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'Mary Poppins' performance leads into 'Lion King Jr' auditions
SEP 30, 2015

Peter Pan Jr performed by the Greer Children's Theater was a successful Disney production.
 

The Greer Children's Theater is preparing for its adaptation of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's "Mary Poppins" while casting and rehearsals for the children's theater's rendition of Disney's "Lion King Jr." are set for November.

"Mary Poppins" performances at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center are Nov. 6-8 and 13-15. Friday and Saturday shows are 7 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

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Auditions set for Best Singer in the State
SEP 29, 2015

Auditions will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 for the Best Singer in the State competition at the Greenville Hilton.

Youth and adult divisions will be held this year. The contest began in 2011 as a school district competition featuring students through high school.

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Hollywild showcases survivors of fire, $150,000 deficit
SEP 26, 2015

Baboon “PJ” was given fruit treats and mini pumpkins.
 

Survivors of the primate barn fire that happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 were brought out to the media Thursday. And a plea for more contributions was sounded with admissions declining and the park’s shortfall at $150,000 and counting, according to park officials.

“It’s taken us these months to really assess the impact of the fire beyond the structure that was damaged,” Kim Atchley, executive director, said.  “It’s been a really tough year.  People have called every day to see if we’re open.

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Trade Street closed until noon Saturday
SEP 25, 2015

Trade Street will be closed Saturday 6 a.m. until noon for a classic car show.
 

Trade Street will be closed Saturday between Victoria Street and Randall Street from 6 a.m. – noon. The Greer Station Diner is hosting a classic car show.

Next Saturday, Oktoberfest, will cause Trade Street to be closed all day and into the night.

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Bennett and his wife, Bunny, engage in daily brutal battle with OCD
SEP 22, 2015

Arvie Bennett Jr., experiences victory battling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) every day, but with a cost,

Arvie Bennett, Jr. of the Arvie Jr Band spends a lot of his time on the stage in the limelight singing to thousands of people. In the past couple of years, Arvie has performed at over 100 venues.

Until recently, most of his fans have been unaware that my husband, Arvie, is engaged in a brutal battle every day. It takes every ounce of strength for him to get on stage – to even pull himself out of bed every morning because of this battle.

This terrifying, ugly, brutal war has no end, and it has been raging for 30 years. There is no time of peace or truce – not even while he sleeps. This battle has a real enemy, and its name is OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the battleground is in Arvie’s brain.

 

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Renowned pianist Flavio Varani headlines Cultural Arts benefit
SEP 19, 2015

Flavio Varani, world renown pianist, has made Simpsonville his home when not touring.
 

There are those who create and those who play. When those talents are combined, the result can be beautiful.

Flavio Varani, a world-renowned classical pianist, who resides in Simpsonville, is both.

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Blount just misses in finals of 'America's Got Talent'
SEP 16, 2015

Benton Blount was eliminated in the final round of “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night. The finals were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Paul Zerdin, ventriloquist, is this year's winner. He won the $1 million and performance in Las Vegas that went with the win.

Blount, who lives in Greenville, was the only solo singer in the 10-act finals. The stay at home dad, Blount sang a duet with Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”, during the finale.

 

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Blount makes final pitch for $1 million prize
SEP 15, 2015

Benton Blount performs with a chance to win $1 million on

Country singer Benton Blount will perform on Tuesday’s final round episode of “America’s Got Talent” at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

This is the 10th anniversary of the show and the winner will be announced on Wednesday night.

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Hollywild hires education/outreach coordinator
SEP 8, 2015

Joshua Waldun has been hired by Hollywild Animal Park to serve as Education/Outreach Coordinator.
 

Joshua Waldun has been hired by Hollywild Animal Park to serve as Education/Outreach Coordinator.

Waldun will expand the non-profit animal park’s connection to area schools and community centers. A grant from the Spartanburg County Foundation made the expansion possible.

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Public input sought for a walk- and bike-friendly master plan
SEP 2, 2015

Public input sought for a walk- and bike-friendly master plan

Abbott’s frozen custard and the Blue Ridge Brewing Company are both scheduled to open in the final quarter this year at opposite ends in downtown Greer.

That provides a good opportunity for the public to offer its input Thursday on a downtown walking and bicycling master plan that will safely connect visitors to the central business district, retail shops and restaurants.

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Blount advances to 'America's Got Talent' semifinals
SEP 1, 2015

Blount advances to 'America's Got Talent' semifinals

Updated Wednesday, 9:55 p.m.

Benton Blount has advanced to the semifinals of "America's Got Talent" when he survived by the fan's vote, taken during 30 minutes of tonight's episode.

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