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CPW offers incentives for residential builders installing gas hot water heaters
NOV 26, 2013

CPW offers incentives for residential builders installing gas hot water heaters

Residential builders that install gas hot water heaters separately or with a primary heating system to natural gas will receive incentives of $400 and $800, respectfully, from Greer Commission of Public Works.

The Greer utility introduced the incentive program that began Monday to promote the use of natural gas on CPW’s system.

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CPW commissioners trying to prevent 'Sticker Shock' for customers
NOV 26, 2013

'I am very concerned where we might be ending up. “I don’t think we can continue to lose money on three out of four utilities.'
CPW Commissioner Jeff Howell

Greer CPW Commissioner Jeff Howell warned commissioners and the Greer utility the spiral decline in its profitability must stop. The utility reported a net loss of $484,362 for October operations.

“I am very concerned where we might be ending up,” Howell said at Monday’s monthly meeting. “I don’t think we can continue to lose money on three out of four utilities. I am asking if these increases are enough.”

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ABC Pelham offering holiday breads, catering to go or delivered
NOV 25, 2013

ABC Pelham is a member of the Greenville and Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. Email Jackie or call 864-627-1301 between 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday. The store, at 4100 Pelham Road, is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Holiday breads are available daily at the Atlanta Bread Company at Pelham. The breads, nine varieties and special ordered, are baked fresh with no preservatives.

“We can present them in a loaf or sliced with a nice wrap and bow, or place the slices on a catering tray,” Jackie, of Pelham ABC, said. “People are ordering these as gifts for colleagues, family, friends.”

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Dave's advice on 'Giving beyond tithing'
NOV 25, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My husband and I tithe, but right now we’re on Baby Step 2 of your plan and we’re expecting a child in a few months. Since we’re trying to pay off all our debt except for our home, what should we do about giving beyond our tithe in this situation?

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Dentists Brown, Shyam open practice at Suber Commons
NOV 20, 2013

Greer Family Dental Care almost maneuvered the entire staff in on the ribbon cutting Wednesday. Dr. Sonya Shyam is in the white top, fifth from the left, and Dr. JaVona Brown is second from the right.

Greer Family Dental Care claims on its website to “promote open communication, to understand what you are looking for in your smile.”

A staff that speaks six languages – Ukrainian, Russian, Hindi, French, Spanish and English – covers a lot of understanding.

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'Give A Shuck' pays it forward for the caring of a favorite son
NOV 20, 2013

The inaugural

Diane Christofferson, downtown Greer merchants and at least a half dozen celebrity shuckers will be hosting the final “Give A Shuck” night of 2013 Thursday at 6:30 at the Great Bay Oyster House.

Two previous “Give A Shuck” nights, held the third Thursday of the month, have been so successful it has turned into a fundraising event that keeps on giving in Greer. Proceeds from tips for celebrity shuckers and a percent of total food sales benefit three charities in rotation. Thursday’s charity is theSoup Kitchen. Greer Relief received $980 for the September event and Greer Community Ministries earned double that amount in October.

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Lismore Park approved for 32 more houses
NOV 19, 2013

Harvey Katz, right, peruses plans to add 32 new homes at Lismore Park. Katz offered he and some neighbors paid a premium price for their property to protect new development from infringing on their open space.

Developers were approved by the Planning Commission Monday to build 32 lots for single family housing on 10.7 acres of undeveloped land at Lismore Park at South Suber Road.  The controversial proposal followed a rare executive session, lasting 45 minutes, where the city attorney advised commissioners of their options.

An amendment to the proposal was adopted requiring the wording “Phase 5A” removed from Lismore Park. Developers must come up with a modified name that includes Lismore Park to be approved by Greenville County.

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Greer State Bank reports 8th straight quarterly profit
NOV 18, 2013

Greer State Bank reports 8th straight quarterly profit

Greer Bancshares Inc., parent company of Greer State Bank, reported third quarter net income attributable to common shareholders of $668,000 or 27 cents per diluted share, compared with $777,000 or 31 cents per diluted common share, during the same quarter the previous year.

As of Sept. 30 the bank reported (at Dec. 31, last year):

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Dave Ramsey: The First National Bank of Mom and Dad has closed
NOV 18, 2013

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

We’ve been supporting our son while he’s in college. He just finished his sophomore year, but he told us the other day he has dropped out of school and isn’t going back. He’s been playing in a band on weekends, and he has this vague idea of becoming a musician. We don’t think this is a good idea, but we still want to be supportive … just not too supportive. We want him to be financially independent, as well. How should we handle this?

