TWO DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE AT FOSTER PARK TUESDAY

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TWO DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE AT FOSTER PARK TUESDAY
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TWO DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE AT FOSTER PARK TUESDAY
Wednesday, July 27
Two more persons are dead as the result of yet another shooting incident in Union County. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at approx.
1pm, Union Public Safety Department officers received a call to Veterans Park in reference to a shooting incident. Upon arrival
officers discovered two individuals, a black male and a white female, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both individuals died a
short time later as a result of their injuries. The white female was identified as Rosemary Michelle Lee, 21, of 200 Hicks Street in
Union
Union. The black male subject has been identified as Kerry Devon Brown, 34, of 683 Rice Avenue Extension Apt. 7D, in Union.
County's According to information gathered so far, this is what we know: Ms. Rosemary Lee was attending a picnic at the park with her
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family, and Kerry Brown arrived at the park where the incident took place. At this time investigators are unsure of what
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transpired before the shooting. At the time of this report, Investigators were still talking with witnesses. Investigators do know
that Kerry Brown shot Rosemary Lee several times and then turned the semi-auto pistol on himself. There were also several kids
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from Fairfield County Recreation Department present during this incident who happened to be visiting the park. Counseling for
these kids is being provided by Fairfield County Sheriffs’ Office in Fairfield. None of the children present were injured during this
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incident, but were in close proximity to the incident. Kerry Brown does have an extensive criminal record dating back to 1996.
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Mr. Brown was a convicted felon and could not lawfully possess a firearm. Autopsies will be conducted in Newberry, and this is
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OPERATION SUMMER SIZZLER NETS 38 ARRESTS SO FAR
Wednesday, July 27
Authorities in Union County didn’t let the heat stop their war on drugs! On July 26, 2011, the Union County Sheriff’s Office,
Union Public Safety Department, and SLED initiated “Operation Summer Sizzler”, taking more drug dealers off the streets of
Union County. This operation got underway late July 25, 2011 with a search warrant at 225 Deepwater Road, in Union. Deputies
seized approximately 1 pound of Marijuana, an Assault Rifle with clip and ammunition and seized $681.00 in currency. Two
individuals were arrested during this search warrant. At daylight on July 26, 2011, deputies initiated a search warrant at 106
Gage Avenue in Union and recovered a handgun at the residence of Monterius Dawkins. Charges are pending on Dawkins for
Distribution of Ecstasy and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Crime of Violence. An additional search warrant
was conducted at 106 Kissy Creek Circle, Union and a quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana, and other controlled substances
were found at this location. This has been an ongoing drug investigation that has carried over from Operation Winter Surprise in
January 2011. The task force has made several arrests during this period on search warrants and drug eradication events but
these arrest warrants were based on individual drug buys from informants. The Task Force officers have 92 warrants for various
charges on 54 individuals, mostly drug charges, in and around neighboring counties. Sheriff David Taylor commended the
efforts the Task Force has placed on the drug fight in Union County. Sheriff Taylor also pledges to keep up the fight against
drug dealers and users in Union County. During the drug round-up, additional charges will be forthcoming on copper thefts that
were recovered during the round-up. Sheriff Taylor states, “During this round-up, we have proved that copper thefts and drug
activity go hand-in-hand.” Captain Greg Pickens with the Union Public Safety Department states, “I am pleased to see the spirit
of cooperation that our agencies have together. To share resources to make the citizens of Union feel that Law Enforcement is
taking drug activity serious.” More arrests could be pending.
The following were arrested:
Union Sheriffs Office Warrant List
Name
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Linda Ann Craig, 58, W/F
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Charge
1- Distribution of Sch. III Narcotic
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138 Short Street, Union, SC
2- Distribution of Sch. II Narcotic
Victoria Pruitt Stephens, 38, W/F
1- Distribution of Sch. II Controlled
119 Balsam Street, Union, SC
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Christopher M. Keisler, 29, W/M
184 Lovers Lane, Union, SC
Joshua Richard Meadows, 26, W/M
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421 Sardis Road, Union, SC
Substance
1- Distribution of Sch. II Controlled
Substance
1- PWID/ Manuf., Poss. Of other
Sub. In Sch. I, II, or III 3rd or Sub.Offense
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2- Possession of a Firearm by Person Convicted of a Violent Felony
Allison Brooke Callihan, 30, W/F
1- PWID Marijuana
225 Deepwater Rd., Union
Jackie Lee Lanier, 30, W/M
1- Distribution of Cocaine
211 N. 1st. Street, Lockhart, SC
Matthew Paul Alexander, 26, W/M
218 Bailey Rd., Union
1- Unlawful Purchase, Transport,
Copper Wire or Pipe
Tiffany Gail Trammell, 26, W/F
1- Distribution of Marijuana
144 Peach Shed Rd., Jonesville, SC
2- Conspiracy to Distribute Crack
Rhonda Chapman Owens, 48, W/F
1- Dist. Of Schedule III Narcotic
902 Central Ave., Whitmire, SC
Demar Donald Garnett, 23, B/M
1- Distribution Crack Cocaine
245 Eisontown Rd., Jonesville, SC
James Kershaw, 49, B/M
120 Dover Rd., Jonesville, SC
Jessie James Hardy, 60, B/M
S. Duncan By-Pass, Palmetto Inn Union
3 counts of Distribution of Crack
Cocaine
1- Poss. Of Schedule II Narcotic
2- Poss. Of Sch. III Narcotic
3- Poss. Of Marijuana
Cegie Nicole Puckett, 23, W/F
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Tuesday Nicole Brown Hill, 34, W/F
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2- Poss. Schedule IV Narcotic
1- Dist. Of Sch. IV Narcotic
102 Pond Street, Union
Thomas Chad Boulware, 30, W/M
239 Gin Cir., Buffalo
1- Dist. Sch. 3 Narcotic
2- Dist. Marijuana
3- Dist. Marijuana w/I ½ ml of school or park
4- Dist. Sch. 3 w/I ½ ml of Park
5- Unlawful purchase, transport, copper wire or pipe
Kelvin Bruce Beasley, 48, B/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
116 Clear Branch Rd. Carlisle
Anthony Lamont Sims, 29, B/M
1- Dist. Sch. 3 Narcotic
407 Tight Circle, Buffalo
2- Dist. Sch. 3 Narcotic w/I ½ ml of school or park
Brandon Scott Harris, 23, W/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
233 Harris Lake Road, Union, SC
Frederick Keith Parham, 40, B/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
804 Monarch Hwy., Union
Kenneth Wayne Shetley, 53, W/M
1- Dist. Marijuana
805 W. Main St., Union
2- Dist. Marijuana w/I ½ ml of school or park
Misty Queen Clark, 32, W/F
1- Dist. Sch. 3 Narcotic
141 Oak Grove Rd., Lot 7, Union
Frederick Jermaine Bates, 40, B/M
1- Dist. Crack
804 Monarch Hwy., Union
2- Dist. Crack w/I ½ ml of school or park
Ladarius D. Brannon, 21, B/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
119 Ball Park Dr., Jonesville
Rebecca Lynn Hooks, 46, W/F
409 S. 2nd Street, Lockhart
1- Dist. Sch. 4 Narcotic
2- Dist. Sch. 3 Narcotic
3- Dist. w/I ½ mle of school or park
Terry Lee Smith, 46, B/M
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656 Blue Ridge Rd, Union
Nicholas Gerard Pendergrass, 32, B/M
1- Distribution of Crack Cocaine
270 Oakland Rd. Lot 7, Union
2- Poss. Of Controlled Substance
Patrick Neil Sinclair, 34, W/M
1- Dist. Sch. 2 Narcotic
270 Oakland Rd., Union
Elizabeth Davis, 34, W/F
1- Poss. Of Controlled Sub. Sch. I
128 Sardis School House Rd., Union
Union Public Safety Department Warrant List
Name
Rusty Shane Jeter, 24, B/M
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1- Dist. Crack/ Cocaine
302 Lawson Ave., Union, SC
Jarvis Sentiel Cunningham, 22, B/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
176 Sedgefield Dr., Union
Joshua Jacob Jeter, 22, B/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
203-A Richards St., Union
Kyle Gerard Gory, 22, B/M
1- Dist. Xanax
220 Bobo St., Union
Eugene Smith, 42, B/M
1- Dist. Crack
406 South Mountain St., Union
Toney Demarkus Coleman, 24, B/M
1- Dist. Marijuana
204 N. Church St., Union
Jeremy Jermaine Hughes, 22, B/M
1- Dist. Crack Cocaine
904 Lakeside Dr., Union
Ricky Gernard Andrews, 44, B/M
1- Dist. Marijuana
111 Wallace St., Union
Ronald Christopher Roach, 47, W/M
1- Petit Larceny
146 Hamm St., Union
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1- Petit Larceny
114 Park Street, Union
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COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH 2008 MURDER CASE
Wednesday, July 27
A Columbia woman was taken into custody at her place of employment Tuesday
afternoon. Dosphy W. Lemon, 24, of 450 Hard Scrabble Road in Columbia, SC, was
arrested in the Columbia area Tuesday afternoon. Lexington County officers along with
Union County Sheriff’s Deputies executed an arrest warrant on Lemon at the restaurant
where she worked. According to the warrant issued on July 21st, 2011 by Chief Union
County Magistrate Jimmy Crocker, she is charged with being an Accessory before the
Fact to a Felony. According to the warrant, the defendant did aid, counsel, and
encourage the perpetrators to commit the crimes of Burglary 1st, Armed Robbery, and
Kidnapping that took place on August 18th, 2008 at 147 Woodberry Drive in Union
County, SC in which one Kelvin Davis was Robbed, Kidnapped and Murdered, and the
defendant was not present during the commission of these offenses. Union County
Sheriff David Taylor told WBCU News that being an accessory to an offense carries the same penalty as the actual offense,
therefore a circuit court judge will have to set Ms. Lemon's bond. She will remain in Union County Jail until a bond hearing can
be held. A date and time for that bond hearing has not been set. WBCU News spoke with Sheriff David Taylor at the Jail
Tuesday evening and he commented on the arrest. Taylor said the Sheriff’s Office had been working closely with Assistant
Solicitor Don Anthony in this case, which has never been closed. He said they knew there were others involved. He said they
really worked hard on the case this week, and they got additional information to prove that the subject had prior knowledge in
the case. She was picked up in Columbia and transported back to Union by Captain James McNeal and Deputy Roxie Belue, and
she is in custody at Union County Jail. Taylor said they would be talking to her further, and that would hopefully lead to more
arrests.
TWO SHOT AND KILLED AT FOSTER PARK TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Tuesday, July 26
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at approx. 1pm, Union Public Safety Department officers received a call to Veterans Park in reference to
a shooting incident. Upon arrival officers discovered two individuals, a black male and a white female, suffering from gunshot
wounds. Both individuals died a short time later as a result of their injuries. The white female was identified as Rosemary
Michelle Lee, 21, of 200 Hicks Street in Union. The black male subject has been identified as Kerry Devon Brown, 34, of 683
Rice Avenue Extension Apt. 7D, in Union. According to information gathered so far, this is what we know: Ms. Rosemary Lee
was attending a picnic at the park with her family, and Kerry Brown arrived at the park where the incident took place. At this
time investigators are unsure of what transpired before the shooting. At the time of this report, Investigators were still talking
with witnesses. Investigators do know that Kerry Brown shot Rosemary Lee several times and then turned the semi-auto pistol
on himself. There were also several kids from Fairfield County Recreation Department present during this incident who
happened to be visiting the park. Counseling for these kids is being provided by Fairfield County Sheriffs’ Office in Fairfield.
None of the children present were injured during this incident, but were in close proximity to the incident. Kerry Brown does
have an extensive criminal record dating back to 1996. Mr. Brown was a convicted felon and could not lawfully possess a
firearm. Autopsies will be conducted in Newberry, and this is an ongoing investigation. Stay tuned to WBCU and we will bring
you additional details as they become available.
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Union Public Safety and the Union County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a double-shooting at Foster Park this afternoon.
The incident took place close to 1 p.m. at the Foster Park lake. Sheriff David Taylor could not release the victims' identities or
conditions, but only would say that they were to be airlifted to Spartanburg for treatment. Investigators are on the scene at
Foster Park gathering evidence, but they are not looking for a suspect at this time. A group of children from the Fairfield
County Recreation Department were at the park at the time of the shooting, but they were not harmed. Stay tuned to WBCU
for more details as they become available. Sheriff Taylor advised the public to stay away from the Foster Park area until they
finish their investigation at the scene.
200 TOUR FARMS AND HISTORIC AREAS OF UNION COUNTY
Tuesday, July 26
A large group of people associated with farming were in Union this weekend for a convention of sorts. They began arriving
Thursday evening and had a busy Friday and Saturday as locals planned and hosted various activities for them. WBCU News
was at Union County Courthouse Saturday afternoon as Clerk of Court Freddie Gault met with the group and guided a tour of
the courthouse and the former jail. WBCU News spoke with Ola Jean Kelly and she shared some information on this special
weekend.
Kelly said they had the SC Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association summer tour come in over the weekend. She said they
began coming into Union Thursday night, visiting several farms and historic places in the city and county. She said Thursday
night, when registration began, they had around 200 people. They had a dinner at Union County High School Friday night, and
Kelly said some left after that, but others stayed through Sunday. She noted that they came from all over the state. She said
the movers and shakers behind the tour were Tyler Crocker and Cleveland Jackson. She said the Union County Historical
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Society had the pleasure of guiding a tour of the Cross Keys House and grounds. She said the tour ended with a watermelon
slicing. She said on Saturday, many came to the museum. They were also able to tour the courthouse and the Robert Mills jail,
thanks to the efforts of Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault. She said the people had a lot of positive things to say about
our city and county. Kelly said she knew for a fact that one motel was full, and probably another, as well. She said it makes
her happy to think about the economic impact of not only this weekend, but also later, when they tell others about us and have
them come to visit. She said they left the museum full of information about Union County, and Tyler Crocker's mother gave
those on the tour a bag of goodies, including brochures about different things in Union. She said it was a hot weekend, but a
very good one.
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING BURGLARIES
Tuesday, July 26
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several instances of burglary that occurred last week. Officers were dispatched
to Neal Shoals Road at approx. 4:30pm Friday, July 22nd after a resident returned home and found that someone had been in
her home. According to the report, upon returning home, the victim found that someone had gone through a dresser drawer in
her bedroom empting some of the contents onto the floor. Although officers did not find evidence of forced entry, the victim
was sure that the door was locked when she left the residence. At just before 2:30am on Sunday, July 24th, officers were
dispatched to a residence on Deep Water Road in reference to a burglary that had already occurred. The report states that the
victim told officers that between 7pm Saturday, July 23rd and the response time, some unknown person(s) kicked in the front
door of her residence. She stated that the following items were missing: one X-Box valued at $300, one Play Station 3 valued at
$500, and one Cannon digital camera valued at $300. Later that morning officers were called to Old English Road where a
resident reported an attempted burglary. According to the incident report, the resident showed officers where someone had
removed a screen from her window in an effort to enter her home. The responding officer could see visible marks of attempted
entry and called for the investigator on-call to investigate. Anyone with any information on either of these cases is asked to
contact the UCSO at 864-429-1612, or Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800.
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STATE AND LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES INCREASE IN JUNE
Tuesday, July 26
South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 10.0 percent in May to 10.5 percent in June. Based on
the federal survey of households, an increase in the labor force of 2,830 was noted for an overall level of 2,158,217. The
unemployment rate increase in June stems from a higher number of people seeking work, combined with a decrease in job
openings. Online postings of job openings decreased by 1,580 positions last month according to the Conference Board’s Help
Wanted Online Index. Though there was a decline, South Carolina fared better than neighboring states, with North Carolina
experiencing 7,800 fewer postings and Georgia experiencing 7,000 fewer postings, a sign that the Southeast economy is still in
a fragile state. South Carolina’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by about 3,300, but the brightest spot was a continuing
increase in manufacturing employment. This is the fifth consecutive monthly gain in nonfarm payroll employment since January
2011, rising 3.8 percent. The increase in nonfarm employment from June 2010 to June 2011 was 13,500 jobs. Gains were
reflected in several major industry sectors: Leisure and Hospitality added about 5,300 jobs; Manufacturing added 1,600 jobs,
and Construction saw a 1,500 job increase. These gains were offset by losses in the Government, and Education and Health
Services industry sectors. “Even given the normal summer spike in unemployment, the rate is still reflective of what is going on
at the national level. However, we expect this will improve in the future as businesses and jobs continue to come to South
Carolina.” said DEW Executive Director John Finan. Marion County continued to have the state’s highest unemployment with
20.1%. Union County had the 4th highest rate of unemployment statewide with 17.3%, up 1.3% from May. The state’s lowest
rate of unemployment belonged to Lexington County with 8.8%.
HOSPITAL DISTRICT LOSES LESS MONEY IN JUNE 2011 THAN JUNE 2010
Monday, July 25
At last Thursday’s meeting of the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District, CFO Alan MacPhee gave the CHA report to
the committee. Next, Jeff Barber, Administrator at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, gave the monthly totals for the nursing home. Mr.
MacPhee then gave the June financial statements for the district. He reported that EMS runs were slightly under budget for the
month and that newborns totaled 6, which was only 50% of the budgeted total. The average daily census for the hospital was
29.2 per day for June, well above the 23.7 budgeted. MacPhee told the committee that expenses exceeded net revenues for the
month and that resulted in a loss for the district for June of $206,000. He quickly pointed out that for the same month last year,
the district lost $482,000. The year-to-date results were a positive area in the report. To date the district’s revenues have
exceeded operation costs and that has resulted in the district being in the black by $1,537,000. At this time last year, the district
was $51,000 in the red. Mr. MacPhee was also quick to point out that the district has vastly paid down its debt service
strengthening the Hospital District’s financial stance. The committee voted to enter Executive Session to discuss legal,
contractual, and personnel matters. After Executive Session the Committee voted to give authority to Administration to
negotiate and finalize contracts for new Emergency Room Physician management services at Wallace Thomson Hospital.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETS TODAY AT COURTHOUSE
Monday, July 25
Ann Stevens, Chair of the Union County Democratic Party announces that the Union County Democratic Party will meet this
evening, July 25th. The meeting will be held at 6pm in the Law Library, located on the 3rd floor of the Union County
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Courthouse. All Democratic office-holders and prospective candidates are urged to attend this meeting. The public is invited to
attend this meeting.
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LAST WEEK FOR YOUTH CHEERLEADING AND FOOTBALL REGISTRATION
Monday, July 25
This is the final week to register for the Union County Recreation Department’s Youth Cheerleading and Football. Friday, July
29th is the last day to register and registration is from 8am until 5pm each day. There will be 2 age divisions. Flag Cheerleading
is for ages 5 through 8 years-of-age. There is a $40 registration fee and that includes the uniform. The child must be 5 years old
on or before September1st, 2011 and cannot turn 9 before September 1st, 2011. Stinger Cheerleading is for ages 9 through 12
years of age. There is a $50 registration fee and that includes the uniform. The child must be 9 on or before September 1st,
2011, and cannot have turned 13 years old before September 1st, 2011. Flag Football is for ages 6 through 9 Years-of-age. The
registration fee is $25. Stinger Football is for ages 10 through 12 years-of-age. The registration fee is $50. Participants in Flag
Football cannot have turned 10 before September 1st, 2011, and participants in Stinger Football cannot have turned 13 before
September 1st, 2011. Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate and proof of medical insurance in order to sign up. The
entry fee must be paid at the time of registration. For more information, please call the Union County Recreation Department at
864-429-1670.
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UNION COUNTY STUDENTS MAKE GAINS WITH PASS SCORES
Monday, July 25
Union County students demonstrated significant gains on 2011 PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) testing
according to data released by school officials. Last May students in grades 3-8 took the state test in English language arts
reading and research, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 5 and 8 also took the state writing test in
March. The percentage of students passing the test increased in 21of 26 categories with the percentage of students scoring
exemplary increasing in 19 of 26 categories.
First administered in 2009, PASS replaced PACT (Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test) as the South Carolina elementary and
middle school measurement for federal and state accountability. PASS results are divided into three categories as defined below:
• Exemplary – The student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard.
• Met – The student met the grade-level standard.
• Not met – The student did not meet the grade-level standard.
Students scoring met and exemplary are included in calculations for passing. The percentage of students passing English
language arts and mathematics increased at five of the six grade levels tested. English language arts scores increased in grades
3, 4, 6, 7, and 8; math scores increased in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. The percentage of students scoring exemplary in grades 3,
6, and 7 increased in all subject areas tested. The greatest improvement for exemplary performance occurred in English
language arts and social studies with score increases in five of six grade levels. Student performance in exemplary also
increased at four of six grade levels in mathematics and science. Tested only at grades 5 and 8, both the percentage of students
passing writing and scoring exemplary in grade 5 improved while performance in both areas dropped in grade 8.
Performance in most areas was strongest at the elementary grades. Third grade students in Union County outperformed the
state in all areas tested while sixth and eighth grade students surpassed state scores in math. Fourth grade students also
exceeded the state average in social studies, and eighth grade students were just shy of meeting the state average in social
studies. While student performance improved in science, our students continue to struggle in that area. Writing is also an area
of weakness for our students.
Individual PASS student reports will be distributed at registration at each elementary and middle school. At that time, teachers,
guidance counselors, and administrators will be available to explain scores to students and their parents or guardians.
PASS results by subject
• Writing – Writing was tested only at grades five and eight. The writing test included multiple-choice questions and one
extended-response (essay) item. Fifth graders had the highest “passing” percentage of students meeting the standard– 69.6
percent. The eighth-grade passing score was 58.0 percent.
• English language arts (reading and research) – The ELA test includes multiple-choice questions based on reading passages.
Third graders had the highest passing percentage at 85.6.0 percent. Grade 8 was lowest at 56.7 percent.
• Mathematics – The math test contained only multiple-choice items. Grades 3 and 4 had the best passing rate at 75.2 percent.
Grade 7 was lowest at 62.3 percent.
• Science – The third-grade passing rate of 71.3 percent was highest on this multiple-choice test. Grade 6 was lowest at 55.8
percent.
• Social studies – This test also contained only multiple-choice questions. Grade 3 had the best passing rate at 79.7 percent
while Grade 7 was lowest at 46.4 percent.
Exemplary performance
Third grade had the highest percentage of students scoring at the exemplary level in a subject – 58.5 percent for English
language arts. Sixth grade recorded the smallest percentage of exemplary scores in a subject with 4.7 percent in science.
In addition to English language arts, Grade 3 had the highest percentage of exemplary level scores in two other subjects –
mathematics (47.1 percent) and social studies (43.0 percent). Grade 8 had the highest percentage at the exemplary scoring
level for science (26.9 percent).
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Comparison of Union County 2011 results for all students to 2010 results
Grade 3
• ELA (reading and research) – 85.6 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up
from 77.0 percent. The state average was 80.0 percent.
• Mathematics – 75.2 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 68.7 percent.
The state average was 70.4 percent.
• Science –71.3 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 55.6 percent. The
state average was 60.8 percent.
• Social Studies –79.7 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 72.4
percent. The state average was 76.6 percent.
Grade 4
• ELA (reading and research) – 77.2 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up
from 68.6 percent. The state average was 78.0 percent.
• Mathematics – 76.0 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 75.2 percent.
The state average was 79.4 percent.
• Science – 65.5 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 63.3 percent. The
state average was 70.9 percent.
• Social Studies – 77.2 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 75.7
percent. The state average was 77.1 percent.
Grade 5
• Writing – 69.6 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 68.6 percent. The
state average was 77.7 percent.
• ELA (reading and research) – 72.0 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down
from 74.4 percent. The state average was 78.3 percent.
• Mathematics –69.5 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 65.0 percent.
The state average was 75.3 percent.
• Science –56.8 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down from 59.9 percent.
The state average was 64.9 percent.
• Social Studies –67.3 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 53.6
percent. The state average was 70.4 percent.
Grade 6
• ELA (reading and research) – 66.3 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up
from 63.9 percent. The state average was 70.2 percent.
• Mathematics –72.7 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 66.4 percent.
The state average was 72.5 percent. The state average was 72. 5 percent.
• Science –55.8 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 48.9 percent. The
state average was 64.9 percent.
• Social Studies –74.0 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down from 74.9
percent. The state average was 77.6 percent.
Grade 7
• ELA (reading and research) –57.0 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from
53.9 percent. The state average was 68.4 percent.
• Mathematics –62.3 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down from 62.8
percent. The state average was 69.7 percent.
• Science –57.0 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down from 59.3 percent.
The state average was 71.7 percent.
• Social Studies –46.4 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down from 47.2
percent. The state average was 63.4 percent.
Grade 8
• Writing –58.0 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard down from 67.1 percent.
The state average was 67.8 percent.
• ELA (reading and research) –56.7 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from
52.0 percent. The state average was 67.8 percent.
• Mathematics –72.4 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 63.4 percent.
The state average was 69.5 percent.
• Science –66.1 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 64.3 percent. The
state average was 70.1 percent.
• Social Studies –71.7 percent Met or showed Exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard up from 60.1
percent. The state average was 71.9 percent.
LOCKHART POWER QUESTIONS CAROLINA COMMUNITY ACTION'S VOUCHERS
Friday, July 22
According to a report aired by a local TV station, Lockhart Power customers in Union County are getting disconnect notices,
despite having assistance vouchers from Carolina Community Action, a non-profit organization that assists low-income residents
in five counties in paying their power bills. WSPA TV7 quoted Lockhart Power Chief Operating Officer Bryan Stone as saying his
company “questioned the legitimacy" of vouchers issued a few weeks ago by CCA because they could easily be forged, stating
that the vouchers consist of one page with blank spaces for the client's name, the date, and the dollar amount being paid on
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their behalf. It was reported that Lockhart Power asked CCA to stop issuing the forms, but for some reason, the Union office
continued to issue them up until this week. A representative of Carolina Community Action was quoted as saying that starting
today, they will begin issuing a different voucher form that cannot easily be forged. In the meantime, Stone was quoted as
saying that the vouchers already received by Lockhart Power will be honored and those who have submitted vouchers will not
be disconnected.
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CITY COUNCIL RECEIVES PURCHASE POWER ADJUSTMENT INFORMATION
Friday, July 22
During Tuesday’s meeting of Union City Council, Finance Officer Walker Gallman and
Utilities Director Joe Nichols presented information on the Purchase Power Adjustment and
how it will affect the July and August utility bills. First, Nichols and Gallman walked Council
through the formula of how the adjustment is figured and explained how billing comes in
from PMPA and Lockhart Power. Next , Council awarded a bid for asbestos removal and
disposal of materials containing lead from Tosch Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
(WWTP), Meng Creek WWTP, and St. Matthews Apostolic Church. That bid was awarded
to J B Russell & Son Construction of Spartanburg, who was the lone bidder on the project.
Their bid was $8,180. In other business, Council recognized William James Broadus, Jr.
with a retirement award. He is retiring after 13 years with the City in the Public Works
Department.
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PIZZA HUT RAISING MONEY FOR DIXIE YOUTH NATIONAL ALL-STARS
Friday, July 22
Kelly Small, League Secretary/ Treasurer for Union County Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys, Tells WBCU News that in an effort to
support the Union County Dixie Youth National All-Stars, on Monday, July 25th, Pizza Hut of Union will host "Pizza for the All
Stars". They invite everyone to have supper at Pizza Hut on Monday night between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm. Be sure to tell
your waitress that you are there to support the All Star team and Pizza Hut will donate 15% of your bill to the Union County
Dixie Youth National All-Stars to help cover expenses while competing in the State Championship Tournament in Cheraw, SC.
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UNION COUNTY CARNEGIE LIBRARY ENACTING NEW HOURS IN AUGUST
Friday, July 22
Currently the Union County Carnegie Library operates on an abbreviated operational schedule. The current hours are: Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday from Noon until 8pm, Wednesday from 10am until 6pm, Friday from noon until 6pm, and Saturday from
10am until 4pm. The Union County Carnegie Library will have new hours beginning August 1, 2011. The new hours will be:
Monday through Friday 9am until 6pm, and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Please make a note of these new hours as you plan
your trips to the library.
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YOUTH ART CAMP STARTS NEXT WEEK
Friday, July 22
Don’t forget the Youth Art Camp being hosted by the Union County Arts Council from Monday, July 25th through Friday, July
29th, 2011. The camp will be held from 10am until 12:30pm each day. This camp is for children aged 7 to 12. Cost of this camp
is $32 for Arts Council members and $40 for non-members. Please call the Union County Arts Council at 864-429-2817 to sign
up. The camp will be held at the Union County Arts Council located at 116 East Main Street in Union. Erin Connolly will be the
instructor. This event is sponsored by Gestamp South Carolina, LLC.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY HOSTS UNITY BANQUET
Friday, July 22
Members of the Union County Democratic party gathered Thursday evening in the Truluck Gymnasium on the University of
South Caroline/ Union campus for what was termed their Unity Banquet. The well attended event was presided over by the
County Party Chairperson Ann Stevens. Master of Ceremonies was Union City Councilwoman Orangelow Ruff.
South Carolina House District 43 member Mike Anthony introduced the Guest speaker for the evening, State Senator Vincent
Sheheen. The Senator commented on the Unity theme. Sheheen said he was going to talk about how important it is for
Democrats to stick together. He said they are the party that really reflects the state, noting that in the room, they had people
both young and old, both rich and poor, and both black and white. He said it is important for the party to pull together and to
ultimately help the state pull together.
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said he gets frustrated when he looks at Washington. He noted that what scares him more is what's going on in South
Carolina. He said we've seen the Washington corruption and dysfunction come to South Carolina over the past decade. He said
we've seen elected officials indicted over and over, as well as deficit spending, and he said he's afraid it's only going to be
worse. Sheheen said he hopes they will come to an agreement in Washington. He said he wishes he could be as optimistic
about South Carolina, but he said that remains unclear.
Sheheen was defeated nearly a year ago in a run for the Governor office by Republican Nicki Haley. He was asked if he might
consider another attempt for the State’s top office. Sheheen said he is in the process of running for reelection in the state
senate. He said his district is comprised of counties very similar to Union. He serves Chesterfield, Lancaster and Kershaw
counties, which he noted are rural, formal textile counties. He said he is making a foray outside of his district every now and
then, but mostly he sticks close to home. He said he does not know what the future holds.
Union County Democratic Party Chairperson Ann Stevens commented on the reason for the Unity theme. Stevens said they feel
that Democrats need to unite. In fact, she said, all of Union County needs to unite. That was the reason for that theme.
CITY COUNCIL GETS UPDATE ON GRANT AND MIRACLE LEAGUE
Thursday, July 21
At Tuesday’s meeting of Union City Council, Council received an update on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
2011, or JAG, from Robbie Moody, Catawba Regional Planning Council. The grant application was a joint application with Union
County for a total of $11,880 that will be used to purchase covert digital surveillance system equipment that will ease the
manpower demands on stake-out situations by monitoring the locations electronically. Council also heard a request from Kelly
Small, representing Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys Baseball. Three teams have qualified for State Play-off spots, and they asked for
help with food, lodging, and travel costs associated with the state tournaments. City Council approved a motion to give each
team $500. Next Council approved a motion to purchase an $800 sponsorship for the WBCU/ Holcombe Funeral Home Union
County Pep Rally. This is an annual event that kicks off fall sports for Union County High School and gives the public the
opportunity to meet members of the various sports teams. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at
Union County Fairgrounds from 6pm until 9pm. Amy Austin, Coordinator for Miracle League of Union County, addressed City
Council next with a power point presentation of the progress made by Miracle League over the past 12 months. Ms. Austin
asked that the City help by allowing them to utilize the resources of the City to help with the construction and maintenance of
the field. In closing, she asked Council “Will you partner with us to provide a place for all of our children and adults to play ball
in Union County?” After the meeting we spoke with Ms. Austin and she commented on Miracle League in Union County. Austin
said they updated County Council on their progress over the last year, and they have also asked City Council for support and
updated them on their activities. She said as a board, they have worked hard in the last year, organizing the exhibition game
and doing fundraising activities. She said they have gotten a lot of support from small local organizations donating money. She
said they are well on their way, and they are ready to work even harder to see this become a reality. On September 10, the DJJ
has expressed interest in hosting another exhibition game for the Miracle League. The Union County DJJ has chosen the Miracle
League of Union County as their project this year. She said she will let everyone know when they get more details. She said
their players will be super-excited, because they are always asking her when they will get to play ball again.
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WBCU'S SUMMER RADIO AUCTION IS SATURDAY MORNING AT 8
Thursday, July 21
WBCU’s next Radio Auction is set for Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 beginning at 8am. All you need is a radio and a telephone to get
in on the fun. Call in and get your bidder # and then sit back and wait for an item that you would like to bid on, and then the
fun begins. There will be Wal- Mart gift cards, Food Lion gift cards, certificates for oil changes at In and Out Oil Change,
certificates for Little Caesar’s Pizza, subscriptions to the Union County News, or maybe you need a lighted angel from Graham’s
Flowers, or maybe a car wash from Mickey Gist’s Old Timey Car Wash. These are just a few of the many items that will be up
for bid Saturday morning. All we need is for you to tune in and take part in the fun and the savings. Remember- that’s Saturday,
July 23rd, 2011 beginning at 8am, right here on WBCU, Union County’s Radio Station.
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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR UNION AND MUCH OF THE REGION
Thursday, July 21
A heat advisory has been issued for today for a large portion of the state that includes Union County. The advisory is in effect
from noon until 9pm today. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Wednesday issued the following statement regarding continued
record temperatures: “Four weeks into the summer, most of the nation continues to experience record heat. For outdoor
workers, this means being at risk for heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Employers must take the
precautions needed to protect outdoor workers:
1. Have a work site plan to prevent heat-related illnesses and make sure that medical services are available to respond to an
emergency should one occur.
2. Provide plenty of water at the job site and remind workers to drink small amounts of water frequently – every 15 minutes.
3. Schedule rest breaks throughout the work shift and provide shaded or air conditioned rest areas near the work site.
4. Let new workers get used to the extreme heat, gradually increasing the work load over a week.
5. When possible, schedule heavy tasks for earlier in the day.
“Tell workers what to look for to spot the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in themselves and their co-workers, and make
sure they know what to do in an emergency. “Remember: water, rest, shade – the three keys to preventing heat-related
illnesses in this extreme heat.”
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CAROLINA MIRACLE LEAGUE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Thursday, July 21
The Carolina Miracle League is excited to announce the launch of a new website at carolinamiracleleague.org. The new site
provides updated information on how to register for the upcoming season and as well as for those looking to volunteer with the
league. The site also debuts the CML’s touching new 2-minute promotional video highlighting the many positives children
receive from playing the league. “We are very excited to launch this entirely new look for our league’s presence on the
internet,” said executive director Pam Dean. “This new site will allow us to better tell the story of what our league is all about
and how our brand of baseball touches the lives of so many in our community.” The league launched a Facebook page earlier
this year which can be found by searching “Carolina Miracle League.” It should be noted that the upgraded site comes with a
slightly new web address now ending in .org. Registration is underway now for the 2011 Fall Season at Miracle Park. Families
can register in-person at Miracle Park at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 3 prior to the annual Push America All-Star Game. The
Fall Season registration deadline is August 8 with “Opening Day” slated for September 12 (majors division) and September 15
(minors). For more information call 864-579-1805.
MORE HOT WEATHER FOR UNION FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS
Wednesday, July 20
Extremely hot temperatures re-invade Union County beginning today and extending to the weekend. The National Weather
Service at Greenville-Spartanburg forecasts the high for today near 95 with a heat index value of 100. Thursday’s high is
expected to reach 100 with heat index values as high as 106. Then on Friday the high is expected to be around 99 with no heat
index value given. Persons engaged in outdoor activities need to use extreme caution, take plenty of breaks, and drink large
quantities of non-alcoholic fluids. You need to know the signs of heat related illnesses and if you experience any of those signs,
get medical help immediately. Persons with health conditions should stay indoors and try to stay cool. Stay tuned to WBCU and
we will keep you informed of weather conditions and any heat advisories that may be issued during this period.
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COUNTY COUNCIL DISCUSSES ACQUIRING FORMER SIMS JUNIOR HIGH PROPERTY
Wednesday, July 20
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Union County Council Committee on County Administration and Finance, the committee discussed
several items of business. The first item discussed was an update on the walk-through of the former Sims Junior High School.
The county has expressed interest in the school property and the purpose of the walk-through was to assess the condition of
the property and possibilities for use of the property. After much discussion, Council agreed to pursue further the possible
acquisition of the property. Council also discussed storm damage to some of the canopies at the Timken Sports Complex.
Supervisor Tommy Sinclair told Council that he had talked to the contractor who built the complex, and the contractor and the
architect are going to meet here with Mr. Sinclair and they are going to look at the way the canopies were repaired after the 1st
storm damage because there is some concern over those repairs. Next, Council received a report on the study for repairs at the
jail for the cell block that is not usable at this time, due to safety concerns. Sinclair went on to inform Council of the overhaul at
the Annex Building. He stated that the joists are sagging and need to be shored-up. Some remodeling is planned to better utilize
some “wasted” space at the Annex.
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ARTS COUNCIL HOSTING YOUTH ART CAMP NEXT WEEK
Wednesday, July 20
The Union County Arts Council will host a Youth Art Camp from Monday, July 25th through Friday, July 29th, 2011. The camp
will be held from 10am until 12:30pm each day. This camp is for children aged 7 to 12. Cost of this camp is $32 for Arts Council
members and $40 for non-members. Please call the Union County Arts Council at 864-429-2817 to sign up. The camp will be
held at the Union County Arts Council located at 116 East Main Street in Union. Erin Connolly will be the instructor. This event is
sponsored by Gestamp South Carolina, LLC.
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JENNI LYNN LEE HEADS TO AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS
Wednesday, July 20
A local talent is headed to North Charleston to compete for a spot on American Idol. Tryouts
for the competition are being held in North Charleston, and Jenni Lynn Lee from Union will
be making the trip to try out. WBCU News spoke to her mother Tuesday afternoon and she
had this to say about the upcoming tryouts. Roxanne Lee said her daughter, Jenni Lynn, was
heading to North Charleston for the auditions. She said signups are today and tomorrow,
and the audition is Friday. She said she wanted everyone in Union to wish her luck. She
said Jenni Lynn is very excited about the opportunity, saying it's something she's wanted to
do her whole life. She said the family is very excited for her, as well. She said Jenni Lynn
will find out Friday if she makes it, and what the next step would be if she does. Lynn
thanks everyone for their support for her daughter.
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SEVERAL MEETINGS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
Tuesday, July 19
There are several meetings scheduled for Union County this week. The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will
meet today, July 19th, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., in the PERC building on Lakeside Drive in Union. At 5:30pm today, the Union County
Committee on County Administration and Finance will meet in the Law Library at Union County Courthouse. The purpose of this
meeting is to discuss contractual matters. At 6:30 this evening, Union City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting.
Tuesday's agenda states that Council will hear a presentation from the Miracle League, present a retirement award, and hear a
grant presentation. A representative of the Dixie Youth/Dixie Boys teams will present a request, and there will be discussion and
a motion concerning the pep rally sponsored by WBCU and Holcombe Funeral Home. Council will hold discussion of a purchase
power adjustment for the July and August utility bills, and the awarding of a bid for asbestos removal and disposal of materials
containing lead. Thursday at 6:30pm, the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District will meet in the Conference Room at
Wallace Thomson Hospital. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
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ADULT ED AND LITERACY COUNCIL NEEDS TUTOR VOLUNTEERS
Tuesday, July 19
Union County Adult Education and the Union County Comprehensive Literacy Council need your help. Volunteer to be a tutor to
help someone advance to GED classes. You can become a Tutor Volunteer and make a difference in Union County.
--Help someone learn to read and/or do basic math to advance to GED classes or improve their job skills.
--Tutor training is just for three evenings on August 8th, 9th, and 11th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Union County Adult Education.
Call 429-1770, extension 10 or 11, for information or to register for the training. You must be a high school graduate to apply
as a tutor.
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UPSTATE WIB GRADUATES FROM BUSINESS ETIQUETTE PROGRAM
Tuesday, July 19
Ann Angermeier, Executive Director of the Upstate Workforce Investment Board, graduated from The Emily Post Institute's
Business Etiquette Train the Trainer Program in Charleston, SC on June 30, 2011. Angermeier is licensed to teach business
etiquette the Emily Post way, use Emily Post materials and is considered "Trained by The Emily Post Institute." Angermeier
stated, "Mr. Post (Peter Post, co-author of The Etiquette Advantage in Business, and author of the New York Times bestseller
Essential Manners for Men) was phenomenal as an instructor. I learned so much during this training and am eager to teach the
information to employees in the business sector and those entering the workforce. I was astounded that a UNC study was
conducted surveying 1,400 employees across many business sectors and found that 775 persons had an uncivil act committed
against them at work causing them to lose work by avoiding the instigator, decrease their work effort due to worry, or leave
their job.¨ The Emily Post Institute, Inc. was created by Emily Post in 1946 to promote and study etiquette in America and is
run today by fourth generation family members. Angermeier said that businesses or individuals may call 864-706-8256 if they
are interested in this training. It can be held at the site of the business or offsite.
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VVA CHAPTER 644 MEETS THURSDAY
Tuesday, July 19
The Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA Chapter 644 will hold its monthly meeting Thursday July 21st, 2011 at the American
Legion Post 22 lodge at 7pm. There will be a meal provided at 6:30pm for Chapter members and guests. The Vietnam Veterans
of America is open to all veterans who served in any branch of the armed forces during the Vietnam Era (August 5th, 1964 and
May 7th, 1975). If you served during this time frame please come and join us on July 21st at 6:30pm. You will enjoy the
fellowship with other veterans and will want to join in as Chapter 644 works together to serve Union County and our local
veterans. Chapter 644 works very hard ensure each veteran is welcomed home and that our POW/MIA are never forgotten. For
more information call Arthur Jordan at 864-429-8815, John Gist at 864-424-9288, or Torance Inman at 864-426-0883.
GAFFNEY MAN STABBED TO DEATH BY HIS BROTHER IN JONESVILLE
Monday, July 18
A Gaffney man is dead, and his brother is in Union County Jail following a stabbing incident that occurred in Jonesville Saturday
evening. Union County Sheriff David Taylor told WBCU News that at just after 6pm Saturday 6th, 2011, deputies were called to
1217 West Springs Highway Lot #8 for a stabbing. Upon arrival, they found Gary Ernest Bell, 51, of 600 North Limestone Street
with multiple stab wounds. Bell was airlifted by Regional One to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he died a short
time later. The victim’s brother, Anthony Sirmaine Bell, 37, of 523 6th Street in Gaffney was taken into custody at the scene and
charged with murder. Sheriff Taylor stated that a verbal altercation between the brothers became physical, ending with the
younger Bell stabbing his brother several times. The younger brother was treated at Wallace Thomson Hospital for injuries he
received in the altercation prior to being placed in Union County Jail.
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LARGE TURNOUT SATURDAY FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH DAY
Monday, July 18
Wallace Thomson Hospital’s Community Health Day, held Saturday morning at USC-Union’s Truluck Gym, is considered a huge
success. A large crowd turned out to take advantage of the various free tests. WBCU News was at the event Saturday, and we
spoke to Quanisha Savage and these were her comments on the event. Savage, the Coordinator of Public Relations and
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Nursing Operations for the Union Hospital District, said they had various vendors doing eye exams, ear testing, blood pressure,
glucose testing and more. She said the event was well-attended, and this was the first time they have done such an event
during the summer.
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LIBRARY BOARD TO MEET TUESDAY
Monday, July 18
The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., in the PERC building
on Lakeside Drive in Union. The public is encouraged to attend. Those persons wishing to address the board must notify of their
intentions 5 business days prior to the meeting. Please contact board chair Jennifer Tazerouti for more information.
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DON CUDD BENEFIT WELL-ATTENDED
Monday, July 18
A large crowd was on hand for the benefit Saturday for Don Cudd, and a large amount of money was raised to help Don with
his medical expenses. The event was held at Jimmy Smith’s place on Police Club Road. There was lots of good food and
fellowship enjoyed by all. The auction was a huge success and got a little exiting at times. The band played all day while the
crowd danced or just sit and listened. Don and Kathy want to express their sincere appreciation to those who planned the event
as well as those who attended, and they are truly appreciative of everyone’s generosity.
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UPSTATE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD RECEIVES STATE CERTIFICATION
Monday, July 18
The Upstate Workforce Investment Board (“Upstate WIB”) for Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union Counties has received
certification from the state of South Carolina as a “High Performing Board.” Being designated as a “High Performing Board”
recognizes that the Upstate WIB has met the requirements of Section 117(C) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 as well
as all seven elements of the Local Workforce Investment Board Standards. In order to receive this certification, the Upstate WIB
participated in an on-site review of its practices, policies, activities, and performance conducted by a state-wide panel consisting
of representatives from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, education, economic development,
business, and a Workforce Investment Board member from another area of the state in November 2010. There are only two of
twelve workforce boards in the state to achieve this certification to date. This award recognizes the optimum policy-making
authority of the board and the sound fiscal and performance practices of the organization. The Upstate WIB consists of twentyfive board members, along with a Youth Alliance of up to thirty members, whose responsibility is to designate funding for the
workforce development priorities identified for the area. The Upstate WIB currently funds Career Source (soon to be branded as
SCWorks) in all three counties, USC Upstate’s Achieve GED youth program, Youth Stop in-school youth program, and Palmetto
Youth Connections out-of-school youth program. The Upstate WIB was responsible for over $6 million in federal workforce
development funds this past year.
SHERIFF'S PRESS CONFERENCE OFFERS DETAILS ON SHOOTING
Friday, July 15
In a press conference held at 9:30am Thursday morning Union County Sheriff David Taylor stated that a Jonesville man entered
Kelly One Stop and began shooting people in the store. He went on to say that authorities believe that 3 adults and 2 children
were in the store at the time of the shooting. An off-duty clerk who was at the store, Sherlyn Genise Brannon, 47, of 122 Bird
Street in Union, thought to be the shooter's girlfriend, was hit 4 times during the shooting. She was airlifted to Spartanburg
Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in stable condition. No one else in the store was injured. Sheriff Taylor told
members of the media that the man who shot the store clerk and was later shot by law enforcement was Ricky Lee Eison, 52, of
620 Eisontown Road, Jonesville. Sheriff Taylor stated that Mr. Eison died at approx. 11:30pm Wednesday night at Spartanburg
Regional Medical Center. He went on to say that the officer who shot Eison was Sgt. Jared Gilstrap, who has been with the
Union County Sheriff’s Office since March of 2006. Sgt. Gilstrap has been placed on paid administrative leave until SLED
completes their investigation into this incident. WBCU News will have more on this incident when it becomes available.
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COMMUNITY HEALTH DAY SCHEDULED TOMORROW AT USC-UNION GYM
Friday, July 15
Remember, Wallace Thomson Hospital is sponsoring a Community Health Day and to help you make a commitment to being
healthy. This year you can take charge of your independence by maintaining your health. Join them for some free and easy
tests to determine if your health is all it can be! This event takes place Saturday, July 16th from 8am until 11am at USC-Union’s
Truluck Gym. The following tests will be offered free:
• Blood pressure checks
• Eye Exam
• Hearing Tests
• Glucose Testing
• Breathing Tests
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They will also offer dental care, the blood mobile will be there, and much, much more. You can also receive valuable information
from the various vendors that will be there. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 864-429-2678.
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TOWN OF CARLISLE FOOD DISTRIBUTION SET FOR MONDAY
Friday, July 15
On Monday, July 18th, 2011, the Town of Carlisle will hold a food distribution. This event will be held at the Carlisle Town Hall
from 10am until 2pm. They state that volunteers are needed for this event. If you can help as a volunteer during this event, you
are asked to call the Carlisle Town Hall at 864-427-1505. They also ask that you please note the day of distribution has changed
to Mondays.
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BENEFIT FOR DON CUDD PLANNED FOR SATURDAY
Friday, July 15
Don’t forget the big benefit that is planned for Don Cudd this Saturday, July 16th at Jimmy Smith’s on the Police Club Road. This
is the site of the Jimmy Smith Country Jamboree each Friday night. Don’s friends are holding this benefit to raise money to help
with some of the medical expenses he has incurred. The event starts at 10am Saturday, and goes until… They will be selling
hamburger plates, hotdog plates, and chicken stew. Baked goods will be auctioned off and there will also be a silent auction.
There will be music, too, as the band will be there to play. Everyone is invited to come and make this a big event and help a
deserving individual. That’s at Jimmy Smith’s on Police Club Road, turn off Highway 49 onto Police Club Road and it’s about a
mile and a half on your right…you’ll see the cars.
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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS
Friday, July 15
A traffic stop by a Union County Sheriff’s Deputy on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011, led to the arrest of a man wanted by the
Sheriff’s Office on other charges. According to the incident report, Deputy Vaughan saw the man, Markus Terrell Spencer, 26, of
443 Whitlock Lake Road, driving on Jonesville Highway and knew that Spencer had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Deputy
Vaughan initiated the traffic stop in the 200 block of Pineland Road. Deputy Woods met with Deputy Vaughan and Spencer at
that location and after checking Spencer’s driver’s license through the Department of Motor Vehicles is was determined that
Spencer’s license is suspended. He was placed under arrest for Driving under Suspension and transported to Union County Jail.
Warrants were also served on Spencer charging him with Criminal Domestic Violence High and Aggravated, and Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon/ Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. These charges stem from an incident that
occurred on July 3rd, 2011 on the Oakland Road in Union County.
