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B-Cycle B-Fun!

By Susan A. Sistare, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. I’ll admit, when I first saw the row of cute little red bikes with baskets on them downtown, a twinge of nostalgia hit me. I used to ride one just like that when I lived in Osaka, Japan. I missed being able to scoot up to a little market and throw some fresh veggies in my basket, ding my little bell and wave to little old lady neighbors

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 edge of Woodburn Road, I make the turn

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 looked at me like I had three heads. "YOU'VE

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 autographs. I touched the young man on the sho

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 made such a fine catch. Other than that ca

Spartanburg Has a Long and Strong Connection with Stock Car Racing

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