Lunch & Learn: Black Blue Bloods


Join Spartanburg County Historical Association and author Christopher Williams on Friday, July 25, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the west conference room at Chapman Cultural Center for a Lunch & Learn event. Continue reading

USC Upstate’s Benny Pike Bikes Across the State


USC Upstate’s Benny Pike, along withMarty Jett, a physical education teacher at West View Elementary School, left Spartanburg on July 9 on a bike trip to Charleston. Continue reading

3 Foods That May Fend Off Diabetes


These three simple diet tweaks may help you dodge diabetes. Continue reading

Construction Moving forward on Northside Initiative Projects


Construction on two crucial parts of the Nortside Initiative is moving forward, as both the healthy food hub (recently dubbed Harvest Park) and the Brawley Street Model Block are taking shape. Continue reading

Small University Research Packs a Huge Punch


While large research institutions hold much of the spotlight for science advancements, small universities also play a crucial role – not only in innovation, but also in developing some of the brightest scientific minds for tomorrow. Continue reading

DNR Hosts Series of Family Fishing Clinics Around the State


Warmer temperatures are here and what better way to get outdoors for family fun than a S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) family fishing clinic? Continue reading

Spartanburg Celebrates Panthers’ 20th Training Camp


Wofford College and the Spartanburg community are set to celebrate the Carolina Panthers’ 20th summer training camp here as the NFL team opens practice on Saturday, July 26, in Gibbs Stadium. Continue reading

Spontaneous Combustion: A Musical Match on July 23


Spontaneous Combustion: A Musical Match is a unique and free concert experience, where two bluegrass bands will be tasked with performing songs based on themes randomly selected by spinning the big Wheel of Musical Misfortune. Continue reading

The Arts Partnership 2014-15 Grant Recipients Announced


The Arts Partnership at Chapman Cultural Center has awarded five grants as a part of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Community Grants program. Continue reading

Spartanburg City Council Approves Westside Neighborhood Park

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At their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council voted 6-0 to approve a new neighborhood park and playground on the city’s westside, estimated to cost around $51,000. Continue reading

Don’t Let Travel Rip Offs Ruin Your Summer Vacation

Nothing ruins a trip faster than falling victim to a scam or bad deal. Read our tips to learn how to avoid travel scams such as phony offers for a free vacation or travel club memberships that don’t meet your expectation. Continue reading

Inaugural Outdoor Concert Announced Featuring Bruce Hornsby


Live on the Green announced their inaugural Live on the Green concert, featuring Bruce Hornsby, solo piano. Continue reading

Spartanburg Community College Honors Wall of Fame Inductees

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Spartanburg Community College (SCC) inducted five individuals to the SCC Wall of Fame for their distinguished service and contributions to the College. Continue reading

State Antler Records Down Slightly This Year


The most recent round of white-tailed deer antler measuring conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources revealed 222 new records, including one Boone and Crockett qualifier. Continue reading

Marriott, Chapman Center, The George Represent $110 Million Investment in Downtown Spartanburg


It’s tough to miss the three anchor developments in Downtown Spartanburg’s northernmost reaches. Continue reading

Boiling Springs Author David Burnworth Reads from his Debut Novel


Join Hub City Bookshop on July 24th at 6:00 pm for a reading by Boiling Spring author David Burnworth, author of the debut novel Southern Heat. Continue reading

Healthy Tip – You Say Tomato


You’ve heard of ditching salt to help lower your blood pressure. But what about bumping up your tomato intake? Continue reading

COLORS Annual Exhibition Opens at Spartanburg Art Museum


Coming of the heels of its 20th Anniversary, the Spartanburg Art Museum currently has over 50 vibrant works on exhibition created during this past school year by COLORS program participants, ages six through fourteen. Continue reading

South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Meets Sept. 24-25 in Upstate


The 2014 South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting will be held Sept. 24-25 in the Upstate and will feature a look at the prescribed burning and research going on in the mountains of Jocassee Gorges. Continue reading

Sign up for the Spartanburg City Newsletter

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Do you like being informed? When you’re out with friends in Downtown Spartanburg and someone asks about the Schuyler Building renovation, do you dream of sharing your insider knowledge and being dubbed “the smart one” in your group? Continue reading

BMW Group Breaks 1 Million Mark in First Six Months of Year


The BMW Group sold more than a million vehicles in the first half of 2014, more than ever before in the first six months of the year. Continue reading

Skin Cancer is the Most Common Cancer in the U.S.


