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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Police: Man hit pedestrian, fled scene

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — A Liberty man faces charges after troopers say he struck a pedestrian Saturday morning and then left the scene.

Justin Allen Owens, 29, is charged with leaving the scene with great bodily injury, South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said.

Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland said the hit and run occurred at 2:27 a.m. Saturday on Black Snake Road, near Pine Mountain Road, about a mile west of Easley.

Jason Bridges, 33, of Easley, was walking south when he was struck by a 2006 Toyota

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Voters hit polls for crucial election Tuesday

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

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COUNTY — Many people have called this year’s midterm elections, set for Tuesday, the most important vote of their lifetime.

The time has finally come for Americans to make those crucial decisions.

As voters across the country go to the polls, a number of officers both inside Pickens County and statewide will appear on local ballots next week.

The people of Pickens County will also vote on a statewide amendment, and two local municipalities will vote on Sunday alcohol sales.

In the gubernatorial election, Republican Henry McMaster will attempt to

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FBI raids Easley pain management

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — FBI agents executed search warrants at three locations of a pain management group Tuesday morning, including a location in Easley.

Supervisory special agent Don Wood with the FBI’s Columbia field office said warrants were executed at three Upstate locations of Pain

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Committee puts focus on repaving county roadways

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — The Pickens County Transportation Committee is focusing its funding on repaving roads, according to committee chairman Duane Greene.

“We have voted as a committee to focus on ‘Make It Black,’” he said. “Let’s repave the roads. We feel that was the original intent, what C-funds was geared for. So we are out for paving. That’s what we want to do.”

Greene spoke Monday at a Pickens United meeting that focused on

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Young leaders raise money for family’s medical expenses

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Students at the Youth Leadership Academy, an award-winning charter school in Pickens, raised $20,000 to help a local family with their son’s medical expenses.

The YLA is housed at Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute.

The students raised the funds through a “Burpeethon,” according to YLA

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Getting in the spirit

Local municipalities have been holding events over the past several days to celebrate Halloween, including Pickens’ Trick or Treat on Main, above, and the Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival, left and right. The family-friendly events have offered fun, games, live music and trick-or-treating for the whole family.

 

Former coroner talks opioid crisis

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Although the nation is in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis, the painkillers themselves are not the problem, according to Dr. James Mahanes, medical affairs officer at AnMed Health Cannon.

“It’s the misuse,” he said. “We spend most of the time maligning opiates, but they do have a value, there’s no question about that. As a physician, morphine and dilaudid have been two of the most valuable drugs I’ve ever used in my practice of medicine.”

Mahanes was one of the speakers at a lunch and learn session sponsored by Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County last week in Easley

Mahanes presented a talk called “The Opioid Crisis: Past, Present and Future.”

The United States makes up about 4.6 percent of the world’s population, “but we use 80 percent of the global opioid supply,” Mahanes said.

“We use 99 percent of the global hydrocodone supply,” he said. “We have

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Every dog has his say

Our boxer, Boomer, aka Boom Boom, is one of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever owned. We will celebrate his second birthday in November, and although we expected him to be a mature dog at this age, it is not to be.

I was recently told by a friend that it takes a boxer four years to grow up. This appears to be true. There’s no harm in Boom Boom, he just has a lot of energy, curiosity and intelligence — and he likes to chew. Anything.

We expected some of this behavior when he was a puppy. After all, all puppies chew on things when teething.

He was no exception. But we are still waiting for him to outgrow this habit. Or perhaps I should say hobby, because most of his spare time is spent engaged in this activity.

Boom Boom doesn’t chew things. He rips them apart, shreds them,

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Green pastures and still waters

When we think about living on purpose, it can mean different things to different people. Personally, one of the first aspects that comes to my mind is the desire to not only love God and be thankful for who he is, but to also love my life and appreciate who I am. This is not to be confused with being arrogant or satisfied about where I am in my journey, but rather it has everything to do with having peace and contentment in our soul as we allow God to change us into his image.

It’s true that being honest and willing to embrace the anxiety and the unfairness within our everyday life is painful, but it’s also the only way we can truly become the person God wants us to be. The difficult part of being

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Courier Letters to the Editor

On Easley’s sidewalks

Dear Editor,

Can nothing be done about the lack of sidewalks and buses in Easley? There are places I’d like to go, the public library for instance, but no bus, no go. Easley is like a rural area, but instead of animals and chickens, we have automobiles running around loose.

A visit to Ingles is painful for me because of spinal arthritis and sciatica. It takes 10 to 15 minutes each way, going down Powdersville Road. In the first few blocks, some sidewalks are good, and one is all cracked up. Across the road, there is a sidewalk that ends abruptly for no apparent reason.

The last two blocks to Ingles are large patches of grass, red mud, areas that look like dried-up mud puddles, culverts and other holes in the ground. That doesn’t even include those omnipresent evergreens. There’s a whole

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