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Carolina Treasures hits the road for a refurbished goods show
FEB 28, 2014

Shannon Easton of Carolina Treasures was putting the finishing touches on furniture before heading to Charlotte for a show.

Shannon Easton of Carolina Treasures was finishing some of the goods she was taking to a furniture show in Charlotte Saturday.

Easton was painting and refurbishing some of the furniture she had collected. Will Yarborough, her father, tends to the business when Easton is traveling.

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Century BMW awarded prestigious Center of Excellence
FEB 28, 2014

Century BMW of Greenville has been awarded the Center of Excellence by BMW of North America.

Century is the 13th ranked dealership of 32 that achieved the “2014 Center of Excellence” (COE) status based on its 2013 performance. There are 339 BMW dealers nationwide.

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'Tarzan' has final weekend run at Cannon Centre
FEB 28, 2014

An ape ensemble, young apes and plant ensemble perform throughout the stage musical adapted from Disney's

Tarzan, one of the most enjoyable musicals performed by the Greer Children’s Theatre, is in its final weekend run, Friday through Sunday at the Cannon Centre.

The Disney musical is based on the film “Tarzan of the Apes” with music by Phil Collins.

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Riverside Speech and Debate team is first in competition
FEB 27, 2014

Riverside Speech and Debate team is first in competition

The Riverside High School Speech and Debate team won first place at the 21st Southside Sampson-Smith-Robertson Invitational Tournament on Feb. 8. Competition was from the area and one team from California.

The awards ceremony will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at the University of South Carolina Law School Auditorium in Columbia.

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How to save 4 million pets
FEB 27, 2014

How to save 4 million pets

A startling reality is occurring in cities and towns throughout the United States: more than 9,000 dogs and cats are being killed in animal shelters, simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home. 

And while this grim scenario unfolds daily, most people aren't aware of the magnitude of the issue or how simple it is to help decrease these numbers and save lives.

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Drug locker makes disposal of unwanted medicines easier
FEB 27, 2014

This drug locker, located in the lobby of the Greer Police Department at 102 S. Main Street, makes it easier and more convenient for the disposal of unwanted drugs.
 

Greer’s “Drug Take Back” program got a lot easier with a drug locker located at the side entry to the Greer Police Department 102 S. Main Street.

The Greer PD annually coordinates collections for the disposal of unwanted medicines. Since 2010 more than 600 pounds has been collected by the police department at public drives held typically at drug stores.

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Dancers perform benefit for Andrea Rizzo Foundation
FEB 27, 2014

The Southern Dance Connection raised $1,000 at a benefit for the Andrea Rizzo Foundation. 

The Southern Dance Connection performed a benefit for the Andrea Rizzo Foundation. 

The dancers raised $1,000 for the organization that provides dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs. Lindsay Roberts, owner of Southern Dance Connection, coordinated the appearance.

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Landscape volunteers keep Riverside High gateway attractive
FEB 26, 2014

Sue Gunst, a volunteer with the landscape committee, was enjoying a sunny afternoon while trimming the roses and clearing the flowerbed in front of the Riverside High School sign on Suber Road. 

Sue Gunst was enjoying a sunny afternoon while trimming the roses and clearing the flowerbed in front of the Riverside High School sign on Suber Road. Gunst’s mother, Jean Lange, read magazines in the warmer afternoon.

Gunst is a member of the landscape committee that helps plant flowers and clears the areas around the school’s signage and entrances. Other committee members are Kelle Corvin, Charlotte Stillwell and Michele Peek.

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Smith is crowned Miss Mount Pleasant 2014
FEB 26, 2014

Alicia Smith of Greer was crowned Miss Mount Pleasant 2014 last Saturday. Smith is a student at the College of Charleston.

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Ezell publishes eBook: "The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People"
FEB 26, 2014

Rick Ezell, Pastor or Greer First Baptist Church, has a new eBook, “The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People”.

Rick Ezell, Pastor or Greer First Baptist Church, has a new eBook, “The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People”.

Ezell takes an unconventional look at seven deadly sins – pride, anger, lust, gluttony, indifference, envy, and greed – and their debilitating effects and how to break their power in our lives.

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Atkins honored with Patriot Award at Chandler Creek
FEB 26, 2014

Larry Atkins, left, was presented the Patriot Award by a Department of Defense representative Wednesday at Chandler Creek Elementary School.

Larry Atkins, left, was presented the Patriot Award by a Department of Defense representative Wednesday at Chandler Creek Elementary School.

Atkins, the school’s plant engineer, was nominated by an employee for supporting soldiers that need to leave work and travel overseas to serve our country.

