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The Greer Citizen E-Edition 1.1.14

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A busy 2013 has come to a close, and the Greer area has seen substantial growth. The city and its surrounding com-munities have had quite the story to tell over the past year and listed below are a few of the highlights.
 JANUARY 
In January, Bridgette McJunkins gave birth to the first baby of the year at Greenville Memo-rial Hospital. Weighing 7 pounds, 7.8 ounces, Lyla Mae McJunkins was born at 12:30 a.m. new year’s day. David Boychenko was the first baby  born at Greer Memorial Hospital on Jan. 1 at 5:38 p.m. to parents Sergiy and Anastasiya Boy-chenko.The Greer Citizen announced Lisa Suber, own-er of Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar, as the paper’s Citizen of the Year (2012).Greenville County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Greer resident Robert Jason Frady. Frady was charged with one count each of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during violent crime and unlawful possession of a firearm.
FEBRUARY 
In honor of Black HistoryMonth, Willie Rowe, formerDixie Shopowner, Greercouncil mem- ber Wayne Grif-fin, Dan Dud-ley, founderof the CreativeAdvancementAfterschoolProgram, andJulian Nixon, assistant professor of anatomy and physiol-ogy at Greenville Technical College, reflectedon the struggles of race and the current racial climate in relation to their own lives and ac-complishments. Duncan developed plans forthe Duncan Streetscape and Pocket Parks project and began seeking funding for the project.The 10-year project’s goal is to improve and inspire growth in the Downtown Duncan area by creating an environment thatencourages a safe, active andhealthy downtown.
MARCH
Police reported prostitution activity de-creased in 2012, while violent crimes, criminal cases and drug cases increased. The increasein drug cases is attributed to methamphet-amine, and the Greer Police Department isn’t equipped to handle the cleanup of meth labs. The department aims to become self suffi-cient with meth lab cleanup for by 2014. The Inland Port groundbreaking was held on March 1, with Governor Nikki Haley andSouth Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim New-some spoke about the conception and fu-ture plans for the facility. The ports intent is to serve as an extension of the seaport in Charleston and it was announced that theport would be operational in six months.Later in March, the ports authority reachedan impasse with its tenant Nordic Cold Stor-age, which prevented progress for inland portconstruction. Nordic’s decision to decline the port authority’s offer to buy out their lease,which expired in 2023, for $900,000 led thePorts Authority to go forward on March 12 with eminent domain action to condemn thelease. Once condemnation was authorized,
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Submit your Citizen of the Year nomination
 The Greer Citizen will soon be naming a Citizen of the Year and there is still time to submit your nomination.Please email Billy@greercitizen.com the name of the person you choose to nominate and your reasons for the selec-tion.Nominations will not be accepted af-ter Friday, Jan. 3. The Citizen of the Year will be named in the Jan. 8 edition.
 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA VOL. 101 NO. 1 50 CENTS
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The Greer Citizen
BY WILLIAM BUCHHEIT
STAFF WRITER
Since becoming director of Faces and Voices of Re-covery (FAVOR) Greenville in July, Rich Jones has  been very busy.Now, in addition to the workshops, training ses-sions and other programs offered at the non-profit’s Woodruff Road office, Jones has launched a pro-gram for children of par-ents in recovery.FAVOR is a nationwide organization established to advocate, celebrate and assist with recovery from the disease of addiction. “I think this addiction issue is much more preva-lent than anyone under-stands,” said Jones, who has worked over a dozen years in the recovery field. “I think the numbers are understated, and if we are not trying to intervene at the earliest stage possible, we are losing the battle.”Jones worked for Green-ville’s Pavilion Treatment Center, running its com-munity residences pro-gram before taking the job at the new FAVOR office. The facility, at 355 Wood-ruff Road, opened last spring after the group’s  board of directors raised $1.5 million during a capi-tal campaign. Jones said the idea to start the children’s pro-gram came after confer-ring with Christen Sigmon, a former fourth grade teacher who now works as a full-time volunteer at FA-VOR-Greenville. The cur-riculum was taken from the “Children’s Program Kit,” which addiction ex-perts at California’s Betty Ford Center developed during the 1990s specifi-cally for kids whose par-ents were in recovery. The federal government soon endorsed the program and it spread across the coun-try. Jones first heard about it while working in Penn-sylvania around 2005. Be-cause children of alcohol-ics and addicts are at far greater risk of developing the disease of addictionthemselves, the direc-tor believed the programserved a critical need. And once he took the job at FA-VOR, instituting it becamea primary goal. Jones and Sigmon host-ed the first children’s pro-gram at FAVOR Greenville in November, working with 12 children two hours perweek for six weeks. Thecurriculum teaches thephysiological effects of addiction and explains the work involved in therecovery process. It also educates kids about such things as coping skills, peer pressure and genetic influences. Incorporat-ing arts, crafts and take-home projects, the pro-gram equips children with info Jones said he couldhave used as a child grow-ing up with an alcoholic parent.
