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Clemson, Yawkey Wildlife Center join forces in coastal ecology research

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GEORGETOWN — Clemson University’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center and the Yawkey Foundations will join forces to launch a nationally recognized research program tasked with discovering new and innovative ways to manage coastal wildlife and natural resources.The Baruch Institute is dedicated to research and outreach focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of coastal South Carolina.The Baruch Institute is dedicated to research and outreach focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of coastal South Carolina.


Daniel High Athletic Hall of Fame nominations sought

CENTRAL — The D. W. Daniel Athletic Booster Club officially inducted the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class last fall. The Booster Club and its Hall of Fame Committee are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame class.Interested alumni and community members can find the nomination form, including the criteria, on the Athletic Booster Club webpage at www.danielsports.org. Click on the “Hall of Fame” link. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014...

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WrenStock 2014 set for May 31 at Anderson Motor Speedway

ANDERSON — Attention Wren alumni of the classes from 1958 to 2003: WrenStock 2014 – billed as the South’s largest high school reunion – will be held May 31 at Anderson Motor Speedway. Gates will open at 2 p.m.Choice Entertainment Carolina’s featuring Wren’s own Chris and Justin Trotter will provide entertainment and karaoke.WrenStock is a tailgating event in a relaxed atmosphere for reuniting with schoolmates. Those attending are encou...

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Hospitals lift temporary flu visitation restrictions

PICKENS COUNTY — Hospitals in Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Laurens counties have lifted the temporary request that children refrain from visiting hospitalized patients.Hospitals include AnMed Health, Baptist Easley, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Cannon Memorial Hospital and Greenville Health System, which includes Laurens County Memorial Hospital.The hospitals issued the request in January as a precaution against the spread of flu and respiratory viru...

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Researchers to monitor Savannah River salinity during harbor expansion

CLEMSON — Clemson University wetland ecologists at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science will spend the next year monitoring water salinity levels and vegetation changes at sites in and around the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.The research is part of a program designed to evaluate environmental impacts resulting from the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. It is supported by $360,000 in funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....

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Student team selected to compete in U.S. solar home challenge

CLEMSON — The U.S. Department of Energy selected a Clemson University team to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015.Clemson and 19 challengers from colleges and universities across the country and around the world and will now begin the nearly two-year process of building solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative and highly energy efficient.“We are honored and excited to participate in the Solar Decathlon 2015,” said Akel Kahera, associate dean...

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Researchers blame lack of sleep, improper sedation for delirium in ICUs

CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers say that providing better sleep quality and proper sedation for patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) will decrease their levels of delirium, a syndrome that presents severe confusion and disorientation.Delirium is a rapidly growing problem throughout ICUs everywhere and usually is associated with longer hospital stays and a worse prognosis.A pilot study, led by Clemson School of Nursing assistant professor John Whitcomb a...

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What cat up yonder tree does meow? Um, that would be mine …

I had always lived under the impression that the stories we used to read as a kid, the ones where the fire department saved the kitty from the tree, were all made up … some sort of propagandist effort to endear one arm of public servants to children.I was wrong.For those of you getting to the game a little late, here’s a synopsis: I am single, love it, and have a 4-month old Belgian Malinois puppy named Lola and Mariah Catty, the codependent kitty, both femal...

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Sassafras Mountain wildfire destroys 438 acres

PICKENS — Sassafras Mountain in Pickens County has been ablaze and according to the U.S. Forestry Service, the wildfire is contained and under control.“As of 7:44 am April 14, the fire is contained and under control, although there are some dangers with the wind over the next few days,” said Scott Hawkins, public information director. “There will be someone assigned to watch, but for all intents and purposes, the fire is controlled.”The blaz...

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Researchers develop sticky nanoparticles to fight heart disease

CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease.Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the standard ways to treat clogged and damaged arteries currently is to implant vascular stents, which hold the vessels open and release such drugs as paclitaxel.The researchers,...

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Search continues for Highland Road shooter

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 ...

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Man charged with murder in Sunset shooting

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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Pickens school board taps Merck to replace Pew

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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Town Creek Park construction gets underway

PICKENS – The Playground of Promise, Tennis Courts and Town Creek Trail will be closed through April 18 while playground equipment and fencing are removed so construction vehicles can access the trail to begin working on Town Creek Park.The lower recreation center parking lot will be closed until fall when construction is complete.Some trees will be removed and a 70-foot-long recycled bridge will be moved into the trail area through the playground. Once the bridge ...

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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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Professor named president of International Society for Human Ethology

CLEMSON — Clemson University professor Thomas R. Alley was elected president of the International Society for Human Ethology (ISHE) for a four-year term.“ISHE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of human ethology, the study of behavior from a biological and evolutionary perspective,” Alley said. “I am honored to be able to serve as ISHE’s president for four years.”Founded in 1972, ISHE is the oldest international sci...

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April 15: Funding the Empire

Tax day, April 15th, is a day of celebration in the United States. On this day we citizens of the great republic take pride in the fact that we can come together in a democratic society and make decisions cooperatively with one another. The fruits of our labor, beholden to the IRS, will now be spread throughout society to build our collective vision of a more perfect union – one tax dollar at a time.OK, OK — nothing could be further from the truth.The sad fac...

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