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Peacock Strides Race held March 3rd

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Local Section - (March 15, 2018) The 9th Annual Peacock STRIDES for Babies 5K race took place on Saturday, March 3rd, with more than 150 runners helping to raise funds to support research and treatment options to combat Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Race results have been made available online, while medals were awarded directly following the race. The overall winners for men were Dennis Funk in third place; Zackery Carver in second; and Jonathan Fenske in first place. For women's overall placement, Marcia Simmons placed third; Tara Ann Garrett second; and McKenzie Amacher placed first. Organized by Matthew and Jodi Ware, whose daughter ...Read More

Former Firefighter cherishes memories with Die-Cast Miniature collection

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Local Section - (May 14, 2018) Viewing Patrick Goodwin’s die-cast car collection is like walking into a whole different world.  Pictures of fire trucks, a fireman’s hat and jacket, and patches from various fire stations adorn the walls while the room overflows with miniature fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tow trucks, and cars of all makes and models.  He estimates that about 9,000 die-cast vehicles comprise his collection and explains why they are so much more than toys.  Each piece has a meaning or a story and everything in his collection reminds him of home and ...Read More

Good News Club shines at Bethel Elementary

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) On most Tuesdays throughout the school year, starting around 2:00 p.m., the Bethel Elementary School cafeteria becomes home to Good News Club, a Bible club designed for first through fifth graders.  Just before students arrive, fifteen volunteers from local churches including Rocky Creek Baptist, New Hope Baptist, and First Baptist of Mauldin prepare tables with name cards, snacks, and activity sheets and then gather into a tight circle to pray for the sixty-five or more children who attend the weekly event.  Parents complete a parental permission form so that their children can be part of ...Read More

New Year, new opportunities, and thoughts of a new home

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Local Section - (January 16, 2018) Wow…we made it…2018 is finally here!  What are your plans for the year?  Do you need up upgrade for your growing family?  Did you become an empty nester?  Have you been talking for years about getting more land?  Whatever it is that peeks your interest in a move, I’m here to discuss it with you.  It’s a great time to sell because home values are better than before and it’s an amazing time to buy because the interest rates are still low. I’...Read More

Greenville, SC…THE Place to Call HOME

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Local Section - (May 14, 2018) I’m sure everyone has noticed the amount of growth in Greenville, SC over the last few years.  This one time small, quaint town has become “the place to call home” for many transplants from all over the world.  I, myself escaped the Northern winters to call Greenville home after word of mouth referrals and Google Search.  If you input “Best Place to Raise a Family in South Carolina”…BOOM…Greenville, SC wins hands down.  It’s no longer the hidden gem, the word is definitely out.  ...Read More

Inn the Know

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Fountain Inn has a bright future and has a lot of assets that set us apart from our surrounding communities. However, without a doubt, two of our greatest treasures are our downtown and the special events we hold throughout the year. Vacancies in downtown are starting to become a thing of the past and we are announcing our 2018 Special Events Schedule!  Just right around the corner, we start the season off with “The Lucky 44 Celebration,” a St. Patrick’s Day event for the whole family! On March 17th from 2:00 to 5:00 ...Read More

Legendary Lady, Kitty Ross of Fork Shoals, dies at age 99 1/2

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) How does one express in words the deep feelings and sentiment of this remarkable lady Kitty Ross?  Herein is an attempt by family members and friends.  Kitty was 991/2 years young when she passed away on January 14, 2018.  Kitty attended church services that morning and passed away in the afternoon.  She had continued to live alone in her historic childhood home with a high degree of independence.  She was always FUN to be with as Kitty’s quick wit always made you laugh.  Her positive attitude of never complaining of any ...Read More

Inn the Know

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Local Section - (January 16, 2018) January is typically a time for self-reflection, new beginnings, and those pesky resolutions. Personally, losing weight, being a better father and husband, and trying to break my iPhone addiction is always at the top my list. Professionally, I wake up every morning and go to bed every night thinking about ways to improve Fountain Inn because that is the business I’m in and I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, I’m often asked by citizens and those in the community, “What can I do to help?” In no particular order, ...Read More

Inn the Know

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Local Section - (March 15, 2018) Preparing and approving the annual budget is the most important task City staff members, City Councilmembers, and I do every single year. The annual budget is the document that sets the policy direction for how our municipal government operates each year. For example, after the budget is approved by Council and our new fiscal year begins in July 1, our staffing levels and salaries should be set for the entire year. Just about all of our foreseeable revenues and expenses for the next twelve months are established with the budget. Let’s walk through our planning process.  The ...Read More

