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Memorial Day at the Greenville Vietnam Memorial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales & Tony Dunn   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00
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How Much Did All This Cost? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00
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Remembering Three Soldiers on Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Everyone who puts on the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States and takes the oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and serves honorably, sacrifices for his or her country should be honored appropriately.

On this Memorial Day, I remember three young military officers who served honorably in Vietnam and paid a price for their service.

An Army Quartermaster Corps Captain who was the S-4 Logistics officer on the staff of the Long Binh Post Commander became close friends with members of my staff. He had a wife and two small children and was on orders to return home the following week.

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Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00
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Failed Republicans Want to Rewrite the Constitution PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phyllis Schlafly   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely “suspend” their campaigns after losing a key primary, instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates knew that it’s impossible to restart a presidential campaign once it’s been suspended. In the famous words of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice Longworth, “You can’t make a soufflé rise twice.”

The 2016 Republican presidential primaries yielded one “presumptive” nominee, Donald J. Trump, plus 16 candidates whose presidential campaigns were “suspended” but could remain in business for many more years. What’s the future for a “suspended” presidential campaign?

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Which Candidate Do You Dislike the Least? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00
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When You Go To Disney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00
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Widow of American Sniper Taya Kyle at Taylors Free Medical Clinic Banquet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

The Taylors Free Medical Clinic is dedicated to providing quality free health care to eligible individuals in a culture of caring

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When the crowd surrounding Taya Kyle dwindled during the reception, I approached the Author of American Wife  with a degree of anxiety. As she stretched out her hand I responded by telling her that as a veteran of almost three decades of military service, I had a great deal of respect and admiration for military wives and their  many sacrifices for their families and their country. I was somewhat startled when she responded with a big hug for this old soldier. The words had touched a tender spot behind the tough shell surrounding this woman who had been hardened by an eventful  and painful life.

Mrs. Kyle was introduced to the packed house of Taylors Free Medical Clinic supporters by Dr. Tony Beam who discussed his emotional reaction to the Clint Eastwood directed movie depicting her husband’s life as the sniper with the most sniper kills in US military history, She had no small role in his life and the movie.

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Upstate Couple Celebrate 65th Wedding Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pearl Fredricks Drenckpohl   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

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Roger and Shirley Fredricks of Travelers Rest, South Carolina recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  They were married May 26, 1951 in Lucas, Michigan.  Roger and Shirley have 5 married children:  Pearl Fredricks Drenckpohl (John), Roger Fredricks II (Jana), Ruth Fredricks McAbee (Doug), Douglas Fredricks (Mary Beth), Becky Fredricks Tucker (Wil) and several grand and great grandchildren.

The Fredricks have attended and are associated with Mountain Creek Baptist Church.  Roger retired from Brick and Concrete Masonary work.  Shirley retired from Private Duty Healthcare.

 
   
More Military Veterans Seeking Public Office At Local Level PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

Since 1971 when veterans made up 72 percent of the United States House of Representatives and 78 percent of the Senate, the numbers of veterans in Congress has dwindled. In the latest Congress, only 20 percent of Senators served in the military and only 18 percent of House members claimed military service.

Much of that decline is due to the all volunteer force and the shrinking number of veterans in the country as a whole. World War II veterans are almost gone and Korean and Vietnam War Veterans are aging.

Despite declining numbers of veterans in Congress in the past three decades, Rebecca Burgess, manager of the American Enterprise Institute’s Program on American Citizenship said their recent survey indicates that the “pipeline of potential veteran candidates for national office may be refilling.” Her survey found an increase of veterans seeking office at the state and local level. “I think it’s fair to think that we’ll see an increase in the number of veteran candidates at the federal level in coming years,” Burgess said. “For some, state offices are like getting your feet wet.”

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Traditional Values Down the Toilet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00
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Male and Female Still Matter in Combat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phyllis Schlafly   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

Less than a year after the Supreme Court decided that marriage no longer needs partners of the opposite sex, the other two branches of the federal government are moving rapidly to eliminate all rational distinctions based on sex. Taken together, these new actions reflect the unscientific (but oh-so-politically correct) dogma that there are no fundamental, biological differences between male and female.

