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The Younts Center shines with first year anniversary success!

Local Section - (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 ...

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Inn the Know

Local Section - (June 11, 2018) Summer is finally here and this year brings a lot of exciting opportunities to the community. In the upcoming months, the Community Development Department is looking forward to incorporating outreach to the City of Fountain Inn. I feel this is a great way to let members of City Council and other local government officials get a better understanding of the needs and wants of the citizens of this community. It is important that everyone feels safe, and that all of our communities are well-designed which ultimately improves the overall ...

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Simpsonville to purchase 2 leaf trucks

Local Section - (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,...

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Elephant Garlic

Nature Section - (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.  ...

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Daddy Boyd's Tub

Nature Section - (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 ...

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HENRY… Our Black Racer Snake

Nature Section - (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’...

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To market, to market…

Local Section - (June 11, 2018) Did you make it out to Mauldin’s farmers’ market last year? If so, I have some good news and some bad news.The bad news is that there is no Saturday market at the Cultural Center this year. Even though we didn’t see our event as competition for the other Saturday markets, we learned from experience that we actually were. We competed for vendors, and we competed for an audience, so this year there will not be a market on Saturday.Now, here’s ...

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

Local Section - (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, ...

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

Local Section - (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....

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eXp Realty – The Agent Owned, Cloud Based Brokerage

Local Section - (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 ...

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Mauldin Rotary Club Dedicates Family Picnic Area

Local Section - (June 11, 2018) On May 8, 2018, the Mauldin Rotary Club and friends gathered to dedicate a new picnic and park area behind the Mauldin Cultural Center building.  The park dedication began inside the Mauldin Cultural Center.  In opening remarks, Janice Holcombe, President-Elect of the organization, described where the idea for the project originated.  As she interacted with her grandchild, Hudson, she realized a need for more family-friendly facilities in this area.  She presented the idea to Norman Bunn, the Rotary Club President at that time.  ...

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Street Survival Tactics

Local Section - (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 ...

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Mauldin's Beachin' Fridays continues through July 6

Local Section - (June 11, 2018) The HistoryBeachin’ Fridays started in 2015, bringing the beach music scene to Mauldin. People come from all over the Upstate to converge on the Mauldin Cultural Center’s outdoor amphitheater for evenings of shag dancing, food trucks, and craft beverages. The final night always features a special performance and fireworks. All shows are FREE of charge, so grab your dancing shoes and bring your energy!The Scoop• All shows are FREE of charge and general admission. • Lawn chairs and/or blankets are welcome for all outdoor ...

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Damage at historic site in Gray Court

Local Section - (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 ...

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Street Survival Tactics

Local Section - (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 ...

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Former Firefighter cherishes memories with Die-Cast Miniature collection

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) Viewing Patrick Goodwin’s die-cast car collection is like walking into a whole different world.  Pictures of fire trucks, a fireman’s hat and jacket, and patches from various fire stations adorn the walls while the room overflows with miniature fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tow trucks, and cars of all makes and models.  He estimates that about 9,000 die-cast vehicles comprise his collection and explains why they are so much more than toys.  Each piece has a meaning or a story ...

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Greenville, SC…THE Place to Call HOME

Local Section - (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 ...

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Piedmont Footbridge placed on state-wide At Risk list

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) Preservation South Carolina has released the 2018 state list of most At Risk historical sites.  From the eight properties listed, of local concern is the Piedmont Manufacturing Company Footbridge spanning the Saluda River over the dam.  This dam is still producing electricity for ENEL, an energy group.  The Footbridge site is an historical, industrial property, and the dam and footbridge were constructed in 1888 when the mill built the third plant on the Anderson County side of the river.  The footbridge allowed quick movement by ...

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In Memory of a Great Piedmont Historian, Don Roper

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) This article was first published about 3 years ago.  I’m republishing it now in memory of Don Roper, our Saluda Sam.  Don passed away on April 11th after an extended illness.  His smile and care for everyone he came in contact with made him loved, admired, and treasured in Piedmont throughout his whole life time.  Don began collecting Piedmont memorabilia and stories in the 1940s and continued to do so until the very last.  His museum in the Piedmont Community Building was his ...

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Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) finalizes 2020-24 Transit Development Plan

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) The Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) has finalized the 2020-24 Transit Development Plan (TDP) study of the Greenlink transit system. The goal of the study is to create a plan to improve the Greenlink network so that it is more useful to residents in Greenville County. The plan identifies potential expansions in fixed route bus service, estimates the cost to implement these expansions, estimates the potential ridership gain that would occur from such expansions, and lists possible funding sources to be explored. The need for service expansion has its roots ...

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In Love with Box Turtles

Nature Section - (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, ...

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Give A Gift of Rubies For Mother’s Day

Nature Section - (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 &...

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Plant of the month - Succulents!

Nature Section - (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 ...

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Fountain Inn Police Dept. recognizes Capt. Hamilton’s 25th Anniversary and welcomes new patrolman

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) Chase Wilson with the Fountain Inn Police Department received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the  South Carolina Police Academy. He graduated with a GPA of 97.6.Captain Michael Hamilton just celebrated his 25th Anniversary with the Fountain Inn Police Department....

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Golfers narrowly miss $1 million hole

Sports Section - (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, ...

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