Don’t become a statistic – in the United States skin cancer is the most common cancer with 1 in 5 Americans currently developing the disease. Continue reading

The Economic Power of Downtown Spartanburg — Part 1


How are things in Downtown Spartanburg? Booming. Continue reading

Book Signing for Sabine Klaus on July 15th

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Please join us at Hub City Bookshop for a book signing with Sabine Klaus, the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Curator of Brass Instruments and Professor of Music at the National Music Museum, University of South Dakota. Continue reading

6 Reasons Drinking Water Helps Solve Any Problem


Scientifically speaking, water is the basis of life, but beyond being essential to your very existence, water serves all sorts of purposes that help you feel your absolute best. Continue reading

Apply Online for Deer Lottery Hunts


The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will open applications for deer lottery hunts on public lands ending August 15. Continue reading

Keeping Up With Car Recalls


We rely on our cars to get us where we need to go safely. Vehicle recalls are in the news lately, and that may make you wonder whether your car is safe to drive. Continue reading

Local Artists to Showcase ‘Corners & Falls’ in Guild Exhibit

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Local artists Rick Rowland and John Ingle will exhibit their combined works — Corners & Falls — in the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center through July 28. Continue reading

BMW Group U.S. Reports June 2014 Sales


The BMW Group in the U.S. reported June sales of 35,577 vehicles, an increase of 5.7 percent from the 33,645 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Continue reading

Crooks Embrace Crowdfunding


For years, scammers have exploited people’s sympathy by setting up fake charities supposedly to help those in need, but these heartless crooks now have a new way to divert donations to their own pockets. Continue reading

Historical Retrospective of SC’s Peach Industry


South Carolina offers more than a “peachy” place for retirees and visitors to enjoy leisurely time strolling on the beaches and skiing on the mountain slopes. Continue reading

Garden Chores for July


If brown patch fungus disease has developed in the lawn, the best steps to reduce the spread of the disease are to avoid mowing or even walking on the lawn when it is wet, and do not irrigate. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed to Participate in the Summer Turkey Survey

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Annually, since 1982, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts a Summer Turkey Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of wild turkeys in South Carolina. Continue reading

Math Camp for Girls Aims to Narrow the Gender Gap


A group of high school girls were at Clemson University for a week to attend a new summer camp that aimed to boost their math skills and give them a better shot at landing some of the nation’s fastest-growing jobs. Continue reading

Anglers Can Help Contribute to the Collection of Red Snapper Data


The recreational fishery for red snapper will open for three weekends (8 fishing days) in July 2014. The first two weekends, July 11 – 13 and July 18 – 20, allow the harvest of fish Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but the last weekend, … Continue reading

Wofford Students Gaining Experience Through Internships


From as close as Wofford College’s admission office to as far away as India, China and England, with assignments as diverse as scientific, robotics and medical research to sports arena operations, banking, sales and marketing to volunteer services and caring for primates, more … Continue reading

Highlights: United Way of the Piedmont 77th Annual Meeting


United Way of the Piedmont recently held its 77th Annual Meeting at Chapman Cultural Center. This event highlights companies for their involvement in the community, recognizes volunteers for their contributions and serves as a business meeting to elect new board members. Continue reading

Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.


Every year, children die of hyperthermia, also known as heat stroke, while unattended in vehicles. The number of near-misses – children rescued before a fatality – is significantly higher. Continue reading

Chapman Brings Teachers Together to Add ‘Art/Design’ Into STEM Curriculum


While most of the country’s educators are rightly focused on ramping up the hard sciences in the classroom, another faction of educators is looking for ways to enhance the high tech teachings with creativity. Continue reading

Lightning Safety: Safe Shelters and Indoor Safety


As summer storms refresh long, hot days, it’s important to stay safe and out of harm’s way. Read on to brush up on lighning safety and ensure the well-being of you and your loved ones in the months ahead. Continue reading

10 Cheap & Effective Mosquito Bite Solutions


While mosquito repellants reduce the chance of a bite from our pesky friends, once the weather gets warmer you’re still pretty much guaranteed a mosquito bite or two. Once you’re bit, the scratching begins. Continue reading

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

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Federal health officials estimate that nearly 48 million people are sickened by food contaminated with harmful germs each year, and some of the causes might surprise you. Continue reading

Lash Group Plans York County National Headquarters; $57.3 Million Investment and 2,400 New Jobs Expected


The Lash Group, Inc., a healthcare service provider and subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, announced plans for a new national headquarters campus in York County to meet the company’s existing and future space needs and enhance service to patients on behalf of its clients. Continue reading

