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New State of the Art Facility for Keller Williams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

Largest Real Estate Company in North America has a brand new home in Greenville SC


Keller Williams Greenville Upstate has moved to a new state of the art 15,000 square foot office at 403 Woods Lake Road. This sizable space was built to accommodate the explosive growth of the Keller Williams Airport Road office, part of the Largest Real Estate Company in North America.

Keller Williams is an industry leader in training and technology with the insight that Real Estate is a local business done by local agents. This new state of the art facility includes a dedicated fiber network offering the best online access for agents and staff, while ensuring the best online interaction with our customers and clients.

Gowdy Requests Follow-Up Information On Spartanburg Refugee Resettlement Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

Washington, DC, May 4th – Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) today sent a letter to the State Department, requesting additional information on plans for a refugee resettlement in Spartanburg.

Please see text of the letter below:


The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry,

Thank you for your response to my April 13, 2015, letter. This issue continues to be important to my constituents, and as their representative in Congress, it remains my job to get complete answers to the legitimate questions raised.

Toward that end, parts of your Agency’s response lacked sufficient specificity. In an ongoing effort to better understand the process and public impact of the proposed resettlement of refugees in Spartanburg pursuant to the resettlement agency’s proposal, several follow-up questions are listed below. I appreciate your prompt, substantive, and specific responses.

Destroying the U.S. Military PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

President Lyndon Johnson and the Democrat Congress almost destroyed the United States Military during and following the Vietnam War. The military  barely survived the single term of Jimmy Carter. He was the worst Commander-in-Chief ever until Obama. It took eight years of wise leadership by President Ronald Reagan to bring the dead fighting machine back to life.

The Clinton’s took their toll on the military and George W. Bush, at great expense in funds and lives, breathed life back into the fighting machine once more.

Carter was incompetent and Clinton was expedient. Bill and Hillary openly “loathed the military,” however “Slick Willie” wanted to be popular and declaring war on the military does not engender love from the public. Therefore, his dismantling of the Department of Defense slowed.

“Remember when Republicans Opposed Tax Increases?” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Ashley Landess gives Republican Women bad news about State Government


Ashley Landess, President of the South Carolina Policy Council, was the guest speaker at the April luncheon of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club.

The Policy Council is a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization that has worked diligently to collect data that exposes fraud and corruption in South Carolina Government.

It was the Policy Council that provided the Attorney General with information that ultimately led to the removal of House Speaker Bobby Harrell from office.

It was the Policy Council that led the way in forcing the legislature to record votes and make them available to the public.

Greenville County Honors Teresa and Clark Gray PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Terea-clark-gray-1Teresa Gray, a former librarian at League Academy, has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is attacking her throat and voice.

Teresa’s son, Clark, is a student at Eastside High School and a lifeguard trained and employed by Greenville County Rec.

On Christmas Eve, Teresa began choking and turned blue. But thanks to his training , Clark knew the Heimlich maneuver and calmly and bravely stepped up and saved his mother.

14th Honor Flight Returns to Greenville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00


Tuesday morning, April 21, the 14th Honor Flight Upstate SC with 91 World War II and Korean War veterans from Greenville area, the Upstate, Asheville-Hendersonville of NC and northern Georgia left Greenville-Spartanburg Airport shortly after 9 a.m., destination Washington, D.C.

As the plane taxied down the runway, two airport “yellow” firetrucks saluted the “Flight” with a five-minute water cannon salute.

Four tour buses waited outside Reagan National Airport terminal to take the veterans and support staff to visit the various memorials in the D.C. area.

State GOP Lets Pickens Convention Results Stand- For Now PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00


The South Carolina Republican Party leadership has decided to seat the Pickens County delegation without exception and delay their “investigation” of the Pickens dispute until after the convention set for Saturday,  May 2, 2015.

Sylvia Bass, Pickens County State Executive Committeewoman said the telephone meeting of the Executive Committee, Monday night at 8 pm resulted in no vote.

Clinton Dynasty Readies Takeover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Hillary Clinton appears to have the Democrat presidential nomination locked up. She is avoiding crowds, hostile media and conducting a very controlled campaign. The campaign conduct is typically “clintonesque”. They do not only think they are “above the law,” they are above the law.

The public will never know the details of the deal between the Clintons and the handlers of Barack Obama, however you can rest assured that there was a mutually beneficial deal made.

Americans under 30 years of age don’t know that the United States Congress impeached President Bill Clinton. Many of those over 30 have forgotten, because Clinton and the Clinton supporters act as if it never happened. As I recall, he was the first president impeached since the 1860s when President Johnson was impeached.

Ted Cruz Wins Straw Poll PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Delegates Vote Down Opposition to Gas Tax Increase


Senator Ted Cruz won the Greenville County Republican Party straw poll Saturday. Cruz received 80 of the more than 200 votes cast. Gov. Scott Walker received 64 votes with Senators Santorum and Rubio receiving 23 each. Cruz and Walker, likewise, took first and second place in the Spartanburg County Republican Straw Poll.

Only presidential candidates Santorum and Governor Kasich who received votes in the single digits spoke at the convention. Mike Huckabee, who was advertised as one of the speakers, failed to appear. Huckabee received ten votes, trailing Jeb Bush with 14.

South Carolina’s Senior Senator Lindsey Graham, who is a potential candidate, received only ten votes. All other candidates were in the single digits.

