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New downtown restaurant owners experimenting with enhancing menu, dining experience
JUL 27, 2016

Neile Bramlett and his wife, Frankie Hendrix, have partnered taking over ownership of the Chocolate Toad located at 224 Trade Street.
 
 

The new owners of a downtown restaurant are experimenting to incorporate a more diverse menu – yet maintain its core offerings.

Neile Bramlett and his wife, Frankie Hendrix, have taken ownership of Chocolate Toad at 224 Trade Street.

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Lowes Foods opens staffing center for stores entering the Upstate
JUL 20, 2016

Lowes Foods is opening a staffing center for its stores entering the Upstate market.
 

Lowes Foods is opening a staffing center for its stores, first coming to Greer, and then entering the Simpsonville and Greenville markets.

The staffing center, at 1659 Woodruff Road in Greenville, is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

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Fortenberry awarded lifetime sales achievement award
JUL 20, 2016

Jodi Fortenberry, Director of Membership Development for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Lifetime Sales Achievement award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Jodi Fortenberry, Director of Membership Development for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Lifetime Sales Achievement award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

“Jodi has done an excellent job reaching out to the business community to share the benefits of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. This is a tremendous honor and we are proud to have her on our team,” said chamber President/CEO Mark Owens.

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S.C. Ports Authority grant applications due Aug. 1
JUL 19, 2016

S.C. Ports Authority grant applications due Aug. 1

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) dedicates a portion of its revenues to partnership projects that support local communities in which the port operates.

Applications must demonstrate a clear fit within one of the following focus areas: maritime commerce, economic development, environmental awareness, and community outreach.

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Dave Ramsey: How to protect a special needs child with the Baby Step plan
JUL 19, 2016

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

Our daughter is a special needs child, who doctors say will live about half as long as the average adult. There’s also a good chance she will be under our care her entire life.

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GSP beefing up cargo service, adds 2 weekly roundtrip flights from German-based freight company
JUL 19, 2016

GSP beefing up cargo service, adds 2 weekly roundtrip flights from German-based freight company

Senator International will begin scheduled international cargo service in and out of Greenville-Spartanburg International in Greer.

Senator International is a global German-based freight forwarder, that will provide convenient delivery of cargo services into the region that include South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.

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Blue Ridge Brewing Co. open for lunch, microbrewery isn't far behind
JUL 17, 2016

The Blue Ridge Brewing Co. is open for lunch at 11 a.m.
 

The Blue Ridge Brewing Co. at 308 Trade Street is open for lunch and its new hours will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A meat and two lunch special will be offered from 11 am. - 2 a.m.

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Second quarter profit reported by Greer Bancshares
JUL 15, 2016

Second quarter profit reported by Greer Bancshares

Greer Bancshares Incorporated (GRBS) the parent company of Greer State Bank, Friday reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $684,000 or $0.27 per diluted common share for the quarter ended June 30, compared to net income of $661,000 or $0.27 per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2016.

Year to date net income attributable to common shareholders through June 30 was $1.345 million or $0.54 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $1.515 million or $0.61 per diluted common share for the same period in 2015.

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GHS sells Cottages at Brushy Creek, 200 will become Orianna employees upon passing screening
JUL 14, 2016

The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to sell its 144-bed nursing home, The Cottages at Brushy Creek.
 

The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to sell its 144-bed nursing home, The Cottages at Brushy Creek, to Orianna Health Systems.

The decision to sell The Cottages was the result of a plan to position GHS to respond to a healthcare environment with rapidly changing reimbursement and care delivery patterns driven primarily by changes in Medicare and Medicaid, according to GHS’ announcement.

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Target holding job fairs Friday to hire team members for Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson stores
JUL 14, 2016

Target holding job fairs Friday to hire team members for Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson stores

Target will hold two job fairs Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., to hire approximately 130 team members and seasonal team members for its stores in Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson.

Team leaders will conduct pre-scheduled interviews with applicants. Interested applicants should visit Target.com/careers to apply in advance or visit the Guest Services counter at the Anderson or Spartanburg Target stores to apply in person. A limited number of instant, walk-in interviews will also be available.

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GSP commissioners pause on car pod transportation from economy lot to terminal
JUL 12, 2016

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The brakes have been put on GSP’s plan to acquire a driverless, technology-controlled personal rapid transit system (PRT).

