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Sober or Slammer! begins Aug. 15

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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Public Safety partnered with local hospitals, first responders, and law enforcement agencies across the state today to launch the annual Sober or Slammer! impaired driving crackdown, which begins August 15 and runs through the end of Labor Day.The campaign includes high visibility enforcement and public education efforts aimed at curbing collisions and fatalities as summer wraps up. Since Memorial Day, 141 people have died on South Carolina roadways in traffic crashes, which is down from last summer when there were 168 people killed during the same time frame.


Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory

BROOKLYN, Mich. — So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon.The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion broke away after a late caution to win Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.Gordon, who faced questions about his struggles on restarts earlier this season, passed Joey Logano at the start of lap 183 and kept his Chevrolet in front when Logano got next to him on the following lap. Logano fell back after falling out of...

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Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Sunday was a rough day on the track for rookie Kyle Larson.It got worse when he looked at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.An early pit lane collision with Dale Earnhardt Jr. damaged the left front of his No. 42 Chevrolet and his race ended on lap 98 when he hit the turn 4 wall. His car caught fire as it rolled to a stop but he was not injured.The last-place finished d...

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Chris Buescher claims first career Nationwide win At Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio — The math didn’t add up.Crew chief Scott Graves was in NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher’s ear, telling him he was two laps shy of making the finish. The thing was Buescher was in the lead by more than two seconds when he got the news.“Not going to lie. Scott about had my nerves shot there at the end,” Buescher said after Saturday’s race. “We were trying to save all we could there knowing that we wer...

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Sauter delivers NASCAR Truck Series win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Johnny Sauter’s new crew chief started work eight days before Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200.So much for a getting-to-know-you period.Sauter’s Toyota Tundra went to the front after leader Matt Crafton pitted with three laps left and the veteran claimed his first Truck Series victory of the season at Michigan International Speedway.His 161.087 mph average speed is the fastest in se...

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Miller named Teacher of the Year for SDPC

PICKENS — Nikki Miller has been named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for the School District of Pickens County and Jennifer Ohlrogge has been named the 2014-2015 Support Employee of the YearMiller is a reading coach at Pickens Elementary School.“She realizes that her mission is to make an impact on all students, and not just the ones she teaches,” said Allen Fain, Pickens Elementary School principal. “It’s her goal to help other teachers ...

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Workforce Opportunity Summit set for Aug. 27

EASLEY — Tri-County Technical College, Alliance Pickens and Apprenticeship Carolina will host a Workforce Opportunity Summit from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Aug. 27 at the College’s Easley Campus.The event will include industry roundtable conversations with instructors and officials from Tri-County and the Pickens County Career and Technology Center to discuss the employee skills necessary for businesses to thrive over the next two to 10 years.The event is open to ...

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One in jail, one sought in June arson case

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Toccoa, Ga., woman with third-degree arson in connection with an incident on June 20 in Wahalla and are looking for a Walhalla man on four separate counts related to the case.Amy Dawn Lakey, 31, address listed as 304 Brazwell St., was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on Aug. 14.She was arrested by the Walhalla Police Department on forgery charges and later served the arson warrant by a ...

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Westminster man charged with sexual battery

WALHALLA — A 59-year-old Westminster man was arrested last week on charges of sexual battery involving a 22-year-old woman.According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Bill David West of 106 Long Drive was charged with third-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.The investigation determined that West engaged in a sexual battery on the woman on Aug. 13 while she was asleep at an address in Seneca.West is currently at the O...

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Westminster couple charged with burglary

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster couple last week after an investigation revealed that weapons and other items were taken from a Westminster home of a Walhalla City police officer.Christopher William Underwood, 28, and 26 year old Brandy Nicole Underwood, 26, both of 308 Theo Martin Road, were charged with grand larceny and first-degree burglary.Christopher Underwood also was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm....

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Let’s get ready to rumble!

PICKENS — The seventh annual Meals on Wheels Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl, presented by Save-A-Lot of Pickens, will take place at the Pickens High School stadium at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.Since 1923, Pickens and Easley High Schools have enjoyed a rivalry that is widely known as one of the fiercest in South Carolina. On the night of the big game the football teams will compete for ownership of the coveted “Food Fight Bowl” trophy, a prestigious award made from the top of Coac...

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Apollo 11 an achievement worth remembering

July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America’s great triumphs.Forty-five years earlier, the eyes of a nation were transfixed to their black and white TV sets to watch history unfold as an American astronaut stepped foot on the grey lunar soil. Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on ground not of this Earth.It was a remarkable feat, one which is unparalleled in world history. Since the beginning of mankind, humans had gazed at the bright sphere hundreds...

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The case for low taxes

They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.”They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding.But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.One of the fundamental problems facing government at all levels is the casual attitude which is often displayed toward tax dollars. Too many public officials see taxpayer dollars as the answer...

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Clemson Downs hires wellness director

CLEMSON — Clemson Downs Retirement Community has hired a wellness director with broad experience in crafting personalized fitness plans geared toward engaging seniors with a best-in-class holistic approach.Nikki Robinson will work to engage seniors with fitness regimens aimed at maximizing mobility, mental acuity and social interaction with other residents.

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SWU moves in record number of freshmen

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University moved 260 incoming freshman into its residence halls last Friday, a record size class that left check-in lines stretched halfway across the lawn for the admissions office.Parents and students struggled to carry furniture and electronics up flights of winding stairs in the upper 80 degree heat.Amanda Young, director of Admissions for the past seven years, seemed excited about the arrival of students.

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13th annual grief seminar planned for September

GREENVILLE — Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes will hold its 13th annual grief seminar on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.The three seminar series aims to provide a resource to those experiencing grief in their personal and professional lives. Dr. William G. Hoy will be the featured speaker.A graduate of Louisiana State University, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, Hoy has expertise in balancing his th...

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Forever homes needed

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Humane Society is facing a problem: Currently at capacity, animal adoptions are dwindling, while animal surrenders for the past three months have ranged from 50 to 93 animals per month.Shelter Director Samantha Gamble said as of Aug. 14, not a single person had been to the shelter to adopt. Last week, there was only one. Adoption rates are averaging 37 percent and most are puppies and kittens.Adult and senior pets tend to be the hardest...

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Tickets available for five USC home tilts

COLUMBIA – Single game football tickets for five University of South Carolina home football games are on sale now to the general public.Fans can buy single game tickets for the Sept. 6 East Carolina game ($50), the Sept. 27 Missouri game ($70), the Oct. 18 Furman game ($35), the Nov. 1 Tennessee contest ($70) and the Nov. 22 South Alabama tilt ($30).The Texas A&M and Georgia games are sold out.Last season, all seven home games were sold out. A limited nu...

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