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CPW rateincrease impacts agencies
BY KATIE JONES
STAFF WRITER
With the Greer Commis-sion of Public Works (CPW) raising facility charges and the electricity rate in 2014, bills could be tighter. For some folks, however, there is no extra money in their budget. Greer Relief and the CPW operate the Caring People Working program, in which the CPW matches donations for utility assis-tance up to $25,000.“The blessing is that the CPW also sees the need side of things and is still partnering with Greer Relief in the utility assis-tance program. They’re still matching in dollars donated, so they do see the need for the communi-ty and they’re trying to do their best make sure that some of the needier indi-viduals are met,” said Car-oline Robertson, executive director of Greer Relief.
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FAVOR Greenville Director Rich Jones and former school teacher Christen Sigmon have started a program for children of recovering addicts.
FAVOR launches children’s program
 
2013
 JANUARY 
Lyla Mae McJunkins was Greer’s first baby of the new year born at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
MARCH
 The Guard Your Life challenge was held in honor of 16-year-old Victoria Humphries, who was killed in a car accident in 2012.
FEBRUARY 
Longtime Greer businessman Willie Rowe was featured in a series recognizing Black History Month.
MAY 
PFC Barrett Lyle Austin, of Easley, who was killed in Afghanistan was brought home to the Upstate through GSP Airport.
APRIL
Project Pinwheel raised awareness of Child Abuse Prevention with 30,000 pinwheels.
 JUNE
Blue Ridge Graduate Haley Coker was not allowed to walk at graduation.
 JULY 
Kieffer Mendoza was voted as the winner of the adult Greer Idol on his 17th birthday.
AUGUST
Lyman and Wellford reached a compromise that would allow Lyman to continue providing sewer treatment and transportation services to Wellford.
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Looking back on 2013
SEPTEMBER
Mayor Rick Danner returned to China to discuss economic development and education.
OCTOBER
Governor Nikki Haley and Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority CEO, visited and toured the operational South Carolina Inland Port.
NOVEMBER
Daniel Sauvola, 28, of Greer was struck and killed by a train.
DECEMBER
Lisa Scott Cooley is elected Mayor of Duncan.
DECEMBER
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Caroline Robertson
Executive director, Greer Relief 
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Rich Jones
Director, Faces and Voices of Recovery
 
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THREE PROMOTED AT GREER STATE BANK
Greer State Bank has promoted three of its own, naming John Hobbs senior vice president and chief risk officer; Scott Presley as senior vice president, construction lending man-ager; and Angela Lynn as banking officer. Hobbs has been with Greer State Bank for three years and has been in-volved in the banking in-dustry for over 29 years. He received his account-ing degree from The Uni-versity of South Carolina and is a Certified Public Accountant.Presley has been with Greer State Bank for over six years and has been involved in the banking industry for over 22 years. He received his B.S. degree from Clem-son University. Presley serves on the Board of the Greenville Home Builders Association.Lynn works in the bank’s Compliance Department where she serves as BSA specialist and has been with the bank for six years. She received her B.S. degree from USC-Upstate and her M.B.A. degree from North Greenville University. Now in its twenty-fifth year of operations, Greer State Bank serves the greater Greer community with three branch offices and a fourth branch office in the Taylors community. Greer Bancshares Incor-porated trades in the over the counter market and is quoted on the OTC Bulle-tin Board under the sym- bol GRBS. More information on Greer State Bank can be found on the company website at
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Five generations
Pictured left to right are Ruth Snow Howell (Greer), (lap) Wyatt Shropshire (Roebuck),Brenda Howell Bartlett (Greer), Terry Bartlett (Travelers Rest) and Amber Bartlett Shropshire (Roebuck). HobbsLynnPresley
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the ports authority planned served Nordic Cold Stor-age a notice to proceed with condemnation.On March 17, shavees raised money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the sixth year with a goal of giving $100,000 to child-hood cancer research. The Guard Your Life challenge was held in honor of 16-year-old Vic-toria Humphries, who was killed in a car accident in 2012. BMW sponsored event and allowed teens to get hands-on experience at the company’s Perfor-mance Center.The Greer Commission of Public Works opened its compressed natural gas station with a ribbon cut-ting ceremony on March 22.During the March Greer Council meeting, it was re-ported that in 2012, Greer Relief assisted 6,025 peo-ple in 2,105 households and provided Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to 240 households resulting in $214,506 refunds, all with the assistance of 378 volunteers.
