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Teen arrested in shooting death of father

PICKENS — An Easley teen was charged with manslaughter in the late-night shooting death of his father in Pickens last week. Joshua William Wright, 17, whose address on an incident report was More »

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Man charged with sex assaults on young girl

PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Easley man last week, alleging he forced a young girl to have sex with him multiple times over a period of a year. More »


‘Just the beginning’

Doodle Trail grand opening planned Saturday morning By Ben Robinson Staff Reporter PICKENS — The long-awaited grand opening ceremony for the Doodle Trail will be held this weekend. The celebration, set More »

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Ceremony held to honor Revolutionary War soldier

DAR members, local residents and descendants of Benjamin Barton were present for a ceremony dedicating new tombstones for the Revolutionary War soldier and his wife, Dorcas, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in More »

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A berry happy place

Steve Lorch/Courier Offering a wide variety of fruits and berries, the Happy Berry is located at 510 Gap Hill Road in Six Mile. By Steve Lorch For The Courier SIX MILE More »

Pickens park construction starts

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Work has started to bring a state-of-the-art bicycle riding facility to Pickens’ Town Creek Park.

PICKENS — Construction has started to revitalize Pickens’ Town Creek Park.

On Monday, crews from J Davis Construction began their work at the park under the supervision of the city’s engineer, Darrohn Engineering. In addition, Elevated Trail Design will assist with installation of bike-specific riding features.

The park’s Playground of Promise, tennis courts and Town Creek Trail willbe closed from construction until April 18, while the lower recreation center parking lot will also be closed until fall. The entire master plan for the project will take several years to complete, but can be viewed at the recreation center and

Major features of the project include: 3,000 linear feet of new dirt on a single-track trail for hikers and bikers; a paved 8-foot wide greenway called the “Appalachian Lumber Greenway,”

School board hopefuls discuss issues at forum

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

LIBERTY — Two of the four candidates vying for the School Board’s Liberty-area District 3 seat addressed the public last Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Pickens County Republican Party.

The seat was formerly held by Ben Trotter, who resigned earlier this year.

The two candidates in attendance were former School District of Pickens County building program director Bob Folkman and longtime district employee Bonita Thomas Holland.

Two other candidates, local businessman Roy Costner and Tri-County Technical College Easley campus director Brian Swords, chose not to be a part of the debate.

Holland, who worked in various departments in the school district before retiring after more

Burgess, McKinney speak at gop meeting

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Republican Party welcomed Dr. Gary Burgess, candidate for South Carolina Superintendent of Education, as a guest at its meeting last week.

Burgess, a Chapman High School graduate, spoke briefly to the crowd that had gathered for a forum featuring school board candidates Bob Folkman and Bonita Thomas Holland.

Burgess, who started school before desegregation, has served as a classroom teacher and a school principal. Burgess shared memories of growing up in a family that was poor, but said he never gave up any educational opportunities.

Burgess opposes the Common Core proposal. He plans to give teachers more freedom to actually

‘Spring for the Arts’ planned in Easley

EASLEY — The second annual “Spring for the Arts” will be hosted by Arts Council of Pickens County on April 5 in conjunction with the Easley Farmer’s Market Spring Fling. Committee members have a fun-filled day planned that will entertain everyone from the art entrepreneur to the person who may be viewing art for the first time.

Living artists will be on site demonstrating their skills and crafts during the day. Attendees can hone their painting skills with local artist Bill Lester and Larry Palmer as they teach basic watercolor techniques. Artists will be available to discuss the process through which they create pieces of art to sell or share with others. Local favorite Dale Stone will also be on hand with an

Baking competition will be held at Azalea Festival

PICKENS — The 2014 Pickens Azalea Festival is shaping up to be among the best of this event’s annual offering.

In its 30th year, the festival is bringing in new talents and an array of lively entertainment, along with the various types of artists and craftsmen, and the variety of food vendor that has made this event so popular.

Local and area bakers will this year be able to participate in the 1st annual baking competition, hosted by Pickens own Francine Bryson. Last year, Bryson charmed the nation with her Pickens County wit and humor, and earned a second place slot on the CBS hit show, “Great American

Rep. Hiott helps with March for Meals

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State Rep. Davey Hiott of Pickens recently volunteered with Pickens County Meals on Wheels as part of its March for Meals campaign. Hiott is pictured above with Pickens County Meals on Wheels executive director Meta Bowers as the two deliver a meal to 95-year-old James Nix of Pickens.

Treadway Rodeo Company to offer NJBRA event in Pickens

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Bull riding coming back to Pickens

 The Ernie Treadway Rodeo Company is bringing the National Junior Bull Riders Association back to Pickens this weekend. Pictured above, Brandon Bowie of Easley loses his grip on a bull and goes flying during a rodeo in Pickens last month.

PICKENS — The award-winning Ernie Treadway Rodeo Company has been producing rodeos throughout the Southeast for more than 30 years, bringing live action, excitement and fun to families across the southeast for decades.

Treadway has a long history in breeding champion bucking stock, some which have gone on to be feature bulls in Pro Bull Riding events. For the past three years, Treadway has dedicated part of his time to producing a local event in downtown Pickens at the old pallet warehouse at 422 Ann Street, with shows running from January until April every Saturday night.

This Saturday and Sunday, the company will be featuring a special event sanctioned by the

Baptist Easley board, foundation create new scholarship in honor of former CEO

EASLEY — The Baptist Easley Hospital Board, in conjunction with the Foundation at Baptist Easley Hospital, recently created an endowed scholarship fund in honor of former hospital CEO Roddey E. Gettys III.

Gettys retired in February 2013 after a distinguished 43-year career of service to Baptist Easley Hospital. The Roddey E. Gettys III Clinical Scholarships Endowment Fund provides scholarships for people interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and to perpetuate Gettys’ legacy of clinical excellence and patient-focused service.

The Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation will award the Roddey E. Gettys III Clinical Scholarship

A goat for every home

On The Way

By Olivia Fowler

We have a new animal for Fowler Farm, and I’m not really sure how this happened.  One evening during supper, Fowler said he wanted to clean up the old bird dog pen, an area which has fallen into disuse with the disappearance of quail from the landscape. He has been thinking about breeding rat terriers again and would need the area for this purpose. Since the death of Queenie, our last pointer, who departed this vale of tears more than 20 years ago, the pen has

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been taken over by honeysuckle, small oaks, wisteria vine and poison ivy.

The pen is made of chain link fence and encompasses an area measuring about 40 by 100 feet. Fowler decided to acquire a goat for the purpose, so he says, of cleaning out growth both inside and outside the fence. But before this could be done, he spent two full days cutting down small trees and dragging out enough undergrowth to make access into the pen possible.

He then built a neat goat shed inside the pen before picking up the goat from our neighbor, who raises them.  She is a Nigerian nanny goat who is expecting kids sometime in May.

COURIER Letters to the Editor 3-26-14

Education, then and now

Dear Editor,

After reading some of the Common Core standards, my first impression was it’s a set of documents written by and for educators. It’s kind of like how you have to be in a particular trade or profession to understand the lingo. But then it became apparent most of the standard was just using fancy words and phrases for making simple concepts complicated.

For instance, the following are first-grade requirements: “Add and subtract within a range of 10,” “use strategies such as counting on and making 10,” and “decomposing a number leading to

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