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Daily Archives: 08/07/2018

Champs Crowned

Caribbean team takes Senior League World Series in Easley

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Senior League World Series has come and gone once again, with a new champion being crowned and the local S.C. District 1 team having another strong tournament run.

In a game televised live on ESPN2 Saturday night, the Caribbean squad finished an undefeated run through the tournament with a 7-2 win over the U.S. East team to take home the championship in the tournament’s second year at Easley’s J.B. “Red” Owens Complex.

The local S.C. District 1 team, meanwhile, finished the tournament with a 2-2

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Teen charged in deadly wreck

EASLEY — A teen is charged with reckless homicide after a 75-year-old man was killed in a wreck Sunday in Easley.

Pickens County Deputy Coroner Gary Duncan identified the victim as John Jerry Pressley, of West Carolina Avenue in Greenville.

The accident occurred at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on South Fishtrap Road at Shady Acres Circle, about 3.5 miles east of Easley, according to Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Pressley was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile and was traveling south on South Fishtrap Road when the collision occurred, Sutherland said. A 2003 Ford SUV driven by Marcio Antunez-Aleman, 18, of

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Liberty settles wrongful death lawsuit for $1M

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — The city of Liberty has agreed to a $1 million settlement with the estate of an Easley man killed as police chased a man who was high on methamphetamine last year.

The settlement ends a suit filed by Tracy Mattison, a “personal representative of the estate of Steven Louis Richardson,” according to court documents.

Richardson, 59, was killed in a head-on collision with 29-year-old Nicholas Keith Blackstock late on the evening April 6, 2017.

Liberty Police Chief Adam Gilstrap said at the time that Liberty officers had tried to stop Blackstock for a motor vehicle violation after receiving information from a neighboring jurisdiction about him possibly having illegal drugs.

Blackstock refused to acknowledge the officers’ lights

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Football teams gear up for season

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Football fever has begun to take over Pickens County as the season approaches at breakneck speed.

Practice for local high school teams opened on July 27, and this week marks the final week of scrimmages and jamborees before regular-season play begins with two county matchups in Week 0 on Aug. 17.

Easley will host the county’s only jamboree Thursday night at Green Wave Stadium, though the other three county squads have also had a full preseason schedule to prepare for next week’s season

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School board filing opens

PICKENS — Filing for four Pickens County School Board seats — including a newly created District 7 seat — began last week and will continue through noon Aug. 15, and the three incumbents up for re-election said they plan to run again.

Phillip Bowers, who represents the Clemson, Six Mile and Norris areas of District 2, and Henry Wilson, representing the Dacusville area of District 6, are both completing their first terms on the school board. School board chairman Brian Swords, elected in 2013 to fill a vacancy in the Liberty area, is seeking his second full term on the board. The District 7 seat, representing the Easley area, was created by the state legislature last year, and a board member will be elected Nov. 6.

As of press time Tuesday, Swords was the only candidate set to face

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Organizers hope emergency shelter open by year’s end

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Organizers hope to have Pickens County’s first emergency shelter open before the end of the year.

Tracy and Sunshine Gantt Ministries is leading the community effort to create the Pickens County Shelter of Hope. Tracy is pastor of New Deliverance Baptist Church in Easley.

The couple were “literally about to sign the lease” on one building when it

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Six Mile approves community park work

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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SIX MILE — Work will soon be underway on Six Mile’s newest park.

Town council voted last month to hire Hudson Construction to run a stormwater model for Six Mile Community Park for an amount not to exceed $3,500.

Mayor Roy Stoddard said completing the stormwater model will take several weeks. Following its completion, a dry pond will be dug for the park’s runoff.

“The next thing is we’ll do the actual half-mile (trail) through that area,”

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County holding contest for park cabins 

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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SIX MILE — Some lucky contest winners will have a chance to try out the new cabins at Mile Creek Park in Six Mile before the general public.

Pickens County officials announced a contest last week that will give 10 families a chance to “test drive” the cabins and give feedback before they open to the public.

The contest is open to those age 21 or older. Winners will be chosen by a random draw no later than Aug. 30.

To enter the contest, like the county’s “Pickens County SC” page on Facebook. Find the post about the contest and share it. You may share the post multiple

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Pickens County YMCA girls’ swim team wins state title

COUNTY — The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas girls’ swim team won first place in the Carolina YMCA Swim League State Summer Championship at the Newberry County YMCA.

In the overall competition, the Pickens County Y placed second.

The Pickens girls scored 785 points to win their third straight title among the girls’ teams, followed by Newberry with 531 points and Greenwood with 325. Some of the Pickens swimmers who placed overall in their age groups were: Heidi McKever, first, 6 and under; Hailey McKever, third, 6 and under; Madelyn McKever, first, 8 and under; Molly Sanders, third, 8 and under; Lily Hyder, first, 10 and under; Morgan Couch, fourth, 10 and under; Ivy Hyder, first, 12 and under; Mia

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Harriott joins Easley office of C. Dan Joyner, Realtors

EASLEY — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors announced recently that Gabrielle Harriott has joined the company’s Easley office as a sales associate.

Born at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains as an Oconee County native, Harriott received her degree in criminology in 2012.  After taking a few years to grow her family of two to a family of five, including two baby girls and a rambunctious yellow Labrador, Harriott decided to earn her license to pursue her lifelong fascination and interest in real estate.

“I am pleased to welcome Gabi to our office,” said Jennifer A. Hicks, broker-in-charge of the Easley office. “She possesses the ‘can do’ attitude that will build a solid foundation for her career with us.”

 


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