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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.