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Mitchell Asked Supreme Court to Declare Greenville Election Decision “Null & Void” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Mitchell requests Court to Issue “Declaratory Judgment holding that Ordinance No. 2014-25 is null and void Because SC Code 5-15-60 does not Authorize the City to Adopt both the 'nonpartisan plurality / nonpartisan run-off ' methods of nomination”

William C. “Billy” Mitchell filed a  petition with the South Carolina Supreme Court Friday, February 13, 2015 asking the court to declare the city’s decision to change from partisan to non-partisan “elections null and void.”

Mitchell, a lifelong resident of Greenville asked the Supreme Court to “issue  a Declaratory Judgment holding that Ordinance No. 2014-25 is null and void because SC Code 5-15-60 does not authorize the city to adopt both the nonpartisan plurality  and nonpartisan run-off methods of nomination. The code states that a municipality shall adopt only one method of nomination, according to documents filed with the court.

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EMS Controversy Going Public PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Emergency medical, like law enforcement, are some of the more important services provided by county government. When either are unresponsive or uncertain, citizens become concerned and sometimes angry, because lives are involved. The alleged problems with Greenville County EMS management is approaching the “boiling point.”

A decade ago, citizens in Northern and Southern Greenville County waited as much as an hour for an ambulance to arrive from Greenville. Sometimes help arrived too late and the patient died. Others were loaded in private vehicles and taken to the nearest emergency room.

To remedy the situation, local communities added facilities for EMS crews to their fire departments, the county added ambulances and personnel to cover the outlying areas, and for several years there were few if any complaints. The system worked well and earned some top scores and awards from rating services.

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American Legion National Commander Helm Visits Columbia/Greenville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

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Sunday, Jan. 25, American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm and his Aide Donald Suchy arrived at the Columbia, SC airport.

American Legion Department of SC Commander John Collins and Department of SC Adjutant James Holland were at the airport to greet them.

American Legion Riders from Greenville American Legion Post 3 and other Legion Riders from Columbia area, escorted National Commander Helm to a hotel in downtown Columbia.

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Mike Huckabee Visits Upstate for Book Signing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry M. Thacker   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Huckabee-Jensen_Page-01Possible Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee takes a moment with Dick Jensen, President of First Foundations, Inc., while signing copies of his new book, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy" at Barnes and Noble this past Friday.

 
   
Hillcrest 2014 AAAA State Champions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

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In December 2014, the Hillcrest High School Rams defeated Dutch Fork 47-17 to win the South Carolina AAAA Division I State Championship.  Hillcrest, which had won only two playoff games in their previous 56 seasons, went 14-1 in 2014 to win the school’s first ever football state title. Councilman Butch Kirven, representing Greenville County Council, presented Coach Greg Porter and the team with a Proclamation honoring the team for their historic accomplishment.

 
   
War in the Republican Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

The Republican Primaries to select the Republican candidate to go up against Hillary Clinton for president of the United States is just a little more than a year away. The Establishment or “Moderate” wing of the GOP is already working to assure that they have only one candidate to compete with a dozen or more “Conservative-Tea Party” types.

Hillary is the assumed Democrat candidate, but that is not a certainty. Mrs. Clinton, the former First Lady and Secretary of State, has serious alleged criminal charges pending that if pursued by the Congress and federal law enforcement will remove her from the contest.

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Christians and Netanyahu PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Al Snyder   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

"Israel's Prime Minister is correct to stand up for what is right, rather than cower to those who are more concerned with what they consider to be political correctness." This was a statement made by Israeli Goodwill Ambassador Earl Cox in a recent TV interview in Augusta, Georgia.

Cox was referring to the invitation extended by U.S. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a full session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, without having first received the blessing of the White House.

Cox went on to say, "While the White House is busy criticizing Boehner and Netanyahu for moving outside of what they consider proper channels of protocol, Netanyahu should instead be hailed as a hero for his courageous willingness to sacrifice his own political future in order to warn the free world and save his country from facing a nuclear armed Iran.

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If You Like Your Medicare, You Can Keep Your Medicare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane M. Orient   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Not just Barack Obama, but all politicians promise to protect Medicare—even if they are robbing it to pay for ObamaCare. They don’t promise that you can keep your Medicare doctor, however.

And they don’t address the question of what happens if you don’t like your Medicare.

You can drop Medicare Part B, though there is a penalty for getting back in. But to drop Medicare Part A, you have to give back all the Social Security payments you ever received, as well as forgoing future payments. This was litigated in the case of Hall v. Sebelius, and was revisited in the challenge to ObamaCare brought by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), AAPS v. Burwell, which the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear.

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Calvin Newton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

calvinnewtonThis week’s article is somewhat unusual in that I am writing about someone who sang gospel music but along the way made some mistakes and had to pay for his mistakes and is currently back singing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This person is Calvin Newton.

