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The beautiful aerial view of downtown Easley above, taken by Roy Costner IV after Sunday’s winter storm, was one of more than 150 photos submitted by readers on the Courier’s Facebook page this week. To see more of the photos, turn to page 1B or like


Whooping cough case confirmed

EASLEY — School District of Pickens County officials said last week a case of whooping cough had been identified at Crosswell Elementary School in Easley.

In a letter sent to parents by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Upstate DHEC regional medical director Dr. Tracy Murphy said anyone who attended or visited the school between Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 may have been exposed to the disease.

Also konwn as pertussis, whooping cough is a contagious disease that

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Final parades this weekend

COUNTY — The Pickens County Christmas parade season will come to a close this weekend, but with two events scheduled at different times than they were originally planned.

After winter weather forced its postponement last weekend, Dacusville has scheduled its “Christmas in the Country” parade for 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 15.

The city of Easley’s Christmas “Parade of Lights” was also scheduled for last Saturday but has been canceled after the weekend winter storm.

The city of Pickens had the final parade in the county planned for this Friday, but a rainy forecast

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Storm cancels school, knocks out power for thousands

COUNTY — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Duke Energy officials were still working Tuesday to restore power to local residents affected by a weekend winter storm.

The storm dropped up to eight inches of snow and ice on parts of Pickens County, according to Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Greer office.

More than 3,000 Pickens County residents lost power during the event, which also led the School District of Pickens County to cancel school on

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Capital City Chorale set to performed at performing arts center


LIBERTY — All are invited to enjoy the Capital City Chorale, South Carolina’s Premier African-American Festival Chorus, during this year’s Capital City Christmas Concert at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center. The one-night show will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22.

Founded in 1995, the Capital City Chorale leaves every audience spellbound by its unique delivery of African-American spirituals and uplifting gospel music. All who experience them live in concert enjoy their dynamic rich vocals and artistic interpretations.

Over time, the chorale has also been featured entertainment for numerous

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Liberty High improv group plans show

LIBERTY — Liberty High School’s improv troup will combine Christmas cheer and Christmas comedy this week.

Walking Shadows director David Holland said Friday’s show is the “Second Annual Christmas Special to End All Christmas Specials.”

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Liberty High School.

“We’re doing something a little different this year,” Holland said. “We’re adding a long narrative to kind of connect the whole show together.”

The show will “explore Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future,” he said.

“We’re going to steal from Dickens a little bit and do this,” Holland said. “We’ll have one player who isn’t in the Christmas spirit. We’re going to get

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County recycling centers set to open day after Christmas

PICKENS — All Pickens County recycling centers will be open on Wednesday, Dec. 26, county officials announced recently. The centers stopped opening on Wednesdays in July.

The Wednesday opening will be only for the day after Christmas, and centers will resume Wednesday closing on Jan. 2.


Sheriffs’ association warns of potential phone scam

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is asking everyone to exercise caution when receiving phone calls requesting donations on behalf of the association.

The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association operates a robust honorary membership program, but does not solicit via telemarketing, according to a

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Central recreation center offering two free weeks

CENTRAL — The Central-Clemson Recreation Center will have two weeks of free membership open to anyone in the community.

The two weeks are Dec. 16-22 and Jan. 6-12.

Guests will be able to take classes, use the weight room, swim and more for free.

For more information, including full details and restrictions, call the recreation center at (864) 624-1138.


Annual Celtic Christmas event planned

PICKENS — The music of the Appalachian region was heavily influenced by the influx of Scotch and Irish immigrants, and this influence has been integral in the development of American folk music traditions.

With Christmas approaching and the New Year beckoning, Hagood Mill will once again to honor local musical traditions by hosting songs of the season at the annual Memorial Celtic Christmas program, to be held this

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