Torpedoes make way for creative expression


In a space where weapons of war were once manufactured, Lisa Schumaier now creates bottle cap art. Cats with mischievous grins, a skull and cross bones, a pink flamingo and a couple of naughty nudes are among her colorful miniature art pieces showcased in soda and beer bottle caps. The Torpedo Factory Art Center in […]

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Decatur church celebrates its first century

Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West and Farmer examine a board of photos of the church’s Cuban ministry. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

  100 year-old Oakhurst Baptist church says of its years of turmoil and controversy, ‘By God we’re still here’ America’s social landscape has changed markedly during the past 100 years. Oakhurst Baptist Church, which celebrates its centennial this year, has in many ways been a microcosm of that change. The unassuming brick building at Third […]

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Diverse experiences await visitors in Greenville

Whimsical arch gracing the pedestrian bridge over Reedy River. Photo by John Hewitt

Walking and biking trails, natural beauty, arts, culture and fun-filled attractions are among the experiences waiting for visitors to this South Carolina gem of a city. Among my discoveries that made for a satisfying getaway: Arts, science and cultural experiences: Be sure to check out Greenville County Museum of Art showcasing the world’s largest collection […]

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Greenville: Preservation and showcasing natural beauty are two of Greenville’s pluses

The cascading Reedy Falls is the centerpiece of riverfront development.

The accolades for this gem of a city continue to be bestowed. Along with them come visitors, new residents and new investments. This South Carolina city is creating quite a buzz, bursting with excitement and eager to show off its walking and biking trails, natural beauty, arts, culture, world-class corporate citizens and laid-back approach to […]

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Happiness is what’s behind artist’s work


Don’t expect some deep, complex explanation from Fawn Lowery about the art she creates. “My message is be happy,” said the artist who specializes in an array of glass art—from wearable pieces to decorative items. Lowery, 54, formerly from Decatur and now a Stone Mountain resident, has been working at the Center Town Gallery in […]

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Out of the mouths of babes come new opportunities in Africa


  The biblical quote “a little child shall lead them” resonates in the history of the African Children’s Choir (ACC). A humanitarian volunteer driving a small child from his war-torn home in Uganda more than 30 years ago was moved to hear the child break into song. From what the volunteer called “a simple song […]

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Nurse teaches better health through fitness


As a registered nurse it is LaTasha “Tadda” Lewis’ job to advise patients to eat right and exercise to help prevent heart attacks, strokes and other diseases. But in January 2008, Lewis noticed that she was not applying that same advice to her life. The former track and cross country runner saw that she had […]

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Farmer’s market offer fresh-from-the-farm gems


Summer means dining options expand tremendously. Dine-in, cook out, pack a picnic or cocktails on the porch. One of the keys to a great summer meal is fresh ingredients and one of the best places to go for fresh-from-the-farms fruits and vegetables is farmer’s markets. There are farmer’s markets in practically every part of town. […]

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