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Sober or Slammer! begins Aug. 15

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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Public Safety partnered with local hospitals, first responders, and law enforcement agencies across the state today to launch the annual Sober or Slammer! impaired driving crackdown, which begins August 15 and runs through the end of Labor Day.The campaign includes high visibility enforcement and public education efforts aimed at curbing collisions and fatalities as summer wraps up. Since Memorial Day, 141 people have died on South Carolina roadways in traffic crashes, which is down from last summer when there were 168 people killed during the same time frame.


Apollo 11 an achievement worth remembering

July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America’s great triumphs.Forty-five years earlier, the eyes of a nation were transfixed to their black and white TV sets to watch history unfold as an American astronaut stepped foot on the grey lunar soil. Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on ground not of this Earth.It was a remarkable feat, one which is unparalleled in world history. Since the beginning of mankind, humans had gazed at the bright sphere hundreds...

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The case for low taxes

They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.”They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding.But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.One of the fundamental problems facing government at all levels is the casual attitude which is often displayed toward tax dollars. Too many public officials see taxpayer dollars as the answer...

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Clemson Downs hires wellness director

CLEMSON — Clemson Downs Retirement Community has hired a wellness director with broad experience in crafting personalized fitness plans geared toward engaging seniors with a best-in-class holistic approach.Nikki Robinson will work to engage seniors with fitness regimens aimed at maximizing mobility, mental acuity and social interaction with other residents.

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SWU moves in record number of freshmen

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University moved 260 incoming freshman into its residence halls last Friday, a record size class that left check-in lines stretched halfway across the lawn for the admissions office.Parents and students struggled to carry furniture and electronics up flights of winding stairs in the upper 80 degree heat.Amanda Young, director of Admissions for the past seven years, seemed excited about the arrival of students.

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13th annual grief seminar planned for September

GREENVILLE — Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes will hold its 13th annual grief seminar on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.The three seminar series aims to provide a resource to those experiencing grief in their personal and professional lives. Dr. William G. Hoy will be the featured speaker.A graduate of Louisiana State University, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, Hoy has expertise in balancing his th...

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Forever homes needed

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Humane Society is facing a problem: Currently at capacity, animal adoptions are dwindling, while animal surrenders for the past three months have ranged from 50 to 93 animals per month.Shelter Director Samantha Gamble said as of Aug. 14, not a single person had been to the shelter to adopt. Last week, there was only one. Adoption rates are averaging 37 percent and most are puppies and kittens.Adult and senior pets tend to be the hardest...

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Tickets available for five USC home tilts

COLUMBIA – Single game football tickets for five University of South Carolina home football games are on sale now to the general public.Fans can buy single game tickets for the Sept. 6 East Carolina game ($50), the Sept. 27 Missouri game ($70), the Oct. 18 Furman game ($35), the Nov. 1 Tennessee contest ($70) and the Nov. 22 South Alabama tilt ($30).The Texas A&M and Georgia games are sold out.Last season, all seven home games were sold out. A limited nu...

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Teams hold mock search, rescue in Williamston

WILLIAMSTON — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue Team (MSaR) participated in a mock search and rescue on Sunday at the intersection of Willingham Road and Bell Road in Williamston.Thirty volunteers from both teams arrived on location at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving an emergency call-out for three missing persons. A command tent was set up where volunteers checked in ...

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Implant could be solution for epileptics

EASLEY — Sufferers of epilepsy haven’t seen many options for treatment over the years, especially in Pickens County, but Baptist Easley Hospital in conjunction with Clemson Neurology has opened avenues locally.When it comes to epilepsy, epileptics have only three possible treatments for the condition: maintenance medication, temporal surgery or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). There are no guarantees with either treatment but the availability of medical alternatives is pr...

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Disagreement between strangers leads to violence

PICKENS — A disagreement between strangers ended in violence and an attempted murder charge being levied against an Easley man.Philip Javin Valentine, 24, of Liberty, and Jeremy Lee Basquette, 21, of Easley, were visiting separate individuals in the same residence on Aug. 14 when a disagreement between the two erupted and ended in shots being fired. The details of the disagreement have not been released by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.The shooting occu...

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Event does more than raise money

EASLEY — The seventh annual Mission Action Challenge on Aug. 23 will do more than just offer challenging cycle rides and a 5K to participants. It will help put new shoes on the feet of some children who really need them.“Mac Lawton, who owned Dixie Lumber, did a lot with Miracle Hill Ministries over the years, even sponsoring a rider in the Miracle Hill Challenge,” said Kevin Kay, one of the event’s organizers. “Mac was always doing for others and that...

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What’s in a game of football? Plenty, if you ask my husband

With football season just around the corner, things are beginning to get a little crazy around my house. I’m not much of a college fan myself, but my husband, John, is a die-hard Carolina Gamecocks fan. And I do mean die-hard.Back when we were still dating, I once witnessed him set his car window flag on fire after a particularly devastating loss. (I think it was to Auburn.) Regardless, the polyester had melted all over the roof of the car before I managed to rip it off and s...

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Blue Flame, Green Wave ready to mix it up Friday night

PICKENS — The Blue Flame and Green Wave will add another chapter to this version of Pickens County’s football rivalry to open the 2014 season Aug. 22 with more than bragging rights on the line.The first game of the season in high school football is always a tough way to start as there’s little to go on as far as game film is concerned, but both coaching staffs have a pretty good idea what to expect Friday night.

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Liberty ready to take it on the road Friday

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils are traveling to Iva on Friday to take on the Fighting Tigers for their 2014 season opener against Crescent.Liberty Head Football Coach Kyle Stewart said he wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a low scoring game.“I’ve watched some film, and I met Coach Murdock, and we seem to have very similar styles of football.” Stewart said during a phone interview on Monday. “Depending on turnovers, I think th...

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Could the loss of one save another?

I was just a kid and a huge fan of the show Happy Days, never missing the show so my friends and I could all talk about it the next day at school. All these years later I remember the night I met Robin Williams when he appeared for the first time as Mork from Ork, leading to the spin-off Mork and Mindy and a resume of credits beyond what any one person could ever reasonably expect.I, like many of you, thought the rumor of the comedian’s death a hoax and nothing more. Maybe it...

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Pickens deputy injured in wreck

PICKENS — A Pickens County sheriff’s deputy was injured when he lost control of his patrol car on Edinburgh Lane in Easley on Aug. 14.Deputy Thomas Camp was admitted into Greenville Memorial Hospital with “serious but non life threatening injuries.” Camp has been with the Sheriff’s Office since July 2011.According to Chief Deputy Creed W. Hashe, Camp was responding to a call concerning a large animal in the road when he lost control of his v...

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Clemson Downs marketing directorCLEMSON — Clemson Downs Retirement Community announced that Ruthie Millar has joined its team in a newly created marketing role.Millar will work to heighten external engagement by working with members of the Greater Clemson community and across the region to convey the value of the “continuum of care” model offered at Clemson Downs.Millar will work in tandem with longtime Clemson Downs employee...

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