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SOUTH CAROLINAS PREMIER WEEKLY


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA VOL. 103 NO. 48 75 CENTS

Greer Council
approves road
paving list
BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER

FILE PHOTO | THE GREER CITIZEN

Santa returns to Greer City Park this Friday as the City of Greer gets set to host a wide range of holiday festivities,
including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

CHIEF REYNOLDS SELECTED


AS GRAND MARSHAL
For Greer
Christmas Parade

WEEKEND FESTIVITIES
THURSDAY

Vintage Christmas Market

FRIDAY

BY BILLY CANNADA
EDITOR
Former Greer Fire Chief Dan Reynolds will serve as the Grand Marshal
for the 2016 Greer Christmas Parade, hosted by Greer Relief.
Reynolds will lead the parade
through downtown on Sunday Dec.
4, at 2:30 p.m. The lineup, which
will be announced Friday, will travel
from The Clock down W. Poinsett
Street to N. Main Street.
The 2016 Greer Christmas Parade
A Vintage Christmas will feature
more than 75 parade units including
numerous businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, schools, dignitaries, and two marching bands in the
parade lineup, which will be fully announced on Friday. Santa Claus will
be the featured guest of the parade.

Crafts, inflatables, etc.


Tree Lighting Ceremony
Vintage Christmas Market

SATURDAY

Breakfast with Santa


Vintage Christmas Market

SUNDAY

Greer Christmas Parade

10 a.m.-8 p.m.
5-7 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
SOLD OUT
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
2:30 p.m.

Judging the event will be Greer


Relief Board of Directors President
Scott Harke; Leadership Greer representative Jennifer Polson from BNC
and Cory Culp from AFL.
The parade is held in conjunction
with a weekend of activities organized by the City of Greer.
Greer Pediatric Dental Care is
sponsoring activities that will get

the weekend underway on Friday at


Greer City Park. From 5-7 p.m. local
residents can enjoy holiday craft
stations, inflatables fun and make
Smores to benefit Greer Relief. Holiday entertainment at the Greer City
Park Amphitheater will continue
until 7:15 p.m., when Santa arrives
to help Mayor Rick Danner light the
city tree at the entrance to the park.
Tickets for Saturdays three sessions of Breakfast with Santa sold
out in just one hour on Nov. 7. Each
one-hour session includes breakfast,
activities for kids, and a visit with
Santa. A professional photographer
will be on site and personal still and
video cameras are permitted.
Christmas shoppers will have
several opportunities to browse for
gifts during Greer Stations Vintage
Christmas, which runs from Dec. 13.
This indoor event will be held at
Grace Hall, 108 Trade Street, benefiting Saved by the Heart, a local animal rescue serving Greer.

Greer City Council approved the 2017 road


paving lists for Greenville
County and Spartanburg
County at its monthly
meeting last week.
The updates should impact Sunnyside, Riverdale,
Drummond Village, among
other communities.
Council also recognized
18 employees for various
milestones in service. Two
firefighters and four police officers were honored

Greers Richard and


Stephanie Russell opened
the doors of Madi Boutique last month, joining
Lowes Foods as one of the
many new businesses near
Riverside High School.
Were excited for the
opportunity here in Greer,
Richard Russell said during the ribbon cutting on
Nov. 22.
Madi Boutique is a ladies apparel and gifts
boutique.

INDEX
CLASSIFIEDS
COMMUNITY NEWS
CRIME
ENTERTAINMENT
OBITUARIES
OPINION
SPORTS
WEATHER

|
B3
A2
A5
B5
A6
A4
B1-2
A6

We started Madi because we saw a lot of the


people that we knew in
the community here in going to Greenville, going to
Charlotte, going to Atlanta to buy the things that
they wanted to get, Russell said. Stephanie has a
background being a buyer
for Bloomingdale and Dillards before we moved
here to Greenville.
We knew that we could
be successful, Russell
continued.
When
we
found out that Lowes was
SEE MADI | A6

DEATHS
Ronald Wallace Brown, 71
Kelvin Thomas Taylor, 48

2017 PAVING LIST


GREENVILLE COUNTY

Street
Boundaries
Duke St.
Lake Ave. to Pennsylvania
Snow St.
Poplar St. to S. Main St.
Virginia Ave.
Sumter St. to Parker St.
Marchant St.
S. Line St. to Trade St.
Village Court
Village Dr. to cul-de-sac
Harris Dr.
Pleasant Dr. to Leona Dr.
Leona Dr.
Pinecrest Dr. to Pleasant Dr.
Pinecrest Dr.
Harris St. to Leona Dr.
Pelham St.
Snow St. to S. Main St.
Donaldson Ave.
S. Main St. to Johnson Ave.
Johnson Ave.
S. Main St. to Donaldson Ave.
Meadow Springs Ln. Brushy Meadows Dr.
to Henderson Gap Road

Est. Cost
$32,800
$36,700
$94,700
$44,800
$25,700
$75,800
$51,400
$62,300
$57,800
$44,500
$55,600
$106,700

SPARTANBURG COUNTY

Street
Kirby St.
Gilbert St.
King St.
Elmer St.
Elmer St.
Greenleaf Dr.
Woodhaven Dr.
Kirby St.
Barnett St.
Clearview Cir.

Yamasee Ct.
Lemon Creek Dr.

Boundaries
Est. Cost
Hampton Rd. to King St.
$17,800
Ward St. to the end
$9,400
Sunnyside Dr. to Turner St.
$16,900
Hampton Rd. to near Lorla
$44,000
Near Lorla to Greenleaf Dr.
$88,000
Elmer St. to Woodhaven
$44,500
Greenleaf Dr. to Elmer St.
$57,800
King St. to Lorla St.
$17,800
Hwy. 101 to the end
$12,500
Wade Hampton
$74,700
to Hawkesberry Dr.
Lemon Creek Dr. to cul-de-sac
$18,400
Gap Creek Rd. to Hawkesberry Dr. $170,000

Source: City of Greer. Roads listed by priority.

Madi opens
near Riverside
BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER

for having served 20 years


each.
Those officials include
Dale Arterburn, Scott
Broome, Mixon Eldridge
and Marcus OShields, who
serve in the police department, and John Polson and
Todd Wilson who serve
with Greer fire.
Glenn Pace has served
in the building and development standards department for 15 years,
while Trey Lister and
Carlos Cores-Arias have
each served in the fire
SEE COUNCIL | A6

CPW
issues
credits
BY BILLY CANNADA
EDITOR

KAELYN PFENNING | THE GREER CITIZEN

Members of the Greer Chamber of Commerce recently helped Richard and Stephanie
Russell cut the ribbon on Madi Boutique, which is now open in Greer.

SPORTS
MOVING ON

North Greenville
advances in DII
tournament

B1

The Greer Commission


of Public Works (CPW) is
crediting 3,500 residential customers for charges
they incurred in October.
Several years ago, CPW
Commissioners and management changed monthly
sewer cap of 12,000 gallons
to 8,000 gallons per month
during the months of
SEE CREDITS | A6

TO SUBSCRIBE TO
THE GREER CITIZEN,
CALL US TODAY AT 877-2076

COMMUNITY

A2 THE GREER CITIZEN

COMMUNITY
NEWS

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
OPEN HOUSE ON DEC. 1

Greenville Technical Colleges Pharmacy Technician program is hosting an


Open House at 6 p.m. on
Thursday, Dec. 1 for those
considering a career in the
profession at the Benson
Campus, 2522 Locust Hill
Road in Taylors.
This is an opportunity
to speak to faculty one-onone about GTCs diploma
and certificate program
options, see the classroom
and pharmacy lab, and
learn more about employment opportunities.
For more information,
call 250-3073 or visit gvltec.edu/pharmtech. RSVP
at https://pharmtech-gtc.
eventbrite.com.

PARADE FOR DUNCAN,


LYMAN & WELLFORD

The Christmas Parade


will be held on Saturday,
Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. with line
up starting at 9 a.m. at Immanuel Methodist Church
on Main Street, Wellford.
Anyone wishing to participate may call Wellford
City Hall at 439-4875.

GREER CHRISTMAS PARADE


COMING SUNDAY, DEC. 4

This years parade is


Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30
p.m. with parade line-up
starting at 1:15 p.m. This
years theme is A Vintage
Christmas.
Residents are encouraged to decorate entries to
reflect their vision during
the holiday season.
The Greer Christmas Parade route is 1.1 miles, beginning at Poinsett Street
and Memorial Drive and
ending at N. Main Street
and Cunningham Drive.
The proceeds benefit
Greer Relief, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the Greater
Greer area.
Two awards will be given this year: Best Float and
Best Walking Entry.

CHURCH
NEWS
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
GREENVILLE HOSTS EVENT

On Sunday, Dec. 4, First


Presbyterian Church in
downtown Greenville will
host Christmas@First, a
concert for the Greenville
community at 6:30 p.m. in
the churchs sanctuary.
The concert will feature
soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, the New
York City Opera, and regional favorites; a full orchestra, including members of the South Carolina
Philharmonic, Greenville
Symphony, and Alabama
Symphony; and First Presbyterian Churchs childrens, youth, and adult
choirsnumbering over
200 vocalists and musicians. Musical numbers
will include both the secular and the sacred. Admission is free and open to
the public.
The concert will be directed by First Presbyterians Music & Worship Arts
Director, Rev. Tom Barrett, who joined the staff
in August. He is a graduate of the Julliard School
in New York and was a
professional singer from
19902006.
For more information,
visit FirstPresGreenville.
org or contact Rev. Tom
Barrett at 235-0496 or
tbarrett@firstpresgreenville.org.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Call before you dig

GCSO CONTINUES
DONT SHAVE DECEMBER

The Greenville County


Sheriffs Office raised over
$5,700 for the Special
Olympics of South Carolina through No-Shave November.
Due to the reception of
the idea, the GCSO is going to continue with Dont
Shave December, introducing a contest for the Best
Facial Hair.
All of the funds will continue to go towards the
Special Olympics.
To donate through the
GCSO, send a check and
make it payable to: Special
Olympics South Carolina.
Address to: Greenville
County Sheriffs Office,
ATTN: Major Dave Williams, 4 McGee St., Greenville, SC 29601.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

To the editor,

PRESTON BURCH | THE GREER CITIZEN

Early shoppers
Local residents got a jump on their holiday shopping on
Black Friday, flocking to Belk in Greer for savings.
Blue Ridge and Greer
High School bands are
scheduled;
additional
bands are possible.
The parade emcee will
acknowledge official parade sponsors the day of
the parade.
Additionally, sponsors
names will appear on the
Greer Christmas parade
website.
For more information,
email at events@greerrelief.org or call 848-5356.

WALKING IN THE SHOES


OF A DYSLEXIC

Camperdown Academy
and the South Carolina
Branch of the IDA present Walking in the Shoes
of a Dyslexic, a Dyslexia
simulation, with Heidi
Bishop,
Fellow/AOGPE,
President/SCBIDA, at 6:30
p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in
Camperdown Academys
Big Room, located at 501
Howell Road, Greenville.
This event is free and
open to the public.
This simulation is designed to show residents
how it feels to have a
learning difference.
Anyone interested in
attending is to RSVP to
Kate Franch at 244-8899
or kfranch@camperdown.
org. Seating is limited.

CHRISTMAS PARTY
AT CSB ON DEC. 8

The Childrens Security


Blankets special Christmas party will be held on
Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m.
at the Hangar, First Baptist
Church of Spartanburgs
student complex.
Santa and his elves will
be on hand to greet the
guests of honor and volunteers will treat the families like royalty.
To learn more about The
Childrens Security Blanket organization or to donate, contact Laura Allen,
CSB Executive Director,
at Laura@childrenssecurityblanket.org or 615-4172151.

HOLIDAY LIGHT CONTEST


BY GREER CPW

Active residential Greer


CPW electric customers

APALACHE GOLDEN
HEARTS SET EVENTS

The
annual
Golden
Hearts Christmas trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will
be from 12/5-12/8 (three
nights and four days, stay-

are invited to submit paper applications by Dec. 9.


Applications may be
dropped off at the Greer
CPW office, faxed to 9682161 or emailed to HolidayLights@GreerCPW.
com.
Judging will be performed the week of Dec.
12 between the hours of
6 and 8 p.m. Winning categories will be the following: Overall Theme, LED
Only, and Facebook Fan
Favorite.
Each category winner
will receive a check for
$100.
A picture of each applicant will be posted on our
Facebook page the week of
judging.
Each winner will be notified by Dec. 20.
official rules, visit www.
GreerCPW.com.

