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Richardson, Greer chamber leader, BMW executive, dies
DEC 31, 2014

Bunny (Bonita) Richardson, former communications executive at BMW Manufacturing Co., and recognized for her leadership and service to the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday at her home in Simpsonville. She was 63.

Richardson died after a long struggle with cancer. Her husband of 39 years, Randall "Randy" Richardson at her side.

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Greer restaurants prepared for busy New Year's Eve
DEC 30, 2014

The Great Bay Oyster House (GBOH) will celebrate its 10th anniversary (opened Dec. 31, 2004) on New Year’s Eve and Greer restaurants and bars are reporting a busy evening ahead for diners and revelers ringing in 2015.

Jason Clark, Restaurateur of the Year in the Upstate, has both his restaurants, BIN112 and The Strip Club 104 nearly completely booked. Bruce Rivera (Rivera’s) has created a New Year’s Eve menu. Denise and Chris VanderBerghe celebrate Wild Ace Pizza and Pub’s final New Year celebration at the Trade Street location. The new, widely anticipated opening of Wild Ace on Depot Street is scheduled in April.

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CPW is repairing gas line at collapsed bridge site
DEC 30, 2014

The Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) reported it has begun replacing a natural gas pipeline on Memorial Drive Extension that is suspended over Frohawk Creek.

Significant flooding in August washed out the bridge near the intersection of Chandler Road and Taylor Road and caused a 96-inch drainage pipe to collapse. Two vehicles fell into the hole while attempting to cross the washed out road. Two people were injured and the gas pipeline was exposed.

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Dave Ramsey: Child support is part of household income
DEC 29, 2014

Dear Dave,

I receive child support payments for my two kids from my ex-husband. My new husband and I are using your plan to improve out finances, but we can’t agree on how to handle these payments. I’ve been keeping it in a separate account. He thinks we should combine it with the rest of our house money and budget. What do you think is best?

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Dave Ramsey says, 'Just generate some income'
DEC 23, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I have a friend who is experiencing financial problems. She is between real jobs at the moment and only bringing in about $600 a month.

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CPW raises water, sewer rates with electricity hike expected in February
DEC 23, 2014

Greer CPW customers will pay more for water and sewer in 2015 and an electricity rate hike will be announced in February.

Commission of Public Works commissioners (Eugene Gibson, Jeff Howell and Perry Williams) approved an $82.2 million budget for 2015. The eight percent budget increase means CPW customers will see a five percent rate increase in water and two increases in sewer, explained as five percent for the base charge and seven percent for volume used.

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City's strong reserves are enough to eliminate annual tax note
DEC 23, 2014

'Our cash position is strong enough this year we haven’t needed to borrow money to pay our bills.'
City Administrator Ed Driggers 
 

There’s good news from the Greer city finance team.

The city will not have to borrow for a tax anticipation note (TAN) for the first time in City Administrator Ed Driggers’ tenure in Greer.

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Gas under $2. Savings more than $1 a gallon compared to a year ago
DEC 22, 2014

The Quik Trip convenience store at Hwy.14 and I-85 was selling a gallon of unleaded fuel for $1.99.

 

What better way to enjoy traveling than knowing you are saving at least one dollar and change purchasing 1 gallon of unleaded gas?

Keep up with the daily fuel prices in greater Greer here. 

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Appeal for a variance for homeless shelter may push project forward
DEC 22, 2014

Members of the Daily Bread Ministries' homeless shelter are seeking a variance for a side yard setback to allow the project to move forward. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears the request Jan. 5.
 
 
 

A two-month delay in the construction of the nearly $500,000 Daily Bread Ministries’ homeless shelter apparently will get back on track at a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Jan. 5. Developers are asking for a variance for a side yard setback at the project's site at 509-511 E. Poinsett Street.

Greer City Engineer Don Hollmon, at a November planning advisory commission (PAC) meeting, told engineers of the ministry’s STEP – Shelter to Empower People – initiative he had “very serious concerns” about the storm water runoff that would flow unchecked into the Sunnyside community.

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Wild Ace Pizza is taking shape on Depot Street
DEC 21, 2014

Wild Ace Pizza and Pub at 103 Depot Street is taking shape. It's tentative scheduled opening is second quarter 2015.
 

