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‘War Dogs’ Exhibit at Upcountry History Museum Showcases Bravery, Service of Military Working Dogs

“War Dogs: Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You” delivers a powerful display of the heroism, service, and history of America’s military working dogs in the newest exhibition opening Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the Upcountry History Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, and running through Sunday, February 27, 2022.

Since the American Revolution, military working dogs have served all branches of the United States Armed Forces. This unique exhibition not only highlights the significant involvement of these four-legged warriors in the military but honors the important role they and their handlers play in serving and protecting countless lives in conflicts across the globe.

Featuring life-sized, hand-carved wooden sculptures designed and created by Ohio Master Craftsman James Mellick, War Dogs offers a poignant look at stories of perseverance, bravery, and sacrifice through eight Wounded Warrior and two Canine War Dog sculptures. These distinctively creative tributes provide a vivid visual that captures the emotional dynamics of the incredible tandem of human and canine warriors in service – and sacrifice – of their country, as is conveyed in the story of Lucca, a Marine Corps war dog. She conducted more than 400 missions during two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. On one mission, however, Lucca lost her leg and suffered severe burns, but there were never any human casualties under her watch.

“I am moved by the physical and emotional sacrifice by the men and women of the United States military,” said Mellick. “I want to pay tribute to the soldiers who served with great sacrifice by creating the sculptural allegory of wounded warrior dogs who were the soldier’s best friend and companion in battle.”

In addition, the exhibition showcases a collection of objects and combat art on loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the United States Navy, and the United States Coast Guard, as well as from private collections, all of which help round out a more complete presentation of these dogs and their handlers at work around the globe from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit

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Greenville Triumph, Premier Labs & JDRF to host Family Night

Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), Greenville Triumph SC and JDRF of South Carolina will hold a Family Night at Bob Jones University on Thursday, October 14. There will be beginner and advanced soccer clinics for the children led by professional Greenville Triumph soccer players, interactive vendor spaces to provide ways to manage stress and educate on diabetes, as well as other exciting activities for kids. Food will be provided by Chick-fil-A, and those who attend will receive a free ticket to the October 16 Greenville Triumph soccer match.
“We are excited to partner with such great organizations for a fun community event that will raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes,” said Kevin Murdock, CEO and Founder of PMLS. “In all that we do at Premier, our mission is to improve patient lives. We are continually conducting research to provide the most advanced medical tests to help with the management of T1D and we actively support JDRF’s pursuit to find better treatments and, one day, a cure.”
New research suggests, doctors often miss signs of Type 1 Diabetes — thirst, excessive urination, fatigue, weight loss — in kids. Between 5% and 10% of cases of diabetes are type 1, which is not caused by lifestyle choices and often first surfaces in childhood. PMLS, Greenville Triumph, and JDRF want to use this event to educate parents on early signs, how to control Type 1 Diabetes, and to bring the community together for an exciting family event.
Those who would like to attend Family Night can RSVP through the link below. This will be held at BJU’s Alumni Stadium on Thursday, October 14 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The soccer clinics start at 6:30 pm for two age groups: 6-8 and 9+. There will also be activities for younger kids to take part in. Masks are recommended.
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UCW Logistics Hires Allen as Human Resources Business Partner

Greenville, South Carolina-October 7, 2021-UCW Logistics hired Mary Jo Allen as human resources business partner in their Greenville, South Carolina office. Allen will support UCW Logistics in all aspects of personnel management from recruiting, hiring, and retaining great
people, to helping employees in their personal and professional growth. UCW Logistics is dedicated to a cultural vision of “Building Something That Matters.” Allen will support the senior leadership team in ensuring the company’s values are clearly communicated and are being carried out on a day-to-day basis.

