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Eighty Thousand Voters Rejected Greenville County Sales Tax Increase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Opposition Coalition Celebrated Victory with a Dinner of Chicken and Banana Pudding

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Greenville County voters overwhelmingly rejected the “penny” sales tax increase planned and promoted by Greenville insiders and special interests.

The Greenville County Special Referendum received 41,982 votes in favor and 80,816 opposed – a virtual two to one margin. Fewer than a dozen precincts voted in favor of the tax hike. The precincts voting in favor were located in the city of Greenville.

There was a strong contrast between the Greenville City and the county voters. Slater Marietta voted more than three to one in opposition, while Skyland voters opposed the tax by a six to one margin (132 in favor and 789 opposed).

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Judge Debora Faulkner Featured as Woodlawn Salutes Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

JudgeDebraFaulkner-1Greenville County Probate Judge Debora Faulkner was featured speaker at the Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home Salute to Veterans, Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Judge Faulkner’s father was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, and she and her office have been very helpful assisting veterans with certain disabilities obtain proper care.

Judge Faulkner has served as Probate Judge for Greenville County for sixteen years and was just elected to another four-year term.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina and the USC School of Law. She has been a member in good standing of the South Carolina and Greenville County Bar since 1982 and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and Federal District Court.

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Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School Dedication PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

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Hundreds of parents, students, administrators, community members, and business leaders turned out for the dedication ceremony for Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, located at 700 Millennium Boulevard in the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research Park.

Former GCS Superintendent Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher, for whom the school is named, was the guest of honor. Dr. Fisher served Greenville County Schools from May, 2004 until April, 2012.

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Past Commander-in-Chief Welcomes New Member PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
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Piedmont, S.C. Native Serves with VAQ-132 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Navy Office of Community Outreach   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

LoriBurcham_Page-04OAK HARBOR, Wash. – A 2008 Woodmont High School graduate and Piedmont, S.C., native is serving with the U.S. Navy’s aviation Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132), also known as the “Scorpions.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Lori Burcham is an aviation maintenance administrationman with VAQ-132, a Whidbey Island-based squadron that operates the Navy’s newest electronic warfare aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.

Burcham contributes to the squadron’s mission by working on the record keeping for the aircraft to ensure the jet is safe to fly.

Built to replace the EA-6B Prowler, the EA-18G Growler is a carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft and the cornerstone of the naval Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) mission. It’s platform is derived from the combat proven F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, and adds a sophisticated electronic warfare suite that enables it to suppress enemy air defenses as well as electronic attack operations.

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Thank A Veteran PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
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Given Another Chance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

God has blessed America AGAIN! A majority of voters last week rejected the Socialist, Communist, Islamic policies of President Obama and the current anti-American destructive direction of the Democrat party.

The challenge now is for elected Republicans and the RNC to stand firm on the Constitution of the United States and lead the nation in the direction envisioned by the founders and demanded by the voters on November 4, 2014.

The election results and the severe beating given to Democrats have “pushed Obama in a corner” and made him irrelevant. His ego and the Democrat leadership cannot accept that and will become very confrontational. Their first initiative will be on amnesty for illegal immigrants, called “Immigration Reform.”

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True Goodness Comes Only From God PDF Print E-mail
Written by Winston McCuen - Ware Shoals, SC   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

A recent letter writer  claimed that "People care about others and have high moral character outside of religion."

Several weeks ago another writer in the News claimed that people can have goodness without God.  Both of these writers are dead wrong.

A person who is spiritually unregenerate is not able to not sin.  This means that an unregenerate person sins continuously and without interruption in thought, word and deed.  Therefore, a truly good thought, good word or good deed from that person is an impossibility.  The motive behind every thought, word, and deed of such a person is always tainted by sin.  But a person in the unregenerate state is often driven by sins like pride, vanity, and the like to appear good to others.  But this supposed or apparent goodness is a mere farce or counterfeit, and the unbelieving and therefore unregenerate person who claims to be a good person is merely an impostor.

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Republicans Can No Longer Blame Harry Reid for Failing to Repeal ObamaCare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane M. Orient   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

The time for Republican self- congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests?

It is not reassuring that some Republican Party strategists think they won because they purged controversial candidates who might make a campaign gaffe—and who might upset the ruling elite’s agenda if they got elected. Or that Democrats seem confident that Republicans will “work together” with them to continue the Progressive agenda—or else Obama will do it all by himself.

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Oil Prices Plunge: U.S. “Fracking” Breaking Back of OPEC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Crude oil prices have dropped from $105 to $80 per barrel and regular gasoline at the pump with 10 percent ethanol has dropped from more than $3.00 to less than $2.50 per gallon locally.

The reason for the price drop is not due to manipulation by the Obama Administration to make things look better before the election, The price drop has occurred despite Obama Administration energy policies.

Stephen Moore, chief economist for the Heritage Foundation, explains in a recent article

that originally appeared on FoxNews.com that “America has become in the last several years an energy producing powerhouse.”

Moore said the increase in energy production is not the result of the Obama “green energy” initiatives.

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World War II and Korean War Veterans Visit Memorials PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

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Tuesday morning, October 28th, the 13th Upstate Honor Flight with 100 World War II and Korean War veterans from North Carolina and South Carolina left Greenville-Spartanburg Airport for Washington, D.C.

Tour buses were waiting outside at Reagan National Airport Terminal to take the veterans and support staff to the different memorials.

The first stop was the World War II Memorial, dedicated in May 2004. After lunch, the veterans visited the Iwo Jima Memorial, which honors all U.S. Marines. The next stop was at the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial.

