GREER NEWS From August 2012


Russell Ashmore receives the Order of the Silver Crescent
AUG 31, 2012

Russell Ashmore, Jr., center, Rep. Rita Allison and Larry Copeland mark the historic moment with a photo request at the Ashmore Brothers annual Labor Day BBQ.

Russell C. Ashmore Jr. thought he was only on stage at the Ashmore Brothers annual Labor Day BBQ in GreerToday to give thanks.

But it was the employees, suppliers and customers who thanked Ashmore with a prolonged standing ovation when Rep. Rita Allison (District 36) presented him the Order of the Silver Crescent. “I had no idea what was going on when they asked me to stay on stage,” Ashmore said. “I was overwhelmed by it. I have had a lot of help.”

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Gov. Nikki Haley's speech at GOP Convention
AUG 29, 2012

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addressed the GOP Convention tonight in Tampa, Fla.

I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every single day how blessed we were to live in this country.

They loved the fact that only in America, we could be as successful as we wanted to be and nothing would stand in our way. My parents started a business out of the living room of our home and, 30-plus years later, it was a multimillion dollar company.

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Tobacco-free parks and recreation facilities pass first reading
AUG 29, 2012

There are a lot of buts in the way of making the Greer city-owned parks and recreation facilities tobacco-free.

Councilwoman Judy Albert (District 6) took the opportunity to revisit a hot button topic at city council tonight, asking for a blanket tobacco-free ordinance making it unlawful for any person to smoke or otherwise use tobacco products in/on any cit-owned or city-leased recreation facility or park.

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The Cliffs emerges from bankruptcy; operates under Silver Sun Partners
AUG 28, 2012

The Cliffs Communities announced today that the entities known as the Cliffs Club and Hospitality Group, Inc., have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings under the ownership of Silver Sun Partners, LLC.

Formed as a partnership between The Carlile Group, a diversified company based in Marshall, Texas, Arendale Holdings, a real estate investment and development company specializing in residential communities and golf course operations, and SunTx Urbana, a real estate management and development company – Silver Sun Partners provides The Cliffs with the capital to deleverage, operate and improve a network of clubs and amenities.

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CPW's enhanced vehicle tracking system in pilot program
AUG 27, 2012

Brian Forrester, IT specialist for CPW, introduced commissioners for the Greer Commission of Public Works, to Track Star, a pilot vehicle tracking system it expects to fold into its operation. The presentation was part of the CPW’s monthly public meeting.

It will enhance the tracking system now in place, Forrester said. “Track Star will have five seconds delay updating the system, which makes its virtually on-time." The system will be a  component of the mobile system that gives dispatch and supervisors “at-a-glance” information about crew locations, availabilities and proximity to calls for service.

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Lanphere validates CPW's social media initiative
AUG 27, 2012

Teresa Lanphere is all smiles while Eugene Gibson, Board Commissioner for CPW, presents her a NEST home energy management thermostat for winning a social media contest sponsored by the Greer utility.

Teresa Lanphere was the happiest person at the Greer Commission of Public Works monthly meeting in GreerToday. Commissioners recognized her as the winner of its multimedia promotion, earning a NEST Thermostat.

Brian Forrester, IT specialist for CPW, promoted a contest where people who “Liked” CPW on Facebook became eligible for the prize when its total reached 500. NEST is a home energy management thermostat that retails for $249. “It’s a ‘smart’ thermostat that can be managed by customers by their iPhones.

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Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82
AUG 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

(Reuters) - Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Greer inland port approved for $26 million in funding
AUG 21, 2012

The South Carolina Port Authority (SPA) board agreed today to move forward with plans for an inland port in Greer at a cost of up to $25 million. SPA already approved $1 million for engineering studies. The money for the port is already in the budget.

Norfolk Southern would spend $7.5 million for the rail infrastructure for the facility, on land the Port Authority owns adjacent to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

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Coldwell Banker Caine opens real estate gallery at 104 Trade Street
AUG 21, 2012

Linda Wood, an agent with Coldwell Banker Caine, works at one of the stations at the 104 Trade Street location. CBC opened for business on Monday at its new real estate gallery.

Coldwell Banker Caine opened a real estate gallery at the Greer Small Business Center at 104 Trade Street in GreerToday.

The real estate firm closed its office at 218 Trade Street earlier this month and its agents have been at its other gallery locations, in downtown Greenville and Mauldin. Ten agents will be located at 104 Trade.

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Miss Greater Greer Teen is the new Miss South Carolina Teen
AUG 21, 2012

Sydney Sill, Miss Greater Greer Teen, is the new Miss South Carolina Teen.

Sydney Sill, Miss Greater Greer Teen, is the new Miss South Carolina Teen 2012.

With Miss South Carolina Teen Rachel Wyatt crowned Saturday as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013; the new Miss South Carolina Teen is Sill, 16, of Duncan.

