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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:

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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 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
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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 Pickens. 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 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.

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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 Pickens 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 Pickens.

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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 Pickens, 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 Thomas McCullough, Jr. Date of Death: 08/27/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900397 Personal Representative: Linda McCullough Address: 1403 Mount Tabor Church Rd., Easley, SC 29640

May 18, 25, June 1 Estate: Timothy Dwayne Greathouse Date of Death: 01/03/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900400 Personal Representative: Sherry Greathouse Address: 304 Amsterdam Rd., Liberty, SC 29657 Attorney: Hunter W. Morris Address: 1201 E. Washington St., Greenville, SC 29601

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Miriam Stewart Gilstrap Date of Death: 10/28/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900394 Personal Representative: Glenda A. Porter Address: 207 Le Ann Drive, Easley, SC 29642 Co-Personal Representative: Charlene P. Seaborn Address: 1023 Mossie Smith Road, Easley, SC 29642 Attorney: Peter E. Farr Address: Post Office Box 6648, Columbia, SC 29260

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Jonathan Jesse Bigby, Jr. Date of Death: 2/18/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900231 Personal Representative: Sue Ramey Address: 115 Rameys Drive, Central, SC 29630 Attorney: Randall M. Newton Address: Post Office Box 1539, Clemson, SC 29633

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Steven Canfield Blackburn Date of Death: 02/27/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900398 Personal Representative: John Bradford Blackburn Address: 110 Avalon Park Circle, Apt.301, Mooresville, NC 28117 Attorney: Brian K. James Address: Post Office Box 93, Easley, SC 29641

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Kathleen Galloway Hoxit Date of Death: 02/17/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900404 Personal Representative: Chester Hoxit Address: 101 Selwood Court, Easley, SC 29642 Co-Personal Representative: Belva Jean Fleming Address: 3008 SW 41st Lane, Ocala, Fl 34474 Attorney: James W. Fayssoux, Jr. Address: Post Office Box 10207, Greenville, SC 29603

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Kenneth Richard Foutz Date of Death: 04/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900378 Personal Representative: Lisa Foutz Gantt Address: 156 Fieldcrest Dr., Central, SC 29630

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Dorothy Ann Corley Skelton Date of Death: 04/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900431 Personal Representative: Bobby Joe Skelton, Jr. Address: 15110 Beacon Ridge Drive, Seneca, SC 29678 Attorney: Scott Allmon Address: 1606 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca, SC 29672

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Faye Jennell Kelley Smith Date of Death: 04/09/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900366 Personal Representative: Frank L. Smith Address: 800 Old Cedar Rock Rd., Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Daniel E. Hunt Address: P.O. Box 887, Easley, SC 29641

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Teresa Del Pozzo Caldwell Date of Death: 02/10/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900430 Personal Representative: Grace Caldwell Wilson Address: 105 Edgemont St., Easley, SC 29642 Attorney: Brian K. James Address: Post Office Box 93, Easley, SC 29641

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Wanda June Raymond Date of Death: 04/08/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900428 Personal Representative: Misty Lynn Brackin Address: 110 Sunset Drive, Liberty, SC 29657 Attorney: Adam B. Lambert Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Julia Marie May Date of Death: 06/02/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900427 Personal Representative: Terry Lynn May Address: 300 Pecan Drive, Liberty, SC 29657 Attorney: Brain K. James Address: Post Office Box 93, Easley, SC 29641

May 18, 25, June 1

Estate: Stephanie C. Price Date of Death: 04/27/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900417 Personal Representative: James K. Price Address: 10 Ruskin Square, Greenville, SC 29607

May 18, 25, June 1

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

South Carolina’s 2023 NFL Draft prospects led by Spencer Rattler, Cam Smith

Led by a glut of 2023 NFL Draft prospects, the South Carolina Gamecocks are a sneaky contender to be the surprise team in the SEC this season. With a mixture of transfer portal steals and home-grown stars, Shane Beamer’s squad may have their most successful season in years. Will it turn into one of the program’s most substantial draft hauls next April?South Carolina prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft...

