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Johnson sentenced to two years in prison

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UNION — After a guilty plea, a former Union County Magistrate’s Office employee was sentenced to two years in prison and five years probation, as well as being required to pay $40,000 in restitution.The arrest warrant states that Sherry Fisher Johnson, 49, of 2935 Buffalo-West Springs Hwy., Buffalo, committed the crime of misconduct in office. The warrant states that between September 2010-December 2011, while employed as a clerk in the Union County Magistrate’s Office, Johnson stole money — designated for criminal fines — for her own personal use.

 

Mulvaney: Social Security will go broke in 18 years

UNION — US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney says that 18 years from now on the eve of his 65th birthday the Social Security system will go broke, 12 years after Medicare goes broke.During a town hall meeting Monday evening at the USC Union auditorium, Mulvaney, both in an opening statement and in answering questions from the audience, addressed a variety of issues including the fiscal condition of the federal government, the impact of federal regulat...

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Local dance instructor opens new dance studio

UNION — A local dance instructor will continue to follow her dream as she opens a new dance studio in Union.Staci Vaughan began taking dance classes at age two-and-a-half.“On that first day of class, I told my mom I was going to be a dance teacher,” Vaughan said. “I’ve been teaching for six years now.”Vaughan has danced virtually her entire life, and she began doing so competitively at age 12. She has won numerous national a...

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Union Cotillion Club welcomes new debutantes, members

UNION — The three lovely young ladies who will be presented at the 2014 Union Cotillion Club Debutante Ball met for the first time as a group on May 31, when Mrs. Robert Meeks Hope opened the Hope House on West South Street in Union for the Debutante Tea.The 2014 debutantes — Miss Mackenzie Anne Skipper, Miss Elizabeth Katherine Lawson, and Miss Rebecca Lawson Gallman — will be presented at the annual debutante ball on Dec. 30.The tea hosted by Mrs. Hop...

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Church Calendar

Thursday, July 10-Friday, July 116-8:30 p.m.: Welcome Baptist Church, Monarch Highway, holds Vacation Bible School “Cross Canyon Trails.” There will be Bible lessons, crafts, food, and fun times!! If you need a ride, call church at 427-3390 and leave a message. Sunday, July 132 p.m.: St. Luke AME Zion Church in Carlisle holds its annual church revival. Please come ...

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Community Calendar

Thursday, July 10• The Torrington/Timken Retirees meets at 6 p.m. at Midway BBQ.Monday, July 14• The Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Union meet at 5:30 p.m. at 201 Porter St.Tuesday, July 15• The Union County High School Booster Club meets at the Union County High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. The meeting is for the election of officers and preparation for 2014-20...

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Crime Report

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:— Kevin Dustin Stinson, 25, of 182 Lower Eison Road, Union, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor around 1:05 p.m. July 8. According to the incident report, Stinson had sent text messages to a 13-year-old girl, asking to meet for sexual activity. The teen’s mother contacted deputies, showing them the messages, which included a photo of Stinson, showing hi...

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Belk investing $47 million in expansion of Jonesville facility

JONESVILLE — An economic development project known for months by the code name “Project Southern” was revealed this morning to be a $47 million expansion of the Belk distribution and fulfillment center in the Jonesville area of Union County.Since May, Union County Council has voted to approve a resolution and an ordinance supporting a company identified only by the code name Project Southern.The resolution stated that if the company invested $40 million...

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Library Blog: 2013-2014 Year in Review

Early July is an interesting time at the Carnegie Library. It marks the mid-point of our Summer Reading program, as well as the end of our fiscal year. It is one of our busiest times of year as students and parents flock to the library for books and movies to enjoy during their summer break — nearly twice as many items were checked out in June as were checked out in February. It is also an opportunity to look back on the year that was to see where we were and where we are now.

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Who, What, When & Where Of Whitmire: Upcoming Events and People In The News

Hello everybody, hope you all had a nice Fourth of July celebration. I have news of another veterans oriented celebration coming up after we do our birthday wishes. Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy has been busy with his flights and adding much needed coolant to his wings. Whew — we won’t even talk about our sweltering weather this week.

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Mulvaney: Congress has failed to check presidential power

UNION — The crisis the United States finds itself in is the result of Congress failing to act as a check on the power of the presidency and the failure of presidential administrations of both parties to address the problems facing the country according to US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney.During a town hall meeting Monday evening at the USC Union auditorium, Mulvaney, both in an opening statement and in answering questions from the audience, addres...

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School district receives $5,211 grant

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District will use a $5,211 grant for a program that teaches 5K students about the importance of eating healthy.In a statement released Monday, the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board of Trustees had approved a total of $642,968 in grants to be awarded to 24 recipients in 2014. The grant recipients were named at a June 25 ceremony at Spartanburg Medical Center. The announcement f...

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Library offering patrons reusable book bags

UNION — When they check out books patrons of the Union County Carnegie Library now have the option of carrying them home in reusable bags that they can keep and continue to use on future trips to the library.Previously, library patrons who needed a bag to carry home the books they checked out could get a plastic bag from the library desk. Recently, however, the library has begun offering its patrons a much sturdier alternative to the often flimsy plastic bags.

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Registration under way for Flag, Stinger football and cheerleading

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Recreation Department’s Flag and Stinger football and cheerleading programs are currently holding registration through Aug. 1.Those who are interested in signing up may do so from 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Union County Recreation Department, located at 111 Thomas Street, Union.Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate and proof of medical insurance to registration.The registration fee for Flag Fo...

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Perfect Storm: Almirola’s storybook win a dream come true

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Aric Almirola loves to work on cars. To race them, he says is a bonus.And to become the first driver of Cuban descent to win in NASCAR’s top series, as he did Sunday at Daytona International Speedway for Richard Petty Motorsports, is fulfillment of a dream beyond any expectations.Almirola, 30, grew up not far from Daytona and raced go-karts in the shadow of the World Center of Racing. He attended the University of Central Florida and was...

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Library Notes

Library HoursMonday-Friday — 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.Saturday — 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.Upcoming EventsLibrary Board MeetingThe Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet July 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the library. The meeting is open to the public.Summer Reading 2014 Events...

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Crime Report

The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrests:— Quenderius Nyquan Jeter, 18, of 134 Hilltop View, Union, was charged with open container and possession of alcohol by a minor around 2:59 a.m. July 5.— Donterris Raquan Brandon, 18, of 915 North Pinckney Street, Union, was charged with open container and possession of alcohol by a minor around 2:43 a.m. July 5.— David Allen Coots, 37, of 1617 East Dixon Blvd....

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Church Calendar

Wednesday, 8-Friday, July 116-8:30 p.m.: Welcome Baptist Church, Monarch Highway, holds Vacation Bible School “Cross Canyon Trails.” There will be Bible lessons, crafts, food, and fun times!! If you need a ride, call church at 427-3390 and leave a message.Sunday, July 132 p.m.: St. Luke AME Zion Church in Carlisle holds its annual church revival. Please come and worship wit...

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