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Escaped stockade inmate back in jail

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PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Christopher Townsend on Wednesday afternoon following an anonymous tip that he was at a residence in the Easley community.Deputies located Townsend around 12:45 p.m. at a residence on Bakerville Road at which time he was taken into custody without incident.Efforts to locate Townsend have been ongoing since the discovery of his escape by Stockade authorities following an evening count of all inmates on July 3. Townsend was serving a sentence for failure to pay child support and had been held at the Stockade since June 2. The Pickens County Stockade is located at #186 Prison Camp Road in Pickens.


Tagging along on bike ride will bring many returns

As you read this column, whether it be over a cup of coffee, a bite of lunch during your workday break, or as you sit at home celebrating the beginning of your weekend, I am on the road. I hope to make it entertaining for you.Today, depending on what time it is for you right now, I am somewhere between Simpsonville and Newberry, photographing and writing about the Ride to Remember, a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research. There will be literally hundreds of cyclists covering 25...

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Infinity School holds Wright stuff for teen

NEWBERRY — Newberry’s Mark Wright navigated some rough waters as he completed his final year of high school.Thanks to the intervention of his father, Anthony Wright, and the teachers at the Newberry County School District’s Infinity School, especially Director and educator Tonya Jeter, Mark said he was able to return to making positive life decisions and turn his circumstances around.Until his senior year Wright was a leader on campus at Mid-Carolina Hi...

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A birthday wish — and some universe leveling — for my son

I remember when I turned 19 years old and what a boy I was, not from a lack of effort on the parts of both my parents (bless their prematurely aged hearts), and today my oldest son reached that milestone himself … and there is a world of difference between us at that age, I can tell you.

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Medical, educational, spiritual benefits supplied to Haiti thanks to mission

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI — On Saturday, June 21, Dr. Mike and Karin White, their daughters Leanna and Lauren, Rachel and Levi Hoover (Clewiston, Fla.) and Brother Tom Dorsey traveled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to do medical mission work.The trip is a medical mission outreach Missions of Love for Haiti, a local non-profit organization.The $5000 raised during a walk-a-thon this spring combined with medical donations from area opthamologists and pharmacies as well as indiv...

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Public meetings to identify resources, creative people in Spartanburg County

SPARTANBURG — Chapman Cultural Center is leading a county wide effort called “Culture Counts” to identify and map all cultural resources, creative industries, and creative people living and working in Spartanburg County. A comprehensive identification of the communities’ cultural resources is the first step in any planning process. Public meetings will be held in several communities in the County in July, August, and September to gather data from citizens on what cultu...

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Greenville, Sons of the American Revolution host the 124th SAR National Congress

GREENVILLE — For the first time in 125 years the state of South Carolina will be the site of the SAR National Congress in Greenville, Friday, July 18-Thursday, July 24.South Carolina SAR State President Daniel Woodruff is elated to show off the Palmetto State’s important role in securing our nations freedom.“As one of the original 13 colonies there were over 400 Revolutionary War battles, skirmishes and engagements that took place throughout our state, ...

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The DSS clock is ticking

Tick tock goes the clock and the question is, when will it stop?The Department of Social Services along with Gov. Nikki Haley should be taken to task by every citizen in the state of South Carolina for their complete disregard for due process and lack of transparency. There is absolutely no excuse for ANY refusal to answer questions where the welfare of our children is concerned.The department itself is insulated to the point of no accountability, operating under a syste...

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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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Nalley Family ReunionThe descendants of the Rev. George Burdine and Emma Burns Nalley celebrate the 100th year of their family reunion on July 12 in the Dining Commons of Southern Wesleyan University in Central. The room is reserved from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a catered meal ($15 per person) will be served at 1 p.m. Send check made out to Nalley Reunion to Evelyn McCollum, 409 Haverhill Circle, Easley, SC 29642. For more information, email or ...

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Church News

July 20 5-7:30 p.m.: St. Andrew Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Highway in Easley, hosts an event featuring free hot dogs, Bounce House, games and music with the St. Andrew Praise Band and Sunlit Moon.Vacation Bible SchoolPickens Church of God, 127 McDaniel Ave. in Pickens, holds its Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 21 through July 25. Family Fun ...

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Anderson County deputy honored with Quilt of Valor

ANDERSON — Deputy David “Allen” Hammond was honored on June 26 by local members of the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild, when he was presented with the group’s Quilt of Valor.According to Lynda McCoy Hempel, who stitched Hammond’s quilt, the guild’s goal is to “wrap a quilt around every man and woman who has served our country.”And, so far, combined with other quilting guilds across the nation, over 101,000 quilts have been pres...

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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

July 12• The Hired Help performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pickens Amphitheater, 114 W. Main St. in Pickens. Call 864-878-6421, visit or for more information.July 14• The Steppin’ It Up Coalition meets from 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. at Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County, 303 E. Main St. Meetings are open to anyone intere...

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Westminster man charged with breach of trust

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man Tuesday on breach of trust charges after he reportedly took money from his employer.Kenneth Dwayne McElreath, 38, whose address on warrants is listed as 1238 Greenfield Road, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:39 a.m. Tuesday. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.According to the incident report and warrants, a deputy responded to the Sandifer B...

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Father, son arrested on narcotics charges

ANDERSON — Investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a father and son for narcotics-related offenses on July 7.Christopher Laquientia Mack Sr., 37, and Christopher Laquientia Mack Jr., 18, of Donalds, were both charged with trafficking 61.5 pounds of marijuana. The street value of the seizure is approximately $60,000.The arrests occurred in the Belton area on North Major Road as a result of an on-going investigation into ...

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Sports Announcements

Summer Day Camps 2014PICKENS — The Pickens County Recreation Department will hold nine one-week Summer Day Camp sessions in July and August at the Pickens Recreation Center, 545 Sangamo Road in Pickens.Camps will be held July 14-July 18, July 21-July 25, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-Aug. 8 and Aug. 11-Aug. 15.The camps are for children ages 6 to 12 (completed 5K kindergarten to rising seventh graders) and will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p....

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Clements receives music scholarship

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Dawson Clements signed a letter of intent to attend Southern Wesleyan University’s Department of Music, where he will enroll in the fall of 2014.Dawson will participate in the choral ensembles as he prepares to earn his music degree at SWU, a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited institution. Dawson brings a wide variety of musical experiences, which include singing in the Hamburg High School Concert Chorale, and has performed with t...

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