Clemson Extension FCL (Family and Community Leaders) announce the establishment of a Crochet Club that will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon.
This club is open to anyone from the beginner to very experienced. There will be an instructor on site at least once a month. Other experienced crochet workers will be available to help at other times.
For further information call the Clemson Extension Office from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday at 427-6259 or Juanita McCullough, Secretary for the Patchwork Quilters of FCL at 427-5739.
Union County First Steps will hold Touch-A-Truck today from 10 a.m-1 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds.
A flier publicizing the event, describes Touch-A-Truck as “a free family event” which will include “activities, information, gifts, door prizes, and fun!”
It also states that the event will include a “horn/siren free hour” from 10-11 a.m.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and First Steps is using Touch-A-Truck to promote public awareness of it and the issues it seeks to address.
Each child attending Touch-A-Truck will receive a pinwheel, which has become a symbol for the prevention of child abuse across the nation. Pinwheels symbolize the carefree spirit of great childhoods, and are a strong reminder of our community’s commitment to prevent child abuse. Bracelets will also be given with the words “Protecting Children is Everyone’s Job.”
Ottaray Community Reunion
An Ottaray Community Reunion will be held today at noon at Mon Aetna Baptist Church.
Anyone who lives in Ottaray or has lived there and anyone who worked at the Ottaray Mill or relatives of same are welcome to attend.
For more information call 864-429-6585.
Sims Class Of 1963
The Class of 1963 of Sims High School will have a planning meeting Sunday, April 30 at 5 p.m. at New Horizon Christian Church in Union.
All members are asked to attend.
For more information contact Wade Hampton or Clarence Hughes.
The Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Union will meet Monday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. at 201 Porter Street, Union.
Union County Band Concerts
The Bands of the Union County School District will perform concerts at the following locations on the following dates at the following times.
• Sims Middle School — Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
• Union County High School — Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
• Lockhart Elementary/Middle — Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m.
Union County Beekeepers Meet
The Union County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, May 2 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. Cynthia Robinson, our State Association Secretary and member of York County Beekeepers, will tell how gardeners can help honey bees. 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.
Union American Legion Baseball
Union American Legion Baseball will begin practice for the Senior and Junior teams on Wednesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at the Timken Sports Complex.
Practice will be held at 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For more information contact Jay Ford at 864-426-0161.
Community Prayer Meeting
The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at noon on this Thursday, May 4, at the USC Union gazebo. THIS WILL BE THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. We will not have a gathering at the courthouse this year, so let’s all make a special effort to participate in the observance at the gazebo.
Our country is experiencing unusual dangers and stresses at this time. Our leaders need extraordinary wisdom and courage. Our support of them with prayer is vitally important.
Let us give thanks for our country, and pray fervently for its future. Pray for God’s guidance for our leaders. Please pray for our military, our police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us.
Please come and join fellow citizens of Union County to pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church.
ALL ARE WELCOME. If you can’t get to the gazebo, please take some time for special prayer during the day.
A fundraiser will be held for Donna Pendleton on Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Union Christian Family Life Center.
The fundraiser will include a silent auction, back sale, and yard sale.
All proceeds will go to help Donna battle cancer.
Survival Garden Part II
The Piedmont Physic Garden will offer a workshop called “Creating a Year Round Survival Garden – Part II” lead by Union natives and garden enthusiasts, Tommy Sinclair and Buddy Blackmon. It will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Piedmont Physic Garden located at 301 E. South Street.
This will be the second of a three part series on how to create your own survival garden. Join us and learn how to reap the benefits of a healthy plant-based diet all year long.
General admission is $20 per person. To reserve your spot, please send your check to The Piedmont Physic Garden PO Box 603 Union, SC 29379 or go to www.piedmontphysicgarden.org
At The UCAC
The following events and activities will be held at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union in May.
• Painting with Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
• Jam at Lunch — Do you have lunch plans? Join us Thursday, May 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy the musical talents of local members of our community. Do you sing? Play? Feel free to join in!
• Writers Group — Local Writers will meet Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. This is open to everyone!
• Monday Night Music — Looking for something new to do? Join us Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of local, musical talent!
• Toddler Time — Friday May 26, 10:30-11:30 p.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.
• Mommy & Me Tea — Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Mommy & Me Tea! This year we will be painting canvases! We are excited to announce that Kirby’s Cake Shoppe will cater our event! Sign up early, space is limited!
The event will be held Saturday, May 6 from 3-5 p.m.
$25 for members/ $30 nonmembers for Mother & Daughter; $10 for each additional guest.
• Through Our Eyes Reception — Join us on May 11 at 6 p.m. as we honor artists Nanette Jenkins, Elizabeth Winter, Carlton Mullinax, Naoko Goldman, and Sharon Thompson. This exhibit is full of landscapes that celebrate the beauty of nature, Heavenly Landscapes that explore our celestial dreams, and Interior Landscapes that honor love, loss, and hope. Refreshments will be served.
The UCAC is conducting its annual membership and person interested in joining may call, email, or stop in at the Art Gallery to join! All members receive special pricing on camps, classes, and events. For more information call 864-429-2817
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.
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.
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, 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
The 2017 Union County Relay For Life Team 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions Club 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.
• 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.
• 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
Rotarian Tal Wilkins welcomed Union County Sheriff David Taylor to the Union Rotary Club this week. Sheriff Taylor spoke to the club this week about the various scams that are happening and how to protect yourself!