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Plays, art classes and more: The Younts Center for Performing Arts offers art in abundance close to home PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:00
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Younts Center for Performing Arts (formerlyThe Fountain Inn Center for Visual and Performing Arts) carries new life within its walls – students in an art class learn the intricacies of pottery or watercolor, a rehearsal prepares the cast for an upcoming production, and young dancers take those first hesitant steps toward the stage.

The center’s list of available activities is growing by leaps and bounds, with its arts academy as the newest entry in the Fountain Inn cultural arts scene.

Fountain Inn’s Economic Development and Younts Center Director Van Broad said after offering summer programs, the academy will continue with classes after school.

“There will be a variety of arts classes like dance, music and pottery,” he said. “We are limited, so we aren’t competing with arts studios or day cares. We want to whet the appetite of young people to learn about the arts and be involved.”

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Welcome to Fountain Inn, South Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2011 19:31
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Fountain Inn, South Carolina

“The Diamond Tip of the Golden Strip”

       “Front Porch of The Upstate"  

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John R. Hastings, Sr. 
President/CEO

Fountain Inn Chamber

Fountain Inn, South Carolina

Welcome to the “Front Porch of The Upstate”


The phrase “Front Porch of The Upstate” brings back memories for me and so many others from decades gone

by. Those times when life moved a little bit slower, and families would gather on their porches just to relax

and enjoy teach other's company. This is the feeling I trust you will encounter here in this beautiful southern

city known as Fountain Inn, South Carolina.


Several years ago, Fountain Inn had a choice to make: remain the same with closed storefronts,

losing businesses, tourists, and even families to the larger cities. Or, make some important changes

to make life better for all. We chose the latter, making many positive changes to our downtown

business district, yet maintaining that important “feel” of a small southern town.
 

The City of Fountain Inn, Economic Development, the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the

wonderful citizens and businesses of Fountain Inn, along with many others, have done an outstanding

job of transforming the downtown area and beyond. Everyone worked hard, and everyone worked together.

The Fountain Inn Chamber was officially incorporated July 3, 1954. Our Founding Fathers, Max Karelitz,

James A. Cannon, Blake P. Garrett, and Andy McGeachie, who have now all passed away, live on through

their spirit and convictions for this Chamber. Many of these gentlemen's decendents still live in and around Fountain Inn.
 

Today, our Chamber has the largest membership ever in its 61 - 62 year history. Our Chamber is a “Family”, and our Family is growing! Throughout the year, we enjoy many events - large and small - that provide meaningful networking opportunities for our “Family” members. Some of the Chamber offerings are Business After Hours, Lunch & Learn sessions, and ribbon cuttings and grand openings for new businesses.

Our signature events give many additional opportunities for networking and sponsorships to all of our members. The Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament in August is always an exciting and fun time for all our local golfers and sponsors. The Annual Aunt Het Fall Festival, on the first Saturday of October, is a favorite with everyone. It brings thousands of visitors to our wonderful downtown area with crafters, food vendors, music, a classic car show and much more. Children of all ages line the streets every December to view the Spirit of Christmas Past Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off Fountain Inn's two week Christmas Festival with carriage rides, food, carolers, and shopping in unique downtown stores. Our Annual Horse Show, sanctioned by CHSA, is a favorite May event with all our equestrian lovers.

Not everyone has the good fortune of being employed or having food on their tables and warm clothing. Our Chamber recognizes this and tries to help “Give Back” throughout the year in various ways. Our Classic Car show at the Aunt Het Festival collects non-perishable food for God's Pantry. From late October until Christmas, the Chamber is an official drop-off point for One Warm Coat®, a national organization which collects new and 'slightly' worn clothing for men, women and children. All the clothing remains in our community, going to our local James Monroe Mission House. Volunteers at the James Monroe Mission House serve and distribute food and clothing weekly at no cost to over 350 families in the Upstate's Golden Strip area.

In July our Chamber hosts its annual Cruise-In for School Supplies, sponsored in part by O'Reillys, Bojangles, Unique Car Club of Greenville and others. The school supplies are given to Generations Group Home for Boys.

In May 2015, our Chamber presented its inaugural “Palmetto State” Chili Cook-Off. It was decided that hosting a chili cook-off would be another vehicle by which this Chamber could give back to the community. Our chili cook-off is sanctioned through ICS (International Chili Society) which requires its sanctioned cook-offs to give back to charity 90% of the net proceeds. Our first cook-off brought in ICS chili cookers from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. Our official ICS Judge came from New Jersey, and the official Scorekeepr from Pennsylvania. Our inaugural cook-off allowed us to donate over $1200 to charity. Our hopes, dreams and hard work will make the Palmetto State Chili Cook-Off even bigger and better in the years ahead.

I invite all to come visit, enjoy and perhaps make your new home here. A place where life is enjoyed, friendships are created and memories are made here on the “Front Porch of The Upstate” - Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

John R. Hastings, Sr.

President/CEO

Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

 

 
New schools planned to ease crowding in local classes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:58
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Two Fountain Inn schools overcrowded by population growth were relieved last year with the opening of Rudolph Gordon Elementary School, but eventually more construction will be necessary to keep pace.

 

“We have continued growth projected in the southern end of the county,” said Greenville County Schools spokesman Oby Lyles.

