald Andrew Price, II, of 191 Sinclair Avenue, Whitmire, is charged with 3 counts of burglary in Union County, 1 count of receiving stolen goods, and 1 count of receiving stolen goods in Newberry County. He was arrested on August 4th and is being held at the Newbery County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

 

45-year old Ansel Bradley Wallen, of 1971 Highway 66, Whitmire, will be charged with one count of breaking into a motor vehicle. As of the time of the press conference, he had not yet been taken into custody.

 

 


DIALYSIS CLINIC HOLDING OPEN HOUSE AT its NEW LOCATION THIS AFTERNOON

Thursday, August 18

A special event is coming up this afternoon at the Dialysis Clinic in Union. Since 1994, DCI has provided lifesaving dialysis treatments for community members who suffer from kidney failure. In July, construction was completed at the new location at 921 Thompson Boulevard, at the corner of Thompson Blvd. and Connector Rd.  Today from 5-7 p.m., they are having an open house at the new facility and would like to invite area folks to tour it, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate DCI’s 20+ years of service to the city of Union.

They say the open house is an opportunity for the community to meet the local staff and learn more about dialysis and kidney disease. Staff from Reach Kidney Care of Spartanburg, DCI’s local chronic kidney disease education program, will also be at the open house to provide education about the early identification of chronic kidney disease and maintaining kidney health. This is the first event at the new facility, and the DCI staff is eager to share their new building with the public.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO FACE OFF ON SOFTBALL DIAMOND

Thursday, August 18

The Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament is coming up September 17th at the Timken Sports Complex. Local law enforcement and first responders will battle it out on the softball field to see who is the best physically conditioned first responder. Any county law enforcement or first responders may enter a team. If interested in participating, you should contact Brandon Vaughan at 864-466-6639 or Kenneth Black at 864-251-0680 by September 5th. Team entry fee is $100. 

The Miracle League of Union County Major players will compete against the tournament winners. The losing team will be buddies for the MLUC Major players.

Donations will be accepted at the gate for spectator admission, and all proceeds will benefit the Miracle League’s ALLstar Park. First responder vehicles will be on site for kids. Other donations may be mailed to: MLUC, PO Box 425, Union, SC, 29379.  Please mark your donation as “Battle of the Badges.”

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MAN ON MOPED INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT

Thursday, August 18

On Tuesday, Union County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Union Medical Center to a hit-and-run call. The victim stated someone in a black Dodge SUV intentionally ran him off the road and struck him with the vehicle. The man was driving his moped on Herbert Road, and the unknown subject was coming toward him from the other direction. The victim stated he did not notice anything about the driver of the vehicle at all. He does not know if it was a man or woman. He also did not see the tag number on the vehicle. He said he got over as far as he could off the road, and the vehicle still struck him with the side view mirror. Price stated the mirror hit him in his chest area. He was at the hospital for treatment but did not appear to have any major injuries. The man said his moped suffered an estimated $500 of damage from the wreck. He was advised the case would remain open to be investigated further, but there was not much information to go on at this time.

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TWO FACE CHARGES FOR DISTRIBUTING METHAMPHETAMINE

Thursday, August 18

On or about the first of August, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap met with an operative of the Union County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from 53-year old Carl Patrick. The operative was searched, wired with audio and video equipment, and given recorded government funds to purchase the methamphetamine from Patrick at his residence, located at 212 Kissy Creek Circle. While Gilstrap was meeting with the operative, Patrick called the operative to finalize the details of the deal. The officer listened to and recorded the phone call from Patrick to the operative and recognized his voice from his many law enforcement dealings with him. The operative then left the meet location and went to Patrick's residence.

While there, the operative received a quantity of methamphetamine from Patrick, but the operative began to question if the meth was real or not and handed the meth back to him. Another subject, identified as 27-year old Bryse Rankin, was also at Patrick's residence and told the operative that it was the best stuff in Union County. Rankin took the meth from Patrick, placed it on the scale to weigh it, and handed the meth back to the operative. The operative then left Patrick's residence and met back with the deputy and turned over the meth and the audio and video equipment. Plans were for warrants to be signed on Patrick and Rankin for distribution of meth with the Union County Magistrate Office.

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CHRISTMAS PARADE SCHEDULE FOR 2016 ANNOUNCED

Thursday, August 18

While still more than three months off, the Christmas parade schedule has been released for the season. Traditionally, the Buffalo parade is the first of the season, and the same is true this year. It will be on November 27th at 4:00 p.m. Next comes the Jonesville parade at 3:00 p.m. on December 3rd, followed by Lockhart’s parade December 4th at 3:00 p.m. Carlisle will stage their parade on Saturday, December 10th, at 2:00 p.m., and the Union parade will be December 11 at 3:00 p.m.


CITY APPROVES PLAN TO SHARE COUNTY'S ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Wednesday, August 17

The Union City Council gave a 2nd and final reading to an intergovernmental agreement that will allow for the County Animal Control Officer to have jurisdiction within the city’s corporate limits. The move has been in the works for some months as a result of Union County Supervisor Frank Hart’s suggestion that the two bodies find areas where they can consolidate services and work together. The county gave their consent last week with a third and final reading to the ordinance.

The council awarded a bid for water and sewer system improvements and water plant backwash force main modifications. Only one bid was received, and that was from Smith Backhoe and Construction in the amount of $444,739.

A workshop meeting date was set for August 29th at 6:00 p.m. for the council to discuss the city’s master plan. An executive session Tuesday concerned a contractual matter about the master plan. That also discussed contract negotiations on the Main Street Junction project. Main Street Junction is set to have a ribbon cutting and grand opening this coming Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Appearing before the council was Cassandra Cantey with Welvista. Welvista is an organization that provides free prescription medications for those who are uninsured and 200% under the poverty level. Cantey pointed out that the 200% mark translates into an hourly wage of $9 per hour. In order to sign people up for the program, she is proposing to hold a wellness fair where people can come in for information and screenings. Cantey said:

 

More information will be forthcoming as the plans for the wellness fair continue to develop.

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USC-UNION DEAN EXPECTS INFLUX OF STUDENTS DUE TO SPORTS AND PROPOSED NURSING PROGRAM

Wednesday, August 17

USC-Union Dean Dr. John Catalano says there are three things students ask for when enrolling at the campus.

 

He said he feels confident that they will be able to announce the program in the next few months, and that they will start it in August 2017 for entering freshmen. In order for the nursing program to become a reality, USC-Union will have to partner with another campus. They will also have to receive approval of the State Board of Nursing and the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education. One issue that is faced by the university for the nursing program as well the two recently announced sports program is student housing. Catalano says an influx of students is expected.

 

He says he would like to see construction that could be used for student housing. He said a student that comes in from out of town to attend USC-Union would have an economic impact of $13,000 each.

Should anyone have suitable housing that would serve students, you are asked to contact the university.

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ELKS LODGE DONATES $2000 TO LIBRARY

Wednesday, August 17

The Union Elks Lodge 1321 made a $2000 donation to the Union County Carnegie Library Tuesday afternoon. The donation has been made annually since 2009. In thanking the civic group for their generosity, Library Director Rieta Drinkwine said:

 

The library was able to purchase 71 large-print books.

 

 

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HIGHWAY PATROLMAN INVOLVED IN WRECK DURING VEHICLE PURSUIT

Wednesday, August 17

Monday, Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Vaughan was advised by the Highway Patrol that they were involved with a vehicle pursuit on Tinsley Road in Jonesville. They stated that the trooper wrecked his patrol vehicle around the 300 block of Tinsley Road. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Trooper Nicholson, who stated while he was pursuing a vehicle, his vehicle lost control coming around a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch on the right side of his patrol car. The Highway Patrol estimated the damage to his vehicle around $3500. Trooper Nicholson estimated his speed at around 70mph during the pursuit. Deputies then filled out a report and gave the trooper his copies. Deputy Vaughan did a report to document the incident.


FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO HEARTLAND FOR REPORTS OF SMOKE IN THE BUILDING

Tuesday, August 16

Union firefighters were called to Heartland of Union just before 9 o’clock Monday morning to a report of smoke in the building. Firefighters and EMS personnel responded as the building was being evacuated. At the scene, Fire Commander Larry Robinson said they still had not located the source of the smoke. He said he was thinking it could have come from an air conditioning unit. No blaze was ever reported. Once the scene was secured, the residents were allowed to return to the building, but not before feeling the effects of the hot weather. No injuries were reported, and the incident continues to be under investigation.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday, August 16

Union City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30 in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Among the items of the agenda will be a report from Libby Oliver and Elise Ashby on the recent Ag & Art Tour. A second reading is expected to be given to an ordinance authorizing the execution and delivery of an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Union County for the provision of the county’s Animal Control Officer enforcing the municipal Animal Control Ordinances.

The council will award a bid for water and sewer system improvements and water plant backwash force main modifications. Only one bid was received, and that was from Smith Backhoe and Construction in the amount of $444,739. The bid is expected to be approved for that amount.

The council is expected to have a discussion and motion to set city council workshop dates. They do this annually in order to allow time for study and discussion of a new budget in the spring of the year. An executive session is on the agenda to discuss contractual matters about the city’s master plan. They will also discuss contract negotiations on the Main Street Junction project and receive legal advice regarding the same.

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ROBERT SMALL TO FACE HAROLD THOMPSON AND TOMMY ANTHONY IN RACE FOR MAYOR

Tuesday, August 16

As of the filing deadline Monday at noon, there are three candidates in the race for mayor of the City of Union. The incumbent, Mayor Harold Thompson, will face opposition from District 1 City Councilman Tommy Anthony and businessman Robert Small. A three-way race developed for City Council District 3. Incumbent Yates Giles will face off against Jack Kelly, III, and Vicki Morgan. District 4 incumbent councilman Ricky Todd Harris has no opposition. District 6 also has a three-way race. The incumbent, Jim Wilson, will face opposition from Sonja Craig and Kristi Sommer. The election will take place on November 8th. There will be no opportunity for a runoff in the races that are challenged. The candidate with the most votes wins.

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VIETNAM VETERANS CHAPTER ANNOUNCES MONTHLY MEETING THIS THURSDAY

Tuesday, August 16

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 644, will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 18th, at 7 p.m. The business meeting will be held in its usual location at the Legion Hut on 120 Scenic Drive in Union. Members are urged to be present to help decide the future direction of the organization. VVA Chapter 644 meets on the third Thursday of the month, and Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, as well as any persons interested in supporting the VVA's mission, are welcome to attend and learn more.

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MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CAR WRECK

Tuesday, August 16

Just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday, Union Public Safety Officer Rusty Young was dispatched to East Lee Street for a motor vehicle collision. On scene, Young observed a black male standing beside a gold-colored vehicle. He noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the subject. He asked him if he had been drinking, and the subject said he had. Young asked for the man’s driver’s license, and he said he did not have one. When asked for any identification, the subject took his wallet, threw it on the vehicle, and told Young to get it if he wanted it. The officer found the ID that identified the subject as 52-year old Rick Anderson Bell. Young read Bell his rights and told him he was going to do a field sobriety test. Bell said he wasn’t going to do the test, and to just take him to jail. Bell was placed in the patrol car. He still refused to cooperate when he was taken in for a breathalyzer. He refused the test and informed Young that he had to go to the restroom. When the officer told him to sit down, Bell unzipped his pants and began urinating on the floor. Young reported the subject was belligerent. Bell was transported to the Union County Jail, where he faces charges of driving under suspension and throwing of bodily fluids.

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER REPORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Tuesday, August 16

Around 7 p.m. Sunday, Union County Sheriff’s Sgt. Roger Hill was dispatched to the intersection of River Rd. and Woodyard Rd. in Carlisle for a possible domestic incident. Upon arrival, the officer found a black Nissan parked on the side of the road with a female and male passenger. He found that the female had been the one to call 911. She stated that the male subject had gotten mad at her for speaking and being around several men while at a ballgame on Woodyard Rd. in the Carlisle community. She said that they had begun to argue when the male subject began striking her in the face and body. She said that she did return strikes with the subject in an effort to get him to stop hitting her. As the deputy was talking with the victim, he could see the male subject attempting to hide an open beer in the vehicle. He then spoke with the male subject, who had obviously been in a struggle with the female from the scratches and bleeding from his lip area. The subject was placed under arrest for domestic violence and placed in the back of a patrol unit. The officer was getting a statement from the female when she informed him that she had marijuana in her purse. When asked about the marijuana, she handed over a small bag containing a green leafy substance from her purse. Hill asked if she had any other drugs, and she stated she did not. The officer asked to look inside the purse, and the female handed over the purse. Inside, Hill found another small bag of a green leafy substance, along with several pills. When asked to identify the pills, she stated that she wasn't sure because she had gotten them from someone else. The officer could see from experience the pills were Xanax, a controlled substance, and asked if she had a prescription. The woman stated she did not. She was also then arrested for simple possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Both subjects were transported to the jail. The car was turned over to another family member. The male subject was identified as 49-year old Ricky Gernard Andrews, and the female was identified as 48-year old Vanessa Diane Glenn, both of Carlisle.


LIBERTARIAN SENATE CANDIDATE VISITS UNION

Monday, August 15

Dr. Bill Bledsoe was in Union Saturday carrying his musket. Dr. Bledsoe is running for the US Senate against South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.  He has aligned himself with the Libertarian and Constitution Party. This means his names will appear twice on the ballot. Bledsoe told WBCU News why he is running.

 

As evidenced by the authentic Revolutionary War musket he was carrying, he is also a 2nd amendment candidate.

 

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MIRACLE LEAGUE TO HOLD BUDDY INTEREST MEETING AUGUST 30TH

Monday, August 15

Coming up on Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m., the Miracle League of Union County will hold a Buddy Interest meeting at the Miracle League office, located at 115 Thomas Street. Anyone age 14 and older who would like to be a buddy to a Miracle league player this fall season is asked to come for a brief sign up and orientation, even if you have buddied in the past. The organization is in need of individuals and buddy groups to come and sign up. The fall season starts September 12th. The Miracle League says “Our players can’t play the game without your commitment.”

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SCHOOL DISTRICT RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Monday, August 15

The Union County School District has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  Local school officials have adopted household size and income criteria for determining eligibility. A chart showing the income and size of household requirement is below.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information on the application:  (1) A SNAP or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of these assistance programs and an adult household member signature or (2) names of all household members, the name and last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income.  If a household has foster children living with them and the household has not previously been notified by the School District that their foster children have been directly certified for free meals, the household should include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children.

Under the provisions of the policy Mrs. Debbie Johnson will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Mr. Lynn Lawson, Director of Finance and Operations, whose address is: 130 W. Main St. Union, SC (864-429-1740) for a hearing to appeal the decision.  The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a meal application.  Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the office of the District Superintendent where any interested party may review it.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 

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JERMAINE SMITH PART OF PANEL AT ANNUAL STATE GANG CONFERENCE

Monday, August 15

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said Friday that hundreds attended the annual Gang Conference this past week. The 3-day class began on Monday, August 8th, at Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus, in Irmo, SC. The attendees included police, deputies, corrections officers, investigators, and agents from across the state. The subject of the 2016 Police Service Gang Conference was gangs in South Carolina. During the conference, there was a panel made up of seven leaders in the South Carolina Gang Task Force that shared information with the attendees of the conference and provided first-hand knowledge of the new trends gang investigators are seeing in the field. One of those on the panel of seven was Investigator Jermaine Smith, who is employed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and works alongside local law enforcement as a member of the Upstate Gang Task Force.

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THREE ARRESTED ON METH AND GRAND LARCENY CHARGES

Monday, August 15

On Monday, August 8th, Union Drug Task Force officers met with an operative who they sent to 2249 Lockhart Highway to attempt to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine. Upon arrival, the operative was able to purchase methamphetamine from Tyler Scott Henderson. Based on that information, narcotics officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the address. On Wednesday, August 10th, the operative was used again at the same address to attempt to purchase methamphetamine. This time, the methamphetamine was purchased from Christopher Scott Sumner, II, out of a camper located on the property. Later that day, the search warrant was executed on 2249 Lockhart Hwy. Narcotics officers and deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union Public Safety Department entered the residence to find Tyler Scott Henderson, Christopher Scott Sumner, II, Amy Renee Pettie, and Sumner’s wife. During a search of the individuals, Henderson was found with methamphetamine and hydrocodone in his pocket, and Pettie had methamphetamine in her pocketbook. Inside the residence, methamphetamine was found inside of a metal suitcase along with syringes, scales and methamphetamine packaged into little baggies. They also found marijuana inside of a dresser drawer in the master bedroom and 2 long guns.

Officers noticed a variety of tools and other items that burglary reports had been taken on. Officers also located a camper on the premises that had paperwork with information from Marietta, Georgia, inside. When asked, everyone denied knowledge of who owned the camper or how it even got on the property. Investigators with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union Public Safety Department responded to the scene and recovered the items for the cases of stolen property they had located. The owner of the camper was contacted and stated that the camper was stolen, and so were items in and around his home.

The subjects were then arrested and transported to Union County Jail. The following charges were made:

Tyler Scott Henderson, 20, of 302 Canal Road, Lockhart:

Distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, and grand larceny.

 

 

Christopher Scott Sumner, II, 25, of 2249 Lockhart Hwy., Union:

Distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and grand larceny.

 

Amy Renee Pettie, 33, of 1101 Arthur Blvd., Union:

Possession of methamphetamine and grand larceny. Amy Pettie was also served with warrants from an earlier incident for distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within ½ mile of a school or park.

 

Sheriff Taylor stated that these arrests prove the constant connection between drug arrests and property crimes in Union County. This is another example of agencies sharing case information and working together. Taylor said he hoped the judicial branch of government will help take these individuals off the street. More charges and/or arrests may come from investigators from both the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union Public Safety Department.

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BELK EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF SHIPPING NEARLY $96,000 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE TO HER HOME

Monday, August 15

Sheriff’s deputies received a call to the Belk Distribution Center about a theft by an employee. Upon arrival, Deputy Tommy Cudd spoke with Weldon Rodgers, who said that 44-year old Sonya Ann Edwards, who is a supervisor with Belk, had shipped approximately 135 shipments of merchandise from the distribution center to her residence at 112 Carolyn Drive in Spartanburg. The value of the merchandise, including shipping, is $95,945. Edwards was transported to Union County Jail. A warrant was signed by Cudd charging Edwards with breach of trust with fraudulent intent valued at $10,000 or more.

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WELFARE CHECK LEADS TO MAN'S ARREST ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE

Monday, August 15

Friday at approximately 1:44 a.m., Union County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 109 Caroleigh Drive in reference to a welfare check. While en route, Deputy Roger Suber contacted the complainant, a woman who lives in New York, who stated that she was on the phone with her friend, and she could hear the woman’s boyfriend, Anthony Tiffany, yelling at her in the background. The woman had told her that Tiffany had been drinking. She asked deputies to do a welfare check on her friend because she feared for her safety. Upon arrival, Deputy Suber was met at the door by Tiffany, and he asked him where was his girlfriend. She came to the door and was asked to step outside. She stated that Tiffany came home from work upset that she would not pick him up because they were fighting. He wanted a cigarette, and she would not give him one. He became irate and began to call her names. She told him that she was going to call the police, and he turned off the power and unplugged the wi-fi box. The wi-fi box or internet is how the woman uses her cell phone. He told her, "good luck, no internet." Suber spoke with the subject, and he admitted that he unplugged the wi-fi box because he was mad at his girlfriend. Tiffany was placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail. A warrant will be sought on Anthony Tiffany for 2nd-degree domestic violence.


HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR UNION COUNTY PEP RALLY

Friday, August 12

Hundreds of enthusiastic fans turned out Thursday evening for the 2016 Union County Pep Rally. The annual event is sponsored by Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU Radio. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy hot dogs and drinks provided by Dairi-o and Save-a-Lot. During the event, fans were introduced to the Jonesville and Sims cheerleaders and football squads, as well as the UCHS JV and varsity volleyball teams. They also got to meet the 2016 UCHS football team and their cheerleaders. The new UCHS head football coach and athletic director, Bradley Adams, was on hand and made these comments.

 

The Yellow Jackets will open their season Friday, August 19th, with a home game against Chapman.

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COUNTY, CITY, AND USC-UNION SEARCH FOR STUDENT HOUSING

Friday, August 12

Union County, the City of Union, and the University of South Carolina-Union have begun a search for student housing. At the Union County Council meeting Tuesday night, Supervisor Frank Hart mentioned in his report that student housing is needed for additional influx that is expected as a result of the university fielding a baseball and softball team. Hart said:

 

An additional need for housing could be expected with the future creation of a nursing program here.

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MAIN STREET JUNCTION RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SATURDAY

Friday, August 12

The public is invited to the grand opening of newly renovated Main Street Junction on Saturday, August 20th, at 107 East Main Street in downtown Union. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:00 pm. The opening has been coming for some time, as workers have been busy remodeling the building known as the Super 10 building. The facility will be used for any number of events, including meetings, wedding receptions, family and class reunions. Funds for the project came from money that was designated for the Union Events Center. While that project fell through, the funds were designated to be used on a project such as Main Street Junction. Guided tours of the facility will begin at 1:15 on August 20th.

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WRECK LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR UNION TEEN

Friday, August 12

Wednesday, Sgt. Eddie Williams with the City of Union Public Safety Department was working a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Arthur Blvd. While doing his report, he noticed a green leafy plant substance in the driver’s side floor and down by the driver’s seat. He reported that the substance had a strong odor of marijuana. Sgt. William advised the driver, 17-year old Jesse James Bradburn, III, of what he observed and placed him under arrest for simple possession of marijuana. Ultimately, Bradburn was transported to Union County Jail for booking and was charged with simple possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and unsafe tires.

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MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTING HIKE AND WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY

Friday, August 12

Coming up next week, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will have a guided hike and wreath-laying ceremony in commemoration of the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill.  It is set to take place on Saturday, August 20th. The guided hike of the Battlefield Trail will be led by park staff and will leave the visitor center at 8 AM. Participants should meet at the visitor center at by 7:45 a.m., then drive to the trail head on Horseshoe Falls Road to begin the hike.  The hike will last 2 hours. There will be a $2 per person charge for this event. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.

At 10:30 A.M. that morning, a Commemoration Ceremony will take place at the Visitor Center location.  It will be led by the local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution. The ceremony will honor the participants of the Battle at Musgrove’s Mill.  Following the ceremony, there will be an ice cream social at the picnic shelter. This part of the event is free to the public. Please bring lawn chairs for the ceremony and ice cream social.

For more information, 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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LIBRARY SCHEDULES BOARD MEETING FOR TUESDAY

Friday, August 12

The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will have a board meeting Tuesday, August 16th, at the library from 5-6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Also that same day, the Union Elks Lodge will be presenting a check to the library that will be used for the purchase of books. Be aware the library will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 17th, for a staff meeting and will reopen Thursday, August 18th, at 9 a.m.

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UNION COUNTY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES JULY VISITORS, TWO PROJECTS

Friday, August 12

The Union County Museum is reporting that 139 visitors came to the facility in July. There remains a question that of the visitors, just how many actually sign the guest book. The staff has come up with a way they think might improve the number who sign the guest book, and they say they will try this for a month and see how it works.  If successful, they’ll share it.

The visitors came from North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, George, Ohio, Texas, and from other places in SC. Comments were positive.

Museum staff say they have two projects in the works.  Work is almost complete on their newest book, which is a compilation of obituaries from the Union Progress newspaper from 1915-1925.  The final step is to proof the index.  As far as can be determined, there is no such reference anywhere.  This should be a best-seller to genealogical researchers.

The second project is to begin an oral history program.  The intent is to capture oral history that is quickly getting away as our older population leaves us.  Elizabeth Moses, ranger at Rose Hill State Historic Site, has experience in the field and has been kind enough to share her expertise.  Included is information on how to interview, what questions to ask, how to transcribe, etc.  The first interviewee is already lined up and just celebrated her 99th birthday.


GOVERNOR ATTENDS RIBBON CUTTING

Thursday, August 11

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley came to Union Wednesday for the ribbon cutting at the Meeting Place on Main and Common Grounds Coffee Shop. The business is located at 111 West Main Street. The reason for the shop is to promote the job initiative partnership with the Original Six Foundation that provided the grant money to renovate the facility. Governor Haley told WBCU News what she expects Meeting on Main to bring to Union.

 

The facility will house a sandwich shop and the Common Grounds Coffee Shop. Facility Director Neal Keisler said the coffee shop will help with the expense of what is being called a ministry.

 

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SHERIFF TAYLOR EXPRESSES FRUSTRATION WITH HIGHWAY PATROL

Thursday, August 11

Union County Sheriff David Taylor appeared before the Union County Council Tuesday evening at their meeting in Carlisle. The sheriff had several concerns, one of which was his displeasure with the Highway Patrol. He said the response time for troopers to investigate an accident is extremely slow. In some cases, he said that those involved in an accident may have to wait up to two hours before a trooper arrives to begin the investigation. In addition to the inconvenience to those involved with the accident, it ties up his deputies, causing a backlog of calls they need to respond to. He says he has talked with the Highway Patrol and has received little encouragement. They are blaming the shortage of troopers across the state. The shortage has been ongoing for some years now. Taylor asked council members and anyone else to contact their state representatives and encourage them to address the problem. He stated, “I need help from the Highway Patrol.”

Taylor brought up an additional matter on which he asked for guidance. The sheriff explained that when he receives word from state authorities that someone has applied for a beer and wine permit, he will usually not approve it. He added that his disapproval does not have much effect on the final decision. In this case, he says he has received notice that Libby Oliver has applied for a permit to create a micro-distillery on her property. Because Oliver has been actively involved in the Ag & Art Tour, he said that the application may have something to do with tourism. He said he did not want to do the wrong thing in the eyes of the council. A poll of the council revealed that at least four of the six were against approving the distillery. We caught up with Oliver, who explained her reasoning for the business venture.

