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Yanity out, Munson in as voice of Clemson football
APR 30, 2014

Pete Yanity will not return as play-by-play announcer for Clemson football and basketball.
 

Don Munson will replace Pete Yanity as the play-by-play announcer for Clemson next fall, the school announced Wednesday.

Yanity, sports director at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg since 1990, had been the football and men’s basketball voice for the past 11 years. He took over in 2003 after the death of Jim Phillips, who served as “Voice of the Tigers” for 35 years.

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Downtown roads closed during Family Fest, businesses, restaurants are open
APR 30, 2014

Roads will be closed in downtown Greer Friday and Saturday during the 30th annual Greer Family Fest.

The closings will be Friday 6 a.m. to Sunday 2 a.m.

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King presented English award at NGU
APR 30, 2014

Jonathan King was awarded the Veda B. Sprouse English Award by Dr. Cheryl Collier, Chair of the English Department, at an awards day ceremony at North Greenville University.
 

Jonathan King was presented the Veda B. Sprouse English Award at an awards day ceremony at North Greenville University. The Award is presented annually to a student based on academic performance and command of the both the written and spoken English language.

King is the son of Mark and Laurie King of Greer.

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Dave Ramsey: Don't pay extra fees to double mortgage payments
APR 30, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

What do you think about making bi-weekly mortgage payments?

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Perry, Lysyczn double winners at Family Fest fishing tourney
APR 28, 2014

Gregg Perry and Thomas Lysyczn earned $1,800 combined for winning the Greer CPW Family Fest fishing tournament and catching the biggest fish.
 

Gregg Perry and Thomas Lysyczn teamed to win first place in the Greer CPW Family Fest fishing tournament held on Lake Cunningham April 19.

Perry and Lysyczn earned $1,600 combined. Their catch weighed in at 18.88 pounds and the big bass tipped the scales at 6.98 pounds. The big catch was worth $1,000 and first place $600.

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Chef Roberts says Artisans reflects himself on a plate
APR 28, 2014

Artisans chef Billy Roberts cuts the ribbon at the ceremony opening the new restaurant at the Marriott Parkway.
 

There’s a new style and flavor of dining at Artisans, the re-invented restaurant at the Marriott at One Parkway located on the border separating Greer and Greenville.

Chef William “Billy” Roberts said the southern menu reflects “me on a plate. We have a little white table elegance and infused it with southern and soul food,” Roberts said.

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Krumms on the Plate adds grander dimension to sister business
APR 25, 2014

Krumms on the Plate held its grand opening Thursday. The bakery and catering business is a companion to its sister business, Plate 108, on E. Poinsett Street.
 

Krumms on the Plate held its grand opening Thursday where the smell was the main order of the business. Tasting the baked pastries, desserts and food was the so-called icing in the cake.

Krumms, a baking and catering business, is at 3318 Brushy Creek Road.

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Greer Relief, Piedmont Women's Center benefit from 'Leaders in Action'
APR 24, 2014

Greer Relief staff received a $1,000 donation from the Leadership in Greer Class XXXIV and its  

Greer Relief and Resources Agency and the Piedmont Women’s Center have been awarded $1,000 each from Leadership Greer Class XXXIV and its class project “Leaders In Action”.

Executive Director Caroline Robertson of Greer Relief and her staff were presented its donation on Tuesday.

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NGU and GHS launch physician assistant program
APR 24, 2014

Natalie Schrader, a junior biology major at North Greenville University, explains how the partnership between NGU and Greenville Memorial Hospital to launch the Physician Assistant program will enable her to continue her medical studies in the Upstate. NGU President Jimmy Epting, left, and GHS President and CEO Michael Riordan announced the partnership.
 
 
 

North Greenville University and the Greenville Health System announced a partnership to launch the Upstate’s first physician assistant (PA) program. The state’s only other PA program is at the College of Charleston.

The proposed Master of Medical Science program is expected to launch in January 2017, with the first 32 students scheduled to graduate in 2019. The program is expected to have as many as 144 students per year by 2021.

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Council gives support to pursue grant that would replace Century Park facility
APR 23, 2014

Should the grant be approved, the press box/restrooms/concessions building at Century Park will be demolished and a new one built.
 

City Council approved its support for Parks and Recreation to pursue a matching grant that could result in a new multi-purpose facility at Century Park.

Council approved 7-0 its support Tuesday night for a letter of application. Steve Owens, Director of Communications at the City of Greer, said it gives Greer the opportunity to compete for a grant through the Land and Water Conversation Fund (LWCF). “The application process is a highly competitive process,” Owens said.

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Honor Flight returns as it left - with a plane load of war heroes
APR 23, 2014

The Honor Flight veterans were given a hero's welcome at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Tuesday night.
 

Ninety World War II and Korean War veterans were members of the Upstate’s 12th Honor Flight Tuesday.

The veterans, ranging in age from the 70s to over 100, made the trip to Washington to see the memorials honoring the sacrifices soldiers made during the wars..

