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Be alert for phony IRS callers demanding to pay bogus tax bill
JAN 30, 2016

Be alert for phony IRS callers demanding to pay bogus tax bill

By Citizens Building & Loan

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, (TIGTA) received almost 736,000 scam reports. Nearly 4,550 were victims who collectively loss over $23 million.

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Cost, time are obstacles to living cancer-protective lives
JAN 29, 2016

Men are much less likely to eat a cancer-protective diet than women: only 18 percent met the

Most Americans aren't making the kind of everyday lifestyle choices that protect against cancer – yet many mistakenly believe they are, according to a national survey released Friday by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

In preparation for National Cancer Prevention Month in February, AICR commissioned a YouGov survey to ask Americans which cancer-protective behaviors they engage in and which they do not. 

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19 projects awarded grants from Education Foundation
JAN 28, 2016

Nanette Davis, of Greer Middle School, received a $1,199.88 grant to purchase HP Chromebooks. David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, presented the awards.
 
 
 

The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $21,900 in grant money to 19 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties today at Greer City Hall.

Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $119,000,” Garrett said. “ And we are happy to announce that with today’s grants, that number increases to more than $141,000.

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Johnson, VP of Disabled American Veterans, dies
JAN 28, 2016

Preston Johnson, Vice President of the D.A.V. of South Carolina, died Wednesday.
 

Preston B. Johnson, who played an impactful role for Disabled American Veterans, died Wednesday. He was 70.

Johnson was Vice President of the D.A.V. of South Carolina. He traveled throughout the state and was a significant contributor to disabled veterans.

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Citizen's Police Academy accepting applications
JAN 27, 2016

Citizen's Police Academy accepting applications

The spring Greer Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled on Thursdays beginning Feb. 11.

The free 10-week series of classes gives students an in-depth look at the GPD and its work.  An average of 17 students per class since the program began in 2009. 

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Greenville Zoo giraffes expecting second calf, watch webcam
JAN 27, 2016

Greenville Zoo giraffes Autumn and Walter are expecting their second calf.
 
 

Autumn and Walter, the Greenville Zoo’s resident Masai giraffes, are expecting another calf soon. People are invited to be a part of this experience with live streaming webcam views.

In 2012, Autumn and Walter celebrated the arrival of their first calf, Kiko, and EarthCam cameras were there every step of the way.

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It's the law: City clears roads not sidewalks
JAN 26, 2016

There should be no more confusion on who is responsible for sidewalk snow/ice removal at businesses and the penalty incurred for being non-compliance.

Jason Clark, owner of BIN112 and Strip Club 104 A Steak House, on Trade and Poinsett streets, respectively summed it up in laymen terms. “The city’s responsibility is to clear the road so emergency vehicles can get out first and then the public. If you own a business, it’s the owner’s responsibility.”

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Council welcomes storm comments, none given
JAN 26, 2016

Greer City Council didn't have to spend much time on hearing downtown merchants complaining about the city's snow and ice cleanup last weekend.

No one spoke, merchants or residents, at City Council during public forum or when City Administrator Ed Driggers gave a storm report on the city’s efforts to plow and sand 1,368 miles of city streets.

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Williams selected chairman of CPW commissioners board
JAN 26, 2016

Perry Williams
Chairman of Greer Commission of Public Commissioners
 

Perry Williams was selected chairman of the Greer Commission of Public Works Board of Commissioners at Monday’s regular monthly meeting.

Williams replaces Jeff Howell, who served as chairman since 2014. Williams was first elected to the board in 2009 and served as chairman from 2011 through 2012. Howell was recently re-elected to his fourth term on the Board of Commissioners.

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Dave Ramsey: Better tax planning means more money
JAN 26, 2016

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

Do you recommend having people keep their W2 numbers as close to their tax return numbers as possible, even if they might have to pay at the end of the year or have more taken out?

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Shop owners miffed at ice, snow cleanup; city gives storm response at Council
JAN 25, 2016

Lisa Garland shovels ice from parking places in front of the Stomping Grounds on Trade Street.
 

Snow and ice removal from downtown streets was the hottest topic at the Stomping Grounds Saturday night. And it continued Monday.

About 50 people from nearby neighborhoods and downtown businesses and apartments gathered Saturday at the Stomping Grounds coffee and wine shop as it was virtually the only business open.

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Absentee voting underway for February primaries
JAN 24, 2016

Absentee voting underway for February primaries

Absentee voting for residents who will be out of town on the South Carolina presidential primary selection days may participate by voting an absentee ballot. Absentee voting is underway.

The Republican Party primary is Saturday Feb. 20 and the Democratic Party primary is Feb. 27.

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Greenville, most Spartanburg county schools closed Monday
JAN 24, 2016

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GDC enters partnership with retail analytics firm
JAN 24, 2016

Reno Deaton 
Executive Director of Greer Development Corporation
 

The Greer Development Corporation (GDC) has entered into a partnership with Buxton, a retail analytics company to strengthen the community’s retail development strategy.

Buxton will be used to identify retailers for best-fit site selections for Greer, according to the GDC.

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Most churches cancel services, warmer day forecast
JAN 24, 2016

Tanner Stevens and Brynn made a snowman at City Park welcoming visitors to the winter wonderland.
 

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Most churches have cancelled or curtailed services Sunday as roads in the upstate remained icy overnight from snow and ice that fell across greater Greer this weekend.

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Treacherous conditions expected with winter storm
JAN 22, 2016

Wednesday's short spurt of snow won't compare to what is expected in greater Greer this weekend.
 
 

GreerToday.com will remain open for business throughout the weekend. Send photos, new tips and questions to i[email protected] and we will respond. Facebook.

 

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Driggers gives book that defines staff's 2016 goals
JAN 21, 2016

Driggers gives book that defines staff's 2016 goals

City Administrator Ed Driggers has an annual leadership book club.

Each year Driggers gives a book to his leadership team consisting of supervisors and top department employees.

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Inland Port expansion can't come quick enough, rail moves surpass annual predictions
JAN 21, 2016

The Inland Port at Greer's expansion, planned for fiscal 2017, would grow the facility to 70 of the total site’s 100 acres. The site presently uses 38 acres.
 
 
 

The Greer Inland Port more than doubled the facility’s December volume in rail moves, the South Carolina Ports Authority reported at Wednesday’s board meeting in Charleston.

The Inland Port handled 7,824 moves in December. Rail volumes grew 76.5 percent during its second full calendar year of operation, with 75,111 total rail moves completed in 2015.

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Pelham Medical Center certified Primary Stroke Center
JAN 20, 2016

Pelham Medical Center certified Primary Stroke Center

Pelham Medical Center (PMC) has received Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). It designates PMC as Greer’s only certified primary stroke center.

Pelham Medical Center is part of a group of providers focused on complex stroke care.

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Lowes Foods taking shape, opening targeted for fall
JAN 20, 2016

Lowes Foods taking shape, opening targeted for fall

Tim Lowe is keynote speaker.

Lowes Foods is beginning to take shape with its opening targeted for the fall.

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