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Winn Freeman: Man on a Mission 1955-2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

He Carried a Burden in His Heart for Addicts and a Vision of Helping them Move Beyond Recovery

Winn-Freeman---ObitWinn Freeman, 59, Passed away Monday morning, March 9, following a period of declining health.

A native of Bakersfield, California, he was the son of the late Gene and Bette Freeman.

He is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 26 years, Rhonda Freeman, four children and seven grandchildren.

A daughter Candy Freeman and four grandchildren reside in California. A daughter Crystal Hawkins and husband Matthew with three children reside in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sons Johnwinn and Seth Freeman reside in Greenville.

He is also survived by a brother, Stacy Macom.

Greenville County Republican Women Attend AIPAC in Washington, D.C. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cheryll Cuthrell   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00


Left to right: Debbie Spaugh of GCRW, Geri Warren of GCRW, US Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC, Betty Poe 1st VP of National Federation of Republican Women and Cheryl Cuthrell 2nd VP of GCRW joined AIPAC in Washington D.C. on the first of March. The ladies had several breakout sessions that gave information about Iran working on a nuclear bomb.  On Monday the ladies were treated to the first speech by Benjamin Netanyahu. Tuesday after the speech to Congress the ladies went to Capital Hill and met with Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham regarding the Senate Bills, Kirk-Menendez (S269) and Corker-Menendez (S651). They also met with Rep. Jeff Duncan and Rep. Trey Gowdy regarding a House letter by Royce and Engle and asked them to sign the letter. The delegation members of South Carolina that they met with were working towards keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

Why is My Paper Late? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

More Changes at the Post Office

Many subscribers have called and asked why they no longer get delivery of The Times Examiner on Wednesday.

The short answer is that the Greenville Bulk Mail processing center has eliminated the night shift.

The Times Examiner has changed nothing on our schedule. The paper is finalized on Monday night and sent to the printer early Tuesday morning. It is printed, processed, labeled, sorted and delivered to the Post

How The South "Made Do" During The War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Durham   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00


Southerners were the original recycling advocates!  During the War Between the States, there were many shortages.   The UpCountry of 2015 has experienced several ice storms, power outages, and frozen water lines.  That is an inconvenience.  Early in the war years of 1861 and 1862, shortages in South Carolina were considered inconveniences, but as time went on, those inconveniences turned into hardships.  South Carolinians mastered the Economy of Scarcity!  On March 2, 2015, Mosie Marlar of Fountain Inn gave a wonderful presentation to the ladies of Winnie Davis 442 in Greenville on the topic of “Shortages, or Making Do.”  There are many methods that Southerners employed to manage through this dreadful time in our history, and Mrs. Marlar gave great details.

Understanding Survivor’s Guilt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

We are told that some 22 active duty and military veterans commit suicide every day. Only they understand the burdens left with them from their war experiences. There are many contributing factors. One of these burdens has become known as “survivor’s guilt”. It can take many forms.

You cannot forget comrades injured or killed during the horror and trauma of battle. In the aftermath, you may wonder whether you did all you could have done to save a member of your unit. You may have miraculously survived while others did not. You may wonder, “Why not me?” These thoughts, unless compartmentalized, dealt with spir-itually or otherwise controlled, can push an individual to desperation. Only those who experience these things can fully understand the pain and guilt involved.

“Old Farm Day at Ashtabula” - One Day Festival Celebrates Upstate’s Farming Heritage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00


The Pendleton Historic Foundation and the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina invite the whole family to “Old Farm Day at Ashtabula” on March 28 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  This one-day festival is a celebration of our rich farming heritage in the Upstate.  Old Farm Day showcases antique tractors, cotton gins, and hit-and-miss engines to demonstrate the historical progression of farming.  Our Ag-venture event not only shows bygone equipment to a new generation, but also allows old-timers to recall farming the way it was.  Whether you’re a city mouse or a country mouse, Old Farm Day will fill your family’s day with fun.  Admission is $5.00 per car.

