GREER NEWS From March 2012


Hiatt's term as Museum Director is history as of Sunday
MAR 30, 2012

Joada Hiatt showcases the National Register plaque awarded to the Greer Heritage Museum as a National Landmark located in the old Greer Post Office at 106 Main Street.

Joada Hiatt, Director of the Greer Heritage Museum, has resigned her duties effective Sunday. She will remain as the museum’s historian and will conduct tours of 10 or more visitors when available.

Hiatt, a part-time volunteer, has devoted many hours to the museum at its former downtown location and its move to the 106 S. Main Street building that formerly housed the city municipal government agencies. The museum, added to the National Historic Registry, occupies the old Greer Post Office. 

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Somers announces to run for Senate District 5
MAR 28, 2012

Amanda Somers is all smiles as she announced her candidacy for South Carolina Senate District 5.

Amanda Somers filed today to run for South Carolina Senate District 5. Somers announced her bid at a noon press conference at Sports Spine & Industrial Physical Therapy (SSI), which she co-owns.

“I don’t want to be a politician, I want to be a statesman,” Somers told her supporters. “The state needs to run more like a business. We need smaller government and we need more efficiency.”

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Royster is new superintendent of Greenville County Schools
MAR 28, 2012

Burke Royster is the new superintendent of Greenville County Schools. The school board approved Royster late Tuesday night in a 7-5 vote.

Burke Royster is the new superintendent of Greenville County Schools. Royster serves as deputy superintendent of the district.

The 7-5 vote by the Greenville County School Board Tuesday night to offer the job to Royster came after a three-hour closed meeting. Royster accepted the job. He will receive a 3-year contract with an annual salary of $215,000, and an annual annuity of ten percent of his salary.

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Danner is seeking fourth term as mayor
MAR 27, 2012

Rick Danner filed today seeking a fourth term as Greer mayor.

Rick Danner filed today to seek a fourth term as mayor of the City of Greer.

Danner joins the remaining City Council incumbents who have filed for the July 24 municipal election. Jay Arrowood (District One), Kimberly Bookert (District Two) and Wryley Bettis (District Five) previously filed. To date there are all running unopposed. The filing deadline is noon on April 20.

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Greer beauty queens have fabulous weekend at Miss SC Forum
MAR 26, 2012

Sydney Sill and Lauren Cabaniss are stunning for Friday night’s gala at the Miss South Carolina Forum last weekend in Columbia.


Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss and Miss Teen Sydney Sill attended the Miss South Carolina Forum in Columbia last weekend. This is the workshop before we go to the State competition in July.  It is held at the Columbia Marriott, which serves as the host hotel for Miss South Carolina.

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Non-motorized boats OK'd by CPW at lakes Robinson & Cunningham
MAR 26, 2012

Canoes, kayaks, sculls and rowboats are allowed on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham without regard to the boats’ length and number of people aboard as long as the craft is not motorized.

The Greer Commission of Public Works approved amending the lake’s bylaws to allow permitting the powerless craft, 3-0, at today’s monthly meeting.

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Dogs get Easter Bone hunt
MAR 24, 2012

An Easter Bone Hunt fundraiser is scheduled Saturday March 31 at the WoodRUFF Pet Resort and Spa in Greer.

The small dogs event is 10 a.m. to noon and large dogs are 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The $10 entry fee includes the Easter egg bone hunt, prizes, vendors and best dressed. Portraits are available for a fee.

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Community Garden has perfect day for planting
MAR 24, 2012

75 gardeners began planting Greer Community Garden today at the site of the former Woodland Elementary School. One 10-by-16 foot plot will feed one family vegetables for the summer.

Gardeners from the greater Greer area began planting The Community Garden today at the former site of Woodland Elementary School on West Road.

Overnight rain didn’t hamper the 75 gardeners who came to cultivate their plots for their personal use or community agencies. The 54 garden plots, 10-by-16 feet each, doubled since the project was announced earlier this year.

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Dynamite yard sale directions; Memorial Fund information
MAR 24, 2012

Saturday morning’s yard sale for Brandon “Dynamite” Talley is 7 a.m. and the funds will go toward a memorial fund to help pay for funeral expenses.

Dynamite, 26, died March 14 of complications from sickle cell anemia. He was buried Tuesday at Fairview Baptist Church in what one observer noted was one of the biggest attended funeral services held at the church.

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Barney Fife pokes fun at public safety officials
MAR 23, 2012

Barney Fife had the Greer City Hall event laughing and enjoying the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner tonight. He mugged for his fans at the end of the dinner.

Barney Fife came close to offending some people in front of the wrong crowd tonight.

Fife was the featured entertainment at the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner at Greer City. Police, fire and emergency medical responders were honored with a free dinner and all the ridicule from Fife they could handle, in good-natured fun.

