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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Time for Giving and Selling

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Local Section - (December 12, 2017) The Time for Giving and Selling   I think it’s safe to say that 2017 has been a monumental year in Real Estate, especially in the Upstate.  People are still lined up at the gates trying to find their homes in the ever-expanding Greenville area.  We have several large businesses coming and that means more jobs.  Our economy is steady in this market and there’s no better place to recognize this value than in the Real Estate trends.   Even in the Holiday Season, Buyers are a plenty, and no signs of ...Read More

Letter to the Editor

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Politics Section - (December 12, 2017) To the Citizensof Simpsonville   I have served this city as a City Council Representative for Ward VI to the best of my ability for eight years.  I chose to not run for re-election.   In the eight years I have been on council, there were only 18 months that I was in the majority.  All the rest, I have been in the minority.  During all those times, I did speak out on issues I considered to be important to you as citizens.  I made a lot of new friends and probably some enemies.  ...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

Mauldin unveils new installment along Public Art Trail

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Local Section - (December 12, 2017) MAULDIN, SC – The City of Mauldin will unveil its third installation along its Public Art Trail on Friday, December 15th at 5PM. This year, artist Yelitza Díaz Muzzarelli’s sculpture entitled “We Are All One” embraces the theme “Appreciation of Diversity,” exalting the spirit of struggle, equality, and reciprocity of the citizens of Mauldin regardless of their differences. Yelitza Díaz Muzzarelli specializes in sculpture, winning awards in national and international Fine Arts competitions since her youth. She has worked in art history and arts education, as well as cultural promotion ...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


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Celebrations Section - (December 12, 2017) Michael  L. Moore, 64, of Simpsonville, husband of Beverly  Moore, died on Friday, December 1, 2017.Born in Greenville, SC, he was a son of the late George Moore and the late Rebecca Epps Moore.In addition to his wife, Beverly, he is survived by one daughter, Risha Moore of Greenville and her fiancé, Mac Redmond; one grandson, Michael Moore; five brothers, and five sisters.Mr. Moore was preceded in death by two brothers.The family received friends on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home. A Celebration of Mr. Moore’...Read More

36th Annual American Heart Association Beach Ride

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Local Section - (December 12, 2017) In the 36th year of the American Heart Association Beach Ride, there were over 1200 riders on the beach and approximately $300,000 was raised. This money helps to fight heart disease.   This was third year that Pam Riddle, owner of Solid Rock Stables and Sharron Dillard, lead instructor of Let’s Saddle Up, have participated in the Beach Ride. It’s always a blessing to be part of such an awesome fund raiser. We enjoy the ride, the company, and we are proud to support such a worthy cause. Our team name is Solid Rock Lifesavers. ...Read More

Letter to Editor

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Local Section - (November 7, 2017) I was at the Council meeting a few weeks ago and I’m having trouble understanding something that was passed.  They voted 3-2 to raise the registration fee to run for city office from $100 to $300.  Here’s what I don’t understand.  The 3 in favor say that this would essentially eliminate citizens from running that are not “serious”.  Here’s the problem to this: after studying history in school for many years and teaching HS history for several years, I have come to believe that it&...Read More

Riley Fincher-Foster receives letter from Gov. declaring November as Diabetes Awareness Month

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Local Section - (November 7, 2017) Four years ago Riley Fincher-Foster was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. T1D is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone needed to live. T1D develops when the insulin-producing beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. There is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D. Presently, there is no known cure. At the age of 4, Riley began sharing her story, spreading awareness, advocating, and fundraising. Recently she wrote a letter to the governor asking for the state of South Carolina to proclaim November as ...Read More

St. Joseph’s High School hires former NFL Player as Head Football Coach

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Local Section - (November 7, 2017) New Head Football Coach at St. Joseph’s High School, Brandon Bennett, is a former NFL player who plans to make a big difference in kid’s lives. The Taylors, SC native has played high school, college, and professional football with record-breaking impacts. Besides his long list of awards and accomplishments, what matters to him most is family and coaching kids to be their best. This is his first Head Coach position for a football team, but he’s no stranger to coaching. With twelve years running an athletic consulting business, twenty plus years of amateur ...Read More

Simpsonville unveils new ADA, inclusive playground equipment at city park

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Local Section - (December 12, 2017) The old playground equipment, which dated back to the late 1980s, has been replaced with new ADA, inclusive equipment. New features of the park include a play structure with swings and slides, climbing structures, balance equipment, a zip-line, and poured in place surfacing.  Installation of the new equipment started earlier this fall. The park is scheduled to re-open to the public on Friday, December 1, 2017.   “We are very excited to unveil the new, inclusive playground equipment at City Park,” said Robbie Davis, Parks & Recreation Director. “With a convienent location near downtown ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (November 7, 2017) Greetings Street Survivors…. due to some recent email requests, I’m reprinting a copy of a previous article I ran back in 2015, which focuses on your personal self-defense arsenal.  Please enjoy and continue to write in with your comments and questions !Whether you are in your home, office, vehicle or walking down the street a very important item to have is a good quality, dependable and tough flashlight.  You never know when you’re going to need it, and you can’t fake it if you don’t. There are many ...Read More

Did You Know?

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History Section - (December 12, 2017) A lot of folks have been trying to guess what’s to be built on Grandview Drive. This is of some concern to me because it’s only a few feet from my 12 acres.   I’m less worried about it now for I know what’s to be built there, and honestly I’m glad to be rid of all the dumping that’s been going on there far too long!   The company that’s hauling off all of the debris and junk is owned by a friend of mine. ...Read More

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