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Steinway Piano Gallery in Greenville awarded dealer of year
MAY 23, 2020

Ron Losby, Chief Executive Officer of Steinway & Sons (left) presents the Partners in Performance Dealer of the Year Award to Mark and Katherine Love of Steinway Piano Gallery – Charlotte, Greensboro, and Greenville.
 
 

The coveted “Partners in Performance” dealer of the year award from Steinway & Sons was awarded to Steinway Piano Gallery in Greenville.The Greenville gallery was recognized the top Steinway dealer from more than 65 showrooms across North America. Nomination and selection are based on dealer performance in categories including sales, customer service, technical service, concert and artist activities.

 “The Partners in Performance award is the highest honor bestowed to our dealers each year,” said Todd Sanders, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Steinway & Sons. “This designation highlights Steinway Piano Gallery – Greenville’s successful year and the exemplary work this dealer has done for Steinway since they first opened their doors. We’re pleased to recognize the Loves and to thank them for their ongoing commitment.”

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NGU will open Tigerville, Greer campuses in fall for in-person instruction
MAY 21, 2020

North Greenville University will open its Tigerville and Greer campuses for in-person instruction beginning on August 20.
 

North Greenville University confirmed Thursday that it will open its Tigerville and Greer campuses for in-person instruction beginning on August 20.

“We are excited to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “We will overcome these challenging days together as the North Greenville family. Every necessary precaution will be put in place to ensure the safest educational experience is available to the students we serve.”

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Greer CPW lobby opens June 1, no rate increase due to virus
MAY 21, 2020

Greer CPW’s customer service lobby will reopen to customers June 1 pending any additional State of Emergency closures by Governor Henry McMaster.
 

Greer CPW’s customer service lobby will reopen to customers June 1 pending any additional State of Emergency closures by Governor Henry McMaster.  A maximum of three customers will be allowed in the lobby at a time.

“We are moving forward with as close to normal operations but with caution.  Many of our employees will continue to work remotely except those employees needed to operate the customer service lobby,” said Mike Richard, Greer CPW General Manager.

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Solicitor tells grads to 'cherish path to your degree'
MAY 20, 2020

Barry Barnette is Solicitor for the 7th Judicial Circuit.
 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. It is a wonderful time to celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to future opportunities. I realize your celebration is different than you ever envisioned but I encourage you to cherish the path to your degree, the valuable relationships established along the way and the creative celebrations that are occurring.

I challenge you to pursue your dreams and take advantage of any opportunity that allows you to develop your talents. After my high school graduation, I worked hard to be the best chemistry teacher that I could be and later began practicing law. That career decision led me to become a judge and a prosecutor. I quickly discovered the parallels between the legal and education professions. Both careers require communication, research and writing skills. The similarities helped me to make a smooth transition into my career. I hope your choices will lead to success and happiness in the future.

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Happy customers flock to White House Salon
MAY 20, 2020

Vanessa Arrowood styles a customer's hair at the White House Salon in downtown Greer. Salons were allowed to open in South Carolina Monday for the first time in two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
 

Colt Davis, owner of the White House Salon on School Street in downtown Greer, has had a busy time ever since the Governor McMaster's announcement that salons could open on May 18. Salons and barbershops were among the last businesses allowed to open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close on March 31.

Many salons and barber shops also had non-stop first day back to work schedules and were looking forward to a full week of catching up.

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Gold's opens Friday with sanitizing, distancing protocols
MAY 19, 2020

Gold’s Gym will reopen Friday in Greer with new sanitation and distancing protocols.
 
 

Gold’s Gym will reopen Friday in Greer with new sanitation and distancing protocols.

The fitness facility has been closed for two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down gyms and fitness centers.

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Miss South Carolina, Teen pageant postponed until 2021
MAY 13, 2020

Morgan Nichols (above), the reigning Miss South Carolina and Kellan Fenegan, Miss South Carolina Teen will also continue in their roles until next June.
 

The Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Competitions has been postponed until June 2021. The unanimous decision was made by the Board of Directors for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our candidates, their families, our competition volunteers, production team members and our South Carolina Princesses and Princes. We had already delayed the state competitions until August 1st but feel it is best to wait until next year so we are aligned with the plans of our national organization,” said Erin Gambrell, Chairman of the Board for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization.

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Sloan's 'Snow Barn' judged best Friends of Lake Robinson
MAY 13, 2020

Chip Sloan’s “Snow Barn” was judged the best of 44 entries in the Friends of Lake Robinson photography contest.
 

Chip Sloan won first place in the Friends of Lake Robinson Photography contest. Photographers submitted photos or artwork capturing the beauty of nature.

Sloan’s “Snow Barn” was judged the best of 44 entries by juror Joann Benzinger. Jamie Gray’s “Hesitant Kayaker” was judged second place and Jim Mulvaney’s “No Swimming! Just Sittin’” was third. Sloan was awarded $150, Gray $75 and Mulvaney $50.

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USC Upstate's George resigns, days after completing recruiting class
MAY 9, 2020

USC Upstate head women's basketball coach Tammy George has resigned after 15 years at the school.
 

University of South Carolina Upstate women's basketball coach Tammy George has resigned her position with the University of South Carolina Upstate.

George led the Spartans for 15 seasons. She accumulated a 193-258 record and had five winning seasons. The 193 wins are the most of any women’s basketball coach at Upstate.