Led by a glut of 2023 NFL Draft prospects, the South Carolina Gamecocks are a sneaky contender to be the surprise team in the SEC this season. With a mixture of transfer portal steals and home-grown stars, Shane Beamer’s squad may have their most successful season in years. Will it turn into one of the program’s most substantial draft hauls next April?

South Carolina prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft

The late 2000s/early 2010s was a prosperous time for South Carolina football as it pertains to the NFL draft. In 2009, led by Jared Cook, the Gamecocks sent seven players to the NFL via the draft. They repeated that number again in 2013, with second-round pick D.J. Swearinger the standout prospect.

While their 2012 class had one less draftee, they had two first-round picks in Stephon Gilmore and Melvin Ingram. South Carolina has had multiple first-round picks since, but they’ve not had more than four draftees in a single class. Could that be about to change in the 2023 NFL Draft? Who are the top Gamecocks prospects to watch this fall?

There’s every chance that Cam Smith follows the path of recent South Carolina cornerbacks as a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Smith had a breakout year as a redshirt sophomore. The heir-apparent to Jaycee Horn showcased his playmaking ability with 11 pass deflections and three interceptions. Smith boasts size, length, and vertical explosion to be a nightmare at the catch point for opposing wide receivers. Unsurprisingly, he plays the game with the same brand of physicality as his former teammate.

Spencer Rattler failed to live up to the QB1 hype from last year during a tumultuous season for Oklahoma. At this point, we’re betting on a new start to revitalize the young quarterback’s career.

The skill set that led to his elevated ranking last year — the arm talent and creative mobility — remains. The question is, can his talent and temperament be nurtured at South Carolina in a way that facilitates the upward trajectory we saw in 2020?

Already earning attention in the 2023 NFL Draft class, the arrival of a (hopefully) competent QB should only elevate Jaheim Bell’s stock. The 6’3″, 230-pound tight end is a hyper-athletic pass-catching weapon. He stretches the field with excellent speed while possessing the releases and route-running sharpness to create separation at any given moment. If he can continue to develop as a blocker — and he’s shown that he possesses the strength to be stellar here — then Bell could contend at the top of the class.

Former Oklahoma TE Austin Stogner was a key component of helping bring Rattler to South Carolina for the 2022 college football season. Now, they’ll look to elevate their 2023 NFL Draft stock together.

Stogner is a versatile tight end who saw multiple alignments during his time with the Sooners. He boasts deceptive athletic ability and proved capable in contested-catch situations. Furthermore, the new South Carolina TE showcases solid blocking ability — both in the ground game and as a pass protector.

Former five-star defensive tackle Zacch Pickens began to deliver on his promising skill set and recruiting standing last season. With five tackles for loss and four sacks, it was by far his most productive season to date.

The South Carolina DT boasts a stout frame at 6’3″ and 305 pounds and has a potent blend of power, low pad level, and genuine athletic capability. He’s fast, flexible, explosive, and strong, with the length to be seriously disruptive. If he can pull that all together this fall, he’ll rocket up 2023 NFL Draft boards come April.

A hyper-productive 2020 campaign for Georgia State made former walk-on Jordan Strachan one of the jewels of the transfer portal last year. After a positive first season with South Carolina where he tallied six tackles for loss and snagged his first career interception, can Strachan push on as a 2023 NFL Draft prospect?

Strachan showcases a good first step, quick hands, the flexibility to bend around the edge, and plays with a hot motor. If he can add strength to his game he has the potential to be a pass-rushing 3-4 OLB in the NFL.

Entering his sixth season of college football, Devonni Reed transferred to South Carolina following the most productive season of his Central Michigan career. He’s already proven his mettle against SEC completion, snagging his only career pick-six against LSU.

Reed is a 6’0″, 195-pound safety who was under-recruited due to his size but certainly plays bigger when you watch the tape. He hits with genuine ferocity and flashes excellent play diagnosis and closing speed against the run. Reed could be in for a big year.

