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Ribbon cut on new Twelve Mile Recreation Park

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Pickens County’s latest park is officially open.

County officials cut the ribbon Monday morning on the Twelve Mile Recreation Park, located at 1110 Norris Highway in Central.

County officials broke ground on the park project in November 2016, but the project started long before that, according to County Councilman Trey Whitehurst.

“This whole process started many years ago when we were dealing with the PCBs from Schlumberger,” he said. “This is one of the final outcomes we were able to produce out of that.”

After purchasing the Sangamo-Weston plant in Pickens, Schlumberger agreed in 2006 to pay $11.8 million to federal and state agencies as recompense for polychlorinated biphenyls released into the environment for decades by the plant.

“There was a certain amount of money given back to the counties as

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Too well informed to be comfortable

I think we all are suffering from battle fatigue from trying to keep up with the news. We need some relief. I hope to goodness that Native Americans will be able to vote in the midterm elections. It’s unbelievable that now, in 2018, there are still people running around loose who are fighting to keep others from voting.

Native Americans in South Dakota who live on the reservations have P.O. boxes instead of street address. Suddenly, just weeks prior to the midterms, the state has made a new law to keep anyone without a street address from voting.

What? They’ve got to be kidding.

But they’re not. The party in power is afraid native Americans will not vote as the party would like, so they’re trying to rig the election.

Well, this is still America, and we must believe that sooner or later someone will do something that is right.

In Georgia, Brian Kemp, the secretary of state who is running for governor, is working hard to keep African-Americans away from the polls. As secretary of state, he has authority over state elections. As a candidate, he is blatantly involved in a serious conflict of interest.

In our own state and county, former Sen. Larry Martin was victimized by corrupt members of the state legislature and the state attorney general, Alan Wilson, according to evidence presented to a grand jury. Martin was working on tort reform, placing a cap on the maximum amount that could be awarded in a lawsuit. Since many in the state legislature are attorneys, this change would have cut the dollar amount of an attorney’s percentage of a winning lawsuit. It would have been helpful in reducing insurance premiums, but apparently that isn’t to be considered.

There’s nothing like a little greed to motivate some of our elected officials.

The underlying issue was that Larry Martin is an ethical person. And that’s why he was ousted. Those who worked to unseat him are not hampered by ethics. They have none.

Well, we didn’t earn the title of one of the most corrupt states in the nation for nothing.

We’ll see where this goes. I’m following it with interest. But when the fox is guarding the hen house, we can’t expect anybody to be laying eggs.

And these are just state issues.

Now, to add insult to injury, Big Bird, the original, is retiring from Sesame Street. When I heard this, I was stunned. Oh, no! we need someone like Big Bird. He is a beacon of hope for our country.

Yes, he is a Muppet. But there’s a lot to admire about the bird. He’s a giant yellow canary who is kind, caring, sensitive and honest. He tries to do the right thing.

And he always has a sunny day on Sesame Street.

The man who has portrayed Big Bird for almost 50 years is retiring. Big Bird will still be on the show, but will be portrayed by another actor.

I hope the new Big Bird will continue to live life on Sesame Street displaying the same admirable qualities shown by his predecessor. We could do far worse than to emulate him. He’s truly a bird to look up to.


Lions handle Pickens to set up region title showdown

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The Daniel High School football team entered Friday’s matchup at Pickens firing on all cylinders.

However, the Blue Flame, who played spoiler to Walhalla just two weeks earlier, gashed the Lions and entered the second quarter driving once more.

The Lions’ defense managed to stop the imposing threat by forcing a fumble, and Tyler Venables took care of his team the rest of the way, as the junior quarterback tossed three of his five touchdowns passes in the quarter to help Daniel pull away for a 42-17 victory.

“Those kids for Pickens fought hard tonight,” Daniel head coach Jeff Fruster said. “I have to commend (head coach Chad Smith) for what he has done with this program and getting them to the level of play they are at right now.”

The win moved the undefeated Lions (8-0, 4-0 Region I-4A) to within one game of winning their first region title since 2013. They’ll get their chance at home this week in a winner-take-all showdown with Belton-Honea Path, which trounced Wren by a final score of 41-24 on Friday night.

“The success these kids have had so far is commendable,” Fruster said. “The kind of turnaround they’ve shown from one season to the next is all on the staff and the kids for believing in what it is we presented them. I’m awful proud of them tonight and the effort they showed.”

Offensively, the Lions were paced by Venables, who enjoyed another outstanding outing. He posted one of his best passing nights of the year, throwing for 308 yards and adding five

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Pumpkin pickin’

The annual Pumpkin Festival drew hundreds of people as it served as Pickens County’s unofficial kickoff of the fall season for the 40th 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, young Joshua Bishop plays in the pumpkin patch outside the Oolenoy Community Building at the festival. At right, Ellie Hennessy performs on stage at the festival. Rocky Nimmons/Courier


Sheriff’s office chief deputy recognized for excellence

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The second in command at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was recognized last week for his long career in law enforcement.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe was awarded the 2018 Billy Wilkins Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement during a special term of court at the Pickens County Courthouse.