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport commissioners agreed to pause on a decision for a more-than $24 million, battery powered, pod car system that would transport travelers from the economy parking lot to the terminal in 5-7 minutes, according to Peter Muller, PRT Consulting.

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Newsome, SCPA President/CEO, named inaugural AgTC Person of the Year
JUL 7, 2016

Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority President & CEO, speaking at the Greer Inland Port.
 

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) named Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO, the first Person of the Year award recipient in the Coalition's 28-year history. 

"Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals," said Peter Friedmann, executive director, AgTC. "We applaud Jim Newsome for his pivotal, groundbreaking leadership to find a solution to the SOLAS container weight threat."

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STEP has homes ready for first participants to go from homeless to become contributors to society
JUL 6, 2016

The living room is spacious with a sofa-bed part of the furnishings.
 

The four empty connecting apartments are not a homeless shelter by any stretch of the imagination.

They are homes – fully furnished and decorated – awaiting the first occupants of the Greer Shelter to Empower People (STEP). “And they are opportunities of hope for families that are temporarily homeless and don’t want to be,” said Don Louis, STEP director.

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GCM gets new milk cooler with timely donation by Greer State Bank Foundation
JUL 5, 2016

Left to right: Karen Roughton, GCM Meals on Wheels coordinator, Greer State Bank’s Linda Oliver, Mindi Calvert, and Shea Boyce, and Cindy Simpler, GCM executive director.
 

Greer Community Ministries (GCM) has a new milk cooler through a $5,000 grant from the Greer State Bank Foundation.

“Greer State Bank employees deliver a regular Meals on Wheels route, they volunteer at our events, serve on our board, and help us in so many ways throughout the year,” said Cindy Simpler, GCM executive director.

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Lowes Grocery begins hiring about 100 for Greer store to open at Riverside Commons
JUL 5, 2016

Lowes Grocery store begins hiring next week for the Greer store located at Riverside Commons, across from Riverside High School.
 

Lowes Foods is hiring more than 100 people for its first grocery store in the Upstate at Riverside Commons.

The new concept store, to be built at the corner of Hammett Bridge Road and Suber Road, will be 42,500 square feet. Lowes is building other stores in the Upstate in an aggressive marketing campaign.

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Greer State Bank is making more strategic moves
JUL 1, 2016

Larry Compton has been named Senior Vice President and Mortgage Director for Greer State Bank.
 

Larry Compton has been named Senior Vice President and Mortgage Director for Greer State Bank.

The bank also hired Allen Robinson, Vice President, Mortgage Production Manager, and Stacey Burrell, Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer.

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Thieves are anticipating the record number of holiday travelers, they are scouting potential targets
JUL 1, 2016

Thieves are anticipating the record number of holiday travelers, they are scouting potential targets

Thieves are taking note of the anticipated record number of holiday travelers.

Cookouts and fireworks shows aren’t the only attractions for those who don’t have our best interest in mind during the 4th of July weekend.

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Greer CPW honored with the Green Fleet Award from Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition
JUN 30, 2016

Greer CPW gas department manager Rob Rhodes accepted the 2015 Green Fleet Leader Award Tuesday in Sumter.
 
 

The Greer Commission of Public Works was awarded the 2015 Green Fleet Leader Award from the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition at its annual stakeholder meeting Tuesday in Sumter.

CPW submitted for the award several months ago which highlighted the 20 company compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, the usage of a GPS monitoring system to cut down on idling time and unnecessary vehicles overlapping in the field. 

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Segment of Hwy. 14 to be paved in Greer coming into downtown in the next two weeks
JUN 30, 2016

The right south bound lane on Highway 14 from Wade Hampton Boulevard to McLeskey Todd Pharmacy will be repaved in July.
 

The right south bound lane on Highway 14 from Wade Hampton Boulevard to McLeskey Todd Pharmacy will be repaved in July.

Greer Commission of Public Works has awarded the Rogers Group the contract for $192,000. The Rogers Group purchased Greer’s three-generation Ashmore Brothers last September. CPW commissioners unanimously (3-0) approved the work at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

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Former Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital campus marketed for multi-purpose use beginning at $2 million
JUN 29, 2016

The former Allen Bennett Memorial campus has been cleared and put on the market for a minimum of $2 million.
 

The former Allen Bennett Hospital/Roger Huntington Nursing Center campus is on the market again for an asking price of no less than $2 million.

Request for proposals for the acquisition and development of the approximately 9.74 acres located on Wade Hampton Boulevard was approved by City Council Tuesday night.

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