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A true superhero

In life, we meet people who make a difference in who we become. In life, we have influences that shape us and experiences that temper what kind of person we develop into. When I was growing up in Six Mile, I didn’t ever once think that I wanted to be a newspaperman.

Sure, there were things I wanted to be. A superhero, an artist, a professional wrestler and even a mechanic, but never once did I say, “Mama, I want to be a newspaperman.”

As a comic book collector, I knew what newspapermen did. For crying out loud, Clark Kent was a reporter at the Daily Planet and Peter Parker was a photographer for the Daily Bugle. So I knew the people who worked at newspapers were mild-mannered, smart and interested in everything, but that was about it. As many of you know, Clark Kent had a night job, too — in his off time he would put on a red cape and save the world as Superman. Peter Parker did the same thing, too, but his moniker was Spider-Man.

So being a newspaperman and a superhero were somehow connected in my mind.

In 1983, God gave me an incredible blessing. That was the year I saw an advertisement in the local paper in Pickens looking for a graphic artist. I was doing a lot of drawing, with hopes of a future as a comic book artist. When I saw that advertisement that day in the Pickens Sentinel, I thought, “I can draw.” See, that was how naive I was — I had no idea how a newspaper actually worked or even what a graphic artist was.

On the day I went for a job interview, I met a man who would change

Museum accepting items for new time capsule

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is accepting items to be placed in a time capsule that will be buried later this year.

Museum officials have announced the criteria for the items that will be considered for placement in the capsule, which will be unearthed in 2068.

Residents are encouraged to bring labeled photos, family memorabilia or other special items and letters that are either printed on premium paper or written in graphite paper.

Those items should be placed in unsealed envelopes that are 9 inches by 12 inches or smaller.

Officials encourage that, in their letters, residents address what they feel

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Easley debates allowing food trucks

EASLEY — Easley City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance allowing food trucks downtown this week, but business owners say the trucks will hurt their brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Council passed the ordinance on first reading Monday night. The ordinance was first approved by the city’s food truck committee before being brought before the full council.

Councilman Chris Mann, who heads the committee, outlined the ordinance, which creates a six-month pilot program.

“To say that this has been quite possibly one of of the hardest things I’ve done in my 15 years on council would be an understatement,” he said.

Currently, food trucks are allowed in front of City Hall. Mann said a couple

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Easley, Pickens bands win state titles

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — It was a big weekend for Pickens County marching bands as two of the four county high schools emerged victorious at the SCBDA state championships recently.

Easley picked up its first marching band state title, winning the 4A division, while Pickens added its second in three years in the 3A division.

The Easley band performed its “A Place of Peace” show. It was a seven-minute production with imagery set in a Japanese prayer garden with traditional Japanese bridges, pagoda, cherry blossom trees and symbols of harmony, peace and strength. The music, inspired by a Japanese folk song, was an original work of Shane Kelbley and Michael Skellet.

The performance earned the Green Wave a score of 91.1, with a tie in overall effect caption and the first state championship in program history.

“The feeling is something that I can’t put into words,” Easley band director

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Memorial honors life, legacy of longtime Six Mile coach Garrett

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — Charles Alan Garrett gave more than 40 years of his life to the recreation programs in Six Mile.

A new memorial to Garrett at Ponderosa Park honors his legacy and highlights some of his final words before he passed away on April 21, 2014.

The memorial was unveiled during a ceremony last week at the park.

“What a beautiful day to recognize Charles Garrett and what he provided for the children of this community,” Mayor Roy Stoddard said.

Stoddard said God gave Garrett the “talent of serving.”

A longtime Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employee, Garrett served Six Mile in many capacities during his life, including as recreation director, recreation board member, baseball coach and football coach.

Sunday’s ceremony was the culmination of 18 months of work and several

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Holly Springs Center plans Harvest Festival

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Guests are invited to celebrate the season at the Holly Springs Center on Saturday.

The center will host a Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The festival will feature music from the Pickens Concert Choir and Band and an entertaining performance from the children of the preschool at Holly Springs Center.

Visitors will be able to do some of their Christmas shopping at the festival. Vendors and artisans will be selling an array of products to fill any need. Barbecue plates will be available for $6.

Those who have ever thought of taking some of the School of Mountain Arts classes at the center should be sure to attend the festival, as demonstrations involving some of the class offerings will take place

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Voter turnout huge in county

Bowers, Swords, Healy win school board seats

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

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COUNTY — Election Day has come and gone once again in Pickens County,

with incumbents ruling the day in both local and state races after voters flocked to the polls in huge numbers.

Voter turnout in Pickens County was impressive, with 38,655 voters casting ballots out of 69,847 registered voters in the county for a 55.34 percent turnout.

In the school board races, Phillip Bowers retained his District 2 seat against Lynn Wike, outgaining Wike 2,190 votes (68.22 percent) to 973 (30.31 percent). In District 4, incumbent Brian Swords defeated Don Joslyn with 2,618 votes (78.45) to Joslyn’s 694 (20.8). Finally, in the race

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County plans events for Veterans Day

LIBERTY — The streets of downtown Liberty will be filled with red, white and blue this Sunday, Nov. 11, as Pickens County pays tributes to its veterans.

The Veterans Day weekend festivities will kick off a day earlier on Saturday with a dinner hosted and sponsored by Golden Creek Baptist Church in Liberty, where a free meal will be served to those who register in advance through the Veterans Affairs office.

The celebration will continue on Sunday at 2 p.m. with hundreds of veterans walking or riding in the military parade. The public is encouraged

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Liberty man hit, killed by vehicle

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — A Liberty man died last week after being struck by a vehicle in Easley.

Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley said the victim, William James Murphree, 39, of Porter Road, died of blunt force trauma.

The collision occurred at 8 a.m. Oct. 31 on the 100 block of South 5th Street, Easley Police chief Tim Tollison said.

Murphree was on the sidewalk when a vehicle veered across the adjacent

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Teen dies day after being struck by car

CLEMSON — An Oconee County teen died days after he was hit by a car while crossing a busy highway in Clemson last week.

Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley said 17-year-old Elijah Davis of Westminster was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma at 7:20 p.m. Friday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The accident took place shortly before 8 p.m. Oct. 29 as Davis was

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