THE NUTCRACKER SHOW


AT BYRNES ON DEC. 10

This year, for the third


annual holiday performance, The Nutcracker
Show, the Greer Childrens Theater of the Greer
Cultural Arts Center is collaborating with the Southern Dance Connection and
South Pointe Ballet, which
are both part of the Southern Dance Connection Performing Arts Center.
In addition, students
from the Bonds Career
Center will be the stagemakeup artists for the
night.
The hour-long show,
open to the community for
$12, is at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10
at the District 5 Fine Arts
Center on the Byrnes High
School campus in Duncan.

SANTA IN THE LOBBY


AT GREER CPW

Join Greer Commission


of Public Works (CPW) as
they celebrate the holiday
season with Santa in the
Lobby from noon to 5
p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.
Customers and their
children are invited to
enjoy free snacks, photos
with Santa and a goodie
bag.
Greer CPW is located at
301 McCall St, Greer.

ing at The Clarion Inn). The


group plan to attend two
shows: Country Tonite,
and Smokey Mountain
Opry. The seniors will be
treated to meals at Cracker Barrel, Apple Barn Grill,

With a cool, crisp feeling in the air, many people


may not think of December as the time to start
planting shrubs and trees,
but according to the South
Carolina Forestry Commission, December - mid
March is the best time for
planting in our region.
The first Friday in December in South Carolina
is observed each year as
Arbor Day.
By all means, dig out
your shovels, unleash
your green thumb and add
a little value to your home
but first, call 8-1-1 before
you dig!
In 2016, Greer CPW has
responded to 47 gas, 12

water and 5 electric line


damage calls to repair underground utility lines that
were not located prior to a
construction project.
Not only is repairing
utility lines time consuming for employees and
frustrating for neighbors
without utilities, but not
calling before you dig can
be dangerous.
We encourage you to
think about calling 8-1-1 at
least three days before any
digging project-- planting a
tree or installing a mailbox
or fence are all examples
of when you would need
someone to mark your underground utility lines.
The service is free and
Arbor Day is a perfect time
to brush up on your 8-1-1

knowledge.
On Friday Dec. 2, Greer
CPW is partnering with
the Spartanburg County
schools to plant 20 trees
near DR Hill Middle and
Lyman Elementary School.
Students were trained
how to call 8-1-1, why its
important to call before
you dig and will officially
plant the trees December
2nd- a lasting memory for
students and hopefully a
lasting memory with readers to call 8-1-1 before any
digging project.
For more information on
SC 811, visit www.sc811.
com.
Alison Rauch
Greer CPW

Fire academy success


To the editor,
For the past eight weeks,
my husband and I were
privileged and honored to
take part in the Greer Citizens Fire Academy. Over
the eight weeks, we were
introduced to the history
of the Greer Fire Department, the daily activities
of the firefighters, automatic and mutual aid, CPR
and dispatch.
We were shown how the
trucks operate and the
equipment is used in firefighting and rescue. We
were also shown how to
properly use a fire extinguisher. Fire suppression,
aerial operations, and rap-

pelling were things we


were allowed to take part
in.
The academy was very
informative, interesting,
knowledgeable, exciting,
and well structured.
The Chief, firefighters
and fire department personnel were very helpful,
friendly, and easy to approach and talk to. The
firefighters are very well
trained and know their
jobs.
My impression of the
fire department has really changed, the concept
of people thinking that
all the firefighters do is
sit around watching TV is
very, very misleading. I

never knew all of the work


and training they had to
do.
I would like to thank
Chief Flowers and all three
shifts of the fire department, and Julie for making
my husband and me feel
welcome, and for inviting
us into their workplace.
They are a great bunch of
guys. If ever there is a fire
or rescue, Greer has a very
capable and experienced
fire department.
Thank you again Chief
Flowers and firefighters.
Rita E. Burns
Greer

A better day
To the editor,
Heritage
Foundation
president Jim Demint has
supported voter ID laws
in America. He has said
this will stop voter fraud.
Hes a former U.S. Senator that resigned from
his senate seat to head
the conservative Heritage
Foundation. He has also
said that voter ID laws
would help elect more
conservative candidates.
In a recent interview centered around the Virginia

governors executive order


granting voting rights to
felons, he said, The left is
trying to draw votes from
illegals, from voter fraud.
So its really a bigger issue, and thats why the left
fights voter ID or any kind
of picture ID to know it is
actually a registered voter
whos voting.
I agree with our former
U.S. senator about this issue. Voter fraud benefits
lawbreakers at the peril
and misfortune of the
law-abiding and god fear-

ing people of the United


States, and here in communities all across South
Carolinapeople who have
always played by the rules,
done what they were told,
and taken care of themselves. And if our state
follows the wise advise of
our former U.S. senator, it
would be a better day here
in South Carolina.
Steven Hawkins
Greenville

Thank you
To the editor,
My heartfelt thanks for
the great article you did on
Rosies Hot Dogs, and The
Old Mill Hill Reunion.
For those of you who

stepped up and took over


my load to help Michelle
and Tracy pull this off,
to all who stopped by to
share their love, you all
filled my heart with joy.
I will forever be grateful.

Hope you all know how


much I love and appreciate you.

and a special Christmas


party with meal at The
Clarion Inn. Mt. Lebanon,
Holly Springs, and Pleasant Hill seniors are joining
the Apalache seniors on
this trip, making a total of

40 senior adults.
On Dec. 13 a catered
(Laurendas)
Christmas
supper will be held for
the Golden Hearts in the
church CLC at 6 p.m. After the meal, Rusty Brooks

(ABC Music Director) and


others will entertain. Each
senior will receive a fruit
bag and special gift. Seniors are asked to bring $5
each to donate for needy
in the community.

Rosie Anderson
Greer

NEWS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

THE GREER CITIZEN A3

Local students partner


in The Nutcracker Show
BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER

KAELYN PFENNING | THE GREER CITIZEN

Dr. John B. Korman celebrated the opening of his private practice, Upstate Dermatology,
with family and friends on Nov. 16 off the Parkway in Greer.

Upstate Dermatology
celebrates opening
BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER
Dr. John B. Korman
opened his own private
practice a little over a
month ago in Greer.
Members of the community celebrated the opening of Upstate Dermatology on Nov. 16.
Thats really what this
practice is, kind of a dream
or a fantasy that becomes
something real, Dr. Korman said. Theres a lot
of sacrifice that goes into
starting a business.
Mark Owens, President
and CEO of the Greater
Greer Chamber of Commerce, said, Its an honor
for us to be here, to help
celebrate with you and
play a small part. One of
our favorite things to do
is help people open a business.
Its a privilege to be
here, Dr. Korman said.
Upstate dermatology is a
full spectrum, general dermatology practice. We see
patients of all ages, and we
offer a variety of services.
We are really excited to
be here, really excited to
serve the patients in this
area for years to come.
Dr. Kormans practice
has medical, surgical and

Thats really what


this practice is,
kind of a dream
or a fantasy that
becomes something
real.
Dr. John B. Korman
Upstate Dermatology

cosmetic dermatology.
Were a brand new dermatology practice, Dr. Korman said. We treat diseases of the skin, all ages
from infants to elderly,
rashes to skin cancers.
Its a beautiful location
right here on the Parkway
in Greer, family owned,
Owens said. Were so excited to be a part of this.
Its our honor to be here.
On behalf of our board
of directors and our 714
other businesses, we have
your first dollar profit for
you that you can hang up
on the wall.
Dr. Korman, born in
West Columbia, moved to
the Upstate in his teens
and graduated valedictorian of his class at Riverside

High School, according to


upstatedermatology.com.
He attended Duke University, the Medical University of South Carolina
College of Medicine and
Harvard Medical School,
where he studied dermatology. After completing
residency, Dr. Korman
started a dermatology
clinic for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System,
where he served for two
years before transitioning
to private practice.
Its good to be home,
Dr. Korman said. Were
growing. Theres a lot of
demand here.
Dr. Korman resides in
Greer with his wife and
two sons.
I live very close by on
the east side of Greer,
Dr. Korman said. Its a
great place to live. Were
just thrilled to be here and
serving this community.
Upstate Dermatology is
located at 420 The Parkway, Suite M, Greer. Office
hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday
and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on
Friday. Phone number is
877-0776.
kaelyn@greercitizen.com | 877-2076

Do both for Christmas


Q: We have three
preschool grandchildren,
and they get tons of stuff
for Christmas every year.
Were in really good shape
financially and would like
to do something for their
future this year instead
of giving a toy that might
get thrown in the corner.
Do you have any suggestions?
DR: Id do both. You
dont want to be those
grandparents who only
hand envelopes at Christmas to 4-year-olds. No,
they need things to play
with. Theyre kids and
they should be allowed to
act like kids and be happy
at Christmas. The good
news is you can do both
without spending an arm
and a leg.
In addition to a few
special toys, perhaps you
could work with their parents to launch Educational
Savings Accounts (ESAs)
for them. This would
get their college funds
started, and its what we
do. We use mutual funds
in their ESAs, where each
child is allowed to have
up to $2,000 contributed
in their name per year.
The beauty of the ESA
with the mutual fund
inside is that its growing
completely tax-free. You
have to name a custodian
of the account until the
child turns 18, and that
could be you guys or
their parents. Just make
sure that together you
dont over fund the ESAs
and cause yourselves tax
problems.

Snakes bite!
Q: My wife and I are
building a home, and we
found a great entertainment center we both love.
It costs $6,000, and the
dealer said he would give
us 10 percent off if we
take out a store credit

DAVE
SAYS
DAVE
RAMSEY
card. We have the cash
to buy the piece, but
we were wondering if it
would be a good idea to
get the card and use it for
the entertainment center
and Christmas gifts, then
pay it off immediately.
DR: I hate to burst your
bubble, but Im pretty
skeptical about this idea.
I know it sounds good
on the surface, but the
problem is the vast majority of people dont have
the discipline to follow
through on a plan like
this. Another issue is a

lot of places like this hit


you with a fee when you
pay off the card, the thing
runs over, then you get
another fee, and so on.
Id just call the manager
out of his office and let
him know that unless he
discounts the entertainment center $600 Im
going to his competitor.
No, theres no way Id take
out a stupid credit card at
this place whether I had
the cash on hand or not.
You need to learn right
now its a bad idea to play
with snakes. Stop screwing around with debt
products, okay? Everyone
thinks theyre the exception to the rule or theyre
somehow winning or
getting rich by doing stuff
like this, but it doesnt
work. Theyre trying to
hook you, man!

Greer is contributing to
the third annual holiday
performance of The Nutcracker Show.
The hour-long show is
scheduled for 6 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 10, at the
District 5 Fine Arts Center
on the Byrnes High School
campus in Duncan. Tickets
are available for $12 either
online or at the door.
This year, Southern
Dance Connection and
South Pointe Ballet (both
part of the Southern
Dance Connection Performing Arts Center) are
collaborating with Greer
Childrens Theater of the
Greer Cultural Arts Center.
Approximately 15 of

BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER
The Town of Wellford is
moving forward with plans
to construct a new park at
the start of 2017.
Last month, Spartanburg
County approved the first
reading to give county land
to the city of Wellford for
the purpose of constructing a park.
The second reading took
place on November 14 with
the third and final reading
to take place in December,
said City Administrator
Chris Guy. Once we get
our check in January, then
we get the developer to get
our plans and start working on our grants.
Guy met with Spartanburg attorney Scott Talley
to look at infrastructure
and grants.
The county approved
the request with this condition, If a public park
is not designed and con-

BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER
Water and sewer projects are continuing to
move forward in the Lyman area.
At a committee meeting last Monday, Nov. 21,
Scott Miller, Wastewater
Operations Manager, and
Tony Wyatt, Lyman Council Member, met with a
representative of the Startex-Jackson-WellfordDuncan Water District.
The committee formed
around the spring of 2014
to settle disputes between
Lyman and SJWD by sharing development plans,
working together and going forward, Wyatt said.
Miller updated the committee on two projects in
Lyman related to River
Street, which is to be completed by July 17, and

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years of the transfer of the
herein described property,
the property shall revert
to the County of Spartanburg.
In response to a question
from councilmember Wymond Wilkins, Guy said,
We would have to break
ground on something in
three years.
If we cant get funding
in two years, its not going to happen, Guy continued. We should have
funding in the first year.
In other business, Breaking Bread is holding bake
sales to raise money.
Were trying to build
a soup kitchen across
the street, said council
member Wymond Wilkins.
Theyre always putting together this bake sale. They
ask different churches to
bake so many cakes and
pies.
God has really, really
blessed us in tremendous

ways, Wilkins continued.


Fundraising started last
January or February, he
said, $500 to $700 is being
raised at each bake sale.
Were making headway, Wilkins said of the
$56,000 already raised.
In addition, Wellford
City Council annexed the
Duncan Fire Department
into the city limits with
the second and final reading held last night.
The new location of the
Duncan Fire Department
is currently located in
the county not inside the
city limits, Guy said last
week. The FD requested
to be annexed due to them
serving the Wellford community.
The name will remain
the Duncan Fire Department, Guy continued.
Upcoming events include a senior luncheon
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. on December 1.

