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Top 7 Livin’ Upstate stories of 2021

As 2021 nears its end, we looked back to see which stories got the most attention from Livin’ Upstate users throughout the year. Your favorites crossed the Upstate from Spartanburg and Easley to Lake Hartwell and Sugar Tit, covering topics from best places to live to fishing and food.

In case you missed them, click the links below to review the Top 7 Livin’ Upstate stories of 2021.

Spartanburg is best place to live in South Carolina, says U.S. News

In August, U.S. News released its Best Places to Live in South Carolina in 2021-22 and Spartanburg ranked No. 1. Here’s some of what U.S News said about Hub City:

“With multiple institutions of higher learning and a burgeoning food scene, Spartanburg always offers things to do on the weekends. Locals can ride their bicycles around town, shop at farmers markets, check out festivals, or enjoy local restaurants and breweries. Spartanburg is a pet-friendly city, where it’s common to see locals walking their dogs downtown or sharing a meal on a restaurant patio with pets in tow.”

Easley Mill Lofts brings new life to once bustling textile mill

Easley Mill was a center of community life for almost a century. Thirty years after its looms and spindles were silenced, the four-story brick structure on South 5th Street was again buzzing with activity as tenants of the new Easley Mill Lofts began moving in this past August.

Ingles, Dollar Tree Distribution, BMW Manufacturing and more hold job fairs this week

Last May, instant interviews and on-the-spot job offers were beginning to be the norm as the labor participation rate dropped across the Upstate as employers were searching for hundreds of workers.

Chesnee couple turns passion for cooking into a business with Ed’s All Purpose Seasoning & Rub

Ed and Ysante McDowell first walked the aisle together at their wedding in 1999. Ten years later, they walked the aisle together again as graduates of Spartanburg Community College. The Chesnee couple now is moving quickly down the entrepreneurial aisle as the owners of Ed’s All Purpose Seasoning and Rub, LLC.

Ysante and Ed McDowell of Chesnee.

Sugar Tit and six more unusual Upstate town names

Sugar Tit, Possum Kingdom and Pumpkintown are just a few of the towns across the Upstate region of South Carolina with memorable names.

Tryon Resort Winterfest features two-mile animated light show

Livin’ Upstate users searching for things to do this holiday season found significant interest in the hundreds of thousands of holiday lights at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Tryon Resort Winterfest.

Crappie USA Super Event coming to Lake Hartwell this weekend

Anglers and spectators were invited to Crappie USA’s 25th anniversary celebration at Lake Hartwell back in March. The event included a free Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo.

Thanks for visiting Livin’ Upstate to learn more about the interesting people, places and things to do across the Upstate region of South Carolina. We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

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