His music career begins, as so many folks do, by singing with his family. Calvin’s father was a Church of God minister and had high hopes for his son to follow in his footsteps but Calvin had other ideas. Newton said that he had seen the hardships his father had gone through as a minister and he did not want to face those same hardships. While singing with his family Calvin had been a part of a radio broadcast on WEBQ out of Harrisburg, Illinois, so he decided that maybe he could be a gospel singer.

His father wanted him to attend Lee College so he did for a while and this is where his singing career got a jump-start. Newton stated that he was singing in a chapel program and was heard by the Dean of Music. He was invited to sing in the college quartet. Next he formed a group called the Kingsmen Four, then came the big time and the job of singing Tenor for a group called the Melody Masters. Along with Calvin the other members were Jake Hess, James “Big Chief” Weatherington, Alvin Tuddle and Wally Varner.

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Obama, Army on Collision Course PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Army May Charge Bergdahl with Desertion

Information leaked to FOX News indicates that the United States Army will soon charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and send him before a General Courts Martial board.  The soldier named Bowe Bergdahl allegedly laid down his weapon and walked away from his base and the men of his unit in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. For approximately 5 years he lived with and allegedly helped the Taliban as they ambushed American troops.

Several American soldiers were killed and wounded while searching for Bergdahl. All who served with him stated later that they had no doubt that he was an Islamic sympathizer and that he intentionally deserted his post in combat, a treasonous act.

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Tara Servatius Guest of GCRWC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

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The Greenville County Republican Women's Club is the largest Republican Women's Club in the Palmetto State. Linda Slaton is the current president of the very active and influential organization.

WORD Radio's morning talk show host, Tara Servatius, was a guest of the  Greenville County Republican Women's Club during their January luncheon at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. The Tara Show airs from 6 am until 10 am Monday through Friday. Tara has worked in both the broadcast and print media in North and South Carolina. Her most recent assignment was broadcasting in Charleston.

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Ellen Weaver Addressed Republican Women PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Ellen-Weaver-1Ellen E. Weaver, President and CEO of the Palmetto Policy Forum, was the guest speaker at the January luncheon of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club.

The Piedmont Policy Forum is an independent state-based “action engine” dedicated to bring citizens together to implement bold policy solutions that expand opportunity for every South Carolinian.

Ellen is especially passionate about expanding high-quality education choices for every student, having experienced its power in her own life.

Ellen is a Greenville County native. She worked for 12 years in the office of Senator Jim DeMint. Her last assignment was State Director for the Senator. Her duties included management of staff, communications, outreach and political strategies in the state.

She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia and the Columbia Rotary Club.

 
   
John Woods Honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Rude   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

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The 16"‘ Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, Sons of Confederate Veterans, has owned and operated the Museum and Library of Confederate History at 15 Boyce Avenue in Greenville since 1996. From time to time the Museum chooses to honor certain members of its Board of Directors who have rendered outstanding service and distinguished themselves in dedication to the Museum and to the Confederate Cause.

This past Monday the Board of the Museum honored it's Chaplin, ]ohn Woods. Several members of the Board attended the monthly meeting of the Moses T. Fowler Camp #1721 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fountain Inn last Monday evening and presented Chaplain Woods with a very attractive, framed Certificate of Appreciation.

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S.C. Rep. Tommy Stringer Praises Haley Plan to Make S.C. More Competitive PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rep. Tommy Stringer   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

“We rarely witness the appearance of a political crisis simple enough to be understood by a majority of voters and large enough to evoke substantial change in the size and scope of government.

“South Carolina’s crumbling road system and the lack of revenue to repair it has become that crisis. It threatens our safe travel, our economic competitiveness and presents taxpayers with an exponentially increasing, and unnecessary, cost to fix the problem.

“During her State of the State address to the General Assembly last week, SC Gov. Haley unveiled a three-point strategy to end the crisis.

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Impeachment: Only Means Available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

A large segment of the American people are demanding that the Republican controlled Congress stop President Obama from circumventing the Constitution of the United States and acting like a dictator with no constraints or checks and balances. The Republican led House and Senate are responding to abuse of power by the president with measured rhetoric and piecemeal legislation  that Obama has promised to veto.

So far, the Congress has lacked the courage to cut his personal budget or the budget of Obamacare or other unconstitutional programs.

Impeachment is the constitutional remedy for a president that is out of control and abusing his power. He is endangering the American people by giving aid and comfort to our sworn enemies. He is dismantling the best health care system and the most proficient military force the world has ever known. He is illegally misusing the employees of government agencies to punish his political enemies.

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Duke's Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Al Snyder   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Like so many of America's elite universities, North Carolina's Duke University began with a strong Christian foundation. And like many of America's elite universities, Duke has strayed from those original values.

