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GREER NEWS From April 2013


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Greer residents pay respects to Pfc. Barrett Austin on his return home
APR 29, 2013

People wait on an I-85 overpass in Greer for the body of 20-year-old soldier from Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, of Easley, who died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan. Austin arrived at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at 11:30 this morning.

People in Greer waited on an overpass for the return of the body of 20-year-old soldier Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, of Easley.  Austin, who died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan, arrived at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at 11:30 this morning.

Patriot Guard Riders and Pickens County Sheriff’s deputies escorted Austin along I-85 to Dillard Funerals and Cremations in Pickens.

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Greer CPW receives accolades for 100 years of service
APR 29, 2013

Reno Deaton, President of Greer Economic Development Corporation, congratulated Greer CPW Commissioners celebrating the utlity's 100th anniversary. Left to right are commissioners Eugene Gibson, Perry Williams and Jeff Howell.

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Greer CPW threw a weekend party to celebrate its 100th Anniversary but it was on the receiving end of accolades for its success from city leaders.

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Kohl's moving forward with Greer store
APR 26, 2013

The signage at Piedmont Marketplace shows Kohl's location scheduled to be at the former Kmart store.

Kohl’s in Greer is back on target and is scheduled to open in 2014.

A city official confirmed the exchange of property to Kohl’s and Marty Navarro, the Greenville developer of the Piedmont Marketplace. Navarro also confirmed reports of the department store’s opening in Greer for next year.

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Lions Club honors Chick-fil-A's Tyler as Citizen of the Year
APR 25, 2013

Bill Tyler was honored as the Greer Lions Club Citizen of the Year at the club’s annual awards dinner. Tyler is operator at Greer Chick-fil-A.

Bill Tyler was honored as the Greer Lions Club Citizen of the Year and Ken Holliday the Lion of the Year at the club’s annual awards dinner.

Tyler is operator of Chick-fil-A in Greer and Holliday is the Human Resource Manager of Greer Commission of Public Works. Holliday is the treasurer of the Lions Club. Both said they were unaware of being recipients of the award.

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Council permanently suspends wrecker service
APR 24, 2013

The Upstate Wrecker Service was permanently suspended from the City’s rotation after Greer Police Lt. Matt Hamby told City Council owner Brad Turner violated Greer’s ordinance with at least four individuals.

Turner appeared before Council and apologized. "I did overcharge someone by mistake. I discussed with Lt. Hamby what I had done and sent a letter to him apologizing. I offered to refund money but I haven't heard back.”

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CPW Centennial celebration is one for the ages
APR 23, 2013

The commemorative manhole cover will seal the Commission of Public Works time capsule in the ground.

Farrah Lister still smiles at the mention that her job description ends with “other duties as assigned.” Officially she is Executive Secretary Assistant for CPW general manager Nick Stegal.

Lister has been planning the Greer Commission of Public Works Centennial Celebration for over a year. She has one chance to get it right and Lister is reminding people from Greer the free festival will live up to its hype.

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Howard has had her fingers on the pulse of Greer's dynamic growth
APR 23, 2013

Darlene Howard, Planning and Zoning secretary, has attended her final meeting and awaits for May 1 to retire.

Darlene Howard is on the move again. Only this time she will be leaving her job as Planning and Zoning secretary to enjoy more time with her family.

Through 15 years of service with the City of Greer, Howard will retire on May 1. She has worked with two city administrators and four department heads.

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CPW keeping pace with Inland Port's accelerated schedule
APR 22, 2013

The hill that the utility pole is placed is 20-feet tall. It illustrates how much excavation has been done. The power lines continue to provide electricity to Nordic Cold Storage.

The South Carolina Inland Port in Greer is on a fast track and Greer Commission of Public Works is doing better than keeping pace, Randy Olson reported today at the utility's monthly meeting.

“There’s a little bit of everything going on,” at the inland port, said Olson, CPW City Operations Manager.

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Pfc. Barrett Austin, 20, killed in action
APR 22, 2013

Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, 20, of Easley, died April 21 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, April 17. 
 

The Department of Defense announced that Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, 20, of Easley, died April 21 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, April 17. 

Austin was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. 

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Bank on this! A sauna in a vault in downtown luxury apartment
APR 19, 2013

The former Bank of Greer is being renovated into a luxury apartment that features a sauna and changing room in two of the vaults.

Imagine a sauna in a bank vault. You can count that as money in the bank, as far as Randy Jones is concerned.

