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O’Shields signs with Erskine volleyball program

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PICKENS — Pickens High School is coming off a stellar year on the volleyball court and senior Brianna O’Shields is seeing the result of all that hard work.O’Shields, who played middle and outside hitter for the Lady Blue Flames, signed a National Letter of Intent with Erskine College on April 22, and is hoping to elevate her game.How will her success at the prep level help with college volleyball?“I think it’s definitely prepared me for college, and I’m ready to get competitive at the college level,” she said. “I worked out with the team and it’s a different game in college. They are in great shape, I was winded pretty quick, but it’s going to be a challenge.”


Pickens County Library System Events

Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library• Lego Storybuilders meets at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library, 105 Commons Way in Central. Call 864-850-7077 or send an email to for more information.• The Central-Clemson Book Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch. New members are welcome....

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April 25• SC Works WorkLink holds an Employer Hiring Event from 9 a.m. to noon at Tri-County Technical College’s Easley Campus, 1774 Powdersville Road in Easley. Those attending are encouraged to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.• The S.C. Botanical Garden at Clemson University hosts Christy LaFrance in concert from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in t...

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Drug take-back day is Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at two locations in Pickens County and one location in Anderson County.During this time, residents can bring unused, unwanted or expired prescription pills for disposal, no questions asked. Liquid medicine and needles will not be accepted.The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will have collection sites at Baptist Easley Hospital, 200 Fleetwood Dri...

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Duncan business tour lands at Easley’s Palmetto Plating

EASLEY — U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan made several stops around the upstate April 23, including Palmetto Plating in Easley as part of a business tour of his district and the discussions led to international affairs.The international community is having an impact on Palmetto Plating, prompting the global marketplace discussion.“We are relying on the Chinese, who are gobbling up rare earth minerals all over the world and that’s a future problem for manufa...

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Changes in healthcare landscape prompt changes at Baptist Easley

EASLEY — The changes in the landscape of healthcare in the first quarter of 2014 has precipitated needed changes within Baptist Easley and the healthcare community as a whole where costs are concerned.“Take the Affordable Care Act. It was either the president or vice president who said we’ve shifted from a country, based on the law, that sees healthcare not as a privilege, but a right,” Baptist Easley CEO Mike Batchelor said. “I’m not sure the en...

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Chamber’s annual golf tourney set for April 29

EASLEY— The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce will host its 21st annual Golf Tournament and Expo April 29 at Smithfields Country Club in Easley. A few remaining spots for teams are still available.The tournament itinerary will kick off with lunch slated for 11:45 a.m. The tournament itself will begin with a shotgun start set for 1 pm.Among door prizes there are also the possibilities of major awards for an extremely lucky golfer or two, including one seven-day St....

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Our View: DSS needs everyone’s help to right the ship

The Department of Social Services in South Carolina is a mess.While it’s easy to cast aspersions upon the character of those who work within this state department, the bigger questions go unanswered while blame is passed from one department or politician or political party to another. What are the bigger questions?How did we end up here? How can it be fixed?For the first question, there are any number of pundits willing to spout politico-speak but those ...

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Southern Wesleyan Spring Events Calendar

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University has released it fine arts calendar for spring and it’s sure to have something for everyone. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, no ticket required, and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. Call 864-644-5404 for more information.Here is a look at upcoming events:SWU Concert Choir “Pops” Concert

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Growing-season burns a natural ecological process in SC

Johnny Stowe, S.C. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist and heritage preserve manager, said Native Americans were the state’s first land managers. Native Americans burned lands statewide for millennia, but lightning also was a source of landscape-level fires.The Southeastern United States has among the highest incidences of lightning strikes in North America, and most lightning strikes coincide with late spring and mid-summer thunderstorms. Some of these strikes...

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SWU dedicates new track and field complex

CENTRAL – It’s official – the name for Southern Wesleyan University’s new track is Joe R. Gilbert Track and Field.The $1.1 million facility, which includes a 400-meter, eight-lane track surrounding the future soccer field, is located near the university’s entrance at S.C. 93. Also included are dual runways for the long and triple jump, two shot put rings, two distinct pole vault areas, javelin throw, hammer throw and a discus area, according to Greg Th...

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Clemson University research team says Project Hero will save lives

CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers have begun developing a remote-controlled robot they hope will help protect students against gun violence, while inspiring them to study robotics and computer science.The robot, Boo B. Trap, would remain locked in school storage rooms until a staff member or teacher pressed a panic button to alert police. Officers would then remotely activate the robot to debilitate the suspected criminal.Boo B. Trap would be bullet proof an...

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Cold snap could chill start of watermelon season

CLEMSON — Last week’s cold snap may be a setback for the state’s watermelon season. Clemson University plant disease specialist Tony Keinath points out that a repeat performance of last year’s spring could create problems.“Because of the wet, cool spring, there will be more disease problems on young plants than normal, similar to what we saw last year,” said Keinath, a researcher and Extension Service specialist at the Coastal Research and Educat...

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Oconee Medical Center opens walking trail

SENECA — Hospital employees and community leaders gathered recently for the official opening of a community walking trail on the campus of Oconee Medical Center. The trail is an employee-led project made possible with donations from employees and community partners.Cortni Nations, Director of Oconee Medical Center Foundation thanked everyone for investing in health and wellness.

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Pickens County March for Meals campaign a success

EASLEY – Pickens County Meals on Wheels held its annual March for Meals Campaign during March to create understanding about senior hunger issues by connecting local businesses, residents and public officials with senior nutrition services like Pickens County Meals on Wheels.Initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, this year’s March for Meals emphasized how programs like Meals on Wheels are essential to helping seniors live independently in their own home...

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Time to sign up for Summer Robotics Camps

PICKENS — The School District of Pickens County is taking applications for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camps.The camps will be geared toward teaching students some basic principals in robotics. These activities include types of gears, gear ratios, levers, pulleys, programming robots, and much more.The camps are scheduled at East End Elementary School from June 16-19 and at Clemson Elementary School from June 23-2...

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Underwood named Oconee County Officer of the Year

WALHALLA – Capt. Jeff Underwood was awarded the Oconee Officer of the Year award during the ninth annual Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet held at the Anderson Recreation Center.Underwood is over the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Road Patrol.The award is sponsored by 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams.The banquet, held April 21, benefits the criminal justice scholarship funds for the criminal justice prog...

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The Pentagon needs to put its money where its mouth is

We only have a few decades to deal with climate change. If humanity fails to cut back dramatically on carbon emissions by 2050, according to an alarming new UN report, our planet may warm past the point of our ability to fix the problem.Given global dependence on oil, gas, and coal, weaning every economy from fossil fuels to save Mother Earth won’t come easy or cheap. Fortunately, there’s a big pot of money available to avert a climate catastrophe.Accessing t...

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