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‘Everlasting’ impact

Former Easley mayor, coach Larry Bagwell dies

EASLEY — Former Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell died Friday. He was 84.

The city of Easley released a statement on the former mayor’s passing, saying his “impact and decades worth of accomplishments run deep within the City of Easley and are everlasting.”

Easley High School’s football coach for 25 years, from 1967 to 1992, Bagwell led the Green Wave to two state championships.

He was inducted into the Easley High School Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame.

Bagwell was first elected to Easley City Council and in 2008 began serving his first of three terms as mayor.

In 2019, Bagwell announced he would not be seeking

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Virus kills 19 more local residents

COVID-19 has claimed 330-plus lives in county

COLUMBIA — After a near record-high 16 COVID-19 deaths last week, Pickens County has once again seen another rise in death numbers this week, with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reporting 19 COVID-19 deaths over the past seven days.

According to DHEC, there were 19 confirmed deaths and no probable deaths in the one-week period from last Tuesday to Monday, when the latest numbers were available.

Pickens County also remains the worst out of the state’s 46 counties in infection rate, with 18,217.4 cases

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Six Mile mayor Stoddard presented with Quilt of Valor

By Lauren Pierce
Courtesy The Journal

SIX MILE — Six Mile Mayor Roy Stoddard was presented with a Quilt of Valor for his service to the United States at the town’s council meeting earlier this month.

Stoddard, a retired U.S. Navy captain, was presented the quilt by Quilts of Valor Foundation volunteer Ronny Hall and group coordinator Linda Hall.

Stoddard has a “distinguished service record,” serving the country for nearly 32 years, Ronny Hall said.

“He has a master’s degree in

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Second-half surge lifts Mann to win over Blue Flame

By Rocky Nimmons

GREENVILLE — When the Pickens Blue Flame stepped onto Slaton Field at J.L. Mann on Friday night, they looked like they were ready for war.

Chad Smith and his Pickens squad took it right to the Patriots, scoring the first points of the game and even taking an impressive 18-7 lead into the half, but for the second week in a row, Pickens collapsed after intermission, allowing 43 unanswered points and falling hard hard to Mann in what came as a shock to most of those in

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Penalties, injuries cost Easley in loss to Yellow Jackets

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Playing and beating fourth-ranked Class 5A power T.L. Hanna Friday night was going to take an almost perfect game from the Easley Green Wave.

Unfortunately for Easley, it was anything but perfect, as early penalties and injuries stymied the Green Wave in a 62-14 loss.

There was a moment of silence before the game in memory of former Easley coach and mayor Larry Bagwell, who passed away earlier in the day.

Early on, Hanna had the advantage in field position, starting at its own

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Tigers survive scare against Georgia Tech in conference opener

By Michael Crouchley
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — It was far from pretty, but the Clemson football team managed to narrowly avoid a major upset against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Tigers overcame a poor offensive performance, a nearly two-hour lightning delay and a disjointed final push from the Yellow Jackets to escape Memorial Stadium with a 14-8 win.

“I entered college in 1988 and I have never, ever, ever experienced a game like that,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said after the

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Couple using daughter’s story to help other people

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — An Easley couple wants to tell the story of their late daughter’s struggles with drugs and mental health issues and help remove stigma that can prevent many people from getting the help they need.

“I just think the story has so many warnings for people,” Tammy Iffland said.

Tammy and her husband, Steven Iffland, say their daughter Rachel

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Man praised for helping Pickens officers in struggle

PICKENS — A local man was heralded Monday night for coming to the aid of Pickens police officers.

During Monday night’s Pickens City Council meeting, Pickens Police Chief Randal Beach lauded James Lamar Devlin.

“This gentleman recently came to the assistance of the police department in a way that was remarkable to

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