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Valerie Adams, who lives in the State Park Road area, awoke Saturday morning anticipating setting up a garage sale, only to discover a family of four black bears in her back yard. Although she contemplated cancelling the sale, she decided to go ahead with it, all the while the four bruins slumbered peacefully high up in the branches of a tree. A family of bears, probably the same ones, have recently been spotted in the general area by other individuals as well. By the way, the bears were not for sale.

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Richard Morality, 12 under Par; Pat Ramsey, President Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 523; Steve Ehrlich, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 523 Fundraising Chairman; and Alberto Hernandez, 12 under Par. Joe Lake and Keith Walker, who also scored 12 under Par for the tournament, were not availabe for photo.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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