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Police: Woman says she was kidnapped, pushed into lake

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a woman said she was kidnapped from her home in Pickens and later pushed into Lake Keowee in Oconee County.

“Detectives from the sheriff’s office are following the standard protocols that are taken with all investigations to include the canvassing of area businesses and residents for potential witnesses and/or video from surveillance security systems,” PCSO chief deputy

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Welcome to the 34th annual Azalea Festival this Friday and Saturday

SPECIAL 34th Annual Azalea Festival Edition inside this weeks Pickens County Courier Print Edition!


When the Azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates!”

For 34 years, Pickens has celebrated spring by throwing an arts and entertainment based and family-friendly celebration — the Pickens Azalea Festival.

Each April, the Azaleas bloom, artisans and crafters come out, and the community joins together to celebrate spring in the city of Pickens. Celebrate is exactly what they do! Presented by the Pickens Azalea

Festival Committee and hosted by area nonprofit and civic organizations, the Pickens Azalea Festival boasts the largest gathering of crafters, artisans and entertainers in the county, and quite possibly the Golden Corner!

The Azalea Festival is also somewhat of a large family reunion, giving

SDPC asks for public input on projects

PICKENS — The School District of Pickens County is asking for the public’s input on its scheduled 2018-2019 federal projects.

A public meeting is scheduled at the Curtis Sidden Administrative Building at 1348 Griffin Mill Road in Easley from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on April 26, according to a news release.

The meeting will focus on a Title II project on teacher quality, a Title

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Budget calls for 28 new hires at sheriff’s office

New county jail to bring challenges

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Pickens County’s new jail will require additional employees to address a higher number of inmates, according to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe.

The new jail was discussed as part of a budget workshop held by Pickens County Council and county staff April 9.

Staff recommended that 28 positions be added to the sheriff’s office in the proposed fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, county finance director

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Baptist Easley announces

EASLEY — The Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation has named a new manager, Candi Forester-Smith.

Forester-Smith comes to the foundation with experience in nonprofit development, event planning and management and advocacy work. She previously served as the vice president of resource development with the United Way of Pickens County and as campaign manager for United Way of Oconee and Pickens counties. She most recently worked as a personal lines sales agent for BB&T Insurance Services in Easley.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in public administration with specialization in nonprofit management from Clemson University.

“Candi’s experience with managing a small office development program, along with her experience with volunteer boards and committees, event fundraising and marketing makes her an ideal candidate for this position,” Baptist Easley Hospital campus president Todd Walker said.

“I think what really earned her the position is her enthusiasm,” added

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New bathrooms open

New bathrooms are officially open at Jaycee Park in Pickens. “With opening day of baseball/softball season upon us, there’s no better time to put this building to good use,” Pickens Recreation director Cheri Anthony said. Former Pickens County Council member Randy Crenshaw was instrumental in helping secure the funds to pay for the new facility and was on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. “It has been a two-year long build, but we wanted Mr. Crenshaw to know how much the rec participants are going to enjoy this new facility,” Anthony said. “There was a need, and Mr. Crenshaw answered our prayers.” Pictured, from left, are Jamie Gravley of city of Pickens grounds and maintenance, Mayor David Owens, Crenshaw and Anthony.


911 call released in March Clemson armed robbery

CLEMSON — A March armed robbery that resulted in the arrests of two former Clemson University football players occurred at the Sloan Street apartment of a current member of the football team, according to a 911 call released last week.

Former Tiger running back C.J. Fuller and safety Jadar Johnson are

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Rogers golf tourney scheduled for April 21

PICKENS — The 14th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 21.

The tournament, which annually benefits a male and female senior basketball player from Pickens High School planning to attend a university, college or technical school, is set to kick off with a 2 p.m. shotgun start at Southern Oaks Golf Course.

The tournament will follow a captain’s choice format, and entry costs $75 per person or $300 per four-person team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100, $75 and $50, and prizes will be awarded for first, second- and third

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Upstate Alliance head briefs Pickens County Council on economic trends

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Economic development announcements that create thousands of new jobs are on the decline nationwide, but the changing landscape can provide opportunities, Upstate Alliance president John Lummus told Pickens County Council at a meeting earlier this month.

Upstate Alliance members have to respond to economic development trends in order to “not leave money on the table and jobs on the table,” Lummus said.

County council voted to rejoin Upstate Alliance last year. A previous

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Holliday, Murray exchange vows in medieval Scottish theme wedding

Kevin Holliday II and Lakyn Murray were united in marriage on Oct. 13, 2017, in a 5 p.m. ceremony at Occasions at Wedgefield. Erin Dwyer officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Price. She is a 2009 graduate of D.W. Daniel High School. She is employed at Walmart and Joanne’s Fabrics.

The groom is the son of Kevin Holliday and the late Melissa Carter. He is a 2010 graduate of D.W. Daniel High School. He is employed at A.E. Drilling Services LLC.

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