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Greer CPW increases go into effect New Year's Day
DEC 31, 2013

Greer CPW customers will be paying more for electricity and water and sewer facility charges to raise more than $2 million in 2014 revenue.

Greer Commission of Public Works customers will be reaching deeper in their pockets paying increasing utility fees beginning Jan. 1. Commissioners voted to:

• increase electricity rates 7 percent.

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Downtown to get $2.5 million infrastructure, paving, landscape facelift
DEC 30, 2013

Infrastructure along Poinsett Street may be 100 years old. A $2.5-million upgrade in the central business district is tentatively scheduled for 2015.

• Planters design

Historic downtown Greer will get its century-old infrastructure updated and streets repaved and with it will come more landscaping and wayfinding signage. A byproduct may be additional parking.

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Dave says: Teach children humility, gratitude and contentment
DEC 29, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

Do you have any advice for teaching responsibility and generosity to adult children and grandkids when it comes to money?

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Saving money in the new year starts at the grocery store
DEC 27, 2013

An overly ambitious New Year’s resolution probably won’t stick. This year, ditch the desire for all-at-once dramatic transformation. Instead, consider simple, sustainable changes to your everyday routine that can make a big impact over time.

For example, if you wish to get smarter about personal finances, start by cutting back on grocery expenses, which is the third largest expense, according to U.S. government statistics. It’s a way to save thousands annually.

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3 cents stamp increase applies to letters, newspapers, other mailings
DEC 26, 2013

First-class mail, newspapers and magazines are among the items that will be affected by the 3 cents U.S. Postal Service rate increase beginning Jan. 26.

Postal regulators on Tuesday approved a price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp making the cost of mailing a letter 49 cents.

The price increase will apply to first-class mail, magazines, newspapers, advertising mail and bills — which together account for most of the 158 billion pieces of mail delivered every year.

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Greer State Bank promotes Hobbs, Presley, Lynn
DEC 23, 2013

John Hobbs has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer.

Greer State Bank announced the promotions of John Hobbs as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Scott Presley as Senior Vice President, Construction Lending Manager, and Angela Lynn as Banking Officer. 

Hobbs has been with Greer State Bank for three years and has been involved in the banking industry for over 29 years.  He received his accounting degree from The University of South Carolina and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Dave Ramsey: Don't let modeling daughter become a diva
DEC 22, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

I live in Los Angeles, and my daughter makes $3,000 to $5,000 a month modeling. I don’t want her to become spoiled by this job and the income, and I need advice on what to do with the money. Should it be put aside for a car, and do you think she should have to pay for something like that herself?

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Ryan's will be among restaurants open Christmas Day
DEC 22, 2013

Ovations Brands signage is in place at its headquarters at 105 Lancaster Avenue, behind Ryan's. Ovations is the new brand for Ryan's, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffett, Country Buffett, Old Country Buffett and Tahoo Joe's.

Some restaurants will be open on Christmas Day. Below is a list of restaurans that have announced their schedules. GreerToday.com recommends calling in advance for the location you anticipate visiting.

Arby’s company restaurants will close at 6 pm Christmas Eve and are closed on Christmas Day.  Franchise locations may vary.

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Holiday closings schedules
DEC 21, 2013

Below is the schedule of closings for Christmas and New Years.

Holiday Closings

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IHOP opening is planned for March
DEC 20, 2013

The infrastructure at IHOP at Suber Commons was being developed this week. The restaurant is tentatively scheduled for a mid-March opening.

The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is tentatively scheduled to open its Greer store in mid-March at Suber Commons at the corner of Wade Hampton Blvd. and Suber Road.

A spokesperson told GreerToday.com that was the best guess based on typically sized units built without regard to weather and other construction influences. The timeline for jobs interviews was not available.

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Doctors Express opens at Suber Commons Saturday
DEC 19, 2013

Doctors Express owner Tim Groves unrolls ribbon that was used in the ceremony Thursday.

Doctors Express will hold a grand opening and open house Saturday and Sunday at 1494 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

Owner Tim Groves and resident doctors Richard T. Hanna and Winston B. Morris cut the ceremonial Doctors Express ribbon Thursday with a big turnout of city and business leaders. Groves’ public relations group provided a drone to photograph the ceremony.

