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Easley woman dies after toddler fires handgun

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EASLEY — A 22-year-old woman died last week after being shot with a handgun a toddler found on the floorboard of the vehicle she was in.Alexandra Anita Santos, of 400 S. D St. in Easley, was pronounced dead at Baptist Easley Hospital from a single gunshot to the chest, Pickens County Coroner Kandy C. Kelley said.According to the Easley Police Department, the vehicle in which the shooting occurred April 17 was on Hastings Circle when the toddler, a 6-year-old, picked up a handgun from the rear floorboard. The child pulled the trigger, sending one bullet through the rear of the front passenger seat and striking Santos.The shooting occurred at approximately 12:52 p.m. The investigation is continuing and details are limited.


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April 24• The Hampton Memorial Library, 304 Biltmore Road in Easley, hosts events in conjunction with the Reunion of Upcountry Families including a class on getting started on digital genealogy from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; a class on genealogy for children in grades 3 to 6 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; an open house in the Mary Oates Gregorie Historical Room from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and a presentation by Dr. Tim Drake on burial custom...

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Area anglers fare well in Lake Hartwell tourney

LAVONIA, Ga. – Several Pickens County and Anderson County anglers fared well last weekend in the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Hartwell.Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, S.C., won the tournament with a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Cobb earned $6,807.In the pros, Brock Taylor of Pendleton came in second with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces and took home $2,253 for his effort....

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CU-ICAR researchers taking their ideas to Silicon Valley

CLEMSON — Two Clemson University researchers are working on new applications for “connected cars” as automakers begin producing more vehicles that can go online while on the road.Pablo Sauras-Perez hopes “ParkinGain” will help drivers find the best parking spots based on their own preferences and allow them to feed the meter without going back to their cars.Andrea Gil is working on a shopping application, “Ready2Pick,” that would...

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Exhibition opens April 26 at Pickens County Museum

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum’s 35th annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition will open to the public with a reception and awards ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 26.The announcement and presentation of awards will take place at 7 p.m. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition will remain on view until June 12.

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Pickens County getting new charter school by 2016

EASLEY — The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce’s Third Thursday Lunch was highlighted April 17 by the announcement of a new charter school in the county’s future.Betty Roe, director of the newly announced Intensive Charter School of Pickens County, addressed those in attendance, giving new details concerning a projected opening in 2016 in Easley.

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Reunion of Upcountry Families highlights family history

EASLEY — The public is invited to the Reunion of Upcountry Families from April 24 through April 26.The free event will include cemetery tours, workshops devoted to family history and a large display of photos and other items from local families of the Old Pendleton District, which became present-day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley with a computer class on genealog...

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Changes in healthcare landscape prompt changes at Baptist Easley

EASLEY — The changes in the landscape of healthcare in the first quarter of 2014 has precipitated needed changes within Baptist Easley and the healthcare community as a whole where costs are concerned.“Take the Affordable Care Act. It was either the president or vice president who said we’ve shifted from a country, based on the law, that sees healthcare not as a privilege, but a right,” Baptist Easley CEO Mike Batchelor said. “I’m not sure the en...

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Pickens County pro anglers place in latest BFL tournament

ELBERTON, Ga. – Three Pickens County pro anglers placed in the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 held April 5 on Lake Russell.Butch Pitts of Watkinsville, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce on April 5 to win the tourney. Pitts earned $4,082.Eddie Whiten Jr. of Pickens came in fourth with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces and won $952 for his efforts. Greg Glouse of Liberty came in ninth with five ba...

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New volleyball coach takes over helm at Easley High School

EASLEY — Easley High School introduced its new volleyball coach April 10 to an excited gathering of players and parents, naming Jessica Hamby as the new head of the school’s program.Athletics Director Gil Payne, in his first semester leading the Green Wave, announced his first hire with parents and players waiting with anticipation, and according to Payne, Hamby’s history of success should be a good fit for the program moving forward.

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Clemson receives $5.3M to broaden cyberinfrastructure education, outreach

CLEMSON — The National Science Foundation has awarded Clemson University a $5.3 million grant to enable a national network of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REFs) to broaden the impact of advanced computing resources at campuses across the country.Led by Clemson Chief Information Officer Jim Bottum as principal investigator, Barr von Oehsen will serve as the science and outreach lead, Jim Pepin will act as the technical integration lead,...

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Virtual-reality teaching method involves ‘Cha Cha Slide’

CLEMSON — Shannon can do the “Cha Cha Slide,” but her shuffle across the computer screen is a little wooden as if she isn’t quite sure of herself. The virtual character will be rebooted over the next year as part of a Clemson University research project that could help explain whether real-world movement helps students learn.The project builds on a growing body of research that suggests we think not only with our brains but also with our bodies, a concept th...

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Investigators bide their time to catch invasive weeds

CLEMSON — Winter weather has covered the tracks of a pair of plant pests that invaded South Carolina last fall, but Clemson University investigators will be waiting for them when they emerge in the spring.“In the winter as plants die back it’s impossible to identify them,” said Christel Harden, who leads the plant pest detection and nursery inspection efforts for Clemson’s Department of Plant Industry. “Once these invasive plants begin to grow ag...

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Reflecting on the Boston Marathon bombings

South Carolina is nearly a thousand miles from Boston, Massachusetts.But we, too, were shaken by the events of April 15, 2013. Two homemade bombs exploded in the midst of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators, shattering the lives of dozens of others, and casting a pall of sadness over one of America’s proud traditions.A few weeks ago, in the pleasant early morning hours of April 5, I couldn’t help but think about the Boston bombings as I stood at the...

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Trustees credited with choosing Merck as new superintendent

On April 10, in a 6-0 vote, the Pickens County School Board named Dr. Danny Merck the new Superintendent.Minutes into our roundtable discussion, it was apparent each board member had come to the same choice – Dr. Danny Merck. This was not surprising.In 2011, the board and administration did a good job of looking ahead on this issue, and that foresight is still paying dividends today. Then Superintendent Dr. Henry Hunt was nearing retirement and the board truly want...

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Protecting, serving and comforting, when needed

In this job there are times when I see more than I should, more than I want, but I do consider myself lucky in the sense I have been doing this enough to have either developed an emotional callous or the ability to detach myself. On occasion, though, that isn’t enough.April 17 was one of those days, and this particular missive isn’t about what I experienced that day as much as what I saw and want to share with you, the reader.

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Saving downtown requires a buy-in from everyone

Pickens County is not Greenville. Period.So when it comes to how economic issues such as downtown revitalization are addressed, whether it is Pickens, Easley or Liberty, the Greenville model and plan is not, nor will it ever be, a fit. The tax base of property, sales and industry within the county does not allow for the same flexibility and spending Greenville is capable of bringing to bear.S.C. 123, leading from Easley and Pickens County to Greenville, is both a blessin...

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