Manufacturer plans $23M investment, 100 new jobs

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter LIBERTY — Pickens County officials are celebrating the expansion of a company that was More »

8 inmates charged in mob attack

By Greg Oliver Courtesy The Journal PICKENS — Eight inmates at the Pickens County Detention Center have been charged More »

Lawson goes from local star to first-round NFL draft pick

By Robbie Tinsley Courtesy The Journal CHICAGO — He had to wait a little longer to hear his name More »

Co-op planning for growth

Rocky Nimmons/Courier Blue Ridge Electric president and CEO Charles Dalton, right, talks with Frank Looper during the co-op’s annual members More »

19th annual Blue Ridge Fest bringing cruise-in, old-school tunes to town

PICKENS —Thousands of people will flock to Pickens this Friday for Blue Ridge Fest, which will bring the sights and More »


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Business owners ask for grant consideration

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Lynn and Tim Jacobs, owners of Pedal’n Shak sports and recreation, asked Pickens City Council on Monday

A Pickens County Milestone


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Officials including Easley mayor Larry Bagwell and Pickens mayor David Owens cut the ribbon on the Doodle Trail on Saturday in Easley. The ribbon was made up of a blue ribbon and a green ribbon joined together, symbolizing the

Graduations set for this Saturday

COUNTY — More than 1,000 Pickens County students will receive their diplomas in graduation ceremonies scheduled for Saturday.

Each of the four county high schools will host its own ceremony in its football stadium. In case of rain, the events will be moved into the school’s

Daniel mourns student’s death

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Daniel High School student Matthew Robinson, 16, was killed in a single-car accident last week near Central.

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School community is remembering Matthew Robinson as an excellent student who loved being a part of the school’s marching band.

Robinson, 16, of Central, was killed last week in a single-car collision on Brookbend Road at Maw Bridge Road near Central, Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley said. His sister, who was the only passenger, was injured but is expected to survive.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the crash occurred around 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, on Brookbend Road about 3.5 miles north of Central.

Miller said Robinson was driving a four-door Dodge north on Brookbend when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. The road was blocked near Maw Bridge Road.

Daniel High School principal Josh Young called Robinson “a great kid.”

“He was an honors student and well liked by his teachers and


Hagood Center receives donation for renovations

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Organizers gathered Friday at the Hagood Community Center to dedicate the remodeled building to community service.

The center also received a $2,500 donation from Leadership Pickens County as a 2015 class project.

Ben Robinson/Courier The Hagood Community Center received a $2,500 donation from Leadership Pickens County on Friday to help with renovations of the facility.

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The Hagood Community Center received a $2,500 donation from Leadership Pickens County on Friday to help with renovations of the facility.

The site, originally known as Ben Hagood Elementary School, and before that Pickens Mill Elementary School, was leased to the city of Pickens in 1990. The site was operated by Seniors Unlimited


PHS hurdler Saunders inks to continue career at USC-Upstate

PICKENS — Pickens hurdler Tanner Saunders is the latest PHS senior to earn an athletic scholarship.

Saunders, who ran track in addition to being a member of both the Blue Flame football and basketball teams, inked recently with USC-Upstate.

Saunders starting running track at PHS in his sophomore year and managed to earn Western AAA most valuable honors as a junior and finished second in the


Pickens’ Tarone signs with SWU to run track

PICKENS — Pickens High School cross-country and track athlete Becky Tarone signed earlier this month to continue her academic and athletic career at Southern Wesleyan University.

Tarone said she is excited to continue doing what she loves while getting an opportunity to continue her education.

Tarone’s decision to attend Southern Wesleyan was based on the environment at the school.

“It was so inviting, and the people made it feel like home,” she


Signups open for music lessons

UPSTATE — Would you like to learn how to play the guitar, banjo, fiddle or mandolin?

New students are being accepted and enrollment is now underway for the spring session of the Appalachian Evening Music Program. The next session will begin the week of Monday, June

Stapleton named new hospital CFO

EASLEY — Kathleen Stapleton was recently appointed Baptist Easley’s chief financial officer (CFO).

Stapleton has been with Baptist Easley since 2009 and has served as interim CFO since October 2014.

A certified health finance professional, Stapleton has a Bachelor’s degree

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