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Dave Ramsey: It's time to pay off that home equity loan
MAY 31, 2013

Dear Dave,

I’m retired, and I have $400,000 in an IRA that’s earning 10 to 12 percent. The only debt I have is $20,000 on a home equity line of credit, and my home is worth $500,000. Should I pay off the home equity loan using funds from my IRA?

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Lattimore contracts to push Medicaid to 17-21 age group
MAY 29, 2013

Marcus Lattimore will give more than 7,500 First Choice members in that age group a personalized telephone message encouraging them to see the doctor.

Former University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will work with a Medicaid program in the state to encourage those between the ages of 17 and 21 to visit their doctors for checkups, according to a report in the Charleston Post and Courier.

Charleston's First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina is paying Lattimore, a product of Byrnes High School, to encourage young people to visit the doctor.

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Coggins hosts fundraiser at Pizza Inn for Oklahoma victims
MAY 24, 2013

Pizza Inn of Greer will contribute 10 percent of sales Saturday, Saturday and Monday to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, said owner Don Coggins.

“I just feel helpless for those people,” Coggins said. “I don’t know anybody there or anyone helping. I am in insurance and I understand insurance only goes so far.”

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G&P Trucking adds 10 acres to prepare for Inland Port business
MAY 24, 2013

G&P Trucking, a Gaston-based company has purchased an additional 10-acre site in Greer. The acquisition and expansion of G&P’s trucking presence in Greer, where it has a 14 acre full service terminal, is a direct result of the new inland port that is being opened by the South Carolina Ports Authority later this fall.

The new inland port is designed to improve the efficiency of container movements between the Port of Charleston, the upstate region and neighboring states. 

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IHOP will anchor Suber Commons
MAY 22, 2013

IHOP will anchor Suber Commons

IHOP, Doctors Express and Heartland Dental Care are scheduled to occupy three of the four suites planned for Suber Commons Retail at the intersection of Suber Road and Wade Hampton Blvd.

RealtyLink LLC of Greenville is marketing the project. Hogan Construction Group has filed a $1.1 million permit for the complex and Strange Brothers Grading is preparing the 4-acre site.

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Strip Club 104 gets worldwide 'Certificate of Excellence'
MAY 22, 2013

'It’s very exciting to have 'world' come before our restaurant's name. It's great that restaurants in a small town get recognition.'
Jason Clark
Strip Club 104 Steakhouse

 

 

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A new top and pressure wash for R.A. Bennett Insurance building
MAY 21, 2013

A new top and pressure wash for R.A. Bennett Insurance building

The B. A. Bennett & Co. Insurance building at 101 Trade Street was getting a new roof and its exterior pressure washed Monday. The building is circa 1923. There were no delays in traffic on Trade or Poinsett streets throughout the day.

 

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City Sweeper cleaned up at Touch A Truck
MAY 21, 2013

Bill Ryman brought the City of Greer sweeper truck to Trade Street Tuesday. Children were fascinated with the wire broom that removed debris from the curb and the control panels with its many game-like buttons.

Bill Ryman spent Tuesday washing and cleaning the City of Greer’s street sweeper for the evening’s Touch A Truck event on Trade Street.

Greer police had a patrol car, city fire truck, CPW bucket truck, towing truck, and a school bus were among the vehicles on display.

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Dave Ramsey: Move or set family boundaries?
MAY 21, 2013

Dave Ramsey

 

Dear Dave,

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Pour Sports Pub opens Wednesday
MAY 20, 2013

Pour Sports Pub opens Wednesday at 302 Trade Street. The sports bar is in the former Ember restaurant, two doors down from The Cazbah.

Vaughn Bragg, owner, tested the menu last week with invited guests and a soft, unannounced opening. Renee Ensley is the general manager.

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245 new homes, 3 developments planned for the city
MAY 16, 2013

Three separate residential developments will add 245 new homes in the city near Riverside and on Highway 14 South.

Three separate residential developments will add 245 new homes in the city near Riverside and on Highway 14 South.

Gray Engineering will develop the properties, with prices ranging from the $200,000 to $300,000 range.

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McLeskey-Todd's 90th anniversary is testament to independence
MAY 14, 2013

Don Wall and Jed, his son, are celebrating the 90th anniversary of McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy Saturday. Don took ownership of the business last year and Jed is general manager at the store at 107 N. Main Street.

As Don Wall celebrates the 90th anniversary of the McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy he reflects on the near-extinction of the independently owned family drug stores. “A lot of people don’t grasp the meaning of it,” Wall said. “Being independent is a very rewarding aspect of what we do. It makes your heart feel good.”

