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Daily Archives: 08/01/2017

The boys are back

Rhe Senior League Baseball  World Series kicked off at the J.B. “Red” Owens Complex in Easley on Saturday with three games and the honoring of Easley’s own 1986 Senior League state champions, left. At press time Tuesday, the S.C. District 1 host team, composed entirely of Easley High School players, had a 1-1 record with a rematch with the U.S. Southwest team looming. The tournament will continue through Saturday, when the U.S. pool champion and international pool champion will square off in an ESPN-televised championship game at 8 p.m. For more, visit SLBWS.org. Kerry Gilstrap/Courier

 

Liberty set to get new mayor

COUNTY — The city of Liberty is set to get a new mayor this year, as the seat is one of just three contested races in municipal elections across Pickens County this fall.

Incumbent Liberty mayor Eric Boughman did not throw his name into the

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Conservation group files appeal of Glassy Mountain project

PICKENS — Local conservation organization Upstate Forever has filed an appeal and a request for pre-litigation mediation in Pickens County circuit court in response to a decision by the Pickens County Planning Commission to approve a development at the base of the Glassy Mountain Heritage Trust Preserve in Pickens County.

Upstate Forever’s goal is to have the proposal remanded back to the

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Easley commits to greenway funding

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Plans for the Brushy Creek Greenway are moving forward in Easley, but have hit a couple of snags.

Easley City Council members received an update on the project during their

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Midnight madness

With last Friday as the first day high schools could begin football practice for the 2017 season in South Carolina, first-year Pickens head coach Chad Smith didn’t take long to put his players through the paces, as the Blue Flame began their preseason practice schedule with a “midnight madness” practice that began at 12:01 a.m. Pickens and the other three county high schools will officially kick off the season in Week 0 on Aug. 18.

 

Former elementary school set to get new lease on life

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A.R. Lewis Elementary School served generations of young students before its closure.

Though no longer an elementary school, the facility, now known as A.R. Lewis Opportunity School, will continue to serve the community, helping students return to the classroom.

“There’s a lot of good things that have gone on under this roof for years — and a lot of good things are going to continue to go on here,” school board chairman Phillip Bowers said

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PHS alumni volleyball match set for Friday

PICKENS — The annual Pickens High School alumni volleyball match is planned for this week.

All former PHS players are encouraged to put on their spandex, lace up their shoes and show up to scrimmage the 2017 Lady Blue Flame.

Those who can’t play are also urged to attend to show support for Pickens and new coach Rikki Owens.

Admission is free for the scrimmage, which will run from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

 

Grief support group begins in Central

CENTRAL — An eight-week grief support group for adults will meet at 6 p.m. on Mondays starting Aug. 7 for eight weeks at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central.

Issues to be discussed include: understanding your loss, dealing with misconceptions of grief, exploring your feelings of loss, how to nurture

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Pickens Recreation hosts cheer camp

The Pickens Recreation Department held its 2017 cheer camp on Saturday, July 29. According to organizers, 41 cheerleaders and their coaches  participated. Foothills Gymnastics and Cheer Center from Easley conducted this year’s camp. Kaitlyn James, right, was awarded The Most Spirit Award, chosen by the instructors from Foothills.

 

Hiott heads offshore drilling committee

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Rep. Davey Hiott of Pickens will be heading up a committee to

Rep. Davey Hiott

explore an energy policy that could have long-reaching implications for South Carolina.

Hiott is chairing a committee that will be discussing offshore drilling in South Carolina. Hiott serves as the chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs committee.

He spoke of the committee’s work during a Pickens United meeting held Monday.

“President Trump lifted the ban on offshore drilling in all 50 states,” Hiott said. “They’re telling us that South Carolina

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