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Miss South Carolina Teen crowned
JUN 23, 2017

Ally McCaslin, Miss Woodmont High School Teen, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen 2017.
 
 

Ally McCaslin, Miss Woodmont High School Teen, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen 2017 at Township Auditorium in Columbia on Friday night.

McCaslin, a 16-year-old from Simpsonville, attends Woodmont High School.

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Greenville native featured in U.S. Navy training exercise
JUN 23, 2017

James Wright, a Greenville native, fights off a simulated attacker aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea. 
 

The United States Navy trains for attacks on board ships while conducting naval operations.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class James Wright, a Greenville native, fights off a simulated attacker during an oleoresin capsacin (chili pepper) spray qualification aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea. 

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Freedom Blast sparks celebration of music, military and fireworks
JUN 23, 2017

Uncle Sam Wants You ... to come to Freedom Blast at City Park Saturday.
 

“At the end of the day, all a veteran really wants is to hear is thank you.”
The late Preston Johnson, former S.C. Disabled American Veterans Commander

This is the 9th year Greer has celebrated Freedom Blast, coinciding with the opening of the new City Hall and its expansive park in 2008.

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Miss Upstate Davia Bunch wins talent at Miss South Carolina Competition
JUN 22, 2017

Davia Bunch, a former accomplished International Ballet Academy dancer, won Thursday’s Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition.
 

Davia Bunch, a former accomplished International Ballet Academy dancer, won Thursday’s Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition at Township Auditorium in Columbia. IBA is located in Greer.

Bunch, 20, from Spartanburg, performed a ballet en pointe to “Entrance” to Act Number Four, a selection from “Carmen”.

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, 23, became a double winner when she won swimsuit. Roberts, from Pawley’s Island, won the talent preliminary Tuesday performing a lyrical dance to “Greatest Love of All”.

 

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Four more preliminary winners in Miss South Carolina and Teen pageant
JUN 21, 2017

Miss Spartanburg, Sydney Ford, 22, from Gaffney, won the Talent preliminary. She performed a tap dance to Perm.
 

Four preliminary winners were announced after the second night of preliminary competition on Wednesday at Township Auditorium in Columbia.

• Miss Spartanburg, Sydney Ford, 22, from Gaffney, won the Talent preliminary. She performed a tap dance to Perm.

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Teen Cancer Unit planned for St. Francis downtown
JUN 21, 2017

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, along with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, announced plans Wednesday to open a new inpatient Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer unit.
 

Teens and young adults facing their own cancer battles will soon have a place to congregate among their peers in Greenville.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, along with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, announced plans Wednesday to open a new inpatient Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer unit at its facility in downtown Greenville. It will be the first dedicated cancer center for this age group (15-39) in the Carolinas and the nation’s eighth when completed.

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Stomping Grounds: Somebody had to be the brick and mortar in Greer's downtown renaissance
JUN 21, 2017

Lisa Garland's imagination was virtually her guide during her first days in Greer.
 

I was visiting with Robyn Zimmerman at the Stomping Grounds on Tuesday when she paused on the way out marveling at the quaintness of the multi-dimensional coffee shop, its décor and mostly the customer-friendly atmosphere.

I described Lisa Garland, owner/operator of Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar, as the epicenter of Greer’s downtown renaissance. Lisa’s store is at 208 Trade Street.

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Miss Greater Greer, Sydney Sill, wins swimsuit preliminary in Miss S.C. competition
JUN 20, 2017

Sydney Sill, Miss Greater Greer, won the Tuesday swimsuit preliminary.
 

Sydney Sill, Miss Greater Greer, won the Tuesday swimsuit preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition in Columbia. Sill, 21, is from Duncan.

Four winners were announced after the first night of preliminary competition at Township Auditorium.

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Dave Ramsey: Fiance 'put controlling mommy ahead of his bride-to-be'
JUN 20, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My fiancé told me the other day he’s going to buy a failing restaurant with his mom, sister, and a family friend. None of them have any food service or business experience, and he has never said anything about wanting to own a restaurant.

