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Blackwell, captain and shift supervisor at Pelham Batesville FD, dies
AUG 31, 2014

Thomas Carl Blackwell
 

Thomas Carl Blackwell, captain and shift supervisor at Pelham Batesville Fire Department, died Friday at Regional Hospice Home.

 

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Trash services delayed in observance of Labor Day
AUG 31, 2014

Trash services will be delayed by one day for city residents in observance of Labor Day. Emergency services will continue as scheduled.

City residents are reminded if new trash bins are need to call public services. A new trash bin will be brought to your residence or business and the old one will be picked up.

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City faces dilemma paying for damaged ladder truck
AUG 29, 2014

The entire left side of the Greer Fire Department ladder truck was damaged.
 

The Greer Fire Department is without its ladder truck for two months and the city is wrestling with how to pay more than $30,000 in excess of the insurance the driver, who caused the damage, carried.

Damage to the 17-year-old aerial truck has exceeded $55,000 and the meter is still running.  Chief Chris Harvey said the truck is being repaired in Piedmont and won’t be back in service until at least mid-October to Nov. 1.

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$10,000 reward offered in firearms theft
AUG 28, 2014

Suspect in theft of firearms from the South Carolina Gun Company at 242 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite E.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the South Carolina Gun Company at 242 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite E.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 award and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has announced a $5.000 reward.

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Under the Radar is big winner at Sooie't Relief BBQ competition
AUG 27, 2014

Under the Radar won Grand Champion and Waylon’s Wickedly Good Q was Reserve Champion at the 4th Annual Sooie’t Relief BBQ competition last weekend.

There was $9,000 in prize money distributed.

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Dalby couldn't find tomatoes and corn to his liking, so he grew them
AUG 27, 2014

David Dalby reaches into a tomato plant to thin them out.
 

David Dalby wanted fresh tomatoes and corn so he grew them.

Now Dalby has too many tomatoes among varieties that are still producing bite-size black cherry among his Heirloom, Beefsteak and Better Boys. There are 42 quarts of tomatoes canned, so far.

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City employees will practice wellness plan or pay for their indiscretions
AUG 27, 2014

City employees will be required to participate and pass 5 of 9 health points from a wellness plan of their peers or pay higher insurance fees.
 

City employees will pay the price for failing to meet minimum health standards set by a 10-member wellness committee of their peers in fiscal year 2014-2015.

City Administrator Ed Driggers told City Council Tuesday that, the intent of the program “is to promote a healthy workforce and reduce increased premiums. It rewards good behavior, a healthy lifestyle and reduces cost,” he said.

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Southern Sisters Boutique is locating downtown
AUG 26, 2014

A pressed flower necklace design by Daniella Prestifilippo.
 
 
 

Southern Sisters Boutique will open at 115 E. Poinsett Street in late September.

Danielle and Mary Prestifilippo specialize in jewelry and accessories.

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Empire Ltd., upscale men's consignment store, opens Tuesday
AUG 26, 2014

Empire Ltd. is an upscale men's consignment store opening today at 205 Trade Street.

Empire Ltd., an upscale men’s consignment clothing and shoe studio, opens today at 205 Trade Street.

James Carter is relocating his store from Fountain Inn.

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Cameroon Cigars has a new owner
AUG 26, 2014

Cameroon Cigars and Accessories has remained open during the transaction between new owners.
 

Don Broadhurst has purchased Cameroon Cigars and Accessories from owners Mark Grant, his wife Anna Marie, and partner Dixon Howard. Sara Church is the store’s general manager.

The store, at 207 Trade Street, has remained open through the transaction.

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Southern Thymes Cafe is closed
AUG 25, 2014

Southern Thymes' handwritten signage says it all.

Southern Thymes Café closed Monday nearly seven months after its chef proclaimed “RIP Meat and 3”.

Southern Thymes at 219 Trade Street, had signage on its window and door announcing its closing and thanking customers for their support on Monday. A separate hand-written sign announced the restaurant was for sale.

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CPW awards bids to begin substation construction near Inland Port
AUG 25, 2014

Bids totaling nearly $665,000 for grading and the purchase of steel for the Greer Commission of Public Works substation at Victor Hill were awarded today at the monthly utilities’ public meeting.

The contract between CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, where the property exists on Victor Hill Road, is undergoing its final review, said CPW General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle.

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CPW commissioners OK hefty daily, annual boat and shelter rates
AUG 25, 2014

Lake Robinson offers a large and small shelter and boat docks for the popular and pristine lake with scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
 

Across the board increases for daily and annual boat and shelter rates were unanimously approved today by Commissioners for Greer Commission of Public Works.

Fees more than double and often triple their current charges for lake permits and shelter rentals on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Annual residential boat permits jump to $55 from the current $30 and daily boat permits soar from $3 to $20. Duck hunting permits triple to $30 seasonally and larger shelter rentals will cost residents $150 per day, triple what they are charged, $50, now.

The shelter fees are effective Oct. 1 and boat fees go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 because they run on an annual basis.

Chuck Reynolds, Finance Manager for CPW, presented the new fee schedule. “Current rates recover about 18.3 percent of costs to operate the lakes and parks and to provide necessary security with these activities,” Reynolds stated from his report.

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Softball tournament was heart-felt for fallen officers
AUG 24, 2014

Roger Rice, Sr., father of Laurens County Deputy Roger Rice, Jr., killed in action in 2011, is greeted at the weekend softball tournament at Greer's Century B Park.
 

• Photo Gallery

By Kim Wooten

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Taunting adds some extra flavor to BBQ competition
AUG 22, 2014

Brianca Kruse cuts the fat off the meat to prepare it for the cooker. Sascha, her husband, and Brianca are competing as the German Redneck Cookers for the first time in Greer.
 
 

• Schedule of events

• Road closures

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BBQ festival launched with Wing Fling today
AUG 22, 2014

Beef brisket is on the menu for the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit Friday and Saturday.
 

Some of the best barbecue cooked east of the Red River will be competing for $9,000 in prize money in the two-day 4th Annual Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit this weekend in Greer Station.

The Wing Fling competition featuring grilled and smoked wings will be tasted and judged Friday night. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off Saturday features chicken, pork and beef.

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'Unwritten rules' define Williams' minority owned cleaning business
AUG 21, 2014

William Grady said in two pointed sentences what it took a panel, roundtable and keynote speaker to present Thursday at the Minority Business Summit at Greer’s Grace Hall.

“Being a minority gets you in the door,” Grady, owner of Grady’s Cleaning Services, said. “What you do, keeps you in that door.”

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Specialty pets inspire kids to learn
AUG 21, 2014

Family Features

All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families are starting a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.

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Downtown road closures set for weekend BBQ festival
AUG 21, 2014

Road closures have been announced for Friday and Saturday’s Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit in downtown Greer.

Cookers arriving Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. will park in the cooker lot. The festival is 6-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Minority Business Summit is free Thursday at Grace Hall
AUG 20, 2014

A Minority Business Summit will be held Thursday at Grace Hall from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kinneil Coltman, Chief Diversity Officer at Greenville Health System, will be the keynote speaker at a free lunch from noon – 1:15 p.m. Greer Memorial Hospital is the presenting sponsor.

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