Lyman continues water,


sewer renovations

and a Bunch of New Friends.

Senior Living

this week to promote the


show, including a performance at 6 p.m. this Friday at the Greer Christmas
Tree Lighting.
Our Nutcracker is nontraditional, including all
forms of dance, so our
story is altered from the
original ballet, as well,
Schnaars said.
An additional performance is scheduled to
take place at 12:30 p.m.
this Sunday at the St Francis Festival of Trees at the
Hyatt Regency, and Southern Dance Connection Performing Arts Center also
has a float in Sundays
Greer Christmas Parade.
For tickets online, call
849-9041 to receive the
link.

Wellford plans new park

Manning Place Offers Seniors


Spacious Apartments, Chef-prepared Meals,

Wellness activities
Pet friendly
Family-centered events

the theaters students and


adults are participating,
said Davina Schnaars, director of the show. They
will be doing a little bit of
dancing and a lot of miming and silent acting as
guests of the Christmas
Eve Party and the Sugar
Plum Fairy Castle.
In addition, students
from the Bonds Career
Center will be stage-makeup artists for the night.
The students have been
practicing makeup designs
for Chinese Tea, Sugar
Plum Fairy, Flowers, Snowflakes, Angels and more,
Davina said. The team
consists mostly of seniors,
and we are delighted to be
working with them.
The actors are performing the ballet scenes
around the community

Hillside Court, to be completed in the next eight


weeks.
We should have the new
pump station running and
the flow going through the
new pipe, Wyatt said of
the River Street project.
Thats an exciting one.
A few additional pump
stations were discussed.
We dont have any demand of it yet, Miller said
of one of them. Ive already got drawings for the
pump station. Itll be put
right behind the Shrine
Club back there. We call
that North Tyger Pump
Station. Its going to be
a big one. Weve got the

plans. Were just waiting.


Lyman is also working
with Wellford and Duncan.
We have ambitions for
extending our collection
system, Wyatt said. The
growth is coming. One of
the many reasons why we
wanted to have this committee going forward is because water and sewer are
really the one-two punch
of economic development,
so we definitely want to
make sure were taking
advantage of opportunities to work together.
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OPINION
The Greer Citizen

A4 THE GREER CITIZEN

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

The adventure

he whole adventure began with a last


minute call from my agent.
Youre needed in New York, he
began.
Am I being considered for Attorney
General?! I squeaked.
No, he replied patiently, Its the
North Shore Animal League Americas
2016 Gala and they need you to emcee
this Friday night but youll need to come
in the evening before. Are you available?
Ive got to go to the feed store, but
thats it.
Fine, Ill book you. And dont wear
your muck boots, he added, this is a
big deal with a lot of paparazzi. Howard
Stern and his wife are the co-chairs.
I dont like him, I whispered, he
scares me.
He and his wife fostered over 300 kittens last year.
I love him! I squealed, What a kind
and loving man.
My go to fashion house in our little
town generously dressed me for the
event as I dont even have any idea
whats stylish at the moment. I loved the
asymmetrical, longish black skirt with a
fringe, but it begged to be worn with tall
boots, and I didnt have any. So I spent

IM JUST
SAYING
PAM STONE
Wednesday driving from Spartanburg to
Greenville to Hendersonville looking for
a pair of tall, dressy black boots with a
medium heel.
Thats not whats in fashion this
year, I was told by a sales clerk in
Spartanburg, Its either a flat heel or a
stiletto heel. Nothing in-between.
A flat heel isnt dressy enough for
this outfit, I explained, and if I wear a
stiletto heel, planes will be hitting me in
the head.
Sorry.
I was told the same thing in each store
and so, dismayed, I purchased a pair of
tall, black, flat heeled boots in suede.
No big deal, I thought, surely I
wouldnt be on the stage that much,
right?
Youll start with a few minutes of
stand up and then read off the teleprompter and introduce the recipients
of the nights awards, I was told by the

woman who hired me, when I arrived for


the sound check, But first, therell be a
red carpet opportunity for the press and
well need you on that for about an hourare you all right?
Yes, I said, between gritted teeth, I
dont suppose there would be a recliner
on the carpet?
She looked at me and walked away.
I did my job admirably. Beginning at
7 p.m., I stood for an hour obediently
posing with each celebrity and towering
over Matt Lauer (Im sorry about that,
Matt, but a flat heeled boot would have
just looked too clunky). I also posed
with a lot of puppies and smelt very
doggy, afterwards, but I liked that.
Then we swept into the ballroom of
the Mandarin Oriental and, to my horror,
learned that I wasnt to leave the stage
for a chance to sit after the introductions and long winded speeches, but
simply step back so that I would be
ready to pop back up to the podium
when guests were finished.
This went on for two hours. By the
time Belinda Carlisle (I towered over her,
too) came up to perform for a half hour,
I nearly wept with relief to be able to
leave the stage and sit on the side, then
nearly wept again when everyone leapt

Women tell me Ive never


suffered real pain because Ive
never given birth. Oh, really?
to their feet as she began to sing all
the great pop hits by her former band,
The Go-Gos. How could I sit stage-right
when everyone else was up and dancing?
Women tell me Ive never suffered real
pain because Ive never given birth. Oh,
really? Listen, Id swap that experience
any day over hopping around to Weve
Got the Beat on swollen, bound feet
that would appall anyone from 19th
century China.
Despite it all, the night was a triumph
and the most important part was with
the silent auction and my heavy handed
appeal for more funds for this no-kill
shelter, around $100k was raised. Ive
been home for three days now, and my
feet still hurt.
But Howard was really sweet.
And he was the only one there who
made me feel petite.

THE UPPER ROOM

KAELYNS
KORNER

A lovely
place

KAELYN PFENNING
Staff reporter

Read Psalm 84:1-12

ow lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of


hosts! Psalm 84:1
(NRSV)
One morning as I took a
break from my duties at the
church building, I read the
verse quoted above in my
devotional book.
I began to look around at
the beautiful sanctuary where
I was sitting.
The colors of the stained
glass seemed more vivid than
usual, and the dark wood paneling reflected a rich gleam.
Surely I was in Gods home!
But the devotional book
continued with a prayer that
seemed to be calling me to go
out into the forgotten places
of the world.
I struggled with these juxtaposed thoughts.
Why should we leave a place
where we feel Gods presence
and go to those places where
God seems absent?
If we follow Jesus, we will
go where Jesus goes.
We will be in his presence
and dwell with him, regardless of the location.
But the question is: Are we
ready to leave our comfortable spaces to see where else
God is dwelling?
It can be scary; but we can
cling to Jesus through prayer,
fasting, worship, communion,
Christian fellowship, and
studying scripture.
When we follow Jesus, we
can find that God dwells in
places we never expected.

Haley needs to focus on


preparing for new role

Thought For The Day: In


what forgotten place am I
called to reflect Gods love?
Prayer: Dear God of all,
guide us to the places where
we usually dont go, and help
us to love the people we usually dont love. Amen.

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Gov. Nikki Haley asked us all to pray for South


Carolina, which has faced and continues to face
significant challenges. Today, we all need to
pray for Gov. Haley, as she prepares for a very
different and very difficult challenge.
Theres a lot of distance between Thanksgiving and Ambassador Haley. And theres no
guarantee that the Senate, even a Republican
Senate, will confirm someone with no foreign
policy experience, much less diplomatic experience, as ambassador to the United Nations.
Although it isnt our most important foreign
policy position, it is extremely important. And
frankly, its a stretch. For all that President-elect
Donald Trump and the governors supporters
say about her deal-making prowess, weve only
seen that on display in deals between corporations that wanted to locate in our state and a
state that wanted those corporations to locate
here.
The challenge she has met, in other words,
was coming up with a deal between two parties
that wanted to make a deal. Thats very different than the challenges facing a UN ambassador.
We certainly hope that her talents can translate
to this new role, but we simply dont know because she is untested.
Gov. Haley said Wednesday that she had not
anticipated leaving her current job before its
completed. But she noted that, When the President believes you have a major contribution to
make to the welfare of our nation, and to our
nations standing in the world, that is a calling
that is important to heed.
Shes absolutely right about that. While there
are some positions that a sitting governor probably should reject positions that are more
about allowing a loyal supporter to cash in
than about serving the nation this isnt one
of them. Anyone has an obligation to seriously
consider a presidents request to serve in an important position, regardless of who the president is or how committed that person might be
to her current position.
The governor also said she would remain our

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scale the extremely steep learning
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governor until her confirmation, in part because
We still have much to do in South Carolina, and
my commitment to the people of our state will
always remain unbreakable.
That is honorable. But while we would not
ask her to resign yet, we would urge her to informally turn many of her responsibilities over
to Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, sooner rather than
later.
We are accustomed to UN ambassadors who
have extensive foreign policy experience, and
usually diplomatic experience as well. In the absence of either, Gov. Haley owes it to our nation
to spend the time between now and her confirmation doing everything she can to make up
for that lack of experience meeting not just
with handlers trained to guide her through the
confirmation process but also with experts who
can help bring her up to speed on all the issues
that need to be mastered by the UN ambassador
of the most important country in the world.
The Senate, too, owes it to our nation to make
sure that Gov. Haley is prepared that she has
the appropriate temperament, judgment and
knowledge base to serve in this position. Confirmation hearings for someone with her experience should not be particularly easy and
that is why she needs the next two months to
prepare for them.
Gov. Haley is a bright and talented politician,
and we hope that she will be able to scale the
extremely steep learning curve that lies ahead.
Assuming she is able to make the Senate comfortable with her ability to serve our nation in
this very different sort of job, we wish her all
the best in her new position.
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Family

his year, I celebrated


Thanksgiving with my immediate family as well as
the family of my fianc, Brad.
Due to my older brothers
family possible being in Vietnam by Christmas to teach
English, my family also held
our Christmas celebration.
Since my immediate family
has grown from six to 17 now,
we draw names for the adults,
and anyone is welcome to buy
for the kids.
Thanksgiving Day, Brad came
over to my parents house, and
we drove to my sisters place in
Anderson, where we gathered
in time for a late breakfast.
Afterwards, we opened
presents and ate Thanksgiving
dinner.
Following a few games, Brad
and I headed out. We stopped
by Furman to take a walk
before joining his family for
leftovers and a game of Love
Letter.
We are uniting two families
as we knit our lives together.
The Bible tells us in Genesis
2:24, Therefore a man shall
leave his father and his mother
and hold fast to his wife, and
they shall become one flesh.
Marriage is a mystery that
represents Christ and the
church.
Ephesians 5:32-33 says, This
mystery is profound, and I am
saying that it refers to Christ
and the church. However, let
each one of you love his wife
as himself, and let the wife see
that she respects her husband.
God created male and female in His image. Both men
and women bear the image
of the Creator, but we exhibit
that image in different ways.
Men are to be leaders, protectors and providers while
women are to be helpers,
nurturers and child-bearers.
In His perfect understanding,
God has given unique yet equal
roles to each individual according to His design.
Jesus reiterates Gods design
in Matthew 19:4-6, which says,
He answered, Have you not
read that he who created them
from the beginning made them
male and female, and said,
Therefore a man shall leave
his father and his mother and
hold fast to his wife, and the
two shall become one flesh?
So they are no longer two but
one flesh. What therefore God
has joined together, let not
man separate.
Gods design, though marred
by sin, continues to be the
most beneficial standard for
individuals and families.

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POLICE AND FIRE


The Greer Citizen

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

CRIME
REPORT
(Note: All information
contained in the following
was taken directly from
the official incident reports
filed by the Spartanburg
Sheriffs Office or the Greer
Police Department. All
suspects are to be considered innocent until proven
guilty in the court of law.)

MULTIPLE CHARGES

Kiesha Alice Kirby, 34,


of 955 E. Darby Rd., Taylors, has been arrested
and charged with failure
to comply, possession of
drug paraphernalia and
trespass notice.
According to a Greer
Police incident report, an
officer responded to Walgreens in Greer in reference to a trespass notice.
Upon arrival, the officer
made contact with Kirby,
who had an active warrant
for driving under suspension and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
Kirby was placed under
arrest and, upon a search,
the officer found a small
bag in her watch pocket.
Inside the bag was a small
amount of white powder
consistent with methamphetamine. Kirby was arrested and transported to
Greer City Jail.

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

Ashleigh Danielle Turner, 25, of 307 S. Main St.,


Duncan, has been arrested
and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a Greer
Police incident report, an
officer observed a dark
SUV on Hampton Road
without an illuminated tag
light. The officer initiated
a traffic stop on the driver,
Joshua Oliver, who said he
had borrowed the vehcile
and was unaware of the
tag light. Another officer
arrived and noticed a digital scale in the glove box.
A K-9 was used to conduct a sniff of the vehicles exterior and the officers were alerted to an
unlawful drug. Upon conducting a search, officers
discovered a used syringe
in Turners purse. Turner
stated she had used the
needle to inject methamphetamine.
Turner was arrested and
transported to Greer City
Jail.