Fountain Inn christmas carriage ride tradition is a holiday charm

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Local Section - (January 16, 2018) On the very cold night of December 13th, crowds gathered at Fountain Inn’s downtown to experience the charming Christmas carriage ride tradition. At the corner of Trade Street and Main Street, horses picked up loads of locals for a journey towards the neighborhood Inn Circle. It was like stepping onto a movie set of a Christmas film on the Hallmark Channel – smiles were everywhere, speakers played holiday melodies in the street, twinkle lights hung over the road, hot chocolate steamed the air, and carriage riders bundled up close to each other for a spectacular neighborhood light ...Read More

Unique and Chic Marketplace sells locally handcrafted treasures

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Local Section - (April 20, 2018) nbsp;  A serendipitous introduction between Heather Schwab and Sue Bogdanski resulted in an extraordinary business collaboration called Unique and Chic Marketplace in Mauldin, SC. In September 2017, the business partners opened the store that sells handmade art, treasures, and furniture created by local vendors. To celebrate our creative community, they will be hosting an exciting event in the parking lot next to Deal Mart on Saturday, April 28th 10 am – 4 pm. Attendees can browse hand crafted jewelry, soaps, candles, and décor while listening to free live music by the Wailin’ Thorns! Admission won’...Read More

Mauldin Rotary Club Dedicates Family Picnic Area

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Local Section - (June 11, 2018) On May 8, 2018, the Mauldin Rotary Club and friends gathered to dedicate a new picnic and park area behind the Mauldin Cultural Center building.  The park dedication began inside the Mauldin Cultural Center.  In opening remarks, Janice Holcombe, President-Elect of the organization, described where the idea for the project originated.  As she interacted with her grandchild, Hudson, she realized a need for more family-friendly facilities in this area.  She presented the idea to Norman Bunn, the Rotary Club President at that time.  In his dedication remarks, Mr. Bunn, now Past President, said ...Read More

Governor addresses Chamber of Commerce banquet

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Local Section - (April 20, 2018) The Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the South Carolina National Guard Armory on Speedway Road in Fountain Inn. It was the first banquet organized by the chambers new president Whitney Ferguson. “I was very impressed with the turnout and support the chamber received for my first banquet,” said Ferguson. “I wanted to make sure our city was well represented for the Governors visit and it was!”  In addition to the record attendance, the chamber was able to enjoy the support of a record number of sponsors. Many of those sponsors ...Read More

Former Simpsonville Police Chief continues humanitarian work in Haiti

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Local Section - (January 16, 2018) THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE The Sentinel has received many different inquiries as to the current status of Keith Grounsell, the former Police Chief in Simpsonville, who vowed to run for Sheriff in the event of a Special Election or in 2020.  We decided to reach out to Grounsell who has been working overseas and sat down with him for an interview while he was home at Christmas time.   If you read some of the posts on social media about the city of Simpsonville, you will likely realize that an overwhelming number of people who live, visit or ...Read More

Former Simpsonville Police Chief continues humanitarian work in Haiti

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Local Section - (January 16, 2018) THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE The Sentinel has received many different inquiries as to the current status of Keith Grounsell, the former Police Chief in Simpsonville, who vowed to run for Sheriff in the event of a Special Election or in 2020.  We decided to reach out to Grounsell who has been working overseas and sat down with him for an interview while he was home at Christmas time.   If you read some of the posts on social media about the city of Simpsonville, you will likely realize that an overwhelming number of people who live, visit or ...Read More

Inn the Know

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Local Section - (December 12, 2017) Christmas “Inn” Our Town is a tradition like no other in the Upstate. The 2017 Christmas Festival in Fountain Inn started with the lighting of the tree on City Hall grounds on November 30th. As always, our main attraction is our traditional horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown and the Inn Circle neighborhood, which will continue through Saturday, December 16th. Each carriage holds 16 people; all tickets are $8.00 per person, but children under three years of age are free.Unique to this year’s festival is that each week/weekend has a distinct theme. “...Read More

Local Election Official receives State Association Award

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Local Section - (March 15, 2018) At the annual meeting of the representatives from county voter registration and election offices from around the State, Conway Belangia, the Greenville County Director of Voter Registration and Elections was awarded that organization’s highest award presented by peers.   The Moore Award is presented to the member that best exemplifies the spirit of this organization through their continued unselfish giving of time and effort to make the South Carolina Association of Registration and Election Officials (SCARE) a more educated, concerned group that promotes training and educating individuals, as well as county and state officials in voter registration and ...Read More

