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UCHS places 14th in WGI World Championships

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble placed 14th in the world at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend.This is Director Matt Chastain’s third year with the UCHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and following a win at a local contest earlier in the year, Chastain said the students were realizing the value of commitment.“The students are starting to understand the whole idea of ‘if they work really, really hard, it’s going to pay off,’” Chastain said a few months ago. “It takes dedication, time and commitment, and now they are reaping the fruits of their labor.”


Circus an entertainment, financial success

UNION — The circus is no longer in town but the four shows presented this past weekend by The Zerbini Family Circus will likely be only the first of many in the years to come.On Friday and Saturday the Union County Fairgrounds was home to the big top of The Zerbini Family Circus which provided local residents with the opportunity to see a variety of animal acts featuring trained dogs, horses, and camels. There were also a number of human performers such as clowns, jugglers, a...

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Easter Egg Scramble a fun time for children

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Recreation Department sponsored its third annual Easter Egg Scramble on Saturday.The free event was held at Union County Stadium, offering children games, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny, prizes, and the final event, the egg scramble, which separated children into three age groups, allowing them to “scramble” for eggs, which were spread out across the field and filled with prizes.“It was very warm in the...

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Large turnout for Smith’s Jewelry celebration

UNION — Family, friends, and customers turned out in large numbers for Saturday’s drop-in celebrating the 70th anniversary of Smith’s Jewelry Store and the 85th birthday of its owner, Al Smith.The celebration of Smith’s Jewelry’s 70th anniversary was held across three days — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — with special sales of the store’s merchandise during those days.On Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the special sales were...

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Bantams clinch division championship

UNION — The USC Union Bantams club baseball team won the District III West Division title after a series against Furman over the weekend.In the fall before their season started, Coach Paul Wilkes set three goals for his second-year team — to win the division, then the conference, then the World Series. One third of that mission was accomplished on Saturday and Sunday.

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Tennis camp participants

UNION — Tennis instructor Brad Tate held an annual tennis camp during spring break last week.

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Union County Dragway results

SANTUC — These are the results from Saturday’s Championship Points Race at the Union County Dragway.ProWinner — Mike SnowR/up — Eric MartinSemi — Wayne MontgomeryBest Qualifier — Eric MartinModifiedWinner — Mike PetrieR/up — Benji SmithSemi — Justin Carnaggio, Todd SinclairBest Qualifier — Ca...

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Birth Notices

Kennedy Renea RodgersTiffany Parham and Kennedy Renea Rodgers announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Renea Rodgers, born April 11, 2014 at Wallace Thomson Hospital. She was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches.

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Library Notes

Library HoursMonday-Friday — 9 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.Saturday — 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.Upcoming EventsThe Library will be closed Good Friday, April 18, 2014 and closed April 21, 2014 for a Staff Work Day.The Library will be open Saturday, April 19.FOL Book Sale/Donation AcceptanceThe Friends of the Library will ...

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Church Calendar

Friday, April 18Noon: New Emanuel Chapel hosts their annual “The Last Seven Words of Jesus Christ.” Minister Natasha Wedman, Minister Sundra Conner, Minister Mark Darby, Minister Mary Hooker, Elder Anita Cory, Jackie P. Thompson, and Charles Brannon will be speakers. Dr. James L. Mason, Pastor.Saturday, April 19

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Community Calendar

Tuesday, April 15• Union County Council holds a budget work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.• The Woodmen of the World meet at 6 p.m. at Woodmen Park.• Union City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Union Municipal Building.Thursday, April 17• The Good Neighbors Garden Club meets at AndyR...

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Who, What, When & Where Of Whitmire: A new football coach, and guild elects officers

Hello everyone, the weather finally looks like spring has arrived, so that means yard work. So lets do our birthday wishes from Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy, then it’s out to the yard.BirthdaysHappy Birthday to Barry Gilliam, Alex Collins, Linda Keller, Reagan Green, Tommy Shields, Heather Hawkins, Sandy Wicker, Joyce Guinn, Beth M. Bozard, Richard Hurst, David Claytor, Evonne Prather, Wayne Langston, Dickert “D”...

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Library Blog: MOOCs technology offers opportunities for learning

The influence of computers and smartphones has greatly changed the vocabulary of many Americans by introducing terms such as blog, high definition, and streaming video. One new term related to technology you may not be familiar with is MOOC, an acronym for Massive Open Online Course.

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Susan Kochenower

GAFFNEY — Susan Lynn Whited Kochenower, 65, 606 College Drive, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.Born in Pakersburg, WV, she was the wife of Ben D. Kochenower and the daughter of Eleanor Hefling Whited of Parkersburg, WV and the late Louis Benton Whited. She was a homemaker, loved to visit and help elderly and at risk people. Mrs. Kochenower was a member of Union Seventh Day Adventist.

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Constance Amick

SALINE, Mich. — Constance B. Amick (Connie) died in Saline, Michigan on April 2nd after a long illness.Born in 1935 in Framingham, Massachusetts to Evelyn Boyd and Ralph Butler, Connie grew up in East Walpole and Ashburnham, Massachusetts. She had fond memories of Cushing Academy, a co-ed boarding school, where she attended until the family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania in her sophomore year.

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Roy Revis

UNION — Mr. Roy Rion Revis, 55, 719 Kelly Road, Union, went home Saturday, April 12, 2014 to be with his beloved wife Joan Alveres Revis.Mr. Revis was born in Union, Oct. 31, 1958, a son of the late Charles E. Revis and Linda Hall Revis Simmons. He was a graduate of Union High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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Judy Harris

WOODRUFF — Ms. Judy Stephens Harris, 72, 408 Crescent Green Pond Road, Woodruff, formerly of Buffalo, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home.Ms. Harris was born in Union, SC Aug. 23, 1941, a daughter of the late William Arley Stephens and Pauline Quin Stephens. She was a former textile worker and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.Surviving are a daughter, Anna Sanders of the home; a son, Freddie Harris and wife Wendy of Buffalo; two grandchildren, Sh...

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Jack Ray

STARR, SC — Rev. Jack Ewell Ray, age 86, of Starr, husband of Sybil Moore Ray, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at his residence.Born in Montgomery, AL, on April 28, 1927 he was the son of the late Albert and Estell Densmore Ray. He graduated from Sydney Lanier High School and Huntingdon College in Montgomery AL.; he got his Bachelor of Divinity from Emory University in 1957. He was ordained Elder for United Methodist Church in 1957.Rev. Ray served Governmen...

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