 

Taylor said he has until the latter part of this month to return his judgement on the matter.

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WBCU/HOLCOMBE FUNERAL HOME UNION COUNTY PEP RALLY IS THIS AFTERNOON AT FAIRGROUNDS

Thursday, August 11

The annual Union County Pep Rally is set to take place tonight. WBCU’s Chris Woodson gives us an idea of what there is to look forward to.

 

It will all get underway today from 5-8 p.m., and hot dogs will be available. The Union County Pep Rally is sponsored by Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY WHERE TV, LINGERIE, AND LIQUOR WAS STOLEN

Thursday, August 11

A Union County sheriff’s deputy responded to the Jonesville Highway Tuesday and spoke with a complainant about a break-in and larceny at her residence. The victim stated that she spent the night with her friend on Monday and arrived back at her residence the next day at approximately 10:30 a.m. She stated that when she pulled up in the drive, she noticed that the padlock on the back door had been broken off. She said that she went into the house and further discovered that numerous items were missing from inside the house. Among the missing items were a 70” Vizio HDTV valued at $951.88, a large opened bottle of Hennessy liquor valued at $100, a Victoria’s Secret bag containing perfume, lotion, lingerie and pajamas, all brand new from Victoria’s Secret and valued at $200, two gold bracelets valued at $15, and 7 packs of Newport cigarettes valued at $35. An investigator was called to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

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CORPORATE STAFFING HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT NEXT WEEK AT SC WORKS UNION

Thursday, August 11

Corporate Staffing will host a recruitment event at SC Works Union, located at 103 West Main Street, on Tuesday, August 16th, from 1-3pm. The hiring event will be for certified nursing aides, personal care aides, home health aides, and cooks for assignments in the Union area. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.jobs.scworks.org and then attend the recruitment event.


CARLISLE RESIDENTS TURN OUT FOR MEETING, EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT FIRE PROTECTION

Wednesday, August 10

A number of citizens from the Carlisle community gathered in their town hall Tuesday evening for a meeting of the Union County Council. The first portion of that meeting featured an open forum, where attendees were invited to ask questions of or make comments to the council. One of the residents expressed concern over fire protection in the far reaches of the Carlisle Fire department’s coverage area. There have been discussions about the establishment of a substation in the area and property has been purchased for that, but it will be some time before that can happen. The resident asking the question was concerned about fire insurance rates. Supervisor Frank Hart used the opportunity to pitch the positive point for a 1% sales tax increase. He pointed out that 81% of the money collected through the tax increase is required by law to go toward property tax relief. A poll by a show of hands of those attending indicated the majority would be in favor of the increase. Hart also used the opportunity to introduce the new Union County EMS Director, Eric Harold. Harold come to Union from the Laurens County EMS and boasts 28 years of experience. He says he has an optimistic vision for the Union County operation.

 

In the regular meeting, Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said their water tank is in need of service.

 

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COUNTY COUNCIL GIVES FIRST READING ON SALE OF SPEC BUILDING

Wednesday, August 10

One of the highlights of the evening was the passage of a resolution to sell a spec building the county has recently completed. The resolution states, in part, that the county has entered into discussions with an existing Union County industry for the use of the premises for a major new economic development project in the county, and in connection therewith, the county desires to sell the premises to the industry for the new project. Following the passage of that resolution, first reading was given to an ordinance to sell the property. Supervisor Hart disclosed who was purchasing the property.

 

The price of the building is more than $1.5 million, which Hart says is pretty much what the county has invested in it. He promises more positive information on the transaction will be forthcoming.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT WELCOMES ITS EMPLOYEES BACK WITH OPENING DAY EVENT

Wednesday, August 10

The Union County School District’s teachers and staff gathered Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of Union County High School for what was called their “Opening Day.” They heard comments about what to expect this year and had a period of time to socialize with each other. Among those speaking to the faculty was the relatively new superintendent, Dr. Bill Roach. WBCU caught up with Dr. Roach prior to the event, and he told us what he was going to say to them.

 

The first day of school for the students will be Monday, August 15th. For those who want to know, the first holiday will be Labor Day, September 5th.

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GOVERNOR TO HELP CUT RIBBON AT MEETING PLACE ON MAIN

Wednesday, August 10

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be in town today for the ribbon cutting at the Meeting Place on Main and Common Grounds Coffee Shop. The business is located at 111 West Main Street, and the ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. This is to promote the job initiative partnership with the Original Six Foundation that provided the grant money to renovate the facility. The facility will help provide job search assistance, résumé assistance, basics of interviewing skills, seminars, mentoring, and assisting in overcoming barriers that keep clients from achieving employment. The facility will house a coffee shop and sandwich shop to help with the expense of what is being called a ministry. Light refreshments will be served.

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DIALYSIS CLINIC HOLDING OPEN HOUSE AT ITS NEW FACILITY NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, August 10

A special event is coming up next week at the Dialysis Clinic in Union. It is interesting to note that since 1994, the facility has provided lifesaving dialysis treatments for community members who suffer from kidney failure. In July, construction was completed at the new location at 921 Thompson Blvd. Thursday, August 18th, they are having an open house at the new facility and would like to invite the public to tour the facility, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate DCI’s 20+ years of service to the city of Union.

They say the open house is an opportunity for the community to meet the local staff and learn more about dialysis and kidney disease. Staff from Reach Kidney Care of Spartanburg, DCI’s local chronic kidney disease education program, will also be at the open house to provide education about the early identification of chronic kidney disease and maintaining kidney health. This is the first event at the new facility, and the DCI staff is eager to share their new building with the public.

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REMEDY INTELLIGENT STAFFING HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN GAFFNEY ON FRIDAY

Wednesday, August 10

Remedy Intelligent Staffing will host a recruitment event at SC Works Gaffney on Friday, August 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. They are recruiting for machine operator positions in the Gaffney area.  Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event.


DR. ROACH GIVES BOARD INFO ON ORGANIZATIONAL CHART FOR HIGH SCHOOL, CATE CENTER

Tuesday, August 9

The Union County School Board of Trustees met Monday night in a brief session. First on the agenda was a report from Dr. Bill Roach on a carryover item from the last meeting. At that time, Dr. Roach proposed that Union County High School and the Career and Technology Center be combined, for the most part due to administrative purposes. His proposal hit some objection, and he said he would get additional information concerning the proposed merger. As it turns out, everything will remain the same. He outlined the organizational chart, saying that newly hired UCHS principal Dr. Shannon Gibson would be the principal over the campus. The high school will have four assistant principals, with a responsibility for one-fourth of the student body each. Dennis Cooper was named CATE Center Director, and Michelle James will be over the school-to-work program. Cindy Langley presented the AdvancED renewal certificates. The renewal is for a five-year period. Langley mentioned several optional items that could use improvement, as well as four mandatory matters. All the items are currently being worked on.

IT Director Tim Barnado presented for a second reading policy IJNDB. That translated into use of technical resources and instruction. The second reading was required for implementation.

Students will return to school this coming Monday, and those at Union County High School will have a new principal. Dr. Shannon Gibson will take the helm in directing activity at the high school. He told WBCU News what he was looking forward to this year.

 

At the end of the 20-minute session, the board voted to go into an executive session to discuss a personnel and contractual matter.

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COUNTY COUNCIL TO MEET AT CARLISLE TOWN HALL

Tuesday, August 9

The Union County Council will take to the road tonight for their regular monthly meeting. They will be meeting at the Carlisle Town Hall and will begin at 5:30 for an open forum session where they will receive comments from the community’s citizens. At 6:00 p.m., they will go into their regular meeting. There are several items on the agenda, including considering an appointment to the Airport Commission. Also considered will be an appointment to the Building Code Board of Appeals and the Board for the Buffalo Fire District. They will also consider vacancies on the Bonham Fire Board. Elizabeth Oliver and Elise Ashby will report on the 2016 Ag & Art Tour. Other matters include a third reading of an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Union on animal control. First reading will be given to a refunding bond ordinance, issuing a bond ordinance, and the sale and conveyance of property at 2 LSP Drive.

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TWO ARRESTED ON METH POSSESSION CHARGE

Tuesday, August 9

During the early morning hours Monday, Union County sheriff’s deputies received information that 37-year old Lori McLain was at 1418 Peach Orchard Road, and there were active warrants for her arrest. Outside, deputies could hear a male and female voice in the bedroom. The female voice was that of McLain. Deputy Vaughan stayed at the bedroom window, and Deputy Suber went to the front door. After several knocks, a male identified as 18-year old Kenneth Steven Lipsey, Jr., came to the door.

He asked Suber what he wanted, and Suber told him that he needed to talk with McLain. Lipsey opened the door slightly and asked if the deputy had a search warrant. Lipsey was told to open the door or the deputy was going to kick it off the hinges. After several seconds went by, someone removed the chain from the door and it opened all the way. McLain walked out and was advised that she was under arrest on the warrants. Vaughan spoke with the home owner, who gave consent for deputies to search the home. During a search of the back bedroom, deputies found 2 loaded syringes and a small orange baggie with a crystal-like substance in it. The syringes had a clear liquid substance in them.

After speaking with McLain, she admitted that the liquid in the syringes was meth, and one syringe was hers and the other belonged to Lipsey. Both were placed under arrest, and they were transported to the Union County Jail. While at the jail, McLain was served the 2 active warrants on her. The syringes were sent off to be analyzed. Warrants are being sought on Lori McLain and Kenneth Lipsey, Jr., for possession of meth.

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SPARTANBURG REGIONAL RENOVATES MILL FOR ITS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

Tuesday, August 9

The former Beaumont Mill in Spartanburg is filled with people for the first time in nearly 20 years. After a year of renovations, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System relocated 600 administrative employees to the former textile mill. These departments moved from Spartanburg Medical Center and Pinewood Resource Center, located on East Wood Street, to allow more space for patients at the hospital.
Much of the original 18,000 square foot mill was preserved, including the original floors, exterior brick and expansive windows. The mill’s long history was incorporated into the renovations, with photos and memorabilia displayed throughout the building.
Human resources, employment and recruitment, billing and medical records are among the many services relocated from Spartanburg Medical Center to Beaumont. No physician practices are located in Beaumont.
The move is part of a 10-year master facility plan, which includes moving the main entrance of Spartanburg Medical Center back to North Church Street.
Need to pay a bill or pick up a copy of your medical records?
Bill pay and medical informatics offices are now located at Beaumont, with office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beaumont is accessible from 700 North Pine Street. The building’s main entrance faces Beaumont Avenue. For further information, call 864-560-MILL.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, a 113-bed, long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services.


SCHOOL BOARD TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION ON CATE CENTER MERGER POSSIBILITY

Monday, August 8

The Union County Board of School Trustees will be meeting tonight. That session will take place at the Union County Career and Technology Center in room 600 at 7:00 p.m. School Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach will give an update on the Career and Technology Center. At the last meeting, Dr. Roach proposed combining the Career and Technology Center and Union County High School. That proposal was met with opposition, and a decision was postponed until additional information could be obtained. Cindy Langley will present the AdvancED renewal certificates for the schools and for the district and a certificate of merit for the National Beta Club for Sims Middle School. Tim Barnado will offer for second reading the IJNDB policy.

In a related event, the Union County Schools Opening Session will be held on Tuesday, August 9th, at 8:30 a.m. at Union County High School in the gym. 

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FILING DEADLINE FOR CITY RACES IS NEXT MONDAY AT NOON

Monday, August 8

The filing deadline for City of Union offices is drawing near. So far, two candidates have filed to run for mayor. The incumbent, Mayor Harold Thompson, will face opposition from District 1 City Councilman Tommy Anthony. A three-way race has developed for City Council District 3. Incumbent Yates Giles will face off against Jack Kelly, III, and Vicki Morgan. So far, District 4 incumbent Councilman Ricky Todd Harris has no opposition. District 6 also has a three-way race. The incumbent, Jim Wilson, will face opposition from Sonja Craig and Kristi Sommer. The deadline for filing is Monday, August 15th, at noon. The election will take place in November. There will be no opportunity for a runoff in the races that are challenged. The candidate with the most votes wins.

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WBCU/HOLCOMBE FUNERAL HOME UNION COUNTY PEP RALLY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY

Monday, August 8

Planning is close to wrapping up for an annual event that takes place in Union County. The Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU 2016 Union County Pep Rally will be staged this coming Thursday, August 11th, from 5 until 8 p.m, at the Union County Fairgrounds. The event is held just prior to the start of school year and gives attendees the opportunity to meet the Union County High School football team, all other fall sports teams, and cheerleaders. This year, the new Yellow Jackets head coach, Bradley Adams, will be introduced. Admission is free for the event. Food sponsors this year are Save-A-Lot and Dairi-O.

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BEARDEN-JOSEY CENTER FOR BREAST HEALTH IN UNION RAISING MONEY AT MIDWAY

Monday, August 8

Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health—Union is raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at Midway BBQ today, August 8th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community can help raise money by signing up for the Susan G. Komen Race, by buying a ticket to a pancake breakfast, and by purchasing a coupon book. By joining the Susan G. Komen Race on Monday, participants will get 10% off.  Anyone who signs up for the race will also get a free dessert from Midway BBQ.

Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health – Union is a new location now open in Union at 407 West South Street. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30am– 4:30pm. To make an appointment, please call the Union Medical Center Imaging Department at 864-301-2623. 

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DOLLAR GENERAL TO HOST RECRUITMENT EVENT

Monday, August 8

Dollar General Distribution Center will host a recruitment event at their facility in Jonesville, located at 1451 Spartanburg Highway, on Wednesday, August 10th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The hiring event will be for general warehouse workers at their Jonesville Distribution Center. The pay rate for 1st shift is $13 per hour, and the pay rate for 2nd shift is $14 per hour. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.jobs.scworks.org and attend the recruitment event.

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MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGE

Monday, August 8

Union County sheriff’s officers were dispatched to 938 Linersville Road in reference to a woman yelling for help and a man yelling to call the police. Upon arrival, officers found Robert Williams in the front yard with a small cut on his forearm. Williams stated that Karen Louise Watson had cut him with a knife. Officers immediately noticed that Williams appeared to be heavily under the influence of some substance. Officers located Watson inside the house, and she stated that Williams came over to visit and suddenly went crazy and began hitting and choking her. She stated that she tried to leave, but he blocked her. She did manage to get past him and ran to the neighbors to get help. She stated that after he hit her, Williams said that if she called the cops, he would cut himself and tell officers that she did it. EMS was called to the scene and evaluated Williams.

Two prescription bottles were found on him, both containing the same type of medication; however, one of the bottles was an old bottle in the name of a prior resident. Officers located a kitchen knife on the coffee table, which Watson stated is the one he used to cut himself. Officers observed and photographed her bloody shirt and face and also drops of blood on both doorsteps and throughout the living room. Watson declined medical attention.

As a result of the investigation, Williams was placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail and charged with 3rd-degree assault and battery.


ARTHUR STATE BANK BECOMES FIRST SPONSOR OF USC UNION BANTAM ATHLETICS

Friday, August 5

Carlisle Oxner, III, President and CEO of Arthur State Bank, presented a check to Annie Smith, USC Union’s Public Relations & Development Director, as the first sponsor for the USC Union Bantam Athletics. Arthur State Bank sponsored the Bantam Athletics at the Grand Slam Level ($2,000). The baseball team will be coached by Keith “Jap” Worthy and will compete in the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). Coach Worthy has already recruited 25 students for the team, and they are eager to begin the season. USC Union has added a Lady Bantam softball team that will be coached by Amanda Warley from Florence Darlington Tech College. Her Florence Darlington team was ranked 14th nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Both teams are composed of in-state and out-of-state students.

USC Union’s goal is to move from a club league to NJCAA, Division I, next year.

The levels of sponsorship participation are:

Grand Slam Level Package—$2000

Diamond Level Package—$1000

Home Run Level Package—$500

Fan Level Package—$100

For more information about USC Union athletic sponsorship, please contact Annie Smith at 424-8055 or via email alsmith@mailbox.sc.edu.

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ARTS COUNCIL HOSTS RECEPTION HONORING GEORGE LIGON'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Friday, August 5

An opening reception was held Thursday evening at the Union County Arts Council Gallery in honor of George Ligon. Ligon’s work is on display at the gallery and contains a prolific number of wildlife photographs from Kenya. Ligon was on hand to greet those who came to view his work and was asked about his motivation to travel to Kenya.

 

Ligon’s work will be on display through August 18th, and all are invited to experience Kenya through his eyes.

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GAFFNEY STUDENTS DONATE CAN TABS TO UNION COUNTY MOTORSPORTS ASSOCIATION

Friday, August 5

Students from Alma Elementary school in Gaffney donated 5 gallons or approximately 12 pounds of aluminum can tabs to the Union County Motorsports Association.  Anna Brasington, a 9-year old student at Alma Elementary School, helped with the can tab drive for her school.   Brasington made the special presentation at the Motorsports Association’s monthly meeting on August 2nd.    It took all year for the approximately 250 students who attend the school to collect the “pop tops”.  Her grandfather, Tim Minton, is a member of the club and assisted Brasington in making the trip to Union for the presentation.  

This is not Alma Elementary School’s or Anna’s first time collecting these “pop tops”.  She and her classmates donated a 55-gallon drum of the tabs about a year ago.

The Motorsports Association of Union County will send the can tabs to the Shriners Hospital for Children. The Shriners Hospitals benefit tremendously from the aluminum can tab recycling projects program. The money earned from recycled tabs is used to buy medical and non-medical items for Shriners Hospital patients.

Should you or your organization like to donate to this project, please contact any member of the Union County Motorsports association or Neil Valentine at 864-429-6744. 

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DOLLAR GENERAL HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENT

Friday, August 5

Dollar General Distribution Center will host a recruitment event at their facility in Jonesville, located at 1451 Spartanburg Highway, on Wednesday, August 10th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The hiring event will be for general warehouse workers at their Jonesville Distribution Center. The pay rate for 1st shift is $13 per hour, and the pay rate for 2nd shift is $14 per hour. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.jobs.scworks.org and attend the recruitment event.

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PRAYER FOUNDATION HOLDING BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Friday, August 5

Saturday, the Union County Prayer Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Back to School Bash. It will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds beginning at 12 noon. They will be honoring their 2nd scholarship recipient, Damisha Bryant, at the bash. You are invited to bring your family. All the children will get free school supplies, and drawings will be held, also.

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MAN CHARGED WITH FIREARMS POSSESSION BY A FELON AFTER REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED AT RESIDENCE

Friday, August 5

Tuesday, Lt. John Sherfield received information that two gunshots were heard at 1824 Jonesville Hwy., which is the residence of 49-year old Johnny Small. Sherfield then contacted Sgt. Wright and asked him to respond and check on Small and his mother, who also lives at this address. Upon arrival, Wright spoke with Small and asked if he had fired a firearm. Small stated he had not. Wright then asked if he could check on Small's mother, and Small told Wright that he could not go in the residence unless he had a search warrant. Wright then relayed this information back to Sherfield. Sherfield then had Sgt. Jared Gilstrap to go to the residence to assist Wright until Sherfield could obtain a search warrant. Sherfield was able to obtain a search warrant based on the fact an individual had heard gunshots at the residence. Small appeared to be the only person at the residence. Small has a previous conviction for trafficking cocaine, which is a violent felony under state code and prevents him from possessing any firearm or ammunition. Upon arrival of Sherfield with the search warrant, the officers began to search the residence and were able to locate a long gun firearms case next to the couch in the sunroom. Upon further searching the residence, Gilstrap located a Connecticut Valley Arms, Inc., 12-gauge, single-barrel shotgun, and 12 twelve-gauge rounds of ammunition in the attic staircase in a sunroom. Small was then arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony. The firearm and ammo was seized as evidence by Sherfield.


COUNTY COUNCIL COMMITTEE UPDATES PROGRESS ON PAVING ROADS

Thursday, August 4

The Union County Council held three different sessions Wednesday afternoon, the first of which was a meeting of the Committee on Public Works, Roads, and Bridges and County Property. During that time, an update on paving projects the county has undertaken was given. It was revealed that slightly over 12 miles of county roads will be resurfaced at a cost of around $700,000. The vast majority of that money comes from what is call “C” funds. Sailor’s Asphalt was awarded the contract to resurface the approximately 30 roads, a good number of which are just short sections. County Engineer Jerry Brannon said next year, they need to look at resurfacing longer roads.

Following the committee meeting, a public hearing was held to receive comments concerning a proposed ordinance to provide for the creation of a fire protection district to be known as “Bonham Fire District”.  Supervisor Frank Hart explained that the new ordinance was really to “clean up” some language in an old ordinance that set the number of board members at five. Under the new ordinance, they will have seven members, which is a standardizing number for all fire districts. The council just recently made the same adjustment for the Buffalo Fire District. The council went into a special session following the hearing and voted to give a third and final reading to the Bonham ordinance.

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GOVERNOR TO ATTEND RIBBON CUTTING FOR MEETING PLACE ON MAIN

Thursday, August 4

A ribbon cutting for a new Main Street business has been set for next Wednesday, August 10. The new business is called Meeting Place on Main and Common Grounds Coffee Shop, located at 111 West Main Street. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:00 a.m. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be on hand for the event. A flyer states, “This is to promote our job initiative partnership with the Original Six Foundation, who provided the grant money to renovate the facility.” They say the facility will help provide job search assistance, résumé assistance, basics of interviewing skills, seminars, mentoring and assist in overcoming barriers that keep clients from achieving employment. They will also house a coffee and sandwich shop, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, to help with the expenses of what is being referred to as a ministry. Light refreshments will be served at the ribbon cutting.

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ANOTHER MOVIE NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 13TH

Thursday, August 4

The Union County Parks and Recreation Department has set the date for another Union County Movie Night. It will be Saturday, August 13, with a show time of 9:00 p.m. at Union County Stadium. Admission is $3, and children 8 and under are free. Showing will be X-Men: Apocalypse.

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS ABOUT GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND FOSTER PARENTING PROGRAMS

Thursday, August 4

Rotarian Wayne Wallace of the Union Rotary Club introduced Stephanie Kitchens and Elizabeth Tisdale to the club. Kitchens, who is the Union County Guardian Ad Litem Program Coordinator, encouraged the club to learn more about the volunteer positions and sign up as a guardian ad litem. Tisdale, the Union County DSS Director, spoke to the club about foster parenting and how DSS helps families meet basic needs through a range of services. You may contact Kitchens about volunteering as a guardian ad litem by calling (864) 427-1984.

 

 

 

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WOMAN'S BOYCE STREET RESIDENCE BURGLARIZED

Thursday, August 4

There has been another burglary/breaking and entering in the city. Tuesday, Union Public Safety Officer Chris Fleming was dispatched to a Boyce Street address and spoke with a woman concerning a break-in. She told the officer that she left the residence around 10:30 on Monday night to spend the night with a friend who had just had a baby. When she returned the next day, she found the house had been broken into and ransacked. She reported a number of items missing, including jewelry, a TV and car rims. She said she was not immediately able to determine what all was missing due to the condition of the house. She told the police that she’d had a party at the house on July 4th with nearly 50 people attending, and she did not know all of them. It was suggested that the perpetrator could have been one of those people. The case has been turned over to an investigator.

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MAN FINDS 32 ROAD SIGNS IN A GULLY ON HIS PROPERTY

Thursday, August 4

Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Woods met with a man on the West Springs Highway Tuesday about stolen county and city property. The man said that he had been out of town for about a week and returned home Monday. While checking around his property, he found numerous street signs in a gully. The man turned 32 road signs over to Woods. The deputy found that several of the signs were part of a list of signs that had been reported as missing over the previous several days. He sent the case to investigators. He turned seven of the signs over to City of Union officers, as they were stolen from inside the city.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR NEGLECT AFTER HER ONE-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER TESTS POSITIVE FOR METH

Thursday, August 4

Back in July, Lt. John Sherfield received a law enforcement referral from a Department of Social Services worker. The referral stated that Samantha Medlock, who resides at South 2nd Street in the Lockhart community, has a one-year old female child who recently tested positive for methamphetamine. The referral indicates that a hair source was collected from the child on June 23rd and sent to Quest Diagnostics-Lenexa in Lenexa, Kansas, for analysis. A report was generated, which showed the results to be positive. Medlock also has two other minor children who were also tested, but the analysis came back as negative. Medlock refused to provide a specimen for drug analysis. The father of the children, Vincent Higgins, is incarcerated in the Florida Bureau of Prisons at this time.

Based on the results of the child's positive test analysis and the fact that Medlock is the primary caregiver, Lt. Sherfield will obtain an arrest warrant charging Medlock with unlawful neglect of a child by parent because she placed this child at an unreasonable risk of physical and mental harm by exposing her to methamphetamine.


HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD VOTES TO SELL LAND TO UNION COUNTY

Wednesday, August 3

The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening and voted to sell two small tracts of land to the County of Union. The two tracts are located off Highway 18 in the general vicinity of Ellen Sagar Nursing Center. Combined, the tracts equal slightly over 2-1/2 acres. Situated between the two is property already acquired by the county, which was the site of the Bonham Fire Department. That site consisted of nearly one acre. Just what the county plans to do with the property has not been made known, but general speculation is that it will be used for some type of economic development.

Interestingly, yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Spartanburg Health Systems taking over the operation of the former Wallace Thomson Hospital. Tuesday was the first time the board had met during that period. So, what is the future of the Board of Trustees? The district’s attorney, Paul Zion, explains.

 

Property has already been purchased on the Furman Fendley Highway for a new hospital. Construction is not expected to begin until next year.

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COUNTY COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING

Wednesday, August 3

The Union County Council Committee on Public Works, Roads, and Bridges and County Property will meet this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse to discuss county roads.  Following the committee meeting, they will hold a public hearing in the same location. The purpose of the public hearing is to take comments from the public on the proposed ordinance to provide for the creation of a fire protection district to be known as “Bonham Fire District”.  The Union County Council will hold a special meeting immediately following the public hearing to consider third and final reading of the proposed ordinance to provide for the creation of the fire protection district. The public is invited to attend and participate in the public hearing.

