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Local artist living the dream

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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 conjunction with the film, and it was just such an honor to draw these iconic characters.”When asked which was his favorite, Watson didn’t hesitate.


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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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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Taxpayers Association hosts debate for SDPC seat

SIX MILE — The Pickens County Taxpayers Association hosted a debate Oct. 14 between hopefuls for District 2 of the School District of Pickens County school board and despite torrential rain and the threat of flash floods a large crowd was in attendance.Kevin McKenzie, Phillip Bowers and Tony Qualkinbush answered questions posed by local media and audience members. Jennifer Wood, also a candidate for the seat, was unable to attend the debate due to a conflict in schedule, havi...

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Dog ordinance fueled by neighborhood feud

EASLEY — The Carpenters and the Hughes of Skyland Drive have lived next door to each other for nearly 20 years, but continuing disagreements and complaints over the Hughes’ dogs have evolved into a new city ordinance that, if passed, will limit the number of canines permitted per address to no more than five.First reading passed Monday night with a 5-2 vote, with Councilmen Chris Mann and Brian Garrison dissenting.“I’m concerned that they’re...

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Dream Center gets $25,000 donation

EASLEY — The Dream Center, located in Easley, was the benefactor of a substantial donation from a local manufacturer and the family that has owned and operated the business for four generations.Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co. Inc., owned and operated by the Fee family whose headquarters are in New York, made a $25,000 donation to The Dream Center on Oct. 14.The funds will be used to continue its work in helping socioeconomically challenged children in the Easley a...

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Wren Hurricanes on track to continue gale force offense versus Walhalla

PIEDMONT — The Wren Hurricanes — undefeated at 7-0 and sitting at 4-0 in Western AAA play — hosts Walhalla on Friday and is looking to improve on its number three state ranking.A win would mean the Hurricanes would retain the lead for the region championship and give them a run for a state championship.Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wren High School.Walhalla (2-5, 0-4) is going to have an uphill battle on its hands with the Golden Hurr...

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