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BMW export value nearly $10 billion through Port of Charleston
FEB 10, 2016

BMW export value nearly $10 billion through Port of Charleston

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2015 totaled $9.8 billion, confirming the company’s South Carolina facility as the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

Greer also hosts the largest facility in BMW’s global production network.

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Greer police use force to comply with Taser ruling
FEB 10, 2016

The Greer Police Department has requested a simulation featuring non-use of Tasers/stun guns for officers to train on the Firearms Training System (FATS) interactive simulator (above) acquired by the department last year.
 

Greer police had to physically take down a subject, foregoing use of a Taser, when he resisted arrest last week, Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds said at City Council Tuesday night.

“We had to take down the suspect without using a Taser,” Reynolds told GreerToday.com. “I’m afraid we will have to put more hands on than we had in the past, which could result in injury.”

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Riverside students sweep Black History Month Essay Contest
FEB 9, 2016

Riverside High School and Middle School students were recognized Tuesday night at City Council for winning entries in the Black History Month Essay Contest promoted by the City of Greer.
 
 
 

Greer City Council honored winners of the City of Greer Black History Month Essay Contest Tuesday night  at City Hall.

It turned out to be an all Riverside ceremony. First through third place were awarded students from Riverside High School and Riverside Middle School. Students also earned cash awards with $75 for first place, $25 for second and $15 for third.

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Police annual report on council's agenda
FEB 9, 2016

Another big crowd is expected at City Council tonight with recognition of Black History Month Essay winners and Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds presenting his department's annual report.
 
 

• Tonight's agenda.

The safest place in Greer this evening will be City Hall.

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Ericks wins international singing competition
FEB 9, 2016

Shane Ericks, a student at Greenville Technical College, was selected the $2,500 grand prize winner in the Global Pinoy Singing Idol competition last month in Manila, Philippines.

Ericks performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. The performance earned her opportunities to perform in the United States and abroad.

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USC Upstate creates urban studies degree in Greenville
FEB 9, 2016

The University of South Carolina Upstate will create an undergraduate urban studies degree in Greenville that will serve, in part, as a feeder for Clemson University's master's program.

USC Upstate announced details of its expansion into Greenville on Monday.

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Dave Ramsey: Don't tithe with credit cards
FEB 8, 2016

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

What is your opinion of churches encouraging members to do e-giving with credit cards and debit cards?

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Chamber honors distinguished Greer leaders
FEB 8, 2016

William Grady, left, received the Chairman's Award for Excellence from Donna O. Smith (sponsor Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner Realtors) and outgoing Chamber Chairman of the Board Mark King.
 
 

The 78th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Awards celebrates members of the Chamber that have made an impact on Greer’s business community, and signifies the annual change of leadership of the chamber’s executive board.

Tony Kouskolekas, the President of Pelham Medical Center, is the 2016 board chair, taking over for from past chairman Mark King. 

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Molly Cook's art earns award in Greenville County contest
FEB 8, 2016

Molly Cook's runnerup entry.
 

Molly Cook, of Chandler Creek Elementary, won second place in Greenville County for Visual Arts for Reflections contest. Molly’s parents are Jason and Toni Cook of Greer.

Tina Smith is Molly’s third grade teacher and Greg Patton is the art teacher.

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Students invited to apply for unique BMW, SRHS camp
FEB 8, 2016

Students invited to apply for unique BMW, SRHS camp

Thirty rising high school seniors will have the opportunity to explore manufacturing production processes and healthcare quality outcomes, to driving high-performance BMW’s.

The students will have the opportunity to apply both science and math principles using Lean and Six Sigma tools to manufacturing and healthcare situations during a two-week Academic Outreach Camp led by the University of South Carolina Upstate, BMW Manufacturing Co. of Greer and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). The program is free.

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Rhymer is Miss Greer High School 2016
FEB 7, 2016

Miss Greater Greer High School 2016 is Emma Kate Rhymer.
 

Emma Kate Rhymer was selected Miss Greer High School 2016 Saturday night.

Mikayla Parker was first runnerup, Tara Hawkins second runnerup. Rhymer was evening gown winner, Hawkins won formal wear and Parker photogenic.

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Super day for pizza, chicken wing sales
FEB 6, 2016

There will be more than 4 million pizzas sold Super Bowl weekend.

By Alex Love

There will be more than 4 million pizzas sold Super Bowl weekend, nearly doubling orders on a typical football Sunday. Greer pizzerias are planning to get a big piece of that pie.

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85/385 Interchange works gets underway
FEB 5, 2016

85/385 Interchange works gets underway

The second largest transportation project in South Carolina history started at the interchange of Interstates 85 and 385 Friday.

The 85-385 Gateway Project will transform the Upstate’s driving experience as it not only revamps the this traffic-laden interchange, but makes much needed additions to the overall regional transit structure, said Christy Hall, Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

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Uber gets OK to service GSP
FEB 5, 2016

Uber gets OK to service GSP

Uber, a transportation network, can operate at GSP International Airport, according to airport officials Friday.

Under the agreement, Uber drivers are no longer required to register individually with the airport district and are authorized to drop-off and/or pick-up at GSP.

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Greer Police K9s Boss and Stryker to get body armor
FEB 5, 2016

Greer Police K9s Boss and Stryker to get body armor

Greer Police Department K9’s, Boss and Stryker, will each receive a bullet and stab protective vest.

One protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds.

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GreerMade initiative promotes locally manufactured products
FEB 5, 2016

Products made in Greer can now be certified as GreerMade in an initiative presented by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
 

Products made in Greer can now be certified as GreerMade in an initiative presented by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at its annual celebration Thursday night. The chamber is marketing the logo as one word.

Mark Owens, President/CEO of the Chamber, said the program is to promote and market the diversity of products made in Greer. “We’re doing a certification of origin, a registered trademark that shows the product comes from Greer,” Owens said.

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Waters is honored as Educator of the Year
FEB 4, 2016

Marion Waters was honored as Educator of the Year by the Greater Greer Education Foundation Thursday night at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Award dinner. Pictured with Waters is his wife, Ann (left) and Margaret Burch.
 
 

Greer High School Principal Marion Waters was honored as the Educator of the Year by the Greater Greer Education Foundation Thursday night at the annual Greer Chamber of Commerce’s Award night at Embassy Suites.

Waters, 66, announced his retirement after 45 years in education at the beginning of the semester, effective at the end of the school year.

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Open auditions for Dollywood at Chapman Center
FEB 4, 2016

Open auditions for Dollywood at Chapman Center

Auditions for Dollywood performers are scheduled Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Performers must be 17-years-old.

Dollywood Entertainment is looking for singers with experience in country, musical theater or pop. They also seek specialty acts in bluegrass and gospel.

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Lowe to address Lowes Foods concept of local grocery stores
FEB 4, 2016

Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the 78th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce event.
 

Every person attending tonight’s Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce 78th annual celebration will have something in common with the guest speaker.

The grocery store.

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Giraffe delivers calf at Greenville Zoo
FEB 2, 2016

Masai giraffe parents Autumn and Walter welcomed their newest calf into the world Tuesday at 6:16 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo.

People viewing on EarthCam had views from inside the barn stall.

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