Stories from the Upstate:
Sharing People, Places and Things
Joyce Pettit is not just a Senior Real Estate Specialist with Keller Williams Realty, she is a loving mom and proud grandmother. When the kids were growing up, the Pettit's lived in Walnut Grove, SC. Son, Joe Pettit, who works with his mother, has great memories of family and friends visiting them at their home. "The nights were so quiet and the moon and stars lit up the sky." Joe has never strayed too far from the Upstate, attending USC in Columbia for a brief period and then graduating from USC Upstate. He lives in Boiling Springs presently, but plans on moving back to the country one day. Daughter, Regina Ziliani, graduated as a Music major from Converse College and now owns the Charlotte Academy of Music .

"Right Sizing"
Recently, Joyce gained additional education on how to help seniors and their families navigate finding just the right home for folks looking for just the right size of home. Joyce’s ability to listen to her clients’ needs and goals and to work patiently in their best interest has always been her trademark. She enjoys interacting with all generations, including seniors, adult children and caregivers. Along with her son Joe, they are not just agents - they are advisors and advocates.
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Croft State Park covers more than 7,000 acres and features over 50 miles of trails. This land was once home to a farming community and old farmsteads can still be found throughout the Park. Whitestone Springs attracted visitors in the late 1800s and early 1900s. You can have a drink from the Spring today and see the foundation of a 4 story hotel and evidence of the bottling business (Rocky Ridge/Whitestone Spring Trail).
World War II brought about the need for more training facilities. James F. Byrnes, a SC Senator and Spartanburg native, was instrumental in bringing the training camp to the area. In 1940 construction began converting 19,000 acres of tobacco and cotton fields into a military camp that contained a series of firing ranges, a gas obstacle training course, and a grenade court.

The name of the camp honored South Carolina native Major General Edward Croft, the US Army Chief of Infantry who died in 1938. The first troops began training on March 7, 1941 and the camp eventually housed 250,000 soldiers.

The facility was shut down after the war and opened as a State Park in 1949. Today it is one of the largest tracts of land in the SC State Park Service.
Foster Mill Trail travels along an old road bed. It is the widest trail in the Park with portions going from single wide to double wide, making it perfect for both equestrian and hiking beginners. You will pass through some of the best historical areas in the Park, where you will see old trestle bridges as well as cemetery sites. This trail will take you along ridges, crossover beautiful Kelsey Creek and take you right along the shore of Lake Craig.

The Carolina Panthers will open training camp for the 2018 season on Thursday, July 26 at Wofford College. Training camp will begin with the annual kickoff party which begins at 4 p.m., followed by practice from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Gibbs Stadium in the heart of Wofford's campus.

Camp runs through Monday, August 13, with the annual Fan Fest event scheduled for Friday, August 3, at Bank of America Stadium.
All practices and additional fan activities are free and open to the public.

Click here  for additional information, including the full training camp schedule, directions, parking map and what to bring to practice.


Live Music in Hub City at 6 July 13th & 14th!

Local favorites,  The Van Dangs, open the evening at 6 pm.  Then the headliner, That Carolina Sound, take the stage at 8:30 playing the timeless Americana music of Spartanburg's own Uncle Walt's Band .

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