2014 Greer Idol finalists, Tunes in the Park bands announced
MAY 30, 2014

Kieffer Mendoza won 2013 Greer Idol and $1,500.

The Greer Idol finalists have been announced with 10 vying for the Greer Idol title and 12 for Greer Idol Teen.

Kieffer Mendoza won Greer Idol and Kody Young, making his public singing debut, won Greer Idol Teen last year. They earned $1,500 and $500, respectively. The contest was shortened to three weeks when rain wiped out two of the scheduled performances.

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Community invited to participate in PFT's next master plan
MAY 29, 2014

Community invited to participate in PFT's next master plan

The Partnership for Tomorrow (PFT), a community initiative formed in 1998 for the future of Greer, is inviting participation from the greater Greer community as it works with design firm Kimley-Horn and Associates’ Charlotte office to develop a community master plan that will serve as a blueprint for Greer for the next two decades.

PFT has sponsored two five-year plans with significant results, and identifies the Greer Community Master Plan as the third installment. Engaging the community to be committed to the planning process and willing to help shape the outcomes is crucial, according to PFT officials.

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Clowers will instruct dance workshop on Friday
MAY 26, 2014

Michael Clowers, former director and choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, also has Broadway and cruise ship productions to his credits.

A dance workshop featuring Michael Clowers, the former director and choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular  at Radio City Music Hall, is scheduled Friday at the Cannon Centre.

Ages 10 and up may register here by Wednesday (May 28) for the 6-8 p.m. workshop. The fee is $35. Greer Cultural Arts is hosting the workshop.

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Furman's Davidson is tied for lead at BMW Pro-Am
MAY 17, 2014

Three players are tied for the lead at the BMW Pro-AM for the first time entering the final round. Furman’s Matt Davidson, former Auburn All-American Blayne Barber and Duke’s Ryan Blum share the 54-hole lead at 14-under-par 201.

Wake Forest’s Kyle Reifers and Vanderbilt’s Jon Curran are a shot back in a tie for fourth.

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Gambrells end family's way of life as volunteer firemen
MAY 16, 2014

Left to right: David, Danny, Gerald and Steven Gambrell.

Forty years ago Danny Gambrell rushed into burning buildings with a wet cloth covering his nose and mouth, while he listened for sounds of life. His eyes burned from the fire's smoke.

It was how his father, Ralph, and uncle, Jack, taught him. It was a way of life for the Gambrell men as volunteer firemen with the Greer Fire Department for an aggregate of 176 years. "You follow by example what you wanted to do," Danny said. "Your pay was people telling you 'thank you.'"

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Smith is leaving Greer Chamber for Spartanburg
MAY 15, 2014

Allen Smith showed Texas Gov. Rick Perry around town during Perry's run for the Republican nomination primary. Perry withdrew the next day.

Allen Smith said Thursday was a tough day. It was equally as tough for Greer’s business community.

Smith, just short of four years as the president/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, told his staff and board members Thursday he was resigning effective June 13 to head the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He begins his new job June 16.

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All it took was one picture to make Rosie Hot Dog historic
MAY 13, 2014

Who would have thought that this photo of Kaylie Henderson would become the impetus behind the pictorial folk history and culture at Rosie Hot Dog.

Greer High 2014 reunion.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then the scrapbook décor of photos on the walls at Rosie Hot Dog must be worth millions.

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Memorial service, blood drive part of National Police Week
MAY 13, 2014

A Law Enforcement Memorial Service and Blood Drive are scheduled Thursday and Friday, respectively, as part of National Police Week.

The community is invited to the memorial service Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Greer City Amphitheater. Rev. Keith Kelly, GPD chaplain and pastor of His Vineyard in Greer, will lead the service.

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Celebrity pairings set for BMW Pro-Am course rotation
MAY 12, 2014

Rob Riggle
Actor and comedian

The celebrity course rotations for this week’s BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament were announced today.

The tournament opens Thursday and rotates three courses – Thornblade Club, Green Valley Country Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee – until Sunday’s final round at Thornblade.

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Vintage Market has festival-like turnout
MAY 10, 2014

The promenade at City Park was packed with vendors and guests perusing the vintage, handmade and repurposed items.

• Setting up the market

It was a festival-like atmosphere and turnout at the “Vintage Market at the Park” Saturday.

