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Future of Greenville County EMS Remains Uncertain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00

Council Resolution Tosses Decision to Hospital Systems for Joint Agreement on County EMS Operations

Two months ago, it appeared as if the Greenville County EMS operation would be turned over to the Greenville Hospital System. A deal had allegedly already been worked out with the County Administrator. The problem was that it had not been approved or even seen by Council and St. Francis did not like it at all. The deal, in their view, was stacked against their business interests.  Then  for the next several meetings of the Council, the Council chambers were filled with supporters of the Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital System. The hospital administrators made their case and accused the administrator of not operating above the table.

As opposition to the plan developed by the Administrator grew, Council members that were inclined to support the plan became skeptical. Finally, it was too controversial for the Council to decide and they approved a resolution drafted by Councilman Willis Meadows that asked the two hospital systems to develop a proposal for the two health systems to operate the EMS system jointly. They were given until the end of September to respond to the Council.

Hewlett Kelly Sullivan, Jr., Leading Greenville Citizen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00


Hewlett Kelly Sullivan, Jr., 85, a life-long Greenvillian, died at home, surrounded by his family, of complications from a 2009 stroke.

He was born in Greenville, on September 30, 1929, the son of Christine Mahon and Hewlett Kelly Sullivan.

For fifty years, Mr. Sullivan, who died August 5, 2015, co-owned and managed the family business, Hale’s Jewelers and Diamond Merchants, a retail store established in downtown Greenville in 1856. He served as president and later chairman.

Celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry M. Thacker   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00


Several dozen friends and family members helped Ed and Jackye Weaver, long-time subscribers to The Times Examiner, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this past Saturday at Freedom Baptist Church in Berea.

Poinsett Project Raising Havoc with Local Businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00


Billy and Debi Bush pleaded with the Greenville County Legislative Delegation Monday night to help them continue to have a successful business on Poinsett Highway.

The current plans for beautification of the Poinsett Highway would construct an 8 foot sidewalk within 2 feet of the entrance of their business. Their customers, many of whom are elderly, would have to walk as much as 100 yards from parking to their florist business.

The project is a partnership between the State and Greenville County and also involves a federal grant. Debi Bush said many meetings have been held, and every time they meet changes are made.

Samuel Blumenfeld, Advocate of Phonics, Dead at 89 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Williams F. Jasper   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00


Millions of people who can read today owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Samuel L. Blumenfeld, America’s foremost apostle of phonics over the past half century. Blumenfeld died on June 1, one day after his 89th birthday. I was privileged to know him as a friend and colleague for more than 30 years.

I first became acquainted with Sam Blumenfeld’s writings in the early 1970s. I was a college student at the time and had switched my course of study from pre-veterinary medicine to psychology and education. The “reading controversy” that had been launched in 1955 with the publication of Dr. Rudolph Flesch’s bestseller Why Johnny Can’t Read and What You Can Do About It was back in full swing, following a period of relative quiescence. Sam’s book The New Illiterates (1973) rekindled the debate, exposing the ludicrous basis of the destructive look-say methodology that was mentally crippling millions of children, and forcefully putting forward the case for restoring intensive phonics in the reading programs of our nation’s schools.

Citizens Group Wants Berea School To Become Community Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Large Citizen Turnout for Community Meeting


The old Berea High School built by the WPA in the 1930s is for sale. The facility is located on a large lot of choice property in the center of the Berea business district. The well-constructed brick building will be expensive to demolish, which will figure into the cost of any buyer with plans for development.

It is understood that a Florida company has an option to buy the facility. Their plan would be to demolish the current building to make way for a retail outlet. Attempts to obtain specific   information on the deal from the School District of Greenville County proved unsuccessful on Monday. If the deal does not work out between the prospective purchaser and the school district, it is estimated that the property could become available for another buyer between September 2015 and January 2016. The Berea community leaders are researching options for buying the building and using it for a community center should it become available for them to arrange a purchase.

Paul Howell Speaks to URW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00


Paul Howell, director of Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina, speaks during the Americanism program for the Upstate Republican Women, Monday at the Poinsett Club.



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