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Country music star Aaron Tippin soars from Blue Ridge High to three No. 1 hits

Award-winning country & western singer and songwriter Aaron Tippin was raised on a farm in Travelers Rest and is the most famous graduate of Blue Ridge High School.

In July 2009, Tippin was honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his outstanding ...

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Greenville music worship leader Chris Sligh advanced to finals of American Idol

In less than a month, Chris Sligh went from leading worship music at his church in Greenville to handling the worldwide scrutiny of millions by making it into the finals of American Idol.

Sligh finished in the Top 10 during the 2007 season.

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Fletcher Jordan remembered by generations of patients

Once upon a time, the family doctor, kindly, gray-haired, carrying his magical black satchel full of remedies, made house calls. At night. And on weekends. He (always a "he") was a mythic part of daily life, enshrined by Norman Rockwell as an intrinsic part of ...

Pete Hollis' contributions to education made him a hero

Pete Hollis' story should inspire the "C" students of the world -- or at least console their parents.

Lawrence Peter Hollis was poorly prepared academically for the rigors of the University of South Carolina when he entered in 1901. The farm boy from Chester ...

Carlos Ghosn headed Michelin North America before turning around Nissan

Carlos Ghosn was only 35 years old in 1989 when he moved into the recently completed "Crystal Palace," a name that became attached to the $30 million green-glass headquarters overlooking Interstate 85 at Pelham Road. He held the title of president and chief operating officer ...

Revolutionary War figure Richard Pearis namesake of Paris Mountain

Richard Pearis (1725 – 1794) was an Indian trader, a pioneer settler of Upstate South Carolina, and a Loyalist officer during the American Revolution.

Born in Ireland in 1725, he was 10 years old when his family immigrated to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. ...

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Tom Barton's legacy rooted in education

Speaking at Greenville Technical College's 2008 commencement, Dr. Tom Barton told the graduates to chase their dreams and catch them.

"Be relentless," he said. "Don't give up. Don't ever look back."

Barton, the longest-serving college president in the country when he retired ...

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14-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie lives, trains in Greenville

George Hincapie is a professional cyclist who lives in Greenville. A 14-time competitor in the Tour de France, Hincapie is the only rider to be part of eight Tour-winning teams, including a key player in each of Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour victories.

Hincapie, a ...

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Danny Ford led Clemson to national championship, now lives in Pendleton

Coach Danny Ford led Clemson University to its one and only national championship in football in 1981. Ford compiled a 96-29-4 in 11 seasons, including a 6-2 bowl record and coached 21 All-Americans and 41 players who went on to play in the NFL.

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Clemson coach Frank Howard's career spanned seven decades at the school

Head football coach for 30 years at Clemson University, Frank Howard’s affiliation with the school arced seven decades.

Howard’s teams won 165, lost 118 and tied 12. His victory total is still among the top 40 in the history of the game.

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William Perry was the first three-time football All-American at Clemson

A native of Aiken, William Perry became known as “The Refrigerator,” or just “Fridge” following the production by the Clemson sports information of a promotional poster showing the ample Perry standing in front of a refrigerator.

Perry was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of ...

Earl Wooten led Pelzer High to state basketball championships

Earl Wooten, Pelzer native, led Pelzer High School to state basketball championships in 1940 and 1941 and then continued to grow his legend in the Southern Textile Basketball Tournament.

He competed in the popular event held at Greenville's Textile Hall for 21 years and ...

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Mauldin High's Kevin Garnett among NBA's top players

Born in Greenville on May, 19, 1976, and a standout at Mauldin High School, Kevin Garnett has become one of the top NBA players of his generation.

A first-round selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1995 NBA draft, Garnett is a 13-time All-Star ...

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Former Gov. Carroll Campbell of Greenville built GOP in state

Carroll Ashmore Campbell, a tough-talking, streetwise Greenville teenager who grew up to build the Republican Party into South Carolina's dominant party, brought the auto industry to the Upstate, and shaped national events, died in December 2005. He was 65.

The former governor's death came ...

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Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr., only casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr., a graduate of Greenville High and Clemson University, was the only U.S. casualty of the 13-day Cuban Missile Crisis.

The U2 spy plane he piloted was shot down Oct. 27, 1962. He was 35.

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Sen. Verne Smith remembered for helping land BMW, dedication to education

Former state Sen. Jefferson Verne Smith, who spanned two eras in South Carolina politics and was one of the Upstate's last bastions of political power, died Dec. 17, 2006.

The Greer Republican was 81.

In a political career encompassing four decades, the tall, ...

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Max Heller, the visionary behind downtown's rebirth

When Max Heller was elected mayor in 1971, Greenville's Main Street was a collection of vacant buildings and empty streets. Main Street was a four-lane thoroughfare that made it difficult for visitors to park but easy for them to escape what had once been the ...

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Greenville County named for Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene

A 7-foot bronze statue of Major General Nathanael Greene, who led American troops in the South during the Revolutionary War, stands in The Greenville News plaza at the corner of Broad and South Main streets.

Greene, who was appointed by George Washington in 1780 ...

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Virginia Uldrick devoted her life to bettering the lives of students and artists

When Virginia Lee Uldrick talks about he inspiring elements of her life, names of former teachers pervade the memories.

Uldrick -- singer, conductor and award-winning educator -- believes that through divine providence, excellent teachers have filled her life.

Among the best was her ...

President John Johns guided Furman through separation from Baptist convention

John Edwin Johns, whose gregarious nature and passion for civic causes marked his 18-year presidency at Furman University, died Sept. 27, 2007. He was 85.

A B-17 bombardier and navigator who flew 35 combat missions during World War II, Johns used his rural ...

Johnnie Mac Walters known for courage in Watergate crisis

He was a man who carried an Index card in his shirt pocket to remind him of all he needed to accomplish each day.

A gentleman of the old school, he opened car doors for women and pulled out chairs for them to sit ...

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Greenville's 'Shoeless Joe' Jackson considered one of baseball's all-time greats

Joseph Jefferson Jackson, one of the best baseball players of his generation, was most remembered for his association with the 1919 Chicago White Sox and a conspiracy to fix the World Series widely known as the Black Sox Scandal.

As a result, baseball commissioner ...

Peace family's impact on Greenville unequaled

Perhaps no family has had as great an impact on the Greenville community than Bony Hampton Peace Sr. and his descendants, which include brothers B.H. Peace Jr. and Roger Craft Peace (1899-1968).

Roger Craft Peace (May 19, 1899-Aug. 20, 1968) was a writer, publisher ...

Dan Foster, longtime News sports editor, dies

Dan Foster, who for more than half a century informed and entertained readers of The Greenville News and Greenville Piedmont as a sports editor and writer, died Friday after a life and career that not only made him a local icon but earned him the ...

 
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