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Gowdy will not run for re-election
JAN 31, 2018

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday he will not be running for re-election.
 

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday he will not be running for re-election.

The Republican lawmaker, first elected to the 4th District in 2010, chairs the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Restaurant chain voluntarily recalls cream cheese
JAN 29, 2018

Restaurant chain voluntarily recalls cream cheese

A fast-casual national restaurant chain has voluntarily recalled all 2- and 8-ounce cream cheese products in its U.S. bakery cafes.

Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all varieties of the unexpired cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18.

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Spartanburg Regional opens new Sports Medicine location
JAN 25, 2018

Dr. Stephen Kana

BY JESSICA PICKENS

 From football to baseball to ski racing, Stephen Kana, MD, has been active all his life. And this activity came with its fair share of injuries in his early years.

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20 Riverside Middle School musicians included in honor orchestras
JAN 25, 2018

Learning about prisms

Twenty Riverside Middle School musicians are included in honor orchestras

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GPD officer recuperating from injuries, another person still hospitalized
JAN 24, 2018

The investigation into the shooting involving a Greer Police Department officer Wednesday night is being investigated by SLED.

The incident sent the  officer and another person to the hospital Wednesday night. An update from the police department Thursday reported that the officer was treated and released from the hospital early Thursday morning and is recuperating from his injuries. The officer did not receive any gunshot wounds.The driver of the vehicle received what were described as non-life-threatening injuries and is still being treated at the hospital. Police said the officer reportedly did not receive any gunshot wounds, 

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Hannah Pearson wears the 2018 Miss NGU crown
JAN 22, 2018

Pictured from left: Miss NGU 2017 Valerie Bostick crowns Miss NGU 2018 Hannah Pearson at the 63rd annual Miss NGU Pageant on January 12.  

Valerie Bostick, Miss North Greenville University 2017, passed her crown to Hannah Pearson from Simpsonville at the 63rd annual Miss NGU Pageant  Jan. 12 in Turner Chapel.

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Riverside's Smith resigns, says it's 'time to step away'
JAN 19, 2018

Phil Smith resigned as head football coach at Riverside High School.
 

Phil Smith has resigned as Riverside High School head football coach effective immediately. He coached the Warriors for five years compiling a 10-44 record including a 1-9 record, 0-5 in Region II, last year.

Smith met with Principal Andy Crowley last Wednesday to discuss the coaching job. “We talked about my future and what my goals were,” Smith said.

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New course, 4 charities designated for BMW Pro-AM
JAN 17, 2018

New course, 4 charities designated for BMW Pro-AM

The BMW Charity Pro-Am announced a new course and the charities that will benefit from the tournament taking place May 17-20.

The Cliffs Valley will join The Furman University Golf Club and Thornblade Club to host the 2018 tournament.

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Inland Port experiences 20 percent annual growth
JAN 17, 2018

Inland Port experiences 20 percent annual growth

South Carolina Ports Authority reported nine percent container volume growth in 2017 with a record-setting 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units handled during the year.

Inland Port Greer handled 7,646 rail moves in December, pushing the facility's volumes to a new calendar year record of 124,817 total rail moves in 2017. Greer experienced 20.4 percent growth over its 2016 volume record of 103,639 rail moves.

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Greenville County schools cancel Thursday classes
JAN 17, 2018

Snow reduced virtually all the Upstate as a recreational area as schools were closed.
 

Greenville County has cancelled schools for Thursday. Spartanburg County later cancelled its classes.

Falling temperatures will bring treacherous driving conditions in the Upstate.

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Payne, former Upstate coach, to be honored
JAN 17, 2018

Eddie Payne will be honored throughout Saturday's basketball game at USC Upstate.
 

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Greer PD arrests attempted murder suspect
JAN 17, 2018

Ahkeem Jabarr “AJ” Rector was wanted on arrest warrants for attempted murder, burglary -1st degree and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
 

• Updated Jan. 27

Detectives with the Greer Police Department located and arrested a man suspected in an attempted murder on Sunday.

