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Manufacturing Job and Training Fair is May 21
APR 30, 2013

Manufacturing Job and Training Fair is scheduled Tuesday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive.

Employers will be available to meet with candidates and applications will be available to apply at the job fair.

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Dave Ramsey: Essential expenses; She stole his identity
APR 30, 2013

Dave Ramsey will be speaking in Simpsonville on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7-9:30 p.m. Details here.

Dear Dave,

I’m following your plan, and currently I have $14,000 in my emergency fund. What are essentials for three to six months of expenses?

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Staggs joins Greer State Bank
APR 30, 2013

Greer State Bank announced that April Riddle Staggs has joined the bank as Vice President and Commercial Lender.

April Riddle Staggs has joined Greer State Bank as Vice President and Commercial Lender.  Staggs brings more than 10 years of business development and customer relationship experience to this position.

Staggs’ responsibility for Greer State Bank will be to pursue and obtain new opportunities in the commercial market for loan products while maintaining loan relationships with existing customers.  Staggs is involved with analyzing loan requests, monitoring the bank’s lending portfolio, and recommending lending solutions based on customer needs within the Greer and surrounding markets.  She will also represent the bank through her participation with numerous community affairs organizations.

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Greer CPW receives accolades for 100 years of service
APR 29, 2013

Reno Deaton, President of Greer Economic Development Corporation, congratulated Greer CPW Commissioners celebrating the utlity's 100th anniversary. Left to right are commissioners Eugene Gibson, Perry Williams and Jeff Howell.

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Greer CPW threw a weekend party to celebrate its 100th Anniversary but it was on the receiving end of accolades for its success from city leaders.

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Jobs: Manning House in Greer
APR 26, 2013

Manning House

Position Description: We are looking for excellent caregivers/med techs with a strong work ethic to join our dynamic team at Manning House in Greer. We are hiring for part time and PRN with a strong possibility of full time. Experience in long-term healthcare and administering medications is a plus. Candidates must have qualities that demonstrate our of four cornerstones: compassion, teamwork, excellence, and success. If you or someone you know may be interested, please come by the community to fill out an application and/or e-mail your resume.

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Kohl's moving forward with Greer store
APR 26, 2013

The signage at Piedmont Marketplace shows Kohl's location scheduled to be at the former Kmart store.

Kohl’s in Greer is back on target and is scheduled to open in 2014.

A city official confirmed the exchange of property to Kohl’s and Marty Navarro, the Greenville developer of the Piedmont Marketplace. Navarro also confirmed reports of the department store’s opening in Greer for next year.

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Lions Club honors Chick-fil-A's Tyler as Citizen of the Year
APR 25, 2013

Bill Tyler was honored as the Greer Lions Club Citizen of the Year at the club’s annual awards dinner. Tyler is operator at Greer Chick-fil-A.

Bill Tyler was honored as the Greer Lions Club Citizen of the Year and Ken Holliday the Lion of the Year at the club’s annual awards dinner.

Tyler is operator of Chick-fil-A in Greer and Holliday is the Human Resource Manager of Greer Commission of Public Works. Holliday is the treasurer of the Lions Club. Both said they were unaware of being recipients of the award.

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Dave Ramsey: Should she have skin in the game?
APR 24, 2013

Dear Dave,

My daughter has the opportunity to take a trip with her eighth-grade class. The cost is $650. Do you think she should have to contribute to the cost of the trip, or should I cover it all?

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Dave Ramsey: Starting over after divorce
APR 24, 2013

Dear Dave,

My divorce will be final in a month, and I’ll have $100,000 when everything is over. I will also have $8,000 in credit card debt, and I’m currently unemployed. Do you have any suggestions to help me move forward?

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Buffets, Inc. reports best quarterly sales in past 7 years
APR 24, 2013

Buffets, Inc., headquartered in Greer, reported sales up 1.7 percent for the quarter ending April 3. It’s the best year-over-year quarterly comparable sales performance in seven years.

Company officials attribute the improvement to the fast track implementation of its turnaround blueprint “Plan to Win” that was launched last July.

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CPW Centennial celebration is one for the ages
APR 23, 2013

The commemorative manhole cover will seal the Commission of Public Works time capsule in the ground.

