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Easley FD ISO rating improves

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EASLEY — The new ISO classification rating for the Easley Fire Department has dropped to a Class 3 and Fire Chief Butch Womack says the department is on track to be lowered to a Class 2 by this time next year.ISO, or Insurance Services Office, is an independent company that collects data on the fire fighting capabilities of a community and then evaluates the results using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).The ISO then assigns the community and Fire Department a Public Protection Classification (PPC) number between 1-10. The lower the number, the better. Previously, the Easley community was rated a Class 4.


Logano nabs third win of season in Bristol night race

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano believes he has the car and Team Penske believes they have the team to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining and scooted to his third Sprint Cup victory of the season in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.“We can win the championship. We’ve showed it at every kind of race track. We’ve just got to keep doing it,” s...

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Logano defies odds with career renaissance at Penske

For every Kyle Busch, there’s a Casey Atwood. For every Kyle Larson, there’s a Todd Kluever.For every young talent who shows enough in his first moments in the limelight to tell you he’s a certain star, there’s a young talent who fades quickly into obscurity, retaining a connection to the sport only as the answer to a “What ever happened to…?” question.And then there’s Joey Logano.It’s not Logano’s &#...

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NASCAR by the numbers

6: The number of victories recorded by Team Penske drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. It’s the first time a Ford team has won more than five races in a single year since Carl Edwards’ nine-victory season for Roush Fenway Racing in 2008.21: The number of top-five finishes posted by Joey Logano in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races in 60 starts since his arrival at Team Penske to start the 2013 season. In his previous 147 starts, Logano had 16 top fives...

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Keselowski earns first NASCAR Truck Series win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — After 62 races — the last 20 of which were in his own equipment — Brad Keselowski is finally a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner.“We did it,” said Keselowski as he took the checkered flag in Thursday morning’s postponed UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.Keselowski’s joy may have been short lived. Following the race, NASCAR announced that his No. 19 truck, as well as the trucks d...

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Congressman speaks at Rotary Club

Congressman Jeff Duncan was the guest speaker at the Easley Rotary Club on Aug. 19. Duncan spoke on many topics, mainly focusing on his views of corporate tax reformation, deportation hearings of unaccompanied minors from Central America, and the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also in attendance was former Cincinnati Bengals football coach Sam Wyche and Pickens County Meals on Wheels Director Meta James, sporting wigs to promote Friday’s annual Food Fight Bowl between Easley and Pickens ...

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Anderson man sentenced for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos

COLUMBIA — Scott William Farmer, 37, of Anderson, was sentenced Aug. 19 in federal court in Spartanburg for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos, a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7413(c)(5).U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Spartanburg sentenced Farmer to 41 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release.Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that between November 2012 and April 2013, Farmer and others working for Farmer demol...

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Electrical wiring certificate class starts Sept. 2

PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College is offering an Electrical Wiring Certificate program for individuals who want to prepare for careers as electricians.The first Electrical Wiring I module will be held Sept. 2 through Oct. 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pendleton Campus.“Students will begin with learning theory and will advance to Ohm’s Law, magnetism, safety and tools, wiring methods, services, motors, inspection, mainte...

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Man gets $19K in equipment using bad check

ANDERSON – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man who wrote a bad check to pay for lawn equipment and other items valued at nearly $19,000.William Todd Dale, 49, of 1273 Nazareth Road in Lexington, wrote a check for $18,951.74 to Rogers Outdoor Equipment, 6601 U.S. 81 North in Piedmont, on July 2. The check, which was written on an account for T&L Home Improvement, was returned for insufficient funds.Dale took possession of one Kubota l...

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SCDOT’s 511 System can help weekend travelers “reach the beach”

Labor Day Weekend travelers are reminded to use the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) free 511 Traveler Information System, which provides traffic camera images, travel time estimates and other technological tools to help motorists navigate South Carolina’s roadways.The web address is is also a free 511 app available. Links to download the applications are on the 511 website under “Extras” and “511 Too...

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SWU wins appeal, off to year two of NCAA process

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University is moving to the second year in the membership process to become a full NCAA Division II institution after all.SWU President Dr. Todd Voss made the announcement after receiving word from the NCAA after SWU appealed the initial decision from July to remain as a first year candidate. The appeal was sent to the membership committee who overturned their decision from July.

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West Coast swing highlights 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, as announced Tuesday on Fox Sports 1’s “Race Hub” and NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America,” is a more geographically friendly version that also pays homage to important traditions of the past.The Darlington race returns to its historic spot on Labor Day weekend, while the Atlanta date moves from Labor Day weekend to March 1, the Sunday after the season-opening Daytona 500.Atlanta also will feature ...

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Patriots hosting Palmetto for season opener

POWDERSVILLE — The Powdersville Patriots will take on the Palmetto Mustangs for their season opener tonight at home, and Coach Robert Muster couldn’t be happier about finally getting the season underway.“I know a lot of local teams had their first game last week, but sometimes it can make you feel a little rushed. We were glad about having the extra time to get things squared away, but I’m anxious to get started,” Muster said in a phone interview Tuesd...

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No excuse for not vaccinating children

In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published one of the most damaging articles in modern history — a study supposedly linking the MMR vaccine with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. By 2010, the medical journal retracted the paper in its entirety. But the damage had been done.

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Easley High pumping up school spirit levels

EASLEY — The first week of the 2014-2015 school year at Easley High School was a great success. EHS Student Council has worked hard every day to improve school spirit as a whole, involve the Easley community, and promote their fundraising for Meals on Wheels.The EHS Student Council hosted a tailgate prior to the game to pump up the student body before the rivalry game between Easley and Pickens. The rivalry between the two schools has been a highlight of the football season s...

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EHS band fundraisers help with expenses

EASLEY — The Easley High School marching band is kicking off several fundraisers over the next few months with four car washes and a yard sale planned for this weekend.Car washes will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 30) at KFC on S.C. 123, 5 Point Church, Black’s Electric Company and Oaktree Medical Center.Also on Saturday, the band will hold a yard sale in the band room at the high school from 7 a.m. to noon. All proceeds and donations will go ...

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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.EHS Class of 1984The Easley High School Class of 1984 is planning to hold its 30th class reunion on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. Send an email to for more information or call 864-294-8342 and leave message with your contact information.

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Finding the write combo not as easy as it sounds

Recently I met someone locally who found out I am a published novelist and they expounded on how that has been their life’s ambition, and all I can say is …So you want to be a writer? Are you sure about that?Wait, let me rephrase that question in a way that will reflect the true essence of what I am asking you … because if there is one thing I have discovered it is that there is a huge and gaping chasm between being a writer and what I am getting at....

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