A bunny is nipping at Frosty’s heels in this snowman artfully built by Michelle Pimentel and her husband in Travelers Rest on Wednesday.
Snowfall in the Upstate was considerably less than forecast overnight Tuesday. Travelers Rest recorded 3.5 inches and Greer’s snowfall of 1.5 inches closed schools and government offices on Thursday.
A Greer minister lost her place of worship when City Council, on Tuesday night, found her in default of a lease contract with the City of Greer.
Rev. Kathy Sandlin was found two years in default of insurance payments for her International Cathedral of Prayer ministry located at Snow Street and Davis Avenue. The nondescript church is recognized by weathered banners lined across the outside of the entrance.
Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) is advising customers to report power outages at their homes or businesses by calling 864-848-5501 or 864-848-5500.
Duke Energy customers can call 800-769-3766.
The BMW Manufacturing facility in Greer has informed associates and suppliers it will be closed early Thursday and to call in the morning to determine when the plant will resume shifts. An expected half-foot of snow or more was forecast in the Upstate.
The Greer Inland Port has not made a decision but expects to announce its operating schedule this evening. The port will follow closely BMW’s closing and re-opening.
A significant winter storm will affect the region this evening and tonight.
A low pressure system over the Northwest Gulf of Mexico this evening, and then track quickly northeastward along the Carolina coast tonight. At the same time, colder air is expected to move down from the north. Precipitation will begin as rain in some areas outside the mountains, but is expected to change over to snow as the Intensity increases and the temperature cools into the evening hours. The snow is likely to become heavy at times during the evening hours as the low pressure system makes its closest pass by the area.
By Jonathan King
Body cameras worn by the Greer officers are playing a calming role, according to Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds.
“The body camera helps control behavior of the officers, but mostly it also helps control the behavior of civilians," Reynolds said. "Once officers tell them, ‘I am recording this,’ they shut up.”
Doctors Caio Rocha Lima and Melanie Thomas have joined the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute to help expand and grow clinical trial offerings to pharmaceutical industry trials in the Upstate.
Lima will serve as Medical Director for Medical Oncology and Associate Center Director for Translational Research. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in Brazil. Lima received his fellowship in hematology oncology from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
City Council will hold a public forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the distribution of an estimated $263,617 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $83,905 in HOME affordable housing funds that will become available through Housing and Urban Development in July. An estimated $150,000 in block grant program income and $180,000 in HOME program are also expected to become available through the program year.
Greer CPW has reached into its backyard to hire the successor to the utility’s engineer and planning manager.
Mark Harvey, who graduated Greer High School and earned degrees at Clemson University, was introduced at the monthly commissioner’s meeting Monday. He replaces Randy Olson who retired at the end of 2014.
The Greer Commission of Public Works has asked commissioners to approve a 4.7 percent electricity rate increase beginning April 1.
The average CPW customer will see its rate increase an average of $5.42 per month, according to General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle. That means customers' average utility bills – CPW provides water, sewer, gas and electricity services – will increase to $119.76, up from the $114.34 average.
By Kim Wooten
Colleen Perry Keith, president of Spartanburg Methodist College since 2009, has been named president of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. Keith begins her duties at Pfeiffer on July 1.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I will miss SMC and my Pioneers. This is a great college and one that plays a very important role in getting students started on their higher education journey. Of everything we have accomplished over the past six years, I am most proud of the fact that SMC is no longer the ‘best kept secret’ in the Upstate. People recognize the value that we offer and our amazing success rate (85 percent of SMC students go onto complete their college education elsewhere, compared to 20 percent nationally for two-year colleges) is evidence that we are doing an exceptional job at implementing our mission.”
2015 Miss Greater Greer Anna Brown and Miss Greater Greer Teen Emma Kate Rhymer will be taking a polar plunge and they are inviting the public to join them.
“Freezin’ for a Reason” is the fundraiser Brown and Rhymer will co-host Saturday from 3-4 p.m. – regardless of rain, snow or freezing temperatures. And the forecast, 43-37 degrees with 20 percent icy mix, is threatening all three possibilities. The event is at 109 Peachtree Drive in Greer.
Michael King of Riverside High School and Jackson Darash of Byrnes High School are among 48 students nominated by Sen. Tim Scott to U.S. Military Service Academies for the class of 2019.
King has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and Darash to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
A site operations center has been approved by the South Carolina Ports Authority to be built on the BMW campus in Greer.
BMW leases the industrial site from the SCPA, and as the landowner SCPA will manage the construction process of the facility, according to the announcement made in Charleston. The project is estimated to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
Drivers in Greer now have an online tool available to strategize their travels around dangerous areas and the most likely time collisions occur.
“I can tell you that Hwy. 29 towards Taylors, South Buncombe and Brushy Creek, Suber (Road) and Brushy (Creek Road)) and Suber Road and Hwy. 29 are where the collisions are occurring,” Sgt. Randle Ballenger said. “If you travel through the city of Greer or live in the city of Greer, why not take the opportunity to learn where some of these collisions are. Our goal is to reduce the number of injuries and collisions.”
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