The Easley Progress- RSS Feed Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:15:04 EST 1800 This spud’s for you The Rev. J. Charles Porter grew up on a farm and has been growing potatoes for 84 years, but never one quite like this. The oddly shaped spud was part of a small crop that was planted a little late in the season and Porter wasn't sure they would... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:04 EST Lessons from Hugo continue to teach It's been a quarter century since South Carolina felt the wrath of Hurricane Hugo, but it remains a defining moment for our state. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:47:01 EST Mayors celebrate Constitution Week with proclamations EASLEY — The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:43:04 EST Traffic flow slowed by crews removing growth S.C. 153 in Powdersville experienced some slowdowns as road crews did routine maintenance, causing some traffic snarls and delays Sept. 17. The crews were on hand to clear the shoulders of the highway of vegetative growth, a regularly scheduled... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:44:02 EST New railroad track installed New track is being laid on the Norfolk Southern Rail Road between Easley and Greenville. Sections of the tracks will be replaced one side at a time as part of a regular maintenance program. Workers and their equipment could be seen gathering on the... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:42:03 EST Miracle Hill does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Managers and employees of Miracle Hill Thrift Store in Easley had a new take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with everyone dumping their pail of frigid water on their neighbor. Pictured from left to right are Jonathan Moore, Patrick Pearl, Anastasia... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:40:01 EST Lake Keowee access areas closing next week PICKENS COUNTY/OCONEE COUNTY – Duke Energy will temporarily close one boat ramp at Stamp Creek Access Area and all three ramps at Warpath Access Area on Lake Keowee beginning the week of Sept. 22 to perform planned maintenance... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:42:04 EST Free practice GED tests offered for limited time EASLEY — The Pickens Adult Learning Center is offering free practice GED tests on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:32:02 EST Could it be more than just a cold? EASLEY — Recently there have been reports of the Enterovirus making its way across the nation and the susceptibility of children to the virus. Baptist Easley Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Helmrich offered up some information and advice for... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:16:02 EST Local veteran getting deserved home improvements EASLEY — A local World War II veteran is the focus of some home improvements and it's all due to his service and outstanding presence in the Pickens County community. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:43:04 EST SDPC votes for millage increase PICKENS — As a result of lower than expected assessment property values in Pickens County, the School District of Pickens County has voted to increase the millage rate for taxes by 4.7 mills. The new rate will be reflected on tax notices in the... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:36:09 EST Bryson comes full circle with book signing EASLEY — Local author and cook Francine Bryson was on hand at Sam's Club in Easley for a chance to meet her fans and sign copies of her newly released cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:36:08 EST Wrens heads to Pickens for regional match-up PICKENS — Undefeated Wren (3-0) will travel to still winless Pickens (0-3) for the first region game for both teams on Friday. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:36:05 EST First the questions, then come the answers I have had a burr under my saddle where the S.C. Department of Social Services and the welfare of the children in this state are concerned, especially the TOTAL lack of responsiveness from the Governor's office. This column is going to ask a... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:34:02 EST Golf tourney will benefit Powdersville Business Council POWDERSVILLE — The Powdersville Business Council, in conjunction with the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a golf tournament Sept. 25 at Southern Oaks Golf Course in Powdersville. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:33:05 EST Liberty, Powdersville set for region opener LIBERTY — The Powdersville Patriots will take their undefeated record on the road to face a Liberty Red Devils squad :53 shy of undefeated themselves. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:46:04 EST Area Reunions Trotter ClanThe Trotter clan and descendants of George MacDuffie and Sara O'Neal Trotter hold their reunion at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gatehouse Restaurant in Pickens.Chastain Reunion Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:34:12 EST Out & About Sept. 20 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:34:13 EST Church News Sept. 19 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:34:11 EST Coffee shop reopening EASLEY — Virginia's Coffee and Gifts will re-open at Baptist Easley Hospital the week of Sept. 22 in a renovated space and with a new offering of Starbucks coffee drinks. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:34:10 EST