COPPER WIRE THEFT

Jacky Dean Lyles, 31, of


103 Edwards Ave., Greer,
has been arrested and
charged with mal injury
to fixtures to obtain non
ferrous metal, possession
of non ferrous metals and
obtaining a permit for purpose of selling stolen non
ferrous metals.
According to a Greer
Police incident report,
an officer responded to
Pine Street at Vandiventer
Drive in reference to a suspicious male subject with
a tool in his hand at the
utility pole. Upon arrival,

the officer made contact


with the subject, Lyles,
who gave verbal consent
for a search. Lyles had a
backpack, where numerous coils of copper wiring
were found. When asked
what he was doing by the
utility pole, Lyles stated he
had a permit from Greenville County to transport
non ferrous metals, but
did not have it with him.
Officers checked a couple of utility poles for
damage to the wiring and
found that a pole had
been tampered with. The
grounding wire on that
pole had been cut and
was missing a 4-6 piece of
copper wire. The missing
copper wire matched the
coils found in Lyles backpack. It was verified that
the property belonged to
Greer CPW.
Lyles was transported
to Greer City Jail, where
police measured the coils
in the backpack to be approximately 56 feet.
The complainant stated
Lyles was seen hiding behind a utility pole on Pine
Street with what appeared
to be a screwdriver in his
hand. The complainant had
seen Lyles in the neighborhood several times.

POSSESSION

Kaylin Varnadore, 20, of


18 Dauphine Way, Greer,
has been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a Greer
Police incident report,
an officer responded to
the back of Dairy Queen
in Greer in reference to a
road rage incident. Upon
arrival, the officer made
contact with the complainant, who stated Varnadore
tried to run them off the
road. Another driver told
authorities
Varnadore
kept cutting them off. The
drivers were arguing, but
police said a primary aggressor could not be established.
Police said dispatch advised there was a handgun involved, so officers
searched Varnadores car.
No weapon was found, but
police did find a pill bottle
with residue from marijuana inside. Also located in
the vehicle was a grinder
used to crush marijuana
and a small glass bottle
used to store marijuana.
Varnadore was arrested
without incident and was
transported to Greer City
Jail.

STOLEN VEHICLE

On Nov. 28 an officer
was on patrol heading
East on I-26 just before
the Old Anderson Mill
Rd. overpass mile marker
24.5 when he saw a vehicle
pulled partially over to the
left side median (lane 1).
The officer stopped and
turned on blue lights. The
vehicle matched a stolen
Lexus BOLO email from
Polk County.
A white male was moving bags at the rear of the
vehicle when the officer
approached. The white
male approached the officers driver side window
and was acting nervous.
He continuously put his

Wellford family
needs necessities
BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER
The Wellford Police Department along with the
Duncan, Startex and Tiger
River fire departments recently responded to a fire
in the Wellford community.
The family lost everything and had no insurance, according to the
Wellford Police Department Facebook page.

There are three boys


ages 3, 5 and 12in need
of cloths, shoes, bedding
and more during this
Christmas season.
Anyone who is interested in helping is asked to
drop off items at the Wellford City Hall to the attention of Lt Green.
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Deadly crash
Three people were injured and one person was killed during this crash on Taylor Road
in Greer over the weekend. Neither the driver or the passengers were wearing seatbelts.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Haylee Cantrell, 16, was killed in the
wreck. No further updates were available on the other passengers as of Tuesday night.
hands in his pockets and
made statements that the
vehicle was not his, but
he was watching it for the
driver who was going to
get a tire. After the officer asked him to keep his
hands out of his pockets,
he kept putting them back
in his pockets so the officer performed a Terry Pat
for weapons. The white
male identified himself as
Allen Williams.
Williams continued to
state that he was just
watching the car for a female who had gone to get
a tire. Williams had several bags at the back of the
Lexus and two additional
bags were found across
the Interstate and on the
other side of the railing.
Another officer confirmed the stolen status of
the Lexus. The Lexus appeared to have been disabled by hitting the cable
median divider. The front
left tire/axle appeared
broken and the left side
paneling was extensively
scraped.
While scanning for other
evidence or suspects, a civilian driving East on I-26
ran into the rear of a State
Troopers Crown Victoria
knocking it into the rear of
another officers vehicle.
The civilian was transported to Spartanburg Regional
Medical Center by EMS. He
was complaining of neck
pain. While checking for
a VIN, the officer found a
rolled blunt on the dash
under the windshield.
Williams was transported to the county jail and
was charged with possession/receiving of a stolen
vehicle.

RESISTING

On Nov. 24, an officer


responded to 6765 Pottery Road (Red Roof Inn)
located in Spartanburg
County in reference to a
disturbance.
Upon arrival, the officer
made contact with a complainant, who stated Tamara Pearson was coming
to his room and asking to
use a phone.
The officer determined

Pearson was causing the


disturbance and was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. The
officer informed Pearson
she was under arrest for
Public Disorderly Conduct, but she refused to
put her hands behind her
back and stiffened up and
pulled away when the officer attempted to place her
in handcuffs. The officer
advised Pearson to place
her hands behind her back
and if she didnt I was going to take her down.
Pearson continued to resist and was taken down
by her right arm to the
ground. Officers escorted
her to a patrol vehicle.
Pearson continued to
resist and the officer told
her to stop and freaking
walk. She was placed in
the back of the vehicle and
she began to start kicking
my door and window.
Officers took Pearson
back out of the vehicle to
secure her in a RIPP restraint, but the struggle
continued. The officer
used his body weight to
hold Pearsons upper body
down while other deputies
secured her in the restraint
and placed her back into
the vehicle.
Pearson was transported
to the County Jail where
officers removed her from
the vehicle. She was escorted into the jail where
one of the Jail staff picked
up Pearson by her ankles
and help escort her into a
holding cell.

ger side of the vehicle, a


white male, Bryan Roeker,
jumped out of the driver
side and ran towards the
woods. As he was running
the officer noticed what
appeared to be a cordless
drill in his right hand. The
officer chased Roeker into
the woods beside the business where he tripped over
a log. The officer placed
Roeker into investigative
detention without any further incident and retrieved
the drill he had been car-

rying.
Roeker stated he was
walking from his girlfriends house and found
the truck unlocked with
the window down. He stated he entered the vehicle
because he was tired and
thirsty.
Roeker claimed the only
items he owned in the vehicle was a black bag and
a camouflage charger for
his phone.
A search of the vehicle
revealed the plastic around
the steering column had
been removed, several
wires tampered with and
drill markings on the ignition. Roeker was also
wearing a shirt he stated
was not his.
The owner of the vehicle
was notified about the
situation and stated one
of his family members left
the truck at the business.
Fowler also stated the last
time he saw his vehicle
there was no damage to
the ignition or steering
column.
The damage to the ignition and steering column
was consistent with the
drill Roeker was carrying when he attempted to
flee.
After speaking with Mr.
Fowler and investigating
the vehicle, Roeker was
placed under arrest for
breaking into a motor vehicle and was transported
to the Spartanburg County
Detention Center.

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On Nov. 25, officers responded to Smile Makers


at 425 Sha Lane in Spartanburg County in reference to a suspicious auto
call.
Upon arrival, officers noticed a dark colored truck
in the parking lot. An officer ran the tag to the vehicle through Spartanburg
Communications and it
came back clear. The officer then exited the patrol
vehicle and went to look
inside the truck.
As the officer approached the passen-

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The Greer Citizen

A6 THE GREER CITIZEN


Ronald Ronnie W. Brown
Ronald Wallace Brown,
71, died November 28,
2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
A native of Greenville
county, son of the late Ladson and Dorothy Singleton
Brown, he was a U.S. Air
Force Veteran, a retired
employee of Carrotel Paperboard and a member of
El Bethel Baptist Church.
Mr. Brown was an avid
golfer.
Surviving are his wife,
Patricia Mangum Brown of
the home; two sons, Josh
Brown of the home and
Rusty Brown of Greer; two
daughters, April Brown
(Mike Harvey) and Kelly
Brown all of Greer; one
step-son, Danny Morgan
of Illinois; one brother,
Wayne Brown (Betty) of
Blacksburg; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
Mr. Brown was predeceased by one son, Brian
Keith Brown and one
brother Doug Brown.
Funerals services will be
held 2 p.m. Wednesday,

November 30, 2016 at the


Wood Mortuary conducted
by Rev. Joe Seay. Burial
will follow in Hillcrest
Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be held
Tuesday, November 29,
2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
at the Wood Mortuary.
The family is at the
home.
Memorials may be made
to El Bethel Baptist Church
Building Fund, P.O. Box
2809, Greer, SC 29652.
Online condolences may
be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.

Kelvin T. Taylor
Kelvin Thomas Taylor,
48, died November 25,
2016.
A native of Greenville,
South Carolina, a son of
the late Thomas Earle and
Barbara Ann Owings Taylor, he was of the Baptist
faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Cassidy D. Taylor of
the home and G. Nikki
White of Greer and two
brothers, Kenneth Taylor
(Anna) of Belmont, North

Carolina and Keith Taylor


(Debbie) of Spartanburg.
Funeral services will
be held 11 a.m. Saturday,
December 3, 2016 at The
Wood Mortuary, conducted by Pastor Tommy Harvey. Burial will follow in
Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held
10-10:45 a.m. Saturday at
The Wood Mortuary.
The families are at their
respective homes.
Online condolences may
be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.

OBITUARIES
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to billy@greercitizen.com or
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COUNCIL: Approves liquor exception


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department for 10 years.


Diego
Gomez,
Cory
Holtzclaw
and
Bruce
Viehman have each served
in the recreation department for 10 years.

APPROVALS

Council approved the


second reading of two ordinancesone to amend
city zoning to include retail alcoholic liquor stores
by special exception in
C-2 zoning and the other
to change the zoning of
property located on King
Street, East Fairview Avenue and Moss Street from

RM-2 to DRD.
The city also approved
a resolution to accept
Highland Parc Subdivision
streets in to the city.
Greer City Council also
reappointed Bill Rettew,
Buddy Waters and Keith
Smith to the Construction
Board of Adjustments and
Appeals and approved
Brockington and Associates to identify properties
and districts that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic
Places.
After executive session,
council unanimously approved the first reading
of an ordinance authoriz-

ing the conveyance of any


and all interest in certain
real property in the city of
Greer.
Project Forest is an ongoing economic development project, said Steve
Owens, Communications
Manager for the City of
Greer. It requires two
readings by council to
convey any city property.
The property in question
has not yet sold. It is currently under contract and
the contract will be made
available following second
reading and closing.
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CREDITS: Issued to CPW customers


FROM PAGE ONE

May through September.


Residential customers are
not billed for sewer flows
over 8,000 gallons.
Because of the extreme
weather conditions this
summer and people continuing to water their
lawns past September,
customers may have seen
a spike in sewer bills.
The increase could have
been pennies to hundreds
of extra dollars for CPW
customers, depending on
their water usage.
The implementation of
the sewer caps was to limit the customers exposure
to higher sewer rates while
using the water for irrigation purposes, during the
normal irrigation months.
We felt like implementing
the cap during October
was the prudent action to
take on behalf of our customers, said Chuck Reynolds, Manager of Finance
and Administration.
Greer CPW Commissioners voted during the October board meeting to extend the sewer caps from
May thru October starting
January 1, 2017 for residential customers.
I dont think anyone ex-

pected such a warm, arid


October since many of our
customers continued to
utilize irrigation well into
the month- after the end
of the traditional watering season. We are pleased
to extend the program
through the end of October and will issue a credit
on next months utility

bill, said Perry Williams,


CPW Chairman.
October billing credit impacted 3,519, and
$112,973 will be credited
back to CPW residential
customers.
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CPW recognized MADI: Now


with DHEC Water open near
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Quality Award
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The Greer Commission


of Public Works was recently awarded the 2015
Area-Wide Optimization
Program (AWOP) Excellence Award by the S.C.
Department of Health and
Environmental
Control
(DHEC) for achievements
in meeting water quality
goals.
The objective of AWOP is
to encourage water treatment plants to voluntarily optimize or increase
filtration and treatment
systems to help protect
the health of the public.
According to SCDHEC, the
model is approximately 10
times better than regulatory standards.
The voluntary performance goals reached by
CPW for the past nine consecutive years are based
on water turbidity (a measure of the cloudiness of

the water), sedimentation


and filtration.
Our focus has been and
always will continue to be
on plant optimization and
producing the best possible drinking water for
all of our customers and
community. We hope this
award proves our mission
of exceeding customer
expectations, said Brad
Nelson, CPW Water Filter
Plant Manager.
SC AWOP first began in
1998. Greer CPW is one
of 41 SC optimized water filter plants awarded
in 2015. CPW has met
AWOP goals every year
since 2007 following the
hiring of current water
filter plant manager Brad
Nelson. Optimization improves drinking water
quality and reduces risk of
water-borne diseases.

