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Police: Man tried to kill mother

PICKENS — A Pickens man is behind bars after police said he fired a shotgun at his mother as she fled in a car Sunday. David James Dodds, 34, of 909 Sliding More »

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back in town

Former Daniel High and Clemson stars DeAndre Hopkins (right) and Jarvis Jenkins (below) joined forces to host their first-ever free youth football camp on Saturday at Daniel’s Singleton Field. The two, now More »

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Man arrested in child sex charges

PICKENS — Police charged a Pickens man with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor last week. Richard Dale Nelson, 40, of 114 Jefferson St., Apartment A, was released on a $7,500 More »

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Three arrested in Pickens crime spree

PICKENS — Three Pickens residents were arrested last week in connection with a crime spree in early June that included local churches and the Hagood Mill among its targets. Police said Jessica More »

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Survey: Enough support to remove Confederate flag

Photo courtesy Bill Rogers/S.C. Press Association Flanked by Rep. James Clyburn, Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called last week for removal of the Confederate flag More »

Man faces murder charges


Third gun-related death

in three weeks in county

CENTRAL — A Central man is being held without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center facing a murder charge after police said he shot and killed a man following an altercation.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said a 911 call came in at around 8 p.m. last Thursday that there was a verbal altercation in the yard at a home at 111 Moser Trail in Central  and one of more of the people involved may be armed.

When deputies arrived less than 10 minutes later, they found a man, later identified as

16 charged in Clemson drug sting

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PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark announced Friday that a joint investigation into drug activity in the Clemson area led police to file 42 charges against 16 people.

According to Clark, sheriff’s deputies worked alongside officers from the Clemson University Police Department, Clemson City Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement

Principals hired at high schools

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County announced Tuesday that it had hired principals for two county high schools.

According to a release from district spokesman John Eby, Josh Young will be the new principal at Daniel High, while Gary Culler will lead Easley High.

Young, who will replace new district superintendent Dr. Danny Merck at Daniel, has served as principal of Walhalla High School since 2012.

Prior to his time at Walhalla High, Young spent his entire career in Pickens County. He

All aboard for fun!

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2014 Central Railroad Fest

2014 Central Railroad Fest

With beautiful weather and great entertainment, the annual Central Railroad Festival drew thousands to the town on Saturday. The

2014 Central Railroad Fest

2014 Central Railroad Fest

event offered, food, fun and entertainment as the town celebrated its railroad heritage.

Pew bids district farewell at final meeting

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

COUNTY — The Pickens County School Board of Trustees bid farewell to Dr. Kelly Pew Monday night following her final meeting before taking a new job in Rock Hill.

Pew is set to leave the district today to take over as superintendent for Rock Hill Schools.

Pew thanked the school board for “a wonderful six years.”

“Everything that you have touched you have impacted positively,” board chairman Alex Saitta told Pew.

Dr. Brian Swords, the newest member of the board, thanked Pew for her willingness to

Wrestlers qualify for state squads

CENTRAL — Six members from the Berkshire-Pickens Wrestling Club have been selected to compete in national tournaments representing South Carolina.

Cadet wrestlers (born 98-99) Matt Frey (126 lbs.), Cole Murphy (132 lbs.) and brother Kris (152 lbs.) will compete for Team South Carolina in the Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Team Duals to be held in Daytona Beach, Fla., on June 10-14. This

Six Mile bank grand opening set for Thursday

SIX MILE — Six Mile’s new bank is officially ready for business.

Our Bank, a division of Carolina Premier Bank, will hold its grand opening celebration on Thursday in the refurbished historic bank building located at 115 N. Main Street, Six Mile.

To celebrate the official opening, Our Bank is currently hosting a week-long celebration. Throughout the week, the community is invited to stop in for coffee and pastries in the morning or for afternoon treats. Drawings for a gift are beingheld each

Easley baseball coach Finley plans to retire

EASLEY — Easley High School baseball coach Roger Finley, one of the top baseball coaches in state history, has decided to hang up the cleats following this season.

Finley, who has spent 28 seasons as a head baseball coach, including the last 11 at Easley, was honored prior to the Green Wave’s regular-season-ending rivalry matchup with Pickens Monday evening.

Easley will head to T.L. Hanna Thursday to open the Class AAAA District I playoffs. The appearance marks the 28th consecutive playoff berth for Finley’s teams, each of his seasons as a head coach.

A former Palmetto High School coach for 17 seasons before his time at Easley, Finley

Music on the Market concert series starts this Friday in downtown Easley

Last year’s music series brought thousands to downtown Easley for a chance to listen to some great music and a little dancing. This years events will start this Friday in Easley.

Last year’s music series brought thousands to downtown Easley for a chance to listen to some great music and a little dancing. This years events will start this Friday in Easley.

EASLEY — The City of Easley recently announced the entertainment schedule for its 2014 Gilstrap Family Dealerships Music on the Market concert series.

“We are looking forward to another wonderful concert season here in downtown Easley,” said Scott Buckhiester, VP of operations with DunBurks Premier Events, which is contracted by the City of Easley to manage its events.

“The lineup for this year is filled with some of our very favorites returning and some exciting bands that are well known in the area but are coming to Easley for the first time,” Buckhiester said.

The concerts will take place in the Easley City Amphitheater each Friday night in May and June. The bands will start at 7 p.m. and play until 10 p.m. Concessions and entertainment for the kids will also be available.

The schedule is as follows:

May 2 — The Eric Scott Band

May 9 — The Sound Factory

May 16 — Southern Crescent

May 23 — Whitten City News

May 30 — Big Time

June 6 — Fortunate Sons

June 13 — Russ Chapman

                  and Friends

June 20 — Encore

Pickens View to open for National Day of Prayer

PICKENS — Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. The emphasis this year is “One Voice United in Prayer.”

Pickens View Wesleyan Church will be sponsoring an event Thursday in the church sanctuary at 744 Bethlehem Ridge Road off S.C. Highway 8 in Pickens. The church will be open for an hour in the morning, an hour at noon and an hour in the evening.

Visitors are welcome to come at any of the three times.  Someone will greet you and give you a prayer guide at 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.; noon to 1 p.m.; or 7 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the church at 878-2324 or the pastor at 506-5314.

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