Here’s how you can be 1 of only 600 people allowed to view the eclipse from the top of two GVL parking garages

Only 600 people will be allowed to view Monday’s total solar eclipse from the top deck of a City of Greenville parking garage.

Greenville PD: If you see Bigfoot, don’t shoot

The Greenville Police Department has some advice to anybody who thinks they’ve seen Bigfoot in the city — don’t shoot.

Police to close top decks on all garages except two during eclipse

Greenville officials say one of the biggest concerns is people gathering on rooftops that are not engineered for rooftop gatherings. The extra weight can cause buildings to be structurally undermined, potentially causing a roof collapse.

New Augusta trolley route has no stops in Alta Vista neighborhood

“When the trolleys were discussed, a lot of folks thought it would be great to have stops in the neighborhood. But there’s a difference between wanting a stop and having that stop near your house.”

Work begins on new public plaza in Village of West Greenville

The roughly 5,000-square-foot plaza will feature lights strung from rooftop to rooftop, one-of-a-kind cast-iron light poles donated by local businessman and community leader Richard Heusel, and public art as a nod to the area’s thriving arts scene.

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Clemson prof gets $6M for research to lower price of drugs used to treat breast cancer, MS

Professor Sarah Harcum will study better ways of engineering Chinese hamster ovary cells, which the drug industry uses to produce biopharmaceuticals.

Clemson University researchers work to improve lasers for military use

Engineering professors John Ballato and Lin Zhu have received $3.2 million from the Department of Defense to refine lasers for possible military use.

Your annual reminder to get your vision checked

May is Healthy Vision Month.

An eight-minute simulation lets caregivers experience dementia

Virtual Dementia Tour simulates the challenges a dementia patient experiences in doing everyday things.

Partners in Agriculture plans new facility, continues fight against hunger in Haiti

For 18 years, Greenville’s Gillaine and Charles Warne have grown food and taught sustainable agriculture practices in Haiti to eliminate malnutrition.

Furman University receives about $500K for science equipment

Furman University has been awarded a four-year, $497,183 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to purchase microscopes and more.

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Clemson, Furman featured in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 382 Colleges’

Clemson students love their school and Furman students have a knack for politics.

Clemson tops College Choice’s Best Colleges in South Carolina list

Clemson University, Presbyterian College and the University of South Carolina top newly released College Choice’s 2017 Best Colleges in South Carolina list.

Clemson, Auburn partner to save wild tiger population

This week, Clemson University and Auburn University — alongside Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri — announced the formation of the U.S. Tiger University Consortium, a coalition for universities that claim the tiger as their mascot.

Clemson University raises record $151 million

Clemson University supporters just keep giving. A year after its $1.06 billion The Will to Lead capital campaign ended, Clemson received $151.3 million in private gifts, a new annual fundraising record for the school.

Sale of old Berea Elementary to Legacy Early College stalls

The sale of the old Berea Elementary School to Legacy Early College has hit a snag.

Clemson raises tuition; hike is lowest in 20 years

The bad news: Clemson University is the latest public college in South Carolina to raise tuition for the 2017-18 school year. The good news: it’s the smallest percentage increase in two decades.

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How the Reedy’s water quality is hindering recreation outside the city

While the Reedy River has become a hub for recreation in downtown Greenville, some residents believe it needs more access points outside the city.

How one group plans to improve water quality in the Saluda Watershed

Save Our Saluda has partnered with Greenville County and other stakeholders to reduce sediment runoff in a watershed used by thousands of residents.

Mayor Knox White endorses Paris Climate Agreement

White has joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a coalition committed to carrying out the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Clemson studies best seasons for controlled burns in Appalachians

Prescribed burning is a practice that involves removing understory brush that can go up in flames during a drought.

Upstate’s air quality improves, report says

Upstate residents can breathe a little easier.

Upstate Forever ends fight against natural gas pipeline

Upstate Forever won’t challenge the state’s approval of a 55-mile natural gas pipeline that will run through hundreds of properties in Spartanburg County to the Lowcountry.

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QuikTrip drops Nicholtown store plan, starts construction on Academy Street location

While QuikTrip has dropped its plan to build a convenience store in the Nicholtown community on Laurens Road, construction has started on a new store on another one of the gateways to downtown.

Boiling Springs apartment community sold for $19M

Connecticut-based Hamilton Point Investments purchased the multifamily complex on Asheville Highway from Greenville-based Graycliff Capital Partners on Jan. 12.

Outside developers vie to shape downtown Greenville in league with the county

At least six outside developers — some of whom do business across the country — have expressed an interest in the prominent county-owned property, nearly 38 acres of high ground next to Falls Park.

City planners approve revised plans for Stone Avenue townhomes

Southern Investment & Development proposes 18 townhomes on West Stone Avenue, one block west of Main Street. Revised plans include central courtyard, ‘pedestrian-friendly’ feel, according to city officials.

Harris Teeter at Lewis Plaza still planned despite limited construction activity, company says

Harris Teeter said in December 2014 it was re-entering the Upstate market with a new Lewis Plaza store. At site recently, however, no construction crews were working and just one wall had been erected.

New Harris Teeter at Lewis Plaza delayed

Harris Teeter said in December 2014 it was re-entering the Upstate market with a new Lewis Plaza store. At site recently, however, no construction crews were working and just one wall had been erected.

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Uber drivers in Greenville can start accepting tips soon

Riders are not required to tip drivers, and unlike normal fares, Uber will not take a cut of the tips.

This Week in UBJ: A Quiet Man’s Resounding Influence

Tee Hooper’s low-key leadership, BMW in the Upstate turns 25, more fun and games on Main Street, and more.

This Week in UBJ: All Flip, No Flop

An entrepreneurial trip from barbecue to flip-flops, a “merger of equals” to form the state’s largest health care system, a $16 million founding win for a Main Street company, and two new downtown hotels.

Clemson professor receives $3M to research cyberattack defenses

The operating system that’s under development, known as S2OS, could make data stored and transmitted in computer and network systems more secure.

This Week in UBJ: The Duke’s Century

One hundred years ago, one woman made a huge impression on scores of WWI soldiers. And unlike Wonder Woman, Greenville’s Eugenia Duke knew a great mayonnaise recipe.

This Week in UBJ: World, meet the Upstate. Upstate, meet the world.

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome — it’s the Upstate Business Journal’s special focus on international issues.

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