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Hyundai of Greer donates furniture to March of Dimes
DEC 28, 2012

The Upstate Division of the March of Dimes has new office furniture donated by Hyundai of Greer. The company donated desks, chairs, cabinets and other items that will be used in the non-profit’s main offices in Greenville.

“The March of Dimes is doing such a great service for the community. When we, at Hyundai of Greer, learned they needed new office furniture, we knew that we could help them get it,” said Bob Hogan, owner of Hyundai of Greer.

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Century 3, Inc. buys former State Auto building
DEC 28, 2012

Century 3, Inc. has purchased the former State Auto building at 113 S. Main Street. The company will relocate 100 employees to its downtown Greer headquarters.

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Langston is agent for Kingdom Assembly lease, 3 convenience store closings
DEC 28, 2012

Chuck Langston of Langston-Black Real Estate, Inc., represented two businesses in leasing and sale transactions.

Chuck Langston of  Langston-Black Real Estate, Inc., has closed several properties for clients.

He represented Hunter Development, LLC in the leasing of 11,000 square feet to Kingdom Assembly Outreach Center "Kingdom Assembly focuses on practical Christian education through bible study and the application of God’s word in everyday life," Pastor Getties Jackson, said.

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Mitsubishi Polyester Film aids Greer area charities
DEC 28, 2012

Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc., employees delivered a truck load of food and more than $5,200 to two Greer charities last week.

The Greer Soup Kitchen received $3,300, which included $1,650 from employees and a match from the company, as well as a pickup truck filled with food donations. Employees and the company also raised an additional $700 from a hunger walk for the Soup Kitchen in November.

In addition, employees raised $636 for the Taylors Free Medical Clinic. That figure was matched by Mitsubishi Polyester Film as well for $1,272 donated.

 “Mitsubishi Polyester Film and its employees are proud to give back to this wonderful community,” said Rose Marchek, the company’s human resources director.

 

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Autofocus: 2013 Toyota Prius V delivers MPG, surprising utility
DEC 27, 2012

The 2013 Prius V offers the gas mileage – 48 mpg highway, 51 mpg city and 50 mpg combined.

When people think about the Toyota Prius they think two things: First and foremost, gas mileage. Second, what exactly is the plural of Prius? Priuses? Prii?

The 2013 Prius V offers the gas mileage – 48 mpg highway, 51 mpg city and 50 mpg combined. But it also offers copious amounts of interior space and more utility than any of its Prius predecessors.

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CertusBank acquires Columbia mortgage company
DEC 26, 2012

CertusBank acquires Columbia mortgage company

CertusBank, N.A., headquartered in Greenville, has purchased Resource Financial Services, Inc. of Columbia, an independently owned mortgage company.  The transaction is an addition in CertusBank's growth and expansion plans for its mortgage business.

Resource Financial, founded in 2008, has eight locations serving customers in five states.  The transaction comes following a recent acquisition of Charlotte, North Carolina-based, Myers Park Mortgage.

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2013 Chamber board represents diverse, growing community
DEC 24, 2012

Diversity was the theme for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce this year and it will ring true through next year. The 2013 Board of Directors illustrates the most diverse board the Greer chamber has ever assembled.

Chamber President and CEO Allen Smith and 2012 Board Chairman John Mansure, President of Greer Memorial Hospital, were aggressive presenting minority workshops and seminars and embracing the demographics that shape Greer.

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Wade Hampton FD personnel own Fire Fighter II distinction
DEC 20, 2012

Commissioners with the Wade Hampton Fire and Sewer District announced at its monthly meeting that all of the department’s personnel have earned the Fire Fighter II certification.

"Of the thirty-nine employees who recently took the national certification test, every one passed," according to Chief Randy Edwards. "As a result, each of the 57 employees we have in fire service roles now hold the Fire Fighter II certification.

"Aside from being proud of all of our personnel, this is a great distinction for the community we serve. Residents and businesses should know that the fire fighters on the red trucks leaving our stations to protect them, their families, and their property rank among the most professional and skilled in the area."

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Hostess closes Greenville and Spartanburg facilities, 24 jobs lost
DEC 20, 2012

Hostess, founded in 1930 in Irving, Texas, has brands such as Hostess, Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Drake’s Butternut, Home Pride and Merita.

