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Police ask for public's help locating suspect
JAN 31, 2019

Ashley Jones
 

A Greer woman is wanted for a residential burglary that occurred on New Year’s Day. The Greer Police Department (GPD) is requesting assistance from the community to help locate the suspect.

Officers are looking for Ashley Marie Jones, 32, who is wanted on a felony charge of Burglary 2nd Degree, according to Lt. Patrick Fortenberry of the GPD.

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Meals on Wheels golf tournament registration, sponsorships open
JAN 30, 2019

Meals on Wheels golf tournament registration, sponsorships open

The 22nd annual Dick Brooks Honda Meals on Wheels Invitational benefiting Greer Community Ministries’ (GCM) Meals on Wheels will be Friday, May 10, at Greer Country Club.

The golf tournament includes two shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served to all participants poolside and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three teams in both the morning and afternoon rounds. Prizes will also be given to contest winners including Hole in One, Closest to the Pin, and Closest to the Line.

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Blue Ridge grad serving aboard combat ship USS Tulsa
JAN 30, 2019

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven S. Whitsitt
 
 
 

A 2000 Blue Ridge High School graduate and Greer native is serving aboard the future USS Tulsa, a combat ship home ported in San Diego. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven S. Whitsitt is a mineman responsible for hunting and neutralizing mines for safe passage of other ships. “The fact that I’ve been able to work with people from all walks of life has made my Navy career enjoyable,” said Whitsitt.

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Brashiers gift NGU building to Greer campus for adult expansion
JAN 29, 2019

Dr. T. Walter Brashier and his wife, Christine, have gifted the university with a 17,225-square-foot building at 199 Hunt Street in Greer.
 

North Greenville University is expanding its presence in Greer, to open up more opportunities for adult learners.

Travelers Rest philanthropist Dr. T. Walter Brashier and his wife, Christine, have gifted the university with the 17,225-square-foot building at 199 Hunt Street in Greer, located adjacent to NGU’s existing Tim Brashier Campus.

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Bass tournament April 6 at Lake Robinson
JAN 28, 2019

Bass tournament April 6 at Lake Robinson

A bass fishing tournament is scheduled April 6 at Lake Robinson. It’s the second year the Greer Centennial Lions Club has hosted the tournament that is a fundraising event for community projects.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used for the Chandler Creek Elementary vision voucher program the club is sponsoring and based on the success of the fishing tournament, may allow the program to be expanded to other schools.

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Man arrested second time in child molestation case
JAN 28, 2019

Eduardo Mendoza
 

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have made another arrest against Eduardo Mendoza,41, in connection with a separate incident involving Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor.

This past December, Mendoza was arrested after investigators learned of him molesting a minor who he was coaching through the YMCA. Following the release of that story, another victim, unaffiliated with the YMCA or any children’s organization, came forward regarding Mendoza inappropriately touching her at some time between April and September of 2016.

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McAbee is National Merit Finalist
JAN 24, 2019

Carson McAbee, a senior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, has been named a 2018 National Merit Finalist.
 

Carson McAbee, a senior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, has been named a 2018 National Merit Finalist.

McAbee, from Greer, is among students who scored in the top one percent of scores from the 1.6 million U.S. high school students who took the PSAT and NMSQT.

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Prisma Health-Upstate sets visitors restrictions
JAN 24, 2019

Due to a significant increase in flu activity, individuals 18 years of age or younger are asked not to visit with patients in any Prisma Health–Upstate facility.
 

Due to a significant increase in flu activity, individuals 18 years of age or younger are asked not to visit with patients in any Prisma Health–Upstate facility.

Visitors of any age showing signs and symptoms of flu-like illness should also refrain from visiting patients.

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Leadership Greer Class 39 asking for $50,000 in donations
JAN 22, 2019

An example of free standing sensory playground equipment.
 
 
 

Leadership Greer Class 39 is asking for $50,000 in donations for funding sensory equipment to be installed at Chandler Creek Elementary.

“We are excited to be partnering with Chandler Creek Elementary School for our class project this year,” said Class 39 president Jeff Howard. “With your donation, we will be able to provide sensory paths, furnish a sensory room full of therapeutic resources, and install fencing to safely enclose the outside play area.”

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Ice sculpture gives downtown winter flavor
JAN 22, 2019

Sub-freezing temperatures made this fountain into an ice sculpture.
 
 

This ice sculpture in downtown Greer at CBL State Savings Bank on Trade Street is witness to temperatures in the low 20s Monday night that froze the water at this fountain.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for part of the Upstate mountains, and parts of the foothills of Western North Carolina.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon over Greer
JAN 21, 2019

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse is seen in greater Greer on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, photographed by Justin Baustert.
 

