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Dave Ramsey explains 'first right of refusal'
MAR 3, 2015

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I bought a piece of lake property not long ago, and the developer has first right of refusal if we decide to sell it. We originally looked at the property as an investment or building site, but I really don’t understand what first right of refusal means.

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Greer-produced X5s help BMW reach record February sales
MAR 3, 2015

The BMW X5, produced at the BMW Manufacturing plant in Greer, recorded February sales of 4,149 vehicles, an increase of 42.5 percent over the same period in 2014.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 14.5 percent in February for a record total of 25,201 compared to 22,017 vehicles sold same month last year.

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Grant hired as city engineer
MAR 3, 2015

Steve Grant has been hired as Greer city engineer and head of the Building and Development Standards Department.
 

Steve Grant of Roebuck has been hired as city engineer and head of the Building and Development Standards Department at the City of Greer to fill the vacancy created by Don Holloman’s retirement.

A registered professional engineer in South Carolina, Grant has worked for the past seven years with Spartanburg Water as project engineer and maintenance engineer. He held engineering positions with K.B. Sellars Engineering of Inman, the City of Spartanburg, Sinclair and Associates of Duncan, Bell South and Soil & Material Engineers, Inc. of Greenville. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in civil engineering.

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Horner joins Greer State Bank as BSA specialist
MAR 3, 2015

Ben Horner
Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) specialist at Greer State Bank
 

Ben Horner has been hired as Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) specialist at Greer State Bank.

Horner is responsible for ensuring the bank remains compliant with all BSA requirements, as well as assist with BSA reporting and monitoring requirements/implementation of the bank’s BSA Compliance Program.

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Tea party for children hosted by Miss Greater Greer queens
MAR 2, 2015

The Miss Greater Greer queens are hosting a tea party on Saturday, March 14 for girls ages 4-6 and 7-10 at The Davenport, 230 Trade Street.

Anna Brown, Miss Greater Greer, and Emma Kate Rhymer, Miss Greater Greer Teen, entertain girls ages 4-6 from 10 a.m. – noon and ages 7-10 from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $25.

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Lowes Foods will build grocery store at Riverside Commons
MAR 2, 2015

Lowes Foods will build its newest concept grocery store at Riverside Commons. The

Lowes Foods will be anchoring its first grocery store in the Upstate at Riverside Commons, across from Riverside High School, GreerToday.com has learned.

The new concept store, to be built at the corner of Hammett Bridge Road and Suber Road, will be 42,500 square feet and employ about 100. Tentative opening is spring 2016.

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Brown wins queen's lottery at Miss South Carolina workshop
MAR 2, 2015

Beauty times three equals, left to right, Miss Greater Greer 2015 Anna Brown, Miss America 2009 Katie Stam and Miss South Carolina 2014 Lanie Hudson. Hudson is a former Miss Greater Greer. The queens were at the Miss South Carolina 2015 workshop last weekend.
 
 

Anna Brown, Miss Greater Greer 2015, won the Miss South Carolina lottery last weekend earning the No. 1 draw for placement selection.

Emma Kate Rhymer, Miss Greater Greer Teen, and Brown attended an intensive Miss South Carolina workshop weekend in Columbia. They also attended the Judges Seminar Dinner and participated in an autograph signing.

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Carolina Medical Affiliates joins Medical Group of the Carolinas
MAR 2, 2015

Carolina Medical Affiliates (CMA) has joined Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC), a division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

Twelve physicians and five nurse practitioners from CMA will be part of the practice with the new name Medical Group of the Carolinas – Medical Affiliates – North Grove. The address and phone number of the practice will remain the same.

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Snow's gone except for the memories
FEB 27, 2015

A bunny is nipping at Frosty’s heels in this snowman artfully built by Michelle Pimentel and her husband in Travelers Rest on Wednesday.

Snowfall in the Upstate was considerably less than forecast overnight Tuesday. Travelers Rest recorded 3.5 inches and Greer’s snowfall of 1.5 inches closed schools and government offices on Thursday.

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Greer minister loses place of worship when found in default of lease
FEB 26, 2015

Rev. Kathy Sandlin held her International Cathedral of Prayer ministry at this city-owned property at Snow Street and Davis Avenue. 
 

A Greer minister lost her place of worship when City Council, on Tuesday night, found her in default of a lease contract with the City of Greer.

