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• United in prayer for life event planned

On Thursday, March 21, Cornerstone Christian and Music Store will present a special service “Uniting in Prayer For Life” from 7-9 p.m. This will be a participatory program of worship, repentance, communion, scripture reading, silent and spoken prayers for our country and its unborn citizens, led by Erica Raeh. All are invited.

Cornerstone Christian and Music Store is located at 1895 Gentry Memorial Highway, Easley (Solid Gold/Dalton Flats).

• PCLA plans spring book sale this month

The Pickens County Literacy Association’s annual spring book sale is scheduled for March 29-30 at the Pickens Presbyterian Church social hall.

This year, the PCLA has a large number of DVDs, cookbooks and fiction divided by popular authors.

Hours will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and 9 a.m.-6

Most county fire boards in disarray

Council asked to consider unified board

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Of Pickens County’s 13 fire boards, only a few actually function the way they were intended to, according to county officials.

Officials discussed fire boards and districts during county council’s Committee of the Whole meeting Feb. 25.

During that discussion, staff asked council to consider moving to a unified fire board.

“Our people are sold on this,” county administrator Gerald Wilson said.

In 2008, county council “made a big change in the way fire was provided in Pickens County,” county attorney Ken Roper said. Prior to that, there were “13 different fire districts with 13 different enabling ordinances and 13 different sets of rules on how they operated,” he said.

In 2008, county council standardized those ordinances into one

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Man sentenced for drug crimes

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — A Liberty man will serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to two drug-related crimes.

Jevon Chrzanowski, 44, was sentenced Thursday in federal court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S Attorney Sherri A. Lydon said in a news release.

Evidence presented to the court established that the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement

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School board reluctantly OKs new calendar

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — The Pickens County School Board unanimously but reluctantly approved the 2019-20 school calendar this week, which will see students report Aug. 19 and break for summer on June 3.

Trustees expressed reluctance due to the uniform start date passed by the state legislature several years ago, which requires the start of school no earlier than the third Monday in August. Educators hope for more flexibility on when to start the school year in the state’s proposed education reform bill.

“It’s unfortunate we’re in this position, and I’ve gotten feedback from folks that they need creativity,” said trustee Phillip Bowers, who

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Collins: Education reform bill presents ‘opportunity’

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — State Rep. Neal Collins spent time recently with Pickens County teachers, telling them he is glad to see the state legislature finally putting in effort to reform education in South Carolina.

“This is my fifth year (in the General Assembly), and education hasn’t been put at the forefront,” Collins said at the meeting, held in the Easley High School auditorium. “I’m extremely pleased that this is the year of education.”

Collins said he is pleased with the efforts being made by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Speaker of the House Jay Lucas.

“For the first time in a long time, we have a lot of momentum in education — basically my lifetime. It’s been 30 to 40 years since we’ve had this sort of momentum coming through the State House,” he said.

But Collins cautions that just because the bill has momentum, that doesn’t mean it is a sure thing.

Even if the bill passes the House, just one senator could stop the

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Southern Wesleyan to present ‘Little Women’

Musical based on Alcott’s classic novel set for March 28-30 at Hobson auditorium

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University’s Fine Arts Division will present a musical based on the beloved literary classic “Little Women” at the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on March 28-30.

The musical is based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 semi-autobiographical novel with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi

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Clemson’s Shivar graduates from the SC Fire Academy

COLUMBIA — Kimberly Shivar of Clemson Fire Rescue was one of 25 graduates on March 1 from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy.

The academy is an eight-week firefighter candidate school in Columbia. Shivar underwent a 320-hour training program of classroom and hands-on firefighting skills development. Keynote speaker was Chief John C. Thomas of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

The comprehensive training, offered quarterly at the fire academy, includes emergency responder first aid training, hazardous materials operations training, auto extrication, flammable liquids and gas firefighting, rescue training, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I and Firefighter II levels.

Shivar earned the prestigious Chief Robert Frick Award. The award is given to the recruit with the highest grade point average.

 

BBQ chicken fundraiser planned for Saturday at Six Mile Baptist

SIX MILE — Six Mile Baptist Church, located at 150 N. Main St., will host a BBQ chicken plate fundraiser this Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward updates and enhancements to the church’s 100-year old worship center and classrooms. Patrons are invited to dine in at the Roper Building or get takeout. Both will be available for the same price.

Plates will include fresh BBQ chicken, cole slaw, baked beans and bread with tea, coffee and water to drink for $10 per plate.

For more information about the fundraiser or to order in advance, call Rev. Ray Longenecker at (864) 506-0410.

 

Community Calendar

• PHS class of 1979 planning reunion

The Pickens High School Class of 1979 is making plans for its 40-year reunion, to be held in Greenville on Oct. 5.

To make it feel more like their years of roaming the halls at PHS, the class is inviting friends from the classes of 1977-1981 to join. Details will be revealed soon, but for now, PHS alumni are urged to visit phsblueflame1979.com to sign in to the Roll Call area to stay informed as the plans come together.

• PCLA plans spring book sale this month

The Pickens County Literacy Association’s annual spring book sale is scheduled for March 29-30 at the Pickens Presbyterian Church social hall.

This year, the PCLA has a large number of DVDs, cookbooks and

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SWU shows gratitude to government officials

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University honored those in public service at local, state and national levels Feb. 25 with its Government and Legislative Appreciation luncheon.

During the annual luncheon, elected and appointed officials received updates about Southern Wesleyan and its academic programs and heard about how their support of state tuition grants helps the dream of a college education become a reality for in-state students who choose to study at a private institution.

Southern Wesleyan University president Dr. Todd Voss thanked those in public service for making a positive impact in the lives of students. He presented updates on inventive learning opportunities and improvements being made to the Central campus. He also spoke about the university’s commitment to holding its tuition at the same level for the coming academic year.

Ted Gentry of Wyche Law Firm shared noted Christian author C.S. Lewis’ thoughts on democracy and praised Southern Wesleyan for

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