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Last minute tips for Solar Eclipse events, glasses
AUG 20, 2017

 
 

We know you are running out of time HereInGreer and the greater Greer area so we’re keeping this short and to the point.

Where to look for eclipse glasses

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Here's a salute to our education partners
AUG 18, 2017

Pictured is Dr. Brandan Kelly, Chancellor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and some staff members of the newly designed newspaper – The Carolinian. Left to right are Zandra Shafer, Stephanie Sawaked, Editor Lucy McElroy, and Asia Suber.
 
 

I am taking a little extra liberty with this space and giving a shout out to our education partners.

Dr. Brendan Kelly, Chancellor at the University of South Carolina Upstate met with staff members of the newly designed newspaper – The Carolinian. Zandra Shafer, Stephanie Sawaked, Editor Lucy McElroy, and Asia Suber joined Kelly. As usual the case with photographers, Brandon Pack produced this photo. Pack has captured an iconic photo of the administration building bathed in green for the Upstate’s new branding initiative.

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Stop the presses! Spartanburg closing production facility, to be printed in N.C.
AUG 17, 2017

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal is shutting down its production operations effective Sept. 17.
 

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal is shutting down its production operations effective Sept. 17.

SHJ Publisher Kevin Drake made the announcement Thursday.

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GSP reports giant gains in June passenger traffic
AUG 16, 2017

Passenger traffic increased 8.9 percent in June compared to the same month in 2016 at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
 

Passenger traffic increased 8.9 percent in June compared to the same month in 2016 at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

GSP President/CEO Dave Edwards reasoned the culmination of the $125 million terminal improvement project with extended customer services and amenities within the terminal is a contributor.

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Inland Port rail moves 31 percent higher YTD
AUG 14, 2017

The Greer Inland Port handled 7,011 rail moves in July, pushing calendar year-to-date volume at the facility 31 percent higher than last year.

Since January, 74,700 rail moves were handled compared to 56,870 during the same period in 2016. 

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Here In Greer comprehensive entertainment guide is launched
AUG 11, 2017

The best bet this week is the Greer Little Theatre’s double feature – Pirates Past Noon Kids and Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids.
 

Here In Greer is an enhanced community calendar we’ve had on the back burner for several years, often promoting the moniker through GreerToday.

Our launch for the new, comprehensive listing is no coincidence, timing it for the Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21. Coming Sunday is a comprehensive Solar Eclipse listing of community and college events and where optimal viewing is anticipated. We will add some eclipse safety tips, science and trivia along the way to enjoy the historic day.

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Fatz names Directory of Culinary, to be based in Taylors headquarters
AUG 7, 2017

Brian Dukes has been named the Director of Culinary for Fatz Southern Kitchen.
 

Former Columbia Blue Marlin Chef Brian Dukes has been named the Director of Culinary for Fatz Southern Kitchen.

Dukes will be based in the chain’s Taylors headquarters and direct culinary operations in its 45 locations across the Southeast. Dukes, from Knoxville, Tenn., graduated Johnson and Wales University and holds strong family ties to South Carolina. His career has taken him to the San Juan Islands, Virginia, the Pacific Northwest and New York City, where he worked in the kitchen of Alain Ducasse.

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Yellow Jackets mascot is released from detention
AUG 5, 2017

The Greer Yellow Jackets mascot will be attending school functions and athletic events for the first time in about 15 years.
 

The bee is back.

Greer High School’s Yellow Jackets mascot is back with the blessing of second year Principal Justin Ludley.

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Eclipse: Think snow, that's how emergency planners view historic event
AUG 4, 2017

Starting at 2:39 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21 viewers in the Upstate will experience the longest period of 100 percent total eclipse  ranging from two minutes and 30 seconds to two minutes and 36 seconds of total darkness.
 

Think a snow event and that is how the South Carolina Emergency Management Department (SCEMD) is planning for the eclipse as it crosses the Upstate and South Carolina.

Grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, coffee shops, retail stores, urgent care clinics and many other establishments will experience a jump in business, according to the SCEMD.

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X5 was a bright spot for BMW in July sales
AUG 1, 2017

The Greer manufactured X5 was a bright spot in July as BMW reported its brand sales decreased 14.8 percent.

