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Greer paces BMW to second straight record sales month
JUL 1, 2015

Greer is on the cusp of becoming the largest BMW manufacturing plant in the world when its present expansion is completed by 2016 and plans to make 450,000 vehicles a year.
 

Greer-manufactured BMWs continue to propel the company’s brand to its second consecutive record month in June.

Sales for Greer-produced BMW X5 SAVs increased 89 percent in June compared to one year ago to help BMW brand vehicles to a second consecutive record month. The X6, although on a smaller scale, tripled its sales last month to 1,448 compared to 567 in 2014 for a 155 percent increase.

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Hollywild's Meeks retiring, Atchley named executive director
JUL 1, 2015

David Meeks, retiring founder of Hollywild Animal Park, passes the baton of succession to Tim Todd, board president, and then to Kim Atchley, named the park's new executive director.
 

Hollywild Animal Park’s founder and executive director is retiring and the board of directors approved a new leader.

David Meeks, 68, is retiring and Kim Atchley has been approved as the new executive director.

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New trash day for half of city residents begin Monday
JUN 30, 2015

Half of the residents in the city of Greer face new trash pickup dates beginning Monday.
 

Half of the City of Greer’s residents will have a new trash day beginning Monday.

Steve Serafino of Ace Environmental, the city’s residential collection vendor, told City Council Tuesday two new trucks, at a cost of $389,000 each, will also mean same-day collection of trash containers, recyclables and brush.

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Greer's Booher is independent auto's National Quality Dealer of Year
JUN 30, 2015

Darla Booher of Greer accepts the National Quality Dealer Award from (left to right) Cox Automotive’s Kevin Filan, NADA Used Car Guide’s Mike Stanton and NIADA executive vice president Steve Jordan at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
 

By ANDY FRIEDLANDER

Special to GreerToday.com

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Games, comics store opening Saturday at The Depot
JUN 30, 2015

Platform 42, a games and comics store, opens Saturday at The Depot.
 

Game day will take on a different connotation in downtown Greer.

Platform 42 is opening a games, comics and collectibles shop at The Depot, 300 Randall Street Suite E. A 12-hour, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. opening is scheduled on Saturday.

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GPD needs help, asks media to assist locating shooting suspect
JUN 30, 2015

Andrew Jacob Johnson, 31, is wanted for burglary, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in Greer. 
 

The Greer Police Department is partnering with GreerToday.com and other media to ask for the public’s help in locating a suspect in a burglary and shooting two weeks ago in Greer.

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Dave Ramsey says: Pause investing for a luxury
JUN 29, 2015

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

Where should you save for large expenditures when you’re doing the Baby Steps?

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How To Eat Burgers In Greer For A Whole Week
JUN 29, 2015

This plate from Greer Station Diner is $5

All right, people. You know I love hamburgers. Like, so, so much. The burger is the apex of American civilization. I follow six Brazilian hamburger makers on Instagram, because I love to see how the red-white-and-blue has blessed the world; not with the roll of stirring drums, but with deeds of hamburger the American kingdom comes.

The kingdom of hamburger is alive and well in the town of Greer, South Carolina, the place where I reside. I live only a few blocks from Trade Street, where downtown Greer's 2.5 blocks are stretched out. Every week I carve out time to do some work downtown, hanging out at Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop or Cameroon Cigars. When I break for lunch I have several options within eyesight of my chosen office of the day, and most of them serve burgers worth mentioning.

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Willie Nelson opens Peace Center's 2015-2016 season
JUN 28, 2015

Willie Nelson kicks off an eclectic schedule of music, dance, comedy and theatrical events at the Peace Center. Nelson performs on Sept. 22.
 
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The Peace Center announced its 2015-2016 season featuring an eclectic schedule of music, dance, comedy and theatrical events.

The Broadway Series was previously announced.

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Freedom Blast was a hit in made-to-order evening
JUN 27, 2015

Megan Watts dedicated her Greer Idol song,

 

 

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Dial wins Miss South Carolina, Brown of Greer is 1st runner up
JUN 27, 2015

Daja Dial, Miss Greenville County, was crowned Miss South Carolina 2015 on Saturday.
 