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TOWN OF CARLISLE ANNOUNCES ANNUAL COMMUNITY FUN DAY

Wednesday, August 3

The Town of Carlisle is planning to stage their 13th-annual Community Fun Day, which will feature a cookout and back to school bash. It is billed as a family event. It will be held Saturday, August 13, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carlisle Playground. There will be a fashion show, a talent show, food, games, music, and more. School supplies will be available for the children, and they say more donations are needed. For additional information, you may call 864-427-1505.

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COMMUNITY PRAYER MEETING SCHEDULED AT GAZEBO

Wednesday, August 3

The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at noon this Thursday, August 4th, at the USC-Union gazebo.  Residents are invited to come and join with fellow citizens of Union County and with others in other places as they pray for our country, our community, our state, for our world, and for the Church. Organizers urge citizens to give thanks for our country and pray fervently for its future, as well as to pray for God’s guidance in the elections this year.  You are also asked to pray for our military, our police, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us. Everyone is welcome. If you can't get to the gazebo, organizers ask that you take some time for special prayer during the day. 

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MAN REPORTS FINDING A BULLET THAT CAME THROUGH HIS RESIDENCE

Wednesday, August 3

On Sunday, a man told officers with the Union County Sheriff’s Office that he received a telephone call from his neighbor asking if he heard any gun shots. He advised he had the television on and didn't hear anything. The neighbor told him she heard three shots and it sounded like they hit his house or his building. The complainant stated that morning, he noticed a bullet laying on the floor of his walk-in shower. The bullet apparently came through the wall of his residence from a high angle, as if it came from the sky. There was a dresser against the wall where the bullet came in, and it was at such an angle it never touched the dresser. After coming through the wall the bullet struck the floor and apparently bounced under the dresser into the shower. The complainant also noticed a bullet hole in the side of one of his out buildings. The neighbor did not hear where the shots came from. The complainant stated he heard two different neighbors shooting guns a good bit but did not know who would have shot at his house. The responding officer advised Jackson the bullet came down at such a steep angle the gun would have probably been fired up into the air, and it just came down and hit his residence. He was advised the case would be investigated further by an investigator.

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SPARTANBURG REGIONAL OFFERS VIRTUAL HEALTH SERVICE

Wednesday, August 3

Easier access to health care is now available through Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s new virtual health service, MDLIVE. You can talk with a physician at any time from a smart phone, tablet, or computer by paying a minimal fee at the time of service. During the video chat or phone call, a physician will evaluate and diagnose your ailment and prescribe medications, if necessary.
“As a physician actively practicing telemedicine for the past two years, I think it is an excellent expansion of the care already being provided to our patient population,” said Marc Bingham, MD, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Chief Medical Information Officer. “This is an effective option for medical problems to be rapidly assessed by a board-certified physician through a phone or video-based visit. This is a convenient and safe way to expedite care and help patients identify when more serious concerns need to be evaluated by an in-person visit. Looking to the future, telemedicine adds another option for patients with minor health problems who are challenged by transportation or timing issues.” 
You can use MDLIVE to talk to a doctor and get the care you need, when you need it.
Virtual care is convenient when: you are sick at 2 p.m., traveling, your primary care physician is not immediately available, or when an urgent care is not open. You can even reach a doctor on a holiday. Create a MDLIVE account before a fever strikes.
Visit MDLIVE.com/SRHS to create an account. You then log in when you need to see a physician. Download the free app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play by searching for MDLIVE. You can also call 1-888-632-2738 directly to set up an account.


LOCKHART HOLDS MEETING ABOUT WATER ISSUES

Tuesday, August 2

The Lockhart Town Council held what was, in effect, a community meeting Monday morning at the Lockhart Town Hall. It was mostly an informational gathering, as citizens had expressed concerns and fears that their water bills might go up due to a recent break in an eight-inch water line. Carl Alexander, who has taken over the duties of water and sewer system maintenance, told the assembled group that 85,000 gallons of water was lost in 25 minutes during the break. He assured the citizens that they would not be held responsible for the loss of water.  He continued to tell the citizens that the water line break is not the only problem the town faces. He said a significant amount of water is being lost once it reaches Lockhart from their supplier, the Browns Creek Water Company. He explained where that water is being lost.



Alexander says one of the first things that should be done is to fix non-working valves. These valves control the water flow to the residents. The next thing would be to replace water meters.



The question remains about the future of the Lockhart Water System. Alexander said there are only two options: try and come up with the money to upgrade the system, or give it to another system that may be in a better financial situation to upgrade it. The City of Union and Browns Creek were mentioned as possibilities. He said that decision needs to be made in the next two months. Mayor Ailene Ashe responded to that statement.



This past fiscal year, the town lost more than $6,000 due to water loss.

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HOSPITAL DISTRICT TO MEET ABOUT SALE OF PROPERTY

Tuesday, August 2

A special meeting of the Union Hospital District is set to take tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of Union Medical Center. This will be the first meeting of that group since the Spartanburg Health System took over the operation of Wallace Thomson Hospital and changed the name to Union Medical Center. According to the media notification, the purpose of the called meeting will be to discuss the sale of a specific piece of property and a general organizational update, with a vote on the sale of the property expected.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE FREE SCREENINGS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Tuesday, August 2

On Friday, August 12, the Union County Schools Office of Special Services will provide free screening for vision, hearing, speech, and other developmental problems for children ages three through five years old.  Other children not presently enrolled in the public schools may also participate. This screening program will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Special Services Offices located at 517 East Main Street beside the YMCA. A parent or guardian must accompany the child. For more information, call 429-1735.

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DRUG TASK FORCE SEIZES 51 MARIJUANA PLANTS

Tuesday, August 2

Last Friday, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, in cooperation with SLED and the SC National Guard, conducted marijuana eradication flights over Union County. During the operation, a number of plants were spotted from the air growing at a residence located at 2827 Mt. Lebanon Rd. in the Buffalo community. The air crew radioed the ground crew and guided them to the residence where the plants were found to be growing. Once the ground crew arrived on scene, they made contact with the owner of the residence, Rembert D. Parler. Parler first denied any knowledge of the plants but later admitted the plants were his. While speaking with Parler, the ground crew asked him if he had any marijuana inside his residence, and he stated that there was some in his refrigerator. An agent retrieved the marijuana out of the refrigerator and turned it over to the responding officer at the conclusion of the operation. Parler was arrested and transported to Union County Jail for booking on charges of manufacturing marijuana. All the plants were seized, with a total of 51 plants and 23 grams (field weight) of marijuana from inside the house.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF NARCOTICS AND INTRODUCING CONTRABAND INTO JAIL

Tuesday, August 2

A deputy responded to Union County Jail at 1663 Jonesville Hwy. and spoke with complainant Sgt. Haney, who stated that one of the inmates was found to have a number of prescription medications in her possession. Haney stated that 47-year old Lisa Betenbaugh was booked into the jail the previous day to begin her court-appointed weekend time. Sgt. Haney stated that later in the night, the officers noticed that some of the inmates, including Betenbaugh, were acting as though they were under the influence of something. Haney stated that Betenbaugh was asked if she had taken anything, and she admitted to bringing pills into the jail. She produced three pills, claiming that one was Seroquel, one was a blood pressure pill, and the other was an antidepressant. She stated that she brought 2 of each of these pills in with her, but some were stolen from her during the night and she did not know who took them.

The deputy spoke with Betenbaugh, and she stated that she brought a total of 10 pills into the jail and concealed them in her vagina to get them inside the jail. She said that four of the pills were Klonopin. She stated that she took one of the pills and gave another inmate, Kim McGowan, one of them, as well. Lisa stated that the other two Klonopins were stolen from her during the night, along with the other pills she claims were stolen. A warrant will be sought on Betenbaugh for introducing contraband into a county jail, and also for distribution of narcotics.

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ANOTHER WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO SMUGGLE MEDICATION INTO JAIL

Tuesday, August 2

In a similar case, a deputy spoke with complainant Officer Melissa Glenn while at Union County Jail. Glenn stated that inmate Nikki Hames was being booked in at the jail for her court-ordered weekend time. Glenn stated that during an initial search of Hames, it was discovered that she had concealed on her body a plastic baggie containing a variety of over-the-counter medications and prescription medications. There were three different kinds of medications totaling 31 pills. A warrant will be sought on Hames for introducing contraband into a county jail.


NO INJURIES AS TRAIN HITS TRACTOR-TRAILER AT SONOCO ROAD

Monday, August 1

A train vs. tractor-trailer wreck Friday resulted in the tractor-trailer being split in half, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers. It happened around 12:30 p.m. on Highway 18 at Sonoco Road. Authorities on scene said no one was injured.  According to reports, the tractor-trailer was trying to make a left turn on the tracks and wasn't able to make the turn. Troopers said the driver attempted the turn again, and the crossing arms on the tracks started coming down. It was then the train struck the vehicle, scattering debris down the track.

 

 

 

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DR. KIM BARRACCO JOINS MGC-PEDIATRICS UNION OFFICE

Monday, August 1

“When I was a teenager, my sister was diagnosed with a bone disease,” said Dr. Kim Barracco. “I decided then I wanted to be a part of helping children get healthy and stay healthy.”

Fast forward several years, and Dr. Barracco is now part of that healing process as she joins Medical Group of the Carolinas – Pediatrics – Union, located at 407 West South Street, Union.

With 10 years of pediatric experience, Dr. Barracco believes in treating each individual patient, not simply the disease or symptom.

Dr. Barracco received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in West Virginia. She completed her residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia and is board-certified in pediatrics. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Medical Group of the Carolinas – Pediatrics – Union cares for infants, children and teens. The goal is to help children reach their full potential by addressing their medical needs, as well as growth and developmental issues.

Medical Group of the Carolinas – Pediatrics – Union is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 864-429-8846.

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ARTS COUNCIL SALUTES GEORGE LIGON'S "FIRST ENCOUNTER" EXHIBIT

Monday, August 1

The Union County Arts Council is inviting area residents to an opening reception to honor George Ligon. Ligon’s photography has been on exhibit in the Arts Council Gallery since July 11th and will continue to run through August 18th. The reception is set to take place Thursday, August 4th, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. After spending 15 days on safari, Ligon has produced an exhibit that will allow all of Union County the ability to have a “First Encounter” with the wildlife of Kenya. 

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING AND DRINKING BEER FROM SOMEONE'S BASEMENT

Monday, August 1

Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Leon Lancaster responded to a Hunter Road address in reference to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the complainant, who said he found Chris McClurkin in the basement of his brother’s residence while he was at a doctor's office in Columbia. He stated that McClurkin had broken into the basement door, stole a quantity of beer out of the refrigerator, and drank the beer while in the basement. The deputy called the owner of the house and advised him about the incident. The man stated that McClurkin needs help with his problems, and was not sure if he wanted to press charges if McClurkin would go to the hospital to be evaluated by a doctor. McClurkin did not want to go to the hospital to see the doctor, so the man said to make charges against McClurkin. He was placed under arrest for 2nd-degree burglary and petit larceny.

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MAN REPORTS A STOLEN ROOSTER

Monday, August 1

A sheriff’s deputy met with a man at the home of the victim. The man states that he is watching over the location for the owner. He went on to say that he came to the location Thursday morning to feed the chickens and check on the property, leaving around 9:00 AM. He said when he came back around 5:30 PM, he found one of the roosters missing. The man described the rooster as a red and black gaming rooster with a trimmed comb and cut spurs. He valued the rooster at $50. The deputy checked the coop and found that there were no holes or damage to the coop that would allow the rooster to escape, and that the door was latched.

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETES ASSESSMENT OF FLOOD FORECAST PERFORMANCE

Monday, August 1

The National Weather Service has completed its service assessment of forecast performance for the historic flood event that occurred in South Carolina October 1-5, 2015. The agency commonly conducts service assessments after significant weather-related events to better protect life and property by implementing recommendations and best practices that improve Weather Service products and services. The assessment stated, “Widespread, heavy rainfall caused major flooding in areas from the central part of South Carolina to the coast. The historic rainfall resulted in moderate to major river flooding across South Carolina, with at least 20 locations exceeding the established flood stages. Flooding from this event resulted in 19 fatalities. Nine of these fatalities occurred in Richland County, which includes the main urban center of Columbia. South Carolina state officials said damage losses were $1.492 billion.


LOCKHART BRIDGE REOPENS EARLIER THAN EXPECTED

Friday, July 29

Good news for folks that travel between Union and Chester counties on Highways 49 and 9--the bridge has reopened. The news was broadcast on the Union County Communications system shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) closed the bridge that crosses the Broad River in the town of Lockhart on Monday, July 18th. An inspection found damage that required short-term repairs. SCDOT said the repair work would be completed no later than August 14th. The earlier-than-expected opening comes as welcome news, as this section of SC 9 and 49 serves as a school bus route. Schools in the area are scheduled to open on Monday, August 15th. In addition, the highway serves as a primary route that provides a connection for the movement of people and goods across the Upstate.
The structure had reached a point where repairs were necessary to extend the life of the current structure and allow the bridge to remain in service until a new bridge can be constructed.   The closure necessitated a 35-mile detour. The existing bridge will remain open until a new structure is completed.

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SCHOOL REGISTRATION SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Friday, July 29

It almost time for students to go back to school for the 2016–2017 year, and registration dates and times have been announced by the Union County School District.

For Union County High School, registration for the:

12th grade is Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 8-11:45 a.m.
11th grade is Aug. 3 from 1-4 p.m.
10th grade is Thursday, August 4 from 8-11:45, and
9th grade is Aug. 4 from 1-4.

At registration, fees from last year will be collected during this time. Credit cards will be accepted. License and registration will be required for parking passes, and parking will be first-come, first-serve this year, with no assigned spaces.  Lockers will also be available, and there will be a $5 fee. 

Late registration for the high school will be held on Wednesday, August 10th, from 10-11:45 AM and 1-2:30 PM in the lobby.

For Sims Middle School, early packet pick-up for registration will be Wednesday, August 3, from 8-11 and 1:30-4.  

Jonesville Elementary School will have early packet pickup on Wednesday, August 3, from 9-noon.

For all elementary and middle schools, registration will be Wednesday, August 10, from 8-11:45 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

For families of rising 6th-grade students at Sims Middle School, make plans to join them for a 6th Grade Orientation Night on Monday, August 1st, from 6-7pm. During this time, parents will meet the administrative team, get a feel for the school’s vision for the 2016-17 school year, and have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Registration packets will also be available that night to pick up, and a pizza supper will be provided. Following that, the staff and faculty would like to take attendees around the school to show you their facility.

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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES DEAN'S LIST

Friday, July 29

Spartanburg Community College has announced the names of area students who have been named to their Dean’s List. From the Union area, they include:

Buffalo

Michael D. Baldwin

Eddie W. Newton

 Jonesville

Britney P. Martin

Casey McSwain

Autumn V. Millwood

Union

Angelina C. Aste

Hunter M. Cooke

Peter C. Cribbs

Cedrick D. Green

Jeff S. Martin

Nicholas A. Ward

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CHRISTOPHER AUSTIN FACES MORE CHARGES IN BEATING OF HIS GRANDMOTHER

Friday, July 29

Sheriff David Taylor says that 28-year old Christopher Scott Austin, of 250 Old English Road, Union, faces more charges in an assault against his grandmother. Austin is now facing charges of kidnapping and possession of crack cocaine along with the original charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. These additional charges come after further investigation by investigators on Wednesday.

Sheriff Taylor states, “Further investigation determined that Chris Austin barricaded doors and destroyed the house telephones so his grandmother could not call police.”

At approximately 2:00 am, an anonymous call came into Union County 911 dispatch to request a welfare check at 250 Old English Road. When the deputy arrived at the residence, Austin first refused to allow the deputy inside the residence to conduct the welfare check. He then opened the door, and the deputy found the 67-year old female victim severely beaten, lying in her bed. The deputy immediately called for EMS to respond, and he placed Austin under arrest because he had injuries on his hand, and the victim was able to tell the deputy that Austin (her grandson) had beaten her several different times since noon on Tuesday. Austin also had crack cocaine in his possession at the time of his arrest.

The victim was transported to Union Medical Center, where it was determined she had bleeding on the brain and was transported to Spartanburg Medical Center. Her condition as of late Wednesday afternoon was considered as stable.

Sheriff Taylor stated that Austin was out of jail on bond on three other charges. Those prior charges were serious charges that consisted of kidnapping, domestic violence, and violation of probation. His criminal record dates back to age 17. The magistrate denied bond on Austin, and he is currently in the Union County Jail.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TAKING SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM UNION WOMAN WITHOUT REPAYING

Friday, July 29

On Wednesday, a complainant came to the Union County Sheriff’s Office to report that she received a call from Safe Homes asking her to help house a person that was a victim of domestic violence and was homeless. From there, the complainant was asked by this person to go to Days Inn and pay for whatever nights she could. She paid for two nights. The next day, the complainant was contacted by the suspect, 38-year old Rhonda Johnson, who asked her for more help and money. The complainant stated that over the course of the next few weeks, she provided Johnson with several hundred dollars with the understanding that Johnson would be able to pay her back. Johnson provided her with three different checks in various amounts, which she was instructed to hold until she got the cash, and from there she could tear the checks up. Upon further investigation and other evidence, this case will be investigated and charges will be pursued.


WBCU HELPS RAISE NEARLY $10,000 FOR ALLSTAR PARK IN TWO-HOUR FUNDRAISER

Thursday, July 28

A successful and impromptu fundraiser was held by the Miracle League organization Wednesday morning on WBCU Radio. Miracle League families and board members gathered in the studios yesterday morning and began soliciting donations for the building of ALLstar Park, an interactive playground for everyone, including special needs children. The fundraising effort began when the Timken Family Foundation donated $75,000 to the project. In addition, they pledged an additional $75,000 to be matched by the organization by July 31st, 2016. By Wednesday morning, the Miracle League had come within $10,000 of making that goal. Board member Greta Bailey expressed delight over the amount raised.

 

Work on the playground is expected to commence in a few weeks.

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LIBRARY INSTALLS BOOKSHELF AT BUFFALO SENIOR CENTER

Thursday, July 28

There was a special event going on Wednesday morning at the Buffalo Senior Center. Union County Carnegie Library personnel were on hand putting together a bookshelf. Library Director Rieta Drinkwine told us why they were doing this.

 

The plans call for bookshelves and books to be placed in other such locations across the county. Drinkwine explained what patrons could expect to find on those shelves.

 

In other library news, the library held its Adult Summer Reading Program finale last Thursday.  The theme for this year’s adult program was “Exercise your mind.  Read!”, and the adult section of the library was adorned with sports and football decorations in celebration of the theme.  The adult program included picture puzzles, treats for checking out select movies, and small treats when particular books were checked out throughout the program.  The main part of the adult program was the reading contest, which involved weekly prize drawings for participants.  At the end of the program, the top three readers were determined and awarded Wal-Mart gift cards.  The winners were:

1st Place – Linda Tucker, 2nd Place – Evelyn Coker, and 3rd Place was a tie between Brenda Kershaw and Ashton Ward.

The grand prize winner of a tablet was Iratha Ivey.

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USC UNION INTRODUCES NEW BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL COACHES

Thursday, July 28

USC Union’s fall semester will begin on August 18th, and there have been some changes around campus, including a new Academic Success Center, the return of the Bantams baseball team, and the new Lady Bantams softball team.

Many campus improvements are being made during 2016. The roof on the Main Building, new oak trees on Main Street, new awnings on Truluck Activity Center, and the exterior lighting on the Central Building are complete. The old bookstore location in the Main Building has been renovated for the new Student Academic Success Center. Plans to complete the renovation of the gazebo, repair tile, additional signage for the bookstore on Main Street, and other small projects will be completed before classes begin in August.

USC Union is enthusiastic about Bantam athletics on campus and even more excited about the new mascot uniforms. The baseball coach is Keith “Jap” Worthy, and he is eager to begin the season. The team will include players from Union, Columbia, Lancaster, and all around South Carolina. Coach Worthy was the Bantam’s assistant coach a couple of years ago and has a successful coaching record. The team will compete in the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). The Lady Bantams softball team will be coached by Amanda Warley from Florence Darlington Tech College. Her Florence Darlington team was ranked 14th nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The goal for USC Union is to move from a club level to the junior college level next year. For more information about Bantam Athletics, please visit our website uscunion.sc.edu or call (864) 424-8056.

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UNION COUNTY TUITION SCHOLARSHIP BEGINS THIS semester

Thursday, July 28

The Union County Tuition Scholarship begins this semester. It will pay off the remaining USC Union tuition and fees once students' federal and state financial aid is applied to the bill. Students must be Life Scholarship eligible, current residents of Union County, and have graduated from Union County High School, Union County Adult Ed, Union Christian Day School, or Union County Approved Home School Program in the previous academic year or be early graduates in the spring or summer terms. For example, May 2016 grads will be eligible for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship is available for two consecutive academic years, for a maximum of four terms, unless the major requires summer school. Students who complete their chosen majors within this time period are ineligible for additional funds toward a second major. Books and incidental class expenses are the students’ responsibility. If you have any questions, please contact Bobby Holcombe in Financial Aid at (864) 424-8022.

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WELFARE CHECK ON elderly WOMAN LEADS TO MAN'S ARREST

Thursday, July 28

Wednesday, Union County sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Roger Hill was advised about a possible elderly female who had been assaulted. Upon arrival at the scene, Hill spoke with the subject, 28-year old Christopher Scott Austin, who at first refused to allow the officer to come inside the residence to do a welfare check on the victim. Hill advised Austin that the welfare check was going to be completed. Austin then opened the door and allowed him access to the residence. Hill went inside and found the elderly female in her bed, and her face appeared to be bruised. The deputy then turned on the light in the room and could see the female had multiple bruises about her face and body. She stated that Austin had assaulted her multiple times. Sgt. Hill then arrested Austin. EMS arrived on scene, and Hill contacted dispatch to have the DSS on-call person to respond. Austin was transported to Union County Jail, and the victim was transported to Union Medical Center to be evaluated for her injuries. Hill will speak with the solicitor in reference to charges.

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THREE CITED FOR SELLING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Thursday, July 28

Monday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap and SLED Special Agent Alexander conducted alcohol compliance checks throughout Union County. Officers checked a total of 19 stores and wrote 3 citations for the sale of beer or liquor to a person under 21 during this operation. All subjects charged were given a summons and released.

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PENMAC STAFFING HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES

Thursday, July 28

Penmac Staffing will host a recruitment event at SC Works in Union tomorrow from 9-11:30 AM.  They are recruiting for warehouse associate positions in the Union area. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event.


UPSTATE WRITING PROJECT ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO WRITE IN PREPARATION FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER

Wednesday, July 27

The Union County Board of School Trustees heard a presentation by Dr. Rebecca Kaminski about what was termed the Upstate Writing Project, involving 7th to 10th graders in the district. Dr. Kaminski, who is a faculty member with the School of Education at Clemson University, explained the program.

 

She said the ultimate goal is to prepare a student for college or to enter a career field that requires writing.

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LAURA WADE NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNION COUNTY FIRST STEPS

Wednesday, July 27

The Union County First Steps Board of Directors has hired Laura Wade as Executive Director, replacing Catherine Childers, who resigned from the position in June. 
Wade most recently has worked as an Early Steps Coordinator with Union County First Steps.  Connie Springs, chair of the Board of Directors, stated, “The search committee carefully considered each candidate for this position.  We ultimately selected Laura because we feel her knowledge and expertise of the First Steps organization, especially with the home visitation program.  We are thrilled to welcome her to Union County First Steps – an organization that we all feel is vitally important to this community.”  Wade will officially begin her employment with Union County First Steps on August 10.

Wade graduated from Summerville High School and received a BS in Psychology from Charleston Southern University.  She is a member of Life Spring Church in Union.  She and her husband, Rick, are parents to 3 grown daughters: Erin, Shannon, and Kaitlyn. 

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19-YEAR OLD CHARGED WITH 3RD-DEGREE CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Wednesday, July 27

Monday, a Union County sheriff’s deputy responded to 181 Pine Street, Buffalo, in reference to a domestic dispute between a victim and her live-in boyfriend, 19-year old Dylan Sellars. The deputy arrived on scene and spoke with the complainant, who stated that Sellars left the residence on foot prior to the deputy's arrival. She said that she was sleeping when he came into the room holding her brother's phone and screaming at her about talking to someone on Facebook. The victim stated that she told Sellars to leave her alone and tried to go back to sleep. She said he then grabbed her by her neck and pulled her out of her chair and onto the floor and started dragging her across the floor. She said she broke free from him and ran to her father's room for help. Sellars followed her and started hitting her on her feet. She stated that her parents and her brother then woke up and told him to leave. At that point, Sellars started knocking things over and attempting to take items from house. The victim stated that he then went to the back door to leave, but he waited until everyone in the house was not looking and he punched her in the face. Marks were observed on her upper lip and on her back. A written statement was obtained from the victim and her mother. She said that she wanted to press charges. A warrant will be sought for 3rd-degree domestic violence.

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WOMAN GIVEN CITATION FOR BREACH OF PEACE

Wednesday, July 27

Also on Monday, a deputy was dispatched to the South Duncan Bypass in reference to drunkenness. The complainant stated that the subject was her daughter and that she had been staying with her on and off. The complainant stated that the subject is on drugs, and when the complainant confronted her about returning to her room under the influence, the subject became irate, threw a drink outside in the parking lot, began to scream and cuss, and threw a phone at the mirror in the room. The officer then spoke with the subject, who stated that she did not want help, she did not need help, and any help offered would be refused. The subject refused to comply with any offer made, at which time she was arrested and transported to Union County Jail and given a written citation for the crime of breach of peace.

