GREER BUSINESS NEWS


Restaurants open on Christmas Day
DEC 21, 2014

Two greater Greer restaurant groups – Ovation Brands and Denny's – will have their restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the U.S.A.

Ovation Brands, headquartered in Greer, will have all its buffet-style restaurants open until 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. Ryan's, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffet, Country Buffet and Old Country Buffet will all offer a Christmas Day menu featuring oven roasted rotisserie-style turkey breast, honey glazed baked ham and carved roast beef.

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Police make sure a lot of children have a happy Christmas
DEC 20, 2014

A little girl couldn't believe her good fortune to be able to select whatever gifts she wanted at Cop for Tots Saturday at the Cannon Centre.
The home page photo shows Lt. Marcus Kelley with a child in his arms getting ready to begin a fun-filled shopping spree. Julie McCombs captured the tender moment.
 
 
 
 
 

About 300 happy and smiling children left the Cannon Centre with bags and armfuls of toys and stuffed animals Saturday.

The Greer Police Department, aided by donations of money, toys and bikes, enjoyed its annual Cops for Tots distribution. There were about 100 more children on the list compared to last year.

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Postman wins Hawaii vacation on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
DEC 19, 2014

This photo was taken in September when Greer postman Chris Brown appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' with Stephanie and her son, Eli, 11 months.
 

Greer letter carrier Chris Brown won a vacation in Hawaii and two roundtrip airline tickets today on the final edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s “12 Days of Giving”.

Brown came to the rescue of Eli Cooper, an infant, last August, who was suffocating, by clearing a plastic wrapper embedded in the child’s air passage. Brown works out of the Greer Post Office and was delivering a package at the residence when the mother, Stephanie, frantically screamed for help.

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Joys of Christmas: Carter Staggs has all the right answers
DEC 17, 2014

Carter and his little brother, Charlie (1), at their annual visit with Santa. Carter loved him and Charlie wasn’t so sure.
 

One of my favorite Christmas memories was that of last year when my son, Carter Staggs, was only 5 years old.

During the children’s Christmas program at our church, the pastor talked about the candy cane and asked, “Does anyone know the meaning of the candy cane?” Carter answered, “YES!”  He proceeded to tell our Pastor in detail the reason for its shape and colors.  My husband and I were so proud to know that not only did he understand the true meaning of Christmas, but could share this message with others!

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Inland Port nearly 50 percent ahead of plan in fiscal year
DEC 17, 2014

The inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.
 

The Inland Port in Greer is 47 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The SCPA reported Thursday at its monthly board meeting the inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead.

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Thieves aren't particular, they will take your gifts wrapped or not
DEC 17, 2014

An invitation for thieves: an unlocked vehicle with wrapped presents in the back seat.
 

Tis the season for thieves to be holiday shopping for vehicles with Christmas merchandise visible for all to see.

Did you know it takes less than one minute for a thief to break a car window and steal the goods? That, according to Greer Police Captain Matt Hamby and a catalog of statistics, compiled by insurance companies.

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Dave Ramsey: 'This is an incredible example of a teachable moment' with a child'
DEC 17, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Walmart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money.

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Hilley joins Greer State Bank at Clemson location
DEC 17, 2014

Lamar Hilley has been hired by Greer State Bank at the company's newly constructed office at Town Center in Patrick Square in Clemson. He is the Community Relationship Manager.
 
 

Lamar Hilley has been hired by Greer State Bank at the company's newly constructed office at Town Center in Patrick Square in Clemson. He is the Community Relationship Manager.

Hilley joins Art Wray, VP and Mortgage Loan Officer at the Clemson location.

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GSP offers travelers online survey to suggest best airport experiences
DEC 16, 2014

GSP International Airport is asking the community, business and leisure travelers, to participate in an online survey to provide the best possible airport experience to the expanding region.

“It’s better if you know the community you serve and can make it better for them as passengers and consumers,” said GSP spokesperson Rosylin Weston.

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Countdown is on for Greer Station Cafe opening on Thursday
DEC 16, 2014

The signage of the former restaurant has been removed and awaits the hoisting of the Greer Station Cafe, which opens Thursday.
 

The Greer Station Café is within two days of opening for breakfast on Thursday morning.