Giti Tire to Establish Chester County Manufacturing Plant; $560 Million Investment and 1,700 New Jobs Expected


Giti Tire, the 10th largest tire company in the world, will establish its first North American manufacturing facility in Chester County. The company plans to invest $560 million and create 1,700 new jobs over the next decade in order to meet the growing … Continue reading

Sherman College Expands Reach in China


True to its vision of “Adjusting the World for a Better Future,” Sherman College of Chiropractic is expanding its global reach and deepening its relationships with national and educational institutions in China. Continue reading

June 15 Deadline to Apply for 2014 Public Alligator Hunting, Special WMA Season


The deadline to apply for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) online applications for the 2014 Public Alligator Hunting season and the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Alligator Hunting Season is June 15. Continue reading

Biltmore’s Summertime Gardens Offer a Feast of Rich Colors and Scents


Something happens in the gardens at Biltmore during the summer. It’s as if every leaf, petal and blade of grass blends together into a living Monet painting. Continue reading

Artisan Centers Accepting New Artists


For the 15th year, Carolina Foothills Artisan Centers are accepting artists’ applications now through August 22, 2014. Continue reading

The Collingsworth Family at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium


On Saturday, May 31, two live concerts will be recorded the same evening! he first concert features THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY with full live band, original set design and special lighting effects! Continue reading

Glendale Outdoor Leadership School Summer Adventure Camp


The Glendale Outdoor Leadership School offers four sessions of day camps throughout the summer. Camps run from 9am to 5pm and are open to children ages 6 to 15. Continue reading

Summer Driving Tips for Safe Travel During The Holiday and Summer Months

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Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the summer vacation season. And, as warmer weather approaches, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to take the proper precautions before and while driving on the roadway. Continue reading

13 Best Grilling Tips


Warm weather (and even cold weather, for some hardy souls) inspires us to cook on the grill. Grilling adds a unique, smoky flavor to foods, and it’s a super-quick cooking method. Continue reading

Electrolux Investing Additional $30 Million in Anderson Coutny Refrigerator Facility


Electrolux is investing $30 million over the next two years in its Anderson, S.C. manufacturing facility, which provides top-freezer refrigerators as well as under-the-counter models. Continue reading

Older Americans Month 2014


Older Americans face many challenges, but few are more life changing than an injury from a fall. Every year in the United States, one out of every three adults over age 65 has a fall. Continue reading

Medac Inc. to Establish Headquarters in Aiken County; $12 Million Investment and 615 New Jobs Expected


Medac Inc., a provider of revenue cycle and practice management services and information products to anesthesia-related healthcare providers, plans to establish the company’s headquarters in Aiken County. Continue reading

Grilling Safety Tips


The Spartanburg Fire Departments remind residents that grilling is prohibited on decks of multi-family dwellings not protected by a sprinkler system. All citizens should review safe grilling practices. Continue reading

BMW Group Expands U.S. Plant in Spartanburg


The BMW Group is expanding capacity at its U.S. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Its Spartanburg workforce will increase to 8,800 and a total of one billion dollars will be invested into the plant by 2016. Continue reading

Music on Main on August 22nd

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Only 2 weeks left of our weekly outdoor concerts, located in downtown Spartanburg! This week our featured band is Vonna, playing the rockin’ blues. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor – Piedmont Natural Gas. The only street closure will be a small portion … Continue reading

AFL Takes Root with District Five Intermediate School Students

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In celebration of Arbor Day, AFL donated over 600 longleaf pine trees to District Five Intermediate School students in support of its Take Root Program. Continue reading

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines


Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Continue reading

General Machine of Anderson Expanding Manufacturing Operations; $800,000 Investment and 20 Expected New Jobs


General Machine of Anderson will expand its metalworking and manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The $800,000 investment is expected to generate at least 20 new jobs. Continue reading

Driving and Commuting

Driving and Commuting

Do you need a new vehicle to take the kids to school? Fuel economy ratings for new model-year cars are available in October. You have a choice to buy a vehicle that’s cleaner and more fuel efficient. Learn more by visiting EPA’s Green … Continue reading

Is Your Brain Hungry? Have Some Food for Thought!

Is Your Brain Hungry? Have Some Food for Thought!