Independent pharmacies have gone the way of community book stores – swallowed up by corporate America in chain grocery stores, big box superstores and branded drug stores that sell, among other things, food, hardware tools, clothing and cosmetics.

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4 Greenville radio stations become Summit Media properties
MAY 13, 2013

Four Greenville stations are included in Summit Media, LLC's acquisition that closed on its agreement from Cox Media Group today. The stations and their format are WJMZ-FM (urban), WHZT-FM (rhythmic christian), WJMZ-HD2 (adult hits) and WJMZ-HD3 (alternative rock).

"We are pleased to acquire these stations and very excited to be associated with the outstanding radio industry professionals in each market.  People are the difference in this industry and we could not be happier with our team," Carl Parmer, Summit Media Chairman/CEO, said in a statement.

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BMW Group reports record April sales
MAY 13, 2013

The X4 is in a concept phase but will become BMW's next production vehicle to be produced from the BMW Manufacturng Co. Greer plant.

BMW Group reported today record global car sales for April, a 7 percent gain with sales of 155,419 vehicles of the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. Sales have increased 6 percent to 603,619 in the first four months, the company reported.

“We have achieved our most successful April worldwide sales ever, despite the current weakness of some car markets in Europe,” said Ian Robertson, BMW member of the board of management.

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Mint condition, historic Snowdrift ad discovered in Reece Building
MAY 12, 2013

Jessica Monroe will open the Greer Trading Post at the Reece Building, where the Snowdrift sign was uncovered. She points to a place cleaned by water that shows the vibrant blue color when cleaned.

Nate Monroe, exploring in the dark with only a light on his work helmet, knew immediately he had a pure find of early 20th Century Greer architecture and business culture at the Reese Building at 217 Trade Street.

Monroe, owner of N Monroe Homes LLC, is renovating the building for owner Greg Hall who is leasing it to Monroe’s wife, Jessica, for her Greer Trading Post store, opening in the summer.

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Simpler is Greer Community Ministries new executive director
MAY 8, 2013

Cynthia Simpler is the new executive director at Greer Community Ministries, replacing Craig Dittmar who resigned in February. Simpler makes her home in Simpsonville and is a past resident of Greer.

Lori Sondov, operations coordinator, has been handling the day-to-day duties since Dittmar’s departure. Candace Rathbone, marketing / events coordinator has spent the first quarter promoting the agency's annual golf tournament that will be held Friday at the Country Club of Greer.

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Community leaders observe National Day of Prayer
MAY 2, 2013

Buddy Waters

Community leaders observed a National Day of Prayer at Greer First Baptist Church this afternoon.

Pastor Rick Ezell of Greer First Baptist led the observance. Buddy Waters, Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey and Mayor Rick Danner also offered prayers.

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Pitman installed as officer with Legal Staff Professionals
MAY 2, 2013

Officers installed seated left to right: Stephanie A. Saporita, Certified PLS, Immediate Past President (Lowcountry Chapter); Lois J. Belle, Certified PLS, President (Greenville Chapter); Jan W. Berger, ALS, President-Elect (Midlands Chapter).
Standing left to right: Carlene B. Kilgore, Certified PLS, Functional Director of Education (Hilton Head Chapter); Robin C. Deming, Certified PLS, Functional Director of Certification (Spartanburg Chapter); Meredith Lazarski ACP, Functional Director of Membership (Hilton Head Chapter); Tara Jean Brown, Certified PLS/PP, Secretary (Greenville Chapter); Camilla G. Pitman, CMC, Certified PLS, Functional Director of Marketing (Greenville Chapter); and Jimi L. Bullard, ALS, Treasurer (Greenville Chapter).

Camilla Pitman, from Greer, was installed as an officer with the Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina (LSPSC) last week at its annual meeting and educational conference in Spartanburg. Pitman is the City Clerk for Greenville.

The LSPSC installed its 2013-2014 Executive Officers and Board of Directors at the meeting.

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Business delegation from China introduced to Greer's global growth
MAY 1, 2013

Left to right: Greg Hall, President of Century 3,Su Yuesheng, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dalian Chamber of Commerce in Jinzhou New District, and Greer Mayor Rick Danner.

Mayor Rick Danner turned statesman today during a presentation with a visiting business delegation from Dalian, China.

Danner, city and economic leaders welcomed a delegation from Dalian, China visiting the greater Greer area and the upstate to explore business opportunities. Su Yuesheng, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dalian Chamber of Commerce in Jinzhou New District, led the business owners and associates in a reciprocal visit Danner took with the Upstate Alliance last September to China and Japan.

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