Sundays Unplugged at the Chapman Cultural Center


All museums and galleries open on Sundays. To add value to the experience, local musicians perform free mini-concerts from 2-4 p.m in the Singer-Songwriter Sundays series. Continue reading

Terrific Kids Announced


Students representing elementary schools from across Spartanburg County were recognized for their good character and citizenship at the Kiwanis Club’s 25th annual Terrific Kid of the Year luncheon. Continue reading

Sickle Cell Public Notice


Effective for service dates on or after May 1, 2014, SCDHHS will amend the Title XIX State Plan to add Sickle Cell Disease Management Services.  Continue reading

Tervo, Waters win Hub City-Emrys Prizes


The annual Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Prizes have been awarded to Andrew Waters in fiction and Irena Tervo in creative nonfiction. Continue reading

Immediate Care Center Opens on Westside

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Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System opens a second Immediate Care Center. The doors have opened to a new way for Westside residents to meet their routine and urgent healthcare needs. Continue reading

Specialty Crop Block Grant 2014


The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill is administered by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Continue reading

Gibb Named Dean of Mary Black School Of Nursing At USC Upstate


The University of South Carolina Upstate announces the appointment of Dr. Katharine Gibb as dean of the Mary Black School of Nursing. She will provide administrative leadership and oversight for all face to face and online programs across two campuses. Continue reading

DHEC to Issue Ozone Forecast


The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has begun issuing daily forecasts for ground-level ozone. Continue reading

Longtime Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Wins 2013 Environmental Awareness Award


Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton has been named winner of the 2013 South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award. Mr. Hamilton, who’s impressive voluntary wildlife conservation work spans over five decades, founded the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) in 1988. Continue reading

Spring Fling on May 2, 3, & 4


When Spring time arrives in Spartanburg, it can only mean one thing – it’s time for a FLING! Spartanburg Spring Fling, one of the Upstate’s largest outdoor street festivals, is always the first weekend in May. Continue reading

Moogfest 2014 is April 23 – 27


Moogfest is a five day festival located in Asheville, NC dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. Continue reading

Poetry Saturday on April 26


Poets and literary artists will convene to celebrate National Poetry Month at Chapman Cultural Center with workshops, readings, and poetry slams on Saturday, April 26. Continue reading

DHEC Seeks Public’s Help Tracking West Nile Virus


The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is seeking the public’s help in collecting dead birds to test for this season’s arrival of West Nile virus. Continue reading

City Council Approves 2014 Street Resurfacing Plan

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At their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council approved its annual street resurfacing plan for fiscal year 2014-2015. Continue reading

DNR Seeks Angler Support for Cobia Research


The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is seeking help from anglers targeting cobia to collect DNA samples of fish caught in 2014 for ongoing research projects. Continue reading

Music on Main Continues This Thurday


Music on Main is Downtown Spartanburg’s favorite after-work social gathering. The fun continues this Thursday at 5:30 pm at 175 West Main Street. 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

Celebrate National Park Week 2014 with Free Admission and Special Events


The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, announced that the nation’s 401 national parks will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27 with a free admission weekend and special events nationwide. Continue reading

Professor Jenny Johnson Honored for Teaching Excellence


Jenny Bem Johnson, assistant professor of accounting at Wofford College, is among 20 college professors from across the state recognized by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) consortium. Continue reading

DNR Offers Guidelines for Dealing with Bears


Biologists with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are reporting increased bear activity throughout the state, and they urge people to use common sense when encountering these fascinating animals. Continue reading

Leadercast Spartanburg on May 9th


Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast-Spartanburg. Continue reading

Moogfest 2014 Daily Lineup Announced


Moogfest, the five-day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art, science and music, which Mashable calls “No Ordinary Festival”, is happening the 23rd to the 27th of April. Continue reading

2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am Announces Celebrity Participants


Twenty-five celebrities will be in Greenville the week of May 12 for the 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, including 10 first-time participants. Continue reading

Earth Day Run on April 26th


Spring is right around the corner. It’s time to shed the jacket and gloves and bring out the singlet and sunscreen. Continue reading

Wofford Professor to be Inducted into SC Academy of Authors


John Lane, Wofford College professor, director of its Goodall Environmental Studies Center and acclaimed author, will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors on Saturday, April 26, at a ceremony at Furman University. Continue reading

2014 Hub city Farmers’ Market Spring Markets Announced


Please join us for our Spring Produce and Craft Markets, to be held on Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg every Saturday through April 26. Continue reading

Upstate Gets More Global Attention as 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am Gets First-Ever Primetime Golf Channel Broadcast


The Upstate of South Carolina will be showcased in primetime on the fastest growing cable television network. Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc. revealed that for the first time in the Tour event’s history, coverage of the 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX … Continue reading

Council Mulls Options for Community Development Block Grant Funding

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At a workshop held earlier this week, City Council considered options for how the City will allocate its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for fiscal year 2015. In a presentation to council, Community Services Director Mitch Kennedy said that while 70 percent … Continue reading

Spartanburg Soaring! Chuck Holmes’ Kite Exhibit


Spartanburg is soaring! In 2014, Chapman Cultural Center is spearheading a community-wide initiative to build civic pride, promote cross-generational active play, and increase cultural vibrancy. Continue reading

