Free Concert by Indie Folk Rock Band Barleycove on August 24th


Singer-Songwriter Concerts are held every Sunday, 2-4 p.m., with genres and artists varying week-to-week. Local band Barleycove will provide this weekend’s free concert. Continue reading

Spartanburg’s First Micro-distillery, Motte & Sons Bootlegging, Opens Its Doors


The micro-distillery movement has officially made its way to Downtown Spartanburg, as 2013 Main Street Challenge winner Motte & Sons Bootlegging opened for business at 220 E Daniel Morgan Ave. Continue reading

#1Spark! to Bring Together Spartanburg Artists and Entrepreneurs

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#1Spark! is a festival of ideas, bringing together two of the most important creative forces in our community, businesses and the arts on September 6th. Continue reading

The Spartanburg Little Theatre Announces its 2014-2015 Season

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The Spartanburg Little Theatre is excited to announce its upcoming 2014-2015 season, featuring five exciting productions that represent the very best in live local entertainment, with season subscription packages offering big discounts on individual tickets. Continue reading

DNR Asks Public to Report Sightings of Banded Wood Storks


During 2014, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) banded 100 wood stork chicks with field-readable bands. The bands used in South Carolina are orange with black numbers. Continue reading

Make Sure Vaccinations Are on Your Back to School To-Do List


August not only marks the beginning of school in South Carolina, but it is also recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month. Continue reading

Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC Establishing R&D Operations in Upstate; 34 New Jobs Expected


Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, an organization dedicated to developing and delivering effective pharmaceutical solutions to various muscular dystrophies (MDs) and metastatic cancers, is establishing research and development operations in Greenville County. Continue reading

Deadline Approaching for Community Grants from Chapman Cultural Center

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The deadline to apply for a quarterly Community Grant from Chapman Cultural Center is this Friday, Aug. 22. Continue reading

Don’t Be Guilty of Falling For a Jury Duty Scam


Serving on a jury is one of our most important responsibilities as citizens, but scammers try to use jury duty to steal from the innocent. Continue reading

Viva Recycling of South Carolina to Establish Anderson County Operations; $6.9 Million Investment and 14 New Jobs Expected


Viva Recycling of South Carolina, a tire recycler and rubber manufacturer, announced its decision to establish a new facility in Anderson County. Continue reading

15-Year-Old Guitar Virtuoso to Open for Bruce Hornsby


Live on the Green announced that 15-year-old blues guitarist, Quinn Sullivan, will open the inaugural Live on the Green concert featuring Bruce Hornsby, solo piano. Continue reading

EPA Awards $500,00 for Clean up of Contaminated Brownfields Sites


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $500,000 in supplemental funding to help the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control clean up contaminated Brownfields properties in South Carolina. Continue reading

Media Reports Highlight Spartanburg’s Selection for ‘Way to Wellville’ Challenge

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Spartanburg is on the “Way to Wellville” after the announcment yesterday that our city was chosen from among 42 communites to be one of five to participate in a five-year challenge to improve five measures of health and economic vitality. Continue reading

August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month

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Deer season is gearing up for a new year and that’s why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is partnering with other resources agencies and stakeholders around the nation to note that August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month. Continue reading

Spartanburg Selected for Five-Year Way to Wellville Challenge

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After a nationwide search that drew 42 applications from 26 states, Spartanburg, S.C., has been selected as one of five communities to participate in the five-year Way to Wellville challenge. Continue reading

Exploring the Dark Corner with Dean Campbell on August 27


Join Spartanburg County Historical Association and local exploration company Explore Up Close for a fun and informative trip to SC’s legendary Dark Corner. Continue reading

Enor Corp. to Establish Toy Manufacturing Plant in Fairfield County; 151 New Jobs Expected


Enor, a family-owned manufacturer of plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. Continue reading

11 Facts About Recycling


The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per 11 year. Continue reading

Volunteer Instructors Sought for New Family Fishing Clinics


Experienced anglers are sought by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section to volunteer for a new family fishing instruction program. Continue reading

Rick Mulkey’s Poetry Collection to Launch with Spartanburg Reading

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Poet Rick Mulkey, director of the Converse College Creative Writing MFA program, along with his literary friends, will read from his newest collection of poems at Hub City Bookshop. The launch event will take place Thursday, Aug. 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Continue reading

It’s Hydrangea Time!


