Panthers training camp means millions to local state economies

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Carolina Panthers’ NFL season is nearing the halfway point with the Panthers sitting in first place, but the wins aren’t just on the football field. The three weeks the team spent practicing over the summer at Spartanburg’s Wofford College also meant big victories for the local and state economies, according to a new report from Clemson University. Read More ››


Spartan Race Spartanburg

Thursday, September 21, 2017

What’s more poetic than Spartanburg hosting its first Spartan Race in early November? Read More ››


How Panthers training camp went from fun time to big time

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My first trip to Wofford College for the Carolina Panthers training camp was in the summer of 1997. I was a rookie sports reporter for the Spartanburg newspaper, still trying to find my way around town. The Panthers were coming off a magical second season in which they went 12-4 and beat the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. I remember struggling to focus in the heat of the South Carolina summer, trying to figure out what I was going to ask the coaches following practice. How was Kerry Collins going to improve on a fantastic 1996 season? (He wasn’t.) Was this the year Tim Biakabutuka was going to stay healthy? (It wasn’t.) I recall a few dozen fans watching the proceedings and some autograph-seekers being rewarded by players on the long walk back up the hill to the Richardson Building.  Read More ››


Tyger River Park celebrates five years of hitting it out of the park

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Built five years ago on 137 acres in the western Spartanburg County town of Reidville, Tyger River Park has quickly become one of the crown jewels of the state’s sports tourism industry. Read More ››


Drayton Mills Trail - A Getaway That’s Not Too Far Away

Friday, July 22, 2016

An urban trail in any city is a treat and retreat for both locals and visitors. It is a path of protected greenery that both skirts and winds through the concrete jungle of city life, giving walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters a little time and distance to get back to nature without having to leave civilization. On Spartanburg’s east side, Drayton Mills Trail is one of those much sought-after jaunts that will allow you a nice little escape from all the hubbub of Sparkle City. Read More ››


Visiting the Alpacas at North Woods Farm

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Peru and Inman, South Carolina, would not seem to share much in common. One is a mountainous country in South America, and the other is town in the Upstate. One is home to the ancient Incan site Macchu Picchu and the other isn’t. Both, however, support an entirely singular creature known to travel in herds and renowned worldwide for their fluffy fur. Read More ››


Three Spartanburg County Chefs Serve Up Their Secrets

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

As a fourth-generation South Carolina farmer, I’m always interested to see how chefs showcase our regional staples on their menus. While Spartanburg County is renowned for peaches, our unique corner of South Carolina is home to a number of seasonal delights. I talked to three local chefs about the ways they highlight our area’s artisanal foodstuffs and here’s what they had to say. Read More ››


The Sparkle City Pizza Scene

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

When I told my girlfriend that I had been asked to write an article about Spartanburg’s pizza scene, she crunched her face into a quizzical smirk and asked, “What pizza scene?” The attitude was expected. My girlfriend is a bona fide Yank—born and raised just outside of New York City—which means, among other things, that she maintains a steadfast discrimination toward any pizza that hasn’t been hand-tossed and oven-baked north of the Potomac. Read More ››


The Scholar’s Tour of Spartanburg County

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Historical documents often give researchers an understanding of the social history of a place and how residents interacted with one another in the past. Libraries are one of my favorite places to visit when I go to a new town. This type of historical preservation is a quieter more nuanced art and it tends to be overlooked by visitors. However, if you find yourself in Spartanburg yearning to learn more about the city’s history, there are several places to go, depending on your interests. Read More ››


Spartanburg's German Connection

Monday, February 08, 2016

Raise your hand if, when you think of Germans in Spartanburg, you think BMW? Me too—so I was surprised to learn that there are 27 German manufacturing companies in Spartanburg County and that the German community here predates BMW by decades, going back to the days when textiles were king of the manufacturing landscape. Read More ››


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