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Daily Archives: 03/06/2018

Residents still questioning Germany trip

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Residents grilled Pickens County Council members Monday over a recent trip to Germany by two members and several county staff members.

As the Courier earlier reported, council chairman Roy Costner, councilman Chris Bowers, county attorney Ken Roper, tourism director Jay Pitts and Alliance Pickens executive director Ray Farley traveled to Germany last month.

The purpose of the trip was related to both economic development and tourism, officials said. During the trip, attendees met with business leaders from era-contact, as well as

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For the love of dogs

Group raising funds for dog park

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — A planned addition to the Pickens County Animal Shelter aims at connecting dogs with residents to help the animals find forever homes.

Leadership Legacy Park is the brainchild of Leadership Pickens County’s Class of 2018, which is raising $10,000 to create the park.

The class held its first fundraiser, called “Barks and Brews,” last

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Deputies arrest pair wanted in string of crimes

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

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EASLEY — Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Greenville County man and Oconee County woman wanted on outstanding warrants in three counties last Thursday.

Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said Ryan Adam Carr of Travelers Rest and Eliyah Kiana Rogers of Walhalla, both 19, were arrested without incident at a home on McCoy Street in Easley

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PCSO joins with firefighters for arson training

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Forms New Partnership with Fire Service to Provide Improved Services to County Residents

CENTRAL — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office joined forces last week with firefighters from around the county to form and train a specialized investigative resource that will focus on suspected arson-related incidents.

Members of the sheriff’s office and county fire service members underwent an intensive five-day training course for basic fire investigation taught by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and

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Pickens council OKs change to business license ordinance

By Rocky Nimmons
Publisher

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PICKENS — Pickens City Council members passed an ordinance on Monday that would eliminate declining business license rates for businesses in the city that gross more than $1 million in sales.

The ordinance originally included language that would also increase license fees for smaller businesses inside the city by as much as 10 percent. But during the meeting, council member Donna Owen asked that the ordinance be amended to take the increase for smaller businesses out, while maintaining the elimination of the declining rates on larger grossing businesses,

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Yards of Yarn set for Saturday at Hagood Community Center

PICKENS — This Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m., Yards of Yarn will perform at the beautifully renovated Hagood Community Center auditorium.

Because at one time Hagood Community Center was a mill school in the heart of the Pickens textile mill village, a showabout textile mills of the area will be done.

Yards of Yarn will be headlined by Hunter Holmes and Steve McGaha, two phenomenal musicologists and musicians. Holmes, a resident of Laurens and well known for his work, performs songs of the Piedmont textile mill communities of the

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Professor to share ‘Black Clemson’ history in SC

By Karen Land
Clemson University

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CLEMSON — Rhondda Robinson Thomas, associate professor of English at Clemson University, has received a $50,000 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship.

Thomas will use the award to broadly share the university’s history through a museum exhibition called “Black Clemson: From

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Sharkey picked to lead Daniel High

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

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CENTRAL — Shannon Sharkey, currently in her second year as an assistant principal at Pickens High School, has been named the new principal of Daniel High School starting in the 2018-19 academic year.

Sharkey will succeed current principal Josh Young, who is being promoted to School District of Pickens County executive director of student services.

“Mrs. Sharkey has excelled in every role she has had in our district, and her instructional vision for Daniel High School is very strong,” superintendent

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Liberty senior named SC wrestler of the year

LIBERTY — The Liberty High School wrestling program was well represented last week during the Senior All Star Wrestling Classic in Myrtle Beach.

Following the event, Red Devil senior Cole Murphy was named South Carolina wrestler of the year on Saturday.

Liberty senior standouts Murphy, Jacob Rogers and Lucas Bates all had wins that helped the North team win the event.

 

Thompson to speak at next COTU meeting in Six Mile

SIX MILE — Margaret Thompson will speak to the public at the next Conservatives of the Upstate meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the Six  Mile Community Building, located at 106 S. Main St. in Six Mile.

Thompson is running for Pickens County Council District 1. She has a criminal justice degree from Tri-County Technical College and worked for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, as well as serving on the Clemson City Council from 2004-2008.

She recently closed down one of her businesses, Upstate Process Service, after 20 years. She

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