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Going the extra mile

November 9th 2020

Jonathan Miles – also known as Leatherfoot and Redbeard – is currently walking the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico. He’s been walking for a few weeks and weather events – no matter where he is – keep him on his toes.

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City inks development agreement for 320 apartments, help with trail network in Drayton

November 5th 2020

The Spartanburg City Council unanimously approved a development agreement Monday that clears the way for construction of a new 320-unit apartment complex across from the former Drayton Mills site and helps a nonprofit flesh out its vision for a not-yet-completed trail network. 

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Extending the Mary Black Rail Trail: Eight years in the making, work could finally begin soon

September 18th 2020

Efforts to extend the popular Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail .67 miles along Kennedy Street and Converse Street to downtown’s Barnet Park began in 2012. And while the city has acquired several slivers of land throughout the planned route, and has $1.2 million in funding ready to allocate, construction has yet to begin.

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Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park opens off Mary Black Trail in Spartanburg

September 3rd 2020

PAL held a ribbon cutting at the Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park on Sept. 3, 2020. The park is located off the Mary Black Rail Trail along Old Glendale Road and behind the Flock Shop in Spartanburg. The ribbon cutting was followed by a riding demonstration. Here, Michael Kane of Ride Garden LLC, who help build the bike park, takes a ride.

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Guest Opinion: Federal BUILD grant would bolster trails, economic development

August 17th 2020

By any objective measure, Spartanburg County has been not only one of South Carolina’s, but one of the Southeast’s, biggest economic development success stories this century. Number of new manufacturing jobs, number of total new jobs, amount of total new investment, amount of international investment, amount of exports — we have ranked either at or near the top in all those and other categories for years.

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HPHC Coalition Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg County Talks Recent Successes, Impact of COVID-19

July 3rd 2020

Part of a statewide network of Eat Smart Move More organizations, each individual group’s work is a combination of advocacy, community action, youth engagement, and consumer awareness, all designed to bring lasting and healthy change to local communities. The Spartanburg chapter focuses specifically on obesity prevention and promoting changes to policies, systems, and environments that increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living for all county residents.

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Spartanburg families receive a helping, healthy lift

June 17th 2020

Tuesday afternoon, cars filled with Spartanburg residents wrapped around Mary H. Wright Elementary School to pick up boxes of produce. Volunteers dropped off boxes filled with tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, lettuce, corn and more in the back seats of cars while people yelled “thank yous” and children waved.

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$17.4M grant sought to expand Spartanburg County trail system

April 20th 2020

While many people are stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, Partners for Active Living is moving ahead with plans to expand its countywide trails network. PAL has asked Spartanburg County to apply for a $17.4 million federal grant to build 14 miles of new trails and two pedestrian bridges across two major highways, as part of the 32-mile Daniel Morgan Trail System.

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