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Greer's BMW plant is leading U.S. automotive exporter by value
FEB 15, 2017

BMW X models waiting for export at the Port of Charleston.
 

A record 287,700 BMW X models were exported from the BMW Manufacturing plant in Greer in 2016.

Approximately 86 percent of the sports activity vehicles and coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of $9.53 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That makes the facility the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

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BIN112, The Strip Club 104 earn more top dining awards
FEB 11, 2017

Jason Clark's restaurants recognized by Top 10 Diners Choice awards.
 

Jason Clark’s two downtown restaurants, ­ BIN112 and The Strip Club 104 A Steak House, were both honored as Top 10 Diner’s Choice in Greenville.

OpenTable Diner’s Choice selections are based on metropolitan areas, which makes Clark’s honors more noticeable.

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JBM files amended summons against City of Greer
FEB 8, 2017

JBM Leasing LLC has filed an amended summons against the City of Greer.
 

• High stakes gamesmanship played out in City Council 

JBM Leasing LLC has filed an amended summons against the City of Greer alleging unfavorable trade practices, specifically negotiating in secret for the former Allen Bennett Hospital site.

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Dave Ramsey: This is a good marketing idea
FEB 8, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I’m a small-business owner with a lawn care franchise. It’s common in our industry, after the season is over, to send out pre-pay letters for the upcoming season. If we send out these letters offering a five or 10 percent discount for early payment on next year’s services, is that too similar to borrowing money from our customers at five to 10 percent?

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Spartanburg Regional Foundation elects board of trustees, advisory boards
FEB 8, 2017

Spartanburg Regional Foundation elects board of trustees, advisory boards

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation has elected a board of trustees and community and physicians to advisory boards.

Foundation board members meet quarterly to oversee the work of the Foundation and the advisory board members assist with fundraising for the divisions of cancer, heart and hospice.

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Benson earned former hospital site in high stakes gamesmanship
FEB 6, 2017

Jim Benson was awarded the former Allen Bennett Hospital site with his $3.010 million offer to City Council on Jan. 24. Benson's dealerships are across the street.
 
 
 

Jim Benson is the new owner of the former Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital site, 313 Memorial Drive, with an offer of $3.010 million after one of the most bizarre and contentious public property sales conducted by Greer City Council.

City Council approved second reading on the ordinance on Jan. 24 when Brian Martin, attorney for Benson, increased the offer $5,000 more than what JBM verbally proposed ($3.005 million) on Dec. 13.

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Leadership Greer hosts Oyster Roast to revitalize a community playground
FEB 6, 2017

Leadership Greer hosts Oyster Roast to revitalize a community playground

The 13th Annual Cypress Internal Medicine Oyster Roast (shrimp boil and pig pickin’), might look a little different this year. The Leadership Greer Class XXXVII has adopted the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce’s annual event to benefit their class project, Play it Forward.

The event will be held on Friday, February 24th from 6-9pm at 113 Berry Ave in Greer.

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Mike Bullock returns to barber shop just 10 days after heart event
JAN 30, 2017

Mike Bullock is all smiles as he gives customer Wes McKenzie a trim Monday.
 

A crowd of shaggy-haired customers welcomed Mike Bullock back to work today.

Bullocks Barber Shop, at 225 Trade Street, has been closed since Bullock had a pre-dawn heart attack at home on Jan. 20. A sign on the door was placed signaling customers he would be back at work Monday, as usual.

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Dave Ramsey: Forget this guy, find a good financial advisor
JAN 26, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My husband was recently laid off, and he has $229,000 in a 401(k). He has been told that he should roll it into a hybrid annuity. Is this a good idea?

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Council awards Benson former hospital site, taxpayers are out $400,000, Mayor suggests legal challenge
JAN 25, 2017

Jim Benson was awarded the former Allen Bennett Hospital site. It sits across from his automobile dealership.
 

The former Allen Bennett Hospital site belongs to 313 Memorial Drive, owned by Jim Benson – for now.

Greer City Council approved an amended offer for the approximately 10-acre site at the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Memorial Drive in its second reading of the ordinance Tuesday night.

