Butler to take over as Pickens Athletic Director PICKENS—The Pickens High athletic department will soon be under new leadership.
The school announced this week current baseball coach Stan Butler will assume athletic director duties during the 2013-2014 school year.
Butler, a graduate of Erskine College, has been named Region I-AAA Baseball Coach of the Year three times.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Coach Butler through the years and to observe his dedication as a professional ...
Community to benefit from Ruritan Yard Sale POWDERSVILLE/WREN — The Wren-Powdersville Ruritan Club will be raising money for community projects with a weekend Yard Sale.
The Yard Sale will be held at the Ingles parking lot, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. “Find a little bit of everything there,” says President Ligeline Sawyer. “We’ll have baked goods and hot dogs, too.”
Proceeds go to community projects. Recent benefactors have been Anderson County Meals on Wheels, Whitten Center, Patri...
Cleaning up Powdersville 18 volunteers turned out recently for cleanup day. The group collect 65 bags of trash around the Powdersville Community along Hwy. 153, Hood Rd, Ragsdale Rd, small portion of HWY. 81 and Sitton Hill Rd. Team Ragsdale – was on Hwy. 81 – Taylor Melton, Josh Melton, Paige Melton, Heath Quinnelly, Cara Hamilton.HOP Taylor – Taylor Melton, along Ragsdale Rd.
Baptist Easley names Physician of the Year and Quarter Baptist Easley Hospital honored Lori Carnsew, MD, as the Cam Underhill Practicing Excellence Physician of the Year for 2012. The award was presented to Dr. Carnsew of Baptist Easley’s Liberty Family Care on Doctor’s Day, March 27.
Many patient and staff nominations cited Dr. Carnsew for her caring and compassion. One nomination read, “I would like to nominate this physician for the Practicing Excellence Award. I look after a man in Liberty ...
Weather clears for 29th Azalea Festival PICKENS - By Saturday morning, the storm clouds that cancelled Friday’s events had cleared, and the streets of downtown Pickens were flooded with visitors for the 29th annual Azalea Festival.
The shortened event featured arts and crafts, vendors, amusement rides, helicopter rides, and live music.
“We had to cancel Friday’s events due to the severe weather in the area,” said Russ Gant, Azalea Festival director. “But I expect that 20,000 or...
Oconee County SC Works Center to Offer Pardon & Expungement Workshop Oconee County SC Works Center to Offer Pardon & Expungement Workshop
SENECA — The Oconee County SC Works Center, in partnership with the 10th Judicial Circuit, the SC Probation, Parole and Pardon office and Tri-County Technical College, will offer a Pardon & Expungement Workshop Monday, April 22. The workshop will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the SC Works Center in Seneca, located at 11091 Radio Station Road.
The workshop is designed to provid...
Easley martial arts students combine for 122 medals at state championship EASLEY—After producing two national champions in 2012, students from Palmetto Martial Arts in Easley are at it again.
The team recently found major success at the March 23 state championship, and will send nine students to the national tournament in June.
“We sent 49 students to the state championship,” Palmetto Martial Arts Master John Roberson said. “We came up with 72 gold medals, 33 silver and 17 bronze. We racked up and they performe...
Easley runner witnesses panic at Boston Marathon EASLEY—Randy Parks had just finished his fourth marathon and was waiting for his wife on a downtown Boston, MA street near the finish line when the unthinkable happened.
Two thunderous booms rocked the nearby buildings and Parks, an Easley resident, knew something was wrong.
“We immediately knew that something wasn’t right,” Parks said. “We heard the explosions and didn’t know what it was.”
The explosions Parks heard came from the finis...
Flora Gone Wild Patrick McMillan, director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, shows off one of the previously undocumented species of trillium identified in a process of building the botanical garden’s Natural Heritage Trail. The trail, a project in the works for the past year, seeks to provide viewers with an idea of varied plant types growing in South Carolina. It establishes soil types and plantings for different regions of the state along...
