Minute with Mack

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I don’t drive.

I don’t walk sidewalks.

I don’t ride a bike. (do i look a dog?)

But event I know that Greenville needs better roads. It is a no brainer (unless you a dog) that voting yes on November 4 will make Greenville a better place to live. Even if you are a dog.

Here are some facts:

In 2012, a report issued by TRIP, a national transportation research group, concluded that South Carolina rural roads (non interstate) ranked highest in the nation for fatalities. It also noted that a significant number of South Carolina rural bridges, some 12%, were rated as structurally deficient.

South Carolina has the fourth largest highway transportation system in the country but the third lowest gas tax, which is used to fund road maintenance and construction on a state level. Making matters worse, when it comes to the road repair funds generated from the gas tax, Greenville County is a “feeder” county. This means that it pays out more than it gets back.

Locally, Greenville County uses an Overall Condition Index (OCI) to rate its roads. Based on an index of 69 or less being “fair to poor,” they estimate that 38% of their maintained roads fall into that category.

The Citizens Advisory Commission developed an eight-year plan to repair or otherwise improve our roads, bridges and sidewalks. The plan calls for a temporary 1-cent-per-dollar sales tax increase. The tax and revenue are limited by law and the funds are dedicated to the specific projected listed in the report and that will be listed at the election sites.

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Engenius hires account executive

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Engenius, a local web development and marketing firm, has added Tyler Batts as the firm’s newest account executive.

A native of Easley, Batts is a graduate of North Greenville University where he played on the men’s golf team and was a leader on the Student Marketing Association. At Engenius, his work will include developing new business and helping clients reach their marketing goals.

“Tyler will bring a lot of energy and new ideas to us and our clients,” said Chris Manley, Engenius’s managing partner.

About Engenius: 

Engenius is headquartered in Greenville, S.C., and specializes in serving businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs through web design, mobile apps, and online marketing. Learn more at http://www.engeniusweb.com.


New referendum video explains benefits of local option roads solution


GREENVILLE, S.C. – As voters continue to seek information about the November roads referendum, Citizens for a Better Greenville County has released their latest video, explaining why solving infrastructure problems at the local level is the best possible solution.

As County Councilman Butch Kirven explains, government has an obligation to address citizen needs in the most effective manner possible. “If we can fix it at the local level, we have an obligation to do that,” he states in the video.

The proposed referendum would implement a one penny sales tax, with all the revenue raised from that tax used for local road and infrastructure improvements. The referendum projects were decided on by a citizen’s committee that sought input from communities across the county. Identified priorities include reducing traffic on Woodruff Road by creating a parallel route, improving safety at the county’s most dangerous intersections, and building sidewalks surrounding schools.

If voters choose not to pass the referendum, under the current State DOT repair schedule, Greenville County residents will have to wait up to 82 years to have all of our roads repaired.

Citizens for a Better Greenville County hopes the short, informational video reaches voters in a nontraditional way.

“We want to people to know that the roads in Greenville are in bad shape, and there is a viable option to fixing them, no matter how we have to get that message out there,” said Bob Knight, chairman of the group.

The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4atkfAoYFw.

About The Citizens for a Better Greenville County:

Citizens for a Better Greenville is a coalition of Greenville residents, businesses, and nonprofits working to pass the November, one-cent sales tax referendum. The tax is limited to a period of eight years, and will fund needed road and infrastructure improvement projects including road resurfacing, intersection improvements, bridge improvements, and sidewalks around schools. The group lists safety, economic development, quality of life and monetary control of roads funding as key reasons to pass the referendum.

Go to www.greenvillecounty.org and click on the November Referendum to read the entire list of projects.



hope award

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — WORLD News Group announced today that votes are now being accepted from the public for the ninth annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion.

WORLD has long been a leader in shining the spotlight on organizations who engage in “effective compassion” by equipping their beneficiaries with useful skills to break the cycle of poverty and pointing them to Christ.

“As governmental poverty-fighting continues to fail, Hope Award finalists show us the power of effective compassion, which changes lives by offering challenging, personal, Christ-centered help,” said Marvin Olasky, WORLD’s editor in chief.

WORLD recently featured the 2014 regional finalists, who are now eligible for the Hope Award. Those regional finalists are:


With these extraordinary organizations working to restore hope in their communities, WORLD encourages anyone concerned with fighting poverty to read their stories, then cast a vote for the 2014 Hope Award winner online at http://www.worldmag.com/compassion/2014.


The winner of the 2014 Hope Award will receive $25,000 for the advancement of its ministry.



The Hope Award for Effective Compassion is sponsored by WORLD News Group, a non-profit organization that produces WORLD Magazine, WORLD Radio and a wealth of engaging digital content, all dedicated to providing clarity in the news through wise insights into the stories that matter most. To learn more about WORLD and its award-winning Christian worldview journalism, visit wng.org


Jonathan Bailie, WORLD News Group 800-951-4974

Rhino Concessions hires Marketing and Operations Manager


GREENVILLE, S.C.Rhino Concessions has hired Amanda Gardner as its new Marketing and Operations Manager.


A native of Irmo, Gardner graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with a degree in marketing. At Clemson, she was named to the Dean’s List four times.


Rhino is a special event food service company serving Greenville County recreation district, City of Simpsonville recreation facilities, City of Easley recreation, four waterparks in the state, Furman University, and many other events and festivals.


“We are very excited to bring Amanda on board,” said Mike Pennington, one of Rhino’s owners. “She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our team.”


About Rhino Concessions:


Rhino Concessions is a local, family owned business operated by the father and son team of Steve and Mike Pennington.  The company handles everything from event concessions to corporate catering to non-profit fundraisers. Learn more at www.rhinoconcessions.com.


Minute with Mack

Fall for Greenville is this weekend? Did you bring me any food? No, get lost. Better yet, head downtown, go to FunnelDelicious and bring me back a giant funnel cake. Hurry! That is not a suggestion. That is an order! You don’t know who you are dealing with.

Mack Out.