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Mix of personalities performed Saturday in Idol competition
JUN 30, 2014

Brian Scott Garner sings

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One teen said she sang in a Spartanburg bar, another performs at Smiley’s Café in Greenville and another singer has credits on Broadway and Indianapolis in singing roles.

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Tyler's frenetic 23 days comes to halt with Chick-fil-A reopening
JUN 30, 2014

Jody Levin visited Chick-fil-A on Wade Hampton Blvd. on its re-opening Monday after undergoing a complete renovation in June. Levin's grandchildren, Cyrus Jones and Donovan Estenfeld, appeared to reap the rewards of this trip.
 

Bill Tyler has had such a furious 23 days he said he doesn’t know how tired he is.

“Right now it’s just so exciting, the adrenaline has kicked in,” Tyler said.

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Free haircuts for vets, active military today at the White House Salon
JUN 30, 2014

Staff Sgt. Henry Campbell gets his hair trimmed by Samantha Ball at The White House Salon Monday. Campbell was in Korea, Viet Nam, Iceland and Germany among the six countries he was stationed.
 

The Army was outnumbering other service personnel receiving free hair cuts today at The White House Salon.

Ret. Staff Sgt. Henry Campbell of the Army was given a trim and shampoo this afternoon. Campbell said he traveled extensively while in the service. “I’ve been to Viet Nam, Korea, Germany and Iceland,” Campbell said of the six countries he was stationed.

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Hudson, former Greer queen, crowned Miss South Carolina
JUN 29, 2014

Lanie Hudson was crowned Miss South Carolina 2014 Saturday night. She is a former Miss Greater Greer and daughter of Alex Hudson and granddaughter of Bill Hudson, former Clemson football standoiuts. Lanie Hudson is also a Clemson graduate.
 

Miss Anderson Lanie Hudson was crowned Miss South Carolina 2014 Saturday night.

Hudson is one-year removed as Miss Greater Greer and a fifth place finish in the state pageant last year. She graduated Clemson with a degree in communications. Her father, Alex, and grandfather, Bill, played football at Clemson University.

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Margaret Balding dies after valiant fight with breast cancer
JUN 27, 2014

Margaret Ann Vick Balding
 

Margaret Ann Vick Balding, 71, died today after a valiant fight with breast cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, former general manager for Greer CPW. They were married 51 years, with three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Miss Greater Easley Teen thrust into favorite role with two preliminary wins
JUN 27, 2014

Miss Greater Easley Teen Hope Harvard is the only double preliminary winner – evening gown and talent. She is the only double winner in three nights of competition for Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen.
 

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Miss Greater Easley Teen Hope Harvard won the evening gown competition Thursday at the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant making her the first double preliminary winner for either Teen or Miss. Harvard, 16, from Easley won talent on Wednesday.

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Southern Eye Associates honored as Small Business of the Year
JUN 27, 2014

Dr. William Steigerwald of Southern Eye Associates, center, accepted the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Small Business for 2014. Mark Owens, left, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, presents the award with Ken Harper, Chairman of the Executive Board.
 

Southern Eye Associates was named the Small Business of the Year by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the annual dinner at City Hall.

Smith & James, the oldest continuing business in downtown, was honored with the Mayor’s Award.

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Smith & James recognized with Mayor's Award for small business
JUN 26, 2014

Mayor Rick Danner presents Smith & James the Mayor's Award for small business to Brandon and Bernard Price and Chip Bittner.
 

Smith & James, the oldest continuing business in downtown, was honored with the Mayor’s Award at the Small Business of the Year celebration presented by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Southern Eye Associates was recognized as the Small Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony was held at City Hall.

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Preliminaries reach halfway point in Miss South Carolina pageant
JUN 26, 2014

Miss Orangeburg County Shiobhan Fraser won swimsuit and Miss Fountain Inn Daja Dial won talent preliminaries Wednesday night at the Miss South Carolina pageant.
 

Miss Fountain Inn Daja Dial won talent and Miss Orangeburg County Shiobhan Fraser won preliminaries Wednesday night at the Miss South Carolina pageant in Columbia.

Miss Greater Easley Teen Hope Harvard won talent and Miss Laurens County Teen, Heather Madden won evening gown in the Teen competition.

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Guild Mortgage celebrates downtown location, eyes expansion
JUN 25, 2014

Kristi Farmer, Greer Branch Manager for the Guild Mortgate Company, cuts the ribbon celebrating the company's downtown location.
 
 

Eight months after putting down roots in downtown, Guild Mortgage Company celebrated with a ribbon cutting Wednesday.

“Greer is a great location and has a thriving downtown, that is a melting pot, convenient to many areas and businesses and great restaurants,” said Kristi Farmer, Greer Branch Manager, at the 104 Trade Street location.

