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Carolina Treasures hits the road for a refurbished goods show
FEB 28, 2014

Shannon Easton of Carolina Treasures was putting the finishing touches on furniture before heading to Charlotte for a show.

Shannon Easton of Carolina Treasures was finishing some of the goods she was taking to a furniture show in Charlotte Saturday.

Easton was painting and refurbishing some of the furniture she had collected. Will Yarborough, her father, tends to the business when Easton is traveling.

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Century BMW awarded prestigious Center of Excellence
FEB 28, 2014

Century BMW of Greenville has been awarded the Center of Excellence by BMW of North America.

Century is the 13th ranked dealership of 32 that achieved the “2014 Center of Excellence” (COE) status based on its 2013 performance. There are 339 BMW dealers nationwide.

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Greer Memorial served up meals for city staff during winter storm
FEB 25, 2014

Greer public services received kudos at Tuesday's city council meeting for its clearing streets of snow and ice during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm.

City Administrator Ed Driggers made an emergency call to Greer Memorial Hospital during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm. All city personnel were in place – police on 12-hour and fire on 24-hour shifts and public services personnel were boarding at the operations center.

Officials warned citizens to remain home and off the streets with schools closed two days ahead and many businesses, city and state offices closed. People listened.

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Duncan, Owens join Greer State Bank team
FEB 25, 2014

Kevin Duncan joins Greer State Bank as Manager/Private Banker and Assistant Vice President serving the Buncombe Road branch. 

Kevin Duncan and Melody Owens have joined Greer State Bank.

Duncan, with seven years banking experience, is Manager/Private Banker and Assistant Vice President serving the Buncombe Road branch. He will be responsible for leading the branch team, business development and customer acquisition. Duncan will be involved in producing consumer and small business/commercial loans, and working to create and roll out a private banking line of business.

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Dave Ramsey: Letting kids make money mistakes
FEB 24, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My 6-year old son has saved up $400. He said he wants to buy a motorcycle with it someday, but he recently changed his mind and wants to buy a computer tablet. Is it OK for him to change his mind like this, and how should I handle things?

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$2.5 million substation at Victor Hill closer to formal agreement
FEB 24, 2014

A substation at Victor Hill Road is moving toward a formal agreement between the Greer Commission of Public Works and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. It was reported that infrastructure at two housing developments are also near completion.

Randy Olson, interim general manager, told commissioners at Monday’s monthly meeting the substation, “is pointing closer to an agreement. We have been in contact with Duke (Energy) to see where they would like the high-tension power lines to come into the site,” Olson said.

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Work begins at Kohl's Greer store with September opening planned
FEB 21, 2014

Workers began a $2.3 million upfit that includes interior demolition and upfit and exterior renovation of the former Kmart store.

The planned Kohl’s store at Piedmont Market Place, 1320 Wade Hampton Blvd., in Greer is scheduled to open the third week in September. The company will hire about 100 full- and part-time employees.

A $2.3 million upfit is underway with Crane Construction of Savannah, Mo., handling the interior demolition and upfit and exterior renovation of the former Kmart store.  Workers were at the site this week.

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$15,000 CBL grant gives GCM timely lift for 5,000 meals
FEB 20, 2014

A $15,000 grant from Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) to Greer Community Ministries has helped with operational costs for Meals On Wheels and Senior Diners. Left to right: Jennifer Jones (CBL Senior Vice President), Cindy Simpler (Executive Director GCM) and Tommy Johnson (President/CEO of CBL).

A timely $15,000 grant from Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) to Greer Community Ministries is helping the non-profit to maintain its Meals On Wheels and Senior Diners program by providing for 5,000 meals.

“It’s always helpful to have Citizens Building and Loan to partner with us in our operating costs,” Cindy Simpler, Executive Director of GCM, said. “It then makes it a lot easier for us to apply for grants (for programs).”

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Cott expanding its manufacturing and distribution beverage company
FEB 20, 2014

Cott, a  beverage bottler and distributor in Greer, is expanding its production facility on Hood Road with an additional 150,000 square foot warehouse and will add 28 trailer parks and 15 docks.

Cott Beverages is expanding its manufacturing site at 1990 Hood Road with a 150,000 square foot building that will add 28 trailer parks and 15 docks.

Part of the expansion will include 1,800 square feet for additional office space to accommodate the transfer of its logistics staff from a warehouse leased in Taylors. That lease is expiring.

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IHOP is hiring for its March 18 opening at Suber Commons
FEB 20, 2014

IHOP at Suber Commons is scheduled to open Tuesday, March 18.

