GREER NEWS From October 2013


Beloved 'Miss Margie' passed away Wednesday
OCT 31, 2013

Margie Bramlett Howell Parker, affectionately known as

• Official obituary

Margie Bramlett Howell Parker passed away peacefully at her home on October 30, 2013.  Margie was born on May 1, 1930 in Greer, SC and was a daughter of the late Leroy and Vonnie H. Bramlett.

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Ovation Brands sets contemporary course for former Buffets, Inc.
OCT 30, 2013

CEO Anthony Wedo shows the Ovation Brands logo on his shirt signaling a new era for the Greer-headquartered restaurant chain.

With a resounding applause as a backdrop Ovations Brands was launched today that signaled an end to Buffets, Inc., ironically on the 30th anniversary of the former brand.

“It is about applause. We have six brands around the country and if we are not causing our guests to give a round of applause on each restaurant that they visit, then we are not doing our job,” CEO Anthony Wedo said. The announcement and unveiling of the new corporate logo took place at the corporate headquarters on Lancaster Street behind Ryan’s.

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Ellis awarded Solicitor's Award in Spartanburg County
OCT 29, 2013

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Kevin G. Ellis received the Solicitor's Award in Spartanburg County Tuesday night. Solicitor Barry Barnette presented the award to Ellis.

When it comes to diligence in the workplace, there are few better than Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Kevin G. Ellis.

Ellis was recognized for his success Tuesday night when he was named the 2013 winner of the Solicitor’s Award for Spartanburg County Law Enforcement Excellence. The prize package includes a weekend stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Myrtle Beach and a free BMW for a weekend. Ellis will also have his name added to a plaque that hangs in the lobby of the Spartanburg County Solicitor’s Office.

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Dave Ramsey: When do I need umbrella insurance?
OCT 29, 2013

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Historic day! Inland Port makes Greer intermodal global player
OCT 25, 2013

This is the first cargo container, previously brought into the Inland Port at Greer via truck, to be loaded on a railcar headed to the Port of Charleston for export.

• Gallery of firsts

At 10:59 a.m. the first cargo container was lifted from the South Carolina Inland Port at Greer onto a Norfolk Southern railcar for its journey to the Port of Charleston, the nation's fourth busiest container port.

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Gov. Haley makes port of call in Greer
OCT 23, 2013

Gov. Nikki Haley and Jim Newsome, S.C. Ports Authority CEO, made a quick trip to Greer for a walk-through of the Inland Port facilities.

Gov. Nikki Haley made a Greer port of call to see South Carolina’s newest economic engine.

Under cloudless blue skies with gusty winds swirling dirt at times, the backdrop couldn’t have been any more extraordinary. A Norfolk Southern train passing the port drowned out part of Haley’s 17-minute appearance.  Idling cranes created a constant buzz. Trucks in construction and delivering containers were constantly in motion.

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Council settles brouhaha over Greer Baptist Association property
OCT 23, 2013

The Greer Baptist Association property at 309 West Poinsett Street was rezoned OD (office district), ending a contested issue at City Council Tuesday night.

Property owned by the Greer Baptist Association at 309 West Poinsett Street was rezoned to OD (office district) from its former RM-1 (residential –multi-family). City Council, voting 6-1, upheldthe Planning Commission’s denial to rezoning it as C-2 (commercial) but amended it to OD.

The decision followed impassioned arguments from 10 residents, split evenly, during a 38-minute public forum. Wayne Griffin (District 2) cast the no vote.

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Buddhist temple, QuikTrip zoning approved by commissioners
OCT 22, 2013

A proposal for a Buddhist temple and QuikTrip convenience store received unanimous approval (7-0) for their zoning requests Monday at the Greer City Planning Commission meeting.

Two other properties requesting rezoning were tabled until representatives appeared before the committee. The Planning Commission has become aggressive requesting representatives to appear to support their request or answer questions from commissioners. City Council, which meets tonight, does not mandate petitioners to appear in public session.

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Gov. Haley will see different landscape at Inland Port Wednesday
OCT 22, 2013

This photo of the South Carolina Inland Port was taken last Tuesday. All the elements – operations buildings, cranes, railroad tracks and road leading into the facility – are visible.

Gov. Nikki Haley will be in Greer Wednesday morning for a brief walk-through of the South Carolina Inland Port operations with S.C. Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome.

The price tag for the port has climbed to $50 million. An additional $2.7 million was approved last week by the SCPA board of directors to raise the SCSPA commitment to $42.6 million. Norfolk Southern’s cost is fixed at $7.5 million. The increased costs were attributed to weather delays ­­– more than 45 rain days were recorded this summer – and on-site topography adjustments.

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Wedo, Buffets CEO, is on 'Undercover Boss' Friday
OCT 16, 2013

Anthony Wedo, CEO at Buffets, Inc. is personally committed to families.

