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Dave Ramsey: 'Snakes bite'
NOV 28, 2016

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are building a home, and we found a great entertainment center we both love. It costs $6,000, and the dealer said he would give us 10 percent off if we take out a store credit card. We have the cash to buy the piece, but we were wondering if it would be a good idea to get the card and use it for the entertainment center and Christmas gifts, then pay it off immediately.

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Brian Martin's vision of downtown living acknowledged with Mayor's Small Business Award
NOV 28, 2016

Brian Martin was presented the Mayor's Award at the Greater of Greer Chamber of Commerce Business dinner. Martin's family is pictured with Greer Mayor Rick Danner.
 

Brian Martin’s investment into Greer has resonated far beyond the Upstate with his vision of residential growth downtown combined with small businesses.

Martin, an attorney at 212 Trade Street, has five apartments he leases – from studio to two-bedroom – plus two additional one-bedroom units he rents for Airbnb quests.

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Police Chief Reynolds is grand marshal for Christmas Parade
NOV 28, 2016

Police Chief Dan Reynolds is the grand marshal for the Greer Christmas Parade.
 

• Gee will lead Greer High School Marching Band

Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds is the grand marshal for Sunday’s Christmas Parade.

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Restaurants open locally and nationally on Thanksgiving serving traditional fare and
NOV 23, 2016

Restaurants will give stay-at-home families places to dine on traditional Thanksgiving fare. Optional will be regular menu options, too.
 

There are plenty of local and national restaurants open on Thanksgiving to enjoy the traditional fare while traveling.

Local restaurants are just as appealing, and understanding, with families traveling from different parts of the state or region for a Thanksgiving dinner.

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Mary Ann Lewis earns trip to Plexus leadership training session
NOV 22, 2016

Mary Ann Lewis is joined by Plexus CEO Tari Robinson.
 
 
 
 

Mary Ann Lewis of Spartanburg was among a small number of Plexus Worldwide Ambassadors (independent resellers) flown all expenses paid to Scottsdale, Ariz., to participate in a three-day leadership training session at the company’s headquarters.

Lewis' invitation to the program was based on her recent advancements as a Plexus Ambassador, having achieved one of the company’s highest rankings. 

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Wright, Chappell-McPhail, Allison get Sparanburg Chamber Inclusion Awards
NOV 22, 2016

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2016 Inclusion Award recipients: Carl Wright, Minority Business Advocate of the Year; Molly Chappell-McPhail, Women-owned Business Person of the Year; & Loren Allison, Rising Star.

The Inclusion Awards celebrate the accomplishments of minority and women-owned businesses in the community, and recognize those working to advance economic inclusion.

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Rankin joins Eastside YMCA as Development Specialist
NOV 22, 2016

Rankin joins Eastside YMCA as Development Specialist

Susan Rankin, has been hired as the new Development Specialist at the Eastside Family YMCA.

Rankin brings 16 years of marketing, sales and client service knowledge to the YMCA of Greenville branch. Most recently she was a marketing specialist II at SYNNEX Corporation.

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Dave Ramsey: 'Stop listening to your friend about borrowing money'
NOV 22, 2016

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

We’re completely debt-free with a fully funded emergency fund, and we have $350,000 sitting in the bank from a land sale a couple of months ago. My wife and I would like to buy a chicken farm with two houses and upgrade it to contract standards.

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Greer wrapped its arms around Cliff Harpst, a WWII hero, who settled in downtown
NOV 21, 2016

“Stories Of The Upstate” host Loyd Ford will feature Cliff Harpst on a Thanksgiving Day online interview.
 

Greer wrapped its arms around Cliff Harpst, a WWII hero, who settled in Greer in 2007

Upon moving to the City of Greer following his wife’s death in 2007, World War II veteran Cliff Harpst became a fixture in the community, weaving tales about his life and war experiences throughout downtown Greer.

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Registration for Christmas Parade is Wednesday
NOV 19, 2016

The Greer Christmas Parade is Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.
 

Deadline to register for this year’s Christmas parade – themed “A Vintage Christmas” in Greer, is Wednesday.

