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Daily Archives: 07/04/2017

Humane Society on the brink

$70K cut could close animal shelter

By Justin Lee Campbell
Courtesy The Journal

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COUNTY — The Pickens County Humane Society is at risk of having to close its doors by the end of the year, according to its director.

Pickens County Council cut funding for the Humane Society in the new budget council passed earlier this month. Director Samantha Gamble said the $70,000 the county has given PCHS the last five years is 35 percent of its total budget.

If the Society can’t make up the deficit, the nonprofit will have to shut down in December.

“If things remain the

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String of deadly wrecks continues

Six killed on county roads in last three weeks

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — A little more than a week after a deadly three-day stretch claimed three lives on Pickens County roads, three more people were killed in separate accidents in the county over two days last week.

The latest death came last Wednesday night, as Pickens County coroner Kandy

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Woman charged in forgery case

EASLEY — S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents arrested an Easley woman last week, more than two years after police say she forged documents for an insurance claim.

Tiffany Dawn Poston, 42, of 113 W. 3rd Ave., was charged with forgery, value less than $10,000, a felony that carries a penalty upon conviction of a fine at the

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Blue Ridge CEO Dalton to retire

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

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PICKENS — After more than three decades calling the shots at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, president and CEO Charles Dalton formally announced last week he’ll be stepping down in January.

Just the second person to hold the utility’s top job in its 77-year history — A.J. “Jud” Hurt led the organization from its founding in 1940 until 1982 — Dalton has overseen tremendous growth over the past 35 years. The cooperative was supplying

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Liberty officials turning focus to ‘big picture’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — In recent weeks, Liberty officials have taken steps to get the city’s budget back in the black and to put the city on the path to creating funding reserves.

City officials will soon begin discussing some long-term goals for Liberty.

During her report to council at the June meeting, city administrator Shirley Hughes

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German company cuts ribbon at commerce park

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

COUNTY — More than 13 months after announcing the move of their North American headquarters to Pickens County, officials with Germany based era-contact USA officially cut the ribbon for their new facility Wednesday.

The company is among the world market leaders in electrical railway couplings, as

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Clemson forecast to have best solar eclipse view in SC

CLEMSON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts Clemson will be one of the U.S. cities most likely to enjoy clear weather during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

The greater Clemson area, and other areas across Oconee and Pickens counties, have a high likelihood of having viewable conditions for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

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Toniette Mathis joins South State Investment Services

COLUMBIA — South State Investment Services announced that Toniette Mathis has joined the Upstate Region as a senior vice president and financial consultant.

With over 15 years of investment management experience, Mathis provides tailored advice and guidance on investments, insurance, retirement planning, tax wise investing, wealth transfer and educational savings plans.

A native of Easley, Mathis earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management with an emphasis in Investments from Clemson University. She also holds her Series 7, 66, 63 and 26 securities licenses at LPL Financial and her S.C. Life, Accident and Health Insurance license.

Focusing on the development and implementation of investment strategies to help clients pursue their immediate and future goals, Mathis follows a disciplined process of

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Changes begin for buying, registering vehicles in SC

STATE — Beginning July 1, people who purchase or register vehicles in South Carolina will owe a new type of fee, replacing the sales tax they’re used to paying.

Due to legislation commonly referred to as the Roads Bill, if you buy or lease a vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, or other automobiles on and after July 1,2017, that will

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Duke Energy outdoor movie night features ‘Rogue One’

UPSTATE — Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station is hosting a free outdoor movie night on Friday, July 15, at its point on Lake Keowee, featuring the latest Star Wars film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Showtime is at 9 p.m.

This is the eighth year Duke Energy has hosted outdoor movies for the community.

“It’s just another popular way we add to Duke Energy’s drive to strengthen our

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