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Shootout was result of robbery attempt
JAN 31, 2012

A shootout at a Greer home at 203 Pelham Street Monday resulted in the death of a man and woman, according to Greer police and investigators.

Reportedly, Teresa Weatherspoon, 34, knocked on the door of Douglas J. Burgess, 62, asking for money. Witherspoon reportedly pulled a gun when Burgess refused.

Burgess also pulled his gun and they exchanged gunfire. 

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It looks just like ... the Governor!
JAN 30, 2012

It looks just like ... the Governor!

Gov. Nikki Haley shows the bobblehead doll Allen Smith, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, presented last Thursday night.

Haley was the keynote speaker at the annual Greer Chamber of Commerce banquet held at Embassy Suites in Greenville.

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Cause of shooting deaths expected Tuesday
JAN 30, 2012

This house at 203 Pelham Street was the crime scene where two people were shot this morning. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died after being airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
 
 

Greer City Police expect to release the cause of deaths of two people shot Monday morning at 203 Pelham Street.

“Right now we’re treating it as a death investigation,” said Lt. Jim Holcombe of the Greer Police Department. “We have a witness from the house and she spoke to us about what happened.”

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Greer Community Garden has free 10 x 16 plots
JAN 30, 2012

The Greer Community Garden has free 10 foot x 16 foot plots at West Road, former site of the Woodland School. Plots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Greer Memorial Hospital is making the land available to grow your own vegetables and flowers.

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Acme General opens deli, second floor
JAN 30, 2012

The second floor of Acme General Store will feature outdoor clothing and supplies and games. A new line of children's shoes and clothing are also part of the store's expansion.

Acme General Store is getting more general in merchandise and beefing up its food this week.

Denise VandenBerghe is opening the second floor of Acme Friday for outdoors clothing, camping gear and outdoor supplies and games. A deli will occupy the first floor adjacent to the ice cream bar.  Items moved upstairs made room for tables downstairs for customers who want to eat in for breakfast and lunch.

The hours, beginning Thursday, will reflect, the store’s expansion. Two part-time employees have been added and Jacob Danner will be the deli manager.

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Katelyn Wade crowned 2012 Miss Greer High School
JAN 28, 2012

Katelyn Wade is crowned Miss Greer High School.

Katelyn Wade was crowned 2012 Miss Greer High School tonight at the Margaret Burch Auditorium. Wade won a $500 college scholarship.

First runnerup was Taylor Ross, followed in the top five by Sara Ashleigh Ponder, Brittany Parris and Grace Cohen.

Wade won three preliminary competitions – talent, evening gown and interview. Parris won casual wear and photogenic and Jessica Collins won congeniality. The contestants did personal interviews on Thursday with all competition held this evening.

The reigning Miss Greer High, Tiffany Sharpe, provided entertainment and Laci Lee Olson, Miss Greater Greer, served as the emcee.

This was the 14th year of the event with six former title holders attending: Corrie Coggins 2005, Brandi Williams 2006, Hannah Ponder 2007, Kinsley Johnson 2008, Anna Brown 2009, and Morgan Brown 2010.

The Greer High School Band Booster Club sponsored the pageant.

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Funeral services Sunday for Prue D. Waters, father of GHS principal Marion Waters
JAN 28, 2012

Funeral services Sunday for Prue D. Waters, father of GHS principal Marion Waters

Prue Douglas Waters, 87, the father of Greer High School Principal Marion Waters, died Friday in Clinton after a brief illness.

Visitation is today at 1 p.m. and services are 3 p.m. The Rev. Herb Codington, minister of Lydia Presbyterian Church in Clinton, will conduct the services. Interment will be at Pinelawn Memory Gardens.

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Chamber celebrates historic year; Haley gives pro business address
JAN 26, 2012

Governor Nikki Haley, tonight's keynote speaker, laughs as she sees Allen Smith prepare to present her with a bobblehead likeness. Nigel Robertson of WYFF was the master of ceremonies.

The biggest annual celebration the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce ever held was also one for the ages tonight at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

Nancy Welch received the inaugural Senator J. Verne Smith Award. Gov. Nikki Haley, the state’s first woman governor, was the guest speaker. A record 510 people were in attendance and Chamber President and CEO Allen Smith reported $36,700 gift cards sold in the chamber’s “Keep the Green in Greer” initiative.

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Deaton's staff painting a greener landscape in Greer
JAN 26, 2012

Tractor Supply Company has cleared the way for Piedmont Plaza on W. Wade Hampton Blvd. to get a new parking lot facelift with lighted and landscaped islands. Kohl's is moving into the former Kmart building to the right of TSC.

Reno Deaton, Executive Director of Greer Development Corporation, has the enviable job of being the front man selling Greer to business and industry. This month is the 10th anniversary of GDC.

The first month of 2012 first quarter has Deaton's 3-person staff on pace to promote Greer's new businesses with the creation of nearly 500 jobs. Numerically, that represents nearly 2 percent of Greer’s 25,500 population.

