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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

Simpsonville student crowned Miss Woodmont

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) The 52nd Miss Woodmont Pageant and Class Beauties Pageant took place on January 27th. Simpsonville resident and high school sophomore  Ariail Jordan placed first amid stiff competition from a bevy of beauties. Ariail is a Greenville native and a sophomore at Woodmont High.  She is the daughter of Chris and Rachel Jordan of Simpsonville and has a younger sister, Caroline.   Her passion for singing and performing began at an early age but formal voice training only began 6 months ago with Brittany Alomar Voice Studio. Ariail’s theatre training began in 3rd grade with Laurens County ...Read More

Former Simpsonville Police Chief continues work with United Nations in Haiti

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Local Section - (August 17, 2018) For the last 1 year and 9 months, Simpsonville’s former Chief of Police, Keith Grounsell, has been working in Haiti on a police contract for the United Nations and Department of State. He quickly climbed the ranks to the highest position in the country for American personnel, as the United States Contingent Commander and a Police Advisor Level V.He is also assigned as the Advisor to the Commander over the Haitian National SWAT Team, where he mentors ...Read More

Inn the Know

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Local Section - (November 7, 2017) Fountain Inn! I would like to introduce myself for those of you who I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet. My name is Shawn Bell and I’m the new City Administrator for the City of Fountain Inn and I’ve hit the ground running working to improve our municipal government. It is an honor for my wife, daughter, and I to be joining such a wonderful community. Look for this to be a reoccurring, monthly column to stay “Inn the Know” about the City of Fountain Inn right here in The Simpsonville ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (January 16, 2018) Welcome to a new year of opportunities Street Survivors. 2018 can be a great opportunity for all of us to begin a new focus on personal and family protective skills. Although 2017 is behind us and many of us have suffered great loses this year, we’ve also learned many lessons, and have a whole year of training and skill development behind us.To begin the new year let’s reflect on my definition of a pirate:  Anyone that wants to highjack your dreams and ransom your future.  If you anaylze your own life, you may ...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

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (May 10, 2016) Greetings Street Survivors and thanks for returning to our column.  If you have children, or grandchildren you’ve probably seen the movie Shrek, more times than you can count.  At one point Shrek explains to his friend, Donkey that ogres are like onions, they both have layers ! That pretty much describes what your home defense plan should look like, layers.     This is Part 1 of your S.S.T. Home Defense Plan. Starting from the street in front of your house, your property should be well maintained and give the appearance of being secure. &...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (June 13, 2017) Today’s article will focus on crime including burglary and how it affects you and yours. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting Program, you may be amazed at some of these stats: In 2015, 98% of all people age 12 and older had experienced at least one violent victimization which translates to 2,700,000 persons annually. In 2015 a violent crime occurred every 26 seconds, with a murder every 33 minutes, a rape every 4 minutes, a robbery every 90 seconds, and aggravated assault every 41 seconds! In 2015 a property crime occurred every ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (July 11, 2017) STREET SURVIVAL TACTICS By Rick Grover, Senior Writer  -  Simpsonville Sentinel Happy Independence Weekend Street Survivors !  Hope you’re getting quality time with your family and friends while celebrating the birth of our great country.  It took a lot of guts and commitment back in 1776 to notify the world that we were becoming a new nation and would rule ourselves with our own Constitution and Bill of Rights. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to back those claims up, but we succeeded and created an incredible, free new world.Today we must ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (January 19, 2017) Greetings Street Survivors and Friends, and Happy New Year !   Would like to start off the year with an apology for the last two articles missing paragraphs that somehow got cut out after being submitted to the printing company.  I think the pictures contributed to the problem, so I may eliminate them for a little while until the problem is solved.  I also try to post my articles on the Facebook page below, so use that as your fall back if something crazy happens again. As the eternal optimist I’m expecting great things for our country ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (December 22, 2016) Greetings Street Survivors and Friends.   A – M – A – Z – I – N – G !Our beloved United States of America has stepped back from the precipice we teetered on between continued rapid destruction of our society and putting the brakes on and changing directions 180 degrees ! I thank God for this reprieve and I thank you, the concerned voter that stood up to be counted ! Thanks to your commitment and love for this country, I feel my children, grandchildren and future generations have a much better chance of experiencing some of the America that you ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (October 18, 2016) Greetings Street Survivors and Friends.  “END IT QUICK”   That’s the moral….here’s the story. Based on a recent personal experience, I submit the following suggestions for your training and as a solid reality check. After un-expectantly coming across two elderly women being assaulted by a middle aged man clearly under the influence of some kind of hallucinogen like PCP, my assistance quickly turned into a physical confrontation. Over the next few minutes which seemed like hours, he would attack violently while screaming, I would hit him and he would ...Read More

STREET SURVIVAL TACTICS

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Local Section - (March 29, 2016) Greetings Street Survivors and thanks for returning to our column.Our recent Phase 1 Training for Civilian Patriots was a huge success ! Close to 90 people were in attendance and we had a full day of training, comradery and developed new friendships. Food prep started the night before with the roasting of a 100 lb. pig, and all sorts of food was brought in the next day to feed the hungry group. Kudos to Monier, Keith and Paris from Rubbing Butts BBQ for the masterful low and slow on that excellent pig ! Many thanks to the two other instructors for ...Read More

