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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 Pickens, 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 Pickens.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Pickens, 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 Pickens. 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:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

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

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 Pickens, 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

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

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 Pickens. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Pickens, 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.

Your Residential Electrician

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 Pickens to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

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.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

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 Pickens.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

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.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

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 Pickens, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

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.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

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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Latest News in Pickens

‘We’re making sure we’re going to a bowl game.’ USC optimistic at reaching 6-win mark

Zacch Pickens says South Carolina football is taking that sixth win as a challenge.Sitting at 5-5 for the 2021 season, the Gamecocks have two chances to earn a single win needed for bowl eligibility with final home games against Auburn and Clemson. Pickens, a third-year veteran along USC’s defensive line, was ass...

Zacch Pickens says South Carolina football is taking that sixth win as a challenge.

Sitting at 5-5 for the 2021 season, the Gamecocks have two chances to earn a single win needed for bowl eligibility with final home games against Auburn and Clemson. Pickens, a third-year veteran along USC’s defensive line, was assured the Gamecocks would reach the mark when speaking with reporters Tuesday.

“One of the things that we’re trying to send our seniors and older guys with is a bowl game,” Pickens said. “That’s one thing we’re gonna give them.”

First-year head coach Shane Beamer inherited a South Carolina program that went 2-8 in 2020 and hasn’t appeared in a bowl since the 2018 season, when the Gamecocks were shut out 28-0 by Virginia in the Belk Bowl.

Preseason pundits estimated South Carolina would win three or four games, but the tune seemed to change when the Gamecocks earned their fifth win in a 40-17 rout of Florida. Running back Kevin Harris said a bowl berth could hush the doubts further.

“I think this year, people look down on us,” running back Kevin Harris said Tuesday. “I think getting to a bowl game would make everybody kind of be quiet a little bit.”

Last week, South Carolina made it on bowl projection lists, with national media predicting possible trips to Birmingham or Tampa. In a Nov. 9 press conference following the Florida win, Beamer said he worked to ease the enthusiasm and keep the Gamecocks focused ahead of their trip to Missouri.

“We addressed it briefly this morning, that every time you think about getting bowl eligible, stop,” Beamer said the week before Missouri. “Just think about, at that moment, what you’ve got to do to prepare to play your very best against Missouri. ... It’s a whole process-and-result thing. Let’s not think about the result on Saturday, it’s the process during the week to prepare ourselves.”

South Carolina ended up falling 31-28 to Missouri last Saturday in what was it’s most likely chance to clinch a bowl berth, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Beamer said Tuesday he was hopeful the Gamecocks would find ways to win against both Auburn and Clemson, but repeated his message of taking one day at a time.

Still, Beamer can’t deny the perks of postseason play.

“Obviously, I think it would be great for the young men in this program to be able to have that kind of season and be rewarded with a bowl game,” Beamer said. “From a developmental standpoint, it would be huge for us as coaches because it gives you kind of an extra spring practice in December. It’d be great for our fan base as well.

“But regardless of what happens in regards to (a bowl), I think we’ve done enough really good things this year with the direction of this program and where we’re headed, the type of young men we have in this program and what we’re about has been evident. Obviously, the opportunity to continue to win football games and continue to advance would be great.”

Pickens said he’ll give his full effort to get the Gamecocks to that bowl opportunity.

“I don’t know what we’re gonna have to do — we’re gonna put all our chips on the table,” Pickens said. “We’re gonna do it. We’re making sure we’re going to a bowl game.”

South Carolina hosts Auburn at Williams-Brice Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff this Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN.

Courier Legal Notices 11-17-21

SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE FAMILY COURT COUNTY OF PICKENS C.A.#: 2021-DR-39-00499Jonathan Matthew Talley and Susan Michele Talley, PLAINTIFF(S), -vs- Charlie McGuinn Holcombe, Jr.,DEFENDANT. TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE NAMED: CHARLIE MCGUINN HOLCOMBE, JR.YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscribers at their office, 1010 E. North Street, Post Office Box 9754, Greenville, Sout...

SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE FAMILY COURT COUNTY OF PICKENS C.A.#: 2021-DR-39-00499

Jonathan Matthew Talley and Susan Michele Talley, PLAINTIFF(S), -vs- Charlie McGuinn Holcombe, Jr.,DEFENDANT. TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE NAMED: CHARLIE MCGUINN HOLCOMBE, JR.

YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscribers at their office, 1010 E. North Street, Post Office Box 9754, Greenville, South Carolina 29604, within thirty days after the service hereof; exclusive the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff(s) will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in said Complaint. Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 63-9-730(e), Notice given pursuant to this section must include notice of the following: (1) within thirty days of receiving notice the person or agency shall respond in writing by filing with the court in which the adoption is pending notice and reasons to contest, intervene, or otherwise respond; (2) the court must be informed of the person’s or agency’s current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceedings; and (3) failure to file a response within thirty days of receiving notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations of the person or agency with respect to the child. IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ARE AN INFANT OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR AN IMPRISONED PERSON, you are further summoned and notified to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem to represent you in this action within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff(s) herein. IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ARE AN INFANT UNDER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS OR ARE INCOMPETENT OR INSANE, you are further summoned and notified to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem to represent said infant(s) under the age of fourteen years of age, or said incompetent or insane person, within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by thePlaintiff(s) herein.

HOWARD LAW FIRM, P.A. MILFORD O. HOWARD, III P.O. Box 9754 Greenville, South Carolina 29604 (864) 233-5672 642-6822 FAX ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF

11/3, 10, 17 ———————————————————————- NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: US Mortgage Resolutions, LLC v. Ronald Shephard, Jr., Laura Shepard, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Association, Inc., and Keowee River Club, LLC;, C/A No. 2020CP3900062, The following property will be sold by the undersigned Special Referee or his designee for Pickens County, South Carolina, on December 6, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the Pickens County Courthouse, City of Pickens, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder:

ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, lying and being in Pickens County, South Carolina, being shown and described as Lot 212, on a plat entitled “Final Plat of The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Nicklaus Golf Course Lots, a Portion of “Section E-6”, For Keowee River Club, LLC,” Located 10 Miles +/- West Northwest of Pickens, S.C., Pickens County, South Carolina, prepared by C. E. Shehan Surveying, South Carolina Registered Tier B Land Surveyor No. 8810B, said plat being dated May 27, 2004, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Pickens County, South Carolina in Plat Book 501 at Page(s) 5-6 (the “Plat’’). For a more detailed description as to the courses and distances, metes and bounds of the above-mentioned lot, reference is made to said Plat of record.

The above-described property is subject to any and all easements and/or rights of way for roads, utilities, drainage, etc. as may appear of record and/or on the premises and to any and all restrictions, covenants or zoning ordinances affecting such property as may appear of record.

This being the same property conveyed to Ronald Shepard, Jr. and Laura Shepard by deed of Keowee River Club, LLC dated April 10, 2010, and recorded May 26, 2010, in Deed Book 1322 at Page 69.

TMS: 4142-00-31-9976

Property Address: 102 Foxglove Common Ct. Sunset, SC 29685

SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, PICKENS COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES.

TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit on the day of sale or fails or refuses to comply with the bid within 30 days, then the property will be resold at the bidder’s risk. No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid after the deposit is applied from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 2.50% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Pickens County Clerk of Court at C/A #2020CP3900062.

NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. Kelvin R. Kearse Special Referee or his designee for Pickens County

Adam B. Lambert, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 9 Pickens, SC 29671 (864) 878-1184

11/10, 17, 24 ———————————————————————- NOTICE OF HEARING ON TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND ADOPTION STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF PICKENS IN THE FAMILY COURT THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C.A. No.: 2020-DR-39-0396

Micheal Wallace Porter and Judith Mechelle Porter, Petitioners, vs. Naquaviion Sharp, Stephanie Michelle Sharp, Respondents, in the interest of minor child M.H.S., A Minor Under the Age of 14.

NAQUAVION SHARP, YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFED that a final trial in this matter on the Petitioner’s petition to terminate your parental rights and for the adoption of your child by the Petitioners is scheduled to be heard before the premised Judge on December 2, 2021 at 9:30am at the Pickens County Family Court, Pickens County Courthouse, 214 E. Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671. If you fail to appear the court may hear the case in your absence and could result in the forfeiture of all rights and obligations that you may have with respect to the child.

Rustin B. Duncan, Esq. SC Bar # 81465, King Law Offices, PLLC, 1320 West Poinsett Street, Greer, South Carolina 29650 (864) 877-3355.

11/17, 24, 12/1

Damani Staley, son of Gamecocks legend, breaking out for South Carolina defense

It always has been hard for Damani Staley to escape the spotlight. Such is life when you share a last name with and are the son of legendary Gamecocks running back Duce Staley.Yet for a player who’s largely reserved, quiet and sincere, the younger Staley has thrust himself into the public eye with his play this fall.“He’s a guy that’s playing like a senior...

It always has been hard for Damani Staley to escape the spotlight. Such is life when you share a last name with and are the son of legendary Gamecocks running back Duce Staley.

Yet for a player who’s largely reserved, quiet and sincere, the younger Staley has thrust himself into the public eye with his play this fall.

“He’s a guy that’s playing like a senior,” South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer said Sunday. “He’s a guy that’s playing like an older guy and has maturity, and he’s gaining more and more confidence each week.”

Staley entered the year slotted as a second-team linebacker. He’d fill gaps when needed. He might factor in on special teams as he had in past years. All things considered, it’d be a relatively apropos ending to a career that had been solid but never overly spectacular.

