Bank robbery in ‘97

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Joe Toppe Staff Writer

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It is Friday, Sept. 20, and before the gathering of years can further tarnish our public recollection, the Easley Progress will shake off the red rust of time and open up the archives to September of 1997.

The Progress featured a front page headline that read:

“First National Bank robbed”

The accompanying article detailed a man wearing a baseball cap and carrying a bag walked into the Pickens County branch of the First National Bank on Highway 123 and demanded money from the tellers.

According to the report, the man fled the scene with an undetermined amount of money leaving behind his bag and what appeared to be a bomb prompting the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office to assist investigators with the bomb squad. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the FBI also assisted the Easley Police in the investigation.

The Progress also featured this headline:

“Assistant fire chief leaves Easley post”

According to the story, assistant fire Chief Scott Smith left his position with Easley’s fire department due to the position being underfunded. Smith subsequently accepted a job with the South Carolina Fire Academy.

In local sports, Pickens manhandled Greenville in a varsity football game beating them 38-7 while Easley was off to its best start in almost 10 years after winning its first two games of the season.

The Easley Cinemas was showing “G.I. Jane” starring Demi Moore and “Air Force One” starring Harrison Ford.

Several advertisements were also featured.

The Easley Band Booster Club announced its sixth annual barbeque to be held in Gettys Middle School cafeteria and would include barbeque, slaw, baked beans and a drink for $6.00.

The Willows of Easley announced its opening by declaring,

“Living arrangements that suit your lifestyle”

“Convenient for you, your family and your friends”

In other news, the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales took place at Westminster Abbey and was watched by over two billion people worldwide while an earthquake struck the Italian regions of Umbria and Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.

By September of 1997, seven months remained until the Indianapolis Colts would draft quarterback Peyton Manning out of the University of Tennessee while nine years remained until Manning would lead the Indianapolis Colts to their first Super Bowl championship.

The Easley Progress was in its 95th year.

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