The Wild Ace Pizza and Pub under construction at 103 Depot Street is taking shape.

The airplane tower-like structure, 36-feet-high, is apparent and steel beams outline the seating area of the restaurant.

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Restaurants open on Christmas Day
DEC 21, 2014

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Two greater Greer restaurant groups – Ovation Brands and Denny's – will have their restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the U.S.A.

Ovation Brands, headquartered in Greer, will have all its buffet-style restaurants open until 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. Ryan's, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffet, Country Buffet and Old Country Buffet will all offer a Christmas Day menu featuring oven roasted rotisserie-style turkey breast, honey glazed baked ham and carved roast beef.

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Postman wins Hawaii vacation on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
DEC 19, 2014

This photo was taken in September when Greer postman Chris Brown appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' with Stephanie and her son, Eli, 11 months.
 

Greer letter carrier Chris Brown won a vacation in Hawaii and two roundtrip airline tickets today on the final edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s “12 Days of Giving”.

Brown came to the rescue of Eli Cooper, an infant, last August, who was suffocating, by clearing a plastic wrapper embedded in the child’s air passage. Brown works out of the Greer Post Office and was delivering a package at the residence when the mother, Stephanie, frantically screamed for help.

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Joys of Christmas: Carter Staggs has all the right answers
DEC 17, 2014

Carter and his little brother, Charlie (1), at their annual visit with Santa. Carter loved him and Charlie wasn’t so sure.
 

One of my favorite Christmas memories was that of last year when my son, Carter Staggs, was only 5 years old.

During the children’s Christmas program at our church, the pastor talked about the candy cane and asked, “Does anyone know the meaning of the candy cane?” Carter answered, “YES!”  He proceeded to tell our Pastor in detail the reason for its shape and colors.  My husband and I were so proud to know that not only did he understand the true meaning of Christmas, but could share this message with others!

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Inland Port nearly 50 percent ahead of plan in fiscal year
DEC 17, 2014

The inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.
 

The Inland Port in Greer is 47 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The SCPA reported Thursday at its monthly board meeting the inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead.

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Thieves aren't particular, they will take your gifts wrapped or not
DEC 17, 2014

An invitation for thieves: an unlocked vehicle with wrapped presents in the back seat.
 

Tis the season for thieves to be holiday shopping for vehicles with Christmas merchandise visible for all to see.

Did you know it takes less than one minute for a thief to break a car window and steal the goods? That, according to Greer Police Captain Matt Hamby and a catalog of statistics, compiled by insurance companies.

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Dave Ramsey: 'This is an incredible example of a teachable moment' with a child'
DEC 17, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Walmart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money.

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Hilley joins Greer State Bank at Clemson location
DEC 17, 2014

Lamar Hilley has been hired by Greer State Bank at the company's newly constructed office at Town Center in Patrick Square in Clemson. He is the Community Relationship Manager.
 
 

Lamar Hilley has been hired by Greer State Bank at the company's newly constructed office at Town Center in Patrick Square in Clemson. He is the Community Relationship Manager.

Hilley joins Art Wray, VP and Mortgage Loan Officer at the Clemson location.

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GSP offers travelers online survey to suggest best airport experiences
DEC 16, 2014

GSP International Airport is asking the community, business and leisure travelers, to participate in an online survey to provide the best possible airport experience to the expanding region.

“It’s better if you know the community you serve and can make it better for them as passengers and consumers,” said GSP spokesperson Rosylin Weston.

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Countdown is on for Greer Station Cafe opening on Thursday
DEC 16, 2014

The signage of the former restaurant has been removed and awaits the hoisting of the Greer Station Cafe, which opens Thursday.
 

The Greer Station Café is within two days of opening for breakfast on Thursday morning.

Owner Wendy Mitchell has had the former Southern Thymes Café sign removed and is replacing it with the restaurant’s new name.

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Piedmont Natural Gas passing on gas savings to customers
DEC 16, 2014

Piedmont Natural Gas has filed for reductions in its natural gas sales rates for customers in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Last week's filings before both the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Public Service Commission of South Carolina reflect declines in the company's wholesale natural gas costs, which are passed through to customers on a dollar for dollar basis.  

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