GREER NEWS From October 2012


Here's some valuable safety tips for Halloween
OCT 31, 2012

Gavin Ludwigsen, representing a skeleton, and his brother, Dylan, the Grim Reaper were trick-or-treating on Trade Street Tuesday night. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics is offering tips for a safe and pleasant Halloween.

All dressed up:

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Danner is selected for Smart Growth America Advisory Council
OCT 28, 2012

Mayor Rick Danner has been selected to join the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s new Local Leaders Council. 

Mayor Rick Danner is one of 22 officials from around the country selected to join the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s new Local Leaders Council. The nonpartisan group of local officials is dedicated to facilitating collaboration and networking among municipal leaders with a shared interest in using smart growth strategies to generate economic returns, save taxpayer money and provide housing and transportation options near jobs, shops, and schools.

"Proactive smart growth planning has enabled Greer to embrace an orderly approach to dealing with 10 percent growth a year.  Increasingly we are taking a more regional approach to infrastructure decisions, which will give taxpayers a better return on investment,” Danner said. “I am excited to join Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council not only to access ideas from other communities but also to share some of the successful approaches that have worked here in the City of Greer.”

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Greer-based company seeking to fill over 200 jobs
OCT 25, 2012

Greer-based Level One, a RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ: RP) company, and a provider of centralized property marketing solutions and maintenance on-demand services for the apartment industry, will host job fairs on Monday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Nov. 2, in Greenville.

The company is seeking to fill over 200 positions at its Greer headquarters at 1511 S. Batesville Road.

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City Council gets demonstration on Greer Connect
OCT 23, 2012

Communications Director Steve Owens demonstrated Greer Connect to City Council during its regularly scheduled meeting.

Greer Connect, a branded program, can be used to message residents in case of emergencies such as police notifications, road closings due to icy weather, water main breaks or other events.

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'Silly String' on the way out, candy tossing is too sticky to touch
OCT 23, 2012

Children scrambled into the street during the Greer High School Homecoming Parade to collect candy thrown by the parade's participants. City Council is scheduled to give second and final reading to adopt the banning of

“Silly String” will be banned from the Christmas Parade, pending City Council’s anticipated approval of the second and final reading of amending an ordinance tonight. Throwing candy from floats and vehicles, possibly endangering children, will continue to allowed without restriction. “Popper” and “Snaps”, types of fireworks, are also added to Ordinance number 34-2012.

The Greer Homecoming Parade, held two weeks ago in downtown Greer, had several instances of candy being thrown by parade participants from vehicles. Children darted from the curbs and grappled for the candy within feet of the moving vehicles.

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Free flu shots at Greer Memorial through this evening
OCT 23, 2012

Bobby Chapman gets his free flu vaccine from nurse Mandy Thompson at Greer Memorial Hospital. A second session is being offered today from 3-6 p.m. 

Cheryl Moore, Manager of Customer Service, was cheerfully steering visitors to the free flu shot area in the lobby of Greer Memorial Hospital this morning. A steady stream of people of all ages took advantage of the clinic.

Free flu shots are available today at Greer Memorial Hospital in the main lobby. The first session ends at 1 p.m. The afternoon session is 3-6 p.m.

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CPW approves bid for new roof, retires $800,000 loan
OCT 22, 2012

Greer Commission of Public Works is getting a new roof and is retiring a loan eight years ahead of its maturity. “It’s always good to retire a loan,” said Eugene Gibson, Commissioner of the Board of the CPW, at today’s monthly meeting.

Commissioners awarded Cannon Construction its $138,800 bid to re-roof  the CPW operations center from the break room to the end of the facility. Five bids ranged from Cannon’s low to a high of $179,000. “I believe (Cannon) will do a good job,” Gibson said.

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Pennsylvania Avenue undergoing road and sidewalk work
OCT 18, 2012

Construction of handicap sidewalk ramps and storm drains will precede the milling and laying of asphalt will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Handicap sidewalk ramps and storm drains are being constructed along Pennsylvania Avenue as a prelude to the street getting resurfaced.

The resurfacing will occur along Pennsylvania Avenue and seven side streets, according to South Carolina Department of Transportation workers. The work goes up to Main Street/Hwy. 14 and to Hwy. 290.s

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Greer State Bank continues profitable quarterly reports
OCT 17, 2012

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank (GRBS), today reported a third quarter net profit of $777,000.  This performance is a significant improvement over the 2011 third quarter net loss of $806,000.  This marks the fourth straight profitable quarter.

For the first nine months of 2012, Greer Bancshares reported a net profit of $3.563 million. The results also represent significant improvement over the loss for the first nine months of 2011 of $2.912 million.