APRIL
In April, Project Pin-wheel was held in support of Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheels, a national symbol for child abuse prevention, served as a reminder that every-one has a responsibility to protect the well-being of children in the communi-ty, as well as encouraging the community to become engage in conversations about what is being done and what can still be done to prevent child abuse and neglect. This year, about 200 agencies participated placing about 30,000 pin-wheels.Taylors Fire and Sewer District residents voiced multiple concerns dur-ing the April TFSD meet-ing following the receipt of a series of misleading letters regarding Greater Greenville Sanitation, a government company an-nexed into another dis-trict. Despite opposition from residents and com-petitors, GGS planned to go forward with offering sanitation services to resi-dents in the TFSD, but not through annexation as residents and competitors initially thought.
MAY 
In May, Gibbs Cancer Center and Research In-stitute at Pelham, a $12 million facility, was the third Gibbs Cancer facility to open and one of nine cancer centers in the na-tion to be affiliated with the M.D. Anderson Physi-cians Network, the largest cancer center in the world. The new facility was more than five years in the mak-ing and has the capacity to treat 30 or more patients each day. It created around 20 new jobs.A cold and rainy Village Hospital Family Fest was held in downtown Greer. The Marshall Tucker Band rescheduled for next year’s Family Fest. The seventh season of Greer Idol kicked off with more than 40 contestants sing-ing. Residents paid their respects for PFC Barrett Lyle Austin, 20, of Easley, as his body was returned to the Upstate at GSP Air-port. He died of injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive de-vice in Wardak Province, Afghanistan April 17.The South Carolina Ports Authority board reached a $2.2 million settlement with Nordic Cold Storage, following the enactment of eminent domain action forcing Nordic’s lease to  be terminated and a settle-ment to be offered.The Middle Tyger Com-munity Center GED pro-gram graduation was held on May 30. The graduation was the last for GED Coor-dinator Jackie Tindall, who retired at the conclusion of the school year after 43 years of teaching. Eight students graduated from the “This is My Child” pro-gram, 15 students gradu-ated from the “Adolescent Family Life Prospective” program and 57 students graduated from the “Adult Education GED” program.
 JUNE
Generations 2 Genera-tions, a veteran’s transi-tional home was presented to the Lyman Town Coun-cil. The facilities will house veterans and their families for up to 24 months while providing transportation, rehabilitation and job preparation for them.With about 8 percent of registered voters casting  ballots, long time Duncan Mayor John Hamby was re-elected for his fourth term after service 17 years. Hamby, who received 93 of the 122 votes casted, ran against write-in candi-date Jeff Satterfield.Blue Ridge Graduate Haley Coker was denied the opportunity to walk during graduation after arriving late to gradua-tion rehearsal because she had been at her younger sister’s awards ceremony. Coker sat in her cap and gown in the crowd and was delivered her diploma in the stands. During June coun-cil meetings, Greer City Council reappointed Da-vid Langley to the Board of Architectural Review and Henry “Hank” Mims as municipal judge. Judy Jones, Morris Burton and Brian Martin were reap-pointed to the Planning Commission.Following state legisla-tion allowing special pur-pose districts statewide the option to disband, the Greenville County Rec-reation District voted to do so. Greenville County Council held a public hear-ing and voted 9-2 in favor of absorbing the Green-ville County Recreation District. As a result, tax-payers will likely receive a tax increase by as much as 4.6 mills. During the Greer City Council meet-ing, Greer Council voted 5-2 in favor of seeking legal counsel about the cities options on the matter go-ing forward.The first round of Greer Idol was held at Freedom Blast. Greer Idol teen contestants Nick Boggs and Anna McCleer, along with Greer Idol contes-tants Hannah Clayton and Squeaky Joe were elimi-nated in the first round of the competition.
