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CPW softens reporting requirements for food industry
JUN 28, 2013

Randy Olson, CPW City Operations Manager, discusses the mapping of the Brushy Creek Outfall Sewer Rehabilitation project. CPW and the city agreed to split the cost $114,582 of the low bid. Both entities will pay $57, 291 each.

Greer CPW softened its reporting requirements for Greer businesses maintaining an in-ground grease interceptor maintenance log.

Commission of Public Works commissioners passed the Sewer Pretreatment Ordinance Thursday for businesses that prepare and serve food. It requires them to keep a monthly maintenance log and make it available to CPW officials to review during the agency’s annual inspection of the business. Commissioner Eugene Gibson and commissioners Jeff Howell and Perry Williams approved the ordinance.

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Buffets, Inc. adds two VPs to newly-created positions
JUN 26, 2013

Chip Romp has been named Vice President of Training, and restaurant development professional for Buffets, Inc. He will based at the company's headquarters in Greer.

Buffets, Inc., has named Chip Romp as Vice President of Training, and restaurant development professional and Jay Allen to Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development. Both will be based at the company’s headquarters in Greer in the newly-created positions.

Buffets brands include Hometown Buffet, Ryan’s, Country Buffet, Old Country Buffet and Fire Mountain

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Dave Ramsey: No deal broken here
JUN 24, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

Our son is about to graduate from law school. He took out a loan to cover the cost, but we’ve been paying on it for two years to help him out. Right now, the balance on the loan is about $76,000. We could continue paying it off, but my husband is hesitant. How do you feel about this situation?

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Dillard-Jones moves home office
JUN 24, 2013

Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC has moved its home office to 115 N. Brown Street in downtown Greenville, and has opened a second office at 1 Page Avenue in downtown Asheville.

Founded in 2004, Dillard-Jones Builders has been located in Greer since its inception. The company now is licensed to build in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, and has opened a second office at Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.

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Mayor honors McLeskey-Todd founders and owners
JUN 23, 2013

Don and Jed Wall, father and son and partners owning McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy, were celebrated Thursday night as recepient of the Mayor's Award at the annual Small Business Dinner.

McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy received the Mayor’s Award in recognition of its 90th Anniversary at the annual Small Business dinner Thursday at the Cannon Centre.

Read Don and Jed Wall’s story on the pharmacy’s 90th anniversary here.

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B.A. Bennett Insurance recognized for 90 years serving Greer
JUN 22, 2013

Julie Linderman stands in front of the safe that has been part of the historic B.A. Bennett Insurance building.

A company 90-years-old can be expected to have a genealogy tree with deep roots, scores of branches with as many scores of new branches.

Julie Linderman, Vice President of B.A. Bennett, Inc., proudly showed a large desk covered with pictures of families that have grown up in Greer and have entrusted the B.A. Bennett family and workers with their insurance needs that span two centuries.

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Owens Insurance is recipient of 2013 Small Business of Year
JUN 21, 2013

Chris Christ and Shane Lynn, owners of Owens Insurance, were recognized as 2013 Small Business of the Year Thursday night by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Christ and Shane Lynn told the gathering at the Small Business of the Year dinner Thursday night they were just there to have a great time together.

“We are very shocked to win,” Christ and Lane, brothers-in-law and owners of Owens Insurance said when announced winners of the annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce award.  They were just as surprised Friday morning.

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Minority Business Open House scheduled July 16
JUN 19, 2013

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is holding a Minority Business Open House, Tuesday, July 16, at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, 111 Trade Street from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary food and beverage will be available.

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88-unit assisted living complex planned near Greer Memorial
JUN 19, 2013

Village Green, a $15-million, 88-unit assisted living complex will be built near Greer Memorial Hospital on S. Buncombe Road.

An 88-unit assisted living complex will be built on South Buncombe Road, across the street from Greer Memorial Hospital and Lismore Park will expand by another 36 homes.

Both projects’ representatives were addressed by city services at today’s Planning Advisory Commission.

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Grout's promotion enhances Greer State Bank's future
JUN 18, 2013

Vic Grout has been promoted to Chief Banking Officer at Greer State Bank furthering positioning the bank for the future.

Vic Grout has been named Chief Banking Officer at Greer State Bank furthering positioning the bank for the future.

Grout will be responsible for driving efforts in all sales and service areas of the bank, coordinating plans to meet bank objectives, and pursuing methods designed to improve overall service to customers.

