Daily Archives: 05/16/2017

Teen charged in mother’s killing

Jonathan Caleb Ward, 19, appears at a bond hearing on Thursday, one day after police said he killed his mother at their home on Golden Springs Drive in Liberty.

LIBERTY — A Liberty teen was charged with murder last week in the death of his mother.

Jonathan Caleb Ward, 19, is being held without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center.

According to a warrant, police believe Ward killed his mother, 45-year-old Linda

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School board hears budget proposal

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — The Pickens County School Board was presented with the fiscal year 2018 proposed general fund budget at a recent meeting as the document received first reading on caption and title only with no vote required.

Finance director Clark Webb said total budgeted revenues and transfers for the estimated budget are

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BR Fest raises record amount for local charities

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative officials announced last week that the 20th annual Blue Ridge Fest, held on April 28, raised a record-breaking amount of $215,000 to benefit local nonprofit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Since the event’s inception, Blue Ridge Fest will have given more than $2.5 million to local human help organizations that provide individuals with basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care.

The charities receiving funds in 2017 include Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Collins Children’s Home,

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Issaqueena Festival set for Saturday

SIX MILE — The annual Issaqueena Festival is planned for this Saturday in downtown Six Mile.

Main Street will be closed from Liberty Highway to Six Mile Baptist Church during the festival, which will run from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The festival will feature free inflatables and other activities for children, a car show, plenty of food

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Auxiliary turns 50

The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday at AnMed Health   Cannon. The volunteer organization was founded in 1967. WYFF-4 traffic reporter Brennan McDavid (top right) spoke at the event, as did former AnMed Health Cannon CEO Norman Rentz, current CEO Brandon Clary, auxiliary president Frances Wannamaker (bottom right) and auxiliary charter member Chil Francis. At left, Cannon volunteer Tom Cloer and Rentz look over a scrapbook at the event.

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Harris wins VA election

COUNTY — Sherry L. Harris easily won Saturday’s Pickens County Veterans Affairs officer advisory election.

In the election, which was held to nominate a candidate to recommend to the Pickens County Legislative

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Songs of SC Folk planned for this Saturday in Pickens

PICKENS — At 7 p.m. this Saturday, Steve McGaha will present a concert on Songs of S.C. Folk at the Pickens Community Center, located at 129 Schoolhouse St. in Pickens.

McGaha — a S.C. Folk Heritage Award winner, historian, and musicologist — for many years has researched folk music and particularly S.C. folk music. During the program, McGaha will tell his audience blurbs about these folk songs along with short bios of the original artists.

Joining McGaha onstage will be several Young Appalachian Musicians and YAM alumni along with Friends of McGaha. In addition to being a renowned musicologist, McGaha has been playing, for over 50 years, traditional music and blues on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and clawhammer banjo. Since 2008, he has been a YAM instructor teaching literally hundreds of kids and adults in the YAM after-school and evening programs

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Liberty’s King 1 of 2 local state champs

Liberty High School junior Keyshawn King won his second consecutive Class 2A triple jump state championship on Saturday, one of two Pickens County athletes who won individual state crowns. In the Class 4A girls’ event, Daniel eighth-grader Ally Wilson helped lead the Lady Lions to a second-place overall finish with an individual state championship in the 1,600-meter run. Wilson also earned silver medals in the 800-meter run and as part of the Daniel 4×800-meter relay team. King wrapped up his second straight triple jump championship with his first jump, leaping for 48 feet, 3 inches to break his own school record. He later gained an extra two inches on his fifth jump to break the school record again. King also earned a bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 7.5 inches. Over the summer, King will compete in AAU track and attend the New Balance track meet in Greensboro, N.C., in June. The meet is considered one of the biggest outdoor high school meets in the country.


Baptist Easley Hospital to host Project SEARCH commencement

EASLEY — Baptist Easley, in conjunction with the School District of Pickens County, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation and Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, has partnered with Project SEARCH to help educate students with intellectual and development disabilities.

Project Search will hold its first commencement on Friday, May 19, at noon at the Branham Conference Center, Baptist Easley Hospital with a celebration lunch will be held following in the tent on hospital

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PPCCDC looking for golfers and sponsors for annual golf tourney

PICKENS — Pickens Presbyterian Church Child Development Center’s sixth annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Pickens Country Club. Registration is set for 9 a.m., with a shotgun start getting underway at 9:30 a.m. The Pickens Country Club is located at 1018 Country Club Road in Pickens.

Breakfast will be provided by Bojangles’, and lunch will be provided by Larry Looper’s BBQ after

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