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Daily Archives: 10/01/2019

Man charged with attempted murder

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — An Easley man is charged with attempted murder following a stabbing at a group home last week.

Jonathan Gregory McCall, 23, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chad Brooks said in a news release.

On Sept. 25, the sheriff’s office received reports of a stabbing at a local group home for young men in Easley, Brooks

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Easley opens park

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — More than a decade and a half after it was first proposed, the city of Easley’s newest park officially welcomed its first visitors Saturday morning.

The 38-acre Nalley Brown Nature Park is located at 380 Adger Road.

“This is a valuable but very unique addition to our park system,” Easley City Councilman Chris Mann said. “All of our parks to this point have been recreation fields for the most part, and some playgrounds.”

The Nalley Brown Nature Park is an

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PCSO: Report of deadly shooting

CENTRAL — After social media rumors about a deadly shooting in the Central area spread like wildfire Monday evening, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chad Brooks said deputies found no evidence a shooting had occurred.

In an email to media on Tuesday, Brooks said the reports were the result of an apparent prank call, “commonly referred to as ‘swatting.’”

Reports surfaced on social media Monday evening that multiple people had been

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Threat investigated at Pickens Middle

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Police investigated a threat found in a bathroom at Pickens Middle School last week.

According to a message principal James King sent to parents Sept. 24, staff discovered the threat written on the wall of a girls’ bathroom.

“Specifically, the writing said ‘there will be a bomb on Wednesday,’” King said.

He said the Pickens Police Department investigated immediately and that the department did not believe the threat to

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Former state rep remembered for service, dedication

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — Former State Rep. Claude Marchbanks, who died last week at age 96, was remembered Monday as a dedicated public servant — from his time as a Pickens County councilman to the dozen years he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives starting in the mid-1980s.

State Sen. Thomas Alexander, who represents Oconee and a portion of Pickens County, feels that Marchbanks’ experience in county government prepared him well when he went to Columbia. The senator also said Marchbanks

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Think pink for breast cancer awareness

The Courier is going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of those whose lives have been affected by this devastating disease, we will accent our front page with pink every week of October.

The pink ribbon has been synonymous with breast cancer for years. Nowadays, people rarely think twice when they see pink ribbons, having grown accustomed to the pink ribbon and what it symbolizes.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been celebrated each year since 1985, and many other breast cancer awareness initiatives have been devised since then. While the pink ribbon may seem like it’s been in use for just as long, it was actually established only a little more than 20 years ago.

Although you can see waves of pink every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many people don their ribbons year-round. Great strides have been made with respect to breast cancer, but with about 225,000 new cases popping up each year in the United States alone, there is still work to be done.

 

Building a bridge to the other side

You may or may not have heard about the new school in Easley, but you can bet that people all across the United States have heard of it, and many more will find out about it soon.

It’s called Lakes and Bridges Charter School, and it is one of only five free public schools in the nation for students with dyslexia.

That seems pretty out of whack to me, considering that a whopping one in five people are dyslexic. And that tuition to private schools that specialize in teaching such kids runs $25,000 a year and up.

So it’s no wonder that families have actually moved here from as far away as Massachusetts and North Dakota so their children could attend

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Pickens REC Report by Cheri Anthony

By Cheri Anthony
Pickens Recreation Director

canthony@pickenscity.com

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made Super Saturday so successful! The weather was perfect, which made the festivities fun for all. Also, thanks to all the parents who were so supportive of the children and to our neighbors from Easley, Pendleton and Seneca who came to play football.

I would like to commend the Spirit Queen participants. The combined efforts of these 20 young ladies raised $3,386.49, which will go toward our scholarship/recreation programs. One in particular is the renovation of Bruce Field. Way to go,

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Devils stay unbeaten

Following another weeks worth of games, the 10u Liberty Lady Devils softball team remains undefeated. The Lady Devils began the week on Sept. 24, against their self named rival, Clemson-Central Orange. After a weeks worth of trash talk, Liberty was expecting a tough battle, and the Lady Devils answered in a big way. Aubrey Moore provided another spectacular performance on the mound and a huge hit from Hayden Mitchell gave Liberty a 3-0 win to move to 6-0 on the season.

Next, the Lady Devils moved on to face Clemson Purple on the road. Liberty breezed to victory in the contest with Payton Watson throwing a nearly perfect game with the help of some strong defense around the diamond. The offense did its part as well, scoring runs at will in a 9-1 win. Now 7-0, Liberty will take a week off due to games being rescheduled.

Basketball signups open at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Basketball registration will be held from now through Oct. 25 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

The following age divisions are offered — 5-6 coed instructional; 7-8 boys and girls; 9-10 boys and girls; 11-12 boys and girls; and 13-14 boys and girls (provided enough girls register).

Following registration, a skills/evaluation day will be held for each age division. The registration fee provides a jersey

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