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Gettys teacher helps Kershaw school deal with tornado damage

By Riley Morningstar

Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — On a fall morning in 2018, Nicole Yemothy’s livelihood was left smoldering after a fire ripped through her Seneca home.

Multiple family pets died of smoke inhalation. It took 11 months for the home on Shady Lane to be rebuilt.

Now, the 2019-20 School District of Pickens County Teacher of the Year is looking to use her

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Easley officials asked to support Boys & Girls Club

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Two local organizations hope to bring a Boys & Girls Club to the area.

Caring and Nurturing CEO and founder Candius Welborn spoke to Easley City Council during its Jan.13 meeting.

Caring and Nurturing seeks “to uplift our youth by promoting education,” she said.

She was joined by representatives from the Faith Hope & Love Foundation.

The groups want to establish a Boys & Girls Club in Pickens County.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is “to enable all

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Deadline approaching to buy bricks for Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The deadline to order bricks that will form a walk at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park in Easley is approaching.

Friday, Jan. 31, is the last day to order bricks.

The park, the result of an effort known as Operation Dragonfly, is located adjacent to the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library.

Its centerpiece, an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, was installed on Dec. 12.

The helicopter is a replica of the one flown by Hampton when she was shot down

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Acker Lambert Hinton PA welcomes new attorney

PICKENS — A lifelong resident of Pickens County, attorney Baker Cleveland is joining the Acker Lambert Hinton P.A. law firm.

After graduating from Easley High School in 2000, he attended Clemson University and graduated cum laude in 2005 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a minor in business administration. Cleveland earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Cleveland was named senior articles editor of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, served as a peer mentor and worked as a summer associate for Nexsen Pruet in

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Signups now open for soccer, volleyball

PICKENS — Registration is now open for the spring soccer and volleyball seasons at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, and applications will only be taken through this Friday, though registration will be open through Jan. 31.

For soccer, the following coed age divisions are offered — 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Depending

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Pickens Revitalization Association names Main Street Challenge finalists

PICKENS — The Pickens Revitalization Association recently announced the finalists for the Main Street Challenge, an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in Pickens.

Pickens Revitalization Association will award two cash incentives in the amount of $5,000 or one cash incentive in the amount of $10,000 for start-up businesses or new concepts, which must then open a new location or introduce their new concept in Pickens by May 1, 2020. The money offered to the winner(s) will take the form of a potentially forgivable loan, determined

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Winter Bluegrass Jubilee set for this weekend in Pickens

PICKENS — The Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) will hold its annual indoor music festival, the Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, this Saturday at Pickens High School.

This year’s band lineup includes Sister Sadie, Carolina Blue, ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, West End String Band, New Dixie Storm, Young Appalachian Musicians school groups, Sweet Potato Pie Kids, Ella and Mary, and Luke Deuce.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem by Ansley Burns. Workshops currently include a banjo workshop with Gena Britt, a fiddle workshop with Deannie Richardson, music in education with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, the traditional

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Courier Community Calendar 1-22-20

• Annual wellness fair set for Library

The second annual wellness fair is planned at the Sarlin Community Library in Liberty on Saturday, Jan. 25. The even will have information and representatives from the YMCA, Ingles Pharmacy, Central-Clemson Recreation Center and more.Attendees will be entered into a prize drawing from a local business.

• Baha’is set to host ‘Light of the World’

Baha’is of Pickens County will host a viewing of “Light to the World.” The public is invited to watch the film at Easley’s Hampton Memorial Library on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3-4:30 p.m. The film offers an overview of the life of Baha’u’llah and the history and current progress of the Baha’i Faith around the world.

Classes forming to learn to play Appalachian music

COUNTY — Enrollment is now underway for classes to help local residents learn to play the banjo, fiddle, guitar or mandolin.

The new six-week session will begin the week of Feb. 10, on various evenings at various locations (listed below). The program is open to students from third grade through adults of all ages and is designed to teach students to play Appalachian music. Beginners are welcome.

The cost is $60 for the six-week session, and rental instruments are available and can be reserved if needed. Anyone interested in registering for the new session should contact one of the following program directors:

• Clemson: Mondays at Clemson UMC (300 Frontage Road). Contact: Susan Ware-Snow,

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Soapstone Baptist Church Fish Fry Fundraiser is this Saturday

Soapstone Baptist Church Fish Fry Fundraiser is back this Saturday. Soapstone Baptist Church has an important place in South Carolina history with a lasting legacy. Ms. Mable Clark‘s effort in preserving this landmark needs the support of all in the area. The Fish Fry Fundraiser’s proceeds are by far the life-blood that keeps historic church alive. Don’t miss the delicious food and wonderful fellowship.

Soapstone Baptist Church invites everyone to first month special fundraiser of 2020 at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, January 18. The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon – 7 p.m. Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish fry, barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings right.

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