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Kouskolekas participates in Donate Life Rose Parade float
DEC 31, 2015

Tony Kouskolekas, President of Pelham Medical Center in Greer, contributed a handwritten dedication in honor of organ and tissue donors on the 2016 Donate Life float at Friday's Rose Parade.
 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) will be part of 2016’s Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday.

Tony Kouskolekas, President of Pelham Medical Center in Greer and SRHS leaders Anita Butler and Paul Newhouse participated in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float CEO Rose Dedication Program. The program provides hospital leaders the opportunity to leave a handwritten dedication in honor of organ and tissue donors on the 2016 Donate Life float.

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Heavy rain causes roads, parks closings in greater Greer
DEC 30, 2015

Heavy rain causes roads, parks closings in greater Greer

Suber Road at Sweetbriar Road is blocked due to flooding, the Greer Police Department has announced. Police said roads in Greer have some water buildup and advises drivers to be cautious.

Greer Commission of Public Works is monitoring the dam at Lake Cunningham. If rain continues at its current pace, 1-2 inches in the next 12 hours, CPW may release some of the excess water that flows into the Startex, Jackson, Wellford and Duncan water district.

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Abbott's opening Jan. 8 on East Poinsett
DEC 29, 2015

Abbott's signage on East Poinsett Street marks the first franchise in the Carolinas and Georgia of the frozen custard shop.

Abbott’s Frozen Custard will open downtown Friday, Jan.  at 119 East Poinsett Street. It’s the first franchise in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Owner Mark Khoury has renovated the former Dixie Shoe Shop into the custard store with a contemporary design. Windows have replaced the side brick wall to create a view into the alley that will serve as a common area with outside seating and tables with umbrellas.

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Dave Ramsey: Money management pays off before losing job
DEC 29, 2015

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I work in IT, and I recently learned that I’ll be losing my $88,000 a year job at the end of February. We’re debt-free, except for our home, and we have a full emergency fund in place. The problem is we just cash-flowed one daughter’s wedding, and we’ll be paying for another daughter’s college soon. I’ll receive a severance package of around $30,000 to $40,000, but we’re wondering if I should stop contributing to my 401(k) and stockpile cash until another job comes along.

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New River Bluegrass has No. 1 song entering 2016
DEC 29, 2015

Members of New River Bluegrass are Dwayne Brown, Mike Johnson, Barry Long, Mike Mullins, Chuck Price and Andy Smith.
 

New River Bluegrass will begin 2016 with the number one song, “God of Isaac & Abraham” on the Singing News Bluegrass chart.

It is the second time New River has been number one but it’s the first time a Barry Long written song has hit the top of the chart. The group’s “When I look back down the road” reached number one in November 2013.

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Holidays are as good a time as any for flu vaccination
DEC 27, 2015

DHEC is advising South Carolinians to get their yearly flu vaccination to help reduce the spread of illness this winter.
 

State Media Report

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is advising South Carolinians, even at this date, to get their yearly flu vaccination to help reduce the spread of illness this winter.

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Concussions: Don't shake them off
DEC 25, 2015

A concussion is a type of head injury that affects the way the brain functions.
 

By Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

A football player takes a hard blow to the head during a game. Feeling dizzy and slightly nauseous, he continues playing, not aware that he’s feeling the classic symptoms of a concussion.

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Restaurants open on Christmas Day
DEC 24, 2015

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Restaurants scheduled to open on Christmas day. Travelers are advised to call ahead as hours and locations will vary.

Applebee’s hours and locations will vary by location for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

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Pride commits to Notre Dame
DEC 24, 2015

Troy Pride Jr. commits to Notre Dame. National Signing Day is Feb. 3.
 

Notre Dame football got one present a little early on Thursday.

Greer standout Troy Pride, Jr. announced his verbal commitment to attend and play for Notre Dame via Twitter on Christmas Eve.

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Dave Ramsey: Keep things simple and on the surface with mom and sister
DEC 24, 2015

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I haven’t spoken to my mom and sister in more than six months. Over time, I realized we have a real clash of moral values that has led to arguments and hard feelings. Lately, with it being Christmas season and a new year just around the corner, I’ve found myself wanting to navigate things a little better and stop avoiding them. It’s been mostly just between myself and them, so my wife and kids are pretty insulated from the ugliness. Do you have any advice for handling situations such as these?

