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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 03:23 AM
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Sales Tax Battle Has Begun PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Beneficiaries of Largest Tax Increase in Greenville County History may spend a Million Dollars to Get Taxpayer Funding of their “pet” projects

Greenville County residents are facing the largest and most cynical tax increase scheme in the County’s history. The scheme is even more deceptive than the notorious “Greenville Plan” for circumventing the South Carolina constitutional debt limit, forming a dummy corporation, and borrowing a billion dollars to build new schools.

It should be noted that the State Legislature moved swiftly to pass a law making the “Greenville Plan” practice illegal in the future. The law was not retroactive and the Greenville County School Board was allowed to proceed with contracts already executed and none of the participants in the scheme were charged with a crime.

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Korean War Veterans Made History With Veterans Corridor of Honor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Markers on I-385 Honor US Military Veterans Who Served in WW I to Present

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The tent was full, the chairs were full, the parking lot was full and it was half an hour before the unveiling ceremony was set to begin. The overwhelming turnout was unexpected on a Friday morning. The ceremony designating a portion of I-385 the Veterans Corridor of Honor took place in the parking lot of the Railhouse Restaurant located at 1003 North Old Laurens Road in Fountain Inn.

The event was well attended by military veterans and their family members, elected officials and business leaders. Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy was the featured speaker for the event. The Congressman’s comments were brief but appropriate for the occasion. He commended the individuals who planned and carried out the project that will remind motorists going north or south on I-385 that Americans throughout the  history of our  republic have sacrificed to preserve freedom for ourselves and others.

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Wife Discussed Navy Seal's Way of Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

School Board Candidate Discussed First Steps

Stacey-Shea---9-14Stacey Shea and Derek Lewis were guest speakers at the August Meeting of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club at the Poinsett Club.

Mrs. Shea discussed her experiences as the wife of a Navy Seal. Her husband Thom Shea is now retired from the Navy, and they have started a motivational and leadership business in Upstate South Carolina.

Thom Shea’s book is titled, Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life.

Stacy was the author of Section Four of the book titled, Spartan Wife Connection, in which she described the life of a wife and children of a husband and father in combat.

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County Resolves to Oppose Proposed Expansion of Federal Control under “Clean Water Act” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Proposal would give Federal Government Authority to regulate ditches, ponds and rain puddles on Private Property

Greenville County Council has unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed expansion of federal control of private property under the Clean Water Act.

The federal government is implementing United Nations Agenda 21. The intent is to effectively eliminate private property ownership and use.  Implementation of this despicable agenda must be stopped if the God-given right of property ownership is to survive the current environmental extremists funded by tax dollars and their representatives in government.

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BJU Named as 15th Best Value College in the Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

BJU-Top10_Page-02Bob Jones University has been named the 15th Best Value College in the nation by Educate to Career College Ranking Index – 2014 (ETC).

According to ETC, the index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students.

“Our goal at BJU is to prepare students for life,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “ETC provides yet another measure of the value of a BJU education in helping our students succeed in life and in their chosen vocation.”

The ETC College Rankings Index is comprised of accredited 4-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students. The Index analyzes publicly available data for more than 1,200 colleges, representing 94% of all students enrolled in 4-year colleges.  The index may be accessed at www.educatetocareer.org

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County Residents Concerned about Helicopter Noise, Safety PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

National Guard Helicopters to Train with Sling Load of 25,000 Pounds Concrete

EdPaxton_Page-03A South Carolina National Guard helicopter unit has moved to a facility at the former Donaldson Air Force Base. A spokesman for the military unit has informed Greenville County Council that the facility originally thought to be for helicopter maintenance, will also be involved in training crews to lift and transport heavy sling loads.

It is estimated that 40 or more takeoffs per week are planned. Some of the takeoffs will involve lifting 25,000 pounds of concrete by sling and transporting the loads to several airports, including Anderson, Greenwood, Oconee and Pickens.

The South Carolina National Guard also plans to fly low-level helicopter training exercises at altitudes of less than 500 feet. These exercises will reportedly be flown over the Sumter National Forest in Newberry, Union and Laurens Counties and the DuPont State Forest near Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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New Employees Join Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

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Danny Howard, County Agent and Region Lead Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources with Clemson University Extension Center, introduced Marie Hegler and Patricia Whitener as the two new employees with the agency.

Marie Hegler, Food Safety and Nutrition Agent with Clemson University Extension Center, stated she was working with Senior Action (nutrition and demo programs), food safety for restaurants and canning workshops.

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Most Dangerous Days of our Lives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Remember Pearl Harbor!

Remember the Alamo!

Remember Waco and Ruby Ridge!

Remember Nine-Eleven?

We ain’t seen nothing yet!

It is bad enough when most of the American people are in denial, but when the Commander-in-Chief is in denial and hoping the threat will evaporate and go away, that is really scary.

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War Is Hell! South Carolina Summers Are Hot! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vivian Bradburn - Union, SC   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

War is hell! South Carolina summers are hot! These two statements are related only because they are both facts, unless reported on by the Associated Press, when they might well become fiction.

AP reporters are well versed in the liberal art of innuendo, as demonstrated by their sugar coating of the IRS boondoggle, and the blind eye they gave to the confusion of the Obamacare take-off. Their reporting on the economic recovery is as murky as their news about how many billions of dollars we are in debt. It's like reading comedy as they try to separate a little grain from the hulls of the Obama presidency, boosting his minor accomplishments, while fast-forwarding his failures.