Primed for ascension last fall, a back injury that required surgery limited Dylan Wonnum to just six starts. The South Carolina offensive tackle has a slender build at 6’5″ and 305 pounds, but don’t let that fool you. He boasts excellent play strength alongside impressive fundamentals as a pass protector.

Wonnum also has left and right tackle experience, proving truly versatile. As long as he remains healthy and keeps Rattler upright, Wonnum should attract attention in the 2023 NFL Draft.

While South Carolina’s tight end room is impressive, it’s wide receiver Josh Vann who could be Rattler’s go-to guy this season. The 5’11”, 190-pound pass catcher had something of a breakout year last fall with 679 receiving yards at 15.8 yards per catch despite an abysmal QB situation. Vann is surprisingly physical despite coming in under 6’0″ and possesses one of the most solid pairs of hands in college football. Vann also showcases enough wiggle to create separation and add value after the catch.

Could this be the year that Jordan Burch lives up to his high school billing? The former five-star hasn’t always sat atop the Gamecocks’ depth chart but is primed for a big year that should see him establish himself amongst the 2023 NFL Draft class.

At 6’6″, 275 pounds, Burch is an imposing figure to contend with off the edge. As you’d expect, he’s strong and physical. However, he also possesses explosion, fluidity, and flexibility as an athlete. His 61-yard pick-six against Eastern Illinois is a great example of his insane athleticism.

After four years with Wake Forest, Christian Beal-Smith heads to South Carolina looking to assert himself on an impressive 2023 NFL Draft running back class. The Gamecocks have to replace 240 lost carries and over 1,200 lost rushing yards following Kevin Harris’ and Zaquandre White’s departure to the NFL.

It’s easy to class the 5’10”, 200-pound rusher as a “power back” with his ability to grind out yardage with lower body strength. However, he also showcases vision and good footwork to complement that skill set.

With all eyes on Rattler, the South Carolina offensive line is going to be under intense scrutiny this fall. For Vershon Lee, that should give him an opportunity to emerge as a 2023 NFL Draft guard prospect.

The 6’4″, 309-pound starting left guard also has tackle experience. He boasts the frame, length, and athleticism to thrive on the interior while showcasing the football intelligence that separates the great from the good at the position.

With Jaylan Foster’s departure, Brad Johnson is the most productive returning player to South Carolina for the upcoming season. The 6’2″, 238-pound linebacker tallied 74 tackles last fall, including four for loss and 2½ sacks. He also secured an interception.

The sixth-year senior displays good play recognition ability and always seems to be around the floor. Meanwhile, Johnson also showcases some explosion and speed coming downhill both against the run and also as a blitzing LB. Johnson is also a reliable tackler.

While Beal-Smith might be the more well-known name on South Carolina’s roster this fall, don’t discount MarShawn Lloyd from making an impact in the upcoming season. Lloyd’s only a redshirt sophomore having missed the 2020 campaign with a torn ACL, but he showed flashes of potential last year.

The 5’9″, 212-pound RB has a nice blend of physicality and finesse, with some elusiveness to his game. A solid season could see him earn 2023 NFL Draft recognition.

A very productive FCS receiver for James Madison, Antwane Wells Jr. tallied 1,853 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns in just 22 games for the Dukes. With his transfer to South Carolina, he has the opportunity to put his name into the national spotlight as a potential 2023 NFL Draft prospect.

Wells has an exciting blend of speed, size, and physicality. Boasting impressive ball-tracking skills, the former JMU pass catcher is a menace at the catch point with reliable hands that can pluck the ball out the sky.

Another product of the transfer portal, Corey Rucker heads to South Carolina off an impressive second season for Arkansas State. The third-year pass catcher tallied 826 yards and nine touchdowns for the Red Wolves last fall.

At 6’0″ and 203 pounds, he has the size and physicality to be impactful at the catch point. Meanwhile, he poses an after-the-catch threat with some twitchiness and elusiveness for his size. If he can conjure up an equally productive campaign at the SEC level, Rucker could rocket up 2023 NFL Draft boards.

Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft and College Football Analyst for Pro Football Network. Check out the rest of his work here, and you can find him on Twitter: @ojhodgkinson.

