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School lunch prices to go up this year

PICKENS — Pickens County students will pay about a dime more for their meals at school starting this year.

Jenaffer Pitt, nutrition services director for the School District of Pickens County, said paid breakfast will increase from $1.40 to $1.50, while paid elementary lunch will go from $2 to $2.10 and middle and high school lunch will increase from $2.25 to $2.35. The last meal increase was in the 2016-17 school year.

Reduced breakfast and reduced lunch in Pickens County schools will remain at 30 cents and 40 cents, respectively.

Pitt said the USDA stipulates school districts that charge less than $3 for paid lunches must either increase their meal prices using a weighted average formula provided by the USDA, add non-federal funds to the school food service account or apply for an exemption.

“We have received the exemption for the last two school years,” Pitt said.

 

Toyota of Easley donates to Feed a Hungry Child

Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County was awarded a $32,800 check by Toyota of Easley last month. The owners, management and staff of Toyota of Easley worked throughout the month of May to raise the funds. Presenting the check were Tommy Norris and Ryan Norris, along with many of the Toyota of Easley family. In attendance from FAHC were Kathy Brazinski, Carol Nichols and Tiffany Williams. The money will be used to help feed children in elementary, middle and high schools in Pickens County as part of the organization’s backpack program, which provides food for the weekend to children in need. For more information about Feed A Hungry Child, visit pickenschildren.com.

 

Knights of Columbus host golf tourney for Special Olympics

UPSTATE — Each year the Knights of Columbus, Council 6884, hosts the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, which benefits Area 13 Special Olympics.

This year the tournament was held at Oconee Golf and Country Club on June 4. The Oconee Federal Charitable Foundation, for the third year, was the title sponsor of the tournament.

Last year, the tournament generated a $26,000 donation for Area 13 Special Olympics, and since 1994 the tournament has provided more than $246,000 for the cause.

Tournament chairman Rick Hamilton said the Knights try to make the event a fun day of golf for participants, with great food and prizes.

He thanked the Oconee Federal Charitable Foundation for its continued generous support and stressed this a communitywide effort supported by

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Courier Community Calendar 7-17-19

• Youth cheer camp set at Pickens High

The Pickens High School varsity and JV cheerleaders are sponsoring a youth cheer camp set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the cheer room at PHS from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $30 per child, and ages 6-12 may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cash or checks made payable to PHS will be accepted. There will be a showcase at 11:30 a.m., and all parents, families and friends are invited to attend. Contact AshleyButler@pickens.k12.sc.us or nicholsonbreann@gmail.com for more information.

• Soapstone set to host fundraiser

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, July

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Wishing Wilson well

Sometime back in the early- to mid-1980s when I was doing a lot of guitar teaching, I had a father and son taking lessons together from me, which was a pretty interesting arrangement.

As I recall they both had the same name: Gerald Wilson.

The younger Gerald Wilson, who must have been 10 or 12 at the time, grew up to be the Pickens County administrator!

Now, I can’t claim much credit for grooming him for this high office, but I knew he had potential even then. For one thing, to be willing to take guitar lessons with your daddy — that’s pretty rare. And he was always very polite and attentive, and smart. Just the nicest little guy in the world.

And he’s still one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet — although not so little anymore.

He came over to me at a county council meeting about five years ago when I started covering Pickens County for the daily newspaper from which I recently retired and told me who he was. Of course, I never would have recognized him, but he knew me. He was heading up the public works department then, I believe.

“If I can ever do anything for you, let me know,” he said.

He still says that every time I see him — and I guess he probably says it to everybody. But you know, I believe he means it.

Maybe that’s why, at the tender age of 48 (but with 31 years in the state retirement system) he has decided to retire. He’s just too nice

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Could Easley ban plastic bags?

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Easley City Council members discussed the possibility of implementing a ban on plastic bags at a meeting this week.

Councilman Kent Dykes raised the issue Monday afternoon during a city council work session. Dykes said a resident asked him about

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Clemson police plan first ‘CAMP 911’ for children

CLEMSON — The City of Clemson Police Department and the Clemson University Police Department have teamed up to create their first annual youth camp. Called CAMP 911, the camp take place in Clemson July 15-26. Thirty area children aged 7-12 are registered to take part in this year’s camp.

The camp is meant to provide students with a positive recreational and educational experience during their summer break, along with mentorship and positive interaction with area police officers.

The departments hope the program will serve as a preventive measure to help children resist the influence of youth crime, drug

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Easley native in service

Electrician’s Mate 1st Class William Gaillard, from Easley, cuts wires on a microwave oven for installation aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96). Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

 

Golden anniversary

Gerald and Mary Gravely Powell, formerly of Pickens, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11. Today, Mr. and Mrs. Powell make their home in Rosman, N.C. They have two grown sons, Scott and Stacy, and five adorable grandchildren.

 

Courier Calendar of Events 7-10-19

• Youth cheer camp set at Pickens High

The Pickens High School varsity and JV cheerleaders are sponsoring a youth cheer camp set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the cheer room at PHS from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $30 per child, and ages 6-12 may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cash or checks made payable to PHS will be accepted. There will be a showcase at 11:30 a.m., and all parents, families and friends are invited to attend. Contact AshleyButler@pickens.k12.sc.us or nicholsonbreann@gmail.com for more information.

• Soapstone set to host fundraiser

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, July 20. The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon-8 p.m. Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish fry, barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings right.

• ‘Hee Haw’ play planned in Pickens

A play based on popular 1970s and ‘80s TV show “Hee Haw” was a smash hit on June 8 at the Pickens Senior Center, and a an encore

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