ONE DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED IN SHOOTING AT KELLY ONE STOP
Thursday, July 14
Union County Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS were dispatched to a shooting incident at Kelly One Stop at 1508 Jonesville-Lockhart
Highway at just before 9pm Wednesday night. WBCU News was on the scene shortly after the incident occurred and we spoke
with Union County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Perry Haney. Chief Haney could not tell us much, but this is what he did say. He
said that when officers arrived the clerk at the store had been shot. The man who shot her exited the store with a handgun in
his hand. Officers tried to talk him into dropping the gun, he refused, pointed the gun at officers, and one of the officers shot
the man. In a press conference held at 9:30am Thursday morning Sheriff David Taylor told members of the media that the man
who shot the store clerk and was later shot by law enforcement was Ricky Lee Eison, 52, of 620 Eisontown Road, Jonesville.
Sheriff Taylor stated that Mr. Eison died at approx. 11:30pm Wednesday night at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He went
on to say that the officer who shot Eison was Sgt. Jared Gilstrap who has been with the Union County Sheriff’s Office since
March of 2006. Sgt. Gilstrap has been placed on paid administrative leave until SLED completes their investigation into this
incident. WBCU News will continue to follow this incident and have further details as they become available.
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COUNTY COUNCIL HEARS REQUEST TO CHANGE ORDINANCE
Thursday, July 14
Today we continue our report on Tuesday’s meeting of Union County Council. Graham Williams and Curtiss Hunter of the
Tourism Commission, Torance Inman of the Chamber of Commerce, and Andrena Powell-Baker of the Development Board
appeared before Council requesting a change to the ordinance prohibiting any alcoholic beverage, beer, wine, or container
containing the same on any public property owned by Union County or the Union County Recreation Commission. Each person
stated that the entity they represented was in favor of amending the current ordinance to exempt persons, organizations,
businesses, lessees, renters, or others who have been given professional control of stated properties from the limitations of the
no alcohol on county-owned property ordinance. Council took their recommendation as information, and no action was taken.
Next, Ernie West, representing Dixie Boys Baseball, make a request for financial assistance for the two teams that will travel to
Aiken to play in the State Championships. He stated that money for travel, meals, and lodging were needed for these team and
requested $2000 to be divided equally between the two teams. Council approved the request and stipulated that if the Dixie
Youth Baseball team currently involved in District play makes the State Playoffs they would receive funding also. In other
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business, Council appointed Beth Summer-Strait to fill the vacancy on the Workforce Investment Board. Council approved a
resolution pertaining to flood or flood-related erosion hazards. Council also approved 3rd and Final Reading on the Flood
Damage Prevention Ordinance, and 3rd and Final Reading of the ordinance that provides for the return of a deed to property in
Carlisle to Hope F. Small.
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UNION CITY HALL CLOSED TOMORROW
Thursday, July 14
You are reminded of the information that the City of Union has asked WBCU to pass on to our listeners. The offices at Union
City Hall will be closed tomorrow, July 15, 2011 so they can perform necessary repairs. All other departments and services will
operate on regular schedule. City Hall will re-open on Monday, July 18, 2011 with normal business hours. The City apologizes
for any inconvenience this closing may cause to the public.
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DIXIE YOUTH CONTROVERSY ADDRESSED
Thursday, July 14
There has been rumor in the community about controversy concerning one of our Dixie Youth baseball coaches. In an effort to
put these rumors to rest, WBCU News contacted the person who could put this controversy to rest. Wednesday afternoon we
spoke with Terry Davis, Commissioner over Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys Baseball in Union County. These are Terry’s comments.
He said that 7 On Your Side is planning to air a segment concerning a Union Dixie Boys baseball coach. Davis stated that
everyone has a past and this coach's past is in his past. He's a good coach and they have not had any problems with him the 2
years he has been coaching. The coach was voted in as an assistant coach by the board last year. Davis said that this coach
coached the All Stars last year with no problems. When his team's head coach resigned this year the coach moved into the head
coach position and there were no problems or complaints. This coach was named to coach the 13-year-old All Stars this year
and that's when the controversy began. Davis stated that one parent of an All Star came to him saying she had a problem with
the coach but had no proof that the coach had done anything. Davis said that TV 7 reporter Chris Catoe brought him evidence
of something in the coach's past, and he took it to the board. He said the board reviewed what was brought and voted to keep
the coach. As District 5 Director he went to the state director and they both agreed to let the coach continue coaching and give
him a 2nd chance. Davis stated that they do not have any "unfit" coaches in the league. He said as a matter of fact that they
have very good coaches in the league as evidenced by the possibility of 3 Union teams making the State Play-offs.
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MIRACLE LEAGUE ADDRESSES COUNTY COUNCIL AT TUESDAY'S MEETING
Wednesday, July 13
Every seat in the Grand Jury Room was taken as Union County Council heard from 4 different groups during their meeting
Tuesday afternoon. Council first heard from Amy Austin, Co-Chair of Union County Miracle League Board of Directors. Ms. Austin
used a power point presentation to update Council on what the group has accomplished to date, thanked those who helped
them get this far, and gave them an indication what is planned in the future. She pointed out that of the 4,385 students
enrolled in Union County Schools, 622 students have some type of disabling condition. The state average of students with a
disability is 3%, while Union County has 15%. She also pointed out that 110 adults in Union County are receiving some type of
service through the DDSN programs. In closing, Ms. Austin asked that the Miracle League be allowed to utilize County resources
for the construction and maintenance of a field, become a part of the Union County Recreation Department, and be afforded an
opportunity to hold an informal meeting to discuss details pertaining to site acquisition, construction, and future maintenance of
a Miracle League field in Union County. Next, Council received an update from Robert Croom of the SC Association of Counties.
Mr. Croom discussed at length the services available to Union County through the Association, what was being done in Columbia
to benefit rural counties, and what lies ahead for these counties. He reminded Council of the lobbying efforts put forth by the
Association on behalf of SC counties before the state legislature and reminded council members of the pertinent training
opportunities afforded them through the SC Association of Counties. He closed by saying that the Association stands ready to
assist Union County at any time and in any way possible. Due to the length of the report on this meeting, WBCU News will bring
you additional details of Tuesday’s meeting in Thursday’s news report.
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UNION COUNTY SC HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION MEETS
Wednesday, July 13
Union County SC Human Resource Association will hold their regular monthly meeting today, July 13th, 2011. All interested
persons are invited to attend. This will be a Networking Lunch, and you are invited to come and share your funniest hiring
experience! This meeting will be held at the Inn at Merridun, located at 100 Merridun Place in Union. The meeting time is from
noon until 1pm and lunch is available at a cost of $5 per person.
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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR UNION
Wednesday, July 13
Another “scorcher” is expected for Union County today as forecasters predict the
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mercury will once again approach the 100 degree mark for our area. A Heat Advisory is
in effect from 11 am until 9 pm Wednesday for all of the Midlands and most of the Upstate including Union County.
Temperatures in some parts of Union County reached or exceeded the 100 degree mark on Tuesday as evidenced by the picture
we took at just before 5pm of the YMCA sign on East Main Street in Union. The sign showed the temperature at 104 degrees.
Look for highs to reach the upper 90s with a few 100 degree highs possible on Wednesday in the eat advisory area. Combined
with the humidity, heat index values will well exceed the 100 mark in some locations. Once again we will tell you that affected
people should limit outdoor exertion and take a lot of breaks. If you don’t have to be outside, by all means remain indoors. The
conditions make heat related illness a real threat and you should take every precaution not to overexert yourself. Persons with
health problems are urged to stay indoors if at all possible.
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE FIRE
Wednesday, July 13
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious vehicle fire that occurred late Monday night. According to the
report, at just before 11:30pm, officers were dispatched to Forest Service Road 392 off Maybinton Road in Carlisle. The vehicle
was thought to be a Chevy Blazer but could not be confirmed because the vehicle burned completely. It burned so bad that the
officers could not read the tag # or the VIN # on the vehicle. Officers were advised by a Newberry County firefighter on the
scene that the vehicle could the same one reported missing in Newberry earlier that day. Officers contacted Newberry County
and advised them of the burned vehicle and how it was found. Without identifying marks on the vehicle, Newberry was unable
to advise if it was the vehicle they had in NCIC as stolen. The officer told Newberry County that the vehicle would be towed to a
secure location until they could come and attempt to identify it. The vehicle was towed by Jeff Greer’s towing to 1377 Jonesville
Highway in Union.
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NAMES OF SHOOTING VICTIMS RELEASED
Tuesday, July 12
The Union County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a double shooting incident early Monday morning left one person
dead and another person injured. Chief Deputy Perry Haney of the Union County Sheriff’s Office told WBCU News Monday
morning that deputies and EMS were dispatched to a home at 125 Hoyt Drive at 6:50am in reference to a shooting incident.
Upon arrival they found a 47-year-old Barry Keith Thompson with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Wallace
Thomson Hospital where he died a short time later. His 43-year-old wife, Jackie Lynn Thompson, also suffered a gunshot wound
to the head and was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. Haney stated that the wife was
fortunate that the bullet ricocheted and did not penetrate her skull and he has since learned that she is in stable condition at
SRMC. A .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene. Chief Haney provided additional information to WBCU
News Monday afternoon, and said that an autopsy was performed at 1pm Monday in Newberry on Mr. Thompson and the bullet
was retrieved from his body. Chief Haney stated that that bullet and the pistol recovered at the scene were sent to SLED for
ballistics tests. He went on to say that other results from the autopsy may not be available for several days. Haney said that no
other information was available at that time. Tune to WBCU for additional details as they become available.
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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR UNION
Tuesday, July 12
Some of the hottest weather of the summer is heading for South Carolina. Forecasters predict that temperatures in the mid-90s
on Monday were only the beginning of the excessive heat coming Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service is
forecasting highs near 100 in the Upstate, with the humidity making it feel like 105 or hotter. It may feel even hotter in the rest
of the state Tuesday, with the combination of heat and humidity making the heat index top out at 105 to 110 degrees for much
of the afternoon. Heat advisories have already been issued for Tuesday for much of the state. A Heat Advisory is in effect from
11 am until 9 pm Tuesday for all of the Upstate and Polk and Rutherford counties in Western NC. Look for highs to reach the
upper 90s with a few 100 degree highs possible. Combined with the humidity, heat index values will range from 105-109 in
some locations, so affected people should limit outdoor exertion and take a lot of breaks. If you don’t have to be outside, by all
means remain indoors. The conditions are right for heat related illness and you should take every precaution not to overexert
yourself. Persons with health problems are urged to stay indoors if at all possible.
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WALLACE THOMSON HOSTING COMMUNITY HEALTH DAY SATURDAY
Tuesday, July 12
Wallace Thomson Hospital invites you to join them for a Community Health Day and make a commitment to being healthy. This
year you can take charge of your independence by maintaining your health. Join them for some free and easy tests to
determine if your health is all it can be! This event takes place Saturday, July 16th from 8am until 11am at USC-Union’s Truluck
Gym. The following tests will be offered free:
• Blood pressure checks
• Eye Exam
• Hearing Tests
• Glucose Testing
• Breathing Tests
They will also offer dental care, the blood mobile will be there, and much, much more. You can also receive valuable information
from the various vendors that will be there. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 864-429-2678.
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DON CUDD BENEFIT PLANNED SATURDAY
Tuesday, July 12
A big benefit is planned for Don Cudd this Saturday, July 16th at Jimmy Smith’s on the Police Club Road. This is the site of the
Jimmy Smith Country Jamboree each Friday night. Don’s friends are holding this benefit to raise money to help with some of the
medical expenses he has incurred. The event starts at 10am Saturday, and goes until… They will be selling hamburger plates,
hotdog plates, and chicken stew. Baked goods will be auctioned off and there will be a silent auction also. There will be music,
too, as the band will be there to play. Everyone is invited to come and make this a big event and help a deserving individual.
That’s at Jimmy Smith’s on Police Club Road, turn off Highway 49 onto Police Club Road and it’s about a mile and a half on your
right…you’ll see the cars.
DOUBLE SHOOTING LEAVES ONE MAN KILLED AND ONE WOMAN INJURED
Monday, July 11
A double shooting incident early Monday morning left one person dead and another person injured. Chief Deputy Perry Haney of
the Union County Sheriff’s Office told WBCU News that deputies and EMS were dispatched to a home at 125 Hoyt Drive at
6:50am in reference to a shooting incident. Upon arrival they found a 47-year-old male subject with a gunshot wound to the
head. He was transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital, where he died a short time later. His 43-year-old wife also suffered
gunshot wounds and was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. Haney stated that he has since
learned that she is in stable condition at SRMC. Law enforcement officers were questioning her at the time of the interview with
Chief Haney in an effort to determine exactly what happened. A .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene.
Haney told WBCU News that the names of the victims were being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Stay tuned to
WBCU and we will bring you further details as they become available.
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NC MAN ARRESTED IN CRAIGSLIST FRAUD SCHEME
Monday, July 11
A Waynesville, NC landed in Union County Jail last week after he tried to sell a motorcycle under lien to a Union resident on
Craigslist. According to the incident report, on July 6th, 2011, the resident reported to officers that he had located a 2007 Suzuki
GSX R1000 that they were interested in. The resident told the officer that he had called the listed number and was told that the
person trying to sell the bike was a John Caldwell and that because the bike had a lien against it, the buyer would be unable to
get a title. Hearing this, the officer called the number and posed as an uncle of the prospective buyer. The man identified as
Caldwell told the officer that he wanted $5500 for the bike that a friend that he was holding the bike for had fallen on hard
times and that he was trying to help him out by selling it for him. Caldwell told the officer that the lien holder had repossessed
another bike belonging to his friend, but did not want this one, but wanted the money instead. Caldwell suggested to the officer
that they shop online for another frame and change out the parts and put them on the new frame and use the VIN# on the new
frame to get a title from the highway department. Caldwell went on to say that he would furnish a bill of sale that could be used
to ride on for a while. The officer told the man that he would loan the money to his “nephew” and that he would have his
“nephew” call him back shortly. The resident called Caldwell back and told him that he would buy the bike if he could bring it to
Union. Caldwell agreed to bring the bike to Union. They arranged for Caldwell to meet the buyer in the Union Wal-Mart parking
lot, wired the buyer for audio and video, and gave him a flash roll of cash. Officers set up surveillance around the area and
waited for the buyer to signal that they had necessary recorded information to make a case. The officers then moved in and
arrested John Robert Caldwell, 26, of 32 J C Road in Waynesville, NC. He was transported to Union County Jail where he was
charged with Willful Sale of Property under Lien.
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CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY FOR REPAIRS
Monday, July 11
The City of Union has asked WBCU to pass on the following information to our listeners. The offices at Union City Hall will be
closed Friday, July 15, 2011 due to repairs. All other departments and services will operate on regular schedule. City Hall will reopen on Monday, July 18, 2011 with normal business hours. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this closing may cause.
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HR ASSOCIATION PLANS MEETING WEDNESDAY
Monday, July 11
Union County SC Human Resource Association will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011. All
interested persons are invited to attend. This will be a Networking Lunch, and you are invited to come and share your funniest
hiring experience! This meeting will be held at the Inn at Merridun, located at 100 Merridun Place in Union. The meeting time is
from noon until 1pm and lunch is available at a cost of $5 per person. To help them get an accurate count, you are asked to
RSVP by tomorrow, July 12th at 9am. You can call Renee Alexander at the Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039, or email to
[email protected]
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FREE CARE TO UNDERSERVED OR UNINSURED ADULTS IN COLUMBIA NEXT MONTH
Monday, July 11
Adults who do not have access to health care services can receive free medical, eye and dental care August 5 and 6 at the
Carolina Coliseum in Columbia. A community-wide effort will bring together providers from throughout the state to present SC
Mission 2011: Midlands. Working together, licensed health practitioners will provide dental, medical, and eye care services to
underserved or uninsured adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Behavioral health services, sexually transmitted disease
counseling and patient education on the most common chronic health conditions will also be available. A number of community
providers, including Access Health SC, BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, DHEC, Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Lexington Medical
Center, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals, South Carolina Hospital Association, South Carolina Optometric Physicians
Association, United Way of the Midlands, the University of South Carolina and Welvista are also providing support. The sponsors
expect more than 1000 volunteers—including physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacy and lab specialists, medical
and nursing students and lay persons—to participate in the two-day event. Some volunteers will also assist with patient
registration and records. As of now, general volunteer responsibilities are covered. Interpreters and clinical volunteers are still
needed and anyone interested should go to www.uway.org/volunteer to register. Medical and eye care will be available from 6
a.m. until 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Aug. 6. Dental services will be available for a continuous 32 hours from
6 a.m. on Aug. 5 until 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Persons seeking services are encouraged to get there as early as possible, bring water
and be patient. While providers will see as many persons as possible, organizers expect the demand to exceed capacity. This
event is planned specifically for adults because services and coverage for children are more readily available in the community.
NAMES OF OTHER CHECK INTO CASH ROBBERY SUSPECTS RELEASED
Friday, July 8
As we reported in the news Thursday, the Union Public Safety Department has made an arrest in the June 23rd, 2011 Strong
Arm Robbery that occurred at Check into Cash on North Duncan By-Pass. As a result of the investigation, Mya Simonne Smith,
20, of 128 Powell Street in Union was arrested on July 5th, 2011. The identities of her two accomplices who are being held in
the Greenville Detention Center have been released and they are: Matthew Williams, 23, of 206 Cabin Street in Union, and
Porsha Sharday Gage, 20, of 305 Columbus Street in Union. These individuals were arrested by the Greenville County Sheriff’s
Office and SLED. They are under arrest for a similar incident in Greenville County and will be released at a later date to the
Union Public Safety Department to face charges here. Williams and Gage are also wanted on similar charges in Spartanburg
County.
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CHOIR CAMP FOR KIDS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK
Friday, July 8
Don’t forget the Choir Camp that will be held next week for students in 1st grade through 12th grade. This camp will be held at
Buffalo United Methodist Church in Buffalo beginning on Monday, July 11th and going through July 15th from 9am until 2pm.
The concluding program will be held on Saturday, July 16th at 10am. Lunch will be provided each day. Each participant will be
asked to purchase a t-shirt to be worn on Saturday for the performance. Transportation will be provided if needed, just call 864427-7674 and leave your information.
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AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE SCHEDULED JULY 27-28
Friday, July 8
The nation’s first and largest classroom refresher course on driver safety will be held in Union on Wednesday and Thursday, July
27-28, 2011, from 1pm until 5pm each day. Bill Strong is the volunteer instructor. The course fee is $14 per person or $12 per
person if you are a member of AARP. Class location will be the seminar room of the Union Adventist Church located at 1437
Jonesville Highway in Union. You may register by calling 864-427-8852. That number again is 864-427-8852.
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HOSPITAL BOARD AUTHORIZES MONEY FOR TELEPHONE PROJECT
Friday, July 8
The Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District met
Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 6:30pm at Wallace Thomson
Hospital. Tim Merritt, Chief Executive Officer of the District
presented the July Award of Excellence to Chatiffany
Washington. Ms. Washington is a Certified Medical Assistant in
Family Medicine. Next, Thornton Kirby from the South Carolina
Hospital Association spoke to the board. He told the board that
the association belongs to the member hospitals. Wallace
Thomson Hospital has been a long-standing member of the
South Carolina Hospital Association and the Association is ready
to help in any way possible. Mr. Kirby went on to tell the board
what they do and what is available to the Union Hospital District through the Association. He continued by talking about the
environment of healthcare and what is in store for hospitals as a whole. In business matters, Dr. James Mumford presented the
highlights of the Medical Executive Committee Report to the board. Dr. Mumford discussed the recommendation made by the
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committee concerning changes to the Credentialing and Corrective Action Procedures Manual pertaining to the credentialing of
Physician Assistants. In other business, Alan MacPhee, Chief Financial Officer for the District, gave an update on the telephone
system that was discussed at the board’s last meeting. The board voted to authorize administration to spend up to $225,000 for
the telephone project. MacPhee stated that the bids have been received and the system and the necessary support for the
system will cost the district $218,500. Fred Howard, VP of Support Services, introduced to the board the new Director of EVS,
Brian Atkinson. Atkinson has 14 years of experience. He comes to the district from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and he and his
wife will be locating in Union in the near future.
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VVA CHAPTER 644 ANNOUNCES JULY MEETING
Friday, July 8
The Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA Chapter 644 will hold its monthly meeting Thursday July 21st, 2011 at the American
Legion Post 22 lodge at 7pm. There will be a meal provided at 6:30pm for Chapter members and guests. The Vietnam Veterans
of America is open to all veterans who served in any branch of the armed forces during the Vietnam Era (August 5th, 1964 and
May 7th, 1975). If you served during this time frame please come and join us on July 21st at 6:30pm. You will enjoy the
fellowship with other veterans and will want to join in as Chapter 644 works together to serve Union County and our local
veterans. Chapter 644 works very hard ensure each veteran is welcomed home and that our POW/MIA are never forgotten. For
more information call Arthur Jordan at 864-429-8815, John Gist at 864-424-9288, or Torance Inman at 864-426-0883.
ONE ARRESTED IN JUNE ROBBERY OF CHECK INTO CASH; TWO OTHERS IN GREENVILLE JAIL
Thursday, July 7
An arrest has been made in the strong armed robbery that occurred at a Union business on June 23rd, 2011. At approx. 1:19pm
on that Thursday afternoon, officers from the Union Public Safety Department were dispatched to Check into Cash on North
Duncan By-Pass following a robbery at that location. The clerk at the business was held against her will while the suspects
removed money from the safe. UPSD was assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and their K-9 Unit. The dog lost the
scent and it was thought that the suspects escaped in a dark colored Ford Crown Vic. Officers were looking for a black male and
black female who reportedly wore bandanas over their faces during the robbery. Officers arrested Mya Simonne Smith, 20, of
128 Powell Street in Union, Tuesday, July 5th, and she was booked into Union County Jail at 11am. She is charged with Strong
Arm Robbery. WBCU News spoke with UPSD Chief Sam White Wednesday afternoon and he told us that a Union man and
woman, thought to be Smith’s accomplices in that robbery, are charged with a similar crime in Greenville County and are
currently being held in the Greenville detention center. Chief White did not give the identities of those persons but stated that
Union County will get the couple once Greenville releases them. He went on to say that the couple is also wanted in
Spartanburg County on similar charges. Stay tuned to WBCU and we will bring you further details as they become available.
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BURNING BAN IN PLACE FOR LOW COUNTRY
Thursday, July 7
There are 14 counties in the low country of South Carolina that are now under a burning ban. The 32 South Carolina counties
not under a burning ban are hereby under a Red Flag Fire Alert. This notification is aimed squarely at reducing new fire starts
statewide and is the direct result of increased fire activity in the Coastal Plain, stretched resources (personnel and equipment),
aging suppression equipment, and incidents of firefighter fatigue and injury. The Pee Dee operating region in June suppressed
118 fires (totaling 734.5 acres). Since July 1, firefighters in the Pee Dee have suppressed more than 60 fires (total acreage,
TBA). Statewide, the Forestry Commission suppressed 320 fires in June (totaling 2,478 acres). Forestry Commission firefighters
are at the highest level of readiness and are bracing for another day of intense activity. The public is asked to immediately
report any suspicious smoke or fire to 911 or the Forestry Commission Dispatch Center, 1-800-777-FIRE.
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING FRAUD CASES
Thursday, July 7
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a couple of instances of fraud. A Union woman told officers that she received a
phone call from an individual stating he could lower her credit card rates. The woman gave the caller her credit card # off her
Citi Mastercard. He then put her on hold and after awhile the phone line went dead. When she tried to call the number that was
displayed on her caller ID, she found that the number was unavailable to receive calls. The woman told officers that she did
cancel her Citi Mastercard before any transactions were made on it. In the other case, the victim told officers that he had
advertised a truck transmission on Craigslist for $400. He received a phone call from a man who told him he wanted to buy the
transmission. After texting back and forth with the man, the man sent a check for $2,000 via FedEx. The man called the victim
and told him that his secretary made a mistake in sending a $2,000 check instead of a check for $400 and would he keep the
$400 and please send the balance back to him via Western Union. The victim had deposited the $2,000 check into his bank
account on June 25th, and the bank had placed a hold on the check. On June 29th, the man called again and told the victim he
was in a hurry to get his money back- and if he would go ahead and send it, he could keep an extra $100. The victim wired the
difference per the man’s instructions to a woman in Baltimore, Maryland. On Tuesday, July 5th, the victim received a call from
his bank informing him that the $2,000 check was no good and that he needed to return the money that he had withdrawn.
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HUMAN RESOURCE ASSOCIATION'S NEXT MEETING IS WEDNESDAY
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Thursday, July 7
Union County SC Human Resource Association invites all interested persons to attend their next monthly meeting to be held on
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011. This will be a Networking Lunch, and you are invited to come and share your funniest hiring
experience! This meeting will be held at the Inn at Merridun, located at 100 Merridun Place in Union. The meeting time is from
noon until 1pm and lunch is available at a cost of $5 per person. To help them get an accurate count, you are asked to RSVP by
Tuesday, July 12th at 9am. You can call Renee Alexander at the Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039, or email to
[email protected]
BOJANGLES OF UNION HOSTING FUNDRAISER FOR SOFTBALL TEAMS
Wednesday, July 6
Tonight is Spirit Night at Bojangles. When you make a purchase between 4-8 p.m. today, Bojangles will donate 10% of the
purchase price to the Union County Softball teams that are competing in the state tournaments this weekend. The teams going
to state are the Dixie Darlings, Dixie Debs and Dixie Belles. Go out to Bojangles this afternoon, enjoy some good food and
support our girls as they compete for a state title and berth in their respective World Series.
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UNION SQUARE CINEMAS AGAIN OFFERING FREE SUMMER MOVIES
Wednesday, July 6
What do children do to escape the heat of summer? Some may have a swimming pool of their own, or access to one to use to
beat the heat. Union Square Cinemas has another solution; for the last few years, children in Union have had the opportunity to
see family-friendly movies for free during the hot summer months. This year the summer movies began on June 7th, and run
through August 1st and 2nd. Tuesday and Wednesday each week children can enjoy a free movie and reduced prices on
concession items. The movies are children’s movies, and children of all ages are welcome to attend. Although there is no movie
4th of July week, the movies resume next week and run 4 more weeks. The following movies will be shown during those weeks:
* July 12 and 13 — Kung Fu Panda
* July 19 and 20 — Barnyard
* July 26 and 27 — Megamind
* Aug. 1 and 2 — Last Airbender
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BUFFALO METHODIST HOSTING CHOIR CAMP FOR KIDS NEXT WEEK
Wednesday, July 6
A Choir Camp will be held this month for students in 1st grade through 12th grade. This camp will be held at Buffalo United
Methodist Church in Buffalo beginning on Monday, July 11th and going through July 15th from 9am until 2pm. The concluding
program will be held on Saturday, July 16th at 10am. Lunch will be provided each day. Each participant will be asked to
purchase a t-shirt to be worn on Saturday for the performance. Transportation will be provided if needed, just call 864-4277674 and leave your information.
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TOM CRABTREE TO BE GUEST SPEAKER AT ADULT SUMMER READING WRAP-UP
Wednesday, July 6
A special guest is scheduled to speak at the Union County Carnegie Library on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011. Tom Crabtree,
longtime anchor for the evening and nightly news at WSPA TV7 will speak at 7:30pm that evening as the library’s Adult Summer
Reading Program concludes. Crabtree was honored as Anchor of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters’ Association in
2006. He was runner-up for that award in 2005 and 2007. During Crabtree’s time at the anchor desk, the program “7 On Your
Side” has won Southeastern Emmys for Best Newscast, and received numerous other Emmy nominations. Please mark this date
and be sure to attend this special event.
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WORLD DRUG REPORT STATES PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE ON THE RISE
Wednesday, July 6
A recently released report stated: While global markets for cocaine, heroin and marijuana declined or remained stable, the
production and abuse of prescription opium based drugs and new synthetic drugs rose, according to the World Drug Report
2011. Although there was a sharp decline in opium production and a modest reduction in coca cultivation, overall, the
manufacture of heroin and cocaine was still significant. World-wide, some 210 million people, or 4.8 per cent of the population
ages 15-64, took illicit substances at least once in the previous year. Demand soared for substances not under international
control, such as piperazine and cathinone. The effects of cannabis, or marijuana, are also being mimicked by synthetic
cannabinoids, or “spice”. The United States continues to be largest cocaine market, with an estimated consumption of 157 tons
of cocaine in 2009, equivalent to 36 per cent of global consumption. The second largest cocaine market is Europe, where
consumption is estimated at 123 tons. In 2009, between 2.8 percent and 4.5 percent of the world population aged 15-64 –
between 125 and 203 million people – had used marijuana at least once in the past year. Drugs cause some 200,000 deaths a
year. Since people with serious drug problems provide the bulk of drug demand, treating this problem is recognized as one of
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the best ways of shrinking the market.
FORMER MAYOR BRUCE MORGAN GETS SENTENCE REDUCTION
Tuesday, July 5
Former Union Mayor Bruce Morgan received a reduction in sentence based on his cooperation with the government in other
cases before the court. United States District Court Judge Henry F. Floyd issued the Consent Order Reducing Sentence that was
filed on April 22, 2011. The order states that Morgan provided information to the government concerning illegal activities of
former Union County Supervisor Donnie Betenbaugh and former Tax Assessor Bill Randall that resulted in both men pleading
Guilty to the charges against them. Morgan was sentenced to 71 months on February 18th, 2009. That term was reduced to 36
months by this order. He was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution. Those parts of
Morgan’s sentence will remain the same. As a result of this action, Bruce Morgan is scheduled to be released from the Federal
Prison in Edgefield, SC in January of 2012. To view the official document from US District Judge Henry Floyd, click here.
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USC-UNION REACTS TO GAMECOCKS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Tuesday, July 5
Last Friday afternoon a special event took place at the Union County Courthouse. With the University of South Carolina winning
the College World Series for the 2nd straight year, USC-Union provided Union County with a flag to fly over Union County
Courthouse. Friday, that flag was returned to Dr. Stephen Lowe, Campus Dean at USC-Union. Also present at the brief
ceremony was Bill Wingo, Sr., grandfather of South Carolina 2nd baseman Scott Wingo. Scott was named Most Outstanding
Player of the 2011 College World Series in recognition for his timely hitting and outstanding defense during Carolina’s run to the
championship. WBCU News attended the event, and we spoke with Dean Lowe and he commented on what the championship
means to USC-Union. Lowe said this is a great thing for USC-Union and the whole USC system. He said it brings recognition for
the university and interest from students in South Carolina and around the nation. He said it is an amazing achievement, and
that winning a baseball championship is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. Lowe said the way that the Gamecocks
did it is very impressive and USC-Union is very proud of the team. He said he couldn't be more proud to be the interim dean at
USC-Union and to have an association with the Wingo family.
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MANY BRAVE EARLY SEVERE STORM AND PACK FOSTER PARK FOR BEACH BLAST
Tuesday, July 5
The July 4th Beach Blast was held Monday evening at Foster Park Lake. Even though a severe thunderstorm passes through the
area bringing windy conditions, keen lightning, and heavy rain, the event went off as planned. Everyone scurried for cover as
the storm approached and activities came to a halt until the storm passed, but once it passed, activities resumed everyone
seemed to enjoy themselves. In the beginning, the crowd was small, probably due to the threatening skies, but it rapidly grew
in numbers after the rain subsided. Highway 49 Band played, people danced to the music, vendors sold their wares, and the
evening culminated with a spectacular fireworks display. WBCU broadcast live from the event, and we had the opportunity to
speak with Becky Cobb of the Union County Recreation Department and Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair. First we hear
from Becky Cobb. WBCU News spoke to Cobb as the rain was ending, around 7:30 or so. She said the weather did put a bit of
a damper on the early part of the evening, but the crowd was starting to come in and have a good time. They did not have to
cancel anything; they just waited out the worst of the storm, and continued on with the evening. The fireworks show went on
as planned. The event was run on sponsorships, and Cobb said they could always raise more money for the event, but
everyone that came forward this year as sponsors were a huge help. She expressed appreciation to WBCU, as well, for helping
spread the word about the event and the need for sponsors. Sinclair said there were a lot of people there. He said he
appreciated everyone coming out after the rain, and appreciated the efforts of the Union County Sheriff's Office helping get
everything organized. He said he is already looking forward to next year, and how they can make the event even bigger and
better. If you would like to get on board early as a sponsor for next year's Beach Blast, call Heather Randall at the Union
County Recreation Department at 429-1670. To see a video of part of last night's fireworks show, visit our Facebook page.
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EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS HOLDING JOB FAIR TOMORROW
Tuesday, July 5
Express Employment Professionals will hold a Job Fair on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 from 9am until 12pm. Applications will be
taken and interviews conducted onsite for General Laborers, Job Order #506985. There is no experience necessary. Another job
opportunity available is a Summer Job- Inspection, Job Order #506974. This job requires a high School Diploma and two forms
if ID. Please see your Program Representative for initial screening. This takes place at Union Career Source, located at 103 West
Main Street in Union.
BRUCE MORGAN'S SENTENCE REDUCED
Monday, July 4
WBCU News has learned that former Mayor Bruce Morgan's sentence has been reduced to three years from its original five
years, 11 months. Tune in to WBCU in the morning for more details.
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4TH OF JULY BEACH BLAST AT FOSTER PARK TONIGHT FROM 6-9:30
Monday, July 4
The July 4th Beach Blast featuring the Highway 49 Band is tonight. The event will be held at Foster Park Lake beginning at 6pm
today. There will be music from 6pm until 9pm followed by an extravagant fireworks display put on by Mike Sumner at 9:15pm.
WBCU will broadcast live from the event, and we will have patriotic music and giveaways. This event is sponsored by: Union
County Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce, Lockhart Power Company, Union Family Pharmacy, Union County
Agricultural Fair, United Wood Treatment, Wallace Thomson Hospital, Holcombe Funeral Home, Lou Smith, Roger Bailey, and
Col. William “Jack” Whitener. WBCU News spoke with Heather Randall of the Recreation Department who is heading up the
event. Randall said this is a time where the community can come together. You don't have to go out of town to enjoy the music,
fireworks, and activities for children. She said the Highway 49 Band will be the featured entertainment, noting they were also
the entertainers last year. Mike Sumner will again be doing the fireworks display. Brad Jolly will sing the national anthem prior
to the event. Parties R Us will again be there with the bouncy castle and inflatable slide. She said she hopes, since some other
communities will be holding their July 4th celebrations on the Saturday before, people that don't have anything to do on July 4th
can come out to Foster Park and have a good time with their family.
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BUFFALO CELEBRATES THE 4TH AT THE POND TONIGHT
Monday, July 4
The Buffalo Community will host their annual July 4th Party at the Pond this evening at 6 p.m., also. Gregg Maness will be the
event DJ, with additional music by the Buffalo Creek Band. Ray Treadway will operate children’s slides, and the evening will
culminate in a fireworks display. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Community Festivals Committee. For more information,
call 426-4457.
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KEEP YOUR 4TH SAFE BY USING THESE FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
Monday, July 4
Summer means picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks displays, especially around the 4th of July. Summer also means an
increase in injuries from backyard grills, bonfires and fireworks. Even before lighting a single match, it's critical to make sure
you’re using fireworks safely. In 2005, about 10,800 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.
Nearly half of then were under age 15. In fact, using fireworks safely is paramount when children are involved. Children
between the ages of 10 and 14 were at three times the risk of fireworks injuries than the general population. About a third of
the injuries were from small firecrackers, 21 percent from bottle rockets and 20 percent from sparklers. In 2004, fireworks
caused $21 million in direct property damage. The National Safety Council advises that the best way to practice fireworks safety
is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide
to use them, be sure you know you are using fireworks safely:
• Use outdoors only.
• Obey local fireworks safety laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
• Always have both a garden hose and a bucket nearby.
• Only use fireworks safely as they are intended, don’t try to change or combine them.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
• Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking in water, then disposing in trash.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
• Use fireworks safely by using common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance.
• Shooter should avoid drinking alcohol and wear safety glasses.
• Only kids over age 12 should handle sparklers of any type.
• Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit www.fireworksafety.com
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UNION TEEN ARRESTED IN BREAK-IN AT FIREWORKS STAND
Monday, July 4
A teenager was arrested in connection to a break-in at a fireworks stand early Friday morning. The Union County Sheriff’s Office
was called to the scene of a burglary in progress on the Lockhart Highway. The officer observed two black males running from
the scene, and he chased them. He apprehended a 16-year old, and called for the K-9 unit to look for the other subject. When
they processed the scene, they found a screwdriver they believed was used to gain entry into the fireworks stand. They also
found most of the stolen fireworks. The other subjects remained at large at the time of the report. The juvenile faces charges of
third degree burglary and petit larceny.
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CAR STOLEN IN UNION IS WRECKED IN NEWBERRY
Monday, July 4
A car stolen from a residence on Railroad Street in Union early Wednesday morning was involved in a chase and wreck in
Newberry County. The owner of the vehicle stated he had some friends over to watch the game Tuesday night, and they left
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around midnight. He said he remembered seeing his car at that time. The car’s keys were left in the ignition, but he said no one
had permission to use the car, and he wanted to press charges. Newberry County authorities stated that the car wrecked, and
its occupants fled. They found an air compressor and assorted tools in the car, which the owner said were not in it before. Two
of the three suspects were apprehended, and evidence and testimony gathered led officers to believe that the third subject was
20-year old Jeremy Wayne Coker of Union. As of the time of the report, Coker had not been located. The investigation is
continuing, and the Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in this case.
NEW LAWS REGARDING CHILD ATV SAFETY AND ELECTRONICS DISPOSAL HIT THE BOOKS
TODAY
Friday, July 1
Today is July 1st, and that is the traditional day that some new state laws take effect. Two such laws hit the books this year,
and WBCU News wants to alert our Union County citizens to the changes. The first law deals with child safety on all-terrain
vehicles, or ATVs. Chandler’s Law, as it is known, requires all ATV riders under the age of 16 to take a training class offered by
the ATV Safety Institute at one of nine locations around the state. The law also mandates that children only ride an ATV that is
appropriate for their age. To help with that, federal law requires manufacturers to print age restriction warning labels on their
products. The law also stipulates that children under 6 cannot ride ATVs and that children cannot carry passengers on their
ATV. They also must wear approved helmets and protective gear. Local police are allowed to enforce the law on private
property if they see a violation or are investigating an accident. The law does allow families to forgo the new restrictions if the
child is under the direct supervision of an adult. A Consumer Product Safety Commission report shows 2,588 children under the
age of 16 died in the U.S. in ATV-related accidents between 1982 and 2008.
A second law going into effect today deals with the disposal of electronic equipment. The law states that "a consumer must not
knowingly place or discard a desktop or laptop computer, computer monitor, printer or television, or any of the components or
subassemblies of those devices in any waste stream that is to be disposed of in a solid waste landfill." The law encourages
citizens to recycle old electronics, through manufacturer take-back programs, retailer recycling options, or electronics recycling
programs and collection events hosted by local governments. The reason unwanted electronics are no longer welcome at
landfills is that they contain metals and other materials that could be hazardous to people and the environment if not properly
managed.
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4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS PLANNED FOR WEST SPRINGS, BUFFALO AND UNION
Friday, July 1
The West Springs community will hold their 35th Annual Independence Celebration tomorrow. The festivities will take place at
the West Springs Ballfield. They will have a parade that starts at 11am at the Bogansville Methodist Church, circles the West
Springs Baptist Church, and ends at the West Springs Ball Field. Lunch will be served around noon at the ball field. They will be
serving BBQ plates with baked beans, slaw, roll, dessert and a drink for $6.00. At 6pm that evening the Beach Band Ocean
Breeze will perform from 6pm – 10pm. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and snow cones will be sold during this time. At
10pm the FAMOUS West Springs fireworks display will begin. Everyone is invited to come out and start the 4th of July weekend
with a fun family event in West Springs. Remember: No alcoholic beverages allowed.
The Buffalo Community will host their annual July 4th Party at the Pond on Monday, July 4th at 6 p.m. Gregg Maness will be the
event DJ, with additional music by the Buffalo Creek Band. Ray Treadway will operate children’s slides, and the evening will
culminate in a fireworks display. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Community Festivals Committee. For more information,
call 426-4457.
The July 4th Beach Blast featuring the Highway 49 Band is also scheduled for Monday, July 4th. The event will be held at Foster
Park Lake beginning at 6pm Monday. There will be music from 6pm until 9pm followed by an extravagant fireworks display put
on by Mike Sumner at 9:15pm. This event is sponsored by: Union County Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce,
Lockhart Power Company, Union Family Pharmacy, Union County Agricultural Fair, United Wood Treatment, Wallace Thomson
Hospital, Holcombe Funeral Home, Lou Smith, Roger Bailey, and Col. William “Jack” Whitener. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor
at this year’s event should contact 864-429-1670 as soon as possible. WBCU News spoke with Heather Randall of the Recreation
Department who is heading up the event. Randall said this is a time where the community can come together. You don't have
to go out of town to enjoy the music, fireworks, and activities for children. She said the Highway 49 Band will be the featured
entertainment, noting they were also the entertainers last year. Mike Sumner will again be doing the fireworks display. Brad
Jolly will sing the national anthem prior to the event. Parties R Us will again be there with the bouncy castle and inflatable
slide. She said she hopes, since some other communities will be holding their July 4th celebrations on the Saturday before,
people that don't have anything to do on July 4th can come out to Foster Park and have a good time with their family.
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TOMMY SINCLAIR COOKING BBQ TO RAISE MONEY FOR ARTS COUNCIL
Friday, July 1
Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair will be cooking a 4th of July BBQ to benefit the Union County Arts Council. Proceeds
from this fundraising event will be used to offset operating expenses for the UCAC. Today is the last day to purchase advance
tickets being sold for the BBQ, and they are $6 for each pound. You must purchase these tickets in advance to help them know
how much BBQ is needed. Your BBQ will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, July 2nd from 8am until10am at the Union County
Arts Council, located on East Main Street. If you haven’t already, be sure to purchase your tickets today for this BBQ. Your
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support of the UCAC will be greatly appreciated.
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BOY SCOUT TROOP 332 HOLDING HASH AND BBQ SALE
Friday, July 1
Boy Scout Troop 332 will also hold a 4th of July hash and BBQ sale. Cooking for this fundraiser begins today, July 1st. They will
begin selling hash and BBQ at 5pm today. They will continue to sell through Saturday, July 2nd, or until sold out. This event will
be held at Pye Ward’s hash house, located at the junction of Highway 215, the Beltline, and Monarch Highway. All proceeds
from this sale will be used to support Troop 332 activities and advancement expenses. For more information, please call 864427-5739, or 864-426-0157. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
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YARD SALE TOMORROW AT UNION COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Friday, July 1
Don’t forget the big Yard Sale tomorrow on the midway at Union County Fairgrounds. Sellers will be selling their items from 8am
until… If you wish to sell, a spot only costs $10. You furnish your own tables and bring the items you wish to sell and it all takes
place on the midway at Union County Fairgrounds. Buyers and sellers are both welcome.
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CITIFINANCIAL IS NOW ONEMAIN FINANCIAL
Friday, July 1
The CitiFinancial office at 410 N. Duncan Bypass, Suite A, will undergo a name change today. Their new name will be OneMain
Financial. Jonathan Prince, branch manager, said the name change would not impact the products and services that customers
have come to know and appreciate, saying the new name better fits who they are and what they do. OneMain Financial’s
employees include Glenda Fish and Patricia Vanderford. OneMain Financial will hold an official launch celebration today at noon
at their office, with light refreshments and a chance to register to win a Blu-Ray Player they will give away at the end of the
month. The celebration event is free and open to the public.
TOURISM COMMISSION KIOSKS IN PLACE IN THREE LOCATIONS
Thursday, June 30
After much planning and a lot of hard work, the 3 kiosks strategically placed throughout Union County are finally ready. They
can now inform residents and visitors alike of what is going on, and what is available in Union County. WBCU News spoke with
Auvis Cole, the driving force behind the kiosk concept. Cole is the former executive director of the Union County Tourism
Commission, and now working as a part-time consultant until they find a full-time executive director for the Tourism
Commission. Cole said the "You are here" county-wide maps are in place at the kiosks at Wachovia Bank on Main Street,
Timken Sports Complex, and the Union County Dragway. He said these maps allow visitors and residents to finally see what all
we have going on in town, whether it's a place to stay, eat or shop. He said they are excited to have these maps on a brightcolored panel where everyone can see them. Cole said this effort was a true partnership with the local business community, as
they were able to get 23 sponsors for the maps and kiosks. He said this type of project will only continue to grow, as they hope
to add several more kiosks later.
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MONTHLY YARD SALE AT UNION COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS SCHEDULED SATURDAY
Thursday, June 30
There is a special event taking place this Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 on the midway at the Union County Fairgrounds. As a matter
of fact, it is a regular event that is held on the 1st Saturday of each month. It is the monthly Union County Fair Yard Sale and
sellers will be selling their items from 8am unti You, too, can be a seller by paying a $10 spot fee. The fair will furnish the spot;
you furnish your own tables and bring whatever it is you want to sell. Potential buyers are invited to stop by this Saturday and
check out the bargains on the midway at the Union County fairgrounds.
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SIX STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM CHURCH'S GENEROSITY
Thursday, June 30
At Monday night’s School Board meeting, Dr. Kristi Woodall, in her report to the board, reported that six Union County School
students received surprises from the Out of the Box outreach program sponsored by Wyatt’s Chapel Church. The church
committee allows the principal to determine need, and confidentiality is observed in the gift giving. Wyatt’s Chapel is given
credit, of course, for their generosity. Those responsible for the program have expressed that their goal is to serve individual
needs of our students so children can be more comfortable in the educational setting. Students ages 5-11 were served this
month and received gifts purchased from local stores including new athletic shoes, jeans, and short and long-sleeved shirts.
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BENJAMIN LOFTIS NAMED INTERIM LIBRARY DIRECTOR
Thursday, June 30
The Board of Trustees of the Union County Carnegie Library is pleased to announce that Benjamin D. Loftis has been named
interim library director. Mr. Loftis will begin duties as interim library director on June 11, 2011. “I’m really excited to be able to
serve the citizens of Union County,” Mr. Loftis said. “The Carnegie Library has a great history and I’m thrilled to have the
opportunity to be a part of it. It is my hope that the library can continue to be a valuable resource for the county and can
identify new ways to serve our patrons.” Mr. Loftis has been employed by the Spartanburg County Public Library at the Middle
Tyger and Woodruff branches since 2009. Mr. Loftis is a graduate of Clemson University, and received a Masters of Library and
Information Science from the University of South Carolina in 2010. Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees Chair
Jennifer Tazerouti said, “Mr. Loftis brings enthusiasm for working with the entire community and has a reputation for
consistently going the extra mile. Mr. Loftis will continue the Union County Carnegie Library tradition of providing excellent
customer service to the people of Union County.” For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library, please visit
unionlibrary.org.
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PIEDMONT COMMUNITY ACTIONS OFFERS MORTGAGE HELP
Thursday, June 30
If you are falling behind on your mortgage, or worried about foreclosure, assistance may be available for you from SC HELP.
They can make monthly payments for you while you seek employment and a return to self-sustainability. They may also pay
arrearages in order to bring your loan current, or furnish funds to help transition families from homeownership to rental
housing. For assistance in our area, contact Piedmont Community Actions, 704 Howard Street, Spartanburg. You may call them
at 864-585-8183 ext. 1120, or email at [email protected]
SPARK FROM CONTROLLED BURN MAY HAVE STARTED STRUCTURE FIRE
Wednesday, June 29
The Monarch Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday evening at just
before 6:30pm. The structure, owned by Mary Browning, was located at 814 Monarch
Highway. WBCU News was on the scene and sources on the scene say that they think
the fire started from a spark from a nearby controlled burn. It appeared that the
spark ignited debris accumulated on the roof of the building, and spread to the
building itself. Monarch received assistance from the City of Union, Southside, and
Philippi Fire Departments as well as Union County Fire and Rescue. A damage dollar
amount was not available at the time of this report. Fire units were on the scene for
just over an hour and a half, and no injuries were reported.
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COUNTY COUNCIL PASSES FINAL READING OF BUDGET
Wednesday, June 29
The Union County Council held a special meeting at 5:30pm Tuesday afternoon in the Grand Jury Room at Union County
Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the 2011-2012 Budget and to hold 3rd and Final Reading of the Budget
Ordinance. Before finalizing the new budget, Council added a cost of living adjustment. This one-time adjustment is $500 across
the board for each full-time employee or elected official covered under the County’s insurance. This was done to offset
increasing premiums on that insurance coverage. The County Supervisor and County Council Members will not receive this
adjustment. Council also agreed to reevaluate this adjustment at the end of the year. WBCU News spoke with County Supervisor
Tommy Sinclair Tuesday and he commented on the new budget. Sinclair said he is happy to finish the budget process. He said
as always, council spent a lot of time exploring options in the budget. He said they were able to balance the budget without a
tax increase. Sinclair said they had additional money from Sloan and Republic Landfill, as well as a performance bond they
collected on the Clerk of Court, and they paid a bond off early. He said they were able to do some one-time capital
improvements and balance the budget. Also in the budget is what he called a cost-of-living adjustment for insurance purposes.
He said employee insurance went up, and without that increase, the effect would have been a net reduction in their salaries.
He said they allocated enough money to take care of that increase for each employee.
