Sewer line repairs closing streets, water repairs are next
JUN 26, 2017

Peppy Cusano, Dillard Excavating project manager on the left, and Jonathan Jordan, CPW sewer crew leader, share a jovial moment.

Sewer lines are being replaced in downtown Greer along Randall Street between Trade and Depot streets.

Dillard Excavating is digging up the streets for Greer Commission of Publics to replace the sewer lines.

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BMW: 1,000 jobs, $600 million investment headed to Greer over next four years
JUN 26, 2017

The third generation of the BMW X3 was unveiled today as part of BMW's announcement of  its continued investment – $600 million and more than 1,000 jobs in next four years – at the Greer plant.

BMW will add an additional $600 million in its Greer plant and create more than 1,000 more jobs over the next four years.

CEO Harald Krueger’s announcement Monday in part was in celebrating the German automaker’s 25th year of manufacturing in South Carolina. BMW announced in June 1992 construction of the company’s firs full production facility out of Germany in Greer.

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Freedom Blast sparks celebration of music, military and fireworks
JUN 23, 2017

Uncle Sam Wants You ... to come to Freedom Blast at City Park Saturday.

“At the end of the day, all a veteran really wants is to hear is thank you.”
The late Preston Johnson, former S.C. Disabled American Veterans Commander

This is the 9th year Greer has celebrated Freedom Blast, coinciding with the opening of the new City Hall and its expansive park in 2008.

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Miss Upstate Davia Bunch wins talent at Miss South Carolina Competition
JUN 22, 2017

Davia Bunch, a former accomplished International Ballet Academy dancer, won Thursday’s Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition.

Davia Bunch, a former accomplished International Ballet Academy dancer, won Thursday’s Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition at Township Auditorium in Columbia. IBA is located in Greer.

Bunch, 20, from Spartanburg, performed a ballet en pointe to “Entrance” to Act Number Four, a selection from “Carmen”.

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, 23, became a double winner when she won swimsuit. Roberts, from Pawley’s Island, won the talent preliminary Tuesday performing a lyrical dance to “Greatest Love of All”.


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Teen Cancer Unit planned for St. Francis downtown
JUN 21, 2017

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, along with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, announced plans Wednesday to open a new inpatient Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer unit.

Teens and young adults facing their own cancer battles will soon have a place to congregate among their peers in Greenville.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, along with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, announced plans Wednesday to open a new inpatient Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer unit at its facility in downtown Greenville. It will be the first dedicated cancer center for this age group (15-39) in the Carolinas and the nation’s eighth when completed.

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Stomping Grounds: Somebody had to be the brick and mortar in Greer's downtown renaissance
JUN 21, 2017

Lisa Garland's imagination was virtually her guide during her first days in Greer.

I was visiting with Robyn Zimmerman at the Stomping Grounds on Tuesday when she paused on the way out marveling at the quaintness of the multi-dimensional coffee shop, its décor and mostly the customer-friendly atmosphere.

I described Lisa Garland, owner/operator of Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar, as the epicenter of Greer’s downtown renaissance. Lisa’s store is at 208 Trade Street.

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Greenville Hospital System hosting hiring event for nurses at Greer Memorial Hospital
JUN 20, 2017

Nurses applying for Greenville Health System jobs at a July hiring event could get an offer the next day.

GHS will host a hiring event for nurses Tuesday, July 11 from 2-5 p.m. at Greer Memorial Hospital, 830 S. Buncombe Road. 

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Southern Hills Lavender Farm is a homemade Greer tourist attraction
JUN 19, 2017

A bushel of freshly cut lavender.

The lure of a lavender farm is what drew Jeff Geib and his family to Greer.

“I never thought I would be in Greer picking lavender,” Geib, from Chattanooga, Tenn., said. “My daughter (Cassidy) and wife (Julie) now want to move here.”

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Red, White and Blue Ridge Family and Community Festival is scheduled July 1
JUN 16, 2017

A church and the Blue Ridge community will host an Independence Day celebration with its inaugural festival.

Locust Hill Baptist Church will entertain the Red, White & Blue Ridge Family & Community Festival on Saturday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. 

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Famous Toastery owners have a Greer flavor
JUN 16, 2017

Cindy and Pete Stone will open Famous Toastery at Poinsett Plaza next month.

It didn’t take Peter Stone to understand what he has been teaching business students for more than 25 years – it’s all about location, location, location.