Did you know that your brain is a very hungry organ? In fact it consumes 20% of all the oxygen you breathe and 25% of all the calories you eat. Here are a few tips to feed and water your hungry brain to … Continue reading

Celebrate and Support Your National Parks By Going Green

Celebrate and Support Your National Parks By Going Green

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is put to work funding programs that protect fragile ecosystems, maintain hundreds of miles of trails, and get children and teachers into parks. National Park Foundation grants are also helping the National … Continue reading

Three Foods That May Fend Off Diabetes


Eat more leafy greens. Choose fat-free yogurt. And add nuts and seeds to your diet. Each of these changes may help lower your risk of diabetes anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. Continue reading

January Interim Gives Wofford Students Chance for New Experiences

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The 2013 January Interim, which begins on Thursday, January 3, provides Wofford College students with a myriad of opportunities for non-traditional study, internships and travel.  Continue reading

Box It to Go! Food in Moderation is Okay

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Notice how large some portions are these days? Here’s a tip. Eat half now and box half to go. Continue reading

Using Pesticides Safely


Autumn is a time when pests such as insects and rodents may try to move indoors. Eliminate sources of food, water, and shelter to reduce your pest problems. View more tips. If you decide that the best solution to your pest problem is … Continue reading

Food Deserts Workshop Highlights a Growing Concern Across S.C.


Hundreds of thousands of people across South Carolina live in communities where access to supermarkets or large grocery stores is beyond reach. In agricultural terms, such areas are called “food deserts” – communities where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain. “For a … Continue reading

Don’t Give Away Your Identity


People put themselves at risk for Identity Theft everyday when using social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. Follow these steps to protect yourself when socializing online. Use the least amount of information when registering for the site. Create a … Continue reading

MAPAL Inc Locating New Facility in Upstate

MAPAL Inc Locating New Facility in Upstate

MAPAL Inc, a global leader and innovator in the tooling industry, announced that it will establish its new North American production facility in Greenville County. The $3 million investment is expected to generate more than 30 new jobs over the next three years. … Continue reading

8 Health Benefits of What’s in Season

8 Health Benefits of What's in Season

Asparagus: Not sure you like this green vegetable? After all the health benefits it can offer, it is a good food to keep in your diet. - 1. Can detoxify our system - 2. Has anti-aging functions - 3. Is considered an aphrodisiac … Continue reading

SC Plastics Locates in Upstate, Adds 119 Jobs

SC Plastics Locates in Upstate, Adds 119 Jobs

South Carolina Plastics LLC, a subsidiary of Carolina Technical Plastics Corporation, a maker of plastic automotive components, will establish a new facility in Greenville County. The $12 million investment is expected to generate 119 new jobs. “We are excited about moving forward with … Continue reading

Aerating Lawns Information

Aerating Lawns Information

When our clay based soil becomes compacted, it becomes difficult for grass roots to grow and for water and nutrients to penetrate it. This is especially true for lawns that receive a lot of traffic (kids, dogs, and even frequent mowing). Lawns will … Continue reading

Smart Upstate Looks at Transportation Across County Boundaries

Smart Upstate Looks at Transportation Across County Boundaries

In an effort to improve transportation connections across Greenville and Spartanburg, participants recently immersed themselves in a mapping session at CU-ICAR in Greenville. The event was a collaboration between Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS), Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG), Spartanburg Area Transportation … Continue reading

Upstate SC ASTD to Launch Training and Development Awards of Excellence

Upstate SC ASTD to Launch Training and Development Awards of Excellence

The Upstate South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development is launching the Training and Development Awards of Excellence competition to recognize accomplishments by an organization, business, or individual in the area of employee training and development. Award entries, written … Continue reading

Henry Molded Products Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Henry Molded Products Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Henry Molded Products Inc, a manufacturer of sustainable molded fiber protective packaging products, announced that it will expand its South Carolina operations in Anderson County. The more than $5 million investment is expected to generate 18 new jobs over the next five years. … Continue reading

Drive Automotive Industries of America Expanding Facility in Upstate

Drive Automotive Industries of America Expanding Facility in Upstate

The South Carolina Department of Commerce announced that Drive Automotive Industries of America will expand its existing facility in Greenville County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 60 new jobs. “We celebrate Drive Automotive’s decision to invest $50 million and create … Continue reading

3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, … Continue reading

Watson Engineering Inc. Expanding Operations in Anderson County

Watson Engineering Inc. Expanding Operations in Anderson County

Watson Engineering Inc., a supplier of construction, agriculture and automotive components, announced that it will expand its existing operations in Anderson County. The $6.37 million investment is expected to generate 85 new jobs. “Demand has increased for our company’s products and services, and … Continue reading