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TODAY IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE TO BE A VENDOR AT 4TH OF JULY EVENT
Wednesday, June 29
Today is the last day to register with the Union County Recreation Department as a vendor for next Monday’s “July 4th Beach
Blast”. The event will begin at 6pm and conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at around 9:15pm. The vendor’s fee for
the event is $50 and spaces are limited. You also have to get a City permit before you can sell. Sponsors are still needed for the
event and the Recreation Department is handling those also. For more information, please call Heather at the Recreation
Department at 864-429-1670.
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SHELTERING ARMS HALF-MARATHON SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
Wednesday, June 29
The 3rd Annual Sheltering Arms One-Half Marathon takes place this Saturday July 2nd, 2011. Registration fee before the day of
race is $15, and the registration fee the day of race $25. Registration & packet pick-up will be held at Foster Park on Saturday,
July 2nd beginning at 5:30am. Runners/walkers will be bused from Foster Park at 6:30am to the start line at the old Jonesville
High School. The finish line will be at Foster Park. Proceeds from this event will go to the Foster Parent Association of Union
County that will allow foster kids to participate in things such as summer camps, after school activities, church trips, etc. For
more information on this event, please call Stephanie Kitchens at 864-441-4455.
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WALLACE THOMSON RECEIVES TWO AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Wednesday, June 29
Wallace Thomson Hospital received two Award of Excellence awards on Thursday, June 23rd from the Carolina’s Center for
Medical Excellence. The awards were presented to Sheila Jeter, MSN, RN Director of Case Management/HIS and Diane
Rainwater, BSN, RN Director of Surgical Services. The Carolina’s Center for Medical Excellence recognized Wallace Thomson
Hospital for their commitment to quality and exceptional performance by presenting them with two Award of Excellence awards.
The first award was for Wallace Thomson Hospital achieving a rate of 100% on one or more quality measures during the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 9th Scope of Work for Surgical Improvement Project-Heart Failure Initiatives. The
second award was for Wallace Thomson Hospital successfully maintaining no Hospital Acquired MRSA on the selected reporting
unit throughout the entire 9th Scope of Work. The Carolina’s Center for Medical Excellence provides leadership and services in
review and quality care improvement and management for health care providers in North and South Carolina . They serve the
Medicaid and Medicare programs to ensure that the recipients of these services receive the highest quality and most cost
effective care possible. They also conduct research to measure, monitor, and improve health care and provide education
services for physicians and other health professionals to earn required credit hours.
NEW UCHS CLEANING CONTRACT WILL SAVE DISTRICT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
Tuesday, June 28
At Monday night’s meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, the board approved a motion to award the cleaning
contract at Union County High School to TCA Services. Lynn Lawson, Finance Officer for the school district, told the board that
this pilot program could result in huge savings for the district. The price quoted was $199,000, a savings of approx. $57,000
based on this year’s cost, and approx. $80,000 based on last year’s cost. In other business, Tim Barnado computer specialist for
the district, made a presentation to the board of the Virtual Learning Program. Barnado demonstrated the various features of
the program, including how the program allows students to interact with the study program. During discussion following the
presentation, board members asked for information on the alignment percentage as it pertains to South Carolina standards.
They also asked that they receive regular reports on the progress of students involved in the program. The board then voted to
enter Executive Session. After re-entering regular session, the board voted to make three administrative moves within the
district. Eric Childers, a teacher this year at Union County High School, was named Director of the Learning Center. Mitchell
Lewis, who taught this year at Sims Middle School, was named Assistant Principal at Union County High School. The final move
was to name Camille Robinson, who taught at Jonesville Elementary/ Middle School, Assistant Principal at the Jonesville School.
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COUNTY, LOCKHART COUNCILS AND FAIR BOARD ALL MEET TODAY
Tuesday, June 28
There are several meetings planned for today in Union County. At 5:30pm the Union County Fair Board will meet in the Clemson
Extension Building at the fairgrounds. Several items of business are on the agenda to be discussed. The public is invited to
attend. Also at 5:30pm, the Union County Council will hold a special meeting in the Grand Jury Room at Union County
Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the budget and to consider 3rd and Final Reading of the Budget
Ordinance. The public is invited to attend. At 6pm, the Lockhart Town Council will hold their regular monthly meeting. They are
scheduled to consider 2nd and Final Reading of their Budget Ordinance. The public is invited to attend.
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HOSPITAL PATIENT REVENUE $4.77 MILLION AHEAD OF LAST YEAR
Tuesday, June 28
At last Thursday’s meeting of the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District, the committee received good financial news.
In his financial report, Alan MacPhee, Chief Financial Officer, told the committee that year-to-date through May, the district
showed profit of $1,743,000. This compares to last year’s figures of $431,000. Patient revenue for this year is $86,740,000
compared to last year’s figures of $81,973,000. Mr. MacPhee pointed out that for May ambulance runs totaled 462 compared to
last year’s total of 372, with 401 budgeted. Long term days of care totaled 3,477 for the month while last year’s was 3,385 and
3,459 was budgeted. The average census for the hospital was 27.5 for the month, 21.8 was budgeted, and last year it was
25.3. There were 5 newborns delivered for May, 9 were budgeted, and last year 4 newborns were delivered. Representatives of
the audit firm Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC were present at the meeting and they shared pre-audit information with the
committee. Items discussed included timelines for the various areas of information contained in the audit. Representatives also
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went over points of emphasis in the upcoming audit. Following the presentation, the committee voted to enter Executive
Session to discuss financial and contractual matters.
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SHERIFF DAVID TAYLOR AND HIS WIFE TO CO-CHAIR 2011 MARCH FOR BABIES
Tuesday, June 28
Union County Sheriff David Taylor and his wife, Betty Jo, will serve as Co-Chairs for the 2011 March for Babies in Union County.
They are committed to helping reach the event goal of $22,500 to support March of Dimes research and community programs
to help moms have full-term pregnancies, and for babies to begin healthy lives. March for Babies will take place on October 15
at Veteran’s Park. “In order to support the March of Dimes efforts in South Carolina, the need for Union County to participate in
March for Babies is more important than ever,” says Betty Jo. “We are serving as the 2011 Co-Chairs for March for Babies
because we believe if we can give a child a healthy birth, we have a positive impact on their future quality of life. I challenge
Union County’s businesses and families to join us in raising critical funds so more families will know the joy of having a healthy
baby.” Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests more than 1.5 million dollars in mission initiatives
statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes
continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to
prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies. In Union County, March for Babies is sponsored by
Wallace Thomson Hospital. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With
chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and
infant mortality. For the latest resources and information you can visit marchofdimes.com.
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WEST SPRINGS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
Tuesday, June 28
The West Springs community will hold their 35th Annual Independence Celebration this Saturday, July 2nd, 2011. The festivities
will take place at the West Springs Ballfield. They will have a parade that starts at 11am at the Bogansville Methodist Church,
circles the West Springs Baptist Church, and ends at the West Springs Ball Field. Lunch will be served around noon at the ball
field. They will be serving BBQ plates with baked beans, slaw, roll, dessert and a drink for $6.00. At 6pm that evening the Beach
Band Ocean Breeze will perform from 6pm – 10pm. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and snow cones will be sold during this
time. At 10pm the FAMOUS West Springs fireworks display will begin. Everyone is invited to come out and start the 4th of July
weekend with a fun family event in West Springs. Remember: No alcoholic beverages allowed.
SECOND MAN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN MAY HEAD-ON COLLISION
Monday, June 27
A 2nd person has died as a result of injuries received in a two vehicle collision at just before 7pm on Thursday, May 19th, 2011.
The head-on collision involving two pick-up trucks occurred in the 4600 block of Cross Keys Highway, near the intersection of
Old Buncombe Road. The 1st victim, Toy Edwin Grady, 67; of 4198 Cross Keys Highway, died at the scene. The 2nd victim,
James Jeter, 60, a passenger in Grady's Chevrolet 1500 truck, died of his injuries last week at Spartanburg Regional Medical
Center. The driver of the other truck, identified as Matthew Olin Fain, 25, of 620 Evans Street in Whitmire, has been charged by
the SC Highway Patrol with Felony DUI Resulting in Death. WBCU News spoke to Union County Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker
and he stated that he would confer with the SC Highway Patrol as well as members of the two victims’ families before holding a
bond hearing probably sometime Wednesday, June 29th, 2011. Judge Crocker told WBCU that the condition of Mr. Fain,
recovering from injuries received in the collision and recently released from Spartanbug Regional Medical Center, would also
determine if the bond hearing is held on Wednesday. WBCU News will continue to follow this incident and bring you additional
details as they become available.
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4TH OF JULY BEACH BLAST NEEDS MORE DONATIONS
Monday, June 27
The July 4th Beach Blast featuring the Highway 49 Band is one week away. The event will be held at Foster Park Lake on
Monday, July 4th beginning at 6pm. There will be music from 6pm until 9pm followed by an extravagant fireworks display put
on by Mike Sumner at 9:15pm. This event is sponsored by: Union County Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce,
Lockhart Power Company, Union Family Pharmacy, Union County Agricultural Fair, United Wood Treatment, Wallace Thomson
Hospital, Holcombe Funeral Home, Lou Smith, Roger Bailey, and Col. William “Jack” Whitener. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor
at this year’s event should contact at 864-429-1670. For more information on the 4th of July Beach Blast, please call the
Recreation Department at 864-429-1670. WBCU News spoke with Heather Randall of the Recreation Department who is heading
up the event. Randall said last year they spent roughly $7000, and they had a good response from the community in making
donations. This year, she said she sent donation letters out, and they haven't gotten the same response. She said they would
like some businesses to step forward and support the event. She said they don't want to see the 4th of July event end, because
this is a time where the community can come together. You don't have to go out of town to enjoy the music, fireworks, and
activities for children. She said they have had five vendors to sign up so far, selling everything from snow cones to boiled
peanuts to fish. Randall said if anyone wants to be a vendor for the event, you need to come by the Union Recreation
Department by this Wednesday to sign up. You will be assigned a spot at Foster Park to set up, and you must obtain a city
business permit from the City of Union. She said there is enough space for roughly five more vendors, noting that she wants
everybody to have fun and make a little money if they want to be a vendor. She said the Highway 49 Band will be the featured
entertainment, noting they were also the entertainers last year. Mike Sumner will again be doing the fireworks display. Brad
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Jolly will sing the national anthem prior to the event. Parties R Us will again be there with the bouncy castle and inflatable
slide. She said she hopes, since some other communities will be holding their July 4th celebrations on the Saturday before,
people that don't have anything to do on July 4th can come out to Foster Park and have a good time with their family.
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS MAN ON NUMEROUS CHARGES
Monday, June 27
One of Union County’s Most Wanted was taken into custody Friday by Union County’s finest. The
Union County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Neil Corey Trammell has been arrested.
Sheriff’s deputies had been looking for Trammell since early May of this year. Union County Sheriff
David Taylor received information Friday of a location in the Carlisle, SC community where
Trammell may be hiding. Sheriff Taylor along with 2 Narcotics Agents went to the location where
Trammell was believed to be, in an unmarked vehicle and they surrounded the mobile home. While
there, they heard movement inside the mobile home. They notified uniformed patrol and
Investigators to assist in searching the property. Entry was gained and officers noticed an escape
hole in the floor of the trailer that went to underneath the trailer. Trammell had made it to underneath the trailer where an
Officer captured him and he was placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail. Neil Corey Trammell is charged with
3 counts of Grand Larceny, 2 counts of Burglary 2nd degree, 1 count of Burglary 3rd degree, and 1 count of Malicious Damage
to Property. Additional charges may be pending. Neil Corey Trammell also faces Probation Violation charges as well as charges
from Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and Pacolet Police Department.
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WBCU INTRODUCES: UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF PATIENT FINANCIAL SERVICES
BILL GREENE
Monday, June 27
Today we wrap up our introduction of the leadership team of the Union Hospital District
as we introduce Bill Greene, Director of Patient Financial Services. Bill has been with the
Union Hospital District for about a month, and came to Union from Kings Mountain. He
stated that he and his wife have rented an apartment in Union and they have a
daughter who is a rising high school senior, and a son who is a rising junior at the NC
School of the Arts studying to be a lighting designer. Mr. Greene stated that he has a
couple of undergraduate MBA degrees and has spent the last 25 years in healthcare. He
stated that while in college his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and when he
got out of college at the undergraduate level he went to work for the American Cancer
Society, as the youngest Public Relations Consultant in their history. He went on to say
that from there it blossomed into the service industry because he says he is a servant
at heart. WBCU News asked Mr. Greene about his vision for the Union Hospital District. Greene said from a patient financial
services perspective, a hospital like this cannot be like Duke University. He said it will never have a gamma knife, for instance,
or many of the ancillary services that a large teaching university can have. He said it can be a fantastic community hospital,
however. He said it can meet preventive care and education needs, people can have babies there and have surgery there. He
said all of us would go to the finest facility we could to get care that we cannot get locally, but there's no reason in the world
that Wallace Thomson Hospital and the Union Hospital District can't serve the population of this community as well or better
than other nearby facilities.
ONE OF UNION COUNTY'S MOST WANTED ARRESTED TODAY
Friday, June 24
WBCU News learned today from the Union County Sheriff's Office that Neil Corey Trammell was
arrested today in Carlisle. Tune in to WBCU Monday morning for details on the arrest. Trammell is
charged with 3 counts of Grand Larceny, 2 counts of Burglary 2nd degree, 1 count of Burglary 3rd
degree, and 1 count of Malicious Damage to Property. Additional charges may be pending.
Neil Corey Trammell also faces Probation Violation charges as well as charges from Spartanburg
County Sheriff’s Office and Pacolet Police Department.
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PUBLIC SAFETY SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN CHECK INTO CASH ROBBERY
Friday, June 24
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Local law enforcement personnel are searching for 2 suspects in connection with the robbery of a local business. At approx.
1:19pm Thursday afternoon, officers from the Union Public Safety Department were dispatched to Check Into Cash on North
Duncan By-Pass following a robbery at that location. The clerk at the business was held against her will while the suspects
removed money from the safe. UPSD was assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and their K-9 Unit. The dog lost the
scent and it was thought that the suspects escaped in a dark colored Ford Crown Vic. WBCU News was on the scene and we
spoke with Union Public Safety Chief Sam White. White said a black female and black male with a bandanna on their face
entered Check Into Cash, pinned the clerk against the wall, took the money bag and left. Officers were looking for a darkcolored vehicle with tinted windows, possibly a Crown Victoria or Mercury. He said if anyone riding by happened to see
anything or knows anything about the vehicle, they can call Public Safety or Union County Crimestoppers. White said no one
was injured in the incident. He said the clerk, who was alone in the business at the time, was assaulted, as she was grabbed by
the throat and pushed against the wall while the suspects committed the robbery.
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SPARTANBURG DEPUTY FOUND NOT GUILTY IN BENCH TRIAL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
Friday, June 24
A veteran Spartanburg County Sheriff’s deputy was found Not Guilty in a Bench Trial held Wednesday morning at 10am before
Union County Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker. Jeffrey Wayne Strickland, 35, who lives in Union County at 266 Austin Road, was
arrested on Friday, June 3rd, 2011 by the Union County Sheriff’s Office after Strickland’s wife filed a report that he had on
several occasions threatened her with bodily harm. A press conference was held that Friday afternoon at just after 4pm in the
Magistrate’s Courtroom at Union County Courthouse. Union County Sheriff David Taylor and Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright
jointly held the conference, and Sheriff Taylor announced the arrest and stated that even though there was no reported physical
violence, Strickland was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence. At the press conference Sheriff Wright told WBCU News that
the policy of his office was to automatically terminate any employee who has arrest warrant executed on them. We have been
told that Sheriff Wright has since rescinded that order against Strickland and that he will return to work next Monday. Strickland
waived his right to a jury trial and instead allowed Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker to decide his fate in a Bench Trial. Sources
tell WBCU News that Judge Crocker delivered the Not Guilty verdict after Strickland’s wife refused to testify against her
husband.
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UNION COUNTY DRAGWAY HOSTING WEEKEND EVENT
Friday, June 24
The Quick 8 Outlaws, World’s Fastest Power Glide Promods, will be in town this weekend at Union County Dragway. This event
takes place Saturday, June 25th, 2011 and also features Blown Supercharged versus Nitrous Asperated, the track record holder,
and a $10,000 winner. There will also be an ET Bracket Points Race. Gates open at 1pm, qualifying at 3pm, and racing starts at
around 6pm. For more information you can go online at unioncountyscdragway.com or call the track at 864-466-0000.
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SC HOUSE PASSES FINAL BUDGET COMPROMISE
Friday, June 24
Wednesday, the House approved the $6 billion final budget compromise that was reached by the joint House/Senate Conference
Committee. The FY2011-2012 state spending plan addresses top areas of concern like debt repayment and increased education
funding. “This year’s more transparent budget process has produced fiscally conservative spending decisions that address our
citizens’ needs and responsibly plans for our state’s future. A focus was placed on targeting core government functions. Plans to
repay debt, increase reserve accounts and add to the base student cost were all funded,” said House Speaker Bobby Harrell. In
the budget is an unprecedented amount of money that was not spent, but instead set aside for items like debt repayment and
rainy day reserve accounts. This includes $146 million for unemployment debt repayment, up to $261 million which fully funds
increases to the General Reserve Fund five years ahead of schedule. $104.8 million is dedicated to an additional back-up reserve
account, and $198.6 million to fully fund general obligation bond payments. $196.4 million will be returned to communities to
aid local government. It’s important to note that this revenue surplus was the result of increased private sector economic
activity and not from any kind of tax increase. “By keeping taxes low, getting government bureaucracy out of the way and
cutting government spending to balance our budget, we have created a competitive and fair business climate that is allowing
our state’s economy to grow out of this national recession,” Speaker Harrell said.
PUBLIC SAFETY SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN CHECK INTO CASH ROBBERY
Thursday, June 23
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Local law enforcement personnel are searching for 2 suspects in connection with the robbery of a local business. At approx.
1:19pm Thursday afternoon, officers from the Union Public Safety Department were dispatched to Check Into Cash on North
Duncan By-Pass following a robbery at that location. The clerk at the business was held against her will while the suspects
removed money from the safe. UPSD was assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and their K-9 Unit. The dog lost the
scent and it was thought that the suspects escaped in a dark colored Ford Crown Vic. WBCU News was on the scene and we
spoke with Union Public Safety Chief Sam White. White said a black female and black male with a bandanna on their face
entered Check Into Cash, pinned the clerk against the wall, took the money bag and left. Officers were looking for a darkcolored vehicle with tinted windows, possibly a Crown Victoria or Mercury. He said if anyone riding by happened to see
anything or knows anything about the vehicle, they can call Public Safety or Union County Crimestoppers. White said no one
was injured in the incident. He said the clerk, who was alone in the business at the time, was assaulted, as she was grabbed by
the throat and pushed against the wall while the suspects committed the robbery.
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WBCU INTRODUCES: UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES ED
BOUKNIGHT
Thursday, June 23
Today we bring you the 4th segment of the introduction to the leadership team of the
Union Hospital District by introducing Ed Bouknight, Director of Human Resources. Ed
began his duties in that position on April 7th, 2011. He has 4 grown children and 6
grandchildren that he says he plans to make as rotten as possible. Originally from West
Columbia, SC, Mr. Bouknight states that furthering his education brought him to the
upstate. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College before transferring to Wofford College
and graduating from there in 1975. Ed was retired when he learned of the position in
Union, said that he feels fortunate to have been offered the position and to be in a position
to accept it. WBCU News asked Mr. Bouknight what his vision was for the Hospital District.
Bouknight said his vision for the healthcare system would be a couple of different things.
He said he would like to see it develop its potential with the quality of the workforce they
have. He said they have a significant number of very good people that work there. He said there are a lot of things they can
do for everyone to develop their potential there. He said the more they become educated and the more diverse situations they
are exposed to, they become more qualitative with what they do every day, whether it's employing people, performing surgery,
helping people get better, helping them with therapy, or whatever the situation is. Bouknight said he would especially like to
see them develop their future workforce in the community. He said right now they have limited resources with Union's
population, but he said there is a lot that can be done with that. He said there are ways that the human resources function, as
well as the employees that work here, can all help with developing potential in the community. He said a possibility is to go to
the elementary schools and talk to the students now about what they might want to consider doing years from now when they
graduate. He said those students are not too young to plant some seeds. He said it also helps them establish rapport with the
healthcare system, a place they may need to go to, not just for health care needs, but hopefully for future employment as
health care provider, billing clerk, transcriber, physician, nurse, HR Director, and much more. Bouknight said they can learn
more about the community and how they can work with individuals or groups to benefit the health care of Union County. He
said they have a lot to offer the community, and the community has a lot to offer them.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETS MONDAY AT EXCELSIOR PRECINCT
Thursday, June 23
Ann Stevens, the Chairperson of Union County Democratic Party, reminds you that the party will hold its regular monthly
meeting, Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the Excelsior Precinct (Masonic Lodge), located at 805
South Duncan Bypass, in Union. Democratic office holders as well as prospective Democratic candidates in the upcoming
elections are urged to attend. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.
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SUMMER DRAMA CAMP BEGINS NEXT WEEK
Thursday, June 23
The Union County Arts Council and Boogaloo Folk Life Productions will sponsor a summer drama camp again this year. The
camp will be held June 27th through July 1st, and is for students aged 7 through 12-years-of-age. It will run daily from 9am
until 11:30am. You may register and pay camp fees at the Union County Arts Council office on Main Street in Union. All
proceeds from this camp benefit the Union County High School Drama Department. If you have questions or need more
information, please call 864-429-2817 or 864-427-1709.
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STATE SENATE PASSES IMMIGRATION BILL
Thursday, June 23
With a 69 to 43 vote Tuesday, House Members agreed to concur with the Senate’s amendments on bill S. 20 that will greatly
strengthen our state’s existing illegal immigration policy. The vote now sends the bill to the Governor’s desk to be signed into
law. After years of federal inaction on this issue, the SC General Assembly pushed for a comprehensive statewide illegal
immigration policy in 2008, successfully passing “The South Carolina Plan” into law. At the time, it was the toughest state
immigration law in the nation. While many states have followed South Carolina’s lead by passing strong immigration laws, they
are limited in the overall actions they can take on the issue. The true power of change lies at the federal level, but despite the
best efforts of South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation, neither Congress nor our nation’s Executive Branch has enacted the
policies needed to fully address these concerns or properly secure our nation’s borders. Being back in the House acting on
Senate amendments, S. 20 qualified as one of the few bills that fell within the limited scope of the Sine Die Resolution. This
allowed lawmakers to act on this bill during the wrap-up Sine Die Session.
WBCU INTRODUCES: UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT CHIEF NURSING OFFICER ANDREA COCOVICH
Wednesday, June 22
This is segment 3 of WBCU’s introduction of members of the leadership team for the Union
County Hospital District. Today we introduce you to Andrea Cocovich, Chief Nursing Officer
of the District. Of those on the leadership team, Andrea has the longest tenure with the
Hospital District having come to Union from western Pennsylvania in 1998. She stated that
she had the privilege of studying with Peter Sapphire, who started the CPR trend, in
Pittsburg. Ms. Cocovich stated that she feels that she came to Union at the right time
because she was welcomed and embraced by the people here. She says that she feels
comfortable here because she knows what kind of talent we have here and the effort that
is put forth to provide quality care here every day. She said that the personnel are willing
to learn new things and change what they are doing if they are not achieving a positive
outcome. Andrea went on to say that small towns do not make small minds, it makes you
very good at what you do because you do so many things and you do them all well. WBCU News asked Ms. Cocovich what is
her vision for the Hospital District. Cocovich said she thinks they have had a great vision at Wallace Thomson. She said what
they have now is different people in the key positions, with different ways of accomplishing the vision. She said the vision is to
get physicians here. She said they have wonderful physicians here, but they need more to be able to increase services. She
said they have staff there that is willing and able to learn anything and have the capability to do so. She said the vision of
increasing the services will increase hospital usage in the community, making the community safe through safe health care.
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$30,000 IN COPPER WIRE STOLEN FROM EXCELSIOR SCHOOL IN ANOTHER BREAK-IN
Wednesday, June 22
Once again the Union Public Safety Department is investigating a break-in at the former Excelsior Middle School Building on Culp
Street where a large amount of copper wire was taken. According to the incident report, at just after 2pm on Monday, June
20th, 2011, Officer Spencer was dispatched to the location in reference to a break-in. Upon arrival, Officer Spencer spoke to
Billy Scott, Maintenance Director for Union County Schools, who told the officer that an unknown person(s) had stolen approx.
8,750 feet of copper wire valued at approx. $30,000. Scott said that the wire was taken from throughout the ceiling of the front
area of the building. He went on to say that the location of entry by the suspects was unknown. The UPSD Investigations Unit
was called to the scene and photos were taken. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information concerning this
incident is asked to call the UPSD at 864-429-1713, or Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800.
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CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO APPROVE APPLYING FOR LOANS FOR PUMP STATION UPGRADES
Wednesday, June 22
Union City Council held a public hearing Tuesday at 6pm to solicit comment from the public concerning upgrades to Tosch Creek
Headworks and Aeration Facilities as well as the replacement of Coleman Street, Lukesville, and Ottaray pump stations. Utilities
Director Joe Nichols explained to those present what the upgrades consisted of and the reasons for replacing the pump stations.
There was no comment received from the public. Following the hearing, at 6:30pm, Council held their regular monthly meeting.
Council approved 2nd Reading of the Flood Damage prevention ordinance. The council also approved a resolution that will allow
Mayor Harold Thompson to apply for a State Revolving Funds Loan in the amount of $3,105,000 at 3.25% interest for a 20-year
period. These funds will be used to make the upgrades and replacements discussed in the public hearing. There is a possibility
that the City may obtain $1,000,000 under the “green” initiative which would be at a lower interest rate of 1%. In other
business, Council approved a motion to participate in the Line Warranty Program sponsored through the National League of
Cities. Council voted to fill 3 vacancies on the Planning Commission Board by appointing Bobby Joe Gibbs, Lynn Eaves, and
Hutch Hall to the board. In other business, Council accepted and awarded the low bids on 2 projects. Council accepted the bid
of $9,473.42 from Ray Lemons Bulldozing of Jonesville, SC for the spillway repairs at Foster Park Lake. Council also accepted
the bid of $4,125 from Smith Backhoe and Construction of Union, SC for fill material at the Kenwood landfill. Next, during Public
Comment, Council heard concerns from a group of residents who live on Douglass Heights. One by one they came to the
podium and expressed their concerns over the situation on their street with dead and dying trees located in the right-of-way
areas in front of their homes between the sidewalk and the curb at the edge of the street. They each expressed concern for the
safety of their children and others because large limbs have fallen in areas where the children and others walk and play. They
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stated that all they wanted was to know whose responsibility it was to handle this situation- they have been told the SC
Highway Department and they have been told it’s the City’s responsibility. They said that something needs to be done before a
child is hurt or killed by a falling limb from one of these trees. Mayor Thompson told the group that he is aware that there is a
problem and that he would begin the next morning seeking a solution. Three Council members- Andy Bailey, who represents
that area on Council, Ricky Harris, and Robert Garner volunteered to serve on a committee to find a solution to this problem.
WBCU INTRODUCES: UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT CFO ALAN MACPHEE
Tuesday, June 21
Today we continue our introduction of the leadership team of the Union Hospital District, as
we introduce Alan MacPhee, Chief Financial Officer of the district. Alan has been in Union as
CFO for 7 months. He is married, and he and his wife Gayle have 4 children and 5
grandchildren. They are all in Quincy, Washington, but when Mr. Macphee sells his home
there, he and his wife Gayle will relocate to Union. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1970
from the University of New Hampshire, and has been in healthcare ever since. He stated that
for the last 20 years he has worked in turn around hospitals, or financially distressed hospitals,
helping them build revenue, add physicians, and new programs to get them out of trouble.
WBCU News asked Mr. MacPhee what his vision was for the Union Hospital District. MacPhee
said the biggest focus will be adding additional physicians and building those programs to get
people coming back here. He said his vision would be best summed up by looking at the
files. He found a financial statement from 1951. At that time, the average daily census was 75 beds, and they delivered 254
babies. Right now, he said the average daily census is 58 beds, and they delivered 70 babies last year. He said we need to get
back to where we were.
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ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY BEACH BLAST LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY
Tuesday, June 21
The 4th of July will soon be upon us and planning is well underway for the July 4th Beach Blast featuring “Highway 49 Band”.
The event will be held at Foster Park Lake on Monday, July 4th beginning at 6pm. There will be music from 6pm until 9pm
followed by an extravagant fireworks display put on by Mike Sumner at 9:15pm. This event is sponsored by: Union County
Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce, Lockhart Power Company, Union Family Pharmacy, Union County Agricultural
Fair, United Wood Treatment, Lou Smith, Roger Bailey, and Col. William Whitener. Anyone wishing to be a vendor at this year’s
event should come by the Union County Recreation Department on or before Wednesday, June 29th, 2011. The vending fee for
this year’s event is $50 per vendor. Each vendor must also obtain a City permit in order to be able to sell. Vendor spaces are
limited. For more information please call the Recreation Department at 864-429-1670.
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COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART OFFERS "ARTIST SALON SERIES"
Tuesday, June 21
The Artist Salon Series provides visitors with a new way to learn about art through a personal and intimate exchange with artists
- some represented in exhibitions and some responding to works by other artists. The gallery talks, led by Columbia-based
artists, cover a wide range of subjects, topics and disciplines and create a dialogue with the audience. All gallery talks begin at
noon at the Columbia Museum of Art and are free with admission or membership.
"We had such a success with our series of gallery talks led by ceramicists last year we knew we'd hit on something exciting.
Visitors love hearing directly from artists about their creative process," Leslie Pierce, Associate Director of Public Programs and
Community Relations, said. For the first talk on Friday, June 24, Philip Mullen leads an intimate gallery discussion about his work
in the exhibition, An Artist's Eye and his experience as a working artist.
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PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES MCCLURE STREET BURGLARY
Tuesday, June 21
The Union Public Safety Department is investigating a case of Burglary/ Breaking & Entering that occurred at 11pm last Friday.
According to the report, officers were dispatched to a residence on McClure Street in the city in reference to an alarm. Upon
arrival, Sgt. Powers noticed an open window on the left side of the residence. The key-holder arrived on the scene and Sgt.
Powers and Officer Dunn entered the residence to see if anyone was inside. The residence was clear and the key-holder was
allowed to enter to see if anything was missing. She told officers that nothing appeared to be missing. Officers determined that
the suspect(s) appeared to only make it to the bedroom when the alarm went off, and left the same way they came in. Officers
also discovered that the meter had been removed from the meter box in an effort to cut power from the residence. It appeared
that the suspect(s) wore gloves and no prints were found. Sgt. Poweres spoke with the homeowner by phone and advised her
that the key-holder had stated that nothing appeared missing, and the homeowner stated that she would have someone better
secure the window that was found open. The investigation is ongoing, and the report was turned over to investigators for
further review.
WBCU INTRODUCES: UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT CEO TIM MERRITT
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Monday, June 20
As most of you probably already know, at midnight on June 15th, the contract between
Union Hospital District and Carolina Health Care Systems expired and Union Hospital
District is now self-managed. Each day this week, WBCU News will introduce a member
of the leadership team that will lead our hospital district into the future. Today we
introduce Tim Merritt, Chief Executive Officer of the Union Hospital District. Tim has
been in Union for approx. 7 weeks in his new position, where he has been kept busy
with the transition of the Hospital District from contract management to self
management. Mr. Merritt is from Anderson and he has extensive experience in the
hospital setting having worked in Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg and other
places as well. He and his wife Shirley have one daughter Jennifer, a graduate of
Anderson University. Mr. Merritt stated that he considers this home in that he is from
this area and was previously acquainted with some of the people that he now works with, especially some of the medical staff.
WBCU News asked Mr. Merritt what his vision for the hospital district was. Merritt said his vision for the Hospital District is to
set a course for them as an independent organization running on their own in conjunction with the medical staff and the board
of trustees. He said he appreciates the great support they receive from the county, and the fantastic group of trustees that
they have. He said another part of the vision is to take the hospital, look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and
threats, and move through each one of those, identify them and set priorities. Merritt said they need to recruit some primary
care and specialty physicians. He said they want to be able to provide all of the community health care needs within the county
and keep people from having to go out of town for health care. He said they aren't going to try to be a hospital that they don't
need to be. He said they aren't going to have a mobile heart catheterization van out back, for instance, but they do want to be
able to deliver your baby, do your surgery, provide your physical therapy and take care of your health care needs. He said the
Union Hospital District is comprised of a 143-bed hospital, and they want to use all of those beds as much as they can. They
have a 115-bed nursing home at Ellen Sagar, which stays full 99% of the time. He said they have the Union County EMS, which
is a very dedicated organization of men and women that take care of life-threatening illnesses. They are also blessed with
Carolina Health Associates, which is their group of physicians. Merritt said by taking all of those pieces of the puzzle, focus on
the strengths, look at the weaknesses, take opportunities and move forward with them, and always be aware of their threats,
he said he thinks they will do well and move forward as a successful organization.
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ESAB WELDING TAKING APPLICATIONS ONLINE
Monday, June 20
WBCU News told you at the time of the announcement that a new manufacturing plant was locating in Union County that we
would keep you informed during the hiring process on how you could apply. ESAB Welding and Cutting Products, one of the
world’s largest producers of welding consumables and equipment, is opening a state of the art manufacturing facility in Union
County. Positions are available for lead operators, and 5 to 7 years manufacturing experience is preferred. Additional conditions
also apply. Anyone interested can go to esabmidway.com and apply. The entry level wage for the lead operator position is
$16.20 per hour. ESAB also provides fringe benefits including medical, dental, and 401k. You may apply for these positions
online at esabmidway.com thru July 8th, 2011. ESAB Welding and Cutting Products is an equal opportunity employer.
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THREE MEETINGS AND ONE PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
Monday, June 20
Several meeting are planned this week in Union County. The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet
Tuesday at 5pm. This meeting will be held at the Adult Education Building on East Main Street in Union. At 6pm Tuesday, Union
City Council will hold a Public Hearing at the municipal Building. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comment from the
public in connection with the Tosch Creek Headworks and Aeration Facilities and the replacement of Coleman Street, Lukesville,
and Ottaray Pump Stations. Following the hearing, at 6:30pm, City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting. According to
the agenda, Council will hold 2nd Reading of an ordinance, present a resolution, and consider 2 discussion/motions. Council will
also consider the awarding of bids on 2 projects. Then Thursday at 6:30pm, the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital
District will meet in the Conference Room at Wallace Thomson Hospital. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
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HOLCOMBE FUNERAL HOME AGAIN PARTNERS WITH WBCU TO COLLECT FANS
Monday, June 20
Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU are once again this year proud to offer the "Help Union stay cool" fan and air conditioner
project. This is one more example of the Holcombe family and staff's generosity, and we at WBCU are pleased to help carry out
this community project.
We are currently in need of fans and air conditioners. Due in part to the economy and the hotter than normal start to summer,
we are experiencing a very great need for fans and air conditioners....a greater demand than what we are purchasing. If you
would like to help with this project, please bring fans or air conditioners by our studio and office at 210 E. Main Street. Please
help us help keep our neighbors cool this summer. If you know of a family in need, please come by our office and complete an
application. Holcombe Funeral Home and WBCU appreciate the help from our listeners that we have always received.
FUNDRAISER TOMORROW AT SHADY'S PARKING LOT FOR BABIES WITH WINGS
Friday, June 17
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You are reminded that a special event will be held in Union this week-end. It is the 2nd Annual CJ & Julie Event for All Children
Gone too Soon. This event takes place tomorrow, June 18th from 9am until 5pm. It will be held in the parking lot at Shady’s
located at 719 North Duncan By-Pass in Union. Proceeds from the event benefit the Babies with Wings 501(c) Non-Profit
Organization to purchase Headstones for Children. This organization assists families in the purchase of headstones for their
children who without this assistance would not have a marker on their grave. There will be live entertainment from Travis Smith
Project & Cadillac High. The Bounce Castle will be there for the kids, and there will be a yard/bake sale. You are invited to bring
a friend and the kids and support a good cause. The sponsored children for 2011 are Dakota and Nicolas.
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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION HOLDING EDUCATIONAL SESSION NEXT FRIDAY
Friday, June 17
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold an educational program in Union that deals with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s
disease. The program will be held on Friday, June 24th, 2011 from 10am until 11:30am at the Advanced Technology Center
located at 1401 Furman L. Fendley Highway. If you, or someone you know, are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s
time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease,
treatment, and much more. If you are interested in this program, please RSVP by this Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. You may call
1-800-908-9690, or e-mail to [email protected]
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LIBRARY OFFERING FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS
Friday, June 17
The Union County Carnegie Library, in cooperation with the SC State Library, is hosting a series of free Computer Workshops for
the residents of Union County. All persons may sign up for classes by calling the Union County Carnegie Library at 864-4277140. Registration is required for all sessions. All sessions are limited to 12 persons and will be held at the Union County
Carnegie Library. There are several sessions to choose from:
• June 21st or July 19th- Resume Preparation & Assistance
• June 30th or July 21st- Using the Mouse & Computer Fundamentals
• July 5th- Job Skills/ Job Search Preparation
• July 7th- Introduction to Email
All sessions are from 10am until 11:30am and remember: All sessions are free.
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PUBLIC HEARING FOR CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING PLANS SET FOR MONDAY IN COLUMBIA
Friday, June 17
Last Tuesday, Senator Glenn McConnell, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,
announced that the Senate Redistricting Subcommittee will hold a public hearing to accept testimony and comments regarding
Congressional Redistricting Plans. The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 20, 2011, beginning at 5:00 p.m., in Room
308 of the Gressette Office Building, in Columbia, SC. All Congressional Plans that have been submitted to the Senate for review
are located on the South Carolina Senate 2011 Redistricting website, at redistricting.scsenate.gov, under Plan Submissions. To
be considered at the public hearing, written comments on the Congressional Redistricting Plans should be sent to
[email protected] no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011. At this time, the Congressional Redistricting
Plans that have been submitted include two plans submitted by U.S. Representative Clyburn, one submitted by U.S.
Representatives Wilson and Mulvaney, one submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union, and one submitted by Matthew
Kuhn, a student at Columbia University. For additional information related to the 2011 Senate Redistricting process, please visit
the Senate Redistricting website at redistricting.scsenate.gov.
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FCL CLUBS OF UNION OFFER SCHOLARSHIP TO UNION COUNTY ADULT
Friday, June 17
The Union County Family & Community Leaders, or FCL Clubs of Union County are offering a scholarship to a Union County
adult resident who is , or wishes to pursue an undergraduate degree. To qualify, the applicant must be, or has been in the
workforce, or raising a family. This degree may be pursued at a technical/ community college, 4-year college, or university.
Applications, along with instructions, are available at the Clemson extension Service, 120 Kirby Street in Union. You may also
call 864-427-6259, ext. 114. Applications must be postmarked on or before June 30th, 2011. FCL is a non=profit organization
and supports this scholarship fund as well as many smaller projects through fund-raising events held during the year.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES WEDNESDAY EVENING
Thursday, June 16
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Area Fire Departments, utilities, and law enforcement were kept busy Wednesday evening as a line of thunderstorms moved
through Union County at around 7pm Wednesday. These storms brought heavy rain, lightning, and high winds that downed
trees throughout the county. Some trees brought power lines down with them causing power outages in much of the county.
Trees also fell into roadways creating traffic problems. Joe Nichols, City Utilities Director told WBCU News Wednesday night that
areas serviced by the City were hit hard and that he had requested assistance from neighboring utility companies to help restore
power to the affected areas. A large tree fell across power lines on Park Drive in the city and took out the lines and snapped
power poles. A tree fell across power lines on Highway 215 in Buffalo putting all of Buffalo in darkness. A tree fell across power
lines on Bailey Road in Buffalo and resulted in a structure fire. A man on Sardis Road reported that 6 pine trees were downed at
his residence also taking down the power lines to his house. Reports came in concerning trees down on Old Buncombe Road
and power lines down with some of them. The storm damage was so severe and widespread that utility crews worked through
the night to restore service.
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SHERIFF ADDRESSES COUNTY COUNCIL CONCERNING BUSINESS BUILDING OCCUPANCY LIMITS
Thursday, June 16
Union County Council held a public hearing Tuesday at 5:15pm to hear comments on the Budget for fiscal year 2011-2012.
There was no comment received. Following the public hearing, Council held their regular monthly meeting. Council heard
recommendations from Andrena Powell-Baker, Executive Director of the Union County Development Board, concerning
vacancies on the board. She recommended that Louis Jordan, Jr., Tim Merritt, and Emma Garner be appointed to the board.
Council voted to approve her recommendation. Next Council voted to appoint Cayse Crawford Jeter, Anita Hart Maness, and Dr.
Margaret Leslie Jeter to fill the vacancies on the Union County Carnegie Library Board. Sheriff David Taylor addressed Council
and asked to be able to meet the Law Enforcement Committee and the County Attorney in an effort to adopt the State Fire
Code for Union County dealing with business building occupancy. He stated that there are businesses in the county that serve
alcohol that are exceeding safe occupancy limits. The Sheriff stated that the City of Union has the code in place and the county
needs to be able to enforce occupancy limits in the county. In other business, Council approved 2nd of the ordinance dealing
with Flood Damage Prevention. Council also approved 2nd Reading of the ordinance that returns a Deed to Hope F. Small. Union
County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair presented an $1800 check to Chasity Ferrell representing Dixie Girls, and (2) $1800 checks to
Donnie Vinson, representing Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys baseball.
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SCHOOL BOARD UPDATED ON UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT'S SUMMER PROGRAMS
Thursday, June 16
At Monday’s School Board meeting, Cindy Langley reported that students in Union County Schools are participating in the
following summer programs during the month of June:
All elementary schools are providing opportunities for students to receive small group instruction in reading. A total of 146
students are participating in this program with 35 students at Buffalo Elementary School, 36 at Foster Park Elementary
School, 49 at Monarch Elementary School, 15 at Jonesville Elementary Middle School, and 11 at Lockhart Elementary
School.
Forty-six middle school students are attending summer school at Sims Middle School. Students in grades 7 and 8 are
receiving instruction in English language arts and/or math with students in grade 6 receiving instruction in math and/or
science.
The district is also providing credit recovery opportunities for high school students at Sims Middle School. To recover
credit students must have an average between 61 and 69. These students work on a web-based program following a
prescription developed by their instructor. Fifty students are participating in this program.
In addition to these programs, Save the Children, an independent organization serving children worldwide, is operating a
summer camp at Foster Park Elementary School through July 21st. Eighty-seven children from all elementary schools
throughout the district are attending this camp where they are participating in a blend of academic and enrichment
activities including read-alouds; vocabulary games; vigorous exercise; and science, technology, and math programs.
Ms. Langley, director of secondary instruction stated, “We know that students can lose as much as two months growth in
reading and mathematics over the summer, and we are pleased to provide these instructional services for students in grades
K-12 this summer.”
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FIRE MARSHAL MEETS WITH COUNCIL COMMITTEE
Wednesday, June 15
The Planning and Development Committee of Union County Council met Monday at 5:30pm at the Union County Annex Building
on East Main Street. State Fire Marshal Adolf Zubia was present for the meeting and took part in the discussion on growth,
economic development, and expanding and improving fire protection in Union County. These were some of the comments made
by Fire Marshal Zubia. Zubia said the reason the fire service wants water is because of the Insurance Service Office rating for
fire service, or ISO rating. He said ISO has three major grading areas: 50% is graded on the fire service itself, which involves
staffing, training and equipment. 10% is communication, which is the ability to call 911 and have dispatch appropriately
dispatch fire districts to the fire. The other 40% is based on water supply. He said that's why water is important, because with
the growth that builders anticipate over the next 10 years or more, if we don't build it right today, then response could be
adversely impacted for 50 years or more. Zubia said not properly equipping the fire departments to fight the fires (with water
and with equipment) is like sending police out like Barney Fife--with one bullet. He said you don't do that with police, and you
shouldn't do it with fire departments, either. He said people say you make do with the water you have on your truck, but he
said that water can get used very quickly at a fire. He said we need to be able to provide them with some kind of resource to
get more water to those jurisdictions.
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YOUTH ART CAMP SCHEDULED FOR END OF JULY
Wednesday, June 15
The Union County Arts Council will host a Youth Art Camp from July 25th through July 29th, 2011. The camp will be held from
10am until 12:30pm each day. This camp is for children aged 7 to 12. Cost of this camp is $32 for Arts Council members, and
$40 for non-members. Please call the Union County Arts Council at 864-429-2817 to sign up. The camp will be held at the Union
County Arts Council located at 116 East Main Street in Union. Erin Connolly will be the instructor. This event is sponsored by
Gestamp South Carolina, LLC.
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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SECOND READING OF BUDGET
Wednesday, June 15
It was a long night for Union School Trustees Monday night as their meeting contained multiple Executive Sessions and lasted 4
hours. The tone of the meeting was set early as it began with Executive Session to address 2 personnel matters. After returning
to open session, the board received an update from Anita Maness, Principal at Monarch Elementary School, on the Family
Outreach Program. Ms. Maness told the board that over the last 4 years Save the Children has paid, on behalf of Monarch
Elementary and Foster Park Elementary, $724,831 to the district. Monarch has received $462,358, and Foster Park has received
$262,473, and both received funds for this year. She said that this year Foster Park implemented the On Steps program, a
program that Monarch has had for 3 years. Ms. Maness stated that this program is for children aged 0 to 3 years and does
home visits and some in-school activity. After Ms. Maness's presentation, the board returned to Executive Session to discuss a
contractual matter. Returning to open session, the board voted to table a vendor selection. In other business, the board
approved 2nd Reading of Policy DFAB, dealing with Fund Balances. The board also approved 2nd reading of the 2011-2012
Budget. From instruction, Cindy Langley provided information on summer programs, and also gave an update on the transition
process for 7-period days at Union County High School. She stated that the transition process was almost complete. Council
voted to approve an overnight field trip request.
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STOLEN VEHICLE WRECKED; MONEY STOLEN FROM WALLET
Wednesday, June 15
A vehicle reported as stolen by a Lockhart woman was later found wrecked and abandoned on Highway 9 near the Lockhart
Dollar General Store. According to the Union County Sheriff’ Office incident report, while responding to the incident location in
reference to a stolen vehicle, the officer was notified by dispatch that the vehicle had been located at the scene of a single
vehicle accident. The victim told the officer that an unknown person had taken her car. She stated that the last time she saw
her car was at around 7pm on Thursday, June 9th. She went on to say that her children had been in the car listening to music,
and left the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked. She went to sleep at 11pm, and woke up at 10am the next morning
and noticed that the car was gone. The vehicle was found by a passerby at approx. 4:21am that morning. The SC Highway
Patrol investigated the wreck and was notified that the car was reported as stolen. The responding officer went to Carter’s
Wrecker Service to photograph the vehicle and determined that the vehicle, valued at $10,000, was a total loss. The victim later
contacted the officer and told him that when she went to get her belongings from the vehicle, $200 was missing from her wallet
that was in the glove box of the vehicle.
MAN REPORTS BEING ROBBED AFTER ACCEPTING RIDE
Tuesday, June 14
A Union man reported to Sheriff’s Deputies that he was robbed Friday night by 2 black male subjects after paying them $10 for
a ride. According to the incident report, the victim left Wallace Thomson Hospital walking at approx. 11pm Friday night, June
10th. When he got to L’il Cricket on Arthur Blvd., he got a ride with the 2 subjects who were in a black or blue Jeep Liberty or
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Kia. The victim stated that he paid $10 for the ride. He went on to say that they put him out at Ivey’s Furniture on Highway 49,
and demanded the rest of his money, which was a $100 bill. The victim stated that he believed that one of the subjects had a
gun in the front of his pants. He was unable to give officers any names of the subjects at the time of the report. The
investigation is ongoing.
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LIBRARY BOARD MEETS NEXT TUESDAY
Tuesday, June 14
The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet next Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. The meeting will be held at 5pm
in the Adult Education Building located on East Main Street in Union. The board welcomes the public to attend. The Board also
welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at its meetings. Public comments will be placed at the end of agenda,
for 20 minutes, with each person limited to 5 minutes. Please keep in mind that written requests to be placed on the agenda
should be submitted to [email protected] at least five (5) business days prior to the board meeting that you wish to address
the board. If you wish to address the board at the upcoming meeting, you should submit your request by this afternoon.
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FUNDRAISER SATURDAY TO BENEFIT ORGANIZATION BUYING HEADSTONES FOR CHILDREN
Tuesday, June 14
There is a special event to be held in Union this weekend. It is the 2nd Annual CJ & Julie Event for All Children Gone too Soon.
This event takes place this Saturday, June 18th from 9am until 5pm. It will be held in the parking lot at Shady’s located at 719
North Duncan By-Pass in Union. Proceeds from the event benefit the Babies with Wings 501(c) Non-Profit Organization to
purchase Headstones for Children. There will be live entertainment from Travis Smith Project & Cadillac High. The Bounce Castle
will be there for the kids, and there will be a yard/bake sale. You are invited to bring a friend and the kids and support a good
cause. The sponsored children for 2011 are Dakota and Nicolas.
