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Award winning singer brings country crunk to Taylors
AUG 26, 2014

Award winning singer brings country crunk to Taylors

By Dana Jordan

From Bristol, Tenn., to Taylors, in a matter of hours, Benton Blount wowed the crowd at Who Knows Bar and Grill with his soulful country voice. Blount had performed at 11:30 a.m. in Bristol and was show-ready in Taylors by 10 p.m.

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CPW commissioners OK hefty daily, annual boat and shelter rates
AUG 25, 2014

Lake Robinson offers a large and small shelter and boat docks for the popular and pristine lake with scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
 

Across the board increases for daily and annual boat and shelter rates were unanimously approved today by Commissioners for Greer Commission of Public Works.

Fees more than double and often triple their current charges for lake permits and shelter rentals on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Annual residential boat permits jump to $55 from the current $30 and daily boat permits soar from $3 to $20. Duck hunting permits triple to $30 seasonally and larger shelter rentals will cost residents $150 per day, triple what they are charged, $50, now.

The shelter fees are effective Oct. 1 and boat fees go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 because they run on an annual basis.

Chuck Reynolds, Finance Manager for CPW, presented the new fee schedule. “Current rates recover about 18.3 percent of costs to operate the lakes and parks and to provide necessary security with these activities,” Reynolds stated from his report.

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Cinderella cast became family
AUG 24, 2014

Karen Thomas plays the queen.
 

One moment, Cinderella is on stage, singing, “It’s Possible!” The next moment, she’s kneeling on the floor to show a young spectator that dreams do come true.

American Callboard Theatrical and Dance Visions of Greer present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the Mauldin Cultural Center. It played Saturday. The show provides audiences an entertaining evening, but also gives young dancers a chance to showcase their talents in a different environment.

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Law Enforcement tournament ends today at Century Park
AUG 24, 2014

Det. Dale Arterburn signals where he figures the Greer Police Department will finish.
 

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The semifinals and finals of the Upstate Law Enforcement Memorial Softball Tournament winds up Sunday beginning at noon at Greer’s Century B Park on Brushy Creek Road. Early round games were played Saturday.

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Taunting adds some extra flavor to BBQ competition
AUG 22, 2014

Brianca Kruse cuts the fat off the meat to prepare it for the cooker. Sascha, her husband, and Brianca are competing as the German Redneck Cookers for the first time in Greer.
 
 

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• Road closures

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New River Bluegrass performs free Aug. 31 at El Bethel Baptist
AUG 18, 2014

A “Different Shade of Blue” is the new CD of New River Bluegrass featuring five original songs.
 

New River Bluegrass will be performing at El Bethel Baptist Church for Burgers and Bluegrass on Sunday Aug. 31.

The Greer-based gospel group will be performing its new CD, a “Different Shade of Blue”. There are five original songs.

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Brother vs. brother featured at Chef360 Throwdown
AUG 17, 2014

Chef Jarod Higgins, from South Beach, Fla., had a throwdown at Chef360 in Greer.
 

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Chef Peter Collins thought it would be interesting to have a cooking throw down pitting brother versus brother.

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Children's fairy tale characters come to life from drama camp
AUG 16, 2014

Camila Escobar is Little Red Riding Hood and Aiden Dyke as the Wolf.
 
 

“Into the Woods Jr.” brings a host of children’s favorite fairy tale characters to the Cannon Center in Downtown Greer. This play is the culmination of two weeks of drama camp plus five additional rehearsals.

“The kids do everything, from what happens onstage to backstage to set design,” drama teacher JJ Pearson said. “The result is a top notch production . . . they’re obviously very talented kids.”

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Greer cheerleaders make a haul at cheerleading camp
AUG 16, 2014

Making All American at the cheerleaders camp were, left to right: Brooke Freeman, Katelyn Wade, Caroline Brown, Taylor Ross, Olivia Beard, Cache Sikkila, Emma Kate Rhymer, Abbey Heniese, Chavoneka Mack and Katlyn Thompson.
 

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Greer High School cheerleaders worked last week at camp with the United Cheerleaders Association (UCA) staff cheerleaders. 

