Wild Ace opening gives Greer downtown district a new dimension
APR 24, 2015

Becca Wactor, Denise VandenBerghe and Holden Graves at their new Wild Ace Pizza and Pub at 103 Depot Street.

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A less-stressed Chris VanderBerghe was telling all who asked, opening night at Wild Ace Pizza and Pub on Thursday, “was the easiest opening we have ever had.”

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Teacher of Year gets wrong geography lesson from BMW
APR 23, 2015

Suzanne Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.

Suzanne Koty, an English teacher at Sumter High School, was named 2015/2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.

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Williams brings images to life at home and from far away
APR 22, 2015

DC and McGee, boyhood friends, were photographed by Perry Williams more than 40 years ago under the crabapple tree at the old Greer High School.

Perry Williams has been taking photographs since he attended Greer High School. A camera, sometimes three or four, are nearby at all times.

Williams, a commissioner on the Greer Commission of Public Works, entrepreneur and professor at Clemson University, all but swept the Greer Juried Arts photography contest judged last month. He finished 1-2-3 in “Greer Goes Global” and 1-2 in “Greer – An Upstate Destination”.

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Greer Bancshares Inc. trails first quarter net income FY 2014
APR 22, 2015

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Wednesday reported quarterly net income attributable to common shareholders of $761,000 or 31 cents per diluted common share, as compared to the prior year first quarter net income of $1.153 million or 46 cents per diluted common share.

Fiscal year 2014 was aided significantly by $579,000 of gains on the sale of securities compared to $247,000 in the current period and the reversal of $700,000 of previous loan loss provisions compared to none in the current period.

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Greer port zips along in rail moves, is marketing plum for SC Ports
APR 21, 2015

The Greer Inland Port continued its record-setting pace in rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes, according to the S.C. Ports Authority.

Greer’s Inland Port continued its record-setting pace in rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes, according to the S.C. Ports Authority.

The Inland Port handled 5,187 rail moves in March, achieving its highest volumes since the facility opening in October 2013, according to the S.C. Ports Authority. Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 40,313 rail moves.

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Vintage Market in the Park also bringing sun, warmer temperatures
APR 16, 2015

Clear skies and warmer temperatures appear to be the norm for Saturday's Vintage Market in the Park.

Vintage Market at the Park will host about 60 vendors, food trucks and music Saturday on what is expected to be a warm, sunny day with temperatures reaching into the low 80s.

The bi-annual outdoor market at Greer City Park, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., features vintage finds, repurposed décor, jewelry, furniture, handmade crafts and goods and clothing.

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Greer comes clean during Touch a Truck event
APR 15, 2015

Trade Street was busy early during Touch a Truck with children and adults checking out the vehicles.

City Administrator Ed Driggers presents a City Administrator’s report to City Council during each meeting, alternating the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Here’s some of the highlights we got out of the dialog, including a humorous exchange from Driggers and Mayor Rick Danner on last Tuesday’s Touch a Truck event, sponsored by the Greer Station Association for its Tuesday on Trade.

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Fire department awarded prevention grant
APR 15, 2015

FM Global’s Peter Beshay congratulates Fire Chief Chris Harvey on receiving a fire prevention grant. Fire Marshal Scott Keeley (left) and Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers (right) were also present for the announcement.

The City of Greer Fire Department has received a $2,310 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a commercial property insurer.

The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning, as the department is purchasing three iPads to mount in emergency response vehicles to collect and track data related to local buildings. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

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Greer's Lewis finds hard knock life buoys her entrepreneurial drive at Clemson
APR 15, 2015

Kaitlynn Lewis, left, was with Co-Ed Supply where she participated in care package donations to ClemsonLIFE special needs students.

College of Business and Behavioral Science

CLEMSON — Kaitlynn Lewis has taken a circuitous route, unlike many others, in arriving at Clemson University.

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Health care power of attorney drop-in at Greer Memorial
APR 15, 2015

Ralph May, chaplain at Greer Memorial Hospital, discusses the South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney document, with hospital volunteer Grace Hawkins. A drop-in is 1-3 p.m. today in the hospital lobby.

A second “Decision Day” drop-in is scheduled Thursday, 1-3 p.m. in the lobby at Greer Memorial Hospital.

Greer Memorial chaplain Ralph May will be available to discuss the South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney document and learn about advance care planning. Individuals can make directives for the medical care they want when others are making those decisions.

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Greer production puts BMW global sales in rarefied air
APR 14, 2015

It was another great day, month and quarter in Greer, according to BMW March sales figures released Tuesday.

