Friday, June 26, 2009

Fireworks Ordinance


As the fireworks season approaches, the City of Spartanburg would like to remind all Spartanburg residents of the City's fireworks ordinances.

Sec. 13-113. Fireworks.
(a) It shall be unlawful within the limits of the city, for any person to sell or expose for sale, keep, store, maintain, have in possession, transport, give or pass any squibs, torpedoes, firecracker or any other type or form of fireworks, including salutes, Roman candles, fountains, balloons carrying any lighted substance, cannon, cane, sky rockets, bombs or other similar articles of fireworks, which will be fired, lighted, ignited, set off or thrown. Cap pistols and caps for same are expressly excluded from the operation of this section.

(b) Before any fireworks will be permitted for public exhibition in connection with fairs or other special celebrations, permission shall first be obtained from the city manager, and such fireworks shall be under the supervision of an expert, who shall be present in order to handle, maintain or fire same, and in such case of exhibition, the parties in charge of same shall be held strictly responsible for any damage to person or property resulting from the use of such fireworks. All fireworks being held in storage for special exhibition shall be in a closed wooden box until they are used.

(c) All public exhibitions of fireworks permitted under this section shall be concluded not later than 10:00 p.m.

(d) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The fine for ignoring this ordinance is $262.00. Please help the Police and Fire departments to make this Independence Day safe by observing the fireworks ordinances.
For additional information contact Lt. Tim Suber at 864.596.2224 or

Free July 3 Concert at Zimmerli Amphitheater

246th Army Band Plays Free July 3 Concert at Zimmerli Amphitheater

Spartanburg, SC – The City of Spartanburg is proud to present to the Spartanburg community the 246 Army Band, South Carolina Army National Guard, in a free outdoor concert. The concert will be held at 7 pm on Friday, July 3 at Barnet Park’s Zimmerli Amphitheater. The Army Band will play patriotic music as part of their concert tour leading up to Independence Day.

The 246th Army Band was organized and federally recognized on October 12, 1939 and has served under numerous commands including General George S. Patton during World War II. The band has performed throughout the world and in 2003, was honored to perform at the funeral for Senator Strom Thurmond.

Commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Jessie Morlan, the band is comprised of thirty-seven members who, in addition to concert and ceremonial duties, are assigned for four musical support teams – Ceremonial Band, Pop-Music Band, Jazz Combo, and the Brass Quintet.

The members of the band meet one weekend per month and two weeks every year training for their wartime mission. That mission is to provide music to enhance unit cohesion and Soldier morale; assist in civil, military, coalition and recruiting operations; and to promote national and international community relations.

For further information about the 246th Army Band, please visit their website at

Picnic Baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets are welcomed at this free Barnet Park event. No pets allowed in the park. For more information, call 596-3105.

Shaggin' In The Park - July 10, 2009

To benefit Glenn Springs Academy(formerly Spartanburg Boys' Home)
Friday, July 10, 2009
6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Cleveland Park Event Center
141 N. Cleveland Park Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Tickets $25
Includes BBQ, beer, wine and a night of dancing.There will be shag instruction by Steve and Kathy Day andmusic will be provided by
DJ Bobby Vaughn.Wear your dancing shoes
so you won't miss out on the fun!
To Purchase tickets call Colleen Bishop at
864-583-4367, ext. 124
or mail your check
(please note Shag Event on the check) to:
Glenn Springs AcademyP.O. Box 99Pauline, SC 29374

City Announces Yard Waste Transition

City Announces Yard Waste Transition

Effective July 1, 2009 the City of Spartanburg’s Solid Waste department will make changes to its current garbage/junk and yard waste pick-up procedure.

Garbage and junk - These items will no longer be picked up together. They will be picked up on separate days. Junk consists of any large household items that will NOT fit into your roll cart. If you have more bags than will fit into your roll cart, you will need to request a 2nd roll cart. If you do not wish to request a 2nd roll cart, you will need to carry excess bags of garbage to the county drop off station. Your “junk” will be picked up the day AFTER your normal garbage pick-up day.

Yard Waste – Due to changes at the landfill, all yard waste picked up curbside must be less than six feet long or less than six inches in diameter. Residents will be responsible for transporting anything larger directly to the county landfill. Yard waste must also be placed in separate piles from leaves.

For additional information, please contact Bill Thompson, Solid Waster Manager @ 864-562-2931.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mary Black Foundation To Host Film Series

The Mary Black Foundation for a film series examining the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. The six segment series crisscrosses the nation, uncovering startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes.

Above is a short clip of the upcoming first film, "When the Bough Breaks", exploring racism and birth outcomes, airing on June 24th at noon at the Showroom @ Hub-bub.
Click here to learn more about attending the series.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Red, White & Boom 2009!

Red, White & Boom 2009 planned for Friday, June 26th at Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg. General Admission is $5 with gates opening at 5 p.m. Fireworks planned for 9:30 p.m. For more information call 864-596-4624 or visit

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wofford College features America in Crisis (June 20-23)

Come hear Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Parks at Wofford College in Chautauqua: America in Crisis (June 20-23)

History will come alive at Wofford during four evenings of Chautauqua performances featuring George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.Chautauqua: America in Crisis will take place June 20-23 in Leonard Auditorium of Main Building. The event is free and open to the public.

All members of the Wofford community are invited to attend with their families, friends and neighbors.Each performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. with live period-style music in the auditorium.Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn of Main Building prior to the presentations.

Saturday, June 20 - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Popular World War II-era songs
Sunday, June 21 - George Washington, Music from the Colonial period
Monday, June 22 - Abraham Lincoln, Antebellum and Civil War tunes
Tuesday, June 23- Rosa Parks, African-American spirituals

Chautauqua (pronounced sha-TAW-kwa) is an improvisational theatrical program in which costumed scholar-actors portray historical figures. Each performance is broken into three acts. In the first act, the performer represents a historical figure in the first person. In the second, the performer invites audience questions and answers them in character. In the final act, the performer steps out of character to answer questions that the historical figure could not (or would not!) have been able to answer.For more information, view the Chautauqua Web site ( or contact Charlie Gray, Director of External Relations/Continuing Education at Wofford College (864-597-4186).