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River Falls Firefighters are losing their fire station…two months ago the roof of their station dropped dramatically and the ceiling bowed in the middle of the bay area where their shiny red fire trucks sit, ready to rescue an injured person in the Marietta area. Walls have shifted, windows cracked, and trusses dropped a foot…1st one loose and then came the domino effect…boom, boom, boom…. “Contractors have said this building is dangerous and it is going to fall in,” affirms David Embry, River Falls Fire Chief. Now the firehouse is unsafe for these heroes to serve this area.

These firefighters, both men and women ages 13 to 70, volunteer their time to serve this area of 4,000 plus residents every second of the day.

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Ruby Lucille “Lucy” Beacham Howard, 94, formerly of 1254 Camp Creek Road, died July 28, 2012, at The Cottages at Brushy Creek in the loving care of her family and the staff in Lilac Cottage where she was a resident. She celebrated her 94th birthday on July 1 with a birthday party given in her honor and in the presence of many family members and friends.

A native of Greenville County, she was the widow of Melvin Gurley Howard, whom she married late in her life. She was the daughter of Rev. Hartwell and Lou Della Burgess Beacham and the last surviving member of her family She was a graduate of Mountain View High School and a former employee of Homelite. Mrs. Howard was a charter member of Praise Cathedral Church of God and was an active member up until recently when she was no longer able to attend. She loved her church and the many friends whom she cherished. She was a 40-year member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Hampton-Lee Chapter #1281 serving as president for twelve years.

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Hank Chardos, Founder of “Home Works of America,” based in Columbia, SC, came back to Greenville, Sunday, July 15th, to organize various groups of adults along with middle and high school student volunteers to perform minor repairs to homes owned by senior citizens on a fixed income. All the homes are in Greenville County.

The fifty students, ages 12 - 18, came from Florence, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Aiken and Greenville. The adults were from the Greenville area.

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Boiling Spring Fire Marshall Jeff  Nelson and several Fire District fireman went to New York City in April 2011, to bring back to South Carolina a piece of the Twin Towers for a memorial to honor the first responders who died trying to rescue people who were trapped in the World Trade Center Towers.

They were given a rusty, jagged piece of steel, part of an I-Beam, that was removed from the World Trade Center site.

An American flag was wrapped around it, and it was placed in the back of a Fire District pickup truck for the trip back to Greenville County.

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DSC_1032“We are pulling the community together in every facet. What better way to do that but through art, music and entertainment,” said Joan Betros, Nashville Connection employee.

The Nashville Connection Heroes Salute came to Greenville, SC with four days full of events including workshops, competitions, entertainment and networking.

“It’s all about music, art and entertainment wrapped around full patriotism. That is why we do this. It’s to salute our gold star moms, our veterans, and military judges,” said Betros.

Apart from the entertainment the Nashville Connection bridges aspiring artists, that otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunities provided to those in the business. Participants get to showcase their talent and network with those in the business while creating stepping stones for them to become successful by giving them a leg up in the music industry.

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Sam-Sarvis-Obituary---1

Sam Lloyd Sarvis, Sr. of Loris, S.C., passed away on February 28 after a long illness.  Times Examiner readers may remember a 2006 series of articles about his incredible Christian testimony and may have seen his subsequent appearance on Channel 16’s Nightline, when he was interviewed by Greta Campbell.  A very humble man, he held two doctorates but insisted upon being addressed as “Mr.”  His life was a unique and inspirational witness to the incredible power of God, as he spread the Gospel for virtually his entire life.  Mr. Sarvis leaves behind a son Samuel, daughter Sheila, and brother Dave.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

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Bob Dill, founder and publisher of The Times Examiner, received the Judah P. Benjamin award No. 406 from Winnie Davis Chapter No. 442, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The award was presented by Mrs. Dona Morgan, President of Winnie Davis No. 442, UDC in Greenville at a joint meeting of the Winnie Davis Chapter and the Greenville 16th Regiment SCV Camp 36.

The Award and Certificate presented to Dill recognizes outstanding endeavors characterized by the publishing of feature articles that honor the South and the Confederacy.

Martha Rogers Van Schaick, President General, UDC and Jeanell R. Kutterer, General Chairman, Judah P. Benjamin Committee signed the award certificate.

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