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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Easley, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Easley.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Easley, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Easley. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Easley, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Easley. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Easley, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Easley to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Easley.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Easley, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim.

Estate: William Hubert Elias Date of Death: 04/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900457 Personal Representative: Shirley E. Youngblood Address: 418 Smith Grove Road, Easley, SC 29640 Co-Personal Representative: Nancy E. Miller Address: 124 Willis Court, Central, SC 29630 Attorney: Brian K. James Address: Post Office Box 93, Easley, SC 29641

May 25, June 1, 8

Estate: Robert Charles Williams Date of Death: 04/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900381 Personal Representative: Michael L. Williams Address: 201 Syracuse Rd., Easley, SC 29642

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Carolyn H. Trammell AKA Willie Carolyn Trammell Date of Death: 04/22/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900391 Personal Representative: Lee R. Trammell Address: 107 St. Lo Circle, Easley, SC 29640

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Thomas Russell Richardson Date of Death: 08/13/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900436 Personal Representative: Santanna R. Randolph Address: 100 Morris Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Edith Joann Williams Date of Death: 01/23/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900226 Personal Representative: Michael L. Williams Address: 201 Syracuse Rd., Easley, SC 29642

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Lee Franklin Hall Date of Death: 12/26/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900317 Personal Representative: Joye Hall Address: 1406 Old Easley Hwy., Easley, SC 29640 June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Jo Ann Wood Rollins Date of Death: 04/26/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900392 Personal Representative: Donna Young Address: 200 Andrew Road, Six Mile, SC 29682 Co-Personal Representative: Tammy Evatt Address: 172 Andrew Road, Six Mile, SC 29682 June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Theodore Florenz Balk Date of Death: 04/12/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900422 Personal Representative: Elizabeth G. Roberson Address: 488 Rebecca Drive, Leesville, SC 29070 June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Anne Willis Whitworth Date of Death: 04/26/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900432 Personal Representative: Jeffery S. Whitworth Address: 15 Harbor Oaks Dr., Greenville, SC 29609 Co-Personal Representative: Victor W. Whitworth Address: 147 Glassy Mtn. St., Pickens, SC 29671

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: James Rodney Law Date of Death: 03/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900476 Personal Representative: Brenda L. Law Address: 131 Archery Club Rd., Central, SC 29630

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: James Haskell Wilson Date of Death: 11/15/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900461 Personal Representative: Barbara Gillespie Address: 3716 Six Mile Hwy., Central, SC 29630

June 1, 8, 15 Estate: Debra Lee Crocker Date of Death: 08/05/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900468 Personal Representative: Stephen Crocker Address: 528 Rotterdam Road, Liberty, SC 29657 Attorney: Adam B. Lambert Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Brenda Sue Everett Date of Death: 04/23/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900442 Personal Representative: Billy B. Everett Address: 109 Tedd Lane, Pickens, SC 29671 Attorney: Adam B. Lambert Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Bonieta M. Turner AKA Bonnie M. Turner Date of Death: 03/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900473 Personal Representative: David R. Turner Address: 17 Old River Road, Milford, NJ 08848 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671 June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Cleo Cauble Brown Date of Death: 05/09/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900441 Personal Representative: Cynthia Brown Smith Address: 108 Stone Meadow Way, Easley, SC 29642 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Karen Lauer Lindenmeyer Date of Death: 02/09/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900266-2 Personal Representative: Victor C. Lindenmeyer Address: 5802 Hatteras Palm Way, Tampa, FL 33615 Attorney: Richard H. McDuff Address: 119-B Professional Park Drive, Seneca, SC 29678

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Patricia Ann Gillespie Date of Death: 08/04/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900215 Personal Representative: Brad Boggs Address: 2421 Highway 246 South Ninety-Six, SC 29666 Attorney: Stephen G. Potts Address: Post Office Box 987, Anderson, SC 29622

June 1, 8, 15

Estate: Donald Kenneth Gravely Date of Death: 07/10/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900481 Personal Representative: Steven B. Gravely Address: 121 Deer Creek Court, Easley, SC 29642 Attorney: Thomas C. Brissey Address: 3 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601 June 8, 15, 22