Anthony Wedo, CEO of Buffets, Inc., headquartered in Greer, learned a powerful lesson filming “Undercover Boss”, which will be televised on CBS this Friday.

“I am personally committed to families,” Wedo said. “I’ll tell you what “Undercover Boss” did for me. I knew we had certain issues out there, so I was excited to do the various jobs that I did in ‘Undercover Boss.’

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Village Grinding and Manufacturing expanding to Greer
OCT 14, 2013

Valley Grinding & Manufacturing produces industrial machine blades (above) and knives for paper, film and foil converting.

Valley Grinding & Manufacturing is expanding operations to open a new facility in November in Gateway International Business Park in Greer.

The company manufactures industrial machine blades and knives for paper, film and foil converting.

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Closure to former port entrance off Hwy. 290 has some drivers confused
OCT 14, 2013

The entrance to the Inland Port on Hwy. 29/East Poinsett Street was closed over the weekend. Trucks are temporarily steered to Dobson Shed Road.

The East Poinsett Street (Hwy. 290) temporary entrance to the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer is closed.

All traffic entering the port is being rerouted to Dobson Shed Road, off of Hwy. 80. That is short term until GSP Logistics Parkway is completed with signage and landscaping.

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Dunbar 'Carolina Fence Garden' is dedicated as a Wildlife Habitat
OCT 14, 2013

Gail Clifton (Primrose Garden Club), Joan Britton (Principal, Dunbar Child Development Center), and Karen Sparkman, Director of Early Education for Greenville County Schools) mark today as the official dedication and certification of the Carolina Fence Garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

A Carolina Fence Garden that has served as an outdoor science classroom for the students at Dunbar Child Development Center was dedicated today as a Certified Wildlife Habit.

Gail Clifton and Donna Yarborough of the Primrose Garden Club made the dedication to Dunbar CCC Principal Joan Britton and Greenville County Director of Early Childhood Karen Sparkman. Clifton is a retired Dunbar teacher.

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NGU student dies after falling from Upstate waterfall
OCT 11, 2013

A 20-year-old North Greenville University student died Thursday after falling from an Upstate waterfall.

Brent Andrew Elrod, 20, from Piedmont, was hiking by himself at Wildcat Falls in northern Greenville County when he attempted to climb the falls, lost his footing and fell, according to Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans.

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Homeless man receives 15-year sentence for fatal assault
OCT 10, 2013

James Thomas Thompson received a 15-year prison sentence and 5 years of probation Thursday after he admitted to beating an acquaintance to death at a camp site near Duncan.

A homeless man received a 15-year prison sentence and 5 years of probation Thursday after he admitted to beating an acquaintance to death at a camp site near Duncan.

James Thomas Thompson, 44, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the death of Randy S. Millwood, 54. Circuit Judge Mark Hayes issued a 30-year prison sentence that was suspended to the service of 15 years and 5 years of probation.

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Inland Port postpones testing with cargo until Oct. 21
OCT 10, 2013

This overview from the J. Verne Smith Parkway shows the Inland Port with the Norfolk Southern mainline to the far left. The concrete supports the three cranes and the loading and unloading of containers. The support buildings and canopy for incoming/outgoing trucks is to the left.

Updated: Oct. 11, 5:04 p.m.

The South Carolina Port Authority has postponed testing with cargo at the Inland Port in Greer until Monday, Oct. 21. The announcement was made late today without comment from SCPA officials.

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Ashley and Megan: They needed a friend and found each other
OCT 9, 2013

Ashley Lee, left, and Megan Reid developed an ever-lasting bond when they were children in need of a friend.

Two little girls in need of a friend found each other and became best friends forever.

Their relationship began as sixth graders when other children had their own peer groups.

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Greer's trash is attractive to unauthorized vendors
OCT 9, 2013

Greer's trash is attractive to unauthorized vendors

Greer's trash is a hot commodity for enterprising unauthorized vendors.

Skipper Burns, Director of Public Services, presented his annual report to City Council Tuesday and the numbers just didn’t add up, comparatively to years past.

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6 leaders elected to serve on Greenville Tech Foundation Board
OCT 7, 2013

Ruben Montalvo is President of Montalvo International in Greenville.

Six community leaders have been elected to serve on Greenville Tech Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Joining the Board’s current members are Cheryl Grant, Heather Meadors, Ruben Montalvo and Karen Schwartz of Greenville, Laney Younts and Michael Zeller of Simpsonville.

• Montalvo is President of Montalvo International in Greenville.

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1941 Greer Chevy Pumper fire truck restored as vintage showpiece
OCT 7, 2013

The driver side view of the 1941 Chevy Pumper fire truck shows the siren, seats, ladder, gauges and body restored to mint condition.

Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey coaxed Taylor, a little girl, to let him sound the alarm on the 1941 Chevy Southern pumper fire truck on display Saturday.

Taylor smiled, her parents smiled and Harvey couldn’t stop smiling.

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