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Spiritual emphasis speaker tells students to ‘take obedient risks’

CENTRAL — Heather Semple of 12Stone’s Central Campus Leadership Team was the speaker for a series of spiritual emphasis services Sept. 10-12 on Southern Wesleyan University’s Central campus.

Semple challenged students to take “obedient risks” to follow God’s will. Semple is a 1997 SWU graduate.

Semple prayed for students at the conclusion of the last service, “build a foundation inside of them in this university that is one grounded and founded in truth.”

At the start of each semester, SWU conducts spiritual emphasis services, providing a time for spiritual reflection and growth.

A growing Wesleyan church serving the Atlanta area through multiple campuses, 12Stone is based in Lawrenceville, Ga.


Kelly promoted at Tri-County Tech

UPSTATE — Grayson Kelly has been promoted to vice president for institutional advancement and business relations at Tri-County Technical College.

In addition to continuing in his role as executive director of Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation, he now has the added responsibilities of business relationship management with the college’s community partners.

Along with providing direct leadership to the foundation operations and staff, alumni and grants functions of the college. Kelly is working to strengthen partnerships with existing business and industry using an Integrated Workforce Solutions model.

The College’s Integrated Workforce Solutions (IWS) committee engages credit and non-credit divisions in shared governance over numerous Tri-County/employer projects, such as the IBEST Manufacturing and IBEST

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Brock and Stevenson join C. Dan Joyner in Easley

EASLEY — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors announced recently that Jon Brock and Brenden Stevenson have joined the company’s Easley office as a sales associate.

Brock is a native of South Carolina and grew up in Greenville. After graduating from Greenville High School, he joined the United States Air Force. He recently sold his business of 17 years, where he was a contractor for FedEx Ground, servicing the Upstate South Carolina area. Brock is active in the community, volunteering with both his church and

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Police seek robbery suspect

Griffin Grocery robbed at gunpoint Friday evening

PICKENS — Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

An armed robbery occurred at around 6:15 p.m. Friday at Griffin Grocery, located at 1804 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release Monday.

A white male in his late 20s or early 30s walked into the store and presented a handgun while demanding money from the clerk, Hashe said.

Hashe said the gun was a dark-colored semi-automatic.

After being given an undisclosed amount of money from the register,

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Year-round school not an option for 2019-20 calendar

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — It doesn’t appear the School District of Pickens County will be going to a modified year-round calendar anytime soon.

The district recently released two proposed calendars for the 2019-20 academic year, the year some district officials had pointed to as the earliest the modified calendar could begin. But neither the regular calendar nor balanced calendar is year round.

A survey sent to parents by the district sought their input on a “regular” calendar, created to comply with current South Carolina law requiring a start date no earlier than the third Monday in August. Under the regular calendar option, teachers would report Aug. 8, while the first day for students is Aug. 19. The calendar includes a three-day Thanksgiving break from Nov. 27-29, Christmas break

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Woman bitten by rabid kitten

LIBERTY — A Liberty woman received treatment after possibly being exposed to rabies earlier this month.

The woman was bitten by a kitten that later tested positive for rabies, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release Friday.

A deputy with the sheriff’s office’s Animal Enforcement Unit responded to a home in the Black Bottom Road area on Sept. 7, Hashe said.

The homeowner had been bitten on the finger by a young kitten and told the deputy a skunk had previously come onto the property and killed

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Outdoor market set to benefit PCBDSN

PICKENS — Located at 101 Laurenwood Drive in Pickens, Looper’s Red Barn will host an outdoor market event on Sept. 22, with all proceeds going to benefit the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.

The funds will be used to help individuals with disabilities and their families.

The event is free and open to the public and will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It

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Hagood Mill fiddling convention rescheduled

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Hurricane Florence spoiled plans for Hagood Mill Historic Site’s first-ever three-day Ole Time Fiddling Convention last weekend.

But the storm won’t ruin all the fun.

Originally scheduled for last Friday through Sunday, the conventional has been rescheduled for this Friday through Saturday.

There will be a $5 general admission fee to the site per person per day. There will be no charge for children 10 and under and no charge for parking.

This marks the 22nd year that the mill has hosted the convention, which

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Liberty bluegrass festival planned

LIBERTY — The Liberty Festivals and Events Committee and city of Liberty recently announced the Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Liberty.

The festival will provide a lineup of local Bluegrass bands.

Festival activities will include Upstate food trucks, craft and artisan vendors, a chili cook-off, children’s activities including inflatables, face

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More mosquito spraying unlikely in Easley

EASLEY — A second round of spraying for mosquitoes will likely not be necessary after a case of West Nile virus was reported in Easley this month.

Spraying occurred a little more than a week ago for the entire Easley area, and some of the surrounding area, after the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) notified Easley and county officials of the West Nile case.

Officials held a press conference on Sept. 7 to alert people about the spraying.

Easley Fire Chief Butch Womack said Thursday that following the

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