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NGU and GHS launch physician assistant program
APR 24, 2014

Natalie Schrader, a junior biology major at North Greenville University, explains how the partnership between NGU and Greenville Memorial Hospital to launch the Physician Assistant program will enable her to continue her medical studies in the Upstate. NGU President Jimmy Epting, left, and GHS President and CEO Michael Riordan announced the partnership.
 
 
 

North Greenville University and the Greenville Health System announced a partnership to launch the Upstate’s first physician assistant (PA) program. The state’s only other PA program is at the College of Charleston.

The proposed Master of Medical Science program is expected to launch in January 2017, with the first 32 students scheduled to graduate in 2019. The program is expected to have as many as 144 students per year by 2021.

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Council gives support to pursue grant that would replace Century Park facility
APR 23, 2014

Should the grant be approved, the press box/restrooms/concessions building at Century Park will be demolished and a new one built.
 

City Council approved its support for Parks and Recreation to pursue a matching grant that could result in a new multi-purpose facility at Century Park.

The report that the grant had already been approved was incorrect in an earlier GreerToday.com report.

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Honor Flight returns as it left - with a plane load of war heroes
APR 23, 2014

The Honor Flight veterans were given a hero's welcome at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Tuesday night.
 
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Ninety World War II and Korean War veterans were members of the Upstate’s 12th Honor Flight Tuesday.

The veterans, ranging in age from the 70s to over 100, made the trip to Washington to see the memorials honoring the sacrifices soldiers made during the wars..

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Dave says: Save for retirement before kid's college fund
APR 22, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I noticed that your Baby Steps list puts saving for retirement before saving for your kid’s college fund. Sending your kids to college would come first on the timeline, so what is your reasoning behind this?

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Op-Ed: Let the people decide
APR 17, 2014

Allen C. Smith
President/CEO Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce
 

Imagine for a moment that you are the President/CEO of a company. Imagine you are sitting in front of your employees at a staff meeting. You tell them that now is the time for drastic change.   You explain to them you have had an epiphany. You have decided to abolish all current pricing structures and revert back to the prices of 1987. Meaningful maintenance of your company’s physical assets is no longer necessary. Investing in the long term sustainability of the organization is no longer a priority. After all, none of that is possible with a 1987 revenue structure.

As outrageous as that may seem, it is the actual financial operating procedure of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The state agency charged with maintaining and improving the state’s largest asset is currently funded on a 1987 revenue model. This antiquated funding structure would fully explain why we have 416 load restricted bridges, 884 structurally deficient bridges, a third of primary and interstate highways rated as “poor” or “mediocre,” and half of our secondary roads rated as “poor” or “mediocre.”   Given the safety and economic development implications of this issue (not to mention the fact that infrastructure improvement and maintenance is a core function of government), you would think South Carolina elected officials would be leading the way in providing viable solutions. Unfortunately, aside from a few bold and visionary leaders, the state’s elected leaders have placed politics first and pragmatism second.

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Owens Insurance Agency wins state small business award
APR 17, 2014

Owens Insurance Agency of Greer has been awarded the US Small Business Administration 2014 South Carolina Small Office/Home Office of the year.

The awarded is presented to a small business with 15 or fewer employees that has demonstrated outstanding growth, innovation, and community involvement. This is the first year that the award has been presented.

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Greer becomes 20,000 pounds lighter on Community Shred Day
APR 16, 2014

Some of more than 20,000 pounds of paper is dropped off to be shredded Wednesday during the Greer State Bank's Shred Day and Food Drive at its main branch on W. Poinsett Street.
 

More than 20,000 pounds of paper was shredded Wednesday when Greer State Bank hosted a free Community Shred Day and Food Drive.

The paperless society took a couple steps backward when 4 Shred-A-Way trucks were required to dispose of the paper during the all-day drive.

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Bass Pro Shops will develop the mixed-used development
APR 16, 2014

Bass Pro Shops will anchor and be the owner-operator of a 75-acre mixed use development at the intersection of I-85/Highway 101.
 
 

Bass Pro Shops will anchor and be the owner-operator of a 75-acre mixed use development announced by David Britt, Spartanburg County Council Wednesday at the Chapman Cultural Centre in downtown Spartanburg. 

The 120,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store will be the anchor tenant at the Hwy. 101 and 85 development that is scheduled to open in 2016. That means all subsequent developments including retail stores, hotels, restaurant, bowling alley and maybe a movie theatre will be cultivated by Bass Pro Shops.

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Bass Pro Shops, regional mall may be coming to Greer
APR 15, 2014

Bass Pro Shops appears to be the focus of a

Spartanburg County economic leaders are expected to announce that Bass Pro Shops will build its long-delayed store in Greer at the intersection of Hwy. 101 and I-85 (exit 60).

A 4 p.m. press conference, with the public invited, is scheduled Wednesday in the lobby of the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center. A “significant economic development announcement” is scheduled to be heralded.

