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The Easley Progress print edition has new look

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EASLEY — The print edition of The Easley Progress now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

 

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All-Alumni BHS ReunionAn All-Alumni BHS Reunion will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Berea High School, 201 Burdine Drive. Organized by a committee of alumni, the event is open to students from every decade who attended Berea as well as to former staff, coaches, and administrators. Other supporters of the school are also encouraged to attend. Registration forms are available on the committee’s Facebook page (Berea Alumni Reunion) and can also b...

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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 meets at 7 p.m. Wednesda...

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Blue Ridge Fest raises $172,000 for local non-profits

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security Solutions have announced that the 17th annual Blue Ridge Fest on May 16 raised $172,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.The festival also attracted more than 6,000 attendees and 450 classic cars.

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Preschoolers gets hands-on with recycling

ANDERSON — The Anderson County Environmental Educator met with a group of preschoolers from Concord Baptist Church at the Anderson County Recycling Education Center for a short lesson on recycling and a tour of the facility.The children were able to take their bottles, cans, and newspapers to the recycling bins and throw them in themselves. Lead teacher Elizabeth Cauley brought a group of 20 children and eight adult chaperones for the visit.The children were given ...

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Oconee County SO seeking public’s help to find shooters

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to an investigation of two drive-by shootings that occurred within 90 minutes of each other in April 2013 and one that occurred in February 2014.In April 2013, the Sheriff’s Office was seeking the public’s help concerning two drive-by shootings that occurred at two different residences in the early morning hours of April 10, 2013.According to investigators ...

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Brother, nephew of stockade escapee charged in case

PICKENS – The brother and nephew of a man who escaped from the Pickens County Stockade were arrested July 16 and charged with harboring an escaped convict, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.Officials said Mitcheal Eugene Townsend and Gregory Scott Townsend, both of 440 Bakerville Road in Easley, were arrested at their home.They were charged with helping James Christopher Townsend, 41, of 200 Crescent Hill in Pickens escape capture. Mitcheal Eug...

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Meth lab discovery results in drug charges

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man Sunday morning and charged him with manufacturing methamphetamine.John Scott Vassey, 41, of 31 Ames St., is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $50,000 surety bond on the drug charge.An Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol on the Utica Mill Hill noticed Vassey in front of his residence at the Ames Street address.According to the deputy, Vassey had...

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Irresponsible state government

The people are going to have to decide what kind of life we shall have. The South Carolina legislature runs this state. The speaker of the house is under investigation by a grand jury. No state Infrastructure Bank money gets spent on roads in Pickens County but Charleston is being “gold plated” and other favored places like Horry County are spending almost all the money. Our members have seen this.

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World of Energy schedules final outdoor movie night of the summer

SENECA — The World of Energy plans to host its final outdoor movie night of the summer at 9 p.m. Aug. 1 featuring the “LEGO” movie.This is the fifth year in a row that the World of Energy and the Oconee Nuclear Station have hosted the outdoor movies for the community.Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks, or snacks will be available for purchase. Guests can also watch the movie from the shoreline in their boat on Lake Keowee. No pets or...

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New role positions Clemson for success in health services

CLEMSON — Clemson University professor Windsor Westbrook Sherrill has been named associate vice president for health research at Clemson and chief science officer at Greenville Health System (GHS).Clemson and GHS announced last summer the establishment of a health-care research and education powerhouse that makes Clemson the primary research collaborator for the GHS Clinical University and a key partner in health research and education initiatives.“Dr. Sherri...

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S.C. Botanical Gardens on road to recovery

CLEMSON — For 28 days during the summer of 2013, the Clemson area was saturated with rain and on July 13, eight inches of rain in 24 hours left the S.C. Botanical Gardens devastated. A year later, recovery is well on the way.Clemson students, along with volunteers from the community and staff of the university, combined their efforts over a year’s time to make the home to some 8,000 species of plants and foliage accessible once again as well as begin the recovery of man...

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Clemson’s Carolina Clear receives national award

CLEMSON — The Clemson University Extension Service’s pollution prevention and watershed protection program has received a national award. The Universities Council on Water Resources honored the Carolina Clear program with council’s 2014 Education and Public Service Award.The award recognizes significant contributions to increase public awareness of water resources development, use or management in the biological and social sciences. Carolina Clear director Katie G...

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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 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.m.The cost is $70 per c...

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If you have to borrow, you can’t afford it

To know what is truly important to Americans all you have to do is turn on your television set and wait. It all becomes very apparent as what was once the home of the free has become the mortgage of the indebted.Where fiduciary responsibility and the necessity of good sound financial management was the backbone of the United States’ economic belief system, both on a corporate and individual level, it’s funny how much 50 years can change a society and culture. But the so...

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Easley home to two-time gold medal winner

EASLEY — Only a handful of Pickens County residents might know there is a two-time gold medal winner living in their midst.Todd McKinney, a resident of Easley, has now had the fortune of competing in the National Special Olympics in two sports, bringing home the gold twice. Most recently in 2014 McKinney made the trip to New Jersey and Princeton University to compete, bringing home the top prize in bowling.“I’d go anywhere other than there for vacation,...

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Balance must exist in the world

I carry a messenger bag, sort of a canvas material catchall, and over the last five years it has seen more than most people, picking up its own mementos along the way … its own sort of memories, if you will.This past weekend this bag, as always slung across my chest, made its way from Simpsonville to Charleston trailing 220 cyclists on the ride of a lifetime, some 252 miles in three days. Notice I was trailing them, not part of the masochists taking on the massive undertaking...

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Aug. 2• 8 a.m.-noon: St. Andrew Catholic Church, 209 Sloan St. in Clemson, holds a yard sale. Call 864-654-1757 for more information. All profits will benefit the church’s building fund.Vacation Bible School• Pickens Church of God, 127 McDaniel Ave. in Pickens, holds its Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through July 25. Family Fun Night will be held on July 25 and VBS graduation will be held at 10:...

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