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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.


Missing woman contacts family

EASLEY — A missing Easley woman and her son have made contact with family and friends via a video posted to social media but questions still remain concerning their sudden disappearance and current whereabouts.Brandy Willingham, 33, and her son, Brandon, 5, were reported missing by family Aug. 18 following a dispute at Willingham’s home on Gilliland Drive in Easley the previous evening. Family and friends searched for the two with few answers until a video featuring Wil...

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Walk for Life fundraiser is Saturday

PICKENS — Pickens County’s Hope Women’s Center is hosting its first ever Walk for Life fundraiser on Sept. 20 in the hopes of educating the community on its mission and raise much needed funds as well.Through a series of programs, the non-profit organization assists local women in need during pregnancy. The circumstances for their needs, according to Gail Porter a counselor and volunteer with Hope Women’s Center, vary from age or family issues to financial c...

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Take a step back and get a better view

Before I sat down to write this column I had already accepted the fact I wouldn’t be making any friends, at least not here in the tightest notch of the Bible belt, but I feel it needs to be said. If you have followed me at all, you know I will say what needs to be said, no matter how unpopular it may be.I want to address prayer at public meetings and give you, reader, the opportunity to make up your own minds, as it should be.It’s no secret I am against praye...

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Clemson, Parenting Place kick off initiative in Oconee

CLEMSON — Oconee County ranks 11th in the state for the number of births to 15-19 year olds and 10th in the number of repeat pregnancies.In an effort to stem this tide, Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center, The Parenting Place and other local organizations have launched CU Succeed, an initiative to support academic, health and parenting success among young pregnant and parenting Oconee County residents.The organizations announced the initiative duri...

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Tucker named Baptist Easley Physician of the Quarter

EASLEY – Baptist Easley Hospital recently named Dr. Michelle Tucker as the Cam Underhill Practicing Excellence Physician of the Quarter award winner.The award is based on the Baptist Easley Medical Staff Standards of Behavior: Integrity, Compassion, and Competence. Tucker is associated with MountainView OB-GYN. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Church News

Sept. 19• 6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Home with a Heart, 22- James Mattison Road in Liberty, hosts a fish fry and gospel singing featuring Living Truth Ministries from Piedmont. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the singing begins at 7 p.m.Sept. 28• Homecoming services are held at Elljean Baptist Church. The Rev. Brandon Wimpey is the speaker.Ongoing events• Emmanuel Lu...

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St. Matthias Lutheran celebrating 40 years

EASLEY — St. Matthias Lutheran will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special worship service and a reunion/lunch following on Oct. 5. All former members are invited to return and join in the festivities.St. Matthias begin in 1974, meeting in those early years in the former Sitton Buick facility on the corner of North First Street and West Main in downtown Easley. That building is now occupied by the Starving Artist cafe.The congregation broke ground for its fi...

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Grace UMC to celebrate first responders with special service

PICKENS — Grace United Methodist Church will celebrate local first responders at special worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21.Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark will speak at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon for first responders and their families hosted by the church.The Rev. James McCoy-Bruce will preach at the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service, followed by coffee and light refreshments, for first responders and family members who would like to att...

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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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Road closing for bridge replacement

PICKENS COUNTY — Rolling Green Road at the intersection of Praters Creek Road will be closed to traffic beginning Sept. 22 and will remain closed for approximately 60 days while the Pickens County Roads and Bridges Department replaces the bridge. Detour signs will be posted from each direction. Contact the Roads and Bridges Department at 864-898-5934 for more information.

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Slow start leads to big win for Daniel

CENTRAL — The fourth ranked Daniel Lions hosted a Westside Rams team coming into the game in Central undefeated as well and eventually wore down the upstart Anderson team 24-9.The Daniel defense had two takeaways in the opening quarter to stop drives by the Rams’ offense which seemed unstoppable at the time. As the second quarter opened, the game remained scoreless until Westside was finally able to finish a drive but missed the PAT, taking a 6-0 lead.

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Liberty drops first of season on last-minute rally

WALHALLA— Liberty headed into their road game with Walhalla September 12 with a 2-0 record and a legitimate chance to run that record to 3-0 only to fall prey to a late field goal and a three point loss.In what could have proven very fortuitous for the Razorbacks, a field goal with 4:55 on the clock in the first and a 3-0 lead. Liberty would strike back late in the first half though to open the Red Devils’ scoring with a 45-yard TD catch by Eddie Mathis.As bo...

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Patriots continue winning ways

TRAVELERS REST— The Powdersville Patriots, a team which didn’t have a varsity football program four years ago, continued to show its offensive prowess and maturity beyond the school’s age as they went on the road for a 28-7 win over Travelers Rest to remain undefeated on the year.The Devildogs of Travelers Rest would open the scoring and take a 7-0 lead, taking the opening kick and driving against the Powdersville defense, but that lead wouldn’t last long as...

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DAR member celebrates milestone

Nancy Johnson, seated, was recently awarded her 60-year membership certificate by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Johnson became a member of DAR in 1953. She will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 22. She is shown with Harriet Nash, Carolyn Patterson and Lynda Abegg.

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Hope in sight for PCSO Detention Center

PICKENS — The smell of sulfur is almost too much to bear as the door opens and you walk into the downstairs reception area of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.“It’s the plumbing,” Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said, apologizing. “The plumbing’s too old to handle the capacity we need and sometimes it causes a sewerage overflow.”Averaging a daily count of inmates from 200-210, with a capacity for 97 detainees, the Pickens Count...

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Football Super Saturday set for Sept. 20

PICKENS — The annual Football Super Saturday celebration will be hosted by the Pickens Recreation Department on Sept. 20 at the new Pickens High School football stadium.Super Saturday serves as one of the Rec Department’s largest fundraising drives. In the event of inclement weather (lightning, field too wet), games will be cancelled.Gate admission is $1 for everyone excluding players/cheerleaders and coaches. There will be an open grill during the day servin...

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Earnhardt: Time to crank intensity back up

RICHMOND, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in the season-opening Daytona 500 took much of the pressure off his team throughout the first 26 races. But Junior knows the time has come to crank the intensity back up.“We’ve been sort of on vacation for 20 weeks. It’s time to get to it,” said Earnhardt, who started 24th and finished 12th at Richmond.In addition to his Daytona win, Earnhardt swept the Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Race...

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