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Domestic violence ‘just like a fire’

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PICKENS — The emergency shelter Mary’s House held a candlelit prayer vigil for domestic violence awareness last Thursday on the steps of the Pickens County Courthouse. The vigil was attended by more than 50 people, coming from all around the county to share the message: You are not alone.“Domestic violence is just like a fire,” said speaker and Mary’s House board member Judy Munson. “It is a fire that consumes everything in its path until it’s put out. Too many times people smell the smoke — they see the signs … but they don’t report the fire.”


Daniel High School crowns Homecoming Queen 2014

CENTRAL — Daniel High School senior Gingerlynn Jenkins was crowned Miss Homecoming on Sept. 19. Senior Abby Martin was runner-up and Noelle Heerschap was honored as a senior class representative.Sophomore Mary Chase Grant was crowned the Underclassmen Princess; Freshman Mary Campbell Huss was runner-up.Other class representatives included: Juniors Whitney Epling and Anna Newton, Sophomore Valeria Contreras, and Freshman Sophia Povod.

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Peters holds on for Truck Series victory in wild race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Holding off all challengers in a race that went four-wide on the final two laps, Timothy Peters won the Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.Peters arrived at the finish line .143 seconds ahead of second-place starter and finisher Tayler Malsam. Spencer Gallagher ran third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney, who trimmed 13th-place finisher Matt Crafton’s lead in the series standings to 1...

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‘Upcountry Boil’ fundraiser planned for Nov. 8

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art & History and the Pickens County Cultural Commission host “An Upcountry Boil” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Lavonne Nalley Piper Auditorium.Auction items will include a flight over Pickens County, golf packages, relaxing massage, spirits package, hand-blown glass, antiques, theatre tickets from Clemson Little Theatre and the Warehouse Theatre, merchandise baskets from the Bee Well Honey, the Esso Club, Mary Kay, Sas...

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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EHS recognizes senior volleyball players

Easley High School recognized four seniors recently for their years of dedication to the volleyball team. Shown are, front row from the left, Jordan Valentin, Katelyn Turner, Robin Bradley and Anna Bridges. Back row are, from the left, Kim Valentin, David Valentin, Kelly Turner, Jim Turner, Lori Bradley, Robert Bradley, Barry Bridges and Lori Bridges.

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Pickens Christmas parade set for Dec. 12

PICKENS — The City of Pickens Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 with the theme of The Doodle Express, playing off the popular The Polar Express.An awards ceremony for the parade and for the Merchant Decorating Contest will be held at the Pickens Amphitheater following the parade. Fireworks at Bruce Field will close out the night.Parade rules and entry forms are available at and as well as City Hall and the...

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Kudzu — the vine that ate the South

In 1876, at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, a pretty, leafy vine that had originated in Japan and parts of China was introduced to Americans for the first time.The little plant was billed as ornamental, and Americans planted hundreds of saplings to make their gardens greener and more lush. By the 1920s, the little vine was being planted as a forage plant and a decade later the vine was widely promoted by the U.S. government as a means to combat soil erosion.

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DSS brouhaha comes with human element

COLUMBIA — With the release of the audit of S.C.’s Department of Social Services conducted by the Legislative Audit Council, there were many statistics and numbers shared on the department’s performance, but in the end, digesting statistics is not the same as putting a human element to abstract numbers.Over the last year, DSS officials have said transparency is of the highest priority, but when the department’s actions are juxtaposed with their statements, t...

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Local artist living the dream

EASLEY — Artist Gregbo Watson landed the job of a lifetime when he was contracted by Marvel Comics to pen the Upper Deck trading cards featuring characters from Marvel’s film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Watson has been a comic book fan his entire life.“When I heard that I had been selected to design eight of the trading cards in the Guardians series, I about lost lost my mind,” he said. “These cards were to be released in conjuncti...

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Chelsia Sumrell was crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen for Easley High School during a halftime presentation at Friday’s game against Woodmont. Sumrell, a senior, was chosen as Homecoming Queen following a vote by the senior class.

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McGee Heating and Air Inc. holds ribbon cutting

McGee Heating and Air Inc. employees, along with members of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 15. Pictured from left to right are Jeff Kittle, Cindy Hopkins, Robert Kesler, Amanda Kirk, Shayne Castro, Christine Wyatt and Nicole Hemphill. McGee Heating & Air is located at 102 Powdersville Road just off S.C. 123 in Easley.

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Sports Announcements

Run2Fall is Oct. 25CENTRAL – Runners will converge on Southern Wesleyan University’s Central campus and lace up their shoes for the third annual “Run 2 Fall” on Oct. 25.Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. There is a $25 registration fee for adults, $10 for currently enrolled SWU students and kids. The Kids’ race starts at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers start at 8:15 a.m. on a challenging 5k course starting and ending at the SWU cam...

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Church News

Oct. 25• 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: New Foundation Missionary Baptist Church, 556 Lenhardt Road in Easley, holds its annual Breast Cancer Awareness and Recognition Luncheon. Dr. Herbert Squires is the guest speaker.Oct. 29• 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Bethesda United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of S.C. 81 and Piedmont Road in Powdersville, holds it...

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Out & About

Oct. 24-25• The Pickens County Literacy Association holds its annual Fall Used Book Sale in the All Saints Hall of Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25.Nov. 1• The inaugural Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast to benefit Friends of Pickens County Guardian Ad Litem is held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arran Far...

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Alliance to strengthen Technology Villages program, small businesses

CLEMSON — The Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership has joined with the Institute for Economic Development, Clemson’s College of Business and Behavioral Science (CBBS) and the Office of Economic Development at Clemson University to announce a collaborative alliance to advance the Technology Villages program.

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Wren rolls over West-Oak, 60-3

WESTMINSTER — The Wren Golden Hurricanes continued to post points in gale force fashion travelling to West-Oak to hang 60 points on the Warriors last Friday.Wren (7-0, 4-0) took an early lead in the first on the ground and held a 6-0 when Golden Hurricanes QB Kelly Bryant struck for the first of several TD passes, hitting Bailey Rodgers from 37-yards out to extend the Wren lead to 12-0.The second quarter wasn’t much better for the Warriors (2-5, 0-4) as Wren ...

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Easley Fire Dept. getting new engine truck

EASLEY — Easley City Council has unanimously voted to approve the purchase of a new custom built $464,000 fire engine for the Easley Fire Department.The new engine will replace Engine #7, which is being retired this year after more than 30 years of service.“It’s a good engine,” Fire Chief Butch Womack said. “But it’s got some wear and tear and it just isn’t really suited to the city’s needs anymore.”Accordi...

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