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Womack ready to have Easley’s back

So, we have a new mayor set to take office next month in Easley: Fire Chief Butch Womack!

Good thing he’s handy with a hose, because he had to put out a pretty good-sized conflagration right there at City Hall before ever getting elected.

Not a 451-degree Fahrenheit fire, but one that could have dragged city officials into court, had the mayor-elect chosen to sue the city for suspending him without pay for 14 weeks after he announced he planned to run for the office.

Awkward.

Fortunately, the two sides came to terms, averting what would have been a tumultuous start for the incoming administration.

“I don’t want a lawsuit, I don’t want litigation to go into my time as mayor,” Womack told me. “So I’m compromising with them and settling with them on an

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Garrison new school board chair

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — Longtime Pickens County educator and administrator Betty Garrison, who is in the midst of her first term on the Pickens County School Board, has been elected as the board’s new chair.

Garrison, who has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the school district, as well as a GED instructor at the Adult Learning Center, succeeds Brian Swords. Swords was elected vice chairman and Karla Kelley was picked as secretary.

“The School District of Pickens County Board of Trustees will continue to push forward with an aggressive agenda to ensure we fully implement the early childhood initiative,” Garrison said. “After that, we will explore how best to expand career and technology opportunities for students. We look forward to

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Outgoing mayor, councilwoman honored at meeting

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Monday night’s Pickens City Council meeting featured tributes to outgoing Mayor David Owens, Councilwoman Patti Welborn and Mayor pro tem Lois Porter.

The meeting was held at Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church to accommodate the large crowd that came out for the swearing-in of Mayor Fletcher Perry and council members Lois Poster, Isaiah Scipio and Jimmy Davis.

Pickens County Historical Society president Ken Nabors presented Owens with a gift on behalf of the 800 members of the society “for all the years of support.”

“This is a one-of-a-kind pen,” Nabors said. “It is handcrafted from 175-year-old oak from the Pickens Courthouse District, so it goes

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Holly Springs to host forum to help form new SC arts plan

PICKENS — The South Carolina Arts Commission is fanning out across the state this fall and winter, gathering public input to help it form the next long-range plan for arts and culture in South Carolina, and local residents will have a chance to make their voices heard without leaving Pickens County.

Every 10 years, dating back to 1980, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) conducts the Canvass of the People in public and private forums and through an anonymous online survey to gather South Carolinians’ impressions of the successes and challenges for the arts and culture scene in the state. They are also asked to look ahead and weigh in on what the next steps should be. Results culled from the Canvass of the People help the SCAC form its Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina.

A meeting is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Holly Springs Center, located at 120 Holly

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SWU salutes military at appreciation events

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University honored veterans and currently serving military during military appreciation events held Nov. 13 on the Central campus.

Attending the military appreciation events were veterans of wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, as well as Southern Wesleyan students and alumni who are currently serving in the military.

“I am here today because I am standing on the shoulders of men and women who came before me. I am here today because somebody believed in this country. I am here today because somebody understood that what we do is not only for ourselves but for our God and those who come behind us,” said CH (LTC) Norris Darden, senior chaplain for the South Carolina Military Department, who was the keynote

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Easley NJROTC orienteering team strikes again

BLACKSBURG — Easley’s High School Navy JROTC orienteering team competed against 17 other JROTC units at Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg on Nov. 2 in what’s known worldwide as the thinking sport.

The competition consisted of an expert course, green for males and brown for females, both covering a distance of 6.2 kilometers. The next competitive course is the orange course, covering a distance of 4.4 kilometers. The beginner competitive course is a yellow course that reaches a distance of 3.8 kilometers. This competition also

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MAST celebrates National Science, Technology,

EASLEY — The McKissick Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) and the School District of Pickens County (SDPC) recognizes that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) vastly improves student development in crucial areas of critical thinking, problem solving and everyday social and emotional skills.

MAST, a new Pickens County Elementary magnet school, recently celebrated National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Day. Fun and engaging activities throughout the day inspired the entire school

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Courier Community Calendar 12-04-19

• Dream Center store plans open house

The Dream Center Resale Store of Pickens, located at 529C Hampton Ave., will host a Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Punch and cookies will be served. A special gift section will be available for those who wish to buy new merchandise, as opposed to resale items. Toys, Clemson apparel, housewares, and bath and beauty sets will be among the new gift items for sale. The Dream Center Resale Stores in Pickens, Easley and Seneca support the work of the Dream Center, a nonprofit that educates and empowers those in need to grow toward becoming healthy and self-sufficient.

• Wreath-laying is Dec. 12 in Pickens

There are 273 known gravesites in Pickens Cemetery, including 37 confirmed veterans, most of whom are Revolutionary War veterans.

That number also includes the grave of Robert Pickens, a relative to General Andrew Pickens and captain of the

Saying goodbye to Browning Bryant

Saying goodbye to Browning Bryant

The last time I talked with Browning Bryant, I didn’t know it would be the last time I ever talked with my old friend.

He told me he was dealing with some very serious health issues, and by his tone, it sounded like the situation was dire. But I hoped we would be able to get together eventually and play some music and reminisce about old times. And that maybe I could get a story out of him for my new gig with the Pickens County Courier.

So I was saddened, but not entirely surprised, when I heard that he had left this old world behind last weekend.

It was back in February when I got Browning on the phone that last time. Wayne Kelley of the Pickens County Historical Society had suggested that we do a story about him, considering that 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of

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Six Mile residents not sold on tiny homes proposal

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — A local man hopes to build a tiny home community in Six Mile, but some residents are concerned about the potential impact on the town.

The Six Mile Planning Commission held a public hearing Thursday night on Seneca resident Tim Roberson’s application to build at most 44 tiny homes on 16 acres of land near the intersection of North Main Street and Old Seneca Road.

“Our position is to be your voice,” planning commission chair Kayla Holtzclaw told the nearly full house.

A market for tiny homes has begun developing around the country,

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