Business Executive Urges Support of Military Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00
TR High School Student Body Raised Over $30,000 for Honor Flight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00


Travelers Rest High School student body voted to donate the entire $30,211.88 to the “Honor Flight” Upstate SC Program. The check was officially presented to Paul Howell, Director of Honor Flight Upstate, Friday, April 17th, with a special presentation in the High School Media Center. Ken Rice, WWII Veteran, holds bottom left of check, was on Honor Flight to D.C. on Tuesday, April 21. Travelers Rest is the only high school in the Upstate that had the Honor Flight Upstate as a recipient for “Spirit Week” fundraising activities.

Evolution of the Republican Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

The Republican Party at the State and County levels is undergoing a major planned transformation. Traditionally, the direction of the party has been from the precinct level up. Within the past two years, the direction has been from the top (Republican National Committee) down. This is not a new idea; it is copied from Obama Democrats who are intolerant of dissent.  The state party leadership, in most instances, has been brought in line with the desires of the RNC. Those at the grass roots who “rock the boat” and support unapproved change are considered to be disloyal to the party and are, if possible, forced out.

Most county Republican leadership in South Carolina has been brought into compliance and has bragged that they are making progress by bringing in new younger recruits to the Republican Party.  Those party workers and activists associated with Tea Party, libertarian causes or anti-Republican-in-name only activities have been made to feel unwelcome and have been silenced, forced out or departed by their own initiative. In Greenville County, the transition took place quietly and mostly without public notice. It is estimated that as many as 30 to 40 active party officials are no longer active in the party and have been replaced.

Rep. Gowdy Requests Information on Spartanburg Refugee Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Secretary of State Kerry asked 17 Pertinent Questions

TreyGowdy_Page-01For several months, there have been reports in the social media indicating that Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been selected as the destination for a large number of refugees from Syria, Congo and Bhutan.

Lisa Benson, a national security   specialist tracking Muslim influence in the United States, reported that a World Relief contractor is establishing an office in Spartanburg, and that a former local Baptist pastor had been named Executive Director of the office.

The alleged plans to move refugees to Spartanburg was also discussed at the National Security Summit held in Columbia, Saturday, March 14, 2015.

On March 18, The Times Examiner published a page one story titled: Spartanburg to be colonized as “Refugee Seed Community.” The Spartanburg Herald Journal and Talk Radio WORD have also reported on the matter. As time passed, more questions were raised than answered. Only the church and business groups directly involved in the refugee project knew what was taking place, and they were not making public statements.

Thousands Descend Upon Appomattox to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Surrender PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry M. Thacker   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00


Thousands of history enthusiasts from all over the country and across the ocean congregated in the little town of Appomattox, Virginia, this past week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, to Union General Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Potomac.

Activities commenced this past Wednesday and concluded on Sunday. During that period, the relatively small parking lot at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Site was closed to visitors. A sprawling, grassy field a couple of miles away served as a temporary parking area. Buses ran all day back and forth to the park.

For those who were coming from Lynchburg, 20-some miles away, other shuttle buses ran to and from that town. All of the services – parking, shuttle rides and admission to the park - were free.

Atheist Wants to Participate in County Council Invocation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

An individual identifying himself as a member of the Upstate Atheists board has sent a letter to the Greenville County Administrator requesting to be scheduled to participate in the County Council Invocation “making our county’s Invocations more diverse.”

Greenville County Council meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month and begin their meetings with an Invocation led by a Council member or his guests.

The correspondence identifies Upstate Atheists as a 501 ( C ) 3 not-for-profit organization.


Christians Must Take a Stand Now! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Christians are under attack across the globe. Muslims are killing Christians by the thousands, and our national leadership is barely taking notice of the atrocities. There is little indication the Christian churches in the Bible Belt are paying much attention or doing anything to help defend the victims. Franklin Graham made some public statements and was scoffed at by the dominant media and Bill O’Riley attempted to discredit his statements.

Not many years ago Greenville, South Carolina, was known by some as the “Buckle of the Bible Belt.” Sadly, our Christian community is not what it used to be. There are more churches than ever before. The churches are larger than ever before, however, the Christian influence in the community has diminished to almost zero.

The doctrines of Darwinism, Humanism, Multiculturalism, Socialism and political correctness have invaded some of the churches. Intimidation by agencies of the Federal Government has frightened church leaders and made them fearful of speaking outside the walls of their buildings.

Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy April Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Durham   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00


The Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy held their April meeting at the New Hope United Methodist Church in Anderson, SC on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2015. Along with members of the Winnie Davis 442 United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter, they honored Chapter President, Allison Bolt’s Confederate ancestor, Abram Bolt and his wife Mary with a grave-cleaning, iron-cross-placing, and grave-rededicating event. Chapter Director Pamela Hamilton Durham discussed the military history and family of Abram Bolt. There were three generations of the Bolt family present today for this rededication service. Mr. Bolt shared pictures of these ancestors with the children as they learned to clean the grave of the veteran and his wife, under direction of grave restoration consultant Julia Barnes.  Michael Barnes and Danny Durham then showed the children how to properly install an iron cross. These men of the Sons of Confederate Veterans provided outstanding role models for the children. The children did a wonderful job in honoring a veteran and then recording the other veterans buried in this cemetery.


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.


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