going into this facility, we


knew how Lowes brought
in a type of clientele we
wanted to target, and we
knew this was the perfect
spot for us.
For the past 10 years,
the Russells have lived
in Greer, and their kids
attend Riverside High
School, he said.
Its a beautiful store,
said Mark Owens, President/CEO of the Greater
Greer Chamber of Commerce. Theres something
for everybody, some great
gifts, some great items
for the guys over there as
well.
On behalf of their 714
members and board of directors, Owens presented
the Russells with their
first dollar in profit.
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Woods Chapel United Methodist Church


2388 Brown Wood Rd., Greer 879-4475

Zoar United Methodist Church

1005 Highway 357, Greer 877-0758

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St. Johns Baptist Church

Suber Road Baptist Church

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Taylors First Baptist Church

200 W. Main St., Taylors 244-3535

United Family Ministries

13465 E. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer 877-3235

Victor Baptist

121 New Woodruff Rd., Greer 877-9686

Washington Baptist Church

3500 N. Highway 14, Greer 895-1510

Welcome Home Baptist Church

1779 Pleasant Hill Rd., Greer 901-7674

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church

Riverside Church of Christ

2103 Old Spartanburg Rd., Greer 322-6847

Church of God

1300 Locust Hill Rd., Greer 877-1881

Church of God of Prophecy

Fairview Baptist Church


First Baptist Church

202 W. Poinsett St., Greer 877-4253


Freedom Fellowship Greer High 877-3604

760 W. Gap Creek Rd., Greer 879-3519

Grace Place

500 Trade St., Greer 877-0374

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church

Devenger Road Presbyterian Church


1200 Devenger Rd., Greer 268-7652

Fellowship Presbyterian Church

1105 Old Spartanburg Rd., Greer 877-3267

First Presbyterian Church

100 School St., Greer 877-3612

Fulton Presbyterian Church

821 Abner Creek Rd., Greer 879-3190

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Anglican
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Praise Cathedral Church of God

3390 Brushy Creek Rd., Greer 879-4878

Good Shepherd Episcopal

2 Groveland Rd., Taylors 879-2913

Lutheran

218 Alexander Rd., Greer 989-0170

401 Batesville Rd., Simpsonville 288-4867

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Hillcrest Baptist Church

111 Biblebrook Dr., Greer 877-4206


Hispanic Baptist Iglesia Bautista Hispana
199 Hubert St., Greer 877-3899

Holly Springs Baptist Church

Abiding Peace Ev. Lutheran Church


Apostolic Lutheran Church

453 N. Rutherford Rd., Greer 848-4568

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School LCMS


2820 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville 297-5815

Redeemer Lutheran Church, ELCA


300 Oneal Rd., Greer 877-5876

Saints Peter and Paul Ev. Lutheran

572 Mt. Lebanon Church Rd., Greer 895-2334

New Hope Baptist Church

561 Gilliam Rd., Greer 879-7080

New Jerusalem Baptist Church

413 E. Poinsett St., Greer 968-9203

New Life Baptist Church

90 Becco Rd., Greer 895-3224

Northwood Baptist Church

888 Ansel School Rd., Greer 877-5417

ONeal Baptist Church

3420 N. Highway 101, Greer 895-0930

Pelham First Baptist Church

2720 S. Old Highway 14, Greer 879-4032

Peoples Baptist Church

310 Victor Avenue Ext., Greer 848-0449

Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church


201 Jordan Rd., Lyman 879-2646

Ebenezer United Methodist Church


174 Ebenezer Road, Greer 987-9644

Faith United Methodist Church

1301 S. Main St. (S. Hwy. 14), Greer 877-0308

Glad Tidings Assembly of God

Highway 290, Greer 879-3291


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Harmony Fellowship Church

468 S. Suber Rd., Greer 877-8287

Harvest Christian Church

100 Davis Avenue Greer 655-0009

Lifesong Church

12481 Greenville Highway, Lyman 439-2602

Living Way Community Church

3239 N. Highway 101, Greer 895-0544

Mountain Bridge Community Church

1400B Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer 350-1051

Liberty Hill United Methodist Church


301 Liberty Hill Rd., Greer 968-8150

Liberty United Methodist Church

4276 Highway 414, Landrum 292-0142

104 New Woodruff Rd., Greer 968-2424

New Covenant Fellowship


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Wade Hampton Blvd. Duncan 426-4933

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Springwell Church

4369 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors 268-2299

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105 Daniel Ave., Greer 895-3966

United House of Prayer

213 Oak St., Greer 848-0727

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203 East Bearden St., Greer 848-1295

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200 Cannon St., Greer 877-2330

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601 Taylors Rd., Taylors 268-0523

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St. Mark United Methodist Church

4899 Jordan Rd., Greer 895-3546

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Friendship Baptist Church

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

NGU Crusaders face third round rematch


NGU tops
Tuskegee
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BY BILLY CANNADA
SPORTS EDITOR
Round three of the
NCAA Division II football
playoffs will offer redemption for North Greenville,
as the Crusaders get set
to square off with North
Alabama for a second time
this season.
The first matchup on
Oct. 22 did not end well
for NGU, resulting in 5221 loss that was never really that close.
We wouldnt know if
they have a punter or
not, North Greenville
head coach Jeff Farrington
joked. We never saw him
get on the field. It was a
tough game for us.
That game, however, did
mark a turning point for
Farringtons team.

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The Crusaders have advanced to round three of the NCAA


Division II playoffs.
It was five or six weeks
ago that we played North
Alabama at their place, and
we lost to them pretty convincingly, he said. After
that loss, our guys had a
choice to either hang their
head or just go to work.

They chose to work and


we started building some
momentum.
The Crusaders squeaked
into the playoffs and
have since been on a tear,
knocking off Florida Tech
and Tuskegee in the first

two rounds.
Weve been
trying to play
sound,
not
give up big plays, and create some takeaways, Farrington said. Weve been
able to do that and we
hope to keep it going.
Farrington said his team
will have to pull out all the
stops to manage an upset
on Saturday.
Theyre very good, he
said. We didnt respond
very well in the second
half and we couldnt get
our defense off the field.
Their quarterback is an
outstanding player, and
theyve also got several
other guys that can hurt
you.
While film will help his
team prepare, Farrington
said North Greenvilles

success will depend on execution.


We do have something to go on, but North
Alabama is going to do
what they do, regardless
of who they are playing.
They execute very well
on both sides of the ball
and theyre ranked for a
reason, Farrington said.
Theres some strong tradition there. We can look
at some film and make adjustments, but its going
to come down to protecting the ball and making
plays.
Its great to have another week in the Division II
playoffs, he said. Hopefully, we can continue to
win and advance.
The game is set for this
Saturday at noon in Alabama.

Hannon awarded
Lineman of Year
BY BILLY CANNADA
EDITOR
The South Carolina Football Coaches Association
(SCFCA) chose 25 players
and 10 coaches for its annual Palmetto Champions
All-Star Football Team.
Greer High senior Noah
Hannon was named Lineman of the Year by the
SCFCA, joining an elite
group of players from
across the state. Hannon
was also named one of the
five finalists for the Mr.
Football award.
Others
honored
included, Ortre Smith (Back
of the Year, Wando High
School), Pressley Harvin
(Special Teams Player of
the Year, Sumter High
School); and Doug Shaw

Noah Hannon
(Coach of the Year, Palmetto High School).
A banquet for the players and coaches is usually held, but has been
canceled this year due to
the delay in the football
season from weather conditions sustained by Hurricane Matthew.

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Sam Gravley, pictured left, will help lead the Greer boys basketball team this winter, as
the Jackets look to take control of the region.

GREER BASKETBALL

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The annual Jingle Bell Jog is set for Saturday, Dec. 10.

Jingle Bell Jog


set for Dec. 10
BY BILLY CANNADA
SPORTS EDITOR
Sugar Creek Fun Runs
will host its ninth annual
Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday,
Dec. 10 at the Sugar Creek
III Clubhouse. This event
is a family 5k that winds
through the neighborhood
of Sugar Creek in Greer.
There will be an Elf Run
(3/4 mile) at 2:15 p.m. followed by the 5K at 3 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded
for top finishers and post
race food will be provided
by Publix and Chick-fil-A.
Holiday garb is encouraged.
Sugar Creek Fun Runs
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organized by volunteers.
The organization started
in 2008 with a Jingle Bell
Jog. In its first year, the organization had 200 participants and raised $3,800
for local charities. In 2011
Sugar Creek Fun Runs had
over 1,200 participants

in all events and donated


$18,000. Since 2008, Sugar
Creek Fun Runs has donated over $92,000 to local
charities.
All proceeds from the
event will be donated to
The Frazee Center, a free
after school and summer program for under
resourced children in the
downtown Greenville area;
and Daily Bread Ministries,
a non-profit, charitable organization in Greer.
Registration is available
at
sugarcreekfunruns.
com. For more information, email info@sugarcreekfunruns.com.
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Yellow Jackets return


a strong junior class
BY BILLY CANNADA
SPORTS EDITOR
With an experienced
roster and some talented
newcomers, the Greer
boys basketball team is
ready to make a push for
the region title.
The Jackets finished
third in the Spartanburg
Christian Impact Invitational last week, defeating
Boiling Springs (72-60) and
Greenville (58-57). Greers
only loss of the tournament came against Irmo,
66-47.
Sam Gravley came away
with All-Tournament honors, averaging 15 points,
five rebounds and five
assists over three games.
Transfer Magic Moody and
senior Andy Bryson also
strong tournaments, averaging 15 points and 13
points per game respectively.
The Yellow Jackets return 10 juniors this season,
including: Cam Woodruff,
Gravley, Ryan Pearson,
Chris Davis, Kyle Moore
and Tyric Flemming
Bryson, a senior, is expected to play a key role
for Greer, along with
transfers Delmar Moore
and Magic Moody.

This year, if teams want to key in on one


aspect of our team, the other aspect is
going to take advantage of it.
Greg Miller

Greer boys basketball coach


This is going to be a
year where were not going to rely on one player,
Boys Head Coach Greg
Miller said. We feel like
were going to be able to
take advantage of a lot
of opportunities because
teams will be targeting the
guys they know. This year,
if teams want to key in on
one aspect of our team,
the other aspect is going
to take advantage of it.
Miller expects big things
from two of his juniors,
Gravley and Woodruff.
Woodruff was recently
picked as the preseason
region Player of the Year.
We really made it a point
to get in that weight room
this summer, Miller said.
Sam has done an amazing
job. Hes put on some size.
Hes gotten stronger. Hes
jumping a little bit higher,
and hes a lot more confident because of that. All

of our guys are confident


from spending time in the
weight room.
Greer was a team that
relied heavily on the threepoint shot last season, but
Miller said the team has
added dimensions to its
game.
Were not going to
have to rely solely on the
three, although thats still
a huge part of our game,
Miller said. Last year, we
took between 20 and 30
(threes) a game. We still
feel like thats a way we
can spread defenses out,
but with the addition of
Magic and Delmar, were
getting to be more of an
interior threat.
One of Greers returners, Kyle Moore, has endured more than most
high school juniors. Kyles
brother, Nathan, who was
a starter for the Jackets,
SEE JACKETS | B2

BLAME
CANNADA
BILLY
CANNADA

Choir
practice

here are several years


in my childhood I no
longer speak of for
fear of being made fun of.
Not that Im a super
self-conscious person,
but Id rather not bring
unwanted ridicule on
myself. I get enough of
that as it is.
But seeing as you guys
are my loyal readers and
Ive never held much back
from you to begin with,
Ill just come out and say
it:
I used to go to choir
camp every year.
Yes, I said choir camp.
And yes, there is an actual
camp for that.
I was probably 7 or 8years old when I started
going, and I still swear to
this day it was only because all my friends were
doing it (that might give
you more insight into my
friends than me).
Ive always said choir
camp was the most fun
Ive ever hadif you dont
count the singing. My
friends and I were growing boys who were given
free access to a college
campus for the weekend,
where we could use all
the silly string cans our
little hearts desired. We
spent most of our free
time plotting pranks on
the girls, who stayed in
another dorm. And we
spent the rest of the
time learning to sing in
harmony and preparing
for an end-of-the-week
concert our parents were
going to attend.
I was in it for the
pranks, guys! Not the
singing!
But I do love to sing.
Im admittedly a terrible
singer, but I find that
the easiest way to annoy
people/ make people
laugh is through song.
One of the main reasons I dont talk about
my choir camp years is
because, when I told my
wife for the first time,
she busted out laughing
for a solid 30 minutes.
She couldnt believe there
was such a thing and
she couldnt believe her
husband, of all people,
attended.
She asked me to recite
a few things Id learned
and, after I gladly obliged,
she laughed even harder.
But Im not ashamed.
Im at peace with my
decision to attend choir
camp, and the memories
I gained there have stuck
with me for a lifetime.
This is why I have decided to come out of choir
retirement. This Sunday
at my church (I wont tell
you where because I dont
need the added pressure),
Ill participate in a Christmas choir.
Seeing as how this is
the first Ive really spoken
publicly about my choir
camp experience, the music leader at church really
doesnt know the kind of
professional hes actually
getting.
Im a seasoned choir
veteran. I can sing bass
if needed, and on some
songs, I can chime in with
a little soprano. I agreed
to this choir thing with
much hesitation, knowing
that if the congregation
(or other choir members
for that matter) heard my
beautiful song bird voice
they would immediately
be filled with a jealous
rage (that was a joke
see above where I talk
about being a terrible
singer).
I just hope I can recall
some of my training. All
week, Ive been doing my
vocal warmups in preparation:
Mama made me mash
my M&Ms.MAMA MADE
ME MASH MY M&MS
I just hope there are going to be pranks. Because,
you know, choirs and
pranks go hand in hand.

