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Manhunt continues for suspect in shooting

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EASLEY — The manhunt for Jason Allen Larson, wanted in connection with two attempted murders April 9, continues and law enforcement is seeking the public’s help.Larson is suspected of being the gunman in a shooting that took place at 408 Highland Road in Easley just after 8:30 p.m. April 9, sending one man to Greenville Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. The victim remains in stable but critical condition.The second count of attempted murder is for shots fired at an unidentified female in the residence.


Pickens County Library System Events

Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library• Lego Storybuilders meets at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library, 105 Commons Way in Central. Call 864-850-7077 or send an email to for more information.• The Central-Clemson Book Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch. New members are welcome....

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Out & About

Through April 19• The third annual Clemson Blues Festival is held featuring The Swingin’ Medallions, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues, Greenville’s True Blues Band and ReggaeInfinity. Visit for the schedule of events and more information.April 16• The Easley Business and Professional Women’s April meeting is held at 12:30 p.m. at Fa...

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Clemson’s National Dropout Prevention Center to assist S.C. at-risk schools

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has entered into an agreement with the S.C. Department of Education to analyze needs and provide support to the state’s 26 at-risk schools.The South Carolina Education Accountability Act authorizes support for the state’s lowest-performing schools, designated as “at-risk,” and tasks the S.C. Department of Education to recruit and organize teams of experts to assist these sch...

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Merck tapped as new school superintendent

PICKENS — Dr. Danny Merck, principal at Daniel High School, will begin his duties at the helm of the School District of Pickens County on May 1.Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew accepted a similar position in Rock Hill. Pew’s contract, based on a vote by the board last Thursday, will terminate April 30.“It really is a great opportunity to follow Dr. Pew, who’s done such a great job leading this district,” Merck said following the announcement. &#...

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Hannah Road altercation leads to murder charge

PICKENS — The early morning hours of April 12 were broken by the sound of gunfire when an altercation turned deadly, leading to the death of one Pickens County man and the arrest of a second.Justin Douglas O’Bryant, 26, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime following the shooting death of Michael Shane Collins, 38, of 120 Hannah Road in the Sunset Community.

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Rookie Elliott wins at Darlington, tames ‘The Lady In Black’

DARLINGTON — It was clearly a case of David vs. Goliath when rookie Chase Elliott took on the legendary Darlington Raceway — the track known as “Too Tough To Tame” — and slayed it with vengeance.And, in accomplishing the feat, he took on veteran drivers the likes of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth to claim his second consecutive Nationwide Series win in the VFW Sportclips Help a Hero 200.It also marked the first time ever that Ell...

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Harvick goes from pole to Victory Lane at Southern 500

DARLINGTON — It started with the Pole Award and ended with the champion’s trophy. That’s how strong Kevin Harvick’s #4 Budweiser Chevrolet was at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night.It was Harvick holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the second two-lap overtime to win the Bojangles Southern 500 at the legendary track known as “Too Tough To Tame.”It marked Harvick’s second win this season for his new team, Stewart-Haas Racing, and a...

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Daniel High Athletic Hall of Fame nominations sought

CENTRAL — The D. W. Daniel Athletic Booster Club officially inducted the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class last fall. The Booster Club and its Hall of Fame Committee are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame class.Interested alumni and community members can find the nomination form, including the criteria, on the Athletic Booster Club webpage at Click on the “Hall of Fame” link. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014...

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Green Wave introduces new volleyball coach

EASLEY — Easley High School introduced its new volleyball coach April 10 to an excited gathering of players and parents, naming Jessica Hamby as the new head of the school’s program.Athletics Director Gil Payne, in his first semester leading the Green Wave, announced his first hire with parents and players waiting with anticipation, and according to Payne, Hamby’s history of success should be a good fit for the program moving forward.

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Sassafras Mountain wildfire contained, under control

PICKENS — Sassafras Mountain in Pickens County has been ablaze and according to the U.S. Forestry Service, the wildfire is contained and under control.“As of 7:44 am April 14, the fire is contained and under control, although there are some dangers with the wind over the next few days,” said Scott Hawkins, public information director. “There will be someone assigned to watch, but for all intents and purposes, the fire is controlled.”The blaz...

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— Al-Anon, a support group for friends and family of alcoholics, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Hwy., and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Road.Celebrate Recovery Pickens County meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Dream Center, 200 West D Ave. in Easley. Visit www. celebraterecoverypickenscounty.bellstrike for more information.— Alcoholics Anonymous...

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What cat up yonder tree does meow? Um, that would be mine …

I had always lived under the impression that the stories we used to read as a kid, the ones where the fire department saved the kitty from the tree, were all made up … some sort of propagandist effort to endear one arm of public servants to children.I was wrong.For those of you getting to the game a little late, here’s a synopsis: I am single, love it, and have a 4-month old Belgian Malinois puppy named Lola and Mariah Catty, the codependent kitty, both femal...

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U.S. commerce secretary touts education-industry partnership at CU-ICAR

GREENVILLE — The cutting-edge research and world-class education that are helping South Carolina play a leading role in the nation’s manufacturing revival took center stage Friday when U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research.Her visit included a private roundtable discussion about developing a qualified workforce and came as expanding automotive and tire companies heighten the state’s im...

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Advanced warning systems increase safety at intersections, study shows

CLEMSON — Most drivers have experienced a traffic signal that turns yellow just as they approach an intersection, which makes it difficult for them to decide whether to stop or proceed through it. The wrong choice in this situation, known as the “dilemma zone,” may lead to crashes, especially at high-speed intersections.A major factor making driving difficult is hazards that are sudden and hard to predict. Roadside and in-vehicle display warning systems may help d...

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Daniel High student named Clemson National Scholar

CLEMSON — Sarah Waldvogel of D.W. Daniel High School in Central has been named a Clemson University National Scholar for 2015.Waldvogel is an accomplished musician, serving as primary soloist for the Marching Band and as first chair for flutes in the Concert Band. She has been named an all-county, all-region and all-state player.As president of the Beta Club, she restructured the organization to offer more service and leadership opportunities and helped raise more ...

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Southern Wesleyan Spring Events Calendar

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University has released it fine arts calendar for spring and it’s sure to have something for everyone. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, no ticket required, and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. Call 864-644-5404 for more information.Here is a look at upcoming events:SWU Concert Choir “Pops” Concert

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Clemson hosting educational retreat for women farmers

COLUMBIA — The Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development is hosting Annie’s Project, a risk-management education retreat for farm and ranch women.Annie’s Project is a national program that teaches women about farm-management skills. Annie grew up in a small town in Illinois, married a farmer, and spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. Annie’s Project is based on Annie’s personal experiences a...

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