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Police: Man moved, left 17 dogs

CLEMSON — A man whose request to house six times Clemson’s allowed number of dogs on his property was rejected last month was arrested last week after police said he moved away and left more than a dozen puppies behind with no food or water.

Frederick Harrison Towe, 48, is charged with ill treatment of animals. He was arrested Thursday and later released on bond from the Clemson City Jail.

The Clemson Board of Zoning Appeals rejected Towe’s request last month to house 18 dogs on his property on Frontage Road. The maximum number of dogs allowed by city regulations is three.

“They ruled against us, and we have sold the house,” Towe said after the

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celebrating July 4 — A patriotic proposal

In addition to live music, fun and fireworks, those in attendance at downtown Easley’s annual Fourth of July celebration last week were given even more cause to rejoice when NuSound roadie Corey Alexander took to the stage to propose to his girlfriend, Elizabeth Miller. NuSound performed for several hours during Wednesday’s July 4 festivities, one of several events around the county to celebrate America’s independence.

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French festival at SWU Saturday to benefit nonprofit horse farm

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University will host a festival celebrating all things French this weekend.

 Bastille Days Greenville will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the Square at the university.

The festival is a fundraiser for Black Sheep Farm, which recently relocated to Liberty.

“We are a horse-assisted educational nonprofit,” Black Sheep executive director Deborah Dunlap said.

Saturday’s festival will be the fourth Bastille Days held in the Upstate.

The festival aims to celebrate South Carolina’s French heritage, as well as the

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Fireworks and Freedom

Pickens County residents donned their red, white and blue as local communities hosted a variety of events to celebrate America’s independence last week, with festivities in Six Mile, Central/Clemson, Easley, Liberty and Pickens. The events each featured plenty of food, music, fun and fireworks displays lighting up the night.

Photos by Rocky Nimmons, Doug Tate and Kerry Gilstrap



Local dancers win titles

ROCK HILL — Dancers from Foothills Dance Arts competed in Dance Machine America’s National Dance Championships in Rock Hill the last week of June.

The dancers competed in solos, duets, groups and the solo title competition. Dancers represented both Anderson and Pickens counties and ranged in age from 8 to adult.

The solo title competition consisted of interview, audition class, stage presence and solo performance. Lillian Goodman competed in the junior division, and Maddisyn Busby competed in the mini division. Busby won a class award, interview award, stage presence award and placed first runner-up.

In the regular solo competition portion, several members of Foothills Dance Arts competition teams competed. Busby earned an elite gold and placed eighth overall in the mini division. Goodman earned an elite gold for her pointe solo and a platinum for her contemporary solo in the junior advance division. Lou Lou Gilstrap earned an elite gold for her lyrical solo. Kaitlyn Ellison earned an elite gold and placed fifth overall with her lyrical solo. Karis Bass won an elite gold with her solo in the senior division.

Bass and Goodman competed their duet “Don’t Tell,” earning a platinum rating. Their duet was also second overall in the teen division.

In the group division, the dancers competed their jazz dance “Mein Herr” and their contemporary dance “Gravity.” Mein

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Blueberries go mainstream in July

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

July is National Blueberry Month. Our blueberries are coming in strong right now, so that makes sense. I freeze them in pint bags. They’re so easy. You don’t wash them before freezing — just throw them in the bags and rinse when you take them out of the freezer before using.

The reason for specifying a cast iron skillet for making the blueberry upside-down cake is because that is what my Grandmama used for pineapple upside-down cake and it really cuts down on cleanup if you prepare, bake and serve in this old standby.

I hope you’ll enjoy these. One of the bonuses of eating blueberries is that they are good for you. Now isn’t that good news?


Man dies after fight at convenience store

SLED investigating Clemson incident

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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

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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New cabins being built at Mile Creek

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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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Revisiting American history

Festive facts for July 4

Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate the birth of their nation and independence from Great Britain. This day marks the anniversary of the presentation and acceptance of the Declaration of Independence, signed 242 years ago on July 4, 1776.

The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to Britain’s King George to explain why the Continental Congress was interested in declaring independence from Great Britain. The writing of the declaration began on July 2 and the final wording was established on July 4.

Independence Day is full of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy oneself. Parades, fireworks, parties, barbecues, and much more are part of the festivities.

Another way to commemorate Independence Day is to educate

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