The parade is scheduled Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. The lineup begins at 1:15 p.m.

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Low Greer gas prices are tourist-friendly for record number of holiday highway travelers
NOV 16, 2016

Low Greer gas prices are tourist-friendly for record number of holiday highway travelers

AAA Carolinas projects that two million Carolinians will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, with 670,000 South Carolinians and just under 1.4 million North Carolinians traveling.

This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

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Tanks are set above ground at new $2 million GSP fuel farm
NOV 16, 2016

Four tanks will hold 30,000 gallons each of Jet A commercial aircraft fuel and a 12,000-gallon tank will service all private aircraft.
 

A new $2 million above ground fuel farm is in place at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

Cerulean, GSP’s new fixed base operator, which goes into effect Jan. 1, will service all aircraft. The fuel farm is scheduled to begin service Dec. 15.

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Here's a sneak peek of The Football Journey of Noah Hannon, coming Thursday
NOV 16, 2016

 

Noah Hannon epitomizes what it means to be a favorite son of the City of Greer.

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Fuddruckers opens in Duncan off I-85 at Highway 290
NOV 14, 2016

Fuddruckers opens in Duncan off I-85 at Highway 290

Fuddruckers unveiled their newest restaurant in Duncan with regional franchisee owners Allen and Lee Ann Johnston, The Butcher The Baker Management Company, Inc.

The restaurant, 4,600-square-feet, is at 1515 East Main Street/Highway 290 just off Interstate 85. Fuddruckers will be open 10 a.m. 10 p.m. daily and feature Wi-Fi and an outdoor patio.

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William "Sonny" Boroughs, a fixture with his passionate contributions with non-profits, dies. He was 80.
NOV 14, 2016

William “Sonny” Boroughs was an avid Blue Ridge High School sports fan.
 

• William "Sonny" Boroughs obituary 

William “Sonny” Boroughs, a fixture in the community who contributed friendship, aided non-profits with his volunteerism and funding, and dearly loved Blue Ridge High School fan, died Sunday. He was 80.

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CBL's Tommy Johnson retiring as President/CEO, Jennifer Jones named successor
NOV 14, 2016

J. Thomas (Tommy) Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) of Greer, will retire effective Dec. 31.
 

J. Thomas (Tommy) Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) of Greer, will retire effective Dec. 31, according to CBL Board Chairman Ralph W. Johnson III. 

CBL Executive Vice President Jennifer T. Jones of Greer has been named to succeed him as president and CEO. 

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Greer Inland Port stays on pace for 110,000 rail moves in FY 2017
NOV 10, 2016

The Greer Inland Port handled 9,211 rail moves in October.
 

The Inland Port Greer is on the cusp of breaking 10,000 rail moves a month.

The port handled 9,211 rail moves in October, down 310 from the reported record 9,521 in September.

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Greer State Bank merging with Carolina Financial, acquisition expected to close in 1Q 2017
NOV 8, 2016

Greer State Bank merging with Carolina Financial, acquisition expected to close in 1Q 2017

Greer State Bank, chartered in 1988 as a Greer community-owned bank, has been acquired in a merger with Carolina Financial Corporation, operating under CresCom Bank. The purchase price was $45 million.

Carolina Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CARO) announced acquisition Tuesday and the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Carolina Financial will acquire Greer Bancshares Incorporated (OTC Pink: GRBS) (“Greer Bancshares”). CresCom will become one of the largest community banks in South Carolina.

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2017 Board members named for Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce
NOV 8, 2016

2017 Board members named for Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has announced members of the 2017 Board of Advisors.

Rosylin Weston of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will serve as Chairman for 2017.

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Jason Clark honored with second Restaurateur of the Year honor in past three years
NOV 8, 2016

Jason Clark, owner/operator of BIN112, is awarded his second Restaurateur of the Year award.
 

Jason Clark is two plates nearer for a seating of six.

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (SCRLA) honored Clark as the Upstate’s Restaurateur of the Year for BIN112 for the second time in three years. The recognition, that included an artsy dinner plate, was held at the Embassy Suites Monday.

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