SPORTS

B2 THE GREER CITIZEN

A SPORTING VIEW

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

BASKETBALL BEGINS

Put your
money
in the
bank

Photos by
Preston Burch

BY MARK VASTO
FOR THE GREER CITIZEN
In the halcyon days of
the 1970s and 80s, a car
company then-called Datsun used to saturate the
airwaves during televised
sporting events. Famous
for its sporty Z cars (the
240Z, 260Z and 280ZX),
Datsun extolled the gassaving virtues of its brand,
cheerfully urging wouldbe drivers to put your
money in the bank, not in
the tank.

The Lady Rebels are coached by Missy Fowler, wife of


Byrnes boys coach Layne Fowler.

Mayweather is the
greatest defensive
boxer who ever
lived.
That admonition would
work well in todays world
of boxing, too. Last year
saw the passing of the
Greatest of All Time
(GOAT) and the continued
win streak of The Best
Ever (TBE). While Muhammad Ali can no longer reap
the dividends from his
illustrious career, Floyd
Money Mayweather is
still in fighting shape at 39
years of age, and he is in
possession of what is really the sole marketing gimmick left in professional
boxing -- an unbeaten record of 49-0.
If you were a betting
man, you would think
that an ego-driven boxer
who has never really been
challenged or hit hard
more than once outside
of the Sugar Shane Mosley fight, would like the
all-time unbeaten boxing
record all to himself. Hes
tied with Rocky Marciano,
but your bettors hunch
just may prove to be correct: Mayweather himself
has trademarked the term
TBE 50-0. So conditions
appear to right.
Mayweather is the greatest defensive boxer who
ever lived. Ive watched
thousands of fights, and
I have never seen anyone
protect himself any better.
Ali was harder to hit, and
he moved around the ring
better, but Mayweathers
ability to fend off blows
like a horse flicking off
flies with his tail is unmatched across any era.
The problem is that his
style is epically boring,
and as boxing continues
to look for its next ratings
savior, hes not helping.
Enter Conor McGregor,
the baddest man on the
planet. He holds two UFC
belts in two different
weight classes and has
a record of 21-3, which
translated to a boxing record would be more like
100-3 (factor in that MMA
fighters use more of their
body to strike, and the
sheer overall violence).
With the loss of Rhonda
Rousey, he is the most visible and popular champion
in the fight game.
Also, he is game to fight
Mayweather. Lets face it,
Mayweather has nobody to
face who would command
the nine-figure payout he
is demanding. Nobody is
going to fall for another
pay-per-view disaster like
Mayweather-Pacquio
II.
A fight against McGregor
would more than live up
to the hype, if only to
showcase the merits of
boxing as a fighting style
as it continues to lose
mindshare to MMA.
Also, it would be an
easy fight for Mayweather. Vegas oddsmakers
already have the fight at 2250/+980 in favor of Mayweather (meaning youd
have to wager $2,250 on
Mayweather to win $100,
$100 on McGregor to win
$980), but you dont need
to be an expert to call this
one. Keep your money in
the bank -- McGregor wont
tank, but Mayweather has
plenty of gas left in his. It
would be the greatest upset in sports history and
certainly worth watching
... that much you can bet.
Lets get it on.

Byrnes opened its season with a win on Monday night, as the Rebels seek to defend their
state championship title in Class AAAAA.

The Eastside boys were picked to finish first in the region.

Riverside girls basketball coach Jenny Taylor is hoping to guide her team into the playoffs
this season as the Lady Warriors enter a new region schedule.

JACKETS:
Return ready
FROM B1

passed away during the


middle of Greers season
last year. Kyle, however,
never stopped playing.
If you want the definition of toughness and everything that word embodies, you look no further
than Kyle Moore, Miller
said. Hes just found a
way to keep coming back,
and hes getting better. A
lot of people dont have
that ability. Hes doing this
for his family and its just
amazing how tough he is.
Hes using everything hes
gone through and hes putting it into his game.
With a bunch of new and
old talent to manage, Miller will have to figure out
how to manage his lineup
going forward.
Its going to be the ones
that produce in practice,
he said. Its breeding a lot
of competition and thats
always a good thing.
In the preseason region
rankings, Greer was picked
to finish third behind Eastside and Travelers Rest.
The region is going to
be very difficult, Miller
said. Eastside is the most
talented team in our region, but then you kind
of look at TR, Union and
Blue Ridge and they are all
well-coached teams who
play very hard. Its going
to be very competitive this
year.
Greer will travel to
Southside on Wednesday
for a matchup with the
Tigers before returning
home on Thursday to take
on Dorman. Both games
begin at around 7:30 after
the girls play.

Blue Ridge is hoping to bounce back from a sub-par region


performance last season.

North Greenville tops Tuskegee


Advances
in D-II
playoffs
A 28-point first quarter
propelled North Greenville to a 45-26 win over
Tuskegee University in the
second round of the NCAA
Division II playoffs last
Saturday.
The Crusaders marched
out of the gates quickly,
driving 73-yards on just
three plays to open the
game.
North Greenvilles first
score came as Will Hunter
found Demajiay Rooks
from 24-yards out to give
the Crusaders a 7-0 advantage.
The Crusaders then capitalized on a 10-play 89yard drive that extended
the lead to 14-0 on their
second drive. The Tigers
got a steady dose of Scott,
who carried the ball six
times before ultimately
punching it in from one
yard out.
Scott finished the day
with 128 yards on 25 carries. It was also the fourth
consecutive
100-yard
rushing performance for
the freshman tying the record set by Rashad Cummings in 2007.
The Tigers fumbled
away their next possession, as Dimajiay Rooks
recovered a muffed kick at
the Tuskegee 34-yard line.
The Crusaders converted
on the turnover six plays
later. Bobby Foos recovered a fumble in the end
zone to extend the lead to
21-0.

The lead ballooned to


28-0 when Mason Sanders
scurried in from 10-yards
out off Hunters second
touchdown toss. Hunter
threw for 272-yards on 17completions to go along
with three touchdowns.
Sanders had 43-yards on
three receptions for the
day. The Sanders touchdown capped a dominant
opening frame for NGU,
which ran 25 plays for 277
yards compared to just
seven plays for 18 yards
for the Tigers.
The North Greenville
offense moved the ball in
chunks throughout the
rest of the half, ultimately finding its way inside
the Tuskegee 20. Hunter
found Sanders for a 16yard completion, which
brought the Crusaders
down to the one-yard line,
where Hunter rushed to
give NGU a 35-7 edge at
intermission.
The Tigers found some
life after halftime, taking
a drive down field for a
score. Tuskegee missed
the extra point, however,
narrowing the lead to 3513.
An
uncharacteristic
interception from Will
Hunter resulted in another Tuskegee touchdown
later in the half, but North
Greenvilles offense got
back on track in the fourth
quarter going up 42-20
with just 3:53 left in the
game.
The Crusaders final
score of the game came
off a late field goal.
Defensively the Crusaders had three players with
five tackles, including Nigel Gay, who had 5.5 tackles with an interception.

Tony Godbolt also had an


interception to go along
with five tackles. Jeremiah
Ferguson claimed NGUs
third interception while
Sam Houston finished
with five tackles.
North Greenville is now
2-0 in NCAA playoff games
at Younts Stadium. The
Crusaders face a tough
task in the third round of

the playoffs as they travel


to North Alabama for a rematch in the quarterfinals.
Game time between the
Crusaders and UNA is to
be determined. It will be
the Crusaders second trip
to the Division-II quarterfinals.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Stokes shares passion for music in Greer


BY KAELYN PFENNING
STAFF WRITER
Matthew Stokes is sharing his passion for music
with anyone willing to
learn.
Now the owner of Stokes
Music Studio, Stokes has
been teaching guitar lessons for more than 20
years to all ages and now
has eight other teachers
who also give piano, drum
and voice lessons.
When I moved here, I
loved this location because
I saw that there was room
for more teachers, Stokes
said, and I have a lot of
friends in the business.
Were just steadily
growing each month,
Stokes continued, and
now Ive got eight teachers
here, and all of them have
a good handful of students, and theyre growing
their businesses here.
The studio is open from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the
busiest times being in the
late afternoon.
All of my teachers are
willing to sit down with a
person and spend a few
minutes to explain how
we can help, Stokes said,
and we wont charge anything for that consultation.
Its the relationship
part of this business that I
really like, Stokes continued. I like the interaction
with the students and the
interaction with the teachers.
I was just really impressed, said Melanie
Henson, newly hired administrative assistant. He
does so well with the children.

[My other musician


friends] all desire to
just play music for
a living, so Im very
fortunate and very
blessed, and I like to
keep that in focus.
Matthew Stokes

Owner, Stokes Music Studio

MUSIC LESSONS

Born in Georgia, Stokes


and his family moved to
Greer in 1976.
I had a love of music at
an early age, Stokes said,
and a friend of my parents gave me an old guitar. I didnt know it at the
time, but the guitar probably wasnt very playable,
but I did my best to make
some music come out of
that guitar. I had some
little things that I would
play, and I would try to
play what I heard. Then,
I got some lessons from
many different people
whove helped me through
the years.
Phil Lister, owner of
Phils Music in Mauldin,
gave Stokes his first guitar
lesson.
This wouldve been
1985 or so, and I remember I had a song that I
wanted to learn, Stokes
said, and I had it on a cassette tape.
We walked out to his
truck, Stokes continued,
and he popped the cassette tape in the truck, and
he squatted down beside
the car speaker and figured out how to play the
song, and then we went
back in the house, and he
showed me how to play
it.
Steve Watson in Greenville and Noel Riddle also
taught Stokes.
When I first got started

some.
So, I started going to
his house and helping
him to play guitar, Stokes
said, and he learned very
quickly and told other
family members, and it
just grew from there.
I really feel like that
there are no accidents in
life, Stokes continued.
God has placed me in this
business and provided me
with customers for a reason.
Stokes also volunteers
at Greer Community Ministries and Grace Place.
Im just very thankful
to get to do what Im doing
because I have so many
other friends, musician
friends, that work other
jobs through the week
and play music on the
weekends, Stokes said.
We all desire to just play
music for a living, so Im
very fortunate and very
blessed, and I like to keep
that in focus.
After Stokes started
teaching, Lister asked
Stokes to come to their
store, teach and bring
his students, Stokes said.
They would provide me
with more students, and
I did that for quite some
time.
Unfortunately,
they
didnt make it in the retail business, not because
of anything other than Internet sales. A lot of small
music stores are struggling these days, Stokes
continued. The lesson
program was going great,
so when they closed that
retail store, I continued to
teach lessons in that location. I just leased part of
that location and stayed
there.

GREER STUDIO

playing guitar, it seemed


likeand even nowwhen
I hear a song that I love, I
get this desire to know
how to do that, Stokes
said, so I grab my guitar
and start singing it out
and then trying to play it
out.
Thats another thing
that I help my students
do is sing what they play,
Stokes continued. Its so
important.

