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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.


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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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Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library• Lego Storybuilders meets at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library, 105 Commons Way in Central. Call 864-850-7077 or send an email to for more information.• The Central-Clemson Book Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch. New members are welcome.Hampton Memorial Library...

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Ongoing events• Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Easley, 101 E. 1st Ave. in Easley, holds Bible Study from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Monday.• First Assembly of God, 810 Saco Lowell Road in Easley, opens its food pantry from 11 a.m. to noon every fourth Friday.The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post publish notices of local interest from area churches on a space available basis. Items can be submitted in wri...

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Hang up the phone, America — and drive

Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to a text is five seconds. Some quick math: if you’re travelling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to drive the length of a football field, including both endzones. Blindfolded.

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Pickens County’s wild, wild kingdom brings laughter

Things have been far too serious in my columns as of late so I thought I would lighten things up a little and hopefully share a laugh with you.Recently I have noticed a few local animals that have been giving me more than a touch of entertainment, some of it bordering on the callous I will admit, but nonetheless funny … to me at least and I do recognize my sense of humor is a tad different than most people.Let us begin our Marlin Perkins-style adventure with the wo...

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Clemson professor sees solar-energy revolution on the horizon

CLEMSON — A Clemson University professor will tell a group of experts gathered in Bangladesh that solar panels will soon revolutionize energy production the same way computer chips brought about the information revolution.Dr. Rajendra Singh gave the keynote address at the second International Conference on Green Energy and Technology in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.He said in an interview before the speech that solar energy will lower air pollution and greenho...

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Institute aims to create new markets for wood-based construction materials

CLEMSON — Clemson University has formed a new institute whose founders hope to change how commercial buildings are constructed in the United States.Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D) will leverage the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering to design, test and market innovative, sustainable wood-based materials for use in a commercial construction market dominated by steel and concrete.

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‘He’s an inspiration to me’

CLEMSON — Proud fathers usually watch from the stands on graduation day, but not Eddie Railey.He joined his daughter, Reagan, in the processional on Friday, as they both marched into Littlejohn Coliseum to collect diplomas from Clemson University.“I’m excited to share that with him,” she said. “He’s an inspiration to me. He’s a self-made man.”Eddie Railey and his daughter, Reagan, share a moment together before c...

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Fall is upon us in Pickens County

PICKENS COUNTY — The Autumnal Equinox on Sept. 23 was officially the end of summer and temperatures have already started to drop across the Upstate.The 2014-15 Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a short fall and a colder than normal winter this year, with “near to above-normal snowfall,” the snowiest called for periods being in early and mid-January.This being an El Nino year is also likely to affect local weather. Climate data from The National Weat...

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Got books? Donate to PCLA for book sale

PICKENS — The Pickens County Literacy Association is seeking donations for a used book sale on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 at Pickens Presbyterian Church.Items needed include like-new or gently used books of all types, video and audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs.Drop off locations in Pickens are the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative office, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Poinsett (Palmetto) Cleaners, Pickens First Baptist Church, Pickens Savings and L...

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National Hunting and Fishing Day a success

SENECA — The eighth annual National Hunting and Fishing Day event held Sept. 20 at the World of Energy in Seneca was a huge success with an estimated 1,500 people in attendance.Children of all ages and their families helped celebrate the great outdoors with hands-on activities such as kayaking, archery, fly fishing and much more.Dozens of conservation organizations were on hand with exhibits to help educate people on the importance of taking care of our natural res...

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Butterflies could hold key to probes that repair genes

CLEMSON — New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers.The National Science Foundation recently awarded the project $696,514. It was the foundation’s third grant to the project, bringing the total since 2009 to more than $3 million.The research has brought together Clemson’s materials...

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Evidence of forming planet discovered 335 light years from Earth

CLEMSON — An international team of scientists led by a Clemson University astrophysicist has discovered new evidence that planets are forming around a star about 335 light years from Earth.The team found carbon monoxide emission that strongly suggests a planet is orbiting a relatively young star known as HD100546. The candidate planet is the second that astronomers have discovered orbiting the star.Theories of how planets form are well-developed. But if the new stu...

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Bob Jones UniversityGREENVILLE — Kathryn Finn of Liberty joined Easley residents Eve Fondry, Tyler Knutson, Rachel Lovell, Micaiah Wartak and Daniel Wike in the second session of summer orientation at Bob Jones University held June 17 and June 28. Classes began Sept. 3.Incoming students and their parents became familiar with the campus and attended informational sessions about the BJU experience including academics, financial aid and student life. ...

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Easley High to induct 4 into Hall of Fame

EASLEY – The Easley High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Oct. 3 during halftime of the game against Hanna. This year’s inductees are Keith Godfrey, Ron C. Hicks, Sammy Owen and Stanley “Beetle” Wilson.The Easley High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1993 by Coach Brenda Burdette to recognize individuals who have made special contributions to the Easley High athletic program.

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Should the drinking age be 18?

The age of 18 carries a lot of responsibility. You can help determine our nation’s leaders by voting, you can make a vow for a life-long commitment and get married, you are mature enough to join the military and fight and or kill and or die for our country.If you’re male, you must register for the draft. You are able to enter into a legal contract, and you’ve been allowed to drive a car for a couple of years now. You can serve on a jury and decide the fate of one ...

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First responders honored for saving deputy

EASLEY — Pickens County EMS workers Terry “T.J.” Galloway Jr. and Derek Day were presented with plaques of honor during a banquet dinner at Silver Bay Restaurant for their role in helping save the life of Pickens County Deputy Thomas Camp.Camp was injured Aug. 14 when he swerved his patrol car off the road to avoid a deer and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire with Camp trapped inside.J.B. Kelly, vice president of Foothills Lodge #9 Fraternal Order ...

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