Read named Lions Volunteer of the Year

Photo courtesy of the Union Lions Club Lion Kathleen Read (left) is presented with a plaque recognizing her as the Union Lions Club’s Volunteer of the Year by Club President Lion Barbara Holley (right).

Class Of 1968 To Meet

The Sims High School Class of 1968 will meet on Saturday, May 26 at 5 p.m. at 1101 Union Boulevard.

Business of importance.

Please plan on attending.

Dinner Sale

Bethany AME Church will have a Dinner Sale Sunday, May 27 starting at 12 p.m.

All funds will go towards the Bethany AME Community Development Center Building Fund.

The menu will include BBQ chicken, Yellow Rice, Green Beans or Pinto Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad, Cornbread or Rolls, Dessert, and Tea.

$8 per adult and $5 per child

Rev. Ronald McFadden, Pastor.

Choir Anniversary

The All-Male Chorus of New Hope AME Zion Church, Cross Keys, will celebrate their 42nd Choir Anniversary on Sunday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited.

Planning Meeting

The Class of 1963 of Sims High School will have a Planning Meeting on Sunday, May 27 at 5 p.m. at New Horizon Christian Church for the 55th Class Reunion.

All classmates are asked to attend.

For more information contact Leslie Garner or Wade Hampton.

Music In The Mansion

Enjoy an early evening musical performance in the beautiful ballroom of the Rose Hill Plantation mansion, the former home of Governor William H. Gist and his family. We will be transported to the 1800s as we listen to pieces that for the Gist family and their contemporaries would have been new. Today we consider them classics. Some you will recognize and others may be a surprise. The concert will take place Saturday, June 23, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Dr. Brennan Szafron, organist and choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, is returning this summer for this special musical program. Szafron gives intimate and engaging recitals, introducing his audience to musicians and melodies which may be new to the ear or treasured favorites. His concerts, held in the ballroom which resonated with live music in the 19th century, are truly unique. There will be a 15-minute intermission with light refreshments available. At the end of the performance there will be a brief period for questions and discussion.

Reservations are required and must be made by Wednesday, June 20. Seating is limited to the first 35 registrants. Admission: $10/person. This is a Passport Plus program. Contact: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, S.C. Phone: 864-427-5966 or E-mail: [email protected]

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.


Monarch Baptist Church will hold a Revival Sunday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Guest speaker will be Rev. James Mason of New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church.

Pastor Sumter M. Franklin.

Memorial Day Observance

Observance by American Legion Vietnam Veterans of America to be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Park Lodge from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There will not be a guest speaker but any citizen in attendance can remember their veteran loved ones with brief information.

Refreshments will be available and each guest is asked to donate snacks of their choice.

Contact Coordinator Charles E. Lott Sr. at 864-429-5560 for details and if you would like to plan the event and volunteer.

May we in our county never forget.

Basketball Camp

The 2018 Trevor Booker Basketball Camp will be held June 1-2 at Union County High School from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.

The two-day camp, which costs $50, is for boys and girls ages 6 and up. Lunch will be provided to the participants each day of the camp.

The camp will feature special NBA guests Myles Turner, Jawun Eavns, and more.

The families of children interested in participating in the camp may register them online at

For business or sponsorship inquiqiries contact [email protected] or 864-612-8950.

Buffet Breakfast

St. Paul Baptist Church Youth and Missionary will hold sponsor a Buffet Breakfast at Dawkins Restaurant on Saturday, June 2 from 9-11:30 a.m.

Advance tickets are $8. Tickets at the door are $10.

To get an advance ticket see any member of St. Paul Baptist Church or contact Rosemary Rice at 864-426-6518.

The breakfast is a fundraiser for the church.

Beekeepers To Meet

The Union County Beekeepers Association will meet on Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. in the classroom at Union County Clemson Extension. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Buddy May, SCBA Master Craftsman Beekeeper and Vice-President of Eastern Apiculture Society will present program on mentoring and his research. Everyone interested in bees is invited to attend.

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its program 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.

Family & Friends Day

Beatty’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 130 Beatty’s Chapel Church, Road, Union, will hold Family & Friends Day Sunday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Rev. LaQuitta Griffin, Pastor of Mitchell Chapel Baptist Church.

Rev. James Curenton, Pastor.

Dinner Theater

Mary Owens presents Dinner Theater on Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. at Main Street Junction.

Theater will include dinner and play.

Tickets for the event are $35 and you must purchase a ticket in advance before June 16 from one of the cast members or Mary Owens.

Contact person is Mary Owens at 864-429-1402.

Moorman Reunion

The descendants of Peter, Wadus (Waitis), and Samuel Moorman are having a Family Reunion on June 22-24 at Veterans Park Clubhouse in Union.

For more information please call 954 732-7172 or 803 328-5985.

Trip To Harrah’s

Come join Betsy & Company along with the Over the Hill Gang Relay for Life Team for a fun-filled one-day trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Saturday, July 21.

1st pick up at 7 a.m. at the Jonesville Municipal Building. 2nd pick up at 7:30 a.m. in Union at the Old Walmart Parking lot.

If interested contact Betsy at 864-674-6799 or 313-520-6799.

