GREER NEWS From April 2012


Sarah's wish to be closer to her horse came true today
APR 28, 2012

Sarah McClintock's wish for a fenced yard for her horse, Aly, was granted by Make-A-Wish of South Carolina today. Terry and Beth, Aly's parents shared the occasion with a party at the family's Greer home.

By Laura MacPherson

Sarah McClintock loves her horse, Aly, given to her for her 11th birthday present. And Make-A-Wish of South Carolina loves to grant wishes like the one Sarah asked.

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Buddy Waters: 8 tips for novice gardeners to think about
APR 27, 2012

Michele Peek and Curtis Snyder were sharing information on their garden plots today. Michele was loosening some dirt and weeding. Curtis was discussing fertilization. 

Master Gardener 

I rolled the dice and lost this year.  I planted my garden March 15 and proudly announced that I thought I had beaten the frost.  On April 12 a hailstorm left me with a half acre of bare dirt and empty tomato cages.  So much for outsmarting Mother Nature.  We replanted on April 20 and I saw the first sprouts this morning.  The tomatoes survived two near misses with frost, and we're on our way.

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Greer's Kelly promoted to Brigadier General
APR 27, 2012

Brig. General Scott Kelly, a native of Greer, takes the oath as a general officer given to him by Brig. Gen. Allyson Solomon, the assistant adjutant general-air.

By the Maryland National Guard Public Affairs

Greer native Scott Kelly, 175th Wing commander with the Maryland Air National Guard, was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony held at the Warfield Air National Guard Base in Baltimore, Md., last week.

Kelly and his family celebrated the promotion pinning his one star rank during the ceremony. Kelly is a resident of Fallston, Md., where he resides with his wife Kristi and their three sons, Sean, Grant and Brett.

“This is a tremendous personal milestone for him and his family,” said Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland. “He will continue to lead the outstanding Airmen of the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard.”

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Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham takes root
APR 26, 2012

William Hyslop, President and CEO of MD Anderson Physicians Network, talks to the invited guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham. Dr. William Murphy, board chairman of MD Anderson Physicians Network, is to the side.

Greer got something way better than a shot in the arm from the doctor’s office today.

The Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham celebrated a groundbreaking, forced indoors by rain, for a $7 million, 10,000-square foot facility offering radiation and medical oncology in one location. The Cancer Center will employ 15-20 associates when it opens in spring 2013.

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Public invited to Highway 29 transit development meeting May 15
APR 26, 2012

The future of the Highway 29 corridor and its potential economic impact to surrounding communities will be the focus of a Transit Oriented Development meeting May 15 at 4 p.m. at Greer City Hall. The public is invited.

“Our community faces a choice between an expensive expansion of the I-85 corridor or an enhanced transportation corridor along Highway 29,” said City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner. “Our fiscal and environmental well-being depends on having a thoughtful and reasonable pattern of growth across our region.”

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City sets fee schedule to compete with event venues
APR 25, 2012

A new fee schedule for Greer City Park and its event halls and venues was given unanimous approval by City Council Tuesday night. The second and final reading is May 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Greer City Council is charging ahead in its quest to create a bigger footprint in Greer Station’s event hosting business. The city’s march forward, without restraints in place, is also beginning to limit the public’s weekend access to the park.

Greer City Council Tuesday night gave unanimous approval (7-0) to a first reading for a new rate structure for its events facilities that include the McKown Center as a multi-purpose venue. The McKown Center, costing around $1 million, is undergoing its final punch list and is ahead of its planned mid-summer opening schedule.

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Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham breaks ground Thursday
APR 24, 2012

Signage has been posted at the Village at Pelham to announce the addition of the Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham. The announcement is scheduled Thursday morning. 

The Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday at 10 a.m.  The cancer center, which will mirror the Gibbs Center at Spartanburg Regional, will be built on the left side of the Village Hospital and have a walking bridge connecting both buildings.

A $6 million Gibbs Center facility was opened in Gaffney recently to serve Cherokee County cancer patients. The Greer facility will offer patients the same multidisciplinary care available at the Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center.

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Greer CPW incorporates pontoons for lakes craft
APR 24, 2012

The Greer Commission of Public Works amended its powerless craft bylaw to include the use of pontoons on Lake Robinson at Monday’s monthly meeting. CPW commissioners amended a bylaw it unanimously approved on March 26 to permit canoes, kayaks, sculls and rowboats on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Pontoons were part of 2010 amendment and it was eliminated from subsequent amendments. Commissioners added the craft into its bylaw to encompass the powerless boats.

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Senior Expo offers valuable information at Praise Cathedral
APR 20, 2012

The Greer Community Ministries Senior Expo is scheduled Saturday at Praise Cathedral Church of God from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free. Lunch, catered by Fatz, is $3.

Exhibitors will be focused on providing seniors and their caregivers information about services that are available throughout the community. Sessions on Alzheimer’s, Social Security and diabetes will be featured. Participants are invited to ask questions during all sessions and exhibitors.

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Danner, Arrowood, Bettis are unopposed for municipal elections
APR 20, 2012

Mayor Rick Danner will serve for a fourth term.

