Recognize an Unsung Hero
OCT 24, 2014

Do you know someone who would never call attention to accomplishments and deserves recognition?

Greenville Technical College is "Calling and Heroes," and needs your help in identifying those deserving individuals. Each year, the college recognizes members of the community and the college who act unselfishly in service to others.

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Cops for Tots golf tournament kicks off fundraising campaign
OCT 23, 2014

Greer Chief Municipal Judge Henry J. Mims, black shirt, sank a birdie putt to make his team happy on this hole in the captain's choice format.

Business leaders, attorneys, a municipal judge, a city councilman and others joined host, the Greer Police Department, in the Cops for Tots Charity Golf tournament Thursday.

The tournament at the Greer Country Club is the main fundraiser for the GPD. Proceeds are used to purchase gifts for under privileged children in need in the greater Greer area.

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Bojangles' opens Monday across from BMW
OCT 22, 2014

Allen Johnston, co-owner with his wife, Lee Ann, opens the second Bojangles' in Greer within the past two months. They open a Bojangles' across from BMW on Monday.

Bojangles' will open its second Greer restaurant within two months Monday morning.

The restaurant opens at 5 a.m. across from BMW at 1487 Highway 101 South. Owners Lee Ann and Allen Johnston opened Bojangles' at Buncombe in August. The Johnstons own five Bojangles' in the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

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Guns, knives, grenades are a normal month of abandoned items at GSP
OCT 22, 2014

The table full of grenades, knives, guns, wrenches, brass knuckles and liquids over 3.4 ounces are a sampling of abandoned property at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport during the past 30 days.

Passengers at GSP could have easily surmised a gun and knife show was being held Wednesday at the baggage claim area.

Instead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had a display table of grenades, guns, knives, a power drill, tools and liquids that were among the 100 pounds of abandoned property during the past 30 days at Greenville-Spartanburg International.

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Commissioners water down zoning requests, appease residents
OCT 21, 2014

Planning Commissioner Brian Martin measures the length of meetings by the number of cans of soda he brings. Martin was accurate with Monday's meeting nearing three-hours.

Brian Martin was perfect with five motions made and all five passed unanimously, 7-0, at the Greer City Planning Commission Monday night.

It was another energy-filled meeting.

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Dave says: Sacrificing while spouse pursues education is a good plan
OCT 20, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so that he can go back to school full-time and finish his degree. We’ve both agreed this is what we want to do, but it means that we’ll go from a yearly income of $90,000 to $45,000.

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Doug Messer, long-time owner of Messer Mirror and Glass, dies
OCT 20, 2014

Doug Messer died Sunday after a courageous fight with cancer.

Doug Messer, owner of Dixie Messer Mirror and Glass for the past 36 years, died Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer.

Read Messer’s obituary here.

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3 brothers open Five Guys Monday at Suber Commons
OCT 19, 2014

Five Guys opens Monday at Suber Commons at 1488 Suite A on Wade Hampton Blvd.

Three brothers are opening Five Guys at Suber Commons Monday at 11 a.m.

Maxwell, Bryan and Kevin Griffith are opening their seventh Five Guys franchise restaurant in the upstate.

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Norfolk Southern adds Saturday outbound train from Inland Port
OCT 16, 2014

Norfolk Southern has added a Saturday outbound train from the Greer Inland Port to Charleston. 

Norfolk Southern has added a Saturday outbound train from the Greer Inland Port to Charleston. That increases outbound NS service to six trains a week with a Saturday cutoff of 5 p.m. and availability in Charleston by noon the following Monday.

The schedule of inbound trains per week remains at five while the container gates at the South Carolina Inland Port are open 24/7 for truck activity.

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Scott bringing Veterans Jobs Training Initiative to Greer
OCT 15, 2014

Sen. Tim Scott's Veterans Job Training Initiative coming to Greer next Wednesday.

Senator Tim Scott announced the launch of a statewide Veterans Job Training Initiative he will host in Greer next Wednesday at City Hall.

