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Yanity out, Munson in as voice of Clemson football
APR 30, 2014

Pete Yanity will not return as play-by-play announcer for Clemson football and basketball.
 

Don Munson will replace Pete Yanity as the play-by-play announcer for Clemson next fall, the school announced Wednesday.

Yanity, sports director at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg since 1990, had been the football and men’s basketball voice for the past 11 years. He took over in 2003 after the death of Jim Phillips, who served as “Voice of the Tigers” for 35 years.

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Downtown roads closed during Family Fest, businesses, restaurants are open
APR 30, 2014

Roads will be closed in downtown Greer Friday and Saturday during the 30th annual Greer Family Fest.

The closings will be Friday 6 a.m. to Sunday 2 a.m.

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Gibbs' gift launches national initiative to revolutionize clinical cancer trials
APR 29, 2014

Left to right: Jimmy Gibbs presents Bruce Holstien (SRHS CEO), Dr. Timothy Yeatman and Dr. Mark Watson presents a $250,000 gift towards the Gibbs Health Institute (GHI), a national initiative that is said to revolutionize the way clinical cancer trials are done and how personalized medicine is delivered in the community setting.
 
 
 
 
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Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs presented a $250,000 gift towards the Gibbs Health Institute (GHI), a national initiative that Dr. Timothy Yeatman said will revolutionize the way clinical cancer trials are done and how personalized medicine is delivered in the community setting.

“We are humbled and inspired by the extraordinary generosity of Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs,” said Bruce Holstien, Chief Executive Officer for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. “They continuously work to ensure that our patients have access to the latest treatments in cancer care.”

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Perry, Lysyczn double winners at Family Fest fishing tourney
APR 28, 2014

Gregg Perry and Thomas Lysyczn earned $1,800 combined for winning the Greer CPW Family Fest fishing tournament and catching the biggest fish.
 

Gregg Perry and Thomas Lysyczn teamed to win first place in the Greer CPW Family Fest fishing tournament held on Lake Cunningham April 19.

Perry and Lysyczn earned $1,600 combined. Their catch weighed in at 18.88 pounds and the big bass tipped the scales at 6.98 pounds. The big catch was worth $1,000 and first place $600.

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Foothills Philharmonic season ends Saturday
APR 28, 2014

The Foothills Philharmonic ends its 13th season Saturday with its Pops concert at 7:30 p.m. at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center. The concert is free.

The Story Tellers, theme for the 2013-2014, season, featured international masterpieces. The season began by exploring classical masterworks and concludes by presenting popular favorites.

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'Sleeping Beauty' characters entertain kids at tea party
APR 28, 2014

Morgan Grace Privette, 13, and Eric Rhom, 17, welcomed princesses and dragon slayers to the Cannon Centre Sunday for

Princess Morgan Grace Privette, 13, and King Eric Rhom, 17, were among the stars entertaining children attending the "Sleeping Beauty Kids" tea party at the Cannon Centre last Saturday.

Privette has been in children's theater for six months and Rhom is participating in his second play.

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Chef Roberts says Artisans reflects himself on a plate
APR 28, 2014

Artisans chef Billy Roberts cuts the ribbon at the ceremony opening the new restaurant at the Marriott Parkway.
 

There’s a new style and flavor of dining at Artisans, the re-invented restaurant at the Marriott at One Parkway located on the border separating Greer and Greenville.

Chef William “Billy” Roberts said the southern menu reflects “me on a plate. We have a little white table elegance and infused it with southern and soul food,” Roberts said.

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Dancers came to Greer knowing they could dance and showed it
APR 28, 2014

Bethany Smith, from Dance Dynamics, took home several Diamond awards including one for her performance to

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Scores of young, high-stepping talented dancers came to Greer Friday night to show judges they knew they could dance. They also raised more than $5,000 for Relay for Life of Greer.

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Greer Relief, Piedmont Women's Center benefit from 'Leaders in Action'
APR 24, 2014

Greer Relief staff received a $1,000 donation from the Leadership in Greer Class XXXIV and its  

Greer Relief and Resources Agency and the Piedmont Women’s Center have been awarded $1,000 each from Leadership Greer Class XXXIV and its class project “Leaders In Action”.

Executive Director Caroline Robertson of Greer Relief and her staff were presented its donation on Tuesday.

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NGU and GHS launch physician assistant program
APR 24, 2014

Natalie Schrader, a junior biology major at North Greenville University, explains how the partnership between NGU and Greenville Memorial Hospital to launch the Physician Assistant program will enable her to continue her medical studies in the Upstate. NGU President Jimmy Epting, left, and GHS President and CEO Michael Riordan announced the partnership.
 
 
 

North Greenville University and the Greenville Health System announced a partnership to launch the Upstate’s first physician assistant (PA) program. The state’s only other PA program is at the College of Charleston.

The proposed Master of Medical Science program is expected to launch in January 2017, with the first 32 students scheduled to graduate in 2019. The program is expected to have as many as 144 students per year by 2021.