 JULY 
During a hearing, Duke Energy requested a rate increase of 15.1 percent ($220 million), but through a settlement agreement, the company’s annual rev-enue could increase by a total of 8.16 percent, with a 5.53 percent increase  being implemented in the first year. The increase is the third in five years, but as part of the settlement Duke Energy agreed not to request another base rate increase prior to Septem- ber 2015 unless there are “unforeseen extraordinary economic financial condi-tions.”With his performance of “Home” and “Stand  by Me,” Kieffer Mendoza was voted as the winner of the adult Greer Idol on his 17th birthday. Kody Young, Greer Idol Teen performer, performed “Give Me a Reason” and “Drift Away,” and despite never performing in front of an audience prior to the competition, Young was voted the teen winner.
AUGUST
Illegally dumped poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were discovered in the wastewater system following sampling. PCBs were banned in the 70’s  because of the unintended adverse health and envi-ronmental effects they have. The Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Environ-mental Protection Agency opened an investigation regarding the contamina-tion.Following a month of mediation to avoid litiga-tion, Lyman and Wellford reached a compromise that would allow Lyman to continue providing sewer treatment and transporta-tion services to Wellford. Wellford owed Lyman an unagreed-upon amount for sewer transportation and treatment services, and had previously expressed intentions of seeking sew-er services elsewhere.
SEPTEMBER
The Greer Police De-partment announced the department will become more rigorous about stop-ping drunk driving in Greer in response to an August accident on Inter-state 385 resulting in the death of Shaunita Jackson. Greer resident Andrew Glasier allegedly drove the wrong way down the in-terstate hitting Jackson’s car head-on. Glasier was charged with four counts of felony DUI. Newly reelected Duncan Mayor John Hamby passed away at his home.It is confirmed that a Greer BMW facility will be located next to the Inland Port and the facility will export components and parts to emerging markets where BMW vehicles will then be assembled. The Inland Port was on sched-ule to run testing in Sep-tember with its first cargo  being handled in mid-Oc-tober.Mayor Rick Danner went  back to China to visit Hengshui, Han Dan and Beijing and discuss eco-nomic development and education. A 12-year-old boy was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shoot-ing death of 12-year-old Trayvon Dodd at 1 Wood-leigh Drive on Sept. 11.
OCTOBER
With the assistance of volunteers, the Parks and Recreation Department and Home Depot employ-ees, the weather-damaged Veterans Memorial Park, originally constructed in 1986, was restored on Oct. 3. The Home Depot Foun-dation provided an $8,000 grant for the materialcosts for the project.Governor Nikki Haley and Jim Newsome, SouthCarolina ports authority CEO, visited and touredthe operational South Car-olina Inland Port. A 1941 Chevy fire truck,used to serve Greer resi-dents for 40 years priorto being sold in 1980, re-turned to Greer and has since been restored by the fire department. With the help of volunteers whodonated time and ser-vices and with more than $11,000 donated by Greer  businesses and residentsthe truck has now been fully restored to its origi-nal appearance.
NOVEMBER
On Nov. 1 at around 3 a.m., Daniel Sauvola, 28, of Greer was struck and killed by a train near BoboStreet in Greer. Between 7-7:30 a.m., a train going through Greer stoppedand radioed in that some-one was on the tracks. The train was stopped on thetracks blocking Highway 101 and E. Poinsett Streetin Greer until around 12:30 p.m. while the coroner and police investigated.On Nov. 13 a ribbon cutting for Generations2 Generations, a veter-ans’ transitional facility was held. Founders Zach-ary and Dorothy Jenkins-Smith plan to build two  buildings for male andfemale veterans and their families to be located at12404 Greenville Highway in Lyman.
