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GREER NEWS From February 2015


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Snow's gone except for the memories
FEB 27, 2015

Snow's gone except for the memories

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.

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Greer minister loses place of worship when found in default of lease
FEB 26, 2015

Rev. Kathy Sandlin held her International Cathedral of Prayer ministry at this city-owned property at Snow Street and Davis Avenue. 
 

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.

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Phone numbers to call for power outages
FEB 25, 2015

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.

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BMW closed Thursday, Inland Port undecided
FEB 25, 2015

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.

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Expect a winter wonderland knocking at your door Thursday morning
FEB 25, 2015

The Thornblade Club in Greer, home course of the BMW Pro-Am, is always picturesque. A heavy snow forecast overnight should lend to more postcard-type photos.
 

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.

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Genie 'excited to be excited' with Aladdin Jr. production
FEB 24, 2015

Anna Grace Waldrop is in the ensemble of

By Jonathan King

For GreerToday.com

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Chief Reynolds: 'Once officers tell (civilians), 'I am recording this, 'they shut up.'
FEB 24, 2015

Sgt. Jeff Smith displays a body camera that all patrol officers have been issued at the Greer Police Department.
 

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.”

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Lima, Thomas join Gibbs Cancer Center to expand clinical trials
FEB 24, 2015

Dr. Caio Rocha Lima
Medical Director for Medical Oncology and Associate Center Director for Translational Research
 

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.

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Council hosts public forum for distribution of block grant and housing funds
FEB 24, 2015

The winners of the Black History Month essay contest are recognized with city officials and council members at the Feb. 10 city council meeting. Left to right: Carlina Lara, Cyia Latham-Anderson, Jasmine More, Chandler Back and Amber McNeil. Nichole Schaffer is not pictured.
 
 

• Tonight's agenda

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.

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Harvey, Greer native, hired by CPW as engineer and planning manager
FEB 23, 2015

Mark Harvey, a native of Greer who worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia in the past four years, has been hired at Greer CPW as engineer and planning manager.
 
 
 

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.

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CPW proposes increasing electricity rates 4.7 percent
FEB 23, 2015

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.

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Legacy of Leslie Meyer's gift to special needs children to be celebrated
FEB 22, 2015

Dr. Leslie Meyer was convinced Greenville needed a school to serve special needs children.
 

By Kim Wooten

For GreerToday.com

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SMC's Keith accepts president's job at Pfeiffer
FEB 20, 2015

SMC's Colleen Perry Keith has accepted the president's position at Pfeiffer University.

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.”

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Anna Brown throws down triple-dog-dare at 'Polar Plunge'
FEB 19, 2015

Miss Greater Greer Anna Brown will co-host

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.

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Scott nominates King, Darash to U.S. Service Academies
FEB 19, 2015

Scott nominates King, Darash to U.S. Service Academies

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.

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Ports Authority to build operations center on BMW's Greer campus
FEB 18, 2015

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.

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Police provide online data for drivers to steer clear of collision hotspots
FEB 18, 2015

Sgt. Randle Ballenger, left, said data is available online to the public to help drivers maneuver around dangerous roads and intersections. Officer Clay Anderson assisted in the presentation.
 
 
 

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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Taxpayers can get help with IRS Free File
FEB 18, 2015

Taxpayers can get help with IRS Free File

Family Features

You don't need to be an expert on taxes or the new health care law to get it right. The Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with industry-leading companies, is offering free tax software that will do the hard work for you. It's called Free File, and it's available only at IRS.gov/freefile. Learn more at freefile.irs.gov.

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Forget fad diets and focus on health
FEB 18, 2015

Forget fad diets and focus on health

Family Features

If you recently committed to managing your weight or dieting, it may be time to change your approach. For long-term results, ditch fad dieting and adopt a balanced approach to eating with a focus on healthy foods.

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DIY: A seasonal guide to maintaining your home
FEB 18, 2015

DIY: A seasonal guide to maintaining your home

Family Features

Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.

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