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Daily Archives: 02/05/2019

Officials update status of opioid lawsuit

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County officials hope a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers will enable the county to recoup some of the costs it has incurred as a result of the opioid epidemic.
County attorney Ken Roper said the lawsuit that Pickens County has joined is “still in the very early stages.”
At the last update by the Spartanburg-based Harrison White law firm, the firm handling the lawsuit, county officials were told the complaint was being amended to add some additional defendants, he said.
“In the course of defending some of the defendants that they had, they found some other parties that had been involved in marketing or selling the opioids,”

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‘Beyond our wildest imagination’

Homegrown company expanding in Easley

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A business that began in the trunk of a car is moving to a 52,000-square-foot building as the first tenant in a newly created multi-county industrial/business park in Easley.
Hal and Angel Rice announced the expansion of leisurewear company Under the Carolina Moon and its parent company Advertising Authorities during a joint meeting including Pickens County Council and Easley City Council members on Thursday evening at the Alliance Pickens office.
“This is an exciting time for us,” Hal Rice said.
Under the Carolina Moon will move from Grace Office Park to a new location at the intersection of U.S. Highway 123 and S.C. Highway 93 in Easley.
The new location will allow Under the Carolina Moon to expand its staff from

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County recognizes public servants

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Council and other county officials recently recognized the county’s top firefighters and public servants.
The recognition came during council’s January meeting.
As county attorney Ken Roper read each person’s name, they came forward and received a certificate of recognition from county emergency services

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Alliance: Lawsuit against drilling delaying progress

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
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PICKENS — The belief that residents and officials have to choose between strong energy policy and protecting the environment is “a false choice,” according to Kevin Doyle, Florida regional director of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA).
In December, Doyle and CEA Southeast regional director Tim Page asked Pickens County Council to approve a resolution in support of offshore drilling exploration.
Recently, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a motion in federal court aimed at blocking planned seismic testing and offshore drilling along the South Carolina coast. Wilson filed a motion to join a lawsuit against the federal government filed by 16 South Carolina cities and towns and the state

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Clemson apartment building evacuated for foundation issue

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
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CLEMSON — After officials said a downtown Clemson apartment building was sinking and cracks were found in the foundation, some of the students evacuated Friday have been allowed to return — but not those living on the ground floor.
Clemson planning and codes director Todd Steadman told city council at its meeting Monday night that his department met with an engineering team from the group that owns the 114 Earle Street Apartments, the owner and project engineers.
“As of 45 minutes ago, we have received a letter from the engineer that the building is safe for habitation,” Steadman said.
Steadman said lower-level residents won’t be able to return for now because

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Decades-old Clemson University barn a ‘total loss’ after fire

By Riley Morningstar
Courtesy The Journal
rmorningstar@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — A fire early Friday morning consumed and destroyed a Clemson University recreation building that had stood for nearly a century.
Emergency personnel responded to a report of a fire alarm at Clemson’s Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
“The first engine arrived to find smoke showing, and when they made entry, there was heavy fire in the building,” Clemson University Fire Department Chief Bill Daniel said. “We called for additional resources and protected the adjacent office buildings with our vehicles, so we focused on protecting those. No injuries have been reported. We’re truly blessed.”
Clemson University spokesman John Gouch said the destroyed building — known as the “Y Barn” — had been a staple on campus for decades.
Gouch said the university’s new outdoor adventure center is planned to be

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Liberty Middle School hoops team goes from worst to first

LIBERTY — Coming off a long 0-13 season a year ago, the Liberty Middle School boys’ basketball team completed quite the worst-to-first bid this year.
Led by coach Charlie McKenzie, the boys wrapped up their regular season on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a 37-27 victory over Honea Path. It was a hard-fought contest throughout, but the Falcons finally seized control of the game in the third quarter.
After returning six players from last season’s squad, the win improved their overall record to 11-2 and pushed their conference record to a league-best 9-1 to secure the regular season AOP Conference Division III championship.
After the regular season-ending victory, the players were able to cut down the

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YAMs to host radio show on Saturday

PICKENS — The Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) will host a radio show at the Hagood Community Center auditorium from 7-9 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9.
Anderson-based Electric City Bluegrass — 104.7 FM — will produce the show.
Three well-known groups will be entertaining. Sweet Potato Pie Kids is the performing band for YAM. The band of 10 middle-schoolers will amaze attendees with their musical skill and on-stage presence. SPPKids play 40-50 gigs a year. Many of the kids are also instructors for the YAM program.
Danielle Yother started out at the age of 8 in the original YAM program at Holly Springs Elementary. She now plays guitar, mandolin, and bass and is a

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County council recognizes Tigers for championship

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
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PICKENS — “Today’s a fun day,” Pickens County Council Chairman Roy Costner said Monday night, just before council passed a resolution honoring “the Clemson University Fighting Tigers” for winning the 2018 college football national championship.
Costner read the resolution aloud following a unanimous vote.
Clemson University is a “great source of pride for the county and its citizens,” the resolution said.
Throughout the 2018 college football season, the Clemson Tigers were “an ever-present example of tenacity, competitiveness and commitment to excellence,” the resolution said.
These qualities reflect the best of “both the history and the spirit of Pickens County and her citizens,” the resolution said.
“To the delight of Clemson alumni and fans, as well as the citizens of Pickens County,  the Tigers

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Courier Obituaries 2-6-19

EVELYN ALLGOOD

PICKENS — Evelyn Heath Allgood, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.
Mrs. Allgood was born in Greenville County, daughter of the late Courtney and Zelpha Cheek Heath. She was formerly employed with Sangamo Electric, and she retired from the Singer Company in Pickens. Following her retirement, she enjoyed working at Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor in Easley. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and the T.E.L. Sunday school class.
Survivors include her children, Elaine A. Cauthen (Rex) of