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Clemson police need help finding suspect

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CLEMSON – The Clemson City Police Department needs the public’s help to locate a Pickens man who attacked a woman outside her apartment on Aug. 9, dragged her inside and choked her until she was unconscious.Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said they are looking for Charnel Wayne Johnson, a white male described as being 5-foot-11 and weighing 175 pounds. His last known address was in the city of Pickens.According to reports, a female reported she was outside of her apartment at Falls Landing Apartments on Old Central Road when someone came up behind her and dragged her into the apartment. The incident happened around 8:45 p.m.


Westminster couple charged with burglary

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster couple last week after an investigation revealed that weapons and other items were taken from a Westminster home of a Walhalla City police officer.Christopher William Underwood, 28, and 26 year old Brandy Nicole Underwood, 26, both of 308 Theo Martin Road, were charged with grand larceny and first-degree burglary.Christopher Underwood also was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm....

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Westminster man charged with sexual battery

WALHALLA — A 59-year-old Westminster man was arrested last week on charges of sexual battery involving a 22-year-old woman.According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Bill David West of 106 Long Drive was charged with third-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.The investigation determined that West engaged in a sexual battery on the woman on Aug. 13 while she was asleep at an address in Seneca.West is currently at the O...

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Dacusville Crime Watch meeting set for Aug. 21

DACUSVILLE – The Dacusville-Area Crime Watch and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a communitywide meeting for the greater Dacusville Area at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.The meeting, which will be held at the Dacusville Community Center, follows the Dacusville-Area Crime Watch’s successful kick-off meeting in July, where nearly 130 residents signed up to participate and support the initiative.The Aug. 21 meeting is to set up the Crime Watch Area...

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Early-season migratory bird seasons approved by Natural Resources Board

The S.C. Natural Resources Board recently approved migratory bird hunting seasons for mourning doves, marsh hens (rails), woodcock, snipe, moorhens, purple gallinules, and early seasons during September for teal and Canada geese.The 2014-2015 seasons must still meet approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and be published in the Federal Register in order to become final.For more information, visit the DNR website at or write to Early-Se...

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World of Energy to host Hunting and Fishing Day

SENECA — Duke Energy’s World of Energy near Seneca will host the eighth annual Upstate National Hunting and Fishing Day, “An Outdoor Family Adventure,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20.Participants can learn to kayak, practice archery, enjoy lake fishing and test their fly-tying skills, in addition to many other hands-on activities at the free event.“This is a wonderful event for families to enjoy together in a beautiful outdoor setting at the...

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Student graduates debt-free with T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, financial aid

PENDLETON — It wasn’t until Michelle Vaughn was in her late 20’s, married and with two small children that she began to re-evaluate her career choice and decided to enroll in Tri-County Technical College’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) program.College was never on her radar – as a C-D student in high school, she was told she wasn’t college material.“I didn’t think I was academically capable. That comment stuck with me b...

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Link Family Farm joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

PENDLETON — Mrs. Wayne Link has sponsored the quilt in memory of her husband, “Bud,” the grandson of Joseph and Ada Link.Mrs. Link developed an appreciation for quilts during childhood and has wonderful memories of sleeping under quilts with warm flannel linings at her grandmother’s home.During the early 1970’s, she taught quilting classes and developed a small cottage industry in an old dairy barn doing custom quilting. Now, her love for th...

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Allmendinger stakes Chase claim with thrilling Glen win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — In a battle between two drivers with everything on the line, AJ Allmendinger held off Marcos Ambrose in breathtaking fashion to win Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen and claim an almost certain spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.In the closing laps, Allmendinger and Ambrose bumped each other, leaned on each other, raced each other side-by-side through the esses without wrecking —astoundingly — and swapped the lead before Allmend...

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Open Arms Thrift Store Pays it Forward

EASLEYStaffed entirely by volunteers, stocked completely with donated goods, and with all proceeds going to feed and clothe needy families in the area, Open Arms Thrift Store is on a mission to aid. The shop opened up this Monday and store manager Wayne Hughey is excited about getting involved in the Easley community.The store is located at 107 E. 1st Ave, in the old Hospice thrift shop building. And although the volunteers are still in the process of setting things up, ...

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Urban Ministry Plunge

CHICAGO – A group of seven Southern Wesleyan University religion students headed for two Midwestern urban centers for a taste of life and ministry different in many ways from ministry taking place in the “Bible Belt” environment of the Central campus.As this group of students “walked alongside” residents living in the poorest areas of Milwaukee and Chicago, any preconceived notions they had were challenged as they got to know people and became more awa...

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Crosstie removal cost increases by $64K

EASLEY — Easley City Council approved adding $64,000 to the contract cost for removal of crossties along the Doodle Line Corridor during its meeting Monday night.Resolution No. 2014-07, which amended Resolution 2014-04, increases the contract amount awarded to Crossties of Ocala from $80,100 to $144,100.Crossties of Ocala has been contracted to handle the pick up, removal and disposal of railroad crossties along the Doodle Line corridor.The total cost of...

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Central man charged with stealing furniture

ANDERSON – A Central man has been charged with grand larceny in the theft of more than $5,300 in pool and outdoor furniture from a home in Easley.According to warrants, Wayne Thomas Ellenburg, 36, of 435 Pea Ridge Road, took 20 pieces of pool and outdoor furniture from a home on Bennington Court around June 21.The homeowner was out of town when the theft occurred. Tire tracks were found behind the pool the day after the incident.A witness reported seeing...

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Ambrose takes fifth Nationwide Series road course win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Recovering from an early spin after contact with Kyle Busch’s Toyota, Marcos Ambrose held off Busch in the closing laps of Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen to win the series-best fifth road course race of his Nationwide Series career.The Australian driver has won four consecutive NNS starts at 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International, having triumphed in three straight from 2008 through 2010 and this year after a three-race hiatus from competition...

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Area Self Help Groups

— Al-Anon, a support group for friends and family of alcoholics, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Hwy., and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Road.— Celebrate Recovery Pickens County meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Dream Center, 200 West D Ave. in Easley. Visit www. celebraterecoverypickenscounty.bellstrike for more information.— Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesda...

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Area Reunions

Stegall ReunionThe Stegall Reunion is held at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Rock Springs Church in the Fellowship Building.All-Alumni BHS ReunionAn All-Alumni BHS Reunion will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Berea High School, 201 Burdine Drive. Organized by a committee of alumni, the event is open to students from every decade who attended Berea as well as to former staff, coaches, and administrators. Other supporters of t...

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Kurt Busch enjoyed his front-row seat

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Sure, Kurt Busch wouldn’t have minded too much if AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose had wrecked each other in the closing laps of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.If the two frontrunners had taken each other out, Busch’s third-place finish might well have turned into his second win of the season. But as hard as Allmendinger and Ambrose raced each other — with Allmendinger taking the checkered flag — they kept their cars on ...

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Could the loss of one save another?

I was just a kid and a huge fan of the show Happy Days, never missing the show so my friends and I could all talk about it the next day at school. All these years later I remember the night I met Robin Williams when he appeared for the first time as Mork from Ork, leading to the spin-off Mork and Mindy and a resume of credits beyond what any one person could ever reasonably expect.I, like many of you, thought the rumor of the comedian’s death a hoax and nothing more. Maybe it...

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