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Arvie Jr. Band has double date in downtown Greer
MAY 31, 2013

The Arvie Jr. Band will perform twice this weekend in downtown Greer.

Friday the band will play at Strip Club 104 A Steak House, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday at the Mason Jar, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. The Strip Club is at 104 Poinsett Street and Mason Jar at 202 Trade Street.

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Freedom Blast master schedule and links
MAY 29, 2013

Freedom Blast master schedule and links

The activities and schedule for the City of Greer Freedom Blast on Saturday, June 29 will feature a Military Salute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services and veterans and a return to Greer of the Swingin’ Medallions. The recognized “Party Band of the South” entertained last year at the Greater Greer Educational Foundation Gala.

The South Carolina Army and Air National Guard will have vehicles displayed, and the Disabled Veterans will staff an information trailer presented by the Greer Leadership Class of XXXII.  

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Sgt. Marcus and wife, Tiffany, bring Freedom Blast into focus
MAY 28, 2013

Sgt. Tim Marcus and his wife, Tiffany, were recognized as representatives of military spouses and families in Greer at a media conference today at City Hall promoting the June 28 Freedom Blast. Mayor Rick Danner proclaimed May 28, 2013 as Military Spouses & Families Day for their sacrifices and support of the United States Armed Services.

Just the mere presence of Sgt. Tim Marcus and his wife, Tiffany, standing alone between the flags of the United States and South Carolina at Greer City Hall was enough to capture the heart of Freedom Blast 2013.

“Just say ‘thank you’," Marcus nervously and softly said in front of a crowded conference room at Greer City Hall today as he fought back tears. No other words were needed. Marcus, a member of the South Carolina Army Reserve and National Guard, was asked to speak on behalf of Greer military veterans, active duty and reserves who will be honored at the June 29 event at City Park.

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Idol and Teen Idol finalists pared to 13
MAY 24, 2013

Anna McCleer will return to compete in the Greer Idol Teen competition. McCleer and 12 other finalists will compete beginning July 29 at Freedom Blast.

Thirteen finalists have been selected for the 2013 Greer Idol and Idol Teen competition. Greer Cultural Arts supervisor Robin Byouk announced the finalists in an email late Friday. She said bios will be distributed next week.

The field was pared during callbacks last Tuesday at The Davenport.

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City Sweeper cleaned up at Touch A Truck
MAY 21, 2013

Bill Ryman brought the City of Greer sweeper truck to Trade Street Tuesday. Children were fascinated with the wire broom that removed debris from the curb and the control panels with its many game-like buttons.

Bill Ryman spent Tuesday washing and cleaning the City of Greer’s street sweeper for the evening’s Touch A Truck event on Trade Street.

Greer police had a patrol car, city fire truck, CPW bucket truck, towing truck, and a school bus were among the vehicles on display.

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Oldies get a free lunch Saturday from a former classmate
MAY 17, 2013

McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy at 109 N. Main Street is the host of a free hot dog lunch to Greer Oldies Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don Wall, Class of 1961, is owner of the independent pharmacy.

Tickets remain for the free hot dog lunch that will be served to Greer High graduates, students and their friends at McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy at 109 N. Main Street between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Just ask the staff at the pharmacy counter for free tickets.

Don Wall, owner of McLeskey-Todd and two other independent pharmacies in Greer, and his son, Jed, general manager, are hosting the event to coincide with the Greer High Oldies reunion. Read the story of Don Wall's success as an independent here.

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Lyman Fest is family-friendly with games, rides, music, Idol, fireworks
MAY 15, 2013

A fireworks display will cap a full day of music, rides, games and Lyman Idol Saturday. The annual event draws thousands to festival.
 

MiddleTygerToday.com Staff

The Lyman Fest is scheduled Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. when a fireworks show will wrap up the festival.

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4 Greenville radio stations become Summit Media properties
MAY 13, 2013

Four Greenville stations are included in Summit Media, LLC's acquisition that closed on its agreement from Cox Media Group today. The stations and their format are WJMZ-FM (urban), WHZT-FM (rhythmic christian), WJMZ-HD2 (adult hits) and WJMZ-HD3 (alternative rock).

"We are pleased to acquire these stations and very excited to be associated with the outstanding radio industry professionals in each market.  People are the difference in this industry and we could not be happier with our team," Carl Parmer, Summit Media Chairman/CEO, said in a statement.

