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Greer rings in celebration of International month
FEB 29, 2016

Greer rings in celebration of International month

The City of Greer begins its celebration of International Month Tuesday at noon with the ringing of 100 bells in honor of Greenville sister city Bergamo, Italy.

Bergamo bells are rung 100 times every night at 10 to mark the ancient curfew of the city gates closing for protection.

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Todds keep Southern Pools ownership local
FEB 29, 2016

Suzanne and Derrick Todd have taken over ownership of Southern Pools.
 

New management has taken over Southern Pools more than three decades after it was founded by its original owners.

Derrick and Suzanne Todd, as of Monday, became new owners of Southern Pools at 1421 West Wade Hampton Blvd. The Todds have been in the pool service business since 2008 with their Aquanut Pool Care, their family-owned commercial and residential business.

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TV airs unsolved triple murder at Blue Ridge Savings
FEB 27, 2016

A poster still hangs at the Greer Police Department asking for information to the unsolved triple-murder and bank robbery at Blue Ridge Savings Bank in Greer.
 

The Blue Ridge Savings Bank case, an unsolved triple homicide that took place more than a dozen years ago in Greer, will be profiled Thursday morning on television in the Greenville market.

“Crime Watch Daily”, a show that highlights top crime stories in the U.S., will air the episode at 9 a.m. on WMYA channel 40.

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Greer police adding bulletproof safety features to facilities
FEB 25, 2016

Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds is adding another layer of preventive protection at the police department, courthouse and magistrate's court with bulletproof glass, windows, drywalls and a steel door.
 
 

The Greer Police Department and Municipal Court will get stronger bulletproof glass and the Tryon Recreation Center will get a new roof thanks to the two bids together coming slightly under budget.

City Council may well have approved bulletproofing regardless as all department heads and council seemed pleased with the budget implications.

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Treasury labels Greer an 'extreme hot spot' for scammers
FEB 25, 2016

Treasury labels Greer an 'extreme hot spot' for scammers

Greer has been labeled an "extreme hot spot" by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General for a high number of individuals reporting that they received calls from scammers claiming to be from the Department of the Treasury.

“We are getting reports through email that Greer has become an extreme ‘hot spot’ for these scammers,” said Patrick Parsons from the Office of Inspector General

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Greenville Chamber presents annual awards
FEB 24, 2016

Retiring President/CEO Ben Haskew was honored with an award that will be presented annually to recognize Upstate leaders who display progressive visions and a partnership approach to responsible growth in the upstate.
 

Beverly Wyse, Vice President and General Manager for Boeing South Carolina, was the keynote speaker at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce 127th annual meeting Tuesday at the TD Convention Center.

The event featured a special tribute to retiring Chamber President/CEO Ben Haskew and the passing of the gavel from 2015 Board of Directors Chair Julie Godshall Brown, to 2016 Chair David Lominack, South Carolina Market President at TD Bank.

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Sponsorships, fewer animals targeted by Hollywild
FEB 24, 2016

Mandela, left, and lioness

Hollywild Animal Park officials pleaded poor finances and, for the second time this week, challenged the public to help fill its coffers to care for more animals than it has food or staff to maintain.

“Today is not about the worst that’s going to happen, it’s about talking about the best option,” Kim Atchley, executive director of Hollywild, said.

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Greenville goes to Kentucky for new chamber head
FEB 24, 2016

W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce beginning in March.
 

W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He will take the position in late March. 

Phillips currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations of Greater Louisville Inc., The Metro Chamber of Commerce of Louisville, Ky. Phillips replaces Ben Haskew who announced his retirement last August, after serving as the Chamber’s CEO for over 12 years.

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Greer State Bank Foundation accepting applications from non-profits
FEB 24, 2016

Greer State Bank Foundation accepting applications from non-profits

Applications are being accepted for the Greer State Bank Foundation that awards grants to community non-profit organizations.

More than $34,000 was awarded to community organizations in 2015. The foundation is funded through 100 percent participation from the bank’s employees and board of directors for the second straight year.