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COUNTERFEIT $20 BILL DISCOVERED BEING PASSED AT FRESH AIR GALAXY

Wednesday, July 27

There has been another case of someone trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Union Public Safety Sgt. Shane Petrie responded Monday to Jimmy’s Fresh Air Galaxy on East Main Street concerning the incident. Store owner Jimmy McCormick told police that a black male juvenile came into the store shortly after 1:00 p.m. and attempted to purchase a loaf of bread with the counterfeit bill. He said when the cashier marked the bill, the juvenile ran outside. In reviewing the video surveillance, Stg. Petrie observed a white female enter the store through the exit door. The video showed the white female and the black juvenile jump into a white Honda Accord and speed off. The $20 bill was entered into evidence, and the case was handed over to Investigator Jerome Beatty.


PROPOSAL TO CONSOLIDATE HIGH SCHOOL AND CATE CENTER TEMPORARILY BLOCKED

Tuesday, July 26

Meeting in their regular session Monday night, the Union County School Board of Trustees heard from Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach, who proposed:

 

A motion and second was offered to make the change but hit a roadblock during the discussion stage. Board Member Jane Wilkes objected and requested that the motion be tabled until:

 

The vote was a tie when it was taken, which effectively killed the motion. Dr. Roach indicated he would be in contact with someone with the State Department of Education who would come in and answer the questions raised by Mrs. Wilkes. They are in hopes of having a special called meeting to address the matter before the start of the school year.

In other action, the board approved a field trip request from the GT Drama Department to travel to California this coming spring. The financing of the trip would be done by the students. The cost would be $1800 per participant.

IT Director Tim Barnado gave a report on Use of Technology in Instruction, and Finance Director Lynn Lawson presented a resolution of participation in the SCAGO GO program for 2016-2017. The resolution allows for payment to be made on funds used for the construction of Sims Middle School and Jonesville Elementary-Middle School.

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MAN CHARGED WITH 2ND-DEGREE CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Tuesday, July 26

Deputies were dispatched to 110 South 6th Street in Lockhart for an active domestic violence incident. They were advised by dispatch that the caller stated that her husband came into the home and immediately started a disturbance, throwing items and striking both the caller and her mother. The officers were advised that the caller had shut herself in the bedroom with both of the couple’s children. Deputies had spoken with both of these subjects earlier in the evening.

Upon arrival, Deputy Brad Woods found the subject, Steven Cabaniss, sitting on the couch, cussing household members. While Woods was trying to speak with the caller, Cabaniss continually interrupted her by yelling and cussing at her.

The victim stated that Cabaniss came into the home and immediately started a disturbance, during which he threw a fan, striking her on the right arm. She also states that he threw her phone at her but missed.

The victim’s mother was at the home and stated Cabaniss threw her phone at her as well, and threatened to spit in her face, but she stated she did not want to press charges.

Woods also spoke with the 12-year old daughter, who witnessed the incident, along with her younger brother. The 12-year old stated the same basic account of the incident as the victim.

Steven Cabaniss was placed under arrest for 2nd-degree domestic violence and was taken to Union County Jail for booking.

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WOMAN INJURED BY BOYFRIEND IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT

Tuesday, July 26

Saturday, deputies were dispatched to Union Medical Center in reference to a domestic violence incident that occurred at 231 Hancock Street in Union. Upon arrival, Deputy Reggie Ellison spoke with the complainant, who stated that her live-in boyfriend, Thomas Austin, pushed her against the hand rail of the porch, breaking it. She stated that when she fell on the hand rail, she hurt her left shoulder. She said that she and Austin had been arguing for several days leading up to this incident. The victim gave a voluntary written statement of the incident.

The incident report stated that the victim did not have any visible injuries but was in the emergency room due to the shoulder injury. The deputy informed her that the information would be given to the judge in an attempt to obtain an arrest warrant.

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COMPANY OFFERS TIPS TO LOWER UTILITY BILLS THIS SUMMER

Tuesday, July 26

With much of the country stuck in high heat and humidity for the next few weeks, GreenPath Financial Wellness, a nationwide non-profit financial counseling and education organization, is sharing some tips on ways you can save money on utility costs during this summer heat wave. It’s very easy to crank up the air-conditioning during this extreme heat. If you do, be prepared for a larger energy bill at the end of the month. Here are five tips to help cope:

  1. Consider using fans to help move cool air more effectively.
  2. Close your window blinds during the day to keep out the sun and heat.
  3. Invest in a smart thermostat so you can regulate temperatures throughout the day to use less energy.
  4. Turn up your thermostat while you are at work or away from home for an extended time. Does your house really need to be 65 degrees if no one is home?
  5. Use your vents wisely. Shut off rooms that aren’t used on a regular basis to help conserve cool air.
Make sure to prioritize your utility bills each month, as these are essential for daily living. It is more expensive to turn the lights back on after they have been shut off than to address your monthly bill.  On days of extreme heat, don’t forget about those who may need your help. Always remember to look in on shut-in neighbors and relatives.  Also, watch your pets and neighborhood pets closely. They need more shade and water during this heat wave.

JONESVILLE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Monday, July 25

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Union County Coroner's Office are investigating a single-vehicle accident that occurred around 6pm Friday evening that claimed the life of a Jonesville man. Corporal Bill Rhyme of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said:

 

The victim was identified as 47-year old Ronnie Edward Lipsey, Jr., of 328 Spencer Road.

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SCHOOL BOARD SET TO DISCUSS CONSOLIDATING HIGH SCHOOL AND CATE CENTER

Monday, July 25

The Union County Board of School Trustees will be meeting tonight at the Career and Technology in room 600 at 7:00 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach will present a proposal to consolidate Union County High School and the Union County Career and Technology Center. No other details on the proposal were made available. Dr. Rebecca Kaminski and crew will present information about a writing project. There is one field trip request to be acted upon, and there is a resolution for participation in the SCAGO GO Program 2016–17. That allows for the funding to service the debt obligation of Sims Middle and Jonesville Elementary-Middle School. There will be a review of the 2016–2017 Mental Health Contract.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

Monday, July 25

The boil water advisory for the Town of Lockhart was lifted Saturday afternoon after all tests for pathogens came back negative. The advisory had been in effect due to a break in the main line that supplies water to the town.

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TWO JONESVILLE MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Monday, July 25

Sheriff David Taylor announced Friday morning that two Jonesville men have been arrested by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Investigators from Union and Spartanburg’s Narcotics Divisions have been working together on the war against drugs being sold inside Spartanburg and Union counties.

On July 5, 2016, narcotics officers were able to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from Alex “Dune” Kershaw. It was approximately 2 ounces with a street value of $1600.

Sheriff Taylor stated that on July 15, 2016, narcotic officers arranged again to purchase an ounce of methamphetamine from Alex Kershaw. The purchase of methamphetamine took place at 181 Robinson Farm Road, as did the first purchase on July 5.

On July 18, 2016, Lt. John Sherfield was able to obtain a search warrant for the residence of Alex Kershaw (159 Foster Chapel Church Road) and Darryl Smith (181 Robinson Farm Road). At approximately 4:15 p.m., Lt. Sherfield was notified by Spartanburg County narcotics officers that they had just taken Alex Kershaw into custody after purchasing approximately 2 ounces of crystal methamphetamine from him at a location in Spartanburg.

Two separate groups of deputies simultaneously searched the residences at 159 Foster Chapel Church Road and 181 Robinson Farm Road. The search at 159 Foster Chapel Church Road revealed no drugs, and nothing was taken. At the residence of Darryl Smith at 181 Robinson Farm Road, a quantity of marijuana and six weapons were seized. Daryl Smith is a convicted felon and cannot possess any firearms. The charges on these two individuals for the Union County Sheriff’s Office are as follows:

--Darryl Smith, 50, 181 Robinson Farm Rd., Jonesville--possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

 

--Alex Kershaw, Jr., 42, 159 Foster Chapel Church Road, Jonesville--2 counts of trafficking methamphetamine.

 

 

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THEFT OF MERCHANDISE THAT FELL OFF DOLLAR GENERAL TRUCK

Monday, July 25

Union County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Furman L. Fendley Highway in front of Belk Distribution Center in reference to a Dollar General truck losing part of its load and several cars stopping and taking the merchandise. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver of the truck, who stated that he had just left the Dollar General Distribution Center and turned onto Hwy. 176 headed north. The driver stated that he noticed the rear door open and turned his rig around. In addition to the truck driver, the deputy spoke to two witnesses, who stated that they observed three vehicles stop and take the scattered merchandise. An employee of Dollar General Distribution had already loaded the remainder of the items.

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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO HOST WORKSHOPS

Monday, July 25

The Union Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the City of Union, the Union County Chamber of Commerce, and SC Works, are sponsoring two workshops tomorrow. The will be held at the SC Works building, located at 103 West Main Street. The first session is entitled “Entrepreneurs’ Start-up Workshop”. This workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be concluded by noon. It is designed to let anyone interested in starting a business, or anyone who has a business that is not performing as well as they would like, to get valuable insight into what is necessary to be successful. It will cover topics such as planning, local rules for getting a business license, local and state regulations, taxes and employment issues. It will also explore what to look for when considering start-up costs.

The second workshop is entitled “Creative Marketing for your Small Business”. The start time will be 2:00 p.m. and should wrap up by 4:00. This workshop is offered to business owners to help them increase sales and grow their businesses through creative, free or almost-free means and resources. Marketing is crucial to growth and success of any business. It should be noted that marketing and advertising are not necessarily the same. Participants may attend one or both sessions. For more information, call 864-427-9039.

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UTI RECRUITING WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES AT EVENT IN SPARTANBURG

Monday, July 25

UTI will host a recruitment event at SC Works Spartanburg on Wednesday, July 27th, from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM.  They are recruiting for warehouse associate positions at their facility in Laurens. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event.


MAIN STREET JUNCTION CLOSE TO OPENING

Friday, July 22

City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson is saying Main Street Junction is close to opening.

 

The mayor says they are already booking the venue.

 

The concept for Main Street Junction grew out of The Union Events Center.

 

One of the events already booked at Main Street Junction is the 2016 Charity Gala to benefit Meals on Wheels. It is scheduled for August 27th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. It will feature dinner, dancing, music, a silent auction and cash bar. Ticket information or questions about sponsorship can be obtained by going online to www.mealsonwheelsunionsc.com or calling Amy at 864-427-6106. Tickets may be purchased at Ben’s Paint Store and other participating locations. The event is being put on in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Meal on Wheels of Union County.

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LIBRARY TO PLACE BOOKCASE WITH BOOKS AND RESOURCES AT BUFFALO SENIOR CENTER

Friday, July 22

The Union County Carnegie Library will be putting in a bookcase with library resources and books in the Buffalo Senior Center next Wednesday, July 27th, at 10 am. The goal is to be able to put similar resources in all three of the centers, with the Buffalo Center being the first one. The bookcases are being donated by Bill Rochester, the resources are a result of a grant through the State Library to provide the community with assistive technology, and the books are donations, many from other county library systems.

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COUNTY COUNCIL PLANS MEETING TODAY

Friday, July 22

The Union County Council will hold a special meeting today at noon in the Conference Room at the Union County Annex. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider job vacancies, consider openings on the Buffalo Board of Fire Control, and to discuss other personnel, legal and contractual matters. The public is invited to attend; however, it was noted that much of this session will be in executive session.

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DOLLAR TREE ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Friday, July 22

Thursday, August 11th, is the last chance to donate to military families served by Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School BrigadeTM.  Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc., partner through this program to provide military families with school supplies that Dollar Tree customers donate. The supplies can be purchased and placed in collection boxes located at the nearly 6,000 Dollar Tree stores nationwide, including the one in Union. Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated more than $5.6 million of supplies to military families nationwide.

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LINE BREAK CAUSES BOIL WATER ADVISORY TO BE ISSUED FOR LOCKHART

Friday, July 22

There has been a break in the main line that supplies water to the Town of Lockhart. As a result, a boil water advisory has been issued until further notice. Customers are advised to boil their water for a full three minutes before consuming. For more information, please call the Town Hall at (864) 545-2103. 

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TWO ARRESTED FOR TAKING GRAVEL FROM WORK SITE

Friday, July 22

A Union County sheriff’s deputy responded to the intersection of Maybinton Road and Carlisle-Whitmire Hwy. in reference to a theft of gravel. The deputy spoke with a witness, who stated that he passes this intersection almost every day and he always notices the large pile of gravel that the SCDOT had set up on the side of the road. He stated that when he came by the gravel pit that day, he noticed that a Bobcat and a 16-foot flat trailer were parked at the gravel pit. He stated he knew this was not SCDOT equipment, so he called law enforcement. A deputy arrived on scene and met with SCDOT Field Manager Michael Turner. The deputy observed that the Bobcat and trailer were still there, but no one was around it. Upon closer inspection of the gravel pile, tracks in the gravel were observed that were consistent with the Bobcat having loaded some of the gravel into something. While the investigation was being conducted, a yellow GMC dump truck pulled up to the scene. The truck was driven by Larry Bobo and occupied by Willie Hill. The deputy spoke with the two males, who stated that they did in fact take a load of gravel away from this site and use it for job. Bobo stated that it was approximately 4 buckets full. Bobo said that he spoke with an unknown man at the gravel pit a couple of weeks ago, and the unknown man gave him permission to get as much gravel as he wanted. The deputy spoke with Michael Turner, who called the district supervisor, and he stated that SCDOT did wish to press charges. Larry Bobo and Willie Hill were taken into custody and charged with petit larceny and transported to the Union County Jail. Turner estimates the gravel taken away from the site to be worth about $1200.


SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARNS ACCREDITATION THROUGH 2026

Thursday, July 21

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) has received official notification from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees and its Committees on Compliance that the institution has received reaffirmation of accreditation for a full 10 years. The reaffirmation is through 2026, with a five-year review in 2021.

Accreditation is required for college and universities to have access to federal funds, such as student aid and other federal programs, and federal student aid is only available to students if the institution or program they are attending is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization. 

More information on SCC's Reaffirmation Accreditation can be found at the following links: www.sccsc.edu/qep/ and www.sccsc.edu/sacs/.

Registration for SCC fall classes is ongoing now for classes that begin on August 15, September 20, October 10 and 26. Individuals interested in attending the college may apply online at www.sccsc.edu or contact the admissions center at any SCC location for more information.

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BEGINNING BEEKEEPER WORKSHOP PLANNED AT PIEDMONT PHYSIC GARDEN

Thursday, July 21

The Piedmont Physic Garden and the Union County Beekeepers Association invite area residents to get up close and personal with bees with a July 30 workshop for beginning beekeepers from 10-noon at the garden on 301 East South Street.

Honey has a long list of praises, from being a favorite toast topping to a sweetener in tea to staving off allergies.  Learn to produce your own with advice from four beekeepers from the Union County Beekeepers Association.

Celena Goings, a journeyman beekeeper, will speak on the effect of pests and pesticides on honeybees; Herschel Pressley, who has kept bees for more than 50 years, will describe how to obtain bees for the hive, including how to capture wild honey bees; and certified beekeepers Jean and Frank Pennas will provide education on the life cycle of honey bees, their products, and the equipment required for keeping bees.  Attendees will have the opportunity to see an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, and a new invention from New Zealand, the “Flow Hive.”

The cost of the workshop is $20 and space is limited.  To reserve your spot, please call 864-427-2556 or email at info@piedmontphysicgarden.org.

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DRIVE-IN MOVIE ATMOSPHERE AT SUMMER NIGHTS MOVIE SERIES

Thursday, July 21

It could be called Saturday night at the Movies, as the Union County Parks and Recreation Department presents the first in its Summer Nights Movie Series. Reminiscent of the days of the drive-in movie, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the feature. It may be interesting to note that at one time, Union had two drive ins. This event will be held at the Union County Fair Grounds and will feature a 40-foot screen. The sound will come through the FM radio. The Parks and Recreation Department says there will be food, music and family entertainment. The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the movie will start at 8:45. There will be a $10 per car entry fee.

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DISTRIBUTION CENTER EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH BREACH OF TRUST

Thursday, July 21

On Tuesday, Union County Deputy Michelle Gregory was dispatched to the Belk Distribution Center in reference to one of their employees attempting to take items. Once on scene, Gregory spoke with Dwight Bradford, who works in loss prevention, who stated that Tommy Sanders, an employee, took some articles of clothing and concealed them on his person. Bradford stated that he saw the entire incident on camera, and he approached Sanders about the incident. He stated once he did that, Sanders tried to throw some of the items to the side. Bradford collected other items, which included a t-shirt and socks that was still on Sander’s person. Sanders was advised of his Miranda warnings. He was asked what happened, and he stated that he did attempt to take the items and advised of the locations of the other items he threw. Sanders was placed under arrest and transported to the Union County jail and charged with breach of trust.

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MAN REPORTS HIS TRUCK WAS SHOT AT ON LOCKHART HIGHWAY

Thursday, July 21

Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man reported he was traveling down Lockhart Highway going from Union to Lockhart. Just after he passed 4243 Lockhart Highway, he heard something loud hit the side of his truck. The man noticed a dent in the door of his 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The dent was a perfect circle, as if it had been shot by a pellet or a bb rifle. The shot was about a foot down from the complainant’s face. The man stated he didn't see anyone around or in the area, but he feels for sure it was a shot. An officer drove the area and Phillipi Church Road behind the block range looking for anyone around and out with a bb gun but was unable to locate anyone. The complainant was advised the case would be investigated further.

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EQUESTRIAN THERAPY PART OF PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION SERVICES

Thursday, July 21

A child's work is play, and for the patients of Pediatric Rehabilitation Services at Spartanburg Medical Center, that child's play may include riding a horse in the covered arena at HALTER.

Horses have long been used for therapeutic purposes. The specially trained therapists from Spartanburg Medical Center (SMC) utilize Equine Assisted Therapy (E.A.T.), a licensed form of therapy to treat children with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, visual motor integration difficulties and more.

HALTER, located on Country Club Road, has served handicapped residents of Spartanburg and surrounding counties and students at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind since 1987. With 12 specially trained horses, professionals and volunteers, HALTER serves more than 115 riders each week.

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Services staff at SMC has joined forces with HALTER to take its clinical practice outside. The original partnership was the brainchild of former Spartanburg Regional Foundation Executive Director Sheila Breitweiser. From its support through an original grant in 2012 from the Foundation, which helped build the covered arena at HALTER, the program has now become a vital part of the pediatric rehabilitation treatment program at SMC. 

SMC occupational, speech and physical therapists who work with patients at HALTER are trained by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), receiving both Level I and Level II certifications

To learn more about Pediatric Rehabilitation Services or HALTER, please call 864-560-6480, option 2.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, a 113-bed, long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services.


MOODY OUTLINES WHAT A CITY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN MIGHT LOOK LIKE

Wednesday, July 20

The Union City Council spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon listening to a presentation by Robby Moody, a Senior Planner with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments concerning a Comprehensive Plan for the city. For the most part, it was an informational session where Moody broke down such a plan in parts. He said by law, all municipalities in South Carolina are required to have such a plan in place. Moody explained the general concept of a Comprehensive Plan.

 

He also explained what the next step would be.

 

In order to get things moving, Mayor Harold Thompson directed each council member to give a name of someone they would like to see appointed to the steering committee by the August meeting.

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AUGUST 15TH IS DEADLINE TO FILE FOR CITY RACES

Wednesday, July 20

The deadline for filing for the City of Union positions of mayor and city council members is August 15. So far, incumbent Harold Thompson and District 1 Councilman Tommy Anthony have filed to run as mayor. Filing so far for the District 3 seat is incumbent Yates Giles, along with challengers Jack Kelly, III, and Vicki Morgan. Three have filed for the District 6 seat, including incumbent Jim Wilson and challengers Sonya Craig and Kristi Sommer. The election will take place as part of the November general election. The winners are chosen by the candidates receiving a simple majority of votes.

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UNIQUELY UNION DATES, CHANGES ANNOUNCED

Wednesday, July 20

The dates for the annual Uniquely Union Festival have been set for September 9th and 10th. That was revealed at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Kim Lawson with the Uniquely Union Festival Committee made the informative presentation to the council and outlined the entertainment and activity schedule. This year’s event will take place on the campus of USC-Union. She announced one major change from past festivals.  In previous years, the Kid’s Zone, an area set aside for children with rides and inflatables, has been free to the youngsters. This year, a wrist band will be sold for $5 and will allow for all-day playing.

In council action, Mary Norman and Oscar Gist were voted to remain on the Planning Commission. The council gave a first reading to an intergovernmental agreement with the County of Union. Under the agreement, the County Animal Control officer will have jurisdiction in the city limits. The city will pay $31,000 per year for the service. The agreement contains a 60-day opt-out clause.

The annual WBCU Radio/Holcombe Funeral Home Pep Rally is coming soon. The council voted to donate $500 to the event.

Another item on the agenda was a discussion and motion concerning the Keenan Oaks project. City Attorney Larry Flynn said there was no reason for a discussion or motion at the time. The Keenan Oaks project is a proposed housing development made up of apartments. When complete, entrance will be made via Keenan Avenue.

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APPEALS COURT SENDS LAWSON LAWSUIT BACK TO TRIAL COURT

Wednesday, July 20

Word has been circulating that Melanie Lawson’s lawsuit against former Clerk of Court Freddie Gault has been settled. Lawson’s attorney, John Reckenbeil, said that is not the case.

 

Reckenbeil said Lawson’s case actually is about her first amendment rights. The case is based on her questioning a dispersal of funds regarding another case. The attorney pointed out that there is no law where someone can sue for wrongful dismissal. There should be extenuating circumstances. Lawson is suing for lost wages and state retirement. Gault resigned the clerk’s position last year to take a job with 5th District Congressman Mick Mulvaney. Lawson is a candidate for the office of Clerk of Court as a Democrat in the November election. She will face opposition from political newcomer Amy Austin.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH NEGLECT AFTER LEAVING CHILD UNATTENDED DURING ARGUMENT

Wednesday, July 20

Around 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, Union Public Safety Sgt. Eddie Williams responded to a domestic violence call at 400 East Main Street. It was determined that 25-year old Brandi Paige Gilkison and Obadiah Talley had been arguing. Officer Williams spoke with a witness at his residence, who stated that while at the Family Dollar Store, he saw the two arguing. Gilkison was pushing a stroller with an infant child in it. The man said that he witnessed Gilkison ram the stroller into a sign post at the store and observed the child move forward when it struck the pole. The man said as he left the location, he called Gilkison a “sorry mother.” At that point, Gilkison ran over to the van and struck the man on the left side of his head. It was reported that witnesses saw Gilkison chasing Tally and left the child unattended. She told Sgt. Williams that she had been up all night drinking beer. She denied ever leaving the two-week old child unattended. Gilkison is facing charges of child neglect. She was transported to the Union County Jail. The infant was turned over to DSS.


HIGHWAY 9 BRIDGE CLOSED; 35-MILE DETOUR IN PLACE

Tuesday, July 19

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) closed the bridge on SC 9 that crosses the Broad River in Lockhart yesterday. A recent inspection found damage that requires short-term repairs. SCDOT’s goal is to complete the repairs in 30 days. The repair work is to be completed no later than August 14, 2016. This section of SC 9 serves as a school bus route. Schools in Union are scheduled to open on Monday, August 15. In addition, SC 9 serves as a primary route that provides a connection for the movement of people and goods across the Upstate.

The structure has reached a point where repairs are necessary at this time. This work is required to extend the life of the current structure and allow the bridge to remain in service until a new bridge can be constructed.  SCDOT is in the process of selecting a contractor to perform the repairs. A spokesperson at the Lockhart Town Hall says phone calls about a detour have been numerous.  A 35-mile detour is in place utilizing SC 49, SC 211, and SC 105.

 

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CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION, MEETING SCHEDULED TODAY

Tuesday, July 19

The Union City Council will be meeting twice today. Their first session will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the council chambers, where a presentation will be given concerning the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan will be presented by Robby Moody with Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The plan will address a number of areas concerning the well-being of the city, mostly from an infrastructure point of view. They will convene their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 in the same location and will hear from Kim Lawson concerning the Uniquely Union Festival.  In all likelihood, they will give a first reading of an intergovernmental ordinance that, when passed by the city and county councils, will allow for the county’s Animal Control Officer to have a jurisdiction within the city limits. They will consider making two appointments to the planning commission. Radio station WBCU will once again ask for the city’s participation in the annual WBCU/Holcombe Funeral Home Union County pep rally. There will also be a discussion and motion concerning the Keenan Oaks Project. It was not made clear just what that is.

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SHERIFF RESPONDS TO VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT

Tuesday, July 19

The emotional impact of the killing of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas is being felt across the country, including in Union County. While such violence here is not expected and perhaps could be classified as unlikely, there is still a concern among local law enforcement personnel. Union County Sheriff David Taylor stated his concern over the situation.

 

Taylor was asked if they actually train for these situations.

 

Considering the mood in America, and in some cases being fueled by the Republican Convention going on now and the Democratic Convention next week, police here as well as across the nation are being far more vigilant as they patrol neighborhoods and answer calls.

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ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECK NETS ONE PURCHASE MADE BY MINOR

Tuesday, July 19

Last Friday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap, Lt. John Sherfield, Lt. Mickey Parker and Special Agent Callie Alexander conducted alcohol compliance checks throughout Union County. The report states that a total of 11 stores were checked for compliance, with 1 purchase being made during the operation. Officers periodically make these checks to ensure, among other things, that alcoholic beverages are not being sold to minors.

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FIGHT, CAR ACCIDENT LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR UNION MAN

Tuesday, July 19

Officers were dispatched to a vehicle wreck on Lovers Lane Road at the intersection of Sardis Rd. Upon arrival, the reporting officer observed a white Honda sitting in the road with heavy damage to the front end. Several witnesses stated that the car that had caused the wreck, a burgundy Ford Mustang, had left after pulling the female juvenile driver from the Honda and backing the vehicle up into the roadway.

