GREER NEWS From October 2015


Parents lend a hand as cast of Mary Poppins builds sets
OCT 31, 2015

Jamie Dewberry and Andy Wettlin work on refurbishing a donated piano that will be used in Mary Poppins.

As the Greer Children's Theater puts the finishing touches on its rehearsals of Disney and Cameron MacKintosh's Mary Poppins, parents of the cast are also at work alongside their children.

Moms and dads of the GCT's talented actors and actresses have spent nights and weekends helping build the sets, which will be in the show

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Greer completes perfect regular season defeating rival Blue Ridge
OCT 30, 2015

Troy Pride (5) has Kevon Jones of Blue Ridge in his crosshairs as Greer running back Adrian McGee watches intently for the block to send him on his way.

Greer stepped onto the football field at rival Blue Ridge Friday night with its unbeaten record on the line and left with a 32-7 victory over the Tigers and another slice of history for itself.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A, recorded back-to-back undefeated seasons for the first time in the nearly 100-year history of Greer football and will carry a 10-0 mark into the Class 3A playoffs for the second straight year.

“It's absolutely amazing to go undefeated two times in a row with your brothers is just amazing,” Greer linebacker Brodie Wright said. 


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Candy shortage can be blamed on Halloween on Trade
OCT 29, 2015

Candy shortage can be blamed on Halloween on Trade

Trade Street weighs a lot less today.

What appeared to be thousands of kids, lining both sides of Trade Street, parts of Poinsett and side streets School, Randall and Victoria emptied tubs and hundreds of bags of candy and 30 pounds of pop corn kernels popped as fresh popcorn.

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CyberKnife M6 newest aid in fight on cancer at Gibbs
OCT 29, 2015

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute is the first in the United States to treat cancer patients using the CyberKnife M6 with the next-generation InCise Multileaf Collimation System.

The CyberKnife is a noninvasive radiation treatment device, which uses advanced imaging and robotics to accurately treat tumors. 

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ALDI opens today in Greer
OCT 29, 2015

Leland Martin was the first customer at ALDI, at 1050 W. Hampton Blvd. He bought sweet potatoes and pork chops.

ALDI opened in Greer today at 8:45 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1050 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

The first 100 shoppers received a golden ticket, each offering store gift certificates of various amounts, promotions and free samplings.

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Coloring and activity book produced by the city
OCT 28, 2015

“At Home in the City of Greer” is a free 32-page coloring and activity book produced by the city and drawn by Greer native, Roy Miller, Jr.

A 32-page coloring and activity book, “At Home in the City of Greer”, has been produced by the city’s communication department. It is being offered free.

The softbound book depicts landmarks in Greer and drawn by Roy Miller, Jr., formerly from Greer who lives in Philadelphia and works as an artist.

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City Council sets up final vote for first raise in 15 years
OCT 27, 2015

City Administrator Ed Driggers (facing council) proposed a compensation package that would give Greer City Council its first raise in 15 years.

Imagine going 15 years without a raise.

That’s how long city council and the mayor has governed without a raise through a recession, a housing boom, another smaller recession and some of the biggest manufacturing and industrial projects that were only imagined in past years.

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GSP loses direct Southwest flights, Atlanta is only destination
OCT 27, 2015

Southwest Airlines is trimming its scheduled flights from GSP to only three daily to Atlanta.

GSP will lose its remaining direct Southwest Airlines flights to Baltimore, Chicago and Houston when the airline consolidates its service from Greer to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport.

The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District announced that Southwest is changing its service model relating to small airports including GSP effective April 12. According to Southwest, all GSP flights will go through Atlanta with connections to about 95 average daily departures to other cities throughout the Southwest network.

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Sammons, of Blue Ridge, sets 4th-best receiving record in prep history
OCT 26, 2015

Jason Sammons acknowledges a historic night with 434 yards receiving on 15 catches. Four receptions resulted in touchdowns.

Blue Ridge wide receiver Jason Sammons stood in Head Coach Shane Clark's office on Monday afternoon and signed his name to a records form bearing the National Federation of State High School Association's letterhead.

It was his signature on a game for the ages.

Sammons vaulted into the national record books, catching 15 passes for an eye-popping 434 yards and four touchdowns in last Thursday’s varsity football game against Chapman. It is an unofficial state record since the South Carolina High School League doesn’t maintain a records database.

His yardage is the third most in a single game in U.S. high school history.



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Halloween in Greer Station, Farmer's Market are Thursday
OCT 26, 2015

A little bit of branding is always creating.

