A Bright Idea Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina’s 3rd District announced the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Hannah Laney, a junior at Easley High School, was chosen as this year’s winner. Hannah painted an oil pastel entitled ‘Bright Idea.’ “I’d like to thank all of those who participated in the contest this year,” Duncan said. “I’d like to congratulate the winner, Miss Hannah Laney. I look forward to seeing her in Washington whe...
BMW Charity Pro-Am Celebrity Line-Up Officials from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation announced new celebrity commitments this week for the 2013 tournament on May 16-19.
Actors Greg Ellis and Ryan Merriman, as well as Carolina Hurricanes hockey coach Kirk Muller, will join the lineup for the first time. Actor Lucas Black is returning for the fifth time, and actor Grant Show is returning for his second appearance. It was also announced that George Lopez and...
Visual Impact - Composition & Basic Perspective Workshop PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art & History invites the community to join Dale Cochran for his newest in a series of workshops, ““Visual Impact-Composition & Basic Perspective.”
The class takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Museum’s Liz Smith-Cox Educational Studio. In this one-day workshop students will discover the impact of composition and learn the basics of perspective. Good composition is the foundat...
Newly formed Civitas Media names CFO Jeff D. Sherman has been appointed as the first Chief Financial Officer of the newly formed Civitas Media, it was announced May 1 by CEO and President Michael C. Bush.
The appointment was effective April 22. Bush said Sherman is a detail-oriented, results driven professional who understands how important it is to provide great customer service.
“We are pleased to have someone with Jeff’s financial acumen join our team. He will play a key ...
Community petitions to name football stadium after fallen soldier PICKENS—A community in mourning is looking for a way to honor a fallen soldier who was killed in active duty in Afghanistan recently.
Hundreds turned out to celebrate the life of Barrett Austin at a memorial service last week, but several people in the Pickens community are hoping to do a little more for the former Pickens High graduate.
A petition is being circulated online, in the Pickens community and at Pickens High to get the new Pic...
Final donations arrive for S.H.I.N.E. effort PICKENS COUNTY — The final donation is in and S.H.I.N.E. will soon be operating more efficiently to feed the area’s hungry using a new refrigerated truck.
Getting the truck and finding a way to better transport donated food items has been the objective of a six-month-long fundraiser shared by S.H.I.N.E. (Stopping Hunger in Nearby Easley), Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial Foundation.
The foundation, an off-shoot of Thrivent ...
Lonnie Adamson Editor/General ManagerThe Easley Progress
Nominate for small business awards The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for four business-related awards to be presented at our Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 30.
Chamber members are encouraged to submit nominations in any or all of the award categories. The award and nomination form details are listed below.
Small Business of the Year recognizes the accomplishments of a small business with that special entrepreneurial spirit, unique appro...
R.C. Edwards Middle School students win Glider Challenge Pickens County students took home top honors in the 2013 Glider Challenge on April 25.
The R.C. Edwards Middle School team, “The UFOs,” won first place in the 2013 Glider Challenge,
and the “Chicken Strips” team from the J.T. Simpson Alternative Center came in second place.
“The UFOs” team members were Clary Miles, Robert Weir, Khalil Anderson and John Robert
Ayers. The “Chicken Strips” team members were Chase Simmons and Austin Elrod...
Cannon Auxiliary awards Dr. John Harden Scholarship PICKENS — Ashley Nicole Fuller has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Dr. John Harden Scholarship. Ashley has been employed with Cannon for 9 years and is currently the Information Services Applications Manager for Cannon. While working and caring for two daughters, Ashley is also enrolled at Ashford University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Informatics.
The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary established the Dr. John Harden S...
Concrete Primary hosts Kids Fit Health Week POWDERSVILLE—A new program designed to keep students active kicks off next week at Concrete Primary.
The school is getting set to host a new program entitled “Kids Fit Health Week,” running Monday through Thursday on May 13 through 17.
According to organizers, the program aims to teach kids about healthy and unhealthy foods, limiting television and gaming time and the importance of getting outside and exercising.
“South Carolina has one...
Easley Chamber of Commerce May events Thursday, May 16 @ 10:00 AM
Business of the Month Presentation at Baptist Easley Hospital
200 Fleetwood Drive, Easley
Thursday, May 23 @ 11:30 AM
Ribbon Cutting at Chuck Yeager Real Estate
223 Siloam Road, Easley (Powdersville)
Monday, May 27
Chamber office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28 @ 8:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting at Easley Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 29 @ 9:30 AM
125 Year A...
Best Chevrolet hires new GSM EASLEY — Keith Knoerr has been hired as the new general sales manager for Best Chevrolet of Easley.
A native of Seneca, Knoerr has spent more than 13 years in the automotive industry mainly in Georgia. He and his wife, Christie, have a daughter, Kaydence.
“We are excited to have someone with Keith’s experience and abilities on our team,” said Pete Mirante, owner of Best Chevrolet of Easley.
About Best Chevrolet:
Located on Highway 153...
Freshwater fishing trends Mountains Area
Trout: Good. Trout fishing is still going strong. Blind trolling 30-50 feet deep in the main lake is also working, with spoons and stick baits the size of shad/herring working at first light and live bait more productive as the sun comes up. Very soon the surface bite should start and the fishing should be very strong for the next 3-4 weeks.
Lake Keowee: (unchanged from April 25)
Largemouth and Spotted Ba...
No tax increase in county budget proposal PICKENS COUNTY—A “balanced” budget presented to Pickens County Council does not include a tax increase according to County Administrator Chappell Hurst.
Hurst and county officials say they have taken pride in the fact citizens have not seen a tax hike over the past several years, but this year may have been a little more difficult.
“The budget that I presented to council did not include a tax increase. It was a balanced budget,” Hurst sai...
Solo and Ensemble Wren Middle School students received superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival in Anderson onApril 26. Each year the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) hosts a Solo & Ensemble Festival. This is an opportunity for students to perform solos or in small groups called ensembles. Student performances are rated from I-Superior, II-Excellent, III-Good, IV-Fair, to V-poor. Students earning Superior (I) and Excellent (II) ratings wil...
Congressman suggests census changes EASLEY – A proposal to reduce U.S. Census surveys is “100 percent constituent driven” and aimed at reducing invasiveness to families, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan said last week.
Duncan, who represents several counties in the Upstate including Pickens and Anderson, was in Easley to introduce colleague Tim Scott, recently appointed U.S. senator for South Carolina.
A verbal battle developed a few days before Duncan’s visit when had proposed the le...
Lonnie Adamson Editor/General ManagerThe Easley Progress
Foothills Arts Festival Offers Something For Everyone! EASLEY — The first annual Foothills Arts Festival will be held Saturday May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Market Square in downtown Easley.
The event is hosted by the Arts Council of Pickens County, a non-profit arts group. The event will feature visual, performing, literary, culinary, and folk artists from around the upstate.
Various artists will have booths set up displaying their works available for purchase. Young artist, Rachel Lo...
Airman completes training Air Force Airman Alejandro Munera graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, after completing an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, basic warfare principles and skills.
He graduated as an Airman 1st Class and is currently stationed at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas training in Diagnostic Imaging...
Dixie Softball roundup Dixie Darlings
Easley Southern Stars 13, Liberty Panthers 12 — Easley scored two runs in the bottom of the final inning to rally for the win. Mollie Poole led Easley with a home run and a triple.
Pendleton 5, Easley Carolina Girls 2 — The Carolina Girls suffered their first loss of the season to Pendleton. Madison Johnson, Haleigh Foster, Hailey Root, Molly Propes and Jaslin Brooks all were 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Easley. Brooks had ...