Four charged with kidnapping toddler

LIBERTY — Four people, including the child’s grandmother, were arrested last week after the violent kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl, More »

Yes, Pickens, there will be a Christmas Parade

Annual celebration rescheduled after winter weather forces postponement PICKENS — The city of Pickens, Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce and More »

Gettys students giving back with ‘Socksgiving’

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter EASLEY — A Gettys Middle School class is collecting items that often get overlooked More »

Easley recognizes winners of 2017 Main Street Challenge

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter EASLEY — Two local businesses got a warm welcome and a financial boost from More »

Concert choir plans two shows of JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

LIBERTY — The Pickens Concert Choir will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center More »

LHS improv troupe to take stage Friday

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter LIBERTY — The members of Walking Shadows, Liberty High School’s improv troupe, were surprised More »


Tri-County introduces Tech grad Aman as new campus police chief

A 20-year law enforcement veteran and graduate of Tri-County Technical College’s criminal justice program, Eddie Aman has been named the new chief of campus police for the Pendleton college.

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College has turned to a 20-year law enforcement veteran to serve as its new chief of campus police.

DHEC offers free resources to quit tobacco in new year

SENECA — The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is using the arrival of a new year to promote its free tobacco cessation resources.

DHEC said in a news release Thursday that the new year gives tobacco users in any stage of quitting “the perfect opportunity” to quit using tobacco. The DHEC-administered S.C. Tobacco Quitline is a free resource to help tobacco users “kick the habit for good.”

“It’s never too late to quit smoking or using tobacco, because it reduces risk of heart and lung disease, cancer and other illnesses,” DHEC’s Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control director Sharon Biggers said. “Research has shown it takes multiple attempts for smokers to quit for the long term, and DHEC has tools to help South Carolinians be successful.”

Quitline operates 24/7 and offers coaching over the phone, support via the web and text message, help for personalizing quit plans and a Quit Kit. Quitline provides nicotine replacement with patches, gum and lozenges to eligible callers. All services are free.

quitBiggers said the Quitline has provided treatment and counseling to about 100,000 tobacco users in South Carolina.

“Our agency is committed to promoting and protecting the health of all South Carolinians by helping tobacco users quit, preventing tobacco use and reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke,” Biggers added.

Enrolled callers who are uninsured, underinsured, on Medicare or Medicaid or under 18 are eligible for five free sessions with a quit coach. Pregnant and postpartum users qualify for 10 free sessions.

Out of the 110,000 calls that Quitline received over 10 years, 37 percent of callers had no health insurance, while 32 percent remained tobacco-free after seven months, the news release said. More than half of callers suffered from chronic conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, coronary artery disease and cancer.

Those interested can enroll online at by clicking on the “Health” tab. Quitline can be reached at 1-800-784-8669 or 1-885-335-3569 for services in Spanish.


Harper earns Eagle Scout

Alex Harper was recently awarded the Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony at Alive Wesleyan Church. The Eagle is the highest award that can be earned in the Boy Scouts of American. Historically, only 4 percent of scouts go on to achieve this award. Harper is a member of troop 37, sponsored by the Easley First Baptist Church. His scoutmaster is Bryan Dickard. Harper is a senior at Daniel High School, where he is a lieutenant colonel in the JROTC. He is the son of Chris and Rebecca Harper.


Fiesta Bowl foes Clemson, OSU partner for research

By Clinton Colmenares
Clemson University

CLEMSON — When the second-ranked Clemson Tigers took on third-ranked The Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, players from both teams left it all on the field in a contest for the chance to play in college football’s national championship game on Monday.

But the gridiron history between the teams (3-0, Clemson) is sometimes overshadowed by their collaborations in research. Just as athletes seek equally-matched, or superior, opponents, researchers seek collaborators who compliment and challenge their work.

celesteOne example is a multi-million dollar education project aimed at helping children who have difficulty learning how to read. Education researchers in Clemson’s Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center works with Ohio State colleagues to train teachers who work with struggling readers. Their efforts could dramatically reduce the number of first-graders in each state who have trouble reading and writing.

Clemson education researcher Celeste Bates works with colleagues at Ohio State to help first graders learn to read.

“The intercollegiate relationship helps us understand how our work plays out in different states,” says Celeste Bates, associate professor of literacy education and director of the Reading Recovery center at Clemson. “We can study how children read and write in South Carolina, but because of state policies and mandates, it plays out differently from state to state.”

Earlier this year, Coach Dabo Swinney’s All In Foundation donated $10,000 to Clemson’s Reading Recovery center to provide 10 books each to 300 first graders who participated in the reading intervention program in South Carolina’s Upstate.

“Coach Swinney is committed to academics and the education of his players,” Bates says. “For our children who look up to the Clemson Tigers, that’s a good feeling to know that the coach has invested in the children of South Carolina as well as his own school.”

Another project takes place in the biological sciences realm. Jim Morris, professor of genetics and biochemistry and a researcher at Clemson’s Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center, collaborates with two Ohio State researchers on grants from the National Institutes of Health.

“The older is with Mark Drew that has involved working with Mark’s team and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the NIH to find small molecule inhibitors of an important protein from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. We have recently published the first (and smaller) leg of the work,” Morris says.

morrisThe second project, recently funded by the NIH, pairs Morris with Karl Werbovetz, the chair of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at Ohio State, and other collaborators from Brigham Young University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kansas.

With the grant, researchers will evaluate around 25,000 different molecules that may be able to starve parasites of their only source of energy: sugar.

Clemson’s James Morris works on infectious diseases research with colleagues at Ohio State.

