Children Are Not For Sale

The powerful line, “God’s children are not for sale” is at the heart of the movie taking the nation by storm, Sound of Freedom. This agonizing true story of one man’s quest to rescue siblings who were abducted and sold into sex slavery has shined the light on the dark world of trafficking and into the pit of hell. His quest was a success and resulted in 100 additional children being rescued from the grasp of evil.

The Human Trafficking Institute estimated that in 2022 there were 24.9 million victims of trafficking worldwide, while the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons from the same year estimated at least 20% of those victims were children. That number approaches 100% in parts of Africa and Thailand. Human trafficking rakes in a monstrous $150 billion annually, with the trafficking of children accounting for $35 billion of that total. It has surpassed the arms trade and is on pace to surpass the drug trade as the world’s fastest growing illegal enterprise (International Organization of Migration, 2022 report).

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U-Haul Co. of South Carolina, Inc. is pleased to announce that Country Mart signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Easley community.

Country Mart at 2304 Farrs Bridge Road will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.

Normal business hours are 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. every day. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (864) 859-9003 or visiting today.

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Custom club fitter offers free putter fittings to encourage a fitted flat stick

Willowbrook, IL -- There’s nothing worse than a three-putt on a hole that should have been an easy par. Could practice help? Always. But there’s a chance something else is keeping you from reaching your putting potential — your equipment. To solve this problem, Club Champion, the globe’s top custom fitter, created Putter Fitting Month to focus on the club responsible for roughly 40% of your strokes.

From September 1 to October 2, 2023, every Club Champion location will waive the putter fitting fee, valued at $125, for any golfer who purchases a new putter or custom putter shaft with Club Champion installation.  

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Jackye Weavers 90th birthday

Jackye Weaver, a long-time subscriber to The Times Examiner, celebrated her 90th birthday recently, surrounded by family and friends. By her side is her husband of almost 70 years, Ed. Happy 90th Birthday, Jackye!

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OneBlood Urges Proactive Blood Donations in Advance of Idalia

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(Orlando, Florida, August 28, 2023) There is an urgent call for additional blood donations BEFORE Idalia arrives.  While all blood types are needed there is an increased need for O Negative and  O Positive blood, as well as platelet donations.

“Hurricanes and tropical systems often disrupt blood collections for several days. The most critical time for blood donations is prior to any storm or hurricane in order to sustain the blood supply during and immediately after the event,” said Susan Forbes, OneBlood’s senior vice president of corporate communications and public relations.

OneBlood encourages all eligible donors to make blood donation part of their storm preparations and visit a donor center or Big Red Bus as soon as possible. For a list of OneBlood locations visit

To find a donor center or Big Red Bus blood drive near you please visit

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 Colonel Bobby M. Dill Is Now At Peace With His Wife LaVerle

Bob and LaVerle Dill 1996

Bob and LaVerle Dill's photo published in June 5th, 1996 in The Times Examiner’s 2nd Anniversary issue with the article you can read below after publisher's comments.

Colonel Bobby M. Dill, the Founder of The Times Examiner has gone on to be with his Lord on August 14, 2023, just ten days after turning 91 years old. All those who have been in politics, not just in the Upstate of SC but in South Carolina, know very well his influence here. But some of you may not know his influence within America's military and how The Times Examiner came to be. In honor of his memory, we will publish the following article that was published in the 2nd Anniversary edition of the June 5th, 1996 issue of The Times Examiner.

May God be with his family and friends as they prepare to honor a man and a legend here in the upstate of South Carolina. God bless his memory. Details of funeral and visitation arrangements will be forth coming.


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Published by the Editor of The Times Examiner on Wednesday, June 5, 1996

Editor’s note: “How did you ever get into this?” people ask Bob and LaVerle Dill, owners of The Times Examiner. As the paper begins its third year of publication, we’ll try to answer that question and also introduce you to members of our newspaper “family.”

Bob and LaVerle Dill never dreamed they would one day publish a newspaper. In fact, they agreed to an early retirement beginning in July 1980.

No more stress, no more late night and weekend work. It would be wonderful.

But as time passed, there was a void. There was so much to be done, and others seemed too busy to do it.

Back in Greenville County, after an absence of 30 years, except for visits, they noticed that things seemed different. People complained about schools, government, taxes, undependable public officials, declining moral, and ethical standards, and "the media." Greenville was becoming a miniature Washington, DC - a place about which the Dills knew plenty.

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Bob and LaVerle Dill 50th Anniversary

COL Bobby "Bob" Mendel Dill, US Army, Ret., 91, husband of the late LaVerle Griffin Dill, passed away August 14, 2023.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Harvey Alton and Nelle Dean Beacham Dill, he was a retired Colonel for the U.s. Army, having served during Vietnam, a retired newspaper founder for The Times Examiner, and of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the American Legion Post 214, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Order of the Palmetto.

Surviving are two sons, Timothy "Tim" Mendel Dill (Patti) of Grovetown, Georgia, and Glenn Alton Dill (Annette) of Auburn, Georgia; two brothers, Warren Cleo Dill and Joseph "Joe" Beacham Dill (Deidra) of Landrum; and six grandchildren, Jamie, Tori, Lauren, Austin, Brandon, and Andrea.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2023, at The Wood Mortuary, conducted by Rev. Mark Evans and Mr. James Spurck. Burial will follow in Highland Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Austin Dill, Mac Dill, Joel Dill, Clay Dill, Corey Dill, and Paul Marwede.

Honorary escorts will be Joe Dill, Cleo Dill, Zachary Anglin, Brandon Briscoe, Scott Forrester, Rock Forrester, American Legion Post 214, and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Visitation will be held 11:30 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Saturday at The Wood Mortuary.

The family is at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 214, 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors, SC 29687, or The Museum and Library of Confederate History,

15 Boyce Ave., Greenville, SC 29601.

Online condolences may be made at

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