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Easley home to two-time gold medal winner

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EASLEY — Only a handful of Pickens County residents might know there is a two-time gold medal winner living in their midst.Todd McKinney, a resident of Easley, has now had the fortune of competing in the National Special Olympics in two sports, bringing home the gold twice. Most recently in 2014 McKinney made the trip to New Jersey and Princeton University to compete, bringing home the top prize in bowling.“I’d go anywhere other than there for vacation, it was sticky hot,” McKinney said of his most recent trip to compete, unaware most of the facilities lacked air conditioning. “My favorite part was making new friends.”

 

If you have to borrow, you can’t afford it

To know what is truly important to Americans all you have to do is turn on your television set and wait. It all becomes very apparent as what was once the home of the free has become the mortgage of the indebted.Where fiduciary responsibility and the necessity of good sound financial management was the backbone of the United States’ economic belief system, both on a corporate and individual level, it’s funny how much 50 years can change a society and culture. But the so...

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Balance must exist in the world

I carry a messenger bag, sort of a canvas material catchall, and over the last five years it has seen more than most people, picking up its own mementos along the way … its own sort of memories, if you will.This past weekend this bag, as always slung across my chest, made its way from Simpsonville to Charleston trailing 220 cyclists on the ride of a lifetime, some 252 miles in three days. Notice I was trailing them, not part of the masochists taking on the massive undertaking...

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And miles to go before a cure

CHARLESTON — Six years ago 20 cyclists came together to ride from the upstate to the coast to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research, collecting $16,000 for their efforts, creating a trend that has grown to staggering numbers in a short period of time.“This year we had 220 riders which is incredible growth for an event like this one over such a short span of time,” said Ashton Houghton, vice president of development for the Alzheimer’s Asso...

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‘This is for Betsy’

CHARLESTON — A year ago Easley native Ridgley Beckett wasn’t sure if she would ride a bicycle again much less complete the 252-mile 2104 Ride to Remember in an effort to battle Alzheimer’s or that there would be another reason to ride beyond finishing.Beckett suffered a serious crash in the final six miles of 2013’s ride and was unable to finish, but that wasn’t her only motivation to return for 2014, participating in some capacity with the event over ...

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Tagging along on bike ride will bring many returns

As you read this column, whether it be over a cup of coffee, a bite of lunch during your workday break, or as you sit at home celebrating the beginning of your weekend, I am on the road. I hope to make it entertaining for you.Today, depending on what time it is for you right now, I am somewhere between Simpsonville and Newberry, photographing and writing about the Ride to Remember, a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research. There will be literally hundreds of cyclists covering 25...

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Clemson Downs residents celebrate independence with annual event

CLEMSON — Residents at Clemson Downs Retirement Community invited friends, neighbors and nearby residents to join them in putting their love of country and active living on full display during the 15th annual Fourth of July parade at the Clemson campus.Residents joined in a car-led procession behind Grand Marshal and executive director Dr. John LeHeup and his wife to celebrate Independence Day.Music filled the air this year by a group of musicians who led the parad...

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Supreme Court autopsy ruling trumps public accountability

For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.On Tuesday, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the FOIA because they are medical records.Why does this matter to the public?It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report giving the details of the death....

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Big League World Series more than just baseball in Easley

EASLEY — The 2014 Big League World Series will be about high caliber baseball on an international level, but there is far more meaning to Easley and Pickens County than that.“This is our 14th year hosting but this goes back 16 years when I was on city council,” Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell said on the history of the tournament. “We were approached about hosting it by Little League and were asked to put up a $50,000 investment. Council was glad to do it and now...

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Clemson students head to Africa to help save lives

CLEMSON — A team of Clemson University students is traveling around the world to reach people in desperate need of medical equipment on the eastern coast of Africa. The group will spend two weeks in Tanzania as part of Clemson’s unique Creative Inquiry (CI) program-interdisciplinary undergraduate research combined with engaged learning.The Designing Medical Devices for Developing Countries CI team is led by Clemson engineering professors Delphine Dean and John DesJardin...

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Helton: We will ‘build NASCAR collectively’

LOUDON, N.H. – Emphasizing that NASCAR respects the needs, rights and opinions of all stakeholders in the sport, NASCAR president Mike Helton said Friday that the formation of the Race Team Alliance by nine leading owners will not significantly alter the way the sport conducts business.“We’re going to stay our course,” said Helton, who warned against public misconceptions and indicated that stock car owners and the sport’s governing body have much in c...

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OCSO’s Citizens Police Academy still has available spots

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office still has spots open for its first Citizens Police Academy.Oconee County residents can sign up at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the website.Those selected will meet the Command Staff and many of the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the topics covered will be patrol operations, equipment and its uses, criminal investiga...

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Sports Announcements

Summer Day Camps 2014PICKENS — The Pickens County Recreation Department will hold nine one-week Summer Day Camp sessions in July and August at the Pickens Recreation Center, 545 Sangamo Road in Pickens.Camps will be held July 21-July 25, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-Aug. 8 and Aug. 11-Aug. 15.The camps are for children ages 6 to 12 (completed 5K kindergarten to rising seventh graders) and will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.The ...

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— 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...

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Washington/Leslie/Lesley descendantsThe descendants of George Washington and Elizabeth Trotter Leslie/Lesley meet at 11:30 a.m. July 19 at Secona Baptist Church. Tableware and ice will be provided. A group photo will be taken before lunch. Contact Dick Stewart at 878-2012 or Jo Ann Brewer at 859-5501 for information.All-Alumni BHS Reunion

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Church News

July 20 5-7:30 p.m.: St. Andrew Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Highway in Easley, hosts an event featuring free hot dogs, Bounce House, games and music with the St. Andrew Praise Band and Sunlit Moon.Aug. 28 a.m.-noon: St. Andrew Catholic Church, 209 Sloan St. in Clemson, holds a yard sale. Call 864-654-1757 for more information. All profits will benefit the church’s build...

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Tamassee-Salem MHS adds third panel to Quilt Trail

SALEM — Tamassee-Salem Middle High School has added a third quilt panel to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.The quilt, called Grandmother’s Choice, was chosen by the faculty and staff to honor one of their students, Alayna Cobb as well as staff member James Poland “for their bravery and perseverance in the midst of medical struggles.”Cobb was diagnosed with cancer in November 2012, and Poland, who had completed treatments for cancer, was a real in...

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Mountain Rest Baptist Church adds to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

MOUNTAIN REST — Mountain Rest Baptist Church is the site of a new addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.The church activities building, located at 9915 Highlands Highway in Mountain Rest, will soon bear a quilt block called Bible Blocks.The original quilt was made by Myrtle Childers of Heath Springs in Lancaster County for Pastor Randy Koon and his wife, Suzanne, in 1994. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church which he pastored at that time.

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