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First responders honored for saving deputy

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EASLEY — Pickens County EMS workers Terry “T.J.” Galloway Jr. and Derek Day were presented with plaques of honor during a banquet dinner at Silver Bay Restaurant for their role in helping save the life of Pickens County Deputy Thomas Camp.Camp was injured Aug. 14 when he swerved his patrol car off the road to avoid a deer and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire with Camp trapped inside.J.B. Kelly, vice president of Foothills Lodge #9 Fraternal Order of Police, was one of the presenters at the banquet dinner.

 

Blue Flame picks up first win 31-14 over West Oak, face Walhalla next

PICKENS — The Pickens Blue Flame picked up their first win of the season in high fashion with a 31-14 victory over West Oak on Sept. 26.The Warriors of West Oak appeared to have the game under control heading into the locker room at the half with a 14-10 lead, but the Blue Flame responded with 21 unanswered in the second half to pull down their first win at the halfway point in the season.Pickens rushed for 233 yards on the night and the defense responded with mult...

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Powdersville offense struggles in first loss of season

POWDERSVILLE — In a match up of top 10 undefeated AA teams, both noted for high scoring offenses, Woodruff’s trip to Powdersville on Sept. 26 proved to be a defensive affair with the Wolverines slipping away with the 13-6 win.The Wolverines had already been characterized as a team that could throw the ball all over the field and Powdersville had been scoring points in droves at times as well when the kick off to open the game hit the sky at 7:30 p.m. From that point on,...

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Wren steals one from Seneca on the road

SENECA — An undefeated Wren team traveled to Seneca and came within seconds of returning home with a disappointing loss and the first blemish on a perfect season, getting out of town with a win in the Western AAA opener as well.In a game highlighted by scores left and right, it would seem no one would be surprised how it all ended.Early in the fourth quarter Wren, expected to be in charge with a healthy lead headed into the match-up, trailed the Bobcats by 15, Sene...

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Water line rupture creates torrent of runoff

EASLEY — A water main break on Brushy Creek Road in Easley last week left the road damaged and highlighted a drainage problem that has been ongoing to the abutting neighborhood’s residents.Easley Combined Utilities workers responded quickly Sept. 26 to shut down the water flow but not before the torrent of water had passed through at least one residence and flooded multiple yards beyond saturation.According to two residents, there has been a drainage issue fr...

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A little housekeeping about the Op/Ed page

The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post presented a column written by staff writer Kasie Strickland on gun control and the resulting reaction was somewhat disturbing. As a result, this editorial is being presented to explain how the Op/Ed section of a newspaper works, to address some of the reaction to said column, and to address one of the more vitriolic responses to the topic.How does the Op/Ed page in a newspaper work?

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Martin, Owens take part in legislative breakfast

EASLEY — Sen. Larry Martin and Rep. Phillip Owens took part in a legislative update meeting on Oct. 1.The breakfast meeting was hosted by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce and was held at DunBurks Premier Events in downtown Easley.The breakfast buffet meeting was slated to include presentations and discussions from Martin and Owens showcasing an overview of the recently adjourned S.C. General Assembly.Also as part of the meeting, Owens and Martin op...

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Liberty Red Devils facing uphill battle after road loss

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils came up short on the road against Landrum (2-3, 1-1) last Friday, and could face tougher competition this week as they return home to take on Chesnee.Landrum took an early lead outscoring Liberty 21-7 the first quarter. The Red Devils (2-1-1, 0-2) managed to keep the Cardinal’s big offense in check during the second, but failed to put any points on the board themselves. The half ended 21-7 Landrum.The third quarter was again s...

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Clash of the unbeatens when Daniel, Wren meet Friday

ANDERSON — Daniel and Wren will face off in regional play after which only one of the teams will retain their perfect record.Daniel (5-0, 2-0) is coming of a big 52-20 victory against Palmetto (2-3, 0-2) last Friday and plans to keep the momentum going as they travel to Anderson to take on Coach Jeff Tate’s Golden Hurricanes.Wren (5-0, 2-0), having just defeated Seneca 54-49 on Sept. 26, will have home field advantage for Friday’s regional match-up. At ...

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Area Reunions

EHS Class of 1984The Easley High School Class of 1984 is planning to hold its 30th class reunion on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. Send an email to ehs84reunion30@yahoo.com for more information or call 864-294-8342 and leave message with your contact information.Got a reunion coming up? Let us know so we can help spread the word. We encourage the submission of reunion notices for schools, churches and families for publication. Items can be submitted in writing...

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Out & About

Oct. 3• A Carolina Cover Crops Workshop is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roper Mountain Science Center. Participants will learn basics on how to use annual cover crops in crop rotation and more. Fee is $75 and covers the class, course materials and lunch. Contact Millie Davenport at 864-656-9999 or send her an email at mdavenp@clemson.edu for more information.Oct. 4• Ho...

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Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library• Lego Storybuilders meets at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library, 105 Commons Way in Central. Call 864-850-7077 or send an email to reference@pickens.lib.sc.us for more information.• The Central-Clemson Book Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch. New members are welcome.Hampton Memorial Library...

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Church News

Ongoing events• Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Easley, 101 E. 1st Ave. in Easley, holds Bible Study from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Monday.• First Assembly of God, 810 Saco Lowell Road in Easley, opens its food pantry from 11 a.m. to noon every fourth Friday.The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post publish notices of local interest from area churches on a space available basis. Items can be submitted in wri...

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Hang up the phone, America — and drive

Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to a text is five seconds. Some quick math: if you’re travelling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to drive the length of a football field, including both endzones. Blindfolded.

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Fall is upon us in Pickens County

PICKENS COUNTY — The Autumnal Equinox on Sept. 23 was officially the end of summer and temperatures have already started to drop across the Upstate.The 2014-15 Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a short fall and a colder than normal winter this year, with “near to above-normal snowfall,” the snowiest called for periods being in early and mid-January.This being an El Nino year is also likely to affect local weather. Climate data from The National Weat...

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Clemson University academic news

CLEMSON — Clemson University presented degrees to 965 graduates at the Aug. 8, 2014, summer ceremony. President James P. Clements congratulated each of the recipients at his first graduation ceremony at the helm of Clemson University. Local recipients were:

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Bob Jones UniversityGREENVILLE — Kathryn Finn of Liberty joined Easley residents Eve Fondry, Tyler Knutson, Rachel Lovell, Micaiah Wartak and Daniel Wike in the second session of summer orientation at Bob Jones University held June 17 and June 28. Classes began Sept. 3.Incoming students and their parents became familiar with the campus and attended informational sessions about the BJU experience including academics, financial aid and student life. ...

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Clemson, UGA work together to isolate cancer cells

CLEMSON — Clemson University and the University of Georgia may compete on the football field, but researchers from the two institutions continue working together to develop low-cost technology that can detect and isolate cancer cells.Researchers Jian He and Leidong Mao discovered a new method to separate mixtures of particles with different magnetic properties. They recently published their findings in journal Microfluidics and Nanofluidics.The researchers can use ...

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