But with Sherrod Greene out for the season after suffering a knee injury at Georgia, Staley has been thrust into a starting linebacker spot.

The younger Staley is quiet. His news conferences are subtle and subdued. He was slated to speak Wednesday but didn’t even appear.

Staley’s teammates joke he’s among the mellower players on the roster. Beamer quipped he barely says a word most days. Defensive tackle Zacch Pickens corroborated Beamer’s take on Staley.

“He’s really stepped up,” Pickens said. “When Sherrod Greene went down, he was the next man up. He took that role and ran with it and never looked back.”

Perhaps it’s appropriate that Staley, now in his fifth year with the program, has only spoken with reporters once this fall. He’s always worked away from the attention that comes with playing at the FBS level.

The former Ridge View standout had a largely productive career entering 2021. He’d notched 108 tackles in 38 appearances. He started eight of 10 games in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign.

This year, though, has been different.

It was Staley’s interception return for a touchdown that sparked South Carolina’s comeback at East Carolina. He added his second pick and a fumble recovery in the victory over Troy. Staley even added his first sack of the year when he crushed Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak on Saturday.

“Like coach always says, tips and overthrows, you gotta get those,” Staley said of his interception at ECU. “We take a lot of pride in it.”

South Carolina’s defense has had its moments this fall. It held Florida to just 82 yards rushing two weeks ago. It currently leads the Southeastern Conference in takeaways. It has also only allowed more than 260 pass yards once in a game this season.

On Saturday, gun-slinging signal-caller T.J. Finley comes to Columbia leading an Auburn offense that will be without starting quarterback Bo Nix for the rest of the season. Finley last appeared against USC when he was still at LSU, torching the Gamecocks defense on 17-of-21 passing for 265 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Tigers’ 52-24 win in Baton Rouge.

Staley and the linebacking corps will also have their hands full with Auburn running back Tank Bigsby. The former South Carolina recruiting target ranks seventh in the SEC in rushing with just under 800 yards this season. Bigsby’s nine rushing touchdowns also are tied for sixth in the league.

For a unit that has struggled to stop the run, Staley’s play ought to factor in directly with how well Bigsby can find holes.

“Damani is definitely a cat who came out of his shell this year,” edge rusher Kingsley “JJ” Enagbare said on Tuesday. “He’s been more of a vocal leader and has been way more animated.”

“He came out of nowhere with how he’s playing,” Pickens added. “And I’m really happy for him.”

Staley, by all preseason accounts, was never expected to play 70 or more snaps in seven of the past eight games. Prior to Greene’s injury, he never appeared for more than 27 plays in a game, per Pro Football Focus. But now having earned a slot in the center of South Carolina’s defense, the son of a Gamecock legend is forging his own path.

Damani Staley has avoided the limelight as long as he could. Now it’s finding him.

This story was originally published November 18, 2021 7:40 AM.

Girls on the Run Upstate SC caps fall season with annual 5K

SPARTANBURG — Girls on the Run Upstate SC will hold its annual fall 5K on Nov. 20, a celebratory and non-competitive event for girls who completed the organization’s eight-week program.Girls on the Run has 28 program sites in schools and community centers across the Upstate. Girls from Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Pickens and Spartanburg counties will participate.“This event is the culmination of the program,” said Mary Ann Cleland, the council director for Girls on the Run Upstate SC. “The girls...

SPARTANBURG — Girls on the Run Upstate SC will hold its annual fall 5K on Nov. 20, a celebratory and non-competitive event for girls who completed the organization’s eight-week program.

Girls on the Run has 28 program sites in schools and community centers across the Upstate. Girls from Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Pickens and Spartanburg counties will participate.

“This event is the culmination of the program,” said Mary Ann Cleland, the council director for Girls on the Run Upstate SC. “The girls have been preparing all season long to run a 5K event, and they’ve been doing physical activity and building up their laps with teams at their schools.”

Cleland expects 1,000 people at that event, which will be run on the USC Upstate campus.

The goal of the organization is to give girls confidence and the life skills necessary to reach their individual goals. Volunteer coaches and site liaisons teach the organization’s curriculum in schools and community centers. Programming for the fall season started in September, and the 5K event allows the girls to celebrate the work they’ve done.

“The girls also get to experience a tangible sense of accomplishment from setting this goal that seems impossible at the beginning of the season,” Cleland said, “and now they’re able to realize that awesome feeling of accomplishing the run of the 5K event.”

Registration for the spring season opens Jan. 3, 2022.

Palmetto Proactive is supporting the 5K events for a second year.

“We like to support anything health-related and youth-related in the community that gets the community together,” said Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay, co-founder and CEO of Palmetto Proactive Healthcare.

Palmetto Proactive provides direct primary care at five clinics across South Carolina.

