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Black Ice Causing Travel Problems, Delayed Openings

Daniel Prince

School district holding an e-learning day today due to road conditions

Extremely low temperatures overnight last night refroze any water or ice remaining on the roadways after yesterday afternoon, creating dangerous black ice conditions that remain into this morning. With temperatures not expected to get above freezing until some time after 10 a.m., that meant that many who might ordinarily use a two-hour delay to escape icy conditions had to make other plans to keep motorists safe.

Union County Schools announced that all of their schools will have an e-learning day today. Employees will be allowed to work from home rather than risk driving in unsafe conditions. This is not a day off—students will have to complete assignments and attend live lessons as instructed by their teachers in order to be counted present and to get grades for their assignments. If you have questions, contact your child’s teacher. Having an e-learning day will keep the students from having to make up the day during a teacher workday or at the end of the year, as was the case prior to all students in the district receiving laptops in the past couple of years.

In other area school news, Union Christian Day School will be closed today. USC Union and USC Union at Laurens will be opening at noon today. Any classes that normally begin before noon are cancelled. All Spartanburg Community College campuses are closed for day and evening classes, and all offices are closed, as well. USC Upstate will hold all classes remotely today. Students are asked to contact your professors for more information.

Union County Government Offices will open at noon today. Union City Hall will open at 11 a.m. The Union County Library System will open at 1 p.m.

Defendants reporting for roll call today are to report at 11 a.m. Grand jurors summoned to General Sessions Court for today are to report at 1:15 p.m., according to Clerk of Court Melanie Lawson.

The Union County Council on Aging will operate on a two-hour delay. Meals will be delivered but on a delayed schedule.

South State Bank will open at noon today. Arthur State Bank’s Union and Woodruff branches will open at 10. Its Spartanburg locations will open at 11:30, and the branches in Chesnee, Rock Hill, Roebuck, and Greenville will open at noon. Clinton, Columbia, and Lexington branches will open at the normal time.

Medical Group of the Carolinas practices, Gibbs Cancer Center, Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, SRHS Outpatient Services at North Grove, Pelham Medical Center Outpatient Services at Five Forks, and PMC-Medical Office Building Outpatient Services will all open at 10 a.m.

Austin Rehab will open today at noon.

Union Family Pharmacy will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Union County Family YMCA will be open from 12-7 today.

Primary Care of Union will open today at their normal time at 8 a.m.

Michelin’s hiring event at Spartanburg Community College-Tyger River Campus scheduled for today has been cancelled.

For the full list of closings and delays, tune in to WBCU throughout the morning, and keep an eye on our Facebook page.

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