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Hollywild closed for 2017 season, possibly won't reopen
MAR 30, 2017

Hollywild closed for 2017 season, possibly won't reopen

Hollywild Animal Park will not be opening for the 2017 season and it's likely the park will not re-open to the public, according to the park’s board of directors.

A lack of funding is the reason the board cited. Volunteers will assist the members of the Meeks family, co-founders of the park, to care for the animals.

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Greenville County team wins FIRST Robotics Regionals
MAR 30, 2017

Greenville County team wins FIRST Robotics Regionals

EnTech Team 281, a team made up of three dozen students from seven high schools in Greenville County, as well as home-schooled students, won top honors at the FIRST Robotics Bayou Regional Competition held in New Orleans. The team also won  the competition's Quality Award.

The team which meets at Greenville Technical College, is assisted by Greenville Technical College's Mechanical Engineering Technology and Engineering Graphics Technology students, who help with robot design as part of a capstone class.

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RHS students keeping an eye on blue birds, their habitat
MAR 30, 2017

RHS students keeping an eye on blue birds, their habitat

Riverside High School students are keeping an eye on blue birds and studying their habitat.

Science teacher Sandra Taylor’s Environmental Studies class have built and installed five blue bird houses around the school campus.

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Rita Allison: Here's how your tax money is spent
MAR 29, 2017

Rita Allison
Representative District 36
 

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

The SC House of Representatives focused solely on one issue in the past weeks debating the state's “General Fund” budget that totals nearly $8 billion. Months of committee hearings resulted in a couple of hundred votes over several days including one 15-hour day of debate. The Budget is now being debated in the Senate.

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Greer football coach headed to Colleton County
MAR 29, 2017

Greer High's Colby Peeler signs as head coach at Colleton County.
 

By Jonathan Duty

Colby Peeler was named the new head football coach at Colleton County High School Friday as he signed his contract at the school in Walterboro.

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Spirit of fallen NASCAR champion driver lives on through Clemson
MAR 29, 2017

Robert Prucka, an automotive engineer who has a passion for engines, is the new Kulwicki Endowed Chair in Motorsports.
 

By Paul Alongi
Clemson University

Robert Prucka was still too young to legally drive a car by himself but not too young to work on engines when one of his favorite NASCAR drivers, Alan Kulwicki, died in a plane crash.

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2017-2018 Broadway season features diverse lineup
MAR 29, 2017

Jessie Mueller as Jenna in the original broadway production of

The 2017-2018 Broadway season at the Peace Center features Tony Award winners, poignant plots, rousing music, classic love stories and celebrated blockbusters.

The nine-show season features the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Fun Home”, and the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Revival, “The Color Purple”. The lineup also includes the soaring songs of “The Bodyguard”, the New York Times Critics’ Pick high-octane smash, “School of Rock”, the inspiring true story of “On Your Feet!”, the empowering journey of “Waitress” and the continuation of the Phantom’s journey in “Love Never Dies”. Also part of the season are the highly-anticipated returns of two blockbusters, “Les Misérables” and the new production of “The Phantom of the Opera”.

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CMS notice applies to Medicare and Medicaid patients at Greenville Memorial Hospital
MAR 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday posted a public notice stating Medicare will not pay for any hospital services for patients admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital starting April 16 unless the hospital makes needed changes.
 

Update
March 29, 11:14 p.m.

The CMS notice applies to both Medicare and Medicaid patients, according to a Greenville Memorial Hospital update on Wednesday.

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Harbor Freight Tools settlement: Customers eligible for refunds up to 30 percent
MAR 28, 2017

Harbor Freight Tools settlement: Customers eligible for refunds up to 30 percent

If you shopped at Harbor Freight Tools in the past six years, you could be entitled to a refund.

Harbor Freight Tools settled a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading shoppers by listing inaccurate “regular” prices during sales.

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Lyman Mayor Gillespie, 69, dies
MAR 28, 2017

Lyman Mayor Tony G. Gillespie Sr., died Tuesday.
 

Lyman Mayor Tony G. Gillespie Sr., died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to officials in Lyman.

Gillespie, 69, has served as mayor since July 2016.

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Mobile site at Home Depot to serve Allstate, State Farm customers with vehicle hail damage
MAR 28, 2017

A temporary mobile drive-in has been set up in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Wade Hampton Boulevard by Allstate and State Farm to serve drivers whose vehicles were damaged during last Tuesday’s hail storm.

