Greenville, SC Author Publishes Children’s Christmas Book

(PRLEAP.COM) July 12, 2017 – The Snowflakes Find Christmas Spirit in Mittenboro, a new book by Burma Hill, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Harrison is a little boy who is very disappointed to be sick at Christmastime. All he wants to do is go outside and make snow angels, but his doctor will not allow it. Little does he know that a group of special friends are listening by the windowsill!

Brr the snowflake feels so sorry for Harrison that he decides to go inside and play him, in spite of the danger he will face in the warm air. One by one, the other snowflakes join him, as they realize that helping this little boy is the best way to spend their Christmas.

The Snowflakes Find Christmas Spirit in Mittenboro shares a message of friendship and compassion, proving that helping someone in need brings joy to everyone.

About the Author:
Burma Hill first wrote this story in fourth grade. Now a mother and grandmother, she has finally brought her snowflakes to the world.

In addition to writing, she also enjoys travelling, going to church, and spending time with her grandchildren. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her dog, Paco.

The Snowflakes Find Christmas Spirit in Mittenboro is a 30-page paperback with a retail price of $19.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-3093-3. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at

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Greenville’s Red, White & Blue Details Released


Greenville, SC. (WSPA)- The annual Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue festival in Greenville Co. is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4.

This free event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Greenville. The event will feature one of the largest firework displays, live music on two stages, a kid’s area and a variety of food vendors.

The fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music and will begin at 9:45 p.m.The best viewing angles will be Main St.from Court St. to Falls Park Drive. The event will also be on radio station 92.5 WESC from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Wells Fargo Upstate Area President Justin Hawkins says, “This year, we are proud to honor one of our local veterans from Duncan, Retired Combat Medic Levi Osburn, who served in Iraq” who will receive the Wells Fargo Military Hero Award at the Peace Center Amphitheater stage at 6:15 p.m. along with honoring all other Veterans.

To aid visitors, this map gives a detailed description of the festival site.

Event Schedule

5 p.m. – Festival begins
6:15 p.m. – Presentation of Wells Fargo Military Hero Award at Peace Center Amphitheatre Stage
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Live broadcast of the event on WESC 92.5 FM. A Salute To America will give event-goers the opportunity to listen to a simulcast of the soundtrack live on the radio.
9:45 p.m. – Fireworks launch (best viewing is Main Street between Court Street and Falls Park Drive)
10 p.m. – Festival ends

Music Schedule

Pepsi Stage
Main Street at Falls Park Drive

5:15 p.m. – West End String Band
6:45 p.m. – South85
8:15 p.m. – Cody Webb

Peace Center Amphitheater Stage

6:30 p.m. – 246 Army Band

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Greenville Co. Coroner Named Sc Coroner of the Year

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Coroner B. Parks Evans, Jr. has been named South Carolina Coroner of the Year.

According to a press release from the SC Coroner’s Association, Evans received the honor Wednesday night during the group’s annual awards banquet held at Pawleys Island.

Evans was cited for the growth of his office staff and use of equipment. He was credited for obtaining portable fingerprint scanners, a cadaver dog and handler along with computerized coroner case file tracking and a mass disaster trailer.

South Carolina Coroner’s Association President Dennis Fowler, the Cherokee County Coroner, presented the award.

“Parks is the example of a great coroner,” said Fowler. “He cares about the citizens of Greenville County, his staff and most importantly the families of the deceased. He is most deserving and I am glad to call him my friend. We need more like him.”

Also to Evans list of accomplishments was his dedication to save lives though education and his loyalty as a husband, father and grandfather.

“I am lost for words,” Evans said. “This is an honor I will forever cherish.”

Josh Parker of Cherokee County was named Deputy Coroner of The Year. Parker was cited for a heroic effort in 2016, where he knocked out the windows of a burning house and rescued a victim trapped inside.

Coroner Richard Harvey of Colleton County received the Sue Townsend Award. Coroner Harvey was recognized for his compassion in delivering in person the cremated remains of three small children who lost their lives in a motor vehicle collision in November 2016 to a Maryland father at his own expense.

