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RJ Rockers, Thomas Creek see residual impact from GSP location
SEP 20, 2014

GSP held a symbolic ribbon cutting for RJ Rockers, Thomas Creek Brewery and Hudson Brands Friday at GSP. Left to right: GSP Commissioner Bill Barnet, GSP President/CEO Dave Edwards, GSP Commissioner Minor Shaw, RJ Rockers owner Mark Johnsen, Thomas Creek owner Tom Davis, MSE Branded Foods President Jack Hough and Hudson News General Manager Jim Coleman.
 
 

RJ Rockers and Thomas Creek Brewery owners are seeing residual benefits from their brand launched restaurants on the concourse at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

Mark Johnsen, owner of RJ Rockers, and Tom Davis, owner of Thomas Creek Brewery, were part of a symbolic ribbon cutting with Hudson and MSE Brands Friday at GSP. The restaurants opened July 14.

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VIDEO: See Chris Brown share his life-saving story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
SEP 18, 2014

Chris Brown, a Greer postal service carrier, talks with Ellen DeGeneres how he miraculously saved Eli, son of Stephanie Cooper.
 
 

Read Chris Brown’s story.

Stephanie Cooper, Eli, her one year old son, and Christopher Brown – their mailman, joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Chris miraculously saved Eli’s life.

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Greer hero appears on Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday
SEP 17, 2014

Greer US Postal Service carrier Chris Brown saved infant's life with Heimlach maneuver.
 
 
 

Chris Brown, a Greer postal worker who saved an infant’s life last month, will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday at 4 p.m. on WYFF-TV.

Brown performed a Heimlach maneuver on a child who ingested a plastic bag that blocked his air passages. The child expelled the bag and did not require any medical attention.

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Dave Ramsey: Just say no to your friends
SEP 17, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

Some friends recently offered me a timeshare. It’s an older place on the beach, and they’ve had it for about 20 years. I’d have to pay a transfer fee of $100, plus a yearly association fee of $500. I know you’re not a big fan of timeshares, but does this deal sound okay?

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Kohl's opens Greer store on Sunday
SEP 16, 2014

Kohl's opens at 1320 West Wade Hampton Blvd., in Greer at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.
 
 

The countdown for Kohl's opening in Greer is less than five days.

The 67,000-square foot store, at 1320 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. will have a soft opening Sunday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. with the grand opening scheduled on Friday, Sept. 26 at 8:45 a.m.

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300-unit Brushy Creek apartment complex rezoning is approved
SEP 15, 2014

The Residences at Brushy Creek, with a maximum 300-unit apartment complex, will be built adjacent to Century Park with the entrance off Brushy Creek Road.
 

A 300-unit, three-story walkup apartment complex, The Residences at Brushy Creek, was unanimously approved, 5-0, for a Design Review District Monday by the Planning Commission.

The 18-acre property will be accessed off Brushy Creek Road and will abut Century B Complex. A traffic engineering study by the city will be required on state owned Buncombe and Brushy Creek roads. The property falls short of the Brushy Creek/Buncombe Road intersection.

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Getting on a bus was a lifesaver at Greer Memorial
SEP 15, 2014

Free prostrate cancer screenings were offered to men at Greer Memorial Hospital.
 
 

• Prostate Cancer Risk Profiler

Some men probably didn’t think getting on a bus would be a lifesaver. But it may have been just that on Friday at Greer Memorial Hospital.

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PDQ opens first upstate restaurant on Pelham Road
SEP 13, 2014

People Dedicated to Quality (PDQ) opens its first upstate restaurant Sunday on Pelham Road.
 

• Gallery here.

PDQ, a fast casual restaurant opening Sunday on Pelham Road, proudly states, “It’s all about the P.”

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Benson promoted to Chief Information Officer at Ovation Brands
SEP 11, 2014

Patrick Benson has been promoted to Chief Information Officer at Ovation Brands.
 

Patrick Benson has been promoted to Chief Information Officer at Ovation Brands. He has led initiatives for the company – Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Country Buffet and Fire Mountain as part of its reinvention. Benson was former senior vice president of Information Technology.

