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Greer Idol Champion negotiating a singing contract
JUL 29, 2012

Dana Jordan, 2011 Greer Idol champion, is negotiating a contract with an Atlanta entertainment company.

Dana Jordan, 2011 Greer Idol winner, is negotiating a music contract with an Atlanta label. “I’m trying to wrap my head around it, it’s so surreal,” Jordan said.

“It is everything I’ve always wanted since I was a little girl,” Jordan said.  “They found me. We talked a week ago and they called last Sunday and told me that I needed to get my songs on a track, a bio and photo shoot within 48 hours. I went to Atlanta last Tuesday.

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Wilson, Watts win Greer Idol and Idol Teen, respectively
JUL 28, 2012

Ryan Wilson proudly holds his winnings for capturing the 2012 Greer Idol Championship tonight.

Ryan Wilson won Greer Idol and Megan Watts captured Greer Idol Teen tonight during an evening that was dedicated to U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross.

Ross was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday by small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense. Ross is a Byrnes graduate, attended Airport Baptist Church in Greer and his girlfriend was B.B. Lowery the daughter of Greer Idol host Mike Lowery.

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Dakota will provide live interviews at Greer Idol finals Friday
JUL 26, 2012

Dakota Fitzgerald will provide live interviews at Friday's Greer Idol and Idol Teen finals. It is GreerToday.com's first production with commentary at a live streaming event.

Dakota Fitzgerald will make her live online debut as commentator for GreerToday.com Friday night at the final of Greer Idol 6.

Ryan Wilson and Wally Dreesen are the Greer Idol finalists and Kayla Kershaw and Megan Watts are vying for the Idol Teen championship. The Idol winner gets $1,500 and Idol Teen $500. The Teen Idol competition begins at 6 p.m. and Greer Idol at 8 p.m. A link will be provided on GreerToday’s home page or visit http://greertoday.com/tv/channel/greer-idol/ to watch Dakota’s reports and interviews.

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Final week for Greer Idol and Tunes on Trade; What to do and when
JUL 26, 2012

This week’s calendar of events in Greer from Thursday, July 26-31.

Thursday (July 26)

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'Legendary Locals of Greer' book signing is in August
JUL 24, 2012

A book signing is scheduled Aug. 25 at the Greer Heritage Museum for Joada Hiatt and Ray Belcher for their latest project, “Legendary Locals of Greer”. The book is scheduled to be on the market Aug. 13.

The book’s description reads: “Greer, an 1876 railroad town, was founded by people who moved from farms, the mountain region of the Dark Corner, and other small communities to the area around Greers Depot with high expectations of prosperity promised by railroad commerce and, later, the cotton mills. Like a colorful quilt with its individual patches, the early population of Greer included farmers, storekeepers, laborers skilled and unskilled, and their wives and families.

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Greer Idol and Teen finals set for Friday showdown
JUL 23, 2012

Ryan Wilson has earned his way to the Greer Idol finals with a tenor voice that has earned him a loyal young fan base.

The different styles featured in Greer Idol Friday for the 2012 championship is as wide as the Continental Divide.

There’s the crooner Wally Dreesen who has warmed his way into the hearts of baby boomers and older week after week. And then there’s Ryan Wilson who represents the Millenials with his tenor voice and solid fan base that has grown weekly.

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Cannon Centre is dedicated to Greer Community
JUL 22, 2012

Mike Sokel, president of Greer Cultural Arts and Robyn Byouk, Greer Arts Council supervisor, accept the symbolic $10,000 check presented from the city by Mayor Rick Danner at the Cannon Centre dedication in GreerToday.

Ed Driggers, Greer city administrator, summed up the historic significance of the Cannon Centre, a new multi-purpose event center in GreerToday.

“This is a landmark building that has undergone a transformation. There are people here who played basketball in this building, who came to dances in this building. People are here who remember what this building has been," Driggers said. 

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Idol performances shortened; online voting will decide finalists
JUL 20, 2012

The 2012 Greer Idol semifinals is a night to remember. Emcee Mike Lowery cheerfully told the spectators no Greer Idol had been rained out.

Less than 20 minutes later Massey was telling the singers to cut their second songs in half, advising the judges no comments will be taken and advising the crowd of an impending storm heading toward downtown Greer.

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Idol Teens finalists are now in the hands of the judges
JUL 20, 2012

Kayla Kershaw, Anna McCleer or Megan Watts sang their last songs in the Greer Idol Teen competition in GreerToday.

One of the singers will be eliminated after online voting closes Monday at noon. The finals are scheduled next Friday in the last week of Tunes on Trade.

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The city makes a gem out of a gym
JUL 20, 2012

The tables are set as guests mingle during the 'Que Ball, the opening event at the $1.1 million renovated Cannon Centre. The building was formerly a gymnasium before the city closed it in 2006.

