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Daily Archives: 11/13/2018

School board election results under protest

Hearing with District 7 candidates set Monday; Clemson council runoff Tuesday

PICKENS — Local residents will have to wait a little longer to find out who will represent the newly created District 7 seat on the Pickens County School Board, as the results of last week’s election are officially under protest.

Phillip Healy was declared the winner over Alice Hendricks Vander Linden by a slim margin in the race for the seat created last year by the state

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Upstate mourns Alexander’s loss

JERRY LAMAR ALEXANDER 1937-2018

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — Jerry Alexander will be remembered for his hard work and relentless energy that led to a long career in the newspaper industry, as well as his smile and engaging personality that left a lasting memory on those he met.

Alexander, who owned the Pickens Sentinel for nearly 25 years until its sale in 2001 and stayed active writing books and newspaper articles in

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A true superhero

In life, we meet people who make a difference in who we become. In life, we have influences that shape us and experiences that temper what kind of person we develop into. When I was growing up in Six Mile, I didn’t ever once think that I wanted to be a newspaperman.

Sure, there were things I wanted to be. A superhero, an artist, a professional wrestler and even a mechanic, but never once did I say, “Mama, I want to be a newspaperman.”

As a comic book collector, I knew what newspapermen did. For crying out loud, Clark Kent was a reporter at the Daily Planet and Peter Parker was a photographer for the Daily Bugle. So I knew the people who worked at newspapers were mild-mannered, smart and interested in everything, but that was about it. As many of you know, Clark Kent had a night job, too — in his off time he would put on a red cape and save the world as Superman. Peter Parker did the same thing, too, but his moniker was Spider-Man.

So being a newspaperman and a superhero were somehow connected in my mind.

In 1983, God gave me an incredible blessing. That was the year I saw an advertisement in the local paper in Pickens looking for a graphic artist. I was doing a lot of drawing, with hopes of a future as a comic book artist. When I saw that advertisement that day in the Pickens Sentinel, I thought, “I can draw.” See, that was how naive I was — I had no idea how a newspaper actually worked or even what a graphic artist was.

On the day I went for a job interview, I met a man who would change

Former POW receives state’s highest honor

 

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A man who spent more than three years in a North Korean prisoner of war camp was awarded the state’s highest civilian honor Sunday afternoon.

1st Lt. Bill Funchess, 90, received the Order of the Palmetto as part of Pickens County’s “A Salute to Veterans” program, which followed a patriotic Veterans Day parade in Liberty.

State Reps. Gary Clary and Davey Hiott presented Funchess with the state’s high honor, with Congressman Jeff Duncan and Pickens County Council chairman Roy Costner assisting.

Hiott told Funchess that sharing the stage with him and presenting him the award was “an extreme honor and a privilege.”

“I’m standing here because of you,” Hiott said. “Thank you. God bless you and thank you.”

While the award is the highest honor bestowed by the governor, “these awards are inadequate because of the things he’s done,” Hiott said.

“But I can tell you the state of South Carolina, Pickens County, the United States Congress and every single person out here thanks you for what you’ve done, for what you’ve endured, what you’ve fought through and the role model you still are today,” Hiott said.

Funchess said he wanted to “express my appreciation to Pickens County for honoring the veterans of all the wars and of all the branches of the service.”

“It is a special honor for me and it is a special honor, I am sure, for all the

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Museum accepting items for new time capsule

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is accepting items to be placed in a time capsule that will be buried later this year.

Museum officials have announced the criteria for the items that will be considered for placement in the capsule, which will be unearthed in 2068.

Residents are encouraged to bring labeled photos, family memorabilia or other special items and letters that are either printed on premium paper or written in graphite paper.

Those items should be placed in unsealed envelopes that are 9 inches by 12 inches or smaller.

Officials encourage that, in their letters, residents address what they feel

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Easley debates allowing food trucks

EASLEY — Easley City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance allowing food trucks downtown this week, but business owners say the trucks will hurt their brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Council passed the ordinance on first reading Monday night. The ordinance was first approved by the city’s food truck committee before being brought before the full council.

Councilman Chris Mann, who heads the committee, outlined the ordinance, which creates a six-month pilot program.

“To say that this has been quite possibly one of of the hardest things I’ve done in my 15 years on council would be an understatement,” he said.

Currently, food trucks are allowed in front of City Hall. Mann said a couple

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Upper State champ Flame fall short at state

The Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team finished another historic season over the weekend, coming up short against North Myrtle Beach in the state championship match Saturday after wrapping up their 20th Upper State title last week.

The Lady Flame’s road began against York after receiving a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Lady Flame came away with a win in three sets, 25-13, 25-9 and 25-17.

Leading the team with assists and serves against the Cougars was Kaylee Gillespie, who recorded 36 assists. She served 100 percent with four aces. Also serving 100 percent were Bailee Earnhardt and Jewell Porterfield.

Lexi Wierzbicki, Sydney Bolding, Abigail Durham and Olivia Dow led in

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Lady Lions win first golf championship

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School girls’ golf team entered this season on the cusp of greatness.

After finishing as the runner-up in last year’s state championship tournament, the Lions had a hunger that showed throughout the season, and it all paid off when the team wrapped up a Class 4A state championship on Oct. 23.

“We definitely felt there was unfinished business,” Daniel coach Andy Swords said. “Coming so close last year made this group hungry to get it done this year. Our message coming into the season was to finish what we

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Daniel girls take state XC crown

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School cross-country teams had a very successful day at the Class 4A State Championships on Oct. 27.

The Daniel girls’ team won the state championship for the second year in a row, while the boys’ team picked up a third-place finish.

The girls’ team was led by sophomore Ally Wilson, junior Mari Cagle Lockhart and junior Maren Sorber, who finished one-two-three in the

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Easley, Pickens bands win state titles

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — It was a big weekend for Pickens County marching bands as two of the four county high schools emerged victorious at the SCBDA state championships recently.

Easley picked up its first marching band state title, winning the 4A division, while Pickens added its second in three years in the 3A division.

The Easley band performed its “A Place of Peace” show. It was a seven-minute production with imagery set in a Japanese prayer garden with traditional Japanese bridges, pagoda, cherry blossom trees and symbols of harmony, peace and strength. The music, inspired by a Japanese folk song, was an original work of Shane Kelbley and Michael Skellet.

The performance earned the Green Wave a score of 91.1, with a tie in overall effect caption and the first state championship in program history.

“The feeling is something that I can’t put into words,” Easley band director

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