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Two veterans from Taylors die
JUN 20, 2017

Two veterans from Taylors die

Two veterans from Taylors died Monday.

Ernest Nathaniel Holbert, 81, and Robert William Houston, 76, both served in the Armed Services.

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Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future
JUN 20, 2017

Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future

Twenty-six Greenville County high school students have been invited to participate in Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, a program whose mission is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in college. The new class marks the 21st year of the educational outreach program.

“Bridges students have already demonstrated both academic and leadership potential by their ninth grade year, yet they face financial barriers or personal circumstances that may prevent them from achieving what they are truly capable of,” said Carrie Silver, director of Bridges to a Brighter Future. “Here, students participate in life-changing experiences that help them discover who they are to build the self-confidence and resiliency they need to succeed in life.”

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Greenville Hospital System hosting hiring event for nurses at Greer Memorial Hospital
JUN 20, 2017

Greenville Hospital System hosting hiring event for nurses at Greer Memorial Hospital

Nurses applying for Greenville Health System jobs at a July hiring event could get an offer the next day.

GHS will host a hiring event for nurses Tuesday, July 11 from 2-5 p.m. at Greer Memorial Hospital, 830 S. Buncombe Road. 

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Panthers set summer camp dates at Wofford
JUN 19, 2017

Panthers set summer camp dates at Wofford

The Carolina Panthers will hold its first practice at Wofford College on Wednesday, July 26. The kickoff party begins at 4 p.m., with the team practicing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium.

Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium will take place on Friday, August 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Chamber earns Grand Award for GreerMade video 'Learn the Trade
JUN 19, 2017

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce received a Grand Award for its GreerMade video “Learn the Trade”.

The video features local students explaining why they have chosen to go into skilled or STEM related careers. Students from Chandler Creek Elementary, Greer High School and Harley Bonds Career were included in the video produced by video production company SlicedTomato.

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Southern Hills Lavender Farm is a homemade Greer tourist attraction
JUN 19, 2017

A bushel of freshly cut lavender.
 

The lure of a lavender farm is what drew Jeff Geib and his family to Greer.

“I never thought I would be in Greer picking lavender,” Geib, from Chattanooga, Tenn., said. “My daughter (Cassidy) and wife (Julie) now want to move here.”

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Kim's Fabrics changes hours to better serve customers
JUN 19, 2017

Kim McAbee, and her mother, Nancy, serve customers at the store on Friday,
 

Kim McAbee has posted new hours for Kim’s Fabrics and More.

The fabric shop, at 228 Trade Street, posted signage it would be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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GCM gets $1,500 grant to support Meals on Wheels pet program
JUN 19, 2017

GCM gets $1,500 grant to support Meals on Wheels pet program

Greer Community Ministries (GCM) received a $1,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet food program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies, and care for Meals on Wheels clients with pets.

“We fed 88 pets last month through this program,” said Karen Roughton, Meals on Wheels coordinator. “We provide pet food to our Meals on Wheels clients so that they won’t feed the meal that we deliver to them to their pet.”

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Byrnes student drowns while swimming in Lake Keowee
JUN 19, 2017

A Wellford teen drowned while swimming Sunday morning in Lake Keowee.

The Oconee County Coroner reported that Dillon Ray Spears, 15, died when he attempted to swim in a cove at Falls Creek Landing, according to reports.

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Red, White and Blue Ridge Family and Community Festival is scheduled July 1
JUN 16, 2017

Red, White and Blue Ridge Family and Community Festival is scheduled July 1

A church and the Blue Ridge community will host an Independence Day celebration with its inaugural festival.

Locust Hill Baptist Church will entertain the Red, White & Blue Ridge Family & Community Festival on Saturday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. 

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One of the oldest South Carolinians dies in Greer
JUN 16, 2017

One of the oldest South Carolinians has died.

Marie Dill Wood was 103-years-old when she died Friday at the Cottages at Brushy Creek. She was the oldest member at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

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