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Catwalk for a Cure features downtown merchants
AUG 16, 2014

Catwalk for a Cure features downtown merchants

Greer Merchants are collaborating to stage Catwalk for a Cure, a fashion event at Grace Hall this fall. Partnered with the Susan G. Coleman foundation, the event will be raising awareness for Breast Cancer.

Models will be walking the runway with 48 men and women outfits from Greer Station Association merchants: Chelsea’s, Greer Trading Post, Gregory’s, Maiale, Smith & James, Talloni and Southern Sisters. Vendors will sell crafts, jewelry and scarves.

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Bojangles' at Buncombe opens Monday, just in time for school
AUG 15, 2014

Bojangles' is featuring a first-of-its-kind digital menu board for the area.
 

Bojangles’ at 900 S. Buncombe Road will open Monday at 5 a.m. It’s the newest brand franchise for local restaurateurs Allen and Lee Johnston, of Chix and Bix LLC.

A grand opening will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Mayor Rick Danner, other dignitaries and “Big Bo”, Bojangles’ mascot attending the ribbon cutting.

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$400,000 matching grant is a step closer for a new facility at Century Park
AUG 13, 2014

A $400,000 grant requiring a 50 percent match from the city may result in a new multi-purpose facility at Century Park.
 
 

Greer is one step closer to receiving a $400,000 grant requiring a 50 percent match from the city that may result in a new multi-purpose facility at Century Park.

The grant has been recommended by the South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism to the National Park Service for approval. The city will learn in September, when the National Park Service approves projects, if it may commence work on the project.

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Greer Trading Post celebrates anniversary Friday
AUG 13, 2014

Greer Trading Post celebrates anniversary Friday

The Greer Trading Post is celebrating its first anniversary Friday from 6-8 p.m.

Jessica Monroe, owner of the consignment store at 217 Trade Street, is inviting visitors for hors d’oeuvres and wine while Alex Hunnicutt entertains.

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New students invited to register for piano instruction
AUG 12, 2014

Piano instructor Kay Young's students perform during the Christmas holidays at City of Greer events including Breakfast with Santa.
 

Piano Performers School of Music, taught by certified instructors, is accepting students all skill levels for the 2014-2015 school year.  Lessons are Mondays at the Cannon Centre from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Studies suggest that exposure to music can have a noticeable impact on academic performance.

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Jordan, Mendoza win Greer Idol and Idol Teen titles, respectively
AUG 9, 2014

Josh Jordan won $1,500 for winning 2014 Greer Idol Friday night.
 

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Josh Jordan and Keddy Mendoza won Greer Idol and Greer Idol Teen, respectively Friday night, with the competition and Tunes in the Park forced indoors at Greer City Hall. Jordan won the $1,500 Idol prize and Mendoza earned $500 for Idol Teen.

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Blue Ridge Brewing Company coming to Greer
AUG 6, 2014

Blue Ridge Brewing Company coming to Greer

Blue Ridge Brewing Company is coming to Greer and will occupy the former building that housed The Cazbah at 308 Trade Street.

It will be the brewing company’s second location. It has played a vital part in Greenville downtown’s resurgence and is located at 217 N. Main Street.

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'Miss Saigon' is technically challenging
AUG 2, 2014

Diana Huey plays Kim in

The joy in Kim’s voice and on her face are evident and as she dreams of being reunited with her husband. “We might even breathe the same air tonight,” sings Kim.

Flat Rock Playhouse presents “Miss Saigon” as part of their Season of Laughter and Love. This tragic musical, adapted from Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” by the creators of “Les Miserables”, is set during the Vietnam War and tells the story of the powerful love between an American G.I. and a young Vietnamese girl.

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Idol contestants get another free pass with tonight's cancellation
AUG 1, 2014

Greer Idol and Idol Teen finals are next Friday. The voting conducting after the competiion will select this year's winners.
 

Tunes in the Park is cancelled tonight making the Aug. 8 entertainment and Greer Idol and Idol Teen the finale of the summer. This is the second of the five-week season that has been canceled.

Greer Cultural Arts cancelled tonight’s performance of Rock and Roll Reunion and the Idol semifinals at 1 p.m. Officials said 4.5 inches of rain the past two days saturated the amphitheater.

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