Kitchens addresses Rotary Club

Photo courtesy of the Union Rotary Club Rotarian Sammy Diamaduros recently welcomed Stephanie Kitchens to the Union Rotary Club. She spoke about Union High School’s Cross Country Team that she and her husband, David coach. Union’s Cross Country course is one of the toughest courses!

Christmas Tour Of Homes

Meals on Wheels of Union is offering the public the opportunity to “Step Into Homes Of The Past & Present” during the “Christmas Tour Of Homes” on Dec. 3 from 1-6 p.m.

The tour will include the:

• Nicholson Mansion, 2403 Cross Keys Highway, Union

• Chibbaro Home, 699 Foster Howell Road, Carlisle

• Smith House, 838 Santuc Drive, Union

• Bailey House, 504 Perrin Avenue, Union

• Church of the Nativity — Episcopal, 320 South Church Street, Union

• Osborne House, 4531 Cabal Road, Sharon

Tickets for the tour are $15 and may be purchased at Ben’s Paint Store, 110 E. Academy St., Union.

For more information about Meals on Wheels, the services it provides, the Christmas Tour of Homes and/or to make a contribution in support of its efforts call 864-427-1598 or go online at

Open House At Nonie’s

Nonie’s, 700 West Main Street, Union, will hold its 37th Annual Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Woodmen Christmas Party

The Woodmen of the World Christmas Party will be held Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Woodmen Park.

Food will be furnished by the camp.

Santa will be there so bring a gift to go under the tree wrapped for your child.

Please bring a canned good for the Salvation Army.

Historical Society Meeting

The Union County Historical Society will meet Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Cross Keys House.

The speaker will be Mrs. Belton Lawson whose subject will be the history of the Cross Keys and Sedalia commuities.

Those attending are asked to bring finger food for a Christmas gathering immediately following the meeting. A beverage will be provided.

For more information please call the Union County Museum at 429-5081.

First Steps Board Meeting

The Union County First Steps Partnership Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5:15 p.m. at the Union County School District Office Annex, located at 120 Lakeside Dr. 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

Christmas And New Year’s At Rose Hill

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site will have special events to celebrate both Christmas and News Year’s.

• Christmas

What Christmastime customs were practiced in the late 1800s? Come see for yourself! Travel back in time with a Victorian-style Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation. The mansion will be decorated and we will offer special holiday-themed tours from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Father Christmas will join us for a special appearance on Sunday afternoon. Come one and all!

Christmas trees, fancy ornaments and exchanging gifts are some of our familiar holiday traditions which actually started in the 1800s. How did the Gist family celebrate Christmas at Rose Hill? This time of year was also an important holiday for the enslaved people on the plantation. What were their traditions? In addition to the special house tour, visitors can partake of hot drinks and homemade goodies in the plantation kitchen. Warm your hands by the fire and craft your own decoration to take home with you!

Please note that tours begin on the front porch of the mansion on the half hour from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person (age 6 and older). Age 5 and under, free. Tickets may be purchased in the park office (in kitchen building) the day of your visit. No reservations are required. The program is free with a S.C. Park Passport Plus. The mansion will remain decorated for the holiday season throughout the month of December.

• New Year’s

After the holidays are over and you have made your New Year’s resolutions, start out on the right foot (or the left) with a First Day Hike. Meet with the ranger on Sunday, January 1, 2017 to hike the ½-mile Nature Trail at Rose Hill. Along the way, we’ll stop and explore the nature and history on the park. This walk promises to be refreshing for the mind and body so join us for an exhilarating start to your New Year! Meet at the park office. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. $2 per person age 16 and older. Age 15 and under are free. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Binoculars, insect repellent and a camera are optional, but you never know what we might see.

For more information contact Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379 at 864-427-5966 or E-mail or go on the web at

Sims Class Of 1968 Fellowship

The Sims High School Class of 1968 will come together at Copper River, located at 2014 Boiling Springs Rd., in Boiling Springs, S.C. for their Christmas fellowship on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Please RSVP at 674-6799 by Dec. 9. Will look forward to seeing you there.

