GREER NEWS From February 2012


Greer gets part of $72.5 million contract awarded to Honeywell
FEB 29, 2012

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded a $72.5 million contract  to provide for the sustainment and reset services of automotive gas turbine engine equivalents. 

Work will be performed in Greer, Anniston, Ala.; Phoenix and Rocky Mount, N.C., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 12.

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Downtown apartments favor fixed income 'elderly'
FEB 29, 2012

Cannon Street Elderly Apartments proposed by McKean & Associates Architects from Montgomery, Ala.

Greer City Council enthusiastically approved two parcels of land for rezoning tonight to accommodate proposed  apartment complexes. Skepticism quickly replaced the enthusiasm when it came time to approve first reading of the proposed 54 and 56 apartment units, respectively, specifically a 4-story complex planned across from Greer City Park.

The Cannon Street Elderly Apartments would be built on 1.6 acres owned by Greer Partners at 217 Cannon Street. The C-1 (Central Business District) property, was approved for DRD (Design Review District). A parcel of land owned by Brenda Medlock at 706 West Poinsett Street was approved to be rezoned to RM-2, residential multifamily, from its former C-2 and R-12.

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City's responsible driving program earns state's top award
FEB 28, 2012

The methods the City of Greer Police Department uses to help educate young drivers earned their own reward Tuesday when the Alive at 25 program and SIDNE go-kart training tool won the 2012 Municipal Association of South Carolina Achievement Award for Public Safety.

“The MASC Achievement Awards annually highlight the most innovative programs in South Carolina. It’s highly competitive and we’re thrilled that the judges have honored the City of Greer’s program to curtail distracted and impaired driving,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said. Driggers made the announcement tonight at the City Council meeting.

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CertusBank clarifies titles for senior execs
FEB 28, 2012

The Board of Directors of CertusHoldings, Inc. and CertusBank, N.A. announced the following changes in titles for the senior executive management team. 

• Walter L. Davis and Charles M. Williams were named Co-CEO
• K. Angela Webb was named President
• Milton H. Jones, Jr. was named Executive Chairman

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Greer municipal elections scheduled July 24
FEB 28, 2012

The Greer municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, July 24. Mayor Rick Danner and city council will announce the election date and timing for candidates to file at tonight's regularly scheduled meeting.

Council will give the measure its first reading tonight and it becomes effective after the second reading scheduled for March 13.

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Citizens Police Academy's first class is Thursday
FEB 28, 2012

The Citizens Police Academy begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Greer Police Department personnel teach a 10-week program designed to give citizens working knowledge of law enforcement.

Topics include patrol procedures (including a ride along), dispatch, detention, community outreach, criminal investigation, gangs, animal control, and K-9 and taser demonstrations. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays.

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Lakes Robinson, Cunningham restrictions being reviewed
FEB 27, 2012

You could be seeing sculls soon on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Sculls may soon be coasting along Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

John Carroll asked commissioners of the Greer Commission of Public Works today to consider permitting the use of row boats on the lakes managed by the CPW. Carroll was specifically asking for permission to use sculls (rowing shells) which can be up to 27-foot long.

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Greer CPW recognized for safety practices
FEB 27, 2012

Greer CPW's Bill Hipp proudly points to the

The Greer Commission of Public Works reported today it received three safety awards from the Municipal Association of South Carolina amounting to $3,500.

Ken Holliday, Human Resources Director, made the presentation at today's regularly scheduled CPW commissioners meeting.

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Manjarres bridges cultural gap at Greer Memorial
FEB 27, 2012

Hispanics visiting Greer Memorial Hospital's emergency room in the past, not only had to be concerned with getting quick, accurate care but communicate in English.

Rodney Manjarres is among a core of employees Greer Memorial and the Greenville Hospital System has hired to interpret for Hispanics visiting the emergency room for treatment of routine family health issues through trauma cases.

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Motorist arrested for impersonating an officer, discharging a firearm
FEB 24, 2012

Preston Blaine Thompson, 20, was arrested for impersonating an officer and discharging a firearm on Hwy. 29 Thursday night.

The Greer Police arrested Preston Blaine Thompson, 20, of 100 Bennetts Crossing Court, for Impersonating an officer, discharging a firearm and unlawful carrying of a firearm.   

There was a confrontation between two motorists on Hwy. 29 on Thursday  at approximately 10:30 p.m.  One of the motorists stated (Thompson) said he was an undercover cop and that he could have him locked up.  

