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Thrive Assisted Living nears completion, sales office is open
JUL 31, 2015

Construction at Thrive Assisted Living is nearing an end on the outside. The interior will be completed in time for September occupancy.
 

Construction is nearly complete and a sales office is welcoming visitors to Greer’s most contemporary assisted living community. Thrive Assisted Living and Memory Care is on schedule to house its first guests in September.

The 89 private resident suites, with one dedicated wing for 25 memory support needs, is a $15 million complex at 715 S. Buncombe Road, across from Greer Memorial Hospital. Thrive Senior Living and Pulliam Investment Company are developers.

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Inland Port helped lure plastics pets product company to upstate
JUL 30, 2015

Moderna Plastics makes plastic protected cat litter boxes.

The lure of the Greer Inland Port has another company investing in the upstate because of the proximity to intermodal infrastructure.

Moderna Products, a family-owned company headquartered in Izegem, Belgium, will locate in an existing 116,000-square-foot building in Gaffney. Modern specializes in creating, producing and distributing plastic products for pets such as litter boxes, food bowls and “traveling solutions for both dogs and cats, as well as other small animals.”

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Trump coming to Upstate for first visit as presidential candidate
JUL 29, 2015

Donald Trump will make his first visit to the Upstate since announcing he will run for president.
 

Donald Trump will make his first visit to the Upstate since announcing he will run for president.

Trump, who leads polls for the Republican party, will speak to the Upstate Chamber Coalition’s Presidential Series on Aug. 27 at noon.

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Stillwaters of Lake Robinson becomes active player in upscale housing market
JUL 28, 2015

The picturesque view over the pool, across the lake and at the Blue Ridge Mountains greets visitors to Stillwaters of Lake Robinson.
 

A luxury lakefront neighborhood is back on the market of selling premium lots for upscale houses.

Stillwaters of Lake Robinson, a 50-acre gated residential community, has one new house under construction and several lots have closed or are near closing. Ten homes have been built on the almost 150 tiered lots overlooking the lake and toward the Cliffs at Glassy and Blue Ridge Mountains.

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6 Media Women of SC earn national honors
JUL 27, 2015

Six members of Media Women of South Carolina have been named national winners in the annual National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) communications contest.

Winners with name, place and category are:

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House repairs OK, Papa John's denied by GSP Environs Commission
JUL 24, 2015

House repairs OK, Papa John's denied by GSP Environs Commission

An addition to an existing home and new roof was approved and a new Papa John’s restaurant was denied in appeals to the Greenville Spartanburg Airport Environs Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Neal Johnson’s variance request to build additional space and new roof onto his residence, a mobile home at 410 Chapel Road in Greer, was overturned by commissioners 2-1 with one commissioner abstaining.

Matt Grandy was appealing a compliance coordinator’s ruling denying a Papa John’s takeout-delivery restaurant at 8000 Pelham Road in Greenville. The location is housed near The Eagle Zone golf complex.

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Fluoride could be eliminated from water supply
JUL 23, 2015

Fluoride could be eliminated from water supply

Fluoride could be eliminated from Greer’s water supply.

That is one of three options facing Greer Commission of Public Works as it begins a series of public presentations asking for input from its customers.

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Culver's newest restaurant coming to Greer
JUL 23, 2015

Culver's is coming to Greer at 1040 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.
 

A family sit down restaurant is coming to Greer.

Culver’s Restaurants will build its third in the state, second in the upstate, and locate it at 1040 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

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Locust Hill and Mountain View intersection project to begin soon
JUL 22, 2015

Orange barrels mark Locust Hill Road as construction nears for relocating Mountain View Road into a 90-degree intersection at Locust Hill Road.
 

Don’t be fooled by the resurfacing that is ongoing on Hwy. 101.

That has nothing to do with the estimated $2.8 million cost of relocating Mountain View Road into a 90-degree intersection at Locust Hill Road. But that construction is set to begin within two months.

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Lowes, Greer leaders celebrate groundbreaking with the 'Chicken Dance'
JUL 22, 2015

Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe led dignitaries in the

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Lowes Foods put its first stake in the upstate today across from Riverside High School at Suber and Hammett Bridge Road.

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Lowes Foods invites public to groundbreaking Wednesday across from Riverside HS
JUL 21, 2015

Lowes Foods will build its contemporary grocery store in Greer across from Riverside High School. The public is invited to Wednesday's groundbreaking.
 

Lowes Foods will hold a groundbreaking Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at its first store location in the Upstate.

The grocery store will be across from Riverside High School at the corner of Suber and Hammett Bridge Road.

