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Tax free weekend for cars, computers, school supplies ...
JUL 31, 2012

Even if you’re not going back to school, you can take advantage of the tax-free weekend Friday beginning at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday ending at midnight. Typical back-to-school items are included (such as paper, notebooks, and pens) as well as other items like computers, clothing, handbags, and even shower curtains.  
 
The exact wording of the law that describes what is tax exempt and a list of examples can be found on the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s website.
 
Some businesses who sell items not included in the tax-exempt category are getting into the spirit by offering to pay the sales tax themselves, making their items, in essence, tax-free. D & D Ford is one of these businesses, so if you’ve been thinking about getting a new car, now is the time to do it.

 

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Greer is getting a soaking rain; farmers, gardeners are a happy lot
JUL 31, 2012

The Greer Chamber of Commerce made an exception feeling good about an all-day rain in GreerToday. The last day in July will be memorable in the relief the rains are bringing to the drought-stricken Upstate.

Rain. What a sight to see and feel today in Greer.

The steady, soaking rain began falling at 8:50 this morning and has continued through most of the day. As of 6 p.m. rainfall measured 2.7 inches at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at Greer, the upstate's official weather station. Flash floor warnings were posted until 8 p.m. tonigh.

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MD360 is all about fanfare today; Tuesday it's all business
JUL 30, 2012

The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony for Greer’s MD360 Convenient Care was held in GreerToday across from Riverside High School. From the left: Susan Mullinax, Administration Coordinator; Dr. James Taylor II, resident physician; Robin O’Connell, MD360 Office Manager; Dr. Jim Ellis, MD360 Medical Director, Jennifer Turner, Greer Clinical Manager; Dr. Chelsea Burgin, resident physician; and Allen Smith, president and CEO Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Jim Ellis described a Friday night scenario to Steadman Hawkins associates where an injured high school player could come to MD360 for an emergency X-ray, it diagnosed to be a bruise, sent back to the stadium and into the game to resume play.

“I can see that happening and the player going back into the game and playing, depending when he was injured, when he gets back to the game and if he can tolerate the pain,” Ellis said.

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GGEF Gala to feature the Swingin' Medallions
JUL 30, 2012

GGEF Gala to feature the Swingin' Medallions

The GREATER GREER EDUCATION FOUNDATION will present its 5th Annual Education Gala to benefit Education in the Greater Greer Area on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 6:30-10 p.m. This year, the Gala will be held at the new Cannon Centre at 204 Cannon Street, Greer, S. C. 

 The Gala will feature beach music by The Swingin’ Medallions.  The Swingin’ Medallions’ musical roots came from listening to the early rhythm and blues acts.

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Greer Idol Champion negotiating a singing contract
JUL 29, 2012

Dana Jordan, 2011 Greer Idol champion, is negotiating a contract with an Atlanta entertainment company.

Dana Jordan, 2011 Greer Idol winner, is negotiating a music contract with an Atlanta label. “I’m trying to wrap my head around it, it’s so surreal,” Jordan said.

“It is everything I’ve always wanted since I was a little girl,” Jordan said.  “They found me. We talked a week ago and they called last Sunday and told me that I needed to get my songs on a track, a bio and photo shoot within 48 hours. I went to Atlanta last Tuesday.

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Pfc. Adam Ross remembered at Greer Idol finale
JUL 29, 2012

The family of U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross was given a long ovation by spectators at Greer Idol Friday night. Ross was killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday when he encountered small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense. Parents Dudley and Amanda Ross, their son, and Adam Ross' girlfriend, Rachel

Greer saluted U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross at Greer Idol Friday night with song, dedications and a heartfelt long ovation for his family attending the event. Ross was killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday when he was caught in an ambush.

Mike Lowery, Greer Idol emcee for the past six years, told the spectators he often questioned why he maintained emceeing the annual summer competition.  Friday night the answer came to him.

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Bella Young shows there's a time for work and a time for play
JUL 28, 2012

As Bella Young, 3, installs the wood-paneled sections in the Greer High School weight room, there is a common theme in the photos. Can you tell what it is?

Bella Young apparently had heard enough football talk. Any hint of going home early to catch an afternoon nap and play meant she would have to take matters into her own hands.

Bella, 3, was at the Greer High School weight room late Saturday afternoon while her father, head football coach Will Young, visited player’s parents and a few players who were installing wood panel flooring with the Yellow Jackets decal in front of weight stations.

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Safety recall issued for BFGoodrich, UNIROYAL commercial light truck replacement tires
JUL 26, 2012

BFGoodrich and UNIROYAL tires today announced a voluntary safety recall for approximately 841,000  BFGoodrich, Commercial T/A,  A/S and UNIROYAL Laredo HD/H tires in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Two sizes of each tire are affected and they are typically found on commercial light trucks and full-sized heavy duty vans. Approximately 799,900 of these tires were sold in the U.S.

The BFGoodrich and UNIROYAL brands are owned and operated by Michelin North America, Inc.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires.

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Dakota will provide live interviews at Greer Idol finals Friday
JUL 26, 2012

Dakota Fitzgerald will provide live interviews at Friday's Greer Idol and Idol Teen finals. It is GreerToday.com's first production with commentary at a live streaming event.

Dakota Fitzgerald will make her live online debut as commentator for GreerToday.com Friday night at the final of Greer Idol 6.

Ryan Wilson and Wally Dreesen are the Greer Idol finalists and Kayla Kershaw and Megan Watts are vying for the Idol Teen championship. The Idol winner gets $1,500 and Idol Teen $500. The Teen Idol competition begins at 6 p.m. and Greer Idol at 8 p.m. A link will be provided on GreerToday’s home page or visit http://greertoday.com/tv/channel/greer-idol/ to watch Dakota’s reports and interviews.

