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Six Mile cloggers audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — A local clogging team is hoping to show off its talents nationwide.

The team included nine members of the studio’s Footloose team.

HotFoot Studios owner Sharon Finley said Footloose, the studio’s senior team, took part in auditions for “America’s Got Talent” in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 15.

“We participated first in Pickens County’s Got Talent,” Finley said.

Pickens County’s Got Talent  was held as part of the county’s “Blue Ribbon Birthday Bash” sesquicentennial celebration Oct. 6 in Easley.

“We competed in Pickens County’s Got Talent,” Finley said. “We won.”

Because of its success, the team was invited to audition for the 14th season of the popular television show, expected to begin later this year on NBC.

“We got what’s called a front of the line pass,” Finley said. “It was really fun and a great opportunity for us.”

A hostess met the team and guided them around the proceedings, she said.

“We learned a lot about behind the scenes of ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Finley said. “We even performed for the entertainers there. We were made to feel really special. It was a great day for us. We had a great time.”

The team will learn sometime between now and March 1 if they’ll be going

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Wood, Smith united at Charles E. Daniel Chapel

Jesse Marguerite Wood and Joshua Bradley Smith were united in marriage on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman University in Greenville. The Rev. Bradley Donald Smith, father of the groom, officiated. Dinner and dancing followed at the Younts Conference Center.

The bride is the daughter of Cynthia and Robert Wood of Pickens. She is the granddaughter of the late Betty and Ron Digby of Greer and Mary and J.R. Wood of Pickens. The bride is a graduate of Pickens High School, Furman University (B.S. in biology), and Clemson University (M.S. in wildlife biology).

The groom is the son of Nancy and Brad Smith of Columbia. He is the

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Easley robotics team earns spot at Arkansas invitational

EASLEY — A homeschool FIRST Lego League robotics team from Easley, the Thunderbolts, has earned a spot at the FIRST Lego League Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., this May.

The seven-person team of seventh- through ninth-graders won the Champion’s Award at the Tri-County Tech regional qualifier in November. Then they advanced to the West State Championship held at Riverside High School in Greer on Dec. 15, where they won second place overall and first place for robot performance out of 37 teams, securing their spot at the Arkansas tournament. FIRST Lego League teams are part of the FIRST organization and compete in FIRST-sponsored intellectual competitions. The competitions challenge kids to build and program autonomous Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots to complete missions during robot games. Another

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Community Calendar 1-9-19

• Conservatives set to meet in Pickens

The next meeting of the Conservatives of the Upstate will be Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at Pizza Inn in Pickens. This will be a planning meeting to discuss what action items the group wants to pursue in the next three months. The meeting will last an hour.

The group hopes all will consider attending and help with input as to what

Capital City Chorale set to performed at performing arts center

 

LIBERTY — All are invited to enjoy the Capital City Chorale, South Carolina’s Premier African-American Festival Chorus, during this year’s Capital City Christmas Concert at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center. The one-night show will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22.

Founded in 1995, the Capital City Chorale leaves every audience spellbound by its unique delivery of African-American spirituals and uplifting gospel music. All who experience them live in concert enjoy their dynamic rich vocals and artistic interpretations.

Over time, the chorale has also been featured entertainment for numerous

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Central recreation center offering two free weeks

CENTRAL — The Central-Clemson Recreation Center will have two weeks of free membership open to anyone in the community.

The two weeks are Dec. 16-22 and Jan. 6-12.

Guests will be able to take classes, use the weight room, swim and more for free.

For more information, including full details and restrictions, call the recreation center at (864) 624-1138.

 

Annual Celtic Christmas event planned

PICKENS — The music of the Appalachian region was heavily influenced by the influx of Scotch and Irish immigrants, and this influence has been integral in the development of American folk music traditions.

With Christmas approaching and the New Year beckoning, Hagood Mill will once again to honor local musical traditions by hosting songs of the season at the annual Memorial Celtic Christmas program, to be held this

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Rocky Bottom Baptist honored by blind camp

Rocky Bottom Baptist Church in Sunset was honored at the Christmas dinner Dec. 1 at the Rocky Bottom Camp of the Blind. Rocky Bottom Baptist Church helped with roof repairs on several buildings at the camp. Pastor Chris Owens, left, said of the work, ‘this is part of the local ministry good neighbor policy.” Chairman and president of the State Board of the Blind, Frank Chapple from Columbia recognized the church with a plaque and thanked Frank and Jimmy Masters for their extra volunteer work. The Rocky Bottom Camp and Conference Center is used by the State Foundation of the Blind and open to the public. Linda Bible serves as camp director.

 

McKinney Chapel Christmas program planned Saturday

SUNSET — The long-ago story of a miracle in a stable in Bethlehem will be told again at McKinney Chapel, in Pickens County’s Eastatoee Valley, this Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

It’s a traditional gift to everyone who comes to the tiny old church, and everyone is invited.

For more than three decades, since the abandoned frame chapel was restored by Georgia Chapman in the early 1980s, the old-time pageant, with Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus, the angels, shepherds and wise men, the harmonica player and country-bred singers with the classic Sunday School piano, has offered its time-honored message. Long

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Post 11 honors council for Veterans Day efforts


During the Dec. 3 Pickens County Council meeting, American Legion Pickens Post 11 gave a “Letter of Appreciation Award” to county council for the very successful recent Veterans Day celebration and parade in Liberty. The event featured Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Davey Hiott, American Legion riders and Pickens Jeep Club members participating to honor county service veterans. Handing the award over to council were Post 11 chaplain Capt. Gary Parsons with fellow Legionnaires Richard Reese, Pete Peters, Randall Wood, Terrance Gromlovits, Michael Keith and Joe Acampora.

 


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