TEACHING GUITAR

Stokes started teaching


after taking his guitar to
get repaired at his luthiers
shop. A luthier is someone
who works on guitars.
When Stokes walked into
the shop, the luthier told
another customer that
Stokes would teach him to
play guitar, and the customer looked at Stokes,
asking, Will you teach me
to play guitar?
Stokes said to him, I
dont know. Ive never
done that before, but I
think I could help you

Later, Stokes moved to


Memorial Drive in Greer,
where he is now, he said.
This
locations
been
much better. I think the
flow of traffic right here
is a lot better. People can
actually see what were doing. Before, I was on Wade
Hampton. People didnt
really get an opportunity
to see my sign.
At first, Stokes stayed
by himself for about six
months before bringing in
a piano teacher, he said.
Now, Ive got three piano
teachers. Theres a big demand for piano lessons
here.
So far, word of mouth
has been the primary
means of growing the
business, Stokes said.
We have students of all
ages here, Stokes said.
We have students that are
five years old, and I have
students that are 85 years
old.
My goal with each student is to just help them
learn to practice properly
at home so that they can
get some results and have
some fun, Stokes continued. We want to help
them develop a love of
music and a love of practice. People sometimes
get this idea that practice
is something that is work
or they dont want to do
it. We try to make it fun.

KAELYN PFENNING | THE GREER CITIZEN

Matthew Stokes (right) teaches Randy Moon how to play the guitar at Stokes Music Shop
in Greer.
I found that encouraging
my students is the number
one thing that I do.
Stokes encourages them
to practice and gives them
motivation, he said.
We work on songs that
they want to learn, Stokes
said, but we also have
some structure, and we
work in books and follow
lesson plans, and we learn
to read music.
A lot of guitar teachers
dont teach music reading
these days, Stokes continued. Theyve kind of gotten away from that. They
draw little pictures of
where to put your fingers.
Its so important to learn
to read music, especially
if youre a youngster. Its
so easy at that age. I love
teaching youngsters to
read music.
KAELYN PFENNING | THE GREER CITIZEN

MEMORIES

One of his favorite memories comes from a former


student who walked into
Phils Music, where Stokes
worked for more than 10
years, and thanked Stokes
for getting him started.
To have someone come
and tell you that, I just
teared up right there in
the store, Stokes said.
Another time, Stokes
went to see a musician
named Doyle Dykes, who
was playing a clinic at
Phils Music.
I was so moved by what
I witnessed that I went
home and I wrote a little
story, a little essay, of
what Id seen that night,
Stokes said. I wanted to
remember it forever, and
it just inspired me to practice more, to continue with
my passion and to help
other people play and enjoy music. Thats what its
all about, sharing the gift
of music.
One of Stokes students,
Dylan
Arms,
recently
starred on American Idol,
he said. I was thrilled to
think maybe I had some
small part of that because
he was a beginner when
I started helping him to
play.
In addition to teaching, Stokes has played in
bands, including a duo

Deborah Pope shows Mason Southern, 7, how to fill in his


piano book.
called Wish Box for the
past 16 years, and has also
scored in a movie, Secret
of Fireflies.
In my own life, reading music was challenging
for me on guitar for a lot
of years, Stokes said. I
found a specific computer
program that helped me
a lot, and I now use that
with my students, especially the adult students.
It seems like kids, when
you teach kids the notes
on the staff, if theyre really trying and they want to
do it, it sticks; theyre very
quickly reading music,
Stokes continued. Adults
can sometimes need a
little extra help, so this
computer program is fabulous. Theres four drills
on there, and if a person
uses this each day, within
30 days, they can really
read well. That is one big
advantage to learning here
is our ability to help you
read music quickly no
matter what age you are.
Stokes graduated from
Camden Military Academy, he said, but I did go
to Greer High School for a
little while, and I went to
college at coastal and did
take music down there

with a guy named Tom Yoder; he was a lot of help to


me as well.
Bryan and Gail Stokes
are his parents.
They gave me a work
ethic, Stokes said. They
let me help in the family
business at an early age.
They instilled a lot of values in me. They took me to
church. Theyre still a big
part of my life.
Theyre both very optimistic people, Stokes
continued.
Theyve
helped me to see the good
in people and see the good
in certain situations and
to be thankful in all situations. I cant say enough
about them.
Besides music, Stokes
spends time reading poetry, walking at Greer City
Park and riding in the car
to sightsee nearby mountains.
I love to go to mountains and take my guitar
and maybe go up to Pisgah
Forest and sit out by the
river, Stokes said. I like
all the outdoor things.
Stokes Music Studio is
located at 314 Memorial
Drive, Greer. For more information or lessons, call
608-7197.

Novelist King remembers late husband, Pat Conroy


BY WILLIAM BUCHHEIT
STAFF WRITER
Upstate Southern Lit
fans got a special treat
this month when novelist
Cassandra King brought
her book tour to Greenvilles Poinsett Club. King,
whod been married to
legendary author Pat Conroy 20 years at the time
of his death last March,
signed copies of her own
books as well as a posthumous volume of Conroy
non-fiction. King herself
wrote the introduction of
that work, A Lowcountry
Heart: Reflections on a
Writing Life.
Addressing the crowd
of around 85 fans, King
shared fond memories of
her late husbands charm
and humor.
His sense of humor
sometimes got him in
trouble, she said. He
did not care whose toes

[Pats] sense of
humor sometimes
got him in trouble.
He did not care
whose toes he
stepped on or who
he made angry.
Cassandra King

Novelist/Pat Conroys wife

WILLIAM BUCHHEIT | THE GREER CITIZEN

Novelist Cassandra King brought her book tour to


Greenvilles Poinsett Club recently.
he stepped on or who he
made angry.
Many of those Conroy

seemed to irritate were


the alumni and administration of his alma mater,

The Citadel. King said he


would often tell interviewers he was the only Citadel
graduate that knew how
to use a semicolon -- and
knew that it wasnt a part
of the intestine.
King shared another
story about when her husbands humor got him into

trouble at the Atlanta Ritz


Carlton.
This very dignified
black
gentleman
was
bringing our suitcases up
and asked if we were both
writers, she recalled. Pat
said, Yeah, thats true. My
wife writes pornography
and I only write Christian
books. The guy threw his
arms up and said, Praise
the Lord! He promised me
that he would send me a
speaker for our Christian
radio program.
Conroys widow added
that the incident marked
the only time she ever saw
her husband at a loss for
words.
After Conroys death,
the mayor of Beaufort approached King about the
prospect of commemorating the famous author
with a statue at the citys
Waterfront Park. She told
him Conroy would have
likely opposed the idea

and instead suggested creating The Pat Conroy Literary Center. The purpose of
the center is to cultivate a
passionate and inclusive
reading and writing community in honor of the beloved Beaufort author.
The buildings creation
was made possible by private donations, King said,
and is now open at 308
Charles St. in Beaufort.
He loved his readers
and he was just such a loving spirit, she explained.
Pat would stay and sign
books until the last person left. I learned not to
go with him to those signings because I would have
to wait 5-8 hours.
The event at the Poinsett Club was made possible by Fiction Addiction,
Greenvilles local independent bookstore.

ENTERTAINMENT
The Greer Citizen

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

THE GREER CITIZEN B5

Arrival too ambitious for own good


Rating: 6 out of 10
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Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant


in Florence Foster Jenkins

COUCH THEATER

DVD Previews
BY SAM STRUCKHOFF

NEW RELEASES
FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 12
PICKS OF THE WEEK

Suicide Squad (R) -- A


gaggle of super-villains
are rounded up to form a
special team that bickers
its way through waves of
underdeveloped enemies
in a no-holds-barred assault on Marvels domination over super-ensemble
movies. The titular squad
includes assassin Deadshot (Will Smith); Harley
Quinn (Margot Robbie), the
Jokers steady girlfriend;
some boomerang guy (Jai
Courtney); a special-forces
guy (Joel Kinnaman); and
a host of other hastily introduced characters youll
struggle to like. Viola Davis plays the government
official responsible for
sending this motley bunch
against the Enchantress
(Cara Delevigne), an evil
super-witch.
First off, this aint The
Avengers. These heroes
are anti-heros. Also, Jared
Letos much-hyped version of the Joker makes an
appearance -- and thats it,
an appearance. Youll be
grateful its brief.
Miss Peregrines Home
for Peculiar Children
(PG-13) -- Jake (Asa Butterfield), a teenage boy raised
on his grandfathers tall
tales, finds himself in a
little corner of time and
space where he gets to see
how real the fantastic stories are. After a bit of time
travel, Jake finds himself
on a Welsh island where
Miss Peregrine (Eva Green)
looks after a class of children with bizarre abilities
-- a floating girl, an invisible boy and so on. The
inhabitants are threatened
by non-peculiar human society that fears them, and
another group called the
Hollows (led by Samuel L.
Jackson) that wants them
for nefarious purposes.
Adapted from a youngadult novel series of the
same name, the movie
toys with how to properly
pace itself. The first act
really limps along. When
things really get rolling,
director Tim Burton finds
some surreal imagery to
indulge in like he likes to
do. The plot eventually
starts whirring so fast that
its difficult to keep track.
Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13) -- OK, no
more superpowers. This
one has a woman who
lacks a special talent (singing), and still manages to
be inspiring and filled with
life. Florence (Meryl Streep)
has always been in love
with music and dreamed
of being a celebrated opera singer. Shes an awful singer, but shes also
a wealthy New York elite,
and her husband (Hugh
Grant) is determined to
make her dream come
true before she loses her
battle with syphilis. Also,
its the 1940s and people
really need entertainment.
Streeps performance is
charming, but you cant
help but see her smiling at
herself on the inside with
each mangled note.
Ben-Hur (2016) (R) - A Judean prince (Jack
Huston) is betrayed and
enslaved in the Roman
Empire. His quest for
Gladiator-style revenge,
however, is thrown offcourse by a coincidental
encounter with Jesus of
Nazareth (Rodrigo Santoro), who inspires our protagonist to practice mercy
and forgiveness. This epic
journey tries to match the
theatre-shaking thunder
of its predecessors with
wild computer-generated
sequences, including the
big chariot race at the
end. Unfortunately, director Timur Bekmambetov
doesnt have much to add
to this dusty story.

Run time: 116 minutes


Rated: PG-13 for language
and mild violence

ith his first two English-language films,


Prisoners (2013)
and Sicario (2015), Denis Villeneuve announced
his presence with alarming force. Though both of
those thrillers contained
their fair share of violence, depravity and drama, there was no escaping
their realism and urgency.
Sicario, especially, was
the work of a born filmmaker in full command of
his story, setting, pacing
and characters.
With the sci-fi drama
Arrival, the Canadian
director gives us a film
even more ambitious than
its predecessors. Unfortunately, however, it is too
far-fetched and plodding
to have the same impact.
The protagonist here
is Louise Banks (Amy
Adams), a Linguistics professor who has recently
lost her teen daughter
to cancer. She is called
to help when 12 identically-shaped UFOs land
strategically across earth.
More specifically, her task
is to go inside a spaceship
in Montana and communicate with the extraterrestrial life forms inside.
With the help of a gifted
and determined physicist (Jeremy Renner), she
begins working on solving
the big riddle -- why these
aliens have come to earth
in the first place.
Arrival has enough
elements to carry a full
television season. Politics,
time-travel, fear, loss and
love are just a few of the
themes Villenueve stirs
into his ambitious pot.
To be fair, its interesting
stuff, but the sci-fi diehards will likely find the
end product a lot more
intriguing than I did.
The cast, which also

MOVIE
REVIEWS
WILLIAM
BUCHHEIT

Arrival has enough


elements to carry
a full television
season.
includes Forrest Whitaker
as a Military colonel, is
dynamite. In a complex
role, Adams continues
the outstanding work
she gave us in recent
films like The Master
and American Hustle.
Though she is often
joined inside the frame by
Whitaker and Renner, her
character is the heart of
the story and she delivers
the goods with gusto.
Most of the problems
I had with the movie
were in the screenplay.
Though the buildup to
Louises spaceship entry
is nicely executed, much
of the communication
between her and the alien
lifeforms is disappointing. The last 20 minutes,
meanwhile, effectively
resolve many questions,
but do so in a rushed and
somewhat unsatisfying
manner.
The film is based on a
short story entitled Story
of Your Life that was
published by Ted Chiang
in 2000. Perhaps reading
that novella would answer
some of the questions I
had when I walked out
of the theatre last week.
Theres no question that
Arrival is an intelligent
and beautifully shot film,
and we must applaud
Villeneuve for taking on
so complicated a project.
At the end of the day,
however, it was all just a
little too elaborate and far
out for this critic.

Vintage Christmas
Market to benefit
Saved by the Heart
Saved by the Heart is excited to announce it will
be the benefiting charity
partner at this years Greer
Station Vintage Christmas,
Dec. 1-3.
This indoor event will
be held at Grace Hall, 108
Trade Street, in Greer.
Saved by the Heart, a local animal rescue serving
Greer for over five years,
will receive a portion of all
proceeds from the Vintage
Market. This is the second
year SBTH has partnered
with Greer Station Vintage
Christmas. The success
of the 2015 event helped
raise funds for the rescues veterinary, food, and
maintenance bills as well
as their foster program.
We are really thankful
for the community partnerships that support our
animal rescue efforts,
said Saved by the Heart
Director, Jessica Monroe.
Inside the Design and Andrea Durham are sponsors
for our Happy Hour and
Christmas party nights at
the Marketplace which allows us to offer so many
perks to our attendees.
Everyones involvement,
from vendors to volunteers and sponsors to
guests, makes our events
so successful and fun.
This years boutique
marketplace will kick off
Thursday with a special
Early Bird sale from 10
a.m. to noon. A $5 entry
fee is required for the Early Bird sale and the first
50 attendees will receive

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Boxer Roberto Durans grudge match with Sugar Ray Leonard is highlight of Hands of
Stone.