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Fluor ranked top Most Admired by 'Fortune' magazine
FEB 24, 2016

Fluor ranked top Most Admired by 'Fortune' magazine

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced Wednesday that the company was named by ”Fortune” magazine as the top-ranked engineering and construction company in its 2016 World’s Most Admired Companies list. For the fifth year in a row, Fluor earned the top designation among its peers in the engineering and construction market sector.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the world’s most admired companies by such a prestigious magazine as ”Fortune” to be the best in the market," said David Seaton, Fluor’s chairman and chief executive officer. To be the top engineering and construction firm for a fifth straight year is a testament to our 44,000 employees around the globe who work to deliver large-scale projects that have a positive impact on our clients' business and the communities they serve around the world.”

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Smith & James getting image update
FEB 23, 2016

Brandon Price will be overseeing the remodeling of Smith & James.
 

Smith & James is a little too cramped for Brandon Price’s style.

Price is overseeing a contemporary remodeling of the 100-year-old men’s clothier at 222 Trade Street. “I feel the store is a little cramped now,” Price said. “We’re going to make it look bigger than it appears, and the customers are going to visualize more of our clothing.”

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Dave Ramsey: Think Dave is walking a tightrope on this one?
FEB 23, 2016

Dave Ramsey: Think Dave is walking a tightrope on this one?

Dear Dave,

My wife received $100 from her parents for her birthday. When I asked what she planned to do with it, she said she was going to add it to her spending money. I think she should put it toward us paying off debt, but I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything. We’re in pretty good shape financially, so should I mention it or just let it go?

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Hollywild dilemma: Raise $500,000 or close
FEB 22, 2016

Hollywood Animal Park is a crossroads – raise $500,000 this year with an annual effort half of that, or close the park and place the animals in a new setting.
 

Hollywood Animal Park is a crossroads – raise $500,000 this year with an annual effort half of that, or close the park and place the animals in a new setting.

Kim Atchley, executive director of the non-profit animal park, has called a public meeting for Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce to discuss the park’s options.

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Story time readers give special attention to children at Little Me Academy
FEB 18, 2016

Jeff Randolph, of Randolph Group and developer of O'Neal Village, had children participating in his Dr. Seuss story.
 
 

Three special guests visited the children at Little Me Academy in Greer on Thursday morning.

Officer John Saunders of the Greer Police Department, Miss Greater Easley Teen 2016 Sarah Finleyson, and Jeff Randolph of the Randolph Group, who developed O'Neal Village in Blue Ridge, paid a visit for a special story time and delighted the youngsters with some classic children's tales.

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Kathy Hix Foster, 65, dies
FEB 18, 2016

Kathy Hix Foster, 65, dies

Kathy Hix Foster, retired employee at Leon Hix Insurance Agency, died Thursday at her home. She was 65.

Read the obituary here.

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BMW Charity Pro-Am tickets sales, volunteers registration set
FEB 17, 2016

These volunteers were in the transportation unit last year.
 

Tickets are on sale and registration for volunteers have been announced for the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament May 19-22.

Daily ($10), patron ($25) and clubhouse ($50) tickets are available.

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Inland port shows slight decrease in January rail moves
FEB 17, 2016

An ice storm last month shut down much of Greer and the Inland Port.
 

The Greer Inland Port rail moves were down 4.4 percent in January, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The small decline on 7,457 rail moves could easily be contributed to the port closing in late January for 36 hours due to an ice storm that shut down BMW, its suppliers and other customers. There were 367 fewer rail mails in January 2015 compared to the same time this year.

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Coldwell Banker Caine honors top 70 agents
FEB 17, 2016

Coldwell Banker Caine recognizes its top producing agents with honors. This year, the company awarded over 70 agents across the upstate for producing within the top local, national, and international rankings during their annual meeting Wednesday.

Jacob Mann was named top producing agent in Coldwell Banker Caine for 2015,  No. 1 Volume Producer and No. 1 Unit Producer. The company announced the top 25 sales associates in the following order:

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Top 3 brokers for Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine
FEB 17, 2016

Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine recognized its top three producing brokers across the upstate with honors.  They were within the top local, national and international rankings announced at their annual meeting Wednesday. 

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Dave Ramsey: Keep your ethics with part-time job
FEB 16, 2016

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I work an extra job part-time for a retail store chain while I’m getting out of debt. I like my job, except for having to pitch the store’s credit card to customers.

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