Daja Dial, Miss Greenville County, was crowned Miss South Carolina 2015 at Township Auditorium in Columbia on Saturday,

Dial is a 22-year-old from Spartanburg. She sang “I Believe” for the talent competition.

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Freedom Blast gets a break from scorching temperatures
JUN 26, 2015

Greer City Park is all decked out for Saturday's Freedom Blast.
 

Freedom Blast on Saturday at Greer City Park “Will go on rain or shine,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said Tuesday at City Council.

The festival, 6-10:30 p.m., is Greer’s annual celebration of Independence Day, this year a week in advance of July 4. Click here for the official schedule.

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Refurbished vehicle by D & D helps family improve quality of life
JUN 26, 2015

Fredericka Davenport was given the keys to a refurbished 2004 Ford Explorer in a ceremony at D & D Motors by Skip Davenport, President/GM.
 

By GARRETT MITCHELL

Fredericka Davenport could hardly contain the smile on her face.

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Upstate girls win Miss South Carolina preliminaries
JUN 26, 2015

Miss Simpsonville, Mary Grace Nasim, 19, from Greenville, won the Talent preliminary.
 

Four preliminary winners were announced after the third night of preliminary competition on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC.

Two upstate queens won preliminary competition in Thursday’s Miss South Carolina pageant.

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Grain Loft moving near downtown
JUN 25, 2015

The Grain Loft is moving to 610 North Main Street. 
 
 

The Grain Loft is moving to 610 North Main Street.

The Grain Loft will move from 1987 S. Highway 101 to the site of a vacant car wash with the building that will undergo a rebuild.

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Reidville Teen becomes double winner, Cabaniss wins swimsuit
JUN 25, 2015

Shaylynn Simmons, 17,  Miss Reidville Teen, won Evening Gown/Onstage Question. She is the pageant's first double winner.
 

Miss Reidville Teen, Shaylynn Simmons, won Evening Gown/Onstage Question on Wednesday at the Miss South Carolina/Teen pageant making her a double preliminary winner.

Simmons won Talent on Tuesday for her tap dance to “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. Simmons, 17, is from Reidville.

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Miss Duncan Teen wins preliminary at Miss South Carolina pageant
JUN 24, 2015

Kate McKinney, Miss Hilton Head Island, won the talent preliminary competition on Tuesday for Miss South Carolina.
 

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

Miss Hilton Head Island, Kate McKinney, 23, from Columbia, won the Talent preliminary. She performed a classical vocal of “Je Veux Vivre”.

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Chamber earns Award of Excellence for its 'Membership Manual'
JUN 23, 2015

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce earned the Award of Excellence for its “Membership Manual” in the Advertising and Marketing division by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
 
 

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has have been honored with the Award of Excellence in the category of Advertising and Marketing by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

The Chamber was recognized for its “Membership Manual,” which was also recently named the Best Advertising and Marketing piece by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE).

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Greer Chamber supports removal of Confederate flag from State House grounds
JUN 23, 2015

In the aftermath of last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has proven itself to be as resilient a state as it is caring. The horrific shooting has caused many to question the presence of a confederate flag on State House grounds, and while our main focus is, and will continue to be, the victims and their families, opportunities for change should not be disregarded.   

At 4 o’clock yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds. While we understand the flag represents heritage to some, to many, it represents hurt. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Executive Board voted to support the removal of such a divisive symbol from our state grounds, and hope the necessary steps to complete this process will be taken swiftly so an already grieving state may continue to heal.

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Allen Bennett site to be razed, council will act on demolition bid
JUN 23, 2015

The side view of Allen Bennett Hospital with Wade Hampton Blvd. at the top and Memorial Drive Extension at the bottom.
 

Allen Bennett Hospital and the Roger Huntington Nursing Home will be demolished. “The building needs to come down,” Mayor Rick Danner said.

And City Council vote 7-0 Tuesday night to bring it down.

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