Gaffney native Father Lyndon Harris was the priest in charge of the St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral that is located directly across the street from where the World Trade Center Towers once stood. In this Web feature, Father Harris speaks from the heart about his experiences during the events of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed. Amid photos contrasting the devastation at Ground Zero and those of compassionate first-responders and community volunteers, Harris unapologetically recalls the emotional vulnerability he experienced as he dealt with feelings of anger, pain and forgiveness.
R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) System is a program that teaches women realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. One out of every four women is likely to face the possibility of physical assault in their lifetime. The R.A.D. program begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing toward the basics of hands-on defensive training. The RAD focus is about empowering women through education to protect themselves. RAD techniques emphasize protection against rape and abduction. The RAD classes conducted at USC Upstate have been very successful and are a very important community service.
Got art? Well, if you don't, the Spartanburg Art Museum does. For decades the museum has provided the Upstate community with interesting exhibits. Their current exhibit "Plates to Pixels," a collection by local artist Ben Nixon, shows the evolution of photography while providing viewers an interesting history and perspective.