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Honor Flight returns as it left - with a plane load of war heroes
APR 23, 2014

The Honor Flight veterans were given a hero's welcome at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Tuesday night.
 

Ninety World War II and Korean War veterans were members of the Upstate’s 12th Honor Flight Tuesday.

The veterans, ranging in age from the 70s to over 100, made the trip to Washington to see the memorials honoring the sacrifices soldiers made during the wars..

The photo on the home page is of PFC Hiott, 8, of the Upstate Young Marines, who was promoted hours earlier to greet the return of the veterans. Robert “Bob” Gosset is the veteran shaking Hiott’s hand.

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No texting or emailing in Greer beginning July 1
APR 23, 2014

Texting and e-mailing becomes illegal for drivers operating a moving vehicle in Greer beginning July 1.
 

Texting and e-mailing becomes illegal for drivers operating a moving vehicle in Greer beginning July 1. Greer City Council passed, 5-2, second and final reading with one amendment to the ordinance Tuesday night.

Councilwoman Judy Albert (District Six) proposed the ordinance during city council’s annual winter retreat. The only change on the original ordinance, suggested by Albert Tuesday, changed No. 4 under Exceptions to allow only texting by “the use of voice-operated technology”.

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Dave says: Save for retirement before kid's college fund
APR 22, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I noticed that your Baby Steps list puts saving for retirement before saving for your kid’s college fund. Sending your kids to college would come first on the timeline, so what is your reasoning behind this?

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Obituaries we are following
APR 22, 2014

These are obituaries we are following.

Daniel Lefoy Lynch, 78, died April 22, at National Health Care.

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Public hearing precedes council's vote on distracted driving ordinance
APR 22, 2014

• Ordinance is here.

A public hearing is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. today for residents to voice their concerns on a proposed ordinance that could make it unlawful to use a mobile telephone for text messaging, electronic media or emailing while operating a vehicle in Greer.

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Princesses, Dragon Slayers invited to a party at Cannon Centre
APR 21, 2014

Princesses, Dragon Slayers invited to a party at Cannon Centre

Princesses will be treated like royalty and Dragon Slayers will be cheered for their bravery at a party on Sunday, April 27 at the Cannon Centre.

Dress like a princess and come as a Dragon Slayer and enjoy the accolades and activities at a tea party with light refreshments, face painting, crafts and pictures. Prizes and a drawing for a carriage ride are included in the package.

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'Frozen', 'Despicable Me 2' headline Moonlight Movies season
APR 20, 2014

“Frozen”, the Oscar winning best animated film and original song  ("Let It Go") for 2014, highlights the Moonlight Movies schedule at Greer City Park Amphitheater. All movies begin at dusk and are free.

Seven of the eight cinema movies are animated and all are rated PG. “Teen Beach Party” is a made for TV movie.

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Op-Ed: Let the people decide
APR 17, 2014

Allen C. Smith
President/CEO Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce
 

Imagine for a moment that you are the President/CEO of a company. Imagine you are sitting in front of your employees at a staff meeting. You tell them that now is the time for drastic change.   You explain to them you have had an epiphany. You have decided to abolish all current pricing structures and revert back to the prices of 1987. Meaningful maintenance of your company’s physical assets is no longer necessary. Investing in the long term sustainability of the organization is no longer a priority. After all, none of that is possible with a 1987 revenue structure.

As outrageous as that may seem, it is the actual financial operating procedure of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The state agency charged with maintaining and improving the state’s largest asset is currently funded on a 1987 revenue model. This antiquated funding structure would fully explain why we have 416 load restricted bridges, 884 structurally deficient bridges, a third of primary and interstate highways rated as “poor” or “mediocre,” and half of our secondary roads rated as “poor” or “mediocre.”   Given the safety and economic development implications of this issue (not to mention the fact that infrastructure improvement and maintenance is a core function of government), you would think South Carolina elected officials would be leading the way in providing viable solutions. Unfortunately, aside from a few bold and visionary leaders, the state’s elected leaders have placed politics first and pragmatism second.

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Owens Insurance Agency wins state small business award
APR 17, 2014

Owens Insurance Agency of Greer has been awarded the US Small Business Administration 2014 South Carolina Small Office/Home Office of the year.

The awarded is presented to a small business with 15 or fewer employees that has demonstrated outstanding growth, innovation, and community involvement. This is the first year that the award has been presented.

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Middle Tyger CC recipient of Leaders in Action donation
APR 17, 2014

Members of Leaders in Action who made the presentation to the Middle Tyger Community Center were in alphabetical order: Sarah Belue, Don Broadhurst, Rob DeHollander, Rebecca Ferguson, Dee Gabriel, Justin Miller, Cindy Simpler, Lyn Turner and Brenda Verdone.
 
 

The Middle Tyger Community Center was the recipient of a $1,000 gift from Leadership Greer Class XXXIV.

The Leaders in Action project, under the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, has targeted five non-profits for donations.

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