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Easley High Class of 1959 donates to EHS band

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EASLEY – The Easley High School Band received a monetary donation from the Easley High School Class of 1959 on Aug. 29.The Easley High School Band Program has received the S.C. Band Directors Association Outstanding Performance Award nine times since 2002. The Easley High School Marching Band was the 2013 Chesnee Eagle Classic Grand Champions.They also placed fifth at the 2013 4A SCBDA Upperstate Championships and completed their 2013 season as one of the top 10 4A marching bands at state championships.


This spud’s for you

The Rev. J. Charles Porter grew up on a farm and has been growing potatoes for 84 years, but never one quite like this. The oddly shaped spud was part of a small crop that was planted a little late in the season and Porter wasn’t sure they would grow. “I didn’t do anything different,” Porter said. “But when I dug them up, I sure have never seen anything like this before.” Porter plans to eat his prized potato, but is still undecided whether he’ll have...

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Lessons from Hugo continue to teach

It’s been a quarter century since South Carolina felt the wrath of Hurricane Hugo, but it remains a defining moment for our state.Shortly before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989, a category 4 hurricane made landfall near Charleston, battering our coastline, destroying homes, and downing power lines.Many coastal residents evacuated their homes, either taking refuge at shelters established at schools and community centers or scrambling further inland to get away from the c...

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Mayors celebrate Constitution Week with proclamations

EASLEY — The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 42, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Traffic flow slowed by crews removing growth

S.C. 153 in Powdersville experienced some slowdowns as road crews did routine maintenance, causing some traffic snarls and delays Sept. 17. The crews were on hand to clear the shoulders of the highway of vegetative growth, a regularly scheduled maintenance program.

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New railroad track installed

New track is being laid on the Norfolk Southern Rail Road between Easley and Greenville. Sections of the tracks will be replaced one side at a time as part of a regular maintenance program. Workers and their equipment could be seen gathering on the track in downtown Easley before heading out.

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Miracle Hill does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Managers and employees of Miracle Hill Thrift Store in Easley had a new take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with everyone dumping their pail of frigid water on their neighbor. Pictured from left to right are Jonathan Moore, Patrick Pearl, Anastasia West, Rod West, Shannon Pottberg, Joy Crompton, Loren Wheeler and Brianna McCullough.The thrift store will also be having a customer appreciation day Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A visit from The Blood Connection’s Blood Vessel a...

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Lake Keowee access areas closing next week

PICKENS COUNTY/OCONEE COUNTY – Duke Energy will temporarily close one boat ramp at Stamp Creek Access Area and all three ramps at Warpath Access Area on Lake Keowee beginning the week of Sept. 22 to perform planned maintenance work.“These maintenance repairs are part of ongoing efforts by Duke Energy to ensure quality access areas are available to the recreational boating public for use at our lakes,” said John Crutchfield, director of Duke Energy’s public s...

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Free practice GED tests offered for limited time

EASLEY — The Pickens Adult Learning Center is offering free practice GED tests on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.The “See For Free” Program allows students to see if they’re ready to pass the GED test, see the skills they need to work on to pass the test, and see a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books.Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test....

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Could it be more than just a cold?

EASLEY — Recently there have been reports of the Enterovirus making its way across the nation and the susceptibility of children to the virus. Baptist Easley Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Helmrich offered up some information and advice for the community.“Actually, it’s a group of very common viruses that were first identified as a group in California in 1962,” Helmrich explained. “This includes that children see all the time including the common col...

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Local veteran getting deserved home improvements

EASLEY — A local World War II veteran is the focus of some home improvements and it’s all due to his service and outstanding presence in the Pickens County community.Fred Turner of Mulberry Road in Easley is a soft spoken 92-year-old member of the Easley community whose service record is most likely unknown to his neighbors, but isn’t unknown to the Purple Heart Homes Golden Corner Chapter.As a result, Purple Heart Homes is teaming up with volunteers fr...

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SDPC votes for millage increase

PICKENS — As a result of lower than expected assessment property values in Pickens County, the School District of Pickens County has voted to increase the millage rate for taxes by 4.7 mills. The new rate will be reflected on tax notices in the county moving forward.At a regularly scheduled board meeting Sept. 15, the board reviewed the assessments for the county and expected revenue from the lowered assessment. The board voted 4-2 to increase the millage rate for property ta...

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Bryson comes full circle with book signing

EASLEY — Local author and cook Francine Bryson was on hand at Sam’s Club in Easley for a chance to meet her fans and sign copies of her newly released cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen.The line to meet Bryson stretched the length of the aisle, and Bryson was just delighted with the turnout.“This is fantastic, and a little surreal. It was almost exactly one year ago that I was standing here (in line) to meet Paula Deen’s son (Bobb...

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Wrens heads to Pickens for regional match-up

PICKENS — Undefeated Wren (3-0) will travel to still winless Pickens (0-3) for the first region game for both teams on Friday.Wren is coming off a narrow escape against Easley where despite a 24-0 lead at the half, a late rally brought the Green Wave a touchdown away from victory.According to sources close to the program, Golden Hurricanes Coach Jeff Tate is not taking Pickens lightly despite its winless record. Practices have been intense, focusing on the teamR...

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First the questions, then come the answers

I have had a burr under my saddle where the S.C. Department of Social Services and the welfare of the children in this state are concerned, especially the TOTAL lack of responsiveness from the Governor’s office. This column is going to ask a great many questions but give you no answers … at least not until Sept. 24.Why would I write a column of questions and provide no answers? That’s an easy one to answer and, as always, it’s a truth you might not want to h...

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Golf tourney will benefit Powdersville Business Council

POWDERSVILLE — The Powdersville Business Council, in conjunction with the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a golf tournament Sept. 25 at Southern Oaks Golf Course in Powdersville.The tournament is sponsored by Best Kia and Best Chevrolet and all proceeds will go to the Powdersville Business Council.The Council was formed in 2007 and promotes the well-being of the industrial and professional community by bringing together diverse economic enterprises....

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Liberty, Powdersville set for region opener

LIBERTY — The Powdersville Patriots will take their undefeated record on the road to face a Liberty Red Devils squad :53 shy of undefeated themselves.Powdersville (3-0) is coming off a winning road trip to Travelers Rest to face their first region foe in Liberty, a big game on the region schedule for both teams, while Liberty (2-1) is trying to figure out how a win escaped them in the last minute in last Friday’s loss to Walhalla.

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Area Reunions

Trotter ClanThe Trotter clan and descendants of George MacDuffie and Sara O’Neal Trotter hold their reunion at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gatehouse Restaurant in Pickens.Chastain ReunionFamily and friends of Oscar and Bertha Chastain meet for their annual reunion at Holly Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Sept. 21. A covered dish dinner begins at 1 p.m.Lewallen/Lewellyn Family

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