GREER NEWS From February 2013


Police report: 2012 was a challenging year
FEB 28, 2013

2012 Greer Police Department new hires.

Chief Dan Reynolds looked at the city councilmen straight on Tuesday night and said, “This year was a very challenging year for the police department.”

The 2012 review of the Greer Police Department showed drug arrests increasing 24 percent, as the No.1 nemesis, while the patrol division showed declines in seven of the nine categories.

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Sunland personifies third-party partner for Inland Port
FEB 28, 2013

Sunland Distribution’s purchase of a 722,000-square foot warehouse near the interchange of interstates 85 and 385 in Greenville County is an example of companies that will be looking at Greer’s Inland Port to facilitate the transportation of goods.

Sunland announced the purchase of the facility at 1312 Old State Road and its new corporate headquarters. No purchase price was announced.

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Urgent: Greer Relief needs storage and volunteers
FEB 28, 2013

Greer Relief is in urgent need of storage space and volunteers.

The 7,200-square foot storage donated to Greer Relief is on property, Highway 101 near the Barnyard Café, that has been sold. Stored items must be removed by Monday.

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Lattimore will deliver inspirational message to youth
FEB 28, 2013

Marcus Lattimore's inspirational story of perseverance will be shared with youths in March and April at fundraisers and football camp.

Marcus Lattimore will be speaking at two greater Greer events providing an inspirational message for youth.

The former standout Byrnes High School and University of South Carolina football standout, who has had his past two seasons end with severe knee injuries, will speak at the Coaches 4 Character event April 15 at 7 p.m. at Redemption World Outreach Center. Admission for students are free and a $5 donation for adults.

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Inland Port groundbreaking begins new chapter in Greer's history
FEB 27, 2013

Signage pointing to Nordic has been removed with the warehouse one of two buildings scheduled to be razed for the construction of the Inland Port.

Not since BMW Manufacturing Co. announced it was coming to Greer has a groundbreaking ceremony ignited so much enthusiasm in the Upstate.

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) will hold a celebrated groundbreaking Friday at 1 p.m. in Greer at the site of the future $30 million South Carolina Inland Port (SCIP). BMW will be partnering with the SCPA as its premier customer. The funding has been secured and included in this year’s fiscal budget.

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Greer PD shuffled around 2012 staffing challenges
FEB 26, 2013

Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds presented the department's 2012 report. 

Police Chief Dan Reynolds reported his department maintained its core responsibility despite significant staff shortages and challenges.

Reynolds and his staff presented its annual report to City Council tonight.

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'Weddings Around Greer'
FEB 26, 2013

'Weddings Around Greer'

The Greer Station Association is planning a "Weddings Around Greer" Wedding Showcase to highlight all of the services Greer has to offer for brides and grooms.

The showcase is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 pm. on Thursday, March 7, at the City of Greer Cannon Centre, Poinsett West Gardenalia and The Davenport. Each venue will have different Greer vendors represented.

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Scheidhauer of Greenville Tech is 'Innovator of the Year'
FEB 26, 2013

Alan Scheidhauer (right) receives the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year award from Darrel Staat, president of the South Carolina Technical College System. 

Alan Scheidhauer of Greenville Technical College received a statewide honor on Feb. 22 – the A. Wade Martin “Innovator of the Year” award given by the South Carolina Technical Education Association.

Scheidhauer was selected as the overall winner from this year’s nominees. Each of the 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System nominates a candidate.

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Council approves annexation of James Road
FEB 26, 2013

James Road property owners suggest this blind curve, intersecting at Wilson Road, is often ignored by aggressive drivers.

Update February 26, 9 p.m.

City Council unanimously approved annexation of the James Road property tonight following the recommendation of the City Planning Commission for a less dense, (R-12, residential, single family cluster) zoning. 

Round 2 of James Road property owners vs. City Hall continues at 6:30 p.m.

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Former Riverside student honored at Upstate Forever event
FEB 26, 2013

Jon Schultz, Upstate Forever Volunteer of the Year

Jon Schultz, former Riverside High School student, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by Upstate Forever at its annual luncheon. Schultz was among five people honored for their work in promoting Upstate Forever.

Nell Newman, president and co-founder of Newman’s Own Organics, delivered the keynote address at the event. An ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture, Newman spoke about the importance of organic foods and shared her perspective on why living an environmentally conscious life helps everyone.

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CPW planning new substation for east side of Greer
FEB 25, 2013

Clary Hood Inc. is executing a $1.8 million contract for the clearing of trees on 113.9 acres on property owned by the South Carolina Port Authority and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

General Manager Nick Stegall told CPW commissioners today of the need for a $3.5 million substation, “as soon as possible” to service customers on the east side of Greer, South Carolina Port Authority’s (SCPA) Inland Port and its anticipated ancillary industries and manufacturing facilities.