With over 15 years of progressive HR experience, Allen joins UCW Logistics from Cameron Ashley Building Products where she partnered with leadership to proactively identify and address employee-related issues, manage the recruiting and hiring process, investigate and manage conflict, and develop and implement corporate policies for increased efficiency. Allen graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

In this new role, Allen will enhance communication and improve HR functions to foster employee development and company growth. We are thrilled to have Mary Jo as part of our UCW team and excited for the opportunities for growth,” said Evan Cramer, CEO of UCW Logistics. Warren East, CEO of Union Service Industries added, “Our team needs support in their roles and responsibilities, and we are thrilled that Mary Jo, with her vast experience and skills, has joined the team.”
UCW Logistics specializes in customized logistics solutions with outstanding customer service for shippers of all sizes across North America. For more information, contact Evan Cramer at (864) 516-1980 or visit

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BASF seeking apprentices for “earn and learn” program in White Stone

WHITE STONE, SC, October 5, 2021 – BASF is seeking applicants for a new apprenticeship program at its White Stone, South Carolina facility. The program is part of the company’s North American Apprenticeship Development Program (NAADP), which aims to meet future talent needs for a skilled and diverse technician workforce with an emphasis on attracting more females to these roles. With other programs offered at the company’s Seneca and Converse sites, this is the third apprenticeship program BASF has launched in South Carolina.

The twelve-month apprenticeship program at the White Stone site pays apprentices a full-time wage to participate in on-the-job training while earning a certificate in Process Control Technology from Spartanburg Community College. Pay begins at $19.45 per hour and increases to $22 per hour by the end of the year-long program. In addition to paying a competitive wage, BASF offers full medical, dental and vision benefits, paid vacation, and covers the cost of tuition, books and fees associated with the certificate program. At the end of the program, apprentices have the skills and credentials to be placed in permanent positions with salaries starting at $22 per hour, with annual merit increases and bonuses available. The application for the apprenticeship program will be open until October 29. To apply, visit

“BASF offers many opportunities for career progression within the company, and it is a great company to build your career with. As BASF works toward reaching 30 percent female leadership by 2030, the apprenticeship program will be a key piece to bringing in more diverse talent into the pipeline, and we hope to grow our apprentices into future leaders at BASF,” said White Stone Site Director Deborah McKitten.

The Process Control Technology certificate program at Spartanburg Community College (SCC) trains students to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing-focused work that has grown tremendously over the past decade throughout the Upstate. As part of SCC’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies, the program provides students extensive hands-on training in lab environments, allowing them to continuously practice concepts learned in the classroom. PCT labs feature state-of-the-art equipment and simulations built to emulate the highest production standards and best practices found in the workplace. Graduates leave SCC not only with academic credentials, but first-hand, practical experience that is critical to what they will experience on the job. In addition, PCT certificate graduates may continue their SCC education and pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Process Control Technology, opening the doors to even more employment opportunities, career growth and success.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeship programs bring about many benefits, including enhanced employee retention, a safer workplace, a stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers and a systematic approach to training, which ensures that employees are prepared and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required.

“The ideal candidate for our apprenticeship program is one who has a passion to learn and grow, with the motivation, dedication and drive to succeed,” said Dr. Susan Emmerich, BASF’s NAADP Project Implementation Manager. “No manufacturing experience is necessary to be considered for the program, but an innate curiosity to understand the way things work, desire to work collaboratively, and willingness to learn from experienced technicians are the foundation for success.”

BASF’s White Stone site manufactures surfactants for the personal care and cleaning industries. Materials produced at this site have gone into many products used in the fight against COVID-19, including soaps and disinfectants.

