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Easley child dies in accidental shooting

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — An 11-year-old Dacusville Middle School student died Saturday after being accidentally shot by her father, authorities said.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Kylee Dawn Woods, of Turning Leaf Lane in Easley.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, which occurred at 587 Shady Grove Road in Pickens,

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Inmates moved in at new county jail

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — After months of preparations and minor delays, the new Pickens County Detention Center is now open.

Sheriff Rick Clark said inmates were transferred to the new facility on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and the detention center opened the next day.

“We moved about 300-something people here … in one day, without incident,” he said.

Clark, other county officials and Moseley Architects justice sector leader Dan Mace held a press availability Friday afternoon at the facility.

“This is a day we’ve been waiting on for several years,” he said.

Building a new jail was Clark’s first goal when he took

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Groundbreaking held for ‘Cherished Hearts’ project

PICKENS — A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at Pickens Presbyterian Church.

Church members and members of the community attended the dedication for “Cherished Hearts Through the Years,” a project that will renovate the church’s playground, located at the Presbyterian Church Child Development Center, as well as the church’s cemetery.

“Forty years ago, Pickens Presbyterian Church distinguished itself to serve the community in which God had placed

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SCRPA names Anthony State Merit Award winner

PICKENS — Pickens Recreation Department director Cheri Anthony was recently named the winner of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association’s 2019 State Merit Award.

The SCRPA awards individuals and agencies throughout the state for their contribution to the park and recreation profession throughout the year.

Anthony has been involved in SCRPA for more than 15 years. She graduated from Limestone College in 1983 and has

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Pickens’ Olivia Dow signs to play volleyball at Lander

PICKENS — Pickens High School right-side hitter Olivia Dow signed a letter of intent with Lander University on Friday, Nov. 15, to continue her education and her volleyball playing career in Greenwood.

“Olivia is a young lady of integrity and has such a genuine soul,” Lady Blue Flame coach Rikki Owens said. “Lander will not only be getting a top-notch athlete, but also an all-around phenomenal young woman.”

Dow was a Class 4A All-State selection by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports and will be

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Nailbiter goes Lions’ way with late goal line stand

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

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CENTRAL — As the clock wound down on Friday night, the Daniel Lions were on the verge of seeing everything they had worked for all season collapse against the Westwood Redhawks.

Down 27-22, the Redhawks drove all the way to the Lions’ 4-yard line in the waning minutes of the second-round playoff showdown at Singleton Field. Coming off a 70-52 win over Eastside, the Redhawks were considered one of the best offensive teams in Class 4A.

Despite the odds, the Daniel defense held its ground from there, with Jared Kirksey getting a huge tackle for loss on fourth and goal from the 2-yard line to secure the victory and keep the Lions’ unbeaten season alive for another week.

“My cup runneth over,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said following the win. “We challenge these kids week in and week out and they keep coming through, no matter the adversity. Backs against the wall, they knew the game was going to come down to them, and they did a heck of a job.”

Kirksey had trouble finding his footing early in the night, slipping up multiple times as he came around the edge on adverse field conditions. However, that didn’t stop him and the Daniel defense from shutting out Westwood in the

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54 indicted in drug investigation

Officials say cell phone jamming needed in state prisons

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
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PICKENS — Authorities are calling for cellphone jamming to be used in state prisons after a multi-jurisdictional investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than $20 million in drugs and 54 people being indicted and accused of participating in a trafficking ring orchestrated in part by current and former inmates.

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark and other officials held a news conference Friday morning announcing the results of Operation Prison Empire, which included indictments on a total of 192 counts.

“The main charge is this particular case is a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine 400 grams or

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County honors veterans with parade, show

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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LIBERTY — Pickens County’s veterans were honored Sunday afternoon with a program celebrating their service and recognizing their sacrifices.

The “A Salute to Veterans” program followed the Veterans Parade through Liberty. Attending veterans were asked to register beforehand so they could be announced and welcomed as they arrived at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center.

Former Miss Liberty and Miss South Carolina Dawn Smith Jordan emceed the event.

“We have a packed show for you this afternoon,” she said. “This day belongs to you.”

County council chairman Roy Costner said he was

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Will Bradley-Boggs House rise again?

Great David Franklin Bradley’s ghost! It looks like Pickens’ Bradley-Boggs House will rise again.

Or at least a building that looks a lot like it and has a good bit of the original materials in it.

The city of Pickens’ Board of Architectural Review has approved detailed plans presented by owner Charles Monks, who intends to build a microbrewery there.

The new structure will stand at 118 Main St., on the same lot from which the iconic landmark graced the streetscape for more than a century and a half until it was torn down in July.

“It looks almost exactly like what was there,” city planning and zoning director Jennifer Vissage said of the rendering

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Flame volleyball wins Upper State title

Pickens falls short of state championship

LEXINGTON — Despite a heartbreaking loss in the Class 4A state championship Saturday in Lexington, Pickens High School volleyball coach Rikki Owens said the future continues to be bright for Lady Blue Flame.

“We are blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to coach such amazing young women,” Owens said, noting that this year’s Blue Flame team, in addition to the four stellar seniors, included two juniors, eight sophomores and two freshmen. “The relationships and memories that we have made are well worth the consolation prize. Losing at state does not define who we are and how hard we worked the past six months. We won as a team and we lost as a team, and I could not be prouder of our team. We are a family.”

The Lady Blue Flame fell to a senior-laden North Myrtle Beach Chiefs team in the state championship 19-25, 23-25, 16-25. The match was played on Saturday at River Bluff High School in Lexington. The Chiefs returned nine seniors on a team that defeated the Lady Blue Flame for

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