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A Lesson in Why Your Participation Matters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Guest Column by Steve Haynie   
Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

Political Skullduggery in Pickens County

Every two years political parties in South Carolina go through the process called precinct reorganization during which people from each voting precinct can elect party officers to represent their precinct in the countywide party.  Attendees of precinct reorganization may also apply to be delegates to county and state party conventions.  On March 19, 2015, the Pickens County Republican Party precinct reorganization meeting took place in Liberty, South Carolina.  This reorganization was quite different from those in the past, however.  This time roughly half the attendees have worked against the Republican Party Platform.

After the reorganization meeting ended, it was obvious that there was an effort to move the Pickens County GOP to the left.  True Republicans had to scramble to convince other like-minded individuals to participate by the make up date of March 21, 2015.  Not only were the conservative and moderate members trying to motivate people to join the party by that date, the pro-tax and liberal activists were recruiting as well.  By the time of the county convention 202 delegates had been confirmed.

Good Ole Boy Politics on Display PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnnelle Raines - Pickens, SC   
Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

What happened the other night at the Pickens County GOP Convention was more proof of why so many people don’t want to get involved in politics,

There was plenty of “posturing” for control and grandstanding to be viewed by all.

I assisted Weldon Clark in checking people in and giving out the ballots. I was told the list we had was an official list and that no one was to enter the auditorium unless they were on the official list. There were officers standing at the entrance to the auditorium who were told not to allow anyone in unless they had the proper credential … which was the manila envelope with the ballot enclosed. This was to ensure integrity in the balloting process.

Cruz: Strong Contender for Truth, Conservative and Christian Vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz Strikes Fear in Hearts of Democrats, RINO Republicans: “I will tell the truth and do what I say”


Senator Ted Cruz broughthis wife and daughters to the Poinsett Club in Greenville, Friday night, to speak to and mingle with Republican women and their families.

“We are all here tonight because we are worried about the direction of our country,” he told the packed house that was so spellbound by the speaker that some forgot to eat their cheesecake and their coffee became cold.

The Cruz message was positive and sometimes humorous. “Let’s talk about what is fixing to be going right in this country, rather than what is going wrong,” he suggested.

“I make you this promise: I will tell the truth and I will do whatI say.”

Greenville County Republicans Abandon Costly Legal Action PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00


Following a short report by their attorney Samuel Harms, The Greenville County Republican Party Executive Committee voted to suspend pursuit of legal actions to overturn the state election law that allows all registered voters to participate in selection of Republican Party candidates. The Committee also released Harms, who had invested  thousands of hours and dollars pursuing the case, from any further responsibility or obligation.

The Greenville County Republican party had pursued the matter in federal court for four years, at great expense to members and volunteer attorneys. The State Party had been a supportive partner in the legal action.

Contending for the Conservative Vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

It will be interesting watching Republican candidates for President of the United States compete for the conservative vote, that in South Carolina’s open primary includes Christians, Libertarians, and Tea Party independents. They constitute a majority-voting block in the Palmetto State, however, somehow they always manage to have several candidates to split the vote and give an advantage to the most liberal candidate.

Jeb Bush, the obvious Republican Party elite favorite, will be aided by crossover Democrat voters. Half a dozen candidates will fight for the conservative voters that include the almost disenfranchised legitimate Republicans. This is part of the GOP/Bush strategy to help usher in a Bush primary victory in South Carolina.

God is in Control PDF Print E-mail
Written by Winston McCuen - Ware Shoals, SC   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Easter is a good time to reflect on the state of the world and the mysteries of God's providential plan.

Liberals in America have murdered over 40 million people by abortion in the name of "women's rights" since Roe v. Wade in 1973.  The Nazis are said to have killed 6 million Jews.  Does this mean that our "progressive and enlightened" Liberals are at least six times more evil than Hitler and the Nazis are supposed to have been?