Rally for the Protection of Marriage Act PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Marriage-ACt-Rally1A rally supporting the Protection of Marriage Act was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, SC. On November 7, 2006, 78% of the voters in our state approved South Carolina Amendment 1, also known as the Marriage Act. This amendment amended the SC Constitution "so as to provide that in this State and its political subdivisions, a marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized." Last fall, J. Michelle Childs, an Obama-appointed Federal District Judge, told the state of South Carolina that our state constitution was not allowed to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Our state's judges were ordered by this Federal Judge to ignore our state's Constitution and to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

McCarrell Announces New Venue for Spirit of ‘45 Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00


Lamar McCarrell, one of the original organizers of the “Spirit of ‘45” Upstate in Travelers Rest in 2011, announced that the event this year will be held at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University, Sunday, August 9th, at 3 p.m.

S.C. Landowners to be Surveyed About Feral Hog Damage, Interactions PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Jonathan Veit, School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00


CLEMSON — A survey designed by Clemson University researchers to begin to quantify the economic and ecological damage caused by feral hogs will soon start showing up in the mailboxes of many South Carolina farmers and rural landowners.

The survey data will help inform a feral hog-management strategy that will be imparted to landowners across the Southeast through a future series of workshops and outreach efforts.

Past studies indicate that feral hogs cause an estimated $1.2 billion per year of economic damage in the U.S., but there is no data on the damage they are causing in South Carolina.

By filling out and returning the survey, participants can help wildlife management professionals with efforts to control an invasive species that is damaging the state’s natural resources and agricultural infrastructure, said Shari Rodriguez, a Clemson wildlife biologist specializing in wildlife conservation on private lands.

Wisconsin Trying to Understand Islam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

The following information is taken from Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat, by Dr. Peter Hammond.

Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100 percent system of life. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is the beard for all of the other components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.

Leaders Trying to Rush Child Data Collection Bill Through Congress PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

One of the unconstitutional and frightening aspects of the controversial education standards called Common Core is the Part that requires collection of personal information on every child throughout their school years. In violation of current federal law, the data is fed into a national data bank.

Now both houses of the Republican led Congress are attempting to ram an act through Congress that would allegedly legalize the data collection,  storage and use of personal data on children and their families by the Federal Government.

American Principles in Action (APIA) is calling on Congress to oppose S. 227, the Strengthening Education Through Research Act (SETRA), which would violate the privacy of millions of students and parents.

APIA is blasting Congress for attempting to rush the act through both houses of Congress as early as this week without even holding hearings.

Sen. Mike Fair Discusses Gas Tax Hike Proposals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00
Upstate Congressmen and National Committeewoman Speak at Republican Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Monday, 16 March 2015 23:38
Greenville County Republican Women Present Luncheon with Kris “Tanto” Paronto: Survivor of Battle of Benghazi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

Kris “Tanto” Paronto will be the guest speaker at the March 26 luncheon of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club.

Paronto was one of six CIA contract operators who responded to the desperate calls for help from Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team during the September 11, 2012 attack on the Embassy annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Kris Paronto is one of three survivors of the battle that allowed their names to be used in the book titled 13 Hours in Benghazi.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto is a former member of the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. He was 42 years of age when the battle occurred. He had spent a decade working as a contract security operator. He holds a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and owned an insurance adjustment business. He has a son and daughter with his second wife. He considered his job part of the battle between good and evil.

Lisa Benson will also be speaking at the luncheon at the Poinsett Club on Thursday, March 26 at noon.

Reservations are required for this event and may be made by calling Evelyn Hargett at (864) 630-2315. The luncheon cost is $20 per person and is likely to be an early sellout.


The Only Thing We Have to Fear… PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

It was Franklin Roosevelt who said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was attempting to move a nation from a severe economic depression into preparation for World War II, a war that the people did not want and would require a total national commitment.

