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Leland Burch: Giving thanks in Greer
NOV 27, 2013

Leland Burch

By LELAND BURCH

To the amazement of many, I am still on the right side of the grass. But I have so much more to be grateful for this Thanksgiving that it cannot be crammed into a single Tweet. I am especially thankful for my wonderful wife who devoted 20 years of her life to serving the children of the Greenville County on the School Board, and for our four sons and four grandchildren.

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It's snowing!
NOV 27, 2013

Snow all wrapped up with a red bow on top.

Cold temperatures and moisture combined to bring the first snow of the holiday season to GreerToday.

Send us your photos and we will publish them. The smallest snowman wins a prize.

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CPW offers incentives for residential builders installing gas hot water heaters
NOV 26, 2013

CPW offers incentives for residential builders installing gas hot water heaters

Residential builders that install gas hot water heaters separately or with a primary heating system to natural gas will receive incentives of $400 and $800, respectfully, from Greer Commission of Public Works.

The Greer utility introduced the incentive program that began Monday to promote the use of natural gas on CPW’s system.

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CPW commissioners trying to prevent 'Sticker Shock' for customers
NOV 26, 2013

'I am very concerned where we might be ending up. “I don’t think we can continue to lose money on three out of four utilities.'
CPW Commissioner Jeff Howell

Greer CPW Commissioner Jeff Howell warned commissioners and the Greer utility the spiral decline in its profitability must stop. The utility reported a net loss of $484,362 for October operations.

“I am very concerned where we might be ending up,” Howell said at Monday’s monthly meeting. “I don’t think we can continue to lose money on three out of four utilities. I am asking if these increases are enough.”

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GGEF Gala raises $42,235 for education
NOV 26, 2013

GGEF Gala raises $42,235 for education

The Greater Greer Education Foundation raised $42,235 at its Education Gala held Oct. 26 at the Cannon Centre.

The Gala is the Foundation’s only fundraising event.

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Anna Brown represents the Greer area at the Miss SC USA Pageant.
NOV 23, 2013

Anna Brown represents the Greer area at the Miss SC USA Pageant.

The Miss South Carolina USA pageant will be held this week-end at the North Charleston Civic Center. 43 young women between the ages of 19 and 26 will be competing for the coveted title. The Greer area will be represented by Anna Brown, Miss Mountain Lakes USA. Anna is no stranger to pageants or Greer. She is a 2012 graduate of Greer High School were she was a cheerleader, on student government and held the title of Miss Greer High School 2009 as well as Miss Greater Greer Teen 2010 and places 3rd runner up at the 2010 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant that year. Anna currently attends Tri County/Clemson University were you can see her on the field in Death Valley as a Tiger Dancer. Anna is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Brown.

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Chess was the choice of intellectual gamesmanship
NOV 22, 2013

Abe Lohnes is in the midst of setting up the final moves of the chess match with Jack Ponder, who is peering over the newspaper.

Abe Lohnes and Jack Ponder spent their Friday afternoon enjoying the atmosphere at the Stomping Grounds playing chess. It was also Abe's sister's, Cassia, 4, birthday.

Their mothers, Holly Lohnes and Debi Ponder also had some quiet time in the front.

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BMW X4 revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show
NOV 21, 2013

This photo of the all-new X4 was captured at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's the first time the BMW's newest member of the X family was shown outside of its concept introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year.

The BMW X4, scheduled to be in production in 2014 at the BMW Manufacturing Co., in Greer, has been officially revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The X4 concept was revealed earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show. This is the first world appearance of the all-new X4. The car is priced around $40,000, according to reports from Los Angeles and sales are said to begin in mid-2014.

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Lismore Park approved for 32 more houses
NOV 19, 2013

Harvey Katz, right, peruses plans to add 32 new homes at Lismore Park. Katz offered he and some neighbors paid a premium price for their property to protect new development from infringing on their open space.

Developers were approved by the Planning Commission Monday to build 32 lots for single family housing on 10.7 acres of undeveloped land at Lismore Park at South Suber Road.  The controversial proposal followed a rare executive session, lasting 45 minutes, where the city attorney advised commissioners of their options.

An amendment to the proposal was adopted requiring the wording “Phase 5A” removed from Lismore Park. Developers must come up with a modified name that includes Lismore Park to be approved by Greenville County.

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Greer State Bank reports 8th straight quarterly profit
NOV 18, 2013

Greer State Bank reports 8th straight quarterly profit

Greer Bancshares Inc., parent company of Greer State Bank, reported third quarter net income attributable to common shareholders of $668,000 or 27 cents per diluted share, compared with $777,000 or 31 cents per diluted common share, during the same quarter the previous year.

