BMW begins production of XM as banner year ends
DEC 2, 2022

Series production for the first-ever BMW XM has started at BMW Manufacturing in Greer.

Series production for the first-ever BMW XM has started at BMW Manufacturing in Greer.

The BMW XM will be built alongside the BMW X5, BMW X6, and BMW X7 on the same assembly line.

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BMW opens Vehicle Accessories Center in Greer
NOV 15, 2022

BMW of North America announced Monday the official opening of a new Vehicle Accessories Center in Greer.

BMW of North America announced Monday the official opening of a new Vehicle Accessories Center in Greer, which will enable the company to “factory install” a range of vehicle accessories on the BMW Sports Activity Vehicles built nearby before the vehicles being delivered to dealers.

The 60,000-square-foot facility represents an investment of nearly $25 million and creates about 60 new jobs.

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Steinway repeats for coveted 'Partners in Performance'
NOV 3, 2022

Gavin English, President, Steinway & Sons – Americas (left) and Ben Steiner, CEO, Steinway & Sons (right), congratulate Allison Love and Katherine Love of Steinway Piano Gallery – Carolinas.

Steinway Piano Gallery Carolinas, with locations in Greenville (743 Congaree Road) and Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., has been awarded one of four coveted "Partners in Performance" dealer of the year awards from Steinway & Sons. This is the third consecutive year Steinway Piano Gallery – Carolinas has won the award.

This Partners in Performance accolade recognizes the top Steinway dealers from among 65-plus showrooms across North America. Nomination and selection are based on dealer performance in categories including sales, customer service, technical service, concert and artist activities, among other divisions. The award was presented to Steinway Piano Gallery – Carolinas during the Steinway & Sons annual dealer meeting in New York City in October.

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Peters joins NGU in enrollment/marketing communications
NOV 3, 2022

Chad Peters named vice president for enrollment and marketing/communications at North Greenville University.

North Greenville University has named Chad Peters, vice president for enrollment and marketing/communications,

Peters served as vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. He moved to that post in 2019, after serving in the same role at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C,, from July 2012 to August 2019.

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Crime spree gets Upstate man 18 years in prison
NOV 3, 2022

Samuel Olen McClain gets 18 years in prison for crime spree.

A Campobello man received an 18-year prison sentence Wednesday for a day-long crime spree in northern Spartanburg County.

Samuel Olen McClain, 66, of Campobello, pleaded guilty to bank robbery, petty larceny and attempted armed robbery.

On March 30, 2022, Inman police responded to the Truist Bank on Asheville Highway in reference to a robbery. A bank clerk stated McClain presented a note that said, "Give me all your money, be quiet, don't get hurt." The clerk hit the silent alarm while McClain noticed a second bank employee going into an office. McClain told the clerk she was lucky and left the business driving a blue truck. Bank employees were able to give detailed descriptions of McClain’s appearance, clothing and his getaway vehicle

About an hour later, McClain drove to the Briar Patch convenience store in Campobello and stole $50 worth of gas. The clerk identified McClain as a nearby resident who regularly visited the store. Police also recognized the suspect description and the getaway vehicle as being identical to the bank robbery.

About an hour after the gas theft, McClain drove to the Redi-Mart convenience store on Highway 357. He entered the store and handed the clerk the same note used during the bank robbery. The clerk pushed a silent alarm and told McClain she was not alone. McClain fled the business without getting any money.

After his arrest, McClain accepted responsibility for the crime spree.

McClain’s prior criminal record included convictions for armed robbery, grand larceny, forgery, house breaking, receiving stolen goods, escape, criminal domestic violence and carjacking. He will serve 85 percent of Circuit Judge Grace Knie’s prison sentence before he is eligible for release.

Assistant Solicitor Eddie Hunter prosecuted the case.


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Sen. Scott's office accepting internship applications
OCT 23, 2022

Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is accepting applications for internships in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville offices for the spring of 2023. 

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is accepting applications for internships in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville offices for the spring of 2023. The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the chance to work with public service professionals and gain practical experience in constituent services, government policy, and more.

