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Tippin flexes his muscles while promoting nutrition drink
JUN 30, 2012

Aaron Tippin, arguably the fittest country music male singer, shows the results of his nutrition and fitness lifestyle. 

Aaron Tippin will celebrate his 54th birthday July 3.

Tippin, who has promoted fitness through good nutrition, exercise and bodybuilding, is arguably the most fit male in country music. He has spent the past quarter of century getting his body ripped and following a healthy fitness and diet regimen.

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Freedom Blast, Idol take center stage Saturday
JUN 28, 2012

The Greer Memorial Freedom Blast will be the hottest event in town this weekend. The full schedule and vendors are here.

Tonight and Saturday night there will be other entertainment downtown.

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Greer Idol cuts 3 more, 1 Teen Idol ousted
JUN 27, 2012

Three more Greer Idol singers were cut and one Teen Idol as the field is set for its biggest performance date this summer on Saturday at the Greer Memorial Freedom Blast at City Park.

John Garrison, Hannah Clayton and Colleen Gaine were eliminated from Idol trimming the field to eight and Jonathan Harper was ousted at Teen Idol to reduce the field to six.

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EVENT: Freedom Blast Schedule - Saturday, June 30
JUN 24, 2012

EVENT: Freedom Blast Schedule - Saturday, June 30

Freedom Blast returns at Greer City Park on Saturday, June 30. It's the biggest event scheduled next weekend to celebrate the country's Independence. The event, with Greer Memorial Hospital as the presenting sponsor, begins at 5 p.m. and ends with a 15-minute fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Greer Idol competition will move to Saturday. It will be the biggest crowd the Teen and Greer Idol performers will face thus far this season. Teen Idol will be trimmed to six finalists this week and Greer Idol will be showcasing its eight finalists.

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Tippin flies in his first air show
JUN 24, 2012

Aaron Tippin, a avid pilot, got a big surprise when he was asked to perform in his first airshow in Granite Falls, Minn. Tippin and his band performed a concert later that evening.

Aaron Tippin got to fly a few passes in his first air show.

Tippin was in Granite Falls, Minn., (June 16) to perform a concert at the Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show at Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field (KGBD).  

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McCalls cheer each other's success at Greer Idol 6
JUN 23, 2012

Lauren McCall sings

An interesting competition is taking place at Greer Idol 6.

Lauren and Jeremy McCall, a married couple, are competing with both getting good reviews from the judges panel during tonight’s second round. The song selection was from the ‘70s and ‘80s rock era. Lauren sang “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and Jeremy sang “Don’t Stop the Rain”.

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Dreesen finds peace while performing on stage
JUN 22, 2012

Wally Dreesen is among the 11 performers at Greer Idol 6 who surived the first round competiion. They perform tonight at 8 p.m. Three more singers will be eliminated to get the field down to 8 entering Freedom Blast scheduled Saturday, June 30.

Wally Dreesen survived the first cut this week for Greer Idol 6. He is a landscaper, but has been involved in dinner theaters and stage performances for years. He has produced and performed in his own dinner theaters, which were organized to help those with special needs.

Dreesen and Greer Idol’s other 10 singers perform at 8 tonight on stage at Victoria and Trade streets. Greer Idol Teen begins at 6 and the Rock and Roll Reunion Band begins its performance at 7 p.m.

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Students get face-to-face with 'The Lion King' masks and puppets
JUN 20, 2012

Michael Reilly, left, and Mark David Kaplan gave students and guests a face-to-face look at

Michael Reilly, puppet supervisor, and Mark David Kaplan, the actor/dancer playing Zazu, led a discussion-style presentation of masks and puppets from Broadway musical, “The Lion King,” this morning at The Huguenot Mill next to the Peace Center in downtown Greenville.

Members of the community as well as students from The Pleasant Valley Connection heard Reilly talk about what went into the making of the masks and puppets.  The Pleasant Valley Connection is an organization whose mission is to improve the education, employment, health, well-being and community involvement of Greater Pleasant Valley residents and surrounding communities.

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First cuts made in Greer Idol and Idol Teen
JUN 19, 2012

The first night of Greer Idol 6 the crowd spilled over onto the curbs and street. The stage was at Trade and Victoria streets, a change from the past year's location near The Depot at School and Trade.

Markie Gresham, Iresha Moorman and Laura Simmerson were eliminated from Greer Idol 6 as the second round of contestants were announced in GreerToday.

Trinity Sparks, 12, was ousted from the Greer Idol Teen field.

