GREER NEWS From September 2012


Greer police released sketch of a man they said impersonated an officer
SEP 28, 2012

Greer police say this man impersonated a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent in August. Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call the Greer Police Department at 864-848-2151.

The Greer Police Department today released a sketch of a man they said followed a woman home on Aug. 22 about 2:30 a.m. and pretended to be a law enforcement agent.

The person was described as white man, with brown hair, about 6-feet tall and 200 pounds. The police report said he was wearing cream-colored pants and a teal T-shirt.

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D&D Ford in final weekend countdown; new showroom opens Monday
SEP 28, 2012

Skip Davenport, President and General Manager of D&D Ford, left, visited the service area at the new site this afternoon. 

At the end of business today, D&D Ford at its present location will have seen its last Friday. After Saturday and Sunday the doors will be closed to the public and its staff for the final time.

D&D Ford, owned by the Davenport family since its origin, on Monday will be celebrating its 75th anniversary of doing business in Greer at its 36,642 square foot showroom and service department at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd.

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Partnership For Tomorrow's plan: Keep Greer ahead of the curve
SEP 26, 2012

The Greer City Hall complex is the crown jewel that showcases the Partnership For Tomorrow and its partnership with the City, Chamber, businesses, economic development and individual community leaders.

Larry Wilson was holding court in the middle of the crown jewel of downtown, Greer City Hall, talking about the future of Greer – what it will be like in 2030. The past is history, Wilson said, Greer is on the move and there’s no time to waste.

Wilson is the chairman of the board of trustees for Partnership For Tomorrow, a community initiative for the future of Greer.

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Proposed apartment complex gets rezoning approval on first reading
SEP 26, 2012

A proposed apartment complex at the intersection of Old Woodruff Road and McElrath Road, with up to 192 units, was given rezoning approval on first reading, 7-0, by Greer City Council Tuesday night. The units occupy about seven buildings, two to three stories high.

Approval on second reading, scheduled Oct. 9, will complete the rezoning.

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City amends long-term venue lease, fee structure for non-profits
SEP 26, 2012

City Council amended its long-term lease policy for non-profits and its fee schedule at Tuesday night's meeting.

Greer City Council on Tuesday night approved, 7-0, an amended policy for long-term rentals for all of the parks and recreation facilities.

The long-term lease, events taking place daily or weekly, will limit non-profits to four separate rentals over one calendar year at its half-price (non-profit) rate and no more than 90 consecutive days in advance. Contract extensions can be made no earlier than 60 days into the current lease. Non-profits reserving the facilities after four times in a calendar year will pay fees at resident/non-resident rates.  The language in the fee schedule, available on the city’s website, was also amended to reflect the changes.

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Free Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day is Saturday
SEP 25, 2012

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Greer Community Outreach Center at 415 E. Poinsett Street.

JAMZ 107.3 and Greer Memorial Hospital are partnering the event that invites people to get free vision screenings, flu shots, glucose testing and blood pressure checks.

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The Davenport is now a part of Greer's historic architecture
SEP 24, 2012

The Davenport, at 230 Trade Street, has had the building's name etched in its brick for decades. The building is owned by Scott Stevens and is now, “The Davenport, a historic venue”, used for weddings, receptions and events. 

Bart Bishop, in collaboration with the Davenport family, is writing a history of the Davenports. This installment of the series traces The Davenport Building with its namesake etched into the top of the building.

Scott Stevens is a Web, eCommerce, Search & Social Media consultant that consults for Ad Agencies, PR Firms, & Web Design companies. His Web business, www.YourMark.com, is based out of a loft office in Greer, however, that has a history that long precedes the Internet. With his wife, Lindsay, they bought The Davenport at 230 Trade Street over 10 years ago, which includes the downstairs hall and the upstairs offices (and the loft apartment where they live). The name, however, wasn’t originally his idea, as it has been etched into the top of the building for decades.

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Battle of the Bells benefits Salvation Army
SEP 24, 2012

The Salvation Army's Battle of the Bells competition is scheduled 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.  Teams throughout Greenville County will be raising money at a kettle location to benefit the charity.

Attention grabbing costumes, dancing, and fun antics are encouraged during the competition.

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Free courses for businesses to help reduce underage alcohol, tobacco violators
SEP 24, 2012

Local business owners and associates are invited to a free short course that helps reduce underage access to alcohol and tobacco products in communities, while also lowering the liability risks for businesses and their employees.

The program, designed by The Palmetto Retailers Education Program (PREP) is being conducted by the Greer Police Department on Oct. 15 in two sessions – 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 5 p.m. – at City Hall.

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Zaxby's opens on Wade Hampton Monday
SEP 23, 2012

Zaxby's employees have been trained and they are ready to serve customers at the new store at 920 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

Zaxby’s opens Monday at 920 W. Wade Hampton and it couldn’t have arrived fast enough for owners Mike and Tarra Godfrey.

