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Dave Ramsey doesn't mince words on this issue
JUL 29, 2013

Dear Dave,

I have a close friend whose 17-year-old daughter is going to college to become a high-school band director. Her daughter wants to take out student loans to attend an expensive private school, and tuition alone over four years will cost $100,000. I feel this is a really bad idea, but I don’t know how to talk to her about this.

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Greer getting steady diet of visits from firms enticed by Inland Port
JUL 28, 2013

A track switcher was delivered by Norfolk Southern to the Moore Street rail line. The switcher will be used to lead container cars to rails for removal or storage.
 

The Inland Port “Effect” is taking aim at Greer.

During a presentation in Greenville last week Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports, said that Greer Economic Development has had 158 inquiries with 29 resulting in visits, since July last year.

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ZF adding 450 jobs with $175 million expansion
JUL 27, 2013

ZF adding 450 jobs with $175 million expansion

Germany-based ZF Group reported it will spend $175 million on expansion and will create 450 additional jobs at its transmission plant in Laurens County, boosting the plant's work force to 1,650 by 2016.

The company made the announcement Friday at its 950,000-square-foot Gray Court plant, which it plans to expand by 450,000 square feet. The third expansion in four years will bring the total investment to $600 million in a plant covering 1.4 million square feet.

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Greer Trading Post is developing its character with the upfit
JUL 25, 2013

The uncovering of the Snowdrift Shortening advertisement had Nathan and Jessica rethink how they would be setting up the Greer Trading Post.

The Greer Trading Post, scheduled to open in August, is adding some elegance with its historic interior.

Business owners Nate and Jessica Monroe are transforming the former vacant building into a showcase that features historic signage dating to the early 1900s with the elegance of chandeliers and a contemporary interior. Ceiling fans have been installed and the painting was all but completed today. Old farmer cabinets are in the break room and the wood will have a rustic wood stain.

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Finigan's gift of paying it forward was doubled by CPW
JUL 25, 2013

Pamela Finigan’s act of paying it forward was doubled before it reached the benefactor.

Finigan won $100 from Greer Commission of Public Works in the utility’s monthly eBill promotion. She opted to donate the money to Greer Relief and thus it was doubled to $200 by CPW with its Caring People Working Together initiative with the non-profit.

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Dave Ramsey: Giving from grandfather's wealth
JUL 23, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My grandfather died about a month ago, and I recently learned that in his will he distributed his money unevenly between his children and grandchildren.

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CPW approves $85,000 bid to relocate water line at Inland Port
JUL 22, 2013

Greer Commission of Public Works reported all gas, water and sewer lines have been capped along Moore Street. All the houses acquired by the South Carolina Port Authority have been razed and removed.

Greer Commission of Public Works approved an $85,255.90 bid to Howard Construction of Greer for relocating a water line from 11th Street to East Avenue at the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.

The project will include encasing a portion underneath the railroad spur that will run parallel to the Norfolk Southern track. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe will be used except for iron ore casing that crosses under the track.  The project is expected to be completed within the next five weeks, Randy Olson, Greer City Operations Manager, said.

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Second quarter profit continues Greer State Bank's 2-year momentum
JUL 22, 2013

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, today reported its seventh straight profitable quarter. The June 30 second quarter report continues the bank’s momentum with its staff and financial restructuring.

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Magazine: Greenville Memorial Hospital one of the best in S.C.
JUL 17, 2013

Greenville Memorial Hospital has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2013-2014 in South Carolina and the top hospital in the Greenville metro area by "U.S. News & World Report".

Greenville Memorial was also named high-performing in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology,  neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology.

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Fiat 500L is longer, wider, taller and heavier than standard 500
JUL 16, 2013

The Fiat 500L is 27-inches longer, 6-inches wider, 6-inches taller and 800 pounds heavier than the standard 500.

John Montgomery expected the Fiat 500L to be a fast seller. But he didn’t expect six of the first eight cars to be gone so quickly.

