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School district, 80 employers hiring at regional job fair

GREER, SC (WSPA)–School is out but the Greenville County School district is doing all it can to make sure it has enough workers to handle all the students when class is back in session.

The district is hiring for several positions during a regional job fair with SC Works on Thursday, June 29.

In all, more than 80 employers plan to be at the event.

The district needs bus drivers, bus aides, custodians and food service operators. Employees who work 30 or more hours per week qualify for health and dental benefits, sick leave, free life insurance and more. Bus driver pay starts at $13 and full-time positions with benefits are available.

The job fair is open to everyone, but if you’re a veteran or preferred pass holder with SC Works, you can get in at 4 p.m. Make sure you bring a professional resume.

The job fair opens to everyone at 5 p.m. at Greer High School and ends at 7.

For a complete list of employers, click here.

New study shows too much sitting negates exercise

(WSPA) –A new study shows sitting too much is bad for you, even if you exercise.

Researchers looked at more than 40 studies and found that the more you sit, the greater risk of you developing heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

So what do you do if you are stuck at your desk all day? Experts recommend standing up throughout the day and park far away from entrances so you’ll have to walk more.


Buzz off! Birds concern Upstate community

LOCKHART, SC (WSPA) – Some Upstate neighbors say buzzards are causing big problems in their community. It’s been happening in Lockhart.

“They come early in the morning,” said resident Josie Pitts. “It sounds like somebody is just sitting there rolling bowling balls on top of my house and what they’re doing is they’re running on my house.”

Around the corner from her home, neighbor Ray Duncan says he’s tired of the birds too.

“It’s just a horrible sound – it’ll get you right up out of bed,” he said. “They really aren’t scared of nothing much.”

These Lockhart residents say black vultures, better known as buzzards, are doing way more than ruffling a few feathers.

“They will just peck peck peck until they get one shingle up,” said Duncan.

Pitts says her dogs were also targeted and injured. “What about my other dogs?” she said. “They’ll attack my other dogs if they attacked him.”

She said the birds also picked at the weather lining on her car, leaving costly damage.

“Literally had it for three days and I wake up to like 50 of them – I mean the whole car – you couldn’t see the top of the car,” she said. “They’ve already caused so much damage to our house, our dogs, our cars and then everybody else’s the whole neighborhood.”

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says it’s typical for black vultures to congregate in groups like what residents say they’ve noticed them doing in trees right near the canal.

“I won’t say it’s a regular basis but it’s a reoccurring issue across the state,” said SC DNR Wildlife Biologist Tom Swayngham.

He said the birds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

“The best solution is to harass them particularly in the evenings when they start coming in with fireworks. You cannot harm them but you can harass them and make them uncomfortable,” said Swayngham. “You can get a permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service out of their Atlanta office which would allow you to potentially kill one but this is not a quick process.”

Pitts says she has tried scaring the birds with a screamer siren but they still return.

“It doesn’t really help,” she said. “Once we shoot them, 50 more come back in the yard.”

SC DNR said people can be fined for harming the birds.

Teens put math & science to the test at BMW test track

GREER, SC (WSPA) – 30 teenagers got a special look at how BMW does what they do as part of their summer camp, Wednesday.

Over the two-week camp, teenagers get the chance to use math and science to learn about the German automaker.

Wednesday, they were able to apply the principals they learned at BMW’s Performance Track in Greer.

Watch the video to experience the sights and sounds of the BMW Academic Outreach Camp.

Lawmakers Call On AG To Probe Hospital Partnership

Greenville, S.C. (WSPA) – State lawmakers are calling on the attorney general to investigate the partnership between Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health for anti-trust violations.

GHS announced the $4 billion dollar deal earlier this month. Officials said the affiliation between the two hospital systems will improve patient service and control costs.

But some state legislators say the lack of competition could actually increase costs and poses a threat to the free market. Seven state lawmakers sent a letter to the Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office asking for a thorough investigation.

“One of the keys to a free market is having the free market competition,” said State Representative Garry Smith (R) of Greenville. “There is no competition when you have 75 percent to 100 percent of the market share.”

Wilson’s office has not issued a response. The deal between the two systems could go through as early as next year.

Fatal crash on Hidden Valley Rd. in Pickens Co., troopers say

PICKENS CO., SC (WSPA) – South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Hidden Valley Road in Pickens County.

The crash happened around 9:00pm near Midway Road.

Officers say the road will remain closed for several hours after the crash.

Firefighters at the scene say the crash involved one car.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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