The Godfreys have made known their wishes to operate a Zaxby’s franchise for several years. When the Greer location became available Mike and Tarra vigorously pursued the opportunity. Terra is the owner of Chelsea’s Lady Apparel on Trade Street. Mike is a former beverage salesman.

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Fitness sign challenges City's interpretation of risqué
SEP 20, 2012

EFS has posted signage across its plate glass windown on Trade Street that depicts well conditioned men and women in fitness attire. The City of Greer has received one complaint and has notified EFS it may be in violation of the city signage ordinance.

EFS Fitness signage at 200 Trade Street is considered risqué by the City of Greer Planning and Zoning Coordinator, Glenn Pace.

That’s not so, objects EFS owner Matt Porter.

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Nutritional Consultants setting up shop on Restaurant Row
SEP 18, 2012

Upstate Nutrition Consultants will open a retail and training location to help people learn how to cook and prepare meals that promote healthy lifestyles. They will occupy Maude's Antiques on Poinsett Street.

Sandwiched between two of the busiest blocks of Greer’s Restaurant Row, will be a new business tentatively opening in December, Upstate Nutrition Consulting. Wendy Watkins, president, said she and her staff of registered dieticians will open a retail and training location to help people learn how to cook and prepare meals that promote healthy lifestyles.

A kitchen, much like one at home, will be designed to teach how and what to cook for clients.

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Edwards begins term as Chairman of Airports Council International - North America
SEP 18, 2012

Dave Edwards formally took over as 2013 Chairman of Airports Council International – North America. Edwards was first chair last year and assumed the role of chairman last week in Calgary, Alberta at the ACI-NA/ACI World Annual Conference.

Edwards is President and CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer. The Board of Commissioners at GSP joined Edwards for the celebration of his installment.

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Greer man dies trying to save granddaughter on Lake Robinson
SEP 17, 2012

A Greer man has drowned while trying to save his granddaughter, who was later rescued by her mother.

Officials say Ronald “Rock” Earnest White, 61, drowned about 6 p.m. Sunday after he jumped into Lake Robinson to try to save his 4-year-old granddaughter, who fell out of a boat.

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Greer Education Gala features Swingin' Medallions, awesome auction
SEP 15, 2012

Greer Education Gala features Swingin' Medallions, awesome auction

The Greater Greer Education Foundation's Anannual fundraising event will be Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Cannon Centre, 204 Cannon Street. The event will include a Live Auction and Silent Auction and The Swingin' Medallions.

The live auction includes a stay at a condo in Hawaii!

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Quick Lane ribbon cutting precursor to D&D Ford's new showroom
SEP 13, 2012

Quick Lane Tire and Service Center at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. had its grand opening and ribbon cutting today.

Skip Davenport cut the ribbon to Quick Lane Tire and Service Center at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. in GreerToday. Well-wishers and business and chamber of commerce colleagues attended what is the precursor to a much larger and historic opening in October.

D&D Ford will open its state-of-the-art showroom Oct. 1 and has tentatively scheduled Oct. 18 for the grand opening of the dealership that will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the same time. The $7 million showroom and service facility will be 36,642 square feet and located on 6.19 acres of land.

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3-3 vote means smoking ordinance remains intact
SEP 11, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Albert (District 6) fought for tobacco-free parks and playgrounds.

Greer City Council, by virtual of a 3-3 vote this evening, defeated an amended ordinance proposed by councilwoman Judy Albert that would have made all parks and recreations facilities tobacco-free. 

Smoking is permitted in designated areas away from the playing fields at parks and recreation facilities and prohibited at city owned buildings and properties.

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IHOP is the latest restaurant marketed for Hwy. 29 corridor
SEP 11, 2012

The intersection at Wade Hampton Boulevard and Suber Road is being marketed with IHOP being the tenant of the four unit development.

An IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is being promoted as the prime tenant locating in Greer at the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Suber Road. IHOP will anchor a four-tenant complex that is being marketed by Greenville’s RealtyLink LLC.

IHOP would not comment and RealtyLink neither confirmed nor denied the report to GreerToday.com. However, RealtyLink has produced a brochure it is presenting to potential clients showing IHOP as the anchor tenant with additional 7,360-square feet of availability.

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Greer Harvest Market, free music series begins Sunday
SEP 7, 2012

The Greer Harvest Market begins its fall scheduled Sunday at the City Park promenade with a free inspirational concert series each week through Nov. 11.

God Bless America is the first week’s theme in remembrance of the 11th anniversary of the victims of 9/11 in the terrorist’s attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and plane crash in Shanksville, Pa.

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Cops for Tots golf tournament taking donations, entries
SEP 6, 2012

The Clardy Law Firm donated $2,000 to the Cops for Tots golf tournament scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Greer Country Club.

The Clardy Law Firm donated $2,000 to the Cops for Tots golf tournament scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Greer Country Club.

Lt. Jim Holcombe received the donation and said the Greer Police Department is seeking sponsors for each hole, door prizes and teams for the tournament.

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