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Scalisi, Spartanburg city council member, longtime Miss South Carolina volunteer, dies
JAN 20, 2017

Jan Scalisi, Spartanburg City council member and longtime volunteer for the Miss South Carolina pageant, died Thursday. She was 61.
 
 

Jan Scalisi, Spartanburg City Council member and longtime volunteer for the Miss South Carolina pageant, died Thursday.

Scalisi, 61, battled an aggressive form of cancer that was diagnosed in August.

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2017 Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival is discontinued
JAN 20, 2017

The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2017 Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival.
 
 

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2017 Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival because of decreased attendance, lack of funding, and ongoing contract negotiations.

The recommendation to cancel the longstanding community festival came Wednesday during a BBQ Festival Committee meeting. The Festival’s primary purpose has been to raise funds for the Chamber of Commerce through a nationally recognized family-oriented two-day event.

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Burnette is Mann's new head football coach
JAN 20, 2017

Kevin Burnette with wife, Alice, son Kevin III and daughter Gracelyn.
 
 

Kevin Burnette has been announced as the new head football coach of J.L. Mann High School.

Burnette is a mathematics teacher at T.L. Hanna and was varsity offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year. His offense averaged 35 points per game the past two years while Hanna was 14-10 and made the playoffs both years.

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Smith becomes GCM executive director replacing retiring Simpler
JAN 18, 2017

Stephen Smith is the new executive director at Greer Community Ministries beginning Monday.
 

Stephen Smith is coming home. The Greer native and Greer High graduate is the new executive director at Greer Community Ministries (GCM). Smith joins the ministry on Monday.

“I just love Greer. I feel like I’m coming home,” Smith said. “I’m so excited about this opportunity.”

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Tony Tipton leaves a void in Greer High athletics community
JAN 18, 2017

Tony Tipton remembered for being all in for Greer High School.
 
 

Tony Tipton was Mr. Greer, an excellent father, and loyal public servant to Greer High School athletics.

Travis Perry unashamedly calls Tony Tipton Mr. Greer.

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Paget, former owner of Chevrolet dealership, dies
JAN 18, 2017

Paget, former owner of Chevrolet dealership, dies

James Suddath Paget, Jr., former owner of Paget Chevrolet, died Tuesday.

Paget served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and 32 years in the Naval Reserves, retiring with the rank of Captain. He was a life member of the Greer Lions Club.

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'Book of Mormon' ticket lottery will be held each night of performance
JAN 18, 2017

'Book of Mormon' ticket lottery will be held each night of performance

When “The Book of Mormon” returns to a one week engagement, Jan. 31 – Feb. 5, a pre-show lottery will be held at the Peace Center box office, making 20 tickets available at $25 each.

Entries will be accepted in the Peace Concert Hall lobby beginning two and a half hours before each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided.

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Greenville hands Greer boys basketball defeat
JAN 18, 2017

The Greer boys fell to Greenville, 64-57, Tuesday night in at Greer High School.

Dorian Williams scored a game-high 25 points by opening with seven points in the first quarter, six in the second and a blistering 10 in the third quarter when Greenville built a 52-39 lead.

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Officers Holcombe, Keller, Sgt. Ballenger recognized for some top awards at GPD ceremony
JAN 17, 2017

Officers Holcombe, Keller, Sgt. Ballenger recognized for some top awards at GPD ceremony

The Greer Police Department awarded officers with certificates and pins for years of service, safe driving and perfect attendance at last Saturday’s awards dinner.

It was the final awards ceremony conducted by retiring Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds. Captain Matt Hamby was announced as the new police chief last week.

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Aylestock puts Wild Ace on brewpub map as first brewmaster serving craft beers in downtown Greer
JAN 17, 2017

Jon Aylestock, the brewmaster for Wild Ace Pizza and Pub, stands in front of some of his brewing equipment.
 

 

 

 

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Rita Allison: Shorter legislative session mean taxpayer savings, more efficient government
JAN 16, 2017

Representative Rita Allison
 
 

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

Last week was the first week back in session for the General Assembly. We returned to Columbia with a long list of issues to tackle and a shorter period of time in which to accomplish the work of the people.

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Dave Ramsey: Don't dissolve the LLC
JAN 16, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are debt-free, plus she has a business giving music lessons. We formed an LLC last year when she had several students and was making over $3,000 a month, but that all changed when our first baby arrived. Now, she has only a few students, and they bring in around $700 per month. Should we dissolve the LLC?

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'Hairspray, The Musical' auditions for Greenville Little Theatre scheduled
JAN 16, 2017

The Greenville Little Theatre is holding open auditions for “Hairspray the Musical” Sunday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. 
 

The Greenville Little Theatre (GLT) is holding open auditions for “Hairspray the Musical” Sunday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. 

Roles are available for 6 – 8 African-American women, 8 – 10 white women, 4 – 6 African-American men, 7 – 9 white men, and a young African-American girl (age 12 to 15). Adult ages range from 16 to 65. 

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Big top is coming down, Ringling Bros., circus is closing after 146 years
JAN 16, 2017

Alexander Lacy is the Big Cat Trainer.
 

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it was closing after 146 years, citing falling ticket sales, high operating costs and changing public tastes in entertainment

Upstate residents can see the circus for the final time Feb. 2-5 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

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Trump singled out Mexican produced BMWs for 35 percent tariff
JAN 16, 2017

Trump singled out Mexican produced BMWs for 35 percent tariff

BMW could face tariffs of up to 35 percent for its plans to produce vehicles in Mexico, according to threats from President-elect Donald Trump.

The three German carmakers are investing greatly in Mexico but also manufacture in the United States.

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More than $600,000 available in Spartanburg Regional Foundation health-related grants
JAN 16, 2017

More than $600,000 available in Spartanburg Regional Foundation health-related grants

Spartanburg Regional Foundation will provide $646,000 in health-related grants in 2017, as part of its continuing efforts to improve the health and wellness of communities across the Upstate.

These grants will be awarded to designees this spring, made possible by the financial support of Spartanburg Regional Foundation donors.

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Tips to help improve sleep habits
JAN 16, 2017

A few tips to help you and your family improve your sleep habits.
 

Anyone who has ever had a bad night’s sleep knows that sleep deprivation is no joke. Sleep directly affects your mood, productivity and decision making all day long. The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, share a few tips to help you and your family improve your sleep habits.

1. Set aside time to wind-down and relax before actually crawling into bed. A hot shower or bath, a cup of (caffeine free) tea, or even watching an episode of your favorite TV show can help calm your mind and prepare you for sleep.

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GCM's Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser set at Peach Bowl Lanes
JAN 16, 2017

GCM's Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser set at Peach Bowl Lanes

Greer Community Ministries (GCM) is participating in the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring campaign by hosting a Glow Bowl-a-thon event on Friday, Feb. 3, at Peach Bowl Lanes.

Teams of six must reserve lanes by calling Hannah Rainwater, 877-1937, by Monday, Jan. 30.

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Greenville Tech's CMI and director play leading role in robotics collaborative
JAN 16, 2017

David Clayton is Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation.
 

The Department of Defense announced Friday the formation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, a project bringing together 84 industry partners, 35 universities, and 40 other groups in 31 states.

Goals for this $253 million project aimed at creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs include increasing worker productivity by 30 percent and making robots more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses. 

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BMW lights up Zentrum; Tigers parade is Saturday
JAN 13, 2017

BMW lights up Zentrum; Tigers parade is Saturday

BMW Manufacturing celebrated Clemson University’s national championship in a special way – lighting the BMW Zentrum at night in orange and purple.

The special lighting will continue through Monday night.

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