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Daily Archives: 01/09/2018

Couple hopes to create

Public meeting planned Saturday

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — The bitterly cold recent weather highlights the importance of having somewhere warm to go.

But some people in Pickens County had nowhere to get out of the cold, except perhaps vacant, unheated buildings.

“I don’t care if you’re a drunk, I don’t care if you’re an alcoholic, on drugs, whatever,” New Deliverance Baptist Church pastor Tracy Gantt said. “You still need to be warm.”

Gantt and his wife, Sunshine, are hoping to create an emergency homeless shelter in Pickens County. The couple spoke about the issue during the Pickens County Legislative Delegation’s annual meeting with constituents Monday night.

“Pickens County is the only county that doesn’t have a homeless

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Central woman works to share warmth with needy this winter

COUNTY — Over the last several weeks, temperatures have hit record lows in the area.

During the winter months, many in Pickens County find themselves in a battle to simply stay warm. Without any means to buy blankets, sleeping bags or even winter coats, many feel the full brunt of winter’s harsh wrath.

That is why a Central woman has stepped up for the second time to help provide those in need and the homeless a chance to stay warm this year.

Detta Gillespie has worried about those people. That is why she

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No candidates file for Liberty election

LIBERTY — The filing deadline for a special election to fill an empty seat on the Liberty City Council came and went on Monday with no candidates filing.

Because of this development, voters in Liberty City Council Ward 4 will have no names on the ballot for the March 6 election to fill the

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Resident grills council about meeting videos

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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COUNTY — County officials hope a glitch that has prevented videos of Pickens County Council meetings from being posted online for later viewing will be fixed soon.

Last year, county officials announced that a new video system would allow for the meetings to be taped and posted for the public to watch.

During the public forum session of the Thursday’s county council

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Deadline nears for rec funding applications

PICKENS — The deadline for local recreational organizations to apply for funding from the Pickens County Recreational Funding Advisory Board is approaching quickly.

Regular applicants should submit applications by midnight on Jan. 31, according to county officials. All applications for funding must be

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Liberty JROTC wins state title

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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LIBERTY — Liberty High School’s Army JROTC Raider team has brought back a state championship from Blythewood.

“They put in a lot of hard work,” LHS instructor 1st Sgt. Curtis Tate said.

The championship event was held on Dec. 10.

This is the first year the team has brought home the championship,

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Science fair planned at Southern Wesleyan March 9

CENTRAL — Planning continues for the 2018 South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair, which will take place Friday, March 9, at Southern Wesleyan University in Central.

The university, in keeping with its core value of “contagious generosity,” continues to partner with the region’s teachers and parents to further Science, Technology, Engineering and

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Spring soccer and volleyball sign-ups open at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Spring soccer and volleybal registrations are being taken now through Jan. 26 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and will only be taken the first three weeks of the registration period, which will

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How quickly we forget

When we were children and winter arrived, Grandmama would recite this poem to us: “The wind doth blow and we shall have snow and what will poor Robin do then? He’ll sit in the barn and keep himself warm and put his head under his wing, poor thing.”

It was entirely appropriate, because we lived in a house built in 1860, and though it was spacious, the insulation was nonexistent. It was just about as cold in the hall as it was outside, and

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Children need diverse books

Let’s converse about cultural ethnicity. Children need to see other kids who look like themselves in picture books. Why? Kids of color need to be represented in literature to show they are important in the world and they matter. Black, African American, African, Biracial, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, Asian Pacific, Native American, First Nation, Middle

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