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Daily Archives: 07/03/2018

Man dies after fight at convenience store

SLED investigating Clemson incident

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

CLEMSON — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating a man’s death after Clemson police responded to a fight at a convenience store.

The man’s name had not been released at press time.

According to a release from Clemson Police chief Jimmy Dixon, his department received a 911 call at 2 a.m. Friday.

The caller said there was a fight in the parking lot of the

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Experts offer tips for reducing boating risks

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The Safe Boating Campaign wants people to stay safe when out on the water this summer.

“The July 4 holiday is a great time to celebrate our freedom with family and friends,” National Safe Boating Council communications director Yvonne Pentz said in a news release. “If you are fishing, boating or just enjoying the day on the water, it’s important to boat responsibly.”

The Fourth of July is the highest boating traffic time of the summer, the release said. Pentz listed three things boaters can do to help prevent tragedies on the water.

The first, and arguably most important, tip provided in the

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Collins retains seat in runoff

PICKENS — Neal Collins will represent the Easley area in the South Carolina House of Representatives for another term after winning last week’s Republican primary runoff.

Collins, who was first elected to the State House District 5 seat in 2014, will face no Democratic challenger in the November election after garnering nearly 58 percent of the vote in last week’s runoff.

Collins defeated challenger Allan Quinn in the June 26 runoff, collecting 2,823 votes to Quinn’s 2,075.

Collins and Quinn advanced to the runoff after Quinn edged out David Cox by less than 100 votes in the June 12 Republican primary, with the two combining for just enough votes to keep

New cabins being built at Mile Creek

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — Work is underway to create 10 cabins at Mile Creek Park in Six Mile.

Pickens County administrator Gerald Wilson said last week that the scheduled completion date on the project is sometime in mid-August.

The cabins will have easy access to Lake Keowee and will include one queen bedroom and one bathroom along with bunk beds, a loft and a futon.

At least six of the cabins will sleep six, and others will sleep four, Wilson said.

Wilson said that as part of the Duke Energy relicensing project, the county received $300,000 to put toward a project.

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Audiologist recommends hearing protection for July 4 fireworks

EASLEY — As the Fourth of July nears and growing numbers of Americans are reporting hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology and Elevate Audiology are cautioning the public to protect their hearing during firework displays.

Noise from fireworks can reach up to 155 decibels. To put this into perspective, this is louder than a jet plane taking off, which measures at around 150 decibels, or a jackhammer.

Damage to hearing can come from multiple lifetime exposures as well as a one-time blast or extended exposure up to eight

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Soccer, volleyball signups now open

PICKENS — Fall soccer and volleyball registrations are being taken now through July 20 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

For soccer, the following coed age divisions are offered: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15.

For volleyball, the following age divisions are offered: 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

Following registration, a skills/evaluation day will be held for

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Deaths in the family

Guest Editorial

Newspaper reporters routinely show up at scenes of violent crime as police descend to restore order and launch investigations. The journalists take notes, talk to officers and witnesses, and try to make sense of the tragedy.

On Thursday afternoon, one shooting episode hit closer to home. It happened at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where the employees work under the corporate umbrella of Tronc, the media company that owns the Chicago Tribune and many other properties. These are our colleagues.

Shootings are frighteningly commonplace in American workplaces. People in virtually every store, factory, warehouse

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Courier Letters to the editor 7-4-18

We must stop this madness

Dear Editor,

The past few months we’ve all received the candidate mailers and robo calls and seen the ads on TV. Every candidate said he was the most conservative, will clean up the corruption, is a businessman, the true outsider, 100 percent pro-life and is more like President Trump than even Trump himself.

The same conservative buzz words and catchy phrases — how can this be? Well, most candidates poll the voters on what the voters want. Then, during the campaign, the candidates regurgitate back to the voters what they want to hear. It’s really a snow job; few candidates are truly genuine these days.

The economy is growing, most have more money in their pockets and things have improved economically. Looking deeper, however, our country is rotting from the inside out. Yet,

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More protections for home loans

One of our veterans benefits is help with buying a home. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new policy that protects veterans from predatory lenders when we refinance loans.

The lending industry has some bad actors who pull scams on home buyers, adding extra interest, fees and multiple expenses, and more. The new policy calls a halt to all that, adding to the list of protections we already have when buying a

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What about a #MeToo movement for ordinary women?

The spotlight shines on Hollywood’s history of sexual harassment of female celebrities by male moguls. Is it time to shine the light on sexual harassment of ordinary females in the workplace by male bosses? Patricia Cornwell wrote, “I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power.”

Recap: The “Me Too” movement, an international movement against sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and sexual assault, went viral in October 2017 as a hashtag on social media. The power dynamics of employee and employer relationships is being discussed, dissected and debated in the

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