Greenville County  held a memorial service May 14, 2013 for fallen officers.  Forty-two law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Greenville county since 1797. Three of them were county sheriff’s. They were Sheriffs Robert Maxwell, Hendrix Rector and Sam D. Willis.

Eleven Deputy Sheriffs have died in the line of duty. The first was Deputy Sheriff Eli Pittman in 1906 and the last was Deputy Sheriff Andrew John Mazur in 2003. No Greenville County law enforcement officer has died in the line of duty in a decade. Seven died during the previous decade.

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Jane-Robelot-5-1-13Greenville County Republican women at the Poinsett Club last Thursday remembered Jane Robelot from the Tiger Tailgate Show with Russ Cassell and CBS Morning programming from New York. Now Robelot is anchoring the morning news on WGTK FM 94.5 with Mike Gallagher opposite Cassell on WORD 106.3.

Single when she left the Upstate for the big city, Robelot is now happily married with a 14-year-old son. She has lost none of her southern charm and thrilled her audience with stories about interviews with well-known personalities including Bill and Hillary Clinton,

Robelot has strong family ties to Greenville. Her uncle was Major. Rudolf Anderson, the U-2 Pilot killed during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

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The 7th Annual Greenville Health System Minority Health Summit was held at the Bi-Lo Center on Saturday.

The focus of this year’s event was obesity and the toll it takes on African-Americans in Greenville County.

“Greenville County alone has a 67% obesity rate – yet weight has a way of faking us out,” said Summit Organizer Melinda Hudson Gillispie, BSN, RN, Coordinator GHS Community Relations. “Most of us may think we could ‘stand to lose a few pounds,’ but very few of us realize where we actually stand in relationship to being obese or overweight.”

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Sheriff-Loftis-AwardOn April 3rd the South Carolina Department of Public Safety held its 8th annual DUI enforcement recognition and 2012 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremonies in Columbia. Law Enforcement officers and agencies were recognized for their efforts in 2012 to enforce that state’s DUI laws by locating and arresting impaired drivers from South Carolina’s roadways.

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Scheduled to open in the Spring of 2013 Greenville County will begin in the next-next-generation bike-sharing program. With several stations located around Downtown, participants will be able to rent bicycles from a B-cycle station and return it to any other B-station when they are done.

B-cycle is the only bike-sharing program that measures the actual distance traveled on each ride and keeps track of the calories burned and the carbon emissions prevented. This service is available for members that sign up online by creating their own personal online profile.

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Let there be no mistake, Greenville County does have a gang problem. The Sheriff’s office has dedicated two officers to deal solely with gang trends and people, and another officer has been dedicated to deal with gangs in school.

Even though it is a problem, the Sheriff’s office is hitting it head-on. In Greenville County there have been no less than 57 documented gangs such as street and biker gangs. Each gang is classified on different levels.

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