Antique Farm Show this Saturday

Union County Antique Farm Show

The 15th Annual Union County Antique Farm Show will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. The Farm Show is free and will include a variety of agricultural activities to entertain both children and adults. Those activities include:

• Display of Antique Tractors.

• Food and craft vendors on-site.

• Saw milling demonstrations.

• The “Parade of Power,” a parade of tractors from the Fairgrounds to Walmart and back again.

• Poultry Showmanship.

• Woodcarving demonstrations.

• Display of a Woodworking Tool Collection.

• Blacksmithing demonstrations.

• Bluegrass music performances.

• An Ugly Tractor Contest.

• Antique Homestead, a building built and decorated to represent early farm life.

• Cornhole Tournament.

• Making Sassafras Tea.

• Pedal Tractor Pull.

• Soap Box Derby Races.

• Fire Trucks on display.

• Display of antique cars and trucks.

A new feature of this year’s show will be a team of Belgian Horses that will be on display.

For more information about the Farm Show call Allen Owens at 864-426-0068 or Raymond Sligh at 864-426-0922.

First Steps Seeking Board Members

In September of 2017, members of the Union County First Steps Board Nominating Committee will meet to consider nominations for new members of the Union County First Steps Board. We are asking for nominations from the public to be considered by the committee so that a pool of qualified nominees can be presented to the full board.

Keep in mind that the board is looking for members to meet certain membership categories and who are willing to make the necessary time commitment to Union County First Steps Board. Those categories are: Pre-kindergarten through primary educator; family education, training, and support provider; childcare and/or early childhood development/education provider; healthcare provider; local government; nonprofit organization that provides services to families and children; faith community; business community; philanthropic community; and parents of preschool children.

A nomination form should be completed and returned to Laura Wade, by Friday, Sept. 15 at 120 Lakeside Dr., Union, SC 29379 or by email, [email protected]

Please call Mrs. Wade at 864-429-1748, ext. 722 for more information or to request a nomination form, a Board Responsibilities information sheet, and the categories of individuals as defined in the First Steps legislation that must be elected to the board.

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.

Survival Garden

The Piedmont Physic Garden will offer a workshop called “Creating a Year Round Survival Garden — Part III” led by Union natives and garden enthusiasts Tommy Sinclair and Buddy Blackmon. It will be held on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Piedmont Physic Garden located at 301 E. South Street.

This will be the third 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.

General admission is $20 per person.

To reserve your spot, please send your check to The Piedmont Physic Garden, PO Box 603, Union, SC 29379 or go to

Woodmen Of The World Meets

The Woodmen of The World will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Woodmen Park.

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.

Food Plots 101 At Clemson Extension

Clemson Extension presents Food Plots 101 on September 22 at the Cherokee Office (1100 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This course will provide hunters with a practical approach to managing wildlife food plots for multiple game species. Topics include: soil and seedbed preparations, crop selection, pest and weed control, attracting game legally, and managing native food sources. The $40 course fee includes lunch, materials, pesticide credit, and wildlife planting guide. RSVP online or 864.489.3141;114 before 9/18.

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.

Should you require special accommodations due to a disability, please notify our office ten days prior to the event.

Sims Class Of 1968 Meets

The Sims High School Class of 1968 will meet on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at 1101 Union Boulevard. Members please plan on attending. Business of Importance.”

All American Banquet

The Union County Democratic Party invites the public to “join us” on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 322 Veterans Drive, Union, for an “All American Banequet … in “celebration and thanks to all of our veterans who have served, scarificed, and (are) still serving to keep us safe at home and abroad.”

The guest speaker will former State Sen. McKinley Washington.

Donation is $30.

Please see any member of the Union County Democratic Party for tickets or contact Rosemary Price at 864-426-6518 or Carolyn Glenn at 864-429-9392.

We look forward to having you with us. Thank you in advance.

Ann Stevens, County Chair.

At The UCAC In September

The following events and activities will be held at the UCAC Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union in September.

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 September 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of local, musical talent!

Toddler Time — Friday, September 22 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 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! $5.00 for members/ $10.00 for non members

Art Exhibition — The UCAC cordially invites you to attend the 2017 Art Exhibition which will be held at at USC-Union Main Campus on Thursday, September 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Awards will be presented beginning at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. The awards ceremony will then be followed by a reception.

Russell Jewell Exhibit — UCAC is honored to have our 2017 Art Exhibition Juror, Russell Jewell, fill our gallery with his amazing work. Mr. Jewell is a nationally recognized Plein air painter, published in multiple books and magazines. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and The Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Mr. Jewell has devoted over 30 years as an art educator in the public education system. His show at the UCAC will open Thursday, September 21.