A Valentine’s Day Story

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History Section - (February 15, 2018) Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made ...Read More

When history is worth repeating

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History Section - (February 15, 2018) When the winter meeting of the Greenville County Historical Society was held in February 1963, State Archives Director Dr. Charles Lee discussed the “Genealogy of South Carolina Public Records” with Society members in the Parish Hall of Christ Church. He described “the increasing complexity of archival materials, and the difficulties and challenges of collecting, cataloging, and preserving the records in the South Carolina Archives.” Dr. Lee’s preservation message still resonates today. Saving something historic is one challenge while preserving it is another entirely. Whether it is documents, an oral history or structures and ...Read More

Welcome Bluebirds A Bird’s Eye View

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Nature Section - (February 15, 2018) Imagine the rush of excitement at seeing the first flash of brilliant blue darting across your yard on a grey February afternoon.  Suddenly the darkness of winter disappears.  Is it??..........yes, unmistakably, the first pair of Eastern Bluebirds have landed on a nearby branch in your yard!!I always take an excited gasp when a bright blue male bluebird pauses long enough for me to get a look.  The sheer beauty of the male reflecting in the sunlight is a joy to behold.  Any day now the males will be taking the females around saying “...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (September 19, 2017) SO WHY DO WE TRAIN ?   Are you paying attention to what’s going on in Texas, Florida and other states affected by these killer storms ?  If you weren’t affected by these storms, do you know anyone, family or friend that was directly impacted ? What is their life like now ? What are their challenges and fears that didn’t exist only a couple weeks ago ?  None of us can know what’s just around the corner that could change our lives in a moment’s notice ? We train so we can be ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (August 16, 2016) Greetings Street Survivors and Friends.  Oftentimes when I start a multi-part series, I will have to interrupt it to address current events like the terrorist Orlando massacre.  This was yet another shocking attack on American soil against Americans, and how do our politicians immediately react ?  They want us to completely disarm, so we can be even more vulnerable !Ex-President Bill Clinton actually said it’s a good thing nobody in the crowded night club had a gun or even more people would have been killed.  That statement alone proves that common sense is ...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

A short but sweet letter to the Editor

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Editorial Section - (February 15, 2018) Darlings Connie and Bob,   I just got my copy of the paper to-day. Thank you so much for printing the article about our Christmas lunch. You both are the best!!! I will give Tibia the article for her Historian safekeeping! Hope we see you this year...lunch for you is always on the house!Love, Sandy Sewell Powdersville Garden Club  ♦...Read More

SIMPSONVILLE GARDEN CLUB

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Nature Section - (February 15, 2018) The March meeting of the Simpsonville Garden Club will take place at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20th at the Rotary Club, 205 North Maple Street, Simpsonville. Rick Huffman, Principal of Earth Designs, Inc. will provide a presentation on Sustainability in the Landscape.   Mr. Huff is founder and past president of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. The Simpsonville Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of every month.  Admission is free and anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to attend. For more information visit www.simpsonvillegardenclub.com.♦ ...Read More

Plant of the month

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Nature Section - (February 15, 2018) Did you know there are Spring blooming Crocus and Fall blooming Crocus?  In this article we are going to talk about the Spring blooming Crocus. Unlike Tulips and Daffodils that are bulbs, Crocus is a corm.In fall, plant them 3-4 inches deep in soil that has good drainage.  They also do well in containers, especially Hyper Tufa pots which have excellent drainage.  They prefer full sun, but Crocus can be planted under trees or along a woodland path since trees do have leaves when they bloom.  Just remember to rake leaves from where they ...Read More

Mauldin Senior Center news

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Avis Bourisaw was born in Cadet, Missouri in July of 1927. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri in the 1940’s and was recruited to be a “Rosie the Riveter” due to her petite size and fierce determination to support her country. Unbeknownst to her employer, she fibbed her age to obtain the job! After the war, she met her husband, Tony Bourisaw and raised six beautiful children. They both retired in 1986 and lived their golden years in Lakeland, Florida. Avis and Tony were married for Sixty-Four years and have a total of nine grandchildren ...Read More

Mauldin Senior Center news

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) UPCOMING EVENTSLADIES TEAThur., Feb.22—2:00 pm The Julie Valentine Center is a private, non-profit organization that provides free, confidential services to victims of sexual assault and child abuse. They educate the community on how to identify, respond to, and prevent sexual violence and child abuse. Their mission statement and philosophy provide the framework for all of the services. We serve cake and hot tea. SIGN UP IN THE OFFICE AND LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT FRUIT INSTEAD OF CAKE.HANDS ON CPR Tues. March 6 - 11:00 Hands Only CPR is a nationwide initiative ...Read More

Local couple opens new “Pet Wants” business in Greenville for class of 2018

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Greenville, SC – Bree Cox has always been passionate about pets and she does what she can to provide the best care for her four rescue animals, including giving them high-quality food. Now she and her husband, Simon, are looking forward to helping other local families feed their animals better food with their new business in Greenville, Pet Wants GVL. Pet Wants’ specially crafted pet food formulas are made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl. Pet Wants GVL offers multiple blends of dog ...Read More

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