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REMINDS CITIZENS OF CENTRAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Tuesday, June 14
Torance Inman, Executive Director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce reminds you about the Chamber’s Community
Calendar, where you can go to find out what is happening in Union, and post your events free of charge. Simply go to
unionsc.com and click on Community Calendar or Upcoming Events. You will see a month at a glance on the Community
Calendar page and a chronological listing of events on the Upcoming Events page. You can cross-reference dates to make sure
that your event doesn’t conflict with others already scheduled. You can look at previous months and year to see when events
have been scheduled in the past. This makes for a useful tool as you plan your events for the coming year. The Chamber
Community Calendar is not meant to replace existing calendars, but to be a place where all planned events can merge. There
are three ways that you can place your event information on the Community Calendar:
1. Go to unionsc.com and at the bottom of the page click on Community Calendar Submission Click Here and it will take you to a
window where you fill in the blanks.
2. Email the Chamber at [email protected] attach any flyers or photos along with your contact information.
3. Come by the Chamber Office at 135 West Main Street, call 864-427-9039, or fax to 864-427-9030.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO HOLD MONTHLY MEETING JUNE 27TH
Tuesday, June 14
Ann Stevens, the Chairperson of Union County Democratic Party, announces that the party will hold its regular monthly meeting,
Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the Excelsior Precinct (Masonic Lodge), located at 805 South
Duncan Bypass, in Union. Democratic office holders as well as prospective Democratic candidates in the upcoming elections are
urged to attend. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.
MAN WANTED ON BURGLARY CHARGES STILL AT-LARGE
Monday, June 13
A Union County man wanted on Union County warrants in connection with two previous burglaries, and who eluded capture last
Thursday night in Pacolet, is still at large. The subject is also wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred early last
Thursday on Old Buncombe Road in Union County. According to that incident report, the victim told officers that he had reason
to believe that Neil Corey Trammell, 22, of 272 Old Buncombe Road in Union was the person who broke into his garage and
took 5 rifles, 4 shotguns, and other items valued at over $5,800. Union County officers received information that Trammell was
at a home on Deerwood Drive in the Town of Pacolet. Those items were located in a vehicle believed to have been driven to
that location in Pacolet by Trammell. When Pacolet officers went to the home, Trammell fled and the Spartanburg Sheriff’s
Office helicopter and a K-9 unit were called to the scene to search around the home and nearby wooded area for Trammell, but
were unable to locate him. The search for Trammell continues and anyone with any information concerning his whereabouts is
urged to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612, or call Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800.
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AUVIS COLE LEAVING POST AS DIRECTOR OF TOURISM COMMISSION
Monday, June 13
The Executive Director of the Union County Tourism Commission is leaving his post in Union for a position in York County. Auvis
Cole, who has held the position in Union since April 2008, told members of his board of directors at last Wednesday’s board
meeting that he was leaving and that his last day would be June 20th. Cole told board members that he had accepted a position
with the Rock Hill/ York County Conventions and Visitors Bureau, or CVB, directing their sports sales division. Cole went on to
say that this is a big opportunity for him that was made possible mainly due to what he was allowed the opportunity to do in
Union County. He said it was not an easy decision, however, because he had poured his heart and soul into his efforts in Union
County. Cole said that even though his tenure will end on June 20th, he will gladly assist the commission as they seek to hire his
successor. He expressed his thanks to those who made his tenure successful and enjoyable. He said he has great confidence in
the Commission and the future of tourism in Union County.
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MEETINGS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
Monday, June 13
There are several meetings planned for this week in Union County. At 5:30pm this afternoon, the Union County Council
Committee on Planning and Development will meet at the Union County Annex Building on East Main Street. At 7pm tonight, the
Union County Board of School Trustees will meet at the Union County Career and Technology Center on the campus of Union
County High School. Tuesday at 4pm, the County Council Committee on Administration and Finance will meet in the Grand Jury
Room at Union County Courthouse. Then at 5:15pm on the same date and at the same location, Union County Council will hold
a public hearing to solicit comments from the public on the Union County Budget for fiscal year 2011-2012. The regular monthly
meeting of Union County Council will follow the public hearing at 5:30pm. This meeting will also be held in the Grand jury Room
at the Courthouse. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
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SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT LIFE SPONSORS "UNDERWEARNESS" DRIVE
Monday, June 13
Student Life of Spartanburg Community College is pleased to once again coordinate the "Underwearness" donation drive for
area children's homes and organizations in their service area. You are asked to donate new, unopened packs of underwear for
girls and boys sizes toddler to teen; either boxers, briefs, or panties will be accepted. Collection boxes are on the way to the
designated locations. You can “Drop Your Drawers” at the Cherokee County Campus in the Library located in the academic
Building; Tyger River Campus in the Library at TRB lower level; Union Campus at the Advanced Technology Center in Room
113; and at the Central Campus in Admissions, Carrer Planning & Placement, Business Office, Health Sciences Building, Library,
or the West Building. The donation drive officially kicked-off on Monday, June 6th, and ends August 5th. Many children arrive at
children’s homes/in the custody of the state with practically nothing to call their own… including clean undergarments. You can
do something small but important, provide children the basic human kindness of being able to open up a new package of
underwear that is theirs, and theirs alone. For about the same cost as a lunch outing, you can do this! Thank you in advance for
spreading the word to students, family & friends. The collection drive is open to anyone who would like to contribute and drop
off new boys’ and girls’ underwear on one of the Spartanburg Community College campuses!
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VVA HOLDING FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY TOMORROW
Monday, June 13
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644, tomorrow, June 14, 2011 at 12:00 noon will conduct a ceremony to retire the
Old Colors (American Flag) that is flown at the south end of Foster Park. In addition to retiring the Old Colors, a new American
Flag and new POW/MIA flag will be raised. All Veterans and VVA Chapter 644 members, American Legion Post 22, 87,
129, and VFW Post 3122 and 6938 are asked to attend. The general public including any scouting organization is also invited to
attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be postponed to a later date.
UNION MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THREE BURGLARIES
Friday, June 10
A Union County man wanted on Union County warrants in connection with two previous burglaries
eluded capture Thursday night in Pacolet. The subject is also a suspect in a burglary that occurred
earlier that day on Old Buncombe Road in Union County. According to that incident report, the
victim told officers that he had reason to believe that Neil Corey Trammell, 22, of 272 Old
Buncombe Road in Union was the person who broke into his garage and took 5 rifles, 4 shotguns,
and other items valued at over $5,800. Union County officers received information that Trammell
was at a home on Deerwood Drive in the Town of Pacolet. Those items were located in a vehicle
believed to have been driven to that location in Pacolet by Trammell. When Pacolet officers went
to the home, Trammell fled and the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office helicopter and a K-9 unit were
called to the scene to search around the home and nearby wooded area for Trammell. Pacolet
Police Chief Robert Ivey stated that the search was called off after 2 hours. Ivey said that they
gave it a good try, but lost him. He said sometimes that happens. The search for Trammell continues and anyone with any
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information concerning his whereabouts is urged to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612, or call Crime
Stoppers at 864-427-0800.
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AUTOPSY DOES NOT REVEAL FOUL PLAY IN MILLWOOD DEATH
Friday, June 10
An autopsy was performed in Newberry Wednesday on the body of the woman found on the bank of Broad River in Lockhart
Tuesday. The woman identified as Angela D. Millwood, 48, of 108 Turner Avenue in Monarch had been camping all weekend
with her husband and another couple. The husband told authorities that the woman disappeared for awhile, and when he found
her she was unresponsive, he attempted CPR, and 911 was called. When responders arrived, law enforcement and Assistant
Union County Coroner John Fallaw were called to the scene to investigate. WBCU News spoke with Sheriff David Taylor
Wednesday morning and these were his comments concerning the autopsy results. Taylor said he went to Newberry for the
autopsy. He said the results didn't reveal anything abnormal. He said there was no blunt force trauma or anything else that
would make him suspect foul play involved. The toxicology report will probably be a determining factor in this case, and he
noted it could be 4-5 weeks before those come in. Taylor said when the toxicology results come in, he will notify the media.
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UNION LIBRARY BEGINS SUMMER READING EVENTS
Friday, June 10
The Union County Carnegie Library Summer Reading Events 2011 have begun. There are many activities planned for all ages
and the following are some of the planned events for the month of June.
• June 9th- Teen’s Mexican Party—ages 12 to 17 from 4pm until 6pm.
• June 14th- Teen’s Program- Girls Make Duct Tape Flip Flops; Guys Make Duct Tape Billfolds. Call Ms. Cindy to sign up. 12
spots available. 864-427-7140, ext. 302. Time- 1pm until 3pm
• June 21st- Children’s Program with Greg Zelink, Magician- Talk to the Animals- Time 10am
• June 23rd- Children’s Chinese Event- Fun and Games for ages 6 to 11. Time- 4pm until 6pm
• June 27th- Children’s Program- Girls Make Duct Tape Purses; Guys Make Duct Tape Billfolds. Call Ms. Cindy to sign up. 12
spots available. 864-427-7140, ext. 302. Time- 1pm until 3pm
• June 30th- Teen’s Chinese Event- Fun and Games for Ages 12 to 17. Time- 4pm until 6pm
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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION PRESENTS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM JUNE 24TH
Friday, June 10
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold an educational program that deals with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease in
Union. The program will be held on Friday, June 24th, 2011 from 10am until 11:30am at the Advanced Technology Center
located at 1401 Furman L. Fendley Highway. If you, or someone you know, is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, it’s
time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease,
treatment, and much more. If you are interested in this program, please RSVP by Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. You may call 1800-908-9690, or e-mail to [email protected]
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UNION CARNEGIE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE COMPUTER AND JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Friday, June 10
The Union County Carnegie Library, in cooperation with the SC State Library, is hosting a series of free Computer Workshops for
the residents of Union County. All persons may sign up for classes by calling the Union County Carnegie Library at 864-4277140. Registration is required for all sessions. All sessions are limited to 12 persons and will be held at the Union County
Carnegie Library. There are several sessions to choose from:
• June 14th or July 5th- Job Skills/ Job Search Preparation
• June 16th or July 7th- Introduction to Email
• June 21st or July 19th- Resume Preparation & Assistance
• June 30th or July 21st- Using the Mouse & Computer Fundamentals
All sessions are from 10am until 11:30am and remember: All sessions are free
DISTRICT JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY OF UNION AND BUILDING INSPECTOR
Thursday, June 9
On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 US District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs issued an Order to Dismiss in the action brought
against City Building Inspector Brian Blackwell and the City of Union, Defendants, by local resident Hope F. Small, Plaintiff. The
order states that the plaintiff, Ms. Small, failed to respond to discovery requests, and failed to appear for her scheduled
deposition resulting in lack of prosecution in the case. Based on these facts, the Magistrate Judge recommended to the district
Court in a Report and Recommendation that an Order of Dismissal be granted to the defendants. The Magistrate Judge advised
Ms. Small of her right to file objections to the Report and recommendation, however Ms. Small filed none. The order states
“After a thorough review of the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation, the court adopts the Magistrate Judge’s Report
and Recommendation and incorporates it therein. Accordingly, the court GRANTS Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. This action is
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hereby DISMISSED with prejudice for lack of prosecution under Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”
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USDA ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
Thursday, June 9
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday that the US Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is accepting
applications for grants to help rural businesses create jobs through cooperative development centers. “Cooperative development
centers are business and job incubators. They support President Obama’s goal to bring increased economic opportunities to
rural communities by assisting new businesses as they create sustainable jobs,” Vilsack said. “The Obama Administration is
helping create economic opportunities for rural Americans, and these centers further that effort.” Under the Rural Community
Development Grant program, grants of up to $225,000 may be awarded to colleges, universities and non-profit groups to create
and operate centers that help individuals or groups establish, expand or operate rural businesses, especially cooperatives.
Grants may be used to conduct feasibility studies, create and implement business plans, and help businesses develop new
markets for their products and services. Through this notice, USDA may award up to $7.4 million in grants. Funds may finance
up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing and operating the cooperative centers. Recipients must match 25 percent of the
total project cost. Applications are due by July 22, 2011. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and
manages housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a national network of state and local
offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and
ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion
in loans and loan guarantees. Visit online at rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency's programs or to locate
the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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RETIREMENT DROP-IN HELD FOR DR. SUSANNE GUNTER
Thursday, June 9
Wednesday afternoon, June 8th, from 3:30pm until 5pm, friends and
colleagues of Dr. Susanne Gunter honored her with a drop-in upon her
retirement from the Union County School District. The drop-in was held at the
Adult Education Building located on East Main Street in Union. WBCU News
was at the event and we spoke with Dr. Gunter about her career and her
future plans. Gunter said she came to Union when Mr. Paul Glenn hired her at
Union High School. She said it was a very special time, with the best people in
the world to work with in the Fine Arts Department, as she worked alongside
Ralph Lawson and Buddy Wilkes. She said they got a lot of support from Kitty
Carson, Curtis Dunbar, and others who were in the district at that time. She
spent 12 years there before heading to Dorman for 5 years. She said she was
thankful she had the opportunity to come back to Union. She said ever since, she had a great career with the wonderful
teachers and students at Excelsior Middle School and then at Union County Adult Education, Achievement Academy and Family
Resource Center. She said she is not leaving. She is going to Converse where she will be an art teacher again, teaching art
teachers. She said this time, she will have a different sort of impact on the classroom. She said she thinks that is what
education is about: what kind of positive impact can you have on the classroom. Gunter noted she is not leaving Union, saying
she learned that lesson. She said there will be things she will continue to do here, including continuing her work with the
literacy council they are trying to establish. She said she hopes to keep helping out Adult Ed and the school district in any way
that is needed. She said Union is a wonderful place to live, and she is thankful for that.
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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 HOLDS REGULAR MEETING MONDAY
Thursday, June 9
On Monday, June 13th, American Legion Post 22 in Union will hold its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in its
usual location– the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive at Foster Park. Starting at 6:00 P.M., a meal will be served, with voluntary
contributions much appreciated. Next, at 6:30 P.M., instead of the usual guest speaker, all members present will speak a little
bit about themselves and their military service. Finally, at 7:00 P.M., the business portion of the meeting will take place, and
should end about an hour later. Current Post 22 members are urged to attend and participate whenever possible, and veterans
interested in becoming members are always welcome. Meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month. There is no
regular meeting scheduled for July.
AUTOPSY PLANNED FOR WOMAN FOUND DEAD AT LOCKHART CAMPSITE
Wednesday, June 8
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what is being described as a suspicious death after a body was found at a
campsite on Broad River in Lockhart. At approx. 12:45pm Tuesday afternoon EMS and first responders were dispatched to 420
River Street in Lockhart. When the first responder, who happened to be a paramedic, arrived on the scene, things did not look
right to him, so law-enforcement was called to process the scene. The deceased is a 48-year-old white female, identified as
Angela D. Millwood, of 108 Turner Avenue in Monarch. Union County Assistant Coroner John Fallaw has ordered an autopsy that
is scheduled to be performed this morning in Newberry to determine the exact cause of death. WBCU News will continue to
follow this incident and bring you additional details as they become available.
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COPPER VANDALS CAUSE $5000 DAMAGE AT FORMER SIMS JUNIOR HIGH BUILDING
Wednesday, June 8
Copper vandals have struck yet another Union County school building. This time vandals hit the former Sims Junior High School
at 200 Sims Drive in Union. According to an incident report from the Union Public Safety Department, on Monday, June 6th,
2011, Capt. Bailey received information that the building may have been broken into. Capt. Bailey, along with Lt. McGee
received a key from school maintenance and entered the building. A search of the building revealed that some person(s) had
cut and removed the copper water supply lines from the kitchen area. No forced entry was found, but a back door was found to
be propped open. Capt. Bailey contacted Lynn Lawson with Union County Schools, and Lawson and Randy Crocker met
investigators at the scene. After checking the damage to the building, Lawson estimated damages and estimated asbestos
clean-up at approx. $5,000. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the UPSD at 8644291713, or Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800.
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REP. TREY GOWDY ADDRESSES UNION ROTARY CLUB
Wednesday, June 8
Speaking Tuesday to the Union Rotary Club, Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy addressed several issues that has gained
attention in Washington. The first was that of jobs pointing out that a large majority of employers are found in small business.
Gowdy says while the economy plays a part in the nation’s unemployment rate, the greatest blame needs to be place on
government restrictions and regulations. He mentioned the Boeing corporation’s new Dream Liner Plant in North Charleston and
the involvement by the National Labor Relations Board. The board has become involved as a result of Labor Union protest over
the plant being constructed in South Carolina, a right to work state, as opposed to Washington, a Union state. As a result of the
protest the Labor Relations Board is directing the manufacturing of the plane be divided between the two states with a majority
being manufactured in Washington. Gowdy said Boeing chose South Carolina due to the number of work stoppages in
Washington by the Unions which seriously impaired the company’s ability to deliver the product to customers. Gowdy said such
government involvement seriously impacts the economic development in the state. Gowdy was asked his reaction to the South
Carolina House committee re-districting recommendation to take Union County out of the Fourth Congressional District and
place it in the Fifth. He said he is disappointed. Gowdy said the reaction is a bit like being asked which of your children do you
love the most. You can't answer it. He said he is honored to have represented the entire district and wanted to see it remain
as close to how it was as possible, but he said you must also acknowledge the reality that the growth in Spartanburg,
Greenville, and the Upstate in general is such that the district has to shrink. He said the benefit is that he doesn't have to draw
the maps; the legislature in Columbia does that. He said there is a version that has Greenville going with Pickens and Oconee,
and there is a version that has Spartanburg going with Cherokee and Union. He said he thinks the reality is that Greenville and
Spartanburg will remain together, and both counties will be cut. Gowdy said he can promise this: whether he casts a vote for
Union County or not, his ties to our community go back to 1994, and he will help anyone in Union County who needs help with
anything, whether he casts a vote on their behalf or not, and if there is a new Congressman to be met, he will personally bring
that person over here and introduce him to the people of Union.
The South Carolina Senate must okay the House plan or come up with their own redistricting map. Even then the plan will still
have to pass a Justice Department review before implementation. Another issue that divided the Congress is that of debt
reduction. Democrats are charging that the Republican plan to reduce the national debt would hurt seniors through Social
Security and Medicare reductions. Gowdy vehemently denied the allegation. He said when you realize what the drivers of the
debt are, you have a couple of options. He said you can continue to borrow money and leverage the future of our children and
grandchildren and hurt the economy, or you can have an adult conversation about how you can get out of it. He said the
Republican plan does absolutely nothing to anyone who is 55 or above. He said anyone currently on Medicare or drawing Social
Security, or will be in the next 10 years, is totally not affected by the Republican plan.
In other Rotary business Tuesday, the club presented their annual contributions to Crime Stoppers and the Boy Scouts.
Accepting the contribution for Crime Stoppers was Chief Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Perry Haney, and for the Boy Scouts,
Ronnie Henderson of the Piedmont Chapter of Boy Scouts.
WOMAN'S BODY FOUND IN LOCKHART; AUTOPSY SCHEDULED TOMORROW
Tuesday, June 7
At approximately 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, EMS and first responders were dispatched to River Street in Lockhart for a reported
cardiac arrest. When the first responder, who happened to be a paramedic, arrived on the scene, things did not look right to
him, so law enforcement was called to process the scene. The deceased is a 48-year old white female, identified as Angela D.
Millwood, of 108 Turner Avenue, Monarch. Union County Assistant Coroner John Fallaw has ordered an autopsy that is
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scheduled for Wednesday morning in Newberry to determine the exact cause of death. WBCU News will continue to follow this
incident, and bring you additional details as they become available. Check our Facebook page, website and newscasts
tomorrow for more details as they become available.
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SECOND MAN ARRESTED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE FROM LAST MONTH
Tuesday, June 7
The Union Public Safety Department has arrested a 2nd Union man in connection with the sexual assault on a 16-year-old
female that occurred on May 14th, 2011. According to the arrest warrant, William Dejuan Garrett, 17, of 205 Gault Avenue,
Union, is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct- 1st Degree for the part he played in the assault that occurred on Foster Street
in the City of Union. The warrant states that this crime was accomplished by means of aggravated force and forcible
confinement. Garrett was booked into the Union County Jail at just after 11am on Saturday, June 4th, 2011. Also arrested in the
assault, and facing the same charges, is Termaine Casey Salter, 18, of 205 Lipsey Street in Union. Salter was arrested by the
UPSD on Thursday, May 19th, 2011.
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STATE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS SPECIAL SESSION EXECUTIVE ORDER
Tuesday, June 7
Governor Nikki Haley’s call for a special session, following the General Assembly adjourning Sine Die on Thursday, was
overturned Monday by the state’s highest court. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Haley's order violates the separation of
powers and that she can’t legally call legislators back for an extra session when they're technically still in session. The order
agreed with Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell and halted the session she ordered to start today. Gov. Haley wanted
the General Assembly to reconvene to allow action on four restructuring items: H 3152 – Governor and Lt. Governor on Same
Ticket; H 3070 - Superintendent of Education Appointed by Governor; H 3066 - Department of Administration; and H 3267 –
Combining Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole, and the Department of Corrections. The Republican-controlled
Legislature passed a resolution last week to come back for a wrap-up session starting June 14, but the limited list of items
lawmakers can take up does not include the four bills Gov. Haley wants passed. The court's 3-2 decision says Haley's order
violates the Legislature's ability to set its own calendar and agenda.
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CITY COUNCIL MEETS REGARDING BUDGET TODAY
Tuesday, June 7
Union City Council will hold a Public Hearing at 8:30am this morning at the Union Municipal Building. The purpose of the hearing
is to solicit public comments in connection with the Proposed Budget Ordinance for 2011-2012, Tax Levy Ordinance for fiscal
year 2011-2012, and a Budget Adjustment Ordinance. Following the public hearing, at 8:45am, City Council will hold a special
meeting. According to the agenda, Council will address 2nd Reading of the Proposed Budget Ordinance for 2011-2012. Council
will also consider 2nd Reading of Tax Levy Ordinance for fiscal year 2011-2012. The file I am scheduled to be taken up at this
morning’s meeting its second reading of the Budget Adjustment Ordinance. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
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POTTER'S HOUSE NEEDS FUNDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
Tuesday, June 7
Potter’s House Ministries continues to serve the people of Union County who need assistance with food. In May, over 2500
persons were assisted, and the number of persons being served by the Ministry increases almost daily. Pastor Don Moore tells
WBCU News that Potter’s House Ministries is in dire need of funding that will enable them to take advantage of a once a year
opportunity. Pastor Don says that in June, the Ministry can purchase food for five cents a pound through Second Harvest. They
are permitted to shop one time a week for only 30 minutes during the month of June; however during that time they can easily
fill a box truck with much-needed food for needy persons in Union County. He goes on to say that the cost of the food is
approximately $500 and the cost of the truck and fuel is approximately $170 per trip. Four trips during June will cost between
$2700 and $2800, but it is three times the usual amount of food for the money. Just think about how many families can be fed
when $1 will purchase 20 pounds of food. Pastor Don says in May they added over 50 new families to their list of families being
served, and in addition are serving about 50 families and individuals who are handicapped or bed-ridden and have no
transportation available to them. Distribution day in June are Saturday the 11th and Saturday the 25th beginning at 9 AM at the
Potter’s House in Jonesville. New registrations are welcome and can be filled out on distribution days. Any organization or
individual(s) who can and are willing to help with this shopping opportunity or the May power bill of $300 will be greatly
appreciated. Your generosity will be greatly blessed. Volunteers for distribution days are needed and appreciated. If you would
like to help in this worthy cause please contact Pastor Don at 864-680-3465.
SPARTANBURG DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR THREATENING HIS WIFE
Monday, June 6
A press conference was held Friday afternoon at just after 4pm in the Magistrate’s
Courtroom at Union County Courthouse. Union County Sheriff David Taylor and
Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright jointly held the conference. The purpose of the press
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conference was to pass information on to the media concerning the arrest of a
Spartanburg Sheriff’s Deputy by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy, identified as Jeffrey Wayne Strickland, 35, is a
resident of Union County, who lives at 266 Austin Road. According to the incident report, Strickland was arrested without
incident at 2:32pm Friday afternoon after his wife filed a report that stated that Strickland had threatened her with bodily harm
on several different occasions. She stated in the report that this caused her to fear for her life and the safety of her family.
Sheriff Taylor told members of the media that they had not received any reports of physical violence in the case, nor had they
previously answered any domestic calls to the residence. WBCU News asked Sheriff Wright about the deputy’s future with his
department and this was his response. Wright said it is his policy is that if you are arrested, you are terminated. He said they
have people they work with, not computers. He said Jeff is a good man, and he said he hated to see him scarred up on this a
little bit. He said he tells him like he would tell anyone else, that he won't tolerate that.
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SC HOUSE SPEAKER RELEASES STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION
Monday, June 6
In the wake of Governor Nikki Haley’s call for a special session following the General Assembly adjourning Sine Die on Thursday,
House Speaker Bobby Harrell released the following statement: “Following the Governor’s call for a special session of the
General Assembly, The House of Representatives will convene in special session at 10:00 AM this coming Tuesday. I am pleased
at the work the House was able to accomplish this legislative session and that the Governor noted all restructuring items have
passed the House. The Governor has clearly stated that the urgency to act falls upon the Senate. Because both chambers of the
General Assembly must convene in special session, the House will stand in recess following roll call on Tuesday. The House will
be poised to take immediate action on reform items sent over from the Senate.” Since January, the House has passed a lengthy
agenda focusing on job creation and good government reforms, including the four government restructuring items outlined by
the Governor. The following outlines the House’s previous action on these restructuring items:
• H 3152 – Governor and Lt. Governor On Same Ticket - passed the House of Representatives on March 3, 2011 by a vote of
106-6.
• H 3070 - Superintendent of Education Appointed by Governor - passed the House of Representatives on March 3, 2011 by a
vote of 82-28.
• H 3066 - Department of Administration - passed the House of Representatives on March 3, 2011 by a vote of 96-13.
• H 3267 – Combining Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole and the Department of Corrections - passed the House of
Representatives on March 31, 2011 by a vote of 81-21.
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EMS UNVEILS NEW TOOL TO BENEFIT FIREFIGHTERS
Monday, June 6
WBCU News visited the Timken Sports Complex Saturday morning to witness first hand a new tool implemented by Union
County EMS. Purchased specifically to benefit Union County Fire Service personnel as they battle blazes in extreme
temperatures, it also can be a benefit to citizens of the community through other means. First we spoke to Union County
Supervisor Tommy Sinclair and he commented on this tool. Sinclair said they had a big tournament this weekend. EMS brought
what they call a "hydration tent". He said they purchased it through a grant. They cooperated with the Timken Complex,
because it is unseasonably hot this time of year. He said they have a lot of adults to come visit. He said that the EMS is on
hand to treat anyone if they get overheated, but he said the purpose of the tent is to try to keep them from becoming
overheated. He said they are happy to be cooperating with the hospital, and move the county forward in this tourism effort.
Next we spoke with Ronnie Roberson, Director of Union County EMS, and he explained the new apparatus and its primary uses.
Roberson said this is a program they put together to support the volunteer fire departments of Union County, noting that all the
departments except for the City of Union are volunteer departments. He said these guys give their time to try to protect the
citizens of this county, and Roberson said the least we can do is try to protect them. He said they have had issues in the past
with firemen wearing turnout gear at a structure fire getting overheated very quickly. He said they had a need for some type of
facility to get them out of the heat. He said they did research to find this rehab tent, with tables and chairs. It also contains
core cooling chairs, which provides an area for ice to be placed around a person's neck and submerge their forearms to start to
drop their core temperature. He said they also have fans that blow out a mist of water, all aimed at reducing the person's core
temperature. Again, he stated that the facility was purchased to help the firefighters. However, he said on a day like Saturday
at the Timken Sports Complex, where you have a lot of people on hand and very hot temperatures, he said they had the tent
set up to help anyone in distress. He said the equipment is located on their rescue truck, Medic 6, so it is ready to go. It is
typically sent out to any structure fire in Union County in support of the fire departments. The equipment was purchased
through a state DHEC grant, so very little direct funds were involved, which he said is a very good situation for Union County
residents.
SC LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS BUT WILL HAVE TO RETURN
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Friday, June 3
At 5pm Thursday afternoon, the South Carolina General Assembly adjourned Sine Die – signaling the end of this year’s regular
legislative session. During the session, the House passed every item on its ambitious 17-point agenda. Even though the given
time for the 2011 legislative session has passed, there is still unfinished business – like finalizing the budget and redistricting –
that needs to be addressed during a special Sine Die session. “The 2011 legislative year stands as one of the most successful
sessions for the South Carolina House,” said House Speaker Bobby Harrell. “Responding to the issues our citizens called for in
November, the House pursued its most ambitious agenda ever. Because of the leadership given by House Majority Leader
Kenny Bingham and other Caucus leaders, I am pleased to report that the House took action on all these issues and successfully
passed every single one of our 17-point agenda items this year.” Adding to its long list of legislative accomplishments, the
House passed many major reforms this year – like Tort Reform, Transparency Reforms, Voter ID, Spending Caps, Government
Restructuring Reforms, Education Reforms, Point-of-Sale Reform, & Illegal Immigration Reform just to name a few. Speaker
Harrell continued, “While all these agenda items passed the House this session, not all of these reforms became law. This being
the first of a two-year legislative session, House Members will be back next year fighting to get unresolved issues adopted into
law.” Lawmakers will come back on June 14th for a special Sine Die session to finish work on the budget and redistricting. With
the regular session now over, a Sine Die session allows the Legislature to return to the State House at a minimal cost to
taxpayers in order to take up a limited scope of important issues outlined in the agreed upon Sine Die Resolution (H. 4195).
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UNION COUNTY DRAGWAY HOSTS WEEKEND EVENT
Friday, June 3
Exciting racing comes to Union County Dragway this week-end as they host Classic Gear Jammers, Inc., 4-speed, wheel
standing action. On Saturday, June 4th, this will be drop the clutch, gear jamming action. It will take you back to the 1960’s
brand of drag racing. Saturday will also feature ET Bracket Points Race #5. They will feature OP ET, Modified, Jr. Dragster,
Street, and Motorcycles. Gates open at 1pm, time runs are at 3pm, and racing begins at approx. 5:30pm. For more information,
please go online at unioncountyscdragway.com, or call the track at 864-466-0000. Enjoy the wheel-standing action this
Saturday at Union County Dragway.
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HOSPITAL BOND REPAYMENT FREES UP ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Friday, June 3
At Thursday’s meeting of the Union Hospital Board of Trustees, Andrea Cocovich, Chief Nursing Officer, presented the Award of
Excellence for June. That award went to Melanie Berry who works a Clinical Secretary in the Advanced Pain Center. Next, Fred
Brown of Carolina Healthcare Systems addressed the board concerning the transition process. He stated that with the exception
of a couple of small issues, the transition process is complete. He commended the staff of the district and thanked the board for
allowing CHS to serve this community for the last 5 years. Alan MacPhee, Chief Financial Officer of the District told the board
that the 2000 Series Bonds through the Bank of New York have been paid off as of May 31st, 2011. By paying off these bonds
at this time, the district will realize additional cash of $391,000. For the first time in a very long time, the Hospital District is now
under self-management. In the coming days WBCU News will bring you interviews with the members of our management team
in an effort to better acquaint you with them. Stay tuned to WBCU for that information.
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WYATT'S CHAPEL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE IS TOMORROW
Friday, June 3
Don’t forget that Wyatt’s Chapel Women’s Ministry proudly will present their Women’s Conference 2011-“Empowering the 21st
Century Woman: Becoming Your Best You!!” This conference will be held tomorrow, June 4, 2011 from 11 AM until 3 PM at
Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church, located at 153 Wyatt’s Chapel Road in Buffalo. Registration and lunch will be from 10:30 AM until
noon for a donation of five dollars. Some of the topics discussed during this conference will be: dedication and commitment,
breaking down enemy walls, loving who you are, deliverance from strong holds, and strengthening your prayer life. The
speakers for this event will be Minister Katina C. Posey, Sr. Assoc. minister of Grace Community Church in Shelby, NC; and
Minister Laquita Griffin of Mitchell Chapel Christian Church. For more information on this event, please call Minister Chavonda
Gallman, Wyatt’s Chapel Women’s Ministry President, at 864-357-6375.
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TOWN OF CARLISLE SUMMER PROGRAM STARTS MONDAY
Friday, June 3
The Town of Carlisle announces a Free Summer Lunch and Activities Program. This program will be offered to children 18 and
under at the Carlisle Town Hall. This program begins this coming Monday, June 6th, and runs through Thursday, July 28th. The
days of the program are Monday through Thursday from 11am until 1pm. Volunteers are needed to help with this program. If
you need additional information, please call the Carlisle Town Hall at 864-427-1505. “In accordance with federal law and US
Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
age, or disability.” Remember: volunteers are needed, and if you can help, you are asked to call the Town Hall at 864-427-1505
for more information.
SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES RAID GAMBLING HOUSE
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Thursday, June 2
Last Friday, May 27th, 2011, narcotics investigators and deputies of the Union County Sheriff’s Office raided a gambling house.
According to the incident report, officers received information from an operative with the Sheriff’s Office that a cement block
building located at 106 Richard Street in the city of Union was being operated as a gambling house. A search warrant was
obtained based on this information. At approx. 10:15pm Friday night officers went to the location and found that the door was
locked, but could hear people talking inside. They had received information that by using a “secret” knock they could get inside
the building. Investigators initiated the knock and the door was immediately opened. An officer stepped inside, announced
Union County Sheriff’s Office, and advised those inside of the search warrant. Once inside, deputies observed people seated at a
table playing cards for money with money being on the table. People were also observed around the table waiting their turn to
play, based on information from the homeowner. Officers confiscated $1950 from people’s persons, from the table, and a
grayish bag trimmed in turquoise. They also confiscated a stack of blue playing cards and photos were taken. According to the
report eight persons were ticketed and charged with gambling.
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SPORTS CAMP REGISTRATION EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY
Thursday, June 2
The deadline for registering for an upcoming sports camp has been extended. Registration for the Kids in Christ Kingdom, or
KICK, Sports Camp, scheduled at Union County Stadium from June 20-24 from 8-11 a.m. has been extended till Sunday, June
5th, 2011. WBCU News was told that the extension is a result of the many phone calls and expressions of interest that have
been received. Children who attend will choose football, baseball, cheerleading or soccer to focus on. They will enjoy upbeat
rallies with energetic music, fun sports stories, object lessons and Bible stories to help them discover character traits that will
help them excel in sports and in life. There is no cost for the camp, and each child will get quality sports training, a t-shirt,
snacks, fun awards and extras. For more information, please call Todd Davis at New Life Baptist Church at 864-429-8000.
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BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNOUNCES END OF SUNDAY DINNERS
Thursday, June 2
An event that has been a regular happening for many years has come to an end. For years, the good folks of Bethel United
Methodist Church have prepared Sunday dinner for people throughout the county on the 1st Sunday of each month. WBCU
News has been asked to announce that Bethel United Methodist Church has discontinued serving the noon meal on the 1st
Sunday of each month. They wish to thank all of you that supported them throughout the years.
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TOWN OF CARLISLE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR SUMMER PROGRAM
Thursday, June 2
The Town of Carlisle announces a Free Summer Lunch and Activities Program. This program will be offered to children 18 and
under at the Carlisle Town Hall. The program begins on Monday, June 6th, and runs through Thursday, July 28th. The days of
the program are Monday through Thursday from 11am until 1pm. Volunteers are needed to help with this program. If you need
additional information, please call the Carlisle Town Hall at 864-427-1505. “In accordance with federal law and US Department
of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or
disability.” Remember: volunteers are needed, and you can call the Town Hall at 864-427-1505 for more information.
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WYATT'S CHAPEL PRESENTS WOMEN'S CONFERENCE SATURDAY
Thursday, June 2
Wyatt’s Chapel Women’s Ministry proudly presents their Women’s Conference 2011-“Empowering the 21st Century Woman:
Becoming Your Best You!!” This conference will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 11 AM until 3 PM at Wyatt’s Chapel
Baptist Church, located at 153 Wyatt’s Chapel Road in Buffalo. Registration and lunch will be from 10:30 AM until noon for a
donation of five dollars. Some of the topics discussed during this conference will be: dedication and commitment, breaking down
enemy walls, loving who you are, deliverance from strong holds, and strengthening your prayer life. The speakers for this event
will be Minister Katina C. Posey, Sr. Assoc. minister of Grace Community Church in Shelby, NC; and Minister Laquita Griffin of
Mitchell Chapel Christian Church. For more information on this event, please call Minister Chavonda Gallman, Wyatt’s Chapel
Women’s Ministry President, at 864-357-6375.
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SC ORS ADDED AS PARTY TO POWER COMPANY MERGER APPLICATION
Thursday, June 2
On Friday, May 27, 2011, the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, or ORS, with the support of the North Carolina Public
Staff, received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to intervene and become a party of record in the proposed
holding-company merger application filed in North Carolina between Duke Energy Corporation (Duke) and Progress Energy, Inc.
(Progress). The ORS sought to intervene in North Carolina so that the public interest of South Carolina can be advocated in a
proceeding in which the proposed merger of Duke and Progress, the holding companies of Duke Energy Carolinas LLC and
Progress Energy Carolinas Inc., is at issue. The Office of Regulatory Staff is an agency of the State of South Carolina. Its mission
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is to represent the public interest in utility regulation by balancing the concerns of the using and consuming public, the financial
integrity of public utilities, and the economic development of South Carolina. For more information, please visit the ORS web site
at regulatorystaff.sc.gov.
HIGH TEMPERATURES COULD MEAN DANGER WHILE WORKING OUTDOORS
Wednesday, June 1
With the weather forecast calling for temperatures to be in the mid to upper 90’s this week, those involved in outdoor activities
need to be extremely cautious. Unseasonably high temperatures coupled with strenuous outdoor activity spell heatstroke
danger. Heatstroke can be preceded by another problem called heat exhaustion. There are some things you need to know or be
able to recognize in order to avoid these dangerous conditions. First, some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion are:
• heavy sweating
• paleness
• muscle cramps
• tiredness
• weakness
• dizziness
• headache
• nausea or vomiting
• fainting
If you have these symptoms, don't wait. Get inside to somewhere cool, preferably an air conditioned area, and try to drink a
cool non-alcoholic beverage. If left untreated, it can progress to heat stroke. These are some of the symptoms of heatstroke:
• nausea,
• vomiting,
• fatigue,
• weakness,
• headache,
• muscle cramps and aches, and
• dizziness.
• not sweating
If you think you or someone with you may have heatstroke, it is a medical emergency. Call 911 or get to a doctor immediately.
Remember, use caution when engaging in strenuous outdoor activities in extremely warm temperatures.
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LOCKHART TOWN COUNCIL TO WORK ON BUDGET TONIGHT
Wednesday, June 1
The Lockhart Town Council will hold a special council meeting this evening. The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Lockhart
Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to allow the council to work on the 2011-2012 Budget. The public is invited to attend
this meeting.
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STATE PARK SERVICE ASKS VISITORS NOT TO BRING THEIR OWN FIREWOOD
Wednesday, June 1
State parks in South Carolina welcome campers this summer with one little request – please don’t bring in your own firewood.
Invasive insects and diseases are threatening state park forests and wooded areas, and the Park Service has determined they
can come from firewood carried in by campers. “It seems so innocent, but the insects that bore deep into the wood, or diseases
carried on the wood, can get into the parks and wreak havoc,” said Phil Gaines, Director of the South Carolina State Park
Service. “We want our visitors to enjoy their traditional summer campfire, their annual family camping , fishing and canoeing
trip, but we want them to know there’s a better way to handle the firewood.” The Park Service has joined a national awareness
campaign called “Don’t Move Firewood” to help spread the message about handling the matter more responsibly. Posters were
up before the Memorial Day weekend and park rangers are ready to sell firewood to visiting campers or to suggest where to
purchase locally. There are also sites that discuss wise park use and a website that lists things a camper can do to prevent
spreading insects and disease ( http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/burn-safe.html.) State park fans are also invited to discuss
the topic on the State Park Service’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SC.State.Parks. “Our visitors have proven to
us they will do their part to protect forests and parkland when they’re properly informed,” Gaines said. “They are as committed
to preserving South Carolina’s natural heritage as we are.” For more information about South Carolina State Parks, contact
Marion Edmonds at [email protected] or 803-734-1370.
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BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC TO DEBUT NEW WEBSITE JUNE 30TH
Wednesday, June 1
Everybody wants a new look for summer. By the end of June, Broad River Electric Cooperative’s website will have one. The
website, located at www.broadriverelectric.com , is getting a complete makeover which will debut on June 30, 2011. Due to the
reconstruction, the website will be down for up to 48 hours on June 27-29 as the cooperative’s new website becomes available.
Members will be unable to access the online payment feature during this time and are encouraged to make any online
transactions before or after those days. “The new website will have a cleaner more user-friendly design that should make it
easier to navigate,” said Josh Crotzer, Member Services Coordinator for the cooperative. “It will also make it much easier for us
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to update, so our members can always depend on the site to have the most current information.” The remodeled site will have
all the same features as the existing site: energy tips, important information, the latest news and updates as well as the ability
to sign up for service or pay your bill online. There will also be new features that will be unveiled throughout the year. One of
the best attributes is that the redesign does not cost the cooperative or its members any additional expense. The website design
and hosting is provided by Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Inc., of which Broad River Electric is a member.
PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED LOCKHART POWER RATE INCREASE IS TONIGHT
Tuesday, May 31
There will be a public hearing tonight regarding Lockhart Power Company’s application for a rate increase. The hearing will take
place at 6 p.m. this evening before the Public Service Commission at Union City Hall, at 101 Sharpe Avenue. If you wish to
testify before the Public Service Commission regarding Lockhart Power’s application, you may do so. All testimony will be given
under oath. The proposed increase would raise residential customer’s rates by 3.2%. For example, a $100 electric bill would rise
by $3.20.
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KICK SPORTS CAMP REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TODAY
Tuesday, May 31
The deadline for registering for an upcoming sports camp is today. Kids in Christ Kingdom, or KICK, Sports Camp, is scheduled
at Union County Stadium from June 20-24 from 8-11 a.m. Children who attend will choose football, baseball, cheerleading or
soccer to focus on. They will enjoy upbeat rallies with energetic music, fun sports stories, object lessons and Bible stories to
help them discover character traits that will help them excel in sports and in life. There is no cost for the camp, and each child
will get quality sports training, a t-shirt, snacks, fun awards and extras. For more information, call Todd Davis at New Life
Baptist Church at 429-8000.
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SUMMER DRAMA CAMP SET FOR LATE JUNE
Tuesday, May 31
A summer drama camp will again be sponsored by the Union County Arts Council and Boogaloo Folk Life Productions. The camp
is for ages 7-12, and will run daily, June 27 through July 1, from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM. You may register and pay fees at the
Union County Arts Council office on Main Street, Union. All proceeds benefit the Union County High School Drama department.
For more information, call 429-2817 or 427-1709.
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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY LEADS TO MAN FACING DRUG CHARGE
Tuesday, May 31
An investigation into what was termed as suspicious activity, resulted in the Union Public Safety Department arresting Union
man on drug charges. According to the incident report, at approx. 12:30am on Saturday, May 28th, 2011, Sgt. Farr was
patrolling the Meansville Road area in the City of Union when he observed a black male subject, approx. 6 feet tall, riding a
small girl’s bicycle. Finding the activity to be suspicious, Sgt. Farr exited his vehicle to speak with the subject. After confirming
the subject’s ID, the officer conducted a Terry Frisk of the subject and found that the subject had a pocket knife in his left front
pocket. The officer was allowed to retrieve the knife, and asked the subject about other contents on his person, having felt a
long cylindrical object also in the subject’s pocket. The subject, James Lee Lyles, 53, of 1208 West Main Street, Union, turned
and threw an object over Farr’s vehicle and ran. Sgt. Farr and Cpl. Vanderford gave chase and apprehended Lyles approx. 100
yards away as he attempted to dive into a wooded area. In the area where Lyles was lying, Cpl. Vanderford found two clear
plastic bags containing a rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine. Sgt. Farr advised Mr. Lyles that he was being placed
under arrest for Possession of Crack Cocaine and Lyles was transported to Union County Jail.
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FCL OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP TO UNION COUNTY ADULT
Tuesday, May 31
Union County Family and Community Leaders (FCL) Clubs of Union County are offering a scholarship to a Union County adult
resident who is currently pursuing or wishes to pursue an undergraduate degree. To qualify, the applicant must be or have been
in the work force or raising a family. The degree may be pursued at a technical school, community college, or 4-year college or
university. Applications with instructions are available at the Clemson Extension Office on 120 Kirby Street. Applications are due
by June 30th. FCL is a non-profit organization and supports the scholarship fund and other smaller projects through fundraising
events throughout the year.
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TOWN OF CARLISLE OFFERS FREE SUMMER LUNCH AND ACTIVITIES PROGRAM
Tuesday, May 31
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The Town of Carlisle is again offering their free summer lunch and activities program for children 18 and under in Carlisle. It will
take place at the Carlisle Town Hall from June 6-July 28, each Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will offer arts,
crafts, games, field trips, lunch and more. They need volunteers to help with this, also. For more information, contact Carlisle
Town Hall at 427-1505.
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE DRAWS SMALL CROWD TO WAR MEMORIAL
Monday, May 30
A group of 30-40 people gathered at the War Memorial at the corner of Main and Mountain streets for the annual observance of
Memorial Day. American Legion Post 22 hosted the event, and members of HQ 1st 118 South Carolina Army National Guard,
along with Union County Supervisor General Tommy Sinclair laid the wreath at the memorial. The Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 644 provided cookies, cake, coffee and drinks afterwards. The ceremony lasted ten minutes, and Tommy Sinclair
offered some words honoring those whose names appear on the war memorial. Sinclair said there are 100+ names on the
memorial. He said he’s gone by the memorial for 60 years, and it has not changed. He said there are events just like the one
in Union all over the nation today, and each community has their 100, their 150. He said what is significant to him is that these
monuments exist all across America. They have not changed, and they will not change. They are the reason this country has
not changed, and will not change. He said everywhere in America, whether it’s 100 on their monument, or 50, or as in New
York, so many thousands, it’s all the same. Sinclair said he’s glad to be part of it, and he expressed appreciation to the
American Legion, who does the event each year.
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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS OFFERS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES AND FUN
Monday, May 30
The Union County Chamber of Commerce held it quarterly Business after Hours, last Thursday evening at the Advanced
Technology Center. The event was hosted by the Advanced Technology Center, and sponsored by Spartanburg Community
College, Davis Services- ServiceMaster, and the Union County Economic Development Board. The event was well-attended and
each sponsor was given the opportunity to tell the group about their services and goals. These was a great time for Chamber
Members, local businesses and newcomers like Wallace Thomson Hospital CEO, Tim Merritt, and CFO, Allen MacPhee, to get
more acquainted with Union County. The event was catered by Estelle’s and very nice door prizes were presented by each
sponsor. Torance Inman, Chamber of Commerce Director, stated that plans are being made for next quarter's Business after
Hours, so please watch your mailboxes and emails for your invitation.
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HOSPITAL BOARD, LIBRARY BOARD SCHEDULE MEETINGS THIS MONTH
Monday, May 30
The Union Hospital District announces that their board of trustees will meet Thursday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative
Conference Room. The public is invited to attend. The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday
June 21st, 2011. The meeting will be held at 5pm in the Adult Education Building located on East Main Street in Union. The
board welcomes the public to attend. The Board also welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at its meetings.
Public comments will be placed at the end of agenda, for 20 minutes, with each person limited to 5 minutes. Written requests to
be placed on the agenda should be submitted to [email protected] at least five (5) business days prior to the Board meeting
that you wish to address the board.
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ANNUAL SUMMER DRAMA CAMP TO BENEFIT UCHS DRAMA DEPARTMENT
Monday, May 30
A summer drama camp will again be sponsored by the Union County Arts Council and Boogaloo Folk Life Productions. The camp
is for ages 7-12, and will run daily, June 27 through July 1, from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM. You may register and pay fees at the
Union County Arts Council office on Main Street , Union. All proceeds benefit the Union County High School Drama department.
For more information, call 429-2817 or 427-1709.
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"KICK" SPORTS CAMP REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY
Monday, May 30
The deadline for registering for an upcoming sports camp is tomorrow. Kids in Christ Kingdom, or KICK, Sports Camp, is
scheduled at Union County Stadium from June 20-24 from 8-11 a.m. Children who attend will choose football, baseball,
cheerleading or soccer to focus on. They will enjoy upbeat rallies with energetic music, fun sports stories, object lessons and
Bible stories to help them discover character traits that will help them excel in sports and in life. There is no cost for the camp,
and each child will get quality sports training, a t-shirt, snacks, fun awards and extras. For more information, call Todd Davis at
New Life Baptist Church at 429-8000.
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BBQ FUNDRAISER TO HELP ARTS COUNCIL
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Monday, May 30
The Union County Arts Council is having a 4th of July BBQ Fundraiser. Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair will be cooking
the BBQ. Tickets will be sold for the BBQ, and are $6 for each pound. You must purchase these tickets in advance to help them
know how much BBQ is needed. Your BBQ will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011, from 8am until10am, at the
Union County Arts Council, located on East Main Street. Your support will be greatly appreciated by the UCAC.
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KEEP ENERGY COSTS LOWER WITH THESE TIPS
Monday, May 30
Home energy costs are rising with the temperature this summer as air conditioning puts upward pressure on energy usage. To
help consumers reduce their home energy bills and help the nation reduce overall energy use, Broad River Electric Cooperative
offers the following no-cost/low-cost tips on smart energy practices and energy-efficiency home improvements this summer.
The first place to start is your air conditioner, by setting your thermostats to 78°F. Be sure to run your system fan on “AUTO.”