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Dave Ramsey's take on home mortgage, home equity loans
JUN 17, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My son has a $115,000 mortgage at 5.8 percent. He also has a home equity line of credit of $40,000 at 9 percent. Currently, he can get a 30-year loan at 3.5 percent, or a 15-year note at 2.75 percent. His take-home pay is between $70,000 and $80,000 a year, and these are his only debts. Should he combine the mortgages into one loan?

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United Community Bank introduces Greenville team
JUN 13, 2013

United Community Bank held a reception at the Poinsett Club Wednesday evening to introduce its Greenville team. Left to right, Lynn Harton, chief operating officer, Michelle Seaver, Greenville president, and Jimmy Tallent, president and CEO.

United Community Bank (UCB) introduced its Greenville team at the Poinsett Club Wednesday evening.

Jimmy Tallent, President and CEO of UCB, said the management team had 95 years of Greenville banking service. “The 1,500-plus employees have a service heart that they wear everyday in addition to their local community service throughout local organizations,” Tallent said.

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City Council, CPW can now work from a clean slate
JUN 12, 2013

Don Milner, CPW Pretreatment Coordinator, describes the hazards of non-compliance with the utility's F.O.G. (fats, oils, grease) Management program during a public forum last Wednesday.

Don Milner gave the filthiest, grimiest, greasiest, most nauseating slide show imaginable.

That’s exactly what City Councilman Wryley Bettis had in mind, sort of.  Bettis chastened at Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) last month for not responding to a previous council request to communicate with its customers and downtown food businesses of the utility’s new grease collection policy, its costs and enforcement regulations.

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Dave Ramsey: Watch what you give collectors
JUN 12, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

I’m working on my debt snowball, and I’m trying to settle with a pushy collector. I don’t have the $9,000 I owe, but I have $3,000 I’d like to offer as a settlement. Recently the collector has started asking for a lot of information I don’t feel comfortable providing.

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BMW Group reports best-ever sales for May
JUN 10, 2013

BMW Group reported its best ever May sales result with an increase of 6 percent since the previous year – 166,397 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide over the previous May of 156,954.

A total of 770,025 (previous year 728,038/ plus 5.8 percent) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year, the highest sales figures ever for the company in the first five months of the year.

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Twist Salon has its Ribbon Cutting
JUN 6, 2013

Twist Salon has its Ribbon Cutting

Twist Salon, located at 215 West Wade Hampton Blvd in Greer, held its Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday.

Twist Salon offers a range of services including cuts, color, perms, waxing, smoothing treatments, and corrective color. The salon also offers nail services including OPI gel polish and Creative Nail Shellac. Products offered will include Joico, Kenra, Goldwell, Redkin, shampoos, conditioners and styling products, as well as OPI and Creative Nail.

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Addison Homes provides clients portal to follow home's construction
JUN 5, 2013

Addison Homes has added a web-based client portal to provide clients with easy access to every detail of their new home’s construction process. 

Addison Homes has added a web-based client portal to provide clients with easy access to every detail of their new home’s construction process. Clients, from anywhere in the world, can login to review and/or update their selections and provide electronic approvals.

This keeps the project on schedule – and on budget – while fostering less-stressful decision-making. Clients can also stay current on financials, schedule meetings, check daily site progress and view photos.

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Dave Ramsey: When is too late for life insurance
JUN 4, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

Is it ever too late to get life insurance?

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Southwest eliminates 2 daily departures from GSP
JUN 3, 2013

Southwest Airlines is cutting two daily departures from Greenville-Spartanburg International this summer. It’s the first setback for GSP since Southwest came to GSP in a celebrated announcement in 2011.

Service by Southwest to Orlando International ends Aug. 11 and one of two daily flights to Baltimore Washington International ends Sept. 28.

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X6 spurs uptick in BMW Group May sales
JUN 3, 2013

The X6 SAV, assembled at the Greer BMW Manufacturing Co. plant, was up 18.7 percent or 887 units compared to the same month last year. 

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 31,174 vehicles, an increase of 10.1 percent from the 28,321 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, the BMW Group is up 6.3 percent on sales of 139,142 in the first five months of 2013 compared to 130,843 in the same period in 2012.

The X6 SAV, assembled at the Greer BMW Manufacturing Co. plant, was up 18.7 percent or 887 units compared to the same month last year. Other best performing vehicles included the 3 Series, up 47.2 percent to 9,307 units; the Z4 Roadster, up 19 percent to 338 units and the 6 Series, up 26.1 percent to 914 units.

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