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Police: Man stabbed brother

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Police said a man was arrested Monday night after stabbing his brother in Liberty.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chad Brooks said in a news release that deputies were dispatched to a home at 1620 Ruhamah Road around 6 p.m. Monday night.

Upon arrival, deputies were told an altercation between two adult

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Man sentenced in cousin’s death

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Pickens man was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison last week after admitting to shooting and killing his cousin.

Timothy Keith Poole, 42, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and desecration of human remains on Oct. 2, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a news release.

Assistant solicitor Baker Cleveland presented evidence during trial

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New jail opening delayed

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Sheriff Rick Clark says a problem with doors at the county’s new jail has pushed back the opening of the facility.

Clark gave an update on the jail during county council’s October meeting Monday night.

“We’re getting close,” he said. “It looks great.”

The gap beneath the closed doors of cells is only supposed to be no more about five-

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School district gets high scores, ratings

PICKENS — There is plenty of rosy news coming out of the School District of Pickens County, as district officials announced recently that students exceeded both the state and national average on the SAT this year and the county’s schools all scored average or better ratings on statewide school report cards released by the South Carolina Department of Education

The SAT is used by a majority of colleges and universities as an entrance exam consisting of two sub tests — math and

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County officials talk gun control

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Local residents and Pickens County Council members spoke out Monday against red flag laws, which they say violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

A red flag law is a gun control law that permits police or relatives to petition a state court to order the temporary confiscation of firearms from a person who allegedly presents a danger to others.

Resident Grayson Grant said red flag laws “are extremely unconstitutional.”

He said the laws violate the First and Second Amendments.

“‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’” Grant said. “’Shall not be infringed’ is pretty

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Rice, Hiott plan town hall

LIBERTY — Two Pickens County legislators have planned a town hall meeting for Oct. 17 in Liberty.

Rep. Davey Hiott

Sen. Rex Rice and Rep. Davey Hiott will meet with constituents from 6-8 p.m. at the Meals on Wheels building, located at 349 Edgemont Ave.

Local residents are invited to attend and voice any concerns they may have.

 

Basketball signups open at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Basketball registration will be held from now through Oct. 25 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

The following age divisions are offered — 5-6 coed instructional; 7-8 boys and girls; 9-10 boys and girls; 11-12 boys

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City on the grow

PICKENS — Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce officials are excited about the growth being seen in Pickens.

Several new businesses have recently held ribbon-cutting ceremonies as they opened for business in the community.

 

LWV sets meeting schedule for rest of year

CLEMSON — The League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area has announced its meeting schedule for the rest of the

year.

Upcoming meetings are at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 15 at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Clemson with guest speaker Matthew Saltzman, who will talk about redistricting in South Carolina.

Events of the past year or so have brought vast changes to the redistricting landscape. The LWV will review recent

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Ministry gives shelter update

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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COUNTY — Efforts to create an emergency homeless shelter in Pickens County are still moving forward, with portions of the building’s renovations halfway done.

Pastor Tracy Gantt and First Lady Sunshine Gantt gave an update on the project’s progress to their social media followers recently, taking them on a virtual tour of the renovation.

“We’re excited about helping these folks complete this project,” J. Davis Construction pre-construction manager Tim Winchester said. “We appreciate the opportunity and we’re thankful for all the volunteers that have come in. We look

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