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As If Common Core Weren't Bad Enough, Now We Have Anti-American AP US History! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnelle Raines - Pickens, SC   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

From the creators of Common Core, David Coleman and the College Board, the new AP US History course is an assault on our country’s heritage.

The new AP US History (APUSH) framework presents a relentlessly negative view of American history, emphasizing every problem and failing of our ancestors while ignoring or minimizing their achievements.

The College Board’s reinterpretation of US history, as presented in the new APUSH course, is a biased and inaccurate view of many important facets of American history, including the motivations and actions of 17th -19th-century settlers, American involvement in World War II, and the conduct of, and victory in, the Cold War.

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Obamacare, Goebbels and Ginsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Keith Smith   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

A friend recently opined to me about his increasing frustration with those who are unable to distinguish between politics and religion, particularly those for whom politics is their religion. This describes statists of all stripes, I think. Folks either want to use the power of the state to abscond with the property of others in order to better complete “the Lord’s work,” or they justify the state’s trampling of individual rights in the name of “the greater good.” The fascist, Joseph Goebbels had the following to say:

“My party is my church and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel.” Or how about this one from Mr. Goebbels: “I am only the instrument that God uses to sing his song. I am only the vessel that nature smilingly fills with new wine.”

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Common Core: Price We Pay for Taking Federal Funds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sen. Shane Martin   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

The process of replacing Common Core standards in Math and English/Language Arts is well underway. The State Department of Education and the State Board, as provided for in state law, will formulate new South Carolina standards based upon a review by panels of subject experts. Those standards must go to the Education Oversight Committee for its sign off, and then our teachers will begin using them in the 2015-2016 school year.

I think that it may help to revisit exactly what we expect from education standards and why it is important that South Carolina develop those standards instead of outsourcing it to a centralized entity. State law requires that educational standards be designed to promote the abilities to:

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Scott, Gowdy Show Their Lighter Side at Greer Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

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United States Senator Tim Scott was the featured speaker at a dual county fundraiser last Tuesday evening.

Spartanburg and Greenville County Republican Parties teamed up to sponsor the event held in Greer and attended by a packed house.

Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy, the serious former prosecutor and chairman of the select committee investigating the Benghazi scandal, demonstrated that he has a sense of humor, as he introduced Senator Scott.

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The American Legion National Convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

OllieNorth1The American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger (Va.) called to order the 96th  Annual American Legion National Convention held in the Charlotte Convention Center, Tuesday, August 26.

The Advancement of the Colors was performed by Harrisburg Post 472 Color Guard from Houston, Texas.

Montel Williams, a power Emmy Award-winning television personality for more than 17 years was Master of Ceremonies.

Williams began his military career in the US Marine Corps. He was the first African American Marine selected to attend the Naval Academy Prep School. He later graduated from the US Naval Academy.

He is a decorated former Naval Officer and inspirational speaker, and prolific author of practical and uplifting books.

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Lt. Gov. Candidate and Attorney General All Smiles at Upstate BBQ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00
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Sen. Marco Rubio Honoring Rep. Duncan at Anderson Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00
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The Worst Days of our Lives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

The Dill Family began the month of August 2014 with one car each and a 20-year-old backup. Then the car demons struck.

Valvoline insisted on flushing the radiator. LaVerle reluctantly agreed. Partway through the process, they said there was a crack in the reservoir and they were unable to complete the process. They sent her on her way without replacing the cooling fluids and the car overheated in less than a mile. For a fee of $75 the Cadillac Dealer in Greer found no crack in the reservoir but overheating necessitated replacement of head gaskets. The estimated cost $6,000.

LaVerle began driving the 20-year-old Cadillac that had been driven very little for several years. On Tuesday night three weeks ago, LaVerle headed home and I was in Travelers Rest when my car overheated.

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My Dad Was A Visionary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnnelle Raines - Pickens, SC   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

My dad, J. M. Jenkins, way back in the 70’s knew what was going to be the downfall of our great Nation ... I remember it very well, sitting around the kitchen table listening to him talk about HUMANISM ... and he was so right on target ... what a visionary. I can now see that his concern for HUMANISM was well-deserved. I honestly believe HUMANISM is the root cause of all the problems we now face. My dad was a visionary. This great Nation is in free fall due to HUMANISM.

For those of you who do not know what HUMANISM is: It is a form of religion that attaches prime importance to the human being rather than GOD. It stresses the value of humans’ needs, and seeks solely to use rational ways of solving problems. It is all about social justice and equality for humans based on each human’s wants or needs ... NOT based on what God’s will is.

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Wife of Navy Seal to Speak at GCRWC Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

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Stacey Shea, president of Adamantine Alliance, and co- author with her husband, retired Navy Seal Thom Shea, of a best selling book titled Unbreakable: A Navy Seal’s Way of Life, will be speaking at the August meeting of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club.

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International Youth help Taylors Lions Club with “Angel Flowers” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

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Students from fourteen nations participating in the Lions Club International Youth Exchange assisted the Taylors Lions Club with their project “Angel Flower” recently. Taylors Lions under the leadership of President Donna Henson, assisted by the International Youth members arranged and delivered flowers to nursing homes in the Upstate.

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg provided housing facilities for the students while in the Upstate.

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Greenville County Council Honored Stevens with Proclamation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

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Lisa Stevens, selected by Greenville County Council to chair the 19 member Greenville Citizen Roads Advisory Commission, was presented a Proclamation by Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor on August 19th honoring her for her leadership while heading the commission.

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