Estate: William Carl Wright, Jr. Date of Death: 02/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900479 Personal Representative: Ernest David Wright Address: 144 Lee Street, Laurens, SC 29360 Attorney: T. Matthew Bradley Address: Post Office Box 2911, Anderson, SC 29622

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Marvin Carroll Buchanan, Sr. Date of Death: 01/31/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900482 Personal Representative: W. Todd Buchanan Address: 1003 Gap Hill Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682 Attorney: Timothy C. Merrell Address: 119B Professional Park Dr., Seneca, SC 29678

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Beulah Elender Peyatt Date of Death: 01/31/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900485 Personal Representative: Ronnie D. Alexander Address: 1234 Breazeale Rd., Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Scott Allmon Address: 1606 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca, SC 29672

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Freda J. Clark Date of Death: 01/02/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900488 Personal Representative: Ronald E. Clark Address: 209 Brevard Drive, Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671 June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Judy Elaine Murphy Brissey Date of Death: 10/04/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900486 Personal Representative: Kayla B. Crawford Address: 225 Thistlewood Dr., Easley, SC 29640

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Linda Watson McKay Date of Death: 01/10/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900500 Personal Representative: Michael David McKay Address: Post Office Box 801, 132 Bert Mae Lane, Pickens, SC 29671

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Ted Farley Mann Date of Death: 04/29/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900414 Personal Representative: Rebecca D. Mann Address: 227 Pine Ridge Drive, Easley, SC 29642

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Freddy Wayne Dodson Date of Death: 03/28/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900495 Personal Representative: Pamela Jeanette Dodson Address: 1420 Six Mile Hwy., Central, SC 29630

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Harry Laverne Baldwin Date of Death: 04/30/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900494 Personal Representative: Teri L. Baldwin Address: 552 Gap Hill Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682

June 8, 15, 22

Estate: Derril Reid Date of Death: 04/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900410 Personal Representative: Cheyenne Cook Address: 327 Nealy St., Pickens, SC 29671

June 8, 15, 22

Stay Cool: 15+ Best Indoor Date Nights in Greenville, SC

When the temperatures heat up in the summer or drop to freezing in the winter, you can still have a really fun date night indoors in Greenville, SC. We’ve got everything from axe throwing to seeing a play to dancing and rock climbing. If the idea of feeling sweat drip down your back while on a date outdoors this summer doesn’t sound romantic, we can sympathize. Summers, while fun in South Carolina, can be brutally hot, and planning a fun date together where you aren’t melting may take some creativity –...

When the temperatures heat up in the summer or drop to freezing in the winter, you can still have a really fun date night indoors in Greenville, SC. We’ve got everything from axe throwing to seeing a play to dancing and rock climbing.

If the idea of feeling sweat drip down your back while on a date outdoors this summer doesn’t sound romantic, we can sympathize. Summers, while fun in South Carolina, can be brutally hot, and planning a fun date together where you aren’t melting may take some creativity – and that’s where we can help you out. And on cold winter nights, you can stay warm indoors while having fun together, too!

Fortunately, there are lots of fantastic places in the Upstate to have a memorable and cool date night in the AC besides the standard dinner and a movie. No matter your interests, we think you’ll find something on this list where you can plan a great summer or winter date night together.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Playing

Located in Camperdown Plaza in downtown Greenville, Group Therapy has an 18-hole mini-golf course, axe throwing, curling, ping pong, and tons more plus an extensive bar and food menu. You must make reservations to play the games.

Solve puzzles together of themed-rooms at Escape Artist Greenville or Trapped in the Upstate.

Throw it back to the 90s with an awesome arcade that has more than a dozen pinball machines but old school games like Nintendo, Paper Boy, and Pac-Man. It’s $10/person for all-day play. Vaughn’s Warehouse is right next door where you can grab dinner together.

Play Nintendo together at the bar while enjoying delicious craft beer or sodas made right in house at Double Stamp Brewery in Greenville.

Get some 80s square pizza and play lots of fun arcade games together at Pinky’s Revenge.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Busting Stress

Take a bat to some glass, an old car, or windows at Mad Smash Rage Room in Taylors Mill.

