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Hollywild lays off some staff, executive director resigns

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – At a regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night Hollywild board member Tim Todd announced Executive Director Kim Atchley had submitted her resignation, according to Tiffany Hughes, Vice President of Board of Directors for Hollywild.

Hughes says this was not something that was forced and was her decision.

Six to eight people were also laid off at the park.

Hughes says their fundraising campaign fell short of their goal.

The park is closed for the season and they don’t have money coming in.

The board is exploring all options and resources to keep the park open to the community.

A decision to close the park is the very last thing, said to Hughes.

The remaining staff is continuing to take care of the animals.

Volunteers with animal care experience are being bro...

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For most Americans, Dow 20,000 carries little benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Wall Street celebrates yet another stock market record — surpassing 20,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average — many Americans have little reason to cheer.

Despite the spread of 401(k) retirement plans, the wealthiest 10 percent of households own roughly 80 percent of stock market wealth. The Dow’s 23 percent surge over the past year has benefited mostly investors who were already well-off.

The rising concentration of wealth at the top is one reason why the economy’s significant gains since the Great Recession ended 7½ years ago haven’t been felt by many Americans. Though the Dow more than doubled in President Barack Obama’s two terms, pay growth was stagnant, especially for people without higher education or high-tech skills...

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Missing Man table at Chick-fil-A: What do the items mean?

Chick-Fil-A on W.O. Ezell on the Westside of Spartanburg has set up a Missing Man table.

Each of the items on the table symbolize something, according to the framed inscription on the table.

The inscription reads:

This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.

The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.

The lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of someone captured in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the teas endured by those missi...

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‘Alice’ bombs at box office, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on top with $65M

NEW YORK (AP) – Johnny Depp’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while “X-Men: Apocalypse” debuted on top with an estimated $65 million.

The anticipated showdown of the two big-budget films turned out to be little contest for 20th Century Fox’s latest “X-Men” installment.

On Friday, when “Alice” was opening in theaters, Amber Heard, Depp’s wife, was granted a restraining order after alleging the actor previously assaulted her.

The poorly reviewed “Alice in Wonderland” sequel had been expected to open around $60 million.

Disney estimated that “Alice” would gross $35.6 million over the four-day weekend. It cost some $170 million to make.

“X-Men” is on track for about $80 million through Mon...

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Zika fears spawning scams, price increases

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – It may cost you more to protect yourself from the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, and fear of the disease is spawning scams that could also cost you. Sales of mosquito repellent are up 35 to 37 percent over last year, especially in Latin American and Caribbean countries, the center of the Zika outbreak. Because of that increased demand, prices are also up in some places.

According to data analytics firm 1010data, the average price for bug spray bought online was up 23 percent from last year. Market researcher IRI reports prices in brick-and-mortar stores are also up for Off, Cutter, Raid, and Repel brands, but the increases vary and were not found everywhere.

SC Johnson, the maker of Off and Raid brands, says it has not raised prices.

Donnie Wheelis,...

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Spartanburg Science Center named in honor of retiring director

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – John Green, the man at the helm of the Spartanburg Science Center, is retiring.

Many students in Spartanburg know Green. He’s spent nearly 40 years at the science center.

Science CenterSunday, they held a reception to celebrate his retirement.

 
Green says it’s been a thrill for him to be able to work with children over all these years.

They also surprised him by announcing that they will name the center in his honor.

“I’m absolutely stunned, humbled, amazed, thrilled and honored it was certainly not expected, anticipated…it’s a great honor,” said Green.

Green says in his retirement he’ll still be involved, helping with some camps over the summer and some after-school programs this year.


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ConAgra recalls 2 products due to undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON, DC (WSPA) – ConAgra is recalling a type of Marie Callender’s dinners due to a misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

The company is recalling Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Home-Style Gravy served with Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower with package code of 5014610500 and packaging date of April 14, 2016.

The company is also recalling “Molly’s Kitchen Macaroni & Beef with Tomato Sauce” with package code of 5014610400 and packaging date of April 13, 2016.

The products were mistakenly made using Worcestershire Sauce which contains anchovies which is not declared on the packaging.


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‘Captain America’ tops box office, ‘Money Monster’ grabs $15m

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Captain America: Civil War” remains the box office winner in its second weekend in theaters, but the star-driven adult drama “Money Monster” showed some unexpected might too, earning $15 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Civil War” took in $72.5 million from 4,226 screens, bringing its domestic total to $295.9 million. In just two weekends in theaters, it’s already passed the total domestic grosses of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” film by over $35 million.

“The Jungle Book” placed second with $17.8 million.

Meanwhile, the R-rated George Clooney and Julia Roberts financial thriller “Money Monster” got off to a healthy third place start, beating expectations in its first weekend in theaters after premiering this week at the Cannes Film Festival...

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Could changes be coming to Spring Fling?

SPARTANBURG (WSPA) – Could changes be coming to spring fling?

Spartanburg city council is looking into making changes with a brand new committee.

After several business owners emailed members with complaints about the event, the council wanted to address those concerns as soon as possible.

Thousands of people filled downtown Spartanburg this weekend for Spring Fling.

For some stores, the extra foot traffic meant big business.

Despite the big sales, there were still some problems.

Some business owners say teenagers were loitering in their stores, and many were unsupervised later in the evening.

Which is why city council members want to form the Spring Fling committee.

Despite the positive feedback from most stores, members say it’s better to tackle the issues now while there’s still...

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Sunflower kernels recalled for possible listeria contamination

(CNN) – The company Sun-Opta is recalling some of its sunflower kernels over a possible listeria contamination.

The recall affects brands such as Planters Sunflower Kernels and Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Kernels.

No one has reported being sick from the sunflower seeds so far. Listeria can cause a serious infection to the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include high fever, abdominal pain, and nausea. It is particularly dangerous for pregnant woman and children.

Consumers should not eat the seeds. If you purchased any of these products, take them back to the store where you bought them for a refund or throw them away.

For full product information, visit the FDA’s product recall website.


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