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Owens makes debut as chamber head at First Friday luncheon
JUL 31, 2014

Mark Owens, right, will conduct today's First Friday luncheon as President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. At left is Larry Wilson, a community leader in the chamber and Partnership For Tomorrow.
 

Mark Owens will make his debut today as President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at the monthly’s First Friday luncheon at City Hall.

Owens, formerly vice president at the chamber, was selected after a nationwide search. Today’s luncheon will be the first time Owens will address the group as its new leader.

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B & C Construction awarded contract for gravity sewer in Red Croft
JUL 31, 2014

B & C Construction Inc., of Taylors, was awarded the low bid of $240,200 for construction of approximately 1,260 lineal feet of 24-inch gravity sewer in Red Croft Subdivision.

Howard Construction Co., Inc. was the only other bidder.

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Marriott renovation completed with guest rooms, restaurant an amenities
JUL 31, 2014

A king-sized bed is shown in a completely redecorated guest room.
 

Greenville Marriott on The Parkway has been refreshed, a project that included all of the hotel’s 203 guestrooms and suites, the guestroom corridors, and public areas such as the lobby and meeting spaces.

A new restaurant, Artisan, was launched in April, serving locally sourced southern cuisine with a modern twist.

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Warning: Fun runs promise more than they deliver
JUL 31, 2014

Better Business Bureau has been hearing a lot of complaints about various fun runs that have been cancelled with short notice, often with no refunds.

Last week, BBB of Greater Cleveland reported on a 5K Foam Fest that was cancelled with just four days’ notice. An email to paid participants said “Unfortunately, we’re not able to provide you with a refund.”

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Crews selected to oversee all marketing at Ovation Brands
JUL 30, 2014

Robert

Robert “Rob” Crews has been named senior vice president of marketing for the Greer-headquartered Ovation Brands.

Crews will oversee all marketing, advertising and brand management for the entire Ovation Brands portfolio.

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$100,000 donation huge lift to homeless rehabilitation center
JUL 30, 2014

Jeff Smith said he announced the $100,000 donation from his family's philanthropic foundation to challenge large donors to contribute to the Daily Bread Ministries homeless rehabilitation center.
 

Site plans

A $100,000 donation by the John I. Smith Foundation, a philanthropic group that claims it doesn’t have an office, website or telephone, was presented to Daily Bread Ministries today for its planned four-unit homeless rehabilitation shelter.

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Dog food truck making only upstate stop in Greer Thursday
JUL 30, 2014

A dog food truck is making a stop Thursday at Greer’s Pelham Mill Park. Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck brand dog treats is launching the Carolinas’ first mobile food experience for dogs and their pet parents.

Food trucks have now gone to the dogs – gour-mutt style.

A dog food truck is making a stop Thursday at Greer’s Pelham Mill Park at 27770 E. Phillips Road starting at 7:30 a.m.

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CPW crew recognized for work on 8-inch gas transmission line
JUL 29, 2014

Members of the Greer Commission of Public Works were recognized at Monday’s monthly public commissioners meeting for their work on the 8-inch gas transmission line on Highway 101 South. Left to right: Rob Rhodes, Rudy Hughes, Allen Bryans, Glenn Downey, Stephen Howard, Bobby Foster, Reece Banks, Rita Rector, Kieth Almond, Kevin Kinard, Jonathan Bingham, Heath Pittman.
 

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The difference between Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy
JUL 28, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

What’s the difference between a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

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Greer State Bank expands into Clemson
JUL 28, 2014

Greer State Bank is opening a mortgage office at Patrick Square in Town Center in Clemson. 
 

Greer State Bank is venturing into Clemson with a mortgage loan production office, an expansion of the company and the first time the bank has gone outside its traditional Greer/Taylors market.

Art Wray has been named Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer for the office, which will be constructed at Town Center in Patrick Square. The office will be open in late September. More employees may be added at a later date, bank officials said.

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Gold's purchases Greenville's Rush Fitness Complex
JUL 28, 2014

Gold's Gym announced Monday that it has signed a deal to acquire The Rush Fitness Complex – a regional gym chain boasting 23 clubs in communities including Greenville and Asheville.

The Greenville location will be at Cherrydale, 3245 N. Pleasantburg Drive.

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New streetlights tested on Wade Hampton from Pine to Morrow
JUL 28, 2014

Four new LED lights have been installed with the older lights from Pine Street to Morrow Street on Wade Hampton. 
 
 

New streetlights are being tested on Wade Hampton Boulevard between Pine Street and Morrow Street.

Greer Commission of Public Works reported Monday at it is monthly public meeting it has posted eight LED lights, 4 on each side of Wade Hampton Blvd., for city officials and the public to view. The lights, with nine bulbs each, deliver a wider area of illumination and represent a more aesthetic view, said Tony Farr, Manager of Electrical Operations, for CPW.

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August hours, Labor Day promotion set at Hollywild
JUL 27, 2014

August hours and fall promotions have been announced at Hollywild Animal Park.

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A telemarketer's to-dos and not to-dos
JUL 27, 2014

Nothing like a telemarketer to give advice how to rid yourself of these pesky nuisances.

So, courtesy of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, here’s the link to learn what to do and not to do when a telemarketer calls.

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Susan Boyle among Peace Center performers for 2014-2015 season
JUL 27, 2014

Susan Boyle performs Monday, Oct. 27.
 

Susan Boyle will perform at the Peace Center on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Boyle, a Grammy nominated singer performing on her first U.S. tour, is among 22 performances announced for the 2014-2015 season.

Previously announced were the seven shows of the Broadway Series.

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Your input is asked to shape the future of Greer
JUL 26, 2014

Greer City Hall, the Cannon Centre, City Park and amphitheater was part of a former master plan. The complex is now the envy of most similar or larger sized cities.
 

Here’s your task for today.

Think ahead 15 years and participate in the Greer Community Master Plan survey. It’s a Partnership for Tomorrow (PFT) community initiative for the future of Greer.

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Farmer finishes third in bagging competition
JUL 23, 2014

Jason Farmer of Quality Food in Greer finished third in the regional grocery bagging competition in Amelia Island, Fla.
 

Jason Farmer finished third in the Best Bagger Competition in Amelia Island, Fla.

Farmer represented Quality Food of Greer after winning a state qualifying competition in Hartwell, Ga.

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Finding parking in Greer is now a click away
JUL 22, 2014

This public parking on Victoria Street lot is usually filled during daytime hours with business owners and their employees. 
 

Kyle Mensing, Commercial Development Director with the Greer Development Corporation, presented to City Council an online map showing the locations and the number of spaces available for public parking in the central business district Tuesday evening.

There are more than 500 public parking spaces available in Greer Station. After businesses like BB&T, Century 3, Greer Florists and CBL close, an additional 125 spaces become available.

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Council nears approval for Sunday sale of beer and wine for off-site consumption
JUL 22, 2014

Council nears approval for Sunday sale of beer and wine for off-site consumption

The Sunday sale of beer and wine in Greer for off-premises consumption is one step away from being on the November ballot.

City Council Tuesday night passed, 6-1, on first reading, an ordinance allowing a referendum to allow Greer businesses to sell beer and wine without regard to the days and hours. The ordinance states it is to maintain competitiveness with other businesses in other municipalities.

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Dave Ramsey: Here's a good case for living on a budget
JUL 21, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My wife and I have $25,000 in credit card debt, $2,500 in medical bills and $89,000 each in student loan debt from when we each got our masters’ degrees. We make about $100,000 combined. Our son is 6 years old, and we have $18,000 in a 529 plan for him.

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