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YouTube channel gives flea market pickers online ‘shrine’

When you write a column called “Mountain Rhythms,” you can’t pass up a story like this: “Old-time Flea Market pickers live forever in the cloud.”

Old-time pickers happen to be one of my great interests in life — partly because I’ve become one of them myself. And the group that gathers every Wednesday morning to entertain bargain hunters at the Pickens Flea Market has become, like the Rolling Stones, an institution.

But it’s an institution that, sadly, is fading slowly away. At least that’s the way Chris DeJong felt

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Sweet treats with heat

 

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

 Almost everyone loves chocolate desserts, but this week we’re featuring chocolate with a twist.

You may not think chili peppers and chocolate make a good marriage, but amazingly enough, they do.

If you feel a little nervous about adding the chili powders, feel free to cut back just a little, but not too much. Sometimes we are surprised by how good new combinations taste, and this may be one of those times. Enjoy.

 

Courthouse bomb suspect arrested

Police say man may have also

planted explosives at DSS office

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Police have arrested a man suspected of planting two homemade pipe bombs outside the Pickens County Courthouse on Sunday night, and authorities say he may have also planted explosives at the Department of Social Services office in Pickens.

Emergency officials closed off the area around the DSS office on McDaniel Avenue on Tuesday after the suspect mentioned something about the building during his arrest Tuesday morning, according to Pickens Police Department records clerk Susan Kinsey.

DSS workers were evacuated from the building as officials from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI helped Pickens police with the investigation at the scene on Tuesday.

Police had not released information on the suspect’s identity or the results of the search at the DSS office at press time on Tuesday.

Police said two explosive devices were detonated at the courthouse on Sunday night,

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3 charged in drive-by shooting

CLEMSON — Clemson police have arrested three people in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured one person Monday morning.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said in a news release police received a call of shots fired at the Clemson Motel at 835 Old Greenville Highway at approximately 6 a.m.

“Officers arrived to find one victim had been shot in the leg and was transported to Prisma Health–Greenville Memorial Hospital by

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Murder suspect caught in Easley

EASLEY — A man wanted for murder in Florida was arrested Sunday in Easley.

The Miami Herald, citing a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, reported Erick Noe Lopez, 24, was tracked down in Easley several days after authorities allege he shot and killed another man.

Marshals allege Lopez got into a fight with Arturo Arriga, 66, at a mobile home park near West Palm Beach, Fla., on July 4, the paper reported. Marshals allege Lopez shot Arriga and left the scene. Arriga was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.

Lopez is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, the paper reported.

In addition to the U.S. Marshals, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies, Pickens County Sheriff’s deputies, Easley police officers and Department of Homeland Security assisted in the arrest, the paper reported.

Lopez remained in custody at the Pickens County Detention Center as of Tuesday morning.

 

Making memorable family moments

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

Family Features

ducational activities and plans that allow kids to flex their brain muscles in fun and creative ways can be ideal ways to spend family time that makes lasting memories.

While children typically gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the classroom, purposeful activities done outside of that setting can help encourage kids to keep learning and make family moments more enjoyable for everyone involved.

From planning trips that celebrate animals and the great outdoors to rainy day activities at home that inspire creative expression, these ideas can produce some family moments worth remembering.

1. Go on a scavenger hunt. From native species of plants, animals and insects to neighborhood landmarks, there are plenty of interesting things that can be found right in your own backyard. Organize a scavenger hunt and work together in teams of family members to search for each item on the list, then do more research on the things you found once you return home. For a real challenge, expand your hunt to the city limits of your hometown and make a day trip of the adventure.

2. Hang out with wildlife. Learn about different species of animals, how to help protect them and the importance of eco-friendly everyday practices by visiting a destination like an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoo or aquarium. You can explore the challenges facing endangered species, discover how community programs are spurring positive

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Tasty sides for your next cookout

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

There’s nothing that says summer like getting together with friends and family to cook out.

And whether its hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks or chicken, man cannot live by meat alone. You have to have some crowd-pleasing side dishes to complement the main course.

And it needs to be delicious, easy to prepare and hit all the right flavors for your most discriminating group.

Now, you don’t have to limit serving these sides just for cook outs. Enjoy them anytime.

There’s nothing that says summer like getting together with friends and family to cook out.

And whether its hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks or chicken, man cannot live by meat alone. You have to have some crowd-pleasing side dishes to complement the main course.

And it needs to be delicious, easy to prepare and hit all the right flavors for your most discriminating group.

Now, you don’t have to limit serving these sides just for cook outs. Enjoy them anytime.

 

United Way to gather input from residents

EASLEY — Starting Monday, July 15, United Way of Pickens County will be asking residents to participate in a short, simple, online survey about community issues in Pickens County.

The link will be posted on Facebook and on the United Way of Pickens County website, uwpickens.org.

“What will United Way do with this data? We want to know what is important to the community we serve,” UWPC president Julie Capaldi said. “The results of this survey will give us tremendous insight. We think we know what critical issues are facing our

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County administrator to retire

Roper to serve as acting administrator

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — After three years as Pickens County administrator, and more than 25 years as a county employee, Gerald Wilson will be retiring next month.
Wilson said he planned to tell county employees of his decision Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m going to be retiring Aug. 23,” he said.
His decision came after discussions with his wife and family, Wilson said.
“I’ve got my 31 years in the state retirement system,” he said. “It’s the thing we want to do at this point in my life.”
Thoughts of his retirement factored into his decision to become county administrator in 2016.
“They offered me a four-year contract, but I only agreed to two,” Wilson said.
He considered retiring last year, but changed his mind after a discussion with County

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A whole new direction for county museum

‘Doodleville’ could make museum more kid-friendly

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Plans to make a portion of the Pickens County Museum of Art and History more appealing to children are in the works.
County tourism director Jay Pitts discussed the museum with county council June 17 as he went over the Accommodations Tax Committee’s recommendations on applications for funding.
The museum’s foundation is requesting $50,000 in funding toward the creation of “Doodleville,” an interactive children’s museum.
“The committee granted $50,000,” Pitts said. “This was a recommendation to fund the full amount. The ATAX committee was very excited about this idea.”
Children’s museums across the Upstate are “very successful in drawing tourists,” he said.
“This could be the same for Pickens County,” Pitts said.
County administrator Gerald Wilson said Doodleville would be more interactive, with more “touch and feel” displays.
Pitts agreed.
“Staff at the museum is looking at ways they can enhance the museum to bring more people in,” he said. “What they want to do is create Doodleville and do storefronts of each of our municipalities inside the museum. Once a child or even an adult goes through that storefront, there are going to be activities that represent each of the municipalities for them to participate in.”
Doodleville would be located at the back of the museum, Pitts said.
“This is a whole new direction for the museum,” Councilman Trey

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