Benson Fiat Studio held a preview and test drive party with Italian food last Friday to introduce the four-door Fiat 500L.

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Dave Ramsey: Getting the guilt trip
JUL 15, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My parents have always had financial problems, and they recently lost their home. They have a place to live, but since that time my father has been asking me for money. He calls me over to talk about this when my mother isn’t there and my husband isn’t home. He’s even asked for half of a $150,000 inheritance I received from my grandparents. He’s really making me feel guilty, and I’m not sure what to do.

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Savvy money tips to share with your teen
JUL 12, 2013

Savvy money tips to share with your teen

Family Features

Most parents have learned things about money they wish they had known at a younger age.  But when it comes to broaching the topic with their own teenagers, about a third would rather talk to them about smoking, drugs and bullying than money. Parents can take the angst out of teaching money management by working it into everyday routines.

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Cantrell, McCammon promotions continue Greer State Bank's momemtum
JUL 10, 2013

Brad Cantrell has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Greer State Bank.

Brad Cantrell and David McCammon have been promoted to new roles within Greer State Bank’s credit department.

The promotions continues the bank's focus on positioning itself for the future.

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Fencing at two businesses will prohibit vehicular parking, traffic
JUL 9, 2013

Alan Fore´ got the Board of Architectural Review's approval to install fencing and bollards at his two downtown properties.

In the end Alan Fore´ got exactly what he asked for.

But he nearly got the boot.

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Rexall signage is restored atop former drug store
JUL 9, 2013

Rexall signage above the former drug store at 200 Trade Street got a vibrant facelift.

Greer got a little more vibrant greeting visitors to downtown.

The former Rexall signage got a new coat of orange and blue paint at 200 Trade Street.

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Long-term health care workshop scheduled July 18
JUL 8, 2013

Long-term health care workshop scheduled July 18

Mark and Amanda Hopper of New York Life will present their quarterly workshop and luncheon, Thursday, July 18 from noon-1:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. 

Long-term care specialist Rebecca Shoaf will explain why long-term planning is essential, the various types and funding of long-term care services, and important tax breaks and incentives available to businesses and individuals in planning for this enormous financial obligation. 

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Dave Ramsey: 'Pulling a stunt like that is just plain wrong.'
JUL 8, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My husband and I have been following your plan, and we’re debt-free. Recently he invited his sister, her husband and their two kids to live with us. His brother-in-law recently lost his job, and he did this without talking to me first.

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$5 million Southwest investment shows a big payoff for GSP
JUL 8, 2013

The $120 million GSP terminal improvement program, Wingspan, continues with steel girders in place that will anchor the terminal's expansion adjacent to the daily parking site.

The nearly $5 million investment Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport provided Southwest Airlines in incentives produced a 10-fold increase in local income and projects revenue to more than $25 million by 2014, according to a report presented to GSP commissioners today.

Jack Murin, GSP Vice President, gave commissioners the black and white of bringing the low-cost carrier to the Upstate.

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Strong demand for X3 helps BMW to highest six-month sales
JUL 8, 2013

The X3, produced at the BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Greer, had sales climb to 77,959 vehicles in the first half year compared to 74,099, plus 5.2 percent in 2012.

With demand of the Greer-manufactured X3 remaining strong, BMW Group reported its highest sales for the first six months of a year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6.0 percent over the same period last year (900,566). Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9 percent over the previous year (172,528).

The X3, produced at the BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Greer, had sales climb to 77,959 vehicles in the first half year compared to 74,099, plus 5.2 percent in 2012.

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Langston closed on deal setting up 88-townhome community
JUL 8, 2013

Chuck Langston closed on a 12.98-acre parcel that will be developed into Riverside Commons, an 88-townhome community across from Riverside High School.

Chuck Langston of Langston-Black Realty represented the Greene family with the sale of their 12.98 acres for the purpose for an 88-townhome community, Riverside Commons, across from Riverside High School.

Mark III Properties bought the site at East Suber and Hammett Bridge Road and the property was annexed into the city on April 18.

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