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GREER NEWS From January 2014


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Ponder wins talent, Doss and Bates tie for evening gown at Miss Greer High pageant
JAN 31, 2014

Sara Ashleigh Ponder performs a dance in the Miss Greer High School pageant Friday. Ponder won the talent portion of the pageant.

Sara Ashleigh Ponder, Brittany Doss and Madison Bates won preliminaries Friday night in the Miss Greer High School pageant.

Ponder, performing a dance, won talent and Doss and Bates tied in the evening gown competition.

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31 area students nominated to attend service academies
JAN 31, 2014

31 area students nominated to attend service academies

Thirty-one students have been nominated to attend the U.S. Service Academies. The nominees now compete to receive an appointment directly from the service academy.

“Each of these young men and women has already contributed so much to their communities. It is my privilege to nominate these outstanding students to attend one of our service academies," Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C. – 4) said. "Their commitment to serving this country should be inspiring to us all.”

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Ryan's launches kids promotion with superheroes
JAN 31, 2014

Ryan's launches kids promotion with superheroes

Ryan’s is inviting kids to become superheroes with their new online partner, Herotopia in its February, Thursday Family Night promotion. Herotopia is an online superhero game that is fun and educational for kids ages 6-12 years old. The promotion begins Feb. 6.

Kids visiting Ryan’s on Thursday will get a new set of collectable cards, featuring the Smighties, Herotopia’s small, but mightiest heroes. The card packs will include special codes that may be redeemed for virtual prizes in the online game. Free Herotopia-inspired Valentine’s Day greeting cards may be downloaded on the company’s website.

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Resolution: Preserving City Council's right to address county millage on P&R services
JAN 30, 2014

Resolution: Preserving City Council's right to address county millage on P&R services

RESOLUTION NUMBER 1-2014


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City Council adopts resolution putting Greenville County on notice
JAN 30, 2014

City Councilman Jay Arrowood's (District 1) displeasure with Greenville County levying a recreation tax on Greer taxpayers set the tone for City Council to pursue a legal opinion.

City Council has put on its gloves and has taken a swipe at Greenville County Council.

A carefully worded resolution, similar to one approved by Greenville City Council in late December, citing state statute (S.C Code 4-90-30) was unanimously passed Tuesday night at Greer’s regular scheduled city council meeting, declaring the city’s legal right to challenge Greenville County’s millage levied for Greer recreation and parks services.

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Barnett's excitement of making a wreath becomes sobering at Tomb of the Unknowns
JAN 29, 2014

Geoffrey Barnett and government teacher Ryan Stone chat about Greer Middle College Charter High School's trip to Arlington National Cemetery where Geoffrey had a wreath placed, that he made, at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Geoffrey Barnett at first didn’t take the invitation to make a wreath, to be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, much differently than floral arrangements he had been asked to design for friends and brides.

“I thought that would be a great opportunity and something great to put on my resume,” said Barnett. The 18-year-old, after serving as an assistant at a florist, now routinely is asked to serve individuals and clients at The Poinsett Club and Cliffs at Glassy. He has two weddings scheduled this spring.

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City council responds to ultimatum, overturns planning commission
JAN 29, 2014

Developer John Beeson gave City Council an ultimatum Tuesday night.

Beeson told council if it didn’t reverse the Planning Commission’s recommendation for R-15 zoning, by a 4-3 vote, he would not develop a proposed 194-residential subdivision on Snow Road.

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Snow and ice close schools, shut down businesses
JAN 29, 2014

The overpass on Hwy. 80 near E. Poinsett Street was a sheet of ice on both sides of the highway.

Winter delivered snow, freezing rain and ice to Greer that closed schools and businesses and left roads into and out of the city as slick as skating rinks.

Children were sent home from school at noon and all Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson counties schools are closed Wednesday. All athletic activities are also postponed.

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Jordan takes Idol experience to Nashville for 'The Voice' audition
JAN 28, 2014

Dana Jordan, the country and blues inspired singer, auditions in Nashville on Sunday for “The Voice”.

There is a quote by Winston Churchill that reminds me of local singer and songwriter, Dana Jordan.

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” After seeing how excited she was when I spoke with her Monday, I cannot help but believe this is a quote that the Blue Ridge native lives by.

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Woodland's Adams, Dugle, Holland, Miles headed to national competition
JAN 27, 2014

The team of Libby Adams, Isabelle Dugle, Grace Holland, and Abigail Miles finished first in the Living Literature division. They will compete in the national competition this summer in Richmond, Va.

Woodland Elementary students had a sterling weekend at the 21st annual South Carolina Jr. BETA Club convention in Myrtle Beach.

The team of Libby Adams, Isabelle Dugle, Grace Holland, and Abigail Miles finished first in the Living Literature division. The win earned the team a trip to the national competition this summer in Richmond, Va.

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Weather advisories close Charleston port, Greer remains open
JAN 27, 2014

The Greer Inland Port will be closed noon Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday because of predicted severe weather. 

Due to predicted severe winter weather, South Carolina Ports Authority facilities in Charleston are closed until Tuesday at noon. The Greer Inland Port will remain open Tuesday, according to a port authority official.

An advisory by the SCPA on Monday evening reported all facilities would be closed Today. Michael Hoffman, Terminal Manager for the Greer Inland Port, said it will be business as usual Tuesday.