Recently on FoxNews, Bill O'Reilly declared that "Christianity is non-political." Evidently he meant  the Bible is politically neutral and that somehow people who differ on moral-political fundamentals can all be Christians. But that is absurd, since the Christian faith is all about the one and only correct conception of moral fundamentals.

Top Ten Finalists for 2015-16 GCS Teacher of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Clarke   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Ten finalists have been selected in the 2015-16 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program. They are, in alphabetical order:


• Alice Bradley, Seventh Grade Language Arts, Ralph Chandler Middle School

• Amy Burnett, Mathematics, Berea High School

• Kristin Danko, Fourth Grade, Bell’s Crossing Elementary School

• Shiree Turner Fowler, Kindergarten, Hollis Elementary Academy

• Tracy Gay, Fifth Grade, Crestview Elementary School

• Stacy Hall, Sixth Grade School Counseling, Riverside Middle School

• Anne Matthews, String Orchestra, Greenville Middle Academy

• Shelley Peak, Third Grade, Robert E. Cashion Elementary School

• David Quigley, Math and Science, Woodmont High School

• Heather Steading, Fifth Grade, Fork Shoals School

SC Secretary of State Mark Hammond to Speak at FFI Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00


South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond is scheduled to speak in Greenville on May 9 to honor student authors. Hammond’s 2 p.m. address will highlight the announcement of high school winners in the BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY essay contest sponsored by nonprofit First Foundations, Inc.

Ten student finalists are expected to win cash prizes for writing about how the U. S. Constitution informs and inspires young Americans in 2015. Each student was challenged to compose an original 500 word essay. The grand prize winner will be offered a scholarship from North Greenville University. Other finalists will win cash and merchandise.

Eyewitness Report from a Benghazi Survivor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 KJV


Both sides of Kris “Tanto” Paronto’s business card has the same message: “John 15:13.” The United States is most fortunate to have active duty and veteran military personnel that not only uphold their oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” but also willingly give their lives in order to save the lives of their comrades.

A few hundred Upstate citizens had a rare opportunity last Wednesday and Thursday to meet a legitimate living hero and hear a true and accurate account of what happened during the Benghazi attack. Kris “Tanto” Paronto was one of the survivors of the attack on the U.S. State Department Special Mission compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012.

Ashtabula Celebrates Old Farm Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry M. Thacker   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00


The sights and sounds of yesteryear came alive in Pendleton on Saturday as Ashtabula celebrated Old Farm Day.

Antique gas engines powered a plethora of machines, including a cotton gin and a hay bailer, just to name a few. Antique tractors and automobiles were on display as well.

The coolness of the day did not deter hundreds of people of all ages from coming out to enjoy the event. While some spectators meandered over the front lawn, inspecting the various and sundry exhibits, other visitors paid an extra $3.00 to take a guided tour, given by young ladies dressed in hoop skirts, of the Ashtabula mansion, which served as the backdrop for the day's festivities.

Piedmont Women’s Center 2015 Banquet for Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00



The Piedmont Women’s Center held their 2015 fundraiser banquet Thursday, March 26, at the TD Center.

The program featured filmed greetings from Governor Nikki Haley, presentation by Joni Eareckson Tada, and music by Wes Hampton.

Center nurses presented live ultrasound images of “littlest guests.”

Thanks to Those Willing to Risk It All PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

From the beginning of our nation, there have been men and women willing to risk it all. The truth is that our republic was created and kept free by a small percentage of men and women who were and are willing to risk it all. We should honor and celebrate those people, not punish them for doing the right thing.

In earlier times, students were exposed to the words and deeds of men like Patrick Henry, who said, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” The men who signed the Declaration of Independence put everything on the line.

“With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Most of these men and many of their families paid a price in pain and suffering for doing the right thing and providing us with freedom that we must preserve. 

World Series of Poker PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00
My Work Here Is Done PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00
Culbertson Resources Inc. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00
Governor Scott Walker Visits Greenville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

ScottWalker7610Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin addressed a crowd of more than two-hundred at the TD Center in Greenville last Thursday evening.