SCDNR offers courtesy boat inspections for holiday weekend

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the law enforcement division will offer boat inspections at public landings to prepare for Memorial Day weekend.The SCDNR said officers will perform a quick and thorough inspection to verify boaters have the required safety equipment and boat & motor registration for their watercraft before launching.Inspections are voluntary and not required, officers said.According to the SCDNR, boaters that agree to be inspected will not be fo...

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the law enforcement division will offer boat inspections at public landings to prepare for Memorial Day weekend.

The SCDNR said officers will perform a quick and thorough inspection to verify boaters have the required safety equipment and boat & motor registration for their watercraft before launching.

Inspections are voluntary and not required, officers said.

According to the SCDNR, boaters that agree to be inspected will not be found in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements.

Officers said boaters will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspection but will have the opportunity to correct any boat issues before launch.

The SCDNR said officers will also be available to answer questions and give boater tips on how to stay safe on the water.

Memorial Day weekend courtesy boat inspections will be held on the following dates:

May 28

Horry County

Johnnie Causey Landing from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lexington County

Lake Murray Dam from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

York County

Ebenezer Park – Lake Wylie from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

May 29

Anderson County

River Forks Boat Ramp – Lake Hartwell from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Berkley County

Cypress Garden from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Clarendon County

Alex Harvin Landing – Lake Marion from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Darlington County

Easterling Landing – Lake Robinson from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fairfield County

Molly Creek Landing – Lake Wateree from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Greenwood County

Greenwood State Park – Lake Greenwood from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

May 30

Beaufort County

Lemon Island Boot Ramp from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Charleston County

Wapoo Cut Landing – ICW from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

McCormick County

Dorn Landing – Lake Thurmond from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Pickens County

Twelve Mile Landing – Lake Hartwell from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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ACI Plastics South establishing operations in Pickens County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ACI Plastics South, a thermoplastics processor and recycler, today announced plans to establish operations in Pickens County. The company’s $4 million investment will create 21 new jobs.

For more than 35 years, ACI Plastics South has been known for its separation technologies for paint removal and instrument panels, as well as density, electrostatic and optical separation.

Located at 225 Ruhamah Road in Liberty, ACI Plastics South’s Pickens County operations will include the recovery of post-industrial/pre-consumer scrap plastics from molders throughout the Southeast. The company will initially provide size reduction (granulation) and proprietary separation processes. ACI Plastics South plans to later add blending, density separation, pelletizing and post-consumer processing capabilities at the facility.

Operations are online. Individuals interested in joining the ACI Plastics South team should email the company.

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“We are pleased to expand the size of our operation in South Carolina. The 138,000-square-foot building on 51 acres will allow us to significantly grow over the next decade. The access to a solid workforce, the Port of Charleston and nearby customers made this investment a key part of ACI’s future.” -ACI Plastics President Scott Melton

“South Carolina is home to more than 300 recycling companies, and today we are delighted that ACI Plastics South is adding to that roster. I applaud the company for their new operations in Pickens County and look forward to partnering with this sustainability-focused company for years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s robust recycling industry has an annual economic impact of more than $13 billion on our economy, and, today, we celebrate the latest addition to that thriving sector. I offer my congratulations to ACI Plastics South and look forward to the positive impact they will make in Pickens County and beyond.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Pickens County Council is proud to welcome ACI Plastics South, the industry leader in separating even the most difficult plastics, to our county. Our skilled local workforce is consistently an asset sought out by top-tier companies such as ACI, and we are pleased that ACI found the perfect site location to meet their needs here in the Liberty community.” -Pickens County Council Chairman Chris Bowers

Did a Blogger Bring Waffle House to Pickens, South Carolina?

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — From the globe lights to the glowing yellow roof with a familiar name, Waffle House is a Southern staple wrapped in nostalgia.Right behind Georgia, the state Waffle House began in after two neighbors opened the first restaurant in 1955, South Carolina has the second-highest concentration of restaurants per person....

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — From the globe lights to the glowing yellow roof with a familiar name, Waffle House is a Southern staple wrapped in nostalgia.

