Daily Archives: 04/02/2019

Inmates charged in jail assault

PICKENS — Two Liberty men already behind bars are facing more charges after an assault against another inmate last month at the Pickens County Detention Center.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents have charged Tedric Lavadas Valentine and Zachery Keith Bishop with second-degree assault and battery, SLED spokeswoman Bobbi Schlatterer said in a news release.

The attack occurred in the detention center on March 6.

Warrants allege Bishop struck the victim multiple times in the head, face and abdomen and Valentine struck the victim

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Vander Linden wins District 7 school board race

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The Pickens County School Board’s newly created District 7 seat has finally been filled after a four-month ordeal that ended in a special election last week.

Retired educator Alice Hendricks Vander Linden beat local businessman Phillip Healy 434 votes to 201 to win the seat in the March 26 race.

After a November general election in which Healy appeared to win the seat by just 21 votes, Vander Linden appealed the outcome. Vander Linden’s appeal was upheld following a review by the county election board. The board found that an issue with some voting machines led to the use of 137 fail-safe ballots that didn’t

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Art and Heritage

Holly Springs Center plans Quilt and Art Show

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The Holly Springs Center will host a combination quilt and art show in conjunction with the Azalea Festival in April.

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail turns quilts into square patterns that are installed on area buildings. The trail features more than 250 quilt squares, according to Cindy Blair with UHQT.

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail rents space at the Holly Springs Center for its Pickens County studio, its newest studio. Blair said the trail has two other studios — one in Westminster and one in Anderson.

The show is a chance to show off the Pickens County studio’s work and introduce people to the UHQT.

“The show that we’re putting on is going to celebrate our 10th

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Valentin named new Meals on Wheels director

LIBERTY — When Meta Bowers’s nearly eight-year tenure as Pickens County Meals on Wheels executive director ended in January, the organization’s board of directors did not have to look far to find her replacement.

The board announced last week that Kim Valentin, who has served the organization as its development and funding coordinator for more than two years, has been promoted to executive director.

As development and fundraising coordinator, Valentin has cultivated new and existing donor relationships, organized

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No serious injuries after tanker crash on US 123

By Ron Barnett

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — A tanker truck overturned after crashing into a truck pulling a utility trailer near the Greenville-Pickens Speedway last week, but no one was seriously hurt, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The tanker truck was carrying liquid latex, none of which was spilled, according to Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis. A hazmat team was on the scene after the March 26 accident checking for any environmental damage.

The tanker truck was traveling north toward Greenville on U.S. Highway 123 shortly before 9:30 a.m. and crossed the centerline as it turned left onto S.C. Highway 124, Hovis said. It collided with the other truck as it was heading to get onto U.S. 123 in the opposite direction, Hovis said.

The driver of the truck pulling a trailer was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, the trooper said. His injuries were not life-threatening, he said. The driver of the tanker truck was unhurt.

“He was actually pretty fortunate,” Hovis said.

The tanker crashed through a section of guardrail and ended up on its side just yards from the raceway fence.

Liquid latex is a common ingredient used in such products as face paint.

The accident shut down parts of U.S. 123 for several hours as crews cleaned up the debris.


Pavilion opening in Dacusville April 6

DACUSVILLE — The grand opening of the Dacusville pavilion is set for April 6. Gates at the event will open at 4 p.m. Special guests Little Roy and Izzy will begin their show beginning at 6 p.m. The Sweet Potato Pie Kids will open the show.

The pavilion is located at The Dacusville Community Center, 2671 Earls Bridge Road, in Dacusville.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available, and those in attendance are asked to bring lawn chairs. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate the day of the event. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

At 6:00 p.m., the Sweet Potato Pie Kids will open the show!  These young musicians are loaded with talent!
At 7:00 p.m., The Little Roy and Lizzy Show will be here to entertain our community. Their show is a lively and always fun mix of bluegrass, country, comedy and classic gospel.


Tickets may be purchased from the Dacusville Country Food Mart, Farmer’s Market, Norton Real Estate or any Community Club member.  You may also call 864-270-1599.
No alcohol. No coolers. NO DOGS.
Bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.
This event will be held rain or shine.  No refunds.
Come hungry and leave happy.


Defender asks for more staff in future

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Thirteenth Judicial Circuit public defender Chris Scalzo is asking Pickens County Council to consider helping his office add more staff in future years.

Scalzo gave an update to Pickens County Council during a recent meeting.

Scalzo is requesting $296,564 in funding from Pickens County for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

His request is $8,728 more than Pickens County’s portion of his office’s funding for the current fiscal year.

Scalzo said that increase is primarily to cover a 3 percent increase in employee salaries.

“It’s not a request for any positions,” he said.

The $216,258 in funding Pickens County provided in fiscal year

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Six Mile Issaqueena Festival is Saturday

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

SIX MILE — The annual Issaqueena Festival is happening this Saturday, April 6, on Main Street in Six Mile. The festival, which takes place in concurrence with the Greater Clemson Music Festival, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival includes a whole host of activities including: craft and food vendors, inflatables and games for kids, music and entertainment, and even the blood mobile. In addition to the activities, a pound cake contest will be held at the festival. Pound cakes are to be dropped off at the Roper Building of the Six Mile Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. From there, judging will begin and a winner will be chosen. All

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Easley Spring Fling is Saturday

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Easley’s Spring Fling will feature more than 130 vendors this Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Old Market Square.

City clerk and farmers marker manager Lisa Chapman said the festival will feature two entertainment stages.

The Easley Combined Utilities stage will host dance performances and acoustic performances.

“There will be jazz bands all day long on the amphitheater stage,” Chapman said.

The Easley Community Band will play from 9-9:30 a.m. They’ll

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Dilworth named Liberty High boys’ basketball coach

LIBERTY — Jonathan Dilworth, who has led the Liberty High School Red Devil girls’ basketball team for the past five seasons, has been named boys’ basketball coach for next school year.

Dilworth will also continue in his role as associate athletic director at the school.

“Coach Dilworth has earned the trust and respect of our community, faculty and staff, and most importantly our student-athletes,” Liberty principal Josh Oxendine said. “I have great confidence in his ability to thrive and lead in this new role.”

Dilworth is a product of the School District of Pickens County

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