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GREER NEWS From December 2014


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Richardson, Greer chamber leader, BMW executive, dies
DEC 31, 2014

Bunny (Bonita) Richardson, former communications executive at BMW Manufacturing Co., and recognized for her leadership and service to the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday at her home in Simpsonville. She was 63.

Richardson died after a long struggle with cancer. Her husband of 39 years, Randall "Randy" Richardson at her side.

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Greer restaurants prepared for busy New Year's Eve
DEC 30, 2014

The Great Bay Oyster House (GBOH) will celebrate its 10th anniversary (opened Dec. 31, 2004) on New Year’s Eve and Greer restaurants and bars are reporting a busy evening ahead for diners and revelers ringing in 2015.

Jason Clark, Restaurateur of the Year in the Upstate, has both his restaurants, BIN112 and The Strip Club 104 nearly completely booked. Bruce Rivera (Rivera’s) has created a New Year’s Eve menu. Denise and Chris VanderBerghe celebrate Wild Ace Pizza and Pub’s final New Year celebration at the Trade Street location. The new, widely anticipated opening of Wild Ace on Depot Street is scheduled in April.

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CPW is repairing gas line at collapsed bridge site
DEC 30, 2014

The Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) reported it has begun replacing a natural gas pipeline on Memorial Drive Extension that is suspended over Frohawk Creek.

Significant flooding in August washed out the bridge near the intersection of Chandler Road and Taylor Road and caused a 96-inch drainage pipe to collapse. Two vehicles fell into the hole while attempting to cross the washed out road. Two people were injured and the gas pipeline was exposed.

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Widespread influenza reported by DHEC
DEC 29, 2014

Widespread influenza reported by DHEC

Widespread influenza activity was reported by DHEC in the week ending Dec. 13 with one lab confirmed death reported. Since Sept. 28 there have been 8 confirmed deaths reported.

Also reported during that week:

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We salute: Sgt. Mixon Eldridge
DEC 29, 2014

Sgt. Mixon Eldridge
 

GreerToday.com invites the friends, families and public to thank our military heroes.

Thank you . . . 

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Obituaries we are following
DEC 26, 2014

Obituaries we are following

Mildred Ann Wooten Simmons, 72

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Tis the season for regifting
DEC 23, 2014

Tis the season for regifting

It just wouldn't be Christmas if not for resifting.

Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, said regifting is perfectly acceptable, but the most important thing is to keep organized, as giving an obvious regift to someone can be humiliating.

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CPW raises water, sewer rates with electricity hike expected in February
DEC 23, 2014

Greer CPW customers will pay more for water and sewer in 2015 and an electricity rate hike will be announced in February.

Commission of Public Works commissioners (Eugene Gibson, Jeff Howell and Perry Williams) approved an $82.2 million budget for 2015. The eight percent budget increase means CPW customers will see a five percent rate increase in water and two increases in sewer, explained as five percent for the base charge and seven percent for volume used.

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City's strong reserves are enough to eliminate annual tax note
DEC 23, 2014

'Our cash position is strong enough this year we haven’t needed to borrow money to pay our bills.'
City Administrator Ed Driggers 
 

There’s good news from the Greer city finance team.

The city will not have to borrow for a tax anticipation note (TAN) for the first time in City Administrator Ed Driggers’ tenure in Greer.

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Gas under $2. Savings more than $1 a gallon compared to a year ago
DEC 22, 2014

The Quik Trip convenience store at Hwy.14 and I-85 was selling a gallon of unleaded fuel for $1.99.

 

What better way to enjoy traveling than knowing you are saving at least one dollar and change purchasing 1 gallon of unleaded gas?

Keep up with the daily fuel prices in greater Greer here. 

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Spartanburg Regional recognized for sleep lab excellence
DEC 22, 2014

Spartanburg Regional recognized for sleep lab excellence

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has been recognized for excellence in outpatient experience in the sleep lab unit.

HealthStream awarded the "Excellence Through Insight Award" to SRHS's outpatient sleep lab, located at North Grove Medical Park in Spartanburg.

