GREER NEWS From January 2017


Tapp's art earns spot in state competition
JAN 31, 2017

Ivey Tapp's art has been entered in the state competition.

Ivey Tapp won second place for her art in Greenville County in the Chandler Creek Elementary School PTA Reflections contest.

Tapp, a k-5 student, will have her art entered in the state competition.

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Rita Allison: New infrastructure bill put into motion that takes an incremental approach to increased user fee
JAN 30, 2017

A new infrastructure bill put into motion that would take an incremental approach to an increased user fee.

Representative District 36

The State House was bustling this past week as a bill to fix our broken roadways and bridges was introduced in the House. I’ve heard from so many of you about the importance of fixing our roads and bridges and the initial step was made in that process this past week.

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Wade Hampton canopy lighting project approved by CPW commissioners, monies in 2016-2017 city budget
JAN 30, 2017

The $2.12 million LED lighting project along both sides of Wade Hampton Boulevard, from Gap Creek Road to Target shopping center, is scheduled to begin in February.

The Highway 29 canopy lighting project is scheduled to begin in February, Greer Commission of Public Works commissioners reported Monday.

The estimated cost is $2.12 million approved unanimously by commissioners Perry Williams, Eugene Gibson and Jeffrey Howell. CPW will provide documentation for pay requests and the City of Greer will reimbursement expenses. City Council has planned for the project the past three years and approved the expense in the 2016-2017 budget.

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Mike Bullock returns to barber shop just 10 days after heart event
JAN 30, 2017

Mike Bullock is all smiles as he gives customer Wes McKenzie a trim Monday.

A crowd of shaggy-haired customers welcomed Mike Bullock back to work today.

Bullocks Barber Shop, at 225 Trade Street, has been closed since Bullock had a pre-dawn heart attack at home on Jan. 20. A sign on the door was placed signaling customers he would be back at work Monday, as usual.

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Lake Robinson Duathlon showcases recreational gem on Veterans Day
JAN 30, 2017

The route for the standard and sprint duathlon scheduled on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The inaugural Lake Robinson Duathlon is scheduled Nov. 11, Veterans Day, featuring a standard and sprint race.

• Standard duathlon includes a 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run.

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GGEF awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 area schools
JAN 29, 2017

GGEF awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 area schools

The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $20,582 in grant money to 18 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a reception Jan. 26, 2016 at Greer City Hall.

Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $182,000,” Garrett said. “It is because of our sponsors and community support, that we can award these grants today.” 

The 2016 Corporate Sponsor for the Foundation are Greer Memorial Hospital and J.M. Smith Charities. Corporate Friends are: BMW, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education, C.F. Rhem Jr., and Kathy Cochran.

Garrett also praised the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for their GreerMade program. “Most of our students who receive grants go to schools that prepare them for work at local companies and suppliers. By staying in Greer, they continue to make Greer “the place to be.”

David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, commented: "As a retired educator, being a member of a Foundation that gives money to educators and students is a privilege for me. Our classrooms are filled with very competent teachers and their needs, to effectively serve their students, are great.

"?I love fulfilling teachers' wishes," he said.

Dolge then presented grants ranging from $400 to $1,500 to:

Sherry Smith, Tigerville Elementary
Grant amount: $400
Smith has plans for an arts “career” where students 3rd-5th grades will rotate throughout the year in their art classes, working at a drafting table complete with artist’s chair, special desk top lighting as well as learning to use a light box to gain the experience of taking ownership of a potential career in the arts.

Lisa Hansen, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $829.50
Hansen plans to include “BreakoutEDU” kits for each of your grade level teams, a game to encourage students to think critically using problem solving and trouble shooting, which promoting teamwork.

Diane Jackson, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $752.93
Jackson plans to purchase electronic renewal subscriptions to “Reading A to Z” or the updated program “Rax Kids” for each grade level at Tigerville.

Carol C. Godfrey, Skyland Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Godfrey plans to introduce students to the local history and folk tradition of the Blue Ridge community by giving them an opportunity to hear live traditional folk music, meet a local folk musician and play a folk instrument.

Jody Dill, Mountain View Elementary School
Grant amount: $490.80
Dill plans to purchase four Hokki stools to go along with the two currently in use. The goal is to use these stools to help special needs student gain the wiggle room they need while reading or taking tests. The ergonomic stools keep students moving, while they are sitting still. 

Amy Holcombe, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,463
Holcombe plans to purchase pocketsize portable devices that read text out loud or can be used with headphones. “Students will be able to do research and come to their own opinions based on what they have discovered. Being able to read is vital to communication.”

Kara Ponder, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,479.76
Ponder plans to purchase two iPad Pros and 2 Apple pencils for students to use to make learning engaging and fun. Ponder said he plans to use the iPads and Apple Pencils to enhance and supplement their learning of content taught in the regular education classes. An additional benefit will be a heightened interest in learning and a boost in student confidence.

Shelly Eubanks, Dunbar Child Development Center
Grant amount: $1,386.48
Ponder plans to purchase an Osmo play system for iPad, which takes iPads into a whole new level of learning. The system impacts the students’ learning in the areas of technology, math, literacy, creativity and social skills.

Jackie Knafelc, D.R. Hill Middle School
Grant amount: $750
Knafelc plans to continue to grow the butterfly garden at her school by adding more railroad ties and smaller gardens around the space, also using railroad ties. The space will include an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a flower garden and walkways. The garden also helps students create relationships with each other. 

Kate Canterbury, Crestview Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Canterbury plans to purchase a Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Kit for use with struggling first grade readers. The kit will provide high-interest, appropriately leveled materials for support at school and at home.