The awards banquet is held annually in conjunction with the South Carolina Coroner’s Association Annual Training Conference that continues though Friday.

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Richland Cemetery Established in the 1800s in Greenville

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Before the Civil War, slaves were often interred in the rear of family or church burial grounds.

After the war, however, landless, newly freed men and women could claim no burial space so they turned to City Council to get permission to be laid to rest at the rear of “the public” cemetery, now Springwood Cemetery. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of African-Americans were buried there.

In 1883, however, after Springwood had been improved, black citizens requested a cemetery of their own. The city responded by designating a portion of 17 acres of land for a Negro Cemetery near the “Tannery Branch” of Richland Creek. The cemetery’s boundaries were vague. Before Laurens Road was connected to Stone Avenue about 1950, the cemetery may have extended all the way to Richland Creek.

The name Richland Cemetery was first used in the city directory in 1896. In 1901, the city listed the value of its land as $2,200. Springwood was listed at $3,500. The graves of many buried at Richland were not marked, and a fire some years ago destroyed many records, making grave identification difficult. Together with Springwood, Richland Cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Editor’s note: For more than 140 years, The Greenville News has told the story of our community and the people who live here. Each day this year we are publishing a brief piece of our history – Greenville’s story.

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Hot Button Political Issues Stir United Methodist Conference in Greenville

Hot button political issues ranging from Immigration to gay and transgender youth brought out division among participants of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as it wrapped up its annual meeting in Greenville on Wednesday.

Most of the controversies were dealt with through non-binding resolutions by the roughly 2,000 members of the conference at the TD Center, but not without passionate dissent.

Some ministers spoke in favor of deferring to the tougher stance on immigration of the new administration in Washington, citing biblical dictates that Christians should follow government rules.

But other ministers and lay people said Jesus never asked to see papers before accepting strangers.

The conference approved the resolution which expresses support for immigrants and calls on policy leaders to develop comprehensive immigration reform.

They also approved a resolution condemning what members said was a federal ban on Muslims.

The Rev. Keith Sweat, who retired from a Ware Shoals church this week, attempted Wednesday to bring back his proposal to sever the state conference from the greater United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is moving toward a decision in 2019 on how to keep the global church together amid deep differences on homosexuality. Bishops will meet that year to deal with issues of sexuality and church unity.

Bishop Jonathan Holston, who presided over the conference, reiterated his earlier ruling that a state conference could not weigh in on such a major issue and it would violate his oaths to the church to consider it.

In other issues:

Worshipers also voted to approve a resolution that explicitly says LGBTQ youth are included in the church as part of “all at-risk youth.” Several people opposed to the amendment said it shouldn’t be necessary to say both phrases. But others said the specific acknowledgement would open the church’s doors to people who may not otherwise believe they are welcome, even with the language of “all.”

Trinity United Methodist Church in Charleston apologized to Centenary United Methodist to start making amends for racial discrimination that led black members to form their own church. The state conference initially opposed the motion, saying it should have been a local issue rather than a state issue, but after a language change, the state conference supported the motion.

As part of a yearlong effort to do missionary work as part of the conference, the conference raised enough money to build six homes for needy through Homes for Hope. The conference’s churches also collected more than 1,500 bicycles to be shipped across the world for the needy, as well as 100 each for missions in Greenville and Anderson.

The conference raised a total of more than $40,000 separately in offerings throughout the week for Imagine No Malaria, flood assistance through Disaster Response and Disaster Recovery ministries as well as for the Seminary Students Scholarship Fund.

The conference will be back in Greenville at the TD Convention Center in 2018 and 2019. It has been more than a half century since Methodists in the state have gathered in Greenville. The conference went off smooth, said the Rev. Scott Smoak, an organizer. He said members have been visiting restaurants, hotels and even ball games this week in Greenville.

Conference members voted against a resolution that would have supported opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline in South Dakota.

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25 Surprising Facts About Greenville


Even if you think you know Greenville well, here are some facts that might surprise you.