Running it on “ON” uses more electricity and can decrease your air conditioners ability to remove moisture. You should change
the filters regularly. Caulking is also important. If you cauIk around windows and doors, as well as any other opening that will
allow cool air to escape or warmer air to enter, it will help lower your power bill. Some other free and easy tips include:
• Run ceiling paddle fans on medium, blowing down.
• Close shades and drapes during the day to help keep heat out
• Do not close off unused rooms that are conditioned by forced-air systems.
• Keep your garage door down. A cooler garage in the summer will save energy.
These tips and many more are published in the 101 Low Cost/No Cost Home Energy Saving Measures brochure available by
request at Broad River Electric Cooperative location in Gaffney (811 Hamrick Street) and Boiling Springs (5535 Highway 9, Suite
B).
UNION MAN KILLED IN 4-WHEELER ACCIDENT
Friday, May 27
A Union man died Thursday afternoon as a result of injuries received in a 4-wheeler accident Wednesday morning. According to
Ronnie Roberson, Director of Union County EMS, a call was received at just after 9am Wednesday to McKanic Road in the
Monarch community of Union County. Upon arrival, EMS personnel found that Tim McFalls, 20, of Fairview Church Circle in
Union was riding a 4-wheeler when he lost control and was thrown from the vehicle. According to Roberson, McFalls suffered
severe head trauma. Due to the extent of his injuries, EMS immediately called for Regional One to meet them at Union’s City
Park to airlift McFalls to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. Regional One’s flight crew entered the ambulance
to assess the patient’s condition, and during that time the patient went into cardiac arrest. The patient was resuscitated and
because of his condition was not airlifted but transported by EMS to Wallace Thomson Hospital to be stabilized. While in the
Emergency Room at Wallace Thomson, McFalls arrested a second time and was resuscitated again. He was then rushed to
surgery suffering from internal bleeding. That surgery was successful, the patient was stable, and due to Regional One being on
another call, GHS Med Trans was called and Mcfalls was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional at just after 1pm Wednesday
afternoon. Mr. McFalls succumbed to his injuries at just before 3pm Thursday afternoon at Spartanburg Regional Medical
Center.
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LARGE CROWD ATTENDS SENIOR FAIR
Friday, May 27
Attendees wasted no time in lining up for that
good Bojangles chicken and fixings.
Mike and Sheriff Taylor read the winner's name
for the Sheriff's door prize.
A large crowd attended, and everyone seemed to enjoy
themselves.
A large crowd attended the 13th Annual WBCU Senior Fair Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church in the Family Life Building.
The event ran from 9am until 2pm. There was music, food and give-a-ways, and it was all free. A special thanks goes out to all
our sponsors: Holcombe Funeral Home, Oakmont of Union- Rehab and Assisted Living, Holcombe Cemeteries, Gentiva Hospice,
Hospice Care of SC, Upstate Medical Supply, St. Paul Adult Day Care, Gibson and Brown Funeral Home, Allstate Insurance,
Hospice Care of Tri-County, Wallace Thomson Hospital, City of Union, Austin Rehab of Union, Arthur State Bank, Heartland
Hospice, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Bojangles, Food Lion, and Government Offices of Union County. At noon, attendees were
treated to lunch courtesy of Bojangles of Union. WBCU News spoke with Patrick Sheline, Area Director of Bojangles, and he
commented why Bojangles is so supportive of this event. Sheline said they support the event because they care. He said they
want to be out there and involved as much as they can to help out the community. He said Union is a great town, and they
have given a lot back to them, and he said they feel they need to give more back to it.
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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE SET FOR 10 A.M. MONDAY
Friday, May 27
In observance of Memorial Day, on Monday May 30th, 2011, American Legion Post 22 and HQ 1st 118 South Carolina Army
National Guard will hold a brief memorial ceremony at 10am. The ceremony will take place at the Union War Memorial, located
on East Main Street, at the corner of East Main and Mountain Streets. Following the ceremony, VVA Chapter 644 will provide
free beverages and snacks in front of the nearby Martin House Enterprises. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
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FAIR BOARD APPROVES NEEDED UPGRADES TO PERMANENT FOOD STANDS
Friday, May 27
The board of the Union County Agricultural Fair held their monthly meeting Tuesday at the Union County fairgrounds. Under old
business, the board discussed how many single-day passes would be printed. Following much discussion, the board voted to
print the same number as last year. In new business, the board voted to purchase a $200 sponsorship for the county’s 2011,
4th of July Celebration. Next the board discussed the mandatory upgrades to the four permanent food stands at the
fairgrounds, in order to bring them into compliance with fire codes. The board has been notified by the local fire inspector that
without these upgrades, the food stands will not be permitted to open during this year’s fair. UL approved hoods, with fire
suppression equipment included, must be installed in all four food stands in order to bring them up to fire code. The board
voted to accept a bid from local contractor Humphries Heating and Air, LLC. That bid was $21,370. It was decided that annual
rent on the food stands will increase and that those who lease the stands each year will be responsible for costs of the annual
inspection and other fire suppression equipment such as additional required fire extinguishers. In other business, the scholarship
committee updated the board on this year’s scholarship recipients. They are: Dillion Barber- $500- he plans to attend Midlands
Tech; Cole McKeown- $500- he plans to attend Greenville Tech; and Dalton Knight- $1,000- and he plans to attend Clemson.
The board’s next meeting is planned for Tuesday, June 28th at 5:30pm.
SENIOR FAIR BRINGS MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN TO SENIOR CITIZENS
Thursday, May 26
The 13th Annual WBCU Senior Fair is today at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Building. The event begins at 9am and
ends at 2pm. There will be music, food and give-a-ways, and it’s all free. The entertainment schedule is as follows: 9am until
10:30am- The Horseshoe Band; 10:30 until 11am- Music Makers; 11am until 11:30- Elaine’s Dance Company; 11:30 until noonTerry Humphries, noon until 1pm- Sunrise Gospel; and at 1pm- Door Prizes. Lunch from Bojangles will be served at noon.
Come, spend the day and enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship. A special thanks goes out to all our sponsors: Holcombe Funeral
Home, Oakmont of Union- Rehab and Assisted Living, Holcombe Cemeteries, Gentiva Hospice, Hospice Care of SC, Upstate
Medical Supply, St. Paul Adult Day Care, Gibson and Brown Funeral Home, Allstate Insurance, Hospice Care of Tri-County,
Wallace Thomson Hospital, City of Union, Austin Rehab of Union, Arthur State Bank, Heartland Hospice, Union County Sheriff’s
Office, Bojangles, Food Lion, and Government Offices of Union County. We hope to see you there.
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CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS EVENT SCHEDULED TODAY
Thursday, May 26
The Union County Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours will be held today at 5 PM at the Advanced Technology Center,
located at 1401 Furman L. Fendley Highway in Union. It is sponsored by Spartanburg Community College; Servicemaster- Davis
Services, Inc.;and the Union County Development Board. Chamber members and invited guests are asked to attend and bring
others to include your staff, business associates, vendors, family and friends. The event will be catered by Estell’s.
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BOY SCOUT TROOP SELLING BBQ AND HASH SATURDAY
Thursday, May 26
This is a reminder that Boy Scout Troop 332, chartered by Buffalo Baptist Church, will hold a Hash and Barbeque Sale this
week-end. The event will take place at Pye Ward’s Hash House located at the junction of Highway 215 (Beltline) and Monarch
Highway. Cooking will take place on Friday, May 27th, 2011, and will be ready to sale at 7am on Saturday, May 28th, 2011. The
proceeds from this sale will be used to fund Troop 332’s activities and advancement expenses. For more information, please call
864-427-5739, or 864-426-0157. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
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SCHOOL BOARD RELEASES INFO ON NEW HIRES
Thursday, May 26
At Monday’s meeting, the Union County Board of School Trustees approved the hiring of two new hires for the district. The
District on Wednesday released the following information on the new hires. Union County Schools has named Rene’ Pryor
Principal at Jonesville Elementary Middle School. She currently serves as assistant principal at Rainbow Lake Middle School in
Spartanburg School District Two. Mrs. Pryor has previously served as assistant principal at Boiling Springs Junior High and
Boiling Springs Elementary Schools. Rene’ is completing her doctoral work with NOVA Southeastern University. Before her
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administrative experience, she served as a middle level math teacher and as an elementary school teacher in Spartanburg
District Two. She will begin work in Union on July 1, 2011. Dr. Kristi Woodall, Superintendent, said “Rene’ Pryor brings a passion
for children and their success to Jonesville. We look forward to her leadership in our district.” Union County Schools has also
named Tabitha Scarborough Talley as Instruction Coordinator. She will begin working at the district office on July 1, 2011. Mrs.
Talley is a native of Jonesville and is a graduate of Union High School. Mrs. Talley currently serves as assistant principal at
Fairforest Middle School in Spartanburg School District Six. Tabitha has a BA in Government from Wofford College, MAT degree
from Georgetown College, Ed.S from Converse College, and is pursuing a doctoral degree at USC. Prior to her administrative
experience, she served as a social studies teacher. “We are pleased to have Tabitha back in Union County. We welcome her
expertise in instructional practices as we continue to improve our service to students,” said Dr. Kristi Woodall, Superintendent.
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SC HOUSE TAKES UP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILL
Thursday, May 26
The South Carolina House approved changes to South Carolina's illegal immigration law, requiring law enforcement of our state
to determine an immigrant's legal status if detained. The bill approved Tuesday states that if a South Carolina law enforcement
officer has reasonable suspicion that the person stopped, detained, or arrested is an illegal immigrant, the officer, or his agency,
must verify the person’s residency. The bill also makes it illegal for an illegal immigrant to ask for or attempt to ask for work. A
House amendment added to the bill makes it easier for the state to prosecute businesses that violate the 2008 Illegal
Immigration reforms. "The House led the fight and approved the sweeping immigration bill in 2008 that penalized businesses for
employing illegals. The idea this year is to put teeth into our law so we can better enforce our anti-illegal immigration laws,"
said Rep. Bruce Bannister of Greenville, the House Assistant Majority Leader. "The key here, for conservatives, is to ensure we
welcome immigrants who obey the law and take the proper path in coming to America, and penalize those who have broken our
immigration laws." This bill builds off of the historic illegal immigration act passed by the House in 2008 that, at the time, was
the strongest bill of its kind in the United States. Since that bill passed, the number of illegal immigrants has declined by 21.4
percent, according to a 2011 study by the Pew Research Center.
EAGLE SCOUT COMPLETES HELIPAD AT SANTUC FIRE STATION
Wednesday, May 25
A local Boy Scout completed his Eagle Scout Project last Thursday, and on Monday it got its 1st test. Ross Fowler, son of Mr.&
Mrs. Andy Fowler, chose the construction of a helicopter landing pad as his project. The pad is located next to the Santuc Fire
Station on Tinkers Creek Road, and on Monday afternoon, Regional One made a special flight to Santuc to thank Ross for his
work. Regional One, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center’s Air Ambulance, has used the field next to the fire station as a
landing zone, or LZ, on at least two occasions. We spoke with Regional One pilot Jim Biddell Monday and he told us what impact
the pad would have on future flights to the area. Biddell said the biggest impact will be the familiarity with the pad, it will be
quicker to get an LZ brief. He said they are usually familiar with it and don't have to review it. He said their recon may not be
as detailed as usual, because they know the known obstacles around it, and they have the coordinates for it. He said the crew
members with him were: Adam Stocks, from Cherokee County, nurse; Kelly Clary, from Gastonia, NC, paramedic.
We also spoke with Ross Fowler about his project. Fowler said he started thinking of the project back in November while
throwing around ideas of what to do. He noted there had been a bad wreck at the Union County Dragway, and they had to call
in Regional One to airlift the driver. He said they didn't have a place to land, so they had to land in a field that had been freshly
cut for hay. Fowler noted that when the helicopter landed, the hay that had been raked up was getting into the helicopter,
becoming a safety hazard rather than a blessing. Fowler said that incident started the idea. He said he got in contact with
Biddell, and he completed the project on May 19th. He said his Eagle Board will be sometime in November, when he gets back
from training. He said it only took a week from the time the project was written up and approved to completing it. He said the
project itself was done in around 6 hours.
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UNION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HONORS 20 RETIREES
Wednesday, May 25
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Betsy Sheorn, Buffalo
Jean Young, Foster Park
Donna Sweezy, Foster Park
The Union County School District held their 2011 retiree Banquet Monday at 5:30pm in the cafeteria at Union County High
School. The retirees and invited guests enjoyed dinner and then were presented with service awards by their supervisors. A
total of 20 persons was honored at this year’s banquet. Those honored were: from Buffalo Elementary- Mary Jenkins and Betsy
Sheorn; Foster Park Elementary- Donna Sweezy and Jean Young; Jonesville Elementary/Middle- Nancy Young; Monarch
Elementary- Robbie Gault and Helen Haile; Lockhart- Marva Garner, Phyllis Gibson, and Mary Ruth May; Sims Middle- Beverly
Gregory, Thomas Henderson, Flo Hines, Nancy Richardson, and K. Wayne Willard; Union County High School- Maxine Jennings
and Paul Wilkes; Adult Education- Susanne Gunter; Special Services- Maryellen Horton; and from the District Office- Dale Goff.
Helen Haile, Monarch
Phyllis Gibson, Lockhart
Buddy Wilkes, Union County High
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Mary Ruth May, Lockhart
Susanne Gunter, Union County Adult
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Maryellen Horton, Special
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Beverly Gregory, Sims
Dale Goff, District Office
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MONARCH ELEMENTARY ONE OF SEVEN TO WIN EXEMPLARY WRITING PROGRAM AWARD
Wednesday, May 25
Seven South Carolina public schools were announced Monday as winners of prestigious Exemplary Writing Program Awards. The
winning schools are Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation (Anderson District 5); Pate Elementary (Darlington County);
Doby's Mill Elementary (Kershaw County); Heath Springs Elementary (Lancaster County); Irmo Elementary (Richland/Lexington
District 5); Woodruff Primary (Spartanburg District 4); and Monarch Elementary (Union County). The winners were announced
by State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais after a comprehensive five-month evaluation that included site visits. The State
Superintendent said the winning schools will serve as resources for other schools across the state. The Exemplary Writing
Program is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education and governed by the Writing Improvement Coordinating
Council. The award is based on an extensive evaluation of the schools’ instructional programs, with a particular emphasis on the
teaching of writing. Dr. Kristi Woodall, Superintendent of Union County Schools, said “We are so happy for the students, faculty,
and staff members at Monarch Elementary. Their hard work has paid off as they are honored with this prestigious award. We
appreciate the extra time and energy that went into preparing for their review visit. We are especially excited about the school’s
emphasis on written communication, and our students will benefit from this experience.”
DR. FIELDER TO RETIRE
Tuesday, May 24
After 58 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Gerald Fielder announces his retirement from the medical staff of Wallace Thomson
Hospital. After completing an internship in 1953 at what was then known as Spartanburg General Hospital, Dr. Fielder moved to
Union, South Carolina and opened his general practice on Main Street. Prior to his discontinuing obstetrics in 1987, Dr. Fielder
delivered approximately 3000 babies. In 2003, a “50 Years of Service Celebration” to honor Dr. Fielder was held in Union. The
community thanked Dr. Fielder for his tireless contributions to their happiness, health and well-being. Also in 2003, Gov. Mark
Sanford's office presented him with the Order of the Silver Crescent. In 2006, Dr. Fielder was selected to receive the “Physician
of the Year” Award for Wallace Thomson Hospital. In 2010, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health gave him the Pioneer
Award for contributing significantly to the delivery of primary health care in a rural community. During his tenure at Wallace
Thomson Hospital, he visited his hospital patients daily, and maintained office hours four days per week at the same location
where he first opened his practice in Union, over fifty-six years ago. Dr. Fielder is a member of the SC Medical Association,
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American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Union County Medical Society, Union Elks Club, American Legion,
and Lockhart Relay for Life team. He and his wife Lora are members of the First Baptist Church of Lockhart. Dr. Fielder plans to
continue to serve on the Wallace Thomson Hospital Board of Trustees, a seat he has held for several years.
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DR. JERRY VAUGHAN ESTABLISHES ENDOWMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP
Tuesday, May 24
USC-Union announced that a new endowment will be established to fund a scholarship for a
worthy student to attend USC-Union. Dr. Jerry E. Vaughan, who now resides in Greensboro,
N.C., presented the school with a gift of $50,000 to establish the endowment. The gift was
given in honor of Dr. Vaughan’s late father, George Washington Vaughan, who grew up in
Union, SC. The intent of the endowment is to assist a qualified Whitmire-area student first.
However, if there is not a deserving student from Whitmire, a student from Union or Newberry
counties will next be considered. The $50,000 will be placed in escrow for one year, and
afterward the interest earned will be used to fund the scholarship.
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FAIR BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON
Tuesday, May 24
The Union County Agricultural Fair Board will meet this afternoon in the Clemson Extension Building at the Union County
Fairgrounds. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm. All interested persons are invited to attend.
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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW JONESVILLE PRINCIPAL, DISTRICT INSTRUCTION
COORDINATOR
Tuesday, May 24
At Monday’s meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, the board recognized the Union County High School
baseball team for their outstanding season. With a record of 28-4, the team was runner-up for the state Class 3A baseball title.
Board Chair Jane Hammett congratulated the team on behalf of the board and presented head coach Tommy Petty with a
certificate. Rick Wade and Jane Petty addressed the board concerning the Families for Change Program. Mr. Wade told the
board that we just went through a happy time- graduation. But he went on to say that it is also a sad time because all of our
students do not reach graduation. Wade went on to say that this program is a tool by which to get more of our students to
graduation. Ms. Petty told the board about the weekly meetings and discussed the topics for the various meetings and how they
help the students. The board voted to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. After re-entering open session,
the board voted to approve two new hires for the district. Rene Pryor, current Assistant Principal at Rainbow Lake Middle School
in Spartanburg, a position she has held for the last 8 years, was named as the new Principal at Jonesville Elementary/ Middle
School. Ms. Pryor replaces Floyd Lyles who will become Principal at Union County High School on July 1st. The other new hire is
Tabitha Scarborough Talley, current Assistant Principal at Fairforest Middle School in Spartanburg. Ms. Talley has held that
position for the last 2 years. Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall stated that there has been reorganization within administration,
and that Ms. Talley will assume the duties of Instruction coordinator. She will assume her duties on July 1st. Next, the board
discussed budgetary items and after much discussion approved as 1st Reading the 2011-2012 Budget that totals just more than
$24,000,000. The final item of business was the approval of a request by Philippi Baptist Church to use the ballfield area at
Lockhart School 4 times during the summer months for church activities.
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS THREE "MAJOR DRUG SUPPLIERS"
Tuesday, May 24
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 3 Hispanic males on drug charges. They are: Erasmo Garcia, 42, 1112 Henderson
Church Road, Gray Court, SC; Jorge Jaimes Chamorro, 35, 2117 Kennesaw Dr., Charlotte, NC ; and Gerardo Cruz, 39, 2212
Levisey Lane, Charlotte, NC. Sheriff David Taylor states that this has been an on-going drug investigation for the past 6 months.
Chamorro and Cruz were arrested Saturday, May 21, 2011, while Garcia was arrested February 25, 2011. These 3 individuals
have been selling cocaine and marijuana in Union County over the past 3 years. Chamorro and Cruz have been transporting 4.5
kilos of cocaine over the 3 year period. Garcia has been transporting approximately 2.0 kilos of cocaine and approximately 70
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lbs. of marijuana over the past 3 years. When Chamorro and Cruz were stopped Saturday, they had 4 ounces of cocaine,
wrapped in coffee grains, to try to conceal it from K-9. Several firearms have been seized and at this time 3 vehicles have been
seized and we expect to seize another one. Garcia was arrested on February 25, 2011 in Laurens County after Union County
Drug Task Force, DEA, ATF, and ICE agents went to his residence and searched his residence. There, they found marijuana,
several guns, and a vehicle was seized. He was taken into Federal Custody and is currently awaiting Federal Indictment. He
faces a minimum of 10 years in Federal Prison. Chamorro and Cruz were charged Saturday with Trafficking Cocaine and DUS.
Additional charges may be pending as this investigation continues. The street value for these drugs that have been sold over the
3-year period is estimated to be over $300,000.00. Sheriff Taylor praised Union County Drug Task Force for the good work they
have done on this case. He also considers these individuals arrested to be some of the major suppliers of illegal drugs in Union
County. Many times, the public has asked Sheriff Taylor, “When are you going to catch some of the big people?” Sheriff Taylor
said he considers these individuals to be “big people”.
MANY ENJOY ACTIVITIES AT FOSTER PARK LAKE SATURDAY AT JAKES EVENT
Monday, May 23
The JAKES Event/ Public Safety Kids Fun Day was held Saturday from 9am until noon at Foster Park Lake in Union. A large
crowd enjoyed the beautiful weather and the various activities that the sponsors put together for the kids. WBCU News was at
the event and we spoke with several of the people who plan this event and work hard to make sure it is a success each year.
Steve Cobb, of the US Forest Service, said the Forest Service’s involvement in the event by providing personnel to help. They
also run the camo station, and provide education to the kids. He said they had an excellent turnout, with great weather. Cobb
also was involved in the event through the Piedmont Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, or NWTF. He said that
group pays for the snake exhibit, and they man the bb guns and bow and arrow stations. Next, WBCU News spoke to Perry
Harmon, Public Services Director for the City of Union. Harmon said they get the fish in a couple of weeks beforehand. He said
their guys are at the park cleaning up and preparing for the event, and it’s something they look forward to. He said they clean
both before and after the event. He said they try to get it cleaned up as quickly as they can, because others might have events
planned at the park later in the day. Finally, WBCU News spoke to Becky Cobb with the Union County Recreation Department.
Cobb said this is the 10th year of this event as a joint venture with the Recreation Department, Union County, City of Union,
Public Safety, US Forest Service and NWTF. She said prior to that, each group would hold a separate event throughout the
year, but they pulled it together to make it one event, and it has been wonderful. She said she couldn’t have asked for better
weather or a better turnout.
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UNION MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES
Monday, May 23
A Union man was arrested by the Union Public Safety Department on Thursday, May 19th, and booked into Union County Jail
for the part he played in a sexual assault. According to the arrest warrant, on May 14th, 2011, Termaine Casey Salter, 18, of
205 Lipsey Street in Union participated in the crime of sexual battery on a 16-year-old girl while at 313 Foster Street in Union.
The warrant goes on to state that this crime was accomplished by means of aggravated force, and that forcible confinement
was used. Salter is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct- 1st Degree.
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STATE, LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE EDGES DOWNWARD
Monday, May 23
South Carolina continues to display one of the fastest declining unemployment rates in the Southeast. April’s rate of 9.8 percent
(down from 9.9% in March) reflects the fourth month in a row the rate has declined, and represents a whopping 1.1 percent
decline since December 2010 and a 2 percent decline since 2009. At the same time, employment estimates continued to
increase for the eighth consecutive month. In April, there was an increase of 11,700 nonagricultural jobs (not seasonally
adjusted). Industries with the greatest growth were Leisure and Hospitality (6,600), Retail Trade (2,100) and Manufacturing
(1,600). The state’s labor force expanded to 2,152,855, according to the current population survey. Gov. Haley said, “This is just
another reason to celebrate what’s happening in South Carolina. We’ve now seen four straight months of declining
unemployment with over 7,000 new jobs announced. Every day our team is selling South Carolina, and it’s an easy sell.
Business leaders across this state and nation know that we will fight to keep our state a competitive and hospitable environment
to bring and expand jobs.”
Marion County continues to have the highest rate of unemployment with 18.7%. Union County has the 5th-highest rate of
unemployment in the state with 15.3% (down from 15.6% in March). The state’s lowest rate of unemployment continues to
belong to Lexington County with 7.3%.
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BOY SCOUT TROOP HOLDING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BBQ SALE
Monday, May 23
Boy Scout Troop 332, chartered by Buffalo Baptist Church, will hold a Hash and Barbeque Sale Memorial Day weekend. The
event will take place at Pye Ward’s Hash House located at the junction of Highway 215 (Beltline) and Monarch Highway.
Cooking will take place on Friday, May 27th, 2011, and will be ready to sale at 7am on Saturday, May 28th, 2011. The proceeds
from this sale will be used to fund Troop 332’s activities and advancement expenses. For more information, please call 864-4275739, or 864-426-0157. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
ONE KILLED, TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 49
Friday, May 20
One person was killed, and two others seriously injured as the result of a two vehicle collision at just before 7pm Thursday
evening. The head-on collision involving two pick-up trucks occurred in the 4600 block of Cross Keys Highway, near the
intersection of Old Buncombe Road. The deceased has been identified as Toy Edwin Grady, 67; of 4198 Cross Keys Highway.
We can also tell you that James Jeter, 60, a passenger in Grady's Chevrolet 1500 truck, was transported by ground ambulance
to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. The extent of his injuries is listed as serious. The driver of the other truck
was airlifted by Regional 1 to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where his condition was described as critical. He has been
identified as Matthew Olin Fain, 25, of 620 Evans Street in Whitmire. According to the SC Highway Patrol, alcohol was a factor in
the collision and charges are pending against Mr. Fain. Cross Keys Highway had to be closed as a result of the accident and
continued to be closed late Thursday night as the SC Highway Patrol’s M.A.I.T. team continued to investigate the fatal accident.
WBCU News will bring you additional details as they become available.
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HOSPITAL DISTRICT $938,000 AHEAD OF LAST YEAR'S REVENUE PACE
Friday, May 20
Thursday’s meeting of the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District had to be changed to an information-only meeting.
Two committee members were unable to attend due to illnesses, and two other members were out of town which caused the
committee to be one member short of having a quorum present. Chief Finance Officer Alan MacPhee reported on volume
highlights for the month of April. EMS runs totaled 416, with 388 budgeted; long term days of care were 3,378, with 3,348
budgeted. The average census was just under the 27.1 budgeted with 26.0 and newborns exceeded the 5 budgeted with 8
newborns during April. In Mr. MacPhee’s financial report for April he reported that revenue for the District exceeded expenses
by $4,000. Year-to-date, the District’s revenue exceeded expenses by $1,705,000. The amount is $938,000 ahead of last year’s
total for the same period. Due to the committee’s inability to handle any action items on the agenda due to the lack of a
quorum, the meeting was adjourned.
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JAKES/PUBLIC SAFETY KIDS FUN DAY SET FOR TOMORROW
Friday, May 20
Remember the JAKES Event/ Public Safety Kids Fun Day will be held tomorrow at Foster Park Lake in Union. The event is
scheduled from 9am until 12 noon. Registration will be from 8am until 8:45am the morning of the event. Pre-registration forms
are available from any of the sponsoring agencies. Come meet your Public Safety Officers, Forest Service Officials, and members
of Community Service Agencies. Bring your own fishing equipment and enjoy fishing around the lake. Adults must have a
child/children with them in order to register and fish. Adults: remember that this event is for the children. For more information,
please call 864-429-1670, 864-429-1719, or 864-427-9858.
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REASSESSMENT NOTICES SENT OUT TO RESIDENTS
Friday, May 20
This is reassessment year for Union County, and notices went out to property owners Monday. In an effort to eliminate
confusion and help you better understand the process, WBCU News spoke with Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair
Thursday and he made the following comments concerning reassessment. Sinclair said reassessment is mandated by law, and is
supposed to take place every five years. Council voted to extend the period by one year last year, which is the maximum
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allowed by law. He said that if your property was not reassessed in the last six years, what you are looking at with the
reassessment notice is the change in value from six years ago to today. He said they sent out 15,000 notices for the 15,000
parcels reassessed. He said he's not going to stand there and say that every notice is exactly right. Sinclair said there is a
process, though, which was approved by the state, as within the variance of assessment. He said they encourage people that if
their reassessed value is out of range of what they think is acceptable, to call. He said a number have called the assessor's
office or his office. He said they welcome those calls, because they want to answer everyone's questions, and if by chance an
error was made, they want to correct.
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BLOOD DRIVE AT UNION DAILY TIMES OFFICE MONDAY
Friday, May 20
The Blood Connection is coming to the Union Daily Times for a blood drive to benefit victims of the tornadoes in Alabama. This
drive will be held on Monday, May 23rd from 1pm until 5pm. There are many victims still recovering from this disaster and a
large volume of blood is needed. They also tell us that all blood types are needed. You may call Nora at the Times to be preregistered and that number is 864-427-1234.
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PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK REMOVES 188 TONS OF UNUSED AND EXPIRED DRUGS
Friday, May 20
Rodney Benson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA in Atlanta, Ga., expressed his appreciation to local law enforcement for their
participation in the 2nd National Prescription Take Back Initiative that was held on April 30th. Benson stated that throughout the
4 states that make-up the DEA Atlanta Field Division, approx. 9,855 pounds of expired, outdated, or unused drugs were
collected. The DEA increased the number of participating agencies from approx. 3000 used in the 1st initiative to 3852 agencies
on April 30th, 2011. They also increased the number of collection sites from 4086 to 5361. The total collection weight increased
from 245,506 pounds, 123 tons, in September, 2010 to 376,593 pounds, or 188 tons, in April, 2011. Taking these drugs back
will help to reduce a large portion of the illicit drug use that plague our communities. We all know that by eliminating the
availability of prescription drugs greatly diminishes the misuse of these drugs. The DEA plans to hold a 3rd initiative in October
of this year. Stay tuned to WBCU and we will pass the information on this initiative to you as it becomes available.
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA MEET TONIGHT
Thursday, May 19
Vietnam Veterans of America , Chapter 644, Union, SC will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening, May 19th, at 7:00
P.M. The meeting will be held in the American Legion Hut, 120 Scenic Drive, located in Veterans Park in Union. The VVA is
composed of Vietnam Era veterans; but you do not have to have been in Vietnam to attend and be a member. VVA Associate
members are any interested person of any age or background that work to support VVA activities. VVA Associates are also
encouraged to attend. More information on the national organization is available online at vva.org .
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UNION COUNTY DRAGWAY HOLDING WEEKEND EVENT
Thursday, May 19
The stage is set for an exciting week-end at Union County Dragway. The world’s fastest Automatic Pro Mods invade Union
County this Friday and Saturday, competing for $10,000 to win. Gates open at 3pm Friday with Test & Tune from 6pm until
midnight. Friday night qualifying is at 8pm. Admission on Friday is $10. On Saturday, gates open at 9am with qualifying at noon
and 2pm. Eliminations start at 4pm. There will be Test & Tune plus Grudge Racing all day. Admission for Saturday’s activities is
$20.
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JAKES/PUBLIC SAFETY KIDS FUN DAY SCHEDULED SATURDAY AT FOSTER PARK LAKE
Thursday, May 19
The US Forest Service, Union Public Safety Department, City of Union, Union County Recreation Department, and the Piedmont
Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are sponsoring the JAKES Event/ Public Safety Kids Fun Day at Foster Park Lake
in Union. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, 2011 from 9am until 12 noon. Registration will be from 8am until
8:45am the morning of the event. Pre-registration forms are available from any of the sponsoring agencies. Come meet your
Public Safety Officers, Forest Service Officials, and members of Community Service Agencies. Bring your own fishing equipment
and enjoy fishing around the lake. Adults must have a child/children with them in order to register and fish. Adults: remember
that this event is for the children. There will be a Camo Station, Bow-n-Arrow, Games, Rock Wall, Target Shoot, Parties R Us
inflatable Slides, Reptile Exhibit, and much more!!! Register for prizes at several different stations the day of the event. For
more information, please call 864-429-1670, 864-429-1719, or 864-427-9858.
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APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR JAMES H. HAMPTON SCHOLARSHIP
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Thursday, May 19
The Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department's James H. Hampton Scholarship will be awarded to a recipient that lives in the BVFD
Service Area. This scholarship is available to a high school senior or adult that is seeking an advanced degree. The degree may
be pursued at a technical school, college, or university. Applications are available at Union County High School, Andy's, or by
calling 427-5739. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is June 15th, 2011.
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SOUTHERN FOREST FUTURES PROJECT REPORT RELEASED
Thursday, May 19
The USDA Forest Service and the Southern Group of State Foresters released the first phase of the Southern Forest Futures
Project report on Tuesday, May 17. This phase identifies areas forest managers will focus on to maintain southern forests in the
coming years. According to the report, urbanization, bioenergy use, weather patterns, land ownership changes and invasive
species will significantly alter the South’s forests between the years 2010 and 2060. About 23 million acres of forest land are
projected to decrease. Rob Doudrick, director of the Forest Service Southern Research Station, put the report’s forecast into
perspective by saying that the potential decrease in forest area is equivalent to the state of South Carolina. “Urbanization along
with population growth equates to more demands for additional goods and services from a declining forest base. This could
have a dramatic impact on our Southern forests,” he said. The technical and summary reports completes phase one of the twophase project and begins a 60-day public comment period, wherein people can submit remarks via the Futures Project website
at srs.fs.usda.gov.
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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 COMMITS MONEY FOR BASEBALL
Thursday, May 19
American Legion Post 22 recently committed to providing a total of $3,224 to American Legion Baseball this season. Head Coach
Tommy Ford received a check from Post 22 Commander Paul Davis, and Post 22 Treasurer Bill Goodwin at the meeting on May
9, 2011, with additional checks still to come. The first American Legion Baseball game of the season is scheduled for May 23rd,
2011. Cindy Fore, Union County Veterans Affairs Service Officer, talked to American Legion Post 22 about their benefits during
their May 9, 2011 meeting, pointing out recent areas of change. Cindy asked those present to refer any veterans needing help
to her office at the historic jail building on Main Street in Union. Cindy also suggested all veterans to go to the Veterans
Appreciation Day planned for October 12, 2011, with nearly 65 organizations helping veterans expected to be present.
UNION DSN RECEIVES MONEY AS BROAD RIVER ELECTRIC CHARITIES GIVES AWAY $24,000
Wednesday, May 18
Nine local non-profit organizations and one benevolent fund received donations totaling $24,000 from Broad River Electric
Charities on Monday at Broad River Electric Cooperative headquarters in Gaffney. The Piedmont Chapter of the American Red
Cross was given $6,000. The Cleveland Park Accident Fund, the Cherokee County Literacy Association, the Children’s Advocacy
Center, Habitat for Humanity of Cherokee County, Iron City Ministries, Operation Restoration, Options Medical/Cherokee
Pregnancy Center, Senior Centers of Cherokee County, and the Union Disabilities and Special Needs Board each received
donations of $2,000. “Since our first donations in January, we have had an overwhelming response of grant requests from
organizations and agencies across Broad River’s service territory,” said Bob Bodie, Chair of the Broad River Electric Charities
Board. “That obviously illustrates an extraordinary need that is present in our communities. The ability to help meet some of
those needs by funding these various causes illustrates the generosity of the Broad River Electric Cooperative membership.” All
monies donated are provided by Broad River Electric’s membership, most of whom have been rounding up their monthly
balances to the nearest dollar since October 2010 through the Operation Round Up program. That extra change goes to a
benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River’s service area. The Union Disabilities
and Special Needs Board provide services to individuals with disabilities or special needs in Union County. The money will assist
in the enhancement and renovation of their clients’ residences. Funds from Operation Round Up are distributed through Broad
River Electric Charities, Inc, which is governed by a 7-member board representing the cooperative and the three major counties
it serves – Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg. Broad River Electric Charities has donated a total of $56,000 to local organizations
in 2011, $44,000 of which have come from Operation Round Up funds. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the
cooperative to begin the application process.
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LEADERSHIP UNION CLOSES IN ON FUNDRAISING GOAL
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Wednesday, May 18
Leadership Union's "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" project is almost ready to start. Your response to the project has been great.
They are only $400 away from having the amount needed for the project to be completed. Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Rice are ready
to construct the observation area overlooking Rotary Field. If you have already sent in your contribution, thank you very much.
If you have not yet sent you contribution, please do so right away so they can complete the project for the Oakmont residents.
Any amount will be helpful for them to get the $400 needed for the project. Leadership Union thanks you for what you are
going to do toward the "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" project.
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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FIRST READINGS OF THREE ORDINANCES, INCLUDING BUDGET
Wednesday, May 18
Two City of Union employees received recognition at Tuesday’s meeting of Union City Council. Union Mayor Harold Thompson
presented A.P. “Butch” Dill, Jr. with the Wastewater Operator of the Year- Catawba District, and Clyde Jennings with the
Laboratory Analyst of the Year- Catawba District. In business matters, Council approved 1st Reading of the ordinance dealing
with the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 City Budget. That budget totals $42,462,860, with the General Fund Budget of $5,239,760
containing a tax rate increase to offset a prior year deficit, and also a tax rate increase based on the Consumer Price Index, or
CPI. Council also approved 1st Reading of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Next, Council approved 1st Reading of a
Budget Adjustment Ordinance. This ordinance allows City Council to fund certain tourism and recreational expenditures from the
City’s Local Hospitality and Accommodations Fund. Projected revenues in this fund for FY 2011 are $120,000. An agreement
between the City and County pertaining to the administration of funds for the Victim’s Assistance Advocate was approved by
Council. In other business, Council awarded the bid for sewer improvements on Perrin Avenue in Ottaray to Boulware Plumbing
and Construction of Union. Boulware submitted the only bid totaling $43,923.50. Council then awarded the bid for Demolition of
the Sludge Digester and Adjacent Control at Tosh Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to Smith Backhoe and Construction of
Union. They submitted the low bid of $26,900. Council then voted to enter Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter.
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BMW PRO-AM TOURNAMENT STARTS TOMORROW
Wednesday, May 18
Legendary pro golfer Jay Haas and his son, Jay Haas, Jr., are scheduled to compete as professionals in the 2011 BMW Charity
Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation that begins May 19. Haas, Jr., along with Brian Duncan, was one of two pros to earn
an exemption in the tournament earlier this month when 27 local pros battled for the two open playing spots. When Haas Sr.
learned that his son would be competing as a professional, he contacted the PGA TOUR and asked to play. He then contacted
Tournament Director Darin MacDonald and asked to be in the same pro-am group with his son. “When I heard that Jay, Jr. had
qualified, my first thought was that it would be a great opportunity to play with him in our home town,” Jay Haas, Sr. said. “We
played in the same field one year at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but this will be a chance to play in the same grouping. I’m
looking forward to a great event.” “This is going to be a very special week for me,” Jay Haas, Jr. said. “I grew up wanting to
play golf just like my dad and now being paired with him is a dream come true.” Spanning 35 years, Haas, Sr.’s professional
career includes nine wins on the PGA TOUR, three Ryder Cup appearances and 14 wins on the Champion’s Tour. He graduated
from Wake Forest University in 1976 and was a member of the 1975 NCAA Championship team with Curtis Strange and Bob
Byman that Golf World magazine has called "the greatest college team of all time.” He won the individual championship in 1975.
Haas, Jr., currently competes on the eGolf Tour.
DR. SWITZER HONORED WITH ORDER OF THE PALMETTO MONDAY
Tuesday, May 17
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Monday was a special day, as one of Union County’s most prominent and long-serving physicians was honored during a special
meeting of the Rotary Club. Dr. Paul Kent Switzer received the recognition, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was on
hand to award the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest award. Governor Haley enumerated many of Dr. Switzer’s
accomplishments, including his service in World War II, where he received a Silver Star and Purple Heart. In addition, she
recognized him for his research into Sickle Cell Anemia and Rheumatic Fever. Calling attention to Dr. Switzer’s service, State
Representative Mike Anthony commented, “We are not about politics today, we’re here about honoring a man who has done so
much for Union County.” In addition to the Order of the Palmetto, Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair read a proclamation
from the Union County Council, calling attention to Switzer’s contribution and dedication to Union County and its people.
Addressing the larger-than-average Rotary audience, Governor Haley touched on a number of subjects and noted that the
state’s unemployment rate is now in single digits. In a brief interview following the gathering, WBCU pointed out to the
governor that even though the state’s unemployment rate is in single digits, Union County is still in the mid-to-high double
digits, and asked what she would say to Union Countians concerning that fact. Haley said she is on the phone every single day
asking companies to come here if they want to come. She said they have a map inside her office showing where the jobs are
going and what counties they still have areas in. She said they also have an unemployment map that is showing where the
rates go down. She said the goal is to bring good jobs to every part of the state. She said the people they are talking to are
manufacturing, automotive, research and development--all types of jobs they need in the state. She said she would tell the
people of Union County to start getting excited, because good times are coming--they just have to work really hard to make
that happen.
Haley also mentioned the current battle launched by Labor Unions against the Boeing Plant in Charleston. The governor was
asked about the impact on industrial recruiting as a result of the union challenge. She said the more she talks against the
unions, the more companies that are calling wanting to come to South Carolina. She said they are hearing her loud and clear
that she will fight the unions every step of the way. She claimed they are not relevant in this country, and certainly not in this
state, because we have good employers here that understand what the relationship with employees is. She said she is proud of
the companies in South Carolina. She said the companies coming here understands what the relationship needs to be. Haley
noted that the lawsuit brought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Boeing is one she wants to start and stop
in South Carolina. She said she doesn't want any other state or governor to go through this.
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING, CARLISLE FOOD DISTRIBUTION AMONG TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Tuesday, May 17
The Town of Carlisle will host a Food Distribution on today, May 17th, 2011. This food distribution will be held at the Carlisle
Town Hall in Carlisle. The time for the food distribution will be from 10am until 2pm. This evening, at 6:30pm, Union City
Council will hold their regular monthly meeting. According to the agenda, City Council will present two awards during the
meeting. Council is also scheduled to hold 1st Readings on 4 ordinances, award 2 bids, and discuss an agreement with Union
County. Council also plans to go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter.
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COUNTY COUNCIL COMMITTEE DISCUSSES OTTARAY PROJECT, FIRE DISTRICTS
Tuesday, May 17
Union County Council’s Planning and Development Committee met Monday at 5:30pm in the Union County Annex Building on
East Main Street. The 1st item discussed was the Ottaray Project. Committee Chair Kacie Petrie discussed with the committee
the timeline of the project and exactly where they are in the process. Ms. Petrie stated that all survey forms except 25 have
been collected. She went on to say that it is possible that those could be evening workers, and that evening hours are the only
opportunity she has to canvass the area. The committee’s plan is to try to get available persons to help canvass the community
in the morning hours. Another topic of discussion was the requested expansion of district boundaries by 6 county fire
departments. There was lengthy discussion concerning these expansions including the benefits to the departments involved as
well as any negatives. The committee agreed that these changes should be made with the best interests of the citizens involved
at heart. The committee agreed to hold another meeting on Monday, June 13th at 5:30pm to continue discussion on these
topics. That meeting will also be held at the Union County Annex Building.
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THREE FROM SPARTANBURG ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Tuesday, May 17
A drug bust on Wednesday, May 11th by Deputies of the Union County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrests of three
Spartanburg County men. According to the incident report, on that date an operative working with Sheriff’s Office narcotics
officers arranged to meet a man known as “Mont” in Jonesville and purchase a quantity of crack cocaine for $400. A red Honda
drove up and the purchase was made. Deputies stopped the vehicle and found William Dylan Gault, 30, of 265 Henry Court, to
be the driver of the Honda. Also in the vehicle were Elijah Lamont Ross, 30, of 100 Celestial Street, Spartanburg, and Marcus
Louis Webster, 28, of 1104 First Street, Inman. The government funds used to make the buy was found in the vehicle. All three
men were charged with trafficking crack cocaine. Gault faces additional charges of tampering with his drivers license. When the
men were searched, more cocaine was found on Ross’ person, and crack pipes were found in the shoes of both Ross and
Webster.
JENNI LYNN LEE CROWNED LOCAL SHOWDOWN WINNER
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A large and very enthusiastic crowd was on hand Friday night for the WBCU- Texaco Country Showdown. The USC-Union
auditorium was nearly full as 10 acts battled for the right to represent Union at the state competition. Judges Joe Bates, Lee
Sinclair, and 2009 Showdown winner Karla Davis had a tough task in deciding the winner, as all 10 acts gave it their all. When
the final results were in, Jenni Lynn Lee was the winner of the event. She received $200 and the right to represent Union at the
state competition. Brittany Pridemore was 1st Runner-up and received $100. WBCU would like to thank the contestants, judges,
and everyone who attended the event and made it a huge success. WBCU would also like to thank all of our sponsors who
helped make the event possible, especially USC-Union who provided the wonderful venue, and their employees, who made sure
everything went as planned.
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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK OFFERS CHANCE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN OFFICERS
Monday, May 16
The week of May 15th through May 21st is National Police Week. Each year, the calendar week that includes May 15th is the
week of observance. During this week, Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, promotes blue ribbons tied on car antennas as a
reminder to the public of that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of
duty. It is also to honor officers who serve and protect our communities daily, putting their lives on the line for each of us. We
spoke with Union County Sheriff David Taylor about the blue ribbons. Taylor said in 1962, President Kennedy signed a
proclamation designating May 15th Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week that date falls as National Police Week.
Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officials from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in
a number of planned events which honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial service began in 1982 as a
gathering in the Senate Park, and has grown to the point where it attracts thousands of survivor families and law enforcement
officials from across the nation. For the past several years, Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, have encouraged citizens to
fly blue ribbons from their car antennas during National Police Week. Taylor said that this year, from May 15-21, thousands of
blue ribbons flying from cars would be a tremendous show of support for fallen officers and those still working the streets. He
said these ribbons should be tied to a personal car or police cruiser to show support for law enforcement. He said if you would
like to have one of the ribbons, stop by the Union County Sheriff's Office, 911, or WBCU to pick ribbons up for your
automobiles. Taylor thanks everyone for their support this week.
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SEVERAL MEETINGS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
Monday, May 16
There are several meetings and events planned for this week in Union County. Monday at 5:30pm, the Union County Council
Planning and Development Committee will meet in the Union County Annex Building on East Main Street in Union. The Union
County Democratic Party will hold its regular monthly meeting today, May 23, at 6pm at the Cross Keys Precinct. The Cross Keys
Precinct is located at the Cross Keys Fire House, 4483 Cross Keys Highway, in Union. All Democratic office holders and future
Democratic candidates are urged to attend this meeting. Tuesday at 6:30pm, Union City Council will hold their regular monthly
meeting. According to the agenda, City Council will present two awards during the meeting. Council is also scheduled to hold 1st
Readings on 4 ordinances, award 2 bids, and discuss an agreement with Union County. Council will also go into Executive
Session to discuss a personnel matter. Thursday at 6:30pm, the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District will meet in
the conference room at Wallace Thomson Hospital. At 7pm Thursday, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 644 in Union will
hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will take place in the American Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive, located in
Veterans Park in Union. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF HOME IMPROVEMENT SCAM
Monday, May 16
Union County Sheriff David Taylor warns Union County citizens of a possible scam in Union County. Sheriff Taylor wants you to
know that there is a group of individuals who will approach residents and offer cut rates on particular types of work around your
home. This same group came through Union County a couple of years ago and they stayed a couple of weeks, until the word
about them got out. They claim to specialize in concrete work, asphalt sealing and pressure washing. The sheriff went on to say
that these individuals will offer names of local people, people that they claim to have done work for, as references. But they
actually get the names off of church signs, business signs, and from other sources. Sheriff Taylor encourages anyone who is
approached by stranger(s) who offer to do work for a ridiculous price to call 911 immediately. Remember- it’s always better to
be safe rather than sorry.
TEN VIE FOR LOCAL CROWN AT WBCU'S TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN
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Friday, May 13
Today is the big day, the day of the Texaco Country Showdown. This evening at 7pm, 10 local acts will battle for the right to
represent Union at the next level of completion. The event will be held in the auditorium at USC-Union on East Main Street in
Union. Advance tickets are on sale at WBCU on East Main Street, or you can purchase them at the door. Tickets are $4 for
adults, and children under 12 years of age get in free. WBCU is hosting this event, and we would like to take this opportunity to
thank our local sponsors: Holcombe Funeral Home, Oakmont of Union, Arthur State Bank, Shady's, the government offices of
Union County, City of Union, and USC-Union. Concessions will be available. You are invited to come out and enjoy an evening of
entertainment- we hope to see you there.
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MONARCH FIRE DEPARTMENT HOSTING BENEFIT FOR KENNETH WALKER
Friday, May 13
The Monarch Fire Department is holding a benefit for Kenneth Walker on Saturday, May 14th, 2011. This fundraiser will take
place at the Monarch Fire Department from 11am until 2pm. They will be selling hotdog plates for $5. You get 2 hotdogs, baked
beans, and slaw on the plate. They will also sell baked goods including cakes, pies, brownies, cupcakes, and cookies. Tickets will
be presold. There will be a minimum number of plates available for those who do not purchase tickets. If you would like to
purchase a ticket, please contact Brandy Smallwood at 864-251-2411, Melissa Flood at 864-426-0888, or Tim Brannon at 864426-1556. The proceeds from this event will go toward Kenneth’s medical bills, medications and gas.
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TOWN OF CARLISLE TO HOLD FOOD DISTRIBUTION TUESDAY
Friday, May 13
The Town of Carlisle will host a Food Distribution on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011. This food distribution will be held at the Carlisle
Town Hall in Carlisle. The time for the food distribution will be from 10am until 2pm.
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COUPONS TO LOCAL FARMER'S MARKETS AVAILABLE MAY 23RD
Friday, May 13
The Union County Department of Social Services, in partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, will be issuing free
coupons to low income individuals age 60 or older that may be used to purchase fresh produce at local participating farmer’s
markets. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons that may be used at participating markets from May through
October 15th, 2011. The coupons will be issued on a first come, first served basis until the supply has been exhausted. The
coupons will be issued at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 West South Street in Union. Issue days will be Monday, May 23rd
and Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 from 8:15am until 1pm each day. Application must be submitted in person. Proofs of identity and
residency in Union County are required in order to receive the free coupons. Applicants must also meet household income
eligibility limits. Income information of each member of the household is required to determine eligibility. Individuals wishing to
apply for homebound seniors must present a signed statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on
their behalf. Proofs of identity and income for the homebound senior must be presented at the time of application, along with
proof of identity of the individual submitting the application. For more information please contact Susan Lawson of the Union
County Department of Social Services at 864-429-1660, ext. 117.
