The quarterly meeting of the Union County Historical Society will convene on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in the Union County Museum meeting room. Attendees may enter through the Main Street Door or the basement door. Guest speaker will be Mr. Frank Hart, Union County Supervisor. Members are urged to attend and visitors are always welcome.
Come visit the staff of Buffalo Elementary School on Tuesday, March 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Union County McDonald’s on the North Duncan Bypass to help raise funds for our school. During these hours McDondald’s will be giving a percentage of its sales to our school.
JEMS Variety Show
The Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Variety Show will be held Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Students and staff members will perform.
Woodmen Of The World
The Woodmen Of The World will meet Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at Woodmen Park.
Republican Women’s Club
A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the Community Room at USC Union located in the Central Building, second floor, 309 E. Academy Street, Union.
The purpose of the meeting is to organize a Union County Republican Women’s Club.
The speaker will be Beverly Owensby, President of the Palmetto House Republican Women in Spartanburg. Beverly also serves as 1st Vice President of the South Carolina Federation Republican Women and National Federation Republican Women Membership Committee & Newsletter Editor. She is well versed in what is going on in our country and recently returned from attending the inauguration in Washington.
The public is invited to the meeting, however, only women are eligible for full membership while men are welcome as associate members.
Light refreshments will be served.
If more information is needed you may call 864-427-3557.
DSN Board Meeting
The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board of Directors will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 22 at noon. The meeting will be held at 226 South Gadberry Street. Lunch will be provided.
Sims Class Of 1969
The Sims High School Class of 1969’s regular meeting will be held Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 22 Headquarters.
All are invited to a book signing at the Union County Museum on Friday, March 24 from 5-7 p.m.. Everyone who worked on the Obituary book is being issued an invitation to be present. If you’ve already purchased this interesting book bring it back and as many of those who worked on Obits and Death Notices and are present will be glad to autograph your copy.
You might be interested in some other books such as Dr. Allan Charles’ “The Narrative History of Union County,” “BUC-Busted until Christmas,” “Where Have You Gone Ted Williams,” and only four copies of “Images of America — Union County, South Carolina” are left. This last book will not be reprinted.
And remember our gift shop is the only place in town to purchase postcards.
Call 864-429-5081 for more information.
Sims Class Of 1968
“The Sims High School Class of 1968 will meet on Saturday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at 1101 Union Boulevard. Business of importance. Please mark your calendar. For additional information feel free call 864-674-6799.
Her Majesty Reunion
The Her Majesty Reunion will be held Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. in the Family Life Center of Augsburg Lutheran Church.
Sims Class Of 1963
The Sims High School Class of 1963 will have a planning meeting Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m.
All members are asked to be present.
For more information contact Wade Hampton or Clearance Hughes.
Democratic Party To Meet
The Union County Democratic Party monthly meeting will be held, Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in the City of Union Municipal Building, 101 Sharpe Avenue.
The meeting is open to the public.
Ann Stevens, County Chair.
The Piedmont Physic Garden will be offering a workshop titled “Growing Healthy Kids” on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m.-noon at 301 E. South Street in Union.
The workshop leaders will be Kelsey Allen, Community Coordinator for Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and Kristina Pava PHASE Upstate Team/HEAL leader with S.C Dept of Health and Environmental Control.
Cost is $20 for non-members.
To reserve your spot, please call us at 864-427-2556 or sign up online at www.piedmontphysicgarden.org.
The Union County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in the Clemson Extension Meeting Room at the fairgrounds. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. James Alverson from Laurens County Beekeepers will be speaking on Nucs and Splits. Everyone interested in bees is encouraged to attend.
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.
Head Start Accepting Applications
Carolina Community Actions, Inc., Head Start is now accepting applications for children ages 3 and 4 for the 2017-2018 program year.
Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Children with disabilities, including emotional, intellectual and physical (visual, hearing, speech, crippling and other chronic impairments), are eligible regardless of their family income level. Services provided by Head Start include education, nutrition, medical, dental, social services, transportation, parent involvement, and special education services.
We are also now accepting applications for Infants and Toddlers birth to 3 years of age and pregnant mothers for the 2017-2018 program year. Early Head Start Programs begin serving children before they are born by offering services to their pregnant moms. The purpose of this is to ensure that the pregnant woman remains healthy throughout her pregnancy.