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Indian Boundary Line marker to be moved to City Park
OCT 16, 2012

The Indian Boundary Line marker will be moved to Greer City Park. Tom McAbee and Marian Hayes of Greer offered the suggestion and City Council approved it in a unanimous (7-0) vote.

The Indian Boundary Line historical marker was given unanimous (7-0) approval by Greer City Council to be moved to Greer City Park.

Tom McAbee and Marian Hayes appeared before City Council last Tuesday to ask for the relocation from the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and North Line Street. The sign is on a corner and in a right of way.

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GSP celebrates 50th anniversary
OCT 16, 2012

Greer Mayor Rick Danner referenced the impact Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport has had on Greer and said Greer has also been aggressive marketing itself.

The visionaries were remembered, community leaders told of the importance to be focused decades ahead, and WINGSPAN, a $120 million Terminal Improvement Project, were all cause for celebration tonight.

The 50th anniversary of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer was celebrated in a Stevens Aviation hangar with Dave Edwards, President/CEO GSP Airport District, Greer Mayor Rick Danner, the airport board of commissioners, area economic and political leaders, and former associates and airport personnel in attendance.

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Lewellen crowned Miss North Greenville University 2013
OCT 15, 2012

Meredith Lewellen was crowned Miss North Greenville University 2013 on Saturday and will compete in the Miss South Carolina 2013 contest in July.

Meredith Lewellen was crowned Miss North Greenville University 2013 on Saturday.

Lewellen is a senior at North Greenville University and will be competing in the Miss South Carolina Pageant next July.

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Sill gets key to the city, proclamation in homecoming celebration
OCT 15, 2012

Sidney Sill, Miss South Carolina Teen 2012, received a proclamation and key to the city from Greer Mayor Rick Danner today in a homecoming celebration for Sill at City Hall.

Sidney Sill, Miss South Carolina Teen 2012, enjoyed a Greer homecoming today at City Hall.

Sill was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen on Sept. 29 by Miss America's Outstanding Teen and Piedmont resident Rachel Wyatt.  Sill represented Greer in the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant last July.

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Waters resting at home one week after double bypass surgery
OCT 12, 2012

Greer Principal Marion Waters is home resting comfortably one week after double heart bypass surgery at Greenville Hospital System’s Heart and Vascular Institute.

“Today I got to go for my first little ride,” Waters said.

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Miss Blue Ridge Foothills Pageant set for Nov. 10
OCT 11, 2012

The 2012 queens are from left to right: Alyssa Cumbee, Miss Wade Hampton Taylors; Kristen Chester, Miss Wade Hampton Taylors Teen; Makayla Stark, Miss Blue Ridge Foothills Teen; Chelcee Coffman, Miss Blue Ridge Foothills.

The Miss Blue Ridge Foothills Pageant will be held Nov. 10 at Blue Ridge Middle School.

The categories for the Pageant are: interview, fitness; talent and evening gown. The ages are 13-17 for teens (must be a junior in high school or less); the Miss ages are 17-24. They must be a senior in high school and cannot turn 24 before December 31. 

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GGEF raises $52,380 for education
OCT 10, 2012

Nancy Welch and Bob Harrison dance to the music of The Swingin' Medallions.

The Greater Greer Education Foundation raised a record $52,380.50 at its Education Gala held Sept. 20 at the Cannon Centre.

The Gala is the Foundation’s only fundraising event. 

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'Silly String' on banned list at city permitted events
OCT 9, 2012

“Silly String”,  “poppers” or “snaps” are prohibited on parade routes and city permitted events beginning immediately.

Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds, with three cans of “Silly String” to emphasize his point, asked council to amend the ordinance (Section 36-140) to include the following paragraphs:

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Controversial signage approved with one-time special exemption
OCT 9, 2012

The EFS signage at 200 Trade Street was challenged for its risque look and not adhering to City of Greer code today at the Board of Architectural Review at City Hall.  The signage stays, earning a special, one-time special exemption.

It’s OK to look at the window dressing at EFS Fitness.

The Board of Architectural Review approved, in GreerToday, with special exemption, for EFS (Elevated Fitness Solutions) at 200 Trade Street to display its signage, that cost $1,500 to design and install. The board righted a wrong when City of Greer personnel did not provide documentation advising the new business owners to pursue approval in advance of storefront signage installation in the historic district.

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Robertson awarded Greer Sertoma 'Service to Mankind'
OCT 9, 2012

Caroline Robertson, Executive Director for Greer Relief, was presented the Greer Sertoma

Caroline Robertson, Executive Director of Greer Relief & Resources Agency, was presented the Greer Sertoma “Service to Mankind Award” last Thursday.

Karen Thomas of the Greer Sertoma presented the award.

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Free flu shots at Greer Memorial Oct. 23
OCT 9, 2012

Free flu shots will be given to the public at Greer Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 23. People living in the community can get their shots in the hospital lobby from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.


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