Monday, November 23, 2009

Feed the Community - This Thursday!

Feed the Community -
This Thursday!

For the 22nd year, Spartanburg County community organizations and individuals are joining together in a Feed the Community effort to ensure everyone who is hungry enjoys a hearty meal on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, approximately 6,000 meals were served. This year’s number is expected to increase.

Meals will be served on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at the Second Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. In addition, meals will be delivered to those who do not have transportation, or prefer to eat at home, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Preparation is provided by volunteers from area churches and ministries within Spartanburg County.

Volunteers Needed
• Licensed drivers are needed to deliver food, using their own vehicles, on Thanksgiving morning.
• Volunteers are also needed to help prepare and serve food.
• Volunteers should call 582-7556.
Donations Needed
• Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to send a tax-deductible check, or money order, made payable to South Carolina Christian Foundation. The address is P.O. Box 2397, Spartanburg, SC 29304. Please indicate that it is for Feed The Community.
• Call 949-5800 for additional information.
Family/Individual Delivery Orders
• Requests for delivered meals are to be placed in advance by calling WSPA 888-777-7556 Monday – Wednesday, November 23 – 25, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• Although SPARTA buses do not normally run on Thanksgiving Day, the City has authorized a special schedule to help bring guests to Second Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen. For a schedule, please call General Manager, Marc Keenan @ 595-2710.

For additional information, contact Rev. Paul McKee at 641-5140 or Tina Nichols at 590-5022.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

City of Spartanburg to celebrate Arbor Day

City of Spartanburg to celebrate Arbor Day

In celebration of Arbor Day, the community is invited to join Mayor Bill Barnet, III, Chris Thompson of Land Art Design Group and Holly Welch of South Carolina Forestry Department, in the planting of a Bigleaf Magnolia and a Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress. The Bigleaf Magnolia is donated by the Spartanburg Community College Horticulture Department and the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress donated by the City of Spartanburg. These trees fit noted horticulturalist and author Michael Dirr’s definition of Noble Tree because they are both “manifest and magnificent in stature.”

Rain or shine, the event takes place on December 4, 10:00-10:30 a.m., at Happy Hollow Park in the Converse Heights Neighborhood.

Although nationally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day traditionally falls on the first Friday of December in South Carolina because it’s the best time to locally plant trees. Spartanburg takes pride in the fact that this is the 28th year it has been designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City. A city must meet four standards of excellence in the area of tree management in order to qualify for this designation. Details can be found at

For more details, contact Joshua Henderson, City Planner, at 864-596-2069 or

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Special Thanksgiving Farmers' Market Planned

The Hub City Farmers’ Market is hosting a special pre-Thanksgiving market on November 20, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. The market is located on Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg; the market will included locally grown vegetables, turnips, turnip greens and sweet potatoes as well as free-range turkeys and other meats.

Cornbread to Caviar’s executive chef, Bill McClellan, will perform a cooking demonstration of a Thanksgiving dish with products from the market.

Local artists and food vendors will be on location to sell goods for holiday shoppers and Little River Roasting Co. will sell coffee by the cup.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009



Beginning December 7, 2009 the City of Spartanburg’s Solid Waste department will introduce improvements to its current recycling program.

Large 96 gallon roll carts will replace the current 16 gallon bins. Recycling pickup will go from a weekly pick up to a twice a month pick up. The new carts will be delivered beginning November 17th with all carts delivered by November 30th. This new procedure increases individual residence recycling pick up from 16 gallons/weekly to 192 gallons/monthly.

All paper products and empty metal cans will be accepted in your recycling cart for pick up. Glass should be taken to Spartanburg County Convenience Centers.

A City representative will attend Neighborhood Association meetings to educate and to answer any questions residents may have.

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