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Dave Ramsey offers guidance on Christmas budget
NOV 15, 2013

Dave Ramsey answers questions from the audience Thursday night.

Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, were in Simpsonville Thursday night to present lessons for managing your budget and gaining financial independence.

Below is Dave's tips on managing your Christmas budget.

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Greer Trading Post has festive ribbon cutting
NOV 14, 2013

Jessica Monroe, owner of the Greer Trading Post, received the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce's tradition first

The Greer Trading Post had its ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday night and to also celebrate Tuesdays on Trade.

Jessica Monroe is the owner of the consignment shop at 217 Trade Street.

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Cruze will share economics of growing up in Ramsey household
NOV 13, 2013

Rachel Cruze, daughter of Dave Ramsey, will share personal stories of growing up in the Ramsey household.

• This week's Dave Ramsey column

Rachel Cruze wanted the same thing her teen peers had, nicer clothes and a pretty purse among other material possessions. “I was a full blown drama person,” Cruze said. “As a teen, for a girl, it was hard.”

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Dave Ramsey: Employer contributions don't count toward 15 percent
NOV 11, 2013

Dave Ramsey: Employer contributions don't count toward 15 percent

• Limited number of tickets remain for Thursday.

Dear Dave,

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Drive 4 Ur School fundraiser is good way to test drive Ford vehicles
NOV 8, 2013

D & D Motors is hosting a fundraiser on the Greer campus of Greenville Tech that may also provide an opportunity to test drive a new Ford vehicle.

Drive for Ur School is an event that provides a $20 contribution from D & D Ford to Middle College Charter High School, located at Greenville Tech, for each test drive up to 300 participants. The school can earn up to $6,000.

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Winning bid for vehicle is initiated with text message from Afghanistan
NOV 8, 2013

William Johnson raises his bid card to acknowledge he was the winning bid of $2,250 for a 2003 Grand Cherokee. His wife, Lea, stands on the right.

A text from Afghanistan to William Johnson in Piedmont showed up one hour before Big Thursday’s live auction at 7 o’clock. The message: bid for the 2003 Grand Cherokee.

Johnson and a competitor traded $50 bids from the $1,500 mark to the final $2,250 winning bid. “I couldn’t see the other person bidding,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want to because I was so nervous.” The bidders were at opposite ends of the Fairview Baptist Church gymnasium, separated by bleachers filled with people who were participating and others enjoying watching the process.

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Canopy is in place for CPW compressed natural gas fast fill station
NOV 6, 2013

The canopy over the Greer CPW compressed natural gas fast fill station was completed last week.

The canopy at the Greer Commission of Public Works compressed natural gas fast fill station is in place after nearly a two-month delay.

The canopy and installation was budgeted at $25,000 and approved by CPW Commissioners this summer.

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Wersinger, Manaton partner as investment sharecroppers
NOV 6, 2013

Chad Manaton, left, and Jean-Pierre Wersinger show where a greenhouse is being built on property where they began producing local produce for subscription paying customers.

Jean-Pierre Wersinger’s business model, planted in French agriculture, has sprouted in the Greer area.

Wersinger and partner, Chad Manaton, are for a lack of better words, investment sharecroppers. They own Suburban Sharecrop, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business that has become a lifestyle for consumers who buy local, seasonal food from a farmer.

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Business luncheon will feature excerpts from Billy Graham
NOV 5, 2013

WLOS-TV will air “My Hope America” with Billy Graham on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Excerpts from Billy Graham will be featured at the Greer Business Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Greer First Baptist Church.

The monthly luncheon will feature a video message of hope, weaving dramatic and tender stories of lives changed, including excerpts from Graham. The event begins at 11:50 a.m. with lunch and networking followed by an opening prayer, a musical guest, and concludes with a message from Greer First Baptist Pastor Rick Ezell. The luncheon is adjourned by 12:50 p.m.

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Dave Ramsey: Being single and staying on track
NOV 4, 2013

Dear Dave,

Do you have any tips for how a single person can stay on track with their finances?

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Nameless: Upstate Alliance, in a terse statement, announces resignation of CEO and President
NOV 1, 2013

The Upstate Alliance announced the resignation of President and CEO Hal Johnson purposely omitting his name in the announcement by a public relations company.

The Upstate SC Alliance, in a terse release that caught the upstate economic community by surprise, announced the resignation of Hal Johnson, President and CEO.

Johnson’s name was noticeably omitted in the announcement that was distributed by a Greenville public relations company.  The vagueness of the announcement coupled with the 8-year tenure of Johnson gives all the indications of a public relations crisis.

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