North Greenville University celebrates new college campus in Greer
FEB 16, 2017

From left: NGU Board of Trustees Chair Bill Tyler, NGU Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies Dr. J. Samuel Isgett, Greer Mayor Rick Danner, NGU Interim President Randall J. Pannell, T. Walter Brashier and CEO of Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital Craig McCoy.

Greer is now home to a college campus.

North Greenville University officials celebrated the opening of its Greer campus on Thursday that houses the school’s graduate school, College of Adult Professional Studies, and its faculty, staff, and admissions counselors. It is also home to the new Graduate School of Health Science, which began offering a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Medicine in January.

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Bassmaster Classic returns to Upstate in 2018
FEB 15, 2017

Casey Ashley of Donalds won the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell with a three-day total weight of 50 pounds, 1 ounce.

The 48th annual Bassmaster Classic, the world championship of professional bass fishing will be held March 16-18, 2018, in Greenville and on Lake Hartwell at Anderson. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be the site of daily weigh-in ceremonies.

The fan-favorite Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will be held in the 250,000-square-foot TD Convention Center March 16-18.

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Greer's BMW plant is leading U.S. automotive exporter by value
FEB 15, 2017

BMW X models waiting for export at the Port of Charleston.

A record 287,700 BMW X models were exported from the BMW Manufacturing plant in Greer in 2016.

Approximately 86 percent of the sports activity vehicles and coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of $9.53 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That makes the facility the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

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BIN112, The Strip Club 104 earn more top dining awards
FEB 11, 2017

Jason Clark's restaurants recognized by Top 10 Diners Choice awards.

Jason Clark’s two downtown restaurants, ­ BIN112 and The Strip Club 104 A Steak House, were both honored as Top 10 Diner’s Choice in Greenville.

OpenTable Diner’s Choice selections are based on metropolitan areas, which makes Clark’s honors more noticeable.

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JBM files amended summons against City of Greer
FEB 8, 2017

JBM Leasing LLC has filed an amended summons against the City of Greer.

• High stakes gamesmanship played out in City Council 

JBM Leasing LLC has filed an amended summons against the City of Greer alleging unfavorable trade practices, specifically negotiating in secret for the former Allen Bennett Hospital site.

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Benson earned former hospital site in high stakes gamesmanship
FEB 6, 2017

Jim Benson was awarded the former Allen Bennett Hospital site with his $3.010 million offer to City Council on Jan. 24. Benson's dealerships are across the street.

Jim Benson is the new owner of the former Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital site, 313 Memorial Drive, with an offer of $3.010 million after one of the most bizarre and contentious public property sales conducted by Greer City Council.

City Council approved second reading on the ordinance on Jan. 24 when Brian Martin, attorney for Benson, increased the offer $5,000 more than what JBM verbally proposed ($3.005 million) on Dec. 13.

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BMW recalling more than 230,000 vehicles to replace Takata air bag inflators
FEB 3, 2017

BMW is recalling more than 230,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Thirteen automakers are among the latest recall for more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The BMW recall covers certain 3 series cars from 2000 to 2002, some 5 series cars from 2001 to 2002, and some X5 SUVs from 2001 to 2003.

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Four Riverside soccer players sign with college programs
FEB 1, 2017

Shane Berson with left to right front, Janet Morse, grandmother, Christian Huigen, father, Berson, and Susan Huigen.  Back row, are brother and sister Dylan and Meghan.

Riverside had four soccer players to sign with colleges Wednesday.

Shane Berson signed with the University of Central Florida, Kendall Claxton with Winthrop University, Emma Harms with Newberry College and Isabelle Russell with Presbyterian College during a ceremony held in gymnasium with family, coaches, friends and classmates.

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Hannon signs with Appalachian State
FEB 1, 2017

Noah Hannon had a small family reunion during his signing with Appalachian State to play football. Hannon also wished his mother, Inez, a happy birthday on signing day.

• Documentary on Noah Hannon

Noah Hannon signed with Appalachian State Wednesday.

