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$10,000 reward offered in firearms theft
AUG 28, 2014

Suspect in theft of firearms from the South Carolina Gun Company at 242 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite E.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the South Carolina Gun Company at 242 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite E.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 award and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has announced a $5.000 reward.

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Ovation Brands makes leadership changes for reinvention rollout
AUG 28, 2014

George Wooten
Divisional Chef for Buffet

Ovation Brands announced a change in operations leadership and corporate structure as the brand prepares to roll out its reinvention to the entire system.

Restaurant pros George Wooten and Pete Pascuzzi, who have been spearheading re-concepting efforts across the enterprise in executive leadership capacities, will be assuming new roles as Divisional Chiefs for the Buffet and Ryan’s brands, respectively, and both will report to COO Greg Graber.

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City employees will practice wellness plan or pay for their indiscretions
AUG 27, 2014

City employees will be required to participate and pass 5 of 9 health points from a wellness plan of their peers or pay higher insurance fees.
 

City employees will pay the price for failing to meet minimum health standards set by a 10-member wellness committee of their peers in fiscal year 2014-2015.

City Administrator Ed Driggers told City Council Tuesday that, the intent of the program “is to promote a healthy workforce and reduce increased premiums. It rewards good behavior, a healthy lifestyle and reduces cost,” he said.

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Dave Ramsey: No pets are welcome on his properties
AUG 27, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I have several rental properties, and lately I’ve been spending a ton of money remodeling them because I allow pets. Do you think I should begin refusing tenants with pets?

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Southern Sisters Boutique is locating downtown
AUG 26, 2014

A pressed flower necklace design by Daniella Prestifilippo.
 
 
 

Southern Sisters Boutique will open at 115 E. Poinsett Street in late September.

Danielle and Mary Prestifilippo specialize in jewelry and accessories.

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Empire Ltd., upscale men's consignment store, opens Tuesday
AUG 26, 2014

Empire Ltd. is an upscale men's consignment store opening today at 205 Trade Street.

Empire Ltd., an upscale men’s consignment clothing and shoe studio, opens today at 205 Trade Street.

James Carter is relocating his store from Fountain Inn.

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Cameroon Cigars has a new owner
AUG 26, 2014

Cameroon Cigars and Accessories has remained open during the transaction between new owners.
 

Don Broadhurst has purchased Cameroon Cigars and Accessories from owners Mark Grant, his wife Anna Marie, and partner Dixon Howard. Sara Church is the store’s general manager.

The store, at 207 Trade Street, has remained open through the transaction.

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Southern Thymes Cafe is closed
AUG 25, 2014

Southern Thymes' handwritten signage says it all.

Southern Thymes Café closed Monday nearly seven months after its chef proclaimed “RIP Meat and 3”.

Southern Thymes at 219 Trade Street, had signage on its window and door announcing its closing and thanking customers for their support on Monday. A separate hand-written sign announced the restaurant was for sale.

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CPW awards bids to begin substation construction near Inland Port
AUG 25, 2014

Bids totaling nearly $665,000 for grading and the purchase of steel for the Greer Commission of Public Works substation at Victor Hill were awarded today at the monthly utilities’ public meeting.

The contract between CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, where the property exists on Victor Hill Road, is undergoing its final review, said CPW General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle.

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Rotary Club installs officers for 2014-2015
AUG 24, 2014

The Rotary Club of Greater Greer installed new club officers for 2014-2015 at a dinner and program at Great Bay Oyster House.

Inducted were:

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Taunting adds some extra flavor to BBQ competition
AUG 22, 2014

Brianca Kruse cuts the fat off the meat to prepare it for the cooker. Sascha, her husband, and Brianca are competing as the German Redneck Cookers for the first time in Greer.
 
 

• Schedule of events

• Road closures

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BBQ festival launched with Wing Fling today
AUG 22, 2014

Beef brisket is on the menu for the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit Friday and Saturday.
 

Some of the best barbecue cooked east of the Red River will be competing for $9,000 in prize money in the two-day 4th Annual Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit this weekend in Greer Station.

The Wing Fling competition featuring grilled and smoked wings will be tasted and judged Friday night. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off Saturday features chicken, pork and beef.

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Carter Smith honored as Upstate Economic Developer of Year
AUG 21, 2014

Carter Smith, executive vice president at Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce was chosen by his peers as this year’s “Upstate Economic Developer of the Year.”

The award, recognizing the work and dedication of local developers in the Upstate who have made a significant difference in their community, was announced at the Upstate SC Alliance’s mid-year meeting Wednesday.

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'Unwritten rules' define Williams' minority owned cleaning business
AUG 21, 2014

William Grady said in two pointed sentences what it took a panel, roundtable and keynote speaker to present Thursday at the Minority Business Summit at Greer’s Grace Hall.

“Being a minority gets you in the door,” Grady, owner of Grady’s Cleaning Services, said. “What you do, keeps you in that door.”

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Downtown road closures set for weekend BBQ festival
AUG 21, 2014

Road closures have been announced for Friday and Saturday’s Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit in downtown Greer.

Cookers arriving Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. will park in the cooker lot. The festival is 6-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Minority Business Summit is free Thursday at Grace Hall
AUG 20, 2014

A Minority Business Summit will be held Thursday at Grace Hall from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kinneil Coltman, Chief Diversity Officer at Greenville Health System, will be the keynote speaker at a free lunch from noon – 1:15 p.m. Greer Memorial Hospital is the presenting sponsor.

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Buncombe Road corridor gets boost with Bojangles' opening
AUG 20, 2014

It was family time at Bojangles' at Buncombe today. Children were invited, with other customers, to spin a wheel trying to land on a space offering prizes.
 
 

Bojangles’ at Buncombe is considered another feather in the development of the Buncombe Road/Hwy. 14 to Wade Hampton Blvd. corridor.

The fast-food restaurant had its ribbon cutting today with city executives and Bojangles’ corporate officials officially welcoming customers to its first store serving the rapidly growing Riverside community.

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Employers can file for incumbent worker training programs funding
AUG 20, 2014

The Greenville County Workforce Investment Board (GCWIB) is accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) programs. 

The program is subsidized through the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and provides funding for training needed in current businesses due to expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines and new organizational structuring or as part of a layoff avoidance strategy.  Approximately $78,401 is available during this application round.

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529 assets appear to be safe, tax benefits may be another question
AUG 20, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I have a 5-year-old daughter, and I want to start a 529 for her. However, I’m concerned that the government might seize the 529 assets in order to pay off debt and give people treasury bonds instead. Do you think this might happen?

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Grease fire closes Mason Jar kitchen, bar remains open
AUG 19, 2014

The Greer Fire Department responded to a grease fire that was quickly extinguished at the Mason Jar at 202 Trade Street Tuesday afternoon.
 

The Greer Fire Department was called to the Mason Jar restaurant at 202 Trade Street Tuesday afternoon for a small grease fire.

No other damage was were reported to attached businesses.

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