In 2004 Duke raised eyebrows for sponsoring a Palestinian Solidarity Movement conference. As one might imagine, the movement promoted divestment from Israel and supported the outrageous claim that "Zionism is racism." The conference sold T-shirts calling for the destruction of Israel.

When Jewish students criticized the anti-Semitic nature of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, they were accused of wanting to silence free speech. An article ran in the student newspaper entitled, "The Jews," which suggested that there were too many Jews at Duke. It complained about "the powerful Jewish establishment" in the country. Not surprisingly, some Jewish students left Duke in disgust.

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You’ve Got A Friend PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Our country’s foreign policies included the Monroe Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, both bold and clear assertions of national purpose. Our Presidents sent ships to fight the Barbary Pirates off “the shores of Tripoli” at the dawn of the 19th century and we saved the world by winning both world wars in the 20th century. Now our country is reduced to having James Taylor sing “You’ve got a friend” in an absurd and juvenile effort at foreign policy aimed to make amends to our oldest ally France. France, without whose assistance we would not have prevailed in our Revolutionary War, was subjected to further indignity from terror by the tone deaf incompetence of the Obama administration.

“Tout est pardonne,” was the message Sec. of State John Kerry delivered at a press conference in Paris on Friday, January 16th, 2015. He had come just a week too late to demonstrate American “sincere condolences” for the murders of more than a dozen people in the Charlie Hebdo Muslim terrorist massacres. Obama, along with anyone else from his administration, skipped the march against terrorism that drew more than 3 million people along with more than forty representatives of other countries. How sincere can he pretend to be?

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16th Regiment SC Volunteers, SCV Camp 36 Holds Lee-Jackson Banquet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

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The 16th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 36 held its annual Lee-Jackson Banquet on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Convention Center. Music for the event was provided by the Joyful Harps. The 16th SC Color Guard of Honor Posted the Colors. Salutes to the Flags were led by Robert Bolt. The Charge was given by Commander Doug Langley, who also welcomed everyone and recognized honored guests. The invocation was given by Chaplain Mark Evans. A delicious dinner was enjoyed by all the guests. Following the dinner, a cake cutting ceremony was held, with a cake honoring Generals Lee and Jackson being cut by a sword. Past Commander in Chief of the SCV, Chris Sullivan, introduced the speaker for the event, Chuck McMichael, Past Commander in Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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ACG Banquet Outlines Founders’ Plan to Save America PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josiah Magnuson   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Patricia-Wheat_Page-01Americans for Constitutional Government, a civic organization active in the Greenville area since 1962, held their annual New Year’s Banquet on Saturday, January 17.  The theme of the event was the exercise of virtue at the community level.  Retired Greenville County sheriff’s deputy Hobart Lewis, ACG Director Josiah Magnuson, and Good Neighbors Project founder Patricia Wheat were the featured speakers.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and Constitution Preamble, as well as rousing music from the Magnuson family “Truth Trio,” Dr. Nicky Chavers of the Taylors-based ministry The Academy of Arts started off the event with a devotional and invocation.  Dr. Chavers gave a passionate call for Christians in America to take responsibility.  He identified the problems in our country as originating not from Washington, DC, but from within our own hearts.  Dr. Chavers challenged the church not to continue neglecting their role to define cultural boundaries, but to remember that “judgment must begin at the house of God” and uphold the “self-evident truths” that the country is built upon – in particular, our unalienable rights that no one may take away.

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Marlar Addressed Confederate Colonel's Club PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

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Jack Marlar from the Ft. Inn History Museum was the guest speaker at the annual Confederate Colonel’s Club banquet honoring General Robert Edward Lee, CSA. The event was held at the Hejaz Shrine Center in Mauldin, Saturday, January 17th. General Lee’s birthday is January 19 and he was born in 1807.

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Liberal U.S. Policies Destroying Global Economy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff West   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Swiss-Whopper-PriceA fiasco occurred last week in Switzerland which illustrates just how the reckless financial policies in Washington are destabilizing the entire global economy.  At 9:30 a.m. Swiss time on January 15, the Swiss franc increased in value by 30% against the euro in just a few minutes, after the Swiss National Bank announced that they were ending their three-year policy of pegging the Swiss franc to the Euro at a 1.20 ratio.  Presumably this is because the Euro has decided to engage in accelerated money printing to keep up with the amount of money America has been printing for years.  Switzerland could not continue to control the value of their currency relative to the euro and was apparently forced into the decision.

This decision was not made lightly, as millions of dollars worth of financial positions were lost in minutes, and some exchange firms even went bankrupt.  The strengthening of the Swiss franc will hurt their exports such as their famous watch making industry, but they essentially had no choice.  Consequently, their decision is an ominous sign for the global financial situation.

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