Relay For Life Chicken Stew
A chicken stew sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 starting 11 a.m. at Faiforest Baptist Church. The chicken stew will be cooked by Bobby DeHart. To preorder call Tammy at 864-426-6000 or Dora at 864-426-5400.
Sims High School Classes Of 1960, 1961, 1962
The Sims High School Classes of 1960, 1961, and 1962 will meet Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at the City of Union Municial Building. Class reunions will be the subject of the meeting.
Sims High School Class Of 1963
The Sims High School Class of 1963 will have a planning meeting Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. at New Horizon Christian Church in Union. All classmates are asked to be present. For more information contact Clarence Hughes or Wade Hampton.
Democrats To Meet
The Union County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting is Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the City of Union Municipal Building, 101 Sharpe Avenue, Union.
Guest speaker will be Susan Smith, Candidate for State Chair, South Carolina Democratic Party.
the meeting is open to the public.
Ann Stevens, UCDP Chair.
Union County Senior Citizens
The Union County Senior Citizens will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Mon Aetna Church Social Hall for a covered dish meal.
There will be a board meeting at 5 p.m. All board members please attend.
Gibby Arthur will sing for the entertainment.
March At The UCAC
The following events and activities will held in March at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.
• 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, March 2 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, March 14 at 6 p.m. This is open to everyone.
• Monday Night Music — Looking for something new to do? Join us March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of local, musical talent.
• Toddler Time — Friday, March 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.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.
• Mini Monet — Join us on Saturday, March 18 for a morning full of secret creativity! We will be making secret book safes! Kindergarten-5th Grade. $15 members/ $20 nonmembers.
• 2017 Wine Tasting — Join us on Friday, March 10 for the 2017 Wine Tasting. The Cat’s Paw Winery will be supplying our wine while Bob Love, this year’s Sommelier, will provide us with all the information. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the UCAC or from any board member. Tastings will be held at 5:30 and 7:30. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR
• 2017 Elementary Youth Art Show Reception — UCAC will honor Union County’s talented elementary school students with a reception on March 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. The UCAC gallery will be filled with over 50 pieces of artwork created by students, kindergarten to 5th grade. We invite everyone to join us. Refreshments will be served.
Have you joined UCAC yet? NOW IS THE TIME! March is the annual membership drive for UCAC! Call, email, or stop in today to join! All members receive special pricing on camps, classes, and events. For more information contact Amber at 864-429-2817.
Community Prayer Meeting
The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at noon on Thursday, March 2 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.
Sims Class Of 1968
The Sims High School Class of 1968 will meet Saturday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at 1101 Union Boulevard, Union. Please put this date on your calendar. We will look forward to seeing you there. Any questions feel free to call 864-674-6799.
Upcountry Literary Festival
USC Union will be the host to the seventh annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 24, from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The two day-event will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artist.
The Upcountry Literary Festival is honored to announce the keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Kelly Cherry, who will also be presented our William “Singing Billy” Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters. Dr. Cherry is a poet, novelist, and memoirist whose work includes “Augusta Played,” “The Life and Death of Poetry,” and “Dr. Joyce Brothers and Me,” among many others. Her work is accessible, humorous, and “serious” in that most engaging way. Along with other numerous awards and honors, Dr. Cherry was named Virginia’s Poet Laureate by their Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016.
The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union’s Main Building. A full schedule and participant list will be posted at a later date on the USC Union website.
For more information, please contact Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057 or email [email protected]
PPG To Host St. Claire
Garden writer and photographer, Marian St. Claire will present “Growing Good Gardens: Finding Ideas and Inspiration in all the Right Places” on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Piedmont Physic Garden, which is located at 301 E. South Street in Union, SC.
St. Claire is well known for her articles in The Greenville News and Carolina Gardener Magazine. She also leads garden tours throughout the United States and Europe.
Tickets are $20 for non-members. However, there is a 20 percent early bird discount of $16 for those who register by Friday, March 3. To reserve your spot, please send your check to The Piedmont Physic Garden PO Box 603 Union, SC 29379 or register online via our website www.piedmontphysicgarden.org. Look for the green button under the Events section of our website.
PPG Hosts ‘Survival Garden’ Program
Tommy Sinclair and Buddy Blackmon will lead a workshop called “Creating a Year-Round Survival Garden — Part I” on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Piedmont Physic Garden, which is located at 301 E. South Street in Union, SC.
This spring session will be the first 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.
Tickets are $20 for non-members. To reserve your spot, please send your check to The Piedmont Physic Garden PO Box 603 Union, SC 29379 or register online via our website www.piedmontphysicgarden.org Look for the green button under the Events section.
