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Dave Ramsey explains 'first right of refusal'
MAR 3, 2015

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I bought a piece of lake property not long ago, and the developer has first right of refusal if we decide to sell it. We originally looked at the property as an investment or building site, but I really don’t understand what first right of refusal means.

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Greer-produced X5s help BMW reach record February sales
MAR 3, 2015

The BMW X5, produced at the BMW Manufacturing plant in Greer, recorded February sales of 4,149 vehicles, an increase of 42.5 percent over the same period in 2014.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 14.5 percent in February for a record total of 25,201 compared to 22,017 vehicles sold same month last year.

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Grant hired as city engineer
MAR 3, 2015

Steve Grant has been hired as Greer city engineer and head of the Building and Development Standards Department.
 

Steve Grant of Roebuck has been hired as city engineer and head of the Building and Development Standards Department at the City of Greer to fill the vacancy created by Don Holloman’s retirement.

A registered professional engineer in South Carolina, Grant has worked for the past seven years with Spartanburg Water as project engineer and maintenance engineer. He held engineering positions with K.B. Sellars Engineering of Inman, the City of Spartanburg, Sinclair and Associates of Duncan, Bell South and Soil & Material Engineers, Inc. of Greenville. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in civil engineering.

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Horner joins Greer State Bank as BSA specialist
MAR 3, 2015

Ben Horner
Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) specialist at Greer State Bank
 

Ben Horner has been hired as Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) specialist at Greer State Bank.

Horner is responsible for ensuring the bank remains compliant with all BSA requirements, as well as assist with BSA reporting and monitoring requirements/implementation of the bank’s BSA Compliance Program.

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Lowes Foods will build grocery store at Riverside Commons
MAR 2, 2015

Lowes Foods will build its newest concept grocery store at Riverside Commons. The

Lowes Foods will be anchoring its first grocery store in the Upstate at Riverside Commons, across from Riverside High School, GreerToday.com has learned.

The new concept store, to be built at the corner of Hammett Bridge Road and Suber Road, will be 42,500 square feet and employ about 100. Tentative opening is spring 2016.

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Carolina Medical Affiliates joins Medical Group of the Carolinas
MAR 2, 2015

Carolina Medical Affiliates (CMA) has joined Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC), a division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

Twelve physicians and five nurse practitioners from CMA will be part of the practice with the new name Medical Group of the Carolinas – Medical Affiliates – North Grove. The address and phone number of the practice will remain the same.

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Greer minister loses place of worship when found in default of lease
FEB 26, 2015

Rev. Kathy Sandlin held her International Cathedral of Prayer ministry at this city-owned property at Snow Street and Davis Avenue. 
 

A Greer minister lost her place of worship when City Council, on Tuesday night, found her in default of a lease contract with the City of Greer.

Rev. Kathy Sandlin was found two years in default of insurance payments for her International Cathedral of Prayer ministry located at Snow Street and Davis Avenue. The nondescript church is recognized by weathered banners lined across the outside of the entrance.

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Phone numbers to call for power outages
FEB 25, 2015

Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) is advising customers to report power outages at their homes or businesses by calling 864-848-5501 or 864-848-5500.

Duke Energy customers can call 800-769-3766.

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Expect a winter wonderland knocking at your door Thursday morning
FEB 25, 2015

The Thornblade Club in Greer, home course of the BMW Pro-Am, is always picturesque. A heavy snow forecast overnight should lend to more postcard-type photos.
 

A significant winter storm will affect the region this evening and tonight.

A low pressure system over the Northwest Gulf of Mexico this evening, and then track quickly northeastward along the Carolina coast tonight. At the same time, colder air is expected to move down from the north. Precipitation will begin as rain in some areas outside the mountains, but is expected to change over to snow as the Intensity increases and the temperature cools into the evening hours. The snow is likely to become heavy at times during the evening hours as the low pressure system makes its closest pass by the area.

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Dave says: Plan for your funeral, but don't prepay for it
FEB 24, 2015

Dear Dave,

My wife passed away last year, and she was just 43-years old. I paid cash for the funeral and all the arrangements. Now, I’m getting solicitations from the funeral home, wanting me to prepay my own funeral. I’m 45-years-old. Is this a good idea?

