Check out what ALDI is bringing to Greer
APR 25, 2015

The entrance into ALDI will be from Mt. Vernon Road, near a traffic light at Wade Hampton Blvd. and W. Poinsett Street.

Thom Behtz, ALDI Jefferson division vice president, answered a series of questions about ALDI’s coming into the Greer market. Behtz explains the store’s decision where to locate, when it will open, the store model, and the company’s purchasing philosophy.

Jim Fair: The main entry into the property will be from Mt. Vernon Road, while ALDI will face Wade Hampton Blvd. Why is a side entrance and a traffic signal at the store’s entrance part of its selection philosophy? What goes into site selection for ALDI in a community?

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Wild Ace opening gives Greer downtown district a new dimension
APR 24, 2015

Becca Wactor, Denise VandenBerghe and Holden Graves at their new Wild Ace Pizza and Pub at 103 Depot Street.

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A less-stressed Chris VanderBerghe was telling all who asked, opening night at Wild Ace Pizza and Pub on Thursday, “was the easiest opening we have ever had.”

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Teacher of Year gets wrong geography lesson from BMW
APR 23, 2015

Suzanne Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.

Suzanne Koty, an English teacher at Sumter High School, was named 2015/2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.

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Greer's Anderson, 39, gets scholarship at Furman
APR 23, 2015

Bob Anderson, 39, from Greer, a student in the Honors program at Greenville Technical College, has been selected as the Alden Transfer Scholarship recipient this year at Furman University.

Bob Anderson, 39, a student in the Honors program at Greenville Technical College, has been selected as the Alden Transfer Scholarship recipient this year at Furman University.

Anderson lives in Greer with his wife, Andrea.

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Williams brings images to life at home and from far away
APR 22, 2015

DC and McGee, boyhood friends, were photographed by Perry Williams more than 40 years ago under the crabapple tree at the old Greer High School.

Perry Williams has been taking photographs since he attended Greer High School. A camera, sometimes three or four, are nearby at all times.

Williams, a commissioner on the Greer Commission of Public Works, entrepreneur and professor at Clemson University, all but swept the Greer Juried Arts photography contest judged last month. He finished 1-2-3 in “Greer Goes Global” and 1-2 in “Greer – An Upstate Destination”.

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Greer Bancshares Inc. trails first quarter net income FY 2014
APR 22, 2015

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Wednesday reported quarterly net income attributable to common shareholders of $761,000 or 31 cents per diluted common share, as compared to the prior year first quarter net income of $1.153 million or 46 cents per diluted common share.

Fiscal year 2014 was aided significantly by $579,000 of gains on the sale of securities compared to $247,000 in the current period and the reversal of $700,000 of previous loan loss provisions compared to none in the current period.

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Quotes and sayings to share on Earth Day
APR 22, 2015

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April 22 is Earth Day, the annual event meant to raise awareness about Mother Nature’s health and the efforts being made to protect it. 

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Entertainment schedule set for Family Fest
APR 21, 2015

Volunteers are needed for the May 1-2 Family Fest. Call 877-3131 for more information.

The complete musical lineup for the Greer Family Fest on May 1-2 has been announced.

Sister Hazel, previously announced as the headline event, will perform Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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Greer port zips along in rail moves, is marketing plum for SC Ports
APR 21, 2015

The Greer Inland Port continued its record-setting pace in rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes, according to the S.C. Ports Authority.

Greer’s Inland Port continued its record-setting pace in rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes, according to the S.C. Ports Authority.

The Inland Port handled 5,187 rail moves in March, achieving its highest volumes since the facility opening in October 2013, according to the S.C. Ports Authority. Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 40,313 rail moves.

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Fowler is a double-winner at Family Fest fishing tournament
APR 18, 2015

Joe Fowler was a double winner with the biggest catch and overall haul at the 20th annual Greer Family Fest Bass Fishing Tournament Saturday at Lake Cunningham.

Joe Fowler was a double winner despite fishing alone at Saturday’s 20th annual Greer Family Fest Bass Fishing Tournament.

The first place haul of 15.3 pounds earned the $1,000 first prize. His biggest catch, weighing 6.2 pounds, earned the top catch.

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New Beginnings makes impressive pitch to city to lease space for church
APR 17, 2015

New Beginnings Outreach Ministry, Inc., made an impressive presentation to city council on Tuesday night asking to lease a building that becomes vacant on Snow Street late this month.