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Masters, former funeral director at Woods Mortuary, dies
JUL 21, 2015

Masters, former funeral director at Woods Mortuary, dies

Joe Masters worked at The Wood Mortuary as a teenager and, except for a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, spent his entire working life in the industry.

Masters, from Greer, was a funeral director and embalmer for the Greer mortuary.

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CBL Foundation donation benefits Greenville Tech's 'Quick Jobs for the Future'
JUL 20, 2015

Paul J. Rogers, CBL Chairman, and Steve Hand, Director, Quick Jobs For The Future, are pictured in the front row. Back row are, left to right, are, CBL directors Ralph W. Johnson III, Laurens I. James Jr., W. Terry Dobson, Hayne P. Griffin Jr., Benjamin B. Waters III and CBL Executive Vice President Jennifer Jones. Holding the check are Mikelle Porter, Benson Campus Coordinator, and J. Thomas Johnson, CBL President and CEO.
 

The CBL Charitable Foundation awarded a $7,500 donation to the Greenville Tech Foundation’s “Quick Jobs For the Future” training program. This is the fourth year in a row that the CBL Charitable Foundation has given funding that will be utilized to provide partial scholarships to assist Greer area students who are in the program.

The Quick Jobs program is the first of its kind in the nation and provides short-term, intense, job-specific training that prepares a person for entry into career fields with openings in the upstate. Students are typically able to enter their new careers after three weeks to six months of training.

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City of Greer's performance management efforts recognized
JUL 20, 2015

City of Greer's performance management efforts recognized

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has recognized the City of Greer with a Certificate of Achievement from the ICMA Center for Performance Analytics for the city’s performance management efforts.

“The certificate program recognizes the principles of performance management,” said Randall H. Reid, ICMA Director of Performance Initiatives.  “Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow.”

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Stroke survivors recover with video game
JUL 20, 2015

Nancy Bunch used

By PAUL ALONGI

Clemson University

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Howell files for another CPW term
JUL 17, 2015

Howell files for another CPW term

Incumbent Jeff Howell will seek another term as Greer Commissioner of Public Works after filing for the Nov. 3 Greer General Election Friday afternoon. Filing for the election closes at noon on Aug. 17.

Greer City Council district seats one, three and five as well as the at-large Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works offices will be on the ballot. All are four-year terms with the exception of the six-year CPW office.

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Little Me Academy, a new children's day care, opens in Greer on Aug. 10.
JUL 15, 2015

Little Me Academy, a new children's day care, opens in Greer on Aug. 10.

A new children's day care opens in Greer on Aug. 10.

Little Me Academy is the dream of Mandi Warner Newton, a former elementary school teacher at Mountain View Elementary School, who developed a love for working with children when she was six years old playing with babies and toddlers at a child development center. Now, Mandi is thrilled to be able to provide her caring and expertise to the growing Greer community.

"I love children and I am so excited now that I can have a day care I can do my way," Mandi says.

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Inland Port surpasses volume projections 5 years ahead of schedule
JUL 15, 2015

The inland port’s first full fiscal year of operations concluded with 58,407 rail moves, surpassing initial annual volumes projected five years into the terminal operations.
 

The Greer Inland Port surpassed initial annual volumes projected five years into the terminal operations.

The South Carolina Port’s Authority’s 2015 fiscal year showed the inland port’s first full fiscal year of operations concluded with 58,407 rail moves. The monthly volumes peaked in June, with 6,736 rail moves handled during the month. The inland port opened in October 2013.

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City Council makes haste of agenda, cancels second July meeting
JUL 15, 2015

City Council makes haste of agenda, cancels second July meeting

It was a short night for Greer City Council Tuesday. With the city’s 2015-2016 fiscal year budget set and July typically a month where businesses clear their vacation calendar, the agenda reflected a light meeting.

Here's what transpired:

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Greer State Bank donation benefits Chandler Creek, Greer Middle School
JUL 14, 2015

Those in attendance and pictured at the check presentation from left to right, back row, are Emily Shirk, Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at Chandler Creek, Michelle West, Head Teller Poinsett Branch, April Staggs, Vice Chair of the Foundation, Christy Blackwell, Chairman of the Foundation, Chris Talley, COO at Greer State Bank, Amy Clifton Keely, Director of Afterschool Programs, Communities In Schools. Students enrolled in the Communities In Schools Summer Bridge Program are in the front row.
 

Communities In Schools of Greenville received a $2,500 donation from the Greer State Bank Foundation.

The donation will help students at Chandler Creek Elementary and Greer Middle School to engage in the Greer community, develop real-world academic skills, and to serve others through volunteer projects.

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