Mayor Rick Danner and incumbent council members Jay Arrowood (District 1) and Wryley Bettis (District 5) will not face opposition in the July 24 municipal elections. Kimberly Bookert (District 3) received a last-minute challenge from Charles Lindsey when he filed this morning. Danner, Arrowood and Bettis will serve another four years.

Incumbent Perry Williams will be challenged by former Greer Commission of Public Works general manager Jerry Balding in the only other municipal race.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market moving into construction phase
APR 19, 2012

The Walmart Neighborhood Market will feature ammenites like this full-service cafe. The Greer Neighborhood Market will be the first in South Carolina for the Walmart brand.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market and Greer Plaza is moving into the façade and parking lot construction phase.

The Greer Planning Advisory Committee discussed the city’s code and ordinances leading into the construction phase with David Graffius of Gray Engineering Consultants.

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Volunteer opportunities for Family Fest May 4 & 5
APR 18, 2012

Volunteer opportunities for Family Fest May 4 & 5

The Greer Chamber is looking for volunteers to help in the ticket booths & drink stations. 

We have the following opportunities open:

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3 file for Senate District 5; Somers challenges process
APR 18, 2012

Wyatt Miler filed to run for the Senate District 5 seat being vacated by Phil Shoopman. Miler's filing makes it a three-person race.

Tom Corbin and political novices Wyatt Miler and Amanda Somers will be battling for the Senate District 5 seat that Sen. Phil Shoopman announced he is vacating at the end of his term.

Corbin, a first-term representative from Travelers Rest and, Miler, a businessman from Greer, entered the race this week when the South Carolina Republican Party announced it was re-opening filing for 48 hours. That filing closed today at noon.

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High energy musicals, romantic comedy on Cultural Arts playbill
APR 18, 2012

“Grease” will be the first 2013 performance on the weekends of Feb. 15-17 and 26-28.

The Greer Cultural Arts Council has announced the 2012-2013 schedule of four popular productions.

The fall productions are “School House Rock Live! Jr.” on weekends Sept. 7-8 and 14-15 and “Charlotte’s Web” Oct. 19-21 and 26-28.

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SCGOP ratifies opening filing for Senate District 5
APR 18, 2012

The SCGOP Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Tuesday night where it unanimously ratified SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly's decision to re-opening candidate filing in State Senate District 5.

Sen. Phil Shoopman announced Sunday night he had decided not to seek re-election for District 5. That made Amanda Somers, a first-time candidate, the apparent winner of the primary and, with no democratic opposition in the November election, the winner of the seat.

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Corbin files to run for vacant Senate District 5 seat
APR 17, 2012

Tom Corbin took advantage of the 48-hour special filing period to put his name on the ballot for the vacant Senate District 5 seat. Phil Shoopman notified the SCGOP  Sunday night he decided against running for re-election, despite filing his intent to do so.

Tom Corbin has filed to challenge Amanda Somers for Senate District 5 after Sen. Phil Shoopman, from Greer, announced he would not seek re-election. Shoopman’s announcement was made Sunday night and by Monday afternoon Corbin filed.

Corbin said he believes his impact would be better served in the senate. "It's my opinion the Houses passes may good conservative bills and the Senate needs to move on them instead of having them lay around. There are a lot of senate seats up for election and I'm hoping we can get a group in and move forward," Corbin said.

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Vaughn, former Lake Cunningham Fire Commissioner, dies
APR 17, 2012

Ernest James Vaughn, 82, former Lake Cunningham Fire District Commissioner, died Sunday at The Cottages at Brushy Creek.

Vaughn co-owned Oneal Grocery for over 30 years and is a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He served as fire commissioner for over 40 years. Vaughn received the Order of the Palmetto in 1998.

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Shoopman happy, Somers isn't as SCGOP reopens filing
APR 16, 2012

Phil Shoopman announced Sunday night he will not run for re-election for District 5 Senate seat.

The South Carolina Republican Party has reopened filing for the District 5 Senate seat in a whirlwind 12 hours of activity that began with Greer’s Phil Shoopman announcing he would not seek re-election of his seat.

That left Greer’s Amanda Somers as the lone candidate and, until late Sunday night, a shoe-in to win opposed in the June 12 primary. However, the state Republican Party, citing a South Carolina Election Law reopened filing for the seat beginning noon today through noon Wednesday.

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Heart stories are different but all somewhat alike
APR 14, 2012

Ronnie Poore remembers looking

Every heart survivor has a mental baseball card of facts and statistics.

They can tell you the date of their heart event, the hospital the procedure was done, how many stents or bypasses were performed, the percentage of the blockage of arteries, the length of their hospital stay and the days of their rehabilitation before they returned to work.

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Tippin's support of military gaining momentum for Family Fest
APR 13, 2012

Active-duty airmen and South Carolina Air National Guard airmen with the 169th Fighter Wing prepare to deploy to Afghanistan on Thursday from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Richland County.

Aaron Tippin has long been an advocate for the United States military armed services.  This past week the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce announced a "Walk of Honor" for all veterans and active duty personnel.

GreerToday.com, media sponsor for the Family Fest, will present a daily photo in honor of all military personnel, active and veterans. The Department of Defense is providing the photography from all over the world where the U.S. military has a presence. Today's photo was taken at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina.

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