Trade Street getting temporary landscaping
SEP 22, 2014

Landscapers plant the boxwoods and other plants in front of BIN112 Monday morning.

The City of Greer is landscaping Trade Street, from Poinsett Street to the Depot, as part of its annual downtown improvement initiative. The shrubs were uprooted to provide more visibility for downtown shops. Boxwoods are the bushes anchoring the planters. Rosemary has also been planted.

The planters may be short-term as the city plans to upgrade the century-old infrastructure that may include sidewalk repairs. More permanent landscaping will be added when the street and sidewalk repairs are completed.

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RJ Rockers, Thomas Creek see residual impact from GSP location
SEP 20, 2014

GSP held a symbolic ribbon cutting for RJ Rockers, Thomas Creek Brewery and Hudson Brands Friday at GSP. Left to right: GSP Commissioner Bill Barnet, GSP President/CEO Dave Edwards, GSP Commissioner Minor Shaw, RJ Rockers owner Mark Johnsen, Thomas Creek owner Tom Davis, MSE Branded Foods President Jack Hough and Hudson News General Manager Jim Coleman.

RJ Rockers and Thomas Creek Brewery owners are seeing residual benefits from their brand launched restaurants on the concourse at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

Mark Johnsen, owner of RJ Rockers, and Tom Davis, owner of Thomas Creek Brewery, were part of a symbolic ribbon cutting with Hudson and MSE Brands Friday at GSP. The restaurants opened July 14.

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Lt. Holcombe: 'Enough is enough' for domestic violence
SEP 19, 2014

Call 911 at the first sign of domestic abuse.

Domestic violence help guide

Here’s a sobering thought.

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VIDEO: See Chris Brown share his life-saving story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
SEP 18, 2014

Chris Brown, a Greer postal service carrier, talks with Ellen DeGeneres how he miraculously saved Eli, son of Stephanie Cooper.

Read Chris Brown’s story.

Stephanie Cooper, Eli, her one year old son, and Christopher Brown – their mailman, joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Chris miraculously saved Eli’s life.

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Greer hero appears on Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday
SEP 17, 2014

Greer US Postal Service carrier Chris Brown saved infant's life with Heimlach maneuver.

Chris Brown, a Greer postal worker who saved an infant’s life last month, will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday at 4 p.m. on WYFF-TV.

Brown performed a Heimlach maneuver on a child who ingested a plastic bag that blocked his air passages. The child expelled the bag and did not require any medical attention.

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Kohl's opens Greer store on Sunday
SEP 16, 2014

Kohl's opens at 1320 West Wade Hampton Blvd., in Greer at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The countdown for Kohl's opening in Greer is less than five days.

The 67,000-square foot store, at 1320 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. will have a soft opening Sunday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. with the grand opening scheduled on Friday, Sept. 26 at 8:45 a.m.

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300-unit Brushy Creek apartment complex rezoning is approved
SEP 15, 2014

The Residences at Brushy Creek, with a maximum 300-unit apartment complex, will be built adjacent to Century Park with the entrance off Brushy Creek Road.

A 300-unit, three-story walkup apartment complex, The Residences at Brushy Creek, was unanimously approved, 5-0, for a Design Review District Monday by the Planning Commission.

The 18-acre property will be accessed off Brushy Creek Road and will abut Century B Complex. A traffic engineering study by the city will be required on state owned Buncombe and Brushy Creek roads. The property falls short of the Brushy Creek/Buncombe Road intersection.

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Call for heroes was answered across the USA
SEP 15, 2014

Peter Janowski
Boiling Springs FD Firefighter

By Peter Janowski

Boiling Springs FD Firefighter

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Firefighters eloquently remember the heroes of 9/11
SEP 11, 2014

The bagpipe was a solemn reminder for the purpose of honoring of the firefighters' fallen comrades.

• Please enjoy Photo Gallery

The heroes were recognizable in their dress firefighters uniforms.

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Hollywild states 'no investigation' is ongoing at animal park
SEP 10, 2014

Hollywild Animal Park officials said no investigations are ongoing. 

Hollywild Animal Park has not received any formal letter of warning or notification of an “ongoing investigation”, according to park officials in a response to media queries late Wednesday.

A routine inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in July resulted with four violations (non-compliant items – NCI) at the animal park. The report concluded a capuchin was wearing a long chain around her waist causing discomfort and the park failed to meet sanitation and facility standards.

