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Younts Center

The Younts Center shines with first year anniversary success!

(June 11, 2018) nbsp;Arts Foundation of Fountain Inn (CAFFI) re-opened the doors of the Younts Center for Performing Arts in July of 2017 after acquiring it from the City of Fountain Inn, no one could have imagined the amazing opportunities in store for the people in our community and the surrounding areas.In barely a year, under their new ownership, over twenty thousand people, many for the first time, have walked through those same doors to experience outstanding local theatre, guest artists, performance recitals, the resident choral and symphony companies, educational seminars, church services, civic events and yes, even Governor McMaster ...Read More

Leaf Truck

Simpsonville to purchase 2 leaf trucks

(June 11, 2018) The Simpsonville City Council is scheduled to vote on the second reading for the FY 2019 budget. According to city administrator, Dianna Gracely, there was a budget hearing in April, and limited discussion at the May council meeting. The budget reflects a balanced financial situation with no tax increase and no tax anticipation note required. For two years the citizens of Simpsonville have been without their leaf pick up service, but there is good news is in the making. The budget provides for two new leaf trucks among $1,340,000 in capital purchases listed on a ‘details ...Read More

Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

(June 11, 2018) Elephant Garlic, Allium ampeloprasum, is sold at grocery stores!  Did you know you can plant the huge cloves to produce flowers like those in the picture?  Elephant Garlic is a perennial plant. It will grow and then come back and grow next year. Wow!Elephant Garlic is closer to a Leek than a garlic. In cooking, it has a milder taste but does not have all the health benefits of regular garlic. This garlic produces “scrapes” which is the stem with the immature flower head.  These are tasty and used in soups or sauté...Read More

Daddy Boyd's Tub

Daddy Boyd's Tub

(June 11, 2018) When I have visitors in our Garden, I enjoy telling them stories of things they see as part of our garden décor and plants. Things that are most important to me are things connected to a family memory. I love the thought of a heritage garden! One of my most special memories is the story about Daddy Boyd’s Tub. I have this tub in our garden and it makes me smile every time I see it!When I was a little girl, we lived right next door to my grandmother and grandfather…Mama Bea and ...Read More

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Black Racer Snake

HENRY… Our Black Racer Snake

(June 11, 2018) It’s late spring already and just imagine one morning wandering around your garden enjoying your beautiful flowers with a cool drink in hand.  You can hear the birds singing, feel a gentle breeze, and maybe even a sprinkle or two of rain...a garden moment.  Then you see something moving quickly through the grass into the shelter of nearby plants and your garden moment is lost.  Or is it?  I say “good morning, Henry” to my five foot black snake that’s been a part of WillowDale’s Wildlife Habitat ...Read More

Hannah Y. Kim at the Greenville Korean War Memorial

Korean War Veterans' advocate Hannah Y. Kim to visit Korean War Memorial in Greenville on June 15

(June 11, 2018) Greenville, SC June ??, 2018: At 10:00 am on Friday June 15, Hannah Y. Kim, a woman with a mission, will visit the Korean War Memorial in the Greenville, SC and present a commemorative wreath. This will be her 36TH  stop on an ambitious three-month journey visiting Korean War memorials in all 50 states, to honor and remember those who served in that long ago, faraway conflict, 1950-53, and to help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. Given the alarming level of tensions in the region today, her mission could not be more timely. Hannah has already ...Read More

'We just want to teach!': SC teachers tell it like it is

(June 11, 2018) America's teachers are beginning to school the rest of us.They've been speaking out about what it's really like in the classroom, and it's not warm and fuzzy.They've even marched on state capitols.They're pushing back against the unrealistic expectations dumped on classroom teachers.It's not all about low pay. It's also about the lack of school discipline and administrative support, and the nonsense of measuring success by all-powerful standardized test scores.This week, a string of teachers came marching through my ...Read More

eXp Realty – The Agent Owned, Cloud Based Brokerage

(June 11, 2018) By now you have seen at least a few blue and yellow signs around town, so it’s time to let the cat out of the bag.  We are getting too big to be a “secret” Real Estate company.  I get asked all the time “What makes eXp Realty different…better?”  My quick answer is “just about everything”. It seems that whatever an agent is missing at their current brokerage…eXp Realty has it.  However, even more important than what we have to offer Agents is, how ...Read More

