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Sports & Outdoors

The Cottonwood Trail

Monday, September 29, 2014

The 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

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If You’ve Never Been to Croft State Park…

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If You’ve Never Been to Croft State Park…

By Susan A. Sistare, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. Updated for accuracy in July 2019. When I told my brother, an avid mountain biker, that I was going to visit Croft State Park, he responded casually, "Cool. It's two bucks to get in. But I guess you knew that." Actually, I didn't know that. "What can you do there?” I asked him. He looke

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Back-to-Football Fever

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back-to-Football Fever

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

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Panthers Come to Town

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Panthers Come to Town

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 autogr

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Fishing Local Waters

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fishing Local Waters

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 mad

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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 drive

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The Gardens of Spartanburg

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Gardens of Spartanburg

By Jan Scalisi , produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. You can drive by it on busy John B. White Sr. Boulevard and never notice it. You can even pull in and park at the entryway, but still have no clear idea of what’s ahead. It’s only as your walk unfolds, step by surprising step, that you begin to realize where you've arrived: in a peaceful garden in t

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Cycling Spartanburg

Monday, February 03, 2014

Cycling Spartanburg

By P. L. Thomas, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. My journey to becoming a cyclist began in the early 1980s when I bought my wife and me two Schwinn bicycles from the Great Escape in Spartanburg when the store was housed in what we called then “the old Sears building” across from the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. At the time, as we walked out o

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BMW: A Day with the Ultimate Driving Machine

Friday, December 20, 2013

BMW: A Day with the Ultimate Driving Machine

There’s a green cone just off the edge of the track at the BMW Performance Center, marking where my first of four timed laps will start. I’m behind the wheel of a 135is, the fastest version of a diminutive vehicle affectionately known by German car enthusiasts as the “Baby Beemer.” Mine is the first in a line of five identical models—all in a color BMW calls “Deep S

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Paddling the Pacolet

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Paddling the Pacolet

By John Lane, HubCity Writers Project I love our local rivers and I want everybody in Spartanburg to love them as well. The only way to really love rivers is to come into close contact with them, and with that in mind, on a sunny, fall Sunday a group of Spartanburg County community members of varying skill levels put in on the lower end of Lawson’s Fork under the bridge on

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