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A Valentine’s Day Story

(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

Fountain Inn Horse Show honors Eddie Case

(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

(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

FISO Youth Concert March 7 at Younts Center

(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

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Fountain Inn Police Department sponsors Citizens Police Academy

(February 15, 2018) nbsp;Fountain Inn Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is a twelve week, 24 hour course consisting of structured lesson plans created to inform the citizens of Fountain Inn about the basic functions of the police department. There is no cost to attend the academy, and 20 participants will be selected from a pool of applicants.  The Citizens Police Academy will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. beginning on February 20th, 2018, and continuing until May 22nd, 2018.The Fountain Inn Police Department’s Community Patrol Division is hosting the Citizens ...Read More

Simpsonville Garden Club Mission: Clean and Green in 2018!

(January 23, 2018) If you want to help create a healthier South Carolina, you won’t want to miss a special presentation on reducing solid waste and recycling at the January 16th meeting of the Simpsonville Garden Club.  Why is waste a problem and what are some things we can all do to make less waste are two questions Jane Hiller, Director of Education at Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, SC, will answer in her presentation. A graduate of DePaul University, Ms. Hiller directs the Sonoco Recycling Education Center, helping area municipalities, businesses, agencies, schools and congregations establish and sustain successful recycling ...Read More

PGC Holiday Party Hostesses Sandy Sewell, Donna Jones, Donna Hopkins, and Kathryn Dansby.

The Powdersville Garden Club plans new year with holiday get-together

(January 23, 2018) The Powdersville Garden Club held their annual Holiday luncheon at Fatz Cafe in Easley on December 5th, 2017.  A fun time was had by all.  One of the highlights of the Christmas season and holiday giving for the Club is giving to those in the community in need.  Powdersville Garden Club has given to various charity projects over the years, and the members have generously and graciously made it possible again.   For the 2017-2018 year, the Powdersville Garden Club gave to the following five charities:   • Shut In's/ Church Program, sponsored by ...Read More

The Sock Mountain


(January 23, 2018) It’s winter!  With one of the coldest spells we have endured in years covering the state, many are enduring hardships.  The Bonnes Amies Club of Piedmont helped prepare local families for the icy blast.  After collecting during the fall, the Sock Blast Sock Hop brought in socks for needy families and homeless friends.   The Bonnes Amies’ first socks for the homeless collection drive was extremely successful!  After the Sock Hop ended the pile of socks was a mountain, not a mole hill!  Over 4,000 pairs of socks of all ...Read More

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Robin in the snow

How Birds SURVIVE WINTER …………and how we can HELP

(January 23, 2018) While year-round bird feeding is a source of enjoyment for our family, nothing beats the rewards of winter feeding.  There is no better time to view wild birds than winter.  The bare trees provide very little camouflage, which makes bird activities more visible.  Winter is a very fragile time for wild birds, and not all birds survive it.  Birds that winter over have acquired some adaptive behaviors that help them survive, but they also rely on humans for survival during these crucial months.  Wild birds have many different ways to stay warm and conserve ...Read More

Winter Hazards for Pets

(January 23, 2018) As temperatures begin to drop  this winter, it’s important to take your pets safety into consideration. Many people believe that since their pet has a fur coat they are able to withstand the cold better than humans. This is not the case. Like us, animals are accustomed to the warmth of the indoors and the cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on people.   Cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level and health. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to ...Read More

Blooming Edgeworthia Chrysantha

Plant of the month Edgeworthia Chrysantha

(January 23, 2018) Edgeworthia chrysantha is a wonderful, very fragrant 8’ X 8’ shrub that blooms in January!  It is a prized plant among gardeners. Daphne is in the same family, but Edgeworthia is a much less finicky plant to grow.  The tropical summer leaves drop in December to reveal silvery flower buds that open from mid January to early April. Early butterflies and emerging  bees use it as a nectar source in Spring. See it blooming in local nurseries now!.♦  ...Read More

Lillie at her 100th birthday party

Lillie 'Zoree' McCall Ariail Hester celebrates 100th birthday

(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

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I Can’t Say. Here’s Why.

(January 23, 2018) ldquo;What’s happening with ____________________?” “I can’t say.”“When is _______________________ coming to Mauldin?”“I can’t say.”“Will we ever get a _____________________ in Mauldin?”“I can’t say.”The phrase, “I can’t say,” has become more ingrained as a part of my speech over the past four years, and although I wish I didn’t have to say it, it means that things are happening in Mauldin.“Why can’t you ...Read More

Winter Chautauqua program “George Washington – COURAGE”

(January 23, 2018) Nationally acclaimed historical interpreter Ron Carnegie – “the” George Washington at Colonial Williamsburg – performs as the courageous military leader and first President.      Hear the bullets whistle as Washington stands exposed to enemy fire, contemplate certain death if the cause fails, steer a fledgling country clear of danger, and take perhaps the most courageous historic step of all – return to Mt Vernon as a private citizen.  Get ready to flat out be inspired as you meet – George Washington. Fearless in battle and also a canny political genius, Washington could have been King, ...Read More

Travelle Wharton of Fountain Inn on the line for the Carolina Panthers

The SC Football Hall of Fame reveal 17 modern era finalists and 3 legacy finalists

(January 23, 2018) Greenville, SC:  First round of voting concluded Monday, December 11th for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) Class of 2018.  In September, 55 modern-era and nine Legacy nominees were chosen that have ties to South Carolina either at one of the state’s 13 collegiate football programs or lived in the state at some point during their childhood.  The vote is determined by sports media, the SCFHOF Board of Advisors and Directors, and supporting members of the SCFHOF via an online ballot at  Due to the results of the ...Read More

Kyle and Diane ready to board the Carriage

Fountain Inn christmas carriage ride tradition is a holiday charm

(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

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Street Survival Tactics

(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

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

(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

(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

Grounsell in United Nations dress uniform.

Former Simpsonville Police Chief continues humanitarian work in Haiti

(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

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Outback Bowl rematch... USC vs Michigan

(December 12, 2017) University of South Carolina and Michigan University prepare for a rematch of their 2012 Outback Bowl battle, it seems like an obvious time to rerun the article that recognized student photographer Jeffrey Davis and his iconic shot. Right Place, Right Time --Jane Pigg, The Link              Right place, right time.  That’s where The Link photographer Jeffrey Davis was when Jadeveon Clowney made “the hit heard ‘round the sports world” in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.“That’s absolutely the best ...Read More

South Carolina native promoted to Army Brigadier General

(December 12, 2017) FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Almost 30 years ago an Army battalion commander told a young second lieutenant from Darlington, South Carolina, he would make sure she would never be promoted to first lieutenant because women had no place in the Army.   “I said, ‘Sir I’ll be here when you retire.’ And low and behold, I was there shaking his hand and saying thank you for your service, when he retired, said Twanda (Williamson) Young. After decades of climbing the ranks, Young was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony here, Dec. 1. That negative ...Read More

Fountain Inn Music Club Tour Of Homes

(December 12, 2017) Fountain Inn SC - The Fountain Inn Music Club has announced its Christmas Tour of Homes for Sunday afternoon, December 10, from 2 PM until 5 PM. Included are four homes in mid-town Fountain Inn especially decorated for the season.   This is the 30th year of the home tour, established in order to raise scholarship funds for upstate music students at the high school or college level. According to Music Club president Tonya Cary, the Fountain Inn chapter has been active in assisting young musicians since its inception 79 years ago.  Currently, one university student and five high ...Read More

Inn the Know

(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

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