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Daily Archives: 10/22/2019

Stone’s legacy grows

Former sheriff inducted into state hall of fame

COLUMBIA — After retiring from a 44-year tenure as Pickens County sheriff in 2012, David Stone’s name will live forever in local history.

And now, thanks to his induction into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service last Friday, Stone’s legacy will be immortalized at the state level as well.

The longest-running sheriff in state history, Stone was one of seven law enforcement officers selected for induction into the hall of fame this year.

Stone was nominated for induction on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association by another longtime Upstate sheriff — Greenville County’s Johnny Mack Brown.

Brown’s nomination letter lauded Stone for leading

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Deputies on leave after deadly Easley shooting

Sheriff calls in SLED to investigate

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark has asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate an Easley man’s death in a deputy-involved shooting Saturday

Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Chad Brooks said in a news release that deputies responded at 2:48 p.m. to 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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County honors surviving POWs

Local celebrations set to mark Veterans Day

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Council passed a resolution in honor of Pickens County’s surviving prisoners of war this month, and two survivors were on hand for the vote.

Council passed the resolution during its Oct. 7 meeting in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.

County council chairman Roy Costner read the resolution aloud before the vote.

The rights and freedoms that Pickens County residents enjoy are not free, the resolution said.

Those freedoms “come at a cost to our patriots throughout our history, including sacrifices by those service members who were taken as prisoners of war,” Costner said.

Pickens County observed POW/MIA Recognition Day in South

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Not calling ‘wolf’

And now as we head down the final stretch of 2019, there are three things I believe we can pretty much count on to happen:

The weather is going to get a little cooler; a property tax notice from the Pickens County Treasurer is going to land in your mailbox; and the Pickens County Humane Society is going to be teetering on the brink of financial collapse.

For the past five years since the county council decided to cut the funding for the Humane Society — which some people don’t realize is not a county agency — the animal shelter out on Five Forks Road near Liberty has found itself on the edge of the fiscal cliff at the end of the

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Pickens man pleads guilty in worldwide child porn bust

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SPARTANBURG — A Pickens man pleaded guilty to producing, distributing and possessing child pornography.

Jeffrey Lee Harris, 31, pleaded guilty at a change of plea hearing in federal court in Spartanburg last week, United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon said.

Lydon said evidence presented at the hearing established that during an investigation involving individuals obtaining

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Robinson Memorial Gardens breaks ground on expansion

EASLEY — Robinson Funeral Homes held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 15 for its long-planned expansion of Robinson Memorial Gardens at 1425 Powdersville Road in Easley.

Robinson Memorial Gardens currently offers burial spaces, cremation niches and glass-front niches, mausoleum crypts, the Veterans’ Garden of Honor, and individual plots situated on 80-plus acres of rolling green hills in the Upstate.

With extensive design work by Davis and Floyd, Robinson is beginning construction on the expansion after years of planning. It will add 4.5 acres to the cemetery and incorporate a new garden mausoleum and pavilion with 200 crypts, 368 niches and more than 2,600 new ground

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Easley woman killed in accident

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — An Easley woman died Wednesday after a single-vehicle accident.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Kimberly Dawn Farmer, 53, of Cochran Road.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Farmer was traveling north on Ireland Road the morning of Oct. 16 when her 2002 Chevrolet SUV went off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Farmer was pronounced dead at the scene, Kelley said.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma, she said.

Farmer was wearing a seatbelt, Kelley said.

 

What’s the scoop on apples?

Did you know that some varieties of apples are better for you than others? Well, I didn’t know that. I thought an apple was an apple and they were all equally nutritious. I was wrong.

This discovery came about when I started thinking about going up to Hendersonville to get apples from the orchard.

We used to do this every year, but we make the trip less often now since I quit making apple jelly.

I started looking up recipes for fried apple pies, apple nut cake, apple butter and apple sauce. Also, baked apple dumplings and homemade mincemeat.

I knew Granny Smith apples are recommended for baking but ran across information about apples in general which was all

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A legend in the making

On a very cold night in February 1963, there was a high school basketball game played at the old Pickens High School gymnasium between the D.W. Daniel High School Lions and the Pickens High School Blue Flame.

This game not only set local records, but it also featured a young player who, years later, set numerous high school, college and professional basketball records. I am told some of these records are still intact.

His name was Pete Maravich, who later became known as “Pistol” Pete Maravich. I had the opportunity to play in that game. There were numerous major college scouts in the stands, as well as reporters. Please read my account of this game. I hope you enjoy it.

Throughout the earlier minutes of the game, we were two to four points

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Thoughts on DMVs, sugar and more

Dear Editor,

We need to increase federal government workers at the DMV, Social Security offices and post offices so we don’t have to wait in line so long. Also, government workers should be added so we don’t have to be put on hold when we call them. Also, government buildings waste money keeping them too cold in the summer and too hot in the winter. We should stop sending money to foreign countries and spend it here in our own country, where it is needed.

If the new prison does not have a chapel like the old one, it should. The prisoners need prayer and church services so

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