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Crestview gets royalty to lead its Book Float Parade
MAY 29, 2015

Miss Greater Greer Anna Brown served as the grand marshal for the Crestview Elementary School Book Float Parade Friday. She also visited Kelly Dill's kindergarten class.

Brown will compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant June 23-27 at Columbia's Township Auditorium.

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Kudos to Greer FD for rescuing 12 baby ducklings
MAY 29, 2015

The Greer Fire Department rescued 12 baby ducklings from this overflow drain at the city pond.
 

Kudos to the Greer Fire Department for rescuing 12 baby ducklings separated from their mother Thursday and stuck in an overflow at the city pond. Like GFD here and view other photos.

All the ducklings were returned to the pond with their mom.

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Greer poised for growth explosion
MAY 28, 2015

Larry Wilson, of the Partnership For Tomorrow, announced the just-concluded fundraising campaign exceeded its goal by more than $400,000. 

This statement may stagger you.

Greer, based on its growth forecast by a commissioned study, should be prepared to accommodate a population of 100,000 by the year 2030.

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Cannon Centre transforms into 'Tomorrowland' with 2030 plan
MAY 28, 2015

A series of workshops were conducted for the public's input into the 2030 master plan that will be unveiled at the Cannon Centre this evening.
 

The Cannon Centre has served as imagination station for the past 18 months. Tonight it transposes into 'Tomorrowland'.

The Partnership For Tomorrow (PFT) will unveil Greer’s 15-year master plan, 2030, at a public showing 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Centre. It will be served with the community fanfare of a multimedia presentation, stations depicting in detail future segments of the plan with music, food and beverages.

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GrandSouth Bank building branch office on Wade Hampton Blvd.
MAY 27, 2015

GrandSouth Bank has a  $1.2 million, 5,000-square-foot office under construction at 955 Wade Hampton Blvd.
 

GrandSouth Bank is adding its signature to the landscape on Wade Hampton Blvd. with the company’s fourth office in the Upstate.

Jack Lucas, a 27-year banker formerly with BB&T, is the branch manager.

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CPW personnel changes made to enhance Comprehensive Strategic Plan
MAY 27, 2015

Jeff Tuttle, CPW General Manager, announced personnel moves to benefit the newly-established Comprehensive Strategic Plan.
 

The Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) has made personnel changes in concert with its newly-established Comprehensive Strategic Plan.

The moves are made to better serve the utility’s customers, General Manager Jeff Tuttle said, in making the announcement Wednesday. All changes are effective June 15.

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Memorial Drive Extension bridge reopens to traffic
MAY 27, 2015

 It's taken nearly the entire school year, Aug. 9 - May 22, for the Memorial Drive Extension bridge to be repaired.
 
 
 

Drivers along Memorial Drive Extension are a lot happier.

The bridge that was washed out near Tryon Street is open. The project took more than nine months to repair, almost the entire school year, when heavy rains that flooded Frohawk Creek on the night of Aug. 9.

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Greer Idol and Teen finalists, performance dates set
MAY 27, 2015

Megan Watts will try to become become a double winner at Greer Idol this year. She won the 2013 Miss Greer Idol Teen and will compete in the adult competition this year.
 

Eight finalists have made it through callbacks for Greer Idol and seven for Idol Teen.

The singers will perform during Tunes in the Park on Fridays with teens performing at 6 p.m. and adults at 8. Musicians will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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Site prep underway for 3rd body shop on Greer's BMW campus
MAY 26, 2015

Site preparation is underway for a 675,000-square-foot body shop, part of BMW's $1 billion expansion, off of Brockman McClimon Road.
 
 

Site preparation is underway for a 675,000-square-foot body shop, the third on Greer’s BMW Manufacturing Co. campus, off of Brockman McClimon Road. The new road has been completed and suppliers are already making deliveries using that entrance.

“The body shop is part of BMW’s $1 billion expansion,” Steve Wilson, spokesman for BMW Manufacturing, said. “We’ve just completed our second paint shop.”

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Greer gives support to bid for Greenville County bus service
MAY 25, 2015

Greer is giving its support to a group of entities applying for $12 million in TIGER discretionary grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a full service regional transportation network.

City Council unanimously (7-0) approved City Administrator Ed Driggers to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Greenville Transit Authority (Greenlink) for the purpose of installing a bus/transit station within the city’s central business district and possibly at Wade Hampton Blvd and Buncombe Road.

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Hoyt Andrew 'Drew' Swafford, businessman, 59, dies
MAY 22, 2015

 

Hoyt Andrew "Drew" Swafford, Jr., 59, of Greer, died Wednesday. He was the owner of Drew's Home Improvement and property management.

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BIN112, The Strip Club 104 get third straight annual TripAdvisor honor
MAY 22, 2015

Jason Clark ages his beef on site.
 

BIN112 and The Strip Club 104 Steakhouse have each been awarded a 2015 Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor, an internationally acclaimed hospitality website.

It’s the third consecutive year both restaurants owned by executive chef Jason Clark have received the designation.

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More apartments downtown driven by market demand
MAY 21, 2015

100 Trade Street is undergoing a $200,000 upfit with two offices on the first floor and two residences on the second floor.
 

There will be two more apartments for lease in downtown Greer this summer.

Two business offices on the first floor and two upstairs residential apartments – one studio and a one bedroom unit – are being constructed at 100 Trade Street.

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Cook-Out site, schedule set for Greer location
MAY 20, 2015

Two rotted houses and two garages must be removed before construction begins.
 

Cook-Out is now on the clock in Greer.

Demolition of two houses and two garages at property fronting 1353 Wade Hampton Blvd., is imminent and the build out of the fast food restaurant typically takes 90 days.

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Education Foundation awards $13,000 in scholarships
MAY 20, 2015

The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 13 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Tuesday afternoon at Greer City Hall. Students were selected by the guidance department of each school and submitted to the Foundation. The Foundation in turn will present scholarship funds to the technical school or college on behalf of the student.

The scholarships fall into two categories: undesignated scholarships given by donors to the Foundation for study in particular fields and scholarships made possible by the contributions to the board’s scholarship fund.

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Inland port handles highest ever monthly rail moves
MAY 20, 2015

Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 45,826 rail moves.
 

The Greer Inland Port handled its highest ever monthly rail moves, with 5,513 moves completed in April, according to the S.C. Ports Authority at its board meeting today.

Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 45,826 rail moves.

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Frank Hilliard, 57, mortgage consultant, loses battle with cancer
MAY 19, 2015

Frank Hillard, 57, died of cancer on Sunday.
 

• Obituary

Frank Hilliard’s humor could be found on his LinkedIn page where he described himself as “President, Retired and Enjoying It” posted last November.

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GHS reunion brings families and friends together
MAY 19, 2015

The Greer High School Reunion ended with prizes awarded to lucky number holders
 

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The 2015 Greer High School Reunion held last Saturday evening filled downtown and area restaurants and later the big turnout spilled out of Greer City Hall into the park.

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Livingston resigns position at GCRA
MAY 18, 2015

Martin Livingston has resigned as executive director of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority.
 
 

Martin Livingston has resigned as executive director of the GCRA to focus on family responsibilities, it was announced today.

Livingston will leave his position at the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority on July 31.

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Relay for Life goes over $75,000 mark
MAY 15, 2015

Ashley Burdett, a survivor of melanoma, is the coordinator for Greer Relay for Life.

Greer Relay for Life had as near a perfect evening and night as possible for the Greer Relay for Life at Dooley Field.

Ashley Burdett, who is a survivor of melanoma, coordinated this year's event.

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