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Williams has career game, Greer knocks off York
NOV 17, 2018

Dre Williams was virtually unstoppable Friday night as he led Greer to the quarterfinals of the state class AAAA football playoffs Friday night.

Williams ran for 327 yards and scored four touchdowns as Greer eliminated York, 63-40, Friday night at Dooley Field.

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Don't follow everything you see on the internet
NOV 16, 2018

By T.J. Mack
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

The ice bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the Tide Pod challenge, the fire challenge, the “In My Feelings” challenge … the list of internet fads goes on and on.

A quick internet search will give you access to scores of challenges. Each challenge is becoming more difficult than the one before and each one with the same goal in mind; for the person in the video to obtain viral fame.

Most are ridiculous and some are harmless and laughable. Others, however, can end with a hospital visit.

Today, emergency centers across the world are treating patients due to the injuries obtained in the attempt of viral fame.
Below are some of the more recent challenges and the risks involved:

Tide Pod challenge

Tide Pod – a pre-measured laundry detergent packet, designed to dissolve in water during the machine’s use.
Challenge – to place one of the brightly colored packets in your mouth until it dissolves. Once dissolved you either spit out or ingest the contents.

Risks – The contents of the packet are not made for human consumption and are considered extremely dangerous. If ingested, one may have difficulty breathing, burns to the mouth, esophagus, lining of the lungs and/or GI tract, or swelling of the airway.

This has a danger of blocking airways and choking. If we occlude (block/close off due to swelling or foreign material) our airway brain damage or death will occur within minutes.

 ‘In My Feelings’ challenge

“In My Feelings” song and dance – a song written by popular singer, song writer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Drake. The song, “In My Feelings,” is written and performed by rap star Drake. The song is hot … and it got hotter when comedian Shiggy went viral with a dance he made up for it.

Challenge – Do the Shiggy dance to “In My Feelings” and post it to Instagram.

Risk
– The first videos were harmless, as movie and music stars posted their own videos. Then, people started getting out of their cars. Some of the most popular videos involve people exiting their moving vehicle while someone is recording, then doing the dance and hopping back in.

It should not be surprising to tell you these videos, many of which have gone viral, come with a price. Emergency centers are treating injuries due to these failed challenges (or widely successful, depending on your perception) are injuries sustained due to blunt force trauma or crush injuries.

Many of the people are either being struck by a vehicle in the opposite lane of traffic, are dancing into stationary objects, or they have been run over by their own vehicle.

When operating a moving vehicle, it is highly recommended that you wear a seat belt and stay behind the wheel of the vehicle. Never exit a moving vehicle, especially if you are the driver. This is for your safety, the safety of your passengers and the safety of the others on the roadways.

Fire challenge

Challenge
– dowse yourself with flammable liquid, then ignite it (light yourself on fire)

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Dave Ramsey: Home warranties are a waste of money
NOV 16, 2018

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

Are home warranties a waste of money if someone has been following your plan and already has six months of expenses set aside in an emergency fund, plus home insurance?

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McKaela Rowland debuts as main ballerina in L'Automne
NOV 15, 2018

McKaela Rowland has leading role in L'Automne.

By GEORGIA GAY

Walking into International Ballet, instructors can be heard shouting typical ballerina jargon. As ballerinas dance around the room, perfecting their pirouettes, the music plays loudly, shaking the room. Moms with their younger children wait for their dancer to finish practice, eager to go home to finish homework and eat dinner. One of these moms is Tonya Rowland, whose daughter, McKaela Rowland, has just finished practice for her starring role in L’Automne.

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Guns stolen from Greenville County Sheriff's vehicle in Greer
NOV 13, 2018

Taken were a “Colt” (black) M-4 Rifle  S/N:A0390452 and a “Smith & Wesson” (silver) model 642 .38 revolver  S/N:CMZ-7390.

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an auto-breaking of a Greenville County Deputy’s patrol car. The incident occurred Tuesday morning, around 4:15, in the Hammett Crossing subdivision in Greer. 

 Surveillance footage shows two suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts, approach the victim’s vehicles before entering the deputy’s county-issued Ford Explorer and taking an M4 rifle, a .38 revolver and a plate carrier containing four magazines with .223 bullets. 

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David Pearson, racing legend, dies
NOV 13, 2018

David Pearson, racing Hall of Fame driver, died Monday.
 

David Pearson, called NASCAR’s Silver Fox for his cunning driving that led him to three championships, died Monday in Spartanburg. He was 83.

Pearson’s rivalry with Richard Petty is one of the most storied in auto racing. Pearson’s 105 victories in 27 seasons only trailed Petty’s 200 on NASCAR’s all-time list.

