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GREER NEWS From June 2013


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Capt. Blessums honors Greer Memorial for acts of kindness
JUN 29, 2013

Capt. Ashley Blessums presents the United States flag, that flew over Sharana, Afghanistan, and certiicate of authentication, to John Mansure, President of Greer Memorial Hospital. To the left are her parents, Bob and Ashley Blessums.

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Capt. Ashley Blessums has had only one order from her mother during two tours in Afghanistan.

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Signage will steer truckers off I-85 to Inland Port
JUN 28, 2013

Michael Hoffman was introduced as the South Carolina Inland Port Terminal Manager. He was at the information session listening to questions from the public about the port.

Trucks coming to the Inland Port in Greer will be steered from I-85 to Exit 58 / Brockman McClimon Road. The state highway signage, presented today at the South Carolina Inland Port information session at the Cannon Centre, will be in place in August.

Jack Ellenburg, of the South Carolina Ports, gave a brief but informative presentation, outlining the traffic pattern for trucks, updating progress at the port and giving the public and businesses an opportunity to meet the key state entities and their associates for questions and answers.

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CPW softens reporting requirements for food industry
JUN 28, 2013

Randy Olson, CPW City Operations Manager, discusses the mapping of the Brushy Creek Outfall Sewer Rehabilitation project. CPW and the city agreed to split the cost $114,582 of the low bid. Both entities will pay $57, 291 each.

Greer CPW softened its reporting requirements for Greer businesses maintaining an in-ground grease interceptor maintenance log.

Commission of Public Works commissioners passed the Sewer Pretreatment Ordinance Thursday for businesses that prepare and serve food. It requires them to keep a monthly maintenance log and make it available to CPW officials to review during the agency’s annual inspection of the business. Commissioner Eugene Gibson and commissioners Jeff Howell and Perry Williams approved the ordinance.

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Salute to vets, armed services packed with patriotism at Freedom Blast
JUN 27, 2013

Greer City Park is all dressed up with red, white and blue bunting for the Freedom Blast scheduled Saturday from 6-10:30 p.m.

The most dramatic and poignant part of Saturday’s Freedom Blast will be the annual Veterans Walk and salute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services.

Freedom Blast is scheduled 6 – 10:15 p.m. with Greer Idol and Swingin’ Medallions providing the entertainment, a pie eating contest, family-friendly activities, food vendors, and a fireworks display will end the festivities following the salute to the Armed Forces.

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Seething council asks for legal opinion to challenge recreation deal
JUN 26, 2013

'(County Council) never came to us and the Greenville County legislators hung us out to dry.'
Wryley Bettis
Councilman (District 5)

Greer City Council members were still seething Tuesday night over Greenville County Council’s moxie to dissolve the county recreation district into a separate county department.

Led by Jay Arrowood (District 1), Greer council voted to authorize City Administrator Ed Driggers “to get a legal opinion on whether or not, either in the document or the process, there is a possibility of a challenge” to County Council’s passing of last week’s resolution.

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Greer Memorial Pharmacy gives staff, patients convenient service
JUN 25, 2013

A Greenville Health System Pharmacy will open at 845 Buncombe Road. It will be a full-service pharmacy for Greer Memorial and Cottages at Brushy Creek staff and patients. Retail service will also be available.

John Mansure may be the President of GHS Greer Memorial Hospital, but he has seen first hand what the advantage of a company-owned pharmacy will mean to his employees and hospital patients.

Last week his son broke his arm in a lacrosse outing. The prescriptions had to be filled at the Patewood campus of the Greenville Health System since Greer Memorial does not have a pharmacy on site.

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Council approves raise and bonus for employees in 2013-2014
JUN 25, 2013

City employees will receive a 2.5 percent merit raise and potentially a 2 percent bonus as part of the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget approved unanimously tonight by Greer City Council. Bonuses will be based on years of service and a formula for meeting financial goals following the city's final audit of the prior year.

The $18.5 million budget City Administrator Ed Driggers presented to council on May 14 sailed through a workshop (May 28), first reading (June 11) and this evening’s public hearing and second reading without any comments from council throughout the six-week process. No one spoke in favor or against the budget in tonight’s public hearing.

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$53,725: Base price for rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive 35i
JUN 25, 2013

The base price for the all-new rear-wheel drive BMW 2014 X5 sDrive 35i will start at $53,725, BMW Group USA announced Monday. The models will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter.

The base price for the all-new rear-wheel drive BMW 2014 X5 sDrive 35i will start at $53,725 and the X5 xDrive35i is priced at $56,025, BMW Group USA announced Monday.

Other prices announced are:

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Mayor honors McLeskey-Todd founders and owners
JUN 23, 2013

Don and Jed Wall, father and son and partners owning McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy, were celebrated Thursday night as recepient of the Mayor's Award at the annual Small Business Dinner.

McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy received the Mayor’s Award in recognition of its 90th Anniversary at the annual Small Business dinner Thursday at the Cannon Centre.

Read Don and Jed Wall’s story on the pharmacy’s 90th anniversary here.

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B.A. Bennett Insurance recognized for 90 years serving Greer
JUN 22, 2013

Julie Linderman stands in front of the safe that has been part of the historic B.A. Bennett Insurance building.

A company 90-years-old can be expected to have a genealogy tree with deep roots, scores of branches with as many scores of new branches.

Julie Linderman, Vice President of B.A. Bennett, Inc., proudly showed a large desk covered with pictures of families that have grown up in Greer and have entrusted the B.A. Bennett family and workers with their insurance needs that span two centuries.

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Brightest moon beams over us Sunday
JUN 21, 2013

Brightest moon beams over us Sunday

A special full moon will light up the weekend's night skies.

The full moon -- appearing at 4:32 a.m. Sunday -- peaks within 20 minutes of the moon's nearest encounter with Earth for all of 2013, making it the largest full moon of the year. Dubbed a "supermoon," it will appear 15 percent larger and 20 percent brighter than when it's at its farthest point -- and will not be so close again until August 2014.

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Wright, 95, long-time Wood Mortuary employee, dies
JUN 21, 2013

Alton Kenneth

Alton Kenneth "Toby" Wright, 95, died June 21, 2013 at Greer Memorial Hospital.

A native of Buffalo, son of the late Qular Mason and Eva Hardeman Wright, he was a retired Superintendant for Wood Memorial Park and employed at The Wood Mortuary for 76 years. 

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Owens Insurance is recipient of 2013 Small Business of Year
JUN 21, 2013

Chris Christ and Shane Lynn, owners of Owens Insurance, were recognized as 2013 Small Business of the Year Thursday night by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Christ and Shane Lynn told the gathering at the Small Business of the Year dinner Thursday night they were just there to have a great time together.

“We are very shocked to win,” Christ and Lane, brothers-in-law and owners of Owens Insurance said when announced winners of the annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce award.  They were just as surprised Friday morning.

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Affordable pet care at home
JUN 21, 2013

Affordable pet care at home

Family Features

Dogs and cats provide "parents" so much love and affection. So, it's only natural that pet parents want to return that love by taking care of all their pet's health and wellness needs.  Fortunately, now top-of-the-line routine care can easily be provided at home using veterinarian-quality pet health products, which will help save money and possibly a trip to the vet. 

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Create new family reunion traditions
JUN 21, 2013

Create new family reunion traditions

Family Features

Family reunions are a wonderful time to celebrate history and enjoy the company of those near and dear. While reflecting on your family's heritage, it is also important to look ahead to the future of your family by discussing health concerns.

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Savvy tips for a get-together to remember
JUN 21, 2013

Savvy tips for a get-together to remember

Family Features

There is nothing better than gathering family and friends for a fun, outdoor get-together. With a few decorating tricks and entertaining ideas, anyone can become the "host(ess) with the mostess." 

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Inland Port information session is June 28 at Cannon Centre
JUN 20, 2013

Representatives from Norfolk Southern will be among the presenters at next week's South Carolina Inland Port open house at the Cannon Centre. The public is invited on Friday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 

The public is invited to an information session on the South Carolina Inland Port project in Greer on Friday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Cannon Centre.

Up-to-date reports on the Inland Port are here.

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88-unit assisted living complex planned near Greer Memorial
JUN 19, 2013

Village Green, a $15-million, 88-unit assisted living complex will be built near Greer Memorial Hospital on S. Buncombe Road.

An 88-unit assisted living complex will be built on South Buncombe Road, across the street from Greer Memorial Hospital and Lismore Park will expand by another 36 homes.

Both projects’ representatives were addressed by city services at today’s Planning Advisory Commission.

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County Council approves dissolution of GCRD
JUN 18, 2013

County Council approves dissolution of GCRD

Greenville County Council passed a Resolution this evening dissolving the Greenville County Recreation District and moving its assets and liabilities under Greenville County. The move takes effect July 1. All assets and liabilities will be dissolved by Sept. 30.

The measure passed 9-2 with one councilman absent. Joe Baldwin and Dan Rawls opposed the Resolution and Liz Seman was absent. A super majority, two-thirds of county council present, was required.

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'Reaching for the Stars' greets visitors to the Cannon Centre
JUN 18, 2013

Mayor Rick Danner, Scott Ibbotson and Robin Byouk applaud the work of Jacob Maxy, far left, and Derrick Francis during the unveiling at the Cannon Centre.

A $10,000 gift from the City to the Greer Cultural Arts Council was re-gifted back to the community this evening.

A 3D sculpture, titled “Reaching for the Stars” is anchored at the entrance of the Cannon Centre on Cannon Street. The design incorporates elements of the arts council’s logo and its motto.

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