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Hollywild states 'no investigation' is ongoing at animal park
SEP 10, 2014

Hollywild Animal Park officials said no investigations are ongoing. 
 

Hollywild Animal Park has not received any formal letter of warning or notification of an “ongoing investigation”, according to park officials in a response to media queries late Wednesday.

A routine inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in July resulted with four violations (non-compliant items – NCI) at the animal park. The report concluded a capuchin was wearing a long chain around her waist causing discomfort and the park failed to meet sanitation and facility standards.

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Landon Powell to speak at Greer Business Luncheon
SEP 10, 2014

Landon Powell and his wife, Allyson, at North Greenville University's announcement of the former Gamecocks becoming head baseball coach for the Crusaders.
 

Landon Powell, head baseball coach at North Greenville University, will be the guest speaker at the Greer Business Luncheon, Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Powell will share his testimony and Pastor Rick Ezell of GFB will talk about “Dealing with Frustration”.

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Meet Greer Community Ministries 2014-2015 board
SEP 10, 2014

April Staggs, vice president commercial lending at Greer State Bank, is the Greer Community Ministries chairperson for fiscal year 2014-2015.
 
 

Greer Community Ministries has assembled its 2014-2015 board of directors. April Staggs, vice president of commercial lending at Greer State Bank, is the chairperson.

The board members and their businesses:

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City favors recouping nuisance abatement costs from property owners
SEP 9, 2014

Property owners will be billed to recover expenses incurred by the city to abate nuisance violations, demolish unsafe structures and administration costs including legal fees. City Council gave first reading approval, 7-0, Tuesday night to the proposed ordinance.

Ruthie Helms, supervisor of building inspections, told council unpaid invoices would be treated in the same manner of municipal taxes.

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Duncan Town Council tables proposed smoking ban
SEP 9, 2014

Duncan town council tabled a proposed smoking ban Tuesday and said it plans to consult with other area cities and towns with smoking ordinances to observe how their respective bans are working.

Council members said the proposal will be explored in a yet to be named workshop with input from citizens.

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Atlanta Bread Company seeking baker
SEP 9, 2014

 

 

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DanceVisions students headed to Grand Ole Opry stage
SEP 9, 2014

Dance Vision students will be in the spotlight at the Grand Ole Opry in March dancing on the historic stage.
 

DanceVisions will be part of a headline act on the Grand Ole Opry stage in March.

Felicia Abbot announced that a select group of her students will make a two-day whirlwind trip to Nashville, Tenn., to perform during a matinee production at the Opry.

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Driggers awarded Outstanding Leadership Award by Greer Chamber
SEP 9, 2014

City Administrator Ed Driggers was presented the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award by Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce President Mark Owens.
 

City Administrator Ed Driggers and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy received awards at the First Friday luncheon hosted by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce last Friday.

Leadership Class XXXV, with 31 members, were also introduced last Friday.

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Tips for stretching some disposable income
SEP 9, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My husband and I have been living on a budget for a few months, and for some reason there seems to be leaks in our budget. It’s just a few dollars here and there, but added together it makes a huge dent. Can you give us some advice?

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Smith encourages Congress to stay the course with Flood Insurance Act
SEP 8, 2014

Donna O. Smith of Greer encourages congress to stay the course with Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.
 

• Read Smith's testimony.

Donna O. Smith of Greer testified before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security this summer to insure that implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act stays on track.

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Greer police don body cameras, aid in transparency and law enforcement
SEP 8, 2014

Captain Matt Hamby demonstrates the activation and recording of body worn cameras that have been put in use by the Greer Police Department.
 

Body-worn cameras are now part of a dozen Greer Police Department officers’ wardrobe.

Six months after testing three manufacturers’ models, Police Chief Dan Reynolds, on Friday, ordered the cameras distributed to two patrol divisions on alternating shifts. The cameras cost $3,000 ($250 each plus air cards) and data storage is $86,000. “We worked the logistics out of the testing, determining what type of camera we would use and type of storage needed,” Reynolds said.

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