Monthly Archives: July 2013

BLWS a hit once again for Easley

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Curt Austin, the father of Army Pfc. Barrett Austin, throws out the first pitch at the Big League World Series in Easley last Wednesday.

EASLEY — From the emotional first pitch last Wednesday to tonight’s championship game, set to be televised live on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m., the Big League World Series has once again brought attention from around the world to Easley’s J.B. “Red” Owens Complex.

BLWS organizers invited the family of Army Pfc. Barrett Austin, who died overseas in April from injuries sustained in an Afghanistan bombing, to throw out the tournament’s ceremonial first pitch. Surrounded by family, Austin’s father Curt tossed the ball to get the series under way.

The tournament has been full of surprises on the diamond, but perhaps none as big as the emergence of the Asia-Pacific champion Chinese Taipei squad, which bolted out to a 4-0 record on its way to the international semifinal game, played Tuesday after press time against Latin America.

PS&L honors Singleton for half-century

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Pickens Savings and Loan president Alex Gettys, right, presents the Half Century Silver Cup to PS&L board of directors chairman Billy Singleton recently.

PICKENS — Pickens Savings and Loan board of directors chairman W. C. (Billy) Singleton was recently awarded the Half Century Silver Cup by bank president Alex Gettys.

The award is given by the South Carolina Bankers Association to all employees and directors who have been in banking for 50 years.

Singleton joined the board of directors of Pickens Savings and Loan in 1963. At that time, the bank had $4 million in assets and just two employees, and was located at 115 East Main Street in Pickens. Board members were W.E. Findley, E.C. Garrett, H.L. Bivens, Fred G. Stewart, Earle E. Morris, Sr., Felix L. Finley, Jr., and Dwight A. Holder. Jack D. Tinsley joined the board the next year and continues to work alongside Singleton.

6th ‘Food Fight Bowl’ to benefit Meals on Wheels


EASLEY — The sixth annual Meals on Wheels Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl, presented by Save-A-Lot for the second year in a row, will take place Friday, Aug. 23, at Easley High School.

The game will act as the 2013 season opener for rivals Pickens and Easley on the high school gridiron.

An avid football fan, Dwayne Goodwin, president and CEO of the Goodwin Holdings Group, said he is “pumped up” about supporting the largest fundraising event for Pickens County Meals on Wheels for a second consecutive year.

“My daughter is a 2013 Easley High graduate,” Goodwin said. “I take great pride in operating a Save-A-Lot store in Pickens, where we offer quality foods and customer savings to both the Pickens and Easley communities.”

Officials hope to aid flood victims

COUNTY — Pickens County Emergency Management officials are looking to help residents affected by recent rain and flooding.

Officials are asking county residents impacted by recent rains that resulted in uninsured damage or underinsured damage including policy deductibles to report those losses to Pickens County Emergency Management at (864) 898-5946 or email

Residents are asked to include their name, address, and telephone number, along with an estimated dollar amount loss.

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