“I didn’t see this coming,” Hashe said. “This is a beautiful plaque, but the sad thing about this plaque is it’s not big enough, because there are so many names that should be on there. There are so many people that come

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EHS hall of fame class honored

EASLEY — Easley High School inducted a new class into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night during the Green Wave’s game against Greenwood.

The group of Green Wave athletes joined an already prestigious group in the hallows of Easley fame.

Sammy Galloway, a 1969 EHS graduate, earned three letters in football, along with two in baseball and one in track. A member of the 1967 Class 2A State championship football team, he was named one of the top 100 players in the country his senior season. He was selected to play in the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game. He signed a grant-in-aid with South Carolina to play football and was a

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Devils roll in region win at West-Oak

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

WESTMINSTER — Behind a huge 228-yard night from senior fullback Clay Lollis, the Liberty Red Devils won their third road game in a row Friday night, dominating the winless West-Oak Warriors, 33-7.

Lollis scored on runs of 69, 68 and 25 yards in the first half to lead the Devils to the runaway region win. Liberty is now 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in Region I-3A play.

Since dropping their season opener at Daniel, the Red Devils have now on the road at Berea, Carolina and West-Oak.

Liberty coach Kyle Stewart was pleased with his team’s performance Friday night, as the Devils racked up 467 yards of offense, including 334 on the ground.

“Just proud of them,” Stewart said after the game. “(The Warriors) gave a lot of different looks on film, so we had a few things set up where ‘if we get this look, these are our plays.’ We made some tackles, made some key blocks — it’s nice to get cushion to start out.”

Quarterback Carter Smith also had a good night leading the Liberty offense, as he passed for 119 yards and ran for another 42 on five carries.

“(Smith) did a good job tonight, did a good job on the options and RPOs,” Stewart said. “He made some good decisions downfield as well, and I’m proud of that. Just have a few little fine-tuning to do, but to be running option plays in the little time he’s been doing it, he’s picking up pretty good.”

With temperatures feeling seasonably cool for the first time this season, the

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Green Wave top Greenwood to guarantee spot in postseason

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Keyed by a swarming, big-play defense, Easley played its best game of the season Friday night to upset Greenwood 24-21 at Bill Carr Stadium.

The performance was Hall of Fame-worthy as the Green Wave inducted six new members into the school’s athletic hall of fame at halftime. Sammy Galloway, Sam Houston, Gary King, Troy McGowens, Zack Reeves and Colt Shope were enshrined in the class of 2018.

The game, which had all the feel of a playoff game with the first cooler weather of the season, was a classic. With the win, Easley clinched a playoff berth and now can look to bigger and better things with wins the next two weeks at home against Woodmont and on the road at Laurens.

“That was huge,” Easley coach John Windham said. “They are such a quality opponent. Great program, great game — a huge game. I’ve seen a lot of games, watched a lot of games, been on a lot of teams, coached a lot of teams, but I’ve never been more proud of a team as I am tonight.”

Both defenses set the tone early. Greenwood’s Braylon Ryan sacked Easley quarterback Dallas Odom, forcing a punt. The Easley defense was up to the task, as a toss play on fourth and two by was stopped for a seven-yard loss by Shabba Little. It would be a night of big plays for Little.

The Green Wave offense couldn’t convert, as Odom’s pass was picked off by Kendrick Makins, who he returned it into Easley territory.

But again the Green Wave defense stood tall, as two plays later, Rhett

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Taking a hike? Think safety first

By Scott Stegenga

Special to The Courier

As the fall season advances, hiking activity will be on the increase. Getting out on a trail is a great way to exercise and enjoy the wonderful natural resources we have close at hand. Longer hikes should be wisely planned and require extra preparations. Even a short walk in the woods can turn to misery if some basic safety precautions are ignored.

First and foremost, always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. It is always better to hike with someone, but if going alone, this is especially important. If the trail head has a registration system in place, be sure to sign in and out as instructed. If hiking with a group, avoid wandering off by yourself, as this can lead to more serious problems that can affect not only yourself, but others in the group if they don’t know where you are.

Having the right clothing is critical to a good hiking experience. Footwear should always fit comfortably and be sturdy to cope with uneven terrain. Wearing thicker socks or a double pair can help prevent blisters. If your

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Woman charged with heroin, meth trafficking

EASLEY — An Easley woman faces multiple drug trafficking charges after being arrested last week following a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Pamela Snapp Richards, 59, is charged with two counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Warrants allege Richards was selling drugs out of her Easley home.

After receiving leads, investigators conducted an undercover investigation into the alleged drug

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