American Flag Retirement
Trail Life USA Troop SC-0332 and the West Springs Community Center are conducting an American Flag Retirement on Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the West Springs Ball Park. The public is invited and urged to attend.
This program will demonstrate one method of properly retiring the American Flag when its condition is no longer suitable for public display.
If the public has American Flags that are too faded or tattered to be flown, Trail Life USA Troop SC-0332 will be delighted to include them in this public retirement ceremony.
If you have a flag or flags you would like to contribute, please contact one of the following: Juanita or Marvin McCullough at 427-5739, Bucky Sprouse at 427-1893, or leave them in the container at the Old West Springs School.
Story Walk Down Main
The Union County School District has partnered with Union County Carnegie Library, SC Works, Union County First Steps, USC Uninon, downtown shop owners, Friends of the Library and Save the Children to kick off summer reading in Union with a “Story Walk Down Main.”
The event will be held Wednesday, March 24 and begin at 4 p.m. at USC Union where the children participating will be greeted by the Bantam.
Parents and students will then proceed down Main Street where they will read each page from the children’s book “It Takes a Village” by Jane Fletcher as proceed down the street.
The pages from the book will be on display in the windows of a number of Main Street businesses.
A press release announcing the event states that “the students will delight in finding the next page to the story. The students will be greeted by various characters as they stroll and read downtown. Illustrations by Discovery Camp students will be on display at the SC Works building. All students will receive a free book from Friends of the Library located in the old Greene Salvage Store. Bring the entire family out to this fun and inspiring event!”
Beekeepers To Meet
The Union County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Piedmont Physic Garden on South Street in Union.
Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Michael Cope, a Clemson graduate student and former garden intern will talk about pollination.
Everyone interested in bees is encouraged to attend.
4-H Summer Camps
Clemson University Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering the following summer camps beginning in June.
4-H Crochet Summer Workshop Series
June 6 & 20, July 11 & 18, and August 1
Ages 9 and over
This is a series of workshops for the 4-H’er who has already accomplished the basic crochet stitches — chain and single crochet. We will meet twice a month in June and July, and once in August. 4-H’ers will work on a lap throw and other crochet projects. Here’s an opportunity to advance your crochet skills and make a very pretty throw
Ages 7 and over
There are tons of easy ways to get your children thinking about the environment. One way is to make recycled crafts! This camp will get your children creative with things you already have on hand to construct recycled crafts. It will also teach them the importance of using items and recycling items to keep our environment clean and safe.
Sow And Grow Daycamp
Ages 7 and over
Do you have a green thumb? In this daycamp you will learn how to plant a garden, and actually help plant a raised bed garden on the fairgrounds. You will also learn how to make your garden grow, which bugs are good and bad for your garden, and when to harvest your vegetables. On the second day, Mrs. Jannie will join us to lead you in making some delicious recipes using fresh from the garden vegetables!
4-H Camp Wild
Let’s go camping! Join youth from Union, Chester, York, Fairfield, Newberry and Lancaster counties in a real 4-H camping experience at Chester State Park. This overnight camping program will include wildlife, natural resources, science, water activities, shooting sports, and lots of hands-on 4-H activities. Camp will begin at 10 a.m. on June 27, and end at 6 p.m. on June 28. WILDathon will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a dinner for campers and their immediate family. Parents provide transportation.
4-H Club Summer Camp
Where: Camp Long in Aiken, SC
Camp Cooper, Summerton, SC
Registration: $275 ($75 deposit upon registration — Balance Due by May 30.)
This is 4-H Summer Camp at its best — overnight camping at Camp Long in Aiken, SC, or Camp Cooper in Summerton, SC. There will be all the traditional camp activities, like swimming, canoeing, fishing, team sports, climbing wall, zip line, hiking, crafts, and so much more. Make friends and memories that will last a lifetime! Parents provide transportation.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ages 7 and over
A tornado has left your home without power, or you are walking in the woods and suddenly you can’t remember which way to get home…EMERGENCIES happen every day…how do you survive?? Come to this daycamp and learn basic survival skills, from making shelter, finding food and water, and staying safe until help arrives.
4-H Camp Cloverbud
Ages 5 to 7
This is a 4-H camp just for the little folks to introduce them to the treasures of 4-H. This year our Cloverbuds will get up close and personal with bugs, butterflies, and creepy crawlers in their own backyard. Camp will include science, natural resources and plenty of hands-on 4-H activities. Your Cloverbud will not want to miss a day of this fun camp.
For more information about the summer camps being offered by 4-H call the Clemson University Cooperative Extension at 864-427-6259.
The 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
UCHS Summer Drama Camp
The Union County High School Drama Department will hold its annual Drama Camp June 12 through June 16, from 9 a.m. until noon each day.
Open to students ages 6 through 12, students will participate in theatre games, creative dramatics activities, and present a short play for parents and guests on Friday, June 16, on the stage at Union County High School.
The camp is taught by UCHS Drama Teacher Ralph Lawson. Assistants are Caroline Gallman, Madyson Russell, Claire Pridemore, and Kinsleigh Spencer.
Parents can register their children at the main office at Union County High School; the registration deadline is Thursday, June 8. The fee is $50 per child. Proceeds go to the UCHS Drama Program.
For more information call 427-1709.
Clemson Extension FCL (Family and Community Leaders) have formed 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.
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.
• 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.
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.
Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. is Gospel Night at Gene’s Music Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Performing will be Gene’s Gospel Hour Band and Middle Cross Gospel Band.
There is no charge but a Love Offering will be collected.
Country Dance Night
Every Saturday night will be Country Dance Night from 7-10:30 p.m. at Gene’s Music Hall. Door’s open at 6 p.m.
Union Express Band will perform and there will be a 1/2 to 1/2 drawing and door prize drawing.
There is an $8 cover charge.
The first Saturday night there are 75 paying guests the door prize will be $100 cash.
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.
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.
• 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 Sean Pantin spoke to the club this week about his life, moving to South Carolina, and his business. Sean is from Trinidad and has a very strong work ethic. He purchased Tire & Auto Service located at 739 N Duncan ByPass a year ago. Since then he has expanded the business to include a full service auto shop. This is due to his faith, honesty and passion of helping his customers.