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Williams' re-election to Greer CPW is certified
JUL 26, 2012

Perry Williams was re-elected to a 6-year term as commissioner for Greer Commission of Public Works.

Perry Williams’ re-election as commissioner for the Greer Commission of Public Works was certified this morning at City Hall. Conway Belangia, Greenville County Election Commission, certified the results.

Williams picked up one vote one a challenge ballot to make the official count 432-361 for Williams. 

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CPW customers want more online billing options
JUL 25, 2012

A lot of Greer Commission of Public Works customers had a lot of nice things to say about the utilities company and its practices. That’s the good part of surveys.

The difficult part is taking solicited suggestions and putting them into action plans.

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Greer MD360 promises convenient, fast medical visits
JUL 25, 2012

In a week, the community will have a convenient and fast option for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Greenville Hospital System is set to open it’s Greer location of MD360, a medical facility that offers walk-in care, urgent care, and physical therapy, on Tuesday.

Jennifer Turner, clinical manager, said that MD360 is designed to be convenient for patients, with no appointment needed, and extended hours. “We want to make it easy for people who need care. They can come in before work or after work.” The facility will be open weekdays 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays noon – 6 p.m.

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City Council hears good news on budget
JUL 25, 2012

Greer City council members remained after Tuesday night's meeting to follow the results posted for the commissioner for Greer CPW Commission election. Perry Williams won re-election. Members from the left are: Jay Arrowood, Wayne Griffin, Kimberly Bookert and Wryley Bettis.
 

City Council had an abbreviated schedule Tuesday evening hearing it was nearly $500,000 under budget for fiscal year (2011/2012), approving three parcels for annexation and rezoning and a lease/purchase agreement.

The July meetings, generally 30-45 minutes in length, are mostly for adjusting figures on the closure of the previous year’s budget and tending to housekeeping duties entering the new fiscal year’s (2012/2013) expenses and revenues.

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Balding outspending Williams in Greer CPW race
JUL 23, 2012

Perry Williams is the incumbent seeking re-election for commissioner for Greer CPW. 

Jerry Balding has outspent Perry Williams by more than $4,400 and $2,000 more than the salary for commissioner for Greer Commission of Public Works.

The South Carolina State Ethics Commission for public disclosure and accountability reporting system shows Balding spending $11,671.84 and Williams totaling $7,265.44 in their race for the at-large seat for Greer CPW. Balding has outspent Williams by 38 percent. The ethics report is from Jan. 1, 2012 through July 23. The Ethics Commission requires a final report after the elections.

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Cannon Centre is dedicated to Greer Community
JUL 22, 2012

Mike Sokel, president of Greer Cultural Arts and Robyn Byouk, Greer Arts Council supervisor, accept the symbolic $10,000 check presented from the city by Mayor Rick Danner at the Cannon Centre dedication in GreerToday.

Ed Driggers, Greer city administrator, summed up the historic significance of the Cannon Centre, a new multi-purpose event center in GreerToday.

“This is a landmark building that has undergone a transformation. There are people here who played basketball in this building, who came to dances in this building. People are here who remember what this building has been," Driggers said. 

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Williams is guest speaker at service, honored at community cookout
JUL 22, 2012

Perry Williams, incumbent candidate for commissioner of Greer Commission of Public Works spent a busy Saturday as an invited guest at The International House of Prayer and was hosted to a cookout in his honor at a community cookout.

Pastor David Benson invited Williams to speak at Saturday’s special tent service. Williams messaged the event was well attended. An 18-member New Orleans Jazz band performed at the service.

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Adult CSI Camp scheduled at Greer Police Department
JUL 21, 2012

Adults are invited to a free CSI: Camp July 30-Aug. 3 at the Greer Police Department.

Lt. Jim Holcombe and Angie Childers, who held a successful youth CSI: Camp last month is making the same experience available for 12-20 adults. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Greer PD.

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Greer Chamber chosen most outstanding in the Carolinas
JUL 21, 2012

Greer Chamber chosen most outstanding in the Carolinas

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce picked up two prestigious awards at the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce (CACCE) conference in Pawleys Island today.

Greer earned the inaugural Outstanding Chamber of the Year for the CACCE and was recognized for winning the Communications of Year program for last January’s annual banquet with Gov. Nikki Haley the guest speaker.

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Walmart Neighborhood Grocery, Greer Plaza facade upfit filed
JUL 20, 2012

The building permit for the $768,500 upfit of the Greer Plaza and Walmart Neighborhood Market façade has been filed with the city. Work has begun on the Greer Plaza parking lot and facade work is getting underway.

The building permit for the $768,500 upfit of the Greer Plaza and Walmart Neighborhood Market façade has been filed with the city. Work has already begun on the buildings. Belk is not included in the new façade project. Sherman Construction of Piedmont has the contract.

The parking lot is undergoing a complete renovation with islands, new lights and landscaping.  Greer Plaza is owned by a Miami, Fla., firm.

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The city makes a gem out of a gym
JUL 20, 2012

The tables are set as guests mingle during the 'Que Ball, the opening event at the $1.1 million renovated Cannon Centre. The building was formerly a gymnasium before the city closed it in 2006.

The newly renovated Cannon Centre was alive tonight with the sounds of bluegrass music as attendees arrived for the ‘Que Ball, a barbeque and bluegrass event put on by the City of Greer to celebrate the opening of the venue.

“When the new City Hall building opened we had a black tie event,” said Steve Owens, communications manager for the City of Greer. “For the opening of The Cannon Centre, we wanted to do something casual and fun.”

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