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Mayor Danner endorses Somers
MAY 31, 2012

Mayor Rick Danner endorsed Greer's Amanda Somers' candidacy for the S.C. Senate District 5 race. The S.C. Republican primary is June 12.

Mayor Rick Danner endorsed Amanda Somers for the S.C. Senate District 5 race.  Danner submitted a letter of endorsement to Somers’ campaign staff.

Read Danner’s letter here.

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Owens is promoted to Vice President at Greer Chamber
MAY 29, 2012

Mark Owens has been promoted to Vice President for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Owens, 27, has been promoted to Vice President for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately. Owens, formerly Director of Events and the Director of Business Development, will maintain those responsibilities with added duties including staff management.

“This is a position we have been working on since December,” Allen Smith, Executive Director and CEO of the chamber. Smith became the chamber head in June 2010.

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Christofferson's 'incredible legacy' is a pathway to the future
MAY 29, 2012

Stan Christofferson and his daughter, Katie, shared a few moments between vists from guests at the Stand Up For Stan fundraiser on March 29. Katie delivered Stan his first grandson earlier this spring.

Stan Christofferson, owner of the Great Bay Oyster House, was an easy mark for people seeking help with a project that needed some infusion of money or contributions of goods. He was a good place to start because it would prove to be a positive beginning for a community drive.

“I would walk into Stan’s office and he would say, ‘you’re here again? How much do I owe you now chief?’ Anytime we needed something or wanted help Stan was there for us,” Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds said. Reynolds laughed at the recurring visits that resulted in both teasing each other. Cops for Tots and other fundraisers were always the winners and Stan “provided valuable assistance to us.”

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Remember those who have died to protect us all.
MAY 27, 2012

Remember those who have died to protect us all.

Heroes are ordinary people with hearts of steel. Their courage, determination, and will power make them rise as sentinels of peace and liberty. On this Memorial Day, salute those brave-hearts who lay down their life defending the nation. --Aaron Kilbourn

The last Monday in May is the day when the United States celebrates Memorial Day. This holiday was originally called Decoration Day due to the practice of decorating graves of soldiers. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving America.President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York, the birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966. However, the origins of the day are not quite so clear.

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Balloon launch to follow memorial for Christofferson
MAY 25, 2012

A balloon launch is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 after the memorial drop-in for Stan Christofferson who died last Friday.

The 100 yellow balloons, sold for $1, will be launched at City Park. Money raised from the balloon launch and memorial donations to the “Stand Up For Stan” fund, in lieu of flowers, will help with medical bills for Christofferson as well as other families that are struggling with cancer.

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Southern Eye Associates have job opportunities
MAY 25, 2012

Southern Eye Associates with offices at 100 Physicians Drive in Greer, and 113 Doctors Drive in Greenville have employment opportunities.

Email rbailey@southern-eye.com and mention you saw the posting in GreerToday.com.

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Greer Relief's 75th anniversary celebrates community, volunteers
MAY 24, 2012

Chuck Reynolds, president elect for the board of directors, and Caroline Robertson, Executive Director of Greer Relief and Resources, shared the proclamations with the guests from Gov. Nikki Haley and the Greer City Council.

Caroline Robertson, Executive Director of Greer Relief, told today’s gathering at the J. Verne Smith Center, “When you come to work you never know what you will get. Some days 20 people will walk through the door. Other days 350 people will come in.”

Robertson and her staff entertained civic and business leaders and volunteers to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Greer Relief and Resources.  These same citizens continue to serve an agency dependent on the communities’ financial and material support.

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Gibbs Cancer Center celebrates its 16th Cancer Survivors Day
MAY 24, 2012

Gibbs Cancer Center will "Savor the Sweet Years" during its 16th annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration. 

The Upstate's largest Cancer Survivors Day event will take place Sunday, June 3 from 2-5 p.m. at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The event is free for all cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

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4 sentenced for role in double murder of Greer-area couple
MAY 24, 2012

Four people received prison sentences today for their roles in the double murder of a Greer-area couple.

Juan Carlos Vazquez, 35, of Inman, and Rudis Arnoldo Ventura, 29, of Marietta, Ga., were both sentenced to life in prison without parole for their roles in the Jan. 25, 2009 murders of Hugo Del Carmen Lugo-Hernandez, 24, and Teresa De Jesus Avilla –Martinez, 21.  Each person was tortured and shot multiple times inside their home at 3301 Highway 101. Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies after receiving a call for help from a concerned family member.

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CPW gets green light for fast fill compressed natural gas station
MAY 23, 2012

The 2012 Ford Fusion is getting about 10 more miles per gallon with compressed natural gas than it did last August.

A compressed natural gas (CNG) fast fill station was approved by Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The station will be used to serve public and commercial vehicles. AT&T and Frito Lay are the first commercial vehicles who have expressed interest to fill their vehicles at CPW.

Commissioners approved the approximately $412,000 fill station, saving about $80,000 using CPW’s manpower. Delivery for the unit is scheduled for mid-November with a mid-December launch date.

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Driggers forecasts uneventful budget with 2 percent increase
MAY 23, 2012

Sgt. Mark Justice was presented a certificate of retirement and a gift for his 19 years of service with the Greer Police Department. Mayor Rick Danner makes the presentation.

Greer residents can expect an uneventful budget, according to City Administrator Ed Driggers, in his report to City Council Tuesday night. “We’re suggesting no new fees, taxes or adjustments,” Driggers said. “We’re bringing you a balanced budget that runs two percent over the past year.”

