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Drinking water and fluoride seminar Tuesday at Cannon Centre
AUG 31, 2015

Stages of fluorosis.

Fluoride sources here.

A second seminar to learn about drinking water and fluoride will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Centre.

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Cruz takes in BBQ lunch in Greer before townhall meeting
AUG 28, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican presidential candidate, chats with diners at Mutt's BBQ in Greer.

Presidential Republican candidate Sen. Ted Cruz stopped in Mutt's for a late barbecue lunch before his townhall meeting at the Cannon Centre this evening.

Cruz was in town for a 6:30 p.m. appearance that is open to the public.

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Abbott's Frozen Custard is setting up shop downtown
AUG 26, 2015

Abbott's Frozen Custard is locating in downtown Greer at the former Dixie Shoe Shop.

Mark Khoury likes Abbott’s Frozen Custard so much he bought a franchise and is bringing it to Greer.

Khoury is visiting family in Rochester, N.Y., this week, home of Abbott’s, and making a daily run, sometimes more than once, for the frozen treat he grew up eating.

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St. Francis entering Greer health care market, anchoring new development
AUG 26, 2015

A conceptual design shows where Bon Secours St. Francis Health System will anchor an ambulatory care center. The 70-acre tract of land will feature a multifamily development, office/professional uses, and restaurants.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is entering the Greer health care market with an ambulatory care center that will anchor a new development on a 70-acre tract of land.

The development, at I-85, Garlington Road and Pelham Road, will feature a multifamily development, office/professional uses, and restaurants, according to an announcement by Central Realty Holdings, a real estate investment company.

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Dave Ramsey: You must make time for a monthly written budget
AUG 26, 2015

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

I’ve worked in a hospital as a nurse for 10 years. I make good money working long hours. The problem is that it seems to disappear, and I’m left trying to stretch those last few dollars to the end of the month.

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CPW gas department celebrates national honor
AUG 25, 2015

Some of the members of the award-winning CPW gas department crew are, left to right, Glenn Downey, Justin Stewart, Heath Pittman, Jonny Corley, Destin Granberry, Allen Bryans, Keith Almond, Rita Rector and Rob Rhodes (department manager). Not pictured are Reece Banks and Jonathan Bingham.

The natural gas department of the Greer Commission of Public Works could not have picked a better time to show off its bronze level SOAR (System Operational Achievement Recognition) award.

During the monthly CPW commissioners meeting, General Manager Jeff Tuttle espoused the work the gas department accomplished.

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Belk sold, no store closings, layoffs announced
AUG 24, 2015

None of the 297 Belk stores are planning to be closed, according to a company spokeswoman.

Belk Inc. announced it would be acquired by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York, in a transaction valued at about $3 billion including debt. Sycamore, in its biggest ever deal, will pay $68 in cash for each share of Belk.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based department store chain, operates 297 stores throughout the South, including one in Greer.

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Chef Norton goes from one challenge to another
AUG 21, 2015

Chef Damion Norton prepares his meals for his competition versus Henry's Smokehouse.

Cooking is fun for Damion Norton.

As the Professional Catering owner was introduced to the diners at Larkin's Sawmill following his quarterfinal match in the Competition Dining Series on Wednesday, he circled the room, high-fiving patrons and fellow chefs with an ever-present smile.

"When people come to me with that energy and that 'well done chef’, I fulfilled that need they needed for that evening," said Norton. "It's just cut and dry like that."

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Topping out at GSP terminal's Grand Hall marks milestone
AUG 21, 2015

Whitney Code of the GSP communications staff puts her signature on the final beam.

A topping out was held in the GSP terminal’s Grand Hall Friday afternoon.

The lifting of the final highest piece of steel to be erected at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is part of the four-year $122 million terminal improvement plan.

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Greer-based buffet chain, Ovation Brands, acquired by Texas food firm
AUG 20, 2015

Anthony Wedo, former President/CEO of Ovations Brands, rebranded Ryan's into a multi-station buffet featuring carving stations, made-to-order grilled steaks and vegetables stir-fried while you wait.