See who has the best axe throw at The Blue Ox Hatchet House or Craft Axe Throwing in the Greenville area and the new 312 Throwing Co in Easley.

Gazing at pretty art is a great way to bust stress and relax. Head to the Greenville Center for Creative Arts on the first Friday of the month from 6-9 pm for free or visit the Greenville County Museum of Art downtown, also free.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Making Something Together

Make some art together at TReehouse Cafe & Art Studio, TR Makers Co., Vino & Van Gogh, or Wine & Design.

Get on the pottery wheel to create your own pottery pieces at Hollowed Earth Pottery or In the Potter’s Hands.

If you’d rather paint your own pottery than create it, go to Hearts of Clay in Spartanburg, Color Clay Cafe in Greenville, or Glazed in Clemson.

Take a cooking class together at Plate 108 in Greer or invite Chef Ebony from Suga Pie Honey Bun to your house for a private cooking lesson.

You can make your own soy candles together at Greenville Soy Candle Company in downtown Greenville.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Shows

Relax in the planetarium at Roper Mountain Science Center and gaze up at the stars and learn about our magnificent solar system at Friday Starry Nights. They also offer the Laser Days of Summer shows that feature rock music and lasers. You must buy tickets online ahead of time.

There are plenty of places to catch live theater in Greenville like the Peace Center, the Logos Theatre, Greenville Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, City of Greer Center for the Arts, the Younts Center for Performing Arts

Best Indoor Date Nights for Active Couples

If you love to dance – or want to learn – there are some great spots to do so. Check out country line dancing at the Blind Horse Saloon or Cowboy Up Greenville. The Spinning Jenny has swing dancing and sometimes offers dance classes. Landmark Hall in Greer has different dance nights so check their website.

Challenge your partner to see who can climb an indoor mountain at Climb at Blue Ridge in Taylors, BlocHaven in Greenville, ProjectRock in Easley.

2 drownings in 2 days prompt warnings headed into summer

WARE SHOALS, S.C. —Two drownings in two days in the Upstate have prompted warnings about water safety as the summer begins.Two adults reportedly drowned in separate incidents in the Saluda River in Ware Shoals this week.Police say a 43...

WARE SHOALS, S.C. —

Two drownings in two days in the Upstate have prompted warnings about water safety as the summer begins.

Two adults reportedly drowned in separate incidents in the Saluda River in Ware Shoals this week.

Police say a 43-year-old drowned Monday and a 19-year-old drowned Tuesday.

“They’re fast," Dr. Amaka Ofodu said. "They’re silent, and they’re deadly.”

Ofodu is an internal medicine physician and pediatrician in Greenville. She says two-thirds of drownings happen within three months during the summer.

“Just because you know how to swim or you can wade in the water, does not mean you’re safe from drowning," Ofodu said.

Up the Saluda River in Easley, Saluda Outdoor Center officials said the center had to close Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend because of high water levels.

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“We’re able to check not only the height of the river, but also the flow rate, and that’s all online so we can check that, and we determined it was not safe to operate Friday or Saturday, even though it was going to be a busy weekend,” owner Cliff Carden said.

Carden warns of the dangers along the river even when the water level is lower.

“Foot entrapments, so there could be stuff under the water that you don’t see," he said. "It could be trees. It could be rocks.”

Carden said it takes a matter of seconds for a situation to deteriorate and a person to go under.

“Unless you can see the ground, it’s best not to try to stand up," Carden said. "If you fall out of your tube, you should float down the river with your feet ahead of you.”

He says every person tubing on the river is required to wear a life vest. He said they also have people monitoring the river at different areas to help people if they get stuck.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says in 2021, there were 21 boating-related deaths. Of those deaths, officials say 10 were drowning-related deaths.

“And most importantly, wear a life vest," Ofodu said. "They’re the cheapest form of life insurance you could possibly have.”

Firework shows in the Upstate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Let freedom ring and fireworks boom as the nation celebrates its independence on July 4.Here is a list of local firework shows in the Upstate:Spartanburg County...

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Let freedom ring and fireworks boom as the nation celebrates its independence on July 4.

