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Green Wave looking to build on homecoming OT win

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EASLEY — In a nail-biting last-minute rally, the Easley Green Wave took Woodmont to overtime and ultimately came away with the 47-46 victory.Easley (3-5, 2-2) was trailing Woodmont 6-13 at the half, but a late comeback saw the Green Wave put 28 points on the board during the fourth quarter.A blocked Woodmont extra point by special teams and a rookie kicker took the game down to the wire, and ended regulation at 40-40.“That seems to be our destiny,” joked Coach Grayson Howell. “They’ve all been close.”Easley kicker Harley Hendrick earned his stripes with his first successful extra point kick being the game-winner.

 

Be careful when voting

To the editor:I was at the candidate forum held by the Pickens County Taxpayers. After hearing the candidates for the Pickens County School Board seat two, I observe a very critical distinction in the candidates. Tony Qualkinbush and Kevin McKenzie both receive significant household income from the school district since their wives work there. McKenzie also works for the state, so his whole household income is from the government. Jennifer Wood also works for city government. Phill...

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‘Fill the Hill’ for Homecoming 2014 at SWU

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University alumni will join students, faculty and staff and “Fill the Hill” for 2014 Homecoming on the Central campus on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.This year’s Homecoming will again be a time to enjoy food, fun and games for all ages – but with some new twists.Ethan Cashwell, coordinator of alumni relations and special events, said SWU is offering, for the first time ever, “The Blue Box,” a $25 purchase that ...

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Kudos for sidewalk construction

To the editor:As some of you traveling SC 178, past Pickens High School, you noticed the new sidewalk being installed from the high school down to Sparks Lane. This new sidewalk will allow students to walk safely down SC 178, and they will not have to cross the highway.

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Daniel tops in SAT scores once again

PICKENS — High school students’ performances are measured in any number of ways each year in South Carolina with the Scholastic Aptitude Test being one of those measuring sticks, especially for college entrance.Once again Daniel High School finished first in the state for traditional public schools for their performance on the SAT.“For several years Daniel has been at the top in the state for their performance on the SAT,” said John Eby, Pickens I...

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Out & About

Oct. 24-25• The Pickens County Literacy Association holds its annual Fall Used Book Sale in the All Saints Hall of Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25.Nov. 1• The inaugural Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast to benefit Friends of Pickens County Guardian Ad Litem is held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arran Far...

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Daniel High School crowns Homecoming Queen 2014

CENTRAL — Daniel High School senior Gingerlynn Jenkins was crowned Miss Homecoming on Sept. 19. Senior Abby Martin was runner-up and Noelle Heerschap was honored as a senior class representative.Sophomore Mary Chase Grant was crowned the Underclassmen Princess; Freshman Mary Campbell Huss was runner-up.Other class representatives included: Juniors Whitney Epling and Anna Newton, Sophomore Valeria Contreras, and Freshman Sophia Povod.

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Peters holds on for Truck Series victory in wild race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Holding off all challengers in a race that went four-wide on the final two laps, Timothy Peters won the Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.Peters arrived at the finish line .143 seconds ahead of second-place starter and finisher Tayler Malsam. Spencer Gallagher ran third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney, who trimmed 13th-place finisher Matt Crafton’s lead in the series standings to 1...

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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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Domestic violence ‘just like a fire’

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 it̵...

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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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