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GSP sets all-time passenger records for October, November
DEC 23, 2015

GSP sets all-time passenger records for October, November

Passenger traffic for October and November was the strongest reported at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

GSP reported a total of 186,344 passengers came through the airport in October and 170,565 in November.

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A Christmas Story: Rilee likes making gingerbread men with her papa
DEC 23, 2015

Rilee Brooks said making gingerbread men cookies with her papa is fun at Christmas.
 
 

Rilee Brooks, 7, loves spending Christmas with her papa. She always has a sweet time when she's with her family.

"I like to go to my papa's house and we make gingerbread men cookies," Rilee said.

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A Christmas Story: Landon likes remote-controlled cars
DEC 23, 2015

Landon Chasteen said his favorite movie during the holidays is

Landon Chasteen, 9, loves his grandparents. Spending time with them is his favorite holiday tradition.

"I love going to my grandparents' house," he said.

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A Christmas Story: Nigel likes to play when visiting family
DEC 23, 2015

Nigel Livingston said his favorite Christmas tradition is vacationing with his grandparents.
 
 
 
 

Nigel Livingston, 9, likes to be with his loved ones during the holiday season.

"My favorite part about Christmas is spending time with your family," he said.

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A Christmas Story: Konner wants more school supplies
DEC 23, 2015

Konner Raines said his favorite food during the holidays is breakfast.
 

Konner Raines, 11, loves to see people having fun. That's what he was most enjoying during the Christmas parade.

"I'm most looking forward to people having fun and enjoying what God has given us to do today," Konner said at the parade.

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A Christmas Story: Aidan's favorite tradition is visiting grandparents
DEC 22, 2015

Aidan Cannon likes visiting his grandparents on Christmas.
 
 

Aidan Cannon, 10, is thankful for his strong faith at Christmas.

"I'm thankful because it's Jesus' s birthday," said Aidan. "God wants me to have a thankful holiday and I love it because you get presents and I love presents."

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BIN112 selected No. 1 restaurant in S.C.
DEC 22, 2015

BIN112 is selected No. 1 overall restaurant in S.C. Follows by one year Jason Clark as Upstate Restaurateur of the Year.
 
 
 

BIN112 is the best overall restaurant in South Carolina, according to OpenTable, a national hospitality industry company that analyzes diner reviews.

Jason Clark is chef and partner of the fine dining restaurant at 112 Trade Street. BIN112 is ranked ahead of seven coastal restaurants, in the top 10.

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4th graders set up shop downtown to benefit Salvation Army
DEC 22, 2015

Jackson Suber, left, and Brady Brown have set up JB's Arts & Crafts, a holiday enterprise, outside the Stomping Grounds at 208 Trade Street.
 
 

A pair of fourth graders is making the most of their holidays making arts and crafts to benefit the Salvation Army.

Jackson Suber and Brady Brown, both 9-years-old, have been stationed outside the Stomping Grounds at 208 Trade Street the past two days making different shapes and sizes of multicolored sand jars and beaded necklaces. Prices range $5 and under.

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Hollywild hires Platt as animal curator
DEC 21, 2015

S. Nigel Platt has been hired as animal curator for Hollywild Animal Park.
 

S. Nigel Platt has been hired as animal curator for Hollywild Animal Park.

“Mr. Platt brings a wealth of experience and passion for quality animal care to his leadership position at Hollywild,” said executive director Kim Atchley. “He is a perfect fit for the collective efforts of our board, staff, and volunteers as we move forward into a new era for Hollywild.” 

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CPW approves smaller 2016 budget and maintains water, sewer service increases
DEC 21, 2015

CPW approves smaller 2016 budget and maintains water, sewer service increases

Customers of Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) will pay about $3 more per month for water and sewer services in 2016.

Commissioners approved a $78.57 million operating budget for 2016. It represents a 1.7 decrease from the $82.2 million that ends fiscal year 2015 on Dec. 31. Reductions in the cost of purchasing natural gas factored in the overall reduced budget.

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