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Dynamite was in Ashmore's 2010 family Christmas card
MAR 22, 2012

Lauri Ashmore shared her family’s 2010 Christmas card sent to her family and friends. Lauri said this is “all” her children. Left to right: Jessica (Ashmore) McClintock, Mike McClintock, Brandon

Dynamite’s legacy shines brighter every day as his adopted families and friends reminisce stories of his life and unconditional love reciprocally shared. Lauri Ashmore recalls that Dynamite called her “Mom”.

Brandon “Dynamite” Talley died March 14 from complications of sickle cell anemia at the age of 26, two days short of his 27th birthday. He was buried Tuesday at the Fairview Baptist Church cemetery.

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BB&T receives inaugural Greer Development Chairman's Award
MAR 22, 2012

John Bolt, Vice President of BB&T in Greer, accepted the inaugural Greer Economic Development Chairman’s Award today on behalf of the bank at the GDC's 10th anniversary luncheon at City Hall.

Reno Deaton, GDC Executive Director, gave the annual report that reflected positive gains in 2011 and good early growth in the first quarter this year. Dennis Hennett, vice chairman of the board is rotating off to concentrate on his duties as CEO at Greer State Bank. Hennett retired and was recalled to lead the bank. Dave Edwards, Executive Director at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greer, has been approved as Hennett’s replacement.

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Belk is rethinking remodeling Greer store this year
MAR 22, 2012

Belk is targeting approximately 30 stores for remodeling and expansion in 2012. The Greer store was being discussed as part of the company's 2013 capital program. Since Kohl's, Walmart Neighborhood Market and the upgrade to other facilities and parking lots is ongoing, Belk may move up the Greer store's timetable for remodeling.

Belk department store at 873 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is rethinking its decision to remodel the store this year instead of 2013. When the Charlotte-based company earlier committed to remodeling 30 stores in 2012 the Greer store was not one of them.

Greer’s Belk remodeling was projected in the 2013 corporate plans. However, major retail events in Greer may be changing that timetable. GreerToday.com first reported Kohl’s (Jan. 22) setting up as the centerpiece at Piedmont Plaza and Walmart putting South Carolina’s first Neighborhood Market (Jan. 18) in the Greer Plaza.

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Arrowood, Bettis, Balding file for municipal elections
MAR 21, 2012

Jay Arrowood, District One Greer City Councilman, filed for relection today.

Jay Arrowood and Wryley Bettis, incumbents from Greer City Council and Jerry Balding, a candidate for Commissioner of Public Works filed today for the July 24 municipal election. Filing began at noon today and continues through April 20 at noon.

Arrowood, District One councilman, is seeking a third term. Bettis, District Five councilman, is seeking his fourth. It is Balding’s first entry into politics.

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Tobias files to run against Gowdy in 4th Congressional District
MAR 20, 2012

Jimmy Tobias has filed to run for the 4th Congressional District seat to oppose incumbent Trey Gowdy.

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Duncan man receives 30-year prison sentence for holdup
MAR 20, 2012

Alvin Anderson Jr. of Duncan pleaded guilty to the Oct. 1, 2011 armed robbery of the Circle K on East Main Street in Duncan.

A Duncan man received a 30-year prison sentence today after he admitted to using a tool to rob a local convenience store.

Alvin Anderson Jr., 50, pleaded guilty to the Oct. 1. 2011 armed robbery of the Circle K, 592 E. Main St., Duncan. Anderson entered the business about 3:30 a.m. He picked up an item from a display and approached the counter. Anderson brandished a blunt object that was roughly the size and shape of a hammer and struck the clerk in the head. Anderson jumped the counter and hit the clerk again before he took a sum of money from the cash register and fled.

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Greer says goodbye to a child of the city
MAR 20, 2012

Brandon DeBaron Talley, affectionately known as

Greer will wrap its arm around Brandon DeBaron Talley for the final time this afternoon.

There’s no telling how many times “Dynamite”, a nickname affectionately given Talley by former Greer head football coach Stuart Holcombe, has given hugs to the many people that befriended him. A hug from “Dynamite” was the purest exchange of his love.

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'Dynamite's visitation today, funeral is Tuesday
MAR 19, 2012

Visitation and funeral services have been set for Brandon "Dynamite" Talley.

Visitation is today beginning at 1 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary at 214 Memorial Drive.

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Greer's Kohl's represents company's new focus
MAR 18, 2012

Langston & Black puts out the welcome sign for Kohl's and Walmart as the Wade Hampton corridor becomes one of the hottest markets in the upstate.

The Kohl's department store in Greer will feature the retail chain's focus on its 60,000-square foot format that has proved to be more profitable since its launch 10 years ago.

Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) will up fit the former Kmart store at Piedmont Plaza at 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Kmart's square footage is 66,233-square-feet and fits squarely in Kohl's format. The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company launched the smaller stores in 2012 in smaller communities. The smaller stores returned better financial reports than the chain's 90,000-square-foot prototype, thus the national shift.

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Gilmore Mortuary provides Talley's obituary
MAR 17, 2012

Brandon Debaron Talley 26, of 1253 Owens Rd., died Thursday, March 14, in Greenville Hospital.

He was the son of Lisa Talley of Greer.

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