The targeted workshops for veterans will also be held in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and North Charleston and focus on how veterans can transfer their military skills and certifications to the civilian world.

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Greer State Bank reports 12th consecutive quarter profit
OCT 15, 2014

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Wednesday reported third quarter net income of $639,000 or 26 cents per diluted common share, as compared to third quarter 2013 net income of $668,000 or 27 cents per diluted common share.

The current quarter results included an investment transaction that resulted in a charge for a Federal Home Loan Bank borrowing prepayment that was offset by gains on investment sales. As previously reported, the bank has repurchased all of its TARP preferred stock.

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$843 million in retail sales puts Greer in the crosshairs of $1 billion
OCT 15, 2014

The new Wild Ace and Pizza Pub is the first construction in the central business district since the City Hall and Municipal complexes opened.

A billion dollar laugh. 

That is what was generated Tuesday night when it was announced at City Hall that Greer’s booming economy grossed $843.5 million in retail sails for fiscal year 2014.

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Dave Ramsey: Buying dream car won't move financial meter
OCT 14, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

I’m in college, but I’m not the typical college student. I’ve gone back to law school after working for several years. My wife and I have followed your plan, and we’re completely debt-free. I’m cash flowing school, and we’ve been fortunate enough to build up about $2 million in investments. The other day I saw what I consider to be a collectible car I’d love to have — a 1988 Pontiac Fiero that’s in excellent condition for $10,000.

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The ghosts will come out to play downtown on Oct. 28
OCT 14, 2014

Joada Hiatt, the preeminent authority of ghost stories in Greer, will host the annual frightening tour downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Hiatt, the author of several books on Greer’s history, will conduct the walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the depot on Randall Street, up Trade Street and ending at the Heritage Museum on S. Main Street. The walk is about ¼ mile long.

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Greer Station Cafe new name for restaurant serving traditional menu
OCT 13, 2014

Greer Station Cafe will be the new name for the restaurant owned by Wendy Mitchell. It is tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 1.

Greer Station Café is tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 1, according to Wendy Mitchell owner of the restaurant, formerly Southern Thymes.

Mitchell told she decided the name change to brand it with the central business district marketed as Greer Station.

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Olson calls it a career at CPW at the end of the year
OCT 13, 2014

Randy Olson, white shirt, background, oversees a hydrant test downtown before the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit.

Randy Olson, who helped oversee the greatest growth of Greer Commission of Public Works, will retire effective Dec. 31.

The official announcement for Olson, Engineer & Planning Manager, made mention of his intent to retire. “Randy was in the mix of everything and had more knowledge than anyone. We relied on (Randy) and he delivered,” said Commission Chairman Jeff Howell. “I wish he would stay around. We will definitely miss him.”

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Christmas parade scheduled Dec. 7
OCT 11, 2014

The Greer Christmas Parade is schedule Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

The Greer Christmas Parade is scheduled Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

The theme is "Spirit in Christmas" in Greer. The parade route, 1.1 miles, begins at Poinsett Street and Memorial Drive and ends at N. Main Street and Cunningham Drive.

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Lowe, owner of The Tailored Touch, dies
OCT 10, 2014

David R. Lowe, owner of The Tailored Touch, died Friday. Lowe’s obituary is posted here.


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Public invited to participate in design workshop for Greer Community Master Plan
OCT 9, 2014

Greer City Hall and the Municipal Complex were part of the original Greer Community Master Plan. The public is invited to participate in the next step of the future Greer Community Master Plan Oct. 21 at the Cannon Centre.

The public is invited to participate in the next step of the Greer Community Master Plan, a design workshop to be held on Oct. 21 at the Cannon Centre.

Two sessions are being planned: noon – 2 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentations are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Bi-Lo closing 2 stores in Greenville County
OCT 8, 2014

Bi-Lo Holdings announced it is closing 23 low performing stores before or on Monday, Nov. 17.

No stores in Greer are closing but two in Greenville County will be among the 23 closed ­ – Hampton Point, 3039 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors and 2712 Anderson Road, Greenville.

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