Manley named GHS Med Scholar

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Engenius Managing Partner Chris Manley has been named a Greenville Health System Medical Scholar.
The five-week program is designed to educate participants about the changing healthcare environment and how GHS is helping to transform health care.

Topics to be discussed include population health management and medical neighborhoods; healthcare costs and what it means to be a healthcare value leader; and the importance of medical education and research in transforming the delivery of health care.

In addition to being the managing partner of Engenius, Manley is the founder and executive director of ReWiGo Ministries, a non-profit focused on emergency home repairs in the Upstate; chairman of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Non Profit Alliance as well as the Chamber’s Ambassador program; the Finance Chairman at Bethesda United Methodist Church, and a volunteer with Junior Achievement. He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 39 and was named one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest under age 35 in 2012. He was also named South Carolina’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“I am excited to learn more about what GHS is doing to help in the community,” Manley said.

About Engenius:

Engenius is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and specializes in serving businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs through web design and online marketing. Learn more at


New program aimed at Veterans help

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Almost 1 million veterans do not have jobs in America.


That is almost 10 percent of men and women who have served in the United State military since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. A large part of the reason for that unemployment is a training gap.


That is why a man named Ron Demonet from Greenville, South Carolina, has created a program called Veteran Scholarships Forever. This scholarship endowment program is aimed at helping veterans get needed funds to pursue vocational and skilled trades training that can lead to employment.


Ron Demonet, a veteran himself, started Veteran Scholarships Forever to help veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully. Although there are government programs like the G.I. Bill, which help veterans get an education, these programs do not cover all types of training.


“Certified vocational and skilled trades programs can help veterans not only find employment quickly, but also lead to long-term careers,” Demonet said.


Demonet, who has created scholarship endowments in the past, said he created Veteran Scholarships Forever because of the high unemployment rates for those leaving military service. Nearly six million Americans have served in the military since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and almost 3.2 million of them are now civilians. That group’s unemployment rate is 9.9 percent — while the rest of the nation is 7.9 percent.
“These men and women have served their country,” he said. “This program will help them build a better life moving forward.”

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Veteran Scholarships Forever receives contributions from individuals and organizations. Once donations are received, Veterans Scholarships Forever will establish endowments at evaluated colleges where veterans can apply for these scholarships.


The college then manages the endowment and provides scholarships to veterans with the most need to obtain the skills needed to be qualified for a job placement that will allow veterans to provide for themselves and their families, he said.


Veterans are still eligible for other forms of financials aid, Demonet said. Veteran Scholarships Forever does not grant scholarships directly, but interested veterans and current spouses can contact the colleges’ financial aid or Veterans Affairs department to inquire about the program.


About Veterans Scholarships Forever:

Veterans Scholarships Forever is a501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal to help Veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully. Learn more at

The Upstate’s premier Halloween Party is at The Old Cigar Warehouse

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Old Cigar Warehouse is once again hosting the Upstate’s premier and most exclusive Halloween Party, 6 Feet Under.

The epic costume/dance party starts on Halloween at 9 p.m. and goes to 2 a.m. at the Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S. Main Street – across from Fluor Field. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets get people five drinks from three fully stocked bars in the 7,000 square-foot event hall, plus two signature drinks (100 Proof Pumpkin and Purple Potion), plus late night food. In addition, there will be music from DJ EZ.

In addition, there will be a costume contest where the grand prize is a one-year voucher for free beer and wine from Liquid Catering. How much beer and wine is that for one year? That is one case per month and three bottles of wine.

More information on 6 Feet Under can be found on Facebook here. Tickets can be purchased here or by going to the Old Cigar Warehouse website.

About the Old Cigar Warehouse:

Located at 912 S. Main Street across from Fluor Field in the West End, the Old Cigar Warehouse features more than 7,000 square feet of event space, an open catering policy and full event support, allowing the venue to deliver a seamless event.

The Old Cigar Warehouse was built in 1882 and historically used as a warehouse for cigars and cotton. With 45-foot-high ceilings, exposed brick and stained floors, the warehouse is sure to inspire the most creative of events.

Learn more at


Mauldin residents voice support for Roads Referendum


MAULDIN, S.C. – Area residents gathered today on Butler Road to voice their support for a November 4 roads referendum while also hitting on some key facts that voters will be deciding on.

The group of people came to Citizens for a Better Greenville to help with getting their stories told because too much misinformation is being spread in the community.

“We know not everyone agrees with the plan. We can respect the thoughts and decisions of our fellow citizens,” said Jonathan Whitehead, a Mauldin attorney whose offices served as the backdrop for the rally. “But we cannot tolerate the people who are out there lying to voters and trying to cause fear.”


Some of the facts and realities of the November 4 referendum are:

  • 1,209 miles of roads will be repaved.
  • 75 roads and intersections will be widened or improved.
  • 23 bridges will be rehabilitated.
  • 100 sidewalks will be expanded and improved – especially around schools.
  • Voting no means nothing will change, cars will depreciate faster and require more repair, and Columbia will still charge for taxes with no intention of helping Greenville.

“Enough is enough,” Whitehead said. “Our community can take charge of its future or it can just decide to remain the same. I vote for taking charge.”

Citizens for a Better Greenville is a coalition of Greenville residents that is 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 and click on the November Referendum to read the entire list of projects.

About The Citizens for a Better Greenville County:

The Citizens for a Better Greenville County is a local initiative to allow all Greenville residents the opportunity to decide the best way to fund infrastructure improvements county wide. Learn more at


Will Teasdale is appointed new site manager for BASF in Seneca

Will Teasdale is the new Site Manager for BASF in Seneca.

Will Teasdale is the new Site Manager for BASF in Seneca.

SENECA, SC, October 17, 2014 – Will Teasdale is the new site manager for the BASF Seneca plant, located in Oconee County, South Carolina.
His career started as a Quality Assurance Chemist with Allied Colloids in 1995, which was acquired by Ciba in 1998. He served as a Production Manager and Production Engineer with Ciba before it was acquired by BASF in 2009. Most recently, Teasdale served as the manager of the BASF site in St. Louis, Missouri.

A native of Birmingham, England, Teasdale is a graduate of The University of Wales with a degree in chemistry.

The BASF Seneca facility makes specialty chemical catalysts and precious metal salts and solutions that are used by BASF customers to produce a wide variety of products, including herbicides, plastics, pharmaceuticals, auto emission catalysts, fragrances and fertilizers. They also produce water treatment products for the removal of lead, arsenic, and other impurities from drinking water.


About BASF


BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit


At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

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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