Daily Archives: 07/11/2017

Arson claims old mill

2 boys charged after Cateechee fire

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

NORRIS — Two boys face charges following a fire that destroyed an abandoned mill Thursday.

Commonly known as the Cateechee Mill, the mill is located on Cateechee Trail near the town of Norris.

According to a release from the Pickens County’s Sheriff Office, fire departments responded to the fire at 1:30 p.m. Thursday after an area resident called the sheriff’s office and reported that the building was on fire.

Flames engulfed the entire facility, the release said.

Multiple agencies responded to the call, including the Norris Fire Department,

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New series swings into Easley soon

Senior League World Series set to kick off this month

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The city of Easley is gearing up to host the Senior League World Series.

This will be Easley’s first year hosting the tournament.

Last year, Little League officials decided to focus on providing more opportunities to

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Easley community rallies behind longtime local businessman

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The Easley community is standing by one of its own — “Papa Joe” — during a tough fight.

Joe Lesley, owner of Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor, has stage 4 cancer. It was recently announced that the disease has spread into his bones.

Local residents organized a prayer chain at Lesley’s restaurant on Sunday afternoon.

A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page asked for a big turnout for Lesley.

“Joe needs all of the prayers he can receive for a mighty earthly healing,” the post said.

They got their wish — it was standing room only at Joe’s for the prayer chain, which

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Municipal election candidate filing set to open next week

COUNTY — Candidates interested in running for office in Pickens County’s Nov. 7 municipal elections can file beginning next week.

Filing opens at noon on Tuesday, July 18, and closes at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 1, according to elections officials.

Municipal residents who are interested in becoming candidates will file at the city

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Fire kills woman

EASLEY — A woman died in a house fire in Easley on July 2.

According to a new release from the Easley Fire Department, a call about a residential structure fire with reported entrapment came in just after 2 a.m.

Upon arrival at 551 Pope Field Road, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire

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Gleaning House needs help feeding hungry

By Iva Stratton
Courier staff

PICKENS — There are people in Pickens County going to bed hungry tonight. Gleaning House Ministries is trying to prevent that by helping those in need.

GHM serves 250-300 families each week on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:15 a.m., providing groceries for the needy in our community.

The need for food for families — especially families with children — has grown

tremendously in Pickens County. Many parents have had children with families

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During the summer month’s many student volunteer their time to help those in need at Gleaning House Ministries.

move back in with them. The GHM now serves many families with 8-10 people in the same household.

Financial help is always appreciated. The ministry is a totally faith-based program with an all-volunteer staff. GHM has served those in Pickens County for the last 17 years.

During the summer, the program enjoys the help of many students as volunteers,

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Volleyball camps set to begin soon at Pickens Rec gym

PICKENS — Volleyball Camps at the Pickens Recreation gymnasium are fast approaching.

Those who did not pre-register by July 10 may still register for a session, but should contact the Rec now rather than waiting to sign up the first day of camp, according to

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Signs of the times

You may have noticed these signs going up all over Pickens County over the last week promoting First Responder Prayer and Appreciation Week. Katheen Campbell brought one by the Courier office on Friday. The first week of August is South Carolina First Responder Prayer and Appreciation Week. The event is bringing awareness, prayer and appreciation for the men, women and their families who stand in the gap every day providing civilty and safety to our families. Cafe Connections at 319 E. Main St in Pickens is having another prayer appreciation breakfast and prayer for all first responders. Last year was a great turnout, and all are hoping for an even bigger one this year. The event is open to the community to attend and pray for first responders and pray over their safety each day as they perform to their duties. In South Carolina, Aug. 3 has officially been declared “SC First Responder Prayer and Appreciation Day.” The event at Cafe Connections on Aug. 3 will start with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast for first responders only, and prayer will be held at 8:30 a.m.


Stettner awarded Silver Palm

Anderson Stettner recently was presented the Boy Scout Silver Palm Award signifying the earning of 15 additional merit badges above the 21 merit badges required for the Eagle rank. He has been a scout for 12 years. He began as a Tiger Cub in first grade with Pack 130. As a Webelos Scout, Stettner obtained the Arrow of Light, the highest honor for a Cub Scout. He became a Boy Scout at the end of fifth grade, joining Troop 37. He achieved the rank of Eagle in Troop 37. Both Pack 130 and Troop 37 are sponsored by Easley First Baptist Church. Stettner recently graduated from Liberty High School. He was a member of the Beta Club, the orchestra and AJROTC. He was the battalion commander of the AJROTC during his senior year.


Post-event results released for 2017 Relay for Life

More than 300 helped save

lives from cancer at RFL

COUNTY –– Nearly 30 teams and more than 200 people participated in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pickens County event on April 29 at Easley High School.

More than $55,000 was raised to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free

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