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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.

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


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.”

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


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.

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.

Republicans Need Tools for 2014 Victory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phyllis Schlafy   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Although the midterm elections are still two weeks away, about two million Americans have already voted. The circus of early and mail-in voting undermines the federal law which provides: “The Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year, is established as the day for the election.”

I Voted

When our national elections were held on one unifying day, discussions and debates could continue among family, neighbors and the media up until the day that virtually everyone voted. The one and only debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter occurred only a week before Election Day in 1980, with the candidates tied in the polls while a television audience of perhaps 120 million people watched.

“A Light Unto the Nations” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Al Snyder   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

We have been writing about the wars in Israel - the bombings, the rockets, the tunnels and the human shields in Gaza, not to mention the anxiety and political intrigue in Israel. But one important topic seems to be getting lost in the shuffle - the remarkable nature of the people of Israel. Take a close look at Israel’s people, and the little Jewish country there in the Middle East is as the Bible says it is - “a Light Unto the Nations.”

After 2,000 years of exile, during which time only a remnant had the privilege to live in the homeland of Israel, although under difficult conditions, the Jewish people have now come home from the four corners of the earth. Two thousand years of dwelling in other people’s lands led to an enormous ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in today’s Israel, often leading to serious internal conflicts on issues such as the military draft, acceptable social norms, and developing a constitution that could be made acceptable to all.

If You Want to Keep Your Doctor, Change the Senate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane M. Orient   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

My favorite bumper sticker for this campaign season is “Keep your doctor, change your senator.”

Monica Wehby, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, is trying to unseat a one-term Democrat in Oregon. Dr. Wehby has been very active in the American Medical Association, trying to change its pro-ObamaCare stance.

She is one of five women physicians running for Congress. Alieta Eck, M.D., an internist, is running for the House of Representatives in New Jersey. She is a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Nan Hayworth, M.D., an ophthalmologist, is running for the House in New York, Annette Teijeiro, M.D., an anesthesiologist, is running in Nevada, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D., an ophthalmologist, in Iowa. All are Republicans, and all are critical of ObamaCare.

Here - Just Take It All PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariail   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00
Orders Prepared for Millions of Green Cards for Amnesty Surge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Estimated 34 Million Cards Needed – with 4 to 9 Million cards needed per year if Obama Plan Succeeds

The U.K.’s Mail Online reported Monday that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a draft solicitation for immigration ID cards in anticipation of a surge in immigrants. The report was relayed by Breitbart.

The proposal anticipates a need for a minimum of 4 million cards to be issued by 2016. It is estimated that as many as 34 million cards will be printed before the surge of immigrants levels off. President Obama has promised the pro-amnesty lobby that he will issue Green Cards to the illegal aliens already here if the congress does not act to  do so after the General Election on November 4, 2014.

Wings of Freedom Returns to Greenville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00


Friday afternoon, three famous World War II aircraft flew into Greenville and landed at the Greenville Downtown Airport as part of the “Wings of Freedom” Program.

The first planes to land were the P-51 Mustang and the B-17 “Flying Fortress,” and the B-24 “Liberator” landed shortly afterward.

During WWII, the B-24 carried a ten-man crew consisting of a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, radio operator, nose gunner, engineer/turret gunner, ball turret gunner, the belt-fed .50 cal. waist gunners (Browning Flexible Machine Gun) one on each side of the aircraft, and the tail gunner.

Advocates no-show for Sales Tax Increase Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Opponents Use their Time to Correct Falsehoods

Valerie-Wade-1The Greenville County Election Commission held a public hearing on the proposed sales tax increase referendum. Only Bob Knight, the advocate’s lead spokesman, was in the back of the room but did not speak on behalf of the tax increase.

At least two dozen opponents were present and 10 speakers were allowed three minutes each to express their views. Each side was allowed 30 minutes. Valerie Wade from Greer was first to speak.

“We have been mislead by the advocates of this sales tax increase,” she said. “Some of us received a mailing saying that food and medicine are exempt from the increase in sales tax. Now County Council has admitted this to be false.

Truth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Truth comes from our Creator. His Word informs us that it is “truth” that sets men free. Freedom and liberty cannot for long survive in the absence of truth. Tragically, truth has become a casualty of liberalism and political correctness in the United States; therefore citizens of the United States are losing their freedom and liberty daily. The trend is growing worse, not better.

For decades children have been conditioned to lie when they think it is “necessary” to protect themselves or someone else. They are conditioned to accept, repeat and support lies if they are intended to promote someone’s vision of the “common good.” We have now reached a point in time when it is a common belief that everyone lies and it is unacceptable only when the liars get caught and are unable to lie themselves out of it. So many people in publicly visible positions are getting caught lying that this has led to liars telling more lies to cover up exposed lies.

If You Want to Live, Ignore the CDC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Amerling   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

I almost feel sorry for Tom Frieden, director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So many of his pronouncements have been eviscerated by events within hours or days. He has become a punchline and should resign for the good of the country.

Unfortunately, the Ebola crisis is no joke. Two Dallas nurses (who are special people in my book) have now become infected after taking care of an Ebola-infected patient who illegally flew to the U.S. when he knew he had been heavily exposed to the deadly virus.

The CDC Says ... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
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?


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