The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at Suber Commons at the corner of Wade Hampton Blvd. and Suber Road will open on Tuesday, March 18.

Hiring for staff is being conducted on site in a makeshift office.

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"Investing in an Active Downtown" presentation features Carmel, Ind., mayor
FEB 19, 2014

Carmel, Ind. Mayor James Brainard will speak at the Tuesday, March 4

Upstate Forever, in partnership with the City of Greer, is hosting “Investing in an Active Downtown” on Tuesday, March 4, an after-work presentation and panel discussion featuring mayors James Brainard of Carmel, Ind., Rick Danner of Greer, Elaine Harris of Pacolet, and Chris Story, Assistant City Manager of Spartanburg.

Carmel’s population has grown from 25,000 to almost 80,000 in the past 12 years. The city was voted the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine in 2012.

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Jones joins Addison Homes
FEB 19, 2014

Matt Jones has joined Addison Homes as Estimating and Purchasing Manager.

Matt Jones has joined Addison Homes  as Estimating and Purchasing Manager. Duties include performing budgetary and contract estimates as well as issuing purchase orders.

A graduate of Clemson University, Jones earned a bachelor of science degree in Construction Science and Management with a minor in Business. He previously worked for South Point Construction in Aiken.

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Commissioners continue to battle through Snow Road development
FEB 19, 2014

Janice Pickett makes a point to planning commisioners that Snow Road's widening was a paramount concern with her.

Drama, suspense, a threat, confusion and finally an emotional ending that left nearly all in attendance spent played out at City Hall Monday.

The Cannon Centre was a more appropriate setting for the Planning Commission’s review of two subdivisions – Belshire, with 102 new homes at Brushy Creek and Alexander Road, and a 194 single family home development at Snow Road and Burns Road off Hwy. 101. Both were approved but in different scenarios.

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Toray announces $1 billion investment with 500 jobs in Spartanburg County
FEB 18, 2014

Toray announces $1 billion investment with 500 jobs in Spartanburg County

Toray Industries Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer, announced plans to invest $1 billion and hire 500 people over the next decade in Spartanburg County.

Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina officials announced the investment Tuesday its plans to build on 400 acres off Hwy. 290 in Moore. The property is accessible to Interstates 85 and 26.

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Dave Ramsey: Don't risk the family farm
FEB 18, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My wife started working at a pharmaceutical company that gave her a few thousand dollars’ worth of stock. In the last year that stock has doubled in value. We’ve considered buying more just to see how it does. What do you think about this?

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Cabela's co-founder dies
FEB 18, 2014

Richard Neil

Richard Neil "Dick" Cabela, a co-founder of Cabela's, one of the world's leading outfitters of outdoor sporting and recreational goods died Monday.

Cabela, 78, died at his home in Sidney, Neb., where the company is based.

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Cabela's grand opening is April 3
FEB 17, 2014

Cabela’s, a 100,000-square foot hunting, fishing and outdoor gear store in Greenville, will have its grand opening on Thursday, April 3. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

Cabela’s, a 100,000-square foot hunting, fishing and outdoor gear store in Greenville, will have its grand opening on Thursday, April 3.

The 100,000-square-foot store – Cabela’s first South Carolina location – is located in Magnolia Park at the junction of I-85 and I-385 on Woodruff Road.

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Brides lined aisles at Breast Cancer event
FEB 16, 2014

Brides-to-be were trying on dresses at the Brides against Breast Cancer event.

Brides-to-be were lining the aisles with arms full of dresses to try on at the Brides against Breast Cancer event.

This year the event was held at the Marriott in Greenville and a little snow on the roads didn't stop these brides from attending the informative shopping event.

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Places to eat on Valentine's in Greer and the U.S.A.
FEB 14, 2014

All of Greer’s downtown restaurants are open for a variety of opportunities to treat your Valentine to a special lunch or dinner. For your convenience we’ve included the restaurant, address, phone number and of course, the link.

For those traveling and taking advantage of being off on Monday, President’s Day, we’ve included restaurants that may fit into your travel plans.

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7 ways to ruin you Valentine's Day date
FEB 14, 2014

7 ways to ruin you Valentine's Day date

It’s no surprise that Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest date nights of the year. It’s also a great opportunity to take someone on a first date — which might present a problem for those of us who are getting out of debt.

The problem being: How can I make my date feel special without blowing up my budget? It’s a question as old as romance itself. (OK, maybe not that old.)

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