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

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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. 

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Attorney General Alan Wilson will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, February 26, Greenville County Republican Women’s Club luncheon at the Poinsett Club. The Attorney General will discuss human trafficking, a form of modern slavery and proposed legislation to give law enforcement the necessary tools to go after traffickers. Wilson is in his second term as South Carolina Attorney General.
Cost of the luncheon is $17. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Second VP Cheryl Teague Cuthrell at (864) 335-8094 or (864) 270-0907.

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William Penn Morrow, Jr., 81, passed away Tuesday morning, February 3, 2015, following a brief illness.

A native of northern Greenville County, he was the son of the late William Penn Morrow, Sr. and Dora Barton Morrow.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Eleanor Connors Morrow.

Bill was a graduate of North Greenville College (University) and Furman University in the Class of 1954 and served on the Alumni Board in recent years. He was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for most of his service.

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Mary-Drawdy1Mary Earle Drawdy, wife of the late Vance B. Drawdy, passed away on January 6, 2015, at her residence. She was 91 years old. Born in Greenville on February 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late John Kern Earle and Louise Farrell Earle. Mary graduated from Greenville High School, class of 1940. She earned her BA degree in French and Mathematics from Furman University, class of 1944.

After college and during World War II, Mary worked for the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. where her job duties included keeping track of the location of the Navy's fleet of destroyers. After the War, Mary returned to Greenville. She taught briefly in the Greenville County public schools, and she worked for several years as a receptionist for physicians Drs. Stanley and Craig.

Mary was an accomplished photographer, artist, and calligrapher. She studied portrait painting under Robert L. Bruns as well as Janet Fleming Smith. She painted the portraits of a number of family members and friends. Mary also was an accomplished flower gardener and received her landscape critic certification. She was a member of numerous clubs in Greenville including the Greenville Garden Club, the Greenville Women's Club, the Republican Women's Club, the Greenville Historical Society, and Friends of Springwood Cemetery.

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“Country” Hawkins, honorableMayor of Little Texas, was identified last week as hailing from Little Chicago. It was an error. He has never been there. He was ridiculed and we were embarrassed. To show our remorse we are providing a free tour of Little Chicago. There are two means of travel: Go to Gowensville and turn right or go to Holly Springs and turn left.

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Greer Residents “Devastated” by Desecration of American Flag on Lighted Pole In Upscale Neighborhood

US-SC-Flag_Page-01On Wednesday, November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Joe Barnett and his wife awoke to find their American and South Carolina flags cut from their twenty-foot lighted flag pole. They found the flags torn and on the ground. The American flag had been cut from the stars to the end of the third white stripe form the top.

The couple were devastated by what they found in their yard, because someone(s) had not only trespassed their private property, but had desecrated the American flag in this manner.

The incident was reported to the Greer Police Department and an award of $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the one(s) responsible.

This vicious and premeditated property destruction and flag desecration is especially hurtful for the Barnett family as their son is currently serving his country in harms way.

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GradyMiller-1John Grady Miller, Jr., died Sunday, November 16, 2014 after long illness.

Born in Greenville on August 16, 1934, Grady was the son of the late John Grady Miller, Sr. and Ellie Robinson Miller. He was a long-time resident of Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1952.

A 1956 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, he was a devoted Tiger fan and IPTAY supporter. At Clemson, he earned an ROTC commission and served in the US Army as Second Lieutenant.

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