About BASF
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 17,000 employees in North America and had sales of $18.7 billion in 2020. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at

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Proud Mary Theatre Presents ‘Falsettos’

Proud Mary Theatre Company will present the Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos for six performances only October 29-30 in Spartanburg and November 5-6 in Greer.
With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by William Finn and James Lapine, Falsettos marks the Upstate premiere of this 2016 Broadway revival about a dysfunctional New York family in the late 1970s.
Completely sung-through with almost no dialogue, Falsettos is directed by veteran Upstate director John Fagan (Upstate Shakespeare Festival) with music direction by Laura Thomason (USC Upstate adjunct professor), choreography by Broadway performer Michael McCrary, costumes by Samantha Jemmott, and produced by Sandy Staggs, Proud Mary Theatre Artistic Director.
With modern classics such as “Four Jews in a Room Bitching,” “My Father’s a Homo,” “I’m Breaking Down,” “I Never Wanted to Love You,” “Falsettoland,” “Love is Blind” and more, Falsettos concerns a married Jewish man who leaves his wife for a younger guy, his wife marrying their shrink, the son’s Bar Mitzvah, and the arrival of AIDS.
Falsettos stars Brady Coyle-Smith (The Boys in the Band) as husband/father Marvin; DeAna Earl (of Centre Stage, Spartanburg Little Theatre, Glow Lyric Theatre and more) as wife/mother Trina; Josh Begelman (Fun Home, Saturday Night Live, WandaVision) plays their young Jason; Andy Lecture (Fun Home) is the other man Whizzer; John Carino (Upstate Shakespeare Festival) as the psychiatrist Mendel; and Samantha Elyer (Fun Home, The Laramie Project) and Hannah Searcy (Fun Home, Spartanburg Little Theatre’s The Little Mermaid, and Bright Star at Tryon Little Theater) play the lesbian neighbors Dr. Charlotte and kosher caterer Cordelia.
SEATING IS VERY LIMITED DUE TO COVID. We are social distancing the audience and MASKS ARE REQUIRED by Proud Mary Theatre Company.
All tickets are $25.|
Visit or call (864) 202-6555 for more info.
Friday & Saturday, October 29-30 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 30 @ 2 pm
Friday & Saturday, November 5-6 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 6 @ 2 pm
Greer Center for the Arts, 804 Trade Street in Greer

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FUEL’s Meredith Kinsey Appointed to Board of Directors for Upstate American Heart Association

FUEL – a Greenville-based marketing agency offering a full suite of strategy, creative, branding, advertising, and PR services – is pleased to announce that president and COO Meredith Kinsey has been appointed to the Upstate American Heart Association board of directors for a three-year term. As a board member, she will contribute to the association’s efforts to increase community awareness and engagement, raise critical funds, and drive awareness to support initiatives to fight against heart disease and stroke in the Upstate.

“We’re excited to have Meredith join our board of directors and look forward to her contributions as a marketing professional and someone who has a passion for our work in the community,” said Kelly Wilkins, executive director of Upstate American Heart Association.

Kinsey brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing and leadership to her board position. “I lost my dad to congestive heart failure as a complication of diabetes, and I strongly believe in the lifesaving role the American Heart Association plays in raising awareness about heart disease and stroke and promoting health and wellness,” Kinsey said. “I’m honored to join a team of community leaders and working together to improve health and encourage healthy lifestyles in the Upstate.”

With a strong commitment to serving the community, Kinsey has held leadership positions for other local nonprofits, including the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, American Diabetes Association, and Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital (now Prisma Health). Kinsey earned her M.B.A. from Clemson University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina with honors from SC Honors College.

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2021 Revitalization Award Goes To Joyner Commercial

(GREENVILLE, SC) — September 30, 2021 — Joyner Commercial, the Commercial Division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner Realtors®, is pleased to announce that its commercial office at 230 Buist Avenue has been selected to receive the 2021 Commercial Revitalization Award from the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors.

The owner of record, Slate Group Assets, LLC, is owned by the families of Matt Carter and Patrick Szmurlo who are also brokers for the Commercial Division. As owners and occupants of the building, Carter and Szmurlo, wanted to create an open, warm, work atmosphere for their fellow agents. “Danny Joyner basically gave us free reign to make something good happen”, says Carter, the Broker in Charge for the Commercial Division. “We are all thankful our little industrial chic project turned out so nicely.”

