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SCHSL short fall season remains; Lexington vote deferred JUL 23

The South Carolina High School League Appellate Panel deferred a vote on the Lexington District 1 proposal until Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. The two-part plan is to adjust traditional high school sports seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHSL officials and high school coaches and athletic directors reportedly asked for more information and time to study the proposal. COVID-19 cases and deaths are spiking in South Carolina, designated a hot spot for the coronavirus. The delay offers high risk sports like football an alternative for a spring season under the Lexington plan.

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Greater Greer Education Foundation awards $15,292 to area schools FEB 17

Tyson Wright accepts grant for his project at Chandler Creek Elementary School.

The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $15,292 in grants to 14 area schools Jan. 29 in a reception at Greer City Hall.

 Travis Olmert, Foundation chairman, welcomed the group and congratulated the grant recipients.

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Teachers can use some help from the community NOV 8

Margaret Burch reads from a collection of Welch's legacy at the September tea.

Teachers can use a little help from the community

Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

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Greater Greer Education Foundation awards $1,000 scholarships to area students MAY 23

David Dolge presents at $1,000 scholarship to Wyatt Armstrong.

A dozen students were awarded $1,000 scholarships each on Wednesday at Greer City Hall by the Greater Greer Education Foundation during its annual event.

Travis Olmert, Foundation Chairman, said, “It gives us the opportunity to award outstanding students additional funding as they seek a career in various fields.”

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Blue Ridge grad serving aboard combat ship USS Tulsa JAN 30

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven S. Whitsitt

A 2000 Blue Ridge High School graduate and Greer native is serving aboard the future USS Tulsa, a combat ship home ported in San Diego. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven S. Whitsitt is a mineman responsible for hunting and neutralizing mines for safe passage of other ships. “The fact that I’ve been able to work with people from all walks of life has made my Navy career enjoyable,” said Whitsitt.

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Greer crushes Blue Ridge, finishes unbeaten in region OCT 26

Greer scored its most points this season and crushed rival Blue Ridge, 63-6, Friday night at Dooley Field.

The Yellow Jackets finished unbeaten, 5-0, in Region II-AAAA and 9-1 overall. Greer won nine consecutive games after an opening-season loss to 5A Byrnes.


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100 deadliest days for teen drivers MAY 30

More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

As school lets out for summer, AAA  Carolinas stresses the importance of preparing and educating inexperienced teen drivers for some of the most dangerous driving days of the year.

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Blue Ridge football has new football coach JAN 11

James Thurn is the new head football coach at Blue Ridge High School.

James Thurn has been named the new head football coach at Blue Ridge High School. He replaces Shane Clark, who resigned after five seasons (21-33 record and four playoff appearances) to concentrate on his athletic director duties.

Thurn, 28, was offensive coordinator at Westside High School the past two years. Clark added athletic director to his duties at BRHS in 2013-2014.

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Special Ed teacher gives big 'Thank you' for grant DEC 8

Angie Jarecki, a special education teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School, sends a big “Thank you” for the $1,500 grant she wrote and was awarded by Walmart in Greer.

“The additional funds are always needed to make classroom activities more engaging and fun for all students, but especially for my special education students,” wrote Jarecki.

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Ludley, Greer High Principal, is Grand Marshal for Christmas Parade NOV 28

Greer High School Principal Justin Ludley, and his family, will lead the Christmas Parade.

Greer High School Principal Justin Ludley, his wife Barrett, and their oldest child James, 3, will lead the Christmas Parade  through Greer on Sunday Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. Justin and Barrett’s 6-month old triplets (Tess, Anna, and Will) will be at home.

The parade culminates Greer's weekend of festive activities,

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Eastside, Greer dominate All-Region II team NOV 6

Greer Head Football Coach is the Region II-AAAA Coach of the Year.

The All-Region II-AAAA football team was announced Monday with Eastside and Greer dominating the 44-player team.

Jordan Morgan, quarterback for Eastside High School, is the Player of the Year and Will Young of Greer is the Coach of the Year.

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Greer, Eastside, Blue Ridge, Byrnes begin playoffs tonight NOV 3

The high school football playoffs begin tonight with all games at 7:30.

Greer appears to be one of the most balanced teams head coach Will Young has fielded in the playoffs. The Yellow Jackets will enjoy home field advantage through the playoffs.

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Blue Ridge overcomes Riverside in final seconds SEP 1

Blue Ridge quarterback Jake Smith powers through Riverside defense for extra yards,

Jake Smith scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down with 11 seconds left in the game and Tyree Cofield ran in the two-point conversion to give the Blue Ridge Tigers a come-from-behind 28-27 win over Riverside High School Thursday night at The Reservation.

Blue Ridge scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to come back from a 13-point deficit at the end of three quarters, trailing Riverside, 27-14.


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Blue Ridge at Riverside game changed AUG 31

The possibility of wet weather on Friday has some high schools rescheduling games to Thursday night.

Blue Ridge at Riverside, 7 p.m.

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Blue Ridge loses to BHP AUG 19

Blue Ridge High School lost its season-opening game to Belton-Honea Path, 42-0, Friday night.

Blue Ridge hosts Landrum next Friday in a 7:30 p.m. game.

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Greer, Blue Ridge, Riverside open high school football AUG 18

A battle between top 10 ranked teams and new beginnings for two other teams highlight the first week of high school football tonight.

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Greer ranked No. 6 in 4A, play No. 7 Westside on Friday AUG 16

Gold football shoes will be worn by some Greer High School football players.

Greer High School is ranked No. 6 in Class 4A in the first South Carolina High School Media football poll.

Greer plays its opening game at Class 5A No. 7 ranked Westside Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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Blue Ridge spends first day in pads at Pickens scrimmage AUG 5

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By Alex Guest
Digital Sports

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3 area students place second in prestigious national 3D Animation competition JUL 10

David Dunlap, Reed Howell and Sam Stewart finished second in the prestigious Future Business Leaders of America 3D Animation competition in Anaheim, Calif.

Three Blue Ridge High School students have earned second place in a prestigious 3D Animation presentation in Anaheim, Calif.

David Dunlap, Reed Howell and Sam Stewart, competing in the Future Business Leaders of America competition, finished behind first place Timber Creek High School from Texas.

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Students from area selected for Furman's Bridges to a Brighter Future JUN 20

Twenty-six Greenville County high school students have been invited to participate in Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, a program whose mission is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in college. The new class marks the 21st year of the educational outreach program.

“Bridges students have already demonstrated both academic and leadership potential by their ninth grade year, yet they face financial barriers or personal circumstances that may prevent them from achieving what they are truly capable of,” said Carrie Silver, director of Bridges to a Brighter Future. “Here, students participate in life-changing experiences that help them discover who they are to build the self-confidence and resiliency they need to succeed in life.”

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