Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future
JUN 20, 2017

Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future

Twenty-six Greenville County high school students have been invited to participate in Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, a program whose mission is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in college. The new class marks the 21st year of the educational outreach program.

“Bridges students have already demonstrated both academic and leadership potential by their ninth grade year, yet they face financial barriers or personal circumstances that may prevent them from achieving what they are truly capable of,” said Carrie Silver, director of Bridges to a Brighter Future. “Here, students participate in life-changing experiences that help them discover who they are to build the self-confidence and resiliency they need to succeed in life.”

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Greer, Blue Ridge seniors awarded $10,000 scholarships from CBL Foundation
MAY 31, 2017

Candace Jensen, Greer High School

CBL Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 higher education scholarships to three local students.

Greer High School seniors Candace Jensen and Victoria Schneider were both winners of the 2107 Robert F. Williams Scholarship, named for a past CBL Board Chairman and member of the South Carolina State Board of Education. Jensen will attend the University of Georgia, while Schneider will attend Clemson University.

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Jerry Henson Field dedicated for beloved Blue Ridge coach and teacher
MAY 31, 2017

The Henson family celebrated the naming of Jerry Henson Field with Trent Henson, left, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Henson, middle, and Mr. and Mrs. Travis Henson, far right.

Jerry Henson, for more than 50 years has left his mark on the Blue Ridge Athletic Program, the community and has coached and mentored many former athletes and generations of families.

The Blue Ridge community, family and friends and many others Jerry Henson has crossed paths on the athletic field and in the classroom honored their favorite son by naming the baseball field, “Jerry Henson Field”.

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GGEF awards 13 $1,000 scholarships to Greer area students
MAY 18, 2017

Logan Gillespie

The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 13 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Tuesday afternoon at Greer City Hall.

 Students were selected by the guidance department of each school and submitted to the Foundation. The Foundation in turn will present scholarship funds to the technical school or college on behalf of the student.  

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Blue Ridge community embraces its youth baseball players
APR 13, 2017

The Blue Ridge Cubs had the opportunity to take the field with the Blue Ridge Tigers varsity baseball team. See Alex Love’s report on the activities.

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Alex Love named USC Upstate's representative on ASUN Winter Winners for Life team
APR 12, 2017

Alex Love was recognized by the ASUN Conference as part of its 2016-17 Winter Winners for Life Team. 

Alex Love Named to 2016-17 ASUN Winter Winners for Life Team

USC Upstate senior cross-country/track and field athlete Alex Love was recognized by the ASUN Conference on Wednesday as part of its 2016-17 Winter Winners for Life Team.

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Video: Blue Ridge is off and running in Region II-4A baseball
MAR 23, 2017

Blue Ridge defeated Travelers Rest Wednesday night, 10-6, in a Class AAAA Region II game. The game was postponed from Tuesday night because of severe weather in the area.

Alex Love, GreerToday.com Digital Sports Editor, has the full report.

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Video: Blue Ridge baseball early season report
MAR 8, 2017

Blue Ridge High School’s baseball team won its second game of the season, 8-3, over Southside Academy Tuesday night.

Sports Digital Editor Alex Love has the report.

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Video: Blue Ridge baseball in preseason mode
FEB 15, 2017

Blue Ridge High School baseball season is off and running. One preseason game down and one more to go before the regular season begins. See Digital Sports Editor Alex Love’s report.


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Video: Blue Ridge senior basketball players bid farewell to careers
FEB 11, 2017

The Blue Ridge boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night last week. Digital Sports Editor Alex Love talked to the seniors about their career and offered advice to the underclassmen.

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Greer earns playoff spot, ends Blue Ridge season
FEB 10, 2017

Greer earned the No. 3 seed in the Upstate Class AAAA state basketball playoffs beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets beat Blue Ridge, 70-57, in its final regular season game Thursday night.

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Southern, BRHS catcher, signs with Toccoa College
FEB 1, 2017

Brandon Southern signed to play baseball at Toccoa College.

Brandon Southern, a catcher with Blue Ridge High School, has signed to play baseball for Toccoa College in Toccoa, Ga.

Wednesday was the official signing day for athletes. Southern participated in a signing ceremony with teammate Elijah Henderson in the gymnasium with teammates, cheerleaders, senior classmates and his family.

Southern and teammate Elijah Henderson signed Wednesday.

Southern still has his senior season to play.

“I picked Toccoa to get a great education and have the opportunity to play there as a freshman,” Southern said.

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Cassidy Norris, BRHS softball player, signs with North Greenville Univesity
FEB 1, 2017

Cassidy Norris signed to play softball with North Greenville University.

• Henderson signs with Clemson

• Southern signs with Toccoa College

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Terault, Blue Ridge runner, signs with Savannah College for Art and Design
FEB 1, 2017

Austin Terault signed with Savannah College of Art and Design to run track.

• Henderson signs with Clemson

• Southern signs with Toccoa College

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GGEF awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 area schools
JAN 29, 2017

GGEF awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 area schools

The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $20,582 in grant money to 18 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a reception Jan. 26, 2016 at Greer City Hall.

Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $182,000,” Garrett said. “It is because of our sponsors and community support, that we can award these grants today.” 

The 2016 Corporate Sponsor for the Foundation are Greer Memorial Hospital and J.M. Smith Charities. Corporate Friends are: BMW, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education, C.F. Rhem Jr., and Kathy Cochran.

Garrett also praised the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for their GreerMade program. “Most of our students who receive grants go to schools that prepare them for work at local companies and suppliers. By staying in Greer, they continue to make Greer “the place to be.”

