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Greater Easley Chamber hits benchmark number

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EASLEY — The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce broke with tradition in its 2014 membership drive and the change saw a huge return for the group’s recruiting efforts.According to chamber President Cindy Hopkins, the membership totals for the organization had been hovering around 400 to 410 for quite some time and a change in recruitment was needed to reach the goal of 500 members.The changes in recruitment have paid off.“This year’s drive was very successful to our in-house campaigns we’ve used in the past,” Hopkins said. “In previous years we’ve averaged about 20 to 25 new members during the drive each year and as of right now we’ve picked up 90 new members this year.”


Hope in sight for PCSO Detention Center

PICKENS — The smell of sulfur is almost too much to bear as the door opens and you walk into the downstairs reception area of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.“It’s the plumbing,” Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said, apologizing. “The plumbing’s too old to handle the capacity we need and sometimes it causes a sewerage overflow.”Averaging a daily count of inmates from 200-210, with a capacity for 97 detainees, the Pickens Count...

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Missing Easley woman contacts family, says she is safe

EASLEY — A missing Easley woman and her son have made contact with family and friends via a video posted to social media but questions still remain concerning their sudden disappearance and current whereabouts.Brandy Willingham, 33, and her son, Brandon, 5, were reported missing by family Aug. 18 following a dispute at Willingham’s home on Gilliland Drive in Easley the previous evening. Family and friends searched for the two with few answers until a video featuring Wil...

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Sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective

Before I sat down to write this column I had already accepted the fact I wouldn’t be making any friends, at least not here in the tightest notch of the Bible belt, but I feel it needs to be said. If you have followed me at all, you know I will say what needs to be said, no matter how unpopular it may be.I want to address prayer at public meetings and give you, reader, the opportunity to make up your own minds, as it should be.It’s no secret I am against praye...

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Pickens hosting Wrens, still looking for first win

PICKENS — Undefeated Wren (3-0) will travel to still winless Pickens (0-3) for the first region game for both teams on Friday.Wren is coming off a narrow escape against Easley where despite a 24-0 lead at the half, a late rally brought the Green Wave a touchdown away from victory.According to sources close to the program, Golden Hurricanes Coach Jeff Tate is not taking Pickens lightly despite its winless record. Practices have been intense, focusing on the teamR...

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Liberty, Powdersville set for region opener

LIBERTY — The Powdersville Patriots will take their undefeated record on the road to face a Liberty Red Devils squad :53 shy of undefeated themselves.Powdersville (3-0) is coming off a winning road trip to Travelers Rest to face their first region foe in Liberty, a big game on the region schedule for both teams, while Liberty (2-1) is trying to figure out how a win escaped them in the last minute in last Friday’s loss to Walhalla.

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Lions look to protect undefeated record at home

CENTRAL — The top five ranked AAA Daniel Lions play host to upstart West-Oak this week, hoping to remain among the undefeated ranks in South Carolina.Daniel (3-0) is coming off what head coach Randy Robinson didn’t deem as his team’s best performance following a 24-9 home win over previously unbeaten Westside and feels the Lions need to worry about themselves before any other team.“After watching film of the Westside game and our offense we’...

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Mayors celebrate Constitution Week with proclamations

EASLEY — The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 42, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Reduce budget, not savings

At the last school board meeting the board approved buying two activity buses for $252,000. (Shelton, Edwards, Cooper, Swords for, Saitta and Gillespie against.) The buses will be paid for out of savings.Activity buses are the white buses used for field trips and sporting events.With a fleet of 18 activity buses, Gillespie opposed the proposal, because there wasn’t enough scrutiny of the use of the buses and maybe too many activities were taking place to require su...

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When it comes to pit bulls, is it nature or nurture?

Dogs are perhaps one of mankind’s greatest creations. They were physically and behaviorally engineered by humans to fulfill a specific need: guarding the home, pointing out quail in brush lines, retrieving downed water fowl, herding sheep, tracking game, or simply as a companion.But there is one particular group of dogs that always seems to be a source of controversy, the molossers — specifically, the American Pit Bull Terrier.Molosser breeds are characterize...

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Football Super Saturday set for Sept. 20

PICKENS — The annual Football Super Saturday celebration will be hosted by the Pickens Recreation Department on Sept. 20 at the new Pickens High School football stadium.Super Saturday serves as one of the Rec Department’s largest fundraising drives. In the event of inclement weather (lightning, field too wet), games will be cancelled.Gate admission is $1 for everyone excluding players/cheerleaders and coaches. There will be an open grill during the day servin...

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Easley Masons host annual BBQ

Master of the Lodge Randall Waters and Officers of the Masonic Temple prepared more than 225 pounds of pork, 120 pieces of chicken, baked beans and coleslaw for this year’s barbecue. The Masons have been hosting the event for over a decade with all donations going to local charities.

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Bynum Financial celebrates 30 years in business

Cindy Hopkins, right, president of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, presents a certificate commemorating Bynum Financial Group Inc.’s 30-year milestone in business to Rusty Bynum, president of the financial group. The event was held at Smithfield Country Club and was highlighted by a slide show of photos from the first years of the business.

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Road closing for bridge replacement

PICKENS COUNTY — Rolling Green Road at the intersection of Praters Creek Road will be closed to traffic beginning Sept. 22 and will remain closed for approximately 60 days while the Pickens County Roads and Bridges Department replaces the bridge. Detour signs will be posted from each direction. Contact the Roads and Bridges Department at 864-898-5934 for more information.

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Area Reunions

Trotter ClanThe Trotter clan and descendants of George MacDuffie and Sara O’Neal Trotter hold their reunion at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gatehouse Restaurant in Pickens.Chastain ReunionFamily and friends of Oscar and Bertha Chastain meet for their annual reunion at Holly Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Sept. 21. A covered dish dinner begins at 1 p.m.Lewallen/Lewellyn Family

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Clemson, Parenting Place kick off initiative in Oconee

CLEMSON — Oconee County ranks 11th in the state for the number of births to 15-19 year olds and 10th in the number of repeat pregnancies.In an effort to stem this tide, Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center, The Parenting Place and other local organizations have launched CU Succeed, an initiative to support academic, health and parenting success among young pregnant and parenting Oconee County residents.The organizations announced the initiative duri...

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“Images of Piedmont” on sale

PIEDMONT — The Bonnes Amies Club has published “Images of Piedmont,” a pictorial history book.The Club has spent two years collecting photographs, studying local history, and compiling the text. The history of Piedmont includes many images from the 1800’s at the start of Piedmont Manufacturing Company, which was one of the largest cotton mills in the world at one point.Also of interest are the rural areas that supported the mill town by supplying ...

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Out & About

Sept. 18• The Pickens County Library Board of Trustees meets at 6 p.m. at the Village Branch in Pickens. The meeting is open to the public.• The Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles, takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University.Sept. 20

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