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse is seen in greater Greer on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

Photographer Justin Baustert captured the event during an optimal viewing sequence – clear, cold weather – that also showcased the stars in the midnight sky.

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12-year-old accidently shoots sibling, 10, mother charged
JAN 18, 2019

12-year-old accidently shoots sibling, 10, mother charged

A mother of three children was charged with three counts of neglect when she left her children alone and a 12-year-old accidently shot a sibling Friday afternoon in Greer.

The three children were left alone overnight and throughout the day on Chandler Road, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators reported the shooting was the result of the boy taking possession of a firearm in his house and accidentally discharging it, which subsequently struck a sibling, a 10 year-old child, according to a spokesperson with the GCSO.

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Eastside dominates Greer wrestlers
JAN 16, 2019

Eastside's Jordie White has Greer wrestler Alexander tied up seconds before recording a pin Wednesday night at Eastside.
 
 

Eastside beat Greer 72-9 in a Region II AAAA dual wrestling match Wednesday night at Eastside High School.

The Eagles won all its matches by pins. Greer’s points were recorded when Eastside forfeited at 138 and the Yellow Jackets earned one decision.

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CPW's Viers named Wastewater Operator of the Year
JAN 16, 2019

David Viers (left) with Brent Ward, Chair of the Blue Ridge Foothills District, receiving the Wastewater Operator of the Year award.
 

Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) employee David Viers was named the “Wastewater Operator of the Year” by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina Blue Ridge Foothills District.

Viers has been with CPW since February 2016 and serves as the wastewater treatment plant lead operator. He was nominated and selected at the Blue Ridge Foothills District annual awards banquet in Lyman.

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Confluence, international print exchange, at Benson Campus Galleries
JAN 16, 2019

Confluence is an international print exchange of 22 Contemporary Print Collective (CPA) artists with 22 Ideas Creation Studio artists in Taipei, Taiwan.
 

Confluence is an international print exchange of 22 Contemporary Print Collective (CPA) artists with 22 Ideas Creation Studio artists in Taipei, Taiwan.

Size was the only rule for the 44 participating printmakers. Each printmaker submitted two prints, one for exhibition within the U.S. and the other overseas. The artists were invited to create images addressing any personal ideas and concerns utilizing any printmaking techniques.

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GSP teams with Harvest Hope to benefit federal employees during shutdown
JAN 16, 2019

GSP teams with Harvest Hope to benefit federal employees during shutdown

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is teaming up with Harvest Hope Food Bank to host a food drive to assist federal employees working on its campus during the partial government shutdown. Items will be accepted starting Thursday.

“Throughout the partial government shutdown, federal employees have worked tirelessly to keep operations at GSP running smoothly,” said Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO. “The food drive is one small way we can show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication.”

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American Airlines adds more frequent travel between GSP-DFW
JAN 15, 2019

American Airlines boosts flights between GSP-DFW beginning June 26.
 
 
 

American Airlines will increase the number of weekly seats offered between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) by nearly 14 percent this summer with additional nonstop flights.

The airline is adding flights between the airports on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting June 6. American’s new schedule will provide three daily departures on peak days to DFW from GSP.

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$10.8 CenterG launched with, appropriately, a groundbreaking
JAN 15, 2019

An artist rendering of the completion of the $10.8 million downtown CenterG project.
 
 

The $10.8 million streetscape project – CenterG – that will take place in the City of Greer’s central business district for the next 18 months, was launched today with appropriately, a groundbreaking.

“It’s a landmark day for the City of Greer,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “We know this project will be ongoing for the next 18 months but, for many of us, this has been nearly five years in the making. This groundbreaking makes it very real and exciting.

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Clemson fans celebrate Tigers' national championship
JAN 12, 2019

Clemson fans celebrate Tigers' national championship

Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney hoisted the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches’ national championship trophy, and All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and sported a victory cigar as thousands of fans celebrated the national champions during a parade through Clemson Saturday.

As some seniors hoisted the iconic Waterford Crystal football awarded to the national champion Sweeney reminded them not to drop it – it cost $50,000.

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New USC logo is an attempt to create a new identity
JAN 12, 2019

This is the University of South Carolina's new logo. The athletics logo will remain the same.
 

The University of South Carolina logos are getting a new look.

The University is rebranding to accentuate its abbreviated initials as “UofSC. The athletics logo of the letter C and the gamecock will remain the same.

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