Daily Archives: 12/12/2017

Four charged with kidnapping toddler

LIBERTY — Four people, including the child’s grandmother, were arrested last week after the violent kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said deputies responded to reports of a fight and kidnapping of a small child at a home on Sherri Lane in Liberty at

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Yes, Pickens, there will be a Christmas Parade

Annual celebration rescheduled after winter weather forces postponement

PICKENS — The city of Pickens, Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce and Pickens Revitalization Association have announced that Pickens will indeed have a Christmas parade this year.

Originally set for last Friday night before being ironically cancelled due to winter weather, the event that will ring in the holiday season in the Pickens community has been rescheduled for this Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

The area was blessed with an unexpected winter wonderland that

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Man arrested in string of car break-ins

SIX MILE — A Pickens man was still behind bars early this week after his arrest in connection with a string of recent car break-ins.

According to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe, 37-year-old Luke Elliott Lister was arrested after a traffic stop on Friday afternoon.

Lister faces more than two dozen charges and was being held Tuesday on a combined $118,000 in bonds on Tuesday afternoon, according to online sheriff’s office records.

Hashe said deputies had been investigating a string of thefts where unlocked vehicles parked in

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Pickens woman standing trial in grandson’s death

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Attorneys for the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office told a seven-man, five-woman Pickens County jury during opening arguments Monday that Angela Denise Brewer showed “gross neglect” in the death of her 14-month-old grandson more than three years ago.

Brewer is standing trial at the Pickens County Courthouse this week on a charge of homicide by child abuse in the death of Brentley Kolbin Lane Lusk. Brewer is accused of putting oxycodone in the toddler’s sippy cup.

“Angela Brewer didn’t wake up on Oct. 17, 2014, thinking ‘how can I kill my grandson

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Gettys students giving back with ‘Socksgiving’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — A Gettys Middle School class is collecting items that often get overlooked in other donation drives.

Seventh-grade students in Abigail Thompson Doud’s English language arts class are collecting socks for “Socksgiving,” according to student

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Former state rep remembered for ‘gentle spirit’

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Byron K. “Bud” Webb, a longtime Clemson University official who later represented the Clemson area in the state House of Representatives, is remembered by friends and colleagues for his gentle spirit and willingness to help others.

Webb, who died last Wednesday at age 83, spent his professional life as a professor and chair of the Agricultural Engineering department and dean of the Cooperative Extension Service at Clemson University. Tom Dobbins, who is the current director of the extension service, called Webb “a true servant

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Church safety seminar planned at SWU

CENTRAL — In light of the recent tragic church shootings in Texas, Tennessee and South Carolina, many pastors and church leaders are wondering if they are doing enough to ensure the safety of their congregation and security of their facilities.

There will be a church safety-security seminar at Southern Wesleyan University in Central on Jan. 20 for clergy and others in church leadership in any denomination. Representatives

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Breaking news from the kitchen

There’s a houseplant in the kitchen that was moved there from the dining room. It has had a difficult life. Beautiful early in its life, it went through a drought when we went on vacation and began a cycle of “failure to thrive on neglect.”

I thought it was nearly dead, so I over-watered it. Then it lay down in its pot.

So in a last-ditch effort to save it, I cut it down. Then it was left to live or die on its own. Oddly enough, it came back beautifully.

When the children were here at Thanksgiving, Katherine moved it

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Letter to the Editor

Morals  don’t mean anything

Dear Editor,

Why are people demanding Senator Franken and Congressman Conyers resign for improper sexual behavior, but these same people are not demanding President Trump resign for his past behaviors?

Trump has bragged about sexually assaulting women. Multiple (16) women have come forth and accused him of sexual misbehavior. So why the double standard? Why haven’t we demanded the president undergo an ethics investigation or ask him to step down for these allegations?

Why aren’t Democrats, Republicans — all people — demanding Trump resign?

Why is the moral and Christian outrage missing when it comes to Trump?

Also, Trump and the Republicans are backing the accused child molester Roy Moore, only because they want his GOP (Greedy Ole Perverts) vote for Trump’s BIG tax cuts for corporate America.

Apparently, morals don’t mean anything to the Christian portion of the RNC, or even to Trump when it comes to putting the Republican Party above morals and country.

Glenda Allen


Tony Elliott making a difference

Dear Editor,

As I entered my senior year of high school, I had one scholarship offer for college football. It was from South Carolina State University.

The 2017 Broyles Award winner for the nation’s best college football assistant coach is Clemson’s Tony Elliott, and he is the first African-American coach from South Carolina to win the prestigious award.

As an assistant coach at South Carolina State when I received my offer, Coach Elliott introduced himself, and to his surprise I was already familiar with him.

My brother’s roommate, Brent Smith, was Elliott’s college teammate at Clemson University, and my brother, Richard Elliott, had the same major (industrial engineering) he had.

I was offered the scholarship after he saw me run the 40-yard dash during my high school’s spring football workouts of my junior year. I ran a 4.7, which was faster than the NFL average for defensive ends, which was a 4.88. I didn’t have many football scholarship offers, but I was familiar with the recruiting process.

As a matter of fact, Clemson University was the first college to give me a recruiting questionnaire when I was a freshman in high school at Tommy Bowden’s football camp in 2004. I didn’t hear back from the Clemson football program until spring 2008. My high school coach, Dr. Jerry Brown, told Clemson coach Bowden during a visit to my high school to see high school All-American recruit and current NFL player Andre Ellington that I was coming to Clemson as a walk-on.

I had a bolt from the blue, because I wasn’t going to be accepted to Clemson. Some of my friends were getting calls from Clemson’s minority recruitment office. I had higher standardized test scores, more quality extracurricular activities and I was a university legacy, but my phone never rang with a call from their office. Some of my friends received acceptance letters from Clemson University that same week. My mailbox was empty, and I was prepared for rejection, which ended up happening.

On the other hand, Coach Elliott proved to me how good of a mentor and leader he could be to a student-athlete. He was a good tour guide for S.C. State’s homecoming in 2007 and came to my family reunion in Florence that summer. Coach Elliott brought the Power 5 conference coaching attitude wherever he went, and it is making a positive difference in countless lives.

Jordan Cooper



State’s judicial screening process worked this time

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on Dec. 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission.

News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey

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