GREER NEWS From June 2012


It's going to be as hot as a firecracker today
JUN 30, 2012

Good News Baptist Church on Hwy. 14 was letting the motorists know how warm Friday was becoming. The same forecast is schedule today with a second consecutve 104 degree temperature expected. 

It’s going to be as hot as a firecracker Saturday. That will fit in perfectly with the Greer Memorial Freedom Blast where a 15-minute fireworks display will end a day of activities at Greer City Park.

Remember how Friday felt with the record for the date at 105 degrees, 4 degrees higher than the previous standard, with a heat advisory coupled with an air quality alert. Because that’s how you’re going to feel Saturday. Friday’s high temperature was four degrees warmer than the previous 101.

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Buddy system suggested for elderly during heat wave
JUN 30, 2012

Elderly residents are a high risk for heat related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. According to the American Red Cross, heat has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather related events.

Craig Dittmar, Executive Director of Greer Community Ministries, said the organization is taking steps to spot needs of the elderly.

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It's hot enough to fry an egg in Greer. Or is it?
JUN 29, 2012

An egg was placed on the sidewalk behind Stomping Grounds to test its cooking temperature.

It’s so hot the Stomping Grounds is cooking outdoors.

The temperature read 104 degrees, the hottest on record for this date in Greer. Lisa Suber, owner of the popular Greer coffee shop used the occasion to try the theory “How hot does it have to be to fry an egg outside on asphalt?”

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Sendoff was fit for a pair of Greer queens
JUN 28, 2012

Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill is flanked by her friends, Allison and Courtney, during a sendoff party at Grace Hall this evening. Sill leaves Saturday for Columbia to compete in the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant.

The party at Grace Hall tonight was fit for a pair of queens – Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss and Greer Teen Sydney Sill.

Family, friends and well-wishers came to send Cabaniss and Sill off to Columbia Saturday with signed pictures, gifts and resounding support for next week’s Miss South Carolina and Miss Teen pageants.

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Gowdy's statement on Healthcare Law
JUN 28, 2012

In a momentous ruling touching virtually every American, the Supreme Court (5-4) upheld President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul today.

But the decision also gave Republicans unexpected ammunition to energize supporters in the battle for the White House and to fight "Obamacare" as a new tax on people who don't obtain health insurance.

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The beginning of D&D Motors -- quite a story
JUN 28, 2012

This is the first D&D Motors that was located in downtown Greer.

Bart Bishop, in collaboration with the Davenport family, is writing a history of the Davenports. This is the first installment of the series.

Back in 1937, as the story goes, Dan Davenport went to a dealership in Greer to buy a car. He was in dirty overalls from working at the Lumber Company, and no one would wait on him. That bothered him. So what did he do? He bought the dealership, which we know today as D&D Motors.

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Council approves $18 million budget, no tax or fee increase
JUN 27, 2012

Greer City Council approved an $18.068 million budget for fiscal 2012-2013 tonight. That represents a 2.73 percent increase but the millage (1 mill equals $92,000) remains 97.8.

The budget represents a $479,884 increase from last year’s $17.588 million and maintains the city’s operating expenses at 61 percent. A 3 percent pay increase for city employees, approved last year, remains intact.

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GHS joins Cancer Support Community in unique partnership
JUN 26, 2012

Hywel Morris and Janet Jones, cancer survivors, attended today's cancer partnership announcement held at the Greenville Hospital System Cancer Center.


Recognizing that social and emotional support are critical components of complete cancer care, Greenville Hospital System announced today the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship and a pioneer partnership with Cancer Support Community (CSC) – one of the largest worldwide providers of social and emotional support for cancer patients and their caregivers.

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Queens staying busy promoting platforms prior to pageant
JUN 26, 2012

Alyssa Cumbee, Miss Wade Hampton-Taylors, Kristen Chester, Miss Wade Hampton-Taylors Teen and Makayla Stark sign autographs at the Workshop Weekend in Columbia.

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Wild Ace awarded Greer Small Business of the Year
JUN 26, 2012

Wild Ace Pizza and Pub was awarded the Small Business of the Year by the Greer Area Chamber of Commerce at its awards dinner. Citizens Building and Loan received the Mayor’s Award.

The dinner, held at Greer City Hall, honored small businesses and their efforts in revitalizing downtown Greer.

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Benson Fiat Studio drives Italian styling to Greer
JUN 26, 2012

The Sport, starting at $17,500, has the sporty styling of 16-inch Aluminum alloy wheels, sport seats, a unique rear and front fascia, red brake calipers, rear spoiler, and also sport suspension.

When you first see a Fiat 500 you can’t help but smile. The Italian minicar manages to be just as cool as it is cute, with incredible styling that impresses with its attention to detail.

