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$49.9 million approved for final GSP improvement phase
MAR 31, 2014

The final construction phase for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, was approved Monday by the board of commissioners to general contractor Skansa Moss (SKM) not to exceed $49.925 million.
 

 • Generator malfunction untimely 

• 3 loaded firearms confiscated

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Mom should mind her own business, advises Ramsey
MAR 31, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My husband and I are debt-free, and we have several hundred thousand dollars in savings. We pay for our children and grandchildren to visit during Christmas each year, but my mother thinks this is foolish spending. What do you think?

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GSP police get high marks from commission on accreditation
MAR 31, 2014

GSP police keep traffic moving and encourage visitors to not leave their vehicles.

• GSP to meet with FAA

• Airport police get high marks

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GSP officials will meet with FAA on malfunction that closed runway Friday night
MAR 31, 2014

GSP officials will meet with FAA on malfunction that closed runway Friday night

Dave Edwards, executive director at GSP, will meet with Federation Aviation Administrative tower and facilities officials this week to review Friday night’s protocol and a generator malfunction that caused the airport to shut down its runway for nearly three hours.

Low visibility and fog was blamed for the FAA protocol that called for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to switch to generator power. The outage (Approach Light Engine Generator) reportedly occurred at 10:45 p.m. and it went back online at 1:40 a.m., according to airport officials.

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Katherine Tippin Smith, sister of Aaron Tippin, graveside service Sunday
MAR 30, 2014

Katherine Eleanor Tippin Smith, the sister of country music star Aaron Tippin of Greer, has died. She was 64.

Smith died March 27 at her Williamston home. She is a native of Pensacola, Fla., and was an employee of UPS and a member of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Greer.

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Businesses say 'Thank You' to public safety community
MAR 30, 2014

Det. Dale Arterburn brought his daughter, Morgan, to the Public Safety Appreciation dinner Thursday at the Cannon Centre.
 

The businesses thanked the first responders, the first responders thanked the businesses and everybody thanked the families, spouses and acquaintances of the fire, police and emergency medical services on Thursday night.

The third annual Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner on Thursday was an occasion for the business community to celebrate and say “Thank you” to first responders.

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Greer leaders' thoughts on BMW's $1 billion expansion
MAR 29, 2014

Left to right: Rep. Tommy Stringer, Ken Harper, Countybank, Ed Driggers, City Administrator, and Mayor Rick Danner.
 

Landmark announcement

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$1 billion, X7, 800 jobs is BMW announcement heard around the world
MAR 28, 2014

The $1 billion investment will mean 800 more jobs, 450,000 capacity a year by 2016 and production of the X4 begins for July exports. The X7 SAV is a high-end vehicle of the future. Left to right: Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board for BMW Group,  U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, BMW Group Board member for Production, Harald Krüger, and President of BMW Manufacturing in Greer, Manfred Erlacher.
 
 
 

• Photo gallery

Economic impact

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Study: $16.6 billion is BMW annual impact in South Carolina
MAR 28, 2014

A new study just released by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, reports that the BMW Group has a $16.6 billion annual impact on the state economy. Its presence in South Carolina supports more than 30,000 jobs throughout the state.

The study found that for every job created at the Greer plant, an additional three jobs are created elsewhere in South Carolina through the economic multiplier effect.

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BMW to present more big news for Greer. Watch it live
MAR 28, 2014

BMW is scheduled to announce that the X7, a full-sized SAV, will be built in Greer. A 675,000 square-foot body shop will be part of the company's expansion that is expected to produce 400,000 vehicles a year.
 

 Click here to watch 1 p.m. announcement

A new BMW model, X7, confirmed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, and additional significant expansion is scheduled to be announced Friday at 1 p.m. by BMW Group at the Greer manufacturing plant.

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Inland Port receives Economic Development Impact Award
MAR 28, 2014

Containers, empty and occupied, form a wall between the rubber tiered gantry cranes. Empty containers may be stacked eight high and filled containers are limited to seven.
 
 
 

The SC Inland Port (SCIP) in Greer received the Economic Development Impact Award at the Upstate Alliance's annual meeting.

The annual award recognizes a public or private sector project that strengthens the Upstate business climate and enhances the area's marketability to prospective industry, resulting in an overall positive impact to the economic development efforts of the region.