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Greer City Planning Commission meets
AUG 20, 2012

Greer City Planning Commission meets at Greer City Hall, City Council Chambers Hall A.

Questions, want to speak? Call Darlene Howard at 801-2009.



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Baldwin put back on ballot when Barnes is kicked off
AUG 20, 2012

Mike Barnes has been kicked off the ballot in the Greenville County District 18 race and Joe Baldwin, the incumbent Barnes defeated in the primary, is back on the November ballot.

Judge Thomas Cooper concurred with the Greenville County Democratic Party, in a suit filed against the county GOP last month, that Barnes and two other primary candidates had not properly filed statements of economic interest.

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GSP short-term parking permanently closed
AUG 20, 2012

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s short-term parking lot permanently closed today as construction is set to begin on the North Wing of the terminal. Fencing is being erected around the lot and construction is set to begin soon.

The GSP terminal improvement program's North Wing will expand into what is now the short-term lot, and when finished will temporarily house airline ticket counters and offices. In addition to eventually housing the airport’s administration offices, the North Wing will also serve as the first phase build-out of the future second baggage claim area.

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Pelham- Batesville FD gets ISO Class 2 rating
AUG 20, 2012

The Pelham-Batesville Fire Department has been upgraded from a Class 3 to Class 2 rating with the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the district's Public Protection Classification (PPC).

New Jersey-based ISO rates the nation's 47,000 fire protection jurisdictions and scores them on a 1-10 scale where a 1 exceeds all measurable benchmarks and a 10 fails to meet basic fire protection standards. Those ratings are then presented to the insurance industry and are used in establishing premiums for policyholders.

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Sill may get a chance to represent the state as Miss Teen
AUG 18, 2012

Rachel Wyatt won the 2013 Miss America Outstanding Teen tonight. By winning the national title Wyatt, Miss South Carolina Teen, opens the possibility that first runnerup Sydney Sill, Miss Greater Greer Teen, can opt to represent the state in fulfilling the duties as South Carolina's Teen queen.

Rachel Yuki Wyatt, representing South Carolina, was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013 tonight in Orlando, Fla. Wyatt, 17, was Miss Greater Mauldin Teen and was selected over runnerup Sydney Sill, Miss Greater Greer Teen in the state pageant last month.

Sill, according to a local organizer, will have the opportunity to decide if she wants to represent South Carolina in Miss Teen’s statewide duties.

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Greer Business Center awarded LEED certification
AUG 15, 2012

The Greer Business Center at 104 Trade, in historic downtown Greer announced in GreerToday that it has been awarded LEED Certification.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the achievement and acceptance of 104 Trade as a LEED Certified building in Greer,” said Russ Braasch, President, Braasch Building Group. “All parties involved – from the contractors and engineers, to the city and surrounding businesses – put forth a cooperative effort to support us in accomplishing this goal, and we hope it adds an architectural feature to a community with so much growth and exciting new ventures ongoing already. At our onset, one of our core values has been to promote sustainable building practices in each of our projects. Achieving LEED Certification  is a statement of our commitment to this value, as well as to the community.” 

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Traffic calming report has a lot of bumps to overcome
AUG 15, 2012

A traffic calming report, initiated earlier this summer in a discussion, drew most of the attention at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

City Engineer Don Holloman and City Administrator Ed Driggers presented council with the traffic calming guidelines from the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg. Council advised Driggers to use Spartanburg as the benchmark to move forward in slowing traffic in communities with calming techniques.  “Anything we need to adopt we need to tweak to Greer,” Driggers said.

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City Council debate was spirited; Mayor heading to China, Japan
AUG 15, 2012

All was not calm at Greer City Council Tuesday night despite the agenda including a traffic calming report.

There was spirited discussion, gamesmanship and posturing from city council members and the administration staff during discussion of the annexation of property and a zoning classification for two parcels, 7.55 acres and 5.15 acres, with the purpose to construct 47 detached patio homes on the former plot and 22 on the latter.

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Rhoads is retiring as city Planning and Development director
AUG 15, 2012

Phil Rhoads is retiring effective Oct. 31 as the City of Greer  Building and Development Standards director.

Phil Rhoads, Greer Building and Development Standards director, is retiring Oct. 31.

Rhoads submitted his retirement notice earlier this month and city council addressed the pending vacancy during executive session tonight.

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D&D Ford move-in date to new showroom is Oct. 1
AUG 14, 2012

The service bays at the new D&D Ford location at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. give the dealership a face as construction continues on the state-of-the-art showroom facility.

Skip Davenport said D&D Ford will be moved into its new showroom at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. on Oct. 1. “We had a meeting that makes October 1 the date we will be moved into our new showroom,” Davenport said. “Everything is in line for us to make the move on that date.”

D&D Ford, a three-generation business, will celebrate its 75th anniversary as an automobile dealer in Greer in October. The $7 million state-of-the-art showroom and service facility will be 36,642 square feet and located on 6.19 acres of land.

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