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NGU to hold National Day of Prayer drive-in at Greer Campus
MAY 6, 2020

North Greenville University (NGU), in partnership with HIS Radio, will be hosting a National Day of Prayer Drive-In Event Thursday from 12-12:45 p.m. on NGU’s Tim Brashier Campus in Greer.

NGU President Gene C. Fant, Jr., along with area church leaders, will lead in prayer for local, state, and national leaders, the re-gathering of churches and NGU, students, community, and all the front-line workers and families impacted by COVID-19.

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Darlington to host first 3 NASCAR races in May without spectators
MAY 1, 2020

2019 NASCAR Series champion Kyle Busch and drivers resume racing May 17 at Darlington.
 
 
 
 

NASCAR is scheduled to resume racing on Sunday, May 17, at Darlington Raceway with a Cup Series race. Darlington is the first race in more than two months as the sport paused for more than two months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No spectators will attend any of the May races.

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Prisma Health launches community testing for COVID-19 this weekend
APR 30, 2020

Prisma Health launches community testing for COVID-19 this weekend

Prisma Health will launch community screening for COVID-19 at seven locations across South Carolina beginning Saturday, with more sites expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The community testing, done in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), will reach populations who may not otherwise have access to traditional testing or online virtual visits.

The initial screenings will be located in neighborhoods in Greenville, Richland and Sumter counties. Additional communities will be identified in Prisma Health’s other service counties over the next few weeks.

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BMW resumes production in Greer May 4
APR 30, 2020

BMW announced it will carefully ramp up production at its Greer plant and continue to monitor the supply chain and customer demand around the world.

BMW Manufacturing will resume production in Greer on Monday, May 4. BMW announced it will carefully ramp up production  and continue to monitor the supply chain and customer demand around the world.

BMW implemented a variety of deep cleaning and safety measures it reported. It included disinfecting equipment in all technologies, sanitizing workstations, remodeling layouts to enhance social distancing, and completing preventive maintenance on equipment.

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Boeing delivers 1.5 million surgical masks to GSP
APR 26, 2020

Prisma Health received a shipment of approximately 1.5 million surgical masks via a Boeing Dreamlifter directly from China to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday.
 

Prisma Health received a shipment of approximately 1.5 million surgical masks directly from China to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday bypassing extensive delays as well as eliminating shipping costs. 

Prisma Health purchased the masks in late March but was unable to quickly move the shipment out of China.

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F-16s flyover Monday at hospitals to honor medical professionals, first responders
APR 26, 2020

F-16s flyover scheduled over Upstate hospitals Monday.
 

F-16s will conduct hospital flyovers Monday to salute the state’s medical professionals and first responders. The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing will conduct the flyovers at the approximate times listed below.

The public can catch a view of the F-16s as the pilots fly over the Upstate’s 22 hospitals in the late morning.

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Search for suspect who escaped from backseat of patrol car
APR 26, 2020

Jeremiah Jason Bock
 

Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an active search for 36 year-old, Jeremiah Jason Bock, who escaped out of the backseat of a patrol while in custody, according to the GCSO.

Bock, who was in handcuffs, escaped from 125 S. Old Piedmont Highway while deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation. The details surrounding the escape are unknown, but Bock was in handcuffs and is not believed to be armed.

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Troy Pride is 4th round pick for Panthers
APR 25, 2020

Troy Pride, Jr. is fourth round pick for Carolina Panthers in the 2020 NFL Draft.
 

Former Greer High School standout and Notre Dame star safety Troy Pride, Jr., has been drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Pride brings speed, youth and his aggressive style of playing defense to the Panthers.  Carolina has been focusing on defense in the draft.

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Foothills Philharmonic remainder of season is cancelled
APR 17, 2020

Kory Vrieze conducted the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.
 

Greetings from Foothills Philharmonic,

As many of you are aware, on March 15 we made the difficult decision to suspend all activities as an organization until April 15. This was a decision that was in line with the recommendations of both elected and public health officials. We had many hopes that this suspension would just be that, and not a cancellation of the remainder of the season. Unfortunately, it is quite clear that, while we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel as a nation, things have not improved to the point that we can finish the remainder of the season. Therefore, I have to make the unpleasant announcement that the remainder of the 2019-20 season has been cancelled.

While this is indeed sad news, let's seek to remember the 2019-20 season not as the one that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, let's remember what you, our loyal audience, helped us to accomplish this season. Together, we were able to create a brand new concert series (Spotlight Chamber Series), we held our second Future Stars Scholarship Competition, but most importantly of all, we celebrated the previous 19 seasons through repeat performances of classical favorites. All of the things that we were able to accomplish were done because of your support, and we want to thank you for everything from the bottom of our hearts!

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BMW Pro-Am canceled this year
APR 17, 2020

The BMW Charity Pro-Am has been canceled due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

Thornblade Club in Greer is the host club for the June 4-7 tournament. Cliffs Valley was a second course with a third that was unnamed.

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Diestel gets SCORE Lifetime Achievement Award
APR 15, 2020

Uwe Diestel
 

Uwe Diestel was honored by the Piedmont SCORE chapter in March with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Diestel has been with SCORE for 25 years.

“Uwe is an exceptional leader and has held every office in the Piedmont SCORE chapter,” said Fred Raab, Chapter Chair of Piedmont SCORE. “He is a lifelong learner and an example of extraordinary mentoring to everyone. He is always the first to lend a hand and has encyclopedic knowledge of SCORE operations. Uwe is excellent with our clients and new volunteers as he guides them with respect and appreciation."

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