Stone and his wife, Cindy, are opening Famous Toastery in downtown Greenville at the Poinsett Plaza. It is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-July. The Stones are long-time Greer residents.

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'I am safe.' Rep. Duncan on gunman shooting at Congressional Republicans
JUN 14, 2017

“I am safe."

That was a tweet by Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) of the third district after a gunman opened fire on a group of congressional Republicans practicing baseball in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday morning.

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Greer Relief, Middle Tyger Community Center awarded Spartanburg Regional Foundation grants
JUN 7, 2017

Walter Bennett, Greer Relief Board President, and Caroline Robertson, Greer Relief Executive Director, accepted the $8,000 awarded by the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Wednesday morning.

Greer Relief and The Middle Tyger Community Center were among the recipients of $646,000 in grants awarded for health initiatives by the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.

The Foundation awards grants to upstate non-profits working to improve the health of communities. Thirty agencies were awarded grants Wednesday morning in Spartanburg at the Piedmont Club.


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Don't leave home without government photo ID and proof of U.S. citizenship for TSA pre check enrollment
JUN 6, 2017

Enrollees for the TSA Pre√ are fingerprinted.

Let’s just skip to the chase.

Bring government-issued photo identification and proof of U.S. Citizenship (a birth certificate or a passport) if travelers want to enroll in the TSA Pre√ program at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

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Mize becomes 23rd pastor at Greer First Baptist
JUN 6, 2017

Doug Mize becomes the 23rd pastor at Greer First Baptist Church.

Greer First Baptist Church unanimously voted to welcome Dr. Doug Mize as senior pastor last after nearly an eight-month pastor search.

Mize, 47, has been interim pastor at Greer First Baptist since April 2016. He served as Discipleship and Evangelism Pastor for nine years at Taylors First Baptist. Before that Mize also pastored churches in Elgin and Yadkinville, N.C.

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Train Depot sold, railroad company to become a tenant
JUN 5, 2017

The Historic Train Depot building has been sold and a railroad company will become a new tenant.

The Historic Train Depot building has been sold and a railroad company will become a new tenant.

The 7,442 square foot building at 300 Randall Street was sold for $628,960 to Letchworth Properties, a limited liability company with its agent in Greenville.

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Miracle Hill Ministries has leadership shakeup, Norton resigns and Lehman returns as interim president/CEO
JUN 2, 2017

Reid Lehman Miracle Hill’s longtime former CEO will return as Interim President/CEO beginning Saturday.

Miracle Hill Ministries President/CEO Bryce Norton has resigned effective Friday after serving the Upstate-based, nonprofit organization since October 2015.

Miracle Hill made the announcement Friday night.

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TSA Pre Check enrollment at GSP next week
JUN 1, 2017

IdentoGo, the provider of TSA Pre√ enrollment will be enrolling travelers at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

TSA Pre√ members can skip long security checkpoint lines and other security measures. The process is designed to get travelers to their gates faster. Enrollees do not need to remove:

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CBL State Savings Bank becomes new brand for 110-year-old financial institution
JUN 1, 2017

Jennifer Jones, President and CEO of CBL State Savings Bank, announces the new branding with former CBL President/CEO Tommy Johnson.

A new corporate identity will be unveiled today for a 110-year-old Greer banking institution.

CBL State Savings Bank will be unveiled as the new corporate identity and two new products. Jennifer Jones, in her first year as president and CEO at the institution, will unveil the new signage at an open house between 2-6 p.m.

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Greer, Blue Ridge seniors awarded $10,000 scholarships from CBL Foundation
MAY 31, 2017

Candace Jensen, Greer High School

CBL Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 higher education scholarships to three local students.

Greer High School seniors Candace Jensen and Victoria Schneider were both winners of the 2107 Robert F. Williams Scholarship, named for a past CBL Board Chairman and member of the South Carolina State Board of Education. Jensen will attend the University of Georgia, while Schneider will attend Clemson University.

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Jerry Henson Field dedicated for beloved Blue Ridge coach and teacher
MAY 31, 2017

The Henson family celebrated the naming of Jerry Henson Field with Trent Henson, left, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Henson, middle, and Mr. and Mrs. Travis Henson, far right.

Jerry Henson, for more than 50 years has left his mark on the Blue Ridge Athletic Program, the community and has coached and mentored many former athletes and generations of families.

The Blue Ridge community, family and friends and many others Jerry Henson has crossed paths on the athletic field and in the classroom honored their favorite son by naming the baseball field, “Jerry Henson Field”.

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