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Man found dead after Liberty fire

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A 66-year-old Liberty man was found dead after a fire at his home Thursday morning.

Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Arnold Barry Case Sr.

 The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a joint investigation with the Liberty Fire Department on the structure fire at 401 Morning Dew Court, according to a news release from sheriff’s office chief deputy Creed Hashe.

The fire was reported at 11:20 a.m. Thursday. The caller said the home was on fire and that an occupant may have been trapped inside, Hashe said.

When fire and EMS personnel arrived on scene, they discovered heavy

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Online learning to replace SDPC makeup days

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — Starting with the upcoming school year, Pickens County students will no longer have to see their academic year extended to make up for inclement weather.

The school district formally announced Wednesday that it will pilot the eLearning program this year. As a result, students will be able to make up inclement weather days by completing assignments online.

“This is a change that I think our parents and students will be excited about, and I’m very grateful to the (Education Oversight Committee) for working with us to make it happen,” School District of Pickens County superintendent Danny Merck said. “The uncertainty surrounding inclement weather days has always been an issue as parents make plans,

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Liberty city administrator set to retire

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Liberty city administrator Shirley Hughes will be retiring at the end of the year.

Mayor Brian Petersen said Hughes submitted her resignation in a letter to the mayor and council Aug. 1.

Petersen said Tuesday that Hughes’ resignation is “purely driven by her functional and actual retirement.”

“The reality is it’s just time,” Petersen said.

He said Hughes wants to devote more time to her family and plans to move

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Back from Kenya

Friends and relatives are happy to know one of our Pickens County young ladies, who graduated from Easley High School in 2015, is home from Kenya, Africa. Emily Renee Pilgrim has been there completing an internship. Now home, Pilgrim plans to return to the University of South Carolina to complete her biology degree. She is the daughter of Phillip and Shirley Pilgrim of Easley. Her grandmother, Jesnut Mullinax, said she is very happy to have her back home in the United States.

 

Annual Pickens cheer camp a success


Foothills Gymnastics and Cheer Center conducted the Pickens Recreation Department’s annual cheer camp on Saturday, July 28. More than 60 girls participated as instructors demonstrated techniques in stretching, jumps, partner stunts/pyramids, motion drills, sideline chants and a dance. Kim Patterson and her instructors sponsored a wonderful day of fun and learning. Aaliyah Ferguson, right, won the “Most Team Spirit” award. She cheers for the 9-10 Pickens Blue Team. For her achievement, Ferguson will receive one free month of gymnastics, cheernastics or tumbling.

 

Porter’s Chapel to host free ‘Back 2 School Bash’

PICKENS — Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church will host a free community-wide “Back 2 School Bash” on from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. The event will provide a free meal, free school supplies and games.

Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 152 E. Preston McDaniel Road in Pickens. All are welcome at the event. For more information, call (864)313-9759. If no answer, please leave a message.

 

SDPC announces policy for free, reduced-price meals for 2018-19

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County recently announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

SDPC officials have adopted the household size and income criteria below for determining eligibility.

For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information on the application: (1) A SNAP or TANF case

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Women’s Equality Day next week in Clemson

CLEMSON — On Aug. 21, the League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area invites the public to its annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day, celebrating the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote.

Everyone is invited to drop in, celebrate the 19th Amendment’s 98th anniversary, enjoy refreshments and get acquainted.

The event will be held at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, located at 100

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Pickens, Greenville, Oconee schools agree on athletic passes for area senior citizens

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County, Greenville County Schools and the School District of Oconee County have agreed to honor each other’s senior citizen resident passes allowing free admission at athletic events.

Pickens County’s “Golden Apple Pass” allows county residents 65 years old or older to attend athletic events for free. Under the agreement, seniors will be able to support their teams at away games in Greenville or Oconee counties for free as well. The pass will continue, as it always has, to operate with the following restrictions:

The pass may not be used for pre-season jamborees or post-season

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Clemson voters to have say on Sunday alcohol sales

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — Clemson City Council has approved second and final reading of an ordinance seeking a November referendum to allow voters to determine whether to legalize Sunday alcohol sales in grocery and convenience stores throughout the city.

Clemson voters will decide in November whether grocery and convenience stores will join restaurants throughout the city in being allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. (File)

Last week, council voted 4-2 to approve first reading of the ordinance with council members Mark Cato and June Hay in opposition and Mayor J.C. Cook not in attendance. Council passed second reading Monday night with

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