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Greer rings in celebration of International month
FEB 29, 2016

Greer rings in celebration of International month

The City of Greer begins its celebration of International Month Tuesday at noon with the ringing of 100 bells in honor of Greenville sister city Bergamo, Italy.

Bergamo bells are rung 100 times every night at 10 to mark the ancient curfew of the city gates closing for protection.

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Todds keep Southern Pools ownership local
FEB 29, 2016

Suzanne and Derrick Todd have taken over ownership of Southern Pools.
 

New management has taken over Southern Pools more than three decades after it was founded by its original owners.

Derrick and Suzanne Todd, as of Monday, became new owners of Southern Pools at 1421 West Wade Hampton Blvd. The Todds have been in the pool service business since 2008 with their Aquanut Pool Care, their family-owned commercial and residential business.

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Eastside dominates Region II girls honors; Garlington, Shiflet make all-state
FEB 29, 2016

Eastside dominates Region II girls honors; Garlington, Shiflet make all-state

Eastside landed the Region II 3A player and coach of the year and three players on the all-region girls’ basketball team announced Monday.

Jessica Garlington is the player of the year and Eastside coach Cindy Mattos-DeHart is the coach of the year in the region.

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Greer Middle Charter gets A+ at Beta Club convention
FEB 28, 2016

Jessica Candid, a sophomore, won first place in creative writing.
 
 

By Alex Love

Jessica Candid led more than 100 students from Greer Middle College Charter High School (GMC) with a first place and Gold Key at the annual South Carolina Beta Club convention in Myrtle Beach.

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TV airs unsolved triple murder at Blue Ridge Savings
FEB 27, 2016

A poster still hangs at the Greer Police Department asking for information to the unsolved triple-murder and bank robbery at Blue Ridge Savings Bank in Greer.
 

The Blue Ridge Savings Bank case, an unsolved triple homicide that took place more than a dozen years ago in Greer, will be profiled Thursday morning on television in the Greenville market.

“Crime Watch Daily”, a show that highlights top crime stories in the U.S., will air the episode at 9 a.m. on WMYA channel 40.

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Machen, Miss Blue Ridge Foothills, at Miss S.C. workshop
FEB 26, 2016

Mya Machen volunteered at the Quest Leadership Academy.
 

Mya Machen, 20, is Miss Blue Ridge Foothills. She is a native of Fountain Inn and is an opera singer.

Mya will be participating with all the Miss South Carolina Pageant contestants Saturday and Sunday in a workshop that leads up to the June pageant.

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Roberson goes with his heart, signs to play soccer at NGU
FEB 26, 2016

Greer High School soccer standout Nick Roberson signs a letter of intent with North Greenville University on Friday. His father, Bruce, and mother, Beth, observed the ceremony with soccer coach Jorge Santos (center back).
 
 

By Alexa Hone

Greer High School senior Nick Roberson signed his letter of intent to join the North Greenville University men’s soccer team Friday afternoon.

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Riverside Speech and Debate Team wins sweepstakes awards
FEB 26, 2016

The Riverside High School Speech and Debate Team won the first-place sweepstakes award at the Sampson Smith Robertson Invitational held Feb. 6 at Southside High School.

Event champions include Sooruj Bhatia and Lucy Wang in Duo Interpretation, Sooruj Bhatia in Program Oral Interpretation, Manu Budidi in Expository Speaking, Michael Gallagher in Declamation, Carol Lee in Humorous Interpretation, Cindy Li in Radio Speaking, Mit Patel in Novice Reading, and Devin Remley in Informative Speaking.

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Greer police adding bulletproof safety features to facilities
FEB 25, 2016

Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds is adding another layer of preventive protection at the police department, courthouse and magistrate's court with bulletproof glass, windows, drywalls and a steel door.
 
 

The Greer Police Department and Municipal Court will get stronger bulletproof glass and the Tryon Recreation Center will get a new roof thanks to the two bids together coming slightly under budget.

City Council may well have approved bulletproofing regardless as all department heads and council seemed pleased with the budget implications.

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Greer and Woodruff swapping fire trucks
FEB 25, 2016

Greer Fire Chief Dorian Flowers received City Council approval Tuesday night to swap fire trucks with the city of Woodruff Fire Department.
 

The Greer and Woodruff fire departments are practicing the Good Neighbor Policy.

Greer wants to rid itself of a surplus 1991 Sutphen Pumper fire truck that requires extensive maintenance and Woodruff is proposing a trade for the older model.

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Treasury labels Greer an 'extreme hot spot' for scammers
FEB 25, 2016

Treasury labels Greer an 'extreme hot spot' for scammers

Greer has been labeled an "extreme hot spot" by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General for a high number of individuals reporting that they received calls from scammers claiming to be from the Department of the Treasury.