New Wal-Mart opens in Pickens PICKENS—Need a Wal-Mart closer to home? You’re wait may just be over.
A new Wal-Mart located just off Highway 8 behind Blue Ridge Auto Repair opened its doors for the first time Wednesday morning, and the excitement is building.
“In the past, when I’ve needed to go to Wal-Mart, My wife and I would have to get in the car and make the trip down to Easley,” Pickens Mayor David Owens said. “I’m happy that isn’t the case anymore.”
The new fa...
McLaughlin Body Company establishing new facility in Anderson County, creating 250 jobs ANDERSON COUNTY—South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was at the Anderson Civic Center on Monday to celebrate more jobs coming to the upstate.
McLaughlin Body Company, a manufacturer of operator protection systems, recently announced it will locate a new manufacturing facility in Anderson County, according to a release from the governor’s office.
The $22 million investment is expected to generate 250 new jobs over the next five years.
Clemson AD talks progress at Easley Rotary EASLEY—Clemson University’s thirteenth Athletic Director Dan Radacovich says his first four months have been a whirlwind, but successful nonetheless.
The former Georgia Tech AD made a stop at the Easley Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon to talk Clemson sports and address questions.
Radacovich said he has been pleased to work at a university with so much pride and so many resources.
“It’s been four months,” Radacovich said. “There are times ...
Active Shooter exercise held at Baptist Easley EASLEY – In conjunction with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Easley Police Department, Baptist Easley Hospital conducted an active shooter exercise this morning to prepare for possible emergency scenarios.
“In ongoing emergency preparedness, Baptist Easley and community partners staged an active shooter exercise at the hospital,” said Allison Greene, public relations manager of Baptist Easley. “The scenario involved an estranged...
Speaker, songwriter to appear April 12 Faith Independent Baptist Church, 4905 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC, will be hosting Dr. Frank Garlock, internationally-known musician, composer, and conductor, April 12 through 14.
Meeting times: Friday - 7 p.m., Saturday - 4:30 and 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Music has one of the greatest influences on our thinking and our lives today. Dr. Garlock is an energetic speaker who has spent a life-time studying and teaching on the subjec...
Pickens Garden Club Celebrates 87 Years PICKENS — Pickens ladies, celebrating 87 years of the Pickens Garden Club, met April 2 to don hats and gloves and dine in the afternoon of the patio of the Hagood-Mauldin Home in downtown.
Approximately 50 women from the current garden club roster were in attendance reminiscing about the days since 1926 when eight ladies gathered under the bell tower at Pickens High School to form the group.
Those eight ladies attending were born in the l...
Lonnie Adamson General Manager/EditorThe Easley Progress
Fellowship of the called March 22-23 Southern Wesleyan University in Central offered Fellowship of the Called (FOTC), a two-day event focusing on young men and women exploring the call to ministry.
The event brought together middle school and high school students from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and as far away as Ohio. FOTC was led and organized by the Religion Division, including the help of SWU students, pastors and youth pastors.
Students and fac...
Additional SRO funding up in the air PICKENS COUNTY—A proposal to add 16 new school resource officers (SROs) to elementary schools in Pickens County has not—as of yet—taken shape in the annual School District of Pickens County budget.
The school board has hosted a couple of workshops on the topic, but district officials say an extra 700,000 in funds may not be there.
“At this time, we do not have them in our budget for next year,” Pickens County Superintendent Kelly Pew said...
Lady Green Wave finish second in division Easley — The Easley High School varsity softball team lost to Laurens 12-4 in the championship game of the Silver Division during the Aiken Triple Crown Fastpitch Tournament Saturday.
The Lady Green Wave lost to eighth-ranked Wando 3-0 in the tournament opener Friday and then fell to North Augusta 6-4 Saturday morning. Easley rebounded with a 17-5 victory over Brookland-Cayce to finish in third place in its bracket.
Easley rallied to defe...
Robert Bradley Special CorrespondentThe Easley Progress