Stegall acknowledged to GreerToday.com the decision for the substation was facilitated with the port locating in Greer. “It is in our territory so we expected we would be the one servicing it,” Stegall said. The SCPA notified Stegall last week and he forwarded the news to the commissioners.

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Hudson, Ross are crowned at Miss Greater Greer pageant
FEB 23, 2013

Taylor Ross, left, and Lanie Hudson will represent Greer in the 2013 Miss South Carolina pageant in July. Hudson was crowned Miss Greater Greer and Ross Miss Greater Greer Teen.

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Lanie Hudson was crowned 2013 Miss Greater Greer and Taylor Ross the Miss Greater Greer Teen tonight at Greer High School.

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Citizens Police Academy applications available
FEB 22, 2013

The Greer Police Department has graduated an average of 17 students per Citizens Academy class since the program began in 2009.

The Greer Police Department is accepting applications for the 2013 Citizens Police Academy. 

The Academy is free and lasts 10 weeks starting March 7. Meetings are every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and give residents an in-depth look at the local police department and its work.

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Greer CPW to fly flags commemorating Centennial Celebration
FEB 22, 2013

Greer CPW will put flags on utility poles along McCall Street to commemorate its Centennial Celebration.

CPW asked, and was unanimously approved 7-0, by City Council at its Feb. 12 meeting  to put the flags on utility poles along McCall Street for its Centennial Celebration.

“They (flags) will be installed by (CPW) staff and they will be responsible for their removal,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “CPW will incur all expenses.”

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Greer woman wins $1 million
FEB 22, 2013

The woman next to you may be Greer’s newest millionaire.

A regular customer at Spinx Co. No. 126 at 2102 Old Spartanburg Road in Greer won $1 million, before taxes, when she purchased a “Money Money Millionaire” instant ticket. The odds of winning: in 1.5 million, according to lottery officials.

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Cook-Out, fast food restaurant with double drive-thru lanes is coming
FEB 21, 2013

Cook-Out will be located at 1353 Wade Hampton Blvd. It will be flanked on one side by Dill Creek Common shops.

Cook-Out, a fast food restaurant chain, is coming to Greer at 1353 Wade Hampton Blvd.  The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will have a double drive-thru and limited indoor and/or outdoor seating.

The restaurant’s menu specializes in grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, North Carolina barbecue, chicken sandwiches, wraps, sides and a myriad of milkshake flavors.

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Next Neighborhood Market 8 miles from Greer on Hwy. 29
FEB 21, 2013

Greer Mayor Rick Danner welcomed the Neighborhood Market to Greer Wedneday. His message of Walmart adapting to Greer's existing real estate and work force was echoed by Kevin Clinton, Market Manager, for the nation's No. 1 grocery chain.

Walmart, the nation’s No. 1 retailer and grocery chain, will put its second Neighborhood Market just minutes from its first that was launched in South Carolina Wednesday in Greer.

The second Walmart Neighborhood Market is being built only 7.57 miles from Greer’s location at 805 West Wade Hampton, Blvd., that opened to much fanfare Wednesday morning.

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Everything is a first today at the Neighborhood Market
FEB 20, 2013

Betty Witthuhn, left, and Mary Leonard arrived at 7 a.m. to be first in line when the Walmart Neighborhood Market opened an hour later.

Greer’s Walmart Neighborhood Market will set a sales record today.  And tomorrow, the next day and every day until the next branded grocery store comes to South Carolina to take its shot at Greer’s opening day sales.

Mayor Rick Danner, speaking on behalf of Greer, welcomed the Neighborhood Market to Greer and its initial sojourn into the state. The traditional ribbon cutting gave way to the first customers to enter the store at 8 a.m. Many had waited since 7 a.m. in temperatures in the mid-20s for the doors to open.

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Southern Dance Connection pays it forward to Wounded Warriors
FEB 19, 2013

The Southern Dance Connection dancers, who earned placements in the latest competition, decided to forego their trophies and pay the cost forward with a donation to the Wounded Warriors.

The Southern Dance Connection dancers opted to forego their trophies to donate the sum of their cost to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“They had a great competition and received numerous overall and special judges awards,” said Lindsay Roberts, the director of the Greer dance studio. 

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James Road residents object to proposed housing project
FEB 19, 2013

The Greer Planning Commission got an earful Monday from residents living on James Road.

They were seeking the commissioners to deny Westminister Properties annexation and a zoning request for R-10 (residential single family) to build 27 patio and garden homes on 7.3 acres on James Road.

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