Reporting officer observed where the vehicle had impact ed an SCE&G high voltage tower support and also the tire tracks leading up to the impact.

The female juvenile driver and only occupant of the Honda was transported by her mother to Union Medical Center for treatment.

Details of the investigation state that upon leaving the accident scene, the officer was advised that a stabbing victim was at Union Medical Center. He was told that the stabbing victim was Javaris Jeter, 19, who had been identified as being the driver of a burgundy Mustang involved in the wreck.

Officers Ruby and Ferrell met with Jeter in the exam room and advised him of his Miranda rights. He informed officers that he was assaulted by Brian Sanders somewhere in Sailors Mobile Home Park and that during the assault, he was cut with an unknown object. The officers observed and photographed several small cuts on his legs.

Officers located the subject’s burgundy Mustang in the hospital parking lot and photographed the car. Investigator Wendy Childers came to the ER to assist and obtained a written statement from Jeter. They met with the juvenile and her mother at the ER and obtained a written statement and issued a victim’s form.

A short time later, Brian Sanders arrived at the ER for treatment for injuries he received in the initial altercation at his home at 154 Wildlife Drive. Brian’s mother was also present and stated that she wanted Jeter charged with trespassing since he waited for her to leave and entered her house uninvited to fight with her son.

Based on the entire investigation and course of events and independent witnesses, Javaris Jeter will be charged on warrants for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, reckless driving, and trespassing. During the investigation, officers were informed that a pit bull was in the house when Jeter and Sanders were fighting, and the dog attacked both subjects, which is consistent with the injuries officers observed on Jeter's legs.

SCE&G has been listed as a victim on this report for the damage to the tower.


RED CROSS OFFERS COMMON SENSE TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

Monday, July 18

We have been experiencing some dangerously high temperatures lately, and the American Red Cross has offered steps people can follow to stay safe when it’s hot outside. It should go without saying: hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Avoid extreme temperature changes.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Postpone outdoor games and activities.

Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.

If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

You can download the free Red Cross Emergency App, which provides 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, as well as the Red Cross First Aid App to put expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hands. Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

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CROWD GATHERS FOR UNITY RALLY

Monday, July 18

An estimated 100+ people gathered on the grounds of the Union County Courthouse Friday evening for what was billed as a rally for unity and hope. Several churches and individuals organized the rally as a response to the demonstrations that have taken place across the country. Prior to the event, a number of people gathered in the parking lot of the Family Dollar Store on East Main Street to stage a unity march to the courthouse. The march was peaceful, but as marchers arrived at the courthouse, two police officers were noted as being stationed atop the building. While no protests were expected, there was a significant police presence. One of the speakers and organizers for the event, Reverend James Mason, moderator of the Pacolet River Baptist Association, was asked what he expected to take away from the rally.

 

There was one demonstrator on hand. Ricky Stewart carried a handcrafted sign stating, “Black lives matter.” Also written on the sign were two scripture references; Luke 10:25- 37, which is the story of the “Good Samaritan,” and Galatians 3:28, where the apostle Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Stewart was asked why he carried the sign.

 

All who were questioned about the event concurred that the rally served its purpose of promoting unity and hope.

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MUSIC AND MIRACLES FUN DAY RAISES MORE THAN $4500 FOR MIRACLE LEAGUE

Monday, July 18

Last week’s Music and Miracles Family Fun Day at the Union County Fairground has been considered a success. The event benefited the Miracle League of Union County. Amy Austin, who heads that organization, said they raised $4547.40. The deadline for raising money to meet the deadline is the end of this month. Austin said:

 

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BOOSTER CLUB MEETS TO ELECT NEW OFFICERS

Monday, July 18

Football season is fast approaching, and hopes are high for the Yellow Jackets and their new head coach Bradley Adams. The Union County High School Yellow Jacket Booster Club is getting ready for their new season with a meeting Tuesday, July 19th, at 6:30 at the Athletic Department. They will be discussing the 2015 – 2016 budget and will elect officers for the 2016–2017 year.

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LIBRARY TO HOST POKEMON EVENT

Monday, July 18

Here's something many of you may find interesting, especially if you are into the Pokémon phenomenon that’s sweeping the country. Next Friday, the Union County Carnegie Library will be having Pokémon and popsicles from 2 until 3 p.m. Organizers say for those wanting to participate to stop in and see if you can catch them all. Another event coming up at the library is the adult reading finale on Wednesday, July 20th, from 4 until 5 p.m. Participants in that activity will be vying for a tablet as well as other prizes.

The free summer lunch program continues at the library for anyone 18 years of age or younger. The lunches will be available from 11 until 1 Monday through Friday and children under 12 will need supervision.


ROTARY CLUB INSTALLS NEW OFFICERS

Friday, July 15

The Union Rotary Club installed new officers at their regular weekly meeting Tuesday. They include:

Scott Sandor - Director of Fundraising,

Buddy Smith - Director of Rotary Foundation,

Lynn Mornane - Co-Director of Membership,

Glenn Ivey - Co-Director of Membership,

Evans Crocker - Sergeant at Arms,

Lynne Burnett - Secretary/Treasurer,

John Knox - President Elect Nominee,

Annie Smith - President Elect & Director of Public Relations,

Torance Inman - President,

Robbie Littlejohn - Director of Club Administration.

The Rotary Club of Union also recognized new Paul Harris Fellows this week. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Paul Harris Fellows Plus are Rotarians who have given more than $1,000. Rotarians William Jeter and Letha King were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. The following Rotarians were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows Plus: Pete Diamaduros (+2), Torance Inman (+1), Glenn Ivey (+1), John Baarcke (+1).

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LOCATION CHANGED FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Friday, July 15

Cooling towers for the air conditioning units at Union County High School are in the process of being replaced. As a result, the location for UCHS senior pictures that were scheduled to be taken in the area have been moved. The photos will now be taken at Sims Middle School on the same dates, July 19th and 20th. The schedule has not changed, just the location.

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UNITY RALLY SCHEDULED

Friday, July 15

A unity rally is set to take place this afternoon on the courthouse steps. It is being billed as a rally for unity and hope for all. Area churches and individuals are promoting the event, which will feature music, prayer and speakers. The rally is set to begin at 6:15 p.m., but participants are asked to assemble at 6:00 p.m. at the Family Dollar store at the corner of East Main Street and Church Street for a march to the courthouse.

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BEGINNING BEEKEEPER WORKSHOP PLANNED AT PIEDMONT PHYSIC GARDEN

Friday, July 15

The Piedmont Physic Garden and the Union County Beekeepers Association invite area residents to get up close and personal with bees with a July 30 workshop for beginning beekeepers from 10-noon at the garden on 301 East South Street.

Honey has a long list of praises, from being a favorite toast topping to a sweetener in tea to staving off allergies.  Learn to produce your own with advice from four beekeepers from the Union County Beekeepers Association.

Celena Goings, a journeyman beekeeper, will speak on the effect of pests and pesticides on honeybees; Herschel Pressley, who has kept bees for more than 50 years, will describe how to obtain bees for the hive, including how to capture wild honey bees; and certified beekeepers Jean and Frank Pennas will provide education on the life cycle of honey bees, their products, and the equipment required for keeping bees.  Attendees will have the opportunity to see an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, and a new invention from New Zealand, the “Flow Hive.”

The cost of the workshop is $20 and space is limited.  To reserve your spot, please call 864-427-2556 or email at info@piedmontphysicgarden.org.

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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS LOCAL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS

Friday, July 15

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) recently welcomed guidance counselors from local high schools in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties to an inaugural event designed to educate them and their students on the benefits of attending college after graduating from high school. SCC's Guidance Counselor Outreach was held on the central campus in Spartanburg from June 13-17.

Thanks to a grant from the SC Technical College System, they hosted 13 high school counselors on the campus and showed them first-hand all that SCC offers and the difference an SCC degree, diploma or certificate can make in the lives of their students.

SCC President, Henry C. Giles, Jr., said, "Although many of these counselors were familiar with SCC, this intensive week-long outreach exposed them to specific programs and opportunities available to students, as well as the critical role we all have in guiding students to pursue post-secondary education opportunities beyond high school."

Attending the event from Union County High School was counselor Imani Richard. 

Registration for SCC fall classes is going on now for classes that begin on August 15, September 20, October 10 and 26. Individuals interested in attending the college may apply online at www.sccsc.edu or contact the admissions center at any SCC location for more information.

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UNION WOMAN CHARGED WITH HINDERING POLICE

Friday, July 15

A 23-year old Union woman was charged with hindering police Wednesday. Union Public Safety Sgt. Eddie Williams and Cpl. Nance went to Harris Street to serve a bench warrant. When Sgt. William knocked on the door, a young black male answered it and was asked if Mr. Harth was home. A female, identified as Laurale Tamara Harth, then came to the door and was asked the same question. She replied that he was not there. The officer then warned her that if he was found to be at the location, she would be charged with hindering police. Sgt. Williams asked if he could come in to check, and Harth said yes. When the officers entered, they found the suspect sitting on a couch. He was arrested and taken to the Union County Detention Center. Laurale Harth was also arrested and transported to the Union County Jail.


ROCK HILL MAN DIES AFTER crashING INTO THE BACK OF A TRACTOR-TRAILER

Thursday, July 14

The Union County Coroner's Office and the SC Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal wreck that occurred Tuesday afternoon around 5:15. The wreck took place on Hwy. 72 near Carlisle. 35-year old Harold Thomas Johnson, of Rock Hill, was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center, where he died. Newberry Pathology Associates conducted an autopsy Wednesday. The results have not been yet released. According to Lance Cpl. Tony Keller, the wreck involved two vehicles. Johnson was driving a '96 Ford Ranger pickup east on Hwy. 72 when he ran into the back of a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 56-year old Jeffrey Brown, from Roanoke, VA. The semi was stopped for a flagman in a construction zone. Johnson was not wearing a seat belt.

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CLEMSON DOCTORAL STUDENT STUDYING family-owned small BUSINESSES

Thursday, July 14

Alice Brawley is a Clemson PhD student researching the success of family businesses with fewer than about 10 employees. In particular, she's studying how a few ways of managing employees could enhance employee performance, employee retention, and customer service quality. 

If you are a small business owner and have fewer than about 10 employees who include some family members, please consider completing the 5-10-minute online survey linked below. Alice looks forward to sharing her findings with the Union County Chamber of Commerce afterwards.

Survey link: http://clemson.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_0SWshXK2l4eJeJv

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COUNTERFEIT CHECKS DISCOVERED USING TREASURER'S OFFICE ACCOUNT NUMBER

Thursday, July 14

Union County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins contacted Chief Deputy Perry Haney in reference to some suspicious checks that she received in the June 2016 bank statement for the Union County Treasurer's Office account at Arthur State Bank. There were some personal checks drawn on Arthur State Bank in Spartanburg with the name of Eddie Garner of Gaffney. One of the checks was made payable to Lowe's in the amount of $659.05. Another was made payable to Nike, Inc., in the amount of $275.36. Still another was made payable to Lowe's in the amount of $732.31. An additional check was drawn on UPS, and made payable to Eddie Garner of Gaffney. Further investigation revealed that all these checks were counterfeit, and all of them had the account and routing number of the Union County Treasurer's Office on them. A South Carolina driver’s license number was written on two of the checks, but it was not on file with South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. A driver’s license check was run on Eddie Garner in three counties and statewide, but no information was on file for that name. Chief Deputy Haney will conduct further investigation.

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MAN CHARGED IN 2004 GRAND LARCENY CASE

Thursday, July 14

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has cracked a case that goes back twelve years. On May 19th, 2004, Deputy Carter was dispatched to 1st Street in Ottaray in reference to a stolen truck and Bobcat. The owner of the equipment told the deputy that a Peterbilt Road Tractor and a 975 Bobcat were stolen from the lot they were clearing behind the Ottaray Mill site. The man said a lock had been sawed off the gate. At the time, the man said he believed that Randall Turner, Steve Tarlton, and a man named Lee, all ex-employees, may have been responsible for the theft. Grand larceny charges have been made against Steven Tarleton of Greenville, Tennessee.

 

 

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MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG, FIREARM CHARGES

Thursday, July 14

On Tuesday, Sgt. Roger Hill with the Union County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a Union County narcotics agent and was advised that Alan Z. Edwards, Jr., was walking in the mill hill area of the city and that he possessed a quantity of narcotics and a handgun. The subject was located and arrested. Warrants will be sought for the crimes of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful possession of a handgun, and possession of a stolen handgun.

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LITTER CITATION ISSUED TO WOMAN THROWING CIGARETTE OUT WINDOW

Thursday, July 14

The amount of trash of which you may be illegally disposing really doesn’t make a lot of difference. On Tuesday, Deputy Jamison Taylor was responding to a call in the Jonesville area when he observed the driver of a red vehicle traveling north on SC Highway 18 thump a cigarette out the driver’s side window. Deputy Taylor then initiated a traffic stop on this vehicle and issued a summons for littering for the driver who was identified as Markisha Miller.

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SATELLITE TECHNICIANS SOUGHT AT RECRUITMENT EVENT

Thursday, July 14

Up Dish Services will host a recruitment event at SC Works Spartanburg on Wednesday, July 20th, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  They are recruiting for satellite technician and satellite technician assistant positions. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event. 


HIGHWAY 9 BRIDGE IN LOCKHART TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS MONDAY

Wednesday, July 13

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is scheduled to close the bridge on SC Highway 9 that crosses the Broad River at Lockhart on Monday, July 18th. A recent inspection found damage that requires short-term repairs. SCDOT’s goal is to complete the repairs in 30 days. The repair work is to be completed no later than August 14. This section of SC 9 serves as a school bus route. Schools in the area are scheduled to open on Monday, August 15. In addition, SC 9 serves as a primary route that provides a connection for the movement of people and goods across the Upstate. The structure has reached a point where repairs are necessary at this time. This work is required to extend the life of the current structure and allow the bridge to remain in service until a new bridge can be constructed.  SCDOT is in the process of selecting a contractor to perform the repairs.  A 35-mile detour will be in place utilizing SC 49, SC 211, and SC 105. The detour map is below.  

 

Following the completion of the repair project, a new contract will call for constructing four new bridges crossing the Broad River, Canal Road, S. 46 and Lockhart Drive (S. 31). The project is tentatively set to be put out for bids by the end of 2016. The new SC 9 bridge will be built next to the existing bridge. The existing bridge will remain open until the new structure is completed. The average number of vehicles traveling on SC 9 in that area is 5050 per day. Trucks make up 25% of the average vehicle traffic.

Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall said, "We recognize that the SC 9 bridge is a vital link to the community and is an important connection in the transportation network for the state.  This bridge is an example of the type of concerns that we have raised regarding the infrastructure crisis we are facing here in SC.  A long-term, sustainable funding solution must be found in order to address the years of deferred maintenance on the existing road and bridge network for our state.”

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UNITY MARCH AND RALLY PLANNED FRIDAY AT COURTHOUSE

Wednesday, July 13

In light of the news coming out of several different regions and protests being launched against police, a Unity Rally is planned for Friday here in Union. Organizers say the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Family Dollar Store on East Main Street, where participants will gather for a walk to the Union County Courthouse. WBCU News talked to Tommy Mann, who helped to organize the event.

 

He also gave a rundown of what to expect at the rally.

 

The rally will begin on the courthouse steps at 6:15.

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LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX WILL APPEAR ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Wednesday, July 13

A public hearing was held Tuesday afternoon by the Union County Council to receive comments concerning the one-cent sales tax referendum coming up in the November election. No one appeared to specifically address the matter. It was noted that if the referendum passes, the tax increase would not go into effect until May 2017.

Following the public hearing, the council convened for their regular monthly session. It was a meeting that lasted only 8 minutes. The council gave a third and final reading to place the one-cent sales tax question on the ballot.

Another ordinance was given a third reading. This one repealed another ordinance requiring an advisory referendum for members of a special tax district or fire district. This particular ordinance affects the Buffalo Fire District.

A second reading was given to an ordinance for an intergovernmental agreement that, if both city and county councils agree, would allow for the county animal control officer to have jurisdiction in the City of Union. Under the stated agreement, the county would charge the city a fee of $31,000 annually to be paid in four installments during the year.

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SCC TO OFFER WELDING, MECHATRONICS PROGRAMS AT ITS UNION CAMPUS

Wednesday, July 13

If you are interested in starting a new career, mechatronics and welding programs will begin soon at the Spartanburg Community College, Union County Campus. Upon completion of the program, the average starting salaries for welders and mechatronics technicians range from $18-$25 per hour.  An information session will be held on Tuesday, July 19th, at 2:00 pm at SC Works in Union.  Call 864-427-4119 to reserve your spot.


COUNTY COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL READING ON SALES TAX REFERENDUM

Tuesday, July 12

The Union County Council will hold their regular monthly meeting this afternoon at 5:30 in the Grand Jury room of the Union County Courthouse. At 5:15, they will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance to levy and impose a 1% local option sales and use tax. The ordinance has already had two readings, and a third is on the agenda for the meeting tonight. The purpose of the ordinance is to allow the question to be placed on the ballot in November’s general election. The actual question on the ballot would be, “Must a one-percent (1%) sales and use tax be levied in Union County for the purpose of allowing a credit against a tax payer’s county and municipal ad valorem tax liability and for the purpose of funding county and municipal operations in the Union County area?” The election will be Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

There will be another ordinance up for a third reading. This one repeals another ordinance requiring an advisory referendum for members of a special tax district or fire district.

Another matter that will be discussed will be that of an intergovernmental agreement that, if both city and county councils agree, would allow for the county animal control officer to have jurisdiction in the City of Union. Under the stated agreement, the county would charge the city a fee of $31,000 annually, to be paid in four installments during the year.

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MAN WITH SMALL CHILD ARRESTED ON COCAINE POSSESSION CHARGE

Tuesday, July 12

Around 2:00 p.m. Friday, Lt. Sherfield received information that Jeremy Hughes was selling illegal narcotics in the parking lot of Tyger Court and that he would be leaving shortly in a white SUV. While on surveillance, Sherfield spotted Hughes in the white vehicle leaving Tyger Court, driving up West Henrietta Street, and then turning left onto South Church Street. Lt. Sherfield attempted to stop the SUV by activating the blue lights in his patrol vehicle, but the vehicle continued and made a right turn onto Carson Street. The vehicle then pulled in front of 108 Carson Street and stopped.

At that time, a 3- or 4-year old girl began to exit the passenger’s side of the vehicle, and Jeremy Hughes, 27, exited the vehicle and fled on foot heading toward East Henrietta Street. The child began screaming as Sherfield gave pursuit. A relative at the residence came outside and took custody of the girl until Sherfield could return to the scene. While chasing Hughes, Sherfield noticed a set of black digital scales fall from his left front pants pocket. A short time later, Hughes was taken into custody by Sherfield on Carson Street. While searching the vehicle, a quantity of cocaine was found inside a green Crown Royal bag in the center console. Hughes was transported to Union County Jail and will be charged with possession of cocaine. This was found to be his 2nd offense for this violation. The minor child was released to her grandmother.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSTING NUDE Photos OF UNION WOMAN ON FACEBOOK

Tuesday, July 12

On Sunday, Deputy Brandon Vaughan was dispatched to Union Public Safety in reference to an incident that occurred in the county. Vaughan spoke to a 23-year old woman who stated that Jerri Lynn Varner, 53, posted some nude photos of her on Facebook. She stated that she also was sharing her photos with other people for all to see. The woman stated that she wanted something done about Varner posting her nude photos on Facebook. Vaughan then went to the Lil’ Cricket in Buffalo to speak to Varner about the incident. After she was read her rights, Varner stated that she did post the photos on Facebook because she was upset with her. Vaughan asked her if she would pull up her post, and she stated that she would. As Varner was going through her photos, Vaughan noticed several other pictures of the woman on her photo gallery on Facebook. Varner was placed under arrest for disseminating obscene material and transported to jail. Her cell phone was also seized for evidence.

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TWO ARRESTED IN JUNE BURGLARY CASE

Tuesday, July 12

Sheriff David Taylor announced that arrests have been made in a burglary case that occurred in Union County. On June 22, deputies responded to a burglary that had already occurred at a residence on T Bishop Road in the Jonesville area of Union County. The homeowner told deputies that the incident occurred sometime between June 18-June 22. He also said that someone had gained entry into his home and his garage, and several items were missing. Investigators were called to process the scene and collect evidence. The homeowner determined that the approximate value of the missing items was $13,500, and the value of the property damage was $300. During the process of this investigation, investigators were able to make arrests and recover some of the stolen items.

The two people arrested include: Hughie Todd Haire, 42, of 102 2nd Street, Union, SC.

Michael Cleveland Trantham, 30, 126 Lancaster Rd., Jonesville, SC. Both are facing charged of 1st-degree burglary and grand larceny.

Sheriff Taylor states that additional arrests are possible in this case. At the time of this report, $5,250 in stolen property has been recovered. Investigators are actively seeking additional information and working to locate the additional missing items.

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DOLLAR GENERAL RECRUITING WAREHOUSE WORKERS THURSDAY

Tuesday, July 12

Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville will hold a recruitment event Thursday, July 14, from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Spartanburg SC Works office, which is located at 220 East Kennedy Street. They will be hiring general warehouse workers. The rate of pay is $13 per hour for 1st shift and $14 per hour for 2nd shift. No experience is required, and daytime and nighttime positions are available. Please apply online at www.jobs.scworks.org and reference the job order 669214.


TOMMY ANTHONY ANNOUNCES HE WILL RUN FOR MAYOR

Monday, July 11

A Union City Councilman has announced his intention to run for the office of mayor. Tommy Anthony, who represents District 1 on Union City Council, made the announcement through an email that was received over the weekend. A longtime city employee, now retired, Anthony ran for the city council seat nearly two years ago and defeated incumbent Councilman Tommy Hill. WBCU News asked Anthony about his motivation for running for the city office.

 

Anthony said his work experience with the utility department for 28 years plus being on City Council gives him a better understanding of how the city operates and how to make some improvements. He said he wants to focus on the positive and share that with other businesses and industries in hopes of bringing more to Union.

The filing period for City of Union offices will open the latter part of this month, and the election will be held in November to coincide with the general election.

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HEAT TRIGGERS AFTERNOON AND EVENING STORMS

Monday, July 11

Triple-digit temperatures the past few days have taken a toll on people who have to work outside in this type of weather. It has also been responsible for the formation of thunderstorms in the area. There have been reports of trees being toppled by the high winds. Friday night, Union dispatch reported calls that came in saying a funnel cloud on the ground was responsible for trees coming down in the area of Tinker’s Creek Road and the Whitmire Highway. The funnel cloud has not been confirmed by the National Weather Service, and there have been no reports of structures being damaged.

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STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION APPROVES DISTRICT PLANS

Monday, July 11

The South Carolina State Department of Education has approved the Union County School District's Strategic Plan as well as the School Renewal Plan for each school in the district.  These plans, required by State Board of Education regulations, will provide the foundation for all curricular and instructional initiatives, including professional development activities, within the district.  

"A major advantage of the strategic planning process is that it provides an opportunity for the district to align resources and initiatives," said Cindy Langley, director of instruction and accountability. In developing the new five-year plans, district leaders and school leaders worked with a team of individuals including teachers, parents, students, and community, civic, and business leaders to create goals in three areas: student achievement, teacher quality, and school climate.  The process began with a needs assessment based upon several years of data to identify the strengths and challenges within the district.  Using the results of the assessment as well as research in educational best practices, the district team developed an action plan for each goal, while the school teams followed a similar process.  All plans were submitted to the District School Board for approval in March, after which they were submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education for review and approval.  

The plans will be updated annually and will also serve as the continuous improvement plan for AdvancED Accreditation, which was also renewed in March 2016.

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AUSTIN SAYS SHE HOPES CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN ON ALLSTAR PARK IN LATE AUGUST

Monday, July 11

The Music and Miracles Community Fun Day was held this past Saturday. One of the main purposes of the event was to raise money for The Union County Miracle League’s all-inclusive playground at the Timken Sports Complex. The Miracle League continues to work to achieve that goal. Amy Austin, who heads the Miracle League in Union County, said they hope to see something happening by the end of August.

 

The Community Fun Day was sponsored by WBCU Radio.

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UCHS AUTO SHOP STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN QUAKER STATE CHALLENGE

Monday, July 11

The start of the new school year is around the corner, and Union County High School auto shop students will be getting right to work.  Quaker State is back for a second year in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and has selected 14 high schools as candidates for the “Best in Class Challenge,” an automotive education program that supports high school auto shop classes across the United States in their efforts to restore and customize pre-owned cars into rides that truly represent their schools. Among those selected is Union County High School.

Last year, Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center in Troutman, North Carolina, won 3rd place, taking home prizes and scholarship money for their school. They also had the opportunity to travel to Austin, Texas, for a Mecum Auction where they received top dollar for their custom car. Additionally, they secured extensive news coverage for their team and their school’s automotive program.

In September, the voting page goes live and each school will be tasked with securing as many votes as possible to become a finalist. One of the fourteen schools will move on to participate in the 6-week competition against top schools from four other metropolitan areas – Orlando, Florida; Northern New Jersey; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago, Illinois. 

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SC IMPACT SOFTBALL TEAM HEADING TO USFPA WORLD SERIES

Monday, July 11

The SC Impact softball team is heading to Panama City, FL, for the United States Fast Pitch Association World Series in July. While there, they will have a gift exchange with the first team they play. USC Union donated goodies such as cups, pens, and keychains to the team to help fill their gift bags. If you would like to help the team out, please visit their GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/scimpact10u.

 

 

 

 

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MAN ACCUSED OF PULLING A GUN DURING A DISPUTE

Monday, July 11

Last Thursday, Union County sheriff’s deputies responded to 3080 Jonesville-Lockhart Highway and spoke with the complainant, Carl Warner, in reference to a dispute he had with Ty Jones. Warner stated that Jones came to his house and started arguing. He said that he and Jones were yelling at each other, and at one point Jones pulled a gun from his pocket.