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American Red Cross

Street Survival Tactics

(June 11, 2018) Welcome back Street Survivors !Here’s hoping you had a great Memorial weekend surrounded by family and friends and remembered the reason for the holiday, paying honor to our fallen military members from all wars and conflicts since the beginning of our country.  Always take an opportunity to thank our active duty and prior service members for their service whenever you can, but don’t forget those that have paid the ultimate price. Freedom is never Free, it comes with a very heavy price.Today’s column will focus on a critical skill that we all ...Read More

Damage at historic site in Gray Court

(May 14, 2018) In Gray Court we have the historic Culbertson Back Country Settlement. It is like walking through History with two log cabins that date back to 1800, a block house, Ora Presbyterian Church, one room African American School, black smith shop and other out buildings.In the fall, we have Pioneer Day for the community and beyond to enjoy.  It is a Family Fun day to walk thru history. Children can read about history in a book, but the adventure comes alive when they experience the smell, sounds, and sights of everyday life in a log cabin. Most people that ...Read More

Street Smarts

Street Survival Tactics

(May 14, 2018) If you’re paying attention to current events across the U.S.A. and on the world stage you should be comforted in knowing that your decision to own firearms and be skilled in their use, is the right thing to do, is a ‘right’ that the majority of the world population does not enjoy, and which you absolutely need to maintain your status as a citizen and not a subject or slave !Sure, that’s a mouthful, but look around. Some folks believe calling the police via 911 and hiding in your home, business, school ...Read More

Greenville, SC…THE Place to Call HOME

(May 14, 2018) I’m sure everyone has noticed the amount of growth in Greenville, SC over the last few years.  This one time small, quaint town has become “the place to call home” for many transplants from all over the world.  I, myself escaped the Northern winters to call Greenville home after word of mouth referrals and Google Search.  If you input “Best Place to Raise a Family in South Carolina”…BOOM…Greenville, SC wins hands down.  It’s no longer the hidden gem, the word is definitely out.  ...Read More

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Photo by Master Gardner Bill Gallaway who is also a box turtle lover!

In Love with Box Turtles

(May 14, 2018) I’m in love with box turtles.  Are you in love, too?  Well, probably so for there is something endearing about the box turtle.  When I was young, we were surrounded by woods and meadows, the primary habitat for turtles  It was fun to identify a yellow-belly from a speckle back or a box turtle; and, yes, a snapping turtle, too.  As a gardener, I actually designed our garden, WillowDale, with box turtles in mind along with other reptiles that either, walk, hop, or slither through our extension of their habitat.Box turtles ...Read More

Backyard hummingbird feeder

Give A Gift of Rubies For Mother’s Day

(May 14, 2018) Spring is here and Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  If you are still looking for the perfect gift, I know just the thing, rubies.  Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the expensive red gem, but I am talking about one of  spring and summers most popular birds, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Even though the weather has been crazy this year, these little jewels are making their way here with a big appetite!!  To ensure you get these “Rubies” in your yard by Mother’s ...Read More

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Plant of the month - Succulents!

(May 14, 2018) Succulents, succulents everywhere!  They have been popular for the last few years but even more so this spring.  Everyone knows the Hens and Chickens succulents that our grandmothers grew in their gardens.  They have been stepped up a notch to include Echeverias, Aeoniums, Agaves, Dudleyas and Crassulas to name a few.  These are all popular and can be found at local nurseries. Easy to grow, succulents may be planted in the garden but do exceptionally well in containers.  Use a potting mix such as Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palms and Citrus which provides good drainage ...Read More

Jason Tate won $1,000 for closest to the $1 million-hole shot, followed by C.W. Crawford and Brandon Fowler

Golfers narrowly miss $1 million hole

(May 14, 2018) Jason Tate of Mauldin came just 21 feet from winning $1 million in Saturday’s finals of Laurens Electric Cooperative’s Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout at Eagle Zone golf center on Pelham Road in Greenville.Tate won $1,000 for the closest-to-the-$1 million-hole shot. C. W. Crawford placed 2nd and won $500, followed by Brandon Fowler, who took home $250. Sponsored by Laurens Electric Cooperative, the Shootout included two qualifying days during which golfers could earn entry into the Saturday finals, where a hole in one would have been worth $1 ...Read More

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Simpsonville Lions Peace Poster Winner

(May 14, 2018) Libby Carter, Art Teacher at Ralph  Chandler Middle School, Sam Quillen,  6th grade student at Ralph Chandler Middle School and Lion Deborah Nicholson, Simpsonville Lions Club Peace Poster Chairman , displays Sam’s Poster.  She was the Simpsonville Lions Peace Poster Winner and her poster also received  Honorable Mention for her participation in District 32-A. Sam was presented a $50.00 check from the Simpsonville Lions Club as a token of appreciation....Read More

