Greenville County studies fire district funding

Designed to provide water, sewer service, fire protection or street lighting, a special tax district or special service district allows residents of a specific area to exclusively pay for these services. In Greenville County, approximately 30 special districts provide fire protection, and County Council is launching an effort to simplify how those districts are administered […]

12 arrests in homicide cases

Sheriff Steve Loftis announced Wednesday 12 new arrests in connection with six homicides that occurred in southern Greenville County since Dec. 11, 2012. Loftis said several of the crimes are believed to be gang- and drug-related. “This is unusual to have this many homicides in a particular area. These are all in the southern end […]

Former deputy faces charges

Following an internal investigation and termination of a Greenville County sheriff’s deputy, the department has filed criminal charges of misconduct in office of a public official and obstructing justice against Timothy William Jackson, 32, of 6 Phillips Meadow Way, Travelers Rest.Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said that while deputies were searching for a female felony […]

Golf pro invents practice tool

After spending years as a professional on the golf course, Michael Maness and his friend Bill Silva felt they could design a simple product that would help any player improve his game. His company, CamCaddyPro, has had its first product, the CamCaddy, on the market for two months and appears to have found an eager […]

County Council chooses ‘A-list’ for DSN

Greenville County Council approved an “A-list” of interim board members to take over at the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs board Tuesday as part of the process of curing the troubled agency’s problems. The nominees’ names will be sent to Gov. Nikki Haley for approval. Once the governor signs off, the five interim board […]

Cycle crash claims park director

Spartanburg is still trying to deal with the tragic death of city parks system director Brian Wofford in a motorcycle accident last week. Wofford was a star on the football field at Spartanburg High School and at Clemson University, where he snagged 179 catches for 2,273 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1999. “Brian was a […]

Building Judson from the inside out

Near the Milliken mill in Greenville’s Judson community stands a brick church where Rev. Windell Rogers recently held a Pray for Judson event. Visitors and members could come and pray for the restoration of community identity, freedom from poverty and abundance. Rogers has a vision for restoring the sense of community to this neighborhood that […]

State, county demand answers from Greenville disabilities board

Officials with Greenville County’s troubled Disabilities and Special Needs Board have been summoned to County Council chambers to explain themselves over allegations of violations of state open meetings laws, state regulations and their current financial difficulties, sources close to the situation have told the Journal. Board members are finding themselves in the state’s crosshairs over […]

To fund or not to fund

H.G. “Butch” Kirven would like Greenville County Council to start looking at the big picture on accommodations tax disbursements. It is a perennial fight at County Square. The county’s accommodations tax committee – made up largely of hotel and travel executives – recommends and the county council changes in favor of events in the county. […]

Alcohol referendums pass

Voters said yes to the referendum on Sunday alcohol sales Tuesday in Greer and Simpsonville. “Citizens of the city spoke,” says Russell Hawes, the City Administrator of Simpsonville. “The economic benefits of restaurants that are open on Sunday being able to serve all manner of beverages is important to our citizens.” Of a city population […]

Spartanburg’s $17.3 million

Just four years after getting into the parks business, Spartanburg County has launched an ambitious $17.3 million parks building program that officials say they hope it will return an equal amount in economic impact in the first year of operations. “If things go as we hope they will the Tyger River Park will play host […]

City Council notes

Spartanburg expects to save about $60,000 a year by refinancing $16.7 million in tax increment bonds for the St. John-Daniel Morgan Redevelopment Project and special obligation bonds for the Renaissance Park Project, city council was told Monday night.

County Council notes

Spartanburg County Council voted to table an ordinance that would have authorized the county recreation district to issue a general obligation bond for up to $1.6 million to pay for a building that would be used for office space, public meetings and events.

Under water, out of luck

Homeowners concerned that their property might be included in the new flood zone map can go to the Spartanburg County Graphic Information System Web site and click on GIS mapping program. Once the program comes up on the screen click on the mapping pulldown at the top right corner and click layer choices and select […]

City will pay millions for landfill cap

The city of Spartanburg is on the hook to pay all of the estimated $5.5 million to $6 million that it will cost to put an earthen cap on the old Arkwright landfill, city officials have confirmed.