The X5 increased 8.8 percent to 2,986 vehicles.

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No paddle boards added to Lake Robinson, Cunningham rules
JUL 31, 2017

Paddle boards are now prohibited on the lakes, joining rafts, hydroplanes, houseboats, jet skis, wave runners, tire tubes or windsurfing craft.
 

Thanks to social media Greer CPW amended one rules and regulations and added another for Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Paddle boards are now prohibited on the lakes, joining rafts, hydroplanes, houseboats, jet skis, wave runners, tire tubes or windsurfing craft. Any inflatable craft must be approved by the lake warden.

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Greer Adult Baseball League's opening night is going to be a tearjerker
JUL 30, 2017

Caitlin was one day away walking onstage at her graduation ceremony when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer.
 
 

Opening night of the Greer Adult Baseball League is going to be a tearjerker.

Chad Hart, self-appointed commissioner of the Adult Baseball League, has organized the Greer Adult Baseball League that begins play Aug. 4 at Stevens Field.

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Reader: Is Allegiant expanding at GSP? Answer is here.
JUL 27, 2017

Matt Davidson sent an email asking about updates on Allegiant Air routes from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. A story posted here suggested Allegiant was showing interest in expanding its market at GSP.

GSP President/CEO Dave Edwards, in a May meeting with the Board of Commissioners, stated he attended the annual Allegiant conference in Las Vegas. Edwards told commissioners the meeting was positive. GSP is the fifth lowest cost airport in the Allegiant system even with the increase based on the new rate structure. With regards to GSP, Allegiant remains focused on four cities in Florida with no particular growth plans at this time.

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Left lane closure on southbound I-85
JUL 26, 2017

Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County are advised that the left lane will be closed effective Sunday nights through Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., from mile marker 80 to mile marker 77.

These southbound lane closures are anticipated to continue until Aug. 3.

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Rudolph Logistics investing $18 million, 150 jobs at Business Park
JUL 26, 2017

Rudolph Logistics Group  is projected to bring $18 million of capital investment and create 150 jobs at a new warehousing operation at Greer’s Caliber North Business Park.
 

Rudolph Logistics Group, an international logistics service provider, is projected to bring $18 million of capital investment and create 150 jobs at a new warehousing operation at Greer’s Caliber North Business Park. 

The 171,000 square-foot building is LEED certified and became online in April. The industrial park is now fully leased.

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Owens is designated a Certified Chamber Executive
JUL 26, 2017

Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mark Owens has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).  Bob Quick, CCE, president presented Owens the certification.
 

Mark Owens, President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant's knowledge of core chamber management areas —management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” Bob Quick, CCE, president, said.

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Bojangles' introduces new prototype in Greer
JUL 24, 2017

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Bojangles’ introduced its “Prototype of the Future” store at its 112 West Wade Hampton Blvd., store’s opening Monday.

The colored crocks that serve sides is to make serving food attractive and “not look like a buffet,” said Joe Pollock, Bojangles’ Marketing Director for South Carolina.

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CPW awarded $500,000 grant for planned 70-acre Global Commerce Park
JUL 24, 2017

A $500,000 grant has been awarded to the Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) to extend sewer service to a planned $50 million commercial and industrial development – Global Commerce Park – near I-85 and Brockman McClimon Road.

The sewer extension will also support future service to Greenville-Spartanburg International (GSP) Airport’s proposed 1,200 acre, mixed used developments.

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New Bojangles' opens in Greer on Monday
JUL 20, 2017

A new Bojangles’ opens in Greer on Monday.

The restaurant at 112 West Wade Hampton Blvd., will feature design elements of Bojangles’ new restaurant prototype that includes the “Biscuit Theater,” where customers can witness Master Biscuit Makers making biscuits from scratch every 20 minutes.

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Former Eastside coach promoted to head coach USC Upstate
JUL 20, 2017

Scott Halkett, former coach at Eastside High School, has been promoted to men's head soccer coach at USC Upstate.
 

The University of South Carolina Upstate announced the retirement of longtime men’s soccer coach Greg Hooks and the promotion of alumnus Scott Halkett ’96 as head coach.

Halkett is a former Eastside High School head soccer coach and played for the Greenville Shamrocks in a professional soccer league that played its home games in Greer.

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