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Daily Archives: 05/08/2018

Party for a cause

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative hosted its 21st annual Blue Ridge Fest at its headquarters in Pickens on Friday, bringing thousands of people from around the Upstate together for a night of classic music, classic cars, food and dancing to raise money for charity, headlined by a performance by The Spinners and highlighted by a visit from S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. McMaster presented former Blue Ridge president and CEO Charles Dalton with the Blue Ridge Fest Founder’s Award, which will in the future be known as the Blue Ridge Fest Charles E. Dalton Founder’s Award. To see more photos, visit Facebook.com/PickensCountyCourier. Photos by Rocky Nimmons and Kerry Gilstrap

 

Fundraiser underway to help with shooting victim’s funeral

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A fundraiser campaign is underway to pay for the funeral costs for a Pickens woman who was gunned down last month.

Robin Janette Smith, 39, was found dead in a driveway at 110 Sunny Lane in Pickens on the evening of April 28, according to a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office news release.

She had been shot multiple times, the release said.

Paul Scott Bennett, 58, of 110 Sunny Lane, has been charged with murder in Smith’s death, as well as possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He is still being held without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center.

Pickens County councilman Wes Hendricks spoke of the tragedy

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PCSO: No sign of crime in fire

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

CENTRAL — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a fire that destroyed a home near Central last week didn’t show any evidence of wrongdoing.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said the sheriff’s office responded to the scene when the fire was first reported around noon May 1 at the house on Merck Road off Maw Bridge Road. Hashe said a request was made for the sheriff’s office to investigate.

“The request was based on the observations made by the first responder from the fire service that observed a man in possession of a

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Goat exposes four to rabies

COLUMBIA — Four people in Pickens County have been potentially exposed to rabies by a young goat that tested positive for the disease.

A statement released Tuesday by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said the victims were exposed to rabies while giving general care to the goat. After exhibiting odd behavior and increased salivation, the goat was euthanized on April 27 and sent to the University of Georgia for testing. Test results confirmed rabies the

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County council honors state wrestling champ

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Council honored a standout athlete Monday night.

Liberty High School’s Cole Murphy won his fourth straight Class 2A state championship in wrestling this year. The championship was held at the Anderson Civic Center in February.

“You timed this just right, as you could be a part of the 150-year

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Cannon Auxiliary announces Harden Scholarship recipient

PICKENS — The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented the 2018 John Harden Scholarship to Eryn Smith, asenior set to graduate from Pickens High School this month.

Smith is the daughter of Russ and Belinda Smith of Pickens. Among many activities during her high school years, she has been an active member of the HOSA, Beta Club, Youth Board and Young Life. She

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McJunkin retires

Dacusville Fire Chief Lee McJunkin had the honor of presenting a plaque to his father, Capt. Randall McJunkin, upon his recent retirement in appreciation of 32 years of dedicated service to the residents of Pickens County from 1986-2018.

 

County to spend $105K to replace landfill compactor

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Council authorized the county administrator Monday to spend more than $100,000 to replace a vital piece of equipment at the county landfill.

County administrator Gerald Wilson said the waste compactor at the county’s construction and demolition landfill caught fire.

“It burned beyond the cost of repairing it,” Wilson said.

A new unit would have cost the county around $900,000, he said.

“We have a unit suitable to replace, a used unit,” Wilson said. “We got

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Six Mile Cafe opens

New Six Mile Cafe owner and operator Brittney Elrod officially cut the ribbon at the restaurant’s grand opening at 2510 Walhalla Highway on Friday. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information or to place a call-in order, call (864) 868-9317.

 

Paying the price for upsetting the apple cart

Did you know that the Earth is round? Well, when this was first revealed, Galileo, whose findings were declared false, went through an inquisition by the Catholic church and spent the last decade of his life under house arrest. For publishing his studies and discoveries in book form, he was declared a heretic and lost his freedom.

It was not just because he believed the Earth was round, but because he believed Earth was not the center of the universe. He believed the planets revolved around the sun, not the other way around.

It was once a widely held belief that if a ship on the ocean sailed too far

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