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Disney's Sleeping Beauty Kids this weekend at the Cannon Centre
MAY 9, 2014

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids will be performed by the Greer Children’s Theater Friday and two shows Saturday at the Cannon Centre.

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids will be performed by the Greer Children’s Theater Friday and two shows Saturday at the Cannon Centre.

It's Princess Aurora's 16th birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – must use their magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent.

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Mini produce stand launched at Stomping Grounds
MAY 7, 2014

Mini produce stand launched at Stomping Grounds

The Upstate Mini-Market has been launched at the Stomping Grounds.

JP Wersinger, co-owner of Suburban ShareCrop, and part-time employee at the coffee shop, brought fresh vegetables to the store last year and customers downtown were among his subscribers.

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Greer High Oldies have memorable reunion mapped out
MAY 7, 2014

Greer High School Oldies presented by Jim Benson hold their 2014 Reunion Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17.

The Greer High Oldies are coming to town to spill the beans on classmates and events through the years and celebrate one common thread – their passion for all things Greer High School, past and present. 

The reunion, well into the hundreds, makes an economic impact in downtown Greer, eating and shopping in the central business district.

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Vintage Market challenges visitors to practice time management
MAY 7, 2014

Vintage, handmade and repurposed items will be available for purchase from 35 vendors from the Carolinas.

Warning: If you plan on attending the “Vintage Market at the Park” Saturday, plan your time wisely and drive a vehicle(s) that can handle a quantity of merchandise.

It’s the biggest market assembled in Greer – even bigger than the highly successful Vintage Market held last fall at City Park.

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Daily Bread Ministries to build, provide housing and counsel for homeless
MAY 6, 2014

This is the preliminary plans for the four-unit homeless rehabilitation shelter to be located at 509-511 E. Poinsett Street.

Read letter.

Daily Bread Ministries is planning a four-unit homeless rehabilitation shelter to be located at 509-511 E. Poinsett Street, Adam Wickliffe, chairman of the board of directors for the ministry, announced in a letter today.

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Freedom Blast is next big event at City Park
MAY 5, 2014

Red was the color and strawberry the flavor for last year's pie eating contest the Freedom Blast. This year's event is scheduled for June 28.

Greer’s Freedom Blast is the next big event for a community-wide celebration scheduled June 28 at Greer City Hall.

The 30th Annual Family Fest broke all attendance records previously set at last year’s Freedom Blast that reportedly had 12,000 – 15,000 visitors with the Swingin’ Medallions performing. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce organizes the Family Fest.

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Hawkins felt the love as drummer for MTB at Family Fest
MAY 4, 2014

Scotty Hawkins of Greer performed on drums with the Marshall Tucker Band Saturday at the Family Fest.

By Dana Jordan

Blessed and highly favored is what Scotty Hawkins of Greer said that he felt as he took the stage at Greer Family Fest with the Marshall Tucker Band Saturday night. “It’s amazing to feel all this love,” Hawkins said.

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MTB entertains record crowd at City Park
MAY 4, 2014

The Marshall Tucker Band entertained the Family Fest crowd in a 90-minute set.

The Marshall Tucker Band entertained a record crowd at the 30th Annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest Saturday night.

The unofficial attendance was between 16,000-19,000 people. Last year's Freedom Blast at City Park drew between 12,000 - 15,000. Since the concerts are free there are no tickets to get a clear-cut count. However, some food vendors reported record sales on Saturday night and ran out of some inventory.

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Pancake eating contest went on, and on, and on . . .
MAY 3, 2014

Jeremy Adams, from Fountain Inn, entered the contest just before it started when found he an empty seat and took it at the table. In fact, that contestant didn't show up after registering.

The contests for the Southern Thymes Pancake Challenge were confident, to the point they were cocky.

There was one problem. They had to eat all of the pounds of pancake within 90 minutes. It wasn’t a timed event.

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Princess, Prince pageant crown winners
MAY 3, 2014

Miss Greater Greer Lia Holman and Miss Greater Greer Teen Brittany Doss hosted the Princess and Prince pageant during the  Family Fest.

Miss Greater Greer Lia Holman and Miss Greater Greer Teen Brittany Doss hosted the Princess and Prince pageant Saturday morning.

Tug Smith, winner of the 2-4 Prince age group, kept the crowd smiling during that competition.

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