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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.


Pickens County Rec Department has busy week

PICKENS COUNTY – The Pickens County Recreation Department recently held Rec Night recently at the Pickens High School versus Wren football game. All youth who attended received a pair of sunglasses.On Saturday, the weather was perfect for Super Saturday, which made for a successful event.The 15 Spirit Queen participants raised $902.14 that will go toward a scholarship program.Princess winners were Ella Grace Boynton, Sunshine Howard, Azleigh Prince, Brit...

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Punt, Pass and Kick winners

The Pickens County Recreation Department held Punt, Pass & Kick on Sept. 20 at Pickens High School. First place winners will advance to the Sectional Competition at a later date. Shown are, seated from the left, Cora Levy, first place, 8/9 girls; Ally Niles, first place, 10/11 girls; Morgan Johnson, second place, 10/11 girls; and Molly Fowler, second place, 8/9 girls. Middle row are, from the left, Jensen Howard; Elijah Cox, first place, 8/9 boys; and Dustin Mann. Back row are, from the left,...

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Easley still looking for region win, will meet Hanna on Friday

EASLEY — The Easley Green Wave, in an impressive defensive showdown, dragged Laurens (4-1, 1-0) into overtime 7-7 on Friday but still came up short, 4-13.After a scoreless first quarter, Easley (1-4, 0-1) led the Raiders 7-0 at halftime. The third quarter finally saw Laurens get on the board, but after both teams were shut out in the fourth, the 7-7 game was forced into overtime and ended on a final score of 14-13 Laurens.Easley will retain home field advantage to ...

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Jeff Gordon adds to his legacy with Dover win

DOVER, Del.—With all the jockeying for Chase positions in the middle of the field, it was difficult at times to focus on what was happening at the front of the field in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.At the end of the day, Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag for the 92nd time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and took another stride toward a milestone everyone—including Gordon—once thought was untouchable.Make no mistake. Go...

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Clutch performance, fortune propels Kahne into Chase Contender Round

DOVER, Del.–- Kasey Kahne continues to be at his best with his back to the wall this season.The Hendrick Motorsports driver, whose dramatic victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway propelled him into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, rallied from multiple laps down to finish 20th in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway – just good enough to edge AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch for the final transfer spot from the Challenger Round to the 12-driver Contender ...

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Blue Flame picks up first win 31-14 over West Oak, face Walhalla next

PICKENS — The Pickens Blue Flame picked up their first win of the season in high fashion with a 31-14 victory over West Oak on Sept. 26.The Warriors of West Oak appeared to have the game under control heading into the locker room at the half with a 14-10 lead, but the Blue Flame responded with 21 unanswered in the second half to pull down their first win at the halfway point in the season.Pickens rushed for 233 yards on the night and the defense responded with mult...

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DSS wants more money but is it warranted?

COLUMBIA — The S.C. Department of Social Services has requested an increase of $10 million in next year’s budget to hire 202 new employees, but several questions surround the request and make a case for a veto by Gov. Nikki Haley.Many would argue against such a veto, but with the issues surrounding the department concerning its lack of transparency is it possible to know what funds are truly available? Is there a way to know what the magic number of new case workers in ...

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Powdersville offense struggles in first loss of season

POWDERSVILLE — In a match up of top 10 undefeated AA teams, both noted for high scoring offenses, Woodruff’s trip to Powdersville on Sept. 26 proved to be a defensive affair with the Wolverines slipping away with the 13-6 win.The Wolverines had already been characterized as a team that could throw the ball all over the field and Powdersville had been scoring points in droves at times as well when the kick off to open the game hit the sky at 7:30 p.m. From that point on,...

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Wren steals one from Seneca on the road

SENECA — An undefeated Wren team traveled to Seneca and came within seconds of returning home with a disappointing loss and the first blemish on a perfect season, getting out of town with a win in the Western AAA opener as well.In a game highlighted by scores left and right, it would seem no one would be surprised how it all ended.Early in the fourth quarter Wren, expected to be in charge with a healthy lead headed into the match-up, trailed the Bobcats by 15, Sene...

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Water line rupture creates torrent of runoff

EASLEY — A water main break on Brushy Creek Road in Easley last week left the road damaged and highlighted a drainage problem that has been ongoing to the abutting neighborhood’s residents.Easley Combined Utilities workers responded quickly Sept. 26 to shut down the water flow but not before the torrent of water had passed through at least one residence and flooded multiple yards beyond saturation.According to two residents, there has been a drainage issue fr...

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A little housekeeping about the Op/Ed page

The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post presented a column written by staff writer Kasie Strickland on gun control and the resulting reaction was somewhat disturbing. As a result, this editorial is being presented to explain how the Op/Ed section of a newspaper works, to address some of the reaction to said column, and to address one of the more vitriolic responses to the topic.How does the Op/Ed page in a newspaper work?

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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 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 for more information.Oct. 4• Ho...

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