From the executive branch, controlled by President Obama and the Democrats, came a joint letter from the Departments of Justice and Education addressed to the nation’s public schools and colleges that receive federal financial assistance. The letter instructed schools that henceforth they must recognize students’ “internal sense of gender” as superseding “the sex they were assigned at birth.”

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You're In My Seat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00
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I'll Have Bill Revitalize Hm PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00
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Wendy Nanney Gets Endorsement from SC House Speaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

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South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas endorsed Rep. Wendy Nanney in her reelection bid for House District 22. The event took place Thursday night at the home of Tom and Pat Stultz. From left: SC House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister; Tim Nanney, Greenville County register of deeds; Rep. Wendy Nanney; and House Speaker Jay Lucas.

 
   
Great Danger in Accepting Grants from HUD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

John Anthony gives three common delusions Public Officials believe to fool themselves into thinking HUD grants are still OK

JohnAnthony-1The Obama Administration is using greedy and gullible government officials to gain control of private property and dictate where citizens live and who their neighbors will be.

“Sustainable Development and regionalism are steamrolling communities across America,” John Anthony told a small group of citizens and county officials in Greenville, South Carolina recently. “They strip away property rights, diminish local rule and infringe on our ability to own land free and clear.”

The turnout of elected officials was disappointing to Diane Hardy, who had arranged the briefing for County officials and attorneys over the reported “reluctance” of Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor who did not attend the briefing.

The speaker urged caution in accepting HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) grants. He explained that  new rules “turns grant money into a legal liability that pits community members against one another and decimates local authority.”

Anthony explained that many jurisdictions are so accustomed to accepting grant money, even when faced with the loss of local control over zoning and land use, their officials try to rationalize why they will not be affected.

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Confederate Memorial Service Held at Springwood Cemetery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

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On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the annual Confederate Memorial Service was held at Springwood Cemetery in Downtown Greenville. The South Carolina legal Confederate Memorial Day was Tuesday, May 10th. The memorial service was sponsored by the 16th Regiment SC Volunteers, Camp 36, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Museum and Library of Confederate History. Before the service began, the Unknown Soldier graves and other Confederate graves throughout the cemetery were decorated with flags. Beautiful prelude music was provided by the Kendall, Neely and Verdin families. Mr. Hunter Kendall played the “Call to Church” on his trumpet.

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Daughters of the American Revolution Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julia Barnes   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

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Hudson Berry Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, SC.  The ladies chose to move their usual location to outdoors in the brick-enclosed prayer garden next to the Chapel.  Regent Julia Barnes welcomed all the ladies, including three prospective members, and led them in the ritual, pledges to flags, and American’s Creed.  Special award certificates were presented to Kay Burns of Anderson, Julia Barnes of Honea Path & LuAnne Foster of Belton, for their work in the DAR Bible Records project. 

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Fountain Inn Fountain and Inn Found! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jack Marlar   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

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May 9, 2016 was a day of research and discovery for local historians and friends of the Fountain Inn Museum (FIM).   Several senior citizens who grew up in our town remember playing at the spring that was allegedly the “fountain” that supplied water to visitors of the Inn on this stage coach stop.    Being eighteen miles from both Greenville and Laurens, this spring was at a point where the horses and passengers would be in need of a place to get refreshed from this old mode of transportation before the railroads came through the area.

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Twenty-Two Years of Hard Work, Excitement, Institutional Memory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

A farm boy without a career plan had retired after an eventful 26.5-year career in the United States Army. After retirement, he filled the days with substitute teaching, cutting wood and planting trees. Nothing challenged him like the years at Clemson when it was an all-male military college and most jobs he had in the military including leading an organization for 6 years with about a hundred military personnel and more then ten-thousand civilians. At night he watched television news, studied history, including the Bible and read everything he could find about current events.

It was the 1980s and the nation had barely survived the incompetent administration of Jimmy Carter and had taken a chance on Ronald Reagan. The leftists that had forced the abandonment of South Vietnam to the Communists hated Reagan, but were unsuccessful in destroying him as they had successfully destroyed President Nixon.

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All of My Horses And All of My Men PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00
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