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Dave says: Sacrificing while spouse pursues education is a good plan
OCT 20, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so that he can go back to school full-time and finish his degree. We’ve both agreed this is what we want to do, but it means that we’ll go from a yearly income of $90,000 to $45,000.

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Doug Messer, long-time owner of Messer Mirror and Glass, dies
OCT 20, 2014

Doug Messer died Sunday after a courageous fight with cancer.
 

Doug Messer, owner of Dixie Messer Mirror and Glass for the past 36 years, died Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer.

Read Messer’s obituary here.

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3 brothers open Five Guys Monday at Suber Commons
OCT 19, 2014

Five Guys opens Monday at Suber Commons at 1488 Suite A on Wade Hampton Blvd.
 

Three brothers are opening Five Guys at Suber Commons Monday at 11 a.m.

Maxwell, Bryan and Kevin Griffith are opening their seventh Five Guys franchise restaurant in the upstate.

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Norfolk Southern adds Saturday outbound train from Inland Port
OCT 16, 2014

Norfolk Southern has added a Saturday outbound train from the Greer Inland Port to Charleston. 
 

Norfolk Southern has added a Saturday outbound train from the Greer Inland Port to Charleston. That increases outbound NS service to six trains a week with a Saturday cutoff of 5 p.m. and availability in Charleston by noon the following Monday.

The schedule of inbound trains per week remains at five while the container gates at the South Carolina Inland Port are open 24/7 for truck activity.

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Scott bringing Veterans Jobs Training Initiative to Greer
OCT 15, 2014

Sen. Tim Scott's Veterans Job Training Initiative coming to Greer next Wednesday.
 

Senator Tim Scott announced the launch of a statewide Veterans Job Training Initiative he will host in Greer next Wednesday at City Hall.

The targeted workshops for veterans will also be held in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and North Charleston and focus on how veterans can transfer their military skills and certifications to the civilian world.

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Greer State Bank reports 12th consecutive quarter profit
OCT 15, 2014

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Wednesday reported third quarter net income of $639,000 or 26 cents per diluted common share, as compared to third quarter 2013 net income of $668,000 or 27 cents per diluted common share.

The current quarter results included an investment transaction that resulted in a charge for a Federal Home Loan Bank borrowing prepayment that was offset by gains on investment sales. As previously reported, the bank has repurchased all of its TARP preferred stock.

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$843 million in retail sales puts Greer in the crosshairs of $1 billion
OCT 15, 2014

The new Wild Ace and Pizza Pub is the first construction in the central business district since the City Hall and Municipal complexes opened.
 

A billion dollar laugh. 

That is what was generated Tuesday night when it was announced at City Hall that Greer’s booming economy grossed $843.5 million in retail sails for fiscal year 2014.

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Dave Ramsey: Buying dream car won't move financial meter
OCT 14, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I’m in college, but I’m not the typical college student. I’ve gone back to law school after working for several years. My wife and I have followed your plan, and we’re completely debt-free. I’m cash flowing school, and we’ve been fortunate enough to build up about $2 million in investments. The other day I saw what I consider to be a collectible car I’d love to have — a 1988 Pontiac Fiero that’s in excellent condition for $10,000.

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The ghosts will come out to play downtown on Oct. 28
OCT 14, 2014

Joada Hiatt, the preeminent authority of ghost stories in Greer, will host the annual frightening tour downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Hiatt, the author of several books on Greer’s history, will conduct the walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the depot on Randall Street, up Trade Street and ending at the Heritage Museum on S. Main Street. The walk is about ¼ mile long.

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Greer Station Cafe new name for restaurant serving traditional menu
OCT 13, 2014

Greer Station Cafe will be the new name for the restaurant owned by Wendy Mitchell. It is tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 1.
 

Greer Station Café is tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 1, according to Wendy Mitchell owner of the restaurant, formerly Southern Thymes.

Mitchell told GreerToday.com she decided the name change to brand it with the central business district marketed as Greer Station.

