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Monthly Archives: March 2017

County faces $30M suit in ash fight

By Justin Lee Campbell
Courtesy The Journal

justin@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — Attorney Gary Poliakoff told Pickens County Council last week that the county’s position is “just and right” in MRR Pickens’ $30 million lawsuit against the county.

Poliakoff, of Poliakoff and Associates, which represents the county, updated council

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‘A ray of sunshine on dark days’

Easley Army mom collecting Hawaiian shirts for soldiers

EASLEY —

n effort to provide a bit of colorful fun to soldiers deployed overseas has nearly reached its goal.

The Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers effort is a project that Army mom Gwen Pollard and Army sister Lauren Gilstrap have been working on.

Pollard’s son, Cpl. Russell “Rusty” Carter, who is from Pickens County, serves with the 101st Airborne Division, Pollard explained in a release about the project.

“Since becoming a soldier, he has only

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Man on trial for deadly stabbing

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — Two different pictures of Clemson resident Michael Taquarius Rencher were painted Monday before a jury of 10 women and two men selected for his voluntary manslaughter trial at the Pickens County Courthouse.

David Cantrell said his client was an innocent victim in the Sept. 11, 2014, incident at Goldenwoods Apartments off Creekside Drive in Clemson that resulted in the stabbing death of Cameron Ray Flores.

“Michael Rencher was in a place not of his own choosing, with people not of his own choosing, who, when he came inside, things happened that Michael did not start or create,” Cantrell said. “What Michael did was fight for his life and flee for his life. There was no argument. Michael Rencher did not go to

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Easley eyeing SC biz license bills

Proposed legislation could have impact on city’s coffers

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Easley officials worry about the impacts two bills currently being considered by the state legislature could have on the city’s finances.

City administrator Stephen Steese spoke about the bills during Easley City Council’s March meeting. A resolution “opposing the adoption of bills H. 3650 and H. 3651,

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SWU to host Area 14 Special Olympics

Southern Wesleyan University will host the Area 14 Special Olympics next month.

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University will again host the Area 14 Special Olympics on Wednesday, April 5, at the Joe R. Gilbert Track and Field at the Central campus.

The surrounding community is invited to join SWU faculty, staff, students and

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Liberty receives grant for rec projects

Rep. Davey Hiott recently presented Liberty Recreation director Tony Boiter with a check for $40,000. The money came from a grant Hiott helped obtain to be used for several recreation projects in Liberty. Pictured, from left, are Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark, Hiott, Boiter and Liberty mayor Eric Boughman. “On behalf of myself, Tony Boiter and the city of Liberty, I would like to offer sincere thanks to Rep. Davey Hiott and our sheriff, Rick Clark, for helping obtain $40,000 in grant funds for several projects in recreation that have needed to be completed for a long time,” Boughman said. “We appreciate the support of our programs and the kids that participate in recreation sports.”

 

Easley martial arts center to host fundraiser for teen’s family

EASLEY — Hank Ballard, a 13 year-old Easley resident and former student of E.S. Moon’s Martial Arts, died last week after a struggle with depression and being the victim of bullying.

This Saturday, April 1, E.S. Moon’s Martial Arts will be hosting a break-a-thon fundraiser in honor of Ballard. A break-a-

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Events planned to support PCMOW

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — A familiar face spoke before Easley City Council members during their March meeting.

Former Easley City Councilwoman Kim Valentin is now the development and fundraising coordinator for Pickens County Meals on Wheels.

She spoke about PCMOW’s mission and its upcoming events during the council

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Mogge wins bee

Pictured with Six Mile Elementary principal Melissa Terry, Andrew Mogge recently won the school’s geography bee to qualify for the state bee.

 

Easley honors Lions

The Easley Lions Club was chartered on March 15, 1939. On Thursday, March 23, the club was honored with a Proclamation celebrating Lions International’s 100th anniversary. The Easley club has been a part of the organization for more than 75 years. The Easley Lions were founded by P.D.G. Lambright. Principal Jim Brice of Easley High School was elected the first president. Charter members included W.A. Allgood, Henry K. Bell, Jim Brice, Sidney L. Britton, S. Clyde Cantrell, J.W. Ellison, W.H. Farr, George C. Hagood Sr., Elmer D. Heard, John D. Hettrick, W. Woodrow Hopkins, Dr. Robert Jeanes, DMD, Wayne C. Johnson, R. Abner Jones, J.B. King, J.B. McAlister, W. Taylor Odell, Oree Parrish, Stateas R. Robinson, Thurman M. Rogers, J. Henry Sitton, Bardave R. Spearman, Woodrow W. Whitmire and Dr. H.S. Williams. Pictured above, Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell presents a signed proclamation to Lion Tamer Bill Whitlock, accepting for the Easley Lions Club.

 


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