Monthly Archives: July 2019

Easley man drowns in Lake Keowee

SENECA — An autopsy performed Monday confirmed an Easley man whose body was found in about 50 feet of water in Lake Keowee on Saturday died of drowning.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the man in a news release as 63-year-old Robert “Bobby” McCombs of Easley. Addis said McCombs’ body was recovered by divers at 12:40 p.m. Saturday on the second day of the search. No injuries were reported in an external examination of the body, according to Addis.

Addis said family told him the man dove into Lake Keowee from a stationary boat during a boating and swimming outing around 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. The family members said McCombs surfaced and

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‘Every quilt tells a story’

Heirloom immortalized outside chamber office

If thread could talk, the newest entrant into the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail would surely have some colorful stories to tell.

Running through its many squares and snowflake patterns of brown, pale yellow and blue, I think I can hear the rumble of cannon fire in the distance and possibly the weeping of young widows whose husbands wouldn’t be returning from the battlefields of the War of Northern Aggression.

Then again, it may be just the whistling of a cold winter wind blowing bitterly against the drafty walls of a Pickens County homestead. That quilt, now worn thin and a bit threadbare in places, must have provided warm comfort to many of the ancestors of Dean Dykes over the past century and a half.

I may be imagining some of what I thought I heard that quilt whispering to me as I examined it last week

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Man faces child porn charges

PICKENS — A Pickens man was arrested last week on three child pornography-related charges.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said 45-year-old David Michael Dare is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual exploitation by a minor. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, Wilson said.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest on Thursday. Investigators with the attorney

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Easley attempted murder suspect arrested in NY

NEW YORK — A man wanted for attempted murder in Pickens County was arrested last week in New York, according to U.S. Marshals.

Peter Jamel Stokes, 36, was wanted by the Easley Police Department on charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a firearm/ammunition with conviction of a violent crime, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The charges stem from an altercation on Davis Street in Easley on May 6, 2017, the release said.

The U.S. Marshals Intercept Fugitive Task Force collaborated

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County donates $57K toward renovating Pickens landmark

By Rocky Nimmons


PICKENS — One of the most well-known places in Pickens is about to get a facelift, as the legendary Bruce Field will soon see renovations.

On Friday, Pickens County Councilman Wes Hendricks was at the old stadium with check in hand as he presented Pickens Recreation Department director Cheri Anthony with $57,000 earmarked to renovate the stadium that has been a staple of downtown Pickens for more than 65 years.

Bruce Field, the longtime home of the Pickens High School Blue Flame, was donated to the city after  the school moved down U.S.

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Hells Angels hold rally in Clemson

CLEMSON — Those traveling through Clemson this week may notice an increased law enforcement presence throughout the city, as police try to limit disruptions from a visit from the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

About 750 members of the club and their families were expected to visit Clemson for their annual summer rally. The visit is expected to run through Friday.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said members of the motorcycle club, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Justice website as an outlaw motorcycle gang with 2,000-2,500 members in 230 chapters in the United States and 26 foreign countries, will include events throughout the region, ranging from business meetings to outdoor activities at a local

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Fox tests positive for rabies after attack

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A person in Pickens County has been referred to their health care provider after being attacked by a fox that later tested positive for rabies.

The victim was attacked by a fox in Pickens on July 23, according to a release from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The fox was submitted to DHEC’s laboratory for testing that same day and confirmed to have rabies on July 24, the release said.

“Rabies is usually transmitted through a bite, which allows saliva from an infected animal to be introduced

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Softball camp set for next week in Pickens

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department will be hosting its 2019 softball camp next week.

Registration for the camp is open through Saturday at the Pickens Rec Department.

The camp will host 11 and 12 year olds on Monday from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and campers ages 7-10 will participate from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rain dates are Aug. 7-8.

The camp will be held at Hooper Field, located at 250 E. Jones Ave. in Pickens. Cost is $25 per participant.

Camp instruction will be by Southern Wesleyan University head softball coach Coy Atkins, Pickens High School junior varsity softball coach Tammy Anthony and current PHS varsity players.

The camp will focus on fundamentals, offense, defense and base-running.


Acker celebrates 51 years practicing law

PICKENS — The Acker name transcends time in Pickens County.

The Acker Firm, initially established by William “Bill” G. Acker, provided legal services to the community prior to World War II. The namesake of Acker Lambert Hinton P.A., Kenneth D. Acker, is a pillar in the Pickens community and is currently celebrating 51 years of practicing law.

Acker Lambert Hinton P.A., in its current form, takes pride in providing local attorneys for legal representation in Pickens County, and hopes to continue its tradition for generations to come.

With that in mind, the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce selected Acker Lambert Hinton P.A. as its

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Breazeale announces run for Easley City Council Ward 5 seat

EASLEY — Nancy Breazeale has announced her candidacy for the Ward 5 seat on Easley City Council.

Breazeale was born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Walter Craig Jr. and the late Virginia Craig. She has been married to her husband, Paul Breazeale, for 19 years. The couple are currently raising their granddaughter, who lives in the home.

Breazeale has lived in Easley all her life, attending the School District of Pickens County, and worked for Pickens County serving the publicYou must be logged in to view this content.

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