In Washington, interns will research legislation, attend Congressional hearings and briefings, assist with press tasks, and help manage correspondence on various issues. Responsibilities also include answering phones and other administrative tasks. Interns in this office will gain a stronger understanding of the lawmaking process, while also improving their communications skills.

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Prisma participating in Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 29
OCT 23, 2022

Prisma participating in Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 29

Prisma Health is among the participants in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct.29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The initiative aims to provide safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

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BMW's announcement is electric! Investing $1.7 billion
OCT 20, 2022

The BMW campus in Greer gets $1 billion investment to produce electrical vehicles.

BMW announced a gigantic new investment in the Upstate Wednesday that will anchor it as an electric vehicle sector in the United States.

Oliver Zipse, BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, announced a $1.7 billion investment in its U.S. operations, including $1 billion to prepare for the production of electric vehicles at the company’s manufacturing facility in Greer, and about $700 million to build a new high-voltage battery assembly facility in Woodruff. Both locations are in Spartanburg County. 

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Danner selected for Class of Port Ambassadors
OCT 14, 2022

Greer Mayor Rick Danner is among the 2022-2023 Class of Port Ambassadors for the South Carolina Ports.

Greer Mayor Rick Danner has been selected to the 2022-2023 Class of Port Ambassadors for the South Carolina Ports. The program gives the professionals an in-depth understanding how the S.C. ports benefit the state’s economy.

The Ambassadors will tour marine terminals, inland ports and customers’ facilities. They will hear from SC Ports teammates, port customers and elected leaders. Danner will be an excellent spokesperson from Greer, having been involved in Greer Inland Port through its inception and remarkable growth.

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Greer Arts & Eats Festival reset for Oct. 29
OCT 13, 2022

The Greer Arts & Eats Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in downtown Greer. The event was originally planned for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 but was postponed for anticipated impact from Hurricane Ian.

“Last year was our first Greer Arts & Eats festival and the event was a great success. This year we’ve secured more artisan and food vendors, we have a fantastic music lineup and lots more of the community involved, so it’s set to be a great day and event. We are also back on Trade Street, which makes for a beautiful backdrop and setting for people to enjoy all of the artisan vendors,” said David Merhib, President / CEO Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

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Bowen James Blackwell, 4, from Lyman, dies
OCT 13, 2022

Bowen James Blackwell of Lyman, 4, died Tuesday (Oct. 11).

Bowen James Blackwell of Lyman, 4, died Tuesday (Oct. 11).

He was the son of Stephen Wade and Anissa Maria Looney Blackwell. Bowen is also survived by his brother, Benjamin W. Blackwell.

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Bealls Outlet replaces Burkes name, brand
OCT 12, 2022

Bealls Outlet replaces Burkes name, brand

Bealls, Inc., announced that the Burkes Outlet on Wade Hampton Boulevard is being renamed Bealls Outlet this week. The company is retiring the Burkes name across the region to support its continued growth nationally as Bealls.

There are no planned changes to staffing at the Taylors location which opened in 2019. “Our team is committed to continuing to provide our guests with the same great products, service, and value that they deserve,” said District Manager Jeanmarie Terrell. “Bealls continues to grow in popularity, and we’re excited to have all of our Outlet stores join together under one name.”

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Greer Centennial Lions make donations to Greer schools
OCT 12, 2022

Left to right: Jack Lucas, Stephanie Lackey, Cassandra Davis, and Club President Keith Taylor.

The Greer Centennial Lions Club wrapped up its largest fundraiser to date, raising more than $33,000 for the Lions Club mission and two beneficiaries, Chandler Creek Elementary and Greer Middle School.

“We are thrilled the community pulled together to help us with this meaningful event. These donations will help our most vulnerable youth for years to come,” said Jack Lucas, vice president and event organizer.

The plunge event enlisted community leaders to engage with their network and ask for donations. Plungers were asked to raise a thousand dollars or “take the plunge”.

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Upstate man gets 20 years for shooting person in face
OCT 12, 2022

Jamal K. Rios, 28, of Spartanburg, pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and unlawful possession of a weapon. 

An Upstate man received a 20-year prison sentence Tuesday for shooting another person in the face.

