Cal Thomas speaks to media during his  visit to Bob Jones University where he  addressed an audience of 6,000. “Good evening, religious fanatics,” said Cal Thomas to laughter as he began his remarks at last Tuesday evening’s convocation on the campus of Bob Jones University.

His theme for the evening, however, was much more serious. The conservative syndicated columnist, whose column appears in over 550 newspapers worldwide, addressed the growing menace of Islam and how that ideology is taking over the West. He described it as the “greatest challenge the country has ever faced.”

Europe is fast becoming Muslim, Thomas said as he reeled off statistic after statistic to prove his point. As late as the mid-20th century, according to Thomas, there were practically no Muslim immigrants in Europe. In some countries today, however, such as the Netherlands, the Muslim birthrate is 50%.

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Thomas Fears Impact on Economy, Kirven  Suspects Political Posturing

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced that a section of about 20 miles of the northbound lane of I-385 will be closed from I-26 to the Gray Court exit for 7-1/2 months beginning January 4, 2010.

Traffic going to Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greenville and points west and north of Greenville will be routed  farther north on  I-26 to Spartanburg and west on I-85 back to Greenville. The detour is about 15 miles further according to the SCDOT. 

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Emergency Ordinance Prompted by Gang Activity, Large Numbers of Unruly Teens

On Monday, August 31, Greenville City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance that restricts the hours that minors under the age of 18 can be in downtown Greenville’s Central Business District.

Following a report by Police Chief Terri Wilfong, regarding the out-of-control situation that existed the previous weekend, City Council decided there was a compelling need to take immediate action to ensure that a similar situation did not occur during the Labor Day weekend.

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Fountain at the entrance to North Greenville University. - NGU Photo
Tigerville, SC - For the sixteenth consecutive year, North Greenville University welcomed the largest number of students in school history. A combined total of 2,254 undergraduate and graduate students began classes on August 19, an increase of 79 over last year.  New students totaled 680 selected from more than 1,600 applicants.  The average SAT score increased from 1,090 to 1,094 from a year ago.

The Honors Scholar Program was established in 1980 to offer academically-gifted students courses, seminars, and activities specifically designed to challenge and enrich their educational experience.  Since 1996, the honors program has grown from 19 to 244 students.

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Tom Brown unveiled sign naming bridge for his father. Billy Keller, half-brother of the late Troy Brown, unveiled the sign at the opposite end of the bridge. - Photo by Bob DillDuring the 1960s Troy Brown had a road cut through his farm off Highway 101, North of Greer. A bridge was built over a stream that drained a swamp. The road was eventually named Forest Court and maintained by Greenville County.

On Saturday, August 29, a new concrete and steel bridge crossing the stream was named the Troy D. Brown Bridge and dedicated to honor the late Troy D. Brown, the man who provided the land and funds to build a public road through his Greenville County farm.

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Hunley---everyone
On August 15, Hunley Chapter #2667, South Carolina Division, UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), celebrated its first anniversary! Despite a number of members being out of town, those members and guests still in town observed the occasion with a dinner at quaint, family-owned Rechaud’s restaurant in Greer. The chapter reserved the entire restaurant and enjoyed wonderful food and the attentive service of Rechaud’s friendly staff.  A Powerpoint photo show ran continuously on a screen in the background which highlighted the many activities that chapter members were involved in during the last UDC year.

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Carol-Goldsmith---frontPopular Television Anchor, Carol Goldsmith, discussed her career in television before a group of retired military officers and spouses of the Military Officers Association of America at the Hilton in Greenville, Friday evening.

She was introduced by LaVerne Tremblay, a member of the board of directors of the Greenville MOAA Chapter, who discovered she had something in common with the veteran news anchor. The ancestors of both had lived on the north side of Chicago in the days of Al Capone and had moved their families to safety away from the criminal activity about the same time.

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