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Dave Ramsey: Don?t compromise your emergency fund
APR 25, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are debt-free, and we’re ready to start building our first home. We’re a little short on cash to make the 20 percent down payment you recommend, but we do have a fully funded emergency fund in place. Would it be okay to take a little out of our emergency fund to make up the difference?

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Huge record-breaking month recorded at Greer Inland Port
APR 19, 2017

The 11,669 lifts were 22 percent higher than the previous record of 9,593 lifts in January at the Greer Inland Port.
 

A record-breaking month was recorded at Greer’s Inland Port.

The 11,669 lifts were 22 percent higher than the previous record of 9,593 lifts in January. Greer has handled 84,874 lifts through the first three quarters of the fiscal year.

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Fitch Ratings upgrades Greer CPW to AA- and rating outlook to positive
APR 13, 2017

Fitch Ratings upgrades Greer CPW to AA- and rating outlook to positive

The Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) Fitch Ratings have been upgraded from A+ to AA- and a rating outlook change from stable to positive.

This rating is an upgrade to the underlying ratings on existing $27.2 million combined utility system revenue bond in 2002 and 2007. CPW’s bonds are secured by the net revenues of the combined utility consisting of gas, electric, water and wastewater.

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Regier joins Greer CPW as operations manager
APR 13, 2017

Marc Regier has been hired as the operations manager for Greer Commission of Public Works.
 

Marc Regier has been hired as the operations manager for Greer Commission of Public Works. He begins Monday.

Regier was Director and Utilities for the City of Newberry for almost nine years. “I am looking forward to relocating to Greer with my family. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work for a utility that is growing and expanding rapidly,” said Regier.

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Travis Staggs joins CresCom in Greenville as mortgage loan originator
APR 12, 2017

Travis Staggs joined CresCom Bank in Greenville as a mortgage loan originator.
 

Travis Staggs has joined CresCom Bank in Greenville as a mortgage loan originator.

Staggs has also served as a loan originator at Pathway Mortgage in Spartanburg.

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Dave Ramsey: Put money into Roth IRA's instead of pension
APR 5, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are both 25 years old, and we’re working on Baby Steps 4, 5 and 6. I have a 401(k) through my employer, and she has a pension. Currently, we’re falling short of the 15 percent of income you advise putting toward retirement. Should we get IRAs, or start stocking money away in her pension?

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Countybank expands upstate footprint into Greer and Anderson
APR 3, 2017

Ken Harper announced Countybank's expansion into the Greer and Anderson market on Monday.
 

Countybank is expanding into Greer and Anderson.

Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Countybank, made the announcement Monday.

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CresCom prepared for business as usual when conversion takes place Monday
APR 3, 2017

Signage for CresCom branches are scheduled to occur next weekend.
 

It will be business as usual next Monday when CresCom Bank begins servicing customers and clients at the former Greer State Bank area locations.

Scott Frieson is the CresCom Upstate Regional Director, responsible for the Greenville/Spartanburg/Greer market and Jim Boyd (GSB) will become the Greer/Spartanburg Marketing Executive.

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Hollywild closed for 2017 season, possibly won't reopen
MAR 30, 2017

Hollywild closed for 2017 season, possibly won't reopen

Hollywild Animal Park will not be opening for the 2017 season and it's likely the park will not re-open to the public, according to the park’s board of directors.

A lack of funding is the reason the board cited. Volunteers will assist the members of the Meeks family, co-founders of the park, to care for the animals.

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Dave Ramsey: Overtime pay is for the family, not little boy wants
MAR 29, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I argue a lot about finances. We’re trying to get more control over our money, and she has been listening to you. That’s helped a lot. She’s also a lot more frugal than I am, and our biggest point of contention right now is how we handle our spending money. Whenever I work overtime at my job, I feel like I should be able to put the overtime pay toward my spending money. What are your thoughts on this?

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Harbor Freight Tools settlement: Customers eligible for refunds up to 30 percent
MAR 28, 2017

Harbor Freight Tools settlement: Customers eligible for refunds up to 30 percent

If you shopped at Harbor Freight Tools in the past six years, you could be entitled to a refund.

Harbor Freight Tools settled a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading shoppers by listing inaccurate “regular” prices during sales.

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Mobile site at Home Depot to serve Allstate, State Farm customers with vehicle hail damage
MAR 28, 2017

A temporary mobile drive-in has been set up in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Wade Hampton Boulevard by Allstate and State Farm to serve drivers whose vehicles were damaged during last Tuesday’s hail storm.

• Customers are asked to report a claim online or call to set up an appointment.

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Claims from last week's hail damage continue to flood in
MAR 27, 2017

Ron Acker, an Allstate insurance agent in Greer, epitomizes most of the upstate agents servicing their clients who obtained vehicle and damage to their homes in last week's hair storm.
 
 

Ron Acker knew what awaited him last Wednesday morning following a severe hailstorm that virtually pockmarked vehicles with dozens of dings and dented roofs of businesses and homes.

Acker, an Allstate Insurance agent in Greer, didn’t expect to have such a busy Tuesday night. “People are very industrious,” Acker said. “The first wave of calls came in Tuesday evening on my cell phone. The phone calls haven’t stopped.”

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BI-LO ending Fuelperks, Spinx continues discount program
MAR 21, 2017

BI-LO ending Fuelperks, Spinx continues discount program

BI-LO is ending its Fuelperks program with discounts ending on March 26 and redeeming the savings by April 30.

The Spinx Xtras program will continue to offer discounts through three ways:

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3 daily non-stop flights between GSP and Chicago begin this summer
MAR 21, 2017

3 daily non-stop flights between GSP and Chicago begin this summer

 

 

 

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Dave Ramsey: Marrying student debts doesn't have to be a deal breaker
MAR 21, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

One of my relatives just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boyfriend graduated, too, and he has over $100,000 in student loan debt. They want to get married, so she’s looking for a job. He wants to go to graduate school, and take out more loans to remain a full-time student. The idea of even more debt hanging over their heads really bothers her. Do you have any advice?

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Chon Thai Restaurant now open in downtown's Restaurant Row
MAR 14, 2017

Doh King has opened Chon Thai Restaurant at 219 Trade Street.
 

The soft opening for Chon Thai Restaurant has been short-lived.

Doh King, owner of downtown Greer’s first Thai food restaurant, has opened for lunch and dinner at 219 Trade Street.

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CresCom gets regulatory, shareholders approval for Greer State Bank acquisition, customers will see change April 10
MAR 14, 2017

Greer State Bank's sale to Carolina Financial Corporation (CresCom) closes Saturday.
 

CresCom Bank (Carolina Financial Corporation) begins servicing Greer State Bank’s customer accounts and services on April 10.

Shareholders for Greer Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Greer State Bank, approved the merger agreement last Thursday. The bank’s 27-year existence formally ends April 7.

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Abbott's opening second upstate location
MAR 12, 2017

Abbott's opening second upstate location

Abbott’s Frozen Custard will have its second upstate location when Mark Khoury puts his second franchise in downtown Spartanburg.

Khoury opened his first Abbott’s in Greer last year at 119 East Poinsett Street. It was the first franchise in the Carolinas and Georgia

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Video: USC breezes past Georgia, Greenville rolls out the welcome mat
MAR 4, 2017

Alex Love reports on the University of South Carolina women’s win over Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Center.

SEC visitors and downtown business owners give a two thumbs up to Greenville hosting the tournament.

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