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Manhunt continues for suspect in shooting

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EASLEY — The manhunt for Jason Allen Larson, wanted in connection with two attempted murders April 9, continues and law enforcement is seeking the public’s help.Larson is suspected of being the gunman in a shooting that took place at 408 Highland Road in Easley just after 8:30 p.m. April 9, sending one man to Greenville Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. The victim remains in stable but critical condition.The second count of attempted murder is for shots fired at an unidentified female in the residence.


Pickens County Library System Events

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....

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Out & About

Through April 19• The third annual Clemson Blues Festival is held featuring The Swingin’ Medallions, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues, Greenville’s True Blues Band and ReggaeInfinity. Visit for the schedule of events and more information.April 16• The Easley Business and Professional Women’s April meeting is held at 12:30 p.m. at Fa...

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Clemson’s National Dropout Prevention Center to assist S.C. at-risk schools

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has entered into an agreement with the S.C. Department of Education to analyze needs and provide support to the state’s 26 at-risk schools.The South Carolina Education Accountability Act authorizes support for the state’s lowest-performing schools, designated as “at-risk,” and tasks the S.C. Department of Education to recruit and organize teams of experts to assist these sch...

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Merck tapped as new school superintendent

PICKENS — Dr. Danny Merck, principal at Daniel High School, will begin his duties at the helm of the School District of Pickens County on May 1.Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew accepted a similar position in Rock Hill. Pew’s contract, based on a vote by the board last Thursday, will terminate April 30.“It really is a great opportunity to follow Dr. Pew, who’s done such a great job leading this district,” Merck said following the announcement. &#...

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Hannah Road altercation leads to murder charge

PICKENS — The early morning hours of April 12 were broken by the sound of gunfire when an altercation turned deadly, leading to the death of one Pickens County man and the arrest of a second.Justin Douglas O’Bryant, 26, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime following the shooting death of Michael Shane Collins, 38, of 120 Hannah Road in the Sunset Community.

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Rookie Elliott wins at Darlington, tames ‘The Lady In Black’

DARLINGTON — It was clearly a case of David vs. Goliath when rookie Chase Elliott took on the legendary Darlington Raceway — the track known as “Too Tough To Tame” — and slayed it with vengeance.And, in accomplishing the feat, he took on veteran drivers the likes of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth to claim his second consecutive Nationwide Series win in the VFW Sportclips Help a Hero 200.It also marked the first time ever that Ell...

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Harvick goes from pole to Victory Lane at Southern 500

DARLINGTON — It started with the Pole Award and ended with the champion’s trophy. That’s how strong Kevin Harvick’s #4 Budweiser Chevrolet was at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night.It was Harvick holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the second two-lap overtime to win the Bojangles Southern 500 at the legendary track known as “Too Tough To Tame.”It marked Harvick’s second win this season for his new team, Stewart-Haas Racing, and a...

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