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Pickens County administrator resigns after 6 months on job

Finance director Guarino takes interim post again COUNTY — After a little less than six months on the job, Pickens County administrator Matthew Delk announced his resignation last week. No reason was More »

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Forecasts: Upstate could get several inches

Rocky Nimmons/Courier A fresh blanket of snow covers the ground outside the Pickens County Museum in Pickens on Tuesday morning. Although much of the county got more than an inch of snow, More »

02-18-15 Senior Citizens of Pickens, Inc #2 PCC

Pickens seniors earn $115K grant

Pictured, from left, are Yancey McGill, John Howard, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Larry Martin and Rep. Davey Hiott. PICKENS — Senior Citizens of Pickens has received a $115,000 grant from Lt. More »

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Gettys students printing hands for disabled children and adults

Gettys Middle School students are designing prosthetic hands for the group Enabling our Future. EASLEY — When you think of a group working on 3D-printed prosthetic hands, you probably don’t picture a More »


Discounted tickets available for Clemson’s ‘Passport to the Arts’

Clemson’s annual “Passport to the Arts” celebration is scheduled for March 6. CLEMSON — Clemson University and the city of Clemson will host the popular and unique celebration of the arts with More »

Hard work pays off for Pickens wrestlers

Russell Brinson/Photo Members of the Pickens High School wrestling team work out on the new mat purchased with money they earned doing odd jobs over the summer.

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Members of the Pickens High School wrestling team work out on the new mat purchased with money they earned doing odd jobs over the summer.

PICKENS — “Hard work pays off.” Pickens High School wrestling coach Mark Barrett said it, and the 30 boys of the PHS wrestling team proved it by raking many yards, washing many cars, loading trucks to help a family move, washing farm fences and clearing cut trees to earn money for the program over the summer.

When the school budget had allotted only half the money needed to replace the old very worn wrestling floor mat, the boys were able to add their $5,000 to purchase the new mat now in use. Much-needed new uniforms for the varsity players were also purchased.

Barrett said this year’s squad is arguably the best in his 19 years as wrestling coach, as the Blue Flame are currently ranked fourth in the state. The team consists of boys

Covey inks with Anderson

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Joined by his brother, Gunner, and mom, Heidi, Pickens High School senior Mason Covey, center, signed recently to play baseball at Anderson University.

PICKENS — A two-sport standout for Pickens High School, senior Mason Covey will soon be taking his talents to the collegiate level.

Covey, who has been a star for both the Blue Flame football and baseball squads during his time in high school, signed recently to take the diamond for Anderson University after he graduates from Pickens.

In addition to pulling duty all over the field this fall for coach Chad Seaborn’s football squad, Covey pitches and plays outfield for the Blue Flame baseball team, and chose

Courier Letters to the Editor 12-25-13

Delegation meeting set for Jan. 2

Dear Editor,

There will be a Pickens County Legislative Delegation meeting on Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dacusville Community Center. This will be a great time for all citizens to look our delegation members — Larry Martin, Phil Owens, B.R. Skelton and Davey Hiott — in the eye and ask tough questions about why South Carolina’s educational system, our ethics laws and our roadways are consistently rated some of the worst in the nation. These guys have been in Columbia for years, and we still see little to no improvement in these core functions of government.

We can also ask why our delegation overwhelmingly voted against Gov. Haley’s common-sense budget reductions. It seems odd that they would vote against

A court case of interest

12-25 Page 4A.inddI’m sure many are aware the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a prayer case, The Town of Greece, N.Y., vs. Galloway.

There, the town council randomly selected clergy to open their meetings with a prayer. Susan Galloway objected to the prayers, which were mostly Christian. She argued by allowing that, the town supported one faith over others and violated the First Amendment. The town lost in the 2nd Federal Circuit Court and sued Galloway in the U.S. Supreme Court.

First, some history. The Establishment Clause is the first of several tenets in the

Courier Obits 12-25-13

Joy Israel Ross

Liberty — Joy Israel Ross, 49, of 308 Campground Road, died Tuesday at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Fletcher, N.C., she was the wife of Lloyd “Nub” Ross of the home and a daughter of Roy and Sharon Wilkie Israel of Hendersonville, N.C. She was a graduate of Wren High School and worked at Ball Mart in Liberty. She was also a member of Mills River Baptist Church in Fletcher, N.C.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Ariel Morgan of Liberty, Stephanie Moore (Chant) of Liberty, Mandi Bullock (Kevin) of Easley and Lindsey Ross of the home; three sons, Mitchell Ross of Liberty, Lee Tinsley of Pickens and Will Simmons of Pickens; a sister, Susan Israel Foster of Pickens; and her beloved

Courier Legals 12-25-13


Case No. 2013-CP-39-972

BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. v. Thomas Reese, I, the undersigned, R. Murray Hughes, III, as Special Referee for Pickens County, will sell on January 6, 2014, at 12:00P.M. at the Pickens County Courthouse, 214 E. Main Street, Pickens, South Carolina to the highest bidder:

All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Pickens, and being known and designated as Lot 3, Phase 1, Keowee Mountain Lakes Estates Subdivision as more fully shown on a Plat

Courier Notice of Creditors 12-25-13

The publisher shall only be liable for an amount less than or equal to the charge for the space of the item in error in the case of errors in or omissions from any advertisement, and only for the first incorrect insertion.



All persons having claims against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer to these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of Pickens County, the address of which is 222 McDaniel Ave., B16, Pickens, SC 29671, on or before the date that is eight months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors (unless barred by operation of Section 62-3-803), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be

Courier Trespass Notices 12-25-13

In the state of South Carolina, trespass after notice is a misdemeanor criminal offense prohibited by section 16-11-620 for the South Carolina Code.

Those who enter upon the lands of others without the permission of the owner or manager shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor trespassing.

All persons are hereby notified and warned not to hunt, fish, cut timber or trespass in any manner whatsoever upon the lands of the undersigned:

Jim McGrew Sr. Jan. 2014

Treadwell and Erica Zeigler Jan 2014

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Hagood Mill site manager Ed Bolt dies

Ed Bolt

PICKENS — Hagood Mill site manager Ed Bolt died unexpectedly at age 60 last week.

In the wake of Bolt’s death, Pickens County Museum director Allen Coleman said the mill will be closed until further notice. This Saturday’s scheduled Celtic Christmas concert is among the events cancelled, although Coleman said operations should resume sometime after the new year.

Bolt was laid to rest last week at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

“We will announce a memorial service in the near future, but until then, please

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