First Day Hike New Year’s Day
Start off 2017 with a First Day Hike this Sunday at Rose Hill Plantation.
Meet with the ranger at Rose Hill on Sunday, January 1, 2017 to hike the ½-mile Nature Trail at Rose Hill Plantation. The hike starts promptly at 10 a.m. at the picnic shelter. Along the way, you’ll explore the nature and history on the park. This walk promises to be refreshing for the mind and body so join in for an exhilarating start to your New Year! The hike is free and no reservations are required.
Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Binoculars, insect repellant and a camera are optional, but you never know what we might see.
Following the hike, at 11 a.m., the park offers one of our daily tours of the historic Gist mansion. Tour tickets may be purchased in the park office.
About Rose Hill Plantation
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.
Normal Hours Of Operation
Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. The mansion home is only accessible by guided tour. From November till the end of February, tours are offered Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. We are located 8 miles south of Union, SC.
About The Park Service
The South Carolina State Park Service is a program of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, a state agency that serves as the leading marketing organization for South Carolina tourism. SC PRT also operates 47 state parks and administers federal and state grants for recreation development.
For information: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379, Ph.: 864-427-5966, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill.
The Union County Beekeepers Association will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Clemson Extension Meeting Room at the fairgrounds.
Light refreshments are served at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
We are continuing our membership drive for 2017. Buddy Williams from Landrum will present a program on packaged bees.
Everyone interested in bees is encouraged to attend.
Certified Level Beekeeping Course starts Saturday, Jan. 14 in Boiling Springs. If you are interested, call Frank Pennas 864-426-6784 for more information.
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.
GT Arts Nominations Sought
The nomination period for Gifted/Talented Arts Classes is now open. Gifted and Talented Arts Classes are offered in Drama, Visual Arts, and Music. Students may be nominated by teachers, parents, or friends. Students may nominate themselves. Forms may be picked up in your school’s guidance office or the school’s fine arts teachers.
The form must be turned in to the guidance office at the nominee’s school no later than 3:30 p.m. on January 5, 2017. School screenings will take place during the week of January 9-13, 2017. Final district screenings will be held on February 11, 2017 at Union County High School. This arts screening is a four-step process which includes nomination, arts teacher screening, school audition, and final district audition.
Community Prayer Meeting
The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at noon on Thursday, January 5 at the USC-U gazebo. Please come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places as we pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church.
Let us give thanks for our country, and pray fervently for its future. Pray for God’s guidance for our leaders, new and old. Please pray for our military, our police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us.
ALL ARE WELCOME. If you can’t get to the gazebo, please take some time for special prayer during the day.
Startup Weekend Spartanburg
Startup Weekend Spartanburg, an immersive weekend for budding entrepreneurs to learn, network and pitch their businesses, will be held February 24-26, 2017, at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, located at 160 E. St. John St., in downtown Spartanburg, S.C.
Recognized as one of the world’s starting points for entrepreneurship, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where designers, developers, marketers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams and launch business startups. In addition, this event offers participants direct access to experts, resources and support that can help launch a venture.
Since 2009, more than 234,000 people have participated in Startup Weekends in over 1,142 cities throughout 140 countries. Each event is organized by the local community and provides an opportunity for participants, sponsors and business experts to engage with budding entrepreneurs, as well as share relevant tools for taking an idea to the next level.
USC Upstate’s Johnson College of Business and Economics, host and Premier sponsor, along with American Credit Acceptance welcomes other area sponsors, including the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and SCAR (South Carolina Research Authority) in support of this in-depth three-day experience.
To register or learn more about Startup Weekend Spartanburg, go to http://spartanburg.up.co/events/10054.
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.
1. January 23, 2017 — Lockhart School
2. February 27, 2017 — Sims Middle School
3. March 27, 2017 — Union County High School (Teacher of the Year Recognition)
4. April 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Academic Recognition)
5. May 22, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Retiree Banquet)
6. June 12, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
7. June 26, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
(Meet if Budget has not been approved)
8. July 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
9. August 28, 2017 — Monarch Elementary School
10. September 25, 2017 — Buffalo Elementary School
11. October 23, 2017 — Foster Park Elementary School
12. November 27, 2017 — Jonesville Elementary Middle School
13. 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.