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Fourth of July events planned across county

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — As Independence Day nears, Pickens County is preparing for a number of events celebrating America’s oldest holiday.

Clemson will kick off the festivities on July 3 with the 26th annual ClemsonFest. The event will be held at Spittoono field, located at 1569 Eighteen Mile Road in Central. The cost of the event is $5 per person or $10 per carload.

The gate will open at 5 p.m., and the festival will continue until 10 p.m. Carolina Coast Band will provide live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and will continue until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, the band will continue to play until close.

According to organizers, problems with entry and exit that affected last year’s event have been remedied this year, as three gates will be open to get attendees inside and parked smoothly. At least 1,750 cars will be able to park on the grounds — 75 percent more than last year. More information

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‘Hee Haw’ play at Senior Center sells out, encore set for July 13

PICKENS — A play based on popular 1970s and ‘80s TV show “Hee Haw” was a smash hit on June 8 at the Pickens Senior Center.

So much so that that more than 50 people had to be turned away from the jam-packed auditorium at the the center, located on School House Road in Pickens.

As a result of the incredible response, officials at the center have announced an encore presentation Saturday, July 13, starting at 7 p.m.

The play, written by Carol Baker, is directed by Rick and Susan Grant. Mike Waldrop is the announcer. The cast features a group of talented musicians and actors, including Lewis Pace, Carol Baker, Dale Harward, Bucky Hendricks, Mike

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Hope for Homeless Bash set Saturday in Pickens

PICKENS — An event planned this weekend in Pickens will help raise money for a shelter to help Pickens County’s homeless population.

The Pickens County Hope For Homeless Bash, set for 2-8 p.m. June 29, will be held at the downtown amphitheater in Pickens, located at 114 W. Main St.

Hosted by Traci Walker and comedian Brandon Rainwater and presented by Dream Catchers, the event will include bounce houses, a

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Man wanted for attempted murder

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Six Mile man charged with attempted murder after deputies say he attacked his ex-girlfriend.

Boyce Derek Lowrance, 39, of John Holliday Road, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a news release from Chief Deputy Creed Hashe.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a disturbance in the 800 block of North Old Mill Road in Easley at 7:15 a.m.

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Community turns out to greet service members

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The community turned out Monday to welcome a special group of men and women serving their country.

This year marks the 11th year that the Keowee Key community has hosted service members for several days of rest and relaxation.

This year the program includes 18 “warriors” from the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and nine wives. Fourteen of the 18 are Marines from Camp

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Merck gets hefty raise, extension

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — School board trustees gave School District of Pickens County superintendent Danny Merck a two-year contract extension and a hefty pay raise last week.

The board extended Merck’s contract to 2025 and gave him a more than 11 percent salary increase to $150,000 a year. He will also receive an annuity equal to 10 percent of his base salary and a car allowance of $10,000.

The board extended Merck’s contract to 2022 and raised his salary from $123,600 to $128,544 in January 2018. Board chairman Brian Swords said language was later added to the superintendent’s contract to ensure he receives pay increases equivalent to the average percentage of leadership increase and or cost-of-living allowance annually. As of this year, his base salary was sitting at a

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Fans meet champ

Hundreds of fans turned out to meet former NASCAR Cup series champion and recent Hall of Fame electee Bobby Labonte during a grand opening event at the Clardy Law Firm in Pickens on Saturday. Pictured here, Clardy watches as Labonte signs a miniature car for a fan.

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Maximize your relaxation while the weather is right

Summer can fly by. Because summer can sometimes seem to come and go in a flash, it’s important for everyone to make the most of this relaxing time of year.

Vacations from work and school are great ways to make summer memories, and the following are some ways to get even more out of these relaxing breaks from the norm.

• Disconnect for a few days. Truly disconnect from electronic devices for a period of time to give yourself a mental break. Stop answering work emails, avoid

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Diversify with English Peas

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

English or green peas have a distinct sweet flavor whether they are fresh or frozen. There are a number of different delicious ways to prepare peas, but it’s important to remember that the key to success is in the quality of the pea.

If you can get fresh peas, make sure you know how fresh they are. The longer they’ve been picked and the bigger they are, the less flavor they will have.

Canned peas are not recommended for these recipes. They are inferior to frozen or fresh peas, as they’re full of sodium, are usually large, with tough skins, and are an unappealing color.

The key to optimum flavor for this week’s featured recipes is to buy baby peas in the freezer section and to be very careful not to overcook them. The cooked peas should be a bright green and should be slightly firm.


Husband charged with killing wife

PICKENS — Police said a Pickens man was arrested after he shot and killed his wife on Tuesday morning.

Gregory Benson Nix, 63, is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the death of his wife, Tracey G. Nix, 59.

He is being held without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center.

According to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Creed Hashe, there was no one else at the couple’s home on Allgood Bridge

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