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Two charged with neglect of kids, adult

Police: Couple’s home had ‘inhumane’ conditions PICKENS — A Pickens couple faces multiple charges after police and DSS workers allegedly found two small children and a bedridden adult living in “inhumane” conditions. More »


Paws for a cause

Pickens Elementary School students recently raised $146.80 to give to the Pickens County Humane Society. Humane society director Samantha Gamble visited the school and brought a 4-month-old puppy named Molly to play More »

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Baptist Easley team volunteers on trip to Dominican Republic

Pictured, from left, are Kayla Davis, Dr. John Warren, April Gravley, Dr. Bill Wheeler, Kathy Irvin, Connie Briley, Heather Trotter and Robin Snelson. EASLEY — A surgical team from Baptist Easley Hospital More »

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Green Wave pick up wins

Robert L. Bradley/Photo Easley High School’s Hannah Gravely steals second base against Union County. She advanced to third on an error on the play as the ball traveled into center field. EASLEY More »

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Man faces charge of sex with child

COUNTY — A former Pickens resident has been charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child. According to a news release sent Tuesday afternoon by Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy More »

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Courier Obituaries 1-29-14

Ray Ross

 Liberty — Ray Silas “Papa Ray” Ross, 83, of 316 Spring Valley Road, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at his home.

Born in Six Mile, he was the widower of Stella Holden Ross and a son of the late Andy and Bessie Shelton Ross. He retired from Saco Lowell and was a longtime member of Winding Creek Baptist Church. He was also a United States Air Force Veteran.

In addition, Ray was a former singer in the Damascus Quartet, a Southern Gospel group, as well as a bus driver for the Palmetto State Quartet for many years. He was also a well-known horse

Folkman, Swords file for school board race

COUNTY — The race to replace Ben Trotter as the Liberty-area representative on the board of trustees of the School District of Pickens County (SDPC) is beginning to take shape.

Filing opened Friday for the special April 1 election, which will fill the unexpired term of Trotter whose resignation from the District 4 seat earlier this month will be effective Feb. 1.

On the first day of filing, former SDPC building program director Bob Folkman and Tri-County Technical College Easley campus director Brian Swords threw their names into the hat to replace Trotter.

Folkman guided the school district’s building program through many twists and turn, but has been praised for the success of the program, which provided the district with four new high schools and a new career and technology center

Skelton not going to seek reelection

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COLUMBIA — State Rep. B.R. Skelton announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection this November.

Skelton, who turned 81 on Tuesday, told his colleagues on the House floor that he was honored to represent the people of District 3, which includes the Six Mile and Clemson areas.

“It is time to turn the page — time for a new chapter in representation of District 3,” said Skelton, a professor emeritus of economics at Clemson University. “A new, fresh face can make a difference. I’m confident that there are able folks who want to be engaged.”

In 2012, Skelton lost a primary election to challenger Ed Harris, but after a legal battle, the election’s results were

Honoring Dr. King’s Dream

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The Rev. Chet Trower of Soapstone Baptist Church delivers remarks to the crowd gathered in front of the courthouse. “We need a dream, but we also need a plan,” Trower told those in attendance.


Pickens Courthouse hosts annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

PICKENS — A medium-sized crowd gathered in front of the Pickens County Courthouse Monday morning to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Martin Luther King gave his life for civil rights,”  Pickens City Councilman Carlton Holley said. “But there is still work to be done.”

Ashley McGrath, music minister of Pickens Presbyterian Church, led a choir in the singing of several appropriate songs, including “We Shall Overcome,” “Jesus to Walk With Me,” and “Let Every Voice Sing.’

The Rev. C. L. Cruell, retired minister of Easley Union Baptist Church, then repeated Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

Bob Allison, a retired Pickens High School coach and teacher, helped lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, joined by veterans and youth on the courthouse steps.

The Rev. Chet Trower, pastor of Soapstone Baptist Church, was the featured speaker for the event.

“We need a dream, but we also need a plan,” Trower said.

Trower said that society should move toward a more equal distribution of wealth.

“I don’t have a problem with folks being rich,” Trower said. “As a matter of

Former County Councilman Hayes dies

EASLEY — Former Pickens County Councilman J.C. Hayes died Friday at age 87.

Hayes served 40 years in the U.S. Navy, fighting in three wars, before retiring in 1983. Following his retirement, Hayes served nine years on Pickens County Council.

In addition to time on council, Hayes was a loyal community servant as a Mason in the Bates Lodge, a former president of the local American Red Cross, a board member of Seniors Unlimited of Pickens County and a member of the Easley Rotary Club.

A staunch Republican, Hayes was also very active in the Pickens County Republican Party (PCRP).

Seventh school board member bill voted down

COLUMBIA — After months of debate, a movement to add a seventh member to the School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees took a hit last week, as House members of the county legislative delegation voted to keep the board at six seats.

The bill, proposed last year by Rep. B.R. Skelton and Rep. Davey Hiott, was struck down with a vote last week, as Skelton

Lopez named associate vice president for curriculum and instruction at SWU

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University recently named Lisa Lopez as its new associate vice president for curriculum and instruction.

Lopez brings into her new role significant experience in higher education administration, curriculum development, learning management systems, distance learning, technology implementation and faculty development. Before coming to Southern Wesleyan, she was the academic director for computer applications at Spartanburg Community College

TTI makes donation to help equip PFD new rescue truck

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Pickens Fire Chief Chris Elrod shows TTI personnel the rescue truck that the department recently bought from the Ayden Fire Department in North Carolina.

PICKENS — The Pickens Fire Department has recently purchased an equipment and rescue truck from Ayden Fire Department in North Carolina. The department is currently in the planning stage of preparing this truck for service in the community. This truck will be able to carry equipment and resources this department has never had before. Part of the equipment that will be carried on this is power tools that were donated by Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. (TTI). TTI is donating a gas

Reunion of Upcountry Families returns April 24-26 to county

COUNTY — Get out those new 2014 calendars and save the dates of Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26 for the fifth annual Reunion of Upcountry Families in Pickens County. This three-day event includes speakers, classes, tours of local family history research centers as well as popular cemeteries, and concludes with an all-day genealogy reunion.

Activities begin on Thursday at the Hampton Memorial Library in Easley with genealogy classes to be held in the Computer Lab, including one designed for third through sixth grade students. An Open House is scheduled in the

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