The photo on the home page is of PFC Hiott, 8, of the Upstate Young Marines, who was promoted hours earlier to greet the return of the veterans. Robert “Bob” Gosset is the veteran shaking Hiott’s hand.

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Dave says: Save for retirement before kid's college fund
APR 22, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I noticed that your Baby Steps list puts saving for retirement before saving for your kid’s college fund. Sending your kids to college would come first on the timeline, so what is your reasoning behind this?

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Op-Ed: Let the people decide
APR 17, 2014

Allen C. Smith
President/CEO Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce
 

Imagine for a moment that you are the President/CEO of a company. Imagine you are sitting in front of your employees at a staff meeting. You tell them that now is the time for drastic change.   You explain to them you have had an epiphany. You have decided to abolish all current pricing structures and revert back to the prices of 1987. Meaningful maintenance of your company’s physical assets is no longer necessary. Investing in the long term sustainability of the organization is no longer a priority. After all, none of that is possible with a 1987 revenue structure.

As outrageous as that may seem, it is the actual financial operating procedure of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The state agency charged with maintaining and improving the state’s largest asset is currently funded on a 1987 revenue model. This antiquated funding structure would fully explain why we have 416 load restricted bridges, 884 structurally deficient bridges, a third of primary and interstate highways rated as “poor” or “mediocre,” and half of our secondary roads rated as “poor” or “mediocre.”   Given the safety and economic development implications of this issue (not to mention the fact that infrastructure improvement and maintenance is a core function of government), you would think South Carolina elected officials would be leading the way in providing viable solutions. Unfortunately, aside from a few bold and visionary leaders, the state’s elected leaders have placed politics first and pragmatism second.

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Owens Insurance Agency wins state small business award
APR 17, 2014

Owens Insurance Agency of Greer has been awarded the US Small Business Administration 2014 South Carolina Small Office/Home Office of the year.

The awarded is presented to a small business with 15 or fewer employees that has demonstrated outstanding growth, innovation, and community involvement. This is the first year that the award has been presented.

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Greer becomes 20,000 pounds lighter on Community Shred Day
APR 16, 2014

Some of more than 20,000 pounds of paper is dropped off to be shredded Wednesday during the Greer State Bank's Shred Day and Food Drive at its main branch on W. Poinsett Street.
 

More than 20,000 pounds of paper was shredded Wednesday when Greer State Bank hosted a free Community Shred Day and Food Drive.

The paperless society took a couple steps backward when 4 Shred-A-Way trucks were required to dispose of the paper during the all-day drive.

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Bass Pro Shops will develop the mixed-used development
APR 16, 2014

Bass Pro Shops will anchor and be the owner-operator of a 75-acre mixed use development at the intersection of I-85/Highway 101.
 
 

Bass Pro Shops will anchor and be the owner-operator of a 75-acre mixed use development announced by David Britt, Spartanburg County Council Wednesday at the Chapman Cultural Centre in downtown Spartanburg. 

The 120,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store will be the anchor tenant at the Hwy. 101 and 85 development that is scheduled to open in 2016. That means all subsequent developments including retail stores, hotels, restaurant, bowling alley and maybe a movie theatre will be cultivated by Bass Pro Shops.

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Bass Pro Shops, regional mall may be coming to Greer
APR 15, 2014

Bass Pro Shops appears to be the focus of a

Spartanburg County economic leaders are expected to announce that Bass Pro Shops will build its long-delayed store in Greer at the intersection of Hwy. 101 and I-85 (exit 60).

A 4 p.m. press conference, with the public invited, is scheduled Wednesday in the lobby of the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center. A “significant economic development announcement” is scheduled to be heralded.

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Greer State Bank reports 10th consecutive quarterly profit
APR 15, 2014

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Tuesday reported first quarter net income of $1.1 million or $0.46 per diluted common share, an 80 percent increase over the same quarter in 2013. The bank reported first quarter 2013 net income of $641,000 or $0.26 per diluted common share.

It’s Greer State Bank’s 10th consecutive profitable quarter.

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Five Guys opening at Suber Commons in the fall
APR 15, 2014

Five Guys will open at Suber Commons on Wade Hampton Blvd. in the fall. 
 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries will open a restaurant in the fall in Phase 2 of Suber Commons at Wade Hampton Blvd.

“Five Guys in Greer will be slightly larger, 2,900-square-feet, than our prototype. There will be 20-25 jobs available and we’re looking at opening in about six months,” Molly Brown Catalano, spokesperson for Five Guys, told GreerToday.com. A typical Five Guys occupies 2,500-square-feet.

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Dave says: Being out of debt better than having a high credit score
APR 14, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I’m 20 years old, and I’m trying to get out of debt. However, I’m concerned about what might happen when I’m older and don’t have a credit score. My girlfriend says I won’t be able to get a job or rent an apartment without a good one. Is this true?

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