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Tree climbing experience pays off at Tunes on Trade
JUN 18, 2012

Joseph Fowler climbs a tree at the corner of Victoria and Trade streets to fetch a T-shirt that went awry after it was launched during Tunes on Trade Friday night.

Mary Dempsey wanted a Wild Ace Pizza T-shirt and her son-in-law, Joseph Fowler, wasn’t going to let her down.

A T-shirt gun operated by the Wild Ace girls at Friday’s Tunes on Trade launched one offering high into the tree at the corner of Victoria and Trade streets, out of sight and almost out of reach of almost anyone.

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Rhythms Dance grand opening is Saturday
JUN 18, 2012

Rhythms Dance will hold a summer block party for its grand opening Saturday 9-11 a.m. at 1582 E. Main Street (Hwy. 290) in Duncan.

Free activities include Zumba 10:45 – 11:15 a.m., face painting and coffee samples from Espresso Café for $1. Registration for summer camp and fall class registrations will be held.

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Crowd-pleasing start for Greer Idol 6
JUN 18, 2012

Wally Dreesen and Markie Gresham talk about their performances backstage after the first round of Greer Idol 6. The second round is Friday night at 8 p.m.

Downtown rocked and rolled Friday night.

Wally Dressen, the senior contestant for Greer Idol 6, took command of the stage with his rendition of “Almost Like Being in Love” and last year’s runnerup Doug Allen, got this year’s competition off to a rousing start.

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Kershaw, McCleer impress Teen Idol crowd
JUN 17, 2012

Kayla Kershaw sang a cappella when her CD malfunctioned for her  

Kayla Kershaw wowed the enthusiastic Greer Idol Teen crowd Friday night with her rendition of “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood.  All the more impressive was Kershaw singing a cappella when her CD malfunctioned.

The first night of Idol Teen, held before the performance of the featured band Encore and Greer Idol, went smoothly with a big crowd assembled at Trade and Victoria Street, where the stage was placed this year.

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Entertainment galore in Greer this weekend
JUN 15, 2012

The stage is set up at Trade and Victoria streets this year, in the middle of Restaurant Row and the merchants.

Picture Trade Street in the city center as an entertainment sandwich tonight.

The 100 block features fine and family dining with the 200 block offering sandwich/coffee shops, a general store and The Shoppes at The Grapevine with more than 40 merchants featuring their crafts.

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Stomping Grounds deal with LivingSocial winding down
JUN 15, 2012

The Stomping Grounds offer through LivingSocial is available for three more days. 

Stomping Grounds is offering a special through LivingSocial, an online social network.

Customers can pay $20 for a bottle of wine, one appetizer, and two entrees ($42 value) or $10 for a $20 voucher. The offer is good to use for one year.

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Lion King begins one month run at Peace Center
JUN 12, 2012

Buyi Zama as

The Lion King
Through July 8
The Peace Center: 300 South Main Street, Greenville,
Call 467-3000
Website: http://www.peacecenter.org/

Michael Carey doesn’t have to see the performance of the Lion King. He hears it.

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Freshwater striped bass documentary airs July 22
JUN 11, 2012

A second project created by South Carolina-based Dark Corner Films will gain a national audience of more than 27 million subscribers later this month.

“Landlocked” tells the story of how freshwater striped bass were spawned due to the formation of South Carolina lakes. It will air July 22 on the Documentary Channel, which is channel 197 on Dish Network and channel 267 on Direct TV.

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Harmonica Blow out!/Tribute to Peg Leg Sam! at Grace Hall
JUN 7, 2012

Harmonica Blow out!/Tribute to Peg Leg Sam! at Grace Hall

Harmonica Blow out!/Tribute to Peg Leg Sam! featuring Freddie Vanderford will be held Friday at Grace Hall, 108 Trade St. from 9 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Lupus Foundation. 

Special guests will include Max Hightower, Ceasar, Austin Brashier, Joe Jones, Brandon Turner, Mike Whitt.

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Official bios and music genre announced for Greer Idol 6
JUN 5, 2012

The official bios of the Greer Idol Season 6 finalists feature a former top 5 finisher, a husband and wife, a singer headed to Broadway and an Army Intelligence student. The 14 finalists begin competition Friday, June 15 during intermission of the week’s performance of Tunes on Trade and continues every Friday through July 27.

The stage has been moved to Victoria Street facing the Depot and railroad tracks.

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Teen Idol field pared to 8 finalists
JUN 5, 2012

The eight finalists for Greer Teen Idol have been selected and begin competition Friday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

Jonathan Harper

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