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Miss South Carolina Teen crowned
JUN 23, 2017

Ally McCaslin, Miss Woodmont High School Teen, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen 2017.
 
 

Ally McCaslin, Miss Woodmont High School Teen, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen 2017 at Township Auditorium in Columbia on Friday night.

McCaslin, a 16-year-old from Simpsonville, attends Woodmont High School.

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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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Four more preliminary winners in Miss South Carolina and Teen pageant
JUN 21, 2017

Miss Spartanburg, Sydney Ford, 22, from Gaffney, won the Talent preliminary. She performed a tap dance to Perm.
 

Four preliminary winners were announced after the second night of preliminary competition on Wednesday at Township Auditorium in Columbia.

• Miss Spartanburg, Sydney Ford, 22, from Gaffney, won the Talent preliminary. She performed a tap dance to Perm.

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Stomping Grounds: Somebody had to be the brick and mortar in Greer's downtown renaissance
JUN 21, 2017

Lisa Garland's imagination was virtually her guide during her first days in Greer.
 

I was visiting with Robyn Zimmerman at the Stomping Grounds on Tuesday when she paused on the way out marveling at the quaintness of the multi-dimensional coffee shop, its décor and mostly the customer-friendly atmosphere.

I described Lisa Garland, owner/operator of Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar, as the epicenter of Greer’s downtown renaissance. Lisa’s store is at 208 Trade Street.

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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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Red, White and Blue Ridge Family and Community Festival is scheduled July 1
JUN 16, 2017

Red, White and Blue Ridge Family and Community Festival is scheduled July 1

A church and the Blue Ridge community will host an Independence Day celebration with its inaugural festival.

Locust Hill Baptist Church will entertain the Red, White & Blue Ridge Family & Community Festival on Saturday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. 

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Clemson's STEAM exhibit returns to Artisphere for fourth year
MAY 1, 2017

Clemson's STEAM exhibit returns to Artisphere for fourth year

By Paul Alongi
Clemson University

The bells will be ringing atop Clemson University’s Tillman Hall, but the people choosing which notes to play will be tapping a keyboard and listening from an arts festival in downtown Greenville.

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Spin Doctors headline Concert Party, second event features variety
MAY 1, 2017

Spin Doctors headline Concert Party, second event features variety

The Spin Doctors headline the BMW Charity Pro-Am The Concert Party on Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center Amphitheater. Tickets are $250.

Music fans looking for a less expensive option can attend Thursday night’s 6-10 p.m. free Celebrity Concert on Main featuring “Back 9” in addition to the routine by Larry the Cable Guy. Also scheduled to perform May 18 are Mark Bryan and Dean Felber (Hootie and The Blowfish), Preston Pohl (The Voice), and country artists Steve Azar and Colt Ford.

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Thomas McConnell's 'I Have Seen My Death' awarded best non-fiction
APR 24, 2017

Dr. Thomas McConnell's  “I Have Seen My Death”, was awarded first place for the non-fiction 2017 Porter Fleming Literary Competition.

After being diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, Dr. Thomas McConnell drew from a remembered conversation with a research nurse and from his own dreams to write “I Have Seen My Death”, which was awarded first place for non-fiction at the 2017 Porter Fleming Literary Competition Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art.

McConnell is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

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Aaron Rodgers, Chipper Jones among celebrities announced for BMW Pro-Am
APR 20, 2017

Web.com professionals will be paired with amateurs and celebrities during the BMW Pro-Am.
 
 

Past, present and future sports and entertainment champions and personalities will be on display at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May 15-21.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion XLV (2010 season), and former Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones, All-Star and World Series Champion (1995) will headline the celebrities announced Thursday for the May 15-21 tournament that pairs Web.com Tour amateurs with professionals.

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Sizing up young firefighters in full gear
APR 16, 2017

Jackets and helmets are oversized for the kids.
 

Greer Firefighter James Morgan had one of the most popular demonstration stations at Century Park’s Eggtastic Easter Egg hunt and fun stations sponsored by the City’s Recreation Department.

Morgan said showing kids firefighting equipment and vehicles and dressing them in adult firefighter gear is part of the fun part of his job.

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Tryon Blockhouse jockey entries doubled, purse is biggest ever
APR 13, 2017

The 48 registered jockeys reverses a 10-year decline in the race's participation.
 

The number of top-rated jockeys competing in the 71st Tryon Block House Races on Saturday, in Columbus, N.C., has more than doubled last year's participation numbers.

With 48 registered jockeys, it reverses a 10-year decline in the race's participation.

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Video: Inaugural Greer Trade Day report
APR 12, 2017

Video: Inaugural Greer Trade Day report

View Alex Love’s report on Greer Trade Day and what shoppers and vendors said of the inaugural event.

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We've got the Moonlight Movies schedule, run time, link to sites for activities, games, puzzles
APR 9, 2017

Zootopia begins a nine-week, June 1 - July 27 –  Moonlight Movies schedule.
 

The Moonlight Movies schedule at City Park is set.

The Moonlight Movies, all free, are June 1-July 27 on nine consecutive Thursdays. The movies begin at dark in the park’s amphitheater.

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Chase Bryant to headline Family Festival
APR 7, 2017

Chase Bryant, 24, is the youngest headliner at the Greer Family Festival.
 

Chase Bryant is the headline performer for the 33rd Annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Festival Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, throughout downtown Greer and City Park.

Bryant, 24, will perform a concert on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. He is the youngest entertainer to headline the festival.

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Greer art students earn top honors at juried show
APR 5, 2017

Brody Young's first place entry.
 

Greer High School art students Michelle Gonzalez, Saya Matsuda and Brody Young won first place honors at the City of Greer juried art exhibit. Gonzalez won two first place honors.

“Greer: An Upstate Destination” and “Greer Goes Global” were the themes. The student’s art exhibits are on display in the lobby of City Hall.

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Greer's Kaityn Adams headed to national equestrian event
APR 5, 2017

Kaitlyn Adams placed third in the Varsity Intermediate over fences class at the Zone 4 Equestrian National competition.
 

Kaitlyn Adams from Greer, placed third in the Varsity Intermediate over fences class at the Zone 4 Equestrian National competition.

Adams, on the Clear View Equestrian team, competed against riders from South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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Take a walk and see what horses, riders see for first time in a competition
APR 4, 2017

Take a walk and see what horses, riders see for first time in a competition

Update: Due to the weather, the walk has been rescheduled for Thursday at the same time.

Here’s idea for a pleasant walk for all generations and kids.

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Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt postponed
APR 3, 2017

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt postponed

The forecast for rain and the possibility of severe weather Monday evening has postponed the Glow in the Dark Easter egg hunt until next Monday, April 10.

Greer CPW Public Information Officer Alison Rauch stated: “Unfortunately, because this is a fundraiser for Greer Relief and Greer Community Ministries we are not able to offer refunds if you are unable to attend April 10th.”

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