Hostess Brands Inc. has closed a dozen facilities in South Carolina that has cost 106 employees their jobs. The closings occurred on Nov. 21.

Greenville had 10 employees laid off and Spartanburg had 14.

The closings and layoffs were announced in a regulatory WARN (Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notification) Filing published by SC Works.

Hostess announced last month it was closing its facilities when an agreement wasn’t reached between the company and the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union.

Hostess Brands said it intends to retain approximately 3,200 employees to assist with the initial phase of the wind down. Employee headcount is expected to decrease by 94 percent within the first 16 weeks of the wind down. The entire process is expected to be completed in one year.

Hostess, founded in 1930 in Irving, Texas, has brands such as Hostess, Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Drake’s Butternut, Home Pride and Merita.

 

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Buffets, Inc. completes new board of directors
DEC 20, 2012

Warren Ellish has helped position hundreds of brands, was a founding partner for Boston Market and founded his own marketing consulting company.

Buffets, Inc., headquartered in Greer, has appointed restaurant executive Philip Friedman and marketing executive F. Warren Ellish to its board of directors, completing the new seven-member board after the company emerged from bankruptcy.  Friedman and Ellish possess over 30 years of restaurant industry experience and each has held leadership positions at growth and turnaround brands in the restaurant and hospitality industries.  The appointments are effective immediately.

Buffets, Inc., owns Ryan’s Restaurants, with one located in Greer at 1501 W. Poinsett Street.

“These are true leaders with proven track records of success,” said Rob Webster, Chairman of the Board of Buffets, Inc.  “Both Warren and Phil have the practical knowledge of what it takes to turn around and grow a brand, and they understand the need for strong corporate governance.  We are pleased to add them to our board of directors, and are excited for the future of our organization with their support and expertise.”

Friedman serves as Chairman and CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, an 85-location casual Mexican restaurant chain he acquired in 2011, and as President of P. Friedman & Associates, Inc., a strategic planning and management consulting company he founded in 1986.

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Southern Home Medical expanding into Texas
DEC 20, 2012

Southern Home Medical expanding into Texas

Southern Home Medical, Inc. (OTCPK: SHOM), a holding company based in Lyman providing healthcare services, staffing and equipment to medical institutions, announced today that it will open its first Encore Medical Staffing franchise in January. 


The franchise is in Dallas, Texas and grand opening is scheduled Jan. 21.  The company plans on adding additional Encore franchises with a goal of 10 to 15 over the next 3 years.  Austin, Tex., will host a franchise in March.

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PSC approves SCE&G retail electric rate increase
DEC 19, 2012

The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) today voted unanimously to approve an overall increase in retail electric revenues of approximately $97.1 million, for South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG).  

The PSC also approved SCE&G’s request for a mid-period reduction to its fuel costs.  Additionally, the PSC approved a reduction to SCE&G’s Demand-Side Management Rider to Retail Rates (“DSM Rider”). 

The total approved increase, along with the decrease to fuel costs and the decrease to the DSM Rider, results in a net impact to retail electric customers totaling 1.38 percent, or approximately $32 million.  Beginning in January 2013, overall rates will increase as follows:  

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Lions Club donates $10,000 to Greer High athletics
DEC 19, 2012

Lions Club donates $10,000 to Greer High athletics

The Greer Lions Club presented Greer High School Athletic Director Travis Perry a $10,000 check Tuesday night at the service club’s bi-monthly meeting at the Lake View Steak House.

The Lions Club maintains the concession stands at Dooley Field during Greer football games. Proceeds have benefitted the high school since the club’s management of concessions over 50 years ago.

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Greer's Tucker is manager at Walmart Neighborhood Market
DEC 19, 2012

Kirsten Tucker, from Greer, will manage the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in South Carolina when it opens at Greer Plaza, tentatively scheduled for mid-February.

Kirsten Tucker got exactly what she has worked for during her 13-year career with Walmart. Tucker, who lives in Greer, is the manager of the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Greer Plaza.

“I have always been excited about the Neighborhood Market. When I heard they were bringing one to the area I immediately let it known I would love to work there,” Tucker said.