The building, built in 1953 for electrical engineering company Huntington & Guerry, had been for sale for many years because sometime after it was built, zoning was put in place in the area, and it was zoned multi-family despite being a textile era office and warehouse. Previous re-zoning attempts and plans to demolish the building or to build multi-story structures had not been well received by the neighborhood. Over the years, the warehouse at the entrance to Buist Avenue from Rutherford had become an eyesore and attractive nuisance.

Fortunately, Carter was able to work with the City to allow the building to be considered grandfathered for office use.

Carter and Szmurlo updated the roof, HVAC, restrooms, parking lot, doors and windows. They replaced warehouse style metal doors with glass roll-ups which are open during nice weather. The original style and construction of the semi-historic structure was embraced and preserved. Tall, plank ceilings remain exposed.

Much of the work was completed while Joyner Commercial occupied the building making it somewhat of a team effort. Grey concrete flooring was colorfully stained to a copper tone by C. Dan

Joyner agent volunteers. Between phone calls, interior columns of concrete brick were hand stained by the office manager to look like clay brick. A textile themed 1,960 sf mural was commissioned for the exterior of the building from John Daso who completed the painting over the summer. Daso’s mural pays homage to Greenville’s textile history and nearby Brutontown Community as well as to the building’s first and only other occupant of the building, Huntington & Guerry. Former employees of the electrical contractor visit regularly to see the changes.

While the updates made were primarily cosmetic, the impact is obvious.

Criteria for the Revitalization Award is based on the potential impact to a particular community through investment of time and money into a property as determined by the GGAR’s Revitalization Committee and a panel of independent judges. Over the past sixteen years, more than 380 applications have been considered.

Other commercial projects considered this year which received high marks were Trehel Corporation’s corporate office at 914 Pendleton Street and Carolina Moves at 455 Congaree Road. The Residential Revitalization 2021 award went to 106 Smythe Street with an honorable mention going to Joshua’s Way, a cooperation between Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Homes of Hope. Former recipients of the GGAR Revitalization award include Hampton Station, the Swamp Rabbit Inn, Westone on Stone Avenue, The Lofts at Mills Mill, and others.

About 30 agents work out of the Buist Avenue office, and BHHS C. Dan Joyner has begun upfit renovations on another office near the Haywood Mall with plans to complete by spring of 2022.

Link to before and after photos and additional information:

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Ken Burns Exhibition Making Its Only Southeastern Stop at Upcountry History Museum

Greenville, S.C. – Yes, that Ken Burns! America’s renowned filmmaker and documentarian reveals a more personal side of his storytelling talents in “Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection,” the newest exhibition opening Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the Upcountry History Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, in its only stop in the Southeast and at only the second museum in the United States to host this incredible once-in-a-lifetime display.

Featuring 26 hand-sewn historic quilts dating from 1850-1940 within Burns’ personal collection, this exhibition presents a poignant picture of America. With an intimacy of distinctive precision, design, color, shape, and appliqué, each quilt embodies the beauty – and mystery – of this treasured art form. From an 1890 Triple Irish Chain quilt that was a wedding gift from mother to son to an inspiring 1918 Red Cross quilt sewn to raise money during World War I to the rare 1933 National Recovery Administration quilt with the initials FDR, these textiles represent remarkable examples of early Americana while reflecting Burns’ love of history, America and her people, as well as his personal affection for the stories quilts convey.

Together with his anecdotal thoughts about collecting and quilts, “Uncovered” is a unique presentation of visual history that illustrates not only the art of quilting, but its authenticity in the common sharing of our heritage as a way to have civil discourse, an important element Burns believes quilts and films can accomplish as both are pure examples of the collective expressions of individuals, geography, and culture.

In a video documenting the “Uncovered” exhibition, Burns said, “I have pursued as a hobby collecting what I believe is the cleanest, simplest, most authentic expression of who we are as a people…There’s nothing more directly linked to who we are than the fabric we make.”

