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Parkkhonen, owner of concrete company, dies. He was 41.
MAY 19, 2017

Karl David Parkkonen, owner of Aspen Concrete Contractors, died Wednesday. He was 41.

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Karl David Parkkonen, owner of Aspen Concrete Contractors, died Wednesday. He was 41.

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Greer port on track for obliterating rail moves record
MAY 18, 2017

Greer port on track for obliterating rail moves record

If it sounds like a broken record – it is. The Greer Inland Port continues it monthly record growth.

• 11,125 rail moves was the strongest April on record.

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Women's Leadership Institute recognizes class of 2017
MAY 17, 2017

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of Furman University recognized the Class of 2017 graduates.
 

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of Furman University recognized the following Class of 2017 graduates:

Cindy Benjamin-LS3P Associates, Ltd.

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Dave Ramsey: Would never advise someone to get or keep mortgage for tax deduction
MAY 16, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are looking at buying a new home. We’ve been really blessed with our finances, and we’re at a point where we can pay cash for a new house and still have plenty of money in the bank. Should we do this, or is it a better idea to get a mortgage for the tax deduction?

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Students paint scenic mural for hearing patients
MAY 8, 2017

Students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville donated their time and talent to paint a mural for hearing patients at Clarity.
 

Students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville donated their time and talent to paint a mural for hearing patients at Clarity, a partner with the Center for Developmental Services (CDS).

The art students, under the direction of Deborah Pickard, painted a beach scene representing the South Carolina coastline.  

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Highest monthly volume of rail moves reported at Greer Port
MAY 8, 2017

Highest monthly volume of rail moves reported at Greer Port

The South Carolina Ports Authority announced today its strongest April container volumes on record, including the Greer Inland Port.

Greer’s port experienced its highest April in the facility's history, with 11,125 rail moves last month. Greer has seen tremendous growth of 27.6 percent this fiscal year, with 95,999 rail moves handled to date. 

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Caliber North Business Park is full, Caliber Ridge is half full
MAY 4, 2017

Caliber North Business Park has reached 100 percent occupancy with its 171,600 square-feet of space (2988 Green Road).
 

Caliber North Business Park has reached 100 percent occupancy with its 171,600 square-feet of space (2988 Green Road).

The Liberty Property Trust is also putting the final touches on the first of two planned buildings at the adjacent Caliber Ridge Business Park in Greer.

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Furman's $1.7 million solar facility goes online, supplies power to campus
MAY 3, 2017

After nearly eight months of preparation and the installation of 2,994 solar panels, Furman University’s new $1.7 million solar facility has gone online and is supplying electrical power to the campus.
 

After nearly eight months of preparation and the installation of 2,994 solar panels, Furman University’s new $1.7 million solar facility has gone online and is supplying electrical power to the campus.

The solar farm, which is located on six acres of land near the main campus entrance on Poinsett Highway, is the largest solar installation on a college campus in South Carolina. The university announced its plans to construct the solar facility in August 2016.

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CPW splits Easter Egg Hunt proceeds with Greer Relief and Greer Community Ministries
MAY 3, 2017

Left to right: Bill Roughton and Caroline Robertson of Greer Relief, CPW General Manager Michael Richard, and Stephen Smith and Krista Gibson of Greer Community Ministries.
 
 
 
 

Greer Relief and Greer Community Ministries representatives were each granted checks of $772.50 at the CPW Commissioners meeting.

The $1,545 proceeds were from the Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by CPW.

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Lewis joins Assure Alliance network
MAY 3, 2017

Steve Lewis has joined the Assure Alliance network as an independent agent.
 

Steve Lewis has joined the Assure Alliance network as an independent agent.

“Steve Lewis and Security First Insurance, LLC bring over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry,” Jeff Swanson, regional president at Assure Alliance, said. “Steve also serves as a continuing education instructor and independent agency consultant and was also recently featured in the 'Rough Notes' insurance trade journal.”

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Randall Street first up for infrastructure replacement in May
APR 26, 2017

Randall Street first up for infrastructure replacement in May

Randall Street will be the first downtown street to undergo water and sewer line replacement beginning in the latter part of May.

Greer CPW Commissioners approved $380,535 to Dillard Excavating Co. Inc. for the first phase of the estimated $4 – $4.5 million project to replace the central business district’s aging infrastructure and incorporate a new streetscape appearance. Some of the downtown infrastructure is more than 100-years old, city officials said.

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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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