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Wryley Bettis: SC cities deserve more independence
JAN 27, 2014

Wryley Bettis
Greer City Council District 5

An overwhelming number of towns and cities in South Carolina do a remarkably cost-effective job of bringing basic, grass-roots services and a variety of high-quality-of-life destinations  to the citizens of our state. This is particularly impressive when you consider that our cities are subject to the commands handed down from federal, state and county governments, as well as many inefficient special-purpose districts, all requiring cities and towns to “do as we are told” if you want a small portion of your tax dollars and fees funneled back to you, or if you want to be able to use public facilities that your taxes helped build and continue to pay for.

South Carolina cities and towns operate on budgets that have very few ways to raise revenue (thanks to state laws) and must smile, bend over and say “Thank you sir . . . may I have another?” to all other levels of government, as we are forced to accept any and all regulations from these other levels of government, regardless of how it impacts our citizens or budget . . . and there is no recourse.  State law has insured that, short of a lawsuit, cities have no choice but to bow to the decisions of other governments, no matter how bad.  Past lawsuits have been attempted, but ultimately thrown out by judges that are appointed by the same state politicians that hand down the mandates.

The most obvious case of this control and taxation gone rampant is Greenville County government.  Over the past 15 years or so, Greenville County Council has instituted double taxation on all municipal residents for use of the county detention center and double taxation to municipalities for use of the county landfill.

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Phillips is crowned 2014 Miss SMC
JAN 27, 2014

Logan Phillips was crowned Miss Spartanburg Methodist College Saturday night at the SMC pageant. Phillips, a sophomore is from Blacksburg.

Logan Phillips, a sophomore from Blacksburg, was selected Miss Spartanburg Methodist College in a pageant at SMC last weekend. Phillips will represent SMC in the Miss South Carolina pageant in Columbia in July.

Phillips is the daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips and a graduate of Blacksburg High School.

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Engaged? Start planning now. A to-do-list for brides-to-be
JAN 26, 2014

The decision to get married is the first of many big decisions you will be making in the weeks and months to come. 

Advertise in our Bridal and Wedding section.

• Free engagement and wedding announcement with photo(s).

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Norfolk Southern's call set Inland Port in action mode
JAN 24, 2014

Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern CEO, made a bold phone call last January to Jim Newsome, President/CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority.

Fast forward one year later to Friday’s invitation only party that included guests Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Lindsey Graham, political leaders, and business and industry decision makers. The celebration was for the $50 million Inland Port that began receiving containers 7.5 months after the March 1 groundbreaking.

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Haley, Graham to highlight ceremony at Inland Port
JAN 24, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham is due at the Inland Port in Greer this afternoon for a ceremony. Graham was guest speaker with Sen. Tim Scott Thursday night at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

A Norfolk Southern inspection train will arrive at the Greer Inland Port this afternoon delivering Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham among others in a review of the $50 million project that broke ground only 11 months ago.

Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority and Wick Moorman, Chairman, President and CEO of Norfolk Southern, will join state and port officials and customers served by the South Carolina Inland Port.

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Chamber doles out top 2013 awards at 76th annual celebration
JAN 23, 2014

Greer Mayor Rick Danner, right, was presented the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On an evening that touted South Carolina’s two senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott as keynote speakers, the 76th annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce celebration announced its top awards for 2013. The annual event was held at Embassy Suites in Greenville.

The evening featured the passing of the gavel of 2013 Chairman of the Board Bill Roughton (Park Sterling Bank) to the 2014 Chairman Ken Harper (Countybank).

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Chandler Creek tutoring and mentoring initiative gains momentum
JAN 22, 2014

Alicia Keller, left, was awarded a $1,500 grant by the Greater Greer Education Foundation for Chandler Creek Elementary school's tutoring and mentoring initiative. Principal Jane Mills will introduce the program Friday. GGEF director David Dolge made the presentation.

A $1,500 grant awarded to Chandler Creek Elementary on Tuesday jump-started its tutoring and mentoring initiative,

Business, community and church members are invited to a “Friends of the C.R.E.E.K.” volunteer breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday to hear about the initiative and for the public to voice their ideas as the hands-on program begins to take shape.

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Create a registry that reflects your personality as a couple
JAN 22, 2014

• Advertise in our Bridal and Wedding section. Email Julie here.
• Free. Publicize your engagements and wedding announcements here.

For engaged couples, it can seem as if there are a million things to accomplish before the big day arrives. One essential piece of the wedding puzzle involves creating a registry that makes it easy for guests to celebrate your union with gifts that reflect your personality as a couple.

• Before Building Your Registry It's no wonder why guests love the ease and simplicity of a gift registry. But many couples may not know where to begin when setting out to create this useful list. Here are some helpful pointers from Macy's to help you get started on creating a perfect wedding registry:

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Boy, 11, miraculously survives 150-foot fall into abandoned well
JAN 22, 2014

Emergency personnel worked for over an hour to pull an 11-year-old boy to safety after falling more than150-feet into a well Tuesday night. The drama unfolded about 5:20 p.m. at Fews Chapel Road and the 4000 bock of North Highway 101.

EMS workers, deputies and others helped pull the boy to safety about 7 p.m. Lt. Jim Ridgeway of the Greenville County Sheriff’s office said the boy fell into the well under a porch behind a vacant house.

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