As of Sept. 30 the bank reported (at Dec. 31, last year):

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GM gives Greenville Tech 4 vehicles to support automotive training
NOV 18, 2013

General Motors has giften four vehicles to Greenville Tech to support automotive training – 2012 Chevy Cruze, a 2012 Saab SUV, a 2012 Grand Sport Corvette, and a 2013 2500 Silverado Duramax.

Greenville Technical College has received four vehicles from General Motors (GM) to be used to support training through the college’s GM Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP), a partnership with the company.

The donated vehicles include a 2012 Chevy Cruze, a 2012 Saab SUV, a 2012 Grand Sport Corvette, and a 2013 2500 Silverado Duramax with a combined value exceeding $100,000, the school reported. These vehicles will allow students to be well prepared to become automotive technicians with experience on late model cars and trucks.

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How to save 4 million pets
NOV 18, 2013

How to save 4 million pets

Family Features

A startling reality is occurring in cities and towns throughout the United States: more than 9,000 dogs and cats are being killed in animal shelters, simply because they don't have a safe place to call home. 

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Loyd Earl Bryant, former employee at Taylors Post Office, dies
NOV 14, 2013

Loyd Earl Bryant, 86, died November 14, 2013 at National Health Care. 

Bryant was a U.S. Army Veteran where he served in the 385th MP Battalion, a retired employee of Taylors Post Office, and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. He was a native of Greenville County and son of the late Lee and Lillie Hart Bryant.

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A half century of child's play: The Easy-Bake Oven turns 50
NOV 14, 2013

The Easy-Bake Oven at 50 has a sleek new design and the attention of the culinary world.

StatePoint

Think back on your early memories of baking. If you’re like many Americans, you may have taken those first attempts at creating cakes, cookies and other sweet snacks with an Easy-Bake Oven. In fact, more than 30 million ovens were sold over the years since the brand was first introduced in 1963.

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Cruze will share economics of growing up in Ramsey household
NOV 13, 2013

Rachel Cruze, daughter of Dave Ramsey, will share personal stories of growing up in the Ramsey household.

• This week's Dave Ramsey column

Rachel Cruze wanted the same thing her teen peers had, nicer clothes and a pretty purse among other material possessions. “I was a full blown drama person,” Cruze said. “As a teen, for a girl, it was hard.”

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Tips to keep your children safe from a hidden danger
NOV 13, 2013

Tips to keep your children safe from a hidden danger

Family Features 

Filled with mesmerizing trinkets and gadgets - your home is a new and exciting world for your small child to explore. But this new world can introduce serious and sometimes surprising safety issues that many parents do not realize are risks. 

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11/12/13 was perfect for the Austin's memorable wedding
NOV 13, 2013

David and Jean Austin were married Tuesday on 11/12/13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Skylight Chapel.

David and Jean Austin wanted a simple wedding ceremony on a historical date. What they got was the most romantic day of the year.

The Austins were married Tuesday on 11/12/13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Skylight Chapel.

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BMW Greer plant hiring for production, logistics positions
NOV 13, 2013

The new generation X5, produced at BMW Manufacturing plant in Greer, has hit the showrooms. The new X4 is scheduled for launch in 2014.

BMW Manufacturing announced today that it is actively hiring production and logistics positions at the Greer plant.

The company is in the midst of a 2-year, $900 million expansion, adding the new BMW X4 and completing construction of an additional1.6 million square feet of production and logistics space.

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Economic prospects in Greer parallel Inland Port's arrival
NOV 12, 2013

A truck enters the inland port Tuesday from Dobson Road. Trucks will now enter the port on GSP Logistics Parkway and onto International Commerce Way.

As the South Carolina Inland Port was announcing the beginning of regular service for all ocean carriers and clients today, Greer Economic Development Executive Director Reno Deaton was illustrating its impact on Greer to City Council.

The first regular departure from Charleston to Greer was Tuesday, with the start of regular arrivals and departures at SCIP on Wednesday. The Greer port has spent nearly a month finessing all facets of the transportation facility.

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Moorhead, volunteer at Duncan Chapel FD, wins national award
NOV 12, 2013

William Moorhead is President of All Clear Emergency Management Group, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and is a Lieutenant as a volunteer with the Duncan Chapel Fire Department.

William Moorhead, a volunteer at Duncan Chapel Fire Department, is one of three national winners representing Cardioviva, a natural probiotic to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in adults. Moorhead earned his fire department a $5,000 cash prize and $2,500 worth of exercise equipment and a nutrition and fitness makeover.

Heart attacks account for about half of on-duty firefighter deaths, 49 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

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