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SWU applauds top Pickens County educators

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PICKENS – Southern Wesleyan University joined the School District of Pickens County in congratulating top educators during the district’s Back-to-School Celebration Aug. 15 at Pickens High School.During the event, Southern Wesleyan University President Todd Voss presented cash prizes to the 2013-‘14 Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year. Finalists in each category also received cash prizes sponsored by Southern Wesleyan.


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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Church News

Revivals/Meetings/Misc.• Tim Williamson of High Falls Church of God, 405 Neal Road in Seneca, delivers a series of messages on Revelation beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 31. Contact Williamson at 864-247-7725 for more information.Ongoing events• Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Easley, 101 E. 1st Ave. in Easley, holds Bible Study from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Monday.• First Assembly of God, 810 Saco Lowell...

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Aug. 30• The Liberty Touchdown Club hosts a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 5055 Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley. All proceeds raised will be used throughout the year to help buy equipment and provide support for Liberty Football and its athletes. Tickets are $7 and can be bought at the door or by calling 864-608-2207.• A Back to School WaterBlast is held fr...

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The passage of time — when perception meets reality

My little brother is getting married this weekend, and I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that he’s all grown up.Thomas is the baby of the family. There’s almost an 11-year age difference between us. In my mind, he’s still that little boy running around the living room in a homemade Batman costume, the kid I read Harry Potter books to at bed time, and who squealed with delight if I made pizza sandwiches for lunch.He’s the boy who c...

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2014 Pumpkin Festival Quilt

The 36th annual Pumpkin Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Oolenoy Community Center, 5301 Dacusville Highway in Pickens. This year’s quilt is a Nine Patch Pumpkin Quilt designed by Susie Flowers and quilted by Anne Stowe. Tickets for this year’s quilt are $1 each and are available at several locations in the Pumpkintown area. They also will be available at the Oolenoy Community Center the day of the event. You do not have to be present to win. The event is ...

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New restaurants coming to Easley, Pickens

PICKENS COUNTY — One new restaurant has already opened in Pickens County — Moe’s Southwestern Grill had its grand opening last week — and Zaxby’s has chosen Pickens County to be the location for the company’s new prototype restaurant, with new stores opening in both Pickens and Easley.The Zaxby’s Easley location on S.C. 123 is slated to be torn down some time in November to reveal the fast food joint’s new rustic red barn style exteri...

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MAC Ride raises money for charity

EASLEY — The Mission Action Challenge kicked off its 2014 fundraising event out of Old Market Square in Easley on Aug. 23.Over 200 people registered for the cycling and 5K events that provides new shoes to local elementary school children and raises awareness for Hope Unlimited, a charity that works to get children off the streets in Brazil.Bike routes ranged from a family friendly three mile ride to a challenging 63-mile trek up to the top of Caesar’s Head a...

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Powdersville Business of the Month

The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce presented the Powdersville Business of the Month to Dr. J.J. Lynn, D.M.D. on Aug. 13. Members of Dr. Lynn’s staff, along with chamber members and representatives, were on hand to honor the dental office located on S.C. 153 in Powdersville.

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‘Passing the Mantle’ marks transition into college life

Students and their families, along with faculty and staff took part in a “Passing the Mantle” ceremony – a time of prayer and reflection as well as a celebration of transition into college life. During the Aug. 16 ceremony, part of Southern Wesleyan University’s orientation, new students received medallions to mark the beginning of their educational and spiritual journey. Braeden Kershner, a SWU music graduate, shared stories of professors and university staff members ...

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Grainger Foundation donates $5K to Tri-County welding program

GREENVILLE — The Grainger Foundation donated $5,000 to Tri-County Technical College in support of the expansion of the cutting lab in its Welding department.“This grant will be used to purchase additional equipment for the cutting lab, enabling us to serve more students,” said Paul Phelps, Welding program coordinator at Tri-County. “We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”Phelps said the program currently serves more t...

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Tri-County faculty, staff recognized for service

PENDLETON — A Tri-County Technical College employee was recognized for four decades of service to the college and the state at an annual convocation.Glenn Hellenga of Townville, director of career services, received a 40-year pin for his years of service to Tri-County Technical College and the state.Denise Hall of Travelers Rest, director of printing services, received a pin for 30 years of service and Dr. Hap Wheeler of Clemson, dean of the Arts and Sciences Divis...

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Implant could be solution for epileptics

EASLEY — Sufferers of epilepsy haven’t seen many options for treatment over the years, especially in Pickens County, but Baptist Easley Hospital in conjunction with Clemson Neurology has opened avenues locally.When it comes to epilepsy, epileptics have only three possible treatments for the condition: maintenance medication, temporal surgery or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). There are no guarantees with either treatment but the availability of medical alternatives is pr...

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Pickens hitting the road for Pendleton tilt this week

PICKENS — Coming off a tough start to the 2014 season with a 52-7 loss to Easley, Pickens (0-1) is looking to turn it around this week when they travel to Pendleton to take on the Bulldogs.Pendleton Coach Paul Sutherland is working to improve his team’s 6-5 record last year, one of the lowest since he started as the varsity coach a decade ago. This will be the first game of the season for the Bulldogs.Amid talks of injured players, Pickens Coach Chad Seaborn ...

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Liberty digs out of hole to win season opener

ANDERSON — The Red Devils pulled off an impressive win for their varsity football season opener at Crescent on Friday.Liberty (1-0) defeated Crescent (0-1) 21-14, despite a rough start that put them down by two scores near the start of the second quarter.Crescent drew first blood with an 80-yard kickoff return for an early touchdown just minutes into the game, followed by a five-yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter.Things picked up for Libe...

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Meals on Wheels wins in annual Food Fight Bowl

PICKENS — The seventh annual Food Fight Bowl might be over, but the fundraising efforts between local area high schools won’t be over until mid-September.Easley and Pickens, the two traditional participants in the Meals on Wheels fundraising event, are joined this year by Daniel and Liberty high schools.“We serve all of Pickens County, not just Pickens and Easley,” said Meta Bowers, director of Pickens County Meals on Wheels. “It’s bee...

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Easley douses Blue Flame 52-7 in rivalry game

PICKENS — From the opening possession until the final horn, the Easley Green Wave dominated the Blue Flame of Pickens on the road for its fourth consecutive win in the county rivalry by a final score of 52-7.Turnovers set the tone in the first half with the Green Wave picking off three Pickens passes, controlling field position and the ball following a game-opening scoring drive to open the scoring.Easley’s quarterback Dalton Black went 5 for 5 passing on the...

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Changing the face of violence

EASLEY — The state of South Carolina ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to criminal domestic violence and the deaths of women at the hands of their partners. Angel Garcia wants to change that.Miss Blue Ridge Foothills Teen 2014, Garcia has adopted the promotion of awareness and end of criminal domestic violence in South Carolina as her platform. The city of Easley stepped up in recognition of her efforts by declaring Aug. 20 “A Day of Remembrance for Dome...

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