CCA Early Head Start/Head Start participates in the USDA Child Care Food Program and breakfast and lunch are served to the Head Start children and formula, breakfast, and lunch are served to the Early Head Start children at no cost to the families. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
A legal birth certificate, certificate of immunization, proof of income for the 2016 calendar year, and social security numbers of all persons in household must be provided when you apply.
The Early Head Start/Head Start center in your area is located at the Jonesville Head Start Center, 514 Alman Street, Jonesville, SC. For further information and/or an appointment, please call 864-674-6014.
Registration for kindergarten will get under way in April and take place on the following dates at the following locations:
— Tuesday, April 18 — Foster Park Elementary School, Lockhart Elementary/Middle School (5K only), and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School
— Wednesday, April 19 — Buffalo Elementary School and Monarch Elementary School.
(Lockhart 4K may register at any location.)
Registration will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m.. and from 1:30-6 p.m. at each school.
Parents are asked to please bring their children to registration for screening. The screening process will take about 15 minutes.
— To register for 4 year old kindergarten (4K), children will need to be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2017.
— To register for 5 year old kindergarten (5K), children will need to be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2017.
In order to register their children, parents must bring the following documentation to registration:
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.).
The press release states that “immunizations are given by appointment only at the Union County Health Department. You may call 864-424-8004 to schedule an appointment.”
• Birth Certificates
It states that “copies of birth certificates may be obtained from the Spartanburg County Health Department in the Office of Vital Records for $12, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.”
March At The UCAC
The following events and activities will held in March at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.
• Painting with Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
• Monday Night Music — Looking for something new to do? Join us March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of local, musical talent.
• Toddler Time — Friday, March 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-1:30 p.m. will be all about the little ones! Any child 4 years old or younger is invited to join us. $10.
• Mini Monet — Join us on Saturday, March 18 for a morning full of secret creativity! We will be making secret book safes! Kindergarten-5th Grade. $15 members/ $20 nonmembers.
• 2017 Elementary Youth Art Show Reception — UCAC will honor Union County’s talented elementary school students with a reception on March 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. The UCAC gallery will be filled with over 50 pieces of artwork created by students, kindergarten to 5th grade. We invite everyone to join us. Refreshments will be served.
Have you joined UCAC yet? NOW IS THE TIME! March is the annual membership drive for UCAC! Call, email, or stop in today to join! All members receive special pricing on camps, classes, and events. For more information contact Amber at 864-429-2817.
Upcountry Literary Festival
USC Union will be the host to the seventh annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 24, from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The two day-event will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artist.
The Upcountry Literary Festival is honored to announce the keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Kelly Cherry, who will also be presented our William “Singing Billy” Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters. Dr. Cherry is a poet, novelist, and memoirist whose work includes “Augusta Played,” “The Life and Death of Poetry,” and “Dr. Joyce Brothers and Me,” among many others. Her work is accessible, humorous, and “serious” in that most engaging way. Along with other numerous awards and honors, Dr. Cherry was named Virginia’s Poet Laureate by their Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016.
The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union’s Main Building. A full schedule and participant list will be posted at a later date on the USC Union website.
For more information, please contact Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057 or email [email protected]
The Union Civitans Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. at the Inn at Merridun. Lunch is served.
Teens Sought For Summer Jobs
The USDA Forest Service, Enoree Ranger District is seeking young men and women, ages 15-18, who are interested in summer employment with the USDA Forest Service in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Crew members will earn minimum wage (7.25 p/h), working 40 hours per week for eight weeks (June 11-August 5, 2017).
The YCC program teaches young adults about the forest environment by engaging them in the management of its natural resources. Students gain hands-on experience in trail building; campground maintenance and renovation; noxious weed removal and planting projects. These and other projects all serve to benefit the forest and its ecosystems. It’s a great introduction for kids interested in pursuing a natural resources career.
Applicants must be prepared for hard physical work in an outdoor environment under potentially adverse weather conditions and rough terrain. Crew members are responsible for their own daily transportation to the Enoree District Office. Each participant must provide his/her own work boots, proper work clothes, a backpack and a daily lunch. The USDA Forest Service will provide project tools and transportation to and from project work sites each morning.
