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Russ Cassell, 1954-2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00


Russ Cassell, 60, loving husband of 35 years to Robbie Cassell, of Greenville, SC, died peacefully at his home, Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Born July 21, 1954, he was a son of Helen B. Cassell of Simpsonville, SC and Thomas A. Cassell of Cleveland, SC.

Russ was most proud of his family, faith, and finding his calling in radio broadcasting. An upstate native, Cassell was host of "The Russ Cassell Show," a popular weekday morning talk show on WORD-FM, where he worked for the past 20 years. He recently celebrated 40 years of working in radio, his first gig being as a student at Clemson University's radio station, WSBF. He then went on to work as a disc jockey and radio host at WQOK and WFBC. He became the voice of Clemson's Tiger Tailgate Show, which he hosted from 1981 until 1992. Russ took pride in his community service over several decades. He served as SC Vice President for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Chairman of the March of Dimes Walk America. He donated his time and support to the Ronald McDonald House, the Children's Miracle Network, and the Children's Hospital of the Greenville Health System.

Controversy Rages over Sales Tax on Food in Greenville County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

Few Residents Knew About the “Public Hearing” on Sales Tax Increase Referendum

Advocates of an increase in the Greenville County Sales tax are embarrassed and angry. Both the special interest tax advocates and members of County Council were stunned by the revelation by the South Carolina Tax Commission last week that the Sales tax referendum on the ballot in November, if passed, would include a 1 cent tax on food.

Joshua Cook of “NoTax Hike” informed The Times Examiner, Monday, Oct. 6, that he had confirmed that the sales tax proposal would include food.

Oliver Thompson Chapter 1850, UDC Holds Memorial Service in Honor of 90th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00


Oliver Thompson Chapter 1850, UDC, held a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Fairview Presbyterian Church, in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, in honor of the 90th anniversary of the chapter. Before the service, charter members of the Caroline S. Coleman Chapter 537, Children of the Confederacy, placed flags on the graves of 51 Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. Some of the children passed out programs for the service. Carol Leake, Oliver Thompson Chapter President, called the meeting to order and welcomed all those in attendance.

A Legendary Conservative Voice is Silent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

The Palmetto State has lost a legendary conservative radio voice. Russ Cassell was, in my view, the most influential conservative Christian in the state, with a large and growing loyal audience. He was an unapologetic Southern Gentleman. He refused to be politically correct, knew “what he believed and why he believed it” and urged others to do the same. What made Russ different, in my view, was that he was an uncompromising Christian, working and communicating effectively in an industry and community that has increasingly placed their faith in man and pushed God to the “back of the bus.” He did his homework and was prepared to hold his own on any subject that arose.

Russ was a native of the Upstate and a walking encyclopedia of institutional memory of people and events that transpired since his school days at Wade Hampton High School. He was a great teacher of newcomers who were learning to blend into the local culture. He welcomed and made friends with newcomers to the area, but had little patients with those who would make Greenville a little Boston by advocating the very same policies that caused them to move south.

Halloween Masks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00
Tennessee Valley Railroad Steam Excursions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marlene Dowd   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00


On Saturday, October 4, on a beautiful fall day, my wife and I took a trip on the Summerville Steam Special, which runs each Saturday in the month of October.  We rode on Steam Locomotive 4501 (2-8-2) built in 1911 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.  The engine has been restored to its original condition and is the flagship steam engine of the railroad.  The TVRR owns three steam engines:  610, 630 and 4501.

We departed the Chattanooga railroad station on a 9-hour round trip ride to Summerville, GA, passing by diverse scenery including the Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield where the Confederates had been successful.  On the way to Summerville, we dined in a restored 1922 dining car and had an excellent lunch.  The staff, conductors, and crewmen were extremely hospitable and informative.  The train consisted of a variety of restored old rolling stock.  Our particular car, a Pullman built in 1922, was in excellent condition.  The railroad operates many diverse train rides on the main line.

Sales Tax Advocates Accused of Misleading Uninformed Voters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

All Sales Tax Money Will not be Spent in Greenville County and 95% of the $673 million will not be used to fix Roads and Bridges

Opponents of the largest tax increase in the history of Greenville County government are attempting to correct the misinformation they say advocates of the tax are including in pro-tax brochures.

A one cent increase in the current sales tax in Greenville County would be an increase of 17 percent. This is a substantial additional cost for an individual or family on a fixed income.

A pro-tax brochure “paid for by the SC Association of Realtors”  states that “there will be a lot of information and misinformation about this issue. They proceed to answer questions and make statements that are misleading or incorrect.

Are food and medicine exempt from the 1cent sales tax increase?

Landrum Student Wins Basketball Appeal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00


Andrew Mitchell, a home schooled student from northern Spartanburg County, will continue to play basketball with the Landrum High School Cardinals basketball team.

The SC High School League Athletics Appeals Panel voted 4 to 2 to overrule a decision by the league Executive Director prohibiting Mitchell from continuing to play with the Landrum team after his parents moved into the Chapman High School Transportation Zone.

