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Graduations set Saturday

COUNTY — Pickens County high school seniors will walk across a stage and into their futures on Saturday morning.

Hundreds of students will receive their diplomas as Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens high schools hold graduation ceremonies at their football stadiums on Saturday morning.

Graduations are planned at 8:30 a.m. at each of the four schools. Although rain was not in the forecast at press time Tuesday, the schools each have plans to move graduation into the gymnasium in case of inclement weather.

For more detailed information about each of the four schools’ graduations, visit


Belt-tightening to put Liberty back in black

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — Liberty officials see a path to putting the city’s finances back in the black.

But that plan won’t come without changes.

Officials held an information session May 16 at the Rosewood Center. Another is planned for June 3.

“We’re not here to throw stones at any previous mayor or any previous council,”

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Names to be added to Clemson Scroll of Honor in Memorial Day ceremony

By Ken Scar
Clemson University

CLEMSON — Two names will be added to Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor — the monument that recognizes Clemson alumni who died on active military service — in a Memorial Day ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Carroll Biggerstaff, class of 1920, and Theodore Williams Gaines, class of 1909, were identified as qualifying for the Scroll of Honor through research by U.S. Air Force Maj. Brock Lusk of Clemson’s aerospace studies departemnt.

Biggerstaff, of Rowesville, South Carolina, left Clemson College in January 1918 and joined the Army’s Aviation Corps. He was commissioned as a

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American Legion plans Memorial Day events

PICKENS — In honor of Memorial Day, Pickens American Legion Pots 11 has planned three events around the area on Monday, according to public relations officer Joe Acampora.

The first event will be a memorial service scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Sunrise

Issaqueena rides again

People packed Six Mile’s Main Street for the annual Issaqueena Festival on Saturday. Beautiful weather made for a large crowd to enjoy all the food, live music, arts and crafts, classic cars and more the festival had to offer.

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PPCCDC annual golf tournament

PICKENS — Pickens Presbyterian Church Child Development Center’s sixth annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Pickens Country Club. Registration is set for 9 a.m., with a shotgun start getting underway at 9:30 a.m. The

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Womanless beauty pageant scheduled June 10 in Pickens

PICKENS — A womanless beauty pageant is planned at the Pickens Senior Community Center on Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

The price of admission is $5 for the event, written by Carol Baker, directed by Helen Dodgens and narrated by Mark Krieger. The contestants — all male of course — will be introduced by Sarah Allison and Baker.

Patsy Nix and Wayne O’Shields also have parts in the pageant. The pageant band will

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Courier Letters to the Editor 5-24-17

Keep your hands off our funds

Dear Editor,

This letter is to all the politicians who keep calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlement” programs. I’ve got some hot news for you uninformed politicians.

These programs are business deals we workers made with our government. The deal

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Reece family reunion planned for May 28

PICKENS — The descendants of John and Ader Cantrell Reece will meet for their annual family reunion on May 28.

The reunion will be held at Mountain Grove Baptist Church, located at 644 E. Preston McDaniel Road in Pickens, with dinner starting at 1 p.m.

Cups, plates, ice and utensils will be provided.

Everyone is asked to bring a well-filled basket and enjoy fellowship.


Juarez named Scholar Technician of the Year

COUNTY — Alliance Pickens, in partnership with the School District of Pickens County, recently announced Freddy Juarez of the Pickens County Career and Technology Center and Easley High School as the winner of the 2017 Pickens County Scholar Technician of the Year Award.

Sponsored by Alliance Pickens, the Scholar Technician of the Year is an annual award honoring technical competence in Pickens County high school students. This year, the honor

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comes with a $500 “Career Starter Fund” from Alliance Pickens. The two runners-up for the award received Career Starter Funds of $250 each.

Juarez is an active participant in the electricity program at the Career and Technology Center. He was one of the very first people in Pickens County to be hired by era-contact USA, the world’s leading railroad connectivity company, which recently announced the construction of its new North American manufacturing headquarters at the Pickens County Commerce Park in Liberty.

“Freddy’s hard work and the excellent program at the CTC combined to secure him a great job straight out of high school. He is the kind of success story we love to see in a Scholar Technician,” said Ray Farley, executive director of Alliance Pickens. “His maturity and dedication to his trade made him stand out among his peers, and Freddy is a perfect example of a highly-skilled graduate that employers hope to find when they locate in Pickens County.”

Alliance Pickens is a public/private economic development organization whose primary mission is to attract, retain and increase the number of jobs and increase the tax base in Pickens County.

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