A church without a permanent home has found a location to its liking on Snow Street in a soon-to-be vacant building.

Pastor Harold Anderson of New Beginnings Outreach Ministries, Inc., petitioned City Council on Tuesday to consider leasing the building for its ministries.

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Vintage Market in the Park also bringing sun, warmer temperatures
APR 16, 2015

Clear skies and warmer temperatures appear to be the norm for Saturday's Vintage Market in the Park.

Vintage Market at the Park will host about 60 vendors, food trucks and music Saturday on what is expected to be a warm, sunny day with temperatures reaching into the low 80s.

The bi-annual outdoor market at Greer City Park, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., features vintage finds, repurposed décor, jewelry, furniture, handmade crafts and goods and clothing.

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Greer comes clean during Touch a Truck event
APR 15, 2015

Trade Street was busy early during Touch a Truck with children and adults checking out the vehicles.

City Administrator Ed Driggers presents a City Administrator’s report to City Council during each meeting, alternating the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Here’s some of the highlights we got out of the dialog, including a humorous exchange from Driggers and Mayor Rick Danner on last Tuesday’s Touch a Truck event, sponsored by the Greer Station Association for its Tuesday on Trade.

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Fire department awarded prevention grant
APR 15, 2015

FM Global’s Peter Beshay congratulates Fire Chief Chris Harvey on receiving a fire prevention grant. Fire Marshal Scott Keeley (left) and Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers (right) were also present for the announcement.

The City of Greer Fire Department has received a $2,310 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a commercial property insurer.

The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning, as the department is purchasing three iPads to mount in emergency response vehicles to collect and track data related to local buildings. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

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Greer production puts BMW global sales in rarefied air
APR 14, 2015

It was another great day, month and quarter in Greer, according to BMW March sales figures released Tuesday.

In fact production by BMW Manufacturing Co., of the popular X5 and X6 in Greer, helped make March and the first quarter of 2015 a record.

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Wykes promoted, Romp's duties expanded at Ovation Brands
APR 14, 2015

Richard Wykes has been promoted to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for Ovation Brand's Buffet Division,

Ovation Brands announced the promotion of company veteran Richard Wykes to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for the company’s Buffet Division, and the expansion of duties of Chip Romp to vice president of training and operations support spanning both the Buffet and Ryan’s divisions.  Pete Pascuzzi retains the role of SVP of Restaurant Operations for the Ryan’s Division. The positions report to Greg Graber, chief operating officer for the company.

“We have been laser-focused on reinventing our brands and even pioneered a new segment in our category we call family casual. We now feature the ‘best of both worlds,’ with individually made, fresh for you entrees, but still offer all you can eat variety. The elevated menu offerings paired with updated decor and casual dining level service and hospitality have contributed to the incredible success we are experiencing,” said Anthony Wedo, CEO and president of Ovation Brands. “This move continues our mission of celebrating the uniqueness of our brands by having strong brand leaders focused on each division to continue to customize our operations and offerings.”

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TSA demonstrates protocol in flying with a firearm
APR 13, 2015

A demonstration was held at GSP Monday illustrating the correct way passengers should be traveling with their firearms.

As a retired cop, Thomas Slovenski, has a national concealed weapons permit. He anticipates trouble and that includes when he’s traveling.

“I know what goes on out there,” Slovenski said. “I know everything is not good and I know where you go, trouble is coming anytime.”

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'Decision Day' drop-ins help decision-making in medical crises
APR 13, 2015

Medical crises can make a person too ill to make its own healthcare decisions.

That means times when a person is healthy are the best to make plans for the future. Those are the times it will allow individuals to have the medical care wanted when others are making decisions those decisions.

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Controlled burn brings smoke to greater Greer
APR 12, 2015

The Greer Fire Department reported a controlled burn by the forestry department is the reason smoke is hovering over the greater Greer area.

“Just about every fire department in the Upstate has been out looking for fires,” Lt. Dwayne Brown, at the GFD said Sunday evening. “We’ve been out looking for about 30 fires, Boiling Springs has and others.”

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Picture-perfect day for International Festival
APR 11, 2015

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Greer went global at City Park Saturday with nearly two dozen cultures represented at the second International Festival.

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