Rev. Kathy Sandlin was found two years in default of insurance payments for her International Cathedral of Prayer ministry located at Snow Street and Davis Avenue. The nondescript church is recognized by weathered banners lined across the outside of the entrance.

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Phone numbers to call for power outages
FEB 25, 2015

Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) is advising customers to report power outages at their homes or businesses by calling 864-848-5501 or 864-848-5500.

Duke Energy customers can call 800-769-3766.

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BMW closed Thursday, Inland Port undecided
FEB 25, 2015

The BMW Manufacturing facility in Greer has informed associates and suppliers it will be closed early Thursday and to call in the morning to determine when the plant will resume shifts. An expected half-foot of snow or more was forecast in the Upstate.

The Greer Inland Port has not made a decision but expects to announce its operating schedule this evening. The port will follow closely BMW’s closing and re-opening.

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Expect a winter wonderland knocking at your door Thursday morning
FEB 25, 2015

The Thornblade Club in Greer, home course of the BMW Pro-Am, is always picturesque. A heavy snow forecast overnight should lend to more postcard-type photos.
 

A significant winter storm will affect the region this evening and tonight.

A low pressure system over the Northwest Gulf of Mexico this evening, and then track quickly northeastward along the Carolina coast tonight. At the same time, colder air is expected to move down from the north. Precipitation will begin as rain in some areas outside the mountains, but is expected to change over to snow as the Intensity increases and the temperature cools into the evening hours. The snow is likely to become heavy at times during the evening hours as the low pressure system makes its closest pass by the area.

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Genie 'excited to be excited' with Aladdin Jr. production
FEB 24, 2015

Anna Grace Waldrop is in the ensemble of

By Jonathan King

For GreerToday.com

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Chief Reynolds: 'Once officers tell (civilians), 'I am recording this, 'they shut up.'
FEB 24, 2015

Sgt. Jeff Smith displays a body camera that all patrol officers have been issued at the Greer Police Department.
 

Body cameras worn by the Greer officers are playing a calming role, according to Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds.

“The body camera helps control behavior of the officers, but mostly it also helps control the behavior of civilians," Reynolds said. "Once officers tell them, ‘I am recording this,’ they shut up.”

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Lima, Thomas join Gibbs Cancer Center to expand clinical trials
FEB 24, 2015

Dr. Caio Rocha Lima
Medical Director for Medical Oncology and Associate Center Director for Translational Research
 

Doctors Caio Rocha Lima and Melanie Thomas have joined the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute to help expand and grow clinical trial offerings to pharmaceutical industry trials in the Upstate.

Lima will serve as Medical Director for Medical Oncology and Associate Center Director for Translational Research. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in Brazil. Lima received his fellowship in hematology oncology from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

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Council hosts public forum for distribution of block grant and housing funds
FEB 24, 2015

The winners of the Black History Month essay contest are recognized with city officials and council members at the Feb. 10 city council meeting. Left to right: Carlina Lara, Cyia Latham-Anderson, Jasmine More, Chandler Back and Amber McNeil. Nichole Schaffer is not pictured.
 
 

• Tonight's agenda

City Council will hold a public forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the distribution of an estimated $263,617 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $83,905 in HOME affordable housing funds that will become available through Housing and Urban Development in July. An estimated $150,000 in block grant program income and $180,000 in HOME program are also expected to become available through the program year.

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Harvey, Greer native, hired by CPW as engineer and planning manager
FEB 23, 2015

Mark Harvey, a native of Greer who worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia in the past four years, has been hired at Greer CPW as engineer and planning manager.
 
 
 

Greer CPW has reached into its backyard to hire the successor to the utility’s engineer and planning manager.

Mark Harvey, who graduated Greer High School and earned degrees at Clemson University, was introduced at the monthly commissioner’s meeting Monday. He replaces Randy Olson who retired at the end of 2014.

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CPW proposes increasing electricity rates 4.7 percent
FEB 23, 2015

The Greer Commission of Public Works has asked commissioners to approve a 4.7 percent electricity rate increase beginning April 1.

The average CPW customer will see its rate increase an average of $5.42 per month, according to General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle. That means customers' average utility bills – CPW provides water, sewer, gas and electricity services – will increase to $119.76, up from the $114.34 average.

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Legacy of Leslie Meyer's gift to special needs children to be celebrated
FEB 22, 2015

Dr. Leslie Meyer was convinced Greenville needed a school to serve special needs children.
 

By Kim Wooten

For GreerToday.com

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