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(March 15, 2018) You’ve heard me say over and over for a very long time now…“If you want to sell…sell NOW!” or “We have more buyers than homes to put them in!”…I’ve said so many other things just like that.  Well, let me explain the severity of low inventory as I see it.  Potential “home buyers” are turning into “home builders”.  They’re starting to give up on the home owners that have such tight locked fists on their properties.  ...Read More

Letter to the Editor

(March 15, 2018) Dear Bob and Connie Gecy, For several years now Greater Greenville Master Gardeners have enjoyed the support of The Simpsonville Sentinel for our annual plant sale. Thank you for donating space in your paper to help us make the public aware of this event.  We know from informal surveys that so many people come to the sale because they read about it in The Sentinel. We, the GGMG, want to thank you and your readers for your support and participation in our plant sale. You certainly help to make it a great success!Regards, Jim Delaney  ...Read More

Local Lions Club continues long tradition of Service

(March 15, 2018) A relatively new Lions Club in Simpsonville, the Centennial Lions Club of Simpsonville, will be holding a fundraiser at the McDonald’s restaurant at 692 Fairview Rd. on Tuesday, March 13 from 5 to 8 PM. The McDonald’s/Lions Club event is planned to encourage public awareness about the Lions Club and its mission. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lions Club. During this event you will find traditional brooms available for sale and eyeglass donation boxes.  Formed a little over a year ago, the Centennial Lions Club meets monthly at the United ...Read More

Wesley Turner, Owner of Roots, helped Simpsonville Garden Club members  create decorative holiday displays

Garden Club Visits Urban Garden Oasis

(March 15, 2018) Members of the Simpsonville Garden Club enjoyed a Night Out on Greenville’s trendy Augusta Road on February 20th. Following dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen, the club was treated to a Seasonal Table Display Demonstration and Workshop at Roots, an Urban Garden Oasis. Wesley Turner, owner of Roots, provided the workshop, creating a delightful Easter dish garden. Mr. Turner’s work has been featured on HGTV’s We Bought the Farm which aired in June of 2017. Afterwards attendees had fun crafting their own garden creations. Selecting from Root’s array of eclectic garden containers ...Read More

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Plant of the month Species Tulips

(March 15, 2018) We all recognize the tall, sturdy stems and colorful flowers of the Dutch Tulip. But the plant of the month is Species Tulip. I am talking about the tulips that are the parents of all hybridized tulips that have been grown since the seventeenth century. Many Species Tulips measure a mere 4-5 inches while many have a stem of at least 12-14 inches tall. However, where the Dutch Tulip is planted as an annual here in our area of South Carolina, the Species Tulips are perennial and colonize when they are happy where they are planted. They need ...Read More

Tropical Grill opens restaurant in historical Mauldin landmark

(March 15, 2018) On Tuesday, February 20th, Tropical Grill opened its restaurant doors in Mauldin’s oldest historical building. This is the sixth Tropical Grill location to open in the Upstate. About eight years ago, Lazaro and Shadid Montoto started the family run business right here in Greenville. It was born out of their desire to share their favorite childhood recipes as an alternative to fast food. Delicious Cuban food options are served fast, healthy, and affordable with South Carolina sourced ingredients. Mauldin locals have been requesting the arrival of the savory Tropical Grill grub for a long time. Finally, residents can ...Read More

Concerned about development in Greenville county? Then read this…

(March 15, 2018) This year a new county 10-year plan is to be developed.  The first meeting concerning it was held with the County Council’s Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at County Square.  It was an important meeting and very informative.  This is long, but here are my notes.COMMITTEE MEETINGJoe Minicozzi of Urban 3 in Asheville spoke at the Greenville County Council Committee of the Whole Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.  All members except Roberts were present.  Others attending included Planning Department, Upstate Forever representatives, realtors, and some constituents like myself. ...Read More

Art Show featuring Josiah Hill

(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

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New Animal Control Officer hired to replace injured former officer.

(March 15, 2018) On September 26, 2017, Animal Control Officer, Colleen Jenkins, was violently attacked by a Pit Bull and as a result of her injuries she was placed on administrative leave.  The position of animal control stayed open for 12 weeks according to Phyllis Long, Simpsonville HR director. On January 1, 2018, Jenkins was notified that she was terminated from her position with the city. According to Long she would still receive her disability payments but her position would not be held past the 12 weeks. Tiffany Dye, a four-year employee with the police department was hired recently to assume ...Read More

Street Survival Tactics

(March 15, 2018) Welcome back Street Survivors !If you’ve been reading this column even for a short time, you’ll know that I often use references to the animal kingdom to bring home a point about personal or home defense. For example, do you realize how a beautiful heron or egret protects themselves while walking along the edge of the Florida Everglades fishing, against a seemingly invincible and overly aggressive alligator attack ?  They use their very sharp, accurate and lighting quick beak to strike at the alligator’s eyes, not the boney armor that covers most of an ...Read More

New Brush Trucks are again picking up tree limbs and brush

(March 15, 2018) Brush Collection PolicyTree Limbs/Brush: Residential Customers OnlySchedule:  Normally collected weekly.  However, the time between collections may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances, unusually heavy periods or holidays.What Ace will pick up:•  Only tree limbs that are no longer than 5’ and no larger than 6” in diameter.  This material must be tied in bundles no larger than 24” in diameter.What the City will pick up:• Collection of loose brush from residential properties only. • No set schedule for collection. Length of time between collections at any one residence ...Read More

Simpsonville upcoming events

(March 15, 2018) Upcoming EventsHeritage Park Amphitheatre Concerts Several concerts have been announced and more are anticipated to come. The upcoming announced concerts can be found at: Progress is being made on the new restrooms at Heritage Park Amphitheatre which are anticipated to be ready for the concert season.Spring Events‘Community Clean-Up Day  - March 10 ( The Great EggVenture – March 31 Secure Your Id Day – April 20 (♦Tiffany Cherry Community Relations Specialist City of ...Read More

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Change in form of government spurs changes in City Council procedures

(March 15, 2018) After a council retreat in Mauldin in January and a follow-up special called Council meeting in February, Fountain Inn City Council has agreed to change the way it operates with regard to Council meetings and citizen input. In a synopsis of those meetings, city administrator Shawn Bell relayed some of the agreed on changes. The following are statements from Shawn Bell.Standing Committees Eliminated“Our Council has chosen to adopt the City of Greer model in which we will not have regular standing committees. We will have our 12 monthly regularly scheduled City Council meetings, but we will ...Read More

Inn the Know

(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

(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

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

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(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♦ ...Read More

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Plant of the month

(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

Laurens District Genealogical Society studies back country history

(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

(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

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Sylvia Lockaby announces candidacy for County Council

(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

(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

Ariail Rae Jordan,  Miss Woodmont 2018 Photo by Generations Photography

Simpsonville student crowned Miss Woodmont

(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

(February 15, 2018) All sports programs for 2018 are now open for registration online at - 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

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Millennials and the Home Buying Process

(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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