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Standoff ends in arrest

PICKENS — A man was arrested after a six-hour standoff with Pickens police on Sunday.

According to a release from Pickens Police Department chief Travis Riggs, officers were dispatched about 8:30 a.m. about a woman being held hostage by a man with a gun at a home on Pineview Drive.

Officers arrived and announced themselves while knocking on the door twice before

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Sheriff’s office: Captive woman sexually assaulted

LIBERTY — A Liberty man was arrested last week after police said he held a woman against her will and sexually assaulted her.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said Carl Benton Moore II, 26, of 104 Welby Way, is charged with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree domestic violence.

Moore was still being held at the Pickens County Detention Center on a combined $80,000 surety bond Tuesday afternoon.

Hashe said deputies learned about the incident after the victim was able to call a family member and use a pre-established code word indicating she was in danger.

According to a news release, the family member called the sheriff’s office after the call and said the woman may be in danger at her home on

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Duke Energy awards grants to local projects

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — An effort to improve recreational opportunities in the Twelve Mile River area recently received a helping hand from Duke Energy.

Duke government and community relations manager Emily DeRoberts spoke at the June meeting of Pickens County Council.

“In 2014, Duke Energy established the Water Resources Fund, with the purpose of

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Marines get taste of Clemson military heritage, football

Rex Brown/ Courtesy The Journal

A pair of Marines taking part in the eighth annual Honoring Their Service event rub Howard’s Rock and meet with The Tiger last Thursday morning at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

eric@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — For the second straight year, Hector Fernandez rubbed Howard’s Rock and ran down The Hill at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium last Thursday morning, as he and 36 other Marines wrapped up their visit to the area as part of the eighth annual

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Pickens County cities plan July 4 festivals

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Pickens County will be celebrating Independence Day with a variety of events beginning Saturday and continuing through the evening of July 4 next Tuesday.

Six Mile — July 1

Six Mile’s Independence Day festival is scheduled for Saturday at Ponderosa Park. The free community event will be held from 5-9 p.m.

The festival features a full slate of events, including music and entertainment.

Kids’ inflatables will be available from 5-8:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., those in attendance

Taylor to lead GUMC

Grace United Methodist Church of Pickens has announced a pastoral change. As of Sunday, July 2, Pastor David C. Taylor will become the head pastor at Grace. Taylor and his wife, Toni, are moving from Zion United Methodist Church in Prosperity. The Taylors have five sons and six grandchildren, who all live in Greenville. The Taylors will be living in the church parsonage on Queens Court. The community is invited to attend services at Grace on July 2 to meet the Taylors. Special music will be provided by the Bells of Grace in honor of their arrival. The South Carolina Methodist Conference has transferred James and Ashley McCoy-Bruce to new responsibilities in Greenwood.

 

Honoring their service

Thousands greet Marines in Upstate for annual week of rest and relaxation

Upstate — s the 10-year anniversary of the “Honoring Their Service” program draws ever closer, residents of Oconee and Pickens counties have grown well accustomed to the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the annual event.

As close to 40 Marines make the annual ride from Easley to Keowee Key to enjoy several days of rest and relaxation, the event — now in its eighth year — starts with a

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Sheriff’s office arrests GCSO deputy

EASLEY — An off-duty Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested at his home in Easley on Tuesday morning after police said he choked his ex-wife during a fight in front of their child and other family members over the weekend.

Herman William McDonald, 32, of 238 Hallmark Circle, is charged with first-degree domestic violence. He was still being held at the Pickens County Detention Center at

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Toyota of Easley donates $31K to Dream Center of Pickens County

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The credo of The Dream Center of Pickens County is “a hand up, not a handout.”

On Thursday, Toyota of Easley presented the organization with a helping hand of its own.

Dealership officials presented the Dream Center with a donation of $31,600.

“I want to thank all of you for what you do in our community,” Toyota of Easley’s

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The Unbreakable Tiger

Photo by Ken Scar

Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. William H. Funchess, 89, displays his Clemson College Class of 1948 class ring next to his father’s Class of 1920 ring.

Former POW recounts Korean War nightmare

By Ken Scar | Clemson University

It was Nov. 4, 1950. When Funchess radioed the brass back at headquarters to tell them what he had seen, they told him he was mistaken. There were no Chinese soldiers in North Korea.

“The final instructions from battalion headquarters was — if Chinese soldiers are in Korea, they’re protecting hydroelectric plants. Under no conditions will you fire on a Chinese national,” Funchess said. “Before the day ended, I had been struck by machine gun fire, and I was a POW of the Chinese army.”

He remained a prisoner for nearly three years — 34 months to be exact — enduring

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