That means the $75 public service fee instituted three years ago to help fund a deficit will remain and the 3 percent employee raise maneuvered into the budget in the final reading last year is a mainstay unless council reduces or adjusts it. Councilwoman Judy Albert (District 6) objected to the $75 fee last year for residents in townhome communities in her district that did not receive those services.

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Bookert's opponent isn't certified for municipal election
MAY 22, 2012

There won’t be any uncontested elections for Greer City Council. That means Mayor Rick Danner, councilmen Jay Arrowood (District 1) and Wryley Bettis (District 5) and councilwoman Kimberly Bookert (District 3) will be the only names on the ballots.

The lone contested race is for Commission for Public Works with incumbent Perry Williams challenged by Jerry Balding. The city election is July 24.

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Zaxby's local owners to hire 50 employees
MAY 22, 2012

Mike and Terra Godfrey were commended at City Council tonight for investing in Greer and opening a Zaxby's restaurant at 920 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Sons Price, left, and Wilson will also be joining the family's business. Reno Deaton, Economic Development Corp., introduced the Godfreys.

Mike Godfrey figures it was a good omen the day he was perusing the formerly closed Burger King on Wade Hampton Blvd.

“I was there with my real estate agent and a police officer stopped by and asked if I was going to open a restaurant. ‘I said we’re thinking about it.’ He said, you know what we need is a Zaxby’s. A second police officer came by and when it was suggested we open a Zaxby’s he agreed and said he ate there the previous Sunday.”

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Memorial drop-in for Christofferson is May 29
MAY 21, 2012

Stan Christofferson and his daughter, Katie, helped promote a second Stand Up For Stan benefit to help a youth with medical expenses battling cancer. Katie was pregnant when this photo was taken at the benefit. Her son was born in late April giving Stan his first grandson.

A memorial drop-in will be held for Stan Christofferson on Tuesday, May 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Grace Hall.

Christofferson, owner of the Great Bay Oyster House, died Friday night after over a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 54. He was diagnosed with bladder and lung cancer.

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Taylors Free Medical Clinic gets Olympic-size attention
MAY 21, 2012

When Scott Hamilton begins to deliver the keynote address Tuesday night at the Taylors Free Medical Clinic (TFMC) fundraiser it’s hoped his message touches hearts, minds and pocketbooks.

The fundraiser, TFMC’s spring gala, is at the TD Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m. A heavyweight speaker like Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist and TV commentator, is counted on to inspire fundraising and volunteers while also saluting all those who have contributed to the success of the faith-based clinic.

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Scott Hamilton headlines Taylors Free Medical Clinic fundraiser
MAY 19, 2012

Scott Hamilton will be the featured speaker Tuesday nght at the Taylors Free Medican Clinic annual fundraiser at the TD Convention center. Hamilton is a former Olympic gold medalist figure skater, has ovecomer a bout with cancer and is now a motivational speaker.

In 1990, former Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton was chosen the “Celebrity Wish Granter of the Year,” by the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Next week, the Tennessee resident with a long record for overcoming obstacles hopes to help the Taylors Free Medical Clinic make some financial wishes come true.

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Family and friends remember cancer survivors and loved ones
MAY 19, 2012

Sara (Mama) Atkins is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She particiated at the Greer Relay for Life this weekend supported by her family and friends.

Sara (Mama) Atkins enjoyed the attention her family and friends were giving her this weekend at the Greer Relay for Life at Greer High School. It was more than she thought possible 10 years ago when she was told she had breast cancer.

Mama, as she is widely known in the Greer community, didn’t accept the findings of her mammogram and requested a biopsy of a suspicious area. “I just didn’t feel right. My body just didn’t feel the same.”

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Christofferson, owner of Great Bay Oyster House, dies
MAY 19, 2012

Stan Christofferson, 54, died Friday night. The owner of the Great Bay Oyster House at 109 E. Poinsett Street, often worked at home while recovering from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Stan Christofferson, a pioneer in Greer’s restaurant industry, has died at the age of 54. Christofferson has been fighting cancer for over a year. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and recently battled a brain tumor diagnosed in April.

The Great Bay Oyster House (GBOH), owned by Christofferson, was the anchor restaurant in Greer that led to what has become known as restaurant row. The GBOH, at 109 E. Poinsett, has been in Greer nearly eight years.

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Greer State Bank reports $1.6 million 1st quarter profit
MAY 19, 2012

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, is reporting a first quarter net profit of $1.85 million before TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) related expenses of $188,000. The result reflects net income of $1.6 million or 67 cents per diluted common share.

The results show significant improvement over the same reporting period last year of a net loss of $39,000 before TARP related expenses of $164,000 and a net loss of 8 cents per diluted common share.

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Ember closes after 5 months, death of founding partner
MAY 18, 2012

Ember restaurant, at 302 Trade Street, has closed after five months. 

Ember restaurant at 302 Trade Street has closed. The only announcement restaurant owner Tim Kearns left was a handwritten sign on the door reading: Coming soon. Pour Judgement (sic). Greer’s destination for hamburgers, wings, alcohol & music.

Kearns and Ember’s staff was jolted when partner and general manager Ryan Storrie died of a heart attack on Jan. 31, one month after the restaurant opened for New Year’s Eve. Storrie, best friends with Kearns, came up with the Ember name and Himalayan salt block idea.

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