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S.C. Botanical Gardens on road to recovery

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CLEMSON — For 28 days during the summer of 2013, the Clemson area was saturated with rain and on July 13, eight inches of rain in 24 hours left the S.C. Botanical Gardens devastated. A year later, recovery is well on the way.Clemson students, along with volunteers from the community and staff of the university, combined their efforts over a year’s time to make the home to some 8,000 species of plants and foliage accessible once again as well as begin the recovery of many lost species, some likely lost to the garden forever.


New kickboxing gym opens in Pickens

PICKENS – Pickens residents can now kick off the calories and in as little time as 30 minutes per day.9Round, the nation’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, opened for business on July 1 in Pickens. Located at 113 W Main St., the new gym uses an intense 30-minute workout focused on kickboxing techniques to achieve a total body workout.

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Greg Biffle re-signs with Roush Fenway, but Carl Edwards won’t be back

INDIANAPOLIS, INd. —The good news for Roush Fenway Racing is that Greg Biffle will remain with the team as the organization’s veteran leader, after re-signing with RFR.On the flip side, Carl Edwards told the team more than a month ago, according to owner Jack Roush, that he will drive elsewhere next year.The high likelihood is that Edwards will join former RFR teammate Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing, though both Edwards and JGR brass have been mum on the su...

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Irresponsible state government

The people are going to have to decide what kind of life we shall have. The South Carolina legislature runs this state. The speaker of the house is under investigation by a grand jury. No state Infrastructure Bank money gets spent on roads in Pickens County but Charleston is being “gold plated” and other favored places like Horry County are spending almost all the money. Our members have seen this.

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Ty Dillon holds off Kyle Busch for first Nationwide Series win

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ty Dillon held off a charging Kyle Busch in the closing laps of the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he had to win the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of his career with a fuel cell approaching empty.Dillon grabbed the lead from Busch, the pole winner, moments after a restart on Lap 77 of 100. He soon opened a lead of one second over the most prolific winner in series history, but it wasn’t without some pinpoint calculation...

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Oconee County SO seeking public’s help to find shooters

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to an investigation of two drive-by shootings that occurred within 90 minutes of each other in April 2013 and one that occurred in February 2014.In April 2013, the Sheriff’s Office was seeking the public’s help concerning two drive-by shootings that occurred at two different residences in the early morning hours of April 10, 2013.According to investigators ...

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Brother, nephew of stockade escapee charged in case

PICKENS – The brother and nephew of a man who escaped from the Pickens County Stockade were arrested July 16 and charged with harboring an escaped convict, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.Officials said Mitcheal Eugene Townsend and Gregory Scott Townsend, both of 440 Bakerville Road in Easley, were arrested at their home.They were charged with helping James Christopher Townsend, 41, of 200 Crescent Hill in Pickens escape capture. Mitcheal Eug...

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Dooley to teach at Sherman College of Chiropractic

PICKENS — Dr. Brian Dooley of Pickens has been asked to serve on the faculty of Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg. Dooley is a 2005 graduate of Sherman College and has been practicing in Pickens since.“The opportunity to serve at the premier chiropractic college in the world, located here in South Carolina, is a wonderful dream come true.” Dooley said. “Sherman College has been producing top notch chiropractors since 1973 and being on the facult...

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Daniel High announces second Hall of Fame class

CENTRAL — Daniel High School has announced the five people chosen for induction into its Athletic Hall of Fame for 2014. This group will be the second class inducted. The Hall of Fame Game is scheduled for Sept. 12 against Westside High School.vHere’s a look at the inductees:Johnny Campbell — Class of 1967

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Pickens County hires new county administrator

PICKENS — Pickens County Council unanimously approved hiring Matthew Delk as the new Pickens County administrator during a called meeting on July 24. Delk will join the staff on Aug. 25.Delk has served as the Assistant County Manager of Union County, N.C., since 2007. Union County is a fast-growing county of 213,000 on the east side of Charlotte. Prior to serving in Union County, he served as the county manager of Halifax County, in the northeastern portion of the state....

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Regional junior cattle competition set for Garrison Arena

CLEMSON — Where’s the beef? It will be at T. Ed Garrison Arena Aug. 1 to Aug. 3. Nearly 150 young people will show off their prize cattle and beef-industry smarts at the annual Junior Beef Round-Up.The free event coordinated by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service features 4-H and FFA youngsters from the Southeast competing for more than $6,000 in scholarships and awards. They have registered 261 animals for the Round-UpThe Scholarship Contest, Be...

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Pickens County educator joins team to shape SC math standards

PICKENS — A Pickens County educator will be part of the team that shapes South Carolina’s new math standards.Janice Ward, the Coordinator of Secondary Education for the School District of Pickens County, was one of 19 educators selected by the South Carolina Department of Education to help write the new state math standards.A total of 365 educators were nominated to serve on the teams to write the new English and math standards, and the SCDE chose applicants ...

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Clements receives music scholarship

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Dawson Clements signed a letter of intent to attend Southern Wesleyan University’s Department of Music, where he will enroll in the fall of 2014.Dawson will participate in the choral ensembles as he prepares to earn his music degree at SWU, a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited institution. Dawson brings a wide variety of musical experiences, which include singing in the Hamburg High School Concert Chorale, and has performed with t...

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Cromer receives music scholarship

TEMPERANCE, Mich. – Noah Cromer signed a letter of intent to attend Southern Wesleyan University’s Department of Music, where he will enroll in the fall of 2014.Cromer will participate in instrumental and choral ensembles as he prepares to double major in Music and Christian Ministry. An accomplished pianist who also plays drums, guitar, violin and bass guitar, Cromer is appreciative for the music instruction he received from Dusty Pauken.He credits his progr...

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Southern Wesleyan University announces Dean’s List

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University recently announced its spring 2014 dean’s list students. Students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher on all work attempted (12 hours or more) during the spring 2014 semester, with no grade for any single course below 3.0.Anderson: Kim Bannister, Rebecca Borders, Kathryn Brickle, Stephanie JohnsonCentral: Stefannie Agudelo, Juan Agudelo Cano, Michael Bate, Janice Chuba, Matt Heerschap, Sam Lan...

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No agenda here

I had a disturbing conversation with someone I consider a dear and close friend this past weekend which has left me a little perturbed. It seems one of the political parties in this state has taken umbrage with some of my remarks and have determined I have an agenda, not only an agenda but a liberal one at that.It’s time to dispel some rumors or the beginnings of them with a few statements about where I stand politically and make sure there is no room for misinterpretation....

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If you have to borrow, you can’t afford it

To know what is truly important to Americans all you have to do is turn on your television set and wait. It all becomes very apparent as what was once the home of the free has become the mortgage of the indebted.Where fiduciary responsibility and the necessity of good sound financial management was the backbone of the United States’ economic belief system, both on a corporate and individual level, it’s funny how much 50 years can change a society and culture. But the so...

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Easley home to two-time gold medal winner

EASLEY — Only a handful of Pickens County residents might know there is a two-time gold medal winner living in their midst.Todd McKinney, a resident of Easley, has now had the fortune of competing in the National Special Olympics in two sports, bringing home the gold twice. Most recently in 2014 McKinney made the trip to New Jersey and Princeton University to compete, bringing home the top prize in bowling.“I’d go anywhere other than there for vacation,...

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