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Mayor Honors Greenville Veteran PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony A. Dunn   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

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City of Greenville Mayor Knox H. White recently presented a proclamation to Cecil D. Buchanan in honor of his many contributions to the City of Greenville. Buchanan has received the U.S. Congressional “Spirit of Freedom” Award, the Silver Crescent, American Legion Appreciation Medal, Legionnaire of the Year Award and Order of the Palmetto.

 
   
Blue Ridge High School Key Club Installs New Members PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tasha Byrd   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

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On Monday, October 27th 2014, a ceremony was held to officially install members of the first Key Club at Blue Ridge High School. Left to right: Hunter Griffin - 11th grade, Grant Witham - 12th grade, Savannah Shoaf - 12th grade, Jennifer Nagy - 12th grade, and John Helfrich - Kiwanis Club of Greer.

 
   
Fort Prince George Historic Marker Dedicated PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Kivett   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

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A new SC Historical Marker commemorating historic Fort Prince George was dedicated on October 18, 2014,  in a ceremony led by officials of the Piedmont Chapter – National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.  This Piedmont Chapter raised the funds and worked with the SC Dept. of Archives and History to get the marker approved, fabricated, and placed by Pickens County work crews at the entrance of Mile Creek Park near Six Mile, SC.  Piedmont Chapter Regent Beth Sutton, Chapter Chaplain Nell Kivett, and State Regent and Chapter Historic Landmarks Chair Dianne Culbertson led the ceremony, which included an official unveiling of SC Historical Marker 39-17.  Thirty-one people were in attendance on this bright fall afternoon, including Piedmont Chapter members, SCSDAR State Regent Dot Lind and members of the Fort Prince George DAR Chapter, as well as Pickens County Historical Society representatives.

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Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy October Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Durham   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

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The meeting of the Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy Chapter was held Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, on the beautiful front porch of the historic Ashtabula Plantation.  Pam Durham, President of Winnie Davis 442 UDC began by installing the new 2014-2015 Chapter officers.  Miss Allison Bolt, newly installed President, opened the meeting according to ritual then adjourned to tour the house. The children were joined by five members of the Winnie Davis 442 UDC chapter and three members of the 16th SCV Camp #36.

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Election Fraud PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

By the time you read this piece, the 2014 General Election will be history. Your humble writer will admit that I was skeptical of the “rosy” predictions of a Republican landslide and takeover of the United States Senate in half-dozen close Senate races. The basis for my skepticism was the likelihood of widespread voter fraud.

Voter fraud supported by government officials at every level from county seat to the White House in Washington, D.C. is a major part of Democrat Party strategy. It has worked for them in the past and was certainly predictable in this election because of its importance to success of the Obama agenda.

While Democrats count on the “blind loyalty” of “African-American” voters, that may be shrinking because an increasing number of self-made black citizens are refusing to obediently serve the Democrat “slave-masters.” Their new “secret weapon” is “non-citizen” voters.

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Monteith Crowned Miss NGU 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

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Tigerville, SC – Megan Lindler, Miss North Greenville University 2014, passed her crown to Samantha Monteith from Pooler, GA at the 61st annual Miss NGU Pageant on Saturday, October 18 in Turner Chapel.

Monteith won a $1,000 scholarship and will compete next summer in the Miss South Carolina Pageant.

The first runner-up honor and talent award went to Miranda Gilbert from Chesnee, SC. 

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Mayor's Daughter “Denied Drivers License for Having two Moms” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Mayor of Houston in Battle with Christian Pastors over First Amendment Rights

While Christian Pastors of Houston, Texas, are rallying against Mayor Annise Parker for  violating their First Amendment rights, the mayor is complaining that the State Department of Public Safety is discriminating against her daughter for “having two moms.”

The mayor has lived with her same-sex partner for 23 years. They obtained their marriage license in California and have three children. Texas does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The Mayor’s complaint in an alleged Twitter message was premature. The daughter simply did not provide all of the necessary paperwork to qualify for a drivers test, a Texas Public Safety official told the Huffington Post.

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Boys Home of the South Becomes Trail Life USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Friday, October 24, more than 200 Trailmen members of Trial Life USA assembled on the grounds of “Camp Aiken,” formerly the “Boys Home of the South” property, for the first-ever South Carolina Upstate area-organized event at “Camp Aiken.” Eight church-sponsored troops participated in the event.

The Trailmen and Leaders camped out in multicolored tents in the camp ground area, Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday morning, the campers were up before 7 a.m. to eat breakfast, so they could attend the “flag raising ceremony.”

American Legion Post 3 Color Guard performed the “flag raising ceremony” as the Bugler played “Reveille.”

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Memorial Service for Real Daughter of the Confederacy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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A memorial service for Mattie Clyburn Rice, a Real Daughter of the Confederacy, was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Monroe, North Carolina, on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The following excerpts from the program from the memorial service tell this amazing story:

A real daughter of the Confederacy, Mattie Clyburn Rice, known as “Ms. Mattie” to many who knew her, made her journey home on September 1st, 2014, to be with our Father in Heaven. She was a gracious Southern woman who meant so much to everyone who had the blessing of meeting her. She was born in Marshville, North Carolina, on September 15, 1922, and she leaves behind an astonishing story and historical legacy.

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Vote! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

This is the last time this column will appear before the 2014 Mid-term General Election on November 4. Although this column has a lot to say about issues and elections, it does not endorse candidates. Therefore, in the words of Archie Bunker, I will “stifle myself,” and refrain from endorsing a candidate by name and pray that you will make sound decisions based on truth. This is the most important election in our lifetime. If President Obama is allowed to give “amnesty” to millions of illegal aliens after the election, no Republican or conservative of any stripe will ever again win a national election. The makeup of the next Congress could resist that event.

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