Right behind Georgia, the state Waffle House began in after two neighbors opened the first restaurant in 1955, South Carolina has the second-highest concentration of restaurants per person.

While Easley and Central have the classic restaurant, food blogger Brooke Carman has been pushing for one in Pickens through her social media pages “The Pickens Foodie.”

The official Waffle House Facebook account commented on one of Carman’s posts, saying a Pickens location has been on their radar.

Waffle House is still in the process of determining the possibilities with no current schedule, spokesperson for Waffle House Njeri Boss said in an email.

“We enjoy engaging with our customers and fans on social media when we are able to do so,” Boss said.

While they might hide a secret or two in plain sight like how the cooks mark the orders they cook, the company does not share real estate strategies, Boss said.

Carman said staff at the Easley Waffle House have messaged her saying a Pickens location is coming, so she counts her work as a success.

We may never know if it was Brooke Carman who encouraged a Waffle House to come to Pickens. But there is no doubt she’s making a mark on the Pickens food scene.

On March 21 at lunchtime, Carman was waiting in line at Rivyve Juice Bar Bistro & Boutique when someone asked her if she was “The Pickens Foodie.”

Yes, she said with a smile.

After she ordered a smoothie bowl, she ran into someone she was in daycare with as a child, who asked about her blog and congratulated her on how popular it has gotten.

The county, sandwiched between Greenville and Seneca, is known for Table Rock State Park and scenic Highway 11.

“It’s a nice place to live where you can just sit back and relax and appreciate the slower pace of things,” Carman said. She usually samples Pickens shops as incognito as possible while wearing a fluorescent yellow vest and muddy boots, she said.

A typical day for Carman takes her all over the county as a utility locator. When it gets close to her lunch break she starts skimming around for a place to try and by noon she’s chowing down at a local spot.

“I enjoy going to different restaurants in the area and like (to) help promote them,” Carman said. “There are good places to eat in the area.”

She never thought taking photos at local places would get the attention it has.

With over 9,500 followers on her Facebook page, when Carman posts a photo, like a bagel from Bee Well Honey Natural Market & Coffee Shop, her followers are quick to try it, staff say.

“I think her blog is awesome for our small little town and any time someone mentions her blog, everyone knows what it is,” Pickens native Kamryn Dyches said.

Dyches recently tried El Agave because of a post on The Pickens Foodie. She said the small restaurant in downtown Pickens could have been overlooked but now she knows a place to get great chicken tamales, she said.

Caleb Greene started making fruitcakes a few years ago because of an inside joke. His friend ate his dad’s whole fruit cake one day so naturally Greene decided to bake him one for Christmas.

“So, I thought it was hilarious that a 15-year-old boy had eaten the whole thing, and I needed a Christmas gift for him, so I baked one,” Greene said. “They went nuts over it, and I really liked it, too.”

At first he started selling a few dozen one-pound cakes, but after a friend told Carman to try one and she posted about it on her page, he was able to ramp up production and made 200, Greene said.

“A friend told the Foodie she should try one, and she loved it, too, and it really took off,” he said.

Carman and her 13-year-old son have memories at Waffle House that go back to when he was a toddler. He’d wear a hat from the staff that said “Waffle House Prince” while eating his waffles shaped like Mickey Mouse.

“That’s why Waffle House is so special,” she said.

Another thing she loves about Waffle House is its flexible hours and casual atmosphere that welcomes anyone at any time.

On a Monday afternoon, the Easley location was bustling with eight workers and was half full with a couple people stopping by on their lunch break, a dad and young daughter on a date and three friends off of school.

And yes, she can confirm the best time to go to Waffle House is in the middle of the night.

Half of the U.S. is home to more than 1,900 Waffle House locations with a heavier concentration in southern states. California, Michigan and New York are a few of the states that don’t have them.

Georgia, home to the first Waffle House, has the most locations out of any state with a whopping 432 but South Carolina comes in fourth with 171.

And time will tell if Pickens is the 172nd Waffle House in South Carolina.

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