2014 Moonshiners Reunion & Mtn. Music Festival

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Dedicated to keeping the moonshining spirit alive, the Moonshiner’s Reunion and Mountain Music Festival is one of the Appalachian region’s most authentic annual folk music celebrations. Continue reading

Fingerpicking Style Guitarist Rohn Jewell Performs on October 5

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Chapman Cultural Center is Spartanburg’s premier location for casual and cultural entertainment on Sunday afternoons. Continue reading

Researchers get $5.25M to Advance Nuclear Technologies in S. Carolina

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A team of environmental scientists and engineers from Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University was awarded the three-year, $5.25 million grant. Continue reading

The Origins of Halloween

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Each year on October 31st, as the ghosts and goblins of Halloween parade the streets and doorsteps of our neighborhoods, we re-enact remnants of ancient folk customs that pay homage to departed ancestors as well as to the souls of our loved ones … Continue reading

Turning Point: The American Revolution in the Spartan District

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Turning Point: The American Revolution in the Spartan District will be available for purchase on October 2nd. Author Katherine Cann is a Professor of History and Chair of the Social Science Department at Spartanburg Methodist College. Continue reading

AFL Presents $22,000 in Community Outreach Grants to Local Nonprofit Organizations

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AFL, a leading global fiber optics manufacturer and service provider, presented $22,000 in community outreach grants to four nonprofit organizations in the upstate. Continue reading

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

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While you were playing in the hot sun during summer the trees on the streets, in the parks, and in the forests were working hard to keep you cool. Continue reading

Wofford College Receives $100,000 Mellon Grant

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Wofford College will use a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to enhance learning in the general education curriculum through a renewed emphasis on writing and by further integrating information literacy, undergraduate research, electronic portfolios and the digital humanities. Continue reading

Two Local Women to be Honored by Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands

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The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands has just announced the names of the two women to be recognized at its second annual Boots & Pearls Women of Distinction Event. Continue reading

Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?

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It’s fall and thoughts turn to pumpkin pie and to Halloween jack-o-lanterns. But, can you use a pumpkin for BOTH a jack-o-lantern AND for eating? Continue reading

Spartanburg School District Seven Selected to Join the Nation’s League of Innovative Schools

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Spartanburg School District Seven has been named one of 11 new members accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, by Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education. Continue reading

Field Trips to the Park!

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Have you taken a field trip to a national park? Many students will participate in the National Park Foundation’s Ticket to Ride program this year. Continue reading

How Seven ‘Class A’ Office Buildings Changed the Downtown Spartanburg

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If you’ve been following our series on the Economic Power of Downtown Spartanburg so far, you might recall that our very first podcast in the series covered jobs, specifically the huge number of people who work in or near Downtown and what those … Continue reading

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips

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Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. Continue reading

Individual Artist Fellowship Applications Due November 1st

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South Carolina artists working in visual arts, craft, music composition and music performance may apply for a 2015-2016 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters and Homeowners

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Renting housing from a landlord or even owning a home can be an expensive ordeal. And without taking energy efficiency precautions, your utility bills can make paying rent or a mortgage even worse. Continue reading

Festifall at Walnut Grove Plantation October 4 – 5

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Walnut Grove Plantation comes to life the first weekend in October as over 200 re-enactors, storytellers and artisans transform the 1765 homestead into a living colonial village. Continue reading

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners

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Two bee colonies are the ideal number for a beginning apiarist. Expand in a couple of years after your experience and confidence grow. Continue reading

Mental Fitness Opens NOURISH at Chapman Cultural Center

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Mental Fitness Inc., a Spartanburg nonprofit, announces the opening of NOURISH at Chapman Cultural Center. The agency develops innovative creative- and performing-arts programs that build resilience. Continue reading

11 Facts About Recycling

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

Greer Christmas Parade to Benefit Greer Relief

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Mark your calendar for the 2014 Greer Christmas Parade, Sunday December 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM; parade line up starts at 1:30 pm. Continue reading

Spend the Weekend Outside on the Hub City Geotrail

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Here in the City of Spartanburg, we’re all about getting our residents and visitors outside to enjoy all our beautiful city has to offer. Continue reading

ACI Plastics Expanding Manufacturing Operations into Oconee County

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Thermoplastics processor and recycler ACI Plastics, Inc. is expanding its manufacturing operations into Oconee County. The company’s $4.1 million investment is expected to create 25 new jobs. Continue reading

2015 Grassroots Leadership Development Institute Applications Being Accepted

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The Spartanburg County Foundation is currently recruiting for the 2015 Grassroots Leadership Development Institute. Continue reading

Late-season Migratory Bird Regulations Set

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The S.C. Natural Resources Board recently approved the 2014-2015 late migratory bird seasons and regulations from a framework set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Continue reading

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Recognizing a Thriving Community

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Running from September 15 to October 15 each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month serves to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Continue reading

Spartanburg Art Museum Receives National Support from the American Alliance of Museums

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This fall, Spartanburg Art Museum will take part in the Museum Assessment Program created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Continue reading

“Downton Abbey” Costumes on View at Biltmore through May 2015

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Biltmore’s exhibition “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” will continue to be on display through May 25, 2015. 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

City Introduces ‘HeySpartanburg!’ Citizen Request Mobile App

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Spartanburg.com Helps to Make Spartanburg Greener

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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

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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