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Reno Deaton: Signs point to jobs, commercial and residential growth
JAN 26, 2012

“There is continued and renewed interest in downtown. It's not wanting for interest. Downtown events help out tremendously and have been a great part of the city’s success.”
Reno Deaton
President, Greer Economic Development

Reno Deaton discussed with GreerToday.com, Greer's economy, growth and prospects for the future. He said, on the advice of city attorney John Duggan, he couldn't respond to questions on Allen Bennett Hospital and Huntington Rehabilitation Center that is in foreclosure proceedings. Deaton did speak about Greer's growing vitality and prospects for a vibrant 2012 in economic development. But he deferred talking about Kohl's enty into the Greer market, referring all question to its corporate headquarters.

GreerToday.com: QuikTrip is a new fuel/convenience player in Greer. How do you see that developing?

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Duke Energy residential customers face 7.1 percent hike
JAN 25, 2012

Greater Greer area residential customers will pay 7.1 percent more, approximately $6.25 for 1,000-kilowatt-hours a month, for electricity from Duke Energy of South Carolina. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina today approved the rate increase, effective Feb. 6.

The average rate increase is 5.98 percent but specific increases for individual customers will vary, depending on the rate they pay and other factors. Duke Energy, based in Charlotte, asked for a 15 percent rate hike but negotiated a 6 percent overall increase with the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff.

The commercial rate increase is 5.2 percent, industrial 5.1 percent, and lighting 5.8 percent.

Customer rates in South Carolina will increase by $92.8 million.

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Resident asks for squirrel hunting season in city
JAN 25, 2012

Tom Chapman point blank asked Greer City Council to relax its ordinance of discharging a firearm in the city  – specifically a rifle – long enough so he could go squirrel hunting. That is, to take dead aim on the squirrels that he says is creating havoc with his pecan trees.

“The squirrels are eating me up and I can't do anything about it,” Chapman told council. “They are eating the small pecan buds and ruining my trees. I've been a pecan farmer for fifty years. Generations of my family have kept the trees and grounds clean. They probably ate $2,000 of nuts.”

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City annexes 9 acres for community development
JAN 25, 2012

City Council tonight unanimously approved the annexation of nine acres on Dillard Road that will become the first phase of Graystone Cottages a community of 43 single-family homes. A Design Review District was also approved for the approved property annexed.

The homes will be 1,400-2,400 square feet with an average of 4.75 units on each acre. The streets within the community will be private with a homeowners association managing the maintenance.

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Gibson voted CPW board chairman; Reynolds honored
JAN 23, 2012

Eugene Gibson was nominated as chairman of the three-person Greer Commission of Public Works today at the monthly utility meeting.

Perry Williams’ two-year term expired Dec. 31 and Greer CPW mandates rotating the chairman of the board. “It’s been a long tradition of rotating the chair,” Williams said.

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Kohl's is setting up shop at Piedmont Plaza
JAN 22, 2012

Kohl's will be renovating the former Kmart building at 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. to open its first Greer store. Demolition is completed and the interior is ready to be be renovated.

Kohl’s has finished demolition of the vacated former Kmart store at the Piedmont Plaza 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. and will begin its upfit in time for its expected opening in the fourth quarter of this year.

The retail store will add about 100 jobs, GreerToday.com has learned. Employees from other upstate locations began applying for managerial and hourly positions last fall.

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Gingrich gets 40 percent of Greer vote; Romney, Santorum trail
JAN 21, 2012

Newt Gingrich outdistanced Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum to win the Greer precincts tonight in the South Carolina Republican Presidential candidate primary.

Gingrich carried all 20 Greer precincts totaling 4,909 votes or 40 percent of the 12,158 votes cast. With only absentee ballots to be counted, Mitt Romney had 3,160 (25.9 percent) and Rick Santorum 2,151 (17.6 percent).

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Walmart Neighborhood Market would bring 90 jobs to Greer
JAN 18, 2012

The Neighborhood Market in Greer  would be the first venture of Walmart's grocery store concept to be launched in South Carolina. 

A Walmart Neighborhood Market appears headed to Greer that would bring 90 jobs and mark its first venture into South Carolina.

“Greer is an area of interest,” Glenn Wilson, a real estate broker for Walmart properties in the southeast, said. “We don’t have any Neighborhood Markets in South Carolina or Georgia. This is a relatively new concept and we have an aggressive growth plan.”

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Aaron Tippin will perform at Family Fest
JAN 13, 2012

Aaron Tippin, a singer-songwriter who graduated Blue Ridge High School, will perform during Saturday night’s event. Tippin, who plays acoustics guitar, will have his band with him and will give Greer one of its highest-profile entertainers since the festival began.

Country music singer Aaron Tippin will highlight the 2012 Village Hospital Greer Family Fest. The 28th anniversary for the two-day event is scheduled Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5.

The singer-songwriter who graduated Blue Ridge High School will perform during Saturday night’s event. Tippin, who plays acoustics guitar, will have his band with him and will give Greer one of  its highest-profile entertainers since the festival began.

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BMW announces nearly $900 million investment, adding 300 jobs at its South Carolina plant
JAN 12, 2012

BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer announced it is investing $900 million, adding 300 jobs and expanding its X-model family. Participating in the announcement are, from the left, Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing, Gov. Nikki Haley and Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Production.

BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer announced it is investing $900 million, adding 300 jobs and expanding its X-model family.

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Romney says this election is 'about the soul of America'
JAN 12, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney signs the palm of an avid supporter during his appearance today at Cherokee Trikes on Hwy 14 South.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes stop in Greer

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