Daily Archives: 05/02/2017

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Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative held its 20th annual Blue Ridge Fest to raise money for charities throughout the Upstate on Friday night, featuring classic cars, music, food and fun for the whole family. Above, Blue Ridge CEO Charles Dalton, right, speaks about Blue Ridge employee Alan Blackmon, left, who was presented with a plaque honoring his role in planning each of the 20 years of Blue Ridge Fest. Blackmon recently had a liver transplant. Below left, attendees check out one of the hundreds of classic cars during the festival’s cruise-in. Below right, The Contours, one of the earliest acts signed to Motown Records, performs at the event. Seemore pictures from the Blue Ridge Fest on our Facebook Page. Just seach Pickens County Courier.


Rikki Owens is new PHS V-ball Coach

PICKENS — Pickens High School has announce Rikki Owens as the school’s new volleyball coach.  Owens has a passion for volleyball and young people.  She teaches special education at Pickens Middle School.

After graduating with honors from Presbyterian College, where she was a four year starter in

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Crash kills Easley man

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — A single-car accident took the life of an Easley man Wednesday.

Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley said Michael Chad Bryant, 37, of Oakvale Drive, was

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Hiker dies after fall at state park

PICKENS — The body of a 57-year-old hiker was found Sunday after he fell from a waterfall at Table Rock State Park the previous day.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Bryant Kevin Church, 57, of Kennesaw, Ga., was hiking with a friend around 12:40 p.m. Saturday when the pair became separated. Pickens

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County council restructures rec funding process

PICKENS — Pickens County Council has established a Recreation Advisory Committee to ensure that county recreation funds are used in a manner that best serves the community, according to a news release issued Monday night.

Through Ordinance No. 535, council voted to establish a process focused on accountability and transparency, the release said.

“The formation of this committee will create a more structured approach that will include an

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Classes, programs offered at Holly Springs Center

Grand opening set for June

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The former Holly Springs Elementary School is once again the center of activity in the community.

The former school is now the Holly Springs Center. Organizers of the nonprofit have a full slate of activities lined up for this summer and beyond.

“We’ve had a lot happen,” Holly Springs Center vice chairman Betty McDaniel said. “Our heads are just swirling.”

The nonprofit will take ownership of the building in June, and volunteers have been hard at work getting the building and grounds ready for all of the planned events, classes and other activities.

“We want to thank all of those people who’ve been helping us out with the workdays and all of

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Record amount of pills collected

COUNTY — Pickens County law enforcement agencies saw a record return at Saturday’s countywide Pill Take-Back Day.

Local residents were encouraged to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, unused and unwanted drugs by turning them over to law enforcement for proper disposal at three local

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Thousands of books for sale this weekend

PICKENS — The Pickens County Literacy Association’s semi-annual used book sale will be held May 5 and 6 at Pickens Presbyterian Church, located at 311 West Main Street.

The sale takes will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

The sale features great prices for hardback and paperback books, children’s books, cookbooks,

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Pickens Concert Choir to perform in spring concert

PICKENS — The spring concert of the Pickens Concert Choir is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, at 7 p.m. in the Pickens Community Center auditorium at 129 Schoolhouse St. in Pickens.

Admission is $5 at the door.

The 26-member choir, under the direction of Carla Padgett, will sing a variety of music in the 45-minute program, including “Agnus Dei” by Samuel Barber, music by Strauss and Dvorak. and a selection of familiar favorites. Solo soprano Maria Kithcart will be sing from “Songs of the Auvergne” by Joseph Canteloube. The public is invited to attend.


Open house set for family who lost home to fire

PICKENS ­— Due to the loss of their home by fire on July 30, 2016, and the rebuilding of their new home, there will be an open house/house warming for Robbie and Robin Eades on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The family will be registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Wal-Mart. The open house will be at 317 Brandy Lane in Pickens.

No formal invitations will be sent out.

The family would love for family and friends to visit and see what God has done.


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