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Daily Archives: 06/05/2018

Vet charged with animal abuse

Video of incident shared on social media

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a veterinarian last week after a video clip posted on social media allegedly showed him striking a dog in a wire kennel.

Robert James McKee, 64, of Liberty, was charged with ill treatment of animals after he voluntarily turned himself in to the sheriff’s office. McKee was arraigned before a Pickens County magistrate and released on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said the video posted on Memorial Day weekend appeared to have been taken from inside a business. Hashe said the

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Primary elections planned Tuesday

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

STATE — Tuesday is decision day across South Carolina, as voters will go to the polls to make key decisions in Republican and Democratic primaries for a number of offices.

Tuesday’s results will decide the majority of Pickens County’s local races, as, barring write-in campaigns, most Republican primary races in the county will face no Democratic opposition in the general election this November.

In the race for South Carolina governor, Republican Henry McMaster is hoping to retain the seat he inherited from Nikki Haley following her appointment as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In the Republican primary, McMaster is opposed by Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, Yancey McGill, Catherine Templeton and John Warren. In the Democratic primary, Phil

Six Mile hosts ‘traditional’ Memorial Day

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — A Memorial Day ceremony was last week in front of Six Mile Town Hall — two days after the nationally recognized holiday.

Tom Smith of the Fleet Reserve Association said Six Mile is a “traditional” place when it comes to Memorial Day, and as such, the town held its ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, May 30.

“We know that most places celebrated it on Monday, because that’s what Congress — in their infinite wisdom, to give folks a three-day weekend — decided to do,” he said. “But Memorial

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Man dies after motorcycle crash

EASLEY — A 24-year old Greenville man died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision that also injured four other people Sunday evening.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Jakob Hamby, of Perry Road.

The collision occurred at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on North Fishtrap Road, 2 miles east of Easley, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis.

The collision occurred as Hamby was traveling west on North

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County announces anniversary events

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Pickens County has a full slate of events celebrating the county’s 150th anniversary planned.

Tourism director Jay Pitts began his presentation at Monday’s county council meeting by touching on some of the sesquicentennial events that have already taken place.

“As all of you know, we began our celebration on March 22 and 23 with our litter blitz campaign,” he said. “That will continue

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Ground broken on Appalachian Heritage Center

PICKENS — Events at the Hagood Mill will no longer be at the mercy of the elements, once the site’s newest addition is completed.

County officials broke ground May 30 on the Appalachian Heritage Center.

“It’s a great day in Pickens County, another part of our celebration of 150 years,” county council chairman Roy Costner said of the county’s 2018 sesquicentennial, before making a confession. “Before I got on to council, I didn’t know that much about Hagood Mill. I really didn’t.”

Since being elected, Costner said he’s met a lot of people who are passionate about “not only Hagood Mill, but about Pickens

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Jones introduced as new Easley basketball coach

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — Friday evening opened a new era of Easley High School boys’ basketball, as Mike Jones was named the head coach of the Green Wave in front of members of the Easley community.

Jones was selected following a lengthy search due to his 25 years of collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA and NJCAA levels.

Prior to taking the Easley job, Jones was the head basketball coach at Tusculum College

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High school juniors graduate from Junior Leadership Pickens County

EASLEY — On May 17, 25 local high school juniors graduated from Junior Leadership Pickens County Class VI.

All four high schools in Pickens County — Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens — were represented in the JLPC graduating class.

Presented by Baptist Easley Hospital and facilitated by a volunteer advisory board of local business leaders, JLPC assists

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1 injured in school bus wreck

DACUSVILLE — One person was taken to the hospital, but there were no other injuries reported after a school bus accident Thursday morning in Pickens County.

School district spokesman John Eby said the accident took place around 11:45 a.m. on Albatross Road near Jim Hunt Road in the Dacusville area. Eby said the special needs bus was carrying the driver, a bus companion and two students.

“The bus turned over on its side,” Eby said. “There were no

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District offering summer meals

PICKENS — Beginning Monday and continuing through Aug. 3, the School District of Pickens County will again be offering a summer feeding program for children.

District nutritional services manager Jenaffer Pitt said the district is offering three summer feeding sites.

“We will have one in Pickens, one in Easley and one in Liberty,” Pitt said.

Specifically, Pickens County will offer breakfast and lunch from

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