Greer-based Ovation Brands has been acquired by Food Management Partners (FMP) of San Antonio, Texas.

Ovation Brands is comprised of Ryan’s, Fire Mountain, Country Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet and Tahoe Joe’s.

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Dave Ramsey: 'Parents need to sober up financially'
AUG 18, 2015

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My wife and I really got serious about your plan. We even sold our house to become completely debt-free. Now, we’re trying to help my mom and dad. They liked your plan at first, and even taught Financial Peace University (FPU) at their church. Then, everything changed. They went out and leased a new car, bought another one on payments, and picked up a bunch of credit cards. They’re trying to tell us that you really do this stuff too. How can we help them?

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'Make Greer Great' and get reimbursed via a Partnership for Tomorrow grant
AUG 18, 2015

'Make Greer Great' and get reimbursed via a Partnership for Tomorrow grant

A “Make Greer Great” reimbursement grant program is available through the Partnership for Tomorrow. 

Anyone in the greater Greer community who has an idea or project to enhance the Greer area may apply here.

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Vintage Market comes to City Park on Oct. 17
AUG 16, 2015

The Vintage Market at the Park features about 60 vendors of everything handmade, vintage, and re-purposed, according to Garcia.

The Vintage Market at the Park will be held for the fifth year on Oct. 17 in Greer City Park.

Wanda Garcia, event organizer, said the event will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and feature a vintage-themed photo booth, food trucks and live music, still to be announced.

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Bergstrom's field of dreams is colored lavender
AUG 13, 2015

Tim and Mary Bergstrom had planned for years to own their own business, and always loved lavender.

Down on Mary and Tim Bergstrom’s Southern Hills Lavender farm the smell, touch, look and taste is lavender.

“Some people don’t realize it’s a plant. They think it’s a smell," Mary said.

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Blount is a hit with judges, voting becomes a factor
AUG 12, 2015

Singer Benton Blount continues his successful run on

Benton Blount, a Greenville singer, performed A Great Big World’s song “Say Something” on Tuesday night and earned solid remarks from four of the judges, including host Nick Cannon on “America’s Got Talent”.

Blount made his first live appearance on stage at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. He survived the judges’ final cuts two weeks ago.

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Dave Ramsey: 'No, no, no' to buying and leasing rental property
AUG 11, 2015

Dave Ramsey
America's voice on money and business

No, no, no!

Dear Dave,

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Largest spec warehouse project to be at Velocity Park
AUG 8, 2015

The largest speculative warehouse, 240,020-square-feet, ever built in Greer is breaking ground at Velocity Park with a January 2016 completion date.

What will be the largest speculative industrial facility ever built in Greer is breaking ground at Velocity Park.

Beacon Partners and Cullum Interests are partnering on a 240,020-square-foot venture at 545 Brookshire Road with a completion date set for January 2016.

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Storms batter area
AUG 6, 2015

Damaged trees were widespread in Greer during Thursday's storms.

A line of severe thunderstorms battered the upstate on Thursday afternoon, with parts of the Greer area sustaining damage.

The storms began to roll through about 3:30 p.m. and damaged power lines and toppled trees.

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Taylors resident shopping Greer grocery store wins $5,000
AUG 6, 2015

Julie Snyder is pictured with Bi-Lo associate Carlton Young of the Greer store, left, and store director Michael Knous.

Julie Snyder of Taylors was named one of 15 winners across four state to receive $5,000 in Bi-Lo gift cards to purchase groceries for a year.

Ironically, Snyder won by shopping the Greer store at 1365 West Wade Hampton Boulevard.

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GCM freshens signage at entrance
AUG 6, 2015

New signage at Greer Community Ministries greets visitors.

Greer Community Ministries’ entry signs, a new logo on the ministry’s trailer and designated parking spaces for the bus and van have been freshened.

“The updates to our signs are another way we are working to make it easier for our clients to find our building so that we can serve them,” Cindy Simpler, GCM executive director, said.

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