NAACP Election

The Union County Branch of the NAACP will hold its election of officers for the years 2017 and 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at 201 Porter St. (Union Housing Authority Building).

All members who are in good standing are encouraged to participate in this election.

Rev. Michael A. Glenn, President — 864-921-7621.

Rev. James A. Williams, Secretary — 864-674-6304.

December At The UCAC

The following activities and events will take place this month at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery at 116 E. Main Street in 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, December 1, 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, December 13 at 6 a.m. This is open to everyone!

Monday Night Music — Looking for something new to do? Join us December 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of Christmas music performed by local, musicians!

Toddler Time — Friday, December 23, 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.

Local Artists Showcase — Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Stop by UCAC today to find it! We have jewelry, pottery, ornaments, woodcarving, hand painted shutters and signs, and so much more! Local Union Artists created everything!

Mini Monet — It’s Christmas time and that means time for those ugly Christmas sweaters! Join us December 17 to create your very own UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CANVAS and a special Gingerbread House! You MUST register for this class by calling 864-429-2817

9-11 a.m.

$15 members/$29 non-members

Local Artists Showcase

The Union County Arts Council is calling for entries for the 2016 Local Artists Showcase to be held at the UCAC gallery through Dec. 31. This annual showcase features the work of local artists in a variety of media.

The show gives local artists the chance to show their work in a gallery setting and to also sell their work.

The goal of the show is to include as many artists as possible. The show will feature not only paintings and photography, but also wood carving, hand made jewelry, ornaments, signs, clothing, scarves, pottery, soaps and lotions, and works in other mediums.

All artists wanting to take part in this exhibit are asked to drop off their work during UCAC’s normal business hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for after hour or weekend drop offs.

All local artists are encouraged to participate in this showcase.

This is a great way for new and seasoned artists to show their work to our community!

The UCAC Office/Gallery is located at 116 E. Main Street in Union. For more information about the Local Artists Showcase, please call 864-429-2817 or email,

Town Of Carlisle

The following community events will be held in the Town of Carlisle in November and December.

• Carlisle Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

• Christmas Food Distribution for the Carlisle Community only Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information about these events call 864-427-1505.

Lions Club

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.

Fun And Fellowship

Betsy and Company along with Over the Hill Relay for Life Team presents a fun-filled day to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on Saturday, December 3.

First pick up in Jonesville at 7 a.m. at the Jonesville Municipal Building with second pick up at the old Walmart parking lot at 7:45 a.m. and third pick up in Spartanburg at Ingles on Pine Street at 8:30 a.m.

If interested contact Betsy at 864-674-6799.

This will be a day of fun and fellowship.

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.

The Bereavement Program will be held at the Medi Home Hospice office located at 720 Duncan Bypass, Suite C, Union, on the top floor of Austin Rehab.

Meetings will be every first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

Facilitators are Rev. Richard Brown, Chaplain; Kanisha Benjamin, Social Worker.

For more information contact 864-426-7784.

2016 Union County Council Meetings

Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings will be held in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 Union County School Board Meeting Dates

December 12, 2016 — Union County Career and Technology Center

All meetings are at 7 p.m.

The public and media will be notified if location or times change 24 hours prior to meetings.

Photo courtesy of the Union Rotary Club

Rotarian Sammy Diamaduros recently welcomed Stephanie Kitchens to the Union Rotary Club. She spoke about Union High School’s Cross Country Team that she and her husband, David coach. Union’s Cross Country course is one of the toughest courses! courtesy of the Union Rotary Club

Rotarian Sammy Diamaduros recently welcomed Stephanie Kitchens to the Union Rotary Club. She spoke about Union High School’s Cross Country Team that she and her husband, David coach. Union’s Cross Country course is one of the toughest courses!

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