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Donations Desperately Needed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:19
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James Monroe Mission House


The James Monroe Mission House (JMMH) is a Community Outreach Center serving both Greenville and Laurens Counties.  JMMH is totally dependent upon funds from surrounding Churches, Businesses, Civic Organizations and Individuals.  The mission is supported completely by serevants, who volunteer their time and resources.


All non-perishable food items are needed on a weekly basis.  Please insure the food product dates are not expired.  Currently, the items in most need, at the time this message is posted, are:

  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Hearty Soups
  • Stuffing

Keep in mind when shopping to look for bargins and BOGO (Buy One, Get One FREE). The James Monroe Mission House also accepts financial gifts.  Any checks should be made out to James Monroe Mission House.

Thanking you in advance.


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FI high school opening delayed to at least 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 18:43
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Fountain Inn High School opening delayed to at least 2019

The opening of a new Fountain Inn High has been pushed back at least two years amid concerns that building the school sooner would lead to a tax spike and that Golden Strip population growth hasn’t been fast enough to fill it with students.

A decision on when the school will open has been put off until 2015, but the way it’s set now, opening day wouldn’t be any sooner than 2019.

School board members Crystal Ball O’Connor and Lisa Wells, who represent the Golden Strip, said they were disappointed and baffled as to why the board reversed course two weeks after voting to keep the opening on schedule in 2017.

“It’s a delay that represents the possibility of one delay after another,” O’Connor said. “When something is not reflected as a priority, it continues to get pushed down the road.”

School board member Danna Rohleder, who has opposed a 2017 opening, said she has no problem building the school when there are enough students to fill it, ideally to at least 80 percent capacity.

“I think the administration in this case would be happy with 60 percent capacity,” said Rohleder, who represents the Eastside.

The Fountain Inn high school timetable has been in question since the administration released a projection that a building with a capacity of 1,000 would have 114 students if it opened in 2017.

If opening day were pushed back to 2022, enrollment would be 455 and the tax blow would be softened, according to administration projections.

The district has already bought 61 acres on Quillen Avenue for $2.1 million.

The Greenville County school board voted 8-4 on April 23 to determine the school’s occupancy date in 2015 and for the date to be no earlier than 2019.

The decision was a reversal from two weeks earlier, when the board debated four hours and then voted 7-4 to keep the school on schedule to open in 2017, while the administration gathered community input and researched middle and high school capacity needs in southern Greenville County.

Proponents of staying on schedule said the Golden Strip is the fastest growing part of the county and that they feel the rumblings of an imminent boom. They said the school is needed to relieve Mauldin and Hillcrest high schools, where enrollments of more than 2,000 in each have left some students feeling disconnected.

They have said the administration ought to look for innovative educational models, including the possibility of adding middle school grades to the Fountain Inn high school.

Opponents said enrollment growth has shrunk since the recession hit and that the growth has been skewed to elementary school grades. They have expressed concern that not having enough students at Fountain Inn High would make it difficult to offer adequate academic programs, such as Advance Placement classes.

A 5 mill countywide tax spike would be needed if the school were built in 2017 but not if it were pushed back to 2019, according to district projections.

O’Connor and Wells have vowed to continue advocating for the Fountain Inn area.

While they knew of no specific proposal to put the school back on schedule, Wells said it could be if the administration would look for solutions connected to overcrowding and large schools. The answers might not look like what is found in other schools, she said.

“I doubt it, but I would be happy if it didn’t look like every other school,” Wells said.

Critics have said they would be concerned about putting middle school students in the same building as high school students. O’Connor said both can be accommodated by thoughtfully structuring programs.

The decision on when to build a Fountain Inn high school was part of the board’s annual review of its long-range facilities plan.

Superintendent Burke Royster was asking as part of the review for the board to set an occupancy date of no earlier than 2019 and to give him until the 2014-15 school year to make a recommendation to get a better handle on population growth and establish attendance boundaries.

Rohleder offered the motion that went with Royster’s original plan.

Voting in favor of the Royster plan were Kenneth Baxter, Joy Grayson, Megan Hickerson, Lynda Leventis-Wells, Roger Meek, Rohleder, Pat Sudduth and Chuck Saylors.

Voting against the Royster Plan were:  Debi Bush, Glenda Morrison-Fair, O’Connor and Wells.

Jobs available within 5 miles radius of Fountain Inn PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:00
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If you know of ANYONE in need of employment, within an approximate 5 mile radius of Fountain Inn, there are at least 96 job(s), representing at least 104 position(s).  These numbers change daily as positions are filled and new ones are added.  Please follow this link to the home page: https://jobs.scworks.org/


Once you are on the Home page, Scroll down and look on the right side. There you will see where to input the zip code and mileage range Ex: Zip code....29644, then...5 mile radius


 You will then see all the jobs available.


Remember, these jobs change as positions are filled and new jobs are added everyday, so check back OFTEN.

Employment Opportunities on Chamber Website PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:44
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The home-page of the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce's website has a "tab" labeled EMPLOYMENTMany times during the week, new job opportunities are posted here.  These positions may range from the local area to other counties in our state. 

Follow this link to see current opportunities:  http://fountaininnchamber.org/web/employment

If you know anyone who is in need of employment, please have them check our website at least twice a week.  Together we can ALL help try and put America Back to Work!

Help Get America Back to Work PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:57
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With today's economy being what it is, many, many people have lost their jobs and have been out work for weeks, months, possibly years.  The Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce wants to do our part in trying to help get America Back to Work.  On our website is a Tab labeled EMPLOYMENT.  There you will find more information on available jobs and how to apply for them.  Just recently, within a five (5) mile radius of 29644, there were over 67 jobs available.  If you know of anyone out of work, please pass this information to them.  By working together, we can help others find work.  Thank you.


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It is the hope of this Chamber that we might help, in some small way, to help America get "Back to Work".  Jobs are available in our area NOW.   [Read More]

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 “The mission of the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce is to be an advocate for business, to promote business alliances,to provide valuable benefits and services to our members and to be a partner with economic development efforts in Fountain Inn and surrounding vicinities.”














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