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Fleetwood Mac Tribute stage show coming to The Spinning Jenny
JAN 15, 2018

The Rumours band, left to right, Nick Whitson, Doug Easterly, Mekenzie Jackson, Alex Thrift, Adrienne Cottrell, Daniel Morrison.
 
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A Fleetwood Mac Tribute will be performed in a stage show by Atlanta-based Rumours at The Spinning Jenny on Friday, Jan. 26.

Rumours is identified as the Southeast’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. The band’s genre is 70’s, Rock, Pop and Soft Rock.

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Shooting victim transported to hospital, Greer police investigating
JAN 14, 2018

Officers with the Greer Police Department responded to a reported shooting that occurred at 220 Biblebrook Drive at approximately 1:38 p.m. Sunday.

Officers found one victim who had suffered a gunshot wound and was transported by Spartanburg EMS to Spartanburg Regional.

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SRHS requests visitors voluntarily stay away
JAN 13, 2018

SRHS requests visitors voluntarily stay away

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is requesting that, for the health of our patients and community, visitors voluntarily stay away from the hospital.

The healthcare system requests this as a precaution against the spread of influenza, and for everyone’s health and safety.

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Limestone coach steps down to Join Chicago Bears staff
JAN 13, 2018

Mike Furrey will resign as Limestone head football coach to join the Chicago Bears staff.
 
 

Limestone head football coach Mike Furrey will resign his position to join the coaching staff of the Chicago Bears.

Brian Turk, Limestone’s running back coach and recruiting coordinator, will serve as the interim head coach. Turk, who came to the Saints after spending nine seasons on the staff at the University of South Carolina, will oversee all day-to-day operations heading into spring practices.

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Peace Center to screen Oscar nominated short films
JAN 11, 2018

The Peace Center will screen the 2018 Oscar nominated short films – Live Action, Animation and Documentary.
 

The Peace Center will screen the 2018 Oscar nominated short films – Live Action, Animation and Documentary – in the Gunter Theatre, Feb. 16-18.

Live Action

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Blue Ridge football has new football coach
JAN 11, 2018

James Thurn is the new head football coach at Blue Ridge High School.
 

James Thurn has been named the new head football coach at Blue Ridge High School. He replaces Shane Clark, who resigned after five seasons (21-33 record and four playoff appearances) to concentrate on his athletic director duties.

Thurn, 28, was offensive coordinator at Westside High School the past two years. Clark added athletic director to his duties at BRHS in 2013-2014.

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BMW Pro-Am names two to leadership positions
JAN 10, 2018

Steve Sellery has been named Executive Director of the BMW Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament.
 

Sports marketing entrepreneur and Golf Channel veteran Steve Sellery has been named Executive Director, and Mike McGovern Tournament Director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. McGovern was former Operations Director of the tournament.

“Steve was not only the founder and CEO of a full-service experiential event marketing agency focusing on sports and entertainment, but his depth also includes his role as Director of Sports Marketing at Golf Channel and Director of Event Marketing and Partnerships at The Cliffs,” said Bob Nitto, President, BMW Charity Pro-Am. “We are confident that Steve will utilize this wealth of experience and leadership to elevate the visibility of our tournament while further maximizing the financial support we are able to offer our charities.”

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World drifting records set at BMW Greer Performance Track
JAN 9, 2018

A custom dry break fuel system capable of refueling the BMW M5 mid-drift in the same way that fighter jets can refuel mid-flight had to be developed.
 

BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz drifted an all-new BMW M5 sedan 232.5 miles around a skid pad at the BMW Performance Center in Greer setting a new Guinness World Records title for the greatest distance vehicle drift in 8 hours.

Schwartz shattered the previous record by 143 miles. A second Guinness World Records title for the longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted) was also set on the same day.

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