Experience a Unique Way of “Leaf Peeping” this fall by Visiting the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Experience a Unique Way of "Leaf Peeping" this fall by Visiting the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center, named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, will give “Leaf Peepers” a unique way to experience the fall season through seeing the leaves while whitewater rafting, hiking, taking train rides and zip line rides. Enjoy … Continue reading

Announcing Hub City’s New Open Door Critique Program

Announcing Hub City's New Open Door Critique Program

Since 1995, the Hub City Writers Project has been dedicated to nurturing writers in all stages of the writing process through workshops, contests, book publications, and gatherings in order to build a community of writers across Upstate South Carolina. Hub City continues this … Continue reading

Preparing for a Flood

Preparing for a Flood

With Isaac brewing in the gulf, a large amount of rain could be headed our way. Are you prepared for possible flooding? Not all floods are alike. Some floods build up gradually, while others can develop quickly in just a few minutes, causing … Continue reading

A.I.D. Company establishing new facility in Oconee County; 75 New Jobs Expected community news A.I.D. Company establishing new facility in Oconee County; 75 New Jobs Expected

A.I.D. Company, a business of RBC Bearings Inc. and a maker of aerospace components, announced plans to locate its new facilities in Oconee County. The $7 million investment is expected to generate 75 new jobs over the next five years. “We are excited … Continue reading

Lollis Metals Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Lollis Metals Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Lollis Metals Inc., a metal fabrication and machine shop, announced plans to expand its existing Anderson County operations. The $3 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs. “We’ve been in business here since 1980, and it’s exciting to once again expand … Continue reading

Genetec Global Technologies Expanding Operations in the Upstate; 160 New Jobs Expected


Genetec Global Technologies announced plans to further expand its presence in the Upstate by opening a new operation, Genetec Technology Automation, in Simpsonville. The $1.2 million investment is expected to generate 160 new jobs. “We are pleased to move forward with expansion plans … Continue reading

SEW-Eurodrive Inc. Expanding in Spartanburg County; 40 New Jobs Expected


SEW-Eurodrive Inc., a maker of industrial gear motors and electronics, announced that the company will expand its current operations in Spartanburg County. The $20 million investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs. “We are pleased to move forward with plans to further … Continue reading

Back to School: Pack a Zero-waste Lunch


Make zero-waste lunches this year: you could prevent 67 pounds of waste and save tons of money! Most parents pack lunch items in single-use plastic bags, aluminum foil, or wax paper, or they purchase single-serving items that come in their own disposable package. Continue reading

Tips For Avoiding Wildlife Conflicts In Your Backyard


Expect some undesirable critters and plants to make your backyard habitat their home, too. Animals such as garden snakes and moles are unpopular neighbors around the home but play their part in the balance of nature. Continue reading

Chimney Rock Park Offers Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun


For those looking for a invigorating, outdoors spot to spend the better part of a day away from their own particular brand of hustle and bustle, Chimney Rock Park might just be the place. With fall’s generally crisp and sunny days, the park … Continue reading

BMW Manufacturing Announces Study to Convert Landfill Gas to Hydrogen

BMW Manufacturing has announced the launch of the first phase of an integrated program of work with the intent to validate the economic and technical feasibility of converting landfill gas into hydrogen. If successful, the follow-up phases of the project will provide infrastructure … Continue reading Helps to Make Spartanburg Greener


Spartanburg has always been green. Late winter and spring rains in the foothills that embrace Spartanburg inevitably reawaken for another season the countless species of flowers, shrubs, and trees that have called Spartanburg “home” for centuries. Continue reading

A Tour of the Winery is a Great Addition to Biltmore Estate Visit


The most visited winery in the United States isn’t located in the Napa Valley. Perhaps a surprise to some, it is at the Biltmore Estate, quietly nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where fine food and wine, paired with … Continue reading

Take Steps to Prevent Heat Stress

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Many employees spend some part of their working day in a hot environment. Workers at construction projects, foundries, laundries and bakeries, among others, often face hot conditions that pose special hazards to safety and health. Continue reading

Treasured Waterfalls, Mountain Scenery the Reward of Scenic Drive through Gorge

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As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, many visitors to Western North Carolina find themselves drawn to any number of the region’s pristine waterfalls for the visual entertainment and cooling respite that they offer from the day’s heat. But some of … Continue reading

Legends and Geologic Facts Equally Intriguing at The Blowing Rock

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Legend has it that after a Chickasaw maiden’s warrior love had leapt from the Blowing Rock, she prayed daily to the Great Spirit to return her warrior beloved to her and was granted her wish when the brave was blown back up by … Continue reading