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CPW resolution honors Newman family, fluoride forums completed

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015

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The family of Reuben Ernest

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The family of Reuben Ernest "Buzz Newman, Jr., was honored by Greer CPW Thursday for 110 years of combined service since 1968. Newman worked for 28 years and his sons, Michael and Brent, continue to serve as linemen since 1974.

 



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A Waste Management truck uses the CPW's compressed natural gas fast fill pump. CNG price at the pump dropped 15 cents to $1.60 equivalent gas gallon.
 
 

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A Waste Management truck uses the CPW's compressed natural gas fast fill pump. CNG price at the pump dropped 15 cents to $1.60 equivalent gas gallon.

 

 



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CPW crews disassembled power lines and pulled up light poles at the former Allen Bennett Hospital campus weeks before demolition began.
 

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CPW crews disassembled power lines and pulled up light poles at the former Allen Bennett Hospital campus weeks before demolition began.

 

The family of Reuben Ernest "Buzz" Newman was honored with a resolution for 110 years of combined service to the Greer Commission of Public Works.

Jeffrey Tuttle, General Manager of the Commission of Public Works, proposed the resolution to honor the family of Reuben Ernest “Buzz” Newman, Jr., for 110 years of combined service since 1968. Newman worked 28 years and his sons, Michael and Brent, continue to serve as linemen since 1974.

“I don’t think any family in CPW has given so much of their life to CPW,” commission chairman Jeff Howell, said.

“Buzz and I served together for a long time and there was always one thing you could count on,” commissioner Eugene Gibson, said. “If you wanted to know something, good or bad, he would tell you. The family always made me proud.”

The Newman family was present for the resolution presentation.

• Three fluoride public meetings have been completed, two in Greer and one in Blue Ridge, to determine if CPW will eliminate the chemical from the water supply. The series of meetings provided CPW customers a forum for their input.

“The staff will review the responses and additional information and make a recommendation,” Tuttle told commissioners.

• A 24-inch water line was moved and positioned under a storm drain on Highway 290. The Department of Transportation is widening the road near the Hwy. 101/290 intersection.

• The annual legislative dinner is Oct. 8 at Lake Robinson. Officials from the city, county and state have been invited.

• Will Ayers won CPW’s annual Bake Off with money collected for the baked goods contributed to the company’s United Way campaign. Angie Karcher and James Crum are co-chairpersons of the UW campaign.

• The fourth annual BBQ Cook-Off competition is Oct. 13. A judges award and people's choice will be chosen from among the 20 entries. Bruce Fallon won for the second time (2012 first win) last year and Fredia Snow won the people's choice.

• CORRECTION: Greer Commission of Public Works spokesman Matthew Brady said commissioner Eugene Gibson misspoke during Thursday's monthly meeting when he said the new substation at Victor Hill Road would be named the Buzz Newman Substation.

 

 

 

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