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Attempted murder suspect arrested in Georgia

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EASLEY — A Pickens County man wanted in connection with two attempted murders is behind bars after being arrested around 1 p.m. Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in Chamblee, Ga., a small town close to Atlanta.Jason Allen Larson had been on the run from law enforcement since April 9 when he became the suspect in an attempted double homicide at 408 Highland Road in Easley. One unidentified man remains at Greenville Memorial Hospital in stable condition as a result of the shooting.The second charge of attempted murder is the result of Larson’s alleged shots fired at an unidentified female who was in the residence at the time.

 

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April 18• The S.C. Botanical Garden at Clemson University hosts Tugalo Holler in concert from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Admission is free.April 19• Liberty Masonic holds a pinto bean fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rosewood Center in Liberty. Plates will be $7 each and will include pinto beans,...

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Southern Wesleyan Spring Events Calendar

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University has released it fine arts calendar for spring and it’s sure to have something for everyone. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, no ticket required, and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. Call 864-644-5404 for more information.Here is a look at upcoming events:SWU Concert Choir “Pops” Concert

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Church News

April 18Noon: Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 S. First St. in Easley, holds a Good Friday service. A soup luncheon will be held after the brief worship service.April 254 p.m.-7 p.m.: Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church, 2102 Six Mile Highway in Central, hosts the United Methodist Men’s annual spaghetti supper fundraiser. The cost is $7 per plate for dine in or carry out. The menu wil...

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Trustees credited with choosing Merck as new superintendent

On April 10, in a 6-0 vote, the Pickens County School Board named Dr. Danny Merck the new Superintendent.Minutes into our roundtable discussion, it was apparent each board member had come to the same choice – Dr. Danny Merck. This was not surprising.In 2011, the board and administration did a good job of looking ahead on this issue, and that foresight is still paying dividends today. Then Superintendent Dr. Henry Hunt was nearing retirement and the board truly want...

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Saving downtown requires a buy-in from everyone

Pickens County is not Greenville. Period.So when it comes to how economic issues such as downtown revitalization are addressed, whether it is Pickens, Easley or Liberty, the Greenville model and plan is not, nor will it ever be, a fit. The tax base of property, sales and industry within the county does not allow for the same flexibility and spending Greenville is capable of bringing to bear.S.C. 123, leading from Easley and Pickens County to Greenville, is both a blessin...

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Pickens County pro anglers place in latest BFL tournament

ELBERTON, Ga. – Three Pickens County pro anglers placed in the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 held April 5 on Lake Russell.Butch Pitts of Watkinsville, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce on April 5 to win the tourney. Pitts earned $4,082.Eddie Whiten Jr. of Pickens came in fourth with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces and won $952 for his efforts. Greg Glouse of Liberty came in ninth with five ba...

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Lady Green Wave sweep Mann, Hillcrest

EASLEY — For the first time in school history, the Easley High School softball team gained a season sweep of both J.L. Mann and Hillcrest. The Lady Green Wave defeated Mann 8-7 last Tuesday, and followed that with a 17-10 thumping of Hillcrest on Wednesday.Easley closed out the week with a 5-4 loss at Laurens on Friday, but still hold onto second place in Region 1-AAAA with a 9-2 league mark. Easley is 14-7 overall.The Lady Green Wave will take this week off for sp...

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