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Clemson police need help finding suspect

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CLEMSON – The Clemson City Police Department needs the public’s help to locate a Pickens man who attacked a woman outside her apartment on Aug. 9, dragged her inside and choked her until she was unconscious.Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said they are looking for Charnel Wayne Johnson, a white male described as being 5-foot-11 and weighing 175 pounds. His last known address was in the city of Pickens.According to reports, a female reported she was outside of her apartment at Falls Landing Apartments on Old Central Road when someone came up behind her and dragged her into the apartment. The incident happened around 8:45 p.m.


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Revivals/Meetings/Misc.• Tim Williamson of High Falls Church of God, 405 Neal Road in Seneca, delivers a series of messages on Revelation beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 31. Contact Williamson at 864-247-7725 for more information.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...

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Easley man charged with attempted murder

EASLEY – A 21-year-old Easley man has been charged with attempted murder after a verbal confrontation with another man turned physical.Jeremy Lee Basquette, of 400 Thornbury Ridge, was arrested around 8 p.m. Wednesday after he went to Cannon Hospital in Pickens seeking treatment for a laceration to the back of his head.According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Basquette and Phillip Javin Valentine, 24, of Liberty, were at 1506 Robert P. Jeanes Road in...

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Pickens deputy injured in wreck

PICKENS — A Pickens County sheriff’s deputy was injured early Friday morning after losing control of his vehicle on Edinburgh Lane in the Easley community.The accident, which occurred around 4:25 a.m., is being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol.Deputy Thomas Camp was admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.“We were blessed in that the...

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Pelzer man in jail on multiple charges

ANDERSON – A 39-year-old Pelzer man is in jail in Anderson County on multiple charges after police say he tried to break into several homes and vehicles – all while clad in only underwear and socks.Stephen Anthony Laughter was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, housebreaking, grand larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, giving false information to police and two counts of malicious injury to real property.He was also ...

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PASS scores remain flat in Pickens County

PICKENS — The School District of Pickens County’s performance on SC PASS testing remained strong compared to the rest of the South Carolina in 2014, but did not improve on district scores from the previous year.A higher percentage of SDPC students met proficiency compared the state average in 28 of 30 grades and subject areas. However, the rate of SDPC students meeting proficiency declined in 23 of 30 grades and subject areas compared to the district’s performance...

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Finalists named for teacher, support employee of year awards

PICKENS — The finalists for the School District of Pickens County’s Teacher and Support Employee of the Year Awards have been chosen.The winner of each award will be announced at the district’s Back-to-School Celebration at Pickens High School at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 15. In addition to their awards, the winners and finalists will receive cash prizes sponsored by Southern Wesleyan University.The finalists for Teacher of the Year are:...

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Anderson massage therapist arrested

ANDERSON – A massage therapist in Anderson County was arrested and charged last week with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.Jesus Garcia, 57, a licenses massage/bodywork therapist, owns and operates Garcia Massotherapy and Wellness Center located at 218-B Shockley Ferry Road in Anderson.Garcia was charged with engaging in sexual battery with two of this patients, both 15-year-ol...

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High school football — danger or rite of passage?

The state of California recently instituted a new set of regulations concerning high school football and the staggering statistics now becoming available from the long-term effects of concussions and concussion related injuries.The new law limits the amount of time the team is allowed to have full contact practices. The result has been a mixed reception at best and similar legislation should be expected across the country as a result. With class action lawsuits concerning the NFL a...

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Overnight fires lead to arson arrest

EASLEY — A spate of fires in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 sparked sirens and first responders four different times between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., resulting in the arrest of an Easley man on arson and multiple burglary charges.Thomas Wayne Stinson, 23, of 200 S. 2nd St. in Easley, was arrested following the fourth response by Easley firefighters and law enforcement officials as he was walking away from 103 S. 3rd St. around 7 a.m.Major Tim Tollison of the Easley P...

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Bands announced for Founders Day Music Festival

PICKENS — The third annual Founders Day Music Festival will be held Sept. 13 on West Main Street in Historic Pickens.Five bands will provide the entertainment on the Pickens Amphitheater stage throughout the day. Headliners include Volume Five and DejaBlue Grass Band. Closing out the line-up are the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, The Traveling McCollums and the Blue Flame Bluegrass Band.The event will center around the new Pickens outdoor amphitheater on West Main. The fre...

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Annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl is Aug. 22

PICKENS — The seventh annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl will be held at Pickens High School on Aug. 22 during the Easley High School versus Pickens High School football game.To date, the teams are tied 3-3 on the field. On the night of the big game, Pickens and Easley football teams will compete once again for ownership of the coveted “Food Fight Bowl” trophy.Easley and Pickens High Schools have maintained a fierce rivalry since 1923, when Easley won the...

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Dacusville Crime Watch meeting set for Aug. 21

DACUSVILLE – The Dacusville-Area Crime Watch and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a communitywide meeting for the greater Dacusville Area at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.The meeting, which will be held at the Dacusville Community Center, follows the Dacusville-Area Crime Watch’s successful kick-off meeting in July, where nearly 130 residents signed up to participate and support the initiative.The Aug. 21 meeting is to set up the Crime Watch Area...

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Playhouse to dedicate season to Gwen McCall

EASLEY — The Easley Foothills Playhouse is using the 2014-15 season to honor a woman whose passion was a driving force in local theater for many years.Gwen McCall was a stalwart in supporting the arts in Pickens County, especially the theater community and is remembered fondly by those who have spent many years in helping make the local playhouse one of the best in the upstate.The idea to honor McCall’s memory in relation to the local playhouse stemmed from M...

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Area Reunions

Stegall ReunionThe Stegall Reunion is held at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Rock Springs Church in the Fellowship Building.All-Alumni BHS ReunionAn All-Alumni BHS Reunion will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Berea High School, 201 Burdine Drive. Organized by a committee of alumni, the event is open to students from every decade who attended Berea as well as to former staff, coaches, and administrators. Other supporters of t...

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Greenville man charged after high-speed chase

PICKENS COUNTY — A 56-year-old man was arrested on multiple traffic offenses and weapons charges after he led deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed chase into Greenville County last week.James Allen Pope, 0f 10 Old Anderson Road in Greenville, is in custody at the Pickens County Detention Center facing charges of disregarding a stop light, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension (second offense), unlawful use of another vehi...

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SWU women’s basketball team returns from Kentucky

CENTRAL – The Southern Wesleyan University women’s basketball team returned from their mission trip in Evarts, Ky., last week.The team ran a sports day camp in Evarts, collected shoes for the Verda Child Development Center, and also spent time ministering at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center.The mission team consisted of student-athletes and coaches from the women’s basketball team, along with members of Hopewell Baptist Church in Seneca. The ...

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Area Self Help Groups

— Al-Anon, a support group for friends and family of alcoholics, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Hwy., and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Road.— Celebrate Recovery Pickens County meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Dream Center, 200 West D Ave. in Easley. Visit www. celebraterecoverypickenscounty.bellstrike for more information.— Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesda...

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