Anthony’s Pizzeria celebrates 20 Years in Simpsonville with Customer Appreciation Day

(May 14, 2018) Photos from Anthony's Pizzeria Customer Appreciation Day...Read More

Simpsonville Fire Department celebrates Grand Opening of Fire Station #5

(May 14, 2018) The Simpsonville Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of its newest fire station at 400 E. Standing Spring Road on Monday, April 30, 2018.A joint effort between Greenville County and the City of Simpsonville to serve the growing Simpsonville community, Station 5 houses Fire Engine licensed by DHEC to provide First Responder service at the EMT-Intermediate level, built-in training props for rescue training, and staffs 3 personnel per shift.   The 9,000 square foot station will serve the western area of the Simpsonville Fire District, an area that has been growing rapidly.  The current response ...Read More

Traffic studies continue on Fairview Rd.

(May 14, 2018) As Fairview Road experiences another growth spurt, traffic at the corner of Fairview Road and Harrison Bridge Road continues to ause concern for shoppers and travelers.  Getting into the Martin Property and out of the Martin property has been confusing and has resulted in several fender benders.  With Chili’s restaurant under construction right now and an announcement that Sharonview Federal Credit Union is coming into the same shopping center, the SCDOT has apparently begun work on solutions for traffic relief.  The southbound lane of Fairview Road at the corner of Harrison Bridge Road had a ...Read More

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Josie Hollingsworth - Hillcrest High School

All-Star Scholar/Athletes recognized for excellence

(May 14, 2018) Josie Hollingsworth - Hillcrest High SchoolSports superlative, Josie Hollingsworth, has managed to achieve Summa Cum Laude and the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, all while running track, field and playing volleyball. As a Fountain Inn native and resident, Hollingsworth has grown up around Clemson sports and plans to attend the University in the fall. Her current GPA is 5.155 and favorite school subjects include history and Spanish. With an impressive long list of club memberships, Hollingsworth is in Beta Club, National Honors Society, Students in Action, and Student Ambassadors. Like a true lioness, she brings an extreme amount of dedication to anything ...Read More

All-Star Scholar/Athletes recognized for excellence

(May 14, 2018) Josie Hollingsworth - Hillcrest High SchoolSports superlative, Josie Hollingsworth, has managed to achieve Summa Cum Laude and the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, all while running track, field and playing volleyball. As a Fountain Inn native and resident, Hollingsworth has grown up around Clemson sports and plans to attend the University in the fall. Her current GPA is 5.155 and favorite school subjects include history and Spanish. With an impressive long list of club memberships, Hollingsworth is in Beta Club, National Honors Society, Students in Action, and Student Ambassadors. Like a true lioness, she brings an extreme amount of dedication to anything ...Read More

South Carolina Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

(April 20, 2018) SCBG Spring Plant Sale is one of the largest fundraising events with 100% benefiting the Gardens.  The Plant Sale starts Friday, April 13th from 2 - 6 p.m. for Friends only; Saturday, April 14th 9 - 1 p.m. for the public; and Saturday, April 28th 9 - 1 p.m. for the Public’s 2nd Chance Sale.  There will be an incredible selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, ornamental grasses, bog plants, veggies and annuals, too.  Along with hard to find specimen worthy plants and native selections that are adapted to perform well in our environment ...Read More

From the Desk of your County Councilman

(April 20, 2018) It is hard to believe that three months of 2018 has now passed.  During this time Southern Greenville County has experienced several major changes.  Our long time State Representative, Eric Bedingfield, retired and was replaced by Ashley Trantham, who took her seat in January.  With the filing period just ended she is unopposed and will be elected to a full term in November this year.A major grass roots effort occurred in and around the Fork Shoals area beginning last fall.  A group of citizens met several times with the Planning and Zoning Department of the ...Read More

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Street Survival Tactics

(April 20, 2018) Welcome back Street Survivors !Following my article about the survivability and aftermath of a total grid down scenario in the case of an Electromagnetic Pulse or even a natural disaster, I received several concerned emails. Based on the recent vote in the South Carolina Legislature, this is a perfect time to update Street Survivors on the latest and greatest info.The vote in Columbia focused on the limits on solar usage across the state, and those limiting caps were lifted, a win for the consumer…or so it appears. The utility industry won’t give up without a ...Read More

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