Do You Really Know American History? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

Maryland, My Maryland!

Following the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter at Charleston on April 9, 1861, Lincoln ordered Governors of the remaining Union states to call up their state militias and supply an army of 75,000 to invade and subdue the seven Southern states that had seceded. While this was received enthusiastically in many Northern States, the Border States viewed this order as a tyranny they would not follow. Consequently, the border states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas seceded and secession efforts were underway in Missouri and Kentucky. The order was likewise not well received in Maryland.

Terror of Ebola PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

What would strike more terror in your heart, exposure to the deadly Ebola virus, or a crazed Islamic radical with a knife at your throat? You could rationalize that the knife of the radical would result in swift death and the virus would result in long agonizing suffering with a chance for survival. The frightening truth is that any American could face either situation. Both situations would create intense fear and terror in the victim and potential victims. The goal of terrorists is the spread of terror. It is not known whether terrorists are using Ebola as a weapon, but they could easily do so.

Hello?! Secret Service! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00
President Promises Amnesty to Illegal Aliens Who Join Military PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

New Policy will Allow up to 1,500 Illegal Aliens to Join Military and Become Citizens this Year

As many as 1,500 undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens) will be given amnesty in exchange for joining the United States military due to an executive amnesty order announced by President Obama Thursday, September 25, according to reports by and Numbers USA.

President Obama had promised to offer amnesty to an unspecified number of individuals who had entered the United States illegally by the end of summer, however, he delayed the action until after the election for obvious political reasons. Democrat congressional candidates in tightly contested races were afraid the action would result in their defeat at the polls.

By delaying blanket amnesty for undocumented individuals who have entered the country illegally until after the election, Democrats apparently believe voters are too stupid, uninformed or misinformed to hold them accountable at the polls based on what is to come.

BJU Students Sign Banner to Assure Clemson Of Our Prayers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
Republican Women Pass Resolution to Oppose County Sales Tax Increase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00


The Greenville Republican Women’s Club unanimously passed a Resolution to oppose the “Greenville County Special Sales and Use Tax” referendum question on the ballot November 4, 2014. The referendum is for a one-percent increase in the County Sales Tax.

The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, The Referendum calls for the collection of $673,193,630 in sales taxes from the citizens of Greenville County, which is the largest tax increase in Greenville County history;

Annual Royal Lao Airborne Banquet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The Last Free Election in the USA? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

The 2014 General Election is just four weeks away. It is probably the most important Congressional election in our lifetime – and it could be the last free election unless American voters wake-up, become informed, seek truth and take their country back by electing candidates with high moral and ethical standards and insisting that they live up to their oath of office and execute their duties in accordance with the Constitution of the United States.

Politicians, even good ones, and political parties cannot solve the problems of this country and world. They have made too much of a mess out of it already. If our republic is to survive the current situation, individuals must become informed, armed with truth and actively involved in seeking  divine intervention.

Pardon Me, But My Work Here Is Done PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
Greenville Tax Hike is Another Dead End to Fixing Our Road Woes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joshua Cook - Travelers Rest, SC   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

After canvassing Greenville County residents last week, one thing is for certain: No one wants, or can afford, to pay more taxes.

One senior Greenville County resident told me that he already struggles to pay for his new heart medication and that being on a fixed income means either buying less or going without his medication. A tax increase on top of that would cause serious harm to his already strapped bottom line.

But it could happen. If passed, the tax hike will raise $673,193,630 in sales tax revenue over 8 years. According to County Councilman Willis Meadow, it will cost an average family about $300 per year.

Harrell Indictments Open Door to Changing SC Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

“Next Speaker Must Clean House.” - Ashley Landess, President, SC Policy Council

Ashley-Landess-1Ashley Landess came to Greenville Friday to thank the RINO Hunt faithful for their support of South Carolina Policy Council efforts to ensure that ethics charges against the House Speaker were not dismissed by judges who owe their appointment to Speaker Bobby Harrell and his colleagues.

Landess said the work of removing corruption from South Carolina government has only just begun.

Candidates to replace Harrell as speaker “must promise to get rid of all Harrell appointees,” Landess said. “We need all House members to feel the pressure,” she concluded.

One of the examples of alleged abuses is the appointment by Harrell of his brother to serve on the Judicial Merit Selection Board that screens judge candidates. Only candidates approved by the board may be considered by the Legislature.

Woodruff Flag Rally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00


On September 11, the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, students at Wood-ruff High School displayed flags from their vehicles.

In accordance with a district policy, apparently designed to prevent the display of Confederate Battle Flags, the high school principal removed U. S. flags from the vehicles resulting in complaints to  WORD Talk Radio’s Russ Cassell Show.

Scout Takes Notes at Council Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00


Scout Mason Howell, a member of Prince of Peace Troop 925 attended the September 16 meeting of Greenville County Council as part of the requirement to earn a Communications Badge. His mother Kathy Howell and Grandfather Bill Kivett accompanied him.


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