Dr. Chris McCarthy, co-founder and chief medical officer of Palmetto Proactive, was moved to continued to support the organization after a patient talked about how the Girls on the Run helped pay for her daughter to participate.

“She then went on to describe how her daughter really loves to run and is actually good at it,” McCarthy said. “It’s her escape from life’s stressors and has helped her be more happy and healthy.”

Runners will start at the USC Upstate Health Education Complex, located at 300 N. Campus Blvd. in Spartanburg. The two-lap run around the campus begins at 9:30 a.m. Each girl will be paired with a running buddy on the course for safety and encouragement.

Pickens school chair on remote decision: We 'gained attention in a professional manner'

State legislators, and the state's Supreme Court, paid attention when the School District of Pickens County went remote for a week, school board chair Shannon Haskett said.He spoke at a regular Monday meeting, the first public forum since school suddenly moved remote for a week as COVID cases surged among staff and students at rates higher than the January peaks.The meeting occasionally resembled a real-life Facebook comments section with a handful of the dozens inside the board meeting room arguing with each oth...

State legislators, and the state's Supreme Court, paid attention when the School District of Pickens County went remote for a week, school board chair Shannon Haskett said.

He spoke at a regular Monday meeting, the first public forum since school suddenly moved remote for a week as COVID cases surged among staff and students at rates higher than the January peaks.

The meeting occasionally resembled a real-life Facebook comments section with a handful of the dozens inside the board meeting room arguing with each other with as board members gave a wide leeway.

Several of the arguments were about masks. The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control have both supported mask policies in schools.

Dozens of chairs and a TV were set up outside the board building to handle a large crowd and also to give an open-air space, the chairs outside were mostly empty by the time the meeting finished.

It was the first time parents could confront or compliment the board in public since the sudden decision to go remote and the board heard praise and criticism for the decision. Board members said they had gotten hundreds of phone calls and emails since the decision to go remote.

At one point in the meeting a man shouted "cases don't mean anything," as a district spokesman was giving an update on COVID statistics for the school district.

Haskett said the district's size and status as one of the first districts to return as well as its reputation for having state-leading in-person school last year meant that the governor and other state officials took note of the remote week.

The district sent students to school in-person 80% of the year last year.

The remote week was a major step, the largest district in the state to go back to school early went digital just days before most of the state's students returned for the first time.

The city of Columbia is being sued by the state's attorney general over the city's school mask mandate, which the top prosecutor says is a violation of a state budget requirement that forbids school spending on mask requirements.

Districts have been grappling with various measures to deal with the delta variant in schools and with new state rules that may restrict COVID measures schools would consider.

"There should be a decision, possibly this week, by the state Supreme Court," Haskett said, while talking about various restrictions state legislators had put on schools prior to the delta variant's emergence in South Carolina.

Going to remote learning for a week meant burning all of the allowable e-Learning days for the school year, Haskett said. He did not talk about what would happen if the district needed even one more e-Learning day.

That decision was not lost on state leaders, Haskett said.

The decision was foremost about safety, Haskett said, giving the district time for new plans and hopefully curbing what had been steeply rising cases.

One high school student was put into an ambulance shortly before the decIsion to go remote, board member Brian Swords said. Several students and staff members have been hospitalized due to COVID, according to the district.

One employee remains hospitalized on a ventilator, district spokesman Darian Byrd said Tuesday.

One of those students shared a class with Swords' child and the board member said he understand concerns that the percentage of infections in the district is low but each case is a child.

The district has about 268 students and 41 staff who have tested positive and have not either recovered or finished a quarantine time period. That's about 1.6% of students and 1.7% of staff. Twice as many staff are on quarantine due to potential exposure and about 717 students.

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Attention without lawsuits

The decision, made for safety reasons, also got attention from state leaders without lawsuits, Haskett said.

"It gained attention in a professional manner without breaking the law," he said.

The district would likely not be working on a mask requirement since that would violate state rules and set a bad example in attempting to defy existing rules, Haskett said.

He and several other board members pushed for changes to the rules.

Several school board members defended the decision to go remote, calling it a necessary pause that gave staff enough time to come up with alternate plans and to halt what had been a dramatic rise in COVID cases.

Cases have risen even with the remote learning, but at a slower pace.

The district had more positive COVID tests in August than at the pandemic's January peak. There was a higher percentage of cases among students than among people who live in Pickens County, crossing a threshold that legislators and public health officials have cited for the past year.

The district leaders had previously agreed to make decisions about remote learning every three weeks. . The board also during the meeting agreed to meet every Monday for the next month, at least remotely.

Mike Ellis tells South Carolina stories with a focus on Easley, Powdersville and Pickens County along with faith and religion. He's always looking for the next story that people need to read, please send any tips or feedback to mellis@gannett.com

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