Lillie 'Zoree' McCall Ariail Hester celebrates 100th birthday

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Local Section - (January 23, 2018) Lillie 'Zoree' McCall was born on October 18, 1917 to parents Shufford McCall and Lula Sullivan McCall.  She married Jesse Thomas Ariail and they had three children. She has many grandchildren to great-great-great grandchildren.  After her husband Jesse passed away, she later married Ralph Hester.  She has lived most of her life in the Simpsonville area.  She has attended church all her life.  She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church in Five Forks, and is currently a member of Fork Shoals Baptist Church.  The early years for the ...Read More

Lillie 'Zoree' McCall Ariail Hester celebrates 100th birthday

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Local Section - (January 23, 2018) Lillie 'Zoree' McCall was born on October 18, 1917 to parents Shufford McCall and Lula Sullivan McCall.  She married Jesse Thomas Ariail and they had three children. She has many grandchildren to great-great-great grandchildren.  After her husband Jesse passed away, she later married Ralph Hester.  She has lived most of her life in the Simpsonville area.  She has attended church all her life.  She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church in Five Forks, and is currently a member of Fork Shoals Baptist Church.  The early years for the ...Read More

Sylvia Lockaby announces candidacy for County Council

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) To my family, friends and citizens of Greenville County,  I am announcing that I will be running for Greenville County Council, District 28. There will be a Republican primary in June and a general election will be held on November 6, 2018.  I have served on the Simpsonville City Council for eight years and I felt it was time to move on to another area to serve even more citizens of Greenville County.  I was asked what I would bring with me as a candidate for Greenville County Council District 28.  My response was, “the ...Read More

Your Carolina with Jack and Megan celebrate their 11th year on the air

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Local Section - (November 7, 2017) Jack Roper refers to Your Carolina as “the only game in town”. We are the only live local talk show in the upstate." According to the show’s producer Kristina Smith, Each day, over 30,000 adults watch Your Carolina! It’s the perfect place to showcase your business!  Your Carolina with Jack and Megan airs Monday-Friday 10-11am between popular Let’s Make a Deal and The Price Is Right. The show offers a unique way to show off your business or event with a live 3 to 5 minute interview ...Read More

Laurens District Genealogical Society studies back country history

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) The Laurens District Genealogical Society met on Thursday,February 8, 2018 Laurens County Library at  7:30 p.m. Guest speaker was Mike Becknell  from Union, SC and State President of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. He presented a video program on Alexander Cameron, an Indian agent in the back country and his relationship with the settlers and Indians during the Revolution. He was camped near the battle of the “ Canebreak.”The title of the book is “ Cameron “, A Demand for Blood, The Cherokee War of 1776.”Nadia Dean is the author of ...Read More

Art Show featuring Josiah Hill

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Local Section - (March 15, 2018) Josiah Hill is ten years old. He has been drawing since the age of three. This child prodigy passion is Art.  Please join Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kenneth Hill in celebrating the Acknowledgement of Thanks program with an Art Show featuring Josiah A. Hill’s Art Show/ SaleCedar Grove  Missionary Church  (Fellowship Hall)  206 Moore Street,  Simpsonville, SC 2-6.m.  May 5, 2018  ...Read More

Sylvia Lockaby announces candidacy for County Council

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) To my family, friends and citizens of Greenville County,  I am announcing that I will be running for Greenville County Council, District 28. There will be a Republican primary in June and a general election will be held on November 6, 2018.  I have served on the Simpsonville City Council for eight years and I felt it was time to move on to another area to serve even more citizens of Greenville County.  I was asked what I would bring with me as a candidate for Greenville County Council District 28.  My response was, “the ...Read More

Mauldin’s 12 Days of Christmas brings Santa to town

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Local Section - (December 12, 2017) The City of Mauldin celebrated the start of the holiday season with the annual Mauldin Christmas Tree Lighting. The Greater Mauldin Chamber of Commerce presented the Tree Lighting along with the SC National Guard, inviting Aubrey Jackson of WYFF News 4 to host the evening ceremony. The audience enjoyed musical performances by Mauldin Elementary, the Shining Stars, Bethel Elementary, and duo Samantha Clifford and Josiah Thomason. Cristina Ortiz with State Farm sponsored the event and handed out hot cocoa to guests. More than 500 people attended to enjoy the festivities. The Christmas Tree Lighting ...Read More

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