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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This spectacular night photo was taken behind the civil war field artillery weapon as the cannon ball is released. ~ Photo by Hope Kateman.

Members of the Hunley Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, attended a wonderful 4th of July celebration at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. Heritage Park has a beautiful, grassy outdoor amphitheater, complete with a high-tech stage. On stage the Greenville Symphony put on a first-class concert of patriotic music for all to enjoy and the highlight was the 1812 Overture—of course! Near the end of the Overture cannons are called for and, indeed, cannons were supplied! Thirteen guns of varying sizes were present to provide the thunderous accompaniment right on cue.

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Raquelle and Heather Sheen as the Joyful Harps. ~ Photo Courtesy of Holly Sheen
Readers of The Times Examiner are familiar with the multitalented Sheen sisters, Heather and Raquelle, and their Joyful Harps music. They teach music and also author weekly columns for the newspaper pertaining to home schooling.

Heather and Raquelle have recently started recording their harp arrangements on paper.  Harpists may now go to their new sheet music page on their website and find several published original arrangements for duets and solos. They may be purchased by the piece individually for $6 each (price includes shipping).

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Past American Legion Dept. of SC Auxiliary President Dorothy Tunstall (at left) presents President Brenda Collins with the gavel. ~ American Legion Pst 3 PhotoBrenda Collins was elected to the office of South Carolina Department President for the American Legion Auxiliary at their 89th annual Convention in Columbia, SC on Saturday, June 27th.

Her eligibility comes through her husband, John Collins, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era.  John is now serving a third year as Commander of Post #3 in Greenville.

She is currently serving as treasurer of Unit #3. She has served as president, secretary, Chaplain, Constitution and By-laws Chairman, Public Relations Chairman and Girls State Chairman in the unit.

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Set to Open Summer of 2010

Greenville County Recreation District summer day camp youth were on hand this morning with a banner and a cheer for the groundbreaking for Otter Creek Water Park. The District will open this new facility at Northside Park next summer. ~ Photo by Bob Dill
Ground was broken Wednesday, July 1st by the Greenville County Recreation District for the Otter Creek Water Park at Northside Park on Darby Road off State Park Road in northern Greenville County. The $3 million family water park is one of 17 projects made possible by a Hospitality Tax instituted by Greenville County Council in April of 2007. The park is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010.

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Council Votes 10 to 2 to Protect Owners of Property Designated “Historic” from Bureaucratic Abuse

A proposal to amend the Greenville County Zoning Ordinance and allow the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission, an unelected body, to designate private property as historic without the permission of the property owner was about to glide “under the radar” and deprive the owners of property designated as such of their constitutional property rights was discovered by the Greenville County Taxpayers Association before it became law.

The proposed change would have allowed the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission to designate private property as historic without the consent of the owner and would put property improvements and other changes to the property under the oversight and direction of the commission, with powers greater than eminent domain, according to Taxpayer Association President Robert G. “Butch” Taylor.

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