DECEMBER
Timothy Ronald How-ard, of 259 Victor Hill road, Greer, and owner of American Waste SepticTank Service, was arrestedand charged with perjury and obstructing justice in relation to the investiga-tion of polychlorinated biphenyls being found in the wastewater collectionsystem.Mayor Lisa Scott Cooleyand councilman JasonShuler, who were electedin a special election onDec. 3, were sworn in dur-ing the monthly meetingon Dec. 9.
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 Transitional home provides rehabilitation and transportation for veterans
 
PRESTON BURCH | FILE PHOTO
Greer CPW opened its compressed natural gas station at the end of March.
 
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1
THE AWANAS CLUB
at El Bethel Baptist Church, 313 Jones Ave., Greer, from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. Kids ages 3-12 are invited. Call 877-4021.
GRACE PLACE
is closed for restock until for two weeks.
THURSDAY, JAN. 2
THE SERTOMA CLUB
at Great Bay Oyster House at 6:30 p.m. Call Bob Bowman at 316-2727.
THE TAYLORS LIONS
Club at 6 p.m. at the “Clubhouse”, 500 East Main St., Taylors. Call Allen Culver at 350-6939.
THE GREER CHURCH
of God fellowship building host-ing a Gospel and Blue Grass Jam from 6:30-9 p.m. Call 877-3668.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4
COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
10 -11:30 a.m. at Calvary Christian Fellowship, 2455 Locust Hill Road, Taylors. Limited supplies available on a first come, first serve basis.
MONDAY, JAN. 6
THE NEVER ALONE GROUP OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS
at 7 p.m. at the Greer Recreational Center.
GRACE PLACE
is closed for restock until for two weeks.
TUESDAY, JAN. 7
THE LIONS CLUB
at Lake View Steak House, Higway 14 at 5:30 p.m.
THE NEVER ALONE GROUP OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS
at 7 p.m. at the Greer Recreational Center.
THE ROTARY CLUB
of Greater Greer at 7:15 a.m. at Southern Thymes. Call 334-6177.
BARBERSHOP HARMONY CHAPTER
at 7 p.m. at Memo-rial United Methodist Church, 201 N. Main St., Greer. Call 877-1352
GRACE PLACE
is closed for restock until for two weeks.
UPSTATE LEWY BODY
and Related Dementia Support Group from 5-6 p.m. at The Haven in the Village at Chan-ticleer. Contact Gail Stokes at 350-7160 or gstokes@seniorlivingnow.com.
GAP CREEK SINGERS
will rehearse from 7:30-9 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 200 Jason St., Greer. For further informa-tion or to schedule a perfor-mance contact Wesley Welsh, President, at 877-5955.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8
THE AWANAS CLUB
at El Bethel Baptist Church, 313 Jones Ave., Greer, from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. Kids ages 3-12 are invited. Call 877-4021.
GRACE PLACE
is closed for restock until for two weeks.
Calendar deadline isnoon on Tuesdays. All list-ings are subject to editingand/or omission due tospace constraints. Pleasesubmit information about area events, meetings, etc.to Amanda Bradford at 877-2076, email to abradford@greercitizen.com or mail to The Greer Citizen P.O. Box 70 Greer, SC 29652.
NEW YEAR’SFAMILY FUN
United Community Bank Ice on Main, located at 50 W. Broad St., Greenville, will be held on today from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. On Thursday Jan. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. the Greenville Road Warriors will be at Untied Community Bank Ice on Main. Players will sign autographs and offer skating tips. Admission is $10 per adult and $8 per child 12 and under. For more infor-mation visit www.iceon-main.com.
FIRST RESPONDERSCONCERT, JAN. 18
A First Responders Rec-ognition Concert will be held on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the District 5 Fine Arts Center in Duncan. The Hoppers and Mark209 will perform. Proclamations will be presented from the governor. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at globalpromo.org or by calling 655-3560.
GOD’S PANTRY REQUESTS DONATIONS
God’s Pantry needs nonperishable food dona-tions.Items can be dropped off at: 100 Enoree Road, Greer, on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon, 2481 Rac-ing Road, Greer, on Thurs-days 1 – 4 p.m. or 700 E. Main St., Duncan, on Wednesdays 9 – 11 a.m.For questions or to vol-unteer call Wendy at 963-4441.
