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Monthly Archives: February 2017

County applies for road funding

Money would pay for SC 183 widening, SC 153 extension

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Officials have applied for funding to address improvements on two Pickens County highways.

According to Rep. Neal Collins, Pickens County is applying to

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Officials: New county jail a community collaboration

County breaks ground on new facility

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Officials hope the new Pickens County jail will improve not only the community, but the lives of the offenders the jail houses.

A large crowd gathered on South Catherine Street in Pickens Friday afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new jail.

“We’re very excited

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Man gets 28 years in prison for 2014 killing

PICKENS — A Pickens man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter last Wednesday.

Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Justin Douglas O’Bryant, 29, to 28 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections, 13th Circuit solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a news release.

The charge stems from an altercation on Hannah Road in Sunset on April 12, 2014.

Senior assistant solicitor Doug Richardson presented evidence at the plea hearing that established that O’Bryant and the victim, Michael

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Roper: County not in jeopardy of FOIA lawsuit

By Justin Lee Campbell
Courtesy The Journal

justin@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Council is not in jeopardy of facing a justifiable Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, according to Pickens County attorney Ken Roper.

District 2 councilman Trey Whitehurst warned council last month of a possible lawsuit as a result of Roper’s legal advice. Whitehurst, who represents Central and Six Mile, alleged that councilman Carl Hudson’s motion to suspend the rules and freeze recreation funds during an organizational

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SWU unveils special needs housing project

Rex Brown/Courtesy The Journal

Southern Wesleyan University president Todd Voss speaks Monday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jericho Project, a housing community on the school’s Central campus that will bring together student mentors and those with special needs.

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University, disabilities and special needs boards of Pickens and Anderson counties and

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EHS NJROTC earns first

Easley High School’s Navy JROTC orienteering team competed on Feb. 25 at Richard Russell State Park in T.L. Hanna’s annual orienteering competition, easily taking first place. Easley’s runners on the yellow course were Brandon Marsh, Billy Brown, Steven

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Clemson University awarded $1.2M US Department of Defense contract

CLEMSON — The Clemson University  public health sciences department was awarded a contract of up to $1.2 million from the Department of Defense to study the use of mobile technology and tailored health messaging to educate, assist and motivate patients to become more active in management

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Get ready to go back in time

Third Gathering on Appalachian Life set for Pickens this Saturday

By Thomas Cloer, Jr
Special to the Courier

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COUNTY — What incredible successes were realized with the two previous Gatherings on Appalachia Life. People have not stopped talking about their interest in the different events of those special days.

  The third Gathering on Appalachian Life, a festival of activities is set for this Saturday. The Pickens Community Center (Pickens Senior Center), is the base camp with registration at 8:15 a.m. and first session at 9 a.m. Furman University’s former Mountaineer in Residence, yours truly, and Dennis Chastain, a Pickens native with roots in this area as deep as Appalachian oaks,

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Pickens High junior wins state banner design contest

PICKENS — Izzy Wallace, a junior at Pickens High School, has won a statewide Youth Art Month banner contest sponsored by the South Carolina Art Education Association.

Her design, titled “Creativity from the Mountains to the Coast,” features South Carolina, its neighboring states and the words “United Through Art” to communicate its message.

Wallace’s design was selected from

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Azalea Festival Committee makes donation for Pickens K-9 officer

PICKENS — The Pickens Police Department is proud of its newest officer. The officer will have many responsibilities when her training is complete.

But she doesn’t have a uniform or a gun. She has a collar and an incredibly powerful nose, and she goes by the name Zenia.

The 16-month-old Belgian Malinois is trained in tracking and drug detection, and the Pickens Police Department is proud to have her, as are many civic organizations and groups in the Pickens

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