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Freedom Blast sparks celebration of music, military and fireworks
JUN 23, 2017

Uncle Sam Wants You ... to come to Freedom Blast at City Park Saturday.
 

“At the end of the day, all a veteran really wants is to hear is thank you.”
The late Preston Johnson, former S.C. Disabled American Veterans Commander

This is the 9th year Greer has celebrated Freedom Blast, coinciding with the opening of the new City Hall and its expansive park in 2008.

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Miss Upstate Davia Bunch wins talent at Miss South Carolina Competition
JUN 22, 2017

Davia Bunch, a former accomplished International Ballet Academy dancer, won Thursday’s Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition.
 

Davia Bunch, a former accomplished International Ballet Academy dancer, won Thursday’s Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition at Township Auditorium in Columbia. IBA is located in Greer.

Bunch, 20, from Spartanburg, performed a ballet en pointe to “Entrance” to Act Number Four, a selection from “Carmen”.

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, 23, became a double winner when she won swimsuit. Roberts, from Pawley’s Island, won the talent preliminary Tuesday performing a lyrical dance to “Greatest Love of All”.

 

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Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future
JUN 20, 2017

Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future

Twenty-six Greenville County high school students have been invited to participate in Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, a program whose mission is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in college. The new class marks the 21st year of the educational outreach program.

“Bridges students have already demonstrated both academic and leadership potential by their ninth grade year, yet they face financial barriers or personal circumstances that may prevent them from achieving what they are truly capable of,” said Carrie Silver, director of Bridges to a Brighter Future. “Here, students participate in life-changing experiences that help them discover who they are to build the self-confidence and resiliency they need to succeed in life.”

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Southern Hills Lavender Farm is a homemade Greer tourist attraction
JUN 19, 2017

A bushel of freshly cut lavender.
 

The lure of a lavender farm is what drew Jeff Geib and his family to Greer.

“I never thought I would be in Greer picking lavender,” Geib, from Chattanooga, Tenn., said. “My daughter (Cassidy) and wife (Julie) now want to move here.”

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Byrnes student drowns while swimming in Lake Keowee
JUN 19, 2017

A Wellford teen drowned while swimming Sunday morning in Lake Keowee.

The Oconee County Coroner reported that Dillon Ray Spears, 15, died when he attempted to swim in a cove at Falls Creek Landing, according to reports.

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Dobson, long-time elementary school teacher, dies
JUN 16, 2017

Katherine Heidt Dobson loved teaching elementary school aged children and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 

Katherine Dobson loved teaching elementary school aged children and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dobson’s extended family also included many she befriended at church.

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Greer student helps college robotics team finish second, third in competition
JUN 9, 2017

The Bob Jones University robotics team placed second and third in the 25th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held June 2-5 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

The IGVC offers a design experience on the cutting edge of engineering education. It is multidisciplinary, theory-based, hands-on, team-implemented, outcome-assessed, and product-realization-based. The competition encompasses the latest technologies impacting industrial development, and students at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education can participate.

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Greenville Tech launches new corporate training partnership program
JUN 9, 2017

Greenville Technical College’s Economic Development and Corporate Training Division has launched a new corporate training partnership program.

The program aligns college offerings with the requirements of companies that plan employee development on an annual basis beginning July 1.

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Williams, long-time educator, dies
JUN 3, 2017

Long-time Greenville County School District educator Smiley Broadus Williams died Friday.

• Obituary

Long-time Greenville County School District educator Smiley Broadus Williams died Friday. Williams, 99, was from Greer.

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Victoria: Communities in Schools is a safe, fun program for kids
MAY 31, 2017

The Chandler Creek Elementary Press Corps has done a magnificent job educating their peers on activities and programs this year.
 

By Victoria I.
Chandler Creek Elementary Press Corps
5th Grade

Chandler Creek has an after school program called CIS (Communities in School). CIS is an after school program designed to keep kids safe, off the streets or home alone. CIS feels that every child needs and deserves:

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Clemson engineers creating a high-energy laser that could be used as a weapon
MAY 31, 2017

John Ballato, center, is complementing Lin Zhu's work, creating a high-energy laser that could be used as a weapon.
 
