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Homeless shelter could be open by year’s end

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Community members, area businesses and local churches are helping make an emergency homeless shelter in Pickens County a reality.

The shelter is a longtime goal of Pastor Tracy Gantt, his wife, Sunshine, and their ministry.

“A lot of people have gotten involved in the project,” Sunshine Gantt said. “The community has stepped up, and we are very thankful.”

Pickens County Shelter of Hope will “fill the gap that’s been missing,” she said.

“It will be a place that can house a person in need when other

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2 die from injuries in accidents

EASLEY — Two Pickens County women died last week, days after they were injured in separate wrecks.

Pickens County Deputy Coroner Gary Duncan said Sandra Mason, 69, of 502 Blue Ridge St. in Easley, was hurt in an April 8 wreck on Calhoun Memorial Highway/U.S. Highway 123. The three-vehicle wreck happened as Mason was in a vehicle traveling south on U.S. 123 near the intersection of Cartee Road at around 3:15 p.m., Duncan said. Mason was wearing a seatbelt, he said.

Duncan also said Holly Lynn Gross, 30, of 101 Orchard St. in

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Officials discuss election issues

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Members of Pickens County Council and the Pickens County Legislative Delegation took no action after a discussion of the county’s elections process.

Delegation chairman Rep. Gary Clary chaired a joint meeting last week between the delegation, county council and the Pickens County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections.

In addition to Clary, delegation members Rep. Davey Hiott, Rep. Neal Collins and Rep. West Cox attended the meeting. Pickens County Council members Carl Hudson and Ensley

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Rain dampens Azalea Fest

Cold, wet weather made for a dampened Azalea Festival atmosphere in Pickens over the weekend. Despite the weather, however, hundreds showed up and had a good time at the annual cruise-in and concerts on Friday and full day of fun Saturday, as well as the new movie night on Thursday. Rocky Nimmons/Courier

Easter sunrise

Hillcrest Memorial Park hosted its annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday. The many who attended were greeted by the sounds of the Secona Praise Team, followed by a message delivered by former Pickens High School principal Marion Lawson.

 

Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Pickens County Meals on Wheels

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will pack two fundraisers into two days this week.

The organization’s home base, the McKissick Center for Senior Wellness, will host the first fundraiser on Friday — a dinner and concert featuring the Diamond River Band, according to executive director Kim Valentin.

“They are a great, eclectic Asheville-based band,” she said. “They specialize in country, classic rock and current hits with a

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Liberty sewer fee set to be eliminated

By Ron Barnett
Staff Reporter

rbarnett@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Liberty residents will have a little more jingle in their pockets than they’ve had for the past three years, starting next month.

That’s because a $2.80 fee that has been tacked onto their monthly sewer bills will be going away in May.

Money collected through the fee has gone to pay for a $180,000 sewer line reconstruction project, according to the city.

City council voted in April 2016 to add the $2.80 surcharge for 36 months to pay for replacing 2,000 feet of sewer line during reconstruction of the intersection of S.C. Highway 93 and U.S. Highway 178, according to city figures. The surcharge went into effect in May 2016.

 

LMSC Teen Miss Pickens County plans meet and greet at The Scoop

Nevaeh Grace Woodson was recently crowned LMSC Teen Miss Pickens County and LMSC Sparkle City Sweetheart. She is a sophomore at Daniel High school and will be representing Pickens County at the LMSC Little Miss and Teen Miss South Carolina pageants in July. Woodson is planning a meet and greet from noon-2 p.m. April 28 at The Scoop in Six Mile.

 

‘Music in the Park’ continues April 28 as Ole #4 performs

LIBERTY — The 2019 Spring Music Series “Music In The Park” began April 6 and will continue every Saturday until June 29 (skipping May 18 for the Spring Festival).

The events are scheduled each Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Sarlin Park off South Commerce Street downtown.

This Saturday, Ole #4 will perform. The Pickens-based group

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Happy 90th birthday

A surprise 90th birthday party was held on March 23 honoring Corene McCollum, mother of Betty Richards and Lois Porter. Many family members and friends attended the event, which was held at Pickens View Wesleyan Church.

 


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