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Daily Archives: 11/05/2019

Former county council chairman Smith fined for ethics violations

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

RICHLAND COUNTY — Former Pickens County Council chairman Neil Smith was recently fined $3,500 after admitting to two violations of the state’s Ethics Act.

Last month, the State Ethics Commission issued a consent order in the matter. Smith is named as respondent in the order.

The commission found Smith in violation of one count of Section 8-13-700 (A) and one count of Section 8-13-700(B).

The violations are in regard to acts booked at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center, then known as the Liberty

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Police: Armed man damages 123 businesses

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — An Easley man faces multiple charges after police say he damaged several businesses on U.S. Highway 123 while resisting arrest Monday night.

Baley Derrick Morris, 23, of Buddin Street, is charged with three counts of malicious damage to property, damage to city property, first-degree burglary and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, according to an Easley Police Department incident report.

An Easley police officer was patrolling the Lowe’s parking lot on Monday evening when he saw a suspicious person

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SCDOT working on road projects across county

PICKENS — The South Carolina Department of Transportation’s 10-year strategic plan to rebuild South Carolina’s roads and bridges is making strides in Pickens County in its third year.

Crews are out in full force working to make roadways smoother and safer for the traveling public, according to a news release from the department. The plan is funded by an annual 2-cent increase in the state’s gas tax for six years. The tax increase began on July 1, 2017.

SCDOT marked the beginning of the third year of the plan on July 1.

“We are currently at our highest level of activity on South Carolina’s roadways,” SCDOT spokeswoman Lauren Roeder said in the news release. “The four programs in

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US attorney, Upstate solicitors tackling gun crimes

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

GREENVILLE — The federal government and area solicitors are teaming up in an effort to secure longer prison terms for gun charges.

U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon and several Upstate solicitors announced the partnership Thursday morning at the Greenville County Courthouse.

“Reducing violent crime in South Carolina is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office,” Lydon said.

She said one of her biggest shocks after taking office was “just how many shots are fired on the streets of our communities.”

“Because of advances in technology, we now have equipment that can tell us how many shots are being fired in a

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Lady Flame play for Upper State crown

PICKENS — During second- and third-round action of the Class 4A state volleyball playoffs last week, the Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame took down Region I foe Wren and then defeated Orangeburg-Wilkinson to reach the Upper State championship.

Pickens defeated Wren for the third time this season in straight sets in second-round action of the state volleyball playoffs Oct. 29 in the Peggy Harden Anthony Gymnasium at Pickens High School. The Region I-4A champion Lady Blue Flame downed Wren 25-14, 25-14, 25-10.

The Lady Blue Flame defeated Orangeburg-Wilkinson in three sets in the third

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Liberty girls cap perfect season

LIBERTY — The 10-and-under Liberty Lady Devils softball team have wrapped up a historic season.

The Lady Devils dominated their opponents throughout the regular season, finishing 12-0 and winning every game by three runs or more.

Still, the Liberty girls faced stiff competition as they went for the Tri-County Championship over the weekend.

The first stop for the Devils was against the Clemson Purple team on Friday. Liberty shellacked the team from Tiger

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Motorcyclist dies day after hitting deer

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — An Easley man died Wednesday, one day after striking a deer with his motorcycle.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Harold Thomas Hammond Jr. of Frontier Drive.

Kelley said Hammond hit a deer on Latham Road at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

He was pronounced dead at Prisma Health Greenville Wednesday evening, she said.

Hammond died from a head injury, Kelley said. He was 23.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating

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Appreciate your right to vote

I wasn’t around 100 years ago, but I can imagine what discussions about the radical notion of allowing women to vote must have sounded like around here in the year 1919.

“Well, you know we’ll be on the road to ruination if we let these ladies vote,” Jasper P. Goodbody might have said, snapping the strap on his suspenders for emphasis.

“Yeah, they’ll even try to elect a woman president one of these days and make a law requiring men to help out with the cookin’ and cleanin’,” his buddy Willie T. Melonhead might reply, spewing a stream of tobacco juice out the corner of his mouth to punctuate his disdain for the dystopian future he imagined women’s suffrage would bring about.

I’m sorry, ladies, but our Founding Fathers didn’t think y’all were smart

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An ode to Cynthia’s ‘leaves’

Oh how majestic a tree may be

It fills one with inspiration

When Cynthia sees the leaves a-fallin’

They fill her with anticipation

When the ground is covered to the hilt

It makes her want to wilt

With nary a leaf left on a tree

They make her want to flee

But with rake so true and head so somber

She proceeds to give them all a number

Ah one, ah two, ah three

Aw, that’s too boring for thee

Methinks I shall name them

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-6-19

In memory of Harward

Dear Editor,

I was shocked and hurt to hear about Lucy Harward passing away. She was a very special, smart, kind lady who shared her talents with others at the Pickens Senior Center.

She founded the Fiber Arts Center there, where she taught fiber arts skills and actively volunteered. Her special creations are displayed there. She was recognized many times for her quilts and designed the quilt square for the

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