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.
Miracle League Registration Under Way
The Miracle League of Union County is now registering players and buddies for its upcoming baseball season. Registration will continue through Saturday, March 11.
Registration forms for the 2017 baseball season can be picked up at the Miracle League office at 115 Thomas Street, Union, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also request registration forms be mailed to you by emailing the Miracle League at [email protected] or by calling Amy Austin at 864-466-7879. You can also “like” the Miracle League on Facebook and visit its website at www.themiracleleagueofunioncounty.org.
There will also be “in person” registration at the Timken Sports Complex Monday, Feb. 20 from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, March 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Uniforms for players and buddies will be distrbuted March 31 from 4-6 p.m. at the Timken Sports Complex.
The MLUC baseball season will get under way the 2nd week of April and continue through the last week of May.
A leaflet providing registration information states that “Everyone CAN play ball! No baseball experience is required. This league is specifically for boys and girls, men and women who need assistance playing baseball. Buddies are provided to keep your player safe and assist them around the field and at bat. Miracle League Baseball will improve your child’s confidence, self-esteem, independence and development of coordination and motor skills.”
Teens Sought For Summer Jobs
The USDA Forest Service, Enoree Ranger District is seeking young men and women, ages 15-18, who are interested in summer employment with the USDA Forest Service in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Crew members will earn minimum wage (7.25 p/h), working 40 hours per week for eight weeks (June 11-August 5, 2017).
The YCC program teaches young adults about the forest environment by engaging them in the management of its natural resources. Students gain hands-on experience in trail building; campground maintenance and renovation; noxious weed removal and planting projects. These and other projects all serve to benefit the forest and its ecosystems. It’s a great introduction for kids interested in pursuing a natural resources career.
Applicants must be prepared for hard physical work in an outdoor environment under potentially adverse weather conditions and rough terrain. Crew members are responsible for their own daily transportation to the Enoree District Office. Each participant must provide his/her own work boots, proper work clothes, a backpack and a daily lunch. The USDA Forest Service will provide project tools and transportation to and from project work sites each morning.
The district will choose enrollees based upon answers to application questions contained on the form. So be succinct and diligent in answering the questions. An equal number of men and women will be chosen. Applications must be submitted in “hard copy” form to USDA Forest Service, 20 Work Center Road, Whitmire, SC 29178 by April 24, 2017. E-mails will not be accepted.
Interested persons may pick up an application from the guidance counselors at local high schools in Union, Newberry, Chester, Laurens, and Fairfield counties. The Enoree District Office will also have applications available: Enoree Ranger District, 20 Work Center Rd., Whitmire, SC 29178, telephone (803) 276-4810.
DSN Board Meetings
The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board will meet at the following times in 2017:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12 p.m.
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
Union County Relay For Life Team Captain meetings are now under way and will continue into spring with the 2017 fundraising campaign culminating in May with this year’s Relay For Life Event.
This Team Captain meetings will held on the following dates:
• Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.
• Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Anyone wanting to start a Relay Team is welcome at any meeting.
The 2017 Relay For Life 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 [email protected]
The Union County Healthcare Foundation hold “Shag Night 2017” Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Union National Guard Armory.
Shag Night 2017 will feature dancing with live music provided by the “Band of Oz.” Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be both a live auction and a silent auction.
Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance as there will be none available at the door.
Shag Night 2017 is an annual fundraiser of the Healthcare Foundation which uses the funds raised to purhcase health-care equipment and related items for Union Medical Center, Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, and the medical community of Union County.
For more information about Shag Night 2017 and how to purchase your tickets call 864-301-2466.
Union County Beekeepers
The Union County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in the classroom of Clemson Extension at the fairgrounds. Enter through side gate and park in rear. We will have social time and meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Scott Derrick owner of Blythewood Bee Company will present an interesting program on bee products. Check him out online and if you want to order, he will gladly bring to the meeting.
Everyone interested in bees is welcome to attend.
A One Day Trip
Betsy & Company along with Over The Hill Gang Relay for Life Team presents a one day trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on Saturday, March 11. First pick up at 7 a.m. at Jonesville Municipal Building; second pick up at 7:30 a.m. in Union at the Old Walmart Parking Lot. If interested feel free to contact Betsy at 864-674-6799.
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.
• February 27, 2017 — Sims Middle School
• March 27, 2017 — Union County High School (Teacher of the Year Recognition)
• April 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Academic Recognition)
• 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.
• March 14, 2017
• April 11, 2017 at Lockhart Town Hall
• 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