Jones, owner of the former Bank of Greer at 116 Trade Street, told the Board of Architectural Review that will be among a wholesale of renovations to the historical property that will serve as his residence and business. He is also renovating a second property at  114 Trade Street into an insurance business with extra office space that may be leased.

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Housing developments, Quik Trip keeps city commissions busy
APR 18, 2013

Quik Trip will build a second convenience store in Greer to be located at 2414 S. Highway. The store will be sandwiched between Johns Road and Concourse Way.

A pocket neighborhood and an entire community are in the planning stages, Quik Trip is scheduled to put its second convenience store in Greer, this one S. Highway 14, and three buildings in the central business district are undergoing architecture enhancements.

It’s been a busy week for Greer City Hall and its planning and building boards as developers and property owners paraded their projects for rezoning and plan reviews.

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$13.4 million BMW warehouse project underway at inland port
APR 17, 2013

$13.4 million BMW warehouse project underway at inland port

A $13.4 million, 414,534 square foot BMW Manufacturing Co. warehouse is being constructed at the Greer Inland Port. The size is the equivalent to four Wal-Mart SuperStores.

The warehouse will be used for the Greer-produced BMW vehicles to be prepared as kits for as many as three to a rail container for shipment overseas. The containers will be shipped to the Port of Charleston for export.

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Obituary: Christopher Michael Hannigan, 5
APR 17, 2013

Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael “Mikey” Hannigan, 5, died April 15, 2013, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his parents, Christopher and Brittany Hannigan and a brother, Grayson all of the home; maternal grandparents, Sidney Willis Heaton of Berea and the late Jane Beth Heaton; great-grandparents, Faye Cromer of Greer and the late Donald Cromer; paternal grandparents, Melissa and Pedro Martino of Greenville and John Hannigan of Duncan; great-grandparents, Judy Kepley and Harold Cooke, Robert Hannigan and the late Norma Hannigan; and several aunts and uncles.

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Inland Port price tag is nearing $50 million
APR 16, 2013

Rail cars are lined up at the Inland Port in Greer with rails to be used for new tracks to accommodate a separate spur into the port and 4 sections of track on each side of the facility for storage.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) board of directors today approved an additional $12.9 million to pay its share of the escalating cost of the Inland Port at Greer, now estimated as high as $47.4 million.

The SCSPA share will top out at $39.9 million while Norfolk Southern’s cost remains fixed at $7.5 million. The design for the inland port is beyond 90 percent completion.

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Allen Bennett complex has second prospective buyer
APR 16, 2013

The Allen Bennett campus consists of two buildings – the 168,000-square foot hospital and 44,000 square-foot Roger Huntington Nursing Center.

The first prospective buyer for the Allen Bennett Hospital campus has come and gone. Now, there’s a second candidate undergoing due diligence, according to City Administrator Ed Driggers.

“We have a letter of intent,” Driggers said. “They basically are seeing if ‘this property works for (them).’

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Greer State Bank counts 6 consecutive quarters of net profits
APR 16, 2013

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank reported a first quarter net income of $641,000 compared to the prior year first quarter net income of $1.66 million, the bank announced Monday.

It’s the sixth consecutive net profit for Greer State Bank. The positive news follows less than a month when the company was removed from a consent order.

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Michael J. Cooke, Greer Cultural Arts Council board member, dies
APR 16, 2013

Michael J. Cooke, a member of the Greer Cultural Arts Council Board of Directors, died Saturday.

Michael J. Cooke, a member of the Greer Cultural Arts Council Board of Directors, died Saturday.

Cooke performed in Greer Childrens Theater events and volunteered on the set for its productions.

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BREAKING: Greer runners reportedly safe, contact with others sought
APR 15, 2013

Three runners from Greer were reportedly safe after they had contact with family and friends following two explosions at the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

Ben Howell and Terri Long had been in contact with their families. Howell's wife, Molly said she contacted the hotel where her husband was staying to learn he was safe. Long had been in contact with family and said her group had been away from the area of explosions for hours.

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Recall: South Carolina is included in meat recall
APR 15, 2013

Recall: South Carolina is included in meat recall

Manda Packing Company, a Baker, La., firm is expanding its recall to include 468,000 pounds of meat due to possible contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The expanded recall includes products of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Saturday.

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Greer couple sentenced for filing false tax returns
APR 15, 2013

Greer couple sentenced for filing false tax returns

A Greer couple has been sentenced for filing false tax returns, Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced in a statement.

Julie Greene Tucker, 52, received a 33-month prison sentence and three years of supervised release. Her husband, James Dean Tucker, 54, was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and five years’ probation.

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