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State adding $2.2 million to hospital’s bottom line

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UNION — A combination of increased funding from the state and cost savings recommended by consultants with other health care organizations could help Wallace Thomson Hospital dramatically improve its financial condition.The Union Hospital District is composed of Wallace Thomson Hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Union County EMS, and Carolinas Health Associates. In recent years the district as a whole and its constituent divisions have struggled financially, often losing money both on a monthly and yearly basis. The district’s financial difficulties have stemmed from a combination of the increase in the amount of indigent care provided by the hospital and reductions in reimbursement by Medicare/Medicaid and commercial insurance.


William Howell

UNION — Mr. William Miles “Bill” Howell, 91, husband of Harriett Gault Howell, 213 N. Mountain St., Union, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Heartland of Union.Mr. Howell was born in Chester, Nov. 17, 1922, a son of the late William Miles Howell and Bertha Palmer Howell. He was a graduate of Lockhart High School and retired from the City of Union, Utility Dept. Mr. Howell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder, a member of the cho...

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Daniel Martin

PACOLET — Mr. Daniel Boyce Martin, 93, widower of Betty Fowler Martin, formerly of Harvey St., Pacolet, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at White Oak Manor in Spartanburg.Mr. Martin was born in Cherokee County, on Oct. 15, 1920, a son of the late James Welford Martin and Katie Buice Martin. He was retired from Milliken and Company — Pacolet Plant. Mr. Martin was a member of Pacolet Mills Baptist Church.Surviving are a daughter, Melissa M. Lee and husband D...

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Susan Kochenower

GAFFNEY — Susan Lynn Whited Kochenower, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was the wife of Ben D. Kochenower and daughter of Eleanor Hefling Whited of Parkersburg, WV and the late Louis Benton Whited.The family will receive friends from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the Buford Street United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Memorial services will immediately follow at 4:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center.An online guest register is availabl...

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Falling tree damages power lines and pole, fence

BUFFALO — Union County Emergency Services were dispatched to the 500 block of the John Hart Road in Buffalo around 4 p.m. Tuesday. A tree had fallen across the road, taking down power lines and a power line pole.Both the tree and the pole damaged the fence at the Recycling Convenience Center in that area. Union County Public Works was notified.

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‘Take Pride — Litter Pick-Up Day’ this Saturday

UNION COUNTY — A clean-up event taking place in three local communities this weekend will not only have an environmental purpose but an economic development one as well.The Union County Tourism Commission is sponsoring the “Union County Take Pride — Litter Pick-Up Day” on Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon.Interim Union County Tourism Commission Director Curtiss Hunter said that the idea for the event grew out of conversations she’s had with Union Co...

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Job recruitment event this morning

UNION — A “Talent Force Recruitment Event” will be held this morning at the SCWorks Union office.The event, which will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will be general warehouse jobs which will pay $9.50 to $10.50 an hour.While a high school diploma or GED is not required, applicants must have at least three months of general warehouse work experience.Applicants will have to undergo drug and background screenings.Heavy lifting is required fo...

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UCHS defeats Chapman in tennis

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School tennis team (10-4, 3-3) picked up a big win over Chapman (6-1) on Monday.“I was worried because we were playing short-handed with a player out sick,” said Coach Tom Adamo. “That means several had to move up in the line-up, and they stepped it up.”Adamo said David Kicidis and Ben Stone moved up in the line-up and had impressive wins. No. 1 and 2 singles Matt Haney and Andrew Adamo won in straight se...

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