“We are getting reports through email that Greer has become an extreme ‘hot spot’ for these scammers,” said Patrick Parsons from the Office of Inspector General

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Greenville Chamber presents annual awards
FEB 24, 2016

Retiring President/CEO Ben Haskew was honored with an award that will be presented annually to recognize Upstate leaders who display progressive visions and a partnership approach to responsible growth in the upstate.
 

Beverly Wyse, Vice President and General Manager for Boeing South Carolina, was the keynote speaker at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce 127th annual meeting Tuesday at the TD Convention Center.

The event featured a special tribute to retiring Chamber President/CEO Ben Haskew and the passing of the gavel from 2015 Board of Directors Chair Julie Godshall Brown, to 2016 Chair David Lominack, South Carolina Market President at TD Bank.

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Sponsorships, fewer animals targeted by Hollywild
FEB 24, 2016

Mandela, left, and lioness

Hollywild Animal Park officials pleaded poor finances and, for the second time this week, challenged the public to help fill its coffers to care for more animals than it has food or staff to maintain.

“Today is not about the worst that’s going to happen, it’s about talking about the best option,” Kim Atchley, executive director of Hollywild, said.

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Greenville goes to Kentucky for new chamber head
FEB 24, 2016

W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce beginning in March.
 

W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He will take the position in late March. 

Phillips currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations of Greater Louisville Inc., The Metro Chamber of Commerce of Louisville, Ky. Phillips replaces Ben Haskew who announced his retirement last August, after serving as the Chamber’s CEO for over 12 years.

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Ludley named Greer High School principal
FEB 24, 2016

Justin Ludley has been named the new Greer High School principal beginning in the fall.
 
 

Justin Ludley has been named principal for Greer High School and will succeed retiring Marion Waters. Ludley begins his duties in the fall.

Ludley serve as assistant principal at Southside High School for the Freshman Academy. He heads Crisis Response Drills, Safety plans, the Star teacher program, and the Math and Foreign Language Departments.

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Greer State Bank Foundation accepting applications from non-profits
FEB 24, 2016

Greer State Bank Foundation accepting applications from non-profits

Applications are being accepted for the Greer State Bank Foundation that awards grants to community non-profit organizations.

More than $34,000 was awarded to community organizations in 2015. The foundation is funded through 100 percent participation from the bank’s employees and board of directors for the second straight year.

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Fluor ranked top Most Admired by 'Fortune' magazine
FEB 24, 2016

Fluor ranked top Most Admired by 'Fortune' magazine

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced Wednesday that the company was named by ”Fortune” magazine as the top-ranked engineering and construction company in its 2016 World’s Most Admired Companies list. For the fifth year in a row, Fluor earned the top designation among its peers in the engineering and construction market sector.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the world’s most admired companies by such a prestigious magazine as ”Fortune” to be the best in the market," said David Seaton, Fluor’s chairman and chief executive officer. To be the top engineering and construction firm for a fifth straight year is a testament to our 44,000 employees around the globe who work to deliver large-scale projects that have a positive impact on our clients' business and the communities they serve around the world.”

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Smith & James getting image update
FEB 23, 2016

Brandon Price will be overseeing the remodeling of Smith & James.
 

Smith & James is a little too cramped for Brandon Price’s style.

Price is overseeing a contemporary remodeling of the 100-year-old men’s clothier at 222 Trade Street. “I feel the store is a little cramped now,” Price said. “We’re going to make it look bigger than it appears, and the customers are going to visualize more of our clothing.”

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Dave Ramsey: Think Dave is walking a tightrope on this one?
FEB 23, 2016

Dave Ramsey: Think Dave is walking a tightrope on this one?

Dear Dave,

My wife received $100 from her parents for her birthday. When I asked what she planned to do with it, she said she was going to add it to her spending money. I think she should put it toward us paying off debt, but I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything. We’re in pretty good shape financially, so should I mention it or just let it go?

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Blue Ridge/Foothills, Wade Hampton/Taylors, Travelers Rest queens crowned
FEB 22, 2016

Queens competing in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina pageant in June are, left to right, Mya Machen, Miss Blue Ridge Foothills; Trina Pham, Miss Blue Ridge Foothills Teen; Ashleigh Smith, Miss Wade Hampton Taylors Teen; McKenna Luzynski, Miss Wade Hampton Taylors; Bailey Phillips, Miss Travelers Rest Teen and Stormie McDonald, Miss Travelers Rest.
 
 

The Miss South Carolina workshop weekend is scheduled Feb. 26-28 in Columbia.

Among the beauty queens from greater Greer attending the event are the following girls crowned at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center representing Blue Ridge/Foothills, Wade Hampton/Taylors and Travelers Rest.

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