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No kidding: Goats to work at Clemson

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CLEMSON — Clemson researchers and campus facilities managers have teamed up to rid a section of Hunnicutt Creek of invaders. Goats will be fenced in along a section of the creek to feed on the invasive weeds along the creek bank and upland area, clearing the way for native plants.The goats will be confined by an electric fence near the pedestrian bridge to Lightsey Bridge apartments.The project is part of a study to compare prescribed grazing to herbicides, removal with machines and no treatment. Using animals to chew down unwanted vegetation has been an option for thousands of years. It can prove to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than applying manpower, machines or chemicals.

 

Martin, Owens take part in legislative breakfast

EASLEY — Sen. Larry Martin and Rep. Phillip Owens took part in a legislative update meeting on Oct. 1.The breakfast meeting was hosted by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce and was held at DunBurks Premier Events in downtown Easley.The breakfast buffet meeting was slated to include presentations and discussions from Martin and Owens showcasing an overview of the recently adjourned S.C. General Assembly.Also as part of the meeting, Owens and Martin op...

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Liberty Red Devils facing uphill battle after road loss

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils came up short on the road against Landrum (2-3, 1-1) last Friday, and could face tougher competition this week as they return home to take on Chesnee.Landrum took an early lead outscoring Liberty 21-7 the first quarter. The Red Devils (2-1-1, 0-2) managed to keep the Cardinal’s big offense in check during the second, but failed to put any points on the board themselves. The half ended 21-7 Landrum.The third quarter was again s...

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Clash of the unbeatens when Daniel, Wren meet Friday

ANDERSON — Daniel and Wren will face off in regional play after which only one of the teams will retain their perfect record.Daniel (5-0, 2-0) is coming of a big 52-20 victory against Palmetto (2-3, 0-2) last Friday and plans to keep the momentum going as they travel to Anderson to take on Coach Jeff Tate’s Golden Hurricanes.Wren (5-0, 2-0), having just defeated Seneca 54-49 on Sept. 26, will have home field advantage for Friday’s regional match-up. At ...

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The Dacusville and upper Pickens County community welcomed a new Dollar General to the neighborhood, celebrating the store’s Grand Opening on Sept. 27 to a packed parking lot and shopping aisles.

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Area Reunions

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 ehs84reunion30@yahoo.com for more information or call 864-294-8342 and leave message with your contact information.Got a reunion coming up? Let us know so we can help spread the word. We encourage the submission of reunion notices for schools, churches and families for publication. Items can be submitted in writing...

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Out & About

Oct. 3• A Carolina Cover Crops Workshop is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roper Mountain Science Center. Participants will learn basics on how to use annual cover crops in crop rotation and more. Fee is $75 and covers the class, course materials and lunch. Contact Millie Davenport at 864-656-9999 or send her an email at mdavenp@clemson.edu for more information.Oct. 4• Ho...

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Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library• Lego Storybuilders meets at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library, 105 Commons Way in Central. Call 864-850-7077 or send an email to reference@pickens.lib.sc.us for more information.• The Central-Clemson Book Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch. New members are welcome.Hampton Memorial Library...

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Church News

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 Road in Easley, opens its food pantry from 11 a.m. to noon every fourth Friday.The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post publish notices of local interest from area churches on a space available basis. Items can be submitted in wri...

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Hang up the phone, America — and drive

Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to a text is five seconds. Some quick math: if you’re travelling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to drive the length of a football field, including both endzones. Blindfolded.

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Pickens County’s wild, wild kingdom brings laughter

Things have been far too serious in my columns as of late so I thought I would lighten things up a little and hopefully share a laugh with you.Recently I have noticed a few local animals that have been giving me more than a touch of entertainment, some of it bordering on the callous I will admit, but nonetheless funny … to me at least and I do recognize my sense of humor is a tad different than most people.Let us begin our Marlin Perkins-style adventure with the wo...

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Clemson professor sees solar-energy revolution on the horizon

CLEMSON — A Clemson University professor will tell a group of experts gathered in Bangladesh that solar panels will soon revolutionize energy production the same way computer chips brought about the information revolution.Dr. Rajendra Singh gave the keynote address at the second International Conference on Green Energy and Technology in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.He said in an interview before the speech that solar energy will lower air pollution and greenho...

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Institute aims to create new markets for wood-based construction materials

CLEMSON — Clemson University has formed a new institute whose founders hope to change how commercial buildings are constructed in the United States.Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D) will leverage the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering to design, test and market innovative, sustainable wood-based materials for use in a commercial construction market dominated by steel and concrete.

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‘He’s an inspiration to me’

CLEMSON — Proud fathers usually watch from the stands on graduation day, but not Eddie Railey.He joined his daughter, Reagan, in the processional on Friday, as they both marched into Littlejohn Coliseum to collect diplomas from Clemson University.“I’m excited to share that with him,” she said. “He’s an inspiration to me. He’s a self-made man.”Eddie Railey and his daughter, Reagan, share a moment together before c...

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Fall is upon us in Pickens County

PICKENS COUNTY — The Autumnal Equinox on Sept. 23 was officially the end of summer and temperatures have already started to drop across the Upstate.The 2014-15 Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a short fall and a colder than normal winter this year, with “near to above-normal snowfall,” the snowiest called for periods being in early and mid-January.This being an El Nino year is also likely to affect local weather. Climate data from The National Weat...

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Got books? Donate to PCLA for book sale

PICKENS — The Pickens County Literacy Association is seeking donations for a used book sale on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 at Pickens Presbyterian Church.Items needed include like-new or gently used books of all types, video and audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs.Drop off locations in Pickens are the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative office, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Poinsett (Palmetto) Cleaners, Pickens First Baptist Church, Pickens Savings and L...

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National Hunting and Fishing Day a success

SENECA — The eighth annual National Hunting and Fishing Day event held Sept. 20 at the World of Energy in Seneca was a huge success with an estimated 1,500 people in attendance.Children of all ages and their families helped celebrate the great outdoors with hands-on activities such as kayaking, archery, fly fishing and much more.Dozens of conservation organizations were on hand with exhibits to help educate people on the importance of taking care of our natural res...

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Butterflies could hold key to probes that repair genes

CLEMSON — New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers.The National Science Foundation recently awarded the project $696,514. It was the foundation’s third grant to the project, bringing the total since 2009 to more than $3 million.The research has brought together Clemson’s materials...

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