Here is a list of local firework shows in the Upstate:

Spartanburg County

Independence Fireworks Show will be held at Lake Bowen Baptist Church on July 3 from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Fourth of July Celebration will be held at 5730 SC-357 in Campobello at 6 p.m. on July 4 Fireworks will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Red, White & Boom will be held at Barnet Park on July 4 at 5:30 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Greenville County

Celebrate Simpsonville will be held on July 3 at Heritage Park from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fireworks on the Fourth will be held at Unity Park in Greenville from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The fireworks will go off at 9:45 p.m.

Freedom Blast will be held June 25 at Greer City Park located at 301 E Poinsett Street from 6 p.m. to 10;30 p.m. The fireworks will blast off at 10 p.m.

Fountain Inn Fourth of July Spectacular will be held on July 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Commerce Park located at 200 Depot Street.

Oconee County

Seneca Celebrates will be held on July 4 beginning at 2 p.m. Fireworks are expected to blast off at 9:30 p.m.

Pickens County

Historic Easley Fourth of July Celebration will run from July 2 to July 4 at Old Market Square. Click here to view the times.

Love My Liberty July 4 Celebration will be held on July 4 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Liberty Athletic Complex.

Easley textile mill revitalized into loft apartments

Alice Co., a Greenville investment firm formerly known as Alice Manufacturing Co., sold Easley’s 19.2-acre Arial Mill property to a joint venture with plans to adapt the site as a mixed development community.Farpoint Development, a Chicago and Asheville-based company that specializes in real estate development, will spearhead the project in...

Alice Co., a Greenville investment firm formerly known as Alice Manufacturing Co., sold Easley’s 19.2-acre Arial Mill property to a joint venture with plans to adapt the site as a mixed development community.

Farpoint Development, a Chicago and Asheville-based company that specializes in real estate development, will spearhead the project in partnership with Annenberg Investment and Baum Revision. CBRE’s Nick Hollstegge and Katherine Southard represented Alice Co. in the $2.6 million sale, according to a news release.

“We are excited at the opportunity to own and redevelop such a unique asset that is so integral to the Arial community,” Justin Patwin, managing director at Farpoint Development, said in the news release. “We are especially thankful to the McKissick family for being great stewards of this asset for so many years and working with our team to gracefully transition ownership to support the mill’s next chapter as a mixed-use development.”

The 212 Rice Road plant, which has served as the hub of the Arial Mill Village for decades, was built off a Pickens railroad main line in 1929.

Alice Manufacturing Cos. operated the site as a textile mill for 75 years, employing about 400 during the mill’s peak, according to the company. During the mill’s last 10 years in operation, it became a distribution center for Alice’s New York-made fashion bedding brand.

The company’s nearby Ellison plant had produced greige fabric and yarn since 1966 until a “flood of imports from producers in non-market economies” led to the mill’s demise in 2018, according to a company announcement at the time, marking the end of an era for many in Pickens County. Another former Alice mill on Rice Road, Foster Plant, was heavily damaged by fire on Jan. 30.

Last summer, Alice Manufacturing rebranded itself as an innovation economy investment firm, Alice Co., under CEO E. Smyth McKissick IV, the great-great-grandson of the company’s founder.

Pickens County and South Carolina officials are assisting developers with the preservation of the original structure as they revitalize its 343,686-square-foot frame to house lofted apartments.

The property is located within an Opportunity Zone and, once redeveloped, could have access to federal and state historic tax credits, S.C. Textile Communities Revitalization Credits and New Market Tax Credits, according to CBRE.

Arial Mill’s proximity to Pickens’ former railroad line now gives the property access to the Doodle Trail, a biking and pedestrian path developed in the former rail bed.

Plans for the remainder of the Arial campus will be finalized over the coming months, according to developers.

“We are so happy to know that Arial will be restored, with a new purpose that fits today’s growing needs of Pickens County,” McKissick said in the release. “Farpoint Development and their partners have a proven track record in adaptive reuse, and we’re excited to see what they will do with Arial. That, along with their desire to contribute to the growth of Pickens County, makes them an ideal new owner of this property.”

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