He said Jones never pointed the weapon at him but held it to his side. At that point, Warner told his girlfriend, who is Jones’s mother, to get out of the house. Both Jones and his mother left the scene. Shortly after the two arrived back at the scene, Jones’s mother stated she was not in a position to see if a gun was pulled out or not, and Jones told the officer that he did not have the gun on him to pull, and that it was probably a cell phone. A .380 pistol was produced at the scene. The gun was shown to Warner, and he identified it as the weapon that Jones pulled on him. The gun was confiscated and will be held as evidence until a check can be done to verify that Jones is legally able to possess a firearm.


EDISTO HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL NAMED NEW PRINCIPAL OF UCHS

Friday, July 8

An Upstate native has been named the new principal of Union County High School. Dr. Shannon Gibson was named to the job in a special called meeting of the Union County School Board of Trustees Thursday afternoon. Gibson is coming to Union from Edisto High School in Orangeburg Consolidated District 4. Dr. Tim Newman, who is superintendent for that district, said of Dr. Gibson, “(He) is a very bright educator who was able to quickly add structure and consistency to the school.” Gibson has served as a principal, assistant principal, and math teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Cambridge College, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Union County School District Board Chairperson Jane Hammett responded to the question of why the board went outside the district to select the principal.

 

Dr. Gibson and his wife Marcia have five children ranging in ages from three to twelve. His first day on the job will be Monday.

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MAN FACES MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

Friday, July 8

Lt. John Sherfield of the Union County Sheriff’s Office received information Wednesday from a reliable operative of the Union County Sheriff's Office that 20-year old Alan Edwards was walking on East Main Street with a book bag that contained a large quantity of marijuana. Lt. Sherfield, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap, and Lt. Mickey Parker went to the area in an attempt to locate Edwards. Once in the area, Edwards was seen walking toward the YMCA on E. Main Street. Lt. Sherfield and Sgt. Gilstrap activated the blue lights on the patrol vehicle and attempted to speak with Edwards. As Sgt. Gilstrap was exiting the patrol vehicle, Edwards jumped a fence and ran through a yard on E. Main St. before Sgt. Gilstrap could speak with him. Sgt. Gilstrap pursued Edwards on foot behind the residence and lost sight of him as he ran around behind a building in the back yard of this residence. Officers stopped the foot pursuit and called for the K-9 tracking team to assist in locating the suspect. The K-9 team arrived on scene a short time later and began to track Edwards. After approximately 20-25 minutes, the K-9 team located Edwards hiding in a large trash can behind a residence on Fant Lane. Edwards was placed into investigative detention at that time. Sgt. Gilstrap and Lt. Parker searched the area and located a baby wipes container with approximately 25 grams of marijuana inside.  The container was lying just inside the wood line approximately 30 yards from where Edwards was hiding. Lt. Parker also located a book bag roughly 10 feet from the baby wipes container. The book bag contained a white towel, 40-caliber ammunition, a receipt, and small plastic bags commonly used in the distribution of narcotics. These items were photographed and collected by Sgt. Gilstrap at the scene. Sgt. Gilstrap will seek warrants on Edwards for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within ½ mile of a school, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within ½ mile of a school. At the time of the attempted stop of Edwards, he was within ½ mile of Foster Park Elementary School and the YMCA, which has a summer youth camp/daycare.

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MAN DRIVING UNDER SUSPENDED LICENSE CHARGED AS HABITUAL OFFENDER

Friday, July 8

A Union man has been charged with being a habitual traffic offender by officers with the Union Public Safety Department. The charge came about as a result of Sgt. Shane Petrie and Lt. Mickey Parker being at a stationary location on Union Blvd. Lt. Parker had received a tip that 28-year old Rusty Shane Jeter, of Lee Street, was driving a burgundy Kia with a suspended license. They received a radio transmission from Lt. John Sherfield that the vehicle was traveling on West Henrietta Street headed toward Union Blvd. Sgt. Petrie and Parker initiated a traffic stop on South Boyce Street and advised Jeter as to why he was being stopped. As a result of checking records, it was determined that Jeter had been deemed a habitual offender by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. He was placed under arrest. In South Carolina, being charged as a habitual offender is a felony, and the case is heard in General Sessions Court.

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WBCU SPONSORS COMMUNITY FUN DAY TOMORROW AT FAIRGROUNDS TO SUPPORT MIRACLE LEAGUE

Friday, July 8

A fun event is coming up tomorrow, and this one will benefit a great cause. The Music and Miracles Community Fun Day will take place at the Union County Fairgrounds from 3-9 p.m. Saturday and is sponsored by WBCU Radio in support of the Miracle League of Union County.

WBCU Radio General Manager Chris Woodson is responsible for bringing the event, along with the Union County Miracle League. Woodson was asked about the event.

 

Activities include a community talent show, a guitar raffle, a silent auction, door prizes, bake sale, dunking booth, inflatables, and much more. Vendors are wanted for the event, and you can check out the Miracle League’s Facebook page for more information. Entertainers scheduled to appear include: The Childers at 3 p.m., Josh Lydia at 4, Community Talent Show from 5-7, and Quest from 7-9. Those desiring to enter the talent show should pick up an entry form from the WBCU Studios at 210 East Main Street or the Miracle League office located in the Nonprofit Partnership Center. The entry fee is $15. The profits will benefit ALLStar Park, which will be the Miracle League’s all-inclusive playground.


SCHOOL BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL CALLED MEETING TODAY

Thursday, July 7

There will be a special called meeting of the Union County School Board of Trustees this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. The only matter listed on the agenda is the approval of a personnel report.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS FUNDRAISER ON JULY 16TH

Thursday, July 7

The Union County Historical Society will host a fundraiser on July 16th. The event will be held at El Poblano that day from 5 until 10 p.m. You can dine in or carry out. A portion of the proceeds will go to the society.

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TWO CHARGED IN CAR BREAK-IN AFTER VICTIM DETAINS ONE CULPRIT

Thursday, July 7

Last Friday, Union Public Safety Sgt. Lee Chambers responded to a call of a break-in in progress at 207 Lakeview Heights. He was advised that the complainant had the suspect detained until law enforcement could arrive. He was advised that a male suspect had run away from the scene. The man told the officer that he saw the male suspect searching through the vehicle and the female was standing beside it. He yelled at the suspect to get out of his vehicle, and that is when he ran. He said the female, identified as Carlie Jane Cook, 19, of Raymond Street, ran down the street but he was able to catch up and detain her. Sgt. Chambers advised her of her rights and asked for identification. The report states that she took off a camouflage backpack and opened it. That was when Chambers saw what appeared to the grip of a pistol. The weapon was identified as a BB gun. The officer did locate a set of digital scales, a marijuana grinder, an empty syringe, two pair of shoes, two lighters, two rolls of tape and one wallet with a man’s identification inside. A cell phone was also located. The case has been turned over to an investigator. In addition to Cook, James Grant Furlow has been charged with breaking into a motor vehicle.

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MAN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF USED NEEDLES ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT

Thursday, July 7

On Tuesday just after 8:00 p.m., deputies were advised by dispatch that Michael Guinn, 37, was on 2nd Street in Ottaray and had a warrant for his arrest. While deputies were en route, dispatch advised that Guinn got a ride and was leaving the area in a gold Kia SUV. While en route to Ottaray, the deputies noticed the vehicle on Union Blvd. heading toward South Pinckney Street. A traffic stop was made on the vehicle around the 400 block of South Pinckney Street. Deputies spoke to Guinn and advised him that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As an officer was patting Guinn down, a used needle was found in his front pocket. He was then placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant. Officers spoke to the driver and asked him if there was anything in the vehicle, and he stated that they could search and pointed out all the items that Guinn brought with him. They found 2 needles with an off-white, cloudy, liquid substance, and one needle with a dark liquid substance in one of the bags.  Two more needles were found in the bags, along with a multicolored sunglasses case with several used needles and plastic baggies.

Quinn was asked about the bags in the vehicle, and he stated that he just picked up them up. He was then transported to the jail on his outstanding warrant, and the 3 items found with an unknown liquid substance will be sent to SLED for analysis.

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UCHS HEAD COACH VISITS ROTARY CLUB

Thursday, July 7

Rotarian Dr. Tal Wilkins welcomed Union County High School's football coach and athletic director, Bradley Adams, to the Union club Tuesday. Coach Adams spoke about his goals and how he plans to make the team successful on and off the field. The student-athletes will soon be taking the field as they prepare for the 2016 season.

 

 

 

 

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POPEYE'S HIRING FOR BOILING SPRINGS RESTAURANT

Thursday, July 7

Popeye’s will soon be opening a new location in Boiling Springs.  They will be conducting interviews at the SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce office in Spartanburg Friday, July 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office is located at 364 South Church Street in Spartanburg. They are recruiting for crew member, assistant manager, and general manager positions. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event. 

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MS COMPANIES HOLDING RECRUITMENT EVENT TOMORROW

Thursday, July 7

MS Companies will host a recruitment event at SC Works Spartanburg tomorrow, July 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  They are recruiting for quality inspector and forklift operator positions. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event. 


MAN ARRESTED IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT FOR TRYING TO SELL PILLS

Wednesday, July 6

Last Friday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap and Lt. John Sherfield set up surveillance of the parking lot of Wal-Mart after receiving information from a reliable operative of the Union County Sheriff's Office that a subject was coming to Union to sell a quantity of Suboxone. The operative advised officers the subject was a young white male and would be in a small gray vehicle parked near the clothes drop off at the top of the Wal-Mart parking lot, near Murphy USA. Sgt. Gilstrap was sitting nearby in an undercover vehicle and observed a small gray Saturn sedan pull into a parking space near the clothes drop off. The operative then advised the officer that the subject had just sent a text stating he was in the parking lot waiting on him. Officers moved in on the Saturn, which was occupied by a young white male driver and a young black male passenger. When the officer pulled up next to the subject’s vehicle, the driver, identified as Austin S. Brackett, saw him and started to pour a quantity of pills back into a prescription bottle that he had in his hand. Officers seized the pills and identified them as Buprenorphine 8mg, which is generic Suboxone. Brackett was arrested for possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 3 narcotic. The 16-year old passenger was not charged because officers could not determine if he had knowledge of the transaction. Brackett was transported to the Union County Jail for booking. The 16-year old was allowed to call his mother to come get him from the Union County Sheriff's Office.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER CLAIMING HE IS A U.S. MARSHAL

Wednesday, July 6

Deputies were dispatched to 702 Santuc Highway for a suspicious person. They were advised that the subject was carrying two guns and knocking on doors claiming to be a United States Marshal. Upon arrival, deputies were advised that the subject had gone to the trailer behind 702 Santuc Drive. As Cpl. Woods went around the home, he saw a 4-wheeler parked at the front door of the trailer. Cpl. Woods then saw a black male with a flashlight. Cpl.  Woods ordered the subject to show his hands, and the subject stated that he was a "U.S. Marshal," and that he was here to arrest Justin Barfield. As this was occurring, the officer saw the handle of a revolver protruding from the subject’s right front pocket. Woods ordered the subject to get on the ground, and covered the subject as Cpl. Hill restrained him in handcuffs. As Cpl. Hill was approaching the subject, Cpl. Woods told Hill the subject had a gun in his right pocket. Upon hearing this, the subject responded, "Yeah, I have 2 guns." After the subject was cuffed and disarmed, the subject was identified as 60-year old Dennis Candis. Cpl. Hill located the second gun on the 4-wheeler. The guns were found to be a black CO2-powered pellet pistol and a non-firing replica of a Colt 1873 Peacemaker. These items were taken into evidence. Candis was placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail for booking.

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MACHETE-WIELDING WOMAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE

Wednesday, July 6

Deputies responded to 330 B Street to speak with a complainant in reference to a domestic dispute between her and her sister. Upon arrival on the scene, the deputy observed Krystal Dunaway standing in the front yard holding a machete. As the deputy approached Dunaway, she dropped the machete on the ground. The officer asked her what was going on. She was visibly upset and stated that she wanted to come see her sister. When asked what she was doing with the machete, Dunaway stated that she had it because her sister would not come out of the house and face her.

Dunaway stated that she and her sister were arguing over $40 that she let her borrow to buy crack, and she would not pay her back. Dunaway was detained and placed in the patrol car so that the other parties on scene could be questioned. Deputies then spoke with Dunaway’s sister, who stated that she and her sister were arguing at their home at 319 B St. She stated that she left the house and went to her grandmother’s house down the street. She said that Dunaway knocked on the door wanting to talk to her. She stated that her grandmother opened the door and Dunaway came in swinging the machete trying to hit her sister. She stated that instead of hitting her, Dunaway inadvertently hit her grandmother in the arm with the blunt side of the blade, causing a bruise on her arm. She stated that she and her grandmother were able to push the door closed on Dunaway, and that is when she started beating the door with the machete and yelling that she was going to kill her sister.

The grandmother gave a written statement on the incident but stated she did not wish to press charges and she did not need medical treatment for her arm. The complainant also gave a statement and stated that she did want to press charges because Dunaway was coming after her. The owner of the house at 319 B St. was also present and stated that she wanted to press charges for Dunaway destroying her front door. Dunaway was placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail and will be charged with 1st-degree assault and battery and malicious damage.

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MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE AFTER PLAYGROUND INCIDENT

Wednesday, July 6

This story goes back to mid-June, when the mother of a 10-year old female child reported to the Union Public Safety Department that her daughter had been touched inappropriately while playing on the playground at the Union Recreation Department. The child told her mother that she and a friend were playing when a black male came up and started talking to them. He asked if they would like to go to his house. He reportedly said he would be having a party and would have a basket of candy for them if they didn’t tell anybody. The child reported that when she slid down the slide, the suspect grabbed her in her “no spot” and then told her to get on the table and spread her legs as wide as she could. There was another report of an incident that occurred at a residence on Spring Street the day before. Sexual assault charges are being lodged against Allen Jeffary Ferguson, 60, of O’Shields Street.

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4-H CLUB NEEDS DONATIONS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

Wednesday, July 6

The 4-H Club’s service project begins today. They will be filling book bags for foster children in Union County.  They are asking for donations from the community for girls or boys, ages birth to 18.  Suggestions of donations include socks, baby wipes, diapers, school supplies, stuffed animals…just anything.  The donations may be taken by the Union County Clemson Extension office on Kirby Street.


FIREWORKS HIGHLIGHT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Tuesday, July 5

Most folks are returning to a regular schedule today after a long holiday weekend. If you were not on hand for the Independence Day celebrations, many area citizens were probably aware of them because of the window-rattling explosions that were heard just as nightfall arrived. Fireworks show highlighted the two celebrations, one in Buffalo at the mill pond and the other at Foster Park Lake. The Buffalo event was put on by the Buffalo Festival Committee and feature not only fireworks but also lots of food and entertainment. In Union, the Department of Parks and Recreation sponsored “Light Up the Lake” with many activities for adults and children. The fireworks show there is always a crowd pleaser.

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MUSIC AND MIRACLES COMMUNITY FUN DAY SUPPORTS MIRACLE LEAGUE SATURDAY

Tuesday, July 5

There is another fun event coming up Saturday, and this one will benefit a great cause. It’s called Music and Miracles Community Fun Day. It will all take place at the Union County Fairgrounds Saturday from 3-9 p.m. It is sponsored by WBCU Radio in support of the Miracle League of Union County. Activities include a community talent show, a guitar raffle, a silent auction, door prizes, bake sale, dunking booth, inflatables, and much more. Vendors are wanted for the event, and you can check out the Miracle League’s Facebook page for more information. Entertainers scheduled to appear include The Childers at 3 p.m., Josh Lydia at 4, the Community Talent Show from 5-7, and Quest from 7-9. Those desiring to enter the talent show should pick up an entry form from the WBCU Studios at 210 East Main Street or the Miracle League office located in the Non Profit Partnership Center. The entry fee is $10. The profits will benefit ALLStar Park, which will be the Miracle League’s all-inclusive playground.

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HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR UCHS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Tuesday, July 5

The Union County Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations of individuals to be considered for the Union County High School Hall of Fame. Persons who would like to nominate an individual from any of the former county high schools (Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims or Union) or Union County High School should contact Associate Athletic Director of Football Mike McGee by calling 864-429-1750 or e-mailing mmcgee_lhs@union.k12.sc.us. You can also e-mail badams@union.k12.sc.us. You should provide the name and mailing address of the nominee no later than August 26th.

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PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT "FIRST ENCOUNTER" FEATURES WILDLIFE OF KENYA

Tuesday, July 5

An exhibit of photographer George Ligon’s work is coming back to the Union County Arts Council. Ligon spent 15 days on safari and has produced an exhibit that will allow all of Union County the ability to have a “First Encounter” with the wildlife of Kenya.  All are invited to visit this extraordinary show. It will open Friday, July 8th, and run through August 18th. A reception for Ligon is planned for August 4th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

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MONTHLY COMMUNITY PRAYER MEETING SCHEDULED THURSDAY

Tuesday, July 5

The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at noon on Thursday, July 7th, at the USC-U gazebo.  The community is invited come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places, to pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church.

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MS COMPANIES RECRUITING QUALITY INSPECTORS AND FORKLIFT OPERATORS

Tuesday, July 5

MS Companies will host a recruitment event at SC Works Spartanburg on Friday, July 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. They are recruiting for quality inspector and forklift operator positions. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event. 


FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS IN UNION AND BUFFALO START TONIGHT AT 6 P.M.

Monday, July 4

All the planning for two Independence Day celebrations comes together tonight.  The Buffalo community Party at the Pond is set to get underway at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at dark with a spectacular fireworks display. The plans call for great music, fireworks and vendors. For folks who would like to be a vendor at the event, the fee is $35. For more information, contact the Buffalo Festival Committee at 864-426-4457.

Beginning at the same time will be the annual “Light Up the Lake” celebration at Foster Park Lake. Activities will include children’s face painting, food vendors and other items for children and adults. The Carolina Rhythm Band will be the featured entertainment, and a huge fireworks display by Mike Summer and East Coast Pyrotechnics will begin at dark. WBCU Radio will be broadcasting live from the celebration.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT PLANS DRIVE-IN MOVIE JULY 23RD

Monday, July 4

An interesting night of entertainment is planned for the latter part of July. It will be reminiscent of the days when drive-in movies were popular. It’s called the Summer Nights Movie Series and will feature the movie Batman Vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice, which will be shown on a 40-foot screen at the Union County Fairgrounds on July 23rd. The Union County Parks and Recreation Department is putting on the event. The gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with the movie starting at 8:45. They promise a fun night with food, music and family entertainment. The audio portion of the program will be broadcast through an FM radio transmitter and can be heard on your car radio. The charge will be $10 per car load.

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THREE ARRESTED IN BURGLARY IN BUFFALO

Monday, July 4

Sheriff David Taylor announced Friday that his office has arrested three suspects involved in a burglary of a residence on Ashton Brook Acres in the Buffalo community. On Friday, June 24th, the homeowner came home from work around noon to find his home had been burglarized. The victim told deputies he left work around 8:00 a.m., and when he came home, he found his front door had been kicked in and left ajar. The victim stated he was missing a silver gun case containing a black Bushmaster AR-15 with a 30-round clip. He also said he was missing a camouflage case containing a black Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. The victim also stated that jewelry was stolen, and the total value of all items was $3,350.

Investigators along with bloodhounds were called to the scene to collect evidence and to check the perimeter for tracks. The victim advised officers that only a small number of people knew where the guns were stored. He provided a list of names of possible suspects, and investigators started trying to locate the suspects and checking store video close to the burglary.

A few hours later, Sheriff Taylor received a phone call from the victim, who stated that he had located one of the stolen guns underneath a car located on 3rd Street, Ottaray. He stated that one suspect with red hair ran through the woods, and he saw a black car leaving the scene. Deputies stopped and searched the black vehicle and got the names of the occupants. The bloodhounds were called to track the red-headed white male suspect, but before the dogs caught him, he was apprehended by Sheriff Taylor at a residence on 5th Street in the Ottaray community. He was identified as Caleb Kyle Revis. He was transported to the Union County Sheriff’s Office for interrogation and was charged. The following individuals have been arrested and charged in this crime. Additional arrests are expected:

Caleb Kyle Revis, 20, 317 3rd St., Union—1st-degree burglary, grand larceny, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime.

Christopher Lee Jennings, 34, 308 Brockman Heights, Union—1st-degree burglary, grand larceny, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime.

Stacey Ruth Malpass, 42, 128 Dana Tara Lane, Buffalo--1st-degree burglary, grand larceny.

Sheriff Taylor states that $2,250 of the $3,350 in property that was stolen has now been recovered.

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MAN WANTED ON KIDNAPPING CHARGE EVADES ARREST

Monday, July 4

On Thursday, June 30th, Union County sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve a kidnapping warrant on Christopher Gist at 120 Woodlawn Avenue. Gist was being sought on a warrant charging him with kidnapping in a case that goes back to June 3rd.  That case involved a 21-year old woman who told deputies at that time she had been assaulted and held against her will.

Upon arriving at the Woodlawn Avenue address, deputies went to the front and back doors. When deputies knocked on the front door, the subject ran out the side door. The deputies gave chase and shouted to the subject that he was under arrest. The subject did not stop. As deputies chased, Gist ran toward Highland Drive and officers lost sight of him. The Union County K-9 team was called out but was unable to locate Gist.

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THREE COMPANIES HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday, July 4

Ambassador will host a recruitment event at SC Works Cherokee, located at 133 Wilmac Road in Gaffney, on Thursday, July 7th, from 9:00am to noon and from 1-4pm. The hiring event will be for assignments at Newark Element 14 in Gaffney (formerly Newark Electronics). Available positions are pickers, packers, material handlers and shippers. Qualified candidates should apply online via www.jobs.scworks.org and attend the recruitment event.

Adecco will host a recruitment event at SC Works Spartanburg on Thursday, July 7th, from 1-4pm.  They are recruiting for warehouse associate positions at the Timken facility in Duncan. Again, qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event.

Popeye’s will soon be opening a new location in Boiling Springs.  They will be conducting interviews at the SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce, Spartanburg office, on July 5-8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. SC Employment & Workforce office is located at 364 South Church Street in Spartanburg. They are recruiting for crew member, assistant manager, and general manager positions.  Qualified candidates should apply online via www.scworks.org and attend the event.

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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS IS AUGUST 2ND

Monday, July 4

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations in South Carolina of the August 2, 2016, deadline to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) as a result of the excessive rain and flooding that began on Oct. 1, 2015. The disaster declaration includes Union County in South Carolina.


NO ACTION TAKEN AT COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY

Friday, July 1

The Union County Council Committee on County Offices and Departments was scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon, but when the time came, committee chairman Randall Hanvey announced that not enough of the committee members were on hand to hold the session. A quorum was on hand to hold a special meeting that was scheduled to follow the committee meeting. When they convened, they immediately went into an executive session. It is known that during that lengthy session, one individual was interviewed for the position of Director of the Emergency Medical Service. No action was taken.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS PLANNED MONDAY EVENING IN UNION, BUFFALO

Friday, July 1

Two annual Independence Day celebrations are set to take place Monday.  The Buffalo Community Party at the Pond is set to get underway at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at dark with a spectacular fireworks display. Plans call for great music, fireworks and vendors. For folks who would like to be a vendor at the event, the fee is $35. for more information, contact the Buffalo Festival Committee at 864-426-4457. 

Also scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday will be the annual “Light Up the Lake” celebration at Foster Park Lake. Activities will include children’s face painting, food vendors and other items for children and adults. The Carolina Rhythm Band will be the featured entertainment, and a huge fireworks display by Mike Summer and East Coast Pyrotechnics will begin at dark. WBCU Radio will be broadcasting live from the celebration.

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TWO ARRESTED ON MARIJUANA CHARGES

Friday, July 1

Tuesday, Sgt. Jared Gilstrap, Lt. John Sherfield, and Lt. Mickey Parker met with an undercover operative of the Union County Sheriff's Office in an attempt to purchase marijuana from 26-year old Jared Kyle Harvey. The operative left the location and traveled to Lee Spelts Rd. in the Buffalo community to pick up Harvey, who was then going to take the operative to another location to purchase the marijuana.

Once the operative picked up Harvey, they headed back toward the City of Union in the operative's vehicle. The operative sent a text message stating they were going to Shady's to get the marijuana. The responding officers set up in the parking lot of Hardee's and watched the operative's vehicle. The operative called the officer and stated that Harvey was walking up to a white Chevy pickup truck that was occupied by two white females. Harvey went up to the passenger window and handed the female on the passenger side the money and received the marijuana from her and returned to the operative’s vehicle. At this time, officers moved in to take down Harvey and the female who sold to him. Officers stopped the operative's vehicle on North Duncan Bypass, arrested Harvey, and recovered a quantity of marijuana.

The female that sold the marijuana to Harvey was described by the operative as a small-frame female wearing a blue cooking apron. This female was identified as 31-year old Ashley M. Newton. Harvey and Newton were transported to Union County Jail for booking, where warrants were to be signed on both subjects for distribution of marijuana and distribution of marijuana within 1/2 mile of a school or park. The latter charge came because the transaction took place within a half-mile of Union County Stadium, which is used for Union County High School functions and public youth events. The marijuana was placed into evidence for testing by a certified UCSO analyst.