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CPW, GSP agree to property lease for a new substation
JUN 25, 2014

Greer CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District have agreed on a lease with an option to purchase 5.07 acres of property to build a substation near the Inland Port.
 

Greer CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District has agreed on a lease with the option to purchase approximately 5.07 acres for a substation to serve east Greer. Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting also approved a low bid of $684,250 for a Bent Creek pump station upgrade.

The substation property is in Spartanburg County near Victor Hill Road and Hendrix Road. The Inland Port and the BMW Manufacturing warehouse are nearby.

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July 4 openings and closings for Greer Station merchants
JUN 25, 2014

Jason Clark's BIN 112 and The Strip Club 104 will be closed during the July 4 weekend.
 

Greer Station merchants have announced their July 4 opening and closings during the holiday weekend.

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Brown wins swimsuit, Miss Greater Greer tops talent preliminary
JUN 25, 2014

Anna Brown, from Greer, won the Miss South Carolina swimsuit competition Tuesday in Columbia on the first night of the preliminaries. Lia Holman, Miss Greater Greer, next to Brown, won the talent competition. Teen winners, far left, were Anna Hatchette, Miss Duncan Teen, talent and Makayla Start, Miss Landrum Teen, evening gown competition.
 

Miss Greater Greer Lia Holman won the talent preliminary and Miss Hartsville Anna Brown, who is from Greer, won the swimsuit preliminary Tuesday in the Miss South Carolina pageant at Columbia.

Holman is a music major at Claflin University. She said she uses her music to express herself.

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Pageant preliminaries begin with 30 girls from greater Greer competing
JUN 24, 2014

Lia Holman is Miss Greater Greer.
 

The Miss South Carolina and Teen pageant begins preliminary competition Tuesday night with 30 girls either from the greater Greer area or representing Greer or its surrounding communities.

Lia Holman is Miss Greater Greer and Brittany Doss Miss Greater Greer Teen (together on home page) begin their preliminaries Tuesday.

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District Five approves $69.4 million budget for 2014-2015
JUN 23, 2014

District Five approves $69.4 million budget for 2014-2015

The District Five Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $69.4 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The budget reflects a 5.8 percent increase but does not include a millage increase for the fifth consecutive year.

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Pageant gives Smith a forum to share her passion with Special Olympics
JUN 23, 2014

Alicia Smith, a Greer High School graduate, is competing as Miss Mt. Pleasant in the Miss South Carolina Pageant this week.
 
 

Alicia Smith was looking forward to her interview at the Miss South Carolina pageant.

The Greer High School graduate is Miss Mt. Pleasant. A week of talent, evening gown, swimsuit and on-stage questions leads up to the televised finals (my40 in Greenville, 8-10:30 p.m.) on Saturday at Columbia’s Township Auditorium.

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Greer Police need help identifying two suspects
JUN 23, 2014

The unknown subjects, above, are approximately 25-30-years-old and 180 pounds.
 

The Greer Police Department needs help identifying the two white males pictured in the two images below. The photos are labeled as copper theft at Allen Bennett Hospital.

These subjects were observed by an officer on the loading dock of an abandoned building in Greer. The unknown subjects are approximately 25-30-years-old and 180 pounds. The images were captured on a surveillance camera on Saturday, June 19.

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Loftis is summer intern at GreerToday.com
JUN 22, 2014

Raegan Loftis, a rising senior at Greer High School, is a summer intern with GreerToday.com. She will be working in marketing and reporting on entertainment and covering Greer Idol and Idol Teen.
 

Raegan Loftis, a rising senior at Greer High School, is working as an intern with GreerToday.com.

During Loftis’ first week she featured Barrett and Bailey Tyler, daughters of Bill and Susan Tyler of Greer, as they prepare for the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant, respectively. A story on Tall Tales, which began its first summer storytelling scheduled last week, was announced with the season’s schedule.

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Greer in middle of upstate counties ranked in Foreign Direct Investment
JUN 22, 2014

Mitsubishi Polyester Film has been in Greer 50 years and employs 500 full-time and 100 contract workers. 
 

 

 

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J.D. Power awards BMW Bronze Plant Quality Award in Americas region
JUN 22, 2014

Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co., left, holds the J.D. Power Bronze Plant Quality Award in the Americas region presented to the Greer plant.
 
 
 

BMW Manufacturing announced that J.D. Power, a trusted source for evaluating customer satisfaction regarding new vehicle quality, awarded the factory the Bronze Plant Quality Award in the North/South America region. Other BMW Group plants have received this award, but this is the first ever for the Greer plant.

“This is truly an extraordinary accomplishment for this plant,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co. “Building quality vehicles for our customers is our top priority and this award is a demonstration of the commitment of our entire workforce.”

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