Jim Benson is bringing the Fiat to Greer in a new Fiat Studio that will be adjacent to Benson Chrysler Dodge Jeep on Wade Hampton Blvd. It is set to open in two weeks, and the final touches are being put onto what promises to be a fitting showcase for the fashionable car. The studio will be a mirror of one in Charlotte, complete with espresso bar and interactive technology that allows prospective buyers to experience the Fiat experience in many different ways.

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Gibbs Cancer Center, St. Francis partner to fight cancer
JUN 25, 2012

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Gibbs Cancer Center, a partner with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and an affiliate of M.D. Anderson Physicians Network, has joined forces with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to expand world-class oncology services and clinical research in the Upstate.

Gibbs, a leader in community-centered cancer care, is home to a growing clinical research division. The alignment of cancer core resources and treatment between the systems initiates a relationship that will advance clinical integration, bolster quality and extend new opportunities for both patients and providers for advanced treatment and research unparalleled in the area, CEOs for both institutions said.

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CPW reports $594,000 deficit due to low natural gas demand
JUN 25, 2012

The warm winter has cost Greer Commission of Public Works its biggest months (January-February-March) for selling natural gas and has put the utility in the red nearly halfway through the 2012 budget.

The utility, at its monthly meeting in GreerToday, reported a $594,000 loss at the end of May.

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EVENT: Freedom Blast Schedule - Saturday, June 30
JUN 24, 2012

EVENT: Freedom Blast Schedule - Saturday, June 30

Freedom Blast returns at Greer City Park on Saturday, June 30. It's the biggest event scheduled next weekend to celebrate the country's Independence. The event, with Greer Memorial Hospital as the presenting sponsor, begins at 5 p.m. and ends with a 15-minute fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Greer Idol competition will move to Saturday. It will be the biggest crowd the Teen and Greer Idol performers will face thus far this season. Teen Idol will be trimmed to six finalists this week and Greer Idol will be showcasing its eight finalists.

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Tippin flies in his first air show
JUN 24, 2012

Aaron Tippin, a avid pilot, got a big surprise when he was asked to perform in his first airshow in Granite Falls, Minn. Tippin and his band performed a concert later that evening.

Aaron Tippin got to fly a few passes in his first air show.

Tippin was in Granite Falls, Minn., (June 16) to perform a concert at the Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show at Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field (KGBD).  

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8 tips to help your dog stay cool this summer
JUN 22, 2012

Providing a kiddie pool for your dog is a good way to beat the summer heat.

The summers here are hot. We know we need to keep ourselves cool and safe from sun and heat-related dangers, but it’s easy to forget about our four-legged friends. Here are eight tips to help keep your dog safe, happy and healthy during the heat of summer.

 1. If your dog likes to be outside, make sure he or she has a shady place to rest. Doghouses trap heat, so the shady place should be under a tree or other open area.

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GSP passenger screening gets safer and less intrusive
JUN 21, 2012

When the Automated Target Recognition Software detects potential threat items on a passenger during screening, a generic outline of a person appears on the monitor highlighting any areas on the passenger that require additional screening.

Full body imaging is now in the eye of the beholder at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

Two Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) safety screens and software, in use at GSP for the past week, were demonstrated in GreerToday.  The AIT screens passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons and explosives, without physical contact.

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Rep. Gowdy's statement on Obama's Executive Privilege
JUN 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4), released the following statement in regards to President Obama’s Executive Privilege on the documents related to Fast and Furious, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s investigation.

“The assertion of executive privilege is legally compromised and calculated solely to delay Congress from exercising its constitutional responsibility to provide oversight.”

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Stringer's sponsored Benefit Corporation bill passes with bi-partisan support
JUN 20, 2012

Rep. Tommy Stringer (R-Greer) sponsored the South Carolina Benefit Corporation Act that was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley.

Rep. Tommy Stringer of (R-Greer) was as pleased the South Carolina Benefit Corporation Act he sponsored passed with Governor Nikki Haley signing it into law, as he was that both sides of the aisle embraced the measure.

The bill (H4766) brings more freedom to business in the south and creates a new class of corporation in South Carolina. It was signed into law last week. “Part of governing is finding a solution,” Stringer, District 18 representative, said. “I’m a conservative and we seem to have run out of solutions. I believe part of governing is finding a solution. I tried to be objective and adhere to a certain ideology.”

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Greer First Baptist sharing ministry with Cincinnati youths
JUN 19, 2012

Jackson Tipton shares his testimony with Kori on Monday during the Greer First Baptist Summer mission trip in Cincinnati. GFB is visiting a parent church and participating in Vacation Bible School and other activities with youths in the community.

Jackson Tipton was among the youth ministry giving testimony to their faith Monday during Greer First Baptist’s summer mission trip to a parent church in Cincinnati. Over 30 Greer adults and youth are participating in the one-week ministry.

The group will attend Vacation Bible School with area Cincinnati youth, ages 5-12, in surrounding communities who normally wouldn’t attend the summer program. Tipton and GFB visitors will participate in VBS activities such as arts and crafts and offer testimony to their faith.

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