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TWO FROM GREENVILLE COUNTY ARRESTED ON CRACK COCAINE CHARGES

Friday, July 1

Also on Tuesday, Lt. Sherfield received information that cocaine and crack cocaine was going to be delivered to the parking lot located at 2341 Cross Keys Hwy. in Union County. The officers were told that the suspects would be operating a green Kia Sorento. The officer set up surveillance and watched as a green Sorento drove into the parking lot. Narcotics officers and deputies then drove into the parking lot to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, and when the officers activated their blue lights, the vehicle sped away through the parking lot and drove through a ditch onto S.C. Hwy. 49 and headed west. The officers pursued the vehicle, and while doing so, they observed the passenger of the vehicle throw a plastic bag with a white substance out the passenger’s side window. The Kia finally stopped on S.C. Hwy. 49 just before Fairwood Blvd. J. Roland Sullivan III, 33, of Greenville, was found to be the driver, and Marcus Lashawn Lee, 32, of Fountain Inn, was found to be the passenger of the vehicle. The plastic bag was recovered from the side of the roadway and found to contain approximately 7 grams of crack cocaine. Both Sullivan and Lee were then placed under arrest. While searching Lee, Lt. Sherfield seized $585 cash from his front pocket. A driver’s license check showed that Sullivan's license was suspended for unpaid traffic tickets, and that this was his second offense for DUS. Both Lee and Sullivan will be charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and Sullivan was also issued a summons for DUS, 2nd offense, and a summons for failure to stop for a blue light. Both suspects were then transported to Union County Jail by uniform patrol. The vehicle was seized by the Narcotics Unit because they were transporting more than 10 grains of crack cocaine in the vehicle. The crack cocaine will be analyzed by SLED.

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MAN CHARGED AFTER DRIVING HIS CAR INTO A RAVINE TO ELUDE POLICE 

Friday, July 1

Tuesday was a busy day for narcotics officers, as Lt. Sherfield learned that 33-year old Jerome Tribble of Gray Court was going to be delivering a quantity of high-grade marijuana to the parking lot of 2341 Cross Keys Hwy. in Union County. Narcotics officers set up surveillance nearby, and at approximately 9:30 p.m., Tribble pulled into the parking lot operating a red 2005 Honda Accord. As officers entered the parking lot to attempt to make a traffic stop on this vehicle, the vehicle sped away through the parking lot and drove through a ditch. Inv. Scott Coffer blocked the highway in an attempt to prevent a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle attempted to go around Coffer, and by doing so, the vehicle went into a deep ravine. Tribble still tried to drive through the ravine; however, his vehicle was disabled due to damage and it being in the 10-foot-deep ravine. Tribble was then removed from the vehicle through the driver’s side window, and while officers were struggling with him, he attempted to reach back near the console area where officers later recovered a Springfield XD-4 9mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with a chambered round. The officers also recovered approximately 85 grams of high-grade marijuana hidden in a potato chip bag. During a search of the vehicle, the officers located two ball tickets, as well. Tribble was arrested and transported to Union County Jail by uniform patrol officers, and the vehicle was towed. Tribble was issued a summons for possession of ball tickets and another for failure to stop for a blue light. Also an arrest warrant was to be signed charging Tribble with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.


CITY AWARDED $675,000 GRANT FOR FOSTER STREET SEWER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Thursday, June 30

The City of Union has been awarded a $675,000 grant for improved sewer services. The grant comes from the Community Infrastructure Program. Funds will be used to upgrade sewer lines in the Foster Street area. In making the announcement, Mayor Harold Thompson said the Foster Street service area is home to approximately 80 residents, a church, and five businesses, all of which will benefit from the project. It will include the rehabilitation of sewer facilities, the installation of 5,266 lineal feet of 8-inch vitried clay sewer pipe, and 27 new manholes. The $675,000 Community Development Block Grant will pay for the bulk of the project, but state law requires localities to provide a 10% match.

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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET FOR 2016-2017

Thursday, June 30

The Lockhart Town Council met Tuesday evening at the Lockhart Town Hall to give second reading to their budget for 2016-2017. The expected revenue totals $355,300, an increase of around $17,000. In addition, the council discussed a proposed ordinance for mobile homes in the community. They decided they need to seek legal counsel before proceeding.

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MAN CANNOT ELUDE CAPTURE AFTER RUNNING FROM DEPUTIES

Thursday, June 30

Last Friday, a woman went to the Union County Sheriff’s Office to file a report with Chief Deputy Perry Haney in reference to a petit larceny incident at her residence on Linersville Road. She told Haney that her grandson, 27-year old Adam Fisher, had taken a single personal check and her driver’s license from her purse. She contacted the bank to stop payment on the check. She reported that during the last few months, Fisher stole another check and cashed it at Wal-Mart, but she did not press charges at that time.

Related to that case, Deputy Russell Roark and Reserve Deputy John Flood went to 202 Buffalo Street in Buffalo on Tuesday and attempted to place Fisher under arrest for outstanding warrants. Roark was able to get Fisher into handcuffs, but at that point, Fisher began to resist and struck Roark about the face, breaking the deputy’s glasses. Flood came into the residence to assist and was instructed to get the leg irons to secure the suspect and keep him from running. Fisher was able to break free from Roark and ran out of the residence. Other deputies, along with Sheriff Taylor, responded. The K-9 tracking unit was summoned. Fisher ran into a wooded area near the Buffalo Mill Pond and was apprehended. Fisher was transported to the Union Medical Center due to claims that he had taken several illegal narcotics. Additional charges were expected to be filed against Fisher.

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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY UPDATES ITS HURRICANE REPORT

Thursday, June 30

According to its latest update, the HUGO Hurricane Landfall Outlook Program at Coastal Carolina University is forecasting a slightly higher probability of Atlantic hurricane activity in 2016 than was indicated in its initial report, released in April. The update forecasts a marginal increase in the number of tropical storms and the number of hurricanes, as well as a slightly greater probability of a landfall on the U.S. East Coast. The April report described the overall 2016 season as “near to above normal.”

The latest HUGO outlook, calculated in mid-June, predicts that there will be 14 named tropical storms this season, rather than the 13 predicted in April, and eight named hurricanes, rather than seven. The June report also indicates a most-likely scenario of one hurricane landfall on the East Coast rather than zero, as was forecast in April. At least one landfall is predicted in the Gulf of Mexico, consistent with the April outlook.


TEAM ARUBA NOTCHES ITS FIRST IHRA WIN AT THE CANADIAN NATIONALS

Wednesday, June 29

The last three events have equated to three final rounds for Union-based Team Aruba. While the team came heart-wrenchingly close to its first-ever IHRA Pro Stock win in its last two outings, it was the IHRA Canadian Nationals and Team Aruba’s third trip to the final round that would give the team, led by team owner Ven Eman and Aruba.com Mustang pilot Trevor Eman, their first victory. An elated Eman was thrilled to get the win for his hardworking team and the country he represents. As a result of the win, a celebration and open house was held Tuesday afternoon at their race shop here in Union on the Whitmire Highway. Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman spoke to those assembled for the celebration and open house. We apologize for the sound quality.

 

Learn more about Team Aruba, their island paradise home, and the IHRA Drag Racing Series by going online to: www.Aruba.com.

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LIBRARY SEEKS $100,000 IN DONATIONS TO COMPLETE RENOVATIONS

Wednesday, June 29

The Union County Carnegie Library is seeking an additional $100,000 in public donations that are still needed to pay for renovations to make it handicapped-accessible. City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson announced in November that a $304,346 Community Development Block Grant had been awarded to help fund the Library’s American Disabilities Act Project. The ADA project is a part of a larger program of renovations the library is undertaking that, when complete, will give the library handicapped-accessible parking, entrances, doorways, and bathrooms; installation of a fire system with audible and visible warnings; handicapped-accessible stations for computers; and an elevator to the lower level of the library, which will also be renovated. The renovations to the lower level of the library are designed to provide more space for patrons, as well as providing more space for local organizations interested in using them for meetings or special events.

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ROTARY CLUB HONORED AT DISTRICT AWARDS GALA

Wednesday, June 29

Members of the Rotary Club of Union attended the Rotary District 7750 Awards and Installation Gala at the Commerce Club in Greenville on Thursday, June 23rd. Dinner and district business followed a networking reception. District 7750 officers, Club Presidents, and the 2016-2017 District Governor were installed, and the outgoing District Governor, Terry Weaver, presented awards to the clubs. The Rotary Club of Union was awarded the Governor’s Bronze Award of Excellence, 2015-2016 Presidential Citation Gold, and 2015-2016 Zone 33 Public Image Citation. Clubs must complete required activities and follow specific guidelines in order to receive the awards.

The Rotary Club of Union serves their local community through a wide array of service projects. For more information about the Union Rotary Club, visit their website www.rotaryclubofunion.org or Facebook page www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofUnion.

 

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ART CAMPS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HIGHLIGHT ARTS COUNCIL'S JULY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 29

Among the activities scheduled for the Union County Arts Council in the month of July is the Artistic Science Camp. The campers will spend the week creating everything from crystal letters to magnetic slime. The camp will be held July 11-12 and 14-15 from 10:00 am-2:00pm each day. It is designed for children from Kindergarten–2nd grade. The fee is $35 for Arts Council members and $40 for non-members. Lunch will be provided.

Coming up July 18-19 and 21-22 will be Abstract Adventure, where campers will explore the world of abstract art while creating their own. The camp will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm each day for 3rd-5th grade youngsters. The fee is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Lunch will be provided.

On exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Gallery will be First Encounter. Photographer George Ligon is bringing his work back to Union County. After spending 15 days on safari, Ligon has produced an exhibit that will allow all of Union County the ability to have a “First Encounter” with the wildlife of Kenya.  All are invited to visit this extraordinary show, which will be on exhibit from July 8th-August 18th. A reception will be held for Ligon August 4th from 5:00 pm-7:00pm.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR PILL POSSESSION AFTER FALLING ASLEEP IN LIL' CRICKET PARKING LOT

Wednesday, June 29

Early Tuesday morning, Deputy Jamison Lee Taylor and Deputy Roger Suber of the Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Main Street in the Buffalo community. Upon arrival, deputies located a black male sitting inside a silver Chevrolet Impala with the motor running. Suber made contact with the male by knocking on the driver’s side window. The male woke up and talked with the officer and was removed from inside the car. Suber asked the male, identified as Joseph Jennings, what he was doing at the Lil’ Cricket Store. Jennings stated that he was headed to his mother’s house on West Main Street and stopped by the store to get something. Jennings admitted to driving the car to the store, and upon searching Jennings, a small white plastic container was located by Deputy Taylor. Taylor opened the white plastic container and noticed several pills inside the bottle. Jennings was then placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail for booking. Deputy Taylor will to obtain a warrant on Jennings for the pills.


COUNTY COMMITTEE TO MEET, FOLLOWED BY SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL

Tuesday, June 28

The Union County Council Committee on Personnel, County Offices, and Departments will meet on Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse to discuss personnel matters. After that, the Union County Council will hold a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse to consider any recommendations from the Committee on Personnel, County Offices and Departments.  The public is invited to attend.

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UCHS LOOKING FOR NEW PRINCIPAL AS TRAKAS ASSUMES NEW DUTIES

Tuesday, June 28

Union County High School principal Betsy Trakas has been moved from that position to take over as Director of Student Services, Safety and Adult Education. That moved comes as a result of Career and Technology Center Director Kevin Morrow taking another job. District Superintendent William Roach explained what Trakas will be doing in the position.

 

While not officially announced by the County of Union, it was reported that Morrow will take over the job as a magistrate. That position was vacated by Jeff Bailey, who resigned in order to run as a Republican for sheriff. In a statement that was issued by the school district, it said, “In her new position at the district level, Mrs. Trakas will supervise all aspects of the Adult Education program, coordinate and ensure compliance for school safety, and serve as the district ombudsman for student services.” The job of principal for Union County High School had already been posted on the district’s website, and applications are being accepted.

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UTILITY WORKERS WILL BE CHANGING OUT DEVICES ON WATER METERS AROUND THE AREA

Tuesday, June 28

According to City of Union Utilities Department Director Joe Nichols, the City of Union will be changing out electronic radio transmission devices on water meters throughout the city, Monarch, and Buffalo over the next several weeks. They have contracted with EOS to do the work. EOS workers will be driving white trucks or SUVs with the EOS and City of Union decals on the vehicles. The workers will be wearing neon green shirts. They will be working from roughly 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the area for the next several weeks. The work they are doing is legitimate and authorized by the city. If you have further questions, call the City of Union Utilities Department at 429-1721.

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GEORGIA PACIFIC HOSTING RECRUITMENT EVENT IN UNION THURSDAY

Tuesday, June 28

Georgia Pacific will host a recruitment event at SC Works Union, located at 103 West Main Street, on Thursday, June 30th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The hiring event will be for production operator positions at their Spartanburg plant. Candidates must apply online via www.jobs.scworks.org  prior to attending the recruitment event.

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE REPORTED ON WHITMIRE HIGHWAY

Tuesday, June 28

Union County sheriff’s deputy Brad Woods, along with multiple fire departments and EMS, were dispatched to Whitmire Highway in the vicinity of Hebron Baptist Church for a structure fire last Friday. Deputy Woods was the first on scene and found the house at 2569 Whitmire Highway fully engulfed in flames. While waiting for fire units, Woods observed and photographed fresh tire tracks in the dirt driveway. He knew from personal knowledge that the home had no utilities running to it, and had not had any in at least 10 years, making the cause of the fire suspicious. Woods contacted the on-call investigator and notified the property caretaker to notify the owner. The case was sent to investigators.

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE AT MOBILE HOME UNDER INVESTIGATION

Tuesday, June 28

On Sunday, deputies and several fire departments were dispatched to 120 Mill Street in reference to an arson. Upon arrival, deputies noticed a small fire burning on the left side of the front door to a mobile home. Firefighters put the fire out. A neighbor stated that he was at home when he saw the fire from his residence and called 911. The home owner, Randy Cannon, and land owner, Joe English, arrived on scene. Cannon stated that the mobile home did not have any power to the residence and said that he had been letting Todd Knox and a female stay there for the past month. Knox was arrested earlier in the week, but the female continued to stay there. Cannon stated the female, Ashley Longshore Robinson, was allowing other people to live there also. A couple of days ago, he told her not to come back to the property. As deputies were speaking with Cannon, Robinson came to the property. She stated that she was trying to find Cannon so she could get her things out of the mobile home. The case was turned over to investigators.

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TWO CHARGED following TRAFFIC STOP

Tuesday, June 28

On Saturday, Deputy Brandon Vaughan was patrolling Main Street in Buffalo and noticed a vehicle with a headlight out traveling toward Bailey Road. Vaughan initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Two male subjects got out of the vehicle, and Vaughan advised them to stop and get back in the vehicle. He then spoke to the driver, Arron Deprather, and advised him as to why he was being stopped. His driver’s license was run through dispatch, and they advised that he was suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets. Deprather was placed under arrest and then asked if he had anything in the vehicle or on him. He gave consent to look in the vehicle. Deputy Vaughan looked in the vehicle and found a corduroy bag in the front seat. On opening the bag, he found a black iPad box with 3 baggies of a clear crystal rocklike substance believed to be meth. Also found was a box, a needle, an empty bag and a lighter. The deputy also found a digital scale and a funnel in the bag, along with 2 watches and $151 in Mexican peso coins. He also found 2 jewelry boxes with several pieces of jewelry inside the box, and a checkbook with the name of Christina Walker on it. There were also 2 grey watches. After advising each subject of their rights, the deputy then asked both subjects who the bags belonged to, and both stated it was not theirs. Deprather stated that he just picked up Michael Trantham for work, and he had both bags when he got into the vehicle. The officer then asked Trantham about the bags, and he stated that he did not know whose they were, either. Vaughan then asked Trantham again about the bag, and he finally stated that the bags were his and that he had a meth problem. He also stated that the property found was given to him by his family and that it was not stolen. He was asked about the checkbook, and he stated that he did not know where it came from. The deputy then took Trantham's wallet and found several blank checks with the names of other people on them. Trantham was asked about the blank checks, and he stated that he took them without anybody knowing about them. He was then placed under arrest, as well. Both subjects were transported to the Union County Jail. Deprather is charged with driving under suspension and Trantham with possession with intent to distribute meth.


COUNTY COUNCIL VOTES TO BUY PROPERTY NEXT TO BONHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT

Monday, June 27

The Union County Council met Friday at the Buffalo Fire Department to host a public hearing concerning an ordinance forming the Buffalo Fire District.  The Buffalo Fire Department was formed back in the 1960s through an act of the state legislature. Changes have occurred in the ensuing years that call for an update, which may be best described as a “clean-up” of terminology. Under the new ordinance, the property of the department would become the possession of the county rather than the fire departments. Several firefighters who were on hand for the hearing expressed their concern over this. Supervisor Frank Hart said this was necessary under the law. County Council District 3 councilman Tommy Ford, who represents the Buffalo area, said he does not believe the council would choose to take firefighting equipment, including fire trucks, away from them.

 

Following the hearing, the council went into a special meeting to vote on the ordinance and take up several other matters. One of those was a 2nd reading of an ordinance to establish the Bonham Fire District just as was done with the Buffalo Fire Department. In other matters related to the Bonham Department, they are now housed in the former school bus shop building on Highway 18. The reason was that Supervisor Hart has been authorized to dispose of their former building but not the real estate on which it sits. It is believed this move is to facilitate an economic development project. The Bonham Fire Department has already purchased property on Oak Grove Road for a new headquarters. In addition to the council action Friday night, a motion was passed to purchase property adjacent to the vacated fire department for $18,000 from the Union Hospital District. The shuffling of property appears to point towards an industrial development project.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCES ITS MONTHLY MEETING

Monday, June 27

The Union County Democratic Party monthly meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. It will be held in the Council Chambers of Union City Hall, located at 101 Sharpe Avenue. The public is invited.

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HARDEE'S HELPS AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 WITH FUNDRAISER

Monday, June 27

Thanks to the generosity of Hardee's, American Legion Post 22 will be having a Fourth of July fundraiser at Union County's annual “Light up the Lake” event at Foster Park. Hardee's will be providing the mobile equipment, food, drinks, and personnel to support the event for Post 22. Funds raised by Post 22 will go towards their baseball team, the JROTC at Union County High School, and Boys State, as well as support of other community needs. The Union American Legion would like to thank in advance all of those who will make purchases to help out with this fundraiser.

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4-H CAMPERS HOPE TO HELP FOSTER CHILDREN

Monday, June 27

Union County 4-Hers are working toward using their “hands for larger service,” as the 4-H pledge states, beginning with the Christmas in July day camp, July 6-7.   For their community service project this year, the 4-Hers are reaching out to make a difference in the lives of foster children in the Union County area.  Union County Foster Parents Association president Chris Vaughan says that many times when children are removed from their homes to be placed in foster care, they literally have nothing but the clothes they are wearing.  This is a time of anxiety and stress for a child, as they have recently been removed from their home and are being moved to a new, unknown foster home.  While no one can change the circumstances these children have already experienced, 4-H would like to at least provide a tangible source of comfort and hope for the journey ahead. Working with the Union County Foster Parents Association and the local Department of Social Services, the 4-Hers would like to provide book bags filled with items such as combs, brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and other toiletry items.  They also would like to add some “comfort” items to each bag, such as pajamas, throws, small toys, games, coloring books, journals for older youth, reading books, flashlights, art supplies, non-perishable foods/snacks, or anything they can call their own. Already, 4-H has had a generous donation of 46 book bags, so now they need to get busy to fill them. They invite the community to be a part of this needed project.   If you would like to donate any items, money, or gift cards to be used in this project, please contact the Union County 4-H office at 427-6259, ext. 113, or drop them off at the office at 120 Kirby Street at the fairground.

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28 STUDENTS PUT ON SHOW AS DRAMA CAMP COMES TO A CLOSE

Monday, June 27

Union County High School Drama camp was held this past week, with 28 students attending, ranging from first to eighth grade. Ralph Lawson, the camp instructor and drama teacher at the high school, said the kids worked hard and that the camp went really well. Lawson discussed this year’s camp, as well as the arts.

 

For more information on the arts or UCHS drama, please contact Ralph Lawson at 864-429-1750.

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TWO RECRUITMENT EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY

Monday, June 27

DHL/Excel will hold a recruitment event Thursday, June 30, from 9:00am-noon at the SC Works Spartanburg office, located at 220 East Kennedy Street. They will be hiring for 2nd shift and weekend shift module operators. Job duties include opening, verifying, and scanning returned merchandise and putting freight in proper locations. Weekend hours are Friday through Sunday from 6:00am to 6:30pm. 2nd-shift hours are Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 4:00am. Starting pay is $12 an hour plus a shift premium. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and computer experience. They also must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, push and/or pull up to 100 lbs. using a pallet jack, and be able to stand for long hours. Apply online prior to the event at https://dhlsupplychain.applicantpool.com/jobs/.

Another such event will be held when Georgia Pacific host a recruitment event at SC Works Union, located at 103 West Main Street in Union. This will also be held on Thursday, June 30th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The hiring event will be for production operator positions at their Spartanburg plant.  Candidates must apply online via www.jobs.scworks.org prior to attending the recruitment event.


COUNTY COUNCIL HEARING, MEETING SCHEDULED AT BUFFALO FIRE DEPARTMENT

Friday, June 24

The Union County Council is holding a public hearing this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Fire Department, located at 123 Bailey Road in Buffalo. The purpose of the meeting is to take comments from the public on the proposed ordinance to provide for the creation of a fire protection district to be known as the Buffalo Fire District. The council will be holding a special meeting immediately following the public hearing to consider a third and final reading of the proposed ordinance to provide for the creation of the Buffalo Fire District and to consider a second reading of a proposed ordinance for the creation of the Bonham Fire District. They will also consider the purchase of property adjacent to the Bonham Fire Station. Emslie Allen will appear to discuss property located on the Jonesville/Lockhart Highway and to consider the appropriation of funds for the Bonham Fire Station. The public is invited to attend the hearing and meeting.

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NINE LOCATIONS IN UNION COUNTY IN THE AG AND ART TOUR SPOTLIGHT

Friday, June 24

The Union County portion of the South Carolina Ag + Art tour will be starting up tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. On Sunday, the time will be 1 until 5 p.m. Elise Ashby tell us what to expect.

 

There are nine locations to tour including:

--the historic garden at the Cross Keys House;

--Olivia’s Way Gardening at 2434 Santuc Carlisle Highway;

--Simple Times Farms located at 651 New Hope Church Road, Cross Anchor;

--Hereford Hills Ranch at 1141 Pineland Road;

--Piedmont Physic Garden at 301 East South Street, Union;

--Three Horse Milling Company located at 3257 River Road;

--Jackson Farm Garden at 400 Foster Street;

--an auxiliary site is the Open Air Celebration South Carolina Beer Garden at 1870 Berry Farm Road. The beer garden will be open from 1 until 5 both days.

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ALL ABOARD FOR "CHANCE CONNECTIONS"

Friday, June 24

This will be your last weekend to see the Boogaloo production “Chance Connections.” It opened last weekend to great reviews and will be performed again Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th at 7:00 p.m. both nights. The charge for all performances is $10, and tickets are available at the door.

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MORE THAN $11,000 OF ITEMS STOLEN IN HOME AND GARAGE BREAK-IN

Friday, June 24

A Union County sheriff’s deputy responded this past week to T Bishop Road and spoke with a homeowner about a break-in. The man stated that he had been staying at his girlfriend’s house for a few days and had not been home. He said that his daughter came over to the house on June 18th to feed his horses, and she stated that everything appeared to be fine at the house. He said that when he came to the house Wednesday to feed the horses, he noticed that the screens on two of his house windows had been taken off and were laying in the yard. He stated that as he looked around more, he noticed that his garage had been entered and he was missing numerous items from inside. The victim stated that he then went into the house and saw that someone had been in there, as well. The deputy observed that the back door to the house had been pried open and the house was a mess. The deputy observed drawers pulled out and the contents of the drawers dumped out and tossed around the house. Walker stated that he was missing numerous items from inside the house, as well. He stated that in all, the value of all the missing items totals $11,465, plus $300 to replace the broken door. An investigator was called to the scene.

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MAN REPORTS VIDEO GAMES, CHANGE STOLEN FROM HIS HOUSE

Friday, June 24

Last Tuesday, a man told deputies that when he came to his residence, he noticed that someone had busted his front window out of his house and made entry. He stated at the time of the report, the only thing he could find missing was an X-Box valued at $100, 3 controllers for the X-Box valued at $135, a few games that went with it valued at $200, and around $100 in change. The victim stated that some of the change was in a big water bottle that was left at the residence, and 2 piggy banks were taken. He valued the damage to the window at $200. He added that he does not know who would have done this. The deputy summoned the on-call investigator to process the residence.


LOCKHART COUNCIL APPROVES FIRST READING OF BUDGET

Thursday, June 23

Tuesday evening, people in Lockhart gathered for a public forum to discuss the possibility of a transportation system for the county. A number of citizens appeared to give their opinion on the matter. It has been noted that surrounding counties already have the systems for the purpose of transporting senior citizens to and from such things as doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, drug stores and other necessary locations. It is reported that there would be a minimal charge for the service should it become a reality.

Following the forum, Lockhart Town Council met in their regular monthly session for the only purpose of giving a first reading to the budget ordinance. The council approved a new budget of $355,300. The anticipated revenue for the town is up this year by $17,300. The budget will require a second reading, and that is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 28th, at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

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UNION AND CHESTER COUNTIES IN THE AG & ART SPOTLIGHT

Thursday, June 23

The Union and Chester portion of the Ag + Art Tour is coming up this weekend. The tour has been going on all month, but this weekend is to spotlight Union County. The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Visitors to the tour have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about farm life. One of the highlights for this weekend will be a free watermelon cutting at the Farmer’s Market on East Main Street. The Farmer’s Market will open at 6:00 a.m., and the watermelon cutting will take place at 10.

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COUNTY COUNCIL HOLDING PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING ABOUT BUFFALO FIRE DISTRICT

Thursday, June 23

The Union County Council will hold a rare public hearing and special meeting Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Fire Station, located at 123 Bailey Road. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments on the proposed ordinance to provide for the creation of a fire protection to be known as the Buffalo Fire District. Immediately following the hearing, the council will hold a special meeting for a third and final reading of the Buffalo Fire District and consider a second reading of a proposed ordinance creating the Bonham Fire District. The public is invited to attend both the public hearing and the special meeting.