On display through January 30, 2022, this exhibition was organized by the International Quilt Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit

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SVN | Blackstream announces first specialized retail team in the Upstate

SVN | Blackstream is pleased to reveal their new commercial retail division – the first of its kind in Greenville. As Greenville and surrounding areas have expanded, so has the demand for retail property. SVN | Blackstream recognizes this need and have since formed a dedicated duo to serve as specialized retail advisors.

Dustin Tenney and Daniel Holloway felt there was a void in the market for a team that is hyper-focused on retail brokerage. They firmly believe that the best commercial advisors are those who specialize in an asset class rather than generalize across multiple sectors. As a top producing team along with their special knack for retail, the official Reedy River Retail at SVN | Blackstream was formed. The Reedy River Retail team specializes in retail investment sales, landlord representation and tenant representation.

Tenney and Holloway have played an integral role in several notable retail developments in the last few years. They oversaw the redevelopment and leasing of The Junction at Downtown Airport, as well as the historic redevelopment of Burdette Central in Simpsonville. Their most recent project is Hammett Street Market, a 30,000 square foot food hall which is planned to connect to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. They also work with noteworthy tenants such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Tipsy Taco, and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.

SVN | Blackstream is one of the fastest growing commercial real estate firms in the Upstate. Having excelled in the local commercial sector, Blackstream affiliated with SVN in 2014 joining an exclusive global network. SVN | Blackstream now operates franchises in Greenville, Columbia, Charlotte and Charleston with over 50 Advisors. They provide commercial real estate services to local and regional property owners, investors, and national investment funds.

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Greenville Resident to be Featured in Times Square September 18 to help Kick Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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Michelle Sagan

Local Contact:
Jacob Pickett
(864) 637-8249


Miles Gregory Pickett To Help Kick Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month In Unique Annual National Down Syndrome Society Video Presentation

NEW YORK (September 13, 2021) – Miles Gregory Pickett of Greenville, SC, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 18, as part of the annual National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Times Square Video presentation. The one-hour video of roughly 500 photographs includes children, teens and adults with Down syndrome from all 50 states. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in a very visible way.

The photo of Miles was selected from more than 2,100 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. His photo will be shown on two JumboTron screens in the heart of Times Square, thanks to the support of ClearChannel Outdoor. The presentation will be live-streamed on the NDSS Facebook page from 9:30-10:30am ET on September 18.

Miles Pickett’s picture will be on the JumboTron between 10:10 and 10:20 . He is pictured in a lite color long sleeve shirt looking up at the camera. With his beautiful Auburn-red hair and his steel blue eyes gazing into the lens, the photo offers a glimpse of the happiness and splendor of which children with DS bring to this world. For more photos please follow Miles and our family on IG @homiewithachromie.

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off the flagship Buddy Walk® which has taken place in New York City since 1995 as part of the National Buddy Walk Program. Buddy Walk events are held in hundreds of cities across the country, as well as select international locations. This year’s New York City Buddy Walk will one again take place virtually due to ongoing complications caused by COVID-19. Information about the NDSS National Buddy Walk Program and the NYC Buddy Walk on September 18, is available online at

About NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, NDSS supports and advocates for the Down syndrome community by focusing on three key areas of programming: Resources & Support, Policy & Advocacy and Community Engagement. Within these focus areas NDSS engages in various activities, events and programs such as the National Advocacy & Policy Center, which seeks to create systemic change through engaged advocacy; the National Buddy Walk® Program, which honors and celebrates individuals with Down syndrome in local communities across the world and other initiatives that provide support, informational resources and community engagement opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and those who support them. Visit for more information about NDSS.

About the National Buddy Walk® Program

Since 1995, the National Buddy Walk Program has been the premier Down syndrome awareness, advocacy and peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world. It was created by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to raise funds for local and national incentives to support the Down syndrome community. Today, more than 200 Buddy Walk events take place in cities across the country and in select international locations. To learn more and find a Buddy Walk near you, visit