Daily Archives: 11/14/2017

Local Christmas events starting soon

COUNTY — Pickens County is ready to ring in the holiday season with parades and other Christmas events.

The fun will begin later this month and last throughout the Yuletide season.

More details about celebrations around the county can be found below.


A change from years past, the Central Christmas parade is slated to

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‘A Special Day”

Legion post honors vets

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Chilly weather Saturday morning didn’t keep a crowd from remembering and honoring not only the veterans who have passed on in the past year but all veterans.

American Legion Post 52 held its annual Veterans Day service at Robinson Memorial Gardens in Easley.

The ceremony included the posting of the colors by the Easley High School Navy JROTC, the singing of the National Anthem, an invocation and benediction from Dr. John Adams of Easley First Baptist Church and the placement of a wreath in the cemetery.

“We place this wreath to remember and to honor our fallen comrades,” retired Air Force Master Sgt. Sally Hendricks said after placing the wreath.

Next year the American Legion will celebrate its centennial, Post 52 Commander Bones Wilson said.

“The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice was

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Man’s body found day after wreck

SENECA — A 79-year-old Six Mile man died in a one-car accident officials believe occurred Sunday afternoon.

The body of Thomas Lowell Loesch was discovered Monday morning restrained by a seatbelt in the driver’s seat of his 2001 Toyota Camry, which had overturned into a small creek, according to Oconee County coroner Karl Addis.

Addis said in statement Monday that Loesch died

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State awards city with $475K grant

PICKENS — The city of Pickens has received a grant of nearly half a million dollars to help revitalize a neighborhood near downtown.

According to a news release, the South Carolina Community Development Block Grant Program has selected Pickens to receive an award of $475,230 to help rejuvenate the South Pickens

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School board OKs capital needs plan

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Improvements at Central Elementary School will be done during the current school year as a result of recent action by the Pickens County School Board.

Late last month the board approved its 2018-19 capital needs plan, as

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Pickens Rec teams fare well in tourney

COUNTY — The Palmetto State volleyball tournament was held Saturday, Oct. 21, at several recreation departments around the area. Liberty hosted the 9U, Pickens hosted the 12U and 17U and Clemson hosted the 14U. There were teams from Liberty, Clemson, Dacusville, Wren, Fair-Oak, Westminister, Easley and Pickens. The Pickens 12U team won the Western District and had to travel to Greenwood on Saturday, Oct. 28, to play for the state. They defeated Greenwood to win state.

Pickens Rec soccer team wins state tournament

The Pickens Recreation 15-and-under soccer team won the state championship in the single-elimination Palmetto tournament recently. The team beat Clemson Blue, then beat Walhalla Montes and Walhalla Jordan to win the state. Pictured are, in front, Jazmine Aleman. Middle row: Dalton Carlson, Isaac Anders, Malaki Aleman, Reagan Suarez, Emory Satterfield, Ethan Alan McCollum, Montana Porter, Cameron Kelley and Eston Noah Bergholm. Back row: Coach John Belt, Jonathan Bowling, Byron Gale, Charley Sexton, Emily Parrish, Zoey Fernstrom, Kenna Trotter and Coach Josh Belt.


Town Creek Bike Park chosen for IMBA Dig In Grant program

PICKENS — The city of Pickens is joining forces with the Upstate chapter of the Southern Offroad Bicycle Association to raise money for improvements at the Town Creek Bike Park.

The two groups have been accepted to participate in the first-ever International Mountain Bike Association Dig In Grant and

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Business raises money for cancer center

SENECA — Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Lake Keowee Ford pledged to donate $100 for each new vehicle sold in October to the Breast Care Center at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

The pledge was made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to support neighbors who are currently battling breast cancer.

The Breast Care Center at Oconee Memorial Hospital was created to deliver the best possible medical care in a private, comforting setting. The Breast Care Center offers the best in diagnostic services, including digital mammography, the most effective method of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

When the month ended, and the sales were totaled, 240 vehicles were sold for a donation of $24,000.


100th anniversary

The 100th anniversary meeting of the James L. Orr Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) was recently held at Collins Ole Towne in Central. Pictured above, approximately 35 UDC members and the president of the South Carolina Division Children of the Confederacy attended. Their centennial year began last April by meeting in the very house where ladies met to organize a chapter in 1917. A capstone to the year was the presentation of the Judah P. Benjamin Award to Central History Museum curator Anne Sheriff. At left, the award was presented to Sheriff by the James L. Orr Chapter UDC. Making the presentation is South Carolina Division president Ann Shugart and ex-president General Martha VanSchaick. The award reads “For her years of service as an educator and volunteer to many historical/genealogical organizations.” Sheriff has been instrumental in creating the Faith Clayton Research Center that contains Civil War letters, family Bibles, books, military and cemetery histories. She has also published books on local history. She continues her efforts through local history tours and presentations.


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