Owner Wendy Mitchell has had the former Southern Thymes Café sign removed and is replacing it with the restaurant’s new name.

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Piedmont Natural Gas passing on gas savings to customers
DEC 16, 2014

Piedmont Natural Gas has filed for reductions in its natural gas sales rates for customers in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Last week's filings before both the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Public Service Commission of South Carolina reflect declines in the company's wholesale natural gas costs, which are passed through to customers on a dollar for dollar basis.  

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Joys of Christmas: Mason had his hands in all things Christmas
DEC 15, 2014

Mason on Christmas Eve 2013 at age 2.
 
 

Last year my son, Mason, was just 2 years old.  This was really the first year he knew what Christmas truly was. It was a chore just to make sure he would leave the Christmas tree alone and also not unwrap all the presents under the tree!  Every day I would hear, "Mommy, is Santa coming tonight?"  

One of my most favorite memories of last year was when my new niece, Gabby, got to come visit.  Most of my family live in Illinois so we only get to see them a couple times. It is so special when we get to spend the holidays together as a family.  Mason and my oldest son, Brayden, would fight over whose turn it was to hold her, she continuously got passed around like a little rag doll.  We had to keep an eye on them at all times but it was so fun to watch them all together.

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Nutcracker Show folded in some modern dancing
DEC 15, 2014

Rebekah Cockrell performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Nutcracker Show performed by Southern Dance Connection at District Five Fine Arts Center last Saturday.
 

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The Nutcracker Show was performed by Southern Dance Connection last Saturday at the District Five Fine Arts Center.

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Joys of Christmas: Tanner's first experiences etch memories forever
DEC 13, 2014

Scott and Tanner sitting near the Christmas tree watching our toy train go around and around.

 

 

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Emerson, 6, makes Greer Police Department's day
DEC 12, 2014

Emerson Dingus, 6, is contributing two of her favorite stuffed animals to the Greer Police Department to share with children so they can have a

Emerson Dingus made the Greer Police Department’s day.

The 6-year-old Lyman Cinderella Tot visited the Greer police department Friday to deliver 35 bags packed with stuffed animals for one purpose – each will become a “Pal” to a child in distress from a house fire, domestic situations, vehicle accidents or traumatic events where emergency agencies respond.

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Greer Trading Post closing boutique, becomes niche event venue
DEC 11, 2014

Santa Claus was holding court at the Greer Trading Post Thursday evening.
 

The Greer Trading Post will cease operating as a consignment boutique at the end of the year to enter downtown’s event venue market.

Jessica Monroe, operator of the store, said she will close the retail portion of the business at 217 Trade Street on Dec. 30 and concentrate on hosting events. “The Greer Trading Post will become what Greer wants it to become,” Monroe told GreerToday.com.

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Plate 108 helps teach life skills to Five Oaks Academy students
DEC 11, 2014

Five Oaks Academy students, 6th - 8th  grades, made a 4-course Thanksgiving dinner at Plate 108 last month.

The goal was to give them the full Thanksgiving experience, from food selection and preparation, to cleaning pots and pans after dinner. The best part, of course, was enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors for the four-course meal.

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Greer Station Cafe opens Dec. 18
DEC 9, 2014

Wendy Mitchell and her husband, James, are having a good time getting the Greer Station Cafe ready for opening day – Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 a.m.
 
 
 
 

Reservations aren’t required but you might want to get in good with Wendy Mitchell before Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 a.m.

That is the date Mitchell has set opening Greer Station Café, at 219 Trade Street.

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BMW has shake-up in top leadership
DEC 9, 2014

BMW’s “generational change” saw a shake up in its top leadership Tuesday, with the company stating CEO Norbert Reithofer would leave his post to become chairman of the board at the head of the German automaker.

The company said the changes were taken to initiate a generational change in the CEO and chairman’s jobs

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Dave Ramsey: Helping a brother stay on track
DEC 8, 2014

Dear Dave,

My brother and I recently received an inheritance after our mom died. He’s never been very good with money, so I was proud of him when he used his portion to pay off his debts. But then he went out and financed a van that I know he still can’t afford. I’m afraid he’s falling right back into the same old money problems, but I don’t know how to talk to him about it.

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