Greenville County was part of the Cherokee Nation’s protected lands until 1776.

The first white man to settle in the area was Richard Pearis, who married a Cherokee woman and was given several tracts of land.

Because Pearis was not a Patriot, he lost all his land and possessions during the Revolutionary War.

In the early 1900s, Greenville was known as the “Textile Center of the World.”

Greenville was called Pleasantburg until the name was changed in 1831.

Greenville was at first spelled Greeneville, likely after Revolutionary hero Nathaniel Greene.

Paris Mountain was named after Richard Pearis, using the spelling of the French city so it would be less confusing.

Poinsett Hotel was completed in June 1925 at a cost of $1.5 million.

The 12-story Poinsett Hotel was built to provide rooms for visitors to Greenville’s annual Southern Textile Exposition.

Greenville served as a training camp center for Army recruits during World War I.

Donaldson Center Airport served as a military base after World War II until the early 1960s.

On August 9, 1960, a sit-in at the S. H. Kress store in Greenville was catalyst for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that overrode segregation ordinances.

Liberty Bridge was completed in 2004. It is 380 feet long and 12 feet wide (with a clear span of 200 feet).

The land area of Greenville is 25.38 sq. miles.

Greenville County is South Carolina’s most populous county with more than 498,766 residents as of the 2016 census. An estimated 64,579 (as of the 2015 census) live within Greenville’s city limits.

The median house value in Greenville in 2010 was $137,795. In 2016, the median home value was $155,500.

Greenville’s average annual temperature is 60 degrees.

Greenville’s average yearly rainfall is 49 inches.

Greenville’s average annual snowfall is less than 6 inches.

Greenville’s average monthly maximum temperature is 71 degrees.

Greenville’s average monthly minimum temperature is 50 degrees.

The median age of Greenvillians is 34.1 years. The U.S. median age is 37.4 years. (Sperlings Best Places)

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Spartanburg Man Charged with Robbing Regions Bank in Greenville

GREENVILLE (WSPA) – The man who police say robbed the Regions Bank at knife-point on South Pleasantburg Drive Monday afternoon has been arrested.

Greenville Police say they found John Snelgrove at the nearby Miracle Hill Thrift Store. Snelgrove is charged with bank robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Police say Snelgrove, 47, from Spartanburg entered the bank wearing a ski mask and showed a knife to a teller. He demanded money and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Sterling Elementary School was placed on lockdown after the robbery.

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Greenville Sc Is One of the State’s Hubs of Commerce

Greenville SC is one of the state’s hubs of commerce and among the larger population centers. This growing area has an urban core but has not forgotten its rural roots and surroundings. Statistically, it is often combined with the city of Spartanburg just a short drive up the road for a larger combined metropolitan area.

The state of South Carolina is geographically divided into three regions. The coastal plains are dominated largely by the port and colonial city of Charleston. The central rolling Piedmont hills are home to the capital of Columbia, and Spartanburg represents the economic heart of the ‘upstate’ that slopes up into the Appalachian Mountains.

Interstate 85 is the main artery of vehicle traffic through the area, as it connects Greenville to Atlanta in the south and North Carolina in the other direction. Economic traffic and connections into its northern neighbor include Gastonia, Charlotte, Greensboro, and eventually the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Interstate 26 is another highway passing nearby, giving Greenville residents easy access to Columbia and Charleston to the east. To the north, they can drive into the mountains of North Carolina and visit Asheville, where other interstate connections go on to Tennessee and Virginia.

Many companies call Greenville their home and headquarters due to cheap properties and a skilled workforce, partly the product of Clemson University. Almost half the American population is within a 12-hour drive of this city, so it’s a good central hub for shipping operations up and down the Atlantic Seaboard, the Gulf Coast, and even the Midwest.

Major sports and entertainment tours do visit the region, as the facilities and venues exist to accommodate such events. Many local breweries are popping up and proximity to the mountains means a lot of outdoor activities for nature and adventure enthusiasts.