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Take a bite out of the apple festivals
AUG 31, 2013

This is the height of the apple picking season, so head out to the fields and pick until you get your fill.

To some, the Labor Day weekend means the end of summer. To those of us, in the south, it means the beginning of Apple Festival season. 

The first festival takes over the streets of Hendersonville, N.C., this weekend. Home to 20 apple farmers, Hendersonville has a charming small downtown atmosphere. It’s even better with the streets lined with craft and food vendors and activities for children.

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Arvie Jr. Band plays in two downtown Greer venues this weekend
AUG 28, 2013

The Arvie Jr. Band, featuring Arvie Bennett, will play in downtown Greer Friday and Saturday night.

Friday the band will play at The Strip Club 104 at 104 E. Poinsett Street from 6-9 p.m.

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Wing Fling champion in semifinals on BBQ Pitmasters Sunday
AUG 25, 2013

Corree-Wood Schurman prepares the presentation of an entry to the Sooie't Relief BBQ judges while a camera crew films her preparation.

Corree-Wood Schurman a cook for the team that won the Wing Fling at the weekend’s Sooie’t Relief BBQ competition will appear on TV tonight on the BBQ Pitmasters Grand Championship.

Schurman and teammate Lynnae Beth Oxley will appear on Destination America at 9 a.m. on the final episode of BBQ Pitmasters. The show has Pellet Envy and Butcher BBQ teams making up the semifinals.

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Lotta Bull BBQ wins top honors at Sooie't Relief competition
AUG 24, 2013

Lotta Bull BBQ from Marietta, Okla., won the championship at the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit Saturday.

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The team that traveled the greatest distance won the biggest prize at the Sooie’t Relief BBQ competition Saturday. Lotta Bull BBQ, from Marietta, Okla., was crowned the Grand Champion.

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Downtown Greer is where the food and entertainment is all day Saturday
AUG 23, 2013

Downtown Greer is where the food and entertainment is all day Saturday

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Here is the map of road closings for Sooie't Relief BBQ festival
AUG 21, 2013

This map will help cookers, vendors and the public to navigate downtown during this weekend's Sooie't Relief BBQ festival.

These are the road closings in downtown Greer from Friday at 6 a.m. until Saturday, midnight, during the Sooie’t Relief BBQ festival.

Road closures will remain in place throughout the entire event.

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Famed Hollywood writer Elmore Leonard dies
AUG 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard is best known for

Famed Hollywood writer Elmore Leonard died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke on July 29. He was 87.

Best known for “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight” and most-recently the FX series “Justified,” Leonard was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, his researcher, Gregg Sutter, told news reports.

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How Sooie't it will be in Greer this weekend
AUG 19, 2013

County Line barbecue is among the 39 teams registered from five states competiting for money and trophy prizes.

How Sooie’t it is going to be in Greer this weekend. And it’s free.

The third annual Sooie’t Relief, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition will be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Greer.

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Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car visits Inman Sept. 28-29
AUG 9, 2013

The Exhibit Car is a restored 1926 Pullman passenger car that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971.

Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car will visit Inman Sept. 28-29, just weeks before the first cargo is transported at Greer’s Inland Port.

Norfolk Southern has nearly completed its infrastructure update and switching locations on the Greer line to accommodate the on- and off-loading of containers. The South Carolina Port Authority has announced mid-October as its first shipment of cargo at the Greer port.

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Julie's blog: Thirsty on Thursday? It's peachy at R.J. Rockers
AUG 8, 2013

Son of a Peach is obvioulsy a popular craft beer at Rockers with the orchards in the Upstate producing peaches.

Atmosphere, live music, friends and cool pints of craft beer are at your fingertips at R.J. Rockers in Spartanburg.

Tour and Taste Thursday, 5-7 p.m., is just another reason to spend $5 and get your own beer glass at the craft brewery at 226-A Main Street. 

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Black History gala scheduled Aug. 16 at Cannon Centre
AUG 7, 2013

A Black History gala is scheduled at the Cannon Centre, 204 Cannon Street, on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show and dancing will be featured with proceeds from the $5 cost going toward the annual MLK luncheon in January.

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New River Bluegrass is No. 2, takes aim at top spot
AUG 5, 2013

New River Bluegrass' recording “When I Look Back Down the Road” has vaulted to No. 2 on the gospel “Singing News” Bluegrass charts.

Barry Long and the New River Bluegrass band are feeling mighty good. Their song, “When I Look Back Down the Road” is No. 2 on the gospel Singing News” Bluegrass charts.

The song, from their newest project, “Heart on the Run” was sitting at No. 37 earlier this year, moved to No. 6 in the previous ratings two months ago and now rests one rung below No. 1.

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