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One dead, one in jail after overnight stabbing

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CLEMSON – An 18-year-old man from Clemson has been charged with murder in connection with an overnight stabbing death at Goldenwoods Apartments.Michael Taquarius Rancher is being held in the Clemson City Jail awaiting his first court appearance, according to the Clemson Police Department.The name of the victim was not released pending notification of next of kin, officials said.According to the Clemson Police Department:Officers responded to Goldenwoods Apartments around 2 a.m. today (Sept. 11) in reference to someone having a seizure and found that the victim had been stabbed with a knife during an altercation with Rancher.


Liberty drops first of season on last-minute rally

WALHALLA— Liberty headed into their road game with Walhalla September 12 with a 2-0 record and a legitimate chance to run that record to 3-0 only to fall prey to a late field goal and a three point loss.In what could have proven very fortuitous for the Razorbacks, a field goal with 4:55 on the clock in the first and a 3-0 lead. Liberty would strike back late in the first half though to open the Red Devils’ scoring with a 45-yard TD catch by Eddie Mathis.As bo...

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Patriots continue winning ways

TRAVELERS REST— The Powdersville Patriots, a team which didn’t have a varsity football program four years ago, continued to show its offensive prowess and maturity beyond the school’s age as they went on the road for a 28-7 win over Travelers Rest to remain undefeated on the year.The Devildogs of Travelers Rest would open the scoring and take a 7-0 lead, taking the opening kick and driving against the Powdersville defense, but that lead wouldn’t last long as...

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Slow start leads to big win for Daniel

CENTRAL— The 4th ranked Daniel Lions hosted a Westside Rams team coming into the game in Central undefeated as well and eventually wore down the upstart Anderson team 24-9.The Daniel defense had two takeaways in the opening quarter to stop drives by the Rams’ offense which seemed unstoppable at the time. As the second quarter opened the game remained scoreless until Westside was finally able to finish a drive but missed the PAT, taking a 6-0 lead.Daniel’...

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Mother, son have been missing since Aug. 18

EASLEY — Brandy Monique (Robinson) Willingham, 33, and her 5-year-old son Brandon have been missing from their home in Easley since Aug. 18 and nearly a month later there are no answers to their whereabouts.According to police incident reports, Willingham’s mother, Pamela Burgess, went to her daughter’s residence on Aug. 17 to inform her that her grandmother was sick and in the hospital. Burgess was met at the door by an unidentified Caucasian couple who informed ...

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Wells Fargo donates to Tri-County Tech

Wells Fargo funded a $22,500 grant to Tri-County Technical College to purchase equipment for the career pathways programs. Here, Scott Webber, senior vice president, Anderson market president, for Wells Fargo Bank in Anderson, third from left, presents the check to Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County. Pictured with them are Courtney White, director of development at the College, and Robert Halfacre, Wells Fargo market president for Oconee and Pickens counties.

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Hall receives Tri-County’s Presidential Medallion

PENDLETON – Ann Hall, accounting manager for the Business Affairs Division at Tri-County Technical College, was honored Aug. 14 with the highest award given for staff excellence at the College.President Ronnie L. Booth presented Hall with the Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence at the College’s fall convocation. The medallion, along with a cash award made possible by the Tri-County Technical College Foundation, goes to a person who best exemplifies the College p...

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Ag Museum starting new kids program on Sept. 7

PENDLETON – The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is hosting a new program called “Story Time and More” beginning Sept. 7.Once a month, volunteers will read various farm oriented books to children. Following a discussion of the ideas brought forth in the books, children will participate in various hands on activities.The program, designed for ages 5 through 7, costs $2 per child. Chaperones must accompany children. Reservations are req...

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What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask

Native Americans are a proud people with a vibrant culture, rich history, and a past that is a colorful tapestry of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately survival. Natives may refer to themselves and each other by many different names, tribes, and titles, but there is one word that is not a part of their vernacular — a word whose very essence is derogatory and shameful.It is a word that most Caucasians would not dare to call them to their face, and yet seem to have no problem scre...

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Researchers bury underwear to demonstrate unhealthy soil

CLEMSON — Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. Microbes living in soil with plenty of carbon, rich in organic matter to turn into energy, don’t have to eat the cotton. Bacteria in carbon-poor soil will eat what they can scavenge.The “soiled underwear test” helped Clemson and North Carol...

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Clemson Extension offering course for livestock, horse producers

CLEMSON — If you’ve ever had a notion to sell the kids — or lambs, calves, colts or fillies — Clemson University has a workshop to help you learn the commercial side of animal husbandry.Clemson Extension is offering a business course for livestock and horse producers Sept. 19 on campus.The one-day workshop will teach livestock owners the ins-and-outs of handling legal, accounting, lending and insurance needs in joint sessions with Extension and in...

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Shop locally, and improve your community

The benefits of shopping locally can’t be overstated.When we spend our money at locally-owned businesses, we’re often reinvesting in our community. The dollars spent at local stores, shops, restaurants, garages and other businesses tend to remain in local circulation, boosting the local economy and keeping many people in jobs.Various studies have tried to quantify the benefit. The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce estimates that 45 cents of every dolla...

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EASLEY — Tri-County Technical College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program received a continued eight-year accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its July meeting.This is the highest recommendation a program can receive from its accrediting body.The ACEN is the entity that is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certific...

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Fall for the Arts looking for artists

EASLEY — Are you an up and coming artist or maybe even an established artist looking for an affordable opportunity to gain community exposure? If so, then Arts Council of Pickens County has the perfect chance for you to do so.Fall for the Arts to be held Oct. 4 in conjunction with the Easley Farmer’s Market is currently accepting applications for visual, performing and literary artists for the event. Booth spaces are $10 for the day.In addition to booths to d...

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Go with the flow, advises stormwater expert

CLEMSON — When rains came, Noah had one approach. Cal Sawyer has another.A water-management expert at Clemson University, Sawyer studies and teaches how to plan and build ways for water to go with the flow. The goal is to apply rules of hydrology so creeks and streams can rise and fall normally in response to storms instead of flooding streets, stormwater drains and homes.“Of course it’s always best to build properly at the beginning, but many stormwate...

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Powdersville water meters getting major upgrade

POWDERSVILLE — Water meters in the Powdersville area will be getting a major upgrade come fall of 2015.Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) is a technology that will automatically collect water metering data and transfer it to a central database for analysis and billing purposes. Detailed water usage data can be collected every 30 minutes and can be read remotely via an automated process.AMI has the advantage of also allowing two-way communication — not only b...

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Founder’s Day Festival returns this weekend

PICKENS — The third annual Founder’s Day Music Festival returns to downtown Pickens this weekend to celebrate the musical and cultural heritage of the city all culminating around Founder of the City Andrew Pickens 275th birthday.West Main Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to midnight Sept. 13 to accommodate the festivities, which include living history reenactments featuring long-rifle, musket and canon firing, an array of vintage vehicles, and original arts and craft v...

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Group discusses healthcare, economics at conference

Dr. Daniel Merck, superintendent of the School District of Pickens County, spoke Monday on how economics impact a community largely dependent on education. Merck joined several other speakers at the Creating a Healthy Upstate conference held at Clemson University by the Upstate South Carolina Alliance. Other speakers included Michael Batchelor, CEO of Baptist Easley Hospital; John Lummus, president of Upstate SC Alliance; Dr. George Helmrich; and Michael Riordan. “We’re fortunate ...

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