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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Liberty man faces child porn charges

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — A Liberty man faces 11 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Friday.

Scott James Hunter, 43, is charged with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, Wilson said.

Investigators said Hunter possessed and distributed files of child

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Tricks and Treats

The Pickens Revitalization Association and the Pickens Lions Club held the city’s first Halloween Hootenanny on Saturday at the downtown amphitheater. The event drew hundreds of people and featured trick or treating, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, games, a movie and much more. Bru Nimmons/Courier

 

Elections set for Tuesday

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Election time is here in Pickens County, and for the cities of Easley and Pickens, Tuesday’s voting will mark the end of an era.

The city of Pickens will have to replace one of the longest-tenured mayors in the county, as David Owens announced he would not be running for reelection in May. Owens, who has served as mayor for 16 years, will have his seat filled by the winner of the race between local businessman Jeff Derrick and current City Councilman Fletcher Perry.

Easley will also have to replace longtime mayor Larry Bagwell, who has

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Vote on early school start delayed

Community meetings on calendar planned next week

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — Pickens County School Board trustees announced Monday night they are delaying a vote on a 2020-21 school calendar with an early starting date of Aug. 4 to hear more input from the community.

“We just wanted to kind of put the brakes on it a little bit and listen and collect opinions to make sure everybody’s heard before we move quickly into this,” chairman Brian Swords said.

During a work session last Friday, district officials said a waiver had been approved for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to start school Aug. 4, 2020. But Swords said while the district feels fortunate to have been granted a waiver by the state, feedback from parents has included concerns about vacation plans and how the early

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Deputies involved in deadly shooting returned to duty

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark returned two deputies involved in a fatal shooting earlier this month to active duty on Friday.

On Oct. 19, deputies responded a report of a domestic disturbance at 278 Nursery Road in Easley.

After arriving, the deputies were “involved in a use-of-force incident that resulted in the death of an

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Man dies a week after SC 11 wreck

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

GREENVILLE — A Greer man died last week from injuries he suffered in a car crash in Pickens earlier this month.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Shaun Arness, of Twin Silo Court, Greer.

Kelley said the accident occurred at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, on S.C. Highway 11 at Crowe Creek Road.

Arness was hit head-on, Kelley said. He was wearing a seatbelt, she said.

He died from blunt force trauma on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Prisma Health Greenville, Kelley said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating, she said.

 

Hagood Mill hosts fall fundraiser

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — One of the songs performed at Saturday night’s fundraiser for the Hagood Mill Historic Site was “I’m Working On A Building.”

It was an appropriate selection, as some of the funds raised will go toward completing the mill site’s pavilion.

All the performers donated their time for Saturday’s event, which also featured a dinner, raffles and a silent auction.

“We’re going to have a good time,” Hagood Mill Foundation chairman Robert Sams told those in attendance.

Hagood Mill director Billy Crawford said the fundraiser will be an annual fall

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Pickens Lady Sparks win 100th consecutive match

 

PICKENS — The Pickens Middle School volleyball team completed its sixth consecutive undefeated season by winning the AOP Conference Division II Tournament title and stretched its winning streak to 100 straight matches under the direction of head coach Mellie Crumpton.

“Winning 100 matches in a row is an amazing accomplishment, and one that each and every player, present and past, should be proud of,” Crumpton said. “It doesn’t come by often, and it isn’t easy to do. We have had some amazing

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Leaves aren’t the only things that fall in fall

When fall finally gets here, I’m more than ready for it. It’s wonderful to go outside and feel the change in the air. Wednesday was just such a beautiful day. October’s bright blue sky, mild temperatures and the sun feeling warm on my back felt like heaven.

Warm, not hot. There’s a difference. We’d been to the flea market and bought some apples, because I wanted to make a fresh apple cake and an apple pie.

There are lots of recipes for fresh apple cake that call for walnuts, but I like the one like Grandmama used to make with pecans.

Also, she liked to mix her apples, as do I. This time we found Granny Smith and Pink Lady for $4 a peck. The apple seller let me mix the varieties and didn’t mind at all. Now that’s service.

We went home and Fowler switched to the farm truck, loaded a long metal pole and took along two half-bushel

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What do you think Eugenia would say?

I generally try to stay away from legal quagmires, but when the forces of Northern Aggression presume to inject incivility into something as pure and good as Duke’s mayonnaise and the legacy of the sweet sandwich-making lady who invented it 102 years ago, I feel compelled to weigh in on it.

Because here is a prime example of how Corporate America, in its ruthless pursuit of ever-larger piles of money, is threatening the very foundation of our nation’s cultural cohesion. Or at least our sense of what is real and authentic.

Let me explain.

You may know that Eugenia Duke started a business in Greenville in

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