The City of Mauldin recently unveiled its fourth art installation along the Public Art Trail. The sculpture entitled “The Groundbreaking” was created by artist Arrington Matthews. Photo provided.


Mauldin unveils latest public art installation embracing industry

The city of Mauldin recently unveiled its fourth art installation along the Public Art Trail. The sculpture, entitled “The Groundbreaking,” was created by artist Arrington Matthews and exemplifies the theme “Industry of the Upstate” by showing the evolving face of industry. Matthews is a metalsmith with John Boyd Smith Metal Studios and a firefighter with the Mauldin Fire Department.

The focal point of the sculpture is a 6-foot-tall shovel dug into a piece of railroad track and painted with a skyline. Mauldin began as a railroad city and has expanded into a city of various industries. Representing a city constantly moving forward, large metal gears round out the piece.


UST gives back to Greenville with extensive charity outing

The Greenville-based logistical solutions company UST hosted a three-day, team-led charity event at the end of 2018 to give to those in need. The event benefited several local nonprofits: United Ministries, Project Host, The Meyer Center, The Family Effect, Fountain Inn Kids Enrichment, and United Housing. The groups, made up of over 35 team members, were each given a local charity to support. Over 280 man-hours were worked by the UST team to provide over 150 care packages for Upstate families.

“At UST, we are committed to giving back to our community in a meaningful way,” UST President Scott Moore said in a news release. “Although the holidays are a great time to get involved, we let this annual outing serve as a kickoff to a new year spent doing good for those that need it most. We enjoy getting our hands dirty, whether it is providing care packages, installing appliances, mentoring children, or simply getting to play Santa by decorating, shopping, and wrapping presents for families in need.”


The Salvation Army of Greenville reaches goal for 2018 Red Kettle Campaign

Over $450,000 was raised during the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign by The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee. The red kettles were stationed at more than 70 locations across the three counties from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24. As The Salvation Army’s largest capital campaign each year, the Red Kettle Campaign funds the organization’s programs and services. The Salvation Army provides rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, a soup kitchen, shelter ministries, the Boys and Girls Club, and more. 

“We are so thankful to the generous community who helped us raise over $450,000 during the Red Kettle Campaign,” Maj. Pete Costas, area commander of The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee, said in a news release. “We want to thank all our faithful kettle store locations, volunteers, community partners, and all those who donated to a red kettle this Christmas season.”


The Center for Educational Equity wins United Way of Greenville County grant

A United Way of Greenville County grant was awarded to the Center for Educational Equity to help purchase a database system. State Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson founded the nonprofit youth organization, which provides after-school tutoring, mentoring, and other educational services to underprivileged children. CEE’s impact on hundreds of students is a result of the safe and nurturing environment it provides. The nonprofit strives to equip students for successful futures.

“Purchasing a database system will certainly promote efficiency in the administration and management of CEE, allowing us to better serve students currently enrolled in our program as well as enable us to identify further areas of need and reach even more people we can help,” CEE board Chairman Taliah Anderson said in a news release. “We are grateful to the United Way of Greenville County for their support.”

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