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FEDEX HOLDING OPEN HOUSE RECRUITING EVENT

Thursday, June 23

Federal Express will be holding an open house Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At the same time, they are looking for part-time dock workers. The starting pay is $16.16 an hour. The job requires physically and manually loading and/or unloading general commodity freight that varies in shape, size, and weight. Freight can be handled by using material handling equipment, such as a 2-wheel hand truck, drum truck, 4-wheel cart, etc. It also requires operating a forklift. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Numerous benefits are offered with the job. Interested applicants need to apply online at fedex.com/careers. They are located at 815 Berry Shoals Road in Duncan.

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MAN REPORTS HIS BROKEN-DOWN CAR waS VANDALIZED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

Thursday, June 23

On Tuesday, a Union County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 400 block of Mt. Joy Church Road in reference to vandalism. Once on scene, the officer spoke with the complainant, who stated that he left his vehicle on the side of the road on Monday because he was having some mechanical issues with it. He stated when he came back on Tuesday, he noticed that someone had vandalized his vehicle. The deputy observed and photographed the damage. It appears that someone had scratched his vehicle with an unknown object and had written profanity in black spray paint. The man was issued a victim’s form. The case will be sent up to investigations.

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE GIN CIRCLE HOUSE BREAK-IN

Thursday, June 23

Also on Tuesday, deputies responded to the complainant, who stated that his house at 205 Gin Circle had been broken into. He said that between Saturday and Tuesday, someone went under his house through the underpinning and had taken four video cameras valued at $160, an old pistol with no firing pin valued at $100, some women's clothes valued at $30, and $47 cash that he had in a Ziploc bag. The victim stated that he had other video cameras on his property, but he could not get the video to play. He said that his deer camera was mounted on a tree but it didn't have an SD card in it. The victim was advised this incident would be investigated further by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.


COUNTY COMPLETES NEGOTIATIONS ON LANDFILL HOST AGREEMENT WITH REPUBLIC SERVICES

Wednesday, June 22

The biggest news coming out of the Union County Council meeting Tuesday evening was the announcement that a new host agreement has been negotiated with Republic Services, the operator of the Wildcat landfill. It is estimated that the agreement will be worth over $100 million to Union over the life of that agreement. A prior agreement was set to expire in 5 years, but this one will last for the life of the landfill, which is estimated to be 70+ years. An excited Union County Supervisor Frank Hart called the agreement awesome.

 

Under the agreement, Republic will continue to pay the county the host fee, which amounts to $1.5 million each year and will continue to accept Union County and municipal waste at no charge. Republic supervisor Toney Davis was on hand for the meeting and presented a $20,000 check to Hart for the support upgrades and programming for the Spartanburg Community College campus in Union County. That was the first installment that will be paid annually for five years. They also awarded an annual $40,000 grant for five years that will fund a county litter enforcement officer.

In other council activity, Hart reported that State District 42 Representative Mike Anthony has been working with the county delegation to have $200,000 included in the state budget to assist in the relocating of utility services owned by the Town of Lockhart. The cost of moving the services was placed on the Town of Lockhart, which does not have the money to advance the project. The funds will allow the multimillion-dollar bridge project across the Broad River to proceed.

Some interesting things are being planned by the Recreation Department this summer. One of their projects will be to have a drive-in movie at the fairgrounds. That will bring back memories for a lot of folks.

The council gave third reading to the 2016–2017 county budget. The operational budget amounts to around $15,900,000.

A first reading was given to what is termed an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Union to utilize the services of the animal control officer. It will take two additional readings by the county and agreement by the city for this to take place. It is considered a first step in the possibility of the city and county governments sharing some of the services they provide.

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PIEDMONT PHYSIC GARDEN HOSTs ARTIST DURING AG & ART TOUR

Wednesday, June 22

Area residents are invited to join the Piedmont Physic Garden and artist Amanda Kingsmore for the Union County Ag + Art Tour Saturday, June 25, from 9 until 5 and Sunday, June 26, from 1 until 5. The garden is located at 301 East South Street, and admission is free.

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ANOTHER MOTHER ARRESTED WHEN CHILDREN TEST POSITIVE FOR DRUGS

Wednesday, June 22

On Monday, Lt. John Sherfield received a law enforcement referral from Union County Department of Social Services. The referral indicates that the agency had an ongoing case with the defendant, Evelyn Young, 23, and that on June 9, she and her two children provided Accurate Diagnostics of Spartanburg with a hair specimen to be tested for drug analysis. A few days later, Young's hair analysis indicated a positive presence of cocaine and marijuana. The next day, the 7-year old’s hair analysis indicated a positive presence of cocaine, and a 7-month old’s hair analysis indicated a positive presence of cocaine and marijuana. Young is listed as the sole caretaker for her two small children and is therefore responsible for their well-being. Because of these drug analysis results, Sherfield intends to sign an arrest warrant charging Young with unlawful neglect of both children for placing them at an unreasonable risk of both physical and mental harm by exposing her children to illegal drugs.

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WENDY'S STILL RECRUITING WORKERS FOR GAFFNEY RESTAURANT

Wednesday, June 22

Wendy’s will host another recruitment event at SC Works Cherokee office located at 133 Wilmac Road in Gaffney. The event will take place on Thursday, June 23, from 2-4pm. The hiring event will be for part-time crew members for their newly remodeled Gaffney location. Candidates need to apply online via jobs.scworks.org. Candidates are asked to apply to the job order number 666176 and attend the recruitment event. This job order requires no previous experience, and the minimum age requirement is 16.


COUNTY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SEVERAL ORDINANCES AT ITS MEETING

Tuesday, June 21

The Union County Council will be meeting in regular session tonight at 5:30 p.m. The agenda includes the consideration of appointments to the Building Code Board of Appeals and the Union County Carnegie Library Board of Directors. They will also consider a vacancy on the Airport Commission. Gary Moneypenney will be on hand to discuss Mental Health, and Rieta Drinkwine will give an update on the Carnegie Library project.

The council is expected to approve a resolution that states their approval of the Victim’s Rights Agreement, and another that will recognize the 100th anniversary of St. Paul Baptist Church.

The 3rd and final reading of the budget ordinance for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is expected to be approved. There is another ordinance to be considered for a 2nd reading that will repeal requiring an advisory referendum for members of a special tax or fire district. A 1st reading will be given to the ordinance creating the Bonham District. Recently, County Supervisor Frank Hart proposed to the Union City Council that money could be saved by combining services. The first step in accomplishing this is set to take place tonight, when Union County Council will consider a 1st reading to an intergovernmental agreement with the city on animal control. The proposal is for the county Animal Control officer to also perform that duty for the city. Financial considerations for the service were not made available.

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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL TO VOTE ON BUDGET FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MEETING

Tuesday, June 21

The Lockhart Town Council will also be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Lockhart Town Hall. The plan to give first reading to their budget for 2016-2017. The expected revenue totals $355,300, an increase of some $17,000.

Prior to that meeting will be a community forum for all of Union County. That meeting is to take place at 6:00, and comments will be received concerning the possibility of a countywide transportation system.

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CARLISLE TOWN COUNCIL HOLDING PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET PRIOR TO REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, June 21

The Carlisle Town Council will hold a public hearing on the 2016-2017 budget tonight at 6:30 p.m. That will be followed by the regular June meeting at the Carlisle Town Hall.

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DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR 4-H DAY CAMPS APPROACHES

Tuesday, June 21

Summertime has officially arrived, and with it fun summer 4-H day camps. Now that everyone has enjoyed a few relaxing days out of school, and perhaps even a vacation to the beach or the mountains, a 4-H day camp might fill some boring summer days.  They still have openings in their July day camps and invite area young people to be a part of them. In addition, their 4-H Crochet Workshop has been rescheduled for August 2-4 from 9:30 to noon.  This could be a great way to end summer vacation and learn a new skill. Final registration for all 4-H summer day camps is due by July 1st.

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GRANDPARENTS CHARGED AFTER 1-YEAR OLD TESTS POSITIVE FOR AMPHETAMINES, METH

Tuesday, June 21

On May 31st, Lt. Johnny Sherfield received a law enforcement referral from a Union County DSS worker via e-mail. The referral indicates that on May 16th, Accurate Diagnostics in Spartanburg collected a hair specimen source from a 1-year old child. This specimen was then sent to Quest Diagnostics-Lenexa in Lenexa, Kansas, for analysis. The specimen analysis report was generated on May 20th, which indicated that the 1-year old victim tested positive for amphetamines {690 pg/mg} and methamphetamines {5107pg/mg}.

This child was born on May 9, 2015, while his mother was serving a prison sentence within the S.C. Department of Corrections, so the child was then placed into the custody of the grandparents in Union County. A hair specimen source was also collected from both grandparents, which showed they also tested positive for amphetamines and   methamphetamines. Because Jesse Williford, 51, and Gail Williford, 50, are the legal custodians of the child, both will be charged with unlawful neglect of a child by a legal custodian for placing this child at an unreasonable risk of physical and mental harm by exposing this child to amphetamines and methamphetamines. The victim’s mother is still incarcerated within S.C. Dept. of Corrections.

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MOTHER CHARGED AFTER INFANT TESTS POSITIVE FOR MARIJUANA

Tuesday, June 21

There is a similar case within the City of Union. Lt. Mickey Parker received a report on May 24th that indicated that a child had tested positive for marijuana at birth. The case was forwarded to law enforcement by a DSS worker. The report stated that 19-year old Shenyah Rice gave birth to a baby boy on May 24th at Spartanburg Medical Center. The report stated the baby tested positive for THC in a urine test. Rice admitted to the social worker that she had used marijuana the same day the baby was born. The police report stated another test is scheduled to take place in a few days.


LOCKHART COUNCIL TO VOTE ON BUDGET; PUBLIC TO DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Monday, June 20

Lockhart Town Council will be meeting Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Lockhart Town Hall. They will be giving a 1st reading for the town’s budget. By law, the budget must be ratified by the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30th.

Prior to that session, in the same location, will be a Community Forum at 6:00 p.m. Citizens countywide are invited to attend for a discussion of the possibility of a county transportation system. A steering committee has been meeting to discuss the possibilities and seek input from area citizens about the need for a transportation system. It has been noted that surrounding counties already have the systems for the purpose of transporting senior citizens to and from such things as a doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, drug stores and other necessary locations. It is reported that there would be a minimal charge for the service should it become a reality.

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MUSIC AND MIRACLES COMMUNITY FUN DAY TO BENEFIT MIRACLE LEAGUE'S ALLSTAR PARK

Monday, June 20

A new event benefitting the Miracle League of Union County, Music and Miracles Community Fun Day, is scheduled for July 9th at the Union County Fairgrounds. It is being sponsored by WBCU Radio in support of the Miracle League of Union County. The fun is set to get underway at 3 p.m. that day and will feature a community talent show, a guitar raffle, silent auction, door prizes, bake sale, dunking booth, inflatables and more. The entertainment schedule includes the Childers, Josh Lydia and Quest. The Community Talent Show will take place from 5 until 7. Talent show entry forms are available at WBCU Radio on Main Street or the Miracle League of Union County Office at the Nonprofit Partnership Center. The entry fee is $10 on or before July 1st and $15 after that. Should you have any questions, contact MLUC on Facebook. The proceeds will benefit AllStar Park, the Miracle League’s all-inclusive playground project.

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LIBRARY BOARD SET TO MEET NEXT WEEK

Monday, June 20

The Board of Trustees of the Union County Carnegie Library will have a board meeting next week on Tuesday, June 28, from 5-6 p.m. at the library. The meeting is open to the public. Free lunches are being served all summer for anyone 18 and under on Monday through Friday from 11 - 1. All are welcome. Children under 12 need adult supervision.  

Looking ahead, the library will be closed Saturday, July 2nd, and Monday, July 4th.

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AGENCY SPOTLIGHT TO GATHER COMMUNITY AGENCIES UNDER ONE ROOF

Monday, June 20

There will be an Agency Spotlight hosted by Union County Workforce Development Tuesday, June 21st, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at SC Works Union, at 103 W. Main St.  The theme for the Agency Spotlight is “United we Serve” and will showcase various agencies and the services they provide to residents of Union County.   Katherine Pendergrass, Director of Union County Workforce Development, says, “This will be a great opportunity for the community to come in, stop by various tables and inquire about the services available to them. The agencies on display are members of our Union Partners Group, which meets on a regular monthly basis.”  Among the agencies participating are: AARP, SC Commission for the Blind, SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW), SC Department of Social Services (DSS), SC JUMMP, SC Legal Services, SC Works, SCC Union Campus, Union Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Union County Workforce Development, United Way of Union County, Urban League of The Upstate and Vocational Rehabilitation.   

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public safety INVESTIGATES GARAGE BREAK-IN

Monday, June 20

Thursday, City of Union Public Safety officers were dispatched to a break-in at 600 Lakeview Heights. On scene, they spoke with two people, who told the officers that the garage had been broken into and the back window had been raised. A number of power tools and assorted items were listed as missing. Pfc Mark Smith notice a four-lug tire wrench near a back window. It had apparently been used to pry open the window. Investigators were called to the scene, and they located a number of items that were taken from the building in a nearby area.

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ALARM THWARTS ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

Monday, June 20

This past Thursday, Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Gregory was dispatched to Berry Farm Road due to an alarm. While checking the perimeter of the residence, Gregory noticed a back window with a shovel sticking from underneath. No one was at or around the property until the homeowner arrived. It is not known what caused the subject or subjects to flee, but there was a large pit bull in the residence. It is believed the shovel in the window is what caused the alarm system to be activated. Deputy Belue assisted Gregory in lifting prints from the window. Black shoe prints were located on the front porch that did not match any of the shoes belonging to the homeowner. It was noted that the screen had been removed and the window cracked.

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SPARTANBURG AND PELHAM MEDICAL CENTERS EARN ACCREDITATION

Monday, June 20

Spartanburg Medical Center (SMC) and Pelham Medical Center (PMC), part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS), were recently recognized by the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO) Hospital Accreditation Program. As part of the accreditation process, surveyors visited the hospitals to monitor their adherence to patient safety and quality standards established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Surveyors also evaluated processes impacting patient care across various departments within SMC and PMC. This process helps SRHS improve standards and procedures, further enhancing the quality of the healthcare system. This accreditation will require an annual survey and the organization’s continual compliance with the DNV Healthcare Accreditation Process. Union Medical Center, also part of SRHS, was accredited in late 2015.


SHERIFF ANNOUNCES NEW SMART 911 SERVICE

Friday, June 17

There is a new service that will soon be coming to Union that should benefit citizens in the event of an emergency. The new service, called Smart 911, was introduced by Sheriff David Taylor Thursday. Area citizens representing businesses, industry, schools, churches and local government officials met in the fellowship hall of Tabernacle Baptist Church for a presentation about the 911 enhancement. Through this program, response time by emergency personnel and support equipment can be reduced by 11 minutes, according to the sheriff. Under the operating procedure, a secure database would be constructed with input by citizens. Signing up for the service would provide valuable information about individuals, family members, your home and vehicle, and even your pets.
Sheriff Taylor says the new program will be very beneficial to Union County citizens.

 

The sheriff said the new system is being implemented at no cost to the taxpayer. Individuals and others interested must sign up to be included in the system by going online at www.smart911.com, or you can call the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 429-1629. Smart 911 will list a wealth of information, including medical conditions you may have and medications you are currently taking. Officials say having this information and more will be advantageous before emergency personnel arrive.

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MAN CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST AFTER GIVING FALSE ID AND RUNNING FROM OFFICERS

Friday, June 17

On Wednesday, Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Woods was contacted by SC Department of Natural Resources Officer Kevin Smith, who said he was out with a subject on John Meadow Road. Officer Smith said he believed the subject had given him a false ID and that the sheriff’s office may be holding a warrant on him. While en route, Deputy Woods was advised that the subject had run into the woods. Officer Smith told the deputy that he had stopped a 1998 Honda Civic, and the driver provided a driver’s license that was issued to Derrick Shaw Johnson. Smith said the picture on the license did not look like the subject he had stopped, and he knew from past experience that the driver was a Lawter. When asked what his name was, he would only reply that he had provided his driver’s license. When asked his date of birth, he replied that he didn’t have to tell the officer. When the subject was advised that he was being detained, he ran into the woods.

The subject was identified as Joseph Cody Lawter, 31, of 406 West Main Street, Union. It was learned that he had a Family Court bench warrant. The officers said they intended to meet with the magistrate and obtain a warrant charging Lawter with resisting arrest.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES REPORT OF STOLEN DOG

Friday, June 17

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a stolen dog. Wednesday, Deputy Michelle Gregory was dispatched to Morning Glory Lane in reference to a larceny of a dog. Once on scene, the deputy spoke with the juvenile complainant, who stated that her pit bull named Joker was taken from her back yard. The dog is brown and white in color. The case was being referred to investigators.

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DOLLAR GENERAL RECRUITING WAREHOUSE WORKERS

Friday, June 17

Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville will host a recruitment event at SC Works Union, located at 103 West Main Street, on Tuesday, June 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The hiring event will be for warehouse worker positions. Candidates should apply online via jobs.scworks.org  and refer to job order 669214. Complete the online application process for Dollar General and attend the recruitment event on Tuesday.

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4-H CAMPS FOR KIDS COMING SOON

Friday, June 17

There are several 4-H camps coming up you may want to know about. One is called 4-H Camp Wild. It will include campers from Union, Chester, York, Fairfield, Newberry and Lancaster counties and will be held at Chester State Park. The camp will be for ages 8-14. It will include swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing, nature trails, shooting sports and a lot of hands-on 4-H activities. It will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 28th and conclude on June 30th at 11:00 a.m.

There is another camp called Cloverbud that will run July 12-14 from 9 until 12 each day. This camp is for the younger folks ages 5 to 7. Campers will enjoy fun foods, crafts and inventions from time gone by. For more information and to register, contact the Union County Clemson Extension Service at 120 Kirby Street.


CATHCART WINS LAURENS COUNTY, BUT MANN GETS MORE VOTES OVERALL

Thursday, June 16

Sometimes Union County voters forget that SC House District 42 includes a small portion of Laurens County. In the primary race Tuesday, Tommy Mann won the Republican primary over challenger Mark Cathcart by a substantial margin. The six precincts from Laurens County that cast ballots in the race demonstrated a different direction. Cathcart won those by a slim margin. He received 415 votes, or 50.73%, to Mann’s 403, or 49.27%. With Union and Laurens counties reporting, the total for Cathcart was 782, and for Mann, 1245. Mann thanked his opponent.

 

The other election that drew attention was that of County Council District 2. Speculation was that there would be a runoff there, but unofficially, that was not the case. The three-person field included John Glenn, James Rice and Ralph Tucker. Glenn received 150 votes, or 31.78%. Rice received 84, or 17.80%, and Tucker got 238 votes, or 50.42%. That was enough to avoid a runoff. Law requires that a winner receive 50% of the vote plus 1.

These are all unofficial numbers. The primaries will be certified today.

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BOOGALOO'S SUMMER PRODUCTION, "CHANCE CONNECTIONS," HITS THE STAGE

Thursday, June 16

Nearly 20 performers will take to the stage Friday and Saturday for the play “Chance Connections.” Written by Dr. Dan O’Shields, he tells us what it is about.

 

The play will be performed at 7:00 p.m. both days (June 17th and 18th) and will be repeated the following Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th, at the same time in the USC-Union auditorium. The opening night presentation will include wine and cheese, and the admission is $15. All other performances are $10 each, and tickets can be obtained at Something Special, Union County Arts Council, or WBCU, or from any cast member. Tickets are also available at the door.

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FIRST STEPS LOOKs FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thursday, June 16

Union County First Steps is looking for a new executive director. At last Monday’s school board meeting, the current director, Catherine Childers, was named Career Development Coordinator to work between the Jonesville and Lockhart schools. The Career Development program is basically a preparation process to help students enter the work place when the time comes.

The job purpose for the First Steps position is, as stated, “Working with the board of directors, planning and managing activities related to the goals and objectives of Union County First Steps.” The qualifications include, among others, a bachelor’s degree (preferably in business management, business administration, human services, or nonprofit management) with a minimum of five years’ experience in developing and managing human service programs or experience in nonprofit leadership.  Candidates must demonstrate experience in community and grassroots development, fiscal management, and fundraising experience.  They must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to establish an effective working relationship with the Board of Directors, State Office of First Steps, partner organizations, and diverse populations represented in the community. 

Candidates that meet these qualifications and are interested in this position should send an up-to-date cover letter and résumé along with three professional references by email to cmchilders@union.k12.sc.us or by mail to: Union County First Steps, 130 W. Main Street, Union, SC, 29379. The deadline is June 23rd.

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OFFICERS RESPOND TO POSSIBLE ASSAULT

Thursday, June 16

Back on June 8th, City of Union public safety officers responded to Lipsey Street for a report of an assault. They spoke to a woman there who said her 16-year old daughter had been assaulted by her boyfriend. She said she saw him strike the victim, knocking her to the ground. The officers interviewed the victim, who told them that she was getting out of the car and he was grabbing her arm and she hit him. The report stated that she told the officers that he then slung her on the ground and got on top of her. Her mother came out and removed the alleged assailant from the girl. She was not injured. The victim said that earlier, he removed her from a friend’s car and made her get into a vehicle with him. She said that he then drove her to a dead end road somewhere in the vicinity of the high school. There she said she started fighting with him. The victim said she was trying to break up with him because he had been cheating on her.

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WOMAN REPORTS SCAM INVOLVING SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE WITH CATTLEMAN'S ASSOCIATION

Thursday, June 16

On Tuesday, Union County sheriff’s deputies spoke to a woman about what she believes is an attempted scam. She said she had received a call from a man identifying himself as Francesco, who said he was with the Union County Cattleman’s Association. He said he wanted to talk with her about her policy. She told the man she did not have a policy, but she had applied for one a few years ago and never heard anything back. She said the man had all of her personal information, and even had an updated address that she had never given to the Cattleman’s Association. She said she told the man that she wanted to cancel everything she had with the company. He stated he would come to her house on Wednesday around 5 or 6 p.m. She said she told the man not to come, but he insisted he would see her then. She said she had tried to call back at the number he gave her, but her calls went to voicemail. The woman contacted the Cattleman’s Association, and they stated they do not know anything about this. The case will be looked into further by investigators.


MANN, TUCKER, FORD, AND HILL WIN THEIR PRIMARIES

Wednesday, June 15

 

SC House 42 TOTALS Failsafe Absentee Adamsburg Black Rock Bonham Buffalo B1 Carlisle Cross Keys East Buffalo Excelsior J'ville B1 J'ville B2 Kelton
                             
Mark Cathcart 782 4 25 13 6 30 9 3 21 5 18 24 17 20
Tommy Mann 1245 1 55 93 5 45 29 3 29 9 53 27 45 52
                             
  TOTALS Lockhart Monarch B1 Monarch B2 Putnam Santuck Ward1 B1 Ward1 B2 Ward2 Ward3 Ward4 B1 Ward4 B2 W. Springs Laurens
                             
Mark Cathcart 782 8 34 7 22 5 22 16 17 9 14 0 18 415
Tommy Mann 1245 68 76 15 34 15 30 26 19 21 61 7 24 403

 

County Council District 2 TOTALS Failsafe Absentee Black Rock Carlisle Cross Keys Jonesville B2 Putman Santuc West Springs
                     
John Glenn 150 1 23 19 59 5 5 0 36 2
James Rice 84 0 7 4 2 57 6 0 8 0
Ralph Tucker 238 0 23 37 75 7 8 0 85 3

 

County Council District 3 TOTALS Failsafe Absentee 1 Buffalo Box 1 Cross Keys East Buffalo Excelsior Putman
                 
Tommy Ford 159 0 12 49 9 1 62 26
Howard Wahoo Gibson 61 1 3 17 4 0 27 9

 

County Council District 5 TOTALS Failsafe Absentee 1 Excelsior Monarch B1 Monarch B2 Ward 1 B1 Ward 1 B2 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 B1 Ward 4 B2
                         
Randall Chump Hanvey 113 0 18 9 2 4 2 3 66 4 1 4
Tommie Hill 199 2 25 11 5 2 3 16 81 33 6 15

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, RECREATION DEPARTMENT RAISING MONEY FOR JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

Wednesday, June 15

A letter sent out by the Union County Chamber of Commerce states:

“The Union County Recreation Department and the Union County Chamber of Commerce are, once again, co-sponsoring the County’s Annual 4th of July Celebration.  From the band and the vendors, to the kid’s games and the grand finale fireworks presentation over the lake, this celebration of our American freedom requires a considerable amount of resources.  In order to lessen the burden on local government, we have asked for sponsorships from businesses and individuals for the past several years.  If you have sponsored us before, we hope that you will invest in Union County and help us celebrate our freedom as we “LIGHT UP THE LAKE” at Veteran’s Park. The goal is to raise $6,000, and suggested contributions are incremental in the amounts of $500, $300 and $200, or any amount a contributor may wish. Checks should be made payable to: Chamber of Commerce, 135 W. Main St. Union, SC, 29379.”

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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES STOLEN TV

Wednesday, June 15

Just before 9 p.m. Monday, Public Safety Officer Willingham was dispatched to 111 Woodlawn Avenue in reference to the larceny of a television. When he arrived, the officer spoke with the victim, who told him that he left his home around 7:00 p.m. and the TV was on the computer stand at that time. He said all the doors were locked and he did not know how anyone could have entered the premises. The man said he left to go to a friend’s house, and when he returned around 8:45, the TV was missing. He told the officer that he had no idea who would have taken it.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES STOLEN GOLF CART

Wednesday, June 15

Union County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of a golf cart. On Sunday, deputies were dispatched to 1034 Peach Orchard Road, where they spoke to a man and his wife about the incident. He told police that when they arrived home from church Sunday, his wife noticed the garage was open and some