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Greer Memorial served up meals for city staff during winter storm
FEB 25, 2014

Greer public services received kudos at Tuesday's city council meeting for its clearing streets of snow and ice during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm.

City Administrator Ed Driggers made an emergency call to Greer Memorial Hospital during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm. All city personnel were in place – police on 12-hour and fire on 24-hour shifts and public services personnel were boarding at the operations center.

Officials warned citizens to remain home and off the streets with schools closed two days ahead and many businesses, city and state offices closed. People listened.

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BJU, GRACE to continue review of university's response to sexual and other abuse
FEB 25, 2014

Bob Jones University announced Tuesday that it has reached agreement with GRACE to complete the independent review of the university's response to sexual and other abuse. GRACE, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, is based in Lynchburg, Va.

The independent review was initiated by BJU in Nov. 2012, in response to a series of national news stories about abuse at other institutions. The purpose of the review was to assess past responses by BJU in support of victims and identify policies and procedures that could be enhanced.

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Duncan, Owens join Greer State Bank team
FEB 25, 2014

Kevin Duncan joins Greer State Bank as Manager/Private Banker and Assistant Vice President serving the Buncombe Road branch. 

Kevin Duncan and Melody Owens have joined Greer State Bank.

Duncan, with seven years banking experience, is Manager/Private Banker and Assistant Vice President serving the Buncombe Road branch. He will be responsible for leading the branch team, business development and customer acquisition. Duncan will be involved in producing consumer and small business/commercial loans, and working to create and roll out a private banking line of business.

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Dave Ramsey: Letting kids make money mistakes
FEB 24, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My 6-year old son has saved up $400. He said he wants to buy a motorcycle with it someday, but he recently changed his mind and wants to buy a computer tablet. Is it OK for him to change his mind like this, and how should I handle things?

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Bentley leaving Byrnes, takes analyst post working with QBs at Auburn
FEB 24, 2014

Bobby Bentley is joining the Auburn University coaching staff as offensive analyst and quarterbacks coach.

Bobby Bentley, Byrnes Head Football Coach, has resigned to become a member of the football staff at Auburn University as offensive analyst working with the quarterback.

Bentley told the team today with District Five Schools Superintendent Scott Turner and Bentley issuing separate statements.

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$2.5 million substation at Victor Hill closer to formal agreement
FEB 24, 2014

A substation at Victor Hill Road is moving toward a formal agreement between the Greer Commission of Public Works and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. It was reported that infrastructure at two housing developments are also near completion.

Randy Olson, interim general manager, told commissioners at Monday’s monthly meeting the substation, “is pointing closer to an agreement. We have been in contact with Duke (Energy) to see where they would like the high-tension power lines to come into the site,” Olson said.

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Work begins at Kohl's Greer store with September opening planned
FEB 21, 2014

Workers began a $2.3 million upfit that includes interior demolition and upfit and exterior renovation of the former Kmart store.

The planned Kohl’s store at Piedmont Market Place, 1320 Wade Hampton Blvd., in Greer is scheduled to open the third week in September. The company will hire about 100 full- and part-time employees.

A $2.3 million upfit is underway with Crane Construction of Savannah, Mo., handling the interior demolition and upfit and exterior renovation of the former Kmart store.  Workers were at the site this week.

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$15,000 CBL grant gives GCM timely lift for 5,000 meals
FEB 20, 2014

A $15,000 grant from Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) to Greer Community Ministries has helped with operational costs for Meals On Wheels and Senior Diners. Left to right: Jennifer Jones (CBL Senior Vice President), Cindy Simpler (Executive Director GCM) and Tommy Johnson (President/CEO of CBL).

A timely $15,000 grant from Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) to Greer Community Ministries is helping the non-profit to maintain its Meals On Wheels and Senior Diners program by providing for 5,000 meals.

“It’s always helpful to have Citizens Building and Loan to partner with us in our operating costs,” Cindy Simpler, Executive Director of GCM, said. “It then makes it a lot easier for us to apply for grants (for programs).”

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Cott expanding its manufacturing and distribution beverage company
FEB 20, 2014

Cott, a  beverage bottler and distributor in Greer, is expanding its production facility on Hood Road with an additional 150,000 square foot warehouse and will add 28 trailer parks and 15 docks.

Cott Beverages is expanding its manufacturing site at 1990 Hood Road with a 150,000 square foot building that will add 28 trailer parks and 15 docks.

Part of the expansion will include 1,800 square feet for additional office space to accommodate the transfer of its logistics staff from a warehouse leased in Taylors. That lease is expiring.

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