GCM NEEDSFOOD, BLANKETS
Greer Community Min-istries is in need of beef stew, spaghetti sauce, corn muffin mix, winter coats, blankets, towels and washcloths. Donate at the ministry, 738 S. Line St. Ext., Greer, Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more informa-tion call Linda Teems at 879-2254.
GREER MEALS ON WHEELS SEEKS DRIVERS
Greer Community Minis-tries’ Meals on Wheels pro-gram needs drivers for a number of routes, includ-ing weekly, monthly or as substitutes.A MOW driver must be qualified with a valid driver’s license and have a heart for serving oth-ers. MOW has 19 delivery routes in the greater Greer area. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information contact Linda Teems at 879-2254 or 877-1937.
ROAD TO RECOVERY NEEDS DRIVERS
The American Cancer So-ciety needs volunteer driv-ers to transport patients to local treatment centers. Anyone interested in vol-unteering as a driver must have a good driving re-cord, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a vehicle in good working condition. The American Cancer Society provides free training for this pro-gram. For more information contact the local office at 627-8289.
FAMILY MINISTRIES COAT DRIVE
District Five Family Min-istries is sponsoring an on-going coat drive for those in need. New or gently used coats for men, wom-en and children are ac-cepted. Please drop off at Middle Tyger Community Center, at 84 Groce Road, Lyman, to help a family in need. You can also call the center for pickup at 439-7760.
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Dan Dudley, Creative Advancement Centers founder, left, travelled to Munich, Germany with board member Kevin McCraw for recognition for placing fifth among 14 programs.
 
BY AMANDA BRADFORD
STAFF WRITER
The Creative Advance-ment Centers After School Program placed fifth out of 14 finalists to be con-sidered for awards for nonprofits at a ceremony in Munich, Germany. More than 100 programs based out of 58 countries ap-plied and the top four pro-grams were honored with awards.BMW’s North America Facility Manager Kevin Mc-Craw, also a Creative Ad-vancement Centers board member, recommended the program be consid-ered for the award. “Dan (Dudley) does a great job in Greer, it’s in our backyard at the plant, (I thought) it would be great if we recognized a local charity, or in our case it’s an afterschool program in Greer,” McCraw said.To be considered for the award, the programs had to be registered nonprof-its that are actively help-ing the surrounding com-munities.Founder Dan Dudley be-gan the program, which in-cludes tutoring and home-work help, a meal and specialized activities made available for children from grades K-12, in 2006. “If everybody knew that they could be successful in life; if they had dreams and ambition; if they re-ally put forth that effort and believe in it and strive toward it, they would achieve it,” Dudley said in a previous interview.Seven years after start-ing the program, Dudley is continuing to expand it with more than 100 stu-dents attending.“We offer a safe ha-ven for the students. We also provide things they wouldn’t normally get at home or definitely out in the streets, they wouldn’t  be able to get anything out on the streets, and some of those things are physi-cal fitness activities, track, relay races, tag and vol-leyball, soccer and softball and things of that nature. We also, of course, provide a Christmas party and dinner for them,” Dudley said.The program also allows the students to take trips they otherwise may not have been able to take. Students have opportuni-ties to travel to Charlotte, N.C., Furman University to watch football and bas-ketball, Washington D.C., Charleston, as well as Greer Cultural Arts The-atre for productions. Dudley said his relation-ships with the community, like the Greer Cultural Arts Theatre, the Parks and Recreation Depart-ment, BMW and Greenville County School System help make the program possible. “To be in a different setting (Germany) and a different environment all together and to learn about different cultures, it was very exciting,” Dudley said. “But to be recognized on an international level of all the countries and all the organizations, not  just in Greenville County or the State of South Caro-lina, or even just America as a whole, you’re talking about nationwide, world-wide competition.“I think we do a very good thing in the commu-nity in Greer, and I think it meant a lot to, and I’m not speaking for BMW because I can’t, but I think it meant a lot for BMW to be able to recognize something so close,” McCraw said.For more information about the program, visit cityofgreer.org/depart-ments/creative_advance-ment_afterschool_pro-gram.php.
abradford@greercitizen.com | 877-2076
Local program receives recognition in Germany
‘To be
in a different setting (Germany) and a different environment all together and to learn about different cultures, it was very exciting.’ 
Dan Dudley
Founder, Creative Advancement Centers After School Program

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