Young Americans volunteered for military service by the thousands to serve their country without fear of the unknown ahead. The enemy was clearly defined and “demonized,” the objective was “destruction of the enemy and his will to fight concluding in total victory. Along with Allies, we ended the war victoriously.

For more than a decade the United States has been at war with “terrorists” that openly declared war on us. They all claim to be fighting for Islam and they are following the literal meaning of the Koran as they proceed to kill all individuals under their control who refuse to accept Islam and abide by the teachings of the Koran.

“Truth” Seeker - Open Letter to President PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert H. Johnson - Greer, SC   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

I believe you would, as I, identify as a “Truth” seeker. On 7 September 2008 you were interviewed by George Stephanopolos and said: “John McCain never mentioned my Muslim faith.” That statement was accurately recorded. However, George came to your rescue and permitted you to correct yourself and identify as a Christian.

I, Sir, am very concerned by your actions as they negatively effect our freedom seeking Nation. Those actions speak far more eloquently than your words - to the effect that your actions identify you as a Muslim - to which faith you have the absolute right to profess and live by.

Would a professing Christian surround himself and his entire administration with so many Muslims, in positions of great authority and power, as exist in your entire administration? I believe not!!

I goggled: “Names and functions of Muslims in Obama administration” and received 49,400,000 responses. I selected the first one which took me to <> I printed l7 pages from that website and what follows is a very, very short summary of what was presented.

More Vietnamese New Year Photos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony A. Dunn   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00
Mitchell Asked Supreme Court to Declare Greenville Election Decision “Null & Void” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 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.

My Time In Vietnam, Again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maj. Ralph Stoney Bates, Sr., USMC (Ret)   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

BongHall-1Last night I returned to Vietnam. The last time I gazed onto the countryside of Vietnam my aircraft had just lifted off the runway at DaNang to the unrestrained cheers of all souls aboard, banked over Monkey Mountain, leveled out over the South China Sea allowing me a quick glance at my home away from home for the last fifteen months, as we flew into a dense cloud-bank concluding my stay and my sight picture, my only thoughts were, I’m alive. That was my last thought as I departed Vietnam. I’ve not been back. Last night, here in Greenville, at the TD Center, I returned to Vietnam.

Last night, 14 February, 2015, the Vietnamese-American community of South Carolina celebrated the entry of the “Year of the Goat” with the traditional Vietnamese New Year celebration. I became their guest in a round-about way, and it brought me back to January 1968, when my Vietnamese interpreter invited me to his home for a new year’s celebration. I actually briefly looked for the former Vietnamese Army Sergeant Sey (pronounced see), but I knew that he was not there. After all, he was working for the American Marines at the DaNang Airbase. The Communist would not have let him “slide” after their takeover; that is, if he were still alive in 1975.

Julie Valentine Luncheon Will Provide Services to Child and Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Retired FBI Agent and Survivor of Molestation Jim Clemente was Guest Speaker


The fifth annual Julie Valentine Luncheon raised funds to help reach women and children in Upstate South Carolina who are survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Former FBI Profiler Jim Clemente shared his message of survival and justice with the attendees. Clemente’s own undercover work led to the incarceration of a profiled child sex offender, teacher and camp director who molested dozens of children.  As an internationally recognized expert, he is a technical advisor and writer for Criminal Minds. 

Government Spinning Out of Control PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

The Obama Administration and Congress appear to be paralyzed  and stunned as the world around them is “spinning out of control.” The most vicious killers in several generations are rapidly seizing power and parts of nations in the Middle East and the South Pacific. They have gained influence in virtually every country in  Europe. We are also told that they have been placed in every important agency in the United States government.

The American people elected Republicans to control both Houses of Congress, however, they don’t seem to have the ability or the courage to take on the president who is going forward with his destructive agenda unchecked.

A large segment of the American electorate is ignorant and uneducated, although they may have college degrees. Many do not understand how nations and governments, including our own, operate and respond to events.


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