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CPW tells commissioners it thwarted attempted fraudulent acts
DEC 18, 2012

The timeliness of the Red Flag committee report today alerted commissioners of fraudulent activities directed against Greer Commission of Public Works.

There were two fraudulent acts against Greer CPW in July and last week two more were documented, according to Ken Holliday, Director of Human Resources at the Greer utility. The Red Flag committee, consisting of six CPW associates, annually presents to commissioners acts that demand attention or corrective remedies that safeguard the utility and its customers.

“We don’t see anything that people tried to hack into our system,” said Brian Forrester, CPW Chief Information Officer. Forrester said he has been in contact with a state agency and more safeguards have been put in place.  “We identified some weaknesses but I don’t want to get into that in a public forum. We have third party monitoring and we’re looking at our firewall each day. We’ve purchased new software to encrypt information.”

Holliday told commissioners some customers reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Greer CPW employees. CPW, on its web site said, customer’s caller identification will display Greer CPW’s name or phone number. The caller attempts to obtain customer account or personal information.

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Greenville EyeCare adds technician, translator
DEC 18, 2012

Lauren Laico joins Greenville EyeCare as a technician bringing more than five years of experience in the optometry field.  

Greenville EyeCare Associates, a provider of comprehensive eye healthcare services, has added Lauren Laico and Catalina White to their patient care support team. 

Laico joins the company as a technician bringing more than five years of experience in the optometry field.  She is a Certified Paraoptometric, experienced in helping explain eye exams to patients and is skilled in performing all patient pre-testing procedures.  She is a graduate of the Greenville Technical College Opththalmic Technician Program and has completed certifications in optometric care.

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Greenville Health System becoming hospital's new brand
DEC 18, 2012

Greenville Health System becoming hospital's new brand

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You never know where Santa will show up
DEC 17, 2012

Madison, left, and Morgan Tucker have Santa all to themselves as they pose for a photo, at the request of their grandmother, at Greer's Commisison of Public Works. Madison is featured on the home page gallery talking to Santa.

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Autofocus: Taurus is a big name in large sedans
DEC 15, 2012

If you like tech toys and a quiet ride, the Taurus Limited may just be the ticket for you.

It’s not exactly your father’s Ford Taurus, but he probably wouldn’t mind having one either.

One of Ford’s more recognizable sedan nameplates returned in 2010 and has undergone a mid-generation facelift for 2013. The Taurus shares Ford’s D3 platform with the Lincoln MKS, so there are as many similarities as differences with the luxury nameplate as there are differences.

The tested Taurus Limited was striking from the outset, arriving on a cloudy day that at first disguised the brilliant “Kodiak Brown” paintjob that first appeared black under the clouds but then sparkled a rich brown in the sunlight. I never thought I would be so excited about brown.

The Limited model is a step below the performance-minded SHO version, but came with a ton of options around the 3.5-liter V6 flex-fuel engine. It also came with all-wheel-drive. There are also SE and SEL levels that start in the $27,000 range with base turbo-charged 4-cylinder engines.

If you like tech toys and a quiet ride, the Taurus Limited may just be the ticket for you. There is no shortage of gadgetry, but a notable shortage of road noise inside the cabin, particularly at highway speeds.

The knock on the sedan has been that the interior, while luxurious, is too confining for the driver and front-seat passenger given the Taurus’ large-sedan status. Despite being a big guy, I had no problem with the front-seat confines – probably because I enjoy a cockpit feel when behind the wheel.

And behind the wheel, that feel was powerful (288 horsepower), if not particularly nimble. Variable valve timing has helped fuel efficiency to the tune of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the V6.

The buyer should know that the Taurus drives like the large sedan that it is – a legitimate cruiser but hardly a bull in a china shop.

TAURUS PLUSSES

Smooth ride

Highway fuel economy

High tech toys, including navigation system and backup camera

Abundant trunk space

TAURUS MINUSES

Annoying blind spots

Drives “big”

Gets pricey quickly with options 

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GSA charges forward into 2013 with new board, momentum
DEC 14, 2012

ACME General Store features Frosty the Snowman in its window showcase for the holidays.

Greer Station Association selected its 2013 board of directors and set its agenda for next year.

GSA is coming off a successful year with its majestic Greer Station Windows campaign decorating the historic downtown area. The Stomping Grounds was voted first place with its presentation.

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