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CU student arrested after man hit, killed

Police: Student faces DUI charge after refusing tests

By Riley Morningstar
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — A Clemson University student accused of driving under the influence and killing a 68-year-old man Wednesday night refused to participate in a fieldsobriety test, take a breathalyzer or provide a urine sample at the hospital, with police saying he smelled like marijuana.

An incident report provided by the Clemson University Police Department late Friday afternoon offered new details into the incident that killed Robert Barrett of Patrick Square around 8 p.m. Wednesday at S.C. Highway 93 near Perimeter

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Coroner: Man dies after being struck by train

EASLEY — Authorities are investigating after an Easley man was hit and killed by a train on Saturday.

James Flowe, 31, of Grace Avenue, was hit by a Norfolk Southern train on the railroad tracks near S.C. Highway 8 at Fleetwood Drive in Easley according to a news release from Pickens County chief deputy coroner Andrew P. Wilson.

Wilson said Flowe was taken to Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma in the emergency room at 7:52 p.m.

Flowe’s death is being investigated by the Pickens Coroner’s Office, the Easley Police Department and Norfolk Southern, Wilson said.

Lieutenant governor speaks at Rotary Club luncheon

CLEMSON — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette spoke to a group of almost 100 community leaders at the Rotary Club of Clemson luncheon last week at Clemson United Methodist Church.

While her presentation at the March 13 meeting focused mainly on her experiences as a small business owner and how she was called into public leadership, she also pointed to the many exciting things going on in South Carolina, especially in the area of business development and secondary technical education.

Behind Nancy Stevenson, Evette is the second woman lieutenant governor elected in South Carolina and the first Republican woman to hold the office.

Changing of the vane


Officials at Dillard Funeral Home and Hillcrest Memorial Park traditionally change the weathervane atop the Dillard building to recognize the winner of the annual Clemson-South Carolina football game. Although the Gamecocks knocked off the Tigers in November to end a rivalry losing streak, the vane was only recently changed with the arrival of spring. Pictured above, Joe Zarate, head of the grounds crew at Hillcrest, wears his South Carolina hat as he replaces the tiger vane with the chicken in honor of the Gamecocks’ 31-30 win.

PHS JROTC hold flag burning at Legion post

PICKENS — On the morning of March 15, cadets from the Pickens High School Blue Flame Battalion conducted a flag retirement ceremony at American Legion Post 11.

In the ceremony, more than 50 worn, faded and tattered American and South Carolina flags were committed to the pyre.

Battalion Commander cadet Lt. Col. Caydin Tucker, executive officer cadet Maj. Landon Galloway and cadet

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Harden Scholarship application deadline approaching April 14

PICKENS — The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior or other member of the community entering or furthering their career in a medical field.

Recipients will have their scholarship money paid directly to the school of their choice.

To be eligible to apply for the John Harden Scholarship,

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Soapstone Baptist Church fish fry fundraiser set to return on April 1

PICKENS — A popular fish fry fundraiser that benefits a historic church is returning at least one more time.

Soapstone Baptist Church will hold a fish fry fundraiser from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, according to a news release from John Boyanoski with Complete

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Community Calendar 3-22-23

• Pickens canning workshop planned

Canning is a practical, safe and enjoyable method of food preservation when done properly. Participants in an upcoming workshop in Pickens will be able to engage in the full canning process from preparation to processing using current USDA recommended techniques.
The workshop will highlight pressure canning, and participants will take home a jar of the product they produced. Anyone with or without previous canning

Officials talk train wreck preparedness

With all the train wrecks in the news lately — most of them involving Norfolk Southern, the railroad that slices through Pickens County — it seemed like a good time to check and see what kind of risk we may be facing if a train were to derail here.

“It could happen to any of us, anywhere in the United States,” said Denise Kwiatek, emergency management director for Pickens County.

“We never know when that moment’s going to happen.”

Many of you probably remember a multi-car derailment in Liberty back in 2010 in which two Norfolk Southern tank cars spilled 18,000 gallons of isopropanol and three others discharged 19,000 gallons of a substance referred to only as “hazardous waste liquid.”

The accident forced the evacuation of 536 homes for

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School district moving toward competency-based learning

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County will soon be working toward a more personalized learning approach for students thanks to a proviso from the South Carolina Department of Education.

In August, the SCDE released Proviso 1.116, allowing districts seeking to implement competency-based education to submit a waiver to the State Board of Education allowing them to create their own standards.

The proviso defined competency-based education as “a comprehensive learning approach for a student to master competencies and related standards along a personalized, self-paced and flexible pathway.”

SDPC director of secondary education Lori Gwinn asked school board trustees during a recent meeting to

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