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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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