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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

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

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

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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

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

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


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

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