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Escaped stockade inmate back in jail

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PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Christopher Townsend on Wednesday afternoon following an anonymous tip that he was at a residence in the Easley community.Deputies located Townsend around 12:45 p.m. at a residence on Bakerville Road at which time he was taken into custody without incident.Efforts to locate Townsend have been ongoing since the discovery of his escape by Stockade authorities following an evening count of all inmates on July 3. Townsend was serving a sentence for failure to pay child support and had been held at the Stockade since June 2. The Pickens County Stockade is located at #186 Prison Camp Road in Pickens.

 

Keselowski dominates Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. – Taking a deep breath at the winner’s podium, Brad Keselowski took a second to savor his dominant Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Keselowski captured the pole, then led 152 of 200 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200. In addition, he posted the fastest times in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

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Keselowski completes New Hampshire weekend sweep

LOUDON, N.H. – For Brad Keselowski, it’s beginning to look an awful lot like 2012 when everything went right on the way to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.Keselowski led 138 of the last 232 laps to win Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 for his third Sprint Cup victory of the season. He held off Kyle Busch on the final restart and pulled away to win by three-quarters of a second in a green-white-checker finish.“I’m not thinking of anything...

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Literature digs deep into the soul of the writer — and the reader

In the last seven months I would have to say we’ve covered any number of topics including religion, politics, my life, my sons, my pets, and music. You know more about me than either of my ex-wives ever knew, and they could read exceptionally well, so let’s try something different … let’s talk literature.Wait, before you put the newspaper down because you’re afraid I’m going to go into some diatribe on the value of the moral and ethical concerns ...

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SDPC, county, Clemson settle TIF lawsuit

PICKENS — The School District of Pickens County has reached a settlement with the City of Clemson and Pickens County regarding the Tax Increment Financing lawsuit.The suit, which was filed May 15, 2012, disputed the use and distribution of tax revenues among the three parties from a special tax district in the City of Clemson.The settlement follows the court order filed April 30, 2014, and ends the lawsuit without an appeal. The agreement sets forth the procedure a...

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Out & About

July 16• Easley Business and Professional Women meet at 12:30 p.m. at Fatz Cafe. Marilyn Easter, owner and operator of Eastglen Farm in Laurens, is the speaker. The cost of the lunch is $10 per person.July 19• A benefit yard sale and hot dog plate sale for cancer patient Cheryl Wilson is held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Church of God, 204 College St. in Centra...

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National FFA Scholarship awarded to local student

PICKENS — The National FFA Organization awarded a $1,000 Tractor Supply — Growing Scholars scholarship to Charlie Dunham of the Pickens County Career & Technology Center.The scholarship is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Dunham plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Tri-County Technical College.The scholarship is one of 1,786 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship progra...

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Easley Junior Cotillion members take part in Spring Ball

EASLEY — The Easley Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions participated in the Grand Spring Ball held earlier this year and danced to the Fox Trot, Shag Swing, Cha Cha, Waltz and current line dances to top 40 tunes.Year II students participated in a five-course instructional dinner held before the Spring Ball, which was held March 14 at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in the Gold Ballroom.Dance contest winners were:Year One Fox Trot: Mary Frances ...

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Local businessman recognized for outstanding volunteerism

EASLEY – Local Allstate agency owner Ray Williams received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others and community service.Because of Williams’ outstanding volunteerism, The Allstate Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Call Me MISTER at Clemson University.Williams serves as a volunteer for the organization, which aims to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background, particularly a...

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Registration for Appalachian music lessons begins

EASLEY — Enrollment is now underway for the summer session of Appalachian music lessons, which will begin the week of July 14.The Evening Music Program is open to all ages (third grade through adults) and is designed to teach students to play Appalachian music with acoustic instruments. Instruments include guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo.The six-week sessions will be held at First Baptist Church in Easley on Tuesday nights; Pickens Senior Center and Monday and ...

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Anderson County deputy honored with Quilt of Valor

ANDERSON — Deputy David “Allen” Hammond was honored on June 26 by local members of the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild, when he was presented with the group’s Quilt of Valor.According to Lynda McCoy Hempel, who stitched Hammond’s quilt, the guild’s goal is to “wrap a quilt around every man and woman who has served our country.”And, so far, combined with other quilting guilds across the nation, over 101,000 quilts have been pres...

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18th annual Ride for the Child a success

PICKENS — The Parenting Place held its 18th annual Ride for the Child June 21 and the results are in on the fundraiser for the nonprofit.“We have to thank everyone who came out and helped raise money or donated items first off,” said Amy Reese of The Parenting Place. “We raised $10,080 which is going to help some needy families and children in Pickens County. Some of the winners of the hands in the poker run actually turned around and donated part of their w...

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It’s Smoke on the Mountain at Easley Foothills Playhouse

EASLEY — The Easley Foothills Playhouse’s production of Smoke on the Mountain is set to kick off for the summer playbill with plenty of wholesome entertainment for all.Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday night gospel singing at a small country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938.

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Escapee still at large, PCSD looking for leads

PICKENS — James Christopher Townsend remains the focus of a manhunt by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department following his escape from the Pickens County stockade July 3 and authorities are seeking the public’s help.“At this point he (Townsend) hasn’t been located in Pickens County and we have worked all of the leads that have been generated,” PCSD Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said. “Within the first 72 hours we got six or seven good leads on...

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Hit and run charges revised after victim dies

ANDERSON — Charges on Kyle Christopher Hand have been upgraded to hit and run resulting in death.Per warrants issued by the Magistrate’s Office, Hand was the driver of the vehicle that stuck Carol Marie Rogenski. Hand failed to stop and render aid to her and instead left the scene and failed to return.The incident occurred on July 8 at the Stay Lodge on Extended Lane in Anderson. Deputies responding to the call found Rogenski lying motionless in the lodgeR...

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Sunday New Hampshire Notebook

LOUDON, N.H. – Perhaps the only driver with a chance to prevent Brad Keselowski from winning Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano.Logano was one of nine drivers to lead the race and was running second when his quest was ended by a crash on Lap 213 with Morgan Shepherd.It was the kind of incident that occurs all the time in NASCAR, one car getting into the back of another. But this one came ...

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— Al-Anon, a support group for friends and family of alcoholics, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Hwy., and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Road.Celebrate Recovery Pickens County meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Dream Center, 200 West D Ave. in Easley. Visit www. celebraterecoverypickenscounty.bellstrike for more information.— Alcoholics Anonymous...

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Bonnie Jean Johnson of Central, left, participated in the pinning ceremony held May 8 for Tri-County Technical College’s Veterinary Technology graduates. She is shown with Dr. Peggy Champion, department head for the program. Johnson also was presented the Leadership Award from the S.C. Association of Veterinary Technicians.

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