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One dead, one in jail after overnight stabbing

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CLEMSON – An 18-year-old man from Clemson has been charged with murder in connection with an overnight stabbing death at Goldenwoods Apartments.Michael Taquarius Rancher is being held in the Clemson City Jail awaiting his first court appearance, according to the Clemson Police Department.The name of the victim was not released pending notification of next of kin, officials said.According to the Clemson Police Department:Officers responded to Goldenwoods Apartments around 2 a.m. today (Sept. 11) in reference to someone having a seizure and found that the victim had been stabbed with a knife during an altercation with Rancher.


Streets closing for Founders Day Music Festival

PICKENS — West Main Street in Pickens from North Ann Street to Catherine Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday for the third annual Founders Day Music Festival.In addition, fireworks will be shot from Bruce Field at 9 p.m.Founders Day celebrates both the musical and cultural heritage of Pickens, featuring much more than just music. Living history reenactments will be staged with musket, long rifle, and canon firing demonstrations.A large...

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Mother, son have been missing since Aug. 18

EASLEY — Brandy Monique (Robinson) Willingham, 33, and her 5-year-old son Brandon have been missing from their home in Easley since Aug. 18 and nearly a month later there are no answers to their whereabouts.According to police incident reports, Willingham’s mother, Pamela Burgess, went to her daughter’s residence on Aug. 17 to inform her that her grandmother was sick and in the hospital. Burgess was met at the door by an unidentified Caucasian couple who informed ...

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Anderson church joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

ANDERSON — The Road to Jericho quilt block is designed from a quilt made from fabrics collected over several decades by Clara Webb Lindsay, in 1995.Clara, a longtime resident of Anderson County, attended Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson until her death in 1998 at the age of 89.The cloth quilt now belongs to her niece, Judy Stevanovich, who is a member of Roberts and lives in Anderson. The quilt block was sponsored by members of the Unfinished Objects Quilt B...

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Warriors volleyball hosts summer camp

High school students take to the courts to work on passing, setting, serving and other volleyball techniques. More than 60 middle school and high school students learned volleyball fundamentals from members of the Warriors volleyball team during the camp, led by SWU head volleyball coach Julia Reininga.A young player gets into defense mode during volleyball camp July 28-31 at Tysinger Gymnasium on Southern Wesleyan University’s Central campus.

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What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask

Native Americans are a proud people with a vibrant culture, rich history, and a past that is a colorful tapestry of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately survival. Natives may refer to themselves and each other by many different names, tribes, and titles, but there is one word that is not a part of their vernacular — a word whose very essence is derogatory and shameful.It is a word that most Caucasians would not dare to call them to their face, and yet seem to have no problem scre...

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Now THAT’S an Ice Bucket Challenge!

Members of Southern Wesleyan University admissions staff grimace as they are drenched by more than a hundred gallons of ice water, part of the Ice Bucket Challenge. When the department was challenged, they took things up a notch with a little help from the university’s grounds crew. In the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral on social media, people are taking videos of ice water being dumped on their heads, then posting in social media and challenging friends to do the same withi...

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Car donation benefits SWU Call Me MISTER program

CENTRAL – Car trouble for some is a minor setback, especially in a society where most families have access to two or more cars. For others lacking reliable transportation, car trouble can be a major disruption.Two years ago, Kim Welborn, associate professor of English at Southern Wesleyan University, had a student from the Call Me MISTER program in a class with car trouble and unable to get to class. Looking back on this incident, Welborn approached her mother about donating ...

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SWU alumni ordained by Wesleyan Church

CENTRAL – Three Southern Wesleyan University alumni were ordained into the ministry by The Wesleyan Church.Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, laid hands on the new ministers July 12, dedicating them to Christian ministry during the service, held at ALIVE Wesleyan Church in Central.Ordained were Joy Bryant, a 1992 graduate, the university’s executive director of alumni and constituent relations and a member of Pickens View Wesleya...

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Clemson Extension offering course for livestock, horse producers

CLEMSON — If you’ve ever had a notion to sell the kids — or lambs, calves, colts or fillies — Clemson University has a workshop to help you learn the commercial side of animal husbandry.Clemson Extension is offering a business course for livestock and horse producers Sept. 19 on campus.The one-day workshop will teach livestock owners the ins-and-outs of handling legal, accounting, lending and insurance needs in joint sessions with Extension and in...

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Upstate Alliance marketing strategy a win-win for area

PICKENS COUNTY – Marketing the Upstate as one region with 1.4 million people rather than as its separate entities creates a win-win situation for the area, the president and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance told the Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County.John Lummus, guest speaker at the Aug. 13 MCPC meeting, explained that the Upstate SC Alliance is a public-private partnership founded in 2000. Its mission is to bring new businesses to the 10-county Upstate region.The ...

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SWU pilots student run coffeehouse, golf facility

CENTRAL – Student run organizations aren’t a new thing on campuses across the nation, but what about student-run businesses?Watching how his children benefited from internships when they were in college, Southern Wesleyan University President Todd Voss explored ways for students to gain experience that went even deeper than a traditional internship.“Evidence is significant that Internships result in stronger application in and out of the classroom, bett...

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Wren senior receives community service scholarship

PIEDMONT – A senior at Wren High School has received the 2014 Robert D. Bennett Community Service Scholarship for a community service project that brought students, music and cancer patients together.Kate Brady, 17, of Williamston, applied for the scholarship after being chosen by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative to represent the co-op this summer on the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, a week-long trip to the nation’s capital, where students learn about government and its re...

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Shop locally, and improve your community

The benefits of shopping locally can’t be overstated.When we spend our money at locally-owned businesses, we’re often reinvesting in our community. The dollars spent at local stores, shops, restaurants, garages and other businesses tend to remain in local circulation, boosting the local economy and keeping many people in jobs.Various studies have tried to quantify the benefit. The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce estimates that 45 cents of every dolla...

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Walking tours planned for Sept. 12, 13 in Pendleton

PENDLETON — Costumed tour guide Ellen Harrison will lead a 1.6-mile walking tour of Pendleton on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 that will focus on the south end of the historic district, taking guests up and down Mechanics Street.The tour begins at 10 a.m. inside Hunter’s Store and is held rain or shine. Admission is $5. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to make reservations by calling the Pendleton District Commission at 864-646-3782.

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Ag Museum hosting ‘Framers Who Were Farmers’ event

PENDLETON – The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum will host “Kids Day at THE AG: Framers Who Were Farmers” from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 in honor of Constitution Week.The event is for students in grades 4 through 7 and requires registration. The cost is $3.Through hands-on activities, role playing and working in the fields, students will understand the people and the ideas that created the U.S. Constitution. Themes covered during the day will include Th...

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Calling all dancers, singers and musicians …

EASLEY — Easley’s Rising Star is looking for entrants for its third annual contest to be held Oct. 2.Sponsored by Arts Council of Pickens County, the event is in its third year and accepts entries from Pickens County and Anderson District One (Powdersville). The main goal is to promote local young talent and offer a venue for them to showcase their talents.The contest includes three categories with different age divisions for each category. Entries can be sol...

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Fall for the Arts looking for artists

EASLEY — Are you an up and coming artist or maybe even an established artist looking for an affordable opportunity to gain community exposure? If so, then Arts Council of Pickens County has the perfect chance for you to do so.Fall for the Arts to be held Oct. 4 in conjunction with the Easley Farmer’s Market is currently accepting applications for visual, performing and literary artists for the event. Booth spaces are $10 for the day.In addition to booths to d...

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