The Cottonwood Trail

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cottonwood Trail
By Brad Wright
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

The heat radiates off the dark asphalt as I make my way down Andrews Farm Road. I feel like I’m running inside a convection oven. My pace has slowed considerably since my youthful days on the Spartan High Cross Country team, and I am already sweating profusely to compensate. Treading carefully down the edge of Woodburn Road, I make the turn into the entrance of the Cottonwood Trail, an exquisite sanctuary nestled in the heart of Spartanburg’s east side.  Read More ››

Geocaching Pacolet and Beyond

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

By Whitney Rauenhorst
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Pacolet. Population: 2,235 people. Area: Three square miles. The town’s slogan embodies a feeling that surrounds Pacolet: “Close to everything but far from ordinary.” Read More ››

Nothing Could Be Finer: A Breakfast Tour of Spartanburg

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By James Yeh
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

In her poem “Angels of the Love Affair,” Anne Sexton memorably writes, “Once I called breakfast the sexiest meal of the day.” Sex appeal aside, breakfast is alive and well in Spartanburg—diners, in particular. My girlfriend and I, both visiting from New York, took a breakfast tour around Spartanburg, checking out three local favorites: Papa’s Breakfast Nook, the Skillet, and Mon Amie Morning Café. Read More ››

Back-to-Football Fever

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Panthers Camp
By Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

“When do we need to get ready for the Panthers Party?” “How much longer before we leave?” “Will we get to see Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Luke Kuechly or Kelvin Benjamin?” “Should I wear my Panthers hat?” “How long will it take us to get to Wofford?” Those were just a few of the questions I fielded on Saturday before the Carolina Panthers “Back to Football” Party, the official kick-off to the Panthers Summer Training Camp at Wofford College. Read More ››

Fishing Local Waters

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Brad Wright
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

When I was 6 years old I caught a 16-inch catfish off of my grandfather’s dock on the gulf coast of Florida. Although 25 years have passed since that day, I can still remember with remarkable clarity the exhilaration of having a fish on the line, the thrill of reeling it in, and the pride in having made such a fine catch. Read More ››

Panthers Come to Town

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Panthers Camp
By Laura Hendrix Corbin
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

It was a real-life Mean Joe Greene-Coca Cola moment. “Hey, kid,” I heard someone holler, and I turned to see then-Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme looking at the young fan standing next to me, proudly wearing his bright blue Panthers Pals T-shirt, eagerly waiting for player autographs. I touched the young man on the shoulder, and pointed toward Jake – who took off his sweat-soaked practice #17 jersey and tossed it to the wide-eyed youngster. Read More ››

Spartanburg has a long and strong connection with stock car racing

Thursday, July 10, 2014

By Mike Hembree
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

The Hub City, so-named because of its railroad connections, for many years also was the “hub city” for NASCAR racing. Numerous top-level racing teams were based in and around Spartanburg in the 1950s and 1960s, and Spartanburg has produced four members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – championship driver David Pearson, championship team owner and pioneer mechanic Bud Moore, championship driver Rex White and long-time team owner and mechanical whiz Cotton Owens. Others with ties to the area include James Hylton, Joe Frasson, Jack Smith, Buck Baker, Dick Brooks and Mario Rossi. Read More ››

Strawberry Hill USA

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Strawberry Hill
By Claudia Geagan
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Strawberry Hill USA, a great place to buy strawberries and peaches and enjoy family fun, sits on over a thousand acres of rolling farmland in Chesnee, SC, in the northwestern part of Spartanburg County. Read More ››

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