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District 5 approves $85.7 million budget, includes $545,000 for safety and security improvements

The Spartanburg District Five Schools Board of Trustees has unanimously approved an $85.7 million budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. That’s a 5.3 percent increase over the previous year and is the 9th consecutive year no millage increase for the general operating side of the budget. Enrollment growth will result in an increase in the district’s...

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How to avoid estate planning mistakes

By Christopher Miller, Esq. When it comes to your to-do list, is estate planning in the top 10? Top 20? Is it on there at all? Estate planning is easy to put off, but there are numerous reasons why you shouldn’t. This list encompasses some of top mistakes that estate planners see in practice.  I...

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Artistic endeavors and peace of mind

Dear Dave, I’m retired, and in the past few years I’ve taken up painting. This hobby has begun bringing in more money than I expected. I was wondering at what point I should start thinking about separating my art money from my personal finances, and look at officially starting a little business. Pat Dear Pat,...

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Senator International and GSP increasing cargo flights to 8-10 per week

Evidently the sky isn’t the limit for the ultra-modern, fast-paced passenger and cargo service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Last week’s news of Frontier Airlines adding four non-stop cities to GSP is already old news to Monday’s announcement that Senator International and GSP are increasing cargo flights to 8-10 per week. That’s an additional roundup flight...

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Starbucks is raising the price of brewed coffee, as much as 20 cents

Starbucks is raising the price of brewed coffee by as much as 20 cents at most company operated stores. Espresso and specialty drinks remain unchanged, according to published reports. A basic cup of coffee will likely be more than $2. The company said a majority of its stores are selling a tall brewed coffee for...

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Mary Ann Hyman, 85

Mary Ann Hyman Inman Mary Ann Nix Hyman, 85, passed away on June 25, 2018. A native of Greer, daughter of the late Crawford Henry and Suni Kelly Nix, she was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons, Stephen Hyman (Sandra Wyatt) of Cowpens, Robert Crawford (Patricia Egan) of Wakefield, MA...

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Jobs: Verizon open house for 50 sales positions

Verizon Wireless is hosting an open house to fill 50 inside sales positions at its telesales center in Greenville. The jobs are part of the company’s ongoing expansion efforts and investment in the Upstate. Who: Verizon Wireless recruiters, Job applicants When: Wednesday, June 27. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (drop-in)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where: Aloft Greenville Downtown 5 N. Laurens...

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Brannon, 100, survived by 42 offspring

Polly B. Brannon Greer Pauline “Polly” Edna Brewton Brannon, 100, widow of Joseph H. Brannon, passed away June 22, 2018. A native of Greer, SC, a daughter of the late John L. and Nancy Freeman Brewton, she was a retired employee of Homelite and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Sonja...

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Strip Club 104 Friday lunch too successful to continue

The ultra successful Friday lunch only featuring gourmet hamburgers at The Strip Club 104 is over. The restaurant will continue its regular evening dinner hours. Jason Clark’s concept that was arguably one of a kind in the state, had lines that snaked around from its 104 East Poinsett Street location to near main street –...

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Please don’t meet us by accident this summer

BY T.J. MACK, BSN, RN, CEN “Courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System” Summer arrives is here and with it comes warmer weather. As a consequence, we as a trauma family tend to see more injuries related to personal recreational vehicles – dirt bikes, ATVs, golf carts and personal watercraft. Many of the injuries we see...