• Customers are asked to report a claim online or call to set up an appointment.

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Claims from last week's hail damage continue to flood in
MAR 27, 2017

Ron Acker, an Allstate insurance agent in Greer, epitomizes most of the upstate agents servicing their clients who obtained vehicle and damage to their homes in last week's hair storm.
 
 

Ron Acker knew what awaited him last Wednesday morning following a severe hailstorm that virtually pockmarked vehicles with dozens of dings and dented roofs of businesses and homes.

Acker, an Allstate Insurance agent in Greer, didn’t expect to have such a busy Tuesday night. “People are very industrious,” Acker said. “The first wave of calls came in Tuesday evening on my cell phone. The phone calls haven’t stopped.”

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Beauty queens are preparing for Miss South Carolina pageant
MAR 24, 2017

Left to right: Miss Blue Ridge Foothills Teen, Caroline Chandler, Miss Blue Ridge Foothills, Caitlin Drummond, Miss Travelers Rest, Alexis Harder, and Miss Travelers Rest Teen, Tory Abercrombie.
 

Area beauty queens representing the greater Greer area are making appearances, fundraising for their charity of choice and the Miss South Carolina organization's Children's Miracle Network. They are also preparing for the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant scheduled in Columbia in June.

Caitlin Drummond was crowned Miss Blue Ridge Foothills. During the pageant, she captured the swimsuit award and the talent award.  Drummond is a junior at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. She is an education major.

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Video: Blue Ridge is off and running in Region II-4A baseball
MAR 23, 2017

Blue Ridge defeated Travelers Rest Wednesday night, 10-6, in a Class AAAA Region II game. The game was postponed from Tuesday night because of severe weather in the area.

Alex Love, GreerToday.com Digital Sports Editor, has the full report.

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5 Riverside students suspended, charged for roles in bloody brawl
MAR 23, 2017

Top row, Breann Lillian Gaylord, left, and N’Kerah Yanaja Martin. Middle row, A’Maya Frenecia Davis, left, and Natajah Seless Cruell. Bottom row, Alisha Sarrose Freeman.
 
 
 

Five female students have been suspended from Riverside High School after one girl was hit in the head with a bottle during a bloody brawl on Monday. All the students have been charged, according to Greer Police.

Charged with third-degree assault and battery are Alisha Sarrose Freeman, 17, and Breann Lillian Gaylord, 19, both of Greer. Charged with public disorderly conduct are Natajah Seless Cruell and A’Maya Frenecia Davis, of Greer, and N’Kerah Yanaja Martin, of Taylors, all 17, according to arrest warrants for the students.

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Natural Resources announces two new outdoor blogs
MAR 22, 2017

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), in launching two new blogs, wants you to know that life's better outdoors.

SCDNR and and South Carolina Coastal Resources will take readers behind the scenes of outdoors and conservation stories from the Appalachians to the Atlantic. Visit little-known properties, tag along with wildlife biologists in the field, brush up on fishing tips, and learn about education and volunteer opportunities with the SCDNR.

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BI-LO ending Fuelperks, Spinx continues discount program
MAR 21, 2017

BI-LO ending Fuelperks, Spinx continues discount program

BI-LO is ending its Fuelperks program with discounts ending on March 26 and redeeming the savings by April 30.

The Spinx Xtras program will continue to offer discounts through three ways:

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3 daily non-stop flights between GSP and Chicago begin this summer
MAR 21, 2017

3 daily non-stop flights between GSP and Chicago begin this summer

 

 

 

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Dave Ramsey: Marrying student debts doesn't have to be a deal breaker
MAR 21, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

One of my relatives just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boyfriend graduated, too, and he has over $100,000 in student loan debt. They want to get married, so she’s looking for a job. He wants to go to graduate school, and take out more loans to remain a full-time student. The idea of even more debt hanging over their heads really bothers her. Do you have any advice?

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Dwight Clark announces he has Lou Gehrig's disease
MAR 19, 2017

Dwight Clark announced he has Lou Gehrig's disease and suspects playing football might have caused the illness.
 

Dwight Clark says he has Lou Gehrig's disease and suspects playing football might have caused the illness, according to news reports following Clark’s announcement on his personal web site late Sunday night.

Clark, 60, the wide receiver who made “The Catch,” the most famous play in 49ers’ history, announced that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a terminal neuromuscular condition that affects control of muscles needed move, speak, eat and breathe.

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