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Olson calls it a career at CPW at the end of the year
OCT 13, 2014

Randy Olson, white shirt, background, oversees a hydrant test downtown before the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit.
 
 

Randy Olson, who helped oversee the greatest growth of Greer Commission of Public Works, will retire effective Dec. 31.

The official announcement for Olson, Engineer & Planning Manager, made mention of his intent to retire. “Randy was in the mix of everything and had more knowledge than anyone. We relied on (Randy) and he delivered,” said Commission Chairman Jeff Howell. “I wish he would stay around. We will definitely miss him.”

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Christmas parade scheduled Dec. 7
OCT 11, 2014

The Greer Christmas Parade is schedule Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m.
 

The Greer Christmas Parade is scheduled Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

The theme is "Spirit in Christmas" in Greer. The parade route, 1.1 miles, begins at Poinsett Street and Memorial Drive and ends at N. Main Street and Cunningham Drive.

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Lowe, owner of The Tailored Touch, dies
OCT 10, 2014

David R. Lowe, owner of The Tailored Touch, died Friday. Lowe’s obituary is posted here.

 

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Public invited to participate in design workshop for Greer Community Master Plan
OCT 9, 2014

Greer City Hall and the Municipal Complex were part of the original Greer Community Master Plan. The public is invited to participate in the next step of the future Greer Community Master Plan Oct. 21 at the Cannon Centre.
 
 

The public is invited to participate in the next step of the Greer Community Master Plan, a design workshop to be held on Oct. 21 at the Cannon Centre.

Two sessions are being planned: noon – 2 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentations are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Bi-Lo closing 2 stores in Greenville County
OCT 8, 2014

Bi-Lo Holdings announced it is closing 23 low performing stores before or on Monday, Nov. 17.

No stores in Greer are closing but two in Greenville County will be among the 23 closed ­ – Hampton Point, 3039 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors and 2712 Anderson Road, Greenville.

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BMW MINI brand to sponsor Deep Orange 7 concept at CU-ICAR
OCT 7, 2014

Clemson student engineers test-drive the frame and working parts of their creation, Deep Orange 3.
 

The seventh generation of the innovative Deep Orange program, a vehicle prototype designed and conceived by automotive engineering students in the department of automotive engineering at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), will be powered by the BMW Group.

For the seventh iteration of Deep Orange, the goal is to develop a blank-sheet fully functional vehicle concept for the MINI brand targeting the U.S. market with the BMW Group in Munich as the primary sponsor. The objective is to create a revolutionary MINI technology demonstrator facing the potential requirements to come within the next decade as part of a collaborative real-world educational experience (Deep Orange 7).

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Greer Relief ignites Clemson vs. Carolina fever
OCT 6, 2014

One Clemson and South Carolina artist or fan with the best drawing will be invited to decorate one of Greer Relief’s front windows in advance of the agency’s hosting a food drive contest Nov. 3-26.

Greer Relief is accepting sketches from Clemson and South Carolina fans through Friday, Oct. 17.  One drawing from each fan base will be chosen, and those artists will decorate one of the front windows and half the scoreboard for their team. 

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Street parking is a big problem for firefighters
OCT 6, 2014

This photo shows how difficult it is for a fire truck to navigate a curve when cars on parked on the curb.

• Take the fire prevention week quiz.

You live in a townhome or condo community. You don’t think where you park could mean life or death to you or your neighbors. You don’t think that your house or your neighbor’s house could be destroyed by fire because of where you park.

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Roads closed Saturday in downtown Greer for Oktoberfest
OCT 3, 2014

Roads will be closed to vehicular traffic in downtown Greer from 6 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday for the annual Oktoberfest.

• Trade St. from Poinsett St. to railroad tracks

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Greer QT features all-new fresh-to-order menu
OCT 1, 2014

QuikTrip's made-to-fresh order menu includes a made-to-order personal pizza.
 

• Gallery

QuikTrip could have saved the expense of a private jet and a squad of execs to promote its second Greer store opening Thursday at 6 a.m.

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