The treaters outnumber the tricksters at the Greer Station Association (GSA).

Children of all ages will likely be applauding GSA’s wisdom in moving Halloween in Greer Station to Thursday, 5-7 p.m., when warmer temperatures (70s) are forecast under partly sunny skies.

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Mimi's closes permanently Greer restaurant
OCT 26, 2015

Mimi's has permanently closed its Greer restaurant. Business was good, some employees weren't, according to general manager.

Mimi’s Steakhouse of Japan has permanently closed at its 107 S. Main Street location in Greer. Business was good, some of the employees weren't, according to general manager.

Mimi Choi, general manager, said the community’s support and customer base was solid. “It was the employees – nobody wants to work anymore,” Mimi, general manager, as she is known, said. “They don’t have any respect to the customers, I retrain so many and for the past six months more employees have lied to me, cheated me, and stole from me.”

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Clayton: Net manufacturing losses turned to net gains and regional identity
OCT 25, 2015

John Clayton is a columnist and reporter for GreerToday.com.

Somewhere beyond all the impressive numbers contained in the economic impact study on the S.C. Ports Authority is one subtle truth: We, as South Carolinians, have reinvented ourselves and are no longer at the behest of King Cotton and international trade deals.

“We saw a major decline in textiles throughout the nineties and really because of that a decrease in manufacturing through 2007, even though automotives were coming on with the arrival of BMW in 1994,” University of South Carolina Moore School of Business  Professor Joseph Von Nessen said. “Now, we’re beginning to see gains since 2010 as the automotive cluster and as more advanced manufacturing industries have begun taking off.”

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Breakfast with Santa tickets sale date announced
OCT 24, 2015

Letters written to Santa Claus will be mailed from the Cannon Centre.

Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Cannon Centre with three seatings, 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m.

Tickets are $4 for children 1-9 years old and adults and children 10 and above are $6 each.

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Greer Bancshares Inc. 3rd quarter report mirrors 2014
OCT 22, 2015

Greer Bancshares Inc. 3rd quarter report mirrors 2014

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, reported quarterly net income attributable to common shareholders of $657,000 or 26 cents per diluted common share, compared to 2014 third quarter net income of $639,000 or 26 cents per diluted common share.

In addition:

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Repairs delay The Spinning Jenny grand opening
OCT 22, 2015

Tables and chairs are placed stage center at The Spinning Ginny.

The grand opening of The Spinning Jenny has been postponed until December due to ongoing repairs.

The 70-year-old building at 107 Cannon Street was formerly the home of the Greer Opry House. The building was damaged during the statewide floods and record rain of Oct. 3, prompting additional repairs and the belated opening.

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10 Places to enjoy Halloween in Greer
OCT 21, 2015

10 Places to enjoy Halloween in Greer

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Expansion is on the horizon for busy Greer Inland Port
OCT 21, 2015

Jim Newsome, S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO, said expansion at the Greer Inland Port will be included in the next fiscal year budget.

DUNCAN – S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome expects the next five years to include much investment and development for the organization, including imminent expansion to Greer’s Inland Port facility.

“I predict that we’ll have to add to that physical footprint in the next fiscal year,” Newsome said Wednesday after a SCPA meeting and announcement of details from an economic-impact study produced by the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business.

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Ericks, from Taylors, advances to Global Idol finals in Philippines
OCT 20, 2015

Taylors's Shane Ericks, a student at Greenville Technical College, has advanced to the final round of the Global Pinoy Singing Idol competition in Manila, Philippines.

Shane Ericks, a student at Greenville Technical College, has advanced through local and regional competition to be invited to participate in the final round of the Global Pinoy Singing Idol competition.

Ericks, from Taylors, will travel to Manila, Philippines for the Jan. 17-22, 2016 world competition.

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City Council approves 2016 road resurfacing
OCT 20, 2015

Greer City Council approved Greenville and Spartanburg counties roads for resurfacing in 2016.

City Council approved the 2016 resurfacing lists for Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

The lists were compiled by using 2015’s lists and removing the streets that will be resurfaced in 2016 and moving the remaining streets up in priority order.

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Drivers more confident in their ability than passengers
OCT 19, 2015

Drivers more confident in their ability than passengers

Automobile accidents remain the No. 1 killer of teens in America and I-26 in South Carolina is among the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S.

More than 5,000 teen deaths occur nationally each year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Car crashes remain the No. 1 killer of teens, with 2,614 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2013, according to the NHTSA.

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