By Keith Challenger
By GEOFF ANDERSON
President/CEO Smart Growth America
The primary election for SC Senate District 5 between the incumbent Tom Corbin and challenger John White is a bit of a puzzle to me.
With Greer being the largest city in the district, there was initially a question in my mind how well a representative from Tigerville would serve the interests of our citizens.
By James Hawkins
Within mere hours of this article appearing in Greertoday.com by Jim Fair, the fine citizens/business people of Greer, SC were offering assistance/space for the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 39.
Chills ran up my spine, tears filled my eyes and unspoken gratefulness occupied my soul. This particular day, Jan. 18 at Greer City Hall was the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
In the past it was a day off of school for me. This year was different.
"A society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members."
By Perry Williams
In the 1970's McGee (he was always known only as McGee back then) was inseparable from his constant companion DC Townsend. They probably spent more time at Greer High School than I did and McGee was and still is a sports team’s (any sports team) biggest fan.
McGee has an uncanny ability to show up anytime and almost every time that something is going on. He has attended more grand openings and ribbon cuttings than anyone that I know.
No more procrastination. Word along the Internet – through messages and social-media posts –is that the worst kind of deadline is fast approaching.
Ken Burger is dying because cancer doesn't listen to doctors who claim victory. It is a bastard of equal opportunity.
Should Greenville County transfer its award-winning ambulance service and EMS Department to The Greenville Health System (GHS) by creating something called a “Mobile Integrated Healthcare Practice (MIHP)?” To save money, the Greenville County Council is currently considering making just such a change on Oct. 1.
Greenville EMS has been operating at a loss for years. Consequently, the county has been looking for ways to reduce the cost of providing ambulance service to the community. Some believe a big part of the solution may simply be improving the process the county uses to seek reimbursement from insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and “out-of-network” patients.
The Columbia air was muggy, even for 7:30 in the morning, as people began to converge on the South Carolina State House.
There was a somber stillness, and as people approached the steps of the capitol, the Confederate flag, for the moment still hanging from its flagpole on the State House lawn, lay flat in the stillness.
By LEE DUMAS
Greer City Council (District 4)
Three nonprofits are collaborating to eliminate hunger in the Greer community by piloting a food cooperative. Based on a similar program in Atlanta, Greer Relief, Greer Community Ministries, and Loaves & Fishes have come together to offer an alternative way to help provide food to families beyond emergency assistance.
Paulette Dunn of Loaves & Fishes, Caroline Robertson of Greer Relief, and Cindy Simpler of Greer Community Ministries are working together in this mission that started with a discussion at the monthly Greer Non-profit Roundtable meeting. At one of those meetings, the topic of food pantries and families in need took central focus. There are so many families with food insecurity and area charities do not offer great solutions. Families can get food from Greer Relief once every three months or from Greer Community Ministries once every six months, but that only provides emergency assistance. It is certainly not a regular, reliable source of food to families who are not able to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs.
In the aftermath of last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has proven itself to be as resilient a state as it is caring. The horrific shooting has caused many to question the presence of a confederate flag on State House grounds, and while our main focus is, and will continue to be, the victims and their families, opportunities for change should not be disregarded.
At 4 o’clock yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds. While we understand the flag represents heritage to some, to many, it represents hurt. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Executive Board voted to support the removal of such a divisive symbol from our state grounds, and hope the necessary steps to complete this process will be taken swiftly so an already grieving state may continue to heal.
By Rep. Trey Gowdy & Sen. Tim Scott
International trade accounts for more than one in five jobs in South Carolina, and in the Upstate alone exports support more than 64,000 jobs. To put it simply, our state is a trading powerhouse.
Whether it's exporting automobiles or agricultural products, producing tires and turbines or powering a manufacturing renaissance, our workers can compete with anyone, anywhere.
By Citizens Building & Loan
The Citizens Building & Loan Charitable Foundation has donated $10,000 in support of the Greer Christian Learning Center. The funds will be used toward the completion of the Greer Christian Learning Center’s new building across from Blue Ridge Middle School, according to Pierce Williams, GCLC treasurer.
By Citizens Building & Loan
Fake emails by government agency imposters are on the rise and are more official-looking than ever. There is one going around right now that is reportedly from “The Bureau of Defaulters – FTC” that claims to be a court notice with your arrest and warrant record attached and then provides you with links to respond to or you’ll be prosecuted for fraud.
Citizens Building & Loan
With identity theft on the rise, Citizens Building & Loan wants to make sure you are aware of the growing problem of IRS impostors.
To my Greer Family,
On Saturday, January 17, 2015 I was honored to be crowned Miss Greater Greer 2015! I am beyond excited to represent my hometown, Greer, in the 2015 Miss South Carolina Pageant this summer in Columbia in June. I want to bring that Miss South Carolina home to Greer. As I begin this journey I will need the support of this wonderful community that has always been my home!
Dear Mr. Howell,
As a Greer CPW customer, I have a question about the recent announcements following your December budget meeting. CPW announced an operating cost increase for 2015 of 3.7% which is double the actual rate for 2014 and still well in excess of predictions for 2015 (inflation in 2014 was 1.8% and the expected rate for 2015 is 2.1% according to Economist Intelligence Unit forecasts).
By Peter Janowski
Boiling Springs FD Firefighter
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.