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Daily Archives: 08/08/2017

Strength from above

More than 60 police officers and other emergency officials gathered for the second annual first responders prayer and appreciation rally at Café Connections in Pickens on Thursday, according to organizers. The turnout was more than double the number of first responders from the event’s first year. Local residents joined the first responders after breakfast for an 8:30 a.m. prayer session, and all first responders were presented with a gift bag to thank them for their service. Above, Rep. Davey Hiott and Sheriff Rick Clark bow their head in prayer at the event. Courtesy photos

 

Police say charges possible in fatal wreck

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A Central man died in a car accident early Sunday morning.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Abraham Abdallah Balawi, 20, of Ranch House Road, died at the scene of the accident.

The accident occurred at 4:45 a.m. Sunday on Alex Lane, near O’Dell Street,

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Pickens man dies days after crash

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Pickens man died suddenly Aug. 2, just days after being involved in a car accident.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Jerry Thomas “JT” Wood Jr., of

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Football season starts next week

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Daniel’s Cody Barnes carries the ball against Walhalla during the Bojangles’ Golden Corner Football Jamboree at Seneca High School on Saturday night.

COUNTY — With the high school football season set to begin next Friday night, local teams will spend this week getting in their final preparations.

The biggest event of the week is set to be the Green Wave Jamboree at Easley High School, scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The first half of action will feature Greer taking on West-Oak, then Liberty

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SWU basketball court named for Wimphrie

CENTRAL — At the end of the 2017-18 season, Southern Wesleyan University head men’s basketball coach Charles Wimphrie will retire after more than 30 seasons of coaching a Warrior athletic program.

Coaching for Wimphrie has been about a commitment to the transformation of the student-athletes who have played for him. A successful basketball

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LHS moving to 3A in 2018

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

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STATE — The South Carolina High School league has released its proposed class and region realignments for the 2018-2020 seasons, and some Pickens County teams will be affected in a big way.

The most radical change for the local teams belongs to Liberty High School,

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Police: Central woman had sex with teen

OCONEE COUNTY — A Central woman is charged with criminal sexual conduct after investigators said she engaged in “inappropriate sexual conduct” with a 15-year-old male.

Angelene Francesca Nicole McAnulty, 25, of Brock Street, is charged with

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Kimberly Hampton memorial being planned in Easley

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — An effort is underway to place a monument and memorial to U.S. Army Capt. Kimberly Hampton on the grounds of the library that bears her name.

An Easley native, Hampton died on Jan. 2, 2004, after her helicopter was shot down on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq. She was 27 years old.

Hampton was the first female pilot to be killed by hostile fire in U.S. history and the first female from South Carolina to die in combat in Iraq.

Pickens County Council members briefly discussed the monument/memorial during a called council meeting

Monday evening.

A resolution about the memorial was on the agenda.

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Clemson’s Skardon to celebrate 100

CLEMSON, South Carolina — Clemson University will celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus and professor emeritus Col. Ben Skardon Friday. Skardon reached one century of life July 14.

A private lunch will be held at noon in which Skardon, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, will be presented with several local, state and national honors. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., are scheduled to be there.

The public is invited to a celebration at 4 p.m. on Williamson Road in front of Memorial Stadium, between gates 1 and 5. Guests can sign birthday cards, briefly greet Skardon and have refreshments.

A short ceremony, emceed by Clemson Alumni Association President Col. Sandy Edge, will begin at 4:30. Edge will recap the honors presented to Skardon earlier in the day and direct several more presentations, followed by a musical tribute.

Well-wishers will be able to tour several meaningful sites in the stadium and

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SWU holds first triathlon camp

CENTRAL ­­— Southern Wesleyan University held its first Youth Triathlon Camp July 31 through Aug. 3 on its Central campus, introducing youngsters in elementary through middle-school ages to the triathlon lifestyle.

The campers got a taste of what it means to be a triathlete while going through bicycling and running drills. They also had a day to focus on swimming drills at

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