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Younts Center

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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Shawn Bell

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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Leaf Truck

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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Taft Matney

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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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

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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Rotary Pres Jim Mitchell and Jeff Tewell

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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American Red Cross

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' Beachin' Fridays

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 Smarts

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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Patrick Goodwin in his Mauldin home with his Die-Cast collection.

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 Mills footbridge and dam

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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Piedmont historian Don Roper

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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Addy Matney - Chairman of the Greenville Transit Authority

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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Chase Wilson

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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Shawn Bell, Fountain Inn City Administrator

Inn the Know

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) Bell’s Bits – Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and of course to my beautiful bride. I wish all the mothers out there a wonderful Mother’s Day on May 13. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support of 44CityServe on April 21st to help improve our community. We had approximately 140 citizens, elected officials, church members, scouts, civic club members, etc. show up on a Saturday morning to pick up litter on the side of the road, plant flowers, make much needed ...

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

Local Section - (May 14, 2018) Photos from Anthony's Pizzeria Customer Appreciation Day...

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Simpsonville Fire Department celebrates Grand Opening of Fire Station #5

Local Section - (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 ...

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Traffic studies continue on Fairview Rd.

Local Section - (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 ...

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Josie Hollingsworth - Hillcrest High School

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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From the Desk of your County Councilman

Local Section - (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 ...

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