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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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All-Star Scholar/Athletes recognized for excellence

Local Section - (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 ...

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All-Star Scholar/Athletes recognized for excellence

Local Section - (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 ...

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Governor addresses Chamber of Commerce banquet

Local Section - (April 20, 2018) The Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the South Carolina National Guard Armory on Speedway Road in Fountain Inn. It was the first banquet organized by the chambers new president Whitney Ferguson. “I was very impressed with the turnout and support the chamber received for my first banquet,” said Ferguson. “I wanted to make sure our city was well represented for the Governors visit and it was!”  In addition to the record attendance, the chamber was able to enjoy the support ...

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Local Election Official receives State Association Award

Local Section - (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 ...

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Legendary Lady, Kitty Ross of Fork Shoals, dies at age 99 1/2

Local Section - (February 15, 2018) How does one express in words the deep feelings and sentiment of this remarkable lady Kitty Ross?  Herein is an attempt by family members and friends.  Kitty was 991/2 years young when she passed away on January 14, 2018.  Kitty attended church services that morning and passed away in the afternoon.  She had continued to live alone in her historic childhood home with a high degree of independence.  She was always FUN to be with as Kitty’s quick wit always made you ...

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Former Simpsonville Police Chief continues humanitarian work in Haiti

Local Section - (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 ...

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Mauldin’s 12 Days of Christmas brings Santa to town

Local Section - (December 12, 2017) The City of Mauldin celebrated the start of the holiday season with the annual Mauldin Christmas Tree Lighting. The Greater Mauldin Chamber of Commerce presented the Tree Lighting along with the SC National Guard, inviting Aubrey Jackson of WYFF News 4 to host the evening ceremony. The audience enjoyed musical performances by Mauldin Elementary, the Shining Stars, Bethel Elementary, and duo Samantha Clifford and Josiah Thomason. Cristina Ortiz with State Farm sponsored the event and handed out hot cocoa to guests. More than 500 ...

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Special election to be held Nov. 14 for SC House District 28 seat

Local Section - (November 7, 2017) When Eric Bedingfield submitted a letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Representatives stating that he will resign on January 18th, a time table for a special election to fill that vacancy started. Although his August 29 resignation letter made no reference to why he was resigning he did offer on Facebook a short time later that he was leaving to take another job as a governmental affairs director at Greenville Technical College. According to the college’s website he is listed now as the Director ...

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Francis Thompson of Mauldin receives Order of the Palmetto

Church Section - (October 3, 2017) Amidst the October 1, 2017 morning worship service at First Baptist Church of Mauldin, Garry Smith, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, presented Mr. Francis David Thompson with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in South Carolina, awarded for extraordinary lifetime service.  Some four hundred people witnessed the event.  Niall Johnston, a family friend, provided introductory remarks highlighting the many ways in which Mr. Thompson has served his community, state, and country.  Reverend Wade Leonard preached a sermon entitled “Speaking ...

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Fountain Inn council calls for referendum on form of Government

Local Section - (September 19, 2017) With only five members of council present the City of Fountain Inn Atty. David Holmes presented a second reading and ordinance to change or keep the current form of government. The motion passed 3-2 with Rose Ann Woods, Matthew King and Phil Clemmer voting for the motion and Mayor Sam Lee and John Mahony voting against. Councilman Berry Woods was absent and former Councilman Andrew Stoddard moved out of his district and resigned.The ordinance voted on and approved reads as follows: No. 2017-009ORDINANCEAN ORDINANCE SETTING A REFERENDUM ...

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The Great American Eclipse 2017

Local Section - (August 17, 2017) In a few days an uncommon, intriguing, and exciting astronomical event is going to cast its shadow over the upstate, and across our whole country from Oregon to South Carolina! Of course, it is the total eclipse of the sun by the moon. Totality, the 100% covering of the sun, will last approximately two minutes and 40 seconds as it passes over Greenville. The eclipse will start around 1 PM and will end just after 4 PM. Most of us will not in our lifetimes witness another chance to see ...

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The Meadows Memory Care Now Open in Simpsonville, Bringing Families Hope

Local Section - (July 11, 2017) On June 9th, The Meadows Memory Care became the first Alzheimer’s community in South Carolina designed to be ‘Trigger Free’, which creates less aggravation and stress for the residents. Bud Parker is the first official occupant at the beautiful new building off Holland Road in Simpsonville. Individuals and families who are dealing with the hardships of dementia now have a place that can help put their minds at ease. The facility provides tender love and memory care for those who specifically suffer from Alzheimer’s ...

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Senior athletes graduate with honors

Local Section - (June 13, 2017) Editors note:Each year for the last five years, the Simpsonville Sentinel has been recognizing local graduating athletes who have achieved success in their chosen sports as well as honors in the classroom. We congratulate these honor athletes and wish them well as they pursue their dreams.Katie Mader Hillcrest High SchoolValedictorian of Hillcrest High School, Katie Mader has completed her senior year with divine time management skills and a 5.1 GPA. In the fall, she will soar to new heights with an elegant landing at Clemson’s ...

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