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Victoria: Communities in Schools is a safe, fun program for kids
MAY 31, 2017

The Chandler Creek Elementary Press Corps has done a magnificent job educating their peers on activities and programs this year.
 

By Victoria I.
Chandler Creek Elementary Press Corps
5th Grade

Chandler Creek has an after school program called CIS (Communities in School). CIS is an after school program designed to keep kids safe, off the streets or home alone. CIS feels that every child needs and deserves:

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GCM raises $143,000 with golf tournament
MAY 31, 2017

GCM raises $143,000 with golf tournament

 

The Greer Community Ministries (GCM) raised $143,000 at the 20th Annual Dick Brooks Honda Meals on Wheels Invitational golf tournament.

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Clemson engineers creating a high-energy laser that could be used as a weapon
MAY 31, 2017

John Ballato, center, is complementing Lin Zhu's work, creating a high-energy laser that could be used as a weapon.
 
 

By Paul Alongi
Clemson University

The rebels and the empire used laser cannons to shoot it out on the big screen in “Star Wars,” but the weapons could soon move to the battlefield with the help of two Clemson University engineers who are receiving a combined $3.2 million from the Department of Defense.

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Greer, Blue Ridge seniors awarded $10,000 scholarships from CBL Foundation
MAY 31, 2017

Candace Jensen, Greer High School
 

CBL Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 higher education scholarships to three local students.

Greer High School seniors Candace Jensen and Victoria Schneider were both winners of the 2107 Robert F. Williams Scholarship, named for a past CBL Board Chairman and member of the South Carolina State Board of Education. Jensen will attend the University of Georgia, while Schneider will attend Clemson University.

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Jerry Henson Field dedicated for beloved Blue Ridge coach and teacher
MAY 31, 2017

The Henson family celebrated the naming of Jerry Henson Field with Trent Henson, left, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Henson, middle, and Mr. and Mrs. Travis Henson, far right.
 
 

Jerry Henson, for more than 50 years has left his mark on the Blue Ridge Athletic Program, the community and has coached and mentored many former athletes and generations of families.

The Blue Ridge community, family and friends and many others Jerry Henson has crossed paths on the athletic field and in the classroom honored their favorite son by naming the baseball field, “Jerry Henson Field”.

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Kohlhepp's seven life prison terms saves lengthy, costly non-functional death penalty battle
MAY 28, 2017

Todd Kohlhepp, in a plea, admitted to killing seven people and sexually assaulting a woman that he held captive in a storage container.
 

Todd C. Kohlhepp, of Spartanburg County, received seven consecutive life prison terms plus an additional 60 years behind bars Friday after he admitted to killing seven people and sexually assaulting a woman that he held captive in a storage container.

Kohlhepp, 46, pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder, four counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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Limestone wins lacrosse NCAA National Championship Division II
MAY 28, 2017

Limestone celebrates its 2017 NCAA National Championship Division II national lacrosse championship – its third in four years.

Top-ranked Limestone College won the NCAA Division II lacrosse championship beating No. 4 Merrimack College, 11-9, Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

It is Limestone’s third championship in four years and avenged an earlier defeat to Merrimack. Limestone has won five national championships.

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Ruth 'Granny' Strange, centenarian, dies
MAY 27, 2017

Ruth “Granny” Barnett Strange died Friday. She was 100.
 

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Greer lost a centenarian when Ruth “Granny” Barnett Strange died Friday. She was 100 years old.

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Memorial Day event scheduled at Veterans Park, concert at Brushy Creek Baptist
MAY 26, 2017

Memorial Day event scheduled at Veterans Park, concert at Brushy Creek Baptist

There are several Memorial Day commemorations and family holiday events scheduled during Monday.

Greer’s Veterans Park, at 17th Street, will host a memorial event, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. that includes a wreath placed at the wall of fallen soldiers, the Spartanburg Rifle and Drill Team and the traditional flag ceremony to symbolize those who died in active military service.

