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Save-A-Lot helps PHS

In the 10 years that the Pickens Save-A-Lot store has been opened, it has made many donations for the Pickens High School athletic department. The latest donation Save-A-Lot has made was with the help of its customers. At the beginning of September, the store had signs telling its customers that they could purchase a Gatorade for 99 cents that would go to the athletic department at PHS. The customers stepped up, buying 375 Gatorades in a month. Save-A-Lot went on to donate 25 more to make it an even 400. David Gravely with Little Debbie also donated 10 cases of water. Save-A-Lot wants to thank its wonderful customers for helping Pickens High School. Pictured are Blue Flame football players Lawson Maxey, Brady Batson and Jacob Nagle, along with Pickens head coach Chad Smith receiving the donation.


Lions survive BHP to finish regular season unbeaten, win region for first time since ‘13

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

BELTON — No strangers to close games and crazy comebacks this season, the Daniel Lions entered Friday night’s game against the Belton-Honea Path Bears hoping to secure their first undefeated regular season and region title since 2013.

The Lions seemed poised to do just that, jumping out to a 24-7 lead at the start of the second half before the lead dissipated to just 31-28 in the waning minutes.

With the Bears driving down to the Daniel 9-yard line, things looked dire for the Lions. However, a strong pass rush and a monumental grounding penalty deflated the comeback efforts as Daniel escaped with a 31-28 victory.

“I feel like our kids are used to quite a bit of adversity at this point,” Daniel coach Jeff

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Tricks and Treats

The Pickens Revitalization Association and the Pickens Lions Club held the city’s first Halloween Hootenanny on Saturday at the downtown amphitheater. The event drew hundreds of people and featured trick or treating, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, games, a movie and much more. Bru Nimmons/Courier


Vote on early school start delayed

Community meetings on calendar planned next week

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — Pickens County School Board trustees announced Monday night they are delaying a vote on a 2020-21 school calendar with an early starting date of Aug. 4 to hear more input from the community.

“We just wanted to kind of put the brakes on it a little bit and listen and collect opinions to make sure everybody’s heard before we move quickly into this,” chairman Brian Swords said.

During a work session last Friday, district officials said a waiver had been approved for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to start school Aug. 4, 2020. But Swords said while the district feels fortunate to have been granted a waiver by the state, feedback from parents has included concerns about vacation plans and how the early

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Hagood Mill hosts fall fundraiser

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — One of the songs performed at Saturday night’s fundraiser for the Hagood Mill Historic Site was “I’m Working On A Building.”

It was an appropriate selection, as some of the funds raised will go toward completing the mill site’s pavilion.

All the performers donated their time for Saturday’s event, which also featured a dinner, raffles and a silent auction.

“We’re going to have a good time,” Hagood Mill Foundation chairman Robert Sams told those in attendance.

Hagood Mill director Billy Crawford said the fundraiser will be an annual fall

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Pickens Lady Sparks win 100th consecutive match


PICKENS — The Pickens Middle School volleyball team completed its sixth consecutive undefeated season by winning the AOP Conference Division II Tournament title and stretched its winning streak to 100 straight matches under the direction of head coach Mellie Crumpton.

“Winning 100 matches in a row is an amazing accomplishment, and one that each and every player, present and past, should be proud of,” Crumpton said. “It doesn’t come by often, and it isn’t easy to do. We have had some amazing

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Lakes and Bridges Charter School dedicates newly renovated building

EASLEY — The Southeast’s only public charter school for students with dyslexia celebrated a ribbon cutting at its newly renovated home on Friday and welcomed a special guest, WNBA All-Star A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, to speak to students and to parents.

Lakes and Bridges Charter School is the only public, tuition-free school in South Carolina — and in the entire Southeast — founded to teach children with dyslexia. The school began classes last school year at Crosswell Elementary in Easley, then moved this school year to its new facility at 1600 E. Main St. in Easley — the former home of Crane Chevrolet and Five Point Church. The school has been operating at full capacity since opening.

Students in grades 1-6 attend the school, and LABCS will add a grade each year until it houses K-8. Continuing to hold a capital campaign, the school needs to add additional classrooms, a library and more learning spaces, which will be a part of the second round of renovations. Donations may be made at


Lions just one victory away from region title

CENTRAL — Following three straight close contests in region play, the Daniel Lions entered last week’s matchup with county rival Pickens looking to make a statement.

The Lions did that and more in a 45-0 win, making plays in all three facets of the game as they stifled the Pickens ground game and held the Blue Flame under 100 yards on the night.

“Any time you take on a region foe and come out with this kind of victory it feels great,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said after the game, which was played on Thursday night after being rescheduled due to the threat of heavy rain.

Special teams were a big factor in the Lions’ victory, as they scored on first-quarter punt return touchdowns of 50 and 70 yards by Josiah Benson and Hack Hamilton, while also

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Stone’s legacy grows

Former sheriff inducted into state hall of fame

COLUMBIA — After retiring from a 44-year tenure as Pickens County sheriff in 2012, David Stone’s name will live forever in local history.

And now, thanks to his induction into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service last Friday, Stone’s legacy will be immortalized at the state level as well.

The longest-running sheriff in state history, Stone was one of seven law enforcement officers selected for induction into the hall of fame this year.

Stone was nominated for induction on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association by another longtime Upstate sheriff — Greenville County’s Johnny Mack Brown.

Brown’s nomination letter lauded Stone for leading

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County honors surviving POWs

Local celebrations set to mark Veterans Day

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Pickens County Council passed a resolution in honor of Pickens County’s surviving prisoners of war this month, and two survivors were on hand for the vote.

Council passed the resolution during its Oct. 7 meeting in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.

County council chairman Roy Costner read the resolution aloud before the vote.

The rights and freedoms that Pickens County residents enjoy are not free, the resolution said.

Those freedoms “come at a cost to our patriots throughout our history, including sacrifices by those service members who were taken as prisoners of war,” Costner said.

Pickens County observed POW/MIA Recognition Day in South

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