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K9 Officer “Tony” passes away

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EASLEY — The Easley Police department reported Monday that retired K9 Officer “Tony” had passed away. Tony was humanely euthanized after his arthritis had worsened to the point where he could no longer get up or move around.Lt. Jeremy Miller was Tony’s first handler and long time partner. Miller and his family were permitted to adopt Tony when he retired from police work.


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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Know who you are voting for — and why

The voters of the Central and Six Mile areas will go to the polls and choose their representative for the School District of Pickens County board and while the qualifications of any of the four candidates are more than stellar, those qualifications shouldn’t be the deciding factor of how a vote is cast.The fact is, all four are more than qualified for the job, are well-educated and extremely well spoken. All appear to be sincere in their desire to serve.So if they ...

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Patriots rally but fall short against Pendleton, 17-14

POWDERSVILLE — A slow start and failing to score until the fourth quarter led to the Powdersville High School Patriots downfall against the Pendleton Bulldogs last Friday with a final score of 17-14.After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs controlled the ball and the clock for much of the game, scoring a field goal in the second, and a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters. The Patriots attempted to rally in the fourth, scoring two touchdowns, but it was too li...

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Easley looking for a win for Homecoming

EASLEY — Coming off a heartbreaking two-point loss at Westside, Easley will return home to host the Wildcats of Woodmont for homecoming.Easley (2-5, 1-2) has been struggling as of late, losing four of their last five games. But Coach Grayson Howell is cautiously optimistic about Friday’s game.“Woodmont is a lot like us,” Howell said during a phone interview. “They’ve struggled to win games. But they’re athletic and they play real...

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NJROTC orienteering team prepares for season

EASLEY — Easley High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) orienteering team has been preparing for the upcoming season by utilizing the orienteering courses the Georgia Orienteering Club lays out.Orienteering is known worldwide as the thinking sport, it consists of cross country running on a set course through the woods using a map and compass to find control points strategically placed on each course.The courses consist of white course for b...

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

WALHALLA – A California man was arrested Tuesday by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop yielded nearly two pounds of high grade marijuana.Eugene Duncan Jr., 33, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on a temporary custody order and was charged Wednesday with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department:The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office stopped a whit...

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Do fences really make good neighbors?

The other day I was baking cookies, and I realized I was an egg short. It was raining out, my 2-year-old was napping, and I was dressed in flannel pajama pants and one of my husband’s old Star Wars T-shirts. Driving to the grocery store for eggs was really the last thing that I wanted to do. I thought about asking my neighbors, but then I realized — I don’t know them.I have lived in my home for almost seven years, and I don’t know my neighbors. How sad. What...

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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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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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Harvick advances, tempers flare after the Charlotte race

CONCORD, N.C. — The Closer finally closed the deal, and the door swung almost shut on Dale Earnhardt Jr., six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 2012 champion Brad Keselowski.With the dominant car in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick led 162 laps and survived a wild two-lap dash to the finish after the final caution en route to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season and a free pass into t...

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Keselowski grabs Nationwide Series victory at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — In the closing laps of Friday night’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with an air of inevitability, Brad Keselowski tracked down teammate Ryan Blaney and made the pass for the win on Lap 187 of 200.With frequent cautions giving crew chiefs multiple options and scrambling tire strategies, Keselowski had four fresh tires for the restart on Lap 182. It was simply a matter of time before he passed Blaney, who had gained seven positions wi...

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Talladega is a must-win scenario for three notable drivers

CONCORD, N.C. — When the smoke cleared, the dust settled, and the fists stopped flying on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, three of the most high-profile drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series were back where they started.Six days earlier, in a race at Kansas Speedway fraught with peril for Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, brash 2012 champion Brad Keselowski and perennial most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered ...

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