Alicia Keller, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,400
Keller plans to purchase materials available for teachers to use with students identified as autistic with autism, anxiety and ADHD. The materials will be included in “toolboxes” which can help students calm down. The toolboxes also make an impact on instruction across the school. 

Jennifer Dodds, Tyson Wright, Kevin Washington, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,100
Dodds, Wright and Washington will continue their Works in Progress program that teaches students how to dress and act like gentlemen. Students are taught how to shake hands, open doors, make eye contact and address someone older with respect. 

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Dave Ramsey: Forget this guy, find a good financial advisor
JAN 26, 2017

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My husband was recently laid off, and he has $229,000 in a 401(k). He has been told that he should roll it into a hybrid annuity. Is this a good idea?

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Council awards Benson former hospital site, taxpayers are out $400,000, Mayor suggests legal challenge
JAN 25, 2017

Jim Benson was awarded the former Allen Bennett Hospital site. It sits across from his automobile dealership.

The former Allen Bennett Hospital site belongs to 313 Memorial Drive, owned by Jim Benson – for now.

Greer City Council approved an amended offer for the approximately 10-acre site at the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Memorial Drive in its second reading of the ordinance Tuesday night.

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Senate confirms Haley as next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
JAN 24, 2017

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has a new title tonight: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

The Senate overwhelmingly approved the Republican governor's nomination early Tuesday evening with a 96-4 vote.

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Malfeasance alleged in offers for former Allen Bennett property
JAN 24, 2017

Taxpayers or not? That's the decision city council faces tonight weighing a $3 million versus a  $2.1 million offer for the former Allen Bennett Memorial hospital site.

Malfeasance is being alleged in one of the most notorious city council blunders of the decade – the sale of the former Allen Bennett Hospital complex.

Pending what City Council decides tonight, taxpayers may be called on to empty their pockets of $1 million that could go toward future projects – whether to take a $3 million offer or $2.1 million offer.

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Bostick is crowned Miss North Greenville University
JAN 23, 2017

Left to right: Rachel Huber, third runner-up, Celina Schwartz, second runner-up, Miss North Greenville University 2017 Valerie Bostick, Sommer Cagle, first runner-up, and Ashley Campbell, fourth runner-up. 

Valerie Bostick from Greenville was crowned Miss North Greenville University last Friday in Turner Chapel.

Bostick, also given the physical fitness and congeniality awards, won a $1,000 scholarship and will compete this summer in the Miss South Carolina Pageant.

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Shaw is approved as Byrnes football head coach
JAN 23, 2017

Reggie Shaw is the new head football coach at James F. Byrnes High School.

Reggie Shaw is the new head football coach at James F. Byrnes High School.

Spartanburg District Five Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring Monday.

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Rail moves on pace to set new record at Inland Port
JAN 23, 2017

Rail moves on pace to set new record at Inland Port

Rail moves at the Greer Inland Port Greer totaled 9,180 last month, the South Carolina Ports Authority reported Monday.The 54,072 rail lifts since July, brings the facility's rail volume up to 28 percent over the same period last year. 

The inland port handled a record 103,639 rail lifts in 2016, an increase of 38 percent over the previous calendar year. The inland port averaged 8,886 rail moves a month in 2016.

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Cate Ambrose is Gatorade runnner of the year in South Carolina
JAN 23, 2017

Cate Ambrose of Riverside High School has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Cate Ambrose of Riverside High School has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Ambrose is the first runner from Riverside honored with the award.

The award recognizes only outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course, distinguish Ambrose as South Carolina’s best high school girls cross country runner.

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Miss SC Organization to honor beloved Scalisi with media award
JAN 22, 2017

Jan Scalisi volunteered for the Miss South Carolina Organization for more than  30 years. 

Read obituary here.

First report here.

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Scalisi, Spartanburg city council member, longtime Miss South Carolina volunteer, dies
JAN 20, 2017

Jan Scalisi, Spartanburg City council member and longtime volunteer for the Miss South Carolina pageant, died Thursday. She was 61.

Read obituary here.

Jan Scalisi, Spartanburg City Council member and longtime volunteer for the Miss South Carolina pageant, died Thursday.

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2017 Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival is discontinued
JAN 20, 2017

The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2017 Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival.

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2017 Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival because of decreased attendance, lack of funding, and ongoing contract negotiations.

The recommendation to cancel the longstanding community festival came Wednesday during a BBQ Festival Committee meeting. The Festival’s primary purpose has been to raise funds for the Chamber of Commerce through a nationally recognized family-oriented two-day event.

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Burnette is Mann's new head football coach
JAN 20, 2017

Kevin Burnette with wife, Alice, son Kevin III and daughter Gracelyn.

Kevin Burnette has been announced as the new head football coach of J.L. Mann High School.

Burnette is a mathematics teacher at T.L. Hanna and was varsity offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year. His offense averaged 35 points per game the past two years while Hanna was 14-10 and made the playoffs both years.

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Smith becomes GCM executive director replacing retiring Simpler
JAN 18, 2017

Stephen Smith is the new executive director at Greer Community Ministries beginning Monday.

Stephen Smith is coming home. The Greer native and Greer High graduate is the new executive director at Greer Community Ministries (GCM). Smith joins the ministry on Monday.

“I just love Greer. I feel like I’m coming home,” Smith said. “I’m so excited about this opportunity.”

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Tony Tipton leaves a void in Greer High athletics community
JAN 18, 2017

Tony Tipton remembered for being all in for Greer High School.

Tony Tipton was Mr. Greer, an excellent father, and loyal public servant to Greer High School athletics.

Travis Perry unashamedly calls Tony Tipton Mr. Greer.

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