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Daily Archives: 04/10/2018

3 arrested in Doodle vandalism

Police say patrols to increase along trail

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people after a section of rail fencing along the Doodle Trail was recently damaged.

Austin Daniel Burnett of Easley and Marc Anthony Brayboy of Greenville, both 17, are charged with malicious damage to real property, according to a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The arrests were made on April 4. The two teens were released later the same day on personal recognizance bonds of $1,000 each.

A 13-year-old boy is also charged with the same offense, the release

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Council backs California county in immigration suit

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Pickens County Council is throwing its support behind Orange County, Calif., in an immigration dispute against the California legislature.

Council members voted on a resolution “in support of Orange County, California for supporting our federal system of government, United States immigration policy and the rule of law” during their special called meeting Monday night.

“I hope you guys will join me in voting for this,” council chairman Roy

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Networks coming together to help county homeless

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS —

hurches and other community partners are being enlisted to help create homeless shelters in Pickens County.

County emergency management director Denise Kwiatek updated county council members on that effort last week.

In January, Tracy and Sunshine Gantt appeared before council to speak about the need for a homeless shelter in the county.

Kwiatek has met with the Gantts, the Salvation Army and officials with churches and other organizations about creating an advisory task force “so we can understand what the need is in Pickens County.”

“We’re trying to determine what type of shelter model do we need — a warming shelter or a day shelter,” she

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Easley spring fling moved to this weekend

EASLEY — Predicted wet weather forced the postponement of Easley’s Spring Fling last weekend.

City officials decided the event, originally scheduled for April 7, will instead be held this Saturday, coinciding with the Family Unity Festival in Old Market Square.

Spring Fling will still be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Old Market Square, Easley Farmers Market manager Lisa Chapman said.

“We’ve got over 130 vendors coming,” she said recently. “We’ve got

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Easley to reinvest in downtown TIF district

EASLEY — The city of Easley is investing $1.8 million in bond revenue into the downtown Tax Increment Finance district, according to a news release.

The funds generated through the district can only be used for improvements within the defined project area.

Easley City Council members have identified three guiding principles in their strategic planning to help navigate the decisions to improve

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Rogers golf tourney scheduled for April 21

PICKENS — The 14th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 21.

The tournament, which annually benefits a male and female senior basketball player from Pickens High School planning to attend a university, college or technical school, is set to kick off with a 2 p.m. shotgun start at Southern Oaks Golf Course.

The tournament will follow a captain’s choice format, and entry costs

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County students’ artwork now on display at museum

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Pickens County Performing Arts Center and the School District of Pickens County will showcase local student artwork with an All-County Juried Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony.

The art exhibition officially opened at the Pickens County Museum on

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Innovative show to raise money for local band programs Friday

PICKENS — Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Mark Wood will join with local music students to help Pickens County celebrate its sesquicentennial with a performance at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center in Liberty on Friday night.

The show, set to kick off at 7 p.m., is called “Electrify Your Strings!” According to a news release, EYS is a music education phenomenon

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If you build it, they will come

I’m so excited about the Birchwood Gallery grand opening this Friday and Saturday at the Holly Springs Center. The Birchwood Artisan Gallery currently includes the arts and crafts of 42 artisans from our region. And their work is good.

I’ve always wanted a regional marketplace in our end of the state, and now we have one. And that’s not all that’s going on up there.

Like a lot of other people, I was stunned when the elementary school was closed. But the hard work and incredible spirit

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‘Opportunity zones’ could transform communities

Editor’s note: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster recently designated parts of Easley as an “opportunity zone, based on Sen. Tim Scott’s Investing in Opportunity Act. The Post and Courier in Charleston published this editorial about the dozens of areas around the Palmetto State who received the designation, designed to help spur economic development.

A bright idea for spurring investment in economically distressed areas, approved as part of the federal tax reform bill, has the potential to pump much-needed capital into some of the poorest communities in South Carolina and

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