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Fundraisers set to benefit Southern Dance Connection
MAY 13, 2013

The Southern Dance Connection is thinking Christmas in May as it has fundraisers scheduled this week to support its dancers headed to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Instructors for the dance team will be at Moe’s of Greer (next to Target) for a teacher development fundraiser on Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. The instructors will be working – cleaning trays and tables to raise funds to attend a conference for teacher development this summer.

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Kids Fest gets plenty of attention with vehicles and displays
MAY 12, 2013

Cara Bishop found a willing dance partner in Buddy Banana, one of Walter’s produce mascots at Saturday’s Kids Fest.
 

A Kids Fest was held Saturday at the Bi-Lo grocery store at 1365 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. See a photo gallery of the day's activities here.


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Schwartz sets world drifting record at BMW Performance Center
MAY 12, 2013

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was at the BMW Performance Center in Greer today when Johan Schwartz drifted 51.278 miles – 322.5 laps around the track – at the performance center.

Johan Schwartz, BMW performance driving instructor, set a world drifting record today at Greer’s BMW Performance Driving Center.

Schwartz set the new standard by drifting 51.278 miles – 322.5 laps – around the performance center’s track. A representative of the Guinness Book of World Records was at the event to authenticate the record.

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Lynn inspired in teen's ministry; plans musical festival Saturday
MAY 9, 2013

Leanna Morris, 16, with her mother, Christy, is the inspiration behind Lisa Hawkins Lynn’s all-day music festival fundraiser Saturday at the Stomping Grounds. Leanna’s April 20 fundraiser raised $20,100.

Lisa Hawkins Lynn found inspiration in a 16-year-old girl’s mission to build churches abroad. Leanna Morris, through Samaritan’s Purse, is raising money to build churches, about $15,000 each, in countries like Egypt, India, Bolivia or third-world nations.

Lynn is all-in supporting Morris and her ministry.  "Marne Hannon asked me to help, so when introduced me to Leanna, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of this bigger picture." said Lynn.

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Idol auditions: Neither rain, cold, wind or trains could stop them
MAY 9, 2013

Mike Lowery (emcee) and Robin Byouk (director) have been sidekicks for the production of Greer Idol for the past five years. Massey returns for his sixth season and Byouk is back for her fifth year.

Idol Audition Photo Gallery

The largest turnout for Greer Idol and Greer Idol Teen was held last weekend at the Greer Family Fest – in the rain, cold, windy conditions. And CSX Railroad added its horns to the auditions.

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MTB performance canceled, set to play in 2014 Family Fest
MAY 5, 2013

Rudy Painter, Family Fest executive director, (purple shirt) joins the Marshall Tucker Band for a photo minutes after the band's performance was canceled.

The Marshall Tucker Band’s scheduled performance at the Village Hospital Greer Family Fest was cancelled tonight because of steady rain that made the City Park venue soggy and the sound equipment susceptible to water damage.

Doug Gray, front man for the MTB band, and Rudy Painter, Family Fest chairman, tentatively agreed for the MTB to perform at the 2014 Family Fest, scheduled May 2-3.

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MTB's Gray on original band members: 'I miss those guys'
MAY 4, 2013

Doug Gray, center, and the Marshall Tucker Band will perform at 8 o'clock tonight at the Family Fest at the main stage at City Park. Gray and the band are pictured performing on a Rock Legends Cruise.

Doug Gray will talk as long as one wants to listen. The lead singer and original Marshall Tucker Band front man brings the renown Southern rock band to Greer at 8 o’clock tonight as the main act for the Greer Family Fest.

Gray, reluctantly fell into the lead role when Tommy Caldwell died from injuries suffered in a Jeep crash in April 1980. Over 30 years and 5,000 shows later, Gray still enjoys talking to the audience, introducing songs and interacting with fans before and after performances.

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Roads closed for festival, plenty of parking available
MAY 3, 2013

Iolanda Smith, left, and Laura D'Amato were setting up their Ioli Hancrafted Jewelry display on Trade Street this afternoon to prepare for the expected crowds in downtown Greer this weekend.

Poinsett, Trade and Randall streets surrounding the Greer central business district are closed until 2 a.m. Sunday due to the annual Village Hospital Greer Family Fest taking place downtown today and Saturday.

There is ample parking and only a short walk  – stroll – to all festival entertainment, food and activities.

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