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Aylestock puts Wild Ace on brewpub map as first brewmaster serving craft beers in downtown Greer
JAN 17, 2017

Jon Aylestock, the brewmaster for Wild Ace Pizza and Pub, stands in front of some of his brewing equipment.
 

 

 

 

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Dave Ramsey: Don't dissolve the LLC
JAN 16, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are debt-free, plus she has a business giving music lessons. We formed an LLC last year when she had several students and was making over $3,000 a month, but that all changed when our first baby arrived. Now, she has only a few students, and they bring in around $700 per month. Should we dissolve the LLC?

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Trump singled out Mexican produced BMWs for 35 percent tariff
JAN 16, 2017

Trump singled out Mexican produced BMWs for 35 percent tariff

BMW could face tariffs of up to 35 percent for its plans to produce vehicles in Mexico, according to threats from President-elect Donald Trump.

The three German carmakers are investing greatly in Mexico but also manufacture in the United States.

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Greenville Tech's CMI and director play leading role in robotics collaborative
JAN 16, 2017

David Clayton is Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation.
 

The Department of Defense announced Friday the formation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, a project bringing together 84 industry partners, 35 universities, and 40 other groups in 31 states.

Goals for this $253 million project aimed at creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs include increasing worker productivity by 30 percent and making robots more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses. 

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Mike Richard is hired as general manager for Greer CPW
JAN 12, 2017

Mike Richard has been hired as the new general manager at Greer CPW. He is the GM at the Sylacauga (Ala.) Utilities Board.
 
 
 
 

The Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) has hired Michael (Mike) Richard as the next general manager to lead the company.

Richard, 55, was selected after several months of interviews by the CPW’s Board of Commissioners.

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Inland Port sets record with 103,639 rail lifts for 2016
JAN 9, 2017

The Greer Inland Port handled a record 103,639 rail lifts in 2016, an increase of 38 percent over the previous calendar year.
 
 

The South Carolina Inland Port Greer handled a record 103,639 rail lifts in 2016, an increase of 38 percent over the previous calendar year, reported the South Carolina Ports Authority.

That means the inland port averaged 8,886 rail moves a month.

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Jennifer Jones begins new era at Citizens Building and Loan, joins elite group of banking CEOs
JAN 5, 2017

Jennifer Jones begins a new era at Citizens Building and Loan as President and Chief Executive Officer.
 

Jennifer Jones, as President and Chief Executive Officer for Citizens Building and Loan, is one of six women holding a position of that magnitude in South Carolina banking.

CBL hired Jones just after graduating Presbyterian College and 16 years later she runs the oldest financial institution in Greer. CBL was founded in 1907.

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Greer Police asks public for assistance identifying suspect in Dollar General robbery
JAN 4, 2017

Greer Police is asking for assistance in the identification of a subject involved in an armed robbery that took place Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. at the Dollar General at 14165 East Wade Hampton Boulevard.
 

The Greer Police Department is turning to greater Greer citizens for assistance in the identification of a subject involved in an armed robbery that took place Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. at the Dollar General at 14165 East Wade Hampton Boulevard.

The subject, described by police as an older white male, with a black ball cap, black jacket and blue jeans entered the store carrying a silver handgun.

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Chon, a Thai cuisine restaurant, is opening downtown
DEC 23, 2016

Chon, a Thai cuisine restaurant, is opening in the first quarter of 2017.
 

A Thai cuisine restaurant will open in downtown Greer in the first quarter of 2017.

Chon will be located in the former Greer Station Diner at 219 Trade Street, next door to GreerToday.com

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National restaurants open on Christmas; hospital cafeterias are best kept secret and most serve traditional holiday fare
DEC 22, 2016

Traveling is never fun on the holidays without knowing what restaurants may be open and their hours.

Here's one of the best kept secrets for travelers: hospital cafeterias are open to feed staff, patients and visitors and most often have turkey with the trimmings. The Dogwood Cafe,with Chef Sam Kleckley, at Pelham Medical Center and the cafeteria at Greer Memorial Hospital will be open. Both cafeterias are routine stops during the week and Sundays, too.

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