CCA Accepting Applications

Carolina Community Actions Head Start/Early Head Start is now accepting applications for children in the Union County area ages 3 and 4 and for Infants and Toddlers from birth to 3 and pregnant mothers for the 2018-2019 program year.

Head Start/Early Head Start emphasizes school readiness by incorporating a research-based curriculum and implementing the mentoring-coaching component. Information and activities are provided to parents throughout the year to smooth their transition into kindergarten. It includse services for the entire family through Parent and Family engagement activities such as monthly parent meetings which include Grandparent and Fatherhood programs. It also assists families with medical and dental needs, including vision, hearing, and developmental screenings and provide special education services for the children with special needs.

Head Start/Early Head Start serves children with special needs including but not limited to children with development, vision and hearing impairment, speech, and orthopedic impairment. Children birth to age 3 receiving Early Intervention Services through Part 3 (Baby Net) automatically qualify.

Head Start/Early Head Start participates in the USDA Child Care Food Program and breakfast, lunch and snacks are served to Head Start children, and formula, breakfast, lunch and snacks are served to the Early Head Start children at no cost to the families. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The following items are required in order to apply to enroll a child in Head Start or Early Head Start:

• Legal birth certificate/documented proof of age

• Certificate of immunization

• Up to date physical

• Proof of income for the 2017 calendar year.

Families must meet the Federal income guidelines in order to qualify. Children with special needs qualify regardless of family income.”

The Head Start/Early Head Start center in Union County is located at the Jonesville Center, 514 Alman Street, Jonesville.

For more information and/or to make an appointment call 864-674-6014.

YMCA Summer Day Camp

Registration is now under way for the Union County YMCA Summer Day Camp which will be be held Monday, June 4 and run through Friday, Aug. 17. The camp, which is for children ages 5-12, will be held Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Children enrolled in the program will enjoy a variety of athletic, educational, and character development activities including swimming in the YMCA swimming pool, a weekly field trip, and STEM activities at the Union County Carnegie Library. A certified teacher will be on the staff to work with the children a couple of hours a week to help them maintain the academic level they achieved in school. The Summer Day Camp will also be participating the Summer Reading Program provided through the Carnegie Library.

Parents wanting to register their children for Summer Day Camp may do so at the Union County YMCA. The camp costs $80 per week for YMCA members and $90 per week for non-YMCA members. There is also a one-time registration fee of $30. When children are registered the fees paid will pay for their camp t-shirt, lunches and two snacks that will be served each day of the camp, and for the weekly field trips.

Those interested in having their children take part in the camp to get them registered as soon as possible as there are only 50 slots available.

May At The UCAC

Will Barnes Abstract Photography Exhibit — Mr. Barnes was born in Autsria and spent most of his childhood in Europe. After college Will worked as a commercial photographer until realizing his passion in photography was Fine Arts. His photography has been shown in over a hundred exhibitions both locally and nationally. They have received numerous awards and are in many pucblic and commercial collections. His newest exhibition is based on colorful abstract visions. I invite you to visit his exhibit and study the detail that is in each photograph.

Opening day for the exhibit was Monday, May 7. The exhibit will run through mid-June.

Painting With Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.!

Toddler Time — Time to get messy!!! This class is just for the little ones! 4 years and younger, with an adult, are invited to enjoy art in a messy and creative way! Friday, May 25 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.

$5 members/ $10 non members

Neighborhood Leadership Coalition

The Neighborhood Leadership Coalition will host the following events on the following dates:

•• Thursday, June 7-Friday, June 8, 12:00 Noon-8 p.m., Youth Summit, Fairgrounds, 106 Fair Lane, Union.

Mission: “To build a strong coalition that will bring growth and change so leaders and citizens can mature and be responsible and accountable.

For more information, visit our website, email [email protected], or call/text 864-427-5222.

Rev. Jerome Brown, CEO

Ann Stevens-Brown, Administrative Director

Union County School Board Meeting Dates

These are the 2018 Union County School Board of Trustees meeting dates.

• June 11, 2018 — Union County Career and Technology Center

• June 25, 2018- Union County Career and Technology Center

(Meet if Budget has not been approved)

• July 23, 2018 — Union County Career and Technology Center

• August 27, 2018 — Monarch Elementary School

• September 24, 2018 — Buffalo Elementary School

• October 22, 2018 — Foster Park Elementary School

• November 26, 2018 — Jonesville Elementary Middle School

• December 10, 2018 — Union County Career and Technology Center

All board meetings are held at 6 p.m. and 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 2018 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.

• June 19, 2018 (Primary on June 12.)

• July 10, 2018

• August 14, 2018

• September 11, 2018 at Carlisle Town Hall

• October 9, 2018

• November 13, 2018 at Jonesville Town Hall

• December 11, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Union Lions Club Lion Kathleen Read (left) is presented with a plaque recognizing her as the Union Lions Club’s Volunteer of the Year by Club President Lion Barbara Holley (right). courtesy of the Union Lions Club Lion Kathleen Read (left) is presented with a plaque recognizing her as the Union Lions Club’s Volunteer of the Year by Club President Lion Barbara Holley (right).
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