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Pickens to play for 16th state title Saturday

The Pickens Lady Blue Flame wrapped up their 20th Upperstate volleyball championship and moved to within one win of the program’s 16th state title with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-16) victory over country rival Daniel on Tuesday night. The Blue Flame will play North Myrtle Beach, which beat Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, for the Class 4A crown on Saturday at White Knoll High School in Lexington. To read more about the Blue Flame’s march to the state championship match, pick up next week’s edition of the Pickens County Courier. To read about PHS senior Lexi Wierzbicki reaching a career milestone last week, turn to page 6A. Doug Tate/Special to The Courier

 

County plans events for Veterans Day

LIBERTY — The streets of downtown Liberty will be filled with red, white and blue this Sunday, Nov. 11, as Pickens County pays tributes to its veterans.

The Veterans Day weekend festivities will kick off a day earlier on Saturday with a dinner hosted and sponsored by Golden Creek Baptist Church in Liberty, where a free meal will be served to those who register in advance through the Veterans Affairs office.

The celebration will continue on Sunday at 2 p.m. with hundreds of veterans walking or riding in the military parade. The public is encouraged

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New cabins now open at Mile Creek Park

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — Rainy weather didn’t put a damper on the opening of the 10 new cabins at Mile Creek Park in Six Mile on Friday afternoon.

“It’s still an absolutely beautiful day in Pickens County when you look at what they’ve accomplished up here with these cabins,” county council chairman Roy Costner said. “If you haven’t been inside the cabins yet, it’s absolutely perfect, gorgeous.”

Costner said his days of Boy Scouts camping in pup tents are over.

“This is my kind of camping,” he said. “This is what I would like to do.”

A previous county council had the vision to begin the cabins project, and the current council saw it through, he said.

As part of Duke Energy relicensing, the county received $300,000 to put toward a project.

Emily DeRoberts, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager, said county planning director Chris Brink served on the Keowee Toxaway Relicensing Stakeholders team.

DeRoberts said Duke Energy has had “a long and wonderful relationship” with Pickens County.

“We hope to continue that,” DeRoberts said.

County officials came up with extra funding to pair with the Duke Energy funds and “go the extra mile,” she said.

“We’re thankful to Pickens County also for respecting the Shoreline Management Plan and the recreation needs that Duke Energy agrees with,” DeRoberts said. “We want to continue to do that and offer more places for our country folks to live and work and play.”

In the weeks leading up to the cabins’ completion, Pickens County held a contest to give away stays at the cabins.

The 10 contest winners began their free stays Friday afternoon. Carson and Cohen Bratcher of Honea Path were among the winners.

Carson Bratcher was surprised to hear she and her husband had won a stay.

“I don’t ever win anything,” she said.

Friday was the first time the couple had been to Mile Creek Park.

“We’re really excited about it,” Carson Bratcher said. “I love it. The cabin is so cute.”

County Councilman Wes Hendricks said the cabins and the park are “the top of the top.”

“We’re not done here at Mile Creek,” he said.

Future plans call for upgrading the power at the park’s campsites and creating campsites with larger pads.

Hendricks said he would like to see a kayak put-in created at the park.

“I think that would be great,” he said. “It’s a very popular sport here in our area.”

County tourism director Jay Pitts said interest in renting the cabins is already high.

County administrator Gerald Wilson has said that the 10 cabins are likely the first phase of cabins at Mile Creek.

 

Pickens senior marks milestone

PICKENS — Pickens High School senior Lexi Wierzbicki found her first passion at age 3, competing as a gymnast.

However, as she grew, she had to move on because she was too tall for the sport. Out of necessity, she focused on volleyball in the seventh grade. Since then, Wierzbicki has become one of the top players in the state for the Lady Blue Flame, being named Region I-4A player of the year three times, but last week she marked an even bigger achievement.

During Pickens’ second-round Class 4A playoff matchup with York on Oct. 30, Wierzbicki recorded her 1,000th career kill.

Wierzbicki, who has been a starter for the Flame since her freshman year in 2015, entered the contest needing 11 kills. She knew it and the team knew it, but the task at hand was to beat York and advance.

“I didn’t want to focus on anything but a win for our team,” Wierzbicki said after Pickens’ straight-sets victory.

Already up 2-0, the Flame climbed ahead in the third set. The Pickens

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Ceremony held in honor of Liles at Jaycee Park

PICKENS — The Pickens Service Club, BSA Troop 51, family, friends, veterans and residents of Pickens conducted a flag-raising ceremony at Jaycee Park for the rededication of the E. Rutledge “Rut” Liles Memorial on Oct. 14.

Liles, a son of Pickens, was born May 13, 1947, to Rut Sr. and Mary Liles. Liles grew up in Pickens in the 1950s and ‘60s and was the perfect example of the “guy next door” with his infectious smile.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church and Troop 51 of BSA, where he earned the rank of Eagle

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Tigers rack up nearly 500 yards on the ground in huge win over Louisville

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

alex@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — The Clemson Tigers had plenty of fun during Saturday’s 77-16 rout of Louisville at Memorial Stadium, and junior defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence got his time to shine early in the second half.

The previous week at Florida State, it was tackle Christian Wilkins who

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Voters hit polls for crucial election Tuesday

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Many people have called this year’s midterm elections, set for Tuesday, the most important vote of their lifetime.

The time has finally come for Americans to make those crucial decisions.

As voters across the country go to the polls, a number of officers both inside Pickens County and statewide will appear on local ballots next week.

The people of Pickens County will also vote on a statewide amendment, and two local municipalities will vote on Sunday alcohol sales.

In the gubernatorial election, Republican Henry McMaster will attempt to

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Young leaders raise money for family’s medical expenses

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Students at the Youth Leadership Academy, an award-winning charter school in Pickens, raised $20,000 to help a local family with their son’s medical expenses.

The YLA is housed at Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute.

The students raised the funds through a “Burpeethon,” according to YLA

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Getting in the spirit

Local municipalities have been holding events over the past several days to celebrate Halloween, including Pickens’ Trick or Treat on Main, above, and the Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival, left and right. The family-friendly events have offered fun, games, live music and trick-or-treating for the whole family.

 

Every dog has his say

Our boxer, Boomer, aka Boom Boom, is one of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever owned. We will celebrate his second birthday in November, and although we expected him to be a mature dog at this age, it is not to be.

I was recently told by a friend that it takes a boxer four years to grow up. This appears to be true. There’s no harm in Boom Boom, he just has a lot of energy, curiosity and intelligence — and he likes to chew. Anything.

We expected some of this behavior when he was a puppy. After all, all puppies chew on things when teething.

He was no exception. But we are still waiting for him to outgrow this habit. Or perhaps I should say hobby, because most of his spare time is spent engaged in this activity.

Boom Boom doesn’t chew things. He rips them apart, shreds them,

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