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PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR MAY 31ST ON LOCKHART POWER RATE INCREASE
Friday, May 13
Lockhart Power Company, being a SC public utility engaging in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity
to the public, has made application the SC Public Service Commission for a rate increase. A Public Hearing on this matter has
been scheduled here in Union. The hearing will be held before the Public Service Commission beginning at 6pm on Tuesday,
May 31st, 2011 at Union City Hall, 101 Sharpe Avenue in Union. Any persons wishing to testify before the Commission regarding
the Application may do so at this hearing. All testimony will be given under oath. Persons seeking additional information about
the Commission’s procedures should contact the Commission’s offices by calling 803-896-5100, or by writing to the following
address: Public Service Commission of SC, Clerk’s Office, Post Office Drawer 11649, Columbia, SC, 29211.
COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES MONEY FOR ASSESSMENT OF PROBLEMS AT UNION COUNTY JAIL
Thursday, May 12
Union County Council held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon in the Grand Jury Room at Union County
Courthouse. During the meeting, Kacie Petrie, Councilmember representing District 6, selected Kevin Lancaster as her appointee
to the Union County Appeals Board. Donald Lyles of the Maybington area of Union County addressed Council concerning support
services in that area. He stated that there are roads that need paving, and the community needs a fire department in an effort
to get fire insurance on their homes. Mr. Lyles told council that it would be nice to have a ballfield and playground for the
children as well as a recycling center. He stated that now they have to come all the way to Union. Next, Sheriff David Taylor
made a presentation to Council concerning security and building discrepancies at the jail. The power-point presentation showed
water damage, safety hazards, and security problems at the jail, and Sheriff Taylor told Council that if the problems are not
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corrected, someone could get hurt- and it could be one of his officers. He went on to say that he had talked with David L.
Salmon of OSS Risk.com, who has 35 years of experience in the field of assessing these problems and recommending solutions.
Sheriff Taylor said he received a bid of $2800 from this company for the assessment and that it could be done within 10 days.
Council approved a motion to have this assessment done. Council voted to enter Executive Session to discuss contractual
matters. Upon reentering open session, Council approved 2nd Reading of the 2011-2012 Budget Ordinance and held 1st
Reading of an ordinance dealing with Flood Damage Prevention. Council also approved 1st Reading of an ordinance that returns
a parcel of land in Carlisle to Hope Small, and approved an agreement with the City of Union that allows the county to
administrate funds from the City and the County in regard to the Victims Advocate Office.
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HOSPITAL HANDS OUT AWARDS AT EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION BANQUET
Thursday, May 12
Tuesday night a crowd of around 200 Union Hospital District employees and invited guests gathered at the Veterans Park Lodge
Building for the district’s Employee Appreciation Banquet. After enjoying a delicious meal catered by Morrison Food Service,
more than 50 employees received service awards, with 2 employees receiving 30-year awards. District Chief Executive Officer
Tim Merritt presented the 2011 Award of Excellence. That award was presented to Angie Benfield who works in Human
Resources. Chief Nursing Officer Andrea Cocovich presented the 2011 Nurse of the Year Award. That award was presented to
Becky Billings, a RN at Wallace Thomson Hospital. Once these awards had been presented, Mr. Merritt stated that the District
wanted to give a special award to a worthy person in the district. That award went to Dr. Stanford James, Chairman of the
Union Hospital District Board of Trustees. Mr. Merritt stated that the award was presented to Dr. James in recognition of his
dedication to the Union Hospital District. Dr. James thanked the district for the award, but said that there were others who are
more worthy of the award.
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JAKES EVENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY KIDS FUN DAY SCHEDULED MAY 21
Thursday, May 12
The US Forest Service, Union Public Safety Department, City of Union, Union County Recreation Department, and the Piedmont
Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are sponsoring the JAKES Event/ Public Safety Kids Fun Day at Foster Park Lake
in Union. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, 2011 from 9am until 12 noon. Registration will be from 8am until
8:45am the morning of the event. Pre-registration forms are available from any of the sponsoring agencies. Come meet your
Public Safety Officers, Forest Service Officials, and members of Community Service Agencies. Bring your own fishing equipment
and enjoy fishing around the lake. Adults must have a child/children with them in order to register and fish. Adults: remember
that this event is for the children. There will be a Camo Station, Bow-n-Arrow, Games, Rock Wall, Target Shoot, Parties R Us
inflatable Slides, Reptile Exhibit, and much more!!! Register for prizes at several different stations the day of the event. For
more information, please call 864-429-1670, 864-429-1719, or 864-427-9858.
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BROAD RIVER ANNOUNCES EVENTUAL REPLACEMENT FOR PRESIDENT AND CEO
Thursday, May 12
A full house was on hand at Broad River Electric’s auditorium Saturday, May 7, as Broad River Electric registered 1,327 members
in attendance at the co-op’s 71st Annual Meeting. The members re-elected unopposed incumbent board members E. Dewitt
McCraw of the Cherokee District, Antonio B. Nelson of the Spartanburg District and Anita Whitney of the Union District. These
members were elected by acclamation. In his report to the members, President and CEO J. Richard Baines said wholesale power
costs are still high due to the cost of coal and transportation costs to get it to power plants. "The good news is, it has been
mostly stable during the past year, with only a few blips," he said. "We have been able to continue the wholesale power cost
adjustment with a credit on your bill each month. We anticipate this to continue throughout 2011. The bad news is the cost of
power will be going up if Congress is not able to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing costly
regulations on the power-generating plants. The EPA is prohibited by law to consider the financial impact of any policy they
implement. All of our members of Congress are fighting to stop the EPA but the final result will not be known for a while." Board
chairman Norris R. Fowler Jr. announced that Baines will retire at the end of the year. "He has saved this co-op millions of
dollars," Fowler said. "When he saves us money, he cuts that light bill." After an extensive search, Fowler said, the board has
selected Assistant Manager Douglas E. Wilson to succeed Baines.
SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES POLICY CHANGES, RECEIVES UPDATE ON HIGH SCHOOL BELL
SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 11
At Monday’s meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, the board approved 2nd Reading of the policy changes as
they apply to Community use of School Facilities. Prior to the vote, there was much discussion on the proposed changes. The
vote was 8 for and 1 against with trustee Manning Jeter casting the no vote. In other business, Cindy Langley of Instruction
presented the board with information on the summer reading program and honors classes for 2011-2012. Ms. Langley also
provided an update on the transition to the 7-period day at Union County High School for the upcoming school year. She
presented members of the board a draft of the proposed bell schedule at the high school. According to the draft, all classes will
last 52 minutes, students will get 28 minutes for lunch, and they will have 6 minutes to change classes. The board also received
a draft that deals with homework and testing policies that will be presented to faculty members for their approval. The draft
outlines guidelines for homework and testing. It also addresses what the expectations of these policies are. Next, the board
voted to approve 4 field trips. The 1st was a one-day trip involving a water activity to allow special needs students to attend a
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fishing rodeo. The other three were overnight trips for FFA, JROTC, and the golf team. The board voted to go into Executive
Session to discuss personnel matters. Upon their return to open session, a motion was made and approved to reinstate a
professional employee’s pay. WBCU News spoke with Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall concerning this matter. Dr. Woodall
stated that an employee had been suspended without pay pending an internal investigation. She stated that there was no
criminal activity involved in this case, only failure to follow policy. Dr. Woodall stated that the action taken by the board changed
the employee’s status from being suspended without pay to leave with pay based on the results of the investigation.
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SCHOOL NURSES HONORED THIS WEEK
Wednesday, May 11
The National Association of School Nurses has proclaimed May 6th-12th as National School Nurse’s Week. National School Nurse
Week was established in 1974 to create a better understanding of the role of school nurses. School nurses promote health and
safety; intervene with actual and potential health to promote student/family adaptation, self management, and learning. They
often provide these services to increasingly large numbers of students and often to more than one school building. School
nurses have played a vital role in improving the health and well being of our nation’s children. Today’s school nurses have
become a direct care provider and facilitator for school accommodations and community services. School nurses build health
and hope for today and tomorrow. Union County Schools District is proud and grateful for the following School Nurses who
make a significant contribution to student achievement and success:
Kelly Walton, R.N., Nurse Coordinator and Foster Park Elementary School
Barbara Bobo, R.N., Sims Middle School
Chapel Gregory, R.N., Monarch Elementary School
Jerry O’Shields, R.N., Lockhart Schools, Part-time
Donna Cody, R.N., Buffalo Elementary School
Kim Blackwell, R.N., Jonesville Elementary School
Jennifer Allen, LPN, Union County High School
Ellie Mabry, R.N., Lockhart Schools, Part-time
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VA PROVIDES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO CAREGIVERS
Wednesday, May 11
Last week, staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, published the interim final rule on implementing the Caregivers
and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post- 9/11 Veterans
who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. “Caregivers of Veterans are encouraged to
apply for this service,” said Rebecca J. Stackhouse, Acting Medical Center Director at Dorn VA Medical Center. “The new
program builds on the foundation of Caregiver support now provided at VA and reflects what families and clinicians have long
known; that Family Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA care.”
Additional services for primary Family Caregivers of eligible post- 9/11 Veterans and Service Members include a stipend, mental
health services, and access to health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan.
Comprehensive Caregiver training and medical support are other key components of this program. Assistance and information
on additional resources are also available to Family Caregivers through the VA’s National Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-2228387. Veterans and Caregivers with questions about this new program can contact Cristy Roberson at 803-776-4000, Extension
7180.
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MAY IS BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH
Wednesday, May 11
Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month each May. Speech
and language disorders can take many forms and can limit academic achievement, social adjustment, and career advancement.
An individual may be born with a speech or language disorder, or it may be caused by accidental injury or illness. An estimated
14 million Americans are affected by speech and language disorders. Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who
treat all types of speech, language, and related disorders. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, private practice,
hospitals, clinics, and other health and education settings. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national
professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists and
speech, language, and hearing scientists. The Union County School District proudly acknowledges and salutes their Speech and
Language staff: Sharon Gault, Catherine Childers, Karen Gregory, and Lashondra Phillips, Speech Pathologists; and Dorothy
Keith, Speech Therapist.
WOMAN SUES COUNTY IN COLLAPSE OF WALL AT UNION COUNTY STADIUM
Tuesday, May 10
A woman who alleges that she was injured when a wall collapsed during a 2009 football game at Union County Stadium has
filed a lawsuit against Union County. Albert Smith, a Spartanburg attorney, filed the suit on behalf of Princess T. Johnson in the
Union County Clerk of Court’s office last Thursday, May 5th. The suit states that Ms. Johnson was injured and has suffered
“mental and physical pain”, has had painful medical procedures as a result, taken powerful and potent medications, incurred
medical bills, and lost enjoyment of life. The suit states that the county was negligent because it failed to properly construct the
wall, did not inspect the wall, nor did it allow for proper water drainage from the soil behind the wall. Ms. Johnson is seeking
actual damages, court costs, and any other costs that the court deems fair.
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WALLACE THOMSON CELEBRATES HOSPITAL WEEK
Tuesday, May 10
Wallace Thomson Hospital is celebrating Hospital Week this week. On Monday morning, the activities at WTH began with Dr.
Erica Savage-Jeter being honored as Physician of the Year. The award was presented to Dr. Savage-Jeter in recognition of her
outstanding commitment and services to the Union Hospital District. Dr. Harold P. Hope, Jr. was presented the Physician
Leadership Award. This award was presented to Dr. Hope in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedication to the
Union Hospital District. There are various events planned throughout the week, and WBCU News will keep you informed as the
week goes on.
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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY
Tuesday, May 10
The Union County Council will hold their regular monthly meeting this afternoon at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held in the
Grand Jury Room at Union County Courthouse. According to the agenda, Council will consider vacancies on the Appeals Board,
Development Board, and the Library Board. Three persons have asked to be placed on the agenda to address County Council on
various county issues. There will be a call for committee reports and County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair will give his report to
Council. Council has scheduled 2nd Reading of the 2011-2012 Budget Ordinance, and will discuss an ordinance dealing with
Flood Damage Prevention. The public is invited to attend this meeting.
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HR ASSOCIATION TO MEET AT INN AT MERRIDUN TOMORROW
Tuesday, May 10
Union County SC Human Resource Association will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011. They invite all
interested persons to attend. It is their Annual Meeting and they will hold Election of Officers. They will also discuss their Year in
Review and where they are going. The meeting will be held at the Inn at Merridun, located at 100 Merridun Place in Union. The
meeting will be held from noon until 1pm. RSVP to Renee Alexander at the Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039 or e-mail to
[email protected] if you plan to attend.
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UNION CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SET FOR SATURDAY
Tuesday, May 10
The Union Christian Day School will hold Open House at the school this Saturday, May 14th from 10am until 1pm. This is a great
opportunity for those thinking about Union Christian Day School as a means for their child’s education. Teachers will be on hand
to answer questions, and refreshments will also be available.
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FINANCIAL CARD FRAUD AND EXPLOITATION CHARGES AGAINST LOCAL MINISTER DROPPED
Tuesday, May 10
Three felony charges against a local minister have been dropped. The Union Public Safety Department arrested David Berry on
October 1st of last year. He was charged with financial card fraud and two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Berry
had been accused of using the bank card of a man he had been caring for without his consent. Last month, 16th Circuit Solicitor
Kevin Brackett decided to drop the charges against Berry for what he called “lack of prosecutorial merit”. Brackett said that said
that several letters had been written on Berry’s behalf. Brackett stated that he had spoken with the alleged victim in the case
and determined that he was competent enough to decide whether the charges should be dropped. Brackett said that the man
told him that he had authorized Berry to use his bank card. The man went on to say that he didn’t feel that Berry should be
prosecuted and that he did not want Berry prosecuted.
RED CROSS ASKING FOR LICENSED HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH VOLUNTEERS
Monday, May 9
In an announcement made on Friday, May 6th, the American Red Cross of Upstate South Carolina is asking for licensed health
and mental health volunteers to help those in need after the recent tornados, floods and storms. “The devastation and loss from
the recent storms is horrific and many people are in need of emotional care. Since March 31, we’ve already provided more than
10,000 health and mental health consultations.” said Ann Wright, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Upstate South
Carolina. “The need for health and mental health professionals is great and we’re asking those with the skills and flexibility to
respond to help us comfort those affected.” “Just in Time” training for selected volunteers will be held Tuesday, May 10th and
Wednesday, May 11th. Volunteers must be able to deploy for at least two weeks after training is complete. Qualified candidates
should contact Disaster Services at the American Red Cross at 864-271-8222. Space is limited and preference will be given to
those able to deploy to affected areas right after training. More than 4,500 workers from all 50 states have assisted with
recovery efforts in 16 affected states on 20 separate relief operations since March 31. More information on the criteria for “Just
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in Time” training and contributions may also be made through the local web site upstateredcross.org or by calling (864) 2718222. Donations may be mailed to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 or P.O. Box 9035, Greenville,
SC 29604.
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SCHOOL BOARD AND COUNTY COUNCIL HAVE MEETINGS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
Monday, May 9
The Union County Board of School Trustees will meet tonight at 7pm at Monarch Elementary School. The meeting agenda calls
for an update on the new school calendar from Superintendent Kristi Woodall. 1st Reading of the policy dealing with Community
use of School Facilities is also planned. Cindy Langley will provide information about the summer reading and honors classes for
2011-2012; and will update the transition to the 7-period school day that is planned for the new school year. There are 2 field
trips to be considered and a personnel report will be presented. Tuesday at 5:30pm, Union County Council will hold their regular
monthly meeting. That meeting will be held in the Grand Jury Room at Union County Courthouse. According to the agenda,
Council will consider vacancies on the Appeals Board, Development Board, and the Library Board. Three persons have asked to
be placed on the agenda to address County Council on various county issues. There will be a call for committee reports and
County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair will give his report to Council. Council has scheduled 2nd Reading of the 2011-2012 Budget
Ordinance, and will discuss an ordinance dealing with Flood Damage Prevention. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
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HOSPITAL TRANSITION MAY BE FINISHED A MONTH EARLY
Monday, May 9
At last Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District; Gregg Walker from the Pharmacy Department
at Wallace Thomson Hospital was presented with the Award of Excellence for May 2011. Jan Stevens, RN from Surgical Services
was presented with the Nurse of the Month award for April 2011. Mr. Ham Hudson introduced Ed Bouknight as the new Human
Resources Director for Wallace Thomson Hospital. The Board heard a report on the transition progress from CHS management
to independent management. Transition is near completion and could be complete as of May 15th instead of the original date of
June 15th. The Board heard an update from Ann Derrick for the Free Clinic. The clinic is currently waiting on the finalization of
the 501 (c)(3). Following the establishment of the 501 (c)(3), Board members will be selected. The Clinic is reviewing locations
and is petitioning for volunteers. A town hall meeting will be held to educate and inform the community of the purpose as well
as the need for the Free Clinic. Tim Merritt, new Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital District, gave the Board an update on
the Union Hospital District Action Plan including finalization of the transition plan from CHS to independent operation. He also
gave an assessment of the overall facility with regard to cleanliness and aesthetics. Mr. Merritt stated that he is working closely
with Chief Financial Officer Alan MacPhee on continued expense reduction, and evaluation of areas to grow new services and
programs. The Board heard an update to the Bond payoff issue, which is currently underway. Mr. MacPhee congratulated Mr.
Jeff Barber, Administrator at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, on attaining his nursing home administrator license for the state of
South Carolina.
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SUBWAY OFFERING ONLINE RESERVATIONS TO TRY NEW BREAKFAST SANDWICH
Monday, May 9
Subway restaurants are now taking online reservations to try any 6-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich on its new breakfast
menu. This allows you to try their new breakfast sandwich for FREE at participating restaurants in South Carolina and Augusta,
Ga. The Union Subway is participating in this promotion. People can go to www.myfreebreakfast.com and sign up to visit their
local Subway restaurant during the breakfast sandwich trial week of May 16-22. Subway launched breakfast at restaurants
nationwide last spring and the flatbread breakfast sandwich has risen as a popular and flavorful choice. A new 3-inch version of
the flatbread sandwich has been introduced to satisfy more petite appetites. “Many people know about the new Subway ‘Build
Your Better Breakfast’ menu, and now there is an even better reason to give it a try -- because it is free,” said Ali Saifi,
president and chief executive officer of Subway Development Corporation of South Carolina Inc. “We encourage people to go to
our website and reserve a free flatbread breakfast sandwich at a day and time convenient for them. When they arrive during
the trial week, we will prepare their sandwich just the way they want it with a wide variety of meats, cheese, veggies and
sauces.” Subway restaurants participating in the free 6-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich are located in the Upstate, Midlands,
Lowcountry, Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas of South Carolina as well as Augusta, Ga.
ON-SITE REGISTRATION TODAY AT ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Friday, May 6
Spartanburg Community College (SCC) will provide on-site registration for summer and fall classes at the Union County
Advanced Technology Center on Friday, May 6, from 9am – 1pm. Representatives will be on hand to assist students with the
admissions and enrollment process. While students may search for class schedules and register online, on-site registration offers
the opportunity to interact with the SCC faculty and staff. SCC is proud to serve the Union community at the Union County
Advanced Technology Center. Conveniently located off of Highway 176, this 14,000 square-foot facility incorporates traditional
classroom learning with hands-on technical training through three traditional classrooms, one industrial classroom, a computer
lab and three industrial labs. Need help or have questions? Call the Union County Advanced Technology Center at 864-4661060.
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GRACE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN HOLDING RELAY FOR LIFE BAKE SALE THIS MORNING
Friday, May 6
The Grace United Methodist Church United Methodist Women are having a bake sale this morning from 9:00 AM until 12:00
noon. There will be all kinds of delicious baked goods for sale. It will be held on Main Street in front of the Lion's Club building.
This is a Relay for Life fundraiser activity because the proceeds are given to the Grace UMC Relay for Life team to turn into the
American Cancer Society as Union County continues to strive to meet the 2011 goal.
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JUNIOR CHARITY LEAGUE RAISES MONEY THROUGH 5K RACE
Friday, May 6
The Junior Charity League sponsors their 5K Run/Walk to raise money for charities in Union County this weekend. Registration
will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot Saturday. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:30, and the kids’ fun run will
immediately follow the race. The registration fee is $20, while groups of 10 or more and Junior Charity League members can
register for $10. Registration for the Children’s Fun Run is also $10. For more information contact Jennifer Cooper at 426-5880
or Catherine B. Childers at 429-1554.
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CONSIDER DONATING ITEMS DURING NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
Friday, May 6
May is National Foster Care Month and items donated throughout the month of May will be given to Union County foster
children. Please donate only new, unused items. Drop off locations are The City of Union Mayor’s Office, The Courthouse
Supervisors Office, The Union DSS Office and The Chamber of Commerce Office.
31 Days of May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
May
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May
1st toothpaste
2nd toothbrush
3rd deodorant
4th ankle socks
5th straw cups
6th PJ’s
7th pack of pencils
8th pack of pens
9th pack of notebook paper
10th pack of copy paper
11th Kleenex
12th shampoo
13th lotion
14th hair brush
15th hair bows
16th gift cards for fast food
17th photo albums
18th coloring books/word find books
19th Shorts/Capris (sizes 2T-Juniors)
20th Shirts (sizes 2T-Juniors)
21st African American Hair Products
22nd Small boy toy-Matchbox car or balls
23rd Small girl toy-Polly Pocket or craft set
24th wallet (boy and girl)
25th Beach Bags
26th hand sanitizer
27th Suntan Lotion
28th Laundry Detergent
29th Clear Storage Boxes (all sizes)
30th Soap
31st underwear (all sizes)
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ST. PAUL ADULT DAY CARE SPONSORS FUNDRAISING EVENT SATURDAY
Friday, May 6
St. Paul Adult Daycare and Tri-State Medical Supplies will sponsor the We Care Celebration- “Uniting Union”. The event will be
held on May 7th, 2011 at 7pm at the Union National Guard Armory. Admission is $30 per person. There will be fine food and
beverages, art exhibits, and entertainment. The entertainment will be provided by Big Time and Ballet Spartanburg. The
proceeds from this event will go to a scholarship program for Senior and Disabled Citizens. For more information on this event
or about the scholarship program, please call 864-429-8771.
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TIMKEN COMPLEX HOSTING COLLEGE CLUB BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
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Friday, May 6
This weekend, beginning Friday May 6th, Timken Sports Complex will play host to the 2011 National Club Baseball Association
Division II District IV playoffs. NCBA is the first-ever national governing body for collegiate club baseball. NCBA was founded in
2000 by former Penn State Club baseball player and president, Sandy Sanderson. The initial season had 34 club baseball teams
from across the country competing in the league. In the years since its commencement, the league has grown tremendously
exceeding 170 member baseball teams during the 2009 season. The NCBA annually provides more than 4,500 college students
with the chance to continue their competitive baseball careers and contend for a true national championship. The four teams
competing at Timken Sports Complex Friday May 6th through Sunday May 8th are Furman University, Craven Community
College, Kennesaw State University and East Carolina University. This is the second year Timken Sports Complex has hosted the
NCBA Division II District IV playoffs.
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BRIAN GUY ANNOUNCES MORE RACE TICKET WINNERS
Friday, May 6
Brian Guy from the local Nationwide Insurance office announces three more winners from Wednesday’s show car event at Union
County Stadium. The following people won tickets for the All Star Race in Charlotte on May 21st, and can pick the tickets up at
Nationwide Insurance at 1310 S. Pinckney St.
Mark Johnson
Yates Giles
Marcus Smith
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS AT MONARCH ELEMENTARY MONDAY
Friday, May 6
The Union County School Board of Trustees will meet again Monday evening at Monarch Elementary School. The meeting will
begin at 7 p.m. The main item on the agenda is the first reading of a policy regarding community use of school facilities. The
public is welcome to attend.
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AMERICAN LEGION POST 22 SCHEDULES MEETING MONDAY
Friday, May 6
Also on Monday, The American Legion Post 22 in Union will have its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in its
usual location in Foster Park – the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive. Starting at 6:00 P.M., a meal will be served, with voluntary
contributions much appreciated. Next, at 6:20 P.M., there will be a guest speaker: Cindy Fore, Union County Veterans' Affairs
Service Officer. Finally, at 7:00 P.M., the business part of the meeting will take place, and last about an hour. Current Post 22
members are asked to attend and participate whenever possible, and veterans interested in becoming members are always
welcome. Meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month.
AT LEAST 1000 COME TO LIVING HISTORY EVENT
Thursday, May 5
The Union County Historical Society held the Cross Keys House Living History Event IV last Saturday and Sunday. There was
wonderful weather both days and the crowds were great also. WBCU News spoke to Ola Jean Kelly and she has this to say
about the event. Kelly, executive director of the Union County Museum, said they started the weekend on Friday with School
Day at the Cross Keys House. She said 8th grade is when SC students study SC History in depth, so they comprised the visitors
Friday. She said they came in, two buses at a time, at 8:30 Friday morning. They were divided into groups of 10-15 students,
and they had 8-10 stations. She said one station portrayed Confederate President Jefferson Davis discussing the flags of South
Carolina from the very beginning. On the front porch of the cabin, they had a nurse's station, and she talked about the war,
nursing methods, equipment and medicines. She said three other stations presented students information on artillery, infantry
and cavalry. She said the students were surprised to hear that young children served in the war, as well as women. She said
they had one 10-year old girl reenactor who portrayed a "powder monkey", helping with the powder for a cannon. She said
they had a 14-year old in full regalia who participated in all the battles. She said they learned that they youngest person to
receive the Medal of Honor in the Civil War was only 12 years old. She said the "bonnet lady" was there, telling the students
about clothing of the period and how to make a bonnet. She said for fun, the students learned how to dance the Virginia Reel.
On Saturday and Sunday, they opened to the public, and around a thousand visitors came to tour the house and grounds, and
see the reenactors. On Friday night, one of the directors and his wife fed the reenactors, and the Historical Society fed them
Saturday night. She said they served over 100 people, including the reenactors and their families, because they come in as a
family and camp all weekend. Kelly said the weather was beautiful, and the participation from the community was wonderful.
She said they had a couple to come all the way from England.
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GRACE METHODIST WOMEN SPONSOR RELAY FOR LIFE BAKE SALE TOMORROW MORNING
Thursday, May 5
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The Grace United Methodist Church United Methodist Women are having a bake sale this coming Friday morning, May 6, from
9:00 AM until 12:00 noon. There will be all kinds of delicious baked goods for sale. It will be held on Main Street in front of the
Lion's Club building. This is a Relay for Life fundraiser activity because the proceeds are given to the Grace UMC Relay for Life
team to turn into the American Cancer Society as Union County continues to strive to meet the 2011 goal.
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NATIONWIDE INSURANCE EVENT BRINGS SHOW CAR TO UNION
Thursday, May 5
Brian Guy’s Nationwide Insurance Agency brought the Nationwide Series Show Car to Union for the 1st time ever on
Wednesday. The Show Car and a NASCAR racing simulator were at the Union County Stadium parking lot from 10am until 4pm.
WBCU’s Mike Stevens broadcast live from the event from 1pm until 3pm. Visitors that registered also got to spin a wheel to win
free give-a-ways at the event. We spoke to the man who was responsible for the show car being in Union and these were his
comments. Brian Guy, the Nationwide Insurance agent for Union for around 20 years, said they wanted to find a way to give
back to the community and let them have a fun day. He said they started back in January with the process of trying to get the
Nationwide Series car to Union, and have everyone come out, have a good time, win some prizes, and participate in the
simulator. He said the show car is a hard vehicle to get in town, particularly during race week. He said they went through the
powers that be and got their permission to bring it down. He said they had around 200 people to come by between 10-4. He
said they were letting people register to win tickets to the Nationwide race at Darlington Friday, the Royal Purple 200, as well as
a couple of tickets to the Southern 500 Sprint Cup race Saturday and the All-Star Race in Charlotte later in the month. He said
the ticket giveaways were sponsored by his local office for local winners. Brian Guy's Nationwide Insurance Agency office is at
1310 South Pinckney, next to the Triangle Veterinary Clinic.
Each of these winners won a pair (2 tickets) to the race:
Winners for the Nationwide Race in Darlington on Friday night, 5/6/2011 (Royal Purple 200):
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David Mahan
Ronnie Henderson
Billie Grace Whitehead
Kay Vaughan
Margie Burgess
Renee Alexander
James Eaves
Michael Littlejohn
Harold Babb
James Boulware
Winner for the Sprint Cup Race in Darlington on Saturday, 5/7/2011 (Southern 500):
- Thurston Lindsay
Charlotte All-Star Race Winners... not drawn yet
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UNION DAILY TIMES BLOOD DRIVE FOR TORNADO VICTIMS SCHEDULED MAY 23RD
Thursday, May 5
The Blood Connection are coming to the Union Daily Times for a blood drive to benefit victims of the tornadoes in Alabama. We
reported on Monday that the drive would be held on Monday, May 9th, however we have learned that the date has been
changed. The new date is Monday, May 23rd from 1pm until 5pm. There are many victims of this disaster and a large volume of
blood is needed. They also tell us that all blood types are needed. You may call Nora at the Union Daily Times to be preregistered and that number is 864-427-1234.
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URBAN LEAGUE HOSTING WORKSHOP TODAY AT MUSEUM
Thursday, May 5
The Urban League of the Upstate will have a team of certified counselors to conduct a Workshop today at 5:30 pm at the Union
County Museum .
We are currently accepting new customers for participation in the State’s Hardest Hit Funds Program (SC Help)—designed to
provide financial assistance to struggling homeowners who are unemployed through no-fault of their own.
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Borrowers may receive up to $36,000 in assistance!
Are you having trouble making those mortgage payments, the Urban League may be able to help?
If you or someone you know is facing possible foreclosure, please attend this informative workshop
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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
Thursday, May 5
The Union Hospital District’s Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6:30 in the Administrative Conference Room in the hospital.
The public is welcome to attend.
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SCHOOL BOARD TO VOTE ON POLICY FOR COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES
Thursday, May 5
The Union County School Board of Trustees will meet again Monday evening at Monarch Elementary School. The meeting will
begin at 7 p.m. The main item on the agenda is the first reading of a policy regarding community use of school facilities. The
public is welcome to attend.
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DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER SALUTES VIETNAM VETERANS
Thursday, May 5
The Dorn VA Medical Center’s SC Combat Veterans Group is partnering with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce to present the
7th annual Vietnam Remembrance and Survivors Day Ceremony. A military convoy ceremony honoring those who gave their
lives for our freedom will take place tomorrow departing at 8:45 a.m. from the VA Medical Center overflow parking area on
Garners Ferry Rd. The convoy route is meant to be symbolic of a soldier’s journey from SC to Vietnam. The convoy will pass
the State Capitol building on Main St. at 9 a.m. where Vietnam Combat Veterans will salute the veterans who served during the
Vietnam era. The convoy will continue to Veterans Memorial Park where a remembrance ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m.
honoring those whose names are etched in the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The convoy will depart the park at 10:45 and return to
the Dorn VA Center for a noon ceremony paying tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War.
MAN ARRESTED IN EXCELSIOR BREAK-IN ALSO CHARGED IN CARLSAN BREAK-IN
Wednesday, May 4
One of the men charged in the break-in at the former Excelsior Middle School now faces additional charges. On Friday, March
18th, 2011, county officers reported to the former Carlsan Headstart building for training and discovered that someone had
broken into the building. Some person(s) had entered the building by breaking out a window in the cafeteria. Officers observed
and photographed where someone had stolen pipes and wiring from every room in the building. The sink had been pulled away
from the wall in the kitchen area, and all the copper pipes had been cut and removed. The main power panel had been removed
and parts cut and removed. Officers also observed that ceiling tiles had been removed and insulation exposed, while water
pipes, conduit piping, and fixtures had been taken. Damage to the building was estimated at $5,000. Value of the items taken
was estimated at $1,000. According to the booking sheet, Quiney O. Simmons, 18, of 113 Broad Street in Union was arrested
early Tuesday morning, May 3rd, and booked into the Union County Jail where he now faces charges in connection with the
break-in at the former Carlsan Headstart building.
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END-OF-COURSE EXAMS COMING SOON
Wednesday, May 4
All Union County school students enrolled in high school gateway or benchmark courses, which include Algebra 1/Math for the
Technologies 2, English 1, Physical Science, U. S. History, and Biology 1/Applied Biology 2, must take End-of-Course
examinations. The examinations, which count 20 percent of the students’ final grade in each gateway or benchmark course, are
administered to students at the end of the semester in which they are scheduled to complete the course. Students in Union
County School District will take the examinations during a three-week period from May 9 – May 27. Individual schools will
provide specific information concerning the schedule. Parents are encouraged to assist students to prepare for testing by
making sure they get plenty of rest and have a nourishing breakfast. For more information, parents should contact their child’s
guidance counselor.
Jonesville K-8: 864-674-5518. The Guidance Counselor is Wilbur Smith, at Ext. 110
Lockhart Middle School: 864-545-6501. The Guidance Counselor is Jennifer Seeman
Sims Junior High School: 864-429-1755. The Guidance Counselor is Jim Palmer, at Ext.438
Achievement Academy: 864- 429-2101. The Guidance Counselor is Cheryl George, at Ext. 17
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DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER SPONSORING RESEARCH DAY
Wednesday, May 4
The US Department of Veterans Affairs is celebrating National VA Research Week this week, May 2nd through May 6th. As part
of the national observance, the Dorn VA Medical Center will sponsor a Research Day on Thursday, May 5th, 2011. Veterans,
their families, and members of the healthcare community are invited to attend. “VA research benefits veterans and the entire
nation by moving medical science forward,” said K. Sue Haddock, Ph. D., the medical center’s Assoc. Chief of Staff for Research
and Development. Today, the VA is a leader in many areas of research. The veterans Administration conducts biomedical,
rehabilitation, clinical, and health services research- as well as large, multi-center clinical trials- at more than 100 medical
centers across the nation. Researchers at Dorn VA Medical Center are involved in studies about the treatment and prevention of
cancer, hypertension, cardiac failure, renal disease, metabolic imbalances, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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USC-UNION RANKED AS ONE OF 120 BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Wednesday, May 4
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, last Friday, ranked the University of South Carolina at Union as one of the
nation’s 120 best community colleges, challenging it to compete for the Prize funds to be announced in December 2011, by
insisting on high standards for learning, college completion without delay, and serving as a training ground for jobs that pay
competitive wages. USC Union and 119 other community colleges will be winnowed to eight-to-ten finalists in September based
on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and how well students do in the job market after
graduating. USC Union is now eligible to submit an application containing detailed data on these criteria. USC Union must
demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and uses that information to continually
improve over time. USC Union is the only two-year school in South Carolina recognized in the preliminary round. Dr. Stephen
Lowe, Interim Campus Dean, stated that this honor recognizes the achievements of the campus begun under former Dean Hugh
Rowland and the ongoing efforts of the faculty, staff, and students of the university. Progress continues with the modernization
of campus instructional technology and campus-wide wireless access. Three new faculty members have been hired as well as a
new director and counselor in the Opportunity Scholars Program. Enrollment growth has broken records. “None of this would
have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff, faculty, and students. Hopefully, this acknowledgement
will encourage people in our service area to think about starting their college careers at USC-Union,” said Interim Dean Lowe.
PERSONAL PROUD SPONSOR PROGRAM UNVEILED FOR RELAY FOR LIFE
Tuesday, May 3
A new fundraising program was introduced at Friday night’s Relay for Life. Monday afternoon we spoke with Torance Inman,
Co-Chair of Union County’s Relay for Life, and he explained how the program works. Inman said the program is called Personal
Proud Sponsor. He said it came about because of the question, "What can one person do?" He said they put together 2000
envelopes to distribute through the community this month. He said the envelopes will contain a block for each month, from
May 2011 to April 2012. He said they are asking individuals to take the envelopes and add $10 to it each month that might be
spent on something more frivolous. He said when you put the money in the envelope, check off the block for the month. At
the end of the year, when the envelope is completely filled and all the blocks checked off, put your name on it and turn it in to
Relay for Life. He said at that point, you will be recognized as a Personal Proud Sponsor, and have your name placed on a sign
at the event. He said the goal is to have 2000 envelopes filled and returned. If that happens, an additional $240,000 would be
raised for Relay for Life. He said they believe that would put Union's Relay totals far above their fundraising goals, and possibly
place them at #1 in the nation for our population size. He said they are encouraging as many people as they can to participate,
get their envelope and begin working on it today. He said you can obtain these envelopes from any team captain, at WBCU, at
the Union County Chamber of Commerce, and The Bantam Chef. Inman said this is something that no other Relay group has
ever done. He said he believes if we are successful here with the campaign, they will present it to the American Cancer Society
National Relay for Life group, and have the idea carry across the nation.
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LIBRARY BOARD SET TO MEET TODAY
Tuesday, May 3
The Board of Trustees for the Union County Carnegie Library will meet this afternoon at 5pm. The meeting will be held at the
Adult Education Building, located on East Main Street in Union. Trustees will work on a budget request to submit to Union
County Council. The public is welcome. The Board welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at its meetings.
Public comments will be placed at the end of agenda, for 20 minutes, with each person limited to 5 minutes. Written requests to
be placed on the agenda should be submitted to [email protected] at least five (5) business days prior to the next Board
meeting.
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WE CARE CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER AT THE ARMORY MAY 7TH
Tuesday, May 3
St. Paul Adult Daycare and Tri-State Medical Supplies will sponsor the We Care Celebration- “Uniting Union”. The event will be
held on May 7th, 2011 at 7pm at the Union National Guard Armory. Admission is $30 per person. There will be fine food and
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beverages, art exhibits, and entertainment. The entertainment will be provided by Big Time and Ballet Spartanburg. The
proceeds from this event will go to a scholarship program for Senior and Disabled Citizens. For more information on this event
or about the scholarship program, please call 864-429-8771.
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JUNIOR CHARITY LEAGUE 5K FUNDRAISING RUN/WALK SCHEDULED SATURDAY
Tuesday, May 3
Registration is now open for an event to raise money for charities in Union County. This event is planned for Saturday, May 7th,
2011 at 8:30am. Sign-in is at the Union Wal-Mart Parking Lot. Registration begins at 7:30am. The 5K Run/ Walk begins at
8:30am, with Children’s Fun Run immediately following the 5K. Registration Fees are $15.00 for those registered before April
22, 2011, and includes a t-shirt. The late Registration fee is $20.00, and a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Groups of 10 or more and
Junior Charity League members can register for $10.00. Registration for the Children’s Fun Run is $10.00. For more information
contact Jennifer Cooper at 426-5880 or Catherine B. Childers at 429-1554. Pick up a registration form from any league member
and mail checks to Union Junior Charity League, PO Box 314, Union, SC 292379.
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PASS EXAMS LOOM FOR STUDENTS
Tuesday, May 3
All students in grades 3 – 8 enrolled in Union County Schools will take the new state-wide Palmetto Assessment of State
Standards (PASS) exam beginning on Monday, May 9. Students will be tested in English Language Arts (Reading and Research),
math, science and social studies. All students in grades 4 and 7 will take the science test and the social studies tests. Students
in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 will take either the science or the social studies test. PASS is designed to assess student weaknesses and
strengths, as well as to see how many S.C. students are meeting state standards. Results also will be used for federal
accountability standards set in the No Child Left Behind Act.
The PASS testing schedule is as follows:
Monday, May 9 - ELA (Reading and Research)
Wednesday, May 11 - Mathematics
Thursday, May 12 – Science test for grades 4 and 7; Science or Social Studies test for grades 3, 5, 6 and 8
Friday, May 13 - Social Studies test for grades 4 and 7
Make-up Testing – May 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 (May 13 is a make-up testing date for students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 only).
In preparation for PASS testing your child needs to get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast. Make sure your child is
present every day of testing and on time. Your child will need #2 pencils and needs to read directions carefully before
answering questions. If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s principal.
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES BIN LADEN'S DEATH SUNDAY NIGHT
Monday, May 2
President Obama, in an address to the nation that took place just past 11:30pm Sunday night, announced that the longtime
face of world-wide terrorism, Osama Bin Laden, is dead. The President told the nation that very strong intelligence indicated
that Bin Laden was hiding in a compound outside Islamabad, the capitol of Pakistan. President Obama stated that after
weighing the information, he gave the order Sunday to send in a special ops unit to capture Osama Bin Laden. He stated that a
fire-fight erupted and Bin Laden and others were killed. The President went on to say that there were no civilians injured and
that no harm came to the US forces in the exchange. The US forces took possession of Bin Laden’s remains and positive
identification has been confirmed. The President told the survivors of the more than 3,000 victims who lost their lives in the
terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001- Justice has been served. Word of the death of Bin Laden quickly spread, and
hundreds if not thousands, of cheering people gathered outside the gates of the White House. CNN News showed live shots of
the crowd as they chanted U-S-A, and at one point they sang the National Anthem as they waved the American flag. Visit our
Facebook page and tell us your reaction to last night's news. Keep it clean, or your post will be deleted.
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LIBRARY BOARD TO MEET TUESDAY
Monday, May 2
The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, May 3lird at 5pm in the adult education building on
Main Street in Union. The public is welcome. The Board welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at its
meetings. Public comments will be placed at the end of agenda, for 20 minutes, with each person limited to 5 minutes. Written
requests to be placed on the agenda should be submitted to [email protected] at least five (5) business days prior to the next
Board meeting.
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UNION DAILY TIMES ANNOUNCES BLOOD DRIVE AND YARD SALE TO BENEFIT TORNADO
VICTIMS
Monday, May 2
Due to all of the tornado destruction's in Alabama and other states, the Union Daily Times will hold a blood drive on May 9th,
2011 at the Union Daily Times office from 1 pm to 5 pm. There is a high volume of blood needed, and all types are needed.
Also, June 11th, 2011 they will hold a Community Yard Sale and all proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army. Please
contact Nora Vanderford at 864-441-2988 for more information. Your support is greatly needed and will be much appreciated.
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RELAY FOR LIFE CLOSE TO FUND-RAISING GOAL
Monday, May 2
WBCU News was on hand Friday night for Union County’s Relay for Life that was held Friday night at the Union County
Fairgrounds. The weather was great, the crowd was good, and 34 teams met to continue to raise money to help find a cure for
Cancer. We spoke with Beth Lancaster and Torance Inman, who head up Union County’s Relay for Life effort. Beth Lancaster
stated that it was a beautiful night with perfect weather. The Holiday Band was great. She said they had a good crowd, but by
moving the event up a month, they need to get busy letting people know of the change. They want to thank everyone who
came out to support them this year and for many, many years. Lancaster said that they are appreciative of the people of Union
County who are so big hearted. She went on to say that they have till August 31st to reach their goal. She said that they might
not reach goal Friday night, but they will be close. She said they will definitely reach their goal by August 31st. Torance Inman
said that they had 34 teams this year, and 12 were new teams. He said this was wonderful and that the response of the new
teams was terrific in terms of fundraising. They came and set up their campsites, cooking food, and most will be there all night.
Inman said that they unveiled a new program that would surely be a great asset this coming year. He sais that beginning May
1st the program- Personal Proud Sponsor would begin. WBCU News will bring you the details of this program in a future
newscast.
TEXTILE TRENDS TO LOCATE AT OLD MILLIKEN BUILDING IN JONESVILLE
Friday, April 29
Gov. Nikki Haley, along with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Town of Jonesville and the Union County
Development Board Thursday announced that Textile Trends will establish its new production facility in Union County. It will
consist of a nearly $440,000 investment and is expected to generate 100 new jobs over the next 5 years. “Union County has a
history in the textile industry and so offered the perfect fit for our company. The county had a building to suit our needs and a
workforce with the skill set we were looking for. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials
and we look forward to becoming a part of South Carolina’s business community,” said Johnny Winkler, Roy McCulley and Jack
Walker, the co-owners of Textile Trends. Textile Trends is a start-up company that will produce finished linen products used in
the hospitality industry, such as napkins, table cloths and aprons. The company will establish its new cut-and-sew operation in
the old Milliken building located at 305 Pacolet Street. Gov. Haley said, “It’s exciting to see a start-up company like Textile
Trends locate in Jonesville because of what it says not just about Union County but about our entire state: businesses large and
small recognize South Carolina as a place where they can grow. We welcome them.” Executive Director of the Union County
Development Board Andrena Powell-Baker also welcomed Textile trends to Jonesville and Union County. She stated that the
forecasted hiring of 100 people is great news for the state of South Carolina, Union County and the Town of Jonesville.
Jonesville mayor Ernest Moore said, “On behalf of the citizens of Jonesville and its Town Council, I want to personally welcome
Textile Trends to our town. I am sure there are many people who are just as appreciative as the Council that the company
chose our community to locate their business. Jonesville and the surrounding area offers a diverse talent pool of good people
who need steady work and who would provide any company with valued associates. We look forward to working with the
company and helping it grow for the good of all.” According to the announcement, the company will begin the hiring process in
early May. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Union County Workforce Center at 864427-5672 or 864-427-4119 at that time. WBCU News spoke to Union County supervisor Tommy Sinclair Friday morning and
these were his comments. Sinclair said he is excited for the Town of Jonesville and Union County for this additional job
opportunity, with 100 jobs over the next several years. He said one reason to be excited about it is that it uses an existing
building, so they don't have the building sitting around not being used. He said another reason is that it taps into an existing
trained employment market. He said Union County certainly has textile-trained people who could pretty much go to work
tomorrow, so to speak. He said just like any other announcement, he said you enjoy today's announcement for a couple of
days, and then you move on to work on the next one. He said it's not what has been done but what will be done that we need
to stay focused on.
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BEAUTIFUL WEATHER EXPECTED FOR RELAY FOR LIFE TONIGHT
Friday, April 29
The Union County Relay for Life will be held tonight at the Union County Fairgrounds. The weather, a major concern in years
past when the event was held in late May, looks to be beautiful. Clear skies are expected with an overnight low of 48. The
opening ceremony will be at 7pm. Survivor recognition begins at 7:15pm and team recognition is at 7:30pm. The Holiday Band
will perform at 8pm followed by the remembrance ceremony at 10pm. Following that ceremony, Steve Pethal will perform on
stage. The closing ceremony and awards ceremony are planned to begin at 6:30am Saturday morning. There will be train rides,
bouncy slides, ribbon fries, funnel cakes, fish & chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, and much, much more. A vacation to the
Inn at Iris Meadows will also be given away. So come out to Union County Fairgrounds tonight and support a great cause and at
the same time have a great time.
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CROSS KEYS LIVING HISTORY EVENT THIS WEEKEND
Friday, April 29
The Cross Keys House Living History Event IV will be held this week-end at the Cross
Keys House. On Saturday, April 30th, the event runs from 10am until 5pm; and on
Sunday, May 1st, from 10am until 4pm. CSA President Jefferson Davis’ luncheon visit
will be re-enacted each day at 2pm. There will be vendors, carvers, blacksmith, and
special displays. No admission is charged, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Please remember to bring a chair and stay the entire day.
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USC-UNION WILL CONFER 52 DEGREES SATURDAY
Friday, April 29
USC Union Commencement exercises will be held this Saturday, April 30th, at 6:30pm in the Truluck Activity Center. Dr.
Frederick “Fred” Baus will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Baus, CEO and president of the University Center of
Greenville, is a 1967 graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has master’s and doctorate degrees in
education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. USC Union will confer 52 academic degrees this year, including 33
Associate of Arts, 18 Associate of Science degrees. Eight students will earn the USC Columbia Palmetto Program Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies (BLS) degrees. Admission will be by ticket only.
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SEVERAL CHICKEN POX CASES SUSPECTED AT BUFFALO ELEMENTARY
Friday, April 29
According to a letter sent home to parents of students at Buffalo Elementary School, there have been several suspected cases of
chickenpox at the school. Fortunately, all students at Buffalo Elementary have either been vaccinated against the chickenpox
virus or have contracted the virus naturally. This results in only a few minor cases being seen each year. Chickenpox is a
contagious disease that is caused by a virus, and spread by close personal contact with an infected person. The symptoms
include fever, nasal congestion, feeling tired, and eruptions of red bumps that turn to watery blisters in a few days. The rash
usually starts on the chest or back, and moves quickly to the face, arms, and legs. If your child has these symptoms, you should
take him/her to the doctor. Your doctor will tell you how long your child needs to be kept out of school. Please notify the your
child’s school nurse if your child is diagnosed with chickenpox, or displays these symptoms. The nurse is at the school Monday
through Friday from 7am until 3pm. DHEC is recommending a 2nd dose of Varicella to help prevent an outbreak of chickenpox.
TEXTILE TRENDS TO BRING 100 JOBS TO JONESVILLE
Thursday, April 28
Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Town of Jonesville and the Union County Development
Board today announced that Textile Trends will establish its new production facility in Union County. The nearly $440,000
investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.
“Union County has a history in the textile industry and so offered the perfect fit for our company. The county had a building to
suit our needs and a workforce with the skill set we were looking for. We appreciate all the support we have received from state
and local officials and we look forward to becoming a part of South Carolina’s business community,” said Johnny Winkler, Roy
McCulley and Jack Walker, the co-owners of Textile Trends.
Textile Trends is a start-up company that will produce finished linen products used in the hospitality industry, such as napkins,
table cloths and aprons. The company will establish its new cut-and-sew operation in the old Milliken building located at 305
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Pacolet Street.