 

Gordon elementary, built at Jones Mill and Scuffletown roads on the north side of town, eased strain at Bryson Elementary and Bell’s Crossing Elementary. It is the fifth public school serving Fountain In residents, joining Fountain Inn Elementary, Bryson Elementary, Bryson Middle and Hillcrest High. Bell’s Crossing serves an area further north, northeast of Simpsonville.

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Looking for something to do? Fountain Inn has plenty of family-friendly, community-centered activities PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:00
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Buoyed by tradition and a burgeoning downtown, Fountain Inn continues to offer a full slate of events for residents and visitors, with new opportunities hitting the calendar each month.

 

With a historic setting in the growing Golden Strip area, Fountain Inn is quenching the thirst of local residents who want true community experiences.

 

One of the city’s signature events is Aunt Het Day, held the first Saturday in October. The 2012 festival will mark the 29th anniversary of the event held in honor of Robert Quillen’s homespun cartoon character, AUNT HET.

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Fountain Inn is 'the 'Inn' place where the past and present coexist in harmony' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 15:00
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Fountain Inn, the only town known by that name in the United States, was born in the welcoming shadow of an old stagecoach stop, an inn that welcomed weary travelers to a night's rest. Situated on the old stagecoach route between Greenville and Columbia, the inn was little more than a large house, but, in its day, it had become a welcome and famous stopping point. Its popularity was due largely to the ever-flowing spring that gushed up, they say, in a fountain 2-feet high within a few feet of the inn. Tradition has it that even the horses would prick up their ears and break into a trot as they approached the inn with the fountain and the resting point it promised.

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A new collaboration expands access to services for area seniors PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 14:16
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Retirement does not equal life in the slow lane for Fountain Inn residents.

altSeniors in Fountain Inn have long found ample opportunities at the Fountain Inn Activities Center, but a new program opens the door to those who have been unable to participate due to a lack of transportation.

Senior Action’s lunch program has long provided a meal for seniors, but Kathy Russ, director of people and programs for Senior Action, said a natural partnership will pool resources to make life even better for those she serves.

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Youth sports leagues and recreational opportunities abound PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:39
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With one year on the job and experience in every sport and program offered under his belt, Fountain Inn Recreation Department Director Chris Barrineau feels more prepared than ever to accomplish his professional goal.

“Our mission is to create community through people, parks and programs,” Barrineau said. “We want to bring people together. I think recreation is the No. 1 way to bring a community together, to break down the barriers that are out there – social, economic, racial or anything. Sports always have an ability to break those things down. That’s what we want. We want to create a better community here.”

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Fountain Inn’s quality of life has ‘big-city appeal and a hometown feel’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010 16:23
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Cindy Mixon is one of Fountain Inn’s newest residents, but she is busy recruiting others for downtown, small-city life.

Whether their families have called it home for generations or they just moved to a historic house in town, Fountain Inn’s residents and business owners find themselves part of a family that prides itself on both tradition and progress.

Mixon came to Fountain Inn by way of the stage.

“I really came via The Center for Visual and Performing Arts and the theatre company, FIRE,” she said. “A friend of mine, Anita Sleeman, is the artistic director.”

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Fountain Inn at a glance PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 July 2010 23:40
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Geography:
Region: Upstate, Piedmont
Counties: Greenville, Laurens
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

Climate:
Annual average temperature:
60 degrees Fahrenheit
Summer average temperature:
77.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Winter average temperature:
42 degrees Fahrenheit
Annual precipitation: 45.55 inches

Population (2011 estimate):
City of Fountain Inn: 7,937
Greenville County: 451,428
Laurens County: 70,045

Median Household income (2010 estimate):
Fountain Inn: $44,109
Greenville County: $46,830
Laurens County: $37,529

Organizations:
Fountain Inn Chamber, Fountain Inn Rotary Club, Fountain Inn Garden Club, Fountain Inn

Music Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Rotary Club of Fountain Inn

Government:
Type of city government: Council/mayor/administrator
Number of city council members: Six
Length of terms: Four years; terms are staggered every two years

Type of county government:
Council/administrator
Number of county council members: 12
Length of terms: Four years

Fire department: 17 full-time personnel, 10 volunteers; fire insurance rating of 5 in town,

7-9 in rural areas; four engines, 100-foot ladder truck, two rescue trucks, two service

vehicles, one tanker truck, two brush trucks, four automatic defibrillators

Police department: 24 police officers, 6 communication specialists and administration staff,

five reserve officers; 15 equipped cars

Major employers:
Yan Feng 

D & W Fine Pak

Bosch Rexroth
Caterpillar
Grainger
KS Gleitlager USA, Inc.
Richs Bakeries Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ZFManufacturing

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Fountain Inn aims to be a destination that appeals to residents, businesses and visitors PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 July 2010 23:15
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Though the past year has seen a world battling economic crisis. Fountain Inn has retained its appeal for new businesses and has bright hopes for the future.

With a growing city identity. Fountain Inn is positioned to recruit new business and industry as the economic tide turns.

“We are getting more people talking to us and looking at us than ever,” Fountain Inn’s Economic Development and Civic Center Director Van Broad said. “We’ve been recruiting businesses and restaurants. Several new restaurants have opened here recently:  Sweet Catherine's, Depot Street Cafe and Desserts, The Railhouse, El Jalisco Mexican restaurant and, coming March '12 will be J Peters Grill & Bar, the 5th J Peters restaurant opened, per owner Jon Angell  .”


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