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Greer State Bank reports 10th consecutive quarterly profit
APR 15, 2014

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Tuesday reported first quarter net income of $1.1 million or $0.46 per diluted common share, an 80 percent increase over the same quarter in 2013. The bank reported first quarter 2013 net income of $641,000 or $0.26 per diluted common share.

It’s Greer State Bank’s 10th consecutive profitable quarter.

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Five Guys opening at Suber Commons in the fall
APR 15, 2014

Five Guys will open at Suber Commons on Wade Hampton Blvd. in the fall. 
 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries will open a restaurant in the fall in Phase 2 of Suber Commons at Wade Hampton Blvd.

“Five Guys in Greer will be slightly larger, 2,900-square-feet, than our prototype. There will be 20-25 jobs available and we’re looking at opening in about six months,” Molly Brown Catalano, spokesperson for Five Guys, told GreerToday.com. A typical Five Guys occupies 2,500-square-feet.

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Dave says: Being out of debt better than having a high credit score
APR 14, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I’m 20 years old, and I’m trying to get out of debt. However, I’m concerned about what might happen when I’m older and don’t have a credit score. My girlfriend says I won’t be able to get a job or rent an apartment without a good one. Is this true?

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Greer Chamber throws its support behind sales tax referendum
APR 11, 2014

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on road improvements by endorsing a referendum for voters to decide for or against a one percent sales tax to fund transportation improvement projects within Greenville.

Greer City Council approved, 6-1, Tuesday night to also support Greenville County for a referendum to allow voters to decide for or against the sales tax to fund the projects.

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Greer's Eden's Confections wins international VE Catalog competition
APR 11, 2014

Chanie Robinson-Cain, Makenzie Cain, Crystal Helton and Dezmon Scott won the Inernational Virtual Enterprise Catalog Competition in New York City last week. Their business, Eden's Confections, was sixth for best business plan.
 

Greer High School’s Virtual Enterprise business, Eden’s Confections, won first place in the Catalog Competition in the International Trade Show of the Youth Business Summit in New York City last week.

The team beat an international field that included teams from Brazil, Bulgaria and Indonesia.

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CBL Foundation gifts $5,000 to Quick Jobs With a Future
APR 10, 2014

Les Gardner, Greenville Tech Foundation, receives a $5,000 gift from CBL Foundation CEO Thomas Johnson. CBL Foundation Board members, left to right, are: Ralph W. Johnson Jr., Benjamin B. Waters III, Laurens I. James Jr. Steve Hand, GTC Quick Jobs Director is in the black sweater. Other CBL board members are Hayne P. Griffin Jr., W. Terry Dobson, and Paul J. Rogers.
 

The Citizens Building and Loan Foundation has given a $5,000 gift to the Quick Jobs With a Future program at Greenville Technical College. The gift will provide tuition assistance to Greer area residents participating in the training program that gives people skills to enter career fields with openings in the Upstate.

“With the rapid changes in the workplace too many people are without work simply because their skills don’t match an employer’s needs. We want to be a part of bridging that gap,” said Foundation CEO, Thomas Johnson.

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Tug-of-war over distracted driving ordinance passes first reading
APR 10, 2014

Police Chief Dan Reynolds enjoys a lighter moment during Tuesday's City Council meeting that discussed an ordinance on distracted driving. It passed 4-3 and moves to a public forum and second reading on April 22 at 6:30 p.m.
 

Greer is having a tug-of-war over the proposed distracted driving ordinance that City Council approved on first reading, 4-3, as written Tuesday.

The lines were clearly defined at the council meeting with Mayor Rick Danner casting the tie-breaking vote to approve the ordinance as written to move it forward for a public forum and second reading on April 22.

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Report: BMW planning 2nd North American plant
APR 9, 2014

BMW is planning a second North American factory to cater to the rising demand for its vehicles, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The Munich-based carmaker is planning to build its bestselling 3-Series at the new plant and has been short-listing locations, with at least two sites in Mexico still being considered, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

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Riverwood Farms fire, text messaging, sales tax on City Council's agenda
APR 8, 2014

What caused a grass fire, that turned into a raging blaze that destroyed a 3-unit condominium (front) and jumped the fence (top) to completely destroy one house and scorch more than a dozen yards will be discussed by Fire Chief Chris Harvey at 6:30 p.m. at Greer City Council's meeting at City Hall. The public is invited and may speak at the event.
 
 

Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey will make a presentation at City Council at 6:30 p.m. on a fire that destroyed one home and a 3-unit condominium last week at Riverwood Farms. There was no loss of life or reported injuries.

What started as a grass fire, allegedly started from a lit cigarette tossed from a vehicle, quickly raged out of control destroying homes for four families, scorching a wide section on Dillard Road with fire coming up to the doorsteps of many homes before it was brought under control.

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Dave Ramsey: Your bank's advice is bad
APR 8, 2014

Dear Dave,

I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annuities. Is this a good investment?

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Distracted driving proposed ordinance
APR 7, 2014

ORDINANCE (DISTRACTED DRIVING) NUMBER 4-2014

To be considered April 8 at Greer City Council

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