“It’s exciting to see a start-up company like Textile Trends locate in Jonesville because of what it says not just about Union
County but about our entire state: businesses large and small recognize South Carolina as a place where they can grow. We
welcome them,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
“Our state has a long tradition in the textile industry and we look forward to Textile Trends becoming the newest member of
that sector in South Carolina. Start-up companies play an important role in our state’s economy and this announcement is
another sign that our efforts to encourage entrepreneurship are paying dividends,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.
“We welcome the addition of Textile Trends to the Jonesville community and to Union County,” said Andrena Powell-Baker,
executive director of the Union County Development Board. “Because of our rich and vibrant history in textiles, the company
was able to identify the vacant Milliken Packaging building as an ideal location. They moved very quickly to lease the facility and
began the process to initiate operations. They will be supplying a growth industry, so we are anticipating much success from
this new startup company. The forecasted hiring of 100 people is great news for the state of South Carolina, Union County and
the Town of Jonesville.”
“On behalf of the citizens of Jonesville and its Town Council, I want to personally welcome Textile Trends to our town,” said
Jonesville Mayor Ernest Moore. “I am sure there are many people who are just as appreciative as the Council that the company
chose our community to locate their business. Jonesville and the surrounding area offers a diverse talent pool of good people
who need steady work and who would provide any company with valued associates. We look forward to working with the
company and helping it grow for the good of all.”
“Textiles have always been the backbone of Union County and I’m glad to see the industry making a comeback,” said state Sen.
Harvey Peeler. “We’re excited that Textile Trends has decided to locate its operations in South Carolina.”
The company will begin the hiring process in early May. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact
the Union County Workforce Center at 864-427-5672 or 864-427-4119 at that time.
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UCHS SENIOR AWARDED $2500 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BY ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Thursday, April 28
The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has announced that its 2011 Board of Directors Scholarship has been
awarded to Casey Catherine Woodard, a senior at Union County High School. This program awards one $2,500 scholarship on
an annual basis to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of a county chosen by lot by the Association. Union County
was selected in the 2011 draw. The student must plan to attend a South Carolina
college/university or two-year technical college in the fall. Casey is a 2011 graduate of Youth Leadership Union County, a
member of the National Honor Society and a varsity cheerleader. She is also a special education intern at Buffalo Elementary
School, a teacher cadet and a volunteer to individuals with disabilities and special needs. She plans to attend Lander University
and major in special education. Casey is the daughter of Bart and Debbie Woodard of Union. SCAC's Scholarship Selection
Committee met on March 31 to evaluate applicants for this award. Applicants must submit an application form and write an
essay on their aspirations and goals. The selection is based upon the essay, grades, school activities and community
involvement. WBCU News spoke to Miss Woodard Wednesday evening and she had this to say about being chosen to receive
this scholarship. Woodard said any amount of money is exceptionally great for funding an education today, because college
educations are so expensive. She said she was delighted to receive the SC Association of Counties scholarship. She said when
she applied, she told them of her passion for special needs children. She said she is excited about going to Lander in the fall,
and noted the scholarship will help her so much.
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CAREER SOURCE CONTINUES TO ACCEPT WORKER TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS
Thursday, April 28
Upstate Career Source began accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Grants on Monday April 4, 2011 and
will do so until May 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST). Companies in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union are eligible to apply for these
grants. Applications will be received until May 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST). Applications received after the deadline will not be
considered, regardless of postmarked date. IWT Grants are issued to employers to upgrade the programs ranging from
computer skills to industry specific skills. A committee of the Upstate WIB and area Economic Developers will review all
applications and determine awards. Grant agreement start dates will be July 1, 2011 and training must begin and be completed
within six months of the agreement start date.
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JAY HAAS AND JAY HAAS, JR., TO COMPETE AT BMW CHARITY PRO-AM
Thursday, April 28
Legendary pro golfer Jay Haas and his son, Jay Haas, Jr., are scheduled to compete as professionals in the 2011 BMW Charity
Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation that begins May 19. Haas, Jr., along with Brian Duncan, was one of two pros to earn
an exemption in the tournament earlier this month when 27 local pros battled for the two open playing spots. When Haas Sr.
learned that his son would be competing as a professional, he contacted the PGA TOUR and asked to play. He then contacted
Tournament Director Darin MacDonald and asked to be in the same pro-am group with his son. “When I heard that Jay, Jr. had
qualified, my first thought was that it would be a great opportunity to play with him in our home town,” Jay Haas, Sr. said. “We
played in the same field one year at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but this will be a chance to play in the same grouping. I’m
looking forward to a great event.” “This is going to be a very special week for me,” Jay Haas, Jr. said. “I grew up wanting to
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play golf just like my dad and now being paired with him is a dream come true.” Spanning 35 years, Haas, Sr.’s professional
career includes nine wins on the PGA TOUR, three Ryder Cup appearances and 14 wins on the Champion’s Tour. He graduated
from Wake Forest University in 1976 and was a member of the 1975 NCAA Championship team with Curtis Strange and Bob
Byman that Golf World magazine has called "the greatest college team of all time.” He won the individual championship in 1975.
Haas, Jr., currently competes on the eGolf Tour.
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JUNIOR CHARITY LEAGUE PLANS 5K RUN/WALK
Thursday, April 28
Registration is now open for an event to raise money for charities in Union County. This event is planned for Saturday, May 7th,
2011 at 8:30am. Sign-in is at the Union Wal-Mart Parking Lot. Registration begins at 7:30am. The 5K Run/ Walk begins at
8:30am, with Children’s Fun Run immediately following the 5K. Registration Fees are $15.00 for those registered before April
22, 2011, and includes a t-shirt. The late Registration fee is $20.00, and a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Groups of 10 or more and
Junior Charity League members can register for $10.00. Registration for the Children’s Fun Run is $10.00. For more information
contact Jennifer Cooper at 426-5880 or Catherine B. Childers at 429-1554. Pick up a registration form from any league member
and mail checks to Union Junior Charity League, PO Box 314, Union, SC 292379.
COUNTY COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE WORKING ON BUDGET AT A LATER DATE
Wednesday, April 27
The Union County Council began work on the 2011-2012 Budget Tuesday as they spent the day going over department and
agency requests and reviewing projected revenue. WBCU News was at the work session as Supervisor Tommy Sinclair went
over, department by department, the requests submitted to him with notations of differences from last year’s budget noted in
the comment column of the worksheet. Sinclair told WBCU News that now Council will study the information before they come
back together to tweak the budget. A date has not been set at this time for further work on the budget. WBCU News will bring
you that information when it becomes available.
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SOUTHSIDE RESPONDS TO GREASE FIRE ON BARNETT DRIVE
Wednesday, April 27
The Southside Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence Tuesday morning. According to Roger Bailey, PIO for the
department, firefighters were dispatched to the home of Jimmy Kimbrell, 106 Barnett Drive at 9:55am Tuesday. Upon arrival
they found that a pot of grease had been left on the stove. The home did not sustain damage but was filled with smoke.
Firefighters used smoke ejectors to clear the smoke from the residence. According to Bailey, they were on the scene approx. 30
minutes, and no injuries were reported.
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FAIR BOARD VOTES TO BRING "BIG CAT ENCOUNTER" TO 2011 FAIR
Wednesday, April 27
The Union County Fair Board held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the Union County Fairgrounds. The board
discussed two items of old business and eventually tabled both until next meeting. Those items were one-time passes for the
2011 fair and a joint capital improvement project with Union County Stadium. In new business, the board appointed a selection
committee consisting of Ann Brock, Randy George, and David Owens to pick the recipient of the 2011 Scholarship. Executive
Director Paul Winters presented information to the board concerning their commercial checking account. He stated that
Wachovia assessed the account approx. $600 in service fees in 2010. Winters went on to say that he had checked with the
other local banks and was told that they did not charge their commercial customers those fees. The board voted to move their
commercial checking account to Arthur State Bank. Winters also advised the board that the rental agreement used when areas
of the fairgrounds are leased did not provide a rental rate for the Flower Room. The board set the rental rate for that room,
which has heat and air conditioning, at $150 per day. The board watched a film of the proposed Marquee Attraction for the
2011 fair. After watching the film, the board voted to sign a contract to bring ‘Big Cat Encounter’, trained Siberian tigers a a
featured event for the upcoming fair. There will be 2 shows-a-day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of fair week; and
three shows on Friday. The board entered into Executive Session to discuss applicants for the position of Assistant Fair Director.
After re-entering open session, the board voted to name Steve Ramsey as Assistant Fair Director.
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DEMINT'S OFFICE TO HOLD CONSTITUENT SERVICE DAY MAY 2ND
Wednesday, April 27
The office of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will hold a Constituent Service Day for the Union area on Monday, May 2, 2011. Danielle
Gibbs, Regional Director for the 4th Congressional District, as well as Seth Blanton and Claire McCoy, Constituent Service
Representatives, will be available to citizens that require assistance with the grants process, Social Security disability, veterans’
issues and any other federal issues. For more information, constituents can contact Senator DeMint’s Greenville office at (864)
233-5366. The staff from the office of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will be at the USC-Union Campus, Central Building, Dean’s Suite
– Community Room, located at 309 E. Academy Street, in Union. They will be here from 11am until 1:00 pm on Monday, May
2nd, 2011. For more information please call Seth Blanton at (864) 233.5366
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DAV MOBILE SERVICE OFFICE COMING TO UPSTATE NEXT MONTH
Wednesday, April 27
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know...and so many changes
from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit D-A-V offers help. The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office
will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all D-A-V
services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families. On May 11, 2011; from 10am
until 4pm, they will be at Spartanburg VA Outpatient Clinic, 1330 Boiling Springs Road, Spartanburg, South Carolina; May 12-13,
2011, from 10am until 4pm, at Best Buy (Parking Lot), 332 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, South Carolina. On
May 14, 2011, from10am until 4pm, they will be at Grace’s Place, 407 Ridgewood Drive, Greer, South Carolina. For further
information regarding these events, please contact NSO Isaac Abnathey at (803) 647-2422.
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ROTARY CLUB RECOGNIZES TOP ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Wednesday, April 27
20 area high school students were recognized Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club. Known as Rotary Scholar
Day, the civic organization seeks to recognize the top academic students in grades 9-12. 9th grade students from Union County
High School include: Namrah Choudry, Cole Krasinski, Samantha Melton and Dillon Sailors. From Union Christian Day School:
Jonathan Burgess. 10th graders from Union County High School include: David Beavans, Joseph Beavans, Nicholas Fowler, and
Christa Green. Michael Brewington represented Union Christian Day School. 11th graders from UCHS include: Kristen Martin,
Morgan Walker, Brittany Williams and Robert Williams. From Union Christian Day School: Andrew Goodale. 12th graders from
UCHS include: Blake Baldwin, Nida Choudry, Jon Nick Gault and Patrick Greer. From Union Christian Day School: Alex Taylor.
The speaker for the Rotary Scholar program was Mark Peeler, the athletic director and head basketball coach for Erskine College
in Due West. Peeler challenged the students with four points. First was to seek a life of service and have a positive attitude.
Second was to go out of your way to be nice to people. Third is to ask who are you when no one’s watching. Finally, show
genuine care for everyone. Peeler was asked why he believed these points are important. He said sometimes we make
leadership harder than it is. Servant leadership is about helping other people. He said if you put other people above yourself,
you’ll be better off. He said we live in an egocentric world where we think of ourselves all the time. He said he wants to
encourage the young people to go the way that Jesus wanted us to go.
COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET WORK SESSION TODAY
Tuesday, April 26
Union County Council began work on their 2011-2012 Budget today. Council set aside the whole day to hear requests from the
various departments and agencies. The session begins at 8pm this morning and will run until all requests have been heard. The
session will be held in the Law Library on the 3rd floor of the Union County Courthouse. WBCU News will attend the session and
bring the details in Tuesday’s news reports.
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FAIR BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON
Tuesday, April 26
Paul Winters, Executive Director of the Union County Fair, has notified WBCU News that the Union County Fair Association April
meeting will be held this afternoon at 5:30 pm in the Clemson Building at the Union County Fairgrounds. Anyone interested is
invited to attend.
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FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOK SALE THURSDAY-SATURDAY
Tuesday, April 26
The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library are accepting books for their annual used book sale today and tomorrow at
the Arthur Gregory Lions Club building on Main Street. They will accept donations between 10 and 2 today and 10 and 4
tomorrow. The book sale will take place Thursday through Saturday of this week at the Lions Club building. Thursday and
Friday hours for the sale are 10-7, and Saturday from 10-5. Hardback books will be sold for $1 each, paperback books at 50
cents each, and videos, cassettes, CDs, and games at 50 cents each. Proceeds will be returned to the library to purchase new
titles. Memberships to the Friends of the Library will be sold at the door. Those memberships start at $10. You don’t have to
be a Friend of the Library to purchase anything from the sale, however. For information or to volunteer, call 427-6963.
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LAW ENFORCEMENT, OTHERS TO TAKE PART IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
Tuesday, April 26
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County Coalition will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in
an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and theft in our county. If you have any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription
drugs, you can turn them over to law enforcement at this event to be disposed of. This event is FREE and ANONYMOUS with NO
QUESTIONS ASKED. Collection Sites will be at the following locations: Union County Stadium-North Duncan Bypass, Jonesville
Police Dept.-Main St. Jonesville, Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station/Lockhart located on South 1st Street in Lockhart, Sheriff’s Office
Sub-Station/Carlisle at the Town Hall in Carlisle.
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HOSPITAL FINANCES STRONG THROUGH MARCH
Tuesday, April 26
At last Thursday’s meeting of the Finance Committee of the Union Hospital District, the committee received the March financial
report. Chief Finance Officer Alan MacPhee told the committee that March was a very good month for the Hospital District. He
stated that gross revenue was up over $2 mil over March of last year and resulted in a profit of $540,000. In March of last year,
the profit was only $49,000. Gross revenue for the fiscal year-to-date is approx. $3.5 mil ahead of the same period last year.
MacPhee stated that this resulted in net year-to-date profit of $1.7 mil where last year for the same period is was $518,000. He
told the committee that the additional revenues would help the district weather the usual slow months of summer that are
ahead. MacPhee credited the financial improvement to operating cost measures that are $1.1 mil less than last year, and better
performance across the board with Wallace Thomson, Ellen Sagar, Union County EMS, and Carolinas Healthcare Associates all
improving their financial numbers.
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SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZES MONARCH TEACHER HEADING TO TEACHERS ACADEMY
Tuesday, April 26
At Monday night’s meeting of Union School Board, Dr. Kristi Woodall recognizes Rhonda Hollingsworth, a Monarch Elementary
School teacher, on her being chosen to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Mrs. Hollingsworth told the board
that she was honored to represent Union County at the Academy. She went on to say that she would gladly report to the board
on her trip when she returns in July. Lynn Lawson gave the monthly finance report, and explained some areas that might look
odd to the board. He stated that the figures in question were areas that stimulus funds were used. In other business, Cindy
Langley discussed the 7-Period class day, updated the Adult Education Statistics, and informed the board that summer programs
will be held at Sims Middle and Foster Park Elementary Schools. Mrs. Langley also presented two field trips for approval. The
first was an overnight field trip to Charleston for Monarch students. This trip was previously approved, but there was a problem
on the part of the travel company with the prior dates. The new dates are May 16th and 17th. The 2nd field trip is an out-ofstate trip to Atlanta for 7th grade students at Jonesville. The date of that trip is May 20th. The board approved both field trips.
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BAUS TO SPEAK AT USC-UNION COMMENCEMENT
Tuesday, April 26
Dr. Frederick “Fred” Baus will be the speaker for the USC Union Commencement exercises this Saturday, April 30th, at 6:30pm
in the Truluck Activity Center. Dr. Baus, CEO and president of the University Center of Greenville, is a 1967 graduate of
Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has masters and doctorate degrees in education from Lehigh University in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and completed a year in post-doctoral residency at Stanford University. During his graduate work, Dr.
Baus was a secondary education teacher and later served as an executive director of a regional association of colleges and
universities based at Lehigh University. He also was assistant dean of Lehigh’s College of Education and assistant to the vice
president for research. In 1977, Dr. Baus became a program manager with the Association for Higher Education of North Texas
in Dallas and rose to the position of president in 1981. Following his tenure in Texas, he has led academic consortia of
institutions in Michigan, Kansas, and Massachusetts before coming to Greenville, South Carolina, in 2006. Throughout his career
Dr. Baus has worked in environments of collaboration among higher education institutions and between higher education and
public and private sector organizations. Dr. Baus and his wife, Cathy, have a daughter and two grandchildren. USC Union will
confer 52 academic degrees this year, including 33 Associate of Arts, 18 Associate of Science degrees. Eight students will earn
the USC Columbia Palmetto Program Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies (BLS) degrees. Admission will be by ticket only.
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11 FROM SPARTANBURG PLEAD GUILTY IN FRAUD CASE
Tuesday, April 26
United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated Friday that 11 members of an Upstate fraud conspiracy pled guilty in federal court to a
violation of the US Code that criminalizes use of the mails to further a scheme to defraud. United States District Judge J.
Michelle Childs of Greenville accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which
will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. The defendants who pled guilty, all from Spartanburg County, are Hope Serena
Mitchell, age 41, Dorothy J. Mitchell, age 51, Martha R. Johnson, age 54, Robert Johnson, age 44, Melanie Jean Mitchell, age
27, Wendy Jeanette Rice, age 48, Richard Kenneth Lipscomb, age 46, Devek Jermaine Mitchell, age 20, Derrick Lashawn
Sinclair, age 27, Wesley Germaine Hall, age 34, and Lisa Nicole Stafford, age 22.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that the United States Postal Inspection Service and local law
enforcement have been conducting an investigation into a wide-spread check fraud conspiracy operated by Hope Mitchell and
her associates. The leaders of the conspiracy, many of whom were from the Mitchell family, recruited indigents in the Union and
Spartanburg areas to participate in the scheme. Typically, a recruit would be taken to the DMV office to change the recruit’s ID
to a conspiracy-controlled address. They would then open a bank account with $25 or so with the new ID, and checks would be
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mailed to the conspiracy-controlled address. Then, the recruit would be located and taken shopping. The conspiracy members
would direct the recruit to buy expensive items like lawn mowers, power tools, and computers. At the cash register, a member
of the conspiracy would fill out and sign the check, while the recruit shows the ID to the cashier. The recruit typically never
signed the check and was instructed to later report the checkbook stolen. Because the signature on the check does not match
the signature card, the leaders of the conspiracy falsely inform the recruit that civil or criminal liability can be avoided. The
checks bounce, the merchants suffer the loss of the merchandise, and the conspirators would resell the merchandise below
retail cost and split the proceeds. Law enforcement estimates that the conspiracy has caused losses in excesses of $1.8 million.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty the conspirators can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 20 years,
plus a special assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service and multiple local law enforcement agencies
in Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, and York counties. Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. of the Greenville
office handled the case.
FORMER HOSPITAL DISTRICT INTERIM CEO KILLED
Monday, April 25
Tragedy struck the medical community of the Union Hospital District Friday morning as former
Interim Chief Executive Officer of the District, Dr. Robert L. “Bob” Barber, 64, was shot and killed
Friday morning in a quiet neighborhood on the south side of Charlotte. According to reports, Dr.
Barber and his wife stopped Friday morning not far from where he was killed - at Caribou Coffee on
Fairview Road. His wife drove on to work, and Dr. Barber decided to walk home, approx. 2 miles
away. He was gunned down at approx. 10:15am in the 4500 block of Mullens Ford Road, just off
Carmel Road. According to witness reports, two shots were fired and both struck Dr. Barber in the
chest. He died at the scene. The Union Hospital District Board of Trustees voted at a special
meeting on March 16th to replace Dr. Barber as Interim CEO. Ham Hudson was named new Interim
CEO, and an agreement between the Union Hospital District and Carolinas Health Care provided that
Dr. Barber remain as the Chief Transition Officer as the Hospital District continued its move toward
self management. Last Monday, the board announced the hiring of Tim Merrit as new CEO of the Union Hospital District.
Funeral services for Dr. Barber will be held Wednesday at 2pm at First Presbyterian Church in uptown Charlotte. The family will
receive friends 6:30pm until 8:30 pm Tuesday at Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, which is handling funeral
arrangements.
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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN DR. BARBER'S DEATH
Monday, April 25
An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of Dr. Barber. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced Monday
morning that Chauncey Sterling had been arrested in Rock Hill, S.C. The teen is charged with murder and robbery, and is
awaiting extradition to Charlotte. Police issued a news release Monday, saying investigators received information that led to the
identification and arrest of Sterling Sunday night in Rock Hill. Police did not give additional details on what led them to Sterling
or a possible motive in the shooting. Police worked throughout the weekend, interviewing neighbors and employees at the
Caribou Coffee shop, among others. The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information in the case should call
704-432-TIPS.
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UCHS HOSTS COLLEGE/CAREER FAIR TOMORROW NIGHT
Monday, April 25
A College/Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 from 5pm until 8pm in the cafeteria at Union County High
School. All students in grades 8 through 12 and their parents are welcome to attend. There will be 32 schools represented and
free refreshments will be offered. Those schools represented include technical schools, community colleges, 2-year colleges, and
4-year colleges. The following seminars will also be offered: FAFSA from 5:30pm until 5:55pm and from 6:30 until 6:55pm in
Room 600. The NCAA will be offered from 6pm until 6:25pm and from 7pm until 7:25pm in Room 600. SC Loans will be offered
from 5:30pm until 5:55pm and 6:30pm until 6:55pm in the Library. SC scholarships will be offered from 6pm until 6:25pm and
from 7pm until 7:25pm and that seminar will also be held in the Library.
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GOWDY COMMENTS ON REDISTRICTING
Monday, April 25
Prior to last Thursday’s Town Hall Meeting at USC-Union, WBCU News spoke to Congressman Trey Gowdy and he expressed his
concerns about redistricting of SC’s Congressional Districts. Gowdy said the 4th Congressional District is too big as it is currently
constituted, especially as you consider that SC picked up another Congressional seat. However, he said his position has not
changed. He wants the new 4th Congressional District to look as close to the old one as legally possible. Gowdy said those
decisions are made in Columbia. He said he couldn't make that decision, and noted that he wouldn't want any part of the
district cut away. He made this promise: if the map has Union in another Congressional District, you will never know it by the
way he treats people. He said he will still come down here if he's invited, and he will still work to help people here. He said if
you don't know Mick Mulvaney and you haven't had the chance to meet him, let Gowdy introduce him to you. He said if the
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new map has Union County in another district, Mulvaney would most likely be its Congressman. He said if that happens, within
minutes, you'll forget about Trey Gowdy and love Mulvaney. Gowdy said that Mulvaney is smart, conservative, thoughtful, and
if by some chance you still miss the old guy, he said feel free to call him, because he'll still treat you like you were part of his
district.
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URBAN LEAGUE PROVIDING MORTGAGE HELP
Monday, April 25
If you are having trouble making those mortgage payments, the Urban League may be able to furnish you with much needed
help. The Urban League of the Upstate, Inc., located at 201 Caulder Avenue, Suite 220, in Spartanburg, is a HUD and SC Help
approved Housing Counseling Agency. They have a team of certified, HUD-approved counselors who have over 30 years of
housing experience. They are currently accepting new customers for participation in the state’s hardest hit funds program, SC
Help. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to struggling homeowners who are unemployed through no-fault
of their own. Some borrowers may receive up to $36,000 in assistance! For additional information and to get started saving your
home, please attend one of their informative workshops. One of these workshops will be held on Thursday, May 5th, 2011, at
5:30pm at the Union County Museum located on West Main Street in Union. You may contact them at 864-562-4400 for further
details.
FORMER INTERIM CEO OF UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT GUNNED DOWN
Friday, April 22
WBCU News has learned that Dr. Bob Barber, former Interim CEO of the Union Hospital District was shot and killed during
an apparent robbery in Charlotte Friday morning. WBCU News will have full details in the 6:30 news report Monday
Morning.
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GOWDY HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING ON NATIONAL DEBT
Friday, April 22
4th District Congressman Trey Gowdy was in Union Thursday evening for a Town Hall Meeting. The meeting was held at 6:30
pm in the Auditorium of USC-Union, and Congressman Gowdy’s topic of discussion was “Cutting Spending & Reducing Debt”.
WBCU News was at the meeting, we spoke with the Congressman, and these were his comments. Gowdy thanked the people of
Union County for allowing him to represent them in Congress. He said there are lots of people who could do the job and
perhaps do it better, so he was grateful for the opportunity. He said there are more challenges than he even thought there was
when he was running for office. He asked people to think back to those who stormed the beaches of Normandy, the ones who
won the race to the moon, and surviving civil wars and assassinations. He said there's nothing this country cannot do. He said
this country faces a fiscal challenge, which presents an opportunity for us to have a civil, candid conversation about what the
role of government is in our lives. He said we have to have that conversation, and it's better to have it when we're rich than
when we're broke, but right now, we're broke. He said the good news is on the other side of it, we will have a better
understanding of what the government's role is in our lives, the size and scope of government, and he said that hopefully, if
they get it right, they will unleash the economy, unemployment go down, and opportunities increase. He said that would enable
us to keep the greatest of American traditions: that of passing on a better country to our children and grandchildren than what
we inherited. He said that frankly, he's not sure we can say that. He said that's the challenge and the opportunity. He said the
good news is we're still the greatest country on the face of the earth, but the bad news is we have to have some serious
conversations about where we're headed fiscally in this country.
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SOUTHSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO FIRE AT FAIRVIEW DINER
Friday, April 22
The Southside Fire Department responded to a fire at a local business Thursday morning. According to Roger Bailey, Public
Information Officer, firefighters were dispatched to Fairview Diner, located at 1216 South Duncan By-Pass at 11:10am. Upon
arrival firefighters found a grill to be on fire. Bailey stated that firefighters unplugged the grill and the fire went out. They then
set up smoke ejectors and removed smoke from the building. Firefighters were on the scene for approx. 30 minutes, and
damage to the grill was estimated at $3,000. Bailey stated that there were no injuries reported.
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LOCKHART HOSTS EASTER PARADE TOMORROW
Friday, April 22
The Town of Lockhart will hold its 2nd Annual Easter Parade and Festival this Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. This is a fun one-day
event that begins at 10am with a parade that begins at the Old Armory in Lockhart and proceeds through the town. Grand
Parade Marshalls for this year’s parade will be Hugh and June Gregory. The parade will be followed by a street festival. The
story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ will be told for the children. You can join the fun at the courts for a basketball or
cornhole tournament, or stroll through the arts and crafts booths then on to the food vendors. Be sure to bring a chair and sit
near the stage to enjoy the continuous musical entertainment. The festivities will end at 4pm. At 9:15am floats and golf carts
will be judged. There will be three cash prizes awarded in each category: $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for third place. For
more information please call Ashe Insurance at 864-545-2255; for parade entries call 864-545-2346; and for crafts and vendors
call 864-545-2269.
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STATE LIBRARY HOSTING TECHNOLOGY "PETTING ZOO" AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY TOMORROW
Friday, April 22
The South Carolina State Library is partnering with the Union County Carnegie Library to bring new technology to teens. The
library will host a technology petting zoo drop-in for teens on Saturday April 23, 2011, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Teens will be
able to experience firsthand some cutting edge technology including iPads, Sony e-Readers, Nooks, Kindles, Flip video cameras,
and much more! A staff member from the State Library will be available to answer questions and assist teens with learning
more about the latest in the technology gadget world. The public is invited to drop by and experience eBook readers and more!
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DRAGWAY HOSTING SATURDAY NIGHT THRILL SHOW
Friday, April 22
The Union County Dragway will hold an Easter Saturday Night Thrill Show featuring Dick Rosberg’s Thriller 200 MPH Jet
Dragster Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. The program will also feature Heads-Up, Nitrous vs. Blown, Pro Tree, Top 8 Doorslammers,
and Stock/Super Stock Combo. The program also calls for ET Bracket Points Race with Top ET (electronics), Modified (no box),
Jr. Dragsters, and Street and Motorcycles. For the kids, they will have an Easter Egg Hunt and Kids Zone beginning at 5pm.
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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENTS FOR ESAB WELDING
Friday, April 22
It was a busy night for Union City Council Tuesday as they held a public hearing prior to their regular monthly meeting. The
public hearing, held at 6:15pm, was to hear public comment concerning an ordinance to authorize the appropriation of
$450,000 plus other costs associated with Project Montenegro; and an ordinance to waive the utility extension agreement for
that project. There was no public comment at the hearing. At 6;30 pm Council entered their regular monthly meeting. Council
heard a presentation on a “Line Warranty Program” from Albert Saussol representing Utilities Service Partners, Inc. The plan
was referred to as an insurance policy that would protect those City water and sewer customers who enroll in the program from
costs that would arise if the customer had a water or sewer line problem that was their responsibility. The cost is $4 to $5 per
month per utility service protected. In business matters, Council approved 2nd and Final Reading of the Ordinance that
appropriates $450,000 plus costs for the agreement between the City and the County with respect to Project Montenegro.
Council also approved 2nd and Final Reading of an Ordinance to Waive the Utility Extension Agreement for that project. Council
discussed and voted to contribute $200 to support the “Texaco Country Showdown” to be held at 7pm on May 13th, 2011 at the
USC-Union Auditorium. Council next voted to award the bid for demolition of the residence at 114 Union Boulevard to Smith
Backhoe of Union. That bid was $1,825 and was the only bid submitted. Council voted to reappoint Harold Lawson to fill the
vacancy on the Union Housing Authority Board.
JOE WALKER HIRED BY CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, April 21
WBCU News has learned that current Union County High School Principal Joe Walker will be leaving the Union School District.
According to a report out of Cherokee County, Cherokee County School Trustees voted 5-4 Monday night to hire Walker as the
executive director for secondary education for the Cherokee County School District at a salary reported to be $91,818. Last
week the Union County School District announced that Floyd Lyles, Jr. would assume the duties as Principal at Union County
High School beginning in July. Following that announcement, WBCU News asked Union County School Superintendent Dr. Kristi
Woodall about Walker’s future with the school district. Dr. Woodall stated that contracts had not been offered at that time but
that Mr. Walker would be offered a position within the district, but could not comment on what that position would be. Dr.
Woodall also stated that there would be addition changes made within the district in the near future, but could not comment
further.
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GOWDY HOLDING TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT
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Thursday, April 21
You are invited to attend a town hall meeting with Congressman Trey Gowdy, freshman Congressman from South Carolina’s
Fourth District. Congressman Gowdy’s subject will be “Cutting Spending & Reducing Debt”. This meeting will be held tonight,
April 21st, 2011, from 6:30pm until 8pm. The meeting will be held in the 3rd Floor Auditorium at USC-Union, 401 East Main
Street in Union, SC. For more information on this event, please contact Missy House at 864-241-0175, or e-mail to
[email protected]
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UNION CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSED FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Thursday, April 21
WBCU News has been notified that the Union County Carnegie Library will be closed this Friday and Saturday, April 22nd and
23rd EXCEPT for the Teen Tech event on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. They also state that no other library
services will be available during the Teen Tech event.
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VOTER ID BILL MOVES THROUGH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Thursday, April 21
After last week’s vote, the House and Senate versions of the Voter ID bill (H. 3003) were sent to a joint House/Senate
conference committee to see if an agreement could be reached. Conferees met in Columbia Wednesday and agreed on a bill
that focused on securing our state’s election process with a clean Voter ID only bill. Over the past week, citizens from across our
state voiced their support for a clean Voter ID bill. Conferees responded by removing issues unrelated to the overall goal of
securing our state’s elections. House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued the following statement: “The House and Senate conferees
worked together to approve a clean Voter ID bill by agreeing to remove the same unrelated issues that killed the bill last year.
These members displayed a great deal of statesmanship by putting aside their differences and focusing on what our state’s
citizens wanted, a clean Voter ID bill. With a clean Voter ID agreement reached by the conference committee, the goal of
securing our state’s elections is again just one step away from becoming law.” Now that House and Senate conferees have
signed off on a clean Voter ID conference report, a copy will be sent to each legislative body for final approval. Once adopted by
both bodies, the ratified act will then be sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
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MERRITT TO BEGIN CEO ROLE AT HOSPITAL APRIL 25TH
Thursday, April 21
On Monday, the Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District announced that Tim E. Merritt will serve as the CEO of the
hospital district, which includes Wallace Thomson Hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Union County Emergency Medical
Services, and Carolinas Health Associates. Merritt will begin in his new role on April 25th. Anderson, S.C. native Tim Merritt
began his healthcare career as one of the first 600 paramedics in the state of South Carolina working with the Anderson
Ambulance Service. Merritt later continued his education and became a Registered Respiratory Therapist where he practiced and
served in various supervisory and management roles in Anderson and Spartanburg. He continued to further his education
receiving a Bachelor of Health Administration Degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and then
received a Master of Business Administration Degree from Brenau University in Gainesville Georgia. Merritt has served in
leadership roles in healthcare facilities for the last 19 years. In 1992, Merritt became the CEO of Elbert Memorial Hospital in
Elberton, Georgia beginning his career as a Healthcare Executive. Since then he has served as CEO of other community
hospitals as well as specialty critical care hospitals in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Most recently he has been working with
AnMed Health as a business development consultant. He has continued to keep up his clinical skills and certifications and feel
that they have contributed to his success. He is a strong advocate for Quality Patient Care while ensuring the best customer
service. Merritt is very excited about this new opportunity and plans to build on the many successes that the members of the
Union Hospital District have already achieved. Merritt is married to his wife Shirley and they have one daughter Jennifer.
TIM MERRITT NAMED CEO OF UNION HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Wednesday, April 20
On Monday, the Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District announced that Tim E. Merritt will serve as the CEO of the
hospital district, which includes Wallace Thomson Hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Union County Emergency Medical
Services, and Carolinas Health Associates. Merritt will begin in his new role on April 25th. Anderson, S.C. native Tim Merritt
began his healthcare career as one of the first 600 paramedics in the state of South Carolina working with the Anderson
Ambulance Service. Merritt later continued his education and became a Registered Respiratory Therapist where he practiced and
served in various supervisory and management roles in Anderson and Spartanburg. He continued to further his education
receiving a Bachelor of Health Administration Degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and then
received a Master of Business Administration Degree from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Merritt has served in
leadership roles in healthcare facilities for the last 19 years. In 1992, Merritt became the CEO of Elbert Memorial Hospital in
Elberton, Georgia beginning his career as a Healthcare Executive. Since then he has served as CEO of other community
hospitals as well as specialty critical care hospitals in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Most recently he has been working with
AnMed Health as a business development consultant. He has continued to keep up his clinical skills and certifications and feel
that they have contributed to his success. He is a strong advocate for Quality Patient Care while ensuring the best customer
service. Merritt is very excited about this new opportunity and plans to build on the many successes that the members of the
Union Hospital District have already achieved. Merritt is married to his wife, Shirley, and they have one daughter, Jennifer.
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MIRACLE LEAGUE SUPPORTERS MEET
Wednesday, April 20
A group of concerned citizens met at the Union County Courthouse at 6pm Tuesday. Their mission is to see their dream of a
Miracle League baseball field in Union County come true. Last week, interest for a ball-field in Union was gauged when the
Spartanburg Miracle League played an exhibition game at Timken Sports Complex and Union’s Special Needs athletes played a
2-inning game afterwards. There was a large crowd on hand in support of these special athletes. Tuesday, supporters took the
2nd step as they met to develop a plan for a field in Union. WBCU News was at the meeting and we spoke to Amy Austin,
Coordinator for Union’s Miracle League effort, and these were her comments. Austin said they gathered for their first Miracle
League Steering Committee meeting. She said they will have accomplished a lot if they have folks dedicating their time to help
with the next phase of getting a Miracle League field in Union. She noted it will take a little while, but she said they had a lot of
people there showing interest in getting this done for the kids and adults who are already asking when they'll get to play ball
again. If anyone is interested in helping, they can call Amy at 466-7879.
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GOWDY TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING AT USC-UNION THURSDAY
Wednesday, April 20
You are invited to attend a town hall meeting with Congressman Trey Gowdy, freshman Congressman from South Carolina’s
Fourth District. The subject will be “Cutting Spending & Reducing Debt”. This meeting is planned for Thursday, April 21st, 2011,
from 6:30pm until 8pm. The meeting will be held in the 3rd Floor Auditorium at USC-Union, 401 East Main Street in Union, SC.
For more information on this event, please contact Missy House at 864-241-0175, or e-mail to [email protected]
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COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES FINAL READINGS ON ORDINANCES FOR ESAB
Wednesday, April 20
Union County Council held a public hearing Tuesday at 5:15pm to solicit public comment on the proposed Fee-in-Lieu-of Taxes
agreement and the Creation of a Multi-County Industrial Park as they pertain to the Project Montenegro. During the hearing,
Council heard comments from Bryan Stone, Chief Operating Officer for Lockhart Power Company. Mr. Stone stated that the high
level benefits of this project have been stated, however, something that is not as obvious is the utility usage by the new
customer will help lighten the load of other utility customers, and perhaps help keep rates down. Mr. Stone stated that this new
industry will help offset some of the losses created by the recent losses of industrial customers such as Milliken’s Midway and
Monarch plants and the impending closing of Disney. Following the public hearing, Council held a Special Meeting. During the
special meeting, Council approved 3rd and Final Reading of the Fee-in-Lieu-of-Taxes Agreement for ESAB Welding and Cutting.
Council also approved 3rd and Final Reading of an Ordinance Creating a Multi-County Industrial Park between Union County and
Spartanburg County.
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SC'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS BELOW 10%; UNION'S IS 15.6%
Wednesday, April 20
South Carolina’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 percent in March which is the lowest the state has
achieved since its all time high of 11.8 percent in 2009. Since December 2010 the rate has declined from 10.9 percent to 9.9
percent. This rapid improvement indicates South Carolina’s employment situation is on the mend. According to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, orBLS website in February alone, South Carolina experienced the largest month-to-month percentage increase
in jobs in the nation followed by California, Delaware, Oregon and Rhode Island. The upward trend in jobs continued in March
with 15,700 jobs, which is not seasonally adjusted. The two main areas of jobs improvement were in leisure and hospitality
(10,000) and retail trade (3,900). Concurrent with the excellent unemployment news, other positive trends are appearing. The
average monthly initial claims have dropped from a high of 57,767 in 2008 to a current number of around 21,000. The decrease
accelerated between January 2011 and March 2011 as the numbers dropped over 50 percent from 43,201 to 21,185. Likewise,
the average weekly payment for state unemployment benefits declined from a high of almost $21,000,000 in 2009 to
approximately $8,700,000 in April 2011. The numbers have declined steadily since January 2011. In March, Marion County
continued to have the state’s highest rate of unemployment at 18.9 percent. Union County came in 5th highest in the state with
15.6 percent. Lexington County continues to have the state’s lowest unemployment with 7.2 percent.
COUNTY COUNCIL HOLDING PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING TODAY REGARDING ESAB
ORDINANCES
Tuesday, April 19
Union County Council has a public hearing scheduled this afternoon at 5:15 p.m., with a special meeting to follow. The purpose
of the public hearing is to gather input on two ordinances related to ESAB Welding and Cutting. One ordinance deals with the
fee-in-lieu-of-taxes, and the other regarding setting up a multi-county park arrangement. Following the hearing in the Grand
Jury room of the courthouse, County Council will then discuss and vote on those ordinances, and also will have a vote to deed
some property. The public is invited to the hearing and the meeting tomorrow.
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CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULES PUBLIC HEARING, MEETING AND BUDGET WORKSHOP THIS
EVENING
Tuesday, April 19
City council also has a public hearing and meeting scheduled today. The meeting will also serve as a budget work session. The
public hearing will take place at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Municipal Building, and they will receive comments regarding
the appropriation of funds of $450,000 plus cost but not limited to surveys, environmental work, title work and premiums,
recording cost and legal fees, and expenditure in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the City of Union
and Union County. This also deals with ESAB Welding. The meeting and budget work session will follow at around 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday. They will vote on the 2nd reading of the agreement with Union County for the $450,000. They will also have 2nd
reading to waive the utility extension agreement for Union County concerning ESAB. They will discuss and make motions
concerning community development block grants needs assessment and public hearing, as well as discuss and vote on
sponsoring WBCU’s upcoming Texaco Country Showdown talent contest. They will be awarding bids to demolish a property at
114 Union Boulevard, and award bids via grant monies from the SC Energy Office for HVAC Upgrades at City Hall and the YMCA.
They will also make an appointment to the Housing Authority Board. They will then continue their budget work session, dealing
with planning, priority setting, capital setting, and budget review. Finally, they will deal with a personnel matter in executive
session before adjourning. The public is invited to attend.
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FORMER ASSOCIATE PASTOR FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGE
Tuesday, April 19
Former New Life Associate Pastor Stephen Berry was taken back into custody and charged Monday with lewd act upon a child
under sixteen. The new charges came to light after further investigation into the case by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the arrest warrant, the incident allegedly occurred in June of 2008 when Berry gave a ride to a 13-year old girl.
The warrant alleges that he inappropriately touched the girl’s upper thighs. Berry was originally arrested March 22 on charges of
2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim of the alleged incident in that case was 15 years old. Berry was out
on bond and under house arrest until the date of his trial. Sheriff David Taylor states this case is still on-going, but will not
release further details due to the nature of the offense as well as protection for the victims. Sheriff Taylor Did tell WBCU News
that a bond hearing was held Monday evening at 6pm at Union County Jail before Union County Magistrate Whitney Smith.
Sheriff Taylor stated that Berry was released from jail after a $5,000 surety bond was posted on top of the $50,000 cash bond
that was already in place.
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TECHNOLOGY "PETTING ZOO" AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY SATURDAY
Tuesday, April 19
The South Carolina State Library is partnering with the Union County Carnegie Library to bring new technology to teens. The
library will host a technology petting zoo drop-in for teens on Saturday April 23, 2011, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Teens will be
able to experience firsthand some cutting edge technology including iPads, Sony e-Readers, Nooks, Kindles, Flip video cameras,
and much more! A staff member from the State Library will be available to answer questions and assist teens with learning
more about the latest in the technology gadget world. Drop by and get to experience eBook readers and more.
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MIDWAY BBQ PARTNERS WITH FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION FOR FUNDRAISER
Tuesday, April 19
The Union County Foster Parent Association is partnering with Midway Barbecue Wednesday for Pigs and Pinwheels, a
fundraising event for the association. The event goes from 11-2. Deliveries will be made to businesses or organizations with
multiple orders. To place an order for delivery, call 426-5801 or e-mail [email protected] by the end of today. Meat and 3
sides is $5.50, drinks and desserts are 50 cents each. The menu for Wednesday includes: Baked chicken breast, chicken
casserole, southern fried chicken, smoked pork chop, stew beef, tenderized baby beef liver with onions and gravy and chopped
BBQ chicken. The sides are: Rice & gravy, green beans, big butter beans, broccoli casserole, macaroni pie, sweet potato
casserole, broccoli and cheese, fried okra, slaw, cucumber salad, macaroni salad, potato salad and broccoli salad. The dessert is
banana pudding. The event is named Pigs and Pinwheels because April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and a pinwheel is a
symbol of a happy childhood. The Union County Foster Parent Association believes every child deserves a happy childhood.
GESTAMP AND ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS HIGH SCHOOL JURIED ART SHOW RECEPTION TODAY
Monday, April 18
Gestamp South Carolina, LLC and the Union County Arts Council are presenting the 2011 High School Juried Art Show for
students in grades 9 through 12. There will be a reception held honoring the winners on this afternoon, April 18th, 2011, at
5:30pm. This reception will be held at the Union County Arts Council located at 116 East Main Street in Union. The Juror for the
Art Show is Michelle Hall. The entries will hang in the Union County Arts Council Gallery until May 6th, 2011. The public is
invited to attend this reception.
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BROOKS NAMED INTERIM BAND DIRECTOR
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Monday, April 18
According to information received by WBCU News, the Union County School District announces that Jill Brooks has been named
as Interim Band Director at Union County High School. Ms. Brooks currently serves as an assistant director at UCHS, teaches at
Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, and at Sims Middle School. Jill is a graduate of Union High School and Winthrop University.
She will follow Buddy Wilkes, who is retiring, as band director.
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UCHS TO MOVE TO 7-PERIOD SCHEDULE NEXT YEAR
Monday, April 18
To use instructional time more effectively and efficiently, the schedule at Union County High School will change from a 4x4 block
to a 7- period day in the fall of 2011. There were several reasons cited for the schedule change. SAT scores for the top 20% in
each of the senior classes over the past five years have declined. As graduates enroll for college, data reveals drastic drop-out
levels that have been attributed to problems with retention of subject matter. Counselors report that seniors are registering for
only five classes on the current block schedule as well as dropping out of rigorous courses, which hurt their chances for college
acceptance and success. The number of seventeen-year-old students leaving UCHS to pursue a GED at Adult Education is
increasing on an annual basis. Teacher, student, and parent satisfaction rates for learning environment on the South Carolina
Annual School Report Card continue to decline. The overall goal of this schedule change is three-fold: to improve student
achievement, to increase the graduation rate, and to improve the climate and culture for learning. The 7-period day schedule
will provide more instructional time for students in each subject taken and eliminate yearlong gaps between sequential courses
such as Spanish I and Spanish II. Reports from teachers and administrators on the current yearlong schedule in the 9th grade
academy indicate that students are more actively involved in the class activities and that classroom behavior has improved. To
make the transition to the 7-period day as smooth as possible, teachers and administrators are working on homework and
testing guidelines. Parents will receive a letter inviting them to offer suggestions for improving the climate and culture for
learning at Union County High School.
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LIONS CLUB OFFERS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR STUDENTS
Monday, April 18
Some students in the Union County School District have received free health screening through the generosity of the Union
Lions Club and other Lions Clubs state-wide. Over the past several days, the Mobile Health Screening Unit that was developed
by the SC Lions Charitable Services with gifts from local Lions Clubs, contributions, and financial grants has been at Buffalo
Elementary and Sims Middle Schools. At Buffalo students in grades 3 and 5 were screened, and at Sims students in 6th, 7th,
and 8th grades were screened. Steve Berch, Programs Manager for SC Lions Charitable Services, stated that it cost $1,000 per
day for the unit to be in Union and the goal is to screen 100 students per day. There is no cost to the student or the school for
the screening as this cost is offset by fundraising events held though-out the year by Lions Clubs state-wide. WBCU News was
at Sims Middle School Friday afternoon and we spoke to two of the volunteers helping with the screenings. Frances Adams, a
member and past president of the Union Lions Club was on hand at Sims with the mobile health unit. Adams said they do
screenings and checks for things like sight, hearing, height, weight and blood pressure. She said the Union Lions Club enjoys
providing this service to the schools in Union County. She said if they find needy students who can't afford glasses, they will
help them get the glasses they need so they can be successful in the classroom. Next, WBCU News spoke to Sanders Read,
current president of the Union Lions Club. Read said the local club has fundraisers through the year, the most visible of which is
the broom sales. He said many times you will see Lions Club members outside of grocery stores and other places selling their
brooms. Read said they have excellent brooms and mops, and the only problem with them is that they last too long so that
they can't sell enough of them. He said he appreciates the support of the community with the broom sales and other
fundraisers. He said sometimes they give away Lifesavers candy, with a small donation accepted. He said sometimes they have
a "Night for Sight", which is a talent show that often raises money to correct "river blindness", which is caused by a worm of
some type, and it causes a lot of blindness in the world. It can be cured for $6. Lions International's goal is to wipe out river
blindness and other types of preventable blindness. He said they welcome people who want to serve the community by
becoming members. He said they are the world's largest service organization. He said no local club could provide the screening
service, but by banding together with clubs throughout the state, they are able to offer the services at no cost.
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COUNTY COUNCIL HOLDING PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING TOMORROW
Monday, April 18
Union County Council has a public hearing scheduled Tuesday afternoon at 5:15 p.m., with a special meeting to follow. The
purpose of the public hearing is to gather input on two ordinances related to ESAB Welding and Cutting. One ordinance deals
with the fee-in-lieu-of-taxes, and the other regarding setting up a multi-county park arrangement. Following the hearing in the
Grand Jury room of the courthouse, County Council will then discuss and vote on those ordinances, and also will have a vote to
deed some property. The public is invited to the hearing and the meeting tomorrow.
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CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING ALSO SCHEDULED TOMORROW
Monday, April 18
City council also has a public hearing and meeting scheduled Tuesday. The meeting will also serve as a budget work session.
The public hearing will take place at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Municipal Building, and they will receive comments
regarding the appropriation of funds of $450,000 plus cost but not limited to surveys, environmental work, title work and
premiums, recording cost and legal fees, and expenditure in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the
City of Union and Union County. This also deals with ESAB Welding. The meeting and budget work session will follow at
around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. They will vote on the 2nd reading of the agreement with Union County for the $450,000. They will
also have 2nd reading to waive the utility extension agreement for Union County concerning ESAB. They will discuss and make
motions concerning community development block grants needs assessment and public hearing, as well as discuss and vote on
sponsoring WBCU’s upcoming Texaco Country Showdown talent contest. They will be awarding bids to demolish a property at
114 Union Boulevard, and award bids via grant monies from the SC Energy Office for HVAC Upgrades at City Hall and the
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YMCA. They will also make an appointment to the Housing Authority Board. They will then continue their budget work session,
dealing with planning, priority setting, capital setting, and budget review. Finally, they will deal with a personnel matter in
executive session before adjourning. The public is invited to attend.