 

By Paul Alongi
Clemson University

The rebels and the empire used laser cannons to shoot it out on the big screen in “Star Wars,” but the weapons could soon move to the battlefield with the help of two Clemson University engineers who are receiving a combined $3.2 million from the Department of Defense.

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Greer, Blue Ridge seniors awarded $10,000 scholarships from CBL Foundation
MAY 31, 2017

Candace Jensen, Greer High School
 

CBL Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 higher education scholarships to three local students.

Greer High School seniors Candace Jensen and Victoria Schneider were both winners of the 2107 Robert F. Williams Scholarship, named for a past CBL Board Chairman and member of the South Carolina State Board of Education. Jensen will attend the University of Georgia, while Schneider will attend Clemson University.

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CBL Foundation gives Christian Learning Center donation
MAY 27, 2017

Donna McMakin, Citizens Building and Loan Assistant Secretary/Senior Loan Specialist, presents a check to CGM Treasurer Pierce Williams and CGM President Rev. Joe Price.
 

The CBL Charitable Foundation has donated $6,000 to the Greer Christian Learning Center.

The Learning Center “provides students in public schools an opportunity to embrace the gospel, to grow in Christian Maturity and to apply Biblical principles to their lives, families and communities.”

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RSMS students study butterflies as part of unit on Holocaust
MAY 23, 2017

RSMS students study butterflies as part of unit on Holocaust

Riverside Middle School students are busy completing end of the year projects.

Seventh-grade social studies classes experienced a day of Art in History by completing butterfly paintings as part of their unit on the Holocaust.

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Greer Middle School teacher accused of assault with 12-year-old
MAY 19, 2017

Edwin Anthony Thomas, 51, was arrested Friday for third-degree assault and battery for an incident that took place at Greer Middle School.
 

GPD officers arrested Edwin Anthony Thomas, 51, Friday for third-degree assault and battery for an incident that took place at Greer Middle School sometime one week before spring break, according to a police report and arrest warrant. Thomas was a teacher at Greer Middle School at the time of the alleged incident, according to police.

Police were contacted when allegations surfaced. Thomas was placed on administration leave from Greenville County School and has since resigned his position. The district hired Thomas in August 2015.

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GGEF awards 13 $1,000 scholarships to Greer area students
MAY 18, 2017

Logan Gillespie

The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 13 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Tuesday afternoon at Greer City Hall.

 Students were selected by the guidance department of each school and submitted to the Foundation. The Foundation in turn will present scholarship funds to the technical school or college on behalf of the student.  

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Marion Waters Commons designated at Greer High School
MAY 18, 2017

Greer High School Principal Justin Ludley gave Marion Waters a replica plaque that will hang at the Marion Waters Commons area,
 

Former Greer High School Principal Marion Waters was honored Wednesday night as the school's Commons/Cafeteria was officially named “Marion Waters Commons”.

Waters, who was the principal at Greer High School for 22 years until his retirement last year, was on hand with family and friends.

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North Greenville University grads from greater Greer
MAY 16, 2017

North Greenville University grads from greater Greer

• Keynote address

North Greenville University graduated the following greater Greer students on May 5.

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Greer native joins Clemson classmate seeking master's at Harvard University?s Graduate School of Design
MAY 12, 2017

Greer's Brayton Gregory joins a classmate to pursue master’s degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Tara Romanella
Clemson University Media Relations

Rayshad Dorsey and Brayton Gregory made the most of their time at Clemson by getting involved and excelling in the classroom. This fall, the two will pursue their master’s degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and both will be attending on full scholarships. Harvard’s graduate program is ranked best in the country by DesignIntelligence.

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12 Riverside athletes sign to play college athletics
MAY 10, 2017

Riverside High School athletes signed Wednesday with colleges to continue their athletic career.
 
 

Twelve Riverside High School athletes signed today to continue their athletic career in college in the fall.

Eight of the athletes will stay in state while four will attend out-of-state schools.

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