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Daily Archives: 09/05/2017

Man charged after truck crashes into store

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — Clemson police have arrested a 34-year-old man and charged him with driving under the influence after they say he crashed his truck through the front of a downtown business.

John Christopher Thompson, of Pooler, Ga., was arrested after the crash on Aug. 30 and was still being held at the Pickens County Detention Center on Tuesday with a hold placed on him by Florida authorities, according to online records.

With their first news release on Thompson’s arrest, Clemson police said no mugshot was available because he was too intoxicated at the time of his arrest to have one taken. Officers were able to send a photo of Thompson later in the day.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said police were notified at around

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Life on the farm

Hundreds flocked to Dacusville over the weekend to celebrate the area’s farming heritage at the fifth annual Dacusville Farm Days celebration Saturday and Sunday at Tom Turner’s farm on Earls Bridge Road. The event featured arts and crafts, live music, food, antique tractors and farm equipment and the ever-popular parade of power.

Photos by Becky Keasler

 

Suspect gets 30 years in child sex case

PICKENS — A judge sentenced a Pickens man to 30 years in prison last week after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child.

A Pickens County jury convicted David Scott Bagwell, 35, of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor on Aug. 30, according to a release from 13th Circuit solicitor Walt Wilkins.

At trial, assistant solicitor Christopher L. Jones presented evidence that established that Bagwell sexually abused a child younger than 11. The abuse occurred between Aug. 28 and Oct. 30, 2013.

The victim disclosed the abuse to a representative of the Department of Social Services, who referred the case to the Pickens County

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SDPC weighs year-round calendar

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

COUNTY — School District of Pickens County students at Hagood and McKissick elementary schools operated under a year-round calendar during most of the 1990s before the district reunited all schools under the traditional calendar in 2003.

However, discussion of the modified year-round calendar has again popped up in the school district and, if ultimately approved, all schools in the

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Easley plant set to close next year

Nearly 100 jobs being lost

EASLEY — An automotive parts plant that employs nearly 100 people in Pickens County will soon be closing its doors.

Kongsberg Automotive officials issued a release last week announcing the closure of its Easley plant.

Operations at the plant will be discontinued during the first quarter of next

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Cancer Association of Pickens County celebrates anniversary

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Last year, officials with the Cancer Society of Greenville County, Baptist Easley Hospital and Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County announced the creation of the Cancer Association of Pickens County.

Since that announcement, the association has served more than 200 cancer patients, according to its executive director, Lisa Green.

“We help anyone with cancer,” Green said. “But where we help the most is when they’re in treatment.”

The society’s office is located at Baptist Easley Hospital. It is open from 10

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Main Street Challenge signups open in Easley

EASLEY — The city of Easley’s Main Street Challenge program is back with a third round of competition, which kicked off Sept. 1.

The Main Street Challenge is both an entrepreneurial competition and a business opportunity in downtown Easley. The competition was created for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in downtown Easley. The challenge provides a means for not only local, area and regional

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Pickens Rec Report

By Cheri Anthony
Pickens Recreation Director

canthony@pickenscity.com

I want to begin by thanking our football and cheerleading participants who came to Rec Night at the Pickens High School vs. Liberty football game on Friday, Sept. 2. Parents, thank you for bringing your children and supporting our events!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made Super Saturday so successful! The weather was perfect, which made the festivities even more

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Newest hybrid vehicles on display at World of Energy

SENECA — Guests at Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station can touch, feel and sit in the cockpit of the newest all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars during the National Drive Electric Week event at the World of Energy from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Tuesday.

Vehicles on display include Tesla, BMW and Chevrolet, as well as Duke Energy’s Via eTrux and others.

The free event is open to the public as part of the education center’s Super Tuesday programs held throughout the year. National Drive Electric Week, which is Sept. 9-17, is a

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‘Eclipse Over Clemson’ photo contest offers chance to share place in history

CLEMSON — About 50,000 people came to the campus of Clemson University on Aug. 21 to view the total solar eclipse.

That’s a lot of people. And a lot of cameras.

In commemoration of the grand event, the College of Science — in conjunction with Clemson University Press — is hard at work producing a book titled “Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget.”

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