‘It’s not about Syrian refugees’

Council talks possible German partnership PICKENS — A “Twin County” relationship between Pickens County and the District of Karlsruhe, Germany, More »

End of the line

Easley cuts ribbon on new Doodle Park City of Easley officials held a long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for More »

Rice presents Behavioral Health officials with Senate resolution

By Rocky Nimmons Publisher PICKENS — State Sen. Rex Rice visited Pickens on Friday to make a special presentation More »

Honoring Pickens’ best in business

Pickens community volunteers and businesses gathered for the annual Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce and Pickens Revitalization Association banquet. The More »

Now is the time for superheroes

We watched “60 Minutes” this week and found out the crown prince of Saudi Arabia is working on changing the More »

‘Keeping His Memory Alive’

County breaks ground on hangars named for late Pickens student By Jason Evans Staff Reporter LIBERTY — Pickens County More »


‘Because of the people’

Longtime commerce park tenant unveils headquarters expansion

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — After more than a decade at the Pickens County Commerce Park, KeyMark continues to grow.

On Thursday afternoon, officials with the software solutions company announced plans to create a new office headquarters in the commerce park.

“We are here specifically because of the people,” KeyMark CEO Jim Wanner said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

Wanner said the company was “looking for a good place to land” and “the best spot to have our people grow” when officials learned of the Pickens County Commerce Park.

“Since we landed here, I’m very proud to say we’ve actually grown by 500 percent, since we actually came to this community,” he said. “Where we live has the best people in the

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PCSO: Marijuana operation found after shooting

PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating a shooting in Dacusville Tuesday found an indoor marijuana operation with plants as tall as 4 feet, according to authorities.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said deputies were dispatched around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday morning

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Daniel JROTC named best in South Carolina

CENTRAL — Even in light of the storied past of D.W. Daniel High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC “Flying Lions” Cadet Corps, the 2016-2017 school year has truly been a banner year.

Most recently, the year of accolades has culminated in the unit’s ultimate

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Merck Mountain Spring Jam this weekend

CENTRAL — For the fourth year in a row, brother and sister team, Mark and Sheila Merck have brought together their love of music and community with the Merck Mountain Spring Jam 2017, presented by KOOLFLIX.

The huge event will be held this Friday and Saturday at 310 Browning Road in Central.

Twelve bands from across the Upstate will donate their time and talent to the concert weekend. Proceeds will benefit Helping Hands of Clemson, an

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PCMOW Wings and Wheels event planned for April 22

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will host the organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the eighth annual Wings and Wheels event at the Pickens County Airport, located at 240 Airport Road in Liberty.

The event is set for Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be airplane rides, a custom car show, a radio-controlled airplane, prize drawings and giveaways and great food.

It will be a day of fun for the whole family. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per car.

For more information, visit or call (864) 606-3745.


Azalea Festival yard sale set for Hagood-Mauldin House

PICKENS — The Pickens County Historical Society extends an invitation to visit The Hagood Mauldin House for tours and an annual yard sale this Saturday, April 15.

The historic home was built in the 1850s in the town of Pickens Court House

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Soapstone set to host

PICKENS — Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, this Saturday, April 15.

The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon-8 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish fry, barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings right from Mrs. Mabel’s kitchen.

For more information, call (864) 414-8470.


94th Davis Reunion set for April 30

EASLEY — The annual Clarence and Margie Hughes Davis reunion will be held April 30 at Tabor United Methodist Church Fellowship Building at 1943 Ireland Road in Easley. Lunch will be at 1:15 p.m.

Paper supplies will be provided. All family and friends are urged to attend and enjoy this time together. For more information, call (864) 878-9999.


AnMed Health Cannon sets

PICKENS ­— On April 17-21, AnMed Health Cannon will hold a silent auction fundraiser for the 2017 Pickens County Relay for Life.

AnMed Health Cannon staff, local community artists, and businesses have donated for this year’s auction.

Unique artwork this year includes pen and ink drawings, watercolor

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Liberty High JROTC Team to compete in AB Championship in Washington

LIBERTY — After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Liberty High School JROTC Academic Team composed of Christopher Williamson, James Fair, Jaiden Marcengill, and Keith Dugan will compete in person at the championship event in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship will be held on

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