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Burns files for House District 17 special election
NOV 30, 2012

Mike Burns leaves no doubt he's filing his papers today as this photograph records the moment at the Greenville County Republican Party headquarters on Wade Hampton Boulevard.
 

Travelers Rest businessman Mike Burns filed today to run in the Jan. 22, 2013 Republican Primary for the S.C. House District 17 seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Tom Corbin.

Burns filed the necessary documents and paid the filing fee at the Greenville County Republican Party headquarters on Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville.

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Greer says goodbye to Sgt. Bo Hicks
NOV 28, 2012

From the right, front row are: Kaye

Sgt. Channing “Bo” Hicks was laid to rest today with a funeral and burial befitting the hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

The greater Greer community and beyond have embraced Hicks’ families with an outpouring of love and respect for nearly the past two weeks that father Chan Hicks called “surreal.”

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Hicks funeral, burial scheduled today
NOV 28, 2012

Hicks funeral, burial scheduled today

Greer's Sgt. Channing "Bo" Hicks will be laid to rest today.

The funeral for Hicks is 2 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church and burial, with full military honors, will be at Wood Memorial Park in Duncan.

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Uninsured residents eligible for free prescription discount card
NOV 28, 2012

Uninsured Greer residents may obtain a free prescription discount card that can average 23 percent off the regular price of drugs ­– name brand or generic.

Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers introduced the program, administered by CVS Caremark, to City Council tonight. The City of Greer is eligible through its membership – $1,400 a year – with the National League of Cities (NLC).

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CPW customers will pay more for utilities in 2013
NOV 27, 2012

Greer CPW commissioners unanimously approved rate hikes in 3 of 4 utilities to fund a $71.589 million budget in 2013.

Greer Commission of Public Works approved a rate increase this afternoon, it figures, will add approximately $5.51 or more a month to the 27,000 customers the utility serves. The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The commissioners approved a $71.589 million 2013 budget with a projected net surplus of $1.8 million.

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Yeatman appointed director at Gibbs Cancer Center
NOV 26, 2012

Dr. Timothy Yeatman has been appointed director of the Gibbs Cancer Center.
 

Timothy Yeatman, M.D. has been appointed director of the Gibbs Cancer Center. Yeatman comes to Spartanburg from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

As one of the nation’s top three National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Moffitt is home to the Southeast’s largest blood and marrow transplant programs.

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Greer solemnly pays tribute to Sgt. Bo Hicks
NOV 26, 2012

The casket carrying Sgt. Channing

A solemn community lined the streets of Greer this afternoon to pay tribute to native son Sgt. Channing “Bo” Hicks who was killed in action Nov. 16. Hicks’ body arrived at Stevens Aviation at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

The charter touched down at GSP at 1:56 p.m. and the processional, led by nearly 200 Patriot Guard riders, reached Main Street and East Poinsett at 2:35 p.m. Photo gallery.

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Sgt. Channing 'Bo' Hicks
NOV 24, 2012

Sgt. Channing

Sgt. Channing “Bo” Hicks (Veteran)

Greer

Sgt. Channing Bo Hicks, 24, of 307 Lakecrest Drive, was KIA in Paktika province, Afghanistan honorably serving his country, on November 16, 2012.

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Services are set for Sgt. Channing (Bo) Hicks
NOV 23, 2012

The city of Greer is preparing today to receive native son Sgt. Channing B. (Bo) Hicks, who was killed in Afghanistan Nov.16. Hicks' body is scheduled to arrive at Stevens Aviation at 2:10 p.m. where he will be met by his family.

The Patriot Guard will escort Hicks and his family from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to Wood Mortuary. The procession, traveling Hwy. 14 North and turning left on E. Poinsett Street, is expected to arrive in Greer at 2:30 p.m.

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Sgt. Richardson: Don't broadcast where you are, what you buy
NOV 22, 2012

Sgt. Chad Richardson of the Greer Police Department reminds shoppers to be vigilant during the holiday season when using social media. Don’t broadcast where you are, Richardson suggests.

“People will post on Facebook and Twitter ‘Gone Shopping” and will tell exactly where they’re at. That tells the whole free world that you’re not home, too.”

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Pastor Rick Ezell: Don't forget God
NOV 22, 2012

Rick Ezell, Pastor of Greer First Baptist Church

By Rick Ezell

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done" (1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV).

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Hicks personified being a hero: He held watch over the U.S.A.
NOV 21, 2012

Sgt. Channing “Bo” Hicks, 26, was killed in action last Friday in Paktika province, Afghanistan. Hicks and Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark., suffered fatal injuries when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense’s standard release. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. 

Memories, tears and heartache filled the house Bo Hicks grew up. 

Three generations of the Hicks family and friends had gathered there Tuesday afternoon, waiting for Army personnel who were coming to tell them about the military honors and protocol that would take Bo to his final resting place.

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REVIEW: Million Dollar Quartet at The Peace Center
NOV 21, 2012

Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, and Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash

Living in Greer gives us close access to so many great venues throughout the upstate, and since this Tuesday night was date night, Lindsay and I ventured to Greenville's Peace Center to see the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.

The musical centers around a chance jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Records on December 4, 1956.

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Planning Commission decision sidesteps council's mandate
NOV 20, 2012

There was a collective sigh and laughter when City of Greer Planning and Zoning Coordinator Glenn Pace told the planning commissioners its decision on a variance could not be overturned by City Council.

Thus, by a (5-1) vote Tuesday night, the commissioners awarded Arbor Engineering, represented by Bryan Shumpert, the variance it was requesting seeking relief from building sidewalks at Dillard Creek Crossing Phase 3 on Vaughn Road.

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Greer's Woodlee selected for Rhodes Scholarship
NOV 19, 2012

Greer’s Rachel Marie Woodlee has been selected for a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University.

Greer’s Rachel Marie Woodlee has been selected for a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University.

Woodlee, a senior majoring in business economics and Chinese language, she’s fluent in Mandarin, and culture, was announced Saturday as one of 32 American students selected as 2013 Rhodes Scholars. The award pays all expenses, valued at $50,000 a year, for up to four years of study at the university in England.

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Greer's Bo Hicks killed in Afghanistan
NOV 17, 2012

Staff Sgt. Chandler

Sgt. Channing B. (Bo) Hicks, 24, of Greer died Friday in Paktika province, Afghanistan. 

Hicks and Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark., suffered fatal injuries when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to today's announcement by the Department of Defense.

They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. 

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Greer Jaycees Christmas Parade
NOV 16, 2012

Greer Jaycees Christmas Parade

The Greer Jaycees Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “A White Christmas”.

The parade registration form, costs and rules are available at GreerToday.com.

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Merle State Hunger Walk is Sunday
NOV 16, 2012

The Merle State Hunger Walk is Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. starting at Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 N. Main Street, and ending at Daily Bread Ministries at 521 E. Poinsett. That route will be closed to traffic until after the walk.

Registration is 1:30 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church.

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Thanksgiving alters city trash, brush collection
NOV 16, 2012

The City of Greer’s residential trash and brush collection schedule will be altered for some residents due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be no residential collection on Thursday, Nov. 22. Residents who have normal Thursday pickup are asked to have their rollout carts to the curb on Friday morning for garbage collection.

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Twinkies is going out of business
NOV 16, 2012

Twinkies is going out of business and all 18,500 employees will be layed off, the company announced today.

Twinkies is going out of business and laying off all of its 18,500 workers after a national strike crippled its operations, the company said today.

Founded in 1930, the company was fighting battles beyond labor costs. Competition is increasing in the snack space, and Americans are increasingly conscious about healthy eating.

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