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Monthly Archives: February 2018

County officials tout benefits of Europe trip

PICKENS — County officials’ recent trip to Europe is “just the beginning” and will bring “rich rewards” to Pickens County,

Roy Costner

according to county council chairman Roy Costner.

Costner was joined by council vice chairman Chris Bowers, Alliance Pickens director Ray Farley, county attorney Ken Roper and tourism director Jay Pitts on the trip to the Karlsruhe District of southern Germany from Feb. 14-20.

The group met with industrial and government officials with a view toward building increased economic, educational and cultural ties between the

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Controversial project voted down in Liberty

Stalemate at tense meeting ends apartment complex proposal

By Rocky Nimmons
Publisher

rnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A proposed apartment complex project appears dead in the water after a boisterous and contentious meeting of the Liberty City Council at the Rosewood Center on Monday night.

After more than two hours of debate, the second reading of an ordinance that would have approved the rezoning of three parcels of land inside the city fell short of the needed votes to pass.

A “yes” vote would have opened the door for Prestwick Development Company, an Atlanta-based firm, to move forward with the development of residential apartments.

The company, which specializes in using state housing grants to develop apartments, said the proposed complex would have featured a two-building, 40-unit development that would offer housing with an income cap of $22,000 for a single parent and $43,000

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Liberty special election set for Tuesday

LIBERTY — Voters in Liberty will go to the polls to pick the newest city council member during a special election on Tuesday, March 6.

The Liberty City Council Ward 4 seat became vacant when councilman Brian Petersen was elected mayor last year.

There will be no names on the ballot when voters take to the polls, as no candidates filed for the seat during the initial filing

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Man sentenced for deadly crash

COUNTY — A Pickens man has been sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for causing a man’s death while fleeing from police.

Nicholas Keith Blackstock, 30, pleaded guilty Feb. 21 in Pickens County to felony DUI resulting in death, failure to stop for blue light resulting in death and possession of meth with intent to distribute, according to a news release from 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins.

Assistant solicitor Baker Cleveland presented evidence that

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Man heads to prison for sex crimes

PICKENS — A Pickens County man was sentenced to 22 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last week to sexual misconduct and exploitation charges involving a minor.

The 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Feb. 21 that Troy Calhoun Fulmer, 67, of Lake Circle Road in Marietta, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual misconduct with a minor and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge

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Suspect sentenced in Easley shooting

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

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PICKENS — A third man charged in a deadly shooting at an Easley bowling alley two years ago has been sentenced.

 Circuit Court Judge Leticia Verdin sentenced Dennis Ezell Gibbs Jr., 21, of Easley, to 15 years Friday after he pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder. Gibbs will serve his sentence in the South Carolina Department of Corrections and receive credit for 735 days already served.

During a plea hearing, assistant 13th Circuit solicitor Baker Cleveland established evidence that on Feb. 17, 2016, Gibbs, Albert Taylor and a juvenile co-defendant were

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Pickens grad dies in wreck

WARE SHOALS — A recent Pickens High School graduate died in a single-car wreck last week in Laurens County.

James Logan Lusk, 19, of Pickens, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Lusk was driving a 1999 Ford Mustang south on U.S. Highway 25 just

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Officials talk future of fire service

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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COUNTY — The Pickens County Emergency Services Advisory Board is proposing a funding plan aimed at improving fire service across the county, but some council members and residents are questioning their methods.

The proposal was presented at Monday’s Pickens County Council Committee of the Whole meeting.

Al Willimon presented the Phase I plan for the board. He said the objectives were to improve the level of fire protection throughout the county, establish a master plan, implement an organizational structure to allow for growth and efficiency, create a plan to upgrade replace worn out equipment and improve

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EHS Class of 1978 schedules reunion

EASLEY — The Easley High School Class of 1978 will have its 40-year class reunion April 21 at Looper’s Barn, located at 101 Laurenwood Drive in Pickens.

After registration from 5-7 p.m., the festivities will kick off with a BBQ dinner at 7 p.m. There will a live DJ to entertain, as well as a special memorial to the classmates who have passed away.

The event is BYOB, and fishing will also be available at the

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Going for the gold

Although I couldn’t stay up to watch some of the Olympic events, I did get to see a number of events that were inspiring.

The women’s hockey team fought their way to a gold medal in one of the most exciting finishes seen.

It was so tense a situation it was hard to watch. But they conquered.

The U.S. curling team’s victory just made you feel good.

They were regular people who aren’t regular any more because

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