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Police: Online threats disrupt schools

Gettys student charged

EASLEY — A message on social media led to increased police presence at two Easley schools Friday.

A threatening Snapchat message warning students to stay home from school began to circulate on social media last week. Concerned parents and residents reached out to law enforcement

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Fall has arrived

The annual Pumpkin Festival drew hundreds of people as it served as Pickens County’s unofficial kick-off of the fall season for the 39th year in a row on Saturday in Pumpkintown. The festival featured fun for the whole family in the form of arts and crafts, rides, games, vendors, live music, food and, of course, plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Above, Nikki Wilson, Brentley Mauldin and Daniel Dexter pose near the pumpkin patch outside the Oolenoy Community Building at the festival. At right, Mable Clarke of Soapstone Baptist Church serves a fried fish plate at the festival. Rocky Nimmons/Courier

 

Trial opens in Liberty killing

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — The brother of a man shot to death in July 2015 told a jury on Monday the shooting should have never happened.

Jacob Kirk, who lived with John William McCarty and another man in a trailer on Watts Road in Liberty, told jurors during the opening day of McCarty’s murder trial that his brother, 22-year-old Mitchell Aaron Bradley of Duncan, had become frustrated because his belongings, including beer and cigarettes had been stolen on several occasions.

Kirk said Bradley and the third roommate had gone outside the trailer to fight on the night of July 15 when McCarty fired multiple shots from inside the trailer, with three striking Bradley in the upper body.

Paramedics arrived on the scene in less than 10 minutes, but Bradley died a short time later.

“It wasn’t necessary for a gun at all,” Kirk said. “I

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Hope dwindling for Humane Society

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Pickens County Humane Society officials are focusing on finding forever homes for the animals still in their care while holding on to hope the facility will not be forced to close at the end of the year.

After losing funding from Pickens County government, officials with the Humane Society do not foresee having enough funds to remain open after this year.

A post to the PCHS’ Facebook page said while staff, volunteers and board members are not

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Pickens volleyball team finishes unbeaten in region play

PICKENS — In her first year as head coach of the Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team, Rikki Owens and first-year assistant coach Pamela Clarkson led the 2017 varsity squad to an undefeated Region I-4A championship.

This is the second year in a row that PHS has been undefeated in region play. Before moving to

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We don’t have to live in fear

Making money isn’t wrong. But killing people to do it is.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many American citizens want to feel safe in public, gun manufacturers can continue to make and sell “bump stocks” that make it possible to shoot more than 500 people in a few minutes. They can continue to make military and police weapons and sell them to Tom, Dick and Harry, even if Tom, Dick and Harry have serious mental issues or are convicted felons.

And that is why, when a few tables fell over at the Fall for Greenville Festival on Saturday, the first reaction of the crowd was panic. People heard the tables hit the pavement, someone

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Easley in must-win mode as end nears

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

ejolley@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Easley Green Wave will be in a very familiar situation when they return to action after last week’s open date with a road trip to Woodmont on Friday night.

The Green Wave (3-5, 0-2) need to win the final two games — against the Wildcats on Friday night and at home against J.L. Mann the following Friday to close

out the regular season — to clinch a Class 5A state playoff berth.

“Same situation as last year,” Easley coach John Windham said. “I think Woodmont is much improved, and I know J.L. Mann will be tough. We’re going to regroup and hit it hard these last two weeks. Woodmont is the next one, so they will take all of our energy and all of our focus.”

Easley limped into its open date after three consecutive shutout losses.

The Green Wave’s schedule has had several heavyweights, including unbeaten T.L. Hanna, and once-beaten Greenville and Belton-Honea Path. All three teams are ranked in the top five of their respective classes.

A big key during the open date has been getting healthy. The Wave have been bitten hard by the injury bug this season, especially on offense.

“One of the biggest things is that we’ve just got to get healthy,” Windham said. “We’ve done some good things. We just have to put it together. “

Junior quarterback Weston Black returned to play against Westside the week before the open

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Red Devils fall short against Abbeville

By Jimmy Kirby
Courier Sports

jkirby@thepccourier.com

LIBRETY — The Abbeville Panthers came to Liberty to begin region play and left town with a well-earned 26-13 win to spoil Senior Night in the Red Devils’ last regular-season home game of the 2017 campaign.

The Panthers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and then tacked on a late fourth-quarter score

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Liberty’s Jack Brissey sacks Abbeville quarterback Bryce Jackson during their game Friday night.

for the final margin of victory.

The Panthers are a perennial Class 2A powerhouse and are the defending state champions. They have all the ingredients required to repeat again, with speed, size and athleticism. They may well repeat again this year, but they left town knowing they had earned a hard-fought victory against a region foe.

There are no moral victories in high school football, but the Red Devils played with effort and

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Tornado touches down

Storm leaves damage in wake

No injuries reported, but homes destroyed

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

COUNTY — A tornado touched down in Pickens County on Sunday afternoon, causing damage to homes and power outages, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday.

 Weather officials said the EF2 tornado had winds of 130 mph and was one of four tornadoes that touched down across the Upstate on Sunday.

Pickens County Emergency Management director Denise Kwiatek said homes in the Norris area sustained major damage.

“A lot of it was on Robinson Bridge Road and Jule Merck Road,” Kwiatek said. “It took a lot of time (Sunday night) to get Robinson Bridge Road open, removing a lot of trees.”

Kwiatek added that the American Red Cross arrived Sunday to help residents whose homes were impacted by the tornado.

“No shelters were opened, but the Red Cross gave vouchers to those affected to get them out of the rain and into a warm place,” she said.

Central Fire Chief Ed Reynolds, whose department had two crews responding to the Norris area, said there were at least 20 homes, possibly more, that

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Annual Pumpkin Festival Saturday

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PUMPKINTOWN — Around 35,000 people were in town for last year’s Pumpkin Festival, and chairman Buddy Cox expects another big crowd when the event returns this Saturday.

The theme of this year’s festival, sponsored each year by the Pumpkintown Community Club and held in and around the Oolenoy Community Building in Pumpkintown, is “Oolenoy Valley.”

As always, the festival will kick off around 9 a.m. with a parade from the Pumpkintown General Store to the community building.

Cox said visitors should bring an appetite for shopping and for eating when they come to this

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