Monthly Archives: July 2017

Train hits, kills man in Clemson

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

CLEMSON — The Pickens County coroner’s office has identified a man struck and killed by a train last week.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said the man was 33-year-old Crisoforo Garcia-Cabrera of Mexico City, Mexico.

Clemson police received a call late Wednesday night that a pedestrian had been struck by a train on a section of track near the Riverpoint Condos.

Kelley said Garcia-Cabrera had been sitting on the tracks when the train approached. He was trying to get off the tracks when he was hit, she said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Kelley said.

Clemson police are still investigating.


Police: Mom stole gun, planned murder-suicide

PICKENS — An Easley woman stole a gun from her parents before killing another woman and her own children as part of a plan to “cause everlasting consequences for her husband,” according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Police also believe 36-year-old Jessica Edens called her husband after killing her two children, then turned the gun on herself.

A review of telephone records indicated Edens had become distraught in the wake of a family court ruling the week of

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Play Ball!!!

The city of Easley’s J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex will host the Senior League Baseball World Series beginning this weekend. The event, which will bring teams of 13-16-year-old players from around the world, will kick off with a free fan fest at 6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Easley, featuring a team walk and introductions, live music and food vendors. The games will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the 1986 Easley all-stars state championship team will be honored prior to the nightcap featuring the S.C. District 1 host team. To read more, Click teh Lifestyle link above. Courtesy photo


Flame schedule midnight football practice

PICKENS — Friday is the first day high school football teams across the state of South Carolina can begin practice for the 2017 season, and new Pickens coach Chad Smith’s Blue Flame are going to get started as quickly as they can.

As in, the first minute possible.

The Blue Flame will kick off their first practice of the season at 12:01 a.m.

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Governor in Easley: Prosperity solution to problems

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants to continue the economic successes his predecessor’s administration was known for.

McMaster spoke last week at a town hall meeting organized by Rep. Neal Collins.

“Without a doubt, Gov. McMaster cares about South Carolina,” Collins said. “I think it comes across in everything that he does.”

Collins said the governor is “an old-school Republican.”

“I know where Gov. McMaster stands,” Collins said. “We actually don’t know each other that well. I’m still relatively new to this arena. But this year, especially, I didn’t have to necessarily go to his office to question where he stood, because I knew just from his past where he stands. That’s

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Clemson researchers instrumental in Doodle Park funding

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Clemson University researchers Charles Chancellor, left, and Paul Gremillion collected data about the Doodle Trail that led to a grant award that will establish Pickens Doodle Park.

By Michael Staton
Clemson University

CLEMSON — A research team from Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department proved crucial to the city of Pickens’ effort to get funds to improve and extend its multi-use Doodle Trail.

The city recently received $500,000 from the Appalachian Regional

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Pickens Knights of Columbus disperse fundraising money

The Knights of Columbus of Council 9576 presented checks to help area organizations on Monday. Above left, Pickens Elementary School’s Lacey Rogers and Donna Harden recieve a check from Phil Cournoyer, co-chairman of the Columbus HOPE Foundation, for the school’s special ed program. Top right, Mounted Ministries’ Cathey Childers Childers is presented a check from Joe Weidemann, co-chairman of the Columbus HOPE Foundation, to sponsor two special needs children in their three-day Hallelujah Summer Horse Camp. Bottom left, Amy Goudelock of Happy Hooves is presented a check from Weidemann to help provide equine assisted learning for Happy Hooves riders with intellectual disabilities. Bottom right, Pickens High School’s Maria Davis is given a check by Cournoyer to work to help students with intellectual disabilities in schooling.

PICKENS — On Monday, The Knights of Columbus of Council 9576 of Pickens presented checks to four entities serving special needs children and adults in Pickens County.

The Knights of Columbus, through the Columbus HOPE Foundation,

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Officials discuss effort to build Korean War Wall of Remembrance at town hall meeting

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Efforts are underway to build a Wall of Remembrance for American men and women who died while serving their country in the Korean War.

Last year, the U.S. House passed a resolution authorizing that a Wall of

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Mountain View Quartet to sing at Pickens Senior Center

PICKENS — The Pickens Senior Center will be the place to be on Saturday, Aug. 12, as the Mountain View Quartet will be performing live.

The quartet is made up of Norman Holliday, Neal Cantrell, Rick Hayes and Mark Pilgrim.

The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Pickens Senior Center front desk Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m. for $5. The center is located at 129 Schoolhouse St. in Pickens.

All the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Pickens Senior Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Pumpkintown Fest officials taking vendor applications

PUMPINTOWN — The 39th Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Oolenoy Community Building in Pumpkintown.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Oolenoy Valley.” Festival activities will include a parade, 160 booths of arts and crafts, music, clogging, activities for the children, BBQ chicken lunch, BBQ sandwiches and other country foods. The festival will start at 9 a.m. with the start of the parade. BBQ lunch will be served starting at noon.

To participate in the arts and crafts show or parade, help with the festival, or get more information, call Buddy Cox at (864) 878-2045.


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