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School board election results tossed

No date set yet for new District 7 race

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — After a review by the Pickens County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, the results of the Nov. 6 election for the new District 7 seat on the Pickens County School Board have been thrown out.

The seat, which was contested between Phillip Healy and Alice Hendricks Vander Linden, appeared to have been won by Healy on election night as he outgained Vander Linden 1,723 votes to 1,701.

However, after a hearing Monday based on an official protest of the

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PHS gym renamed for Peggy Anthony

By Rocky Nimmons

PICKENS — Officials ensured a true Pickens legend will live on forever earlier this month, as the Pickens High School gymnasium was named for Peggy Harden Anthony.

At PHS, Anthony’s name is synonymous with winning. The name is also synonymous with much more, from teacher to coach, from character building to role model. Anthony’s legacy is engrained in the people of the Pickens community not just because of her wins on the volleyball court, but for the heart and love she put into every athlete to have ever called her coach.

The Nov. 11 event served not only as a chance to christen the gym in

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Local Palmetto Trail passage opens

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

SUNSET — The newest passage of the Palmetto Trail is officially open in Pickens County.

The Eastatoe passage of the trail begins at Dug Mountain Angler Access on the Eastatoe River and connects to Keowee-Toxaway State Park.

Officials gathered Friday morning to cut the ribbon on the new passage.

“I was so excited that Mother Nature decided to remind us what sunshine was,” Palmetto Conservation Foundation executive director Natalie Britt said. “This is really not a bad Friday morning in the office.”

The foundation’s “passion and vision is to build the statewide mountains-to-sea Palmetto Trail,” she said.

The trail not only showcases public lands, it tells the story of South Carolina “in such an incredible way to our visitors, to our citizens,” Britt said.

The passage is part of the Jocassee Gorges, which has been recognized by National Geographic for both its unspoiled nature and its environmental diversity.

“What a privilege for us as South Carolinians to have all of this environmental diversity here,” Britt said. “We know that generations to come will enjoy this beautiful place. This trail and the bridges that you will see will be here for future generations to learn about conservation, to learn about our natural resources and to really understand how important it is to really create the next generation of conservation-minded youth.”

Creating the trail is “all about partnerships,” she said. The foundation’s partners include Duke Energy, Naturaland Trust, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

“We could not do this without DNR,” Britt said. “We are continuously grateful. Our focus is connecting as many of our state parks as we can.”

PRT’s recreational trails program is another funding partner, she said.

Duke Energy awarded the foundation $100,000 toward the trail through its water resources grant program, Duke Energy South Carolina president Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe said.

“None of this happens without corporate philanthropy,” Britt said. “Duke has been committed to trails for a really long time and committed to this project.”

Ghartey-Tagoe is a newly elected member of the PCF board.

“Duke Energy, we’ve been interested in the environment since our inception,” Ghartey-Tagoe said. “We’ve been involved with rivers and waterways since our inception.”

The Eastatoe passage provides more angler access, another goal of the Palmetto Trail, Britt said.

“That’s great for us and for DNR,” she said.

Jocassee Gorges project manager Mark Hall said one of the most important emphases of the long-range plan for the Gorges “is providing public access to the beautiful resources like this river.”

Adin Fell is the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s regional chief for the Mountain Region.

“We’re extremely excited to work with all these partners, whether it’s through trails or other aspects of our job,” Fell said.

The Palmetto Trail gives people “more opportunities to get out into nature, especially the Mountain Region of South Carolina State Parks,” he said.

“The mountain’s an extremely limited resource here in South Carolina,” Fell said.

Britt said the next Palmetto Trail opening will be the section that connects Oconee State Park to Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park.


Clusters for Kids

EASLEY — The fifth annual Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast was held on Nov. 10.

Community sponsors, supporters and the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem program gathered at Arran Farm for the festivities.

Serving as honorary chairs of the oyster roast were Sen. Rex Rice and his wife, Ruth.

Proceeds from the event went to the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem program, which has been providing holistic support to neglected and abused children since 2002. Over the past 10 years, the all-volunteer organization has raised more than $400,000 from significant fundraisers such as this year’s Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast.



Daniel shocks defending state champions in double overtime

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

ROCK HILL — The Daniel High School football team racked up yards by the hundreds with ease throughout this fall, but on Friday night, the fate of the Lions’ season rested on three measly yards.

Those three yards were all that stood in the way of Daniel picking up the biggest win of third-year Lion coach Jeff Fruster’s career — a road victory against four-time defending state champion South Pointe in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Lions trailed the powerhouse Stallions for much of the night, but fought and clawed their way back to force the game into overtime. There, it all came down to one play.

After answering a South Pointe touchdown in the second overtime period

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Upstate mourns Alexander’s loss


By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Jerry Alexander will be remembered for his hard work and relentless energy that led to a long career in the newspaper industry, as well as his smile and engaging personality that left a lasting memory on those he met.

Alexander, who owned the Pickens Sentinel for nearly 25 years until its sale in 2001 and stayed active writing books and newspaper articles in

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Former POW receives state’s highest honor


By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — A man who spent more than three years in a North Korean prisoner of war camp was awarded the state’s highest civilian honor Sunday afternoon.

1st Lt. Bill Funchess, 90, received the Order of the Palmetto as part of Pickens County’s “A Salute to Veterans” program, which followed a patriotic Veterans Day parade in Liberty.

State Reps. Gary Clary and Davey Hiott presented Funchess with the state’s high honor, with Congressman Jeff Duncan and Pickens County Council chairman Roy Costner assisting.

Hiott told Funchess that sharing the stage with him and presenting him the award was “an extreme honor and a privilege.”

“I’m standing here because of you,” Hiott said. “Thank you. God bless you and thank you.”

While the award is the highest honor bestowed by the governor, “these awards are inadequate because of the things he’s done,” Hiott said.

“But I can tell you the state of South Carolina, Pickens County, the United States Congress and every single person out here thanks you for what you’ve done, for what you’ve endured, what you’ve fought through and the role model you still are today,” Hiott said.

Funchess said he wanted to “express my appreciation to Pickens County for honoring the veterans of all the wars and of all the branches of the service.”

“It is a special honor for me and it is a special honor, I am sure, for all the

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Behind Venables’ 7 touchdowns, Lions dominate Eastside

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Two weeks after their first loss of the season, the Daniel Lions felt as if they had something to prove in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs last Friday.

The Lions did just that, as they thrashed the Eastside Eagles 49-20 behind a dynamic seven-touchdown day by junior quarterback Tyler Venables to advance to the second round for the first time since 2013.

“It feels great,” third-year Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said of his first playoff win. “These kids have worked hard all year, and they’re finally starting to come into their own. They’ve put a little pride back in the program, so they deserve all the credit.

“I have a great staff pushing this team, trying to get them to realize that

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Easley coach resigns after third straight losing season

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — The Easley High School football players who stuck it out for the entire 2018 season probably deserved better than a 4-6 record and the team missing the Class 5A playoffs.

And now the Green Wave will have to move forward under new leadership after head coach John Windham resigned last week after four seasons at the helm — including losing records in each of the past three seasons.

Windham’s resignation was announced Nov. 7. A former Furman

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Tigers clinch shot at another conference

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — For a fourth consecutive year, the Clemson Tigers are champions of the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

Second-ranked Clemson wrapped up the Atlantic title with Saturday night’s 27-7 road win at No. 17 Boston College, as the Tigers wore their orange britches for the first — but not the last — time this season.

Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) is undefeated through the first 10 games of the

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