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Cheryl Moore's career spans generations of upstates patients
DEC 19, 2013

Cheryl Moore is retiring from Greer Memorial Hospital Friday, 40 years after beginning her career at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Cheryl Moore expects to walk out the doors of Greer Memorial Hospital into the sunset Friday and begin a new, unpredictable, adventurous chapter in her life.

Gone will be the keys, name badge and work space that has occupied her life for the past 40 years as a guardian of healthcare for legions of upstate patients she has cared for at Greenville Memorial, Allen Bennett Memorial and Greer Memorial hospitals.

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Big marketing ideas for small businesses
DEC 17, 2013

Big marketing ideas for small businesses

Family Features

Are personal relationships why most consumers frequent small businesses?

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Dave Ramsey says: 'Don't bring up my name for awhile.'
DEC 16, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My wife and I have $15,000 in debt left to pay off. We bring home around $32,000 a year, and we usually spend $250 to $300 on Christmas. I started talking to her about your plan earlier this year, and she finally agreed and got on board a couple of months ago.

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Michelin issues safety recall for commercial light truck tires
DEC 13, 2013

Michelin North America, Inc. announced a safety recall of approximately 1.3 million of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires sold primarily in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. About 1.2 million of these tires were sold in the U.S. The tires are typically found on such vehicles as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs and some large pickup trucks.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires.

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City-approved roof repairs for operations center, Kids Planet underway
DEC 13, 2013

The coating of the roof at the City Operations building doesn't look like too bad a job in the cool weather Friday with this worker carrying a bucket to the roof . . . 

Two city-owned properties are getting roof repairs for $39,650 combined.

The Operations Center on Pennsylvania Avenue is having its roof recoated after experiencing several leaks. Six picnic shelters and two restroom buildings at Kids Planet Playground will get new roofs.

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Jimmy Rogers, Fatz and Copper River Grill founder, passionate Clemson fan, dies
DEC 13, 2013

Jimmy Rogers, founder of Fatz Cafe and Copper River Grill, among other restaurant chains, died of liver cancer Wednesday at his Inman home.

Jimmy Rogers, founder of Fatz Café, Copper River Grill and J Jr.’s restaurant chains died of liver cancer at his home Wednesday. Rogers was 66.

Rogers of Inman, grew up in Holly Springs, living in his family’s original home.

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Greer ornaments, cookbooks, discount cards offered by downtown merchants
DEC 12, 2013

The 2014 Greer Station Association ornament was designed by The Image Forge. It is $10 and can be purchased through selected downtown merchants, including Kim’s Fabrics, Stomping Grounds, Greer Trading Post, Shoppes on Trade, Shear Faith and Maiale.

Greer Station merchants are offering selected Christmas ideas representing the historic downtown business district.

The 2013 Christmas ornament, designed by The Image Forge, a cookbook with recipes from restaurateurs, merchants and Greer celebrities, and a $10 gift card for discounts in 2014 are available through merchants.

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Inland Port working on punch list, container traffic growing
DEC 12, 2013

Container traffic at the Inland Port is increasing daily. There were about 1,000 containers on site Wednesday. Containers on the left are imports and the right are exports.

The Greer Inland Port is working through its punch list as container traffic continues to become more frequent. There were a reported 1,000 containers on site Wednesday.

The South Carolina Port Authority has invested $50 million, which had groundbreaking on March 1 and opened for business on Oct. 15.  The nearly 100-acre site required a massive amount of grading – 950,000 cubic yards. There were 180,000 square yards – 40 acres – of concrete poured.

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Michelin to produce world's largest tires at new Anderson facility
DEC 12, 2013

The new Michelin plant in Anderson will produce large Earthmover tires – which can stand up to 13 feet tall and weigh up to 5.5 tons.

Michelin celebrated the opening of its Anderson County manufacturing facility Thursday.

The project completion is the fastest greenfield construction in Michelin's history, 17 months, and enables the company to begin production of commercially available tires in January for sale in mid-2014.

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