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Elijah Henderson of Blue Ridge signs with Clemson to play baseball
FEB 1, 2017

Elijah Henderson will carry his hefty batting average to Clemson University to play baseball.

• Southern signs with Toccoa College

• Cassidy signs with North Greenville

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Southern, BRHS catcher, signs with Toccoa College
FEB 1, 2017

Brandon Southern signed to play baseball at Toccoa College.

Brandon Southern, a catcher with Blue Ridge High School, has signed to play baseball for Toccoa College in Toccoa, Ga.

Wednesday was the official signing day for athletes. Southern participated in a signing ceremony with teammate Elijah Henderson in the gymnasium with teammates, cheerleaders, senior classmates and his family.

Southern and teammate Elijah Henderson signed Wednesday.

Southern still has his senior season to play.

“I picked Toccoa to get a great education and have the opportunity to play there as a freshman,” Southern said.

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Cassidy Norris, BRHS softball player, signs with North Greenville Univesity
FEB 1, 2017

Cassidy Norris signed to play softball with North Greenville University.

• Henderson signs with Clemson

• Southern signs with Toccoa College


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Terault, Blue Ridge runner, signs with Savannah College for Art and Design
FEB 1, 2017

Austin Terault signed with Savannah College of Art and Design to run track.

• Henderson signs with Clemson

• Southern signs with Toccoa College

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Mike Bullock returns to barber shop just 10 days after heart event
JAN 30, 2017

Mike Bullock is all smiles as he gives customer Wes McKenzie a trim Monday.

A crowd of shaggy-haired customers welcomed Mike Bullock back to work today.

Bullocks Barber Shop, at 225 Trade Street, has been closed since Bullock had a pre-dawn heart attack at home on Jan. 20. A sign on the door was placed signaling customers he would be back at work Monday, as usual.

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Council awards Benson former hospital site, taxpayers are out $400,000, Mayor suggests legal challenge
JAN 25, 2017

Jim Benson was awarded the former Allen Bennett Hospital site. It sits across from his automobile dealership.

The former Allen Bennett Hospital site belongs to 313 Memorial Drive, owned by Jim Benson – for now.

Greer City Council approved an amended offer for the approximately 10-acre site at the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Memorial Drive in its second reading of the ordinance Tuesday night.

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Malfeasance alleged in offers for former Allen Bennett property
JAN 24, 2017

Taxpayers or not? That's the decision city council faces tonight weighing a $3 million versus a  $2.1 million offer for the former Allen Bennett Memorial hospital site.

Malfeasance is being alleged in one of the most notorious city council blunders of the decade – the sale of the former Allen Bennett Hospital complex.

Pending what City Council decides tonight, taxpayers may be called on to empty their pockets of $1 million that could go toward future projects – whether to take a $3 million offer or $2.1 million offer.

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Shaw is approved as Byrnes football head coach
JAN 23, 2017

Reggie Shaw is the new head football coach at James F. Byrnes High School.

Reggie Shaw is the new head football coach at James F. Byrnes High School.

Spartanburg District Five Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring Monday.

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Cate Ambrose is Gatorade runnner of the year in South Carolina
JAN 23, 2017

Cate Ambrose of Riverside High School has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Cate Ambrose of Riverside High School has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Ambrose is the first runner from Riverside honored with the award.

The award recognizes only outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course, distinguish Ambrose as South Carolina’s best high school girls cross country runner.

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Miss SC Organization to honor beloved Scalisi with media award
JAN 22, 2017

Jan Scalisi volunteered for the Miss South Carolina Organization for more than  30 years. 

Read obituary here.

First report here.

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Hannon, Jensen, Jamison, Kaminski among schools' Heisman Award selections
JAN 20, 2017

Noah Hannon of Greer High School was a finalist in the 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Hannon was an All-State selection, finalist for Mr. Football and also was a national competitor for the school’s Virtual Enterprise team that traveled to New York.

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