Steve grew up in Hendersonville and attended East Henderson High School before attending the Gardner-Webb University where he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Prior to coming to work at The Greer Citizen as a Publisher, he was Publisher at Hometown News in Spartanburg, Classified Advertising Manager at The Logan Banner in Logan, West Virginia, and General Manager at The Union Daily Times in Union, South Carolina. Steve’s newspaper career began in 1984 while a student at Gardner-Webb. Steve and his wife Shayna live in Woodruff and have two children.
Phil Buchheit graduated Presbyterian College in 2000 with a degree in Political Science. He has over 13 years experience in the newspaper industry as a pressman, advertising sales representative, circulation manager, writer, and photographer. Phil has won several photography awards from the South Carolina Press Association.
William Buchheit graduated from the Spartanburg Day School in 1994 and received a Bachelors Degree in English from Rhodes College in 1998. After earning a Masters degree in American Literature at USC-Columbia, he began reporting for Spartanburg’s Hometown News weekly newspaper chain in 2001. He received the South Carolina Medical Association’s Print Journalism Award in 2005 and was named the 2011 Reporter of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He lives in Greer.
Kaelyn, born in Pennsylvania, lived fives years in Africa, six years in Vermont, two years in India and 12 years in South Carolina as well as a few other places here and there. She graduated as salutatorian from Hampton Park Christian School in 2006. In May 2010, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Print Media from North Greenville University. That fall, after interning and working part-time for the Greer Citizen, Kaelyn moved three hours farther south to become a full-time staff writer for The People-Sentinel in Barnwell, S.C. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, playing Frisbee, hiking, playing the piano, spending time with family, playing games and learning.
A native of Greer, Julie Holcombe is a 1993 graduate of Greer High School and 1997 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked at The Greer Citizen for over 20 years as typesetter, graphic artist, and reporter. She has won multiple awards from the South Carolina Press Association for feature writing as well as editorial and advertising design. She is married to Scott Holcombe, a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and Greenville Technical College.
Jake Korol is a homeschool student in his junior year of High School. He loves all sports, but is a huge baseball and basketball fan and a total stats geek. When not playing or writing about sports, he is constantly seeking the next great cheeseburger.
Macy has been a writer since she was a young teenager and often found her nose in books. She got her start as a news reporter at the world’s smallest daily newspaper while she was a student at North Greenville University. Now, she is a journalist by day, author of young adult romance by night. A lover of all things coffee, autumn, and baking, Macy can generally be found sipping a latte by the fire while cookies are in the oven.
Stephanie was born in West Virginia, and grew up in a military family, starting school on Okinawa. She graduated from Niceville High School in Florida before moving to Texas with her family. She attended Central Texas College studying to become a Paralegal. Once she had a family, she chose to spend the majority of her career in the field of Education in order to spend time with her children while they were growing up. She is the mother of two children who live in Greer and Lyman, as well as her five beautiful grandchildren.
Shayna is a third-generation newspaper family member. Her grandfather sold advertising for newspapers across the South, her father was a newspaper publisher in Hopewell, Virginia; Union, South Carolina; Williamson, West Virginia and lastly he retired from Hometown News in Spartanburg. Shayna is a graduate of USC Upstate with a degree in Nursing. Ink is in her blood, so she decided to get back to her roots and is ready to show you how advertising works!