Walker mingled with the crowd and posed for photos with supporters prior to the sit-down BBQ supper. He appeared very comfortable with friends, some of which supported his political campaigns in his home state.

The Governor thanked attendees for their prayers during his recall-election battles that involved vicious demonstration by his opponents. “Don’t stop praying,” he said.

Governor Walker, who has two young sons, said he was concerned about the safety of future generations of Americans. He said that was his motivation for seeking the presidency. He listed a number of his accomplishments as Governor of Wisconsin and said he wanted to do some of the same things in Washington, DC.

Guest Worker Program Replacing Americans in High Tech Jobs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

American Worker Making More than $60,000 per year, “Your Job is up for Grabs”

A bill before the United States Senate would triple the number of “guest workers” under the H-1B guest worker Visa program, according to testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee recently.

Howard University Professor Ron Hira told the committee that the Senate “I-Squared” bill would triple the number of guest workers for high tech jobs and send a message to American workers making over $60,000 annually that “your job is up for grabs.”

The professor informed the committee that “it is a myth that companies pay guest workers prevailing wages and actively look first for Americans to fill the jobs that are eventually given to H-1B guest workers.”

Cruz is First Top-Tier Movement Conservative Candidate Since Reagan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

MANASSAS, Va., -- Christian Newswire -- Richard A. Viguerie releases the following statement and is available for comment:

Today's official announcement that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is running for president changes everything in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ted Cruz isn't running for Vice President or Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Jeb Bush administration.

Every Republican candidate for president will have to move significantly to the right, starting with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, and define their position on amnesty for illegal aliens, on fighting and winning the war radical Islam has declared on America, on spending, the deficit and the debt, and on repealing Obamacare, against the positions Ted Cruz will talk about and campaign on in the coming months.

Candidate with Brains and a Backbone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

Senator Ted Cruz was the first Republican presidential candidate to formally announce his candidacy. He made the announcement at Liberty University before a crowd of several thousand people. The location could not have been better for the “born again” Christian son of a Baptist preacher.

Typically, Cruz spoke eloquently and with passion without notes or a teleprompter. He was interrupted by enthusiastic applause following almost every statement. The Harvard educated lawyer is obviously very intelligent and has demonstrated exceptional common sense, both in the United States Senate and as Attorney General of Texas. In contrast with other Republican candidates and party leaders, Ted Cruz has a backbone. He has the courage of his convictions and is willing to stand up to both Democrats and the leadership of his own party when necessary. He can articulate proven conservative principles in a manner reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.

Netanyahu Re-Elected Prime Minister PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Al Snyder   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

With all the ballots counted, it was clear that Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected as Israel's Prime Minister for the fourth time. Netanyahu's conservative Likud Party won 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. The liberal Zionist Union (formerly Labor Party) won 24 seats, but it was not enough to put their party leader Buji Herzog in office as prime minister.

While there were few surprises with the smaller parties, the most recent pre-election polls had shown Herzog unseating Netanyahu. Even preliminary results on election night had Likud and Zionist Union neck and neck with about 24 seats each, making it unclear who would be designated by the president to form the next government.

Spartanburg to be Colonized as “Refugee Seed Community” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

The Obama Administration has apparently selected Spartanburg County as a “Refugee Seed Community” as part of the controversial plan to root-out western European culture and traditions from American conservative communities. A World Relief contractor is establishing an office in Spartanburg, according to a report by Lisa Pandone Benson, a national security expert tracking Muslim influence in the United States.

The report indicates that Jason Lee, former pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, has been named executive director of the Spartanburg office. Lee was pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church for more than 5 years according to the report.

He is also a leader with Come Closer Spartanburg, a partnership of faith leaders, Christians and business leaders with a mission to “unite God’s people for the purpose of loving our city to Christ.”


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