Medicare notice states it's dropping Greenville Memorial following audit of patient's death
MAR 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday posted a public notice stating Medicare will not pay for any hospital services for patients admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital starting April 16 unless the hospital makes needed changes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday posted a public notice in an upstate newspaper that said Medicare will not pay for any hospital services for patients admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital starting April 16 unless the hospital makes needed changes.

The audit of the emergency department followed the death of Donald Keith Smith, 48, who died at GHS on March 6 after an altercation with an officer at Greenville Memorial, according to a coroner’s report.

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Harbor Freight Tools settlement: Customers eligible for refunds up to 30 percent
MAR 28, 2017

If you shopped at Harbor Freight Tools in the past six years, you could be entitled to a refund.

Harbor Freight Tools settled a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading shoppers by listing inaccurate “regular” prices during sales.

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Lyman Mayor Gillespie, 69, dies
MAR 28, 2017

Lyman Mayor Tony G. Gillespie Sr., died Tuesday.

Lyman Mayor Tony G. Gillespie Sr., died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to officials in Lyman.

Gillespie, 69, has served as mayor since July 2016.

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5 Riverside students suspended, charged for roles in bloody brawl
MAR 23, 2017

Top row, Breann Lillian Gaylord, left, and N’Kerah Yanaja Martin. Middle row, A’Maya Frenecia Davis, left, and Natajah Seless Cruell. Bottom row, Alisha Sarrose Freeman.

Five female students have been suspended from Riverside High School after one girl was hit in the head with a bottle during a bloody brawl on Monday. All the students have been charged, according to Greer Police.

Charged with third-degree assault and battery are Alisha Sarrose Freeman, 17, and Breann Lillian Gaylord, 19, both of Greer. Charged with public disorderly conduct are Natajah Seless Cruell and A’Maya Frenecia Davis, of Greer, and N’Kerah Yanaja Martin, of Taylors, all 17, according to arrest warrants for the students.

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BI-LO ending Fuelperks, Spinx continues discount program
MAR 21, 2017

BI-LO is ending its Fuelperks program with discounts ending on March 26 and redeeming the savings by April 30.

The Spinx Xtras program will continue to offer discounts through three ways:

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Inland Port rail moves on pace for record year
MAR 15, 2017

Greer Inland Port is on pace to have 110,000 rail moves in fiscal year. 2016-2017.

Inland Port Greer rail moves totaled 9,540 in February, a 25.8 percent over the facility’s year-to-date volume compared to last fiscal year.

Greer’s port has recorded 73,205 rail moves since July last year.

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Chon Thai Restaurant now open in downtown's Restaurant Row
MAR 14, 2017

Doh King has opened Chon Thai Restaurant at 219 Trade Street.

The soft opening for Chon Thai Restaurant has been short-lived.

Doh King, owner of downtown Greer’s first Thai food restaurant, has opened for lunch and dinner at 219 Trade Street.

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CresCom gets regulatory, shareholders approval for Greer State Bank acquisition, customers will see change April 10
MAR 14, 2017

Greer State Bank's sale to Carolina Financial Corporation (CresCom) closes Saturday.

CresCom Bank (Carolina Financial Corporation) begins servicing Greer State Bank’s customer accounts and services on April 10.

Shareholders for Greer Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Greer State Bank, approved the merger agreement last Thursday. The bank’s 27-year existence formally ends April 7.

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Abbott's opening second upstate location
MAR 12, 2017

Abbott’s Frozen Custard will have its second upstate location when Mark Khoury puts his second franchise in downtown Spartanburg.

Khoury opened his first Abbott’s in Greer last year at 119 East Poinsett Street. It was the first franchise in the Carolinas and Georgia

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Greer's Barbare awarded Major of the Year by health, physical education, recreation organization
MAR 10, 2017

Kayla “Birdie” Barbare of the University of South Carolina Upstate will be honored as Major of the Year by SHAPE America.

Kayla “Birdie” Barbare of the University of South Carolina Upstate will be honored as Major of the Year by SHAPE America.

The award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the health, physical education, recreation and dance professions who are nominated by a faculty advisor or professor. Barbare will be receive her award on Thursday during the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) awards ceremony in Boston.

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Spartanburg County tourism gets big boost in 2016
MAR 6, 2017

The Carolina Panthers summer camp at Wofford College helped boost Spartanburg's tourism industry in 2016.

Spartanburg County broke records for hotel occupancy, room demand, web traffic and tax revenue in 2016.

“Spartanburg is top-10 destination for tourists visiting South Carolina,” said Chris Jennings, Executive Vice President of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have become a leading sports destination and fun place to visit, and the numbers continue to back that up.”

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Tryon Blockhouse Races change venue to new Equestrian Center
MAR 3, 2017

Tryon International Equestrian Center jump.

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) and Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) are pleased to announce today that they have formed a partnership to manage and produce

The 71st running of the Tryon Block House Races will be April 15 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The races will be on a new one-mile track on 115 acres of land managed by TIEC on Highway 9 in Columbus, N.C.

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Wolfgang Puck: Can you trademark 'The Kitchen'? Celebrity chef has brand restaurant at GSP
MAR 3, 2017

The company owned by Wolfgang Puck is suing restaurateur Kimbal Musk's company over the use of the phrase

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who is opening a restaurant at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, is in a battle in federal court in Chicago, to preserve the right to use “the kitchen” in restaurant names.

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck is under construction at GSP and on target to open in the second quarter, according to Scott Carr, the airport’s VP for Commercial Business and Properties.

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Bruce Taylor, runnerup for National Volunteer of the Year with Greer non-profit, dies. He was 94.
MAR 1, 2017

Bruce Taylor, runnerup for 2014 National Volunteer of the Year, died Monday. He was 94.

Bruce Taylor, runnerup for 2014 National Volunteer of the Year, died Monday. He was 94.

Taylor, a World War II veteran, 1949 graduate of Clemson University, served Meals on Wheels into his 90’s.

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Upscale restaurant, with outdoor dining, coming downtown
FEB 22, 2017

Michelle Scruggs, above, said an upscale, fine-dining restaurant will open at 109 Trade Street in the second quarter.

A fine dining restaurant is locating on Trade Street and will open in the second quarter.

Michelle Scruggs told GreerToday.com the tentative date for the restaurant’s opening is in the second quarter and the name has been narrowed to two.

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Watson will receive inaugural Blanchard-Rogers Hall of Fame award
FEB 22, 2017

Deshaun Watson will receive the inaugural Blanchard-Rogers South Carolina Hall of Fame award.

Deshaun Watson will receive the inaugural Blanchard-Rogers Award at the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame ceremonies.

The award, formerly the Collegiate Player of the Year, will be presented April 20 at the enshrinement ceremonies in Greenville. The newly renamed award is for two Heisman Trophy winners, Felix “Doc” Blanchard and George Rogers.

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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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