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Daily Archives: 12/26/2018

SDPC sets up school safety tip line

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — A school safety tip line created by the School District of Pickens County is now open for students, parents or staff who want to report any safety concerns.

Those using the site can submit a report at (864) 397-4444 and leave a message or email details of a particular concern to schoolsecurity@pickens.k12.sc.us. When submitting a report, a detailed message should be left that includes the name of the school or office to which the tip applies. Those calling the number are not required to provide a name or phone number to leave a message if they would like to remain anonymous.

District spokesman John Eby said the idea came as a result of community

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TaylorMade plans $8M

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — TaylorMade Golf Company, one of the tenants of the Pickens County Commerce Park, is anticipating a $8 million expansion.

In April 2013, county officials announced that TaylorMade Golf Company would be building a facility in the commerce park, located in Liberty, and Alliance Pickens executive director Ray Farley said the company has built a “state-of-the-art facility” in Pickens County.

“We are fortunate — really fortunate — that TaylorMade’s ambitious marketing program and quality program … has resulted in a golf ball that is

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A magical experience

Pickens cheerleaders invited to participate in parade at Disney

PICKENS — A pair of Pickens High School cheerleaders participated in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular parade last month at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

Sophomore Gracie Owens and freshman Dylan Bryant were selected as Universal Cheerleading Association All-American cheerleaders during Pickens High School’s August cheer camp. UCA staff members attended the camp to teach Pickens cheerleaders

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Man gets 25 years for roommate’s stabbing death

PICKENS — An Easley man pleaded guilty last week to stabbing his roommate to death over $190 in late rent payments.

Richard Andrew Hagins, 60, of Quiet Lane, pleaded guilty in Pickens County to voluntary manslaughter, according to a news release from 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins.

Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Hagins to 25 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections prison system, Wilkins said.

Assistant solicitor Shannon Odom presented evidence at the plea hearing that established that Hagins and the victim, Jeff Chandler, 53, were arguing about late rent payments at their home on Quiet Lane on Aug. 26,

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Teen sentenced in deadly crash

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Greenville teen has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and hit and run in connection with a collision in Pickens County that left a 75-year-old man dead.

Marcio Adaly Antunez Aleman, 18, entered a guilty plea during a hearing Dec. 19, 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a news release.

Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Aleman to six years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections prison system, Wilkins said.

The collision occurred on Aug. 5.

Assistant solicitor Baker Cleveland presented evidence that established that Aleman rear-ended a Dodge in Greenville County and drove away from the scene, Wilkins said.

The Dodge’s driver followed him.

Aleman, driving a Ford Explorer, drove from Greenville into Anderson

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Easley wreck claims woman

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — An Easley woman was killed and two other people were injured in a collision on S.C. Highway 183 Thursday morning.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Carrie Jean Hall, 35, of Franklin Finley Road, died in surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital after the wreck as a result of internal injuries.

Trooper Joe Hovis with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the collision occurred at 7:55 a.m. on Farrs Bridge Road (S.C. 183), two miles north of Easley.

The collision occurred as a 1990 Chevy pickup driven by 37-year-old

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County program gives new life to bikes, gifts for kids

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A brainchild of Pickens County Councilman Wes Hendricks has led to a program that gives new life to old bicycles, teaches county inmates new skills and benefits local children in need.

Before he was elected to council, Hendricks had noticed that many serviceable bicycles were winding up in landfills.

“I thought ‘That’s a shame,’” he said. “These bikes were usable. After I was elected, the idea came to create this program.”

The bicycle refurbishing program began last year. Used bikes were recovered from the county’s recycling centers and then restored by inmates and county employees. The bicycles were then donated to County Santa, a volunteer organization based in Pickens that provides Christmas presents

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County recognizes Daniel state championship teams

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Pickens County Council members recognized the Daniel High School girls’ cross-country and girls’ golf teams for winning Class 4A state championships at a meeting earlier this month.

The recognition came during council’s Dec. 3 meeting.

Council chairman Roy Costner read a resolution recognizing each team at the meeting.

“This is really cool stuff,” Costner said.

The resolutions recognized the leadership of Daniel principal Shannon

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The luckiest dog in America

Have you ever seen a program on CBS called “Lucky Dog?” We ran across this on a rainy Saturday morning, and my wish is that all our dogs could see it. It could be a tutorial for dogs in teaching them how to interact with humans in acceptable and desirable ways.

The man in “Lucky Dog” is somewhere in America and is like a super animal hypnotizer. He goes to shelters and rescues animals who are destined to be put down if not adopted within a certain period.

Dogs from the streets, abandoned dogs and unwanted dogs are all stars on this show.

Once an ownerless dog goes to Lucky Dog Ranch, he gets an expert

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Letters to the Editor

A red, white and blue Christmas

Dear Editor,

I was thinking about Christmas just now, and of how we live in such a great country. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a red, white and blue Christmas? Then I realized we already do. Well, song-wise we do.

First off, there’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” as sung by the late Gene Autry. Then there was “White Christmas,” as sung by the late Bing Crosby. Finally we have “Blue Christmas,” sung by the late Elvis Presley.

That would make red, white and blue. Just something to think about.

Eddie Boggs

Westminster