Farrah Lister still smiles at the mention that her job description ends with “other duties as assigned.” Officially she is Executive Secretary Assistant for CPW general manager Nick Stegal.

Lister has been planning the Greer Commission of Public Works Centennial Celebration for over a year. She has one chance to get it right and Lister is reminding people from Greer the free festival will live up to its hype.

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No more tours at BMW plant until summer 2014
APR 23, 2013

Plant tours at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer have been suspended for new model production and not expected to resume until summer of 2014, the company announced today.

BMW Manufacturing is undergoing a $900 million expansion that will allow the production of 350,000 units at its more than 4-million-square-foot facility. The X4, introduced this week at the Shanghai Auto Show as a concept car, has been designated as Greer’s next production model.

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Police department asks permanent suspension for wrecker service
APR 20, 2013

Greer City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday to discuss the permanent suspension of Upstate Wrecker Service from the city’s wrecker rotation. The wrecker service was suspended from the city’s rotation on April 1 and the suspension expired on April 15.

Lt. Matt Hamby, in a letter sent to Police Chief Dan Reynolds, is requesting permanent suspension on several issues:

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Bank on this! A sauna in a vault in downtown luxury apartment
APR 19, 2013

The former Bank of Greer is being renovated into a luxury apartment that features a sauna and changing room in two of the vaults.

Imagine a sauna in a bank vault. You can count that as money in the bank, as far as Randy Jones is concerned.

Jones, owner of the former Bank of Greer at 116 Trade Street, told the Board of Architectural Review that will be among a wholesale of renovations to the historical property that will serve as his residence and business. He is also renovating a second property at  114 Trade Street into an insurance business with extra office space that may be leased.

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Southern Connector closing 72 hours for Cinemax production
APR 19, 2013

The Southern Connector will shut down for 72 hours next week to allow a television crew on site to film scenes for an upcoming Cinemax production.

The 16-mile toll road that runs across the southern portion of Greenville County between Interstate 85 and 385 will close to normal traffic on Sunday, April 21 at 10 p.m. and reopen Wednesday, April 24 at 10 p.m., said Peter Femia, executive director of the Southern Connector.

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Housing developments, Quik Trip keeps city commissions busy
APR 18, 2013

Quik Trip will build a second convenience store in Greer to be located at 2414 S. Highway. The store will be sandwiched between Johns Road and Concourse Way.

A pocket neighborhood and an entire community are in the planning stages, Quik Trip is scheduled to put its second convenience store in Greer, this one S. Highway 14, and three buildings in the central business district are undergoing architecture enhancements.

It’s been a busy week for Greer City Hall and its planning and building boards as developers and property owners paraded their projects for rezoning and plan reviews.

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$13.4 million BMW warehouse project underway at inland port
APR 17, 2013

$13.4 million BMW warehouse project underway at inland port

A $13.4 million, 414,534 square foot BMW Manufacturing Co. warehouse is being constructed at the Greer Inland Port. The size is the equivalent to four Wal-Mart SuperStores.

The warehouse will be used for the Greer-produced BMW vehicles to be prepared as kits for as many as three to a rail container for shipment overseas. The containers will be shipped to the Port of Charleston for export.

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Dave Ramsey: You lose control with repossession
APR 16, 2013

Dave Ramsey: You lose control with repossession

Dear Dave,

I’m having trouble making my auto payment. I owe $20,000, and the car is worth $17,000. Should I allow the bank to repossess it, and could they take a lien against my house if they do?

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Dave Ramsey: Making it through medical leave
APR 16, 2013

Dave Ramsey: Making it through medical leave

Dear Dave,

I’ve been on medical leave from my job due to an injury. My doctor recently advised extending the leave another six months, but during this time I wouldn’t be paid. My husband makes $75,000 a year, and we owe $40,000 on our cars. This includes a $30,000 note on one of them. Should we take money out of our 401(k) to make it through the additional time off?

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Allen Bennett complex has second prospective buyer
APR 16, 2013

The Allen Bennett campus consists of two buildings – the 168,000-square foot hospital and 44,000 square-foot Roger Huntington Nursing Center.

The first prospective buyer for the Allen Bennett Hospital campus has come and gone. Now, there’s a second candidate undergoing due diligence, according to City Administrator Ed Driggers.

“We have a letter of intent,” Driggers said. “They basically are seeing if ‘this property works for (them).’

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