HANDS OF STONE CANT


PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Rating: 5 out of 10
Run time: 105 minutes
Rated: R for language and
nudity
When he had his head
on straight, few boxers
were as fun to watch
as Roberto Duran. The
Panamanian boxer turned
pro at age 16 and dazzled
fans in the ring from the
mid 70s to the mid 80s.
He beat Sugar Ray Leonard in his prime and is
widely regarded as one of
the ten best to ever enter
a ring.
He was also an angry,
selfish and self-destructive man whose appetites
cost him more than a few
wins and fans over the
years. In short, Durans
life and career provide
plenty of substance for
a strong film. In the
hands of writer/director
Jonathan Jakubowicz,
however, Durans story
is reduced primarily to a
highlight reel.

THINGS
TO DO
NEW LISTINGS

ARTISTS GUILD GALLERY


HOLDS HOLIDAY SHOW

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The Vintage Market will


offer handmade gifts to
support Saved by the
Heart.
free swag bags. Regular
market hours begin that
day at noon and will run
through 8 p.m. A special
Ladies Night event with
wine, hors doeuvres, and
giveaways will last from 68 p.m. that evening.
On Friday, market hours
are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The
Rocking Christmas Party
kicks off that evening, 6-8
p.m., also with wine, hors
doeuvres and giveaways.
This years market will
offer handmade, upcycled,
and vintage specialties
from over 30 regional vendors.
Vendors will include
Goodnight Moon, a childrens boutique featuring
handmade bib sets, baby
accessories, and more.
Vintage market veteran,
Plunder, will return this
year. Plunder is an antiques vendor who focuses
on pieces with unique designs specialty items.
There are also plenty
of items for foodies with
vendors such as Pick &
Preserve, Speckled Cakes
and Orijin Teas.
Vendor applications are
still being accepted. Visit
www.vintagechristmasgreer.com/vendor-information for details.

Local jewelers and artisans are collaborating


together for the 2016 holiday season for the Artists
Guild Gallery of Greenville
annual holiday celebration
show. Local jewelers and
other fine artists are making handcrafted jewelry
from beaded work to handblown glass pieces, metalwork to gems, turned
woodworking and wirewrapped minerals.
The show is open
through the month of December. An opening reception will be held Friday,
Dec. 2, from 6-8 p.m.

LOLLIPOPS CONCERT
SET FOR DEC. 3

Greenville
Symphony
Orchestra Wind Quartet
will hold its next Lollipops Concert, A Wish
for Wings That Work, on
Saturday, Dec. 3. A 10 a.m.
performance will be held
at Hendricks Library in
Simpsonville followed by
an 11:20 a.m. performance
at Hughes Main Library in
Greenville.
Opus is a penguin who
longs to fly, so he orders a
machine and assembles it.
Lollipops concerts introduce children to classical
music and the instruments
of the orchestra through
interactive concerts presented by members of the
Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Lollipops concerts are
appropriate for children
in K3-5th grade, although
all children and adults are
welcome. Programs last
approximately 30 minutes. Reservations are not
required and admission is
free.
For
more
information about Lollipops and
other GSO programs for
children, contact Braxton
Ballew at 232-0344, x19 or
braxton@greenvillesymphony.org.

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Arrival intriguing for sci-fi diehards.


Thats not the fault of
Edgar Martinez, who plays
Duran or Robert De Niro
who plays his trainer Ray
Arcel. Both actors are
more than up for the task
at hand, as is Usher, who
plays Leonard with just
the right mix of showmanship and humility.
The problem is that
Hands of Stone attempts to bring too much
biographical information
to the forefront. Durans
love life and the political

fight over the Panama


Canal take up so much
valuable time that the relationship between Duran
and Arcel suffers. The
highlight of the movie is
the grudge match with
Leonard, whom Duran
fought twice in 1980. The
display of mindgames and
machismo between those
two are far more compelling and electric than
any of the films other
moments.

FURMAN TO HOST
LOVEFEAST DEC. 4

will lead the singing of traditional Christmas carols.

Furman University will


host its annual Moravian
Christmas Lovefeast service Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5
p.m. in Daniel Memorial
Chapel.
The event is free and
open to the public, and is
presented by Furmans Office of the Chaplains.
Based on traditions originating in the early Apostolic church, then later in
the Moravian church, the
Christmas Lovefeast is
a meaningful way to celebrate the true spirit of
Christmas. The service includes the serving of Moravian buns and coffee, and
the lighting of beeswax
candles. The sanctuary
will be lit by pew candle
staffs and decorated with
red poinsettias.
Furman will provide special music for the service,
and the universitys Chancel Choir, directed by Furman senior Sandy Sharis,

CENTRE STAGE TO SHOW IN


THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Centre Stage will present its latest Fringe Series


production In The Middle
of Nowhere by Kent R.
Brown Dec. 6-7 and 13-14.
Rebecca Pender peeks
out her bedroom window
in rural Nebraska and sees
a vision of the end of the
world. The next day, she
and her husband, Lucas,
stand transfixed as they
witness the collapse of the
World Trade Center, unlocking within Rebeccas
psyche a Pandoras box
of repressed fears. In the
Middle of Nowhere examines how fear poisons the
soul like a virus, ravaging
all who come in contact
with it.
Centre Stage is located
at 501 River St. in Greenville. For tickets or more
information, visit centrestage.org.

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might be regaled with riotous humor and the next
you would listen to exquisite and ethereal sacred
music. A Madrigal Dinner
includes a play and music
interspersed within the
evening.
The feast includes a
meal of baked chicken
breast, green beans, garlic
cheddar potatoes, rolls,
dessert, iced tea and hot
Christmas wassail (apple
cider).
Tickets are $12. (Limited
VIP Kings Box seating is
available for $20. The special seating includes the
meal, a mock-tail, salad
and appetizers.) Tickets
are available from any Byrnes High choral student
or by emailing jessica.
rash@spart5.net.
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Hayley Redwine was named Miss Souvenirs at the Byrnes High School class beauty
pageant on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Spartanburg District Five Fine Arts Center.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

THE GREER CITIZEN

B7

Why is alcohol banned


with antibiotics?
DEAR DR. ROACH: Im
confused about the medical rule not to drink any
alcohol while on antibiotics. After doing Internet research on reputable sites, I
found, to my surprise, that
the overwhelming medical
opinion is that moderate
alcohol use does not render most antibiotics ineffective. I do understand
that alcohol should not be
used with specific antibiotics, e.g. Flagyl, because
of adverse physical reactions. I read that the warning not to mix alcohol with
antibiotics stems from
doctors fearing patients
taking antibiotics to cure
STDs would have lowered
inhibitions and engage in
unprotected sex. Could
you please set the record
straight for the public on
this subject? -- K.L.
ANSWER: I never learned
the rule that alcohol
shouldnt be taken while
on antibiotics, with the exception of metronidazole
(Flagyl), the combination
of which causes extremely
unpleasant nausea and
vomiting, headache, shortness of breath and other
symptoms. This reaction
can happen to a lesser
extent with sulfamethoxazole (a component of Bactrim or Septra) as well as
other, less commonly used
antibiotics such as tinidazole and some cephalosporins. The antituberculosis
drug isoniazid can cause
liver damage in combination with excess alcohol.
In general, if you are sick
enough to need antibiot-

TO YOUR
GOOD HEALTH
KEITH
ROACH, M.D.
ics, it is prudent to avoid
alcohol, and certainly to
avoid excess alcohol. But
alcohol does not render
antibiotics
ineffective.
Preventing STDs is much
better than treating them,
since not all can be cured.
Part of being sexually responsible is making good
decisions. You are correct
that people are more likely to make unwise decisions with even moderate
amounts of alcohol. Thats
true with or without antibiotics.
***
DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffered from a very painful
case of plantar fasciitis for
longer than a year when
my husband and I (both
in our 40s) discovered
that we were expecting a
baby. I was terrified over
the prospect for several
reasons, including the already painful state of my
feet. It turned out that my
plantar fasciitis was completely cured by the end of
my pregnancy.
Now, at 47, with a darling 3-year-old, Im wondering if there is any way
of preventing the condition from returning. My
OB/GYN guessed that perhaps the hormones that
make a pregnant woman

more stretchy are behind


my cure. Do you have any
ideas about this? -- B.R.
ANSWER: Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in
the strong band of connective tissue that runs from
the heel to the toes and
supports the foot. The major symptom is pain with
walking, especially with
the first step of the day.
Pregnant women are indeed more likely to suffer
from plantar fasciitis. Most
authorities feel it is the
relatively fast weight gain
of a normal pregnancy,
but some blame the hormone relaxin, which loosens the pelvic and other
ligaments. This can change
your gait and cause abnormal stresses on the feet,
causing plantar fasciitis.
Your obstetrician is suggesting that relaxin is acting on your already-existing plantar fasciitis, which
I havent heard of, but it is
an interesting thought.
For prevention, regular
stretching of the calf muscles, wearing shoes with
good support and maintaining a healthy weight
can help prevent recurrence.
Dr. Roach regrets that
he is unable to answer individual letters, but will
incorporate them when
possible. Email questions to
ToYourGoodHealth@med.
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order health pamphlets,
visit www.rbmamall.com,
or write to Good Health,
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her relationship with Kevin to the next level. Maxie
and Nathan were worried
about the company Nina
had been keeping. Anna
confronted Valentin. Griffin and Liz had a heart-toheart. Franco paid Heather
a visit. Sam was concerned
that Jasons trust in Curtis was misplaced. Wait to
See: Julian makes Alexis a
surprising offer.

BY DANA BLOCK

THE BOLD AND


THE BEAUTIFUL

Maya comforted Nicole


following her breakup
with Zende. Meanwhile,
knowing that Zende had
just been dumped, Sasha
offered herself as a more
suitable replacement. Bill
awaited word from Brooke
so he could make final
preparations for their
elopement. Ridge and RJ
wondered if they were able
to get through to Brooke
so that she would choose
a life with Ridge over Bill.
Quinn encouraged Wyatt
not to give up on his marriage to Steffy. Eric voiced
his lack of desire to return
to Forrester Creations.
Steffy was taken aback by
the response she received
after expressing her feelings regarding Quinns
change of attitude. Wait to
See: A past victim warns a
new target.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Gabi and Chad shared a


close moment, which was
witnessed by Jennifer. Victor and Maggie worried
about Brady following Theresas departure. Eduardo
and Kate spent Thanksgiving together. Rafe appealed
to Steve to help him with
Hopes predicament. Hope
found an unlikely ally in
prison. Claire and Theo
decided to take their relationship to the next level.
Lucas and Justins tempers flared. Jennifer was

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furious when she realized
that Laura knew about
Abigail. JJ worried that
Gabi and Chad were more
than friends. Sonny tried
to break up the argument
between Justin and Lucas.
Shawn and Rafe went over
the events leading up to
Stefanos death. Wait to
See: Ciara is shocked when
she meets her online date.

GENERAL HOSPITAL

Nelle manipulated an
unsuspecting Sonny. Bobbie resumed her position
at General Hospital. Terrified he would lose her the
same way he lost his wife,
Finn raced to find a cure
for Hayden. Carly came
clean with Sonny. Nelle
struggled with her guilt.
Anna and Griffin focused
on trying to find Claudette.
Valentin used Charlotte
to draw Nina closer. Dillon tried to cheer up Kiki.
Laura considered taking

THE YOUNG AND


THE RESTLESS

Travis got into an argument with Victor and


quit Newman Enterprises.
Cane tried his best to resist taking a painkiller. Jill
encouraged Billy to come
clean with Victoria about
Travis secret. Victor assured Nick that a court
would never allow Sharon
to visit Christian. Hilary
secretly recorded Nikki
telling her that Sharon
ruined both of her sons.
Later, Victor informed
Nikki that she might have
to choose between Dylan
and Nick. Hilary kicked
Christians fame-seeking
babysitter out of GC Buzz.
Jill refused to hire Travis.
Neil tried to convince Jack
to return to the foundation. Cane was still in pain
from his surgery. Nikki
tried to convince Sharon
that leaving Dylan would
allow him to be a part of
Christians life. Wait to
See: Tracis plan to reunite
her siblings backfires.

THE SPATS by Jeff Pickering

RFD by Mike Marland

AMBER WAVES by Dave T. Phipps

OUT ON A LIMB by Gary Kopervas

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