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Mary Jenkins lived her life as a caregiver
NOV 12, 2018

Mary Jenkins lived her life as a caregiver

Mary Jenkins enjoyed serving her community.

Jenkins retired from the Greenville County Health Department and volunteered for both of Greer’s signature non-profits – Greer Relief and Greer Community Ministries with Meals on Wheels.

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Renowned guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez to perform at NGU
NOV 12, 2018

Guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez 

World-renowned guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez will perform on the campus of North Greenville University on Tuesday evening, Nov.13.

Rodrigo was born in Quito Ecuador, South America. Coming from a musical family, he started playing guitar at the age of nine, recording his first album at the age of 12. When he was 16, he started to travel the world to increase his knowledge in the instrument, performing in Venezuela, Spain, France, England and Damascus, Syria. In 1986, he was invited to teach classical guitar by Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX.

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Thompson Named founding dean of NGU's College of Humanities and Sciences
NOV 12, 2018

Dr. Paul Thompson

North Greenville University (NGU) has announced that Dr. Paul Thompson, currently the dean of the College of Humanities, will be the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2019.  

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NGU's Briggs named founding dean of new College of Wellness and Sport Professions
NOV 12, 2018

Dr. Jeff Briggs

Dr. Jeff Briggs, acting dean of NGU's College of Business and Sport Professions and chair of the Department of Sport Management, has been named the founding dean of the new College of Wellness and Sport Professions effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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NGU announces administrative changes
NOV 12, 2018

Dr. Linwood Hagin

The North Greenville University (NGU) Office of Academic Affairs announced Monday that new administrative changes are coming.

Dr. Linwood Hagin, currently dean of the College of Communication, will be promoted to associate provost for undergraduate studies and academic administration. 

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Veterans Career Day at City Hall today
NOV 12, 2018

A Veterans Career Fair is scheduled Monday, (Nov. 12) from 1 – 6:30 p.m. at Greer City Hall.

The event will include professional development workshops, a job fair and a networking hour for all participants and employers.

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Some facts you should know about Veterans Day
NOV 11, 2018

Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it — like how it’s spelled or whom exactly it celebrates. To clear some of that up, here are the important facts you should know.

 Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe.

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Third arrest in Willis case made in Greer Saturday
NOV 10, 2018

Jermaine Bernard Williams
 

• First two arrests in W.E. Ellis case

Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown announced a third arrest in the W.E. Willis case.

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Restaurants honor vets, military with free meals, appetizers, desserts
NOV 10, 2018

Restaurants honor vets, military with free meals, appetizers, desserts

Veterans, active duty military and reservists will be honored with a smorgasbord of options at restaurant chains over Veterans Day weekend.

Bring a valid military ID and it’s suggested to call in advance for participating restaurants.

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Greer KOs Pickens; Williams, Huff provide 1-2 punch
NOV 9, 2018

Greer KOs Pickens; Williams, Huff provide 1-2 punch

Dre Williams and Matthew Huff provided Greer with a powerful 1-2 punch that knocked Pickens out, 35-6, in a first round Class 4A high school football state playoff game at Dooley Field Friday night.

Greer hosts York in the second round of the state playoffs next Friday night at Dooley Field at 7:30 p.m. York eliminated Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 49-24.

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Opinion: Peaceful solutions are not always possible, but we should still be prepared
NOV 8, 2018

Opinion: Peaceful solutions are not always possible, but we should still be prepared

OPINION

By SCOTT WHITE

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Arrests made in brutal attack, robbery of store owners
NOV 8, 2018

Mark Allen Wright

Two people have been arrested in connection the brutal attack and robbery of the owners of the W.E. Willis store on Highway 414 in September.  The Greenville County Sheriff's office held a press conference Thursday morning to announce the arrests.

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 49 year-old, Mark Allen Wright of Travelers Rest and 38 year-old, Jack Corris Foreman of Pahokee, Fla., in connection with the Sept. 25 W.E. Willis incident.

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Greer police suspends facial hair policy, kids will benefit
NOV 7, 2018

Greer police suspends facial hair policy, kids will benefit

This month, you may notice some Greer Police officers with a little more facial hair than usual.

Traditional grooming standards regarding facial hair are being relaxed so employees can participate in the month long No-Shave November. It's customary that officers are only allowed to have a mustache.

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Record absentee votes recorded as polls open today
NOV 6, 2018

Record absentee votes recorded as polls open today

South Carolina voters go to the poll today in the general election with a record of more than 261,000 absentee votes cast as of Friday, according to the South Carolina Election Commission.

Greenville County has seen 18,018 ballots issued.

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