If successful, the work could lead to the development of oral treatments for African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and Baghdad boil, an infection that has afflicted U.S. troops in the Middle East. Read more about that project here.

Bates, a big college football fan, says her close collaboration with Buckeyes leads her to cheer for Ohio State, unless they’re playing Clemson.


Tri-County, SC Works to host job fair January 6

UPSTATE — SC Works and Tri-County Technical College’s Corporate and Community Education Division (CCE) are reaching out to unemployed and underemployed individuals by hosting a job fair this week.

The event will be held for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties residents Friday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Industrial and Business Development Center located on the Pendleton Campus.

Participants will be given the opportunity to meet and interview with area employers that have job openings – in a wide range of businesses including manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, retail and services.

In addition, Tri-County is spotlighting the short-term training options in the fields of healthcare, business, industrial/manufacturing, highway construction and truck driving. Attendees can meet the instructors and program managers, see some of the course offerings on displa, and get information about available funding for instruction in these QuickJobs training programs. Rick Cothran, dean of Tri-County’s CCE Division said, “It’s a great opportunity for individuals to begin working on their New Year’s resolutions to find great local employment or to start training for a new career through CCE classes or QuickJobs training programs.”

There are opportunities for scholarships that will be spotlighted at the TCTC/CCE booth.

According to Cothran, this Job Fair is about connecting participants with potential employers. In addition, with new technology increasing the demand for higher entry-level skills, the event will help connect participants to the CCE short-term training certificate programs endorsed by area employers. They also can discuss further opportunities in an associate degree program.

Large and small area employers with immediate job openings and workforce resources such as SC Works, Palmetto Youth, Vocational Rehab and more will attend this event.

For more information, call (864) 646-1700.


Weyerhaeuser contributes to Clemson Wood Utilization and Design Institute

CLEMSON — The Clemson University Wood Utilization and Design Institute continues to add to its cadre of founding partners and has received a $50,000 boost to help support the advancement of the South Carolina wood industry.

The gift comes from the Weyerhaeuser Company. The money will be used to help fund the institute, which brings together foresters, architects, engineers, constructors and building industry stakeholders to design advances in wood-based products through education and training, product research and development, as well as development of technical and design solutions.

“This gift will be used to support our institute as we go forward,” said Pat Layton, director of the Wood Utilization and Design Institute. A Weyerhaeuser representative will serve on the institute’s advisory board and will work with other board members to shape the direction of the institute.”

Graham Marsh, area manager for Weyerhaeuser-S.C. Lowcountry, said company officials are excited about working with the Clemson team.

“Weyerhaeuser is delighted to be a founding partner of the Wood Utilization and Design Institute at Clemson University,” Marsh said. “The talented team at Clemson is leading the way to find new and innovative uses of sustainable forest products. Clemson’s work complements our vision to provide great sustainable products that improve lives in fundamental ways.”

Clemson University’s Wood Utilization and Design Institute (WU+D) is a multidisciplinary entity that was established in 2013 to educate, conduct research and provide continuing education of stakeholders across the wood industry. Researchers with the institute currently are testing cross laminated timber (CLT) to determine burn rates, wind resistance and structural load.

The institute recently achieved national attention when a team of Clemson faculty and students competed with universities from across the nation in the 2015 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California. The Clemson team won second place for architecture and communications and sixth place overall.


YMCA soccer sign-ups set to open next month

PICKENS — The Pickens YMCA will open registration for the Bethlehem Ridge Soccer Club’s spring recreational soccer season from Jan. 1 through Feb. 10.

The program is open to kids ages 4-15. The season will begin the week of Feb. 20 and end on April 29. All games and practices will be held at the Pickens YMCA.

Registration can be completed at the Easley, Pickens or Powdersville YMCA branches, as well as online at Sponsorships and volunteer coaching opportunities are also available. Contact the YMCA at (864) 878-8380 or email Clarissa Suttle at for more information.

YMCA officials believe children need to be a part of something bigger than themselves to help strengthen values, sportsmanship, leadership skills and the importance of relationship building and diversity. The YMCA soccer program allows children to actively develop individually through healthy competition in a positive and encouraging environment.


Pickens, Daniel players named to all-region team

COUNTY — Region I-4A recently announced its 2016 all-region high school football team.

Players from both Daniel and Pickens were selected.

Pickens’ Cole Seaborn was selected as a linebacker.

Daniel had nine players chosen. On offense, Billy Bruce was picked at running back, while Daymon Greene was a selection at guard. Both Kahare Teasley and Donovan Morris were selected at offensive tackle, and Nick Muchow was picked as the team’s punter and kicker.

On defense, three players were chosen for the defensive line, including Miles “Boogie” Turmon, Kahlil Anderson and Palmer Story. Jake Venables was picked as a linebacker, and Malik Watt was selected at defensive back.

All-region selections are voted on by region coaches.


Grief support group set to begin in Central

CENTRAL — Lost a loved one? Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is sponsoring another Grief Support Group beginning Monday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m.

The group will meet for eight Mondays at the funeral home. Issues to be discussed include: Understanding Your Grief, Exploring Your Feelings of Loss, How to Nurture Yourself and Dealing With New Life.

The group leader is Dr. Roger Lovette. There is no charge.

Interested? Call the funeral home at (864) 639-2411 or email


Happy New Year and good luck

What are your New Year’s resolutions? I don’t have any. Don’t plan to have any. Think they’re pretty much a waste of time.

Making a list of things to change in the coming year seems a bit delusional to me.

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