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Daily Archives: 05/09/2017

Liberty budget may include cuts

LIBERTY — Due to budgetary issues, Liberty officials have some hard decisions to make, but they’re hoping an idea long floated in Pickens County can make the process easier.

Budget plans present city council with two options — eliminating the city’s fire department or eliminating the city’s recreation department.

Council members and city administrator Shirley Hughes discussed the proposals briefly during the May council meeting on Monday. Nothing has been finalized yet.

Plans are currently being discussed by county officials regarding the consolidation of fire departments. Fire district officials were set to discuss the plan further with county council members during a budget

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Man charged after 3 injured in hit and run

CLEMSON — A 25-year-old Seneca man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that sent three people to the hospital early Sunday morning in Clemson.

John Wilson Thompson was charged with hit and run with bodily injury and two counts of hit and run with great bodily injury.

According to Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon, officers were called at around 2:15 a.m. about

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Easley police look for shooting suspect

EASLEY — Easley police officers are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting incident Saturday night.

According to a release issued by Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison, officers responded to a report of a fight

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The power of prayer

A rainy day did not put a damper on the National Day of Prayer across Pickens County last Thursday. Celebrations to mark the event were held across the county, including at Pickens’ Legacy Square, where a  group of local residents gathered to pray for the city, state and nation. Rev. Nath Briley of Pickens Presbyterian Church, above, prayed for South Carolina, while young Carroline Wiklins, left, said a prayer for America’s military and veterans. Rocky Nimmons/Courier

 

JR Automation cuts ribbon on expansion

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JR Automation Technologies vice president Bryan Jones speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the company’s new facility in Liberty last week.

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

LIBERTY — Nearly nine months after officially announcing a $5 million investment in a new 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in the Pickens County Commerce Park, JR Automation Technologies and county officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 2 to celebrate its official opening.

Rather than standing inside the Alliance Pickens headquarters as they did in late August, officials cut the

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VA election set Saturday

COUNTY — Local veterans will be able to go to the polls on Saturday to nominate a candidate to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation for recommendation as the Pickens County Veterans Affairs officer.

The winner of the election, which will feature two candidates in Sherry L. Harris and Doug Olson, will be considered by the legislative delegation to be recommended to the state director of Veterans Affairs. The

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School meal prices not rising next year

By Greg Oliver
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goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — For the first time in recent years, meal prices in the School District of Pickens County won’t be going up next school year.

The Pickens County School Board approved a recommendation from nutrition services director Jenaffer Pitt that meal prices for 2017-18 remain the same as the current school year. That means meals for

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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 this 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.

 

Daniel girls win region track meet

PIEDMONT — The Daniel High School girls won the Region I-4A championship at the region track meet at Wren High School on April 23-24, also taking region athlete and coach of the year honors.

The Daniel girls took first place with 174 points, followed by Wren (79), Pickens (62), Greenville (51) and Belton-Honea Path (28). On the boys’ side, Wren led the way with 123.5 points, followed by Daniel (83),

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What were they thinking?

Does anybody remember Jim and Tammy Bakker? Remember their dogs and their air-conditioned dog houses? The gold hardware in their bathrooms? Or maybe it was gold plated. It has been a long time ago.

The only reason they came to mind is because my Southern Living magazine came in the mail and I was leafing through it.

I read the recipes, Rick Bragg’s pieces in the back and enjoy poring over the garden pages. Also, I enjoy just looking at the beautiful photography.

But this month there was a jarring note. It was not something I was expecting.

Often, they’ll run house plans with pictures of the house.

And there in the magazine was a house plan.

It wasn’t very large. I thought it might be one of the new tiny houses.

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