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Stockade inmate still at large

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PICKENS — For the second time in less than six weeks, the Pickens County Stockade has had an inmate walk off from detention undetected with this second incident occurring on the stockade’s grounds.The Pickens County Sheriff’s Department is involved in the manhunt for James Christopher Townsend, who disappeared during daylight hours while working on the facility grounds July 3. Townsend is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 210 pounds with close cropped dark hair.Although PCSD officials don’t believe Townsend is a danger, they are asking the public to not approach him but instead contact law enforcement.

 

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Michelle Zinky of Liberty, right, a pharmacy major, right, was one of 57 Tri-County Technical College students inducted recently into Alpha Zeta Beta (AZB), a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Presenting her with a certificate is Melina Guerra-Rodelo, AZB president at Tri-County. Initiates into the Alpha Zeta Beta chapter must have completed at least 12 hours of college work leading toward an associate degree and have attained a grade point ratio of 3.5 or better. Initiates also m...

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Tracy W. Thomas of Easley, right, a nursing major, right, was one of 57 Tri-County Technical College students inducted recently into Alpha Zeta Beta (AZB), a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Presenting her with a certificate is Melina Guerra-Rodelo, AZB president at Tri-County. Initiates into the Alpha Zeta Beta chapter must have completed at least 12 hours of college work leading toward an associate degree and have attained a grade point ratio of 3.5 or better. Initiates also mu...

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Laurie Ann James of Easley, right, a nursing major, was one of 57 Tri-County Technical College students inducted recently into Alpha Zeta Beta (AZB), a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Presenting her with a certificate is Melina Guerra-Rodelo, AZB president at Tri-County. Initiates into the Alpha Zeta Beta chapter must have completed at least 12 hours of college work leading toward an associate degree and have attained a grade point ratio of 3.5 or better. Initiates also must be ...

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Tri-County Technical College students had a chance to network with successful graduates working in a variety of fields at a “Connections that Count” career forum recently. Panelists from left were Patrick Ballieu, a Bridge to Clemson student and Clemson graduate, now a training specialist at Bosch; Dana Griffith, a 1983 Radio and Television Broadcasting graduate and a speech instructor at Tri-County; Rodney Jones, a 2000 Industrial Electronics Technology (IET) graduate, who is mai...

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Aaron Watson of Pickens, right, an engineering graphics technology major, was one of 57 Tri-County Technical College students inducted recently into Alpha Zeta Beta (AZB), a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Presenting him with a certificate is Melina Guerra-Rodelo, AZB president at Tri-County. Initiates into the Alpha Zeta Beta chapter must have completed at least 12 hours of college work leading toward an associate degree and have attained a grade point ratio of 3.5 or better. I...

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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charles Mulwee was among a group of volunteers who received special recognition during a breakfast held April 9 and sponsored by Blue Ridge Elementary School in Seneca. Mulwee and those honored received a volunteer pin. Mulwee volunteers at Blue Ridge and mentors to the children there. He also volunteers at Northside Elementary and Ravenel Elementary schools.

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Church News

July 20 • 5-7:30 p.m.: St. Andrew Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Highway in Easley, hosts an event featuring free hot dogs, Bounce House, games and music with the St. Andrew Praise Band and Sunlit Moon.Vacation Bible School• Pickens Church of God, 127 McDaniel Ave. in Pickens, holds its Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 21 through July...

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Out & About

July 12• The Hired Help performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pickens Amphitheater, 114 W. Main St. in Pickens. Call 864-878-6421, visit www.cityofpickens.com or www.historicpickens.com for more information.July 14• The Steppin’ It Up Coalition meets from 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. at Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County, 303 E. Main St. Meetings are open to anyone intere...

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OCSO adopts portion of S.C. 11 for Adopt-A-Highway program

WALHALLA — Signs have been posted along a two-mile stretch in Oconee County along S.C. 11 indicating that the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program.The area encompasses where the Scenic Highway intersects S.C. 183 down to Oconee Station Road near Pickett Post Road.The Sheriff’s Office is required to pick up trash along its designated stretch of highway at least four times a year and deputies and their families ha...

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Baptist Easley Foundation Awards scholarships

EASLEY — The Baptist Easley Foundation awarded the first annual Roddey E. Gettys III Clinical scholarships June 30 to three individuals pursuing careers in healthcare.The program was originally spearheaded by Foundation board member Tom O’Hanlan to honor Gettys’ 40 plus years in the healthcare field, many of those at the helm of Baptist Easley Hospital, as a way to pass along the legacy Gettys had created in the community through his chosen profession.&...

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Walking to honor the living

EASLEY — You may have seen him, American flag over his shoulder and a smile on his face as Pastor Walter “Chick” McGill made his way through Easley on the shoulder of S.C. 123 June 24. If you did, you might have wondered what he was doing.According to McGill ,he was answering a higher calling to deliver a message to America, part of which he admits is taken directly from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.“I am promoting a new birth of fre...

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Tri-County announces Academic Distinction List

PENDLETON — Forty students have been named to Tri-County Technical College’s Academic Distinction List for fall 2013. Local students were:Central: Jennifer Marie NewtonEasley: Scott Michael Alexander, Stormie Deserae Moore, Casey Harrison Morgan, Amy Smith and Madison Brooke StewartLiberty: Catherine Suzanne Clem and Jacob Benjamin Stone.Norris: Justin Zachary LewisPickens: Keith Allen Brezeale, James Douglas Kelly and Kaley A...

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Tri-County grads offered jobs after BMW Scholars Program

GREER — Twenty-eight students from Tri-County and Greenville technical colleges and Spartanburg Community College graduated from the BMW Scholars program in a ceremony held June 5 at the company’s Greer plant.This is the third and largest class of scholars to graduate since BMW launched this workforce development program in 2011 for technical college students enrolled in various career paths related to manufacturing technology.The BMW Scholars Program offers ...

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Business News

Lindsey named SCBT regional presidentEASLEY — Jimmy Lindsey has been named regional president for SCBT’s Foothills Region which includes Pickens, Anderson and Oconee counties.With over 17 years of experience in the banking industry, Lindsey started his career with a large regional bank and has worked as a branch manager and also as a business banker. He joined SCBT in 2002 as a commercial lender at SCBT’s Broad Street o...

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SWU offering summer sports camps

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University is offering several sports-related summer camps in July. Camp brochures can be found at www.swuathletics.com. Here’s a look at the camps:July 13-15: Overnight soccer camp for ages 11-16.July 21-24: Soccer Camp for ages 4-11. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day.July 21-24: Soccer Team Camp for high school-age teams. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day.Conta...

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Young musicians awarded YAM scholarships

PICKENS – Nearly $5,000 in 2014 scholarships were awarded to musicians in the Pickens area to help them pursue their interests in traditional Appalachian music.Betty McDaniel, executive director of the Young Appalachian Musicians program, said the scholarships were offered to third- through eighth-grade students enrolled in YAM activities – the After-School Program, the Evening Music Program or the TAM YAM camp – during the last year.Each student prepar...

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Kahne’s able with come-from-behind win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kasey Kahne and Ryan Sieg were non-factors for much of Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.Kahne, sitting 12th for a restart with three laps remaining, hadn’t won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race since August 2007. Sieg, a rookie running 14th, had never finished better than ninth in 19 previous Nationwide starts.But when it came to the final push, there they were – Kahne charging from eighth...

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