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Primary runoffs set for Tuesday

COUNTY — Pickens County voters will head to the polls one more time next Tuesday for the 2018 Republican primary runoffs.

On the local level, it’s do or die in the race between incumbent Neal Collins and Alan Quinn for S.C. State House District 5 seat. Collins nearly avoided the runoff in last week’s primary, getting 49 percent of the vote compared to Quinn’s 26 percent. The winner of the runoff will face no opposition in November,

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Easley establishing foundations to help recreation, athletics

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The city of Easley is creating two foundations to support athletic programs, including one in memory of beloved late Easley resident Joe Lesley.

Council voted on the Joe Lesley Athletic Assistance Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Foundation during their June 11 meeting.

Part of that resolution was to contract with the Foothills Community Foundation to serve as “trustee of funds.”

“The city of Easley does not have any foundations established that allow for people to donate to a specific cause,” city administrator Stephen Steese said.

The city would contract with the Foothills Community Foundation to serve as “the trust keeper for the city’s

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ClemsonFest has new site for 25th event next month

CENTRAL — ClemsonFest will have a new home to celebrate its 25th year next month.

The annual community Independence Day celebration will be held from 5-10 p.m. July 3 at 1569 Eighteen Mile Road in Central, the site of Spittoono.

The festival will bring up to 7,000 people to enjoy the music of the Carolina Coast Band, according to event organizers.

The band will take the stage at 6 p.m. The award-winning band

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Liberty’s Bledsoe earns SWU music scholarship

CENTRAL — Matthew Bledsoe, a Liberty High School graduate, will participate in choral ensembles in the Fine Arts Division of Southern Wesleyan University, a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited institution.

Bledsoe will enter SWU this fall and major in vocal music education. Present at the signing were Bledsoe’s father, Michael, mother, Jessica,

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Official: No timeline for Central depot project

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — It appears to be anyone’s guess as to when Central’s historic railroad depot preservation project will come to fruition.

“There really is no timeline, because every time you pull a board off, you don’t know what’s underneath,” town administrator Phillip Mishoe told town council members at a recent meeting. “During the middle of last week, I thought we were going to have to pull the entire roof off and replace it because they kept pulling boards off. But they decided at the end it would be

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Culinary Club renamed

The Friends of the Sarlin Library-sponsored Culinary Club celebrated its three-year anniversary with lunch at the Lighthouse restaurant recently and adopted Liberty Library Lunch Bunch as its new name. Activities include luncheons at the library enjoying shared dishes and recipes, programs, picnics and outings to area restaurants, etc. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Sarlin Library. All are invited to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship. For more information, contact the staff at the Sarlin Library in Liberty at (864) 843-5805. Pictured at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Seneca, from left, are Jean Thomas, Ellen Williams, Pat Martin, Tracy Morgan, Mel Avery, Lisa Carpenter, Ann Neuhs, Cheryl Foley, Faye Grooms and Shirley Bowman.


Rowdy Mountain Boys to reunite at Hagood center

PICKENS — The Hagood Community Center, located at 129 Schoolhouse St. in Pickens, will host a night of singing and old-time gospel bluegrass Saturday, June 30.

The Rowdy Mountain Boys will be reunited in concert for one night only for the benefit of the event.

Tickets for the event will be $5, with all proceeds going toward the Hagood Community Center.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and everyone is asked to use the parking lot entrance.


Back To Work 50+ workshop set for June 27 at Tri County

UPSTATE — Job seekers who are 50 years of age and older may be eligible to receive free job training through the AARP Back to Work 50+ grant at Tri-County Technical College.

A 7 Smart Strategies for Job Search Workshop will be held Wednesday, June 27, from 2-4 p.m. at the Tri-County Technical College Pendleton campus.

The Back To Work 50+ program is designed to help unemployed men and women over the age of 50 update their job-search skills, and in some cases, get short-term job training. At Tri-County Technical College, eligible participants may

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Clemson Farmers Market to host First Thursday at the Market July 5

CLEMSON — The Clemson Farmers Market is planning a variety of activities to keep the holiday week going during First Thursday at the Market from 3-6 p.m. July 5 on the Village Green at Patrick Square in Clemson.

The market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, beef, heritage pork, chicken and seafood, local honey, plants and flowers, jams and jellies, goat milk products including dips, fudge, and soaps, baked goods, granola, olive oil, dips and sauces, boiled peanuts, canned goods, veggie baskets and recipes, dog treats and products, premium feeder insects, and artisan crafts. It offers something for everyone. Appalachian Snow will be selling shaved ice to keep shoppers cool.

There will be 30-plus vendors selling fresh, locally grown

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Liberty Lions provide for blind campers

Recently, Liberty Lion Michael Goldston and Jean Thomas, president of the Liberty Lions Club, presented special athletic equipment to Jennifer Bazar, director of the free week-long camp for South Carolina blind children held annually in June at the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center, a nonprofit 30-acre camping facility owned and operated by the blind of South Carolina in northern Pickens County in Sunset. Pictured, from left, are Goldston, Bazar and her seeing-eye dog, and Thomas. The special athletic equipment allows the visually impaired and blind campers to participate in activities such as soccer, football, basketball and playing with frisbees. For more information on the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center, visit The Liberty Lions can be found at


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