August is a great time to visit local retail nurseries and garden centers to see the many new varieties of Hydrangeas that are on the market and a good time to make plans for new garden additions. Continue reading

NY Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe to Headline SMC’s 2014 Convocation


Spartanburg Methodist College will mark the official start of the 2014-2015 academic year with its annual convocation ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday September 10. Continue reading

Upstate National Hunting and Fishing Day Set for Sept. 20


Duke Energy’s World of Energy near Seneca will host the eighth annual Upstate National Hunting and Fishing Day, “An Outdoor Family Adventure,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Continue reading

New and Renovated Residential Units Add to Economic Power of Downtown


So far in this series on the economic power of Downtown Spartanburg, we’ve talked about a lot of the great things about our city’s core that otherwise might fly a little under the radar at times. Continue reading

Recycling Bras


Back in the day, undergarments were often called “unmentionables” in polite company. Continue reading

Bosch Security Systems to Open New Distribution Center in Spartanburg County; 50 New Jobs Expected


Bosch Security Systems, a leading global supplier of security, safety and communications products, solutions and services, plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County. Continue reading

Call for Entrepreneurs, Artists, and Inventors

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Chapman Cultural Center is calling all creative and entrepreneurial people to attend its #1Spark! festival Saturday, Sept. 6, in downtown Spartanburg. Continue reading

Deer Hunts for Mobility Impaired Hunters to be Held in Upstate


Mobility impaired hunters will again be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate. Continue reading

How Easy is it to Use ‘HeySpartanburg!’?


Earlier last week, HeySpartanburg! was launched, a smartphone app that allows city residents to submit requests for service quickly and easily. Continue reading

BMW Group U.S. Reports July 2014 Sales


The BMW Group in the U.S. reported July sales of 32,220 vehicles, an increase of 7.4 percent from the 29,993 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Continue reading

Eat These, Weigh Less


Maybe they’re called “magical fruit” in children’s rhymes for a reason . . . Continue reading

A Conversation with Spartanburg Medical Center President Phil Feisal


It’s been an incredibly important part of our community for over 90 years, and recently Spartanburg Medical Center was named the number one hospital in South Carolina. Continue reading

Too Much Zucchini & Summer Squash?


Have you run out of ways to prepare the abundance of summer squash? Try freezing it to use later in the year. Continue reading

How to Run a Family Business Seminar


Running a family business presents unique challenges that can directly affect the financial strength and longevity of the enterprise as well as strain or even sever the relationships of the relatives involved. Continue reading

Most Americans Are Not Saving Enough for Retirement


Until recently, the overall savings rate has been falling for more than 20 years. The truth is, even if they don’t know it, most people simply aren’t saving enough for retirement. Continue reading

City Introduces ‘HeySpartanburg!’ Citizen Request Mobile App


City of Spartanburg citizens have a new, free, easy-to-use digital product they can use to report issues and ask for help. HeySpartanburg! is now available via the City’s website or through the iTunes and Android stores for your mobile devices. Continue reading

Do You Always Use Your Turn Signal?


Forget distracted driving. A new study says there’s a far more serious problem that’s responsible for as many as 2 million accidents annually. Continue reading

Get in Gear for the New School Year: Back-to-School Tips


It’s almost that time of year again. Yes, in a few weeks school will be back in session. Is your child ready to succeed? Are you ready to help? Continue reading

$2.3 Million in Planned Streetscaping to Increase Connectivity in Downtown

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So far in this series exploring the economic power of Downtown Spartanburg, we’ve talked about the economic importance of the area around Morgan Square, and spent some time discussing the large investments that have transformed one section of our city’s downtown. Continue reading

Casey Patrick is the New Writers House Resident


Casey Patrick, who will join Hub City as writer-in-residence in mid-September, grew up outside of Philadelphia and has lived in western Illinois, the Inland Northwest, and Minneapolis, where she currently resides. 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

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

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

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

Artisan Centers Accepting New Artists


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

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