Precorp Inc. to Open New Facility, Expand Operations in Greenville County; $14.8 Million Investment and 29 New Jobs Expected


Precorp Inc., a provider of innovative machining solutions to the automotive and aerospace industries,  announced that it will expand operations by building a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Greer, South Carolina. Continue reading

BMW Group U.S. Reports March 2014 Sales


The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported March sales of 35,762 vehicles, an increase of 7.9 percent from the 33,149 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Continue reading

Garden Chores for April


Consider aerating the lawn with a core aerator as early as possible. This will allow spring rains to soak into the ground more readily. Continue reading

Copac Expands Spartanburg County Operations; $14.8 Million Investment and 32 New Jobs Expected


Copac Global Packaging, a leading provider of packaging services to domestic and global customers, announced the completion of its expansion at its Spartanburg County facility. The $14.8 million expansion is expected to create 32 new jobs. Continue reading

We Freakshow


Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center presents “We Freakshow,” an intriguing exhibit by Colombian-born sculptor Diana Farfan. Continue reading

Specialty Crop Block Grant 2014


The program is committed to help strengthen the market for specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Continue reading

Free Screenings for Uninsured Women


Hillcrest Memorial Hospital has been selected as a Best Chance Network site. This means uninsured women ages 40-64 who meet certain income guidelines can receive free clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears and mammograms. Continue reading

Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund donates $134,525 to DNR


During a recent S.C. Natural Resources Board meeting, the board formally accepted a monetary donation from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. This year’s donation was $134,525 and the total donated to DNR by the Hampton Fund over the years now stands at … 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

CRR Carbon Resources Recovery SC Opens a New Facility in Anderson; $20 Million Investment and 30 News Jobs Expected


CRR Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC, a manufacturer of recycled tire materials, is planning to locate its first North American facility in Anderson County. Continue reading

‘Still I Rise’ Exhibit at Wofford College


The beauty of women of color – both historic figures and everyday women – often is overlooked. Two Wofford College juniors have decided to change that, creating a photography exhibition. Continue reading

Warm Weather Brings out Driveway Scams


Warm weather is just around the corner, and seasonal driveway scammers are already at work. These hit-and-run crooks knock on doors, usually saying they just finished a job nearby and have leftover materials. Continue reading

Chinese Summer Program for Pre-College Students Offered


Spending part of your summer at Wofford College can get you all the way to China, without having to take the 24-hour flight there! Continue reading

Hollywild Animal Park Receives Allstate Grant

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Bears met Bull at Hollywild as Inman based Allstate agent Rockie Bull, longtime supporter of Hollywild Animal Park met the Park’s triplet Syrian Brown Bear Cubs born January 11, 2014. Continue reading

Village Hospital in Greer Has a New Name


Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced Monday morning that Village Hospital has a new name: Pelham Medical Center. Continue reading

Biltmore Blooms in the Blue Ridge Mountains


Running through May 23, 2014, Biltmore Blooms offers a variety of activities for all ages in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Flowers take center stage with lavish orchid displays and spring bulbs blooming in magnificent gardens designed at the turn of the century by … Continue reading

South Carolina to Honor 2014 Folk Heritage Award Winners


The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina announce Chris Boutwell and Anita Singleton-Prather as the 2014 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients. Continue reading

Inauguration of Wofford President Samhat set for April 25


Wofford College will install Dr. Nayef H. Samhat as president of the college during inauguration ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, on the lawn of Main Building. Continue reading

12th Strawberry Festival and Country Fair on May 3rd


Join the entire region in ushering in summer with the 12th Annual Strawberry Festival and Country Fair presented by The Bank of Travelers Rest. Continue reading

Wofford 8th on ‘Best Values in Private Colleges’ List

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Wofford College is eighth on Kiplinger magazine’s top 10 “best values in private colleges under $20,000,” based on net price after need- and merit-based aid to students.  Continue reading

The Writing Show Debuts in January


The Hub City Writers Project and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries team up for a brand new series of programs in 2014 about the business and craft of writing. Continue reading

Giving Blood Saves Lives

Give the gift of life – Donate blood!  The nation’s blood banks, represented by the American Red Cross, American Association of Blood Banks, and America’s Blood Centers, are asking for immediate blood donations to boost already low blood supplies. Continue reading

Laserflex Expanding Operations in Spartanburg County; $4 Million Investment and 20 New Jobs Expected

Laserflex, a precision metal fabricator, announced that it will expand its existing operations in Spartanburg County. The $4 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs. Continue reading

S.C. Arts Commission Calls for First Novel Prize Submissions

The South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press and The Humanities CouncilSC announce a call for submissions for the biennial South Carolina First Novel Prize. Guidelines, eligibilty requirements and the application are available online. The application deadline is March 3, 2014. Continue reading

Top 25 Tips to Good Tailgaiting

 Tailgating is as much a part of football as any other sports tradition, especially with college football. However, as the saying goes, “With great tailgating comes great responsibility.” 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

Cinco de Mayo Family Fiesta at the SC State Museum

Cinco de Mayo at the State Museum

It’s fiesta time! Join us at the State Museum the first weekend in May for our first Cinco de Mayo celebration! 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

Blowing Rock

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