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Domestic violence ‘just like a fire’

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PICKENS — The emergency shelter Mary’s House held a candlelit prayer vigil for domestic violence awareness last Thursday on the steps of the Pickens County Courthouse. The vigil was attended by more than 50 people, coming from all around the county to share the message: You are not alone.“Domestic violence is just like a fire,” said speaker and Mary’s House board member Judy Munson. “It is a fire that consumes everything in its path until it’s put out. Too many times people smell the smoke — they see the signs … but they don’t report the fire.”


SWU basketball team trains on ropes challenge course

CENTRAL — Members of the SWU Men’s Basketball Team went through training on the low ropes challenge course in the Hundred Acre Wood on Oct. 2. The course is part of the Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Education (LORE) program.Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Education (LORE) provides the Southern Wesleyan community multiple opportunities to participate in various outdoor adventure and skill-building activities.The LORE programs include such things as an outd...

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Shooting sports offered to interested SC schools

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has announced a new shooting sports opportunity for Palmetto State schools.The DNR Scholastic Clay Target Sports (SCTS) is a team based youth development program that uses the shotgun sports of trap, skeet, and sporting clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence and other life values.Following the proven scholastic approach used in the National Archery in the Schools program, DNR is ...

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‘Upcountry Boil’ fundraiser planned for Nov. 8

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art & History and the Pickens County Cultural Commission host “An Upcountry Boil” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Lavonne Nalley Piper Auditorium.Auction items will include a flight over Pickens County, golf packages, relaxing massage, spirits package, hand-blown glass, antiques, theatre tickets from Clemson Little Theatre and the Warehouse Theatre, merchandise baskets from the Bee Well Honey, the Esso Club, Mary Kay, Sas...

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Legacy of Helen’s Hugs bonds youth, horses

PICKENS COUNTY — The annual Goldstein Golf Tournament golf was held Oct. 17 at Brookstone Meadows in Anderson to raise funds for the local charity Helen’s Hugs.Helen’s Hugs is a non-profit charity that sponsors therapeutic horseback riding for special needs children. It was named after Helen Corontzes, who was killed in a car accident in 2006 when she was 19 years old.Helen was a nursing student and an accomplished rider when her life was cut tragically...

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Pickens Christmas parade set for Dec. 12

PICKENS — The City of Pickens Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 with the theme of The Doodle Express, playing off the popular The Polar Express.An awards ceremony for the parade and for the Merchant Decorating Contest will be held at the Pickens Amphitheater following the parade. Fireworks at Bruce Field will close out the night.Parade rules and entry forms are available at www.cityofpickens.com and www.historicpickens.com as well as City Hall and the...

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Kudzu — the vine that ate the South

In 1876, at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, a pretty, leafy vine that had originated in Japan and parts of China was introduced to Americans for the first time.The little plant was billed as ornamental, and Americans planted hundreds of saplings to make their gardens greener and more lush. By the 1920s, the little vine was being planted as a forage plant and a decade later the vine was widely promoted by the U.S. government as a means to combat soil erosion.

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Local artist living the dream

EASLEY — Artist Gregbo Watson landed the job of a lifetime when he was contracted by Marvel Comics to pen the Upper Deck trading cards featuring characters from Marvel’s film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Watson has been a comic book fan his entire life.“When I heard that I had been selected to design eight of the trading cards in the Guardians series, I about lost lost my mind,” he said. “These cards were to be released in conjuncti...

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Chelsia Sumrell was crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen for Easley High School during a halftime presentation at Friday’s game against Woodmont. Sumrell, a senior, was chosen as Homecoming Queen following a vote by the senior class.

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Johnson’s Sprint Cup championship defense ends at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Jimmie Johnson stood on pit road at Talladega Superspeedway late Sunday afternoon and “vividly remembered” missing a meal.It was a luncheon press conference in 2011, the year that a five-year Johnson reign as NASCAR champ was coming to an end, with Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards in a two-driver duel going into the season finale.He noted “how much that ate at me to watch it on TV and not be a part of it.” And now, he said, &#...

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Keselowski keeps Sprint Cup title hopes alive with dramatic win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — In a must-win situation at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski did exactly that, preserving his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hopes with a victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500.With the right side of his car damaged in the wreck that brought out the first caution flag of the afternoon, Keselowski persevered, taking the lead during the first attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish and winning the race in the second overtime — after a w...

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Military News

U.S. Air ForceAir Force Airman Joseph M. Green graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of ...

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McGee Heating and Air Inc. holds ribbon cutting

McGee Heating and Air Inc. employees, along with members of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 15. Pictured from left to right are Jeff Kittle, Cindy Hopkins, Robert Kesler, Amanda Kirk, Shayne Castro, Christine Wyatt and Nicole Hemphill. McGee Heating & Air is located at 102 Powdersville Road just off S.C. 123 in Easley.

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Sports Announcements

Run2Fall is Oct. 25CENTRAL – Runners will converge on Southern Wesleyan University’s Central campus and lace up their shoes for the third annual “Run 2 Fall” on Oct. 25.Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. There is a $25 registration fee for adults, $10 for currently enrolled SWU students and kids. The Kids’ race starts at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers start at 8:15 a.m. on a challenging 5k course starting and ending at the SWU cam...

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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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Feed summer hummingbirds for entertainment, beauty

Hummingbirds, which artist John J. Audubon called “glittering fragments of the rainbow,” are once again darting around flowers and feeders in South Carolina, say state natural resources officials.Hummingbirds are as fascinating to study as they are beautiful to watch. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources encourages South Carolina residents to landscape with flowers, hang out a feeder and invite hummingbirds to lunch.In return, they’ll entertain you ...

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Early-season migratory bird seasons approved by Natural Resources Board

The S.C. Natural Resources Board recently approved migratory bird hunting seasons for mourning doves, marsh hens (rails), woodcock, snipe, moorhens, purple gallinules, and early seasons during September for teal and Canada geese.The 2014-2015 seasons must still meet approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and be published in the Federal Register in order to become final.For more information, visit the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting.html or write to Early-Se...

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