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Crowley, Williams receive Principals of Year awards
MAR 27, 2014

Riverside’s Eric Williams was honored Friday night in Greenville as the South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year selected by the South Carolina Parents Teachers Association (SC PTA).
 
 

Principals at Riverside High School and Riverside Middle School were honored Friday night in Greenville as the South Carolina Principal of the Year for their respective grades. They were selected by the South Carolina Parents Teachers Association.

Andy Crowley, principal at Riverside High School, and Eric Williams, principal at Riverside Middle School received their awards at the Greenville Regency Hotel.

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Cabela's schedules opening week of special events
MAR 27, 2014

Cabela’s will celebrate the grand opening of its Greenville store with a weekend-long celebration featuring special guests, giveaways and family events.
 

Cabela’s will celebrate the grand opening of its Greenville store – the company’s first South Carolina location – with a weekend-long celebration featuring special guests, giveaways and family events.

Crowd entertainment, including a DJ and trivia games, will kick off opening day at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 3. A grand opening ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony – the ribbon will be cut by an arrow shot from a bow.

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36 pounds of unwanted medicines dropped off at police department
MAR 26, 2014

Thirty-six pounds of unwanted medicine was dropped off in the drug drop box in the lobby at the Greer Police Department.
 

Sgt. Chad Richardson reported the first haul of unwanted medicines gathered from the drug locker at the Greer Police Department weighed 36 pounds.

“Those are not pills in their containers, I emptied all the containers before weighing them,” Richardson said. “ Two batches of medicine were also picked up from independent McLeskey-Todd and Professional Pharmacy. “They ran the gamut from aspirins to prescription medicines.”

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Greer Fire Department is celebrating centennial anniversary
MAR 26, 2014

Fire Department Captains wait their turn to present the 2013 annual report to City Council Tuesday.
 

The Greer Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a specially designed badge.

Greer’s fire department was organized Nov. 1, 1914 after the city put in a citywide water system. The first fire chief of record was Mack Fowler. The first fire truck was bought in 1919.

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Shelnutt joins United Community Bank as Senior VP
MAR 25, 2014

David Shelnutt has joined United Community Bank as senior vice president and manager of its new Structured Finance Department.
 

David Shelnutt has joined United Community Bank as senior vice president and manager of its new Structured Finance Department. He will develop and oversee the Structured Finance Group, which will originate and administer loans, monitor collateral and support market lenders across the bank’s footprint. 

“David has a wealth of experience in successfully implementing asset-based programs, and we are delighted he will be leading our new team. He will be instrumental in our business development efforts as well as helping us to provide better service to our clients,” said Charles D. Chamberlain, director of corporate banking for UCB.

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Holcombe is honored by Citizens Police Academy alumni
MAR 25, 2014

Greer Police Lt. Jimmy Holcombe was honored by the Citizens Police Academy alumni on March 11 for his dedication to the success of the civilian volunteer group.
 

The Greer Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) Alumni Association honored Lt. Jimmy Holcombe, the founder of the successful and growing volunteer organization.

“Lt. Holcombe was honored for his hard work and outstanding dedication to the program and its volunteers,” stated Angie Childers, one of the first graduates and a volunteer since. “He has shown great enthusiasm and passion with each new CPA class.”

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TSA discovers 3 loaded firearms in carry-on bags at GSP in past week
MAR 24, 2014

GSP police were alerted in each firearm incident and all passengers were cited on local charges.
 

Three loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags March 17-24, at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported.

• At approximately 9:32 a.m. March 17, a loaded .38 was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

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Dave Ramsey: Don't do something really dumb with money
MAR 24, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I’m considering a career change and becoming a financial advisor. It would mean a 45 percent cut in salary for three to four years, and I’d have to take on debt in order to survive the cut. Is this a smart move?

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Tuttle gives kudos to water, electric departments for jobs well done
MAR 24, 2014

The CPW Electric Department was commended by the city of Orangeburg utilities for helping during the severe ice storm in mid-February. CPW crews traveled to Orangeburg to work 3.5 days to help restore power. Crew members left to right, Tony Farr, James Crum, Shane Lawter, Matt Williams, Jeremy Gossett and General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle.
 
 

Todd Varnadore, of the Greer CPW water department was leaving the work site behind the QuikTrip construction on South Hwy. 14 late Friday afternoon. The windows on his truck were up.

The smell of a rotten egg permeated the air. “That’s exactly what a gas leak smells like,” Varnadore said.

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