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Public invited to a service at BSFD marking 9/11 anniversary
SEP 10, 2014

The public is invited to a service Thursday morning marking the 9/11 anniversary at the Boiling Springs Fire Department. 

A public service observing the anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks on the United States will be held Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Boiling Springs Fire District station.

The BSFD’s 9/11 Memorial will serve as the backdrop as the public and members of the fire service and other first responders will assemble at 5020 Pelham Road (corner of Pelham and Garlington Road).

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Greer man killed by train Sunday is identified
SEP 8, 2014

Greer Police have identified a Greer man who died Sunday when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern train between Moore and Poinsett Street.

James Martin Bruton, 49, was struck by the locomotive about 2:30 p.m. Police report Bruton was located lying along side the tracks approximately 20 feet from the rails.

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Smith encourages Congress to stay the course with Flood Insurance Act
SEP 8, 2014

Donna O. Smith of Greer encourages congress to stay the course with Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.

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Donna O. Smith of Greer testified before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security this summer to insure that implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act stays on track.

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Greer police don body cameras, aid in transparency and law enforcement
SEP 8, 2014

Captain Matt Hamby demonstrates the activation and recording of body worn cameras that have been put in use by the Greer Police Department.

Body-worn cameras are now part of a dozen Greer Police Department officers’ wardrobe.

Six months after testing three manufacturers’ models, Police Chief Dan Reynolds, on Friday, ordered the cameras distributed to two patrol divisions on alternating shifts. The cameras cost $3,000 ($250 each plus air cards) and data storage is $86,000. “We worked the logistics out of the testing, determining what type of camera we would use and type of storage needed,” Reynolds said.

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Wrighten brings more than music to Riverside band members
SEP 7, 2014

Quintus F. Wrighten, Jr. is the new band director for Riverside High School.

Riverside High School’s new band director, Quintus F. Wrighten, Jr., is as passionate talking about the subject he teaches as he is instructing

“It is a performance-driven activity, which is absolutely beautiful,” said Wrighten. “It’s a collaborative effort. There’s something about that synchronicity and synergy in corporate music making that is simply unmatched and unparalleled in any other activity.”

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Southern Thymes Cafe reopening with popular former owner
SEP 6, 2014

Southern Thymes Cafe will have its former popular owner reopening the restaurant. Wendy Mitchell said the name and opening date remains to be decided.

Wendy Mitchell has a message for all the loyal customers that supported her as former owner of Southern Thymes Café at 219 Trade Street.

“I’m reopening Southern Thymes and will have the same menu we cooked for years, meat-and-three and we will serve breakfast and lunch,” Mitchell told “It might take me a little while to get back.”

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No. 7 Greer breezes past Riverside
SEP 6, 2014

Greer linebacker Bobby Farrington (16) brings down Corey Bridges of Riverside.

Seventh-ranked Greer beat cross-town rival Riverside Friday night in a non-region game, 35-7, at Riverside High School.

Greer is 2-0 and travels to Union County in the Jacket Bowl next week. Riverside (1-1) will host Woodmont at the Reservation.


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CPW's organizational changes take advantage of Olson's leadership
SEP 5, 2014

Randy Olson shows CPW Commissioner Perry Williams some infrastructure being put in place during the utility's monthly public meeting.

Organizational changes have been made at Greer Commission of Public Works, General Manager Jeff Tuttle announced.

The move is in concert with the pending retirement of Randy Olson, who transitioned the utilities as interim general manager, while the search for a new GM was being conducted. Olson told commissioners his desire to retire, most likely in 2015, was not favorable to his seeking the general manager's vacancy.

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Smith dominates Cabinet Makers awards
SEP 5, 2014

First Best Overall Project, Best Overall, over $25,000

Keith Smith dominated the 2014 Wood Diamond Awards contest for the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) held in Atlanta.

Smith, of Greer's Keith Smith Builders, was acknowledged winner in five categories for craftsmanship creating "beautiful, functional, wooden items of cabinetry and furniture," said Tracy Yarborough, CMA board member and chair of the Wood Diamond Awards program.

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CertusBank Pelham Road branch is open for business
SEP 5, 2014

CertusBank Pelham Branch Manager JTGreene, left, was doing business as usual Friday while also serving as host for new customers and clients.

CertusBank opened its Pelham Road location today and already customers were taking advantage of the financial institution's convenience to the I-85/Pelham Road and east side corridor.

As soon as the ribbon was cut new accounts, deposits and other transactions were being handled while bank executives were greeting customers and introducing the services and bank team.

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