Joada Hiatt, Director of the Greer Heritage Museum, has resigned her duties effective Sunday. She will remain as the museum’s historian and will conduct tours of 10 or more visitors when available.
Hiatt, a part-time volunteer, has devoted many hours to the museum at its former downtown location and its move to the 106 S. Main Street building that formerly housed the city municipal government agencies. The museum, added to the National Historic Registry, occupies the old Greer Post Office.
Amanda Somers filed today to run for South Carolina Senate District 5. Somers announced her bid at a noon press conference at Sports Spine & Industrial Physical Therapy (SSI), which she co-owns.
“I don’t want to be a politician, I want to be a statesman,” Somers told her supporters. “The state needs to run more like a business. We need smaller government and we need more efficiency.”
Burke Royster is the new superintendent of Greenville County Schools. Royster serves as deputy superintendent of the district.
The 7-5 vote by the Greenville County School Board Tuesday night to offer the job to Royster came after a three-hour closed meeting. Royster accepted the job. He will receive a 3-year contract with an annual salary of $215,000, and an annual annuity of ten percent of his salary.
Rick Danner filed today to seek a fourth term as mayor of the City of Greer.
Danner joins the remaining City Council incumbents who have filed for the July 24 municipal election. Jay Arrowood (District One), Kimberly Bookert (District Two) and Wryley Bettis (District Five) previously filed. To date there are all running unopposed. The filing deadline is noon on April 20.
BY DEBBIE BROWN
Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss and Miss Teen Sydney Sill attended the Miss South Carolina Forum in Columbia last weekend. This is the workshop before we go to the State competition in July. It is held at the Columbia Marriott, which serves as the host hotel for Miss South Carolina.
Canoes, kayaks, sculls and rowboats are allowed on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham without regard to the boats’ length and number of people aboard as long as the craft is not motorized.
The Greer Commission of Public Works approved amending the lake’s bylaws to allow permitting the powerless craft, 3-0, at today’s monthly meeting.
An Easter Bone Hunt fundraiser is scheduled Saturday March 31 at the WoodRUFF Pet Resort and Spa in Greer.
The small dogs event is 10 a.m. to noon and large dogs are 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The $10 entry fee includes the Easter egg bone hunt, prizes, vendors and best dressed. Portraits are available for a fee.
Gardeners from the greater Greer area began planting The Community Garden today at the former site of Woodland Elementary School on West Road.
Overnight rain didn’t hamper the 75 gardeners who came to cultivate their plots for their personal use or community agencies. The 54 garden plots, 10-by-16 feet each, doubled since the project was announced earlier this year.
Saturday morning’s yard sale for Brandon “Dynamite” Talley is 7 a.m. and the funds will go toward a memorial fund to help pay for funeral expenses.
Dynamite, 26, died March 14 of complications from sickle cell anemia. He was buried Tuesday at Fairview Baptist Church in what one observer noted was one of the biggest attended funeral services held at the church.
Barney Fife came close to offending some people in front of the wrong crowd tonight.
Fife was the featured entertainment at the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner at Greer City. Police, fire and emergency medical responders were honored with a free dinner and all the ridicule from Fife they could handle, in good-natured fun.
Dynamite’s legacy shines brighter every day as his adopted families and friends reminisce stories of his life and unconditional love reciprocally shared. Lauri Ashmore recalls that Dynamite called her “Mom”.
Brandon “Dynamite” Talley died March 14 from complications of sickle cell anemia at the age of 26, two days short of his 27th birthday. He was buried Tuesday at the Fairview Baptist Church cemetery.
John Bolt, Vice President of BB&T in Greer, accepted the inaugural Greer Economic Development Chairman’s Award today on behalf of the bank at the GDC's 10th anniversary luncheon at City Hall.
Reno Deaton, GDC Executive Director, gave the annual report that reflected positive gains in 2011 and good early growth in the first quarter this year. Dennis Hennett, vice chairman of the board is rotating off to concentrate on his duties as CEO at Greer State Bank. Hennett retired and was recalled to lead the bank. Dave Edwards, Executive Director at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greer, has been approved as Hennett’s replacement.
Belk department store at 873 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is rethinking its decision to remodel the store this year instead of 2013. When the Charlotte-based company earlier committed to remodeling 30 stores in 2012 the Greer store was not one of them.
Greer’s Belk remodeling was projected in the 2013 corporate plans. However, major retail events in Greer may be changing that timetable. GreerToday.com first reported Kohl’s (Jan. 22) setting up as the centerpiece at Piedmont Plaza and Walmart putting South Carolina’s first Neighborhood Market (Jan. 18) in the Greer Plaza.
Jay Arrowood and Wryley Bettis, incumbents from Greer City Council and Jerry Balding, a candidate for Commissioner of Public Works filed today for the July 24 municipal election. Filing began at noon today and continues through April 20 at noon.
Arrowood, District One councilman, is seeking a third term. Bettis, District Five councilman, is seeking his fourth. It is Balding’s first entry into politics.
A Duncan man received a 30-year prison sentence today after he admitted to using a tool to rob a local convenience store.
Alvin Anderson Jr., 50, pleaded guilty to the Oct. 1. 2011 armed robbery of the Circle K, 592 E. Main St., Duncan. Anderson entered the business about 3:30 a.m. He picked up an item from a display and approached the counter. Anderson brandished a blunt object that was roughly the size and shape of a hammer and struck the clerk in the head. Anderson jumped the counter and hit the clerk again before he took a sum of money from the cash register and fled.
Greer will wrap its arm around Brandon DeBaron Talley for the final time this afternoon.
There’s no telling how many times “Dynamite”, a nickname affectionately given Talley by former Greer head football coach Stuart Holcombe, has given hugs to the many people that befriended him. A hug from “Dynamite” was the purest exchange of his love.
Visitation and funeral services have been set for Brandon "Dynamite" Talley.
Visitation is today beginning at 1 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary at 214 Memorial Drive.
The Kohl's department store in Greer will feature the retail chain's focus on its 60,000-square foot format that has proved to be more profitable since its launch 10 years ago.
Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) will up fit the former Kmart store at Piedmont Plaza at 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Kmart's square footage is 66,233-square-feet and fits squarely in Kohl's format. The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company launched the smaller stores in 2012 in smaller communities. The smaller stores returned better financial reports than the chain's 90,000-square-foot prototype, thus the national shift.
Brandon Debaron Talley 26, of 1253 Owens Rd., died Thursday, March 14, in Greenville Hospital.
He was the son of Lisa Talley of Greer.