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UNION MAN CHARGED WITH DUI IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK
Monday, April 18
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has charged 65-year old Jack David Knox with driving under the influence. Knox was the
driver of the car that overturned Thursday night on Pineland Rd. He was flown to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for
treatment. Knox was unconscious in Spartanburg when an officer arrived. The officer smelled alcohol coming from Knox, and
asked the nurse if they found any type of alcohol in his blood system. The nurse said they did find alcohol in Knox’s blood. The
officer obtained a blood sample from Knox, and advised the nurse that Knox was under arrest. The nurse told the officer that
Knox’s injuries could consist of a broken neck and possible heart attack. There is no further word on his condition at this time.
UNION MAN AIRLIFTED FROM SCENE OF SINGLE-CAR ACCIDENT
Friday, April 15
A local man sustained serious injuries as the result of a single-vehicle accident that occurred at just before 11pm Thursday
night. Members of Union County EMS; Fire and Rescue; Bonham, Monarch, and Jonesville Fire Departments; Union County
Sheriff’s Office, and the SC Highway Patrol responded to the scene in the 1000 block of Pineland Road. WBCU News was on the
scene, and according to information obtained at the scene, learned that the driver of a 1996 Ford Taurus was traveling on
Pineland Road towards SC Highway 9 when he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the right side of the roadway, plowed through
a stand of small trees, and overturned coming to rest on its top. The man, who was the only occupant, was pinned in the
vehicle and rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to free him from the wreckage. Regional One, Spartanburg Regional Medical
Center’s helicopter was dispatched to the scene and the victim was air-lifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for
treatment. The identity of the victim and the extent of his injuries were unknown at the time of this report. WBCU News will
bring you further details as they become available.
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MAN IN CHARGE OF BUFFALO MILL CLEANUP FOUND GUILTY
Friday, April 15
A magistrate’s jury found a Union man guilty in Magistrate’s Court Thursday morning. Howard Johnson of Boyce Street in Union
appeared before Union County’s Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker in a trial that was held at 10am. Mr. Johnson was represented
in court by Greenville attorney Max Hyde. Officer Scott Coffer, Code Enforcement and Litter Control Officer for Union County,
and who issued the citation charging Mr. Johnson with failure to clean up the Buffalo Mill site, presented the case on behalf of
Union County. Officer Coffer and County Councilman Tommy Ford, who represents Buffalo on County Council, testified for the
state while Mr. Johnson testified in his own defense. During his testimony, Officer Coffer stated that he went to the mill site on
August 23rd, 2010, and noticed that no work had been done to clean-up the mill site. Councilman Ford told the court that he
gets complaints concerning the site on a daily basis. He stated that even when he gets gas at Lil Cricket in Buffalo he is
constantly asked when the mill site will be cleaned up. Mr. Johnson stated that he wants to clean up the site, but financially is
unable to. He testified that it costs approx. $800 per load to dump at the landfill, and he estimates that it would cost approx.
$50,000 to haul all the debris from the site to the landfill, $50,000 that he does not have. Mr. Johnson said that when
demolition of the mill began in December of 2006 business was good. He said that the salvage business went south when the
economy did and now he is selling next to nothing from the site. He went on to say that he has not been able to pay the taxes
on the property. As a result of the guilty verdict in the case, Johnson was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
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LYLES TO BE NEW PRINCIPAL AT UCHS NEXT YEAR
Friday, April 15
WBCU News learned on Thursday that Union County Schools has named Floyd Lyles, Jr., as Principal at Union County High
School. Lyles currently serves as principal of Jonesville Elementary/ Middle School and will begin his duties at Union County High
School in July. Mr. Lyles is a native of Union County, is a graduate of Union High School, and he received a BS Degree from
Benedict College. He also received an EdS Degree from Converse College. He began his career at Excelsior Middle School, where
he taught math for six years. Floyd coached football and baseball for Union High School and served there as an Assistant
Principal for two years. He and his wife Annette have two children, Floyd Lyles III, age 10 and Alexis Lyles, age 5. Floyd believes
that all children can become productive citizens and lifelong learners.
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HOSPITAL BOARD VOTES TO BEGIN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH CEO CANDIDATE
Friday, April 15
The Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District held a special meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the conference room
at Wallace Thomson Hospital. Immediately after Board Chairman Dr. Stanford James called the meeting to order, a motion was
approved to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel and contractual matters. Once the board re-entered open session, a
motion was made and passed unanimously to begin contract negotiations with an unnamed individual to fill the position of Chief
Executive Officer of the Union Hospital District. WBCU News spoke with Dr. James after the meeting and he stated that because
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of the sensitivity of the matter, he was limited in what he could say at this time. He did say that the individual is very interested
in the position. Dr. James stated that the hiring of this person would be contingent on background and reference checks as well
as salary negotiations. WBCU News will bring you further details as they become available.
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HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS "JOSEPH"
Friday, April 15
The Union County High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts opened its spring musical Thursday night with the
annual Rotary Club Dinner Theater. The evening raises money for the Rotary Club of Union, which gives back to the community
in many ways, including service projects and grant awards.
The drama students were met with a standing ovation by the end of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, a
musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, which tells the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. The
students have worked on this musical for quite some time, and their hard work came to fruition Thursday night. Taylor Smith
told WBCU News about the preparation leading up to the performances. Smith, who played Pharaoh and Reuben, one of the
brothers, said they have practiced since January after the snow days. They were supposed to begin sooner, but the snow
forced the delay. He said they practiced pretty much every day since then.
Megan Pridemore, who along with Bess Lawson played the narrator, is one of several seniors performing in their final spring
play. She told WBCU News what it is like to go through that final show, and what she will take from her experiences in drama at
Union County High School. Pridemore said it’s kind of sad, but it’s been a good experience that she’s really enjoyed, and she
wants to move on to bigger and better things. She said Mr. Lawson has been a great teacher, and she wants to take everything
she’s learned and apply it to Anderson University, where she will attend this fall, and from there, move on to Broadway and do
the best she can there.
If you couldn’t attend Thursday night, you still have three more chances to see the show. “Joseph” will be presented Friday and
Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $5 at the Arts Council Office on Main
Street, or in the Union County High School lobby, or $6 at the door. All performances will be held in the Union County High
School cafetorium.
ESAB WELDING AND CUTTING TO BRING 100 JOBS TO UNION COUNTY
Thursday, April 14
After months of anticipation, waiting, and wondering, Union County finally received
official word concerning Project Montenegro. With all the proclamations,
ordinances, and agreements in place, Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina
Department of Commerce and the Union County Development Board Wednesday announced that ESAB Welding & Cutting
Products will open a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Union County. The more than $19 million investment is
expected to generate at least 100 jobs, with the potential for more in the future. The company plans to manufacture its line of
MIG and Sub Arc welding wire at a new 250,000-square-foot facility. That facility will be located on 24.21 acres of land situated
in the Midway Green Industrial Park, located off Highway 49 West, just outside the Union City limits. Initial lines are planned to
be in production by the end of 2011. The company expects the new location will provide world-class improvements to the
manufacturing process that will increase ESAB’s ability to deliver high performance welding wire to its growing customer base.
“We are excited to see another world-class company choose to make a major investment in one of our state’s rural areas. ESAB
Welding’s decision to invest more than $19 million and create more than 100 jobs is great news for Union County and our entire
state. This is more proof that we are doing the right things to make South Carolina competitive for business development,” said
Gov. Nikki Haley. ESAB has a facility in Florence, SC that has been in operation since 1966 and employs 550 people. They also
have business offices in Columbia, SC. The company plans to begin filling positions at the facility in the coming months.
Available positions as well as additional employment details will be furnished to the public once the recruitment efforts begin.
For more information on the company, please visit esabna.com. WBCU News spoke with Union County Supervisor Tommy
Sinclair immediately following the announcement. Sinclair said the Development Board, Union County, and the City of Union are
all excited about this announcement. He said they have been working together on this collaborative effort for a while. He said
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they are looking forward to the plant opening, but he said they are going to focus on the next project. He said they will enjoy
this for a day or two, but the focus still must be on the future, and another project like this or maybe even better.
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SUMMER-STRAIT APPOINTED TO UPSTATE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD
Thursday, April 14
Ms. Beth Summer-Strait was appointed as a community-based organization representative to the Upstate Workforce Investment
Board (Upstate WIB) by the Union County Council in February. Ms. Summer-Strait is Director of Public/Private Partnerships for
Cardinal Real Estate and a native of Union County. Ms. Summer-Strait previously worked in the mental health field and received
the Order of the Palmetto in 2009, the highest civilian honor of service in the state, for her work in advocating and supporting
the mental health community. The Upstate WIB is comprised of representatives from various sectors of the communities of
Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties, each appointed by their respective chief elected official. The Upstate WIB is
responsible for creating and sustaining a quality workforce system. The Upstate WIB manages and directs federal funding to
support these workforce development efforts.
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ROSE HILL PRESENTS ANTEBELLUM MUSIC PROGRAM SATURDAY
Thursday, April 14
Join Rose Hill on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 for an evening of music, history, and the sounds of the past as “Notes, Keys,
Strings, Time: Antebellum Music” presents an evening inside the Historic William H. Gist Mansion at Rose Hill Plantation State
Historic Site. Noted piano historian John Bartlett will deliver a presentation on the history, development, and art of these fine
musical instruments, and also will discuss his findings regarding the three pianos in the historic collections of the museum. Music
lovers everywhere will also experience the sounds of the past, as Mr. Bartlett gives a recital of piano music played in the
mansion over one hundred years ago. Many of the songs to be played came from music books in the collections of Rose Hill,
and were possessions of the family. The cost of the program is $5.00 per person. Please call the Park Office to pre-register no
later than April 22, 2011. Antebellum Music is a ParkPlus program. Space is limited, and we require pre-registration to have an
accurate count of attendees. The program will begin at 7 PM, and admission is at the front door of the Gist Mansion on the
park. Light refreshments will be served during a brief intermission. For more information about this program, the park, the Gist
Mansion, or to register for this event call: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site at: 864-427-5966. Rose Hill Plantation State
Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “Secession Governor” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can
learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy upstate plantation family, and the importance of cotton in the south.
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RECREATION DEPARTMENT EASTER EGG HUNT SET FOR SATURDAY
Thursday, April 14
The Union County Recreation Department will host its Annual EGGstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16th, 2011.
The hunt begins at 10am and will be held at Foster Park, weather permitting. The hunt is for children 0 to 10-years-old. There
will be approx. 4,000candy and prize filled eggs to be found. Parties R Us will be there with Inflatable Slides for the children to
enjoy. Make sure you bring your Easter Basket. There will be several prizes given away, so bring the whole family out for an
Eggstravagant time!! In case of inclement weather, they will move the hunt to the Union County Recreation Department,
located at 111 Thomas Street. For more information, please call the Recreation Department at 864-429-1670.
ESAB WELDING TO INVEST $19 MILLION AND BRING 100 JOBS TO UNION COUNTY
Wednesday, April 13
Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Union County Development Board today announced that
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will open a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Union County. The more than $19
million investment is expected to generate at least 100 jobs, with the potential for more in the future. The company plans to
manufacture its line of MIG and Sub Arc welding wire at a new 250,000-square-foot facility. Initial lines are planned to be in
production by the end of 2011. The company expects the new location will provide world-class improvements to the
manufacturing process that will increase ESAB’s ability to deliver high performance welding wire to its growing customer base.
“We are excited to see another world-class company choose to make a major investment in one of our state’s rural areas. ESAB
Welding’s decision to invest more than $19 million and create more than 100 jobs is great news for Union County and our entire
state. This is more proof that we are doing the right things to make South Carolina competitive for business development,” said
Gov. Nikki Haley. WBCU News will bring you complete details of announcement in tomorrow’s news.
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MIRACLE LEAGUE EXHIBITION BRINGS JOY TO CITIZENS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Wednesday, April 13
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A very “Special” event took place at the Timken Sports Complex Monday evening as Union County was introduced to baseball,
Miracle League style. Those that WBCU News spoke with at the event said that it was a heart-warming experience to see these
special needs children, and adults, with varying degrees of ability participate in a baseball game, some for the very first time.
Representatives from the Spartanburg County Miracle League brought members of their league; and some were Union
residents, to Union to play a one-inning exhibition game to demonstrate how it was done. Following that game, special needs
players from Union took the field for a two-inning game. Under the Miracle League concept, each player has a “buddy” at their
position to assist them and make sure they are not injured. This was the 1st step in a long process to bring a Miracle League
field to Union County. If you were not at the Timken Complex last night, be sure to tune in to 1460 AM, 103.5 FM WBCU at 3pm
today to hear a tape delay of the game. WBCU News spoke to several representatives from the Spartanburg County Miracle
League Tuesday after the games and these were their comments. Pam Dean, Executive Director for the Carolina Miracle
League, said Union is way ahead of the game in trying to get a Miracle League field established. She noted that there are
organizations and not just individuals here that are supporting the concept and wanting to step up and help. She said when
they started trying to get one started in Spartanburg, they were told it would cost $1 million to build a field. However, the price
has gone down over time as more fields have been built and they have partnered with vendors. The new price is $250,000
from the fence in. WBCU News also spoke to Lennie Mathis, Public Relations Coordinator for the Carolina Miracle League.
Mathis said one thing about Miracle League baseball that people may not understand is that it's a game for kids with disabilities
and all ability levels. He said the thing he's noticed in his time with the league since 2003 is the enjoyment the buddies get
from it. The buddies are those volunteers who work with the kids during the game. Some of them may have played little
league or high school baseball, or even high school football. He said the enjoyment they get is a value that a lot of people may
not think about. WBCU News then spoke to Jonathan Blackwell, Player Development Coordinator for the Carolina Miracle
League, said a lot of major league type players and coaches start out being buddies for players. He said to have someone come
off the street and show such interest in assisting developing them into the best player they can be is great.
WBCU News also spoke to a couple of parents who had children who participated in the game and these were their comments.
The first of those was Barbara Kirkland, mother of Sebastian Kirkland, who is 12 years old and autistic. Kirkland said they were
very excited to be a part of the Miracle League in Union County, because she feels there is not much out there in Union County
for special needs children. She said it is a nice outlet for them to enjoy and still be able to be themselves. She said to see
Sebastian out on the field excited, jumping around, and smiling ear-to-ear was wonderful and made it all worthwhile. She
expressed appreciation for Amy Austin and all her volunteers and supporters who helped her get the event together. WBCU
News also spoke to Crystal Tyler, mother of Tori Tyler. She said this is the first time her daughter has done anything like this.
Tyler said the thing that touched her heart the most was the accomplished faces of the children. She said they all looked so
proud, and it made tears well up in her eyes to see them so happy and smiling. Tyler said this is exactly what Union County
needs, because there are so many of these kids and adults that many of us don't know about. She said to be able to get them
out and socializing with everyone else will bring more to their lives as well as ours.
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MUSGROVE MILL PRESENTS SPRING MUSTER HISTORY EVENT SATURDAY
Wednesday, April 13
History will come alive once again at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site on Saturday, April 16, as the park presents the Spring
Muster at Musgrove Mill. This living history event will recreate a colonial-era militia meeting, and will feature re-enactors
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demonstrating the weapons and tactics used by colonial militias, as well as camp life recreations, and children's militia drills. The
event will be held from 10 am - 4 pm with demonstrations occurring throughout the day. An admission fee of $2 for adults ages
16-64 will be in effect for those attending the program. Children 15 and under will be admitted free of charge. For more
information, contact Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at (864) 938-0100, e-mail [email protected], mail to
[email protected] or go to southcarolinaparks.com.
COUNTY SETS APRIL 26TH AS BUDGET REQUEST DAY
Tuesday, April 12
The Finance Committee of Union County Council met Monday at 5pm in the 3rd floor Law Library at Union County Courthouse.
During that meeting, Council designated Tuesday April 26th, 2011 as the day they would hear all budget requests. The session
will begin at 8am and go as long as needed to handle the various requests. The work session will be held in the Law Library on
the 3rd floor of Union County Courthouse. Next, Council approved a motion allowing Lockhart to receive $123,500 from the
County’s ‘C’ Funds to be used as a match and for road repair provided the Town of Lockhart receives the $500,000 Community
Development Block Grant for sewer and water upgrades. Cole McKinney from Catawba Regional Planning was present for the
meeting and answered various questions posed by committee members as they consider several vendors who may furnish
support services as County Council implements the much needed GIS System for tax parcels in Union County. In other business,
the committee was presented information concerning the sick day bank for county employees. They were told that because of
the amount of sick days in the bank, no time donations have been received from members for the past 3 years. Now the bank is
at a level where donations need to be deducted from personal time of members of the program. The problem is that there are
some employees who are not members, want to join, but do not want to donate the back time that is required. Council voted
that there would not be a waiver of the required donation of time. Council also heard information concerning a longtime
employee who has applied for State Retirement Disability. The request was denied and an appeal will be held next month. This
employee has exhausted all personal time and co-workers have volunteered to donate time to maintain insurance payments on
behalf of this employee. Council voted to allow voluntary donations of time on behalf of this employee. At 5:55pm, Council
voted to go into executive session to discuss legal and contractual matters. 30 minutes later Council returned to open session,
and after taking no further action, voted to adjourn the meeting.
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DORN VA CENTER HOLDING TOWN HALL MEETING AT SPARTANBURG LIBRARY MONDAY
Tuesday, April 12
The Dorn VA Medical Center announces that they will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 19th, 2011 at the Spartanburg
County Public Library located at 151 South Church Street in Spartanburg. The meeting will begin at 12:30pm. Veterans or family
members of Veterans who have questions about health care or other Veterans’ benefits are invited to attend this meeting. This
meeting is also open to the public.
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CITY COUNCIL VOTES ON ITEMS PERTAINING TO "PROJECT MONTENEGRO"
Tuesday, April 12
The Union City Council held a special meeting Monday morning at 8:30am. Immediately following roll-call, Council voted to
enter Executive Session to discuss legal and contractual matters. 35 minutes later, Council returned to open session and voted
to un-table 3 items of business pertaining to Project Montenegro. As a result, Council acted on 2 resolutions and 2 ordinances
pertaining to Project Montenegro. Council voted to approve a resolution that calls for an Intergovernmental Agreement between
Union County and the City of Union with respect to Project Montenegro. Council also approved a resolution establishing an
Agreement between the City of Union and Project Montenegro. 1st Reading of an ordinance to authorize $450,000 plus costs be
taken from the 2010-2011 General Fund balance to reimburse Union County in accordance with the Intergovernmental
Agreement. The final item of business acted on was approval of 1st Reading of an ordinance to Waive the Utility Extension
Agreement for Union County as it pertains to Project Montenegro.
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LOCKHART PROPOSES WATER AND SEWER UPGRADES
Tuesday, April 12
The Town of Lockhart proposes upgrades to its water system and sanitary sewer system. The majority of the project costs will
be offset with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. The beneficiaries of the sewer activities will be the 66
residences that are able to be occupied in the project area. Of the 165 beneficiaries, 124 or 75.2% are low to moderate income.
The water beneficiaries are the 30 persons who reside in the 16 dwellings to be served. Of the 30 persons, 20 or 66.7% are low
to moderate income. Last Friday at noon, a public hearing was held at Lockhart Town Hall for the purpose of hearing public
comment on the proposed project. Between 20 and 25 persons took part in the public hearing. Most of the comments ranged
from where are the boundaries of the project area, ‘Am I in the project area?’, and if they dig on my property will they repair
the damage?
PDF files of the proposed project (requires Adobe Reader)
Aerial view
General Location Map
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HOSPITAL DISTRICT CONTINUES MANAGEMENT TRANSITION ACTIVITIES
Monday, April 11
At Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District, Ham Hudson, Interim CEO of the District
presented Mark Mitchell from Information Services at Wallace Thomson Hospital with the Award of Excellence for April 2011.
Andrea Cocovich next presented Vanessa Quinn, LPN, with the Nurse of the Month award for April 2011. Mr. Hudson also
introduced Ed Bouknight as the new Human Resources Director for Wallace Thomson Hospital. Mr. Hudson told the board that
Thursday was his 1st day as the new HR Director. Mr. Bouknight, who comes to Wallace Thomson from Spartanburg, stated
that he was happy to be in Union and had enjoyed his first day on the job. He went on to say that he went to college with folks
from Union, his best friend is from Union, and he saw people today that he had not seen in years and it was good to see them
again. In business matters, the Board heard a report on the transition progress from CHS management to independent
management, were told that affiliation meetings with Spartanburg Regional are ongoing. Also, Managed Health Contract
negotiations continue, and a purchasing contract has been signed with MedAssets for hospital supplies and revenue
management services. The Board heard the Financial Presentation for the Fuji PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications
System). The Fuji system will include digital mammography and voice recognition capabilities. Discussions were held with regard
to the difference in the budgeted amount and the quoted price. The shortfall (difference) would be corrected with the revenue
increase from digital modalities and the reduction in supply and transcription costs. The Board approved the purchase and
implementation of the Fuji PACS for Wallace Thomson Hospital. The Board voted to go into a brief Executive session to discuss
legal, contractual, and personnel issues. After returning to open session, it was stated that discussions were held concerning the
payoff of the Bonds currently held through Wachovia, and in open session the Board voted unanimously to pay-off those Bonds.
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COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY ELECTS OFFICERS
Monday, April 11
The Union County Republican Party held their County convention this past Friday night at 6 pm in the Court room at the Union
County Courthouse. On hand to address the convention was State Party Chair Karen Floyd, Senator Shane Martin and three
candidates for State Party Chair, Bill Connor, Chad Connelly and Steven Brown who are running to replace Karen Floyd, who is
not seeking reelection next month. The convention concluded with the election of the following officers: Mike Fowler- Chairman,
Dale Robinson-executive committeeman, Tyler Shugart-First Vice Chairman, Brad Weaver-2nd Vice Chairman, Randy English-3rd
Vice Chairman, Freddie Gault-Treasurer, and Greg Weaver-Secretary. The convention also elected 14 delegates and two
alternates to represent the county at next month’s State Republican Convention.
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FOUR FROM UNION ATTEND SC YOUNG WRITERS' CONFERENCE
Monday, April 11
Four students from Union County Schools attended the South Carolina Young Writers’ Conference that was held on March 19th
at Ballentine Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina. Students attending from Union County Schools were Bailey Earls, a
third grade student at Monarch Elementary School; Kevonna Eison, a fourth grade student at Foster Park Elementary School;
Anna Johnson, a fifth grade student at Buffalo Elementary School; and Kayla Vanderford, a seventh grade student at Sims
Middle School. Ms. Dena Addis, Ms. Jan Carter, and Ms. Patsy Farmer, curriculum coaches with Union County Schools,
accompanied the students. The SC Association of School Librarians, the SC Council of the International Reading Association, the
SC Council of Teachers of English, the SC Middle School Association, the SC State Department of Education, the SC Writing
Project, and the SC Arts Commission sponsored the annual conference that encourages student writing. At the conference
students interacted with published authors and illustrators and shared their writing with other young writers. Cindy Langley,
director of secondary education, stated, “The district promotes student writing at all grade levels, and we are thrilled that our
students had the opportunity to meet these professional authors and to work with other student writers from across the state.”
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LARGE CROWD ENJOYS GREAT RACING AT BIG BUCK
Monday, April 11
A large crowd was on hand for the 15th running of GNCC racing that was held this past week-end at Big Buck in Union County.
Race goers were treated to good weather, and exciting racing during the week-end affair. On Saturday afternoon, Chris Borich
had a strong performance at the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC, round four of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series. The
Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider was in the top five at the start the race, and then moved into second behind round-three winner
Adam McGill, as the two riders broke away from the pack. On lap three Borich came out ahead of McGill when the Foremost
Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am rider had to pit for fuel. It was all Borich from that point, as the two-time champ put the
pedal down, eventually taking the win by a forty-eight-second margin. McGill looked strong all day and gave Borich a run for his
money during the early going. Taylor Kiser rounded out the podium, after the Ballance Racing Yamaha rider suffered a couple of
get-offs on lap two. Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am rider Chris Bithell just missed the podium, finishing 40 seconds
behind Kiser for fourth. Meanwhile, FRE Racing KTM's Bryan Cook was fifth, another 44 seconds back. Jarrod McClure won the
$250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the race.
REPUBLICAN PARTY COUNTY CONVENTION THIS EVENING AT COURTHOUSE
Friday, April 8
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SC GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd and Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault will address the convention. Schedules
permitting, State Senator Shane Martin and South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell will also speak to the
convention. Special guests to the convention will be current candidates for SC GOP Chairman Chad Connelly and Stephen
Brown. The convention is open to all residents of Union County and all our welcome to attend. The convention will conclude
with the election of County Officers and Delegates to the State Convention. If you have any questions, please call Chairman
Michael Fowler at 864-251-0604.
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HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM STARTS NEXT WEEK
Friday, April 8
Students in the Union County School District and throughout South Carolina will take the High School Assessment Program
(HSAP) Exam April 12 through April 29, 2011. This exam is more commonly known as the high school exit exam. The testing
schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, April 12 HSAP English/Language Arts Test (Session 1)
Wednesday, April 13, HSAP English/Language Arts (Session 2)
Thursday, April 14, HSAP, Mathematics Test
Friday, April 15-Friday, April 29, make-up tests
Parents are encouraged to assist students to prepare for testing by making sure they get plenty of rest and have a nourishing
breakfast. All South Carolina public school students in the second spring after their initial enrollment in ninth grade must take
the Exit Exam. Passing both the English/Language Arts section and the mathematics section of the exam is required for a
student to receive a South Carolina High School Diploma. For more information, please contact your student’s guidance
counselor. The telephone # for Union County High School is 864-429-1750. Guidance Counselor for students with last names
beginning with (A-F) is Jennifer McGee, and her extension is 26.
Guidance Counselor for students with last names beginning with (G-O) is Carolyn Mitchell, and her extension is 21.
Guidance Counselor for students with last names beginning with (P-Z) is Rick Wade, and his extension is 25.
At the Union County Achievement Academy please contact Cheryl George at 864-429-2101 extension 17.
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HR ASSOCIATION TO MEET WEDNESDAY
Friday, April 8
The Union County SC Human Resource Association invites all interested persons to attend their next monthly meeting. That
meeting is planned for Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at the Quick Jobs Center in Union, SC. The speaker will be Jim Knight,
Administrator, Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance, South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation. Anyone
who hires a single person should attend this meeting. Find out how you can avoid making a ‘simple mistake.’ Learn the methods
that those seeking work illegally try to use. Be informed and aware. The meeting time is from Noon until 1pm. Please RSVP by
Monday April 11th at 4pm to Renee Alexander at the Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039, or e-mail to
[email protected] Lunch is optional at the cost of $5. Please RSVP to help them get an accurate count!
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SCDOT ANNOUNCES 511 TRAVELER INFORMATION SYSTEM NUMBERS
Friday, April 8
The SC Department of Transportation or SCDOT, announces that its 511 Traveler Information System has received more than
100,000 calls since it was implemented in the fall of 2010. The 511 system provides real-time traffic information on all SC
Interstate highways and some highways along the coast. By dialing 511 in SC, users, by way of voice prompts, may access
current traffic information on Bus. I-85, I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85, I-95, I-126, I-385, I-526, I-585, SC- 277, SC-22, and SC-31.
There is limited coverage on SC-170, SC-21, and SC-278 in Beaufort, and US-501 at Myrtle Beach. Web users can go to the “My
SC511” tab at 511SC.org and create a free account, then customize that account to set up custom routes or receive alerts.
Signing up for alerts allows users to automatically receive important traffic information via a phone call, text message, or e-mail.
To stay safe on our highways, SCDOT advises users to make 511 calls before getting on the road, have a non-driver in the
vehicle make the calls, or pull over in a safe place before making the calls.
FIREARMS STOLEN FROM WHITMIRE HIGHWAY RESIDENCE
Thursday, April 7
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Burglary and Larceny of Guns from a residence in Union County. According to
the incident report, at just after 7:30pm on Monday, April 4th, 2011, officers were dispatched to a residence on Whitmire
Highway. The victim told the officers that on that date he left the residence at around 1pm and returned around 7pm. He stated
that while he was gone, some unknown person(s) entered his residence and took 6 rifles and a pistol. There was no sign of
forced entry, and the victim stated that while he was gone his back door was left unlocked. He stated that the missing guns
were: an AR-15, stainless with a wood stock; a MAC 90, black with a wooden stock; a SKS Carbine; a SKS Long Rifle; a M1
Carbine with a wooden stock; a Marlin Model 60, 22 rifle with scope and black and white tape on the stock; and a Taurus Model
689, .357 Magnum handgun that is stainless. The value of the guns taken was placed at $3,440. The victim stated that 6 or 7
other guns that were in plain view were not taken from the residence. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with any
information concerning this incident is urged to call the UCSO at 864-429-1612, or Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800.
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HOSPITAL BOARD TO MEET TONIGHT
Thursday, April 7
The Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30pm in the conference room at
Wallace Thomson Hospital. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
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CARLISLE'S ANNUAL COMMUNITY CLEANUP IS SATURDAY
Thursday, April 7
The Town of Carlisle announces its Community Clean-Up 2011. You are invited to bring your own equipment and join the
Carlisle Town Council as they go into various areas of the town to clean-up. They will meet at the Town Hall on Saturday, April
9th, 2011 at 8am. The clean-up is scheduled to be held from 8am until noon. Refreshments will be served. They ask that you
join them and “Let’s make our community beautiful.”
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SC HOUSE SENDS "CLEAN" VOTER ID BILL TO SENATE
Thursday, April 7
Wednesday, after taking up the Senate additions to the House-passed Voter ID bill (H. 3003), the SC House of Representatives
approved a clean bill that will help prevent fraud and secure our state’s election process by incorporating the use of picture
identification in voting. Representatives approved the clean bill in an effort to prevent the same kind of endless debate that
killed Voter ID last year. The House voted to send back to the Senate a bill that only includes Voter ID. The Senate combined
Voter ID and Early Voting, which is what caused the bill to die during the last legislative session. This action by the House is to
make it clear that Voter ID is such an important issue that it shouldn’t be bogged down by unrelated issues. House Speaker
Bobby Harrell issued the following statement about the clean Voter ID Bill:
“This bill secures our state’s elections while keeping voting simple, safe and accessible for all citizens. It is clear, concise and
focused only on the picture ID issue. That’s how it should stay.
For three years now, this issue and this debate have been about securing our election process and making sure each vote
counts. We hope the Senate will approve this clean Voter ID version of the bill so that we can move forward and prevent this
issue from being bogged down by endless debate on unrelated topics like happened last year.” The clean version of the Housepassed bill will now be returned to the Senate for final approval. The Senate can either approve this clean Voter ID bill and send
it to the Governor’s desk – or insist on adding other issues to the debate which is what killed the bill last year.”
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AMERICAN LEGION MEETS MONDAY
Thursday, April 7
On Monday, April 11th, the Union American Legion Post 22 will hold its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in its
regular location at Foster Park – in the Legion Hut at 120 Scenic Drive. Starting at 6pm, a meal will be served, with voluntary
contributions much appreciated. Next, at 6:20pm, there will be a guest speaker: Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Gilliam of the Union
unit of the SC National Guard will talk about their recent deployment to Saudi Arabia. Finally, at 7pm, the business part of the
meeting will take place, and last about an hour. Current Post 22 members are asked to attend and participate whenever
possible, and veterans interested in becoming members are always welcome. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday
of the month.
CITY COUNCIL MIXES SPENDING CUTS WITH MILLAGE, FEE AND RATE INCREASES
Wednesday, April 6
The Union City Council held their 2nd Budget Work Session Tuesday afternoon, and they heard requests from the various
department heads. With all requests in, Council began considerations of where cuts could be made and what other action
needed to be taken to create a balanced budget. All afternoon Council listened, compared figures, discussed, and made
decisions on trying to balance the budget. At 6pm it was clear that more work was needed before the budget could be finalized.
Council will hold a final session Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 8:30am to finish the 2011-2012 Budget. Even though work on the
budget was not completed, Council made what they referred to as hard decisions Tuesday. Council members agreed to raise
security lighting by 5% in what is the 2nd year of a 3-year plan. They also voted to increase residential garbage pick-up by $1
per month, from $13 to $14. Water and sewer rates will also increase. Council voted to increase water and sewer rates by 9%,
based on usage volume. After much discussion, Council voted to raise tax millage by approx. 5.7 mils. This action was taken to
offset last year’s deficit and the amount allowed by the CPI. This increase will generate an additional $73,500. The increase of
fees, rates, and tax millage were not the only actions taken by Council. This was done after funding of outside agencies was cut,
departmental budgets cut drastically, hospitality/ accommodation taxes utilized where possible, and deciding not to fill an
existing vacancy in the Public Safety Department at this time. WBCU News spoke with Mayor Harold Thompson after the
session, and he commented on the tough decisions made by Council. Thompson said right now they are making some hard
cuts. He said they are not extremely hard, but they know what they have to do to try and get the budget balanced.
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BROAD RIVER RESTORES POWER TO ALL FOLLOWING STORMS
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Wednesday, April 6
According to Josh Crotzer of Broad River Electric Co-op, all outages from Tuesday morning's storm have been restored. Broad
River began receiving outage reports beginning at approximately 1:30 a.m. and crews were at their first calls by 2 a.m. The
poles and lines affected by the storm's high force winds were scattered throughout the Broad River Electric's territory in
Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties. Crews from Broad River Electric and Pike Construction worked diligently, restoring
the major lines by early afternoon and taking care of isolated outages through midday. Broad River officials have elevated
power outage totals to approximately 800 meters since early Tuesday morning when a storm carrying high force winds ripped
through the service area, taking down five poles and multiple lines. All major outages have been restored as of this afternoon
and crews are now working on isolated outages, approximately 100 of them, throughout the service territory.
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FORMER MINISTER OUT ON BOND
Wednesday, April 6
A local minister charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with having sex with an underage girl had a bond hearing Monday
afternoon during General Sessions Court at the Union County Courthouse. Stephen Douglas Berry of 848 Bob Little Road in
Jonesville appeared before the Honorable John C. Hayes of York. Judge Hayes set Berry’s bond at $50,000. Hayes also ordered
that Berry be placed under house arrest until the date of his trial which is yet to be determined. He can only leave his residence
to go to church, to meet with his attorney, or for medical appointments. Judge Hayes also instructed Berry that he is to have no
contact with the victim or any member of her family. Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault told WBCU News that shortly
after bond was set, members of Berry’s family posted the $50,000 cash bond that permitted his release. Berry, who had been in
jail since his arrest, was arrested on March 22nd after the girl, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incidents, told authorities
that Berry had sex with her more than once in different locations in the county. Berry was Associate pastor at a local church
until Wednesday, February 5th, 2011, when the Deacon Board asked for Rev. Berry’s resignation. Berry’s resignation was
submitted in writing on February 6th, 2011. This came after learning that Berry was under investigation for sexual misconduct
with an adult female. According to Sheriff David Taylor, the female dropped those charges and the case has been closed.
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LOCAL TEACHER SELECTED FOR NATIONAL TEACHERS ACADEMY
Wednesday, April 6
The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy announced the names of the 2011 third- through fifth-grade teachers from across
the country selected to attend the National Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy on July 17-22 at the Liberty Science Center
in New Jersey . Two hundred teachers were chosen from a field of 1500 applicants. Congratulations to Monarch Elementary
School Third Grade teacher Mrs. Rhonda Hollingsworth, on being chosen. The selection panel based their decision on teacher
qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. While at the
Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, Mrs. Hollingsworth will participate in workshops sponsored by The National Science
Teachers Association (NSTA). It is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in
science teaching and learning for all. Mrs. Hollingsworth stated, “I am so honored to represent Monarch Elementary School and
Union County School District at such a prestigious event. I believe that being chosen to participate in the Mickelson ExxonMobil
Teachers Academy gives me a unique opportunity to grow professionally. I very much appreciate Phil and Amy Michelson and
the Exxon Corporation and their commitment to public education.” Mrs. Hollingsworth is married to Terry Hollingsworth. They
have one daughter, Kelly, who is also a teacher. Mrs. Hollingsworth is the daughter of Wayne and Polly Smith. She is an active
member of Buffalo Baptist Church where she serves as Minister of Music.
SEVERE STORMS DOWN TREES, CAUSE POWER OUTAGES EARLY TUESDAY
Tuesday, April 5
Severe thunderstorms roared through Union County early Tuesday morning, with heavy rains, plenty of lightning, and high
winds. Union County remained under a severe thunderstorm warning for nearly two hours Tuesday morning, until 2:35 a.m.
The storm's winds were responsible for the downing of several trees along Main Street, Park Drive, and Douglas Heights and
John St., among others. There was damage reported in Bonham, as well. Power outages were reported throughout the
county. Winds will continue to be strong and gusty at times throughout the day today, up to 32 mph at times. There is no rain
in the forecast in the coming week, but a frost advisory has been issued for tonight, as our low temperatures will dip to around
36 degrees.
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CITY OPENS BUDGET SESSIONS BY NOTING SHORTFALL
Tuesday, April 5
The Union City Council began work on their 2011-2012 Budget Monday afternoon. City Finance Director Walker Gallman got
things started by presenting Council with a budget overview that illustrated dwindling revenue. Even with cost savings in some
budgetary areas, at the beginning of the budget process, it looks as if Council will have to overcome a shortfall in funding in
order to fund the proposed budget. Gallman told Council that there are several options available to them to remedy the shortfall
in revenue. It is too early in the process to know what action Council will take. Monday they heard requests from outside
agencies, and today City Department heads will present their budget requests. WBCU News will be at today’s session, and will
have more to report after all requests are in and City Council looks at what action they need to take in order to have a
“workable” budget. Stay tuned to 1460 AM or 103.5 FM WBCU and we will bring you additional information as it becomes
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INTERIM LIBRARY DIRECTOR HITS THE GROUND RUNNING
Tuesday, April 5
It was his 1st day on the job, and Tom Lowrimore, Interim Director of the Union County Carnegie Library, hit the ground
running, as one of his first assignments was to present the Carnegie Library’s funding request to Union City Council at Monday’s
budget work session. After his presentation, WBCU News spoke with Mr. Lowrimore Monday afternoon, and he commented on
his new position at the Carnegie Library. Lowrimore said he is pleased to be in Union. He said he is here, initially, for a threemonth appointment. He said he is stepping in to help the library transition from the current year to the new fiscal year. He said
they are doing some budget development and getting things rolling for the summer reading club and other activities. He said
he looks forward to working with the board and the employees of the library. He noted they have been very impressive, and
he's grateful for the opportunity. Lowrimore said he hopes everyone will come to the library and enjoy the resources they
have. He also hopes all the children will sign up for the summer reading club and read lots of books. He said if you need
anything from them, please call them at the library. Lowrimore said he'd be glad to help any way he can.
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UNION MAN ARRESTED IN INCIDENT INVOLVING GUN
Tuesday, April 5
The Union Public Safety Department arrested a Union man Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 in connection with an incident that
occurred on March 13th of this year. According to the incident report, officers met with a male subject at Union Public Safety
Headquarters in reference to a disturbance that occurred at approx. 1am that morning. The complainant told officers that he
and a female went to a party at the Bingo Center in Jonesville and that he and Chavis Antonio Littlejohn, 23, of 102 Thompson
Road, Union, go into an argument over the female, Littlejohn’s ex-girlfriend. The complainant stated that he and the female left
the party and went to her residence on West Main Street in Union. Littlejohn called the female and began to make threats over
the phone and said everyone at the residence needed to leave. Before the complainant could leave, Littlejohn arrived at the
residence and blocked him in. Littlejohn reportedly got out of his vehicle and pointed a handgun at the complainant's car. The
complainant told officers that he had to drive across a neighbor’s front yard to leave the scene. Littlejohn was taken into
custody at his residence at approx. 8pm Saturday and taken to Union County Jail. He faces charges of Pointing and Presenting a
Firearm.
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LIBRARY BOARD INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS
Tuesday, April 5
The Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 5pm at the Adult Education
Building on Main Street in Union. The public is welcome. The Board welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at
its meetings. Public comments will be placed at the end of agenda, for 20 minutes, with each person limited to 5 minutes.
Written requests to be placed on the agenda should be submitted to [email protected] at least five (5) business days prior to
the next Board meeting.
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MUSGROVE MILL PRESENTS "SPRING MUSTER" LIVING HISTORY
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History will come alive once again at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site on Saturday, April 16, as the park presents the Spring
Muster at Musgrove Mill. This living history event will recreate a colonial-era militia meeting, and will feature re-enactors
demonstrating the weapons and tactics used by colonial militias, as well as camp life recreations, and children's militia drills. The
event will be held from 10 am - 4 pm with demonstrations occurring throughout the day. An admission fee of $2 for adults 1664 and $1.25 will be in effect for those attending the program. Children 15 and under will be admitted free of charge. For more
information, contact Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at (864) 938-0100, e-mail [email protected], mail to
[email protected] or go to southcarolinaparks.com.
CITY BUDGET WORK SESSIONS START THIS AFTERNOON
Monday, April 4
The Union City Council begins 2011-2012 Budget preparation today beginning at noon and going to 5pm. After a look at Budget
Overview, Revenue Projections, and special projects planned for the upcoming Fiscal Year, Council will hear requests from
outside agencies. Those scheduled to submit their requests this afternoon are: Union County Chamber of Commerce, Youth
Leadership, Union County Disabilities and Special Needs, Union County Carnegie Library, Olde English District, and Uniquely
Union. Also appearing today are: Union County Arts Council, Boogaloo, Union County Historical Society, Union County Tourism,
and the Union County YMCA. Then Tuesday beginning at noon and ending at 5:30pm, Council will hear presentations from
Department Heads of the various City Departments. From 5:30pm until…, Council will look at Priority Setting, Capital Setting,
and Budget Review. Council has set aside Thursday, April 7th beginning at noon, if necessary, to finish work on the new budget.
WBCU News will be present for these sessions, and will bring you updates on a daily basis.
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CAREER SOURCE ACCEPTING IWT GRANT APPLICATIONS
Monday, April 4
Upstate Career Source will begin accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Grants today, April 4, 2011 until
May 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST). Companies in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union are eligible to apply for these grants.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered, regardless of postmarked date. Applications and guidelines can
be picked up at Upstate Career Source in Spartanburg, Union Career Source, Gaffney Career Source, Greer Works, or accessed
online at www.upstatecareersource.com under the Employer Services link or at www.upstatewib.org under the Announcements
link. Completed applications can be mailed or dropped off at any Career Source office. Please visit upstatecareersource.com for
locations and directions. IWT Grants are issued to employers to upgrade the skills of their current employee(s). IWT Grants
have provided opportunities for training in programs ranging from computer skills to industry specific skills. A committee of the
Upstate WIB and area Economic Developers will review all applications and determine awards. Grant agreement start dates will
be July 1, 2011 and training must begin and be completed within six months of the agreement start date. The Business Services
staff of Career Source will conduct “IWT Q&A” sessions for any business representative wanting to know more information
about IWT grants or the process for completing the application. The “IWT Q&A” sessions schedule is as follows:
Spartanburg: Wednesday April 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
At Upstate One Stop Workforce Center, 110 Commerce Street Spartanburg, SC
Union: Tuesday April 19, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
At Upstate Workforce and Economic Development Center, 103 West Main Street, Union, SC
Cherokee: Monday April 18, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
At Gaffney Upstate One Stop Workforce Center, 133 Wilmac Road, Gaffney, SC
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SCDOT ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO BE CAREFUL IN WORK ZONES
Monday, April 4
The SC Department of Transportation, or SCDOT, is observing “National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” this week, April
4th through 8th, 2011. South Carolina, along with the rest of the nation’s highway safety community, has set aside this week to
highlight the importance of making SC’s work zones safer for highway workers and the traveling public. Created in 1999,
“National Work Zone Awareness Week” will challenge South Carolina drivers to be especially attentive while driving in a work
zone. During January through November, 2010, nationally there were approx. 754 work zone related crashes resulting in 363
injuries, and 11 fatalities. Most of these incidents were said to occur during the 3pm until 6pm “rush-hour” period. The majority
of fatalities were to the motorists rather than to workers working in the work zones. SCDOT urges drivers to help reduce these
statistics by simply staying alert, turning cell phones off, and following the rules of the road.
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YMCA ANNOUNCES GOLF TOURNAMENT FRIDAY
Monday, April 4
The Union County Family YMCA announces its 2011 Partners with Youth Golf Tournament. This tournament will be played this
coming Friday, April 8th beginning at 10am, at the Creek Golf Club in Spartanburg. Cost of the tournament is $50 for a single
player, of $180 for a 4-man team. Each player will receive: 1 mulligan, 1 shot from a red tee, and a grab bag of miscellaneous
items. Registration forms are available at the Union YMCA. If you have questions or need additional information concerning this
event, please call Scott Sandor at 864-427-0668, or e-mail to [email protected]
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JUNIOR CHARITY LEAGUE RAISING MONEY THROUGH 5K RACE
Monday, April 4
The Union County Junior Charity League will sponsor the Charity Chase 5K Run/ Walk, an event to raise money for charities in
Union County. This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM. Registration will be in the Union Wal-Mart parking
lot, and begins at 7:30 AM. The run/walk begins at 8:30 AM with the children’s fun run immediately following the 5K.
Registration fee is $15 for those registered before April 22, 2011, and includes a T-shirt. Late registration fee is $20, and a Tshirt is not guaranteed. Registration fee for groups of 10 or more, and Junior Charity League members is $10. Registration for
the children’s fun run is $10. For more information please contact Jennifer Cooper at 864-426-5880, or Catherine Childers at
864-429-1554. You may pick up a registration form from any league member and you can mail checks to the Union Junior
Charity League, P.O. Box 314, Union, South Carolina, 29379.
HOSPITAL BOARD VOTES TO PARTNER WITH TWO ENTITIES AS TRANSITION CONTINUES
Friday, April 1
The Board of Trustees for the Union Hospital District held a Special Meeting Thursday night at 6:30pm. At the meeting the
board discussed and acted on two items of business. The 1st item dealt with a Group Purchasing Organization, or GPO,
agreement for the Hospital District. With the upcoming departure of Carolinas Heath Care Systems, it becomes necessary for the
district to contract with another entity to maintain cost savings from various vendors. The board voted to go with MedAssets.
MedAssets was chosen because management believes that they will produce the best savings to the District based on potential
supply savings and estimated Revenue Cycle Management Services. The next item discussed was Physician Network Billing
Options. The board approved a motion to select MD Everywhere without Electronic Medical Records. This system will assess the
District 5.5% of net collections per year and statement expense of $.55 for each bill mailed. Based on FY 2010 figures, the
system will cost the District $300,691 per year in operating costs. These actions are a part of the transition process as the Union
Hospital District continues to move toward self-management in June of this year.
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CAREER SOURCE ORIENTATION HELD TODAY
Friday, April 1
Are you unemployed, can’t find a job, becoming frustrated and need help? Career Source can help you, and they want you to
come and find out how. You are invited to attend the Career Source Orientation Session that takes place this morning, April 1st,
2011 at 10am. It will be held at Career Source located at 103 West Main Street in Union. Please call 864-427-4119 to reserve
your seat. They can find you help through job searches, recruitment events/ job fairs, effective interview techniques, possible
classroom or on-the-job training, and more. Best of all, their services are free!!! Their goal is to see you employed.
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LIBRARY BOARD TO DISCUSS NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET APRIL 12TH
Friday, April 1
Ann White, Secretary of the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, informs WBCU News that Chairperson Jennifer Tazerouti has
called a Union County Carnegie Library board meeting for Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 5pm. The purpose of the meeting is to
discuss the budget for 2011-2012. The meeting will be held at the Adult Education building on Main Street in Union.
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DOCTORS HONORED AT DOCTOR'S DAY EVENT
Friday, April 1
The following is a brief history of Doctor’s Day:
The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B.
Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing
flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctor's Day.
On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In
1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day. Following overwhelming approval
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by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES.
#366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as "National Doctor's Day. The Union Hospital District thanks
their physicians for providing excellent care and service to our community. During their annual appreciation of our doctors, on
doctor’s day they have breakfast and award presentations. Congratulations to the following doctors who received the Excellence
in Quality award: Gerald Fielder, MD; Robert Wentz, MD; Emmanuel Yirenkyi, MD; Robert Yannetti, MD; Erica Savage-Jeter, MD;
& David Keith, MD. They would like to thank all of our doctors for their hard work and dedication to Union Hospital District. They
would also like to thank City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson and County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair for taking time out of
their schedule to come and celebrate doctor’s day with our doctor’s.
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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION COMING
Friday, April 1
The time is rapidly approaching to register for 4 & 5 year old kindergarten. To register for 4-year old kindergarten, children will
need to be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2011.To register for 5-year old kindergarten; children will need to be 5
years of age on or before September 1, 2011. Registration dates and places are as follows:
Tuesday, April 12 Foster Park Elementary School
Wednesday, April 13 Monarch Elementary School
Thursday, April 14 Jonesville Elementary School
Tuesday, April 19 Buffalo Elementary School
Thursday, April 21 Lockhart Elementary School
Registration will be held from 8:30am to 11:30am and from 1:30pm to6:30pm at each school. Please note: health history and
academic screenings will be provided during registration, and these screenings will take about 45 minutes. You are reminded to
bring:
1. YOUR CHILD’S OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION (white card)
2. YOUR CHILD’S SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
3. YOUR CHILD’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH STATE SEAL
4. PROOF OF RESIDENCE (tax receipt, power bill, etc.)
Immunizations are given daily by appointment only at the Union County Health Department. You may call-864-424-8004 to
schedule an appointment. Birth Certificates are available on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
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