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Recall: Frozen entree products may be tainted
MAY 25, 2017

Recall: Frozen entree products may be tainted

Golden Gourmet, of Americus, Ga., is recalling approximately 5,248 pounds of frozen entree products that may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The frozen waffles with turkey sausage patty items were produced and packaged on December 21, 28, 29, and 30, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

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GSP is polished for grand opening Tuesday with more restaurants, amenities
MAY 23, 2017

All the amenities at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will be open Tuesday, culminating the $125 million Wingspan terminal improvement project.

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Jaeger winner of rain-shortened BMW Pro-Am
MAY 21, 2017

President and CEO, BMW Manufacturing Knudt Flor (left) and Bob Nitto (right) President, BMW Charity Pro-Am, congratulate winner Stephan Jaeger.
 
 

Stephan Jaeger took home the BMW Charity Pro-Am trophy Sunday without teeing up for the fourth round. The final round was cancelled on Sunday due to heavy rain.

Jaeger, UT-Chattanooga alumni from Munich, earned $126,000 for the win. Jaeger cemented his victory on Saturday after taking possession of the 54-hole lead after two eagles.

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Breaking news: Nationwide hot dog recall, may be contaminated with metal
MAY 20, 2017

Breaking news: Nationwide hot dog recall, may be contaminated with metal

John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

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Parkkhonen, owner of concrete company, dies. He was 41.
MAY 19, 2017

Karl David Parkkonen, owner of Aspen Concrete Contractors, died Wednesday. He was 41.

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Karl David Parkkonen, owner of Aspen Concrete Contractors, died Wednesday. He was 41.

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Greer Middle School teacher accused of assault with 12-year-old
MAY 19, 2017

Edwin Anthony Thomas, 51, was arrested Friday for third-degree assault and battery for an incident that took place at Greer Middle School.
 

GPD officers arrested Edwin Anthony Thomas, 51, Friday for third-degree assault and battery for an incident that took place at Greer Middle School sometime one week before spring break, according to a police report and arrest warrant. Thomas was a teacher at Greer Middle School at the time of the alleged incident, according to police.

Police were contacted when allegations surfaced. Thomas was placed on administration leave from Greenville County School and has since resigned his position. The district hired Thomas in August 2015.

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Anguiano's 62 at Furman earns one-stroke lead at BMW Pro-Am
MAY 19, 2017

Mark Anguiano fired a bogey-free 9-under 62 on Thursday at Furman University Golf Club to take a one-stroke opening-round lead over Andrew Yun, Blake Adams and Stephan Jaeger in the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.

Anguaino’s 62 ties the lowest 18-hole score on the Web.com Tour this season, which was previously recorded by Nate Lashley in March at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

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GGEF awards 13 $1,000 scholarships to Greer area students
MAY 18, 2017

Logan Gillespie

The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 13 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Tuesday afternoon at Greer City Hall.

 Students were selected by the guidance department of each school and submitted to the Foundation. The Foundation in turn will present scholarship funds to the technical school or college on behalf of the student.  

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Packers' Rodgers making the rounds at BMW Pro-Am
MAY 18, 2017

Aaron Rodgers will headline the celebrities at the BMW Pro-Am beginning today,
 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about playing in the BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Thornblade Club Wednesday afternoon. See celebrity rotations here.

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Marion Waters Commons designated at Greer High School
MAY 18, 2017

Greer High School Principal Justin Ludley gave Marion Waters a replica plaque that will hang at the Marion Waters Commons area,
 

Former Greer High School Principal Marion Waters was honored Wednesday night as the school's Commons/Cafeteria was officially named “Marion Waters Commons”.

Waters, who was the principal at Greer High School for 22 years until his retirement last year, was on hand with family and friends.

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Greer port on track for obliterating rail moves record
MAY 18, 2017

Greer port on track for obliterating rail moves record

If it sounds like a broken record – it is. The Greer Inland Port continues it monthly record growth.

• 11,125 rail moves was the strongest April on record.

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