In fact production by BMW Manufacturing Co., of the popular X5 and X6 in Greer, helped make March and the first quarter of 2015 a record.

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Wykes promoted, Romp's duties expanded at Ovation Brands
APR 14, 2015

Richard Wykes has been promoted to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for Ovation Brand's Buffet Division,

Ovation Brands announced the promotion of company veteran Richard Wykes to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for the company’s Buffet Division, and the expansion of duties of Chip Romp to vice president of training and operations support spanning both the Buffet and Ryan’s divisions.  Pete Pascuzzi retains the role of SVP of Restaurant Operations for the Ryan’s Division. The positions report to Greg Graber, chief operating officer for the company.

“We have been laser-focused on reinventing our brands and even pioneered a new segment in our category we call family casual. We now feature the ‘best of both worlds,’ with individually made, fresh for you entrees, but still offer all you can eat variety. The elevated menu offerings paired with updated decor and casual dining level service and hospitality have contributed to the incredible success we are experiencing,” said Anthony Wedo, CEO and president of Ovation Brands. “This move continues our mission of celebrating the uniqueness of our brands by having strong brand leaders focused on each division to continue to customize our operations and offerings.”

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$3,000 donated to Taylors Free Medical Clinic
APR 13, 2015

Left to right: Christy Blackwell, chairman of Greer State Bank Foundation, Pam Batman, secretary, Karen Salerno, executive director of Taylors Free Medical Clinic, Jolynne Beck and Greg Sisk from the bank's Taylors branch.

Taylors Free Medical Clinic is the recipient of a $3,000 donation from the Greer State Bank Foundation. Greer State Bank has been a supporter of Taylors Free Medical Clinic for nearly 10 years.

Greg Sisk, senior vice president and Taylors Community Executive for the bank, served on the original steering committee that started the clinic. He then served on the board of directors for six years. “We are proud to once again be a partner with the clinic in fundraising efforts for the increasing demand for their services,” said Sisk.

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Picture-perfect day for International Festival
APR 11, 2015

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Greer went global at City Park Saturday with nearly two dozen cultures represented at the second International Festival.

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CPW Fitch rating affirmed at A+, outlook revised to positive
APR 9, 2015

Greer CPW received a double dose of good news when Fitch Ratings affirmed the Commission of Public Works with an A+ long-term credit rating and revised the utility’s financial outlook from stable to positive.

The rating is based on several revenue bonds totaling $51.4 million from 2002 and 2007, according to a CPW news release.

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Study: Greer is 4th-best city in S.C. to start a business
APR 9, 2015

Mayor Rick Danner announced the launch of the new Partnership For Tomorrow campaign that will result in the 15-year plan to be unveiled April 23.

Greer is rated the fourth-best place to start a business in South Carolina, according to NerdWallet, a personal finance website.

Jeff Chu, the analyst who conducted the study, cited business climate (average revenue of businesses, percentage of businesses with paid employees and number of businesses per 100 people, and local economic health (median annual income, median annual housing costs and unemployment rate).

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Bojangles' has record MDA fundraiser
APR 9, 2015

Bojangles’ announced its customers raised a record-breaking $584,689 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during its 14th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy in-store fundraiser. That provides 730 children affected by neuromuscular diseases to MDA summer camp. 

“We’re thankful for the support of our loyal customers whose generosity has helped provide funds for hundreds of incredible children to experience a magical week at MDA Summer Camp,” Bojangles’ President and CEO Clifton Rutledge, said.

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Greer High Alumni Reunion means it's time to rekindle the memories
APR 8, 2015

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Greer High School grads from every generation will be holding their annual reunion on Saturday, May 16 at Greer City Hall. The event is free.

The Price family, owners of Smith & James, Chelsea’s and Trims on Trade, are the presenting sponsors. Smith & James is celebrating its 99th year in business in downtown Greer.


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Sharonview Credit Union moving to W. Wade Hampton Blvd.
APR 7, 2015

Sharonview Federal Credit Union is moving to 1324 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

The credit union is scheduled to open in May in the former building occupied by the National Bank of South Carolina at the Piedmont Plaza Shopping Center. Sharonview had its former office on Hood Road.

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Carolina Vine & Branch opens at the Depot
APR 7, 2015

The grand opening at Carolina Vine and Branch gave Chamber of Commerce and downtown business owners an opportunity for a sneak peak.

Carolina Vine & Branch held its grand opening Monday at The Depot at 300 Randall Street, suite G.

Kim Berry is owner of store that features an inventory of oils and vinegars and a mixing and matching of pairings and combinations.

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