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Oyster Roast, pound for pound, best bargain in Upstate
FEB 24, 2012

Eat a light lunch today and forget about dinner.

There is 1,000 pounds of oysters, hundreds of pounds of shrimp and more seafood gumbo than probably every cooked in Greer. We'll call it an unofficial record for a shrimp boil. All that adds up to an all-you-can-eat seafood extravaganza.

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Big turnout at Chamber for minority open house
FEB 23, 2012

William Grady has been a proponent of bringing diversity into the forefront of the business community. He helped organize today's Chamber of Commerce Minority Open House.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce with Allen Smith and John Mansure paving the way, are trying to put a new face on the business organization.

"We've been male, pale and stale for too long," Smith, President and CEO of the chamber, repeatedly tells audiences at his public speaking engagements.

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Quik Trip is open for business in Greer
FEB 23, 2012

Jerry Brooks, of Lyman, said he visited the QuikTrip in Greer today because of its easy access. 

QuikTrip made its entry into the Greer market at 6 a.m. with its newest store opening at W. Wade Hampton Blvd. and Buncombe Road.

There was virtually one QT corporate representative for every customer in the store, at times. Carolina Division Manager Tom Takach was overseeing the company's newest concept, generation three store.

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Boiling Springs man made up heroic tale as 9/11 NYC firefighter
FEB 22, 2012

A heroic tale made up by a Boiling Springs man was made up, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported Tuesday, and the Associated Press picked up today.

Jordan Liflander, according to the report, dressed in a uniform with a FDNY patch and was one of a number of speakers at the Wofford College event. Liflander said he retired as a captain of Ladder Company 133 and that he attended 47 funerals in three weeks for those who died in the terrorist attacks.

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56-unit apartments planned for Cannon, W. Poinsett streets
FEB 20, 2012

The Cannon Street Apartments would be constructed at the corner of Cannon and Jason Streets. These buildings would be razed.

Two proposed apartment complexes with 56 units each, one across from City Park in downtown Greer, and another on W. Poinsett Street, cleared their first hurdle tonight. 

The City Planning Commission approved property at 217 Cannon and Jason Streets to be rezoned from C-1 (commercial) to DRD (Design Review District). That property is owned by T.L. Baldree of Greer. The 1.62 acres was previously listed by Coldwell Banker Caine at $1.5 million.

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Residential growth takes root near Village at Pelham
FEB 20, 2012

Dillard Creek Crossing has sold almost half of its 50 homes constructed behind Village at Pelham Hospital on Westmoreland Road.

A residential building uptick has Greer city and business leaders taking notice. Most importantly it has families purchasing newly-constructed homes as fast as they are marketed. 

Dillard Creek Crossing has 50 new homes either completed or in construction phases while Village at Bent Creek has begun construction for 58 new homes. At the same time Mungo builders remain committed to 52 single-family patio homes to be built off Brushy Creek Road and S. Suber Road.

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Pole dancing comes to Greer
FEB 17, 2012

The North Pole Dance Studio has opened at the Depot. Yolanda Morton, owner, learned pole dancing in Atlanta and opened her first studio in Greenville before relocating in Greer.

The North Pole Dancing Studio has Greer in a flutter. With instructor names like "Vanity", "Patience", "Sapphire" and "Foxy" there was plenty to talk about.

Women in a downtown restaurant were talking about the "Pole/Flirty Laptease" coupon for the new Greer business on a social media website.

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Greer CPW issues warning for untreated sewage discharge
FEB 17, 2012

The public is advised to avoid contact with waters around and downstream of a tributary of Frohawk Creek in Greer after 45,000 gallons of untreated sewage was discharged Thursday and today, according to Greer Commission of Public Works.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified by CPW of the discharges.

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2013 X6 SAV headed to showrooms in spring
FEB 16, 2012

The new design of the 2013 X6 SAV was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today.

BMW presented its 2013 BMW X6 Activity Coupe today at the Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle has two engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and xDrive, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

Since its market launch three years ago, more than 150,000 SAVs have been sold globally with over 20,000 sold in the U.S.

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City Council approves purchase of land for recreation
FEB 15, 2012

Greer City Council  gave its approval Tuesday night to purchase land for recreational purposes. The action was approved in executive session and the price and location of the property was undisclosed.

"As Greer is expanding we need to look for opportunities to offer our citizens expanded services. Parks and Recreation needs land and this is an opportunity for us to acquire it," Mayor Rick Danner said.

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