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Southern Wesleyan University set to present Melodica Men

CENTRAL — What started off as two guys playing toy instruments for fun is now an internationally-acclaimed musical duo — and they will visit Southern Wesleyan University for a delightful Sunday afternoon concert Sept. 16 at Rev. Clyde Dupin Celebration Amphitheater.

Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke became friends while studying music at the Peabody Conservatory, and they have been playing melodica — a cross between a keyboard and a harmonica — together since

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Benefit set to help Six Mile man with medical expenses

SIX MILE — Six Mile resident Howard Shanley felt like something was wrong when he told his wife, Debbie, that he thought he needed to go to the hospital, but he never dreamed it would have resulted in a heart operation that needed six bypasses to keep him alive.

Shanley is only 54 years old ,and he was the victim of a heart attack on July 12. First, doctors told him he needed a heart catheterization. Once inside, the procedure failed. Without any other option, doctors decided he needed open-heart surgery to save his life. The surgery included six bypasses.

According to the Mayo Clinic, coronary bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that diverts the flow of blood around a section of a blocked or partially blocked artery in a person’s heart. By creating a new pathway to the heart, coronary bypass surgery improves blood flow to the heart muscle.

During coronary bypass surgery, a healthy blood vessel is taken from the patient’s leg,

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Easley man drowns in Lake Keowee

SALEM — A 47-year-old Easley man died Monday night after he did not resurface while swimming on the north end of Lake Keowee near Fall Creek Landing.

Jody Levi Black was pronounced dead at 7:14 p.m. in the emergency department of Oconee Memorial Hospital, according to a statement released by Oconee County coroner Karl Addis. Addis ruled the death an accidental drowning.

Oconee County Emergency Services deputy chief Clint Livingston said a call came in at 5:43 p.m. about a possible drowning at a waterfall two coves away from Fall Creek Landing. Oconee County fire chief Charlie King said crews arrived at the “Party Cove” waterfall and began searching the area. The victim was recovered within 40 minutes,

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BHSPC director Hiott retiring

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Bob Hiott, the executive director of Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County, is retiring after 32 years with the agency.

His retirement will take effect on Friday.

“I’m nearing 70 years old,” Hiott said. “After 32 years of public service, I think for me and the agency this is a good time. We have a great succession plan.”

Angela Farmer has been selected as the agency’s new executive director.

“I think she’s more prepared to lead the agency in the modern times than I am,” Hiott said.

When Hiott arrived at BHSPC, the agency had 11 employees.

“I think I was the 11th,” he said. “Now we have 42 full-time employees and several part-time employees.

Back then, the agency was located at “the bottom of one building,” Hiott said.

Now, Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County occupies three buildings on East Main Street in Pickens, with its Prevention and Research and Medical Services divisions having their own offices.

“A lot of what we do has changed,” Hiott said. “Back then, it was strictly substance use and only outpatient treatment. Now we have many programs. We do quite a few mental health-type services.”

The agency created its first intensive outpatient treatment program in the early 1990s.

“Now we have three — one specifically for women,” Hiott said. “That was a big thing. Eight years ago, we were able to start a

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Couple plans bed and breakfast in Pickens’ Colonial House

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A Pickens couple is planning to create a bed and breakfast in a home that dates back to 1903.

Breann Griffin-Nicholson said she and her husband, Drew, purchased the Colonial House in Pickens last month.

The couple is living on the third floor while they work on the home.

“It was in pretty good condition,” Griffin-Nicholson said. “It just needed some cleaning up and care. We went through and have started to fix it all up. We want to keep as much to its original glory as we can.”

There are five rooms with separate private bathrooms on the second floor. The

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Middle-schooler diagnosed with viral meningitis

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — A Dacusville Middle School student was recently diagnosed with viral meningitis, and School District of Pickens County officials are encouraging parents throughout the district to watch out for warning signs to help prevent the illness from striking their children.

“We would just ask parents everywhere to be aware of the symptoms and to see a doctor if a child displays those symptoms,” district spokesman John Eby said.

Dacusville Middle principal Wanda Tharpe sent a letter home to parents last week confirming the viral meningitis diagnosis and added there is nothing to indicate anyone who may have been in contact with the student at school should receive any

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County closer to unified fire district

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — As they move toward creating a more unified fire service, Pickens County Council members agreed that any plan needs to contain four things.

“ISO (ratings) stayed the same or got better,” council chairman Roy Costner said. “The people stayed the same — no one lost their job. The service stayed the same or better and the costs were manageable or down.”

Council discussed the issue during their committee of the whole meeting last week.

A more unified fire service has long been a goal of county council, including previous councils, Costner said.

“We’ve got an opportunity to do more and the taxpayer not spend as much,” Costner

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Lady Blue Flame volleyball moves to 5-0

PICKENS — The Pickens High School varsity volleyball team opened regular-season play Aug. 21 with a tri-match at Woodmont.

The Flame faced rival Eastside in the first match. Both teams played well and were determined to win as the scores indicatde. The Flame came out on top 28-26, 28-26. It was that kind of game — down to the wire.

Lexi Wierzbicki led in kills with seven. Sydney Bolding and Kaylee Gillespie served 100 percent against the Eagles. The Lady Flame blocked well and had some key digs against the big Eastside hitters. Wierzbicki led in digs with 17. Gillespie recorded 10 assists, while freshman Bailee Earnhardt followed closely behind with nine.

Pickens met a strong Woodmont team in the second match. Woodmont played

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Petition candidate Marchant on ballot for solicitor

GREENVILLE — Upstate attorney and Greenville native Lucas C. Marchant recently announced his official candidacy and place on the ballot in November’s general election as a petition candidate for 13th Circuit solicitor, the chief prosecutor for Greenville and Pickens counties.

This marks the first time in 28 years that voters will have a choice on the ballot for solicitor.

Marchant secured his position by not only meeting but also exceeding the requisite amount of signatures to move forward in his bid to get on the ballot. He received 12,811 petition signatures from citizens of Greenville and Pickens County in a matter of seven weeks. The commission has now verified and certified those signatures, resulting in Lucas C. Marchant being listed as a choice in November.

“Choice is what makes democracy great, and a choice is what the citizens of Greenville and Pickens need and deserve,” Marchant said. “You deserve a candidate that is solely focused on you, your interests and protections. You are deserving of someone who will listen to your needs and

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