Watercolor Workshop — Registration is now open for a Watercolor Workshop that will be held Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $50 per members and $60 for non-members. Call the Union County Arts Council to register.

Local Artists Showcase — Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? Now is the time to start preparing your items for our “Local Artists Showcase.” We accept all types of art, paintings, drawings, photography, quilts, pottery, knitting, woodwork, ornaments, jewelry, baskets, crochet, and more! Please contact Amber for more details and to reserve your space!

For more information about these events and related matters call the Union County Arts Council at 864-429-2817.

American Legion Low Country Boil

American Legion Post 22 will hold a Low Country Boil Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park Lodge.

Socializing will begin at 6 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.

This Post 22 fundraising effort is in support of American Legion Post 22 Baseball.

Individual tickets are $40.

A Table Sponorship is $250 with each Table Sponsor receiving 8 tickets.

For table reservations and tickets see any Post 22 member or contact Tommy Sinclair at 864-621-2435 or John McKnight at 864-431-6389 or Torance Inman at 864-426-0883.

Littlejohn Family Reunion

The descendants of Walton Stafford and Leila Griffin Littlejohn will hold a Family Reunion in the Christian Fellowship Center at Mon-Aetna Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at noon.

Come learn about your ancestors, visit with family and friends, and enjoy some singing and entertainment.

Bring a well-filled basket. Paper products and drinks will be provided.

CCA Energy Assistance

The Union County Office of Carolina Community Actions, Inc. (CCA) is currently taking applications to assist low-income families with home energy cooling bills and a variety of other programs and services.

Households may be assisted with home energy bills up to $1,000, HVAC unit repairs or replacements, air conditioner units. Other programs and services include rental assistance, General Education Degrees (GED), tuition for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), job training, child care, medical prescriptions, nutrition education and food vouchers.

Applications are taken Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 201 E. Main Street, Suite A, Union, SC. Family households must be income eligible and provide documentation to qualify. For more information, please call the Union County Community Actions office at 864-427-0336.

About CCA

Carolina Community Actions, Inc. LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and GEAP (General Emergency Assistance Program) is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services and administered through the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in Columbia, SC. CCA is a private non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote self-reliance of low-income individual and families by forming partnerships which will provide a systematic reduction of the causes and conditions of poverty.


CCA can provide Non-Emergency Assistance; Emergency Assistance; and Mortgage, Rent, Water Assistance to qualified low-income families. The following documents are required to obtain these tyes of assistance:

Non-Emergency Assistance

Non-Emergency Assistance is provided where there is no past due bill.

1. South Carolina picture ID with current address

2. Social Security cards for all household members

3. Proof of total gross household income for the last 30 days:

• Weekly, bi-monthly or monthly check stubs

• 2017 Social Security Benefits Award Letter

• UI (Unemployment Insurance) benefits printout and a current job search

4. Copy of the current unpaid energy bill (must be in the name of the applicant or a household member)

Emergency Assistance

Emergencies include bills that are within 5 days of disconnect, decrease in income, extreme weather conditions, and other unforeseen incidents.

1. South Carolina picture ID with current address

2. Social Security cards for all household members

3. Proof of total gross household income for the last 30 days:

• Weekly, Bi-monthly or monthly check stubs

• 2017 Social Security Benefits Award Letter

• UI (Unemployment Insurance) benefits printout and a current job search

4. Last 3 (three) energy bills from utility vendor (a current stamped-account history printout

may be required for various vendors)

5. A receipt indicating disallowed fees on the energy bill are paid i.e. outdoor lights, round up fees, etc.)

Mortgage, Rent, Water Assistance

1. South Carolina picture ID with current address

2. Social Security cards for all household members

3. Proof of total gross household income for the last 30 days:

• Weekly, Bi-monthly or monthly check stubs

• 2017 Social Security Benefits Award Letter

• UI (Unemployment Insurance) benefits printout and a current job search

4. Eviction Notice from the landlord/magistrate’s office, Rental Assistance Affidavit, IRS W9 Form (for new landlords)

5. Lease Agreement (must include names of all household members)

6. A receipt or money order for the amount CCA cannot pay.

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.

Crochet Club

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.

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.

Civitans Meet

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.

Gospel Night

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, 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

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.

Bereavement Program

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.

• 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.

• October 10, 2017

• November 14, 2017 at Jonesville Town Hall

• December 12, 2017

Image courtesy of the Union County Antique Farm Show The 15th Annual Union County Antique Farm Show will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds.
Image courtesy of the Union County Antique Farm Show The 15th Annual Union County Antique Farm Show will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds.
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