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Council hosts public forum for distribution of block grant and housing funds
FEB 24, 2015

The winners of the Black History Month essay contest are recognized with city officials and council members at the Feb. 10 city council meeting. Left to right: Carlina Lara, Cyia Latham-Anderson, Jasmine More, Chandler Back and Amber McNeil. Nichole Schaffer is not pictured.
 
 

• Tonight's agenda

City Council will hold a public forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the distribution of an estimated $263,617 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $83,905 in HOME affordable housing funds that will become available through Housing and Urban Development in July. An estimated $150,000 in block grant program income and $180,000 in HOME program are also expected to become available through the program year.

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Harvey, Greer native, hired by CPW as engineer and planning manager
FEB 23, 2015

Mark Harvey, a native of Greer who worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia in the past four years, has been hired at Greer CPW as engineer and planning manager.
 
 
 

Greer CPW has reached into its backyard to hire the successor to the utility’s engineer and planning manager.

Mark Harvey, who graduated Greer High School and earned degrees at Clemson University, was introduced at the monthly commissioner’s meeting Monday. He replaces Randy Olson who retired at the end of 2014.

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CPW proposes increasing electricity rates 4.7 percent
FEB 23, 2015

The Greer Commission of Public Works has asked commissioners to approve a 4.7 percent electricity rate increase beginning April 1.

The average CPW customer will see its rate increase an average of $5.42 per month, according to General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle. That means customers' average utility bills – CPW provides water, sewer, gas and electricity services – will increase to $119.76, up from the $114.34 average.

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Ports Authority to build operations center on BMW's Greer campus
FEB 18, 2015

A site operations center has been approved by the South Carolina Ports Authority to be built on the BMW campus in Greer.

BMW leases the industrial site from the SCPA, and as the landowner SCPA will manage the construction process of the facility, according to the announcement made in Charleston. The project is estimated to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

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Taxpayers can get help with IRS Free File
FEB 18, 2015

Family Features

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Dave Ramsey: Stop 401(k) contributions to build emergency fund
FEB 18, 2015

Dave Ramsey
 

By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

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Remove snow, ice from exposed natural gas equipment, advises CPW
FEB 17, 2015

Ice buildup may also cause excessive load on the pipes and blockage of pressure control equipment vents.
 

The Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) is suggesting customers to remove accumulated snow and ice from exposed natural gas piping, meters, regulators and vents at their residence.

Snow and ice accumulation may damage natural gas equipment, and ice may block ventilation — possibly causing carbon monoxide presence inside the home. Ice buildup may also cause excessive load on the pipes and blockage of pressure control equipment vents.

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Community will reap reward of Ellenburg's retirement from Mitsubishi Polyester Film
FEB 17, 2015

Phil Ellenburg, center, has been a board member and Mitsubishi Polyester Film (MPF) volunteer for the Greer Soup Kitchen. Ellenburg participates in the Merle State Walk in November that benefits the Soup Kitchen.
 

By Jonathan King
For GreerToday.com

Phil Ellenburg’s retirement from Mitsubishi Polyester Film (MPF) gives him more time to refurbish antique clocks, work on his car, and volunteer in the community.

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PNG proposes big rate decrease saving customers $10-$12 monthly
FEB 14, 2015

Piedmont Natural Gas has filed for a rate reduction for the third time in as many months.
 

Piedmont Natural Gas Friday filed to further reduce its natural gas sales rates for customers in South Carolina and North Carolina.

The company's filings mark the third such request in as many months. Piedmont previously requested and received approval in both December and January to reduce its sales rates for customers in the two states as a result of declining wholesale natural gas costs which Piedmont passes through to customers on a dollar for dollar basis.

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Greer-produced BMWs race past $9 billion value, keeps S.C. nation's leading auto exporter
FEB 13, 2015

The new x5, manufactured in Greer, is now available in South Africa.
 

BMW Manufacturing Co. of Greer announced Friday that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2014 totaled $9.2 billion, confirming the company as the leading U.S. automotive exporter.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, this accomplishment represents a 13 percent increase over BMW’s 2013 value. In 2014, more than 260,000 vehicles were exported from its Greer plant, over 70 percent of the plant’s total volume.

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