TAYLORS, SC NEWS From January 2013

Population:  21,617
ZIP code: 29687
Area code: 864
Area: 10.9 sq mi


Teens crowned winners of their local pageants
JAN 29, 2013

Crowned Miss Teen of their respective pageants are, left to right, Ashlynn Storms of Simpsonville, Miss Carolina Foothills Teen, Amanda Bishop of Greer,  is Miss Wade Hampton Taylors Teen, and Cameron Gaubert of Spartanburg, is Miss Wade Hampton Taylors Teen. 

Three beauty queens were crowned Miss Teen for their respective pageants at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center on Jan. 19.

They will compete in the Miss South Carolina Teen contest in the summer.

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North Greenville University's Fall 2012 Dean's List
JAN 26, 2013

North Greenville University's Fall 2012 Dean's List

North Greenville University announced students that made the Dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average while taking a minimum 12 hours.

Congratulations, in alphabetical order, to:


Jeremy Lee Barnette

Dalton Ty Fowler

Austin Seay Hedrick

Timothy Ray Ross

Daniel E. Seay

Dakota Heath Stewart

Brittany Danielle Stickle

James Bradley Stickley

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Allender, Langston represent Brashier in sale of building
JAN 23, 2013

Tim Allender

Tim Allender and Chuck Langston of Langston-Black Real Estate, Inc. represented Walt Brashier in the sale of his 12,000 square foot building (.94 acre) at 3220 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Taylors.

Part of the building will be used as a dentist office with the remaining space leased for office use.


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Food Lion's closing changes grocery store landscape
JAN 18, 2013

The Food Lion at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is scheduled to close within 30 days. Vendors will come in Monday to remove some of their inventory.

The grocery store landscape in Greer is rapidly changing ­– between the 800-1200 blocks on Wade Hampton Blvd.

Food Lion is closing its doors at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., scheduled for mid-February or as soon as its inventory is removed or sold. The Walmart Neighborhood Market, the first of its kind in South Carolina, opens in four weeks at Greer Plaza. And Publix remains interested in setting up shop in Greer.

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Welch brings boutique, cosmetic line home to Greer
JAN 16, 2013

Christina Welch, right, opens Stella Louise Boutique and Cosmetics Saturday at 217 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Georgeanne Craft, left, will open Twist, a hair salon, on Feb. 1 next door. Jordan Craft is helping during the move.

Christina Welch’s first day as owner of her own business – Stella Louise Boutique and Cosmetics – will be as memorable for her as well as her clients.

Contestants in the Miss Wade Hampton / Taylors pageant, scheduled Saturday night at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center, will be visiting Welch as she prepares their hair and makeup hours before the competition.

Welch is a fixture at beauty pageants as choreographer, hair stylist, makeup artist and judge. She has competed in pageants and as a result created her own makeup line, Stella Louise Cosmetics, named for her grandmother, who died a few years ago. “She was always a huge inspiration to me when it came to beauty and fashion,” Welch said.

Welch, who is moving her business from Columbus, N.C., said the opportunity to open next door to friend Georgeanne Craft’s salon – Twist – was everything they both were exploring. Welch’s boutique is at 217 West Wade Hampton Blvd.

Twist – A modern salon with a Southern Twist’ is scheduled for a Feb. 1 opening and will complement Welch’s services.

“I had the honor of being crowned Miss Greater Greer in 2004. During that year, I had the privilege of providing over 830 hours of community service to the Greater Greer area and loved every second I was able to spend with the citizens of the community. I knew at that time that I wanted to open a business in Greer,” Welch said.

“I have so many contacts in Greer, I live here and have always wanted to have my own business on Wade Hampton Boulevard,” Welch said. Craft and Welch were exploring where to locate their businesses when they spotted the adjacent suites.

The boutique will carry women’s and juniors clothing, jewelry and accessories. Services include ear piercing and spray tanning. The décor in the bright and welcoming studio will be contemporary. “I want to keep it personable and have the customers feel comfortable and welcome,” Welch said.

Welch will also provide personal makeup consultations. “I will go through the lessons with the customer and give them personalized instruction when they leave here.”

Welch proudly claims to be a product of the City of Greer’s Harvest Market it has sponsored the past two years along the promenade. She was able to promote her cosmetic line and chat with customers.

“I will keep my costs reasonable. I want everybody to feel glamorous and good about themselves,” Welch said.


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Stillwaters gets new life on Lake Robinson
JAN 15, 2013

Stillwaters at Lake Robinson has made its signature selling point the majestic view across the lake to Cliffs at Glassy and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Only the weather is holding up Stillwaters of Lake Robinson to begin the process of revitalizing the upscale, 50-acre residential community that has lay dormant for almost six years.

