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24th Annual Holiday Lights Safari Benefit

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014

The Holiday Lights Safari Benefit is an award-winning event and the most exciting seasonal attraction in the Upstate of South Carolina which runs nightly through January 3, 2015 (including all holidays).

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Kwanzaa Expo on December 27th

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014

The African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County presents Kwanzaa Expo 2014 on December 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Winter Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work.

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Holiday Lights Main Street Trolley Tour

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014

Come join us for a local holiday favorite! Board a decorated trolley and enjoy an evening touring local Christmas lights displays while sipping homemade hot chocolate and listening to your favorite Christmas music.

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Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the Doctor

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) disease. When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood. There is more than one type of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common.

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Lake Hartwell Fisheries Habitat Improvement Underway

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ first fisheries habitat improvement project on Lake Hartwell resulting from the Twelve Mile Creek PCB settlement is underway at Cherry Crossing cove adjacent to their Clemson office.

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Portucel, S.A. Establishing Operations in Greenwood County

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A. is investing $110 million to open a manufacturing facility in Greenwood, S.C. The investment is expected to create 70 new jobs.

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Get Tested

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

World AIDS Day was in December, and we would like to encourage everyone in to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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Spotlight on Deciduous Holly

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

Deciduous hollies go largely unnoticed and under-used because most of the year they are just ordinary shrubs.

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Spartanburg Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spartanburg, SC, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.

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Roots: Deep South Eats Announces Grand Opening

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Roots: Deep South Eats has announced their grand opening at 1071 Fernwood Glendale Road, Spartanburg. The restaurant celebrated their opening this week with an official ribbon cutting.

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December Garden Chores

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014

It’s cold outside, and the last thing you are thinking about is your lawn or garden. There are, however, some chores that need to be done in December.

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Christmas at Biltmore

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours are now running through Jan. 11, 2015.

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Skating on the Square

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014

After two seasons that saw more than 25,000 people take to the ice, everyone’s favorite winter attraction is back again, as Skating on the Square returns to Morgan Square in Downtown Spartanburg.

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All Aboard the Polar Express!

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole.

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2014 National Gingerbread House Competition

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The winners of the 2014 National Gingerbread House Competition have been decided. The entries will be on display at the Omni Grove Park Inn through January 1st, 2015.

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Introducing the 2014 Christmas at Biltmore Wine

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014

Biltmore announces the release of its annual Christmas at Biltmore Wine featuring label artwork designed by Swannanoa resident Terry Owensby, winner of Biltmore’s wine label design contest.

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Give Wisely When Giving to Charity

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014

We should be proud that so many people in our state give so much of their time and money to help others. South Carolinians contribute billions of dollars to charity each year, and volunteer countless hours in their communities.

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The Spartanburg Little Theatre Announces its 2014-2015 Season

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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.

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Music on Main on August 22nd

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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 …

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How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2013

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

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Driving and Commuting

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013

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 …

Is Your Brain Hungry? Have Some Food for Thought!

Is Your Brain Hungry? Have Some Food for Thought!

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013

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 …

Celebrate and Support Your National Parks By Going Green

Celebrate and Support Your National Parks By Going Green

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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 …

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Three Foods That May Fend Off Diabetes

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013

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.

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Using Pesticides Safely

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

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

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

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Don’t Give Away Your Identity

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

MAPAL Inc Locating New Facility in Upstate

MAPAL Inc Locating New Facility in Upstate

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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. …

8 Health Benefits of What's in Season

8 Health Benefits of What’s in Season

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

SC Plastics Locates in Upstate, Adds 119 Jobs

SC Plastics Locates in Upstate, Adds 119 Jobs

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

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Aerating Lawns Information

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

Smart Upstate Looks at Transportation Across County Boundaries

Smart Upstate Looks at Transportation Across County Boundaries

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

Upstate SC ASTD to Launch Training and Development Awards of Excellence

Upstate SC ASTD to Launch Training and Development Awards of Excellence

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

Henry Molded Products Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Henry Molded Products Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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. …

Drive Automotive Industries of America Expanding Facility in Upstate

Drive Automotive Industries of America Expanding Facility in Upstate

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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, …

Watson Engineering Inc. Expanding Operations in Anderson County

Watson Engineering Inc. Expanding Operations in Anderson County

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

Announcing Hub City's New Open Door Critique Program

Announcing Hub City’s New Open Door Critique Program

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

Preparing for a Flood

Preparing for a Flood

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

Lollis Metals Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Lollis Metals Inc. Expanding in Anderson County

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

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

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

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 …

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Back to School: Pack a Zero-waste Lunch

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2012

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.

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Tips For Avoiding Wildlife Conflicts In Your Backyard

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2012

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.

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Chimney Rock Park Offers Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

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 …

BMW Manufacturing Announces Study to Convert Landfill Gas to Hydrogen

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

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 …

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Spartanburg.com Helps to Make Spartanburg Greener

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

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.

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

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

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 …

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Take Steps to Prevent Heat Stress

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

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.

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Legends and Geologic Facts Equally Intriguing at The Blowing Rock

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

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 …