First Steps Meeting
The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County Schools District Office Annex located at 120 Lakeside Drive in Union. The public is invited to attend.
Anyone wishing to attend that requires special assistance due to a disability is encouraged to contact Laura Wade, Executive Director, at (864) 429-1748, ext. 722 prior to the start of the meeting.
Our Vision: All children enter school with the tools necessary to succeed.
Our Mission: Connecting families to the resources they need for their children to be safe, healthy, and ready for school.
The Bobo Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Building.
These are the descendants of Levi and Lillie Estes Bobo.
Bring a well-filled picnic basket and tea.
Paper products and utensils will be furnished.
One-Day Trip To Harrah’s
Betsy & Company along with the Over the Hill Gang Relay for Life Team presents a One-Day Trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Saturday, Sept. 16
Picking up at Jonesville Municipal Building at 7 a.m. Picking up at the old Walmart parking lot in Union at 7:30 a.m.
If interested contact Betsy at 864-674-6799.
Post 22 Meeting
American Legion Post 22 will hold a monthly business meeting September 11 at 6 p.m. at the Foster Veterans Park Recreation Complex, 120 Scenic Drive, the second road behind Foster Park Elementary School.
All veterans and family members and auxiliary are welcome.
Relay For Life Awards Dinner
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Relay For Life of Union County will hold its Annual Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
All 2017 Union County Relay For Life teams are invited.
Anyone wanting to start a 2018 Relay team is invited, as we will be officially kicking off our 2018 Relay For Life season too.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Beth Lancaster at 864-426-3438 or Torance Inman at 864-426-0883.
Beekeepers To Meet
The Union County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, September 5 at 6 p.m. in the classroom at Union County Extension.
Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone interested in bees is invited to attend.
Join The Trail
Trail Life Troop SC-0332, a Christian Outdoor Scouting Program sponsored by Buffalo Baptist Church, will hold a Join The Trail on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall of Buffalo Baptist Church.
This outdoor program is for boys in 5-K through age 18. There are different activities for various age groups.
For further information, call Marvin or Juanita McCullough at 864-427-5739.
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, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.
No Cost Meals For Students
All students enrolled in the Union County School District will be eligible to eat at school at no cost during the 2017-2018 school year.
The Union County School District is participating in the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program that provides meals for all public school students at no cost to their families. Under the CEP, which is authorized through the federal Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act 2010, public students from 4K through high school are eligible to participate in the program and receive breakfast and lunch at school each school day.
In previous years, families had to meet certain income requirements in order for their children receive free or reduced cost meals at school, but that’s not the case with CEP. Under the CEP there is no income requirement for children to participate in the program. The elimination of the income requirements of previous years also eliminates the application process of previous years so parents or guardians do not need to return the Family Meal applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The elimination of this paperwork not only benefits the families of the students, it also helps schools reduce costs associated with collecting and processing those applications.
The school district is encouraging families to have their children take advantage of the program and enjoy two nutritious meals every school day. All school breakfast and lunch menus are planned according to the USDA’s nutrition guidelines, and include fresh fruit and vegetables.
Students participating in the program will still have to either use their ID Card or enter their PIN number to receive meals to ensure that each student only receives one reimbursable breakfast and one reimbursable lunch in a day. In addition to healthy meals some schools will offer students a variety of snack and beverage options that comply with the “Smart Snacks Sold in Schools” regulation. All optional items must be purchased. No charges will be allowed.
For more information about the CEP breakfast and lunch program at Union County Schools call Union County School District School Food Service Director Susan H. Thompson at 864-429-1748, Ext. 717.
Care In Our Community
A Caregiver Support Group at Heartland Health Care Center — Union will meet every third Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m in the Assisted Living Unit.
This group is open to anyone providing care for a person with health issues or age-related illness. At our caregiver meetings you will meet others in your same situation and learn new ideas to overcome challenges or find answers to questions you may have.
Refreshments will be provided.
For more information call 864-357-0147.
Heartland Health Care Center — Union is located at 709 Rice Avenue, Union.
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 In August
The following events and activities will be held at the UCAC Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union in August.
Painting With Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.!
Monday Night Music — Looking for something new to do? Join us Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of local, musical talent!
Toddler Time — Friday, Aug. 25, 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! $5 for members/$10 for non-members
A Painting is Worth 1000 Words — This is a unique and fun exhibit that you will not want to miss! Our Tuesday Morning Painting with Coffee group has filled our gallery with “Paintings that are worth a 1000 words!” Each artist has incorporated a word, quote, or number into every painting that is on display. Some have deep meaning, while others are full of humor. Pieces are available for sale.
A reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact Union County Arts Council Director Amber Ivey at 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, 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.
• 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.
• September 12, 2017 at Carlisle Town Hall
• October 10, 2017
• November 14, 2017 at Jonesville Town Hall
• December 12, 2017
Earlier this month these two children visited the Union County Museum. Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly said that during the visit museum staff learned that the children are descendants of well-known Union musician, Henry Campbell. Kelly said the children are Katie and Joshua Campbell who she said will be attending Buffalo Elementary School this year. She said the children enjoyed their visit to the museum and had fun with the toys and puzzles in the children’s corner.