Daily Archives: 10/10/2017

Tornado touches down

Storm leaves damage in wake

No injuries reported, but homes destroyed

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

COUNTY — A tornado touched down in Pickens County on Sunday afternoon, causing damage to homes and power outages, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday.

 Weather officials said the EF2 tornado had winds of 130 mph and was one of four tornadoes that touched down across the Upstate on Sunday.

Pickens County Emergency Management director Denise Kwiatek said homes in the Norris area sustained major damage.

“A lot of it was on Robinson Bridge Road and Jule Merck Road,” Kwiatek said. “It took a lot of time (Sunday night) to get Robinson Bridge Road open, removing a lot of trees.”

Kwiatek added that the American Red Cross arrived Sunday to help residents whose homes were impacted by the tornado.

“No shelters were opened, but the Red Cross gave vouchers to those affected to get them out of the rain and into a warm place,” she said.

Central Fire Chief Ed Reynolds, whose department had two crews responding to the Norris area, said there were at least 20 homes, possibly more, that

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Doodle Park construction on schedule

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Construction of Easley’s newest park remains on schedule.

City administrator Stephen Steese gave an update on Doodle Park during Monday’s October Easley City Council meeting.

“We are at the point now where we’re getting the final items ordered — the playground, the exercise stations, the gazebo,” Steese said. “That’s really what’s going to drive our schedule for completion right now, when they get in and get installed. The contractor’s down to the point

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Community gets look at new SDPC calendar

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Community members had an opportunity Tuesday night to view a proposed calendar for the School District of Pickens County for 2018-19, which calls for teachers to report to school starting Aug. 6 and students to begin their first day of classes Aug. 20.

A public input meeting for the calendar was held at the district office, according to district spokesman John Eby.

Pickens County School Board trustees recently approved first reading of the calendar, which

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Annual Pumpkin Festival Saturday

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PUMPKINTOWN — Around 35,000 people were in town for last year’s Pumpkin Festival, and chairman Buddy Cox expects another big crowd when the event returns this Saturday.

The theme of this year’s festival, sponsored each year by the Pumpkintown Community Club and held in and around the Oolenoy Community Building in Pumpkintown, is “Oolenoy Valley.”

As always, the festival will kick off around 9 a.m. with a parade from the Pumpkintown General Store to the community building.

Cox said visitors should bring an appetite for shopping and for eating when they come to this

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Friday the 13th jam planned at Hagood Mill

PICKENS — All are invited to Hagood Mill for a special jam this Friday night, Oct. 13, from 8:30-11 p.m.

The free event, co-sponsored by the Oolenoy Community Jammers, is open to all musicians (young and old), all ranks (teachers and screechers), pickers, grinners, singers, cloggers, watchers, learners and anyone else who enjoys old-time and bluegrass music.

For more, contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936.


David Rives to be featured at annual PCCLC fundraiser

EASLEY — The Pickens County Christian Learning Centers Inc. Released Time Bible Education Ministry will host its annual fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The event will be held at Rock Springs Baptist Church, located at 207 Rock Springs Road in Easley, and will welcome David Rives.

Rives is the founder of Genesis Science Network, and is a weekly TBN TV show host. As the guest speaker, he will share “Bible Knows Best; learn how to defend your faith.”

The event will be held at the Impact Center at Rock Springs, with a cost of $20 per ticket. For tickets or more information, contact Jim Mullikin at (864) 884-2350 or Brian Hale at (864) 414-0005.


Local Bahá’ís mark bicentennial of the birth of religion’s founder

Easley mayor Larry Bagwell signs a proclamation with William Black, left, and Dr. Jay and Shoaleh Young, right, of Easley, honoring Sunday, Oct. 22, as the bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith.

EASLEY — On Friday, Oct. 6, Easley mayor Larry Bagwell signed a proclamation for the Bahá’ís of Easley proclaiming Oct. 22 as the bicentennial of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

The Bahá’í Faith is the second most widespread religion in the world and the largest minority religion in the state of South Carolina.

Local plans underway include a Light of Unity Bicentennial Celebration, sponsored by the

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Water fountains and other matters

It’s an excellent idea to have public water fountains, because people often feel thirsty when running around the country. After conducting a careful survey and collecting data, it is time to produce a report. The facts in this water fountain report are somewhat accurate, or as some would say, partially correct.

First, not all water fountains are equal, although many of us think they should be.

The term equal refers to in this report the standard of cleanliness, height of the water flow, length of the flow, ease of operation, convenience of location and placement and height of the fountain itself. Also included in this report are quality and temperature of the water.

And although this last standard appears last in the list, this by no means indicates that the

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Courier Letters to the Editor 10-11-17

Applauding The Courier

Dear Editor,

The Oct. 4 Pickens County Courier was really good, as usual.

Olivia Fowler’s article “Champagne days of fall” was excellent. It was a tear jerker — I was crying when I finished reading it. Go Olivia!

The letter to the editor by Alex Saitta about our local council spending money and not managing it was really important. He should have been elected for office. The sound advice he gives in his letters is brilliant and should be adhered to.

Also, Eddie Boggs’ letters are always good, giving honor and praise to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. His letter “Supernatural does exist” was very interesting. Yes, it does exist.

This month is Halloween, and Christians should not celebrate it because it’s about the devil, our enemy.

Also, I enjoy the weekly CryptoQuote. I only ask you to print it larger, if possible, to make it easier to solve.

Lastly, thank your for being pink this month for breast cancer awareness. Maybe it will save someone’s life.

Diane Finley



Time for Medicare open enrollment

Medicare has open enrollment every year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. It’s the only time you can make changes to your existing plans. Making decisions about Medicare can be tough because once you make any changes, you have to live with them for a year. Here are a few things to know:

• When you sign up during open enrollment, coverage will start Jan. 1, 2018.

• If you’ve already had Medicare, you’ll receive a Medicare & You booklet in the mail. Spend the time between now and December reviewing it and deciding if you need to make any changes.

• By now you should have received notices in the mail as well, either a Notice of Change or

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