Jamal K. Rios, 28, of Spartanburg, pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and unlawful possession of a weapon. Rios shot a person in the face on May 10, 2020 at the Prince Hall Apartments.

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McNeill remembered at national Fallen Firefighter Memorial
OCT 8, 2022

Former Campobello Fire Chief William “Edward” McNeill Jr.

Former Campobello Fire Chief William “Edward” McNeill Jr.’s family are among Fire Hero Families who attended the 41st Annual National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF) Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Md. The national tribute honors the 148 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2021 and several who died in previous years. Each firefighter’s name is inscribed on a bronze plaque and becomes a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices.

McNeill Jr., 69, of the Campobello Fire Department, died March 4, 2021. He responded to a residential structure fire when the call was cancelled en route. McNeill suffered a heart attack and died later that night. Read more about McNeill.

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Christmas Parade registration, sponsorships available
OCT 2, 2022




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Hurricane Ian forces Greer to postpone weekend festival
SEP 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian forces Greer to postpone weekend festival

The Greer Arts & Eats Festival, scheduled this weekend, has been postponed because of Hurricane Ian's projected path to deliver heavy weekend rain and winds, according to the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Vendors, volunteers, emergency workers and the safety of the public combined to cause for the decision to postpone the event that had been re-branded after the Spring festival, typically scheduled in early May.

Festival officials reportedly are trying to reschedule the event.

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Foothills Philharmonic opens season Sept. 17
SEP 9, 2022

The Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2022-23 concert season atRiverside Baptist, Saturday, Sept., 17 at 7 p.m. with the Opening Night: Masterworks I Concert.

All Foothills’ concerts are free.  Refreshments are provided following the performance at a greet and meet the performers. Riverside Baptist is at 1249 S. Suber Road in Greer.

The program includes an annual art sale for local artists, beginning at 6 p.m.

Featured works include Alexander Borodin's Symphony No. 2 and Gounod's Ballet Music from Faust.

Performing in Greenville since 2000, Foothills Philharmonic is committed to providing high-quality, classical music performances to the Upstate community.

Kory Vrieze is the Orchestra’s Artistic Director and Conductor.

The orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra made up of accomplished non-professional musicians from the Upstate. Orchestra membership includes individuals from part-time musicians, teachers, lawyers, business professionals, and homemakers. Membership in the Foothills Philharmonic is open to amateur and professional musicians.

Training in youth orchestra, college orchestra, or professional orchestra, in the Greenville Concert Band or an equivalent band is suggested as necessary experience. Contact personnel manager at [email protected].

For more information about Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, visit foothillsphilharmonic.org. or call(864) 326-5780. 

Fall Series

Sept. 17, Opening Night - Masterworks I, Riverside Baptist Church, 7-10 p.m.
Oct. 14, Spotlight Chamber Series: RecitalRAMA, at Riverside Baptist Church, 7-9 p.m.
Nov. 5, Mainstage Orchestra Series: Masterworks II, at Riverside Baptist Church, 7-10 p.m.
Nov. 19, Spotlight Chamber Series: Brass Quintet Concert at City of Greer Center for the Arts, 7-9 p.m.
Dec. 2, Ambassador Series: Greer Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, At Greer City Park, 5-8 p.m.

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Tryon Film Festival offers free public filmmaking workshops
SEP 8, 2022

Tryon Film Festival offers free public filmmaking workshops

The Tryon International Film Festival is opening up its filmmaking workshops to the general public for free this year, Oct. 7-9.

During the three-day weekend in Tryon, there will be 12 workshops and discussion groups, covering topics from screenwriting to acting. You do not have to be a Film Fest ticket holder to attend the workshops and discussion groups.

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Greer man sentenced 15 years for sex assault
SEP 8, 2022

James Roy Bryant sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A Greer man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 5 years of probation after he admitted to sexually assaulting a child.

James Roy Bryant, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in June. On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Mark Hayes issued a 15-year prison sentence on the second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge and a consecutive 15-year prison sentence that was suspended to 5 years of probation on the third-degree criminal sexual with a minor charges.

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