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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Textile company marks 175 years

Kentwool founded in 1843

PICKENS — As Pickens County celebrates its sesquicentennial this year, a local textile company has reached an even bigger milestone.

Kentwool hosted a gathering in honor of the company’s 175th anniversary last week.

Thomas Kent founded the company in Philadelphia in 1843. In 1954, operations moved to Pickens. Offices in Greenville soon followed. All Kentwool products are made in the United States.

“It’s a time to recognize a rare achievement and the exceptional people whose work allowed us to reach it,” CEO Kimberly Kent said at Thursday’s celebration. “It is a joy to look out at the Kent family, the Kentwool family of employees and the close circle of community leaders, industry partners, elected officials and

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PCSO warns against social media justice

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to think twice before they post about suspicious or criminal activity on social media accounts.

The agency issued a news release on the issue Tuesday afternoon.

“Recently, numerous postings have been made on social media regarding various activities that citizens have felt was either suspicious or criminal in nature,” the release said, adding that

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Graduation 2018

Seniors from all four Pickens County high schools received their diplomas in ceremonies Saturday at the schools. Above, Liberty seniors toss their caps in the air in celebration at the end of their graduation exercise. To see class photos, lists of graduates and award winners from each school, turn to page 1B. Photo courtesy School District of Pickens County

 

Honoring Their Service escort to start at SWU

CENTRAL — The annual Honoring Their Service motorcade will have a new starting point this year.

Each year, U.S. Special Operations Command Marines ride in Jeeps from Pickens County to Keowee Key in Oconee County escorted by motorcycles to begin a much-deserved week of rest and relaxation.

This year, the June 11 motorcade will begin at the Gilbert Track

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Farley: County’s Upstate Alliance membership key

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The executive director of Alliance Pickens says the money the county pays to belong a regional association of counties is well worth it.

“I think the $58,500 annual request of Upstate Alliance from Pickens County at this point is merited,” Ray Farley told county council members.

Council members discussed Pickens County’s membership in Upstate Alliance during a budget work session last week. Farley was invited to take part in the discussion.

“I know that people want to know what the benefits of Upstate

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Smith signs to play at Chas. Southern

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School football program sent its latest player to the collegiate ranks last week as Bryson Smith signed with Charleston Southern University as a preferred walk-on.

Smith, a star wideout the past two seasons for the Lions, fielded a number of offers before coming down to Charleston Southern and Palmetto Prep.

“I was set to go to Palmetto Prep, but once I got the CSU offer I

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Pickens County Council hopefuls discuss issues

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — Candidates for Pickens County Council’s districts 1 and 2 representing Clemson and Central tackled issues last week ranging from economic development to whether a water park in the county is feasible.

District 1 incumbent Ensley Feemster is facing opposition from former Clemson City Council member Margaret Thompson for the seat on county council representing the Clemson area. District 2 incumbent Trey Whitehurst faces a challenge from Robert McKinney to represent the Central area on council. The forum, sponsored by the Clemson Area League of Women

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Liberty celebrates

Liberty held its annual Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival on Saturday in the downtown area. The event featured live music, vendors, fun and games for all ages, including a Memorial Weekend Honor Ride.

Committee says thanks

Committee members for a community-wide family reunion held earlier this month in Pickens expressed their gratitude to local public servants in a letter dated May 18. The letter, written by event coordinator Lynn Perry, thanked Pickens police chief Travis Riggs and fire chief Chris Elrod and their department’s for their help at the event. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to you and your departments for taking the time to be a part of the community

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Y Piranha swimmers dive into competition

UPSTATE — The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas swim team got its competitive juices flowing recently at a home swim meet  at the Pickens YMCA and at an away meet at the Anderson YMCA.

“I am very proud of all the swimmers,” said Larry McMahan, head coach of the Pickens County Piranhas swim team. “These swimmers have been working hard since the start of the summer season in early April and swam very well at both the Pickens and Anderson meets.”

Lindsey McKeever of Easley also helps coach the team.

Pickens took 26 swimmers to the Anderson meet, and almost

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