The district will choose enrollees based upon answers to application questions contained on the form. So be succinct and diligent in answering the questions. An equal number of men and women will be chosen. Applications must be submitted in “hard copy” form to USDA Forest Service, 20 Work Center Road, Whitmire, SC 29178 by April 24, 2017. E-mails will not be accepted.
Interested persons may pick up an application from the guidance counselors at local high schools in Union, Newberry, Chester, Laurens, and Fairfield counties. The Enoree District Office will also have applications available: Enoree Ranger District, 20 Work Center Rd., Whitmire, SC 29178, telephone (803) 276-4810.
Trip To Harrah’s
Betsy & Company along with the Over the Hill Relay for Life Team will sponsor a trip to Harrah’s Cherokee on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Departing Jonesville from the Municipal Building at 7:10 a.m. Departing Union from old Walmart parking lot at 7:40 a.m. If interested feel free to contact Betsy at 674-6799. Come and enjoy the fellowship and fun.
DSN Board Meetings
The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board will meet at the following times in 2017:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12 p.m.
All meetings will be held at 226 S. Gadberry Street Union, SC 29379, in the conference room.
Lunch will be provided.
Clemson Club Membership Drive
The Union County Clemson Club is holding a membership drive and is seeking all Clemson fans who are “All In” to join.
Club membership is open to all Clemson fans, alumni and non-alumni alike.
The Union County Clemson Club annually hosts two major events, a kickoff event in August and a chicken roast in November leading up to the annual football game between Clemson and South Carolina.
Each year, two Union County students who will attend Clemson as freshmen receive a scholarship from the club, allowing them to further their education and join the Clemson family.
Annual club dues are $25 which cover all Tigers in the household, with dues supporting the activities of the club, specifically scholarships.
For more information, contact club president Virgil Childers at 864-251-0094.
Relay For Life Schedule
Union County Relay For Life Team Captain meetings are now under way and will continue into spring with the 2017 fundraising campaign culminating in May with this year’s Relay For Life Event.
This Team Captain meetings will held on the following dates:
• Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.
• Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Anyone wanting to start a Relay Team is welcome at any meeting.
The 2017 Relay For Life campaign will conclude May 12 at the Union County Fairgrounds. The event will get under way at 6 p.m. with the Survivor Reception followed by the Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. The rest of the evening’s activities will continue through the rest of the evening with the Closing Ceremony held at 1 a.m. Saturday, May 13.
For any information about Relay For Life contact Beth Lancaster, Event Co-Chair, at 864-426-3438 or Torance Inman, Event Co-Chair, at 864-426-0883 or Cheri Standridge, American Cancer Society Community Manager, at [email protected]
Lions Brooms for sale every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Friends on Main, 126 East Main Street, Union.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m.
For more information contact Penny Adamo at 864-427-8322.
Medi Home Hospice is sponsoring a Bereavement Program. Anyone who has lost a loved one and needs guidance with their loss is invited to attend.
2017 Union County School Board Meeting Dates
These are the 2017 Union County School Board of Trustees meeting dates. All meetings will be held at 6 p.m.
• March 27, 2017 — Union County High School (Teacher of the Year Recognition)
• April 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Academic Recognition)
• May 22, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Retiree Banquet)
• June 12, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
• June 26, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
(Meet if Budget has not been approved)
• July 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
• August 28, 2017 — Monarch Elementary School
• September 25, 2017 — Buffalo Elementary School
• October 23, 2017 — Foster Park Elementary School
• November 27, 2017 — Jonesville Elementary Middle School
• December 11, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
Additional meetings can be scheduled if needed.
The public and media will be notified if location or times change 24 hours prior to meetings.
2017 Union County Council Meeting Dates
These are the 2017 Union County Council meeting dates. All meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Courthouse unless otherwise noted.
• April 11, 2017 at Lockhart Town Hall
• May 9, 2017
• June 13, 2017
• May 9, 2017
• June 13, 2017
• July 11, 2017
• August 8, 2017
• September 12, 2017 at Carlisle Town Hall
• October 10, 2017
• November 14, 2017 at Jonesville Town Hall
• December 12, 2017
During Tuesday’s Union Rotary Club meeting at Coventant Baptist Church, Kristy and Tim Garner presented Club President Torance Inman with a plaque in honor of Rotary’s sponsorship of Dixie Youth/Girls for the 2016 year. Inman then presented them with a check from the Club for the 2017 Dixie Youth/Girls sponsorship.