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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

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

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

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

Fountain Inn Horse Show honors Eddie Case

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) The Chamber of Commerce in Fountain Inn has been hosting The Annual Horse Show every year for 31 years. Eddie Case was instrumental in establishing this show. He passed away last year while he was out of town showing horses. He was doing what he loved! Mr. Case was the City Administrator for the City of Fountain Inn for 11 years and he played a major role in the revitalization of this city! He was known for his contagious smile! This year we are changing the name of the show to honor Mr. Eddie Case. The Eddie Case Memorial Horse ...Read More

Former Fountain Inn Mayor named Chairman of the SCDOT

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Ben H. Davis Jr. of Greenwood was named Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission at the Commission’s Jan. 18, 2018, meeting in Columbia. He has served as an SCDOT Commissioner for the 3rd Congressional District since 2015. Davis retired in 2014 as President/CEO of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, where he previously was Vice President for Business and Development from 1993 to 2002.He has degrees from Furman University, Christian Bible College and North Greenville University. After graduating from college, he served as a sales representative for WFBC in Greenville; owned and ...Read More

About Your New Year’s Resolution…

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Every year, I make a resolution not to make more resolutions, but for some inexplicable reason and without fail, I do it anyway.What about you? Did you make any resolutions for the new year? How’s it going? The second Friday of January is known as “Quitter’s Day,” because according to various studies, that’s the most popular day for people to fall off the resolution wagon. In other words, if you’re still plugging away at your promise to yourself now that we’re in February, congratulations. You’...Read More

FISO Youth Concert March 7 at Younts Center

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Special to SENTINELFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFountain Inn SC  -  The Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra (FISO), resident orchestra of the Younts Center for Performing Arts, will present its third annual Youth Concerts on March 7, it was announced today by FISO conductor, Michael Moore. The elementary school oriented event features Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  Prokofiev’s masterpiece is generally acknowledged to be the prime vehicle for introducing the instruments of the orchestra to budding musicians. Greenville entertainment personality Jeremiah Dew returns as narrator.   “Our goal is to supplement the great music education ...Read More

Greenville County Historical Society When history is worth repeating

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Local 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

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

Marietta’s Quilt & Sew hosts Habitat for Humanity fundraiser with solar eclipse quilt giveaway

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) nbsp;During the month of February, Marietta’s Quilt & Sew will be selling raffle tickets to customers who could win a beautiful eclipse quilt for a good cause. The creative quilt blocks were made by local quilt makers and sewn together by the Marietta’s Quilt & Sew family. Only 100 tickets are available and will be sold for $20 each at Marietta’s in Simpsonville. All the proceeds will benefit Simpsonville’s Habitat for Humanity and a local family who needs help building a new life in a new home.        ...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

Street Survival Tactics

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Our last discussion touched on a very grim subject that affects the entire world, the United States and South Carolina as well.  Sex trafficking and slavery is a horrible business that focuses on children and women primarily.  Many of these victims come from troubled homes and are runaways, but a surprising number are kidnapped and forced into this disgusting ‘trade’.  We’ve talked repeatedly about avoiding dangerous areas at night, not purchasing gas after dark, and safety in numbers when shopping or celebrating on the town.  Situational Awareness is key in avoiding crime ...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

Simpsonville Recreation offers wide variety of Youth Sports Programs for 2018

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Sports Section - (February 15, 2018) All sports programs for 2018 are now open for registration online at www.simpsonville.com/athletics - detailed PDF handouts for each sport are available on the web-site.  In 2017 nearly 2500 participants played in Simpsonville Recreation Youth Sports. – Fees vary by sport and age.  Where numbers dictate Simpsonville Recreation participates with Mauldin, Fountain Inn and Greer in some sports and some divisions as needed.Spring SportsSpring Baseball/Softball – divisions are based on school grade.  K3/K4 – Tball/Coaches Pitch Baseball K5 – Coaches Pitch Baseball1st Grade – Coaches Pitch Baseball 2nd Grade ...Read More

Millennials and the Home Buying Process

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Local Section - (February 15, 2018) Last month I told you we would dig into Millennials and how they are affecting our Real Estate market.  I have heard many professional opinions and speculations, and my research pretty much backs it all up…Millennials make up a very large portion of the Real Estate market and they are changing the way we do things. There are many articles explaining how this group of extraordinary people is literally cultivating a brand new path for the way Realtors conduct their businesses.  It seems unlikely that “a generation” can make such an impact, but we ...Read More

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