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Two facing robbery charges in five counties

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UNION COUNTY — A man and a woman are in jail after being arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies and attempted robberies in at least five Upstate counties.


‘Hairspray’ offers a musical message of acceptance

UNION COUNTY — High-energy music and a message of tolerance have local high school students enthused about an upcoming stage production.The Union County High School Fine Arts Department will present a stage production of “Hairspray” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the UCHS cafetorium.The group will also perform its annual dinner theatre show sponsored by Rotary at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

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Dobson to attend Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics

UNION — A Union County student has been selected to attend the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.After a lengthy, rigorous and competitive application process, Union County High School tenth grader Quinn Dobson has been accepted to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. The South Carolina GSSM is an innovative high school for academically motivated juniors and seniors pursuing studies in scie...

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Credit card fees included in city budget

UNION — The City of Union could soon begin charging a fee when credit cards are used to pay utility bills, property taxes, business license fees and permits, and fines.In his presentation to Union City Council on the proposed 2014-2015 municipal budget on Monday morning, Finance Director Walker Gallman pointed out that since the city first began accepting them in 2005, the use of credit cards by the public to pay utility bills and property taxes, by businesses to purchase lic...

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Easter Bunny takes part in Carlisle Easter Egg Hunt

CARLISLE — Even though he’d been busy the night before and early that morning, the Easter Bunny still managed to attend the Town of Carlisle’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon.The Easter Egg Hunt was held at the Carlisle Town Hall for children ages 10 and under, all of whom were accompanied by adults. Each child brought their own Easter Basket or other containers to collect the more than 500 real and plastic Easter Eggs hidden around the town hall.

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Couple wins $500 cash prize

UNION — A local couple won a $500 cash prize through a drawing held at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service’s Union office.As part of a grand re-opening at its new location — at 403 North Duncan Bypass Suite A (across from Bojangles) in Union — Jackson Hewitt Tax Service held a series of prize drawings. Everyone who participated in grand re-opening festivities or had their income taxes prepared at Jackson Hewitt was entered into the drawing. Some lucky winners receive...

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Broad River Electric Annual Meeting Saturday, May 3

GAFFNEY — Broad River Electric’s Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, May 3 in the Broad River Electric Auditorium located at 811 Hamrick Street in Gaffney.Attending members will have an opportunities to win a 2006 GMC Sierra 4x4 and a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 along with several other door prizes. In addition, this year’s Early Bird prize, given to those who register between 8-10 a.m., will be an Apple iPad mini. A $1,000 scholarship will be given way t...

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Whitmire community supports idea of wellness

WHITMIRE — Todd Johnson explained just how parallel scripture was when it came to keeping our physical and spiritual bodies in shape Saturday at Whitmire’s first Wellness Walk.“I wanted to talk about just how important taking care of our body and spiritual life are,” Johnson said. “It’s all about discipline.”Johnson, who was the motivational speaker before the wellness event kicked off the morning of April 5, told participants ab...

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Whitmire named outstanding HOSA member

WHITMIRE — Kentrel Whitmire was named Most Outstanding HOSA Member for the Newberry County Career Center Chapter at the South Carolina State HOSA Convention, held March 12-14 in Charleston.Whitmire is a senior at Whitmire Community School. She is an active member of HOSA and currently completing the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Newberry County Career Center.Whitmire has also received multiple awards throughout this year, including Student of the Month, Ex...

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South Carolina Marine returns from training in Burundi

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy – Navy Lieutenant Jeremiah Oh, a medical officer with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and a native of Union, S.C., recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi.Oh was part of a small team of Marines and sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics and engineering, medical services, basic marksmanship, communications, vehicle movement and maintenance proced...

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Jonesville Elementary/Middle School third nine weeks honor rolls

The following students made the honor roll for the third nine weeks at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School.Principal’s Honor Roll3rd GradeLily CanadaJackson FowlerJeb GallmanNickolas IveyJacob RobinsonMiley Robinson4th GradeDymia BrannonCaleb BrightWill EdwardsMoriah Good...

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Birth Notices

Derrick O’Brian Smith Jr.Aaliyah Davis and Derrick Smith announce the birth of their son, Derrick O’Brian Smith Jr., born April 16, 2014 at Wallace Thomson Hospital. He was 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and 20 1/2 inches.Ja’Corey De’quan HarrisDakota T. Rice and Kintez J. Harris announce the birth of their son, Ja&...

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Crime Report

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrest:— Jackie Lee Lanier, 33, of 211 North 1st Street, Lockhart, was charged with breach of peace around 10:25 p.m. April 21.The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrests:— Erica Harley Brown, 20, of 1111 Lakeside Drive, Union, was charged with disorderly conduct around 11:15 a.m. April 21.— Travis Eric Vaughan, 19...

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Community Calendar

Wednesday, April 23• The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board holds their monthly meeting at noon. The meeting will be held at 226 S. Gadberry St. Lunch will be provided.Thursday, April 24-Sunday, April 27• The UCHS Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts presents the musical “Hairspray!” The Dinner Theatre performance will be Thursday, April 24 at 6:30; advance ticket is required. Non-Dinner per...

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Church Calendar

Wednesday, April 23-Friday, April 256:30 p.m.: The Pacolet River Baptist Sunday School Convention will observe its Annual Baptist Education Training Clinic. Repast is served at 6:30 p.m. and worship begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday nightly. On Friday night, repast is served at 6 p.m. and worship begins at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 23 7 p.m.:...

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Raymond Davis

UNION — Raymond “Slick Rick” Davis, 61, 902 Union Blvd. died April 15, 2014.A native of Union, he was the widower of Jeanette Gregory Davis and the son of Otis Davis, Sr. of Jonesville and the late Mary Lucille Dawkins Davis. He was a member of New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church and a former employee of Union County Schools.In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by one stepson, William F. Bessick, Jr.; two brothers, Otis Davis, Jr. and Jesse Davis...

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Lois Crawford

JONESVILLE — Lois Smith “Baby Lois” Crawford, 74, 140 Early Street, died April 18, 2014.A native of Union, she was the widow of William Bernard Crawford and daughter of the late Douglas Smith and Joella Lindsey Smith. She was a member of Mark Hill Baptist Church and was retired from Conso Products and Whitney Place. She was a graduate of Sims High School.In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, J. B. Smith, Jo...

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Willie Kelly

CARLISLE — Willie D. Kelly, 91, 935 Santuc Drive, died April 18, 2014 at his residence.A native of Union County, he was the widower of Willie Mae Jeter Kelly and the son of the late Willie Munch Kelly and Adelle Rice Kelly. He was a member of Thomas Chapel AME Church. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Farmers Enterprise Masonic Lodge #280. He attended Denmark Area Trade School where he received his professional certification. He was self-employed as brick mas...

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