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Ousted: Local Big League team eliminated in semifinals

Kerry Gilstrap/The Courier S.C. District 1 shortstop Jacob Childress tosses the ball to second base to try to put out Florida’s Brenden Overton during their U.S. semifinal game Tuesday evening at the More »


Help sought from public to identify suspects

PICKENS – The Pickens Police Department is looking for any information that will lead to the identification of three suspects shown in the pictures above. Just before 6 a.m. on June 11 More »

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Pickens Rescue 7 Rodeo set to feature local talent

Local barrel racer Holly Scruggs will be one of the area participants in the Pickens Rescue 7 Rodeo, to be held at the Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market on August 8 and More »

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The grand mystery in Cashiers Valley

Photos courtesy Dr. Thomas Cloer Jr. Dr. Thomas Cloer is pictured looking out over the wilderness of Whiteside Cove, where Hawkins went missing more than 80 years ago. A well-known mountain preacher’s 1930 More »

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Blue Ridge announces funds raised from 17th annual Blue Ridge Fest

Helping Hands of Clemson  Blue Ridge Electric Co-op employee David Collins and Blue Ridge Security Solutions employee Dusty Reeves recently presented a check for $13,000 to Jennifer Barbour, executive director of Helping More »

Church voices concerns with rezoning

By Rocky Nimmons


PICKENS — Pickens City Council heard from members of Holy Cross Catholic Church concerning a possible change in the city’s zoning during Monday night’s Pickens City Council meeting, held at City Hall.

Council held a special public hearing on an ordinance that would rezone 518 Hampton Ave. and amend the city’s zoning map.

Holy Cross members Cecil Hitchcock and Angie Vallano spoke to council during the hearing to discuss the church’s concerns with the rezoning of the property.

“Our purpose is to speak against the application that has been submitted to rezone the property at 518 Hampton Ave. from RM16 residential to GBD (General Business District). Our objections

Stobie earns black belt

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Scott David Stobie, a 52-year-old man from Easley, recently acquired his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. For the past 3 1/2 years, Stobie has been training and taking instructions from Master Karl Gassmann, who started the DoJang in Pickens and eventually moved it to Dacusville as the number of students increased. The DoJang now has 31 students and is located on S.C. Highway 183 in Dacusville. For more information, call (864) 752-8535.    Kerry Gilstrap/Courier

Habitat home burglarized

PICKENS — A Pickens County Habitat for Humanity Home was broken into and thieves stole almost everything, just two weeks before the family was supposed to move into their new home.

Volunteers from Pickens County Habitat for Humanity and Easley Presbyterian Church have been working to build the home for its new owner, Debra Dane, but burglars broke in and stripped nearly everything from the home.

Thieves stole nearly everything from the heat and air unit, water heater, light fixtures, shower heads, the microwave and even the toilets.

This burglary also affects other projects, as Habitat for Humanity will now have to pull money

Grace dedicates new playground

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Grace United Methodist Church dedicated its new playground on Sunday. The playground is dedicated to children of the church as well as children in our community. The beautifully landscaped area which begins at the playground and continues alongside the church parking lot all the way to Lewis Street was dedicated at the same time. The playground was expanded, some unsightly structures were removed, and attractive playground equipment was installed. A deck and picnic tables were built next to the playground. A talented master gardener church member headed up the designing and installation of beautiful plants and large rocks in the long area between Grace United Methodist and The First Baptist church of Pickens.

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