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Appeal for a variance for homeless shelter may push project forward
DEC 22, 2014

Members of the Daily Bread Ministries' homeless shelter are seeking a variance for a side yard setback to allow the project to move forward. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears the request Jan. 5.
 
 
 

A two-month delay in the construction of the nearly $500,000 Daily Bread Ministries’ homeless shelter apparently will get back on track at a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Jan. 5. Developers are asking for a variance for a side yard setback at the project's site at 509-511 E. Poinsett Street.

Greer City Engineer Don Hollmon, at a November planning advisory commission (PAC) meeting, told engineers of the ministry’s STEP – Shelter to Empower People – initiative he had “very serious concerns” about the storm water runoff that would flow unchecked into the Sunnyside community.

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Greer PD: Remember to secure your home for the holidays
DEC 22, 2014

Greer PD: Remember to secure your home for the holidays

Ready to pack up and visit family for the holidays? The Greer Police Department reminds homeowners to avoid making that trip a Christmas present for criminals.

"The excitement of the season and visiting family — or enjoying the holidays at a vacation spot — can make some overlook the risks of leaving their home unprotected," said Sgt. Chad Richardson of the Greer Police Department's community outreach division. "Securing your home through a few easy precautions deters potential burglars and helps keep your belongings safer while you’re on the road."

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Restaurants open on Christmas Day
DEC 21, 2014

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Two greater Greer restaurant groups – Ovation Brands and Denny's – will have their restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the U.S.A.

Ovation Brands, headquartered in Greer, will have all its buffet-style restaurants open until 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. Ryan's, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffet, Country Buffet and Old Country Buffet will all offer a Christmas Day menu featuring oven roasted rotisserie-style turkey breast, honey glazed baked ham and carved roast beef.

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Joys of Christmas: Tradition and Santa perfect match for Jackson
DEC 19, 2014

Jackson had one of the

Last year we went to one of the Advent services at church and traditionally they do communion at each advent service. Typically Jackson had not taken communion but I decided to let him do it. The next time we went to the Advent service he whispered to me and said, “Mommy, are we going to take a break?”

I said a 'break' and he said, “grape juice and crackers” and then it dawned on me what he was saying and was talking about communion.

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Postman wins Hawaii vacation on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
DEC 19, 2014

This photo was taken in September when Greer postman Chris Brown appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' with Stephanie and her son, Eli, 11 months.
 

Greer letter carrier Chris Brown won a vacation in Hawaii and two roundtrip airline tickets today on the final edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s “12 Days of Giving”.

Brown came to the rescue of Eli Cooper, an infant, last August, who was suffocating, by clearing a plastic wrapper embedded in the child’s air passage. Brown works out of the Greer Post Office and was delivering a package at the residence when the mother, Stephanie, frantically screamed for help.

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Joys of Christmas: Hudson Hopper scored points with Santa
DEC 19, 2014

Hudson Hopper pays a visit to Santa Claus.
 

Hudson was 6-years-old last Christmas. It was the perfect age for him to still believe in the magic and innocence of Santa Claus, yet begin to understand the real reason we have to celebrate our Savior born as a baby in a manger.

Hudson visited Santa in downtown Greer and asked for a basketball goal. The “Big Guy” of course, delivered on his promise. Hudson was elated to find the surprise in our driveway Christmas morning.

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Review: 'Exodus' delivers visual effects, reimagines God as a vengeful child
DEC 18, 2014

Review: 'Exodus' delivers visual effects, reimagines God as a vengeful child

• Exodus Trailer

By JONATHAN KING

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Inland Port nearly 50 percent ahead of plan in fiscal year
DEC 17, 2014

The inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.
 

The Inland Port in Greer is 47 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The SCPA reported Thursday at its monthly board meeting the inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead.

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Thieves aren't particular, they will take your gifts wrapped or not
DEC 17, 2014

An invitation for thieves: an unlocked vehicle with wrapped presents in the back seat.
 

Tis the season for thieves to be holiday shopping for vehicles with Christmas merchandise visible for all to see.

Did you know it takes less than one minute for a thief to break a car window and steal the goods? That, according to Greer Police Captain Matt Hamby and a catalog of statistics, compiled by insurance companies.

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