“We’re just waiting for the sun to come out so we can cut down the tall growth and hydroseed the area,” said Joe Orr, director of sales for Stillwaters. “By spring with the flowers blooming and the common area cleaned up, this site will be completely manicured and looking prettier and majestic the way it was planned.  We will then be ready to sell lots and revitalize this neighborhood.”

Bald Eagle Partners LLC has purchased the notes that had been held by banks and the remaining property. The company secured $20 million to fund its program to acquire builder-ready lots in residential communities throughout southeastern United States.

Signage at Stillwaters, from years past, suggested housing costs in the upper $300,000s. Orr said that is reasonable. The 12-month average when the property first sold was $521,000, the original company announced on its website.

Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) provided the infrastructure for Stillwaters. Curbing remains from years past with a final layer of asphalt to be added with further development.

Stillwaters has 155 lots available with 10 homes on site, owned and leased. Signs with the names of lots purchased have remained on them for years. “We find a lot of people interested from Florida. These homes are geared for the empty nesters and upscale lake living,” Orr said. The homes feature Charlestonian-like porches.

No plans have been filed with the City of Greer. The address of the property is Taylors in Greenville County.

Residential activity has increased dramatically the last quarter of 2012 and heading into this month.

“We have seen a good bit of activity in December and this month is off to a good start,” said Donna O. Smith, a partner with C. Dan Joyner Prudential.

Glenn Pace, Planning and Zoning Coordinator with the City of Greer, told commissioners at their Monday night meeting, there was already activity that required a meeting next month. Pace said residential and commercial development has picked up. “We’re very busy and that is good news,” Pace said.

Orr, who lives on the property, said Stillwaters was developed and beginning to sell lots when “the economy tanked. Nobody was buying. Just now we’re beginning to see interest in these type communities.”

“We will maintain the integrity of our property,” Orr said. “We want people to know we will have this community in pristine condition.”

“I believe if people come here and take a golf cart tour and see all that is available they will fall in love with Stillwaters,” Orr said. “My philosophy is you can sell it if people feel it and smell it.”

Stillwaters, a gated community, has spectacular views. On a clear day the Cliffs at Glassy and the Blue Ridge Mountains are in the distance across Lake Robinson. Wildlife and their natural habitat can be seen on the lake and shores. In fact, the Stillwaters logo features a Blue Heron. “That bird has grown up here,” Orr said.

The amenities that were part of the property’s past lure remain, some in use others that need to be revived. The one-mile shoreline has a nature trail. The wetlands are registered. The cabana-like pool, with hot tub and a kitchen area for grilling is in use. A clubhouse was previously used as a sales office and will be adapted for sales, fitness and gathering place until more residents occupy the community. A fire pit, community garden plots, small orchard of apple trees and a botanical were part of the original community. Orr said that remains in place.

Fishing has provided Orr and his neighbors an opportunity to stock the small pond on the property. “We’ve caught bass, catfish and brim and have added them to the pond. There are some big fish in there now.”

There is one common dock, but Orr anticipates petitioning for three more as the community builds out.

The proximity to surrounding cities and landmarks, according to Orr, is in the eye of the beholder. “We’re nine miles from Greer and 14 miles from Greenville and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. We’re 20 miles from the city of Spartanburg and 12 miles from Travelers Rest and the Swamp Rabbit Trail,” Orr said. He qualified the distance by saying, “of course that’s as the crow flies.”

Partners in Bald Eagle Partners LLC are Paul F. Larner, M. Scott DeCain and Robert M. Ullmann.

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Obituaries we are following today
JAN 10, 2013

Bonnie Forrester Brewer

Bonnie Forrester Brewer, 84, of 800 S. Main Street, died January 9, 2013 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late William Baylis and Vaudy Springfield Forrester, she was a retired employee of Kemet and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are her husband, Cecil H. Brewer of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth D. and Joy Rhodes of Pelham, North Carolina; a daughter and son-in-law, Shelia L. Rhodes and James Cox of Greenville; three brothers, Othell Forrester of Greer, Dorrance Forrester of Boiling Springs and Frank Forrester of Taylors; four sisters, Betty Thomas of Wellford, Zelma Howell of Greer, Wilma Clayton of Central and Brenda Lockhart of Greer; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Fall Spartanburg Community College Dean's List
JAN 10, 2013

Fall Spartanburg Community College Dean's List

Spartanburg Community has announced its Fall 2012 Dean’s List.


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Area students recognized on SMC President and Dean's lists
JAN 7, 2013

Area students recognized on SMC President and Dean's lists

Spartanburg Methodist College has announced its Fall 2012 President's and Dean's list recipients.


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