David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, commented: "As a retired educator, being a member of a Foundation that gives money to educators and students is a privilege for me. Our classrooms are filled with very competent teachers and their needs, to effectively serve their students, are great.

"?I love fulfilling teachers' wishes," he said.

Dolge then presented grants ranging from $400 to $1,500 to:

Sherry Smith, Tigerville Elementary
Grant amount: $400
Smith has plans for an arts “career” where students 3rd-5th grades will rotate throughout the year in their art classes, working at a drafting table complete with artist’s chair, special desk top lighting as well as learning to use a light box to gain the experience of taking ownership of a potential career in the arts.

Lisa Hansen, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $829.50
Hansen plans to include “BreakoutEDU” kits for each of your grade level teams, a game to encourage students to think critically using problem solving and trouble shooting, which promoting teamwork.

Diane Jackson, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $752.93
Jackson plans to purchase electronic renewal subscriptions to “Reading A to Z” or the updated program “Rax Kids” for each grade level at Tigerville.

Carol C. Godfrey, Skyland Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Godfrey plans to introduce students to the local history and folk tradition of the Blue Ridge community by giving them an opportunity to hear live traditional folk music, meet a local folk musician and play a folk instrument.

Jody Dill, Mountain View Elementary School
Grant amount: $490.80
Dill plans to purchase four Hokki stools to go along with the two currently in use. The goal is to use these stools to help special needs student gain the wiggle room they need while reading or taking tests. The ergonomic stools keep students moving, while they are sitting still. 

Amy Holcombe, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,463
Holcombe plans to purchase pocketsize portable devices that read text out loud or can be used with headphones. “Students will be able to do research and come to their own opinions based on what they have discovered. Being able to read is vital to communication.”

Kara Ponder, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,479.76
Ponder plans to purchase two iPad Pros and 2 Apple pencils for students to use to make learning engaging and fun. Ponder said he plans to use the iPads and Apple Pencils to enhance and supplement their learning of content taught in the regular education classes. An additional benefit will be a heightened interest in learning and a boost in student confidence.

Shelly Eubanks, Dunbar Child Development Center
Grant amount: $1,386.48
Ponder plans to purchase an Osmo play system for iPad, which takes iPads into a whole new level of learning. The system impacts the students’ learning in the areas of technology, math, literacy, creativity and social skills.

Jackie Knafelc, D.R. Hill Middle School
Grant amount: $750
Knafelc plans to continue to grow the butterfly garden at her school by adding more railroad ties and smaller gardens around the space, also using railroad ties. The space will include an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a flower garden and walkways. The garden also helps students create relationships with each other. 

Kate Canterbury, Crestview Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Canterbury plans to purchase a Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Kit for use with struggling first grade readers. The kit will provide high-interest, appropriately leveled materials for support at school and at home.

Alicia Keller, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,400
Keller plans to purchase materials available for teachers to use with students identified as autistic with autism, anxiety and ADHD. The materials will be included in “toolboxes” which can help students calm down. The toolboxes also make an impact on instruction across the school. 

Jennifer Dodds, Tyson Wright, Kevin Washington, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,100
Dodds, Wright and Washington will continue their Works in Progress program that teaches students how to dress and act like gentlemen. Students are taught how to shake hands, open doors, make eye contact and address someone older with respect. 

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Greer boys split a pair of Region basketball games
JAN 28, 2017

Greer’s boys split a pair or Class AAAA Region II basketball games.

The Yellow Jackets lost at home Friday to Travelers Rest 58-57. Greer beat Blue Ridge last Tuesday, 63-52.

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Hannon, Jensen, Jamison, Kaminski among schools' Heisman Award selections
JAN 20, 2017

Hannon, Jensen, Jamison, Kaminski among schools' Heisman Award selections

Noah Hannon of Greer High School was a finalist in the 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Hannon was an All-State selection, finalist for Mr. Football and also was a national competitor for the school’s Virtual Enterprise team that traveled to New York.

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Clemson study focuses on improving facemasks to help reduce football brain injuries
JAN 3, 2017

Alex Bina (left), Gregory Batt (center) and John Desjardins are using a linear drop tower with an anthropomorphic head model for their football helmet facemask tests.

CLEMSON — A team of Clemson University researchers and an Upstate businessman believe they can help make football a little safer by creating a facemask that can help reduce the severity of head injuries by increasing overall helmet protection.

The researchers are Gregory Batt, an assistant professor in the Clemson food, nutrition and packaging sciences department; John DesJardins, an associate professor of bioengineering and director of the Laboratory of Orthopaedic Design and Engineering; and Alex Bina, a doctoral student in bioengineering who also is a graduate research assistant in food, nutrition and packaging sciences. They are teaming up with Jay Elmore, owner of Green Gridiron to determine how future designs of facemasks can help improve the overall safety of football helmets.

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Christmas Parade participants, including Gee, brave the cold weather to bring smiles to downtown Greer
DEC 4, 2016

A young beauty queen braved the cold and rainy weather, smiling and waving, while traveling the parade route sitting on the back of a convertible.

Despite the cold and rain, the Greer Christmas Parade, kicked off at 2:30 this past Sunday, with nearly 70 entries.

Unfortunately the Blue Ridge High School and Greer High School marching bands were unable to attend due to the weather condition's effect on instruments and uniforms.  Many band members came out to watch the parade and ride on other floats to support their schools.

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Greer Christmas Parade will go on 'rain or shine'
DEC 4, 2016

A rhythmic dancer parades along Poinsett in the 2015 Christmas Parade.

The Greer Christmas Parade is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start Sunday – rain or shine, according to Greer Relief Executive Director Caroline Robertson.

The weather forecast is calling for 100 percent chance of rain with a high of 45 degrees Sunday.

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