The newly renovated Cannon Centre was alive tonight with the sounds of bluegrass music as attendees arrived for the ‘Que Ball, a barbeque and bluegrass event put on by the City of Greer to celebrate the opening of the venue.

“When the new City Hall building opened we had a black tie event,” said Steve Owens, communications manager for the City of Greer. “For the opening of The Cannon Centre, we wanted to do something casual and fun.”

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Greer best bets weekly calendar
JUL 18, 2012

This week’s calendar of events from Thursday, July 19 – 25.

Thursday (July 19)

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Allen, 2011 Idol runner-up, is eliminated
JUL 18, 2012

Doug Allen, last year’s runner-up to 2011 Greer Idol Dana Jordan, was eliminated from competition with only two weeks remaining.

Brittany Pridemore, Wally Dreesen and Ryan Wilson remain with the field to be cut to the final two on Friday.

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Cannon Centre has its coming out parties this week
JUL 17, 2012

The Cannon Centre opens Thursday with a $50 ticketed event and Sunday's free dedication and tours. The deck adds a view toward the gazebo, pond and city park's playground.

The Cannon Centre, a newly renovated multi-purpose event center, will open its doors for the first time for The ‘Que Ball, a $50 a ticket barbeque and bluegrass celebration, on Thursday. The public is invited to the free dedication and open house on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Describing the condition of the building when the city first started looking into renovating it, Bill Mork, facilities manager said, “The windows were all broken out. There was an old wheelchair in front of the window here from a haunted house event, and old leftover equipment. It was a bit like a dusty old time capsule.” Termites had destroyed a portion of the wooden floor, and dead rodents were found. There was a lot of work to be done, but the city planners and those involved in the renovation could see the building’s potential.

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'Son of a Peach' put RJ Rockers on the craft beer map
JUL 17, 2012

RJ Rockers brews nine beers besides Son of a Peach, its signature brew.

Laura MacPherson is a beer connoisseur and writes a beer blog each week for GreerToday.com. Contact Laura at [email protected].

If you like beer and you like peaches, chances are you love RJ Rockers’ Son of a Peach, a fresh peach-infused wheat ale. Son of a Peach shot RJ Rockers into the spotlight, but the Spartanburg-based brewery makes several other tasty brews as well. Tucker and I went up Highway 29 to tour its facility and meet the makers of the famous Son of a Peach.

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Lauren Cabaniss and Sydney Sill represent Greer in the Miss SC pageant
JUL 16, 2012

Lauren Cabaniss and Sydney Sill represent Greer in the Miss SC pageant

Saturday night was the final competition for the Miss South Carolina Pageant at the nearly sold-out Township Auditorium in Columbia.  Eighty-eight teens and young women had competed all week in preliminaries and now it was time to see who would wear the crown.

The evening opened with a welcome from the event’s master of ceremonies, Jane Jenkins Herlong, a former Miss South Carolina, and the National Anthem sung by Crystal Garrett, Miss South Carolina 2007.

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Miss SC Live Blog
JUL 14, 2012

Miss SC Live Blog

We're live blogging the Miss SC pageant in Columbia.  Refresh this page often.

7:20 - Sydney Sill selected in the top 16 for Miss SC Teen

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Tonight's Greer Idol Thundered in Some Excellent Performances
JUL 13, 2012

Tonight's Greer Idol Thundered in Some Excellent Performances

Thunder opened tonight's Greer Idol performances, but the rain held off long enough for the contestants to give some exceptional performances.

Song selections had to be chosen from movie soundtracks, and the songs featured tonight covered six decades of history.

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Bill Davis was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool
JUL 12, 2012

Bill Davis stands with his dog, Porter, during my visit with him and a tour of the Thomas Creek Brewery.

When I walked into Thomas Creek Brewery on Piedmont Highway in Greenville, I was greeted by co-owner, Bill Davis, a man who could be Santa Claus’s brother with his great smile and full white beard.

Bill was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool. He fell in love with craft beer when he tasted the delicious brews he discovered on the West Coast, an area he traveled during his career with Craig Gaulden Davis when microbrewing was getting its start.

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This week's Best Bets
JUL 12, 2012

The week's entertainment and events at Greer Station, today through Tuesday, July 17.

Thursday

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City sets guidelines for Art Council's use of Cannon Centre
JUL 11, 2012

The sound system and multi-media screen were being tested in the Cannon Centre in GreerToday as the final tune-ups are being conducted before next week’s public dedication.

Greer City Council Tuesday night approved (6-0, Lee Dumas absent) a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Greer Cultural Arts Council (GCAC) for the use of Cannon Centre. Greer’s cultural arts falls under the Parks and Recreation department. To view the memorandum go to 07/10/12 Regular meeting, click on the PDF and scroll through pages 14-18.

The Cannon Centre, formerly the Horace McKown, Jr. Center, was renovated for $1 million.

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