‘On the mend’

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Easley man charged with murder

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter EASLEY — An Easley man is charged with murder in the Saturday shooting death More »

New name for Pickens post office would honor soldier who gave all

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter PICKENS — An effort is underway to rename the post office in Pickens in More »

Roper ready to take on new role

As the newly appointed acting administrator for Pickens County, this is the first of many letters I intend to write More »

From the heart

YouTube channel gives flea market pickers online ‘shrine’ When you write a column called “Mountain Rhythms,” you can’t pass up More »

Sweet treats with heat

  By Olivia Fowler For the Courier  Almost everyone loves chocolate desserts, but this week we’re featuring chocolate with More »


Courier Community Calendar 7-17-19

• Youth cheer camp set at Pickens High

The Pickens High School varsity and JV cheerleaders are sponsoring a youth cheer camp set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the cheer room at PHS from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $30 per child, and ages 6-12 may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cash or checks made payable to PHS will be accepted. There will be a showcase at 11:30 a.m., and all parents, families and friends are invited to attend. Contact or for more information.

• Soapstone set to host fundraiser

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, July

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Sweet treats with heat


By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

 Almost everyone loves chocolate desserts, but this week we’re featuring chocolate with a twist.

You may not think chili peppers and chocolate make a good marriage, but amazingly enough, they do.

If you feel a little nervous about adding the chili powders, feel free to cut back just a little, but not too much. Sometimes we are surprised by how good new combinations taste, and this may be one of those times. Enjoy.


Courier Legal Notices 7-17-19


To: The Unknown Owner

The following Mobile Home has been abandoned at 304 Allgood Bridge Road, Pickens SC, 29671. There is a lien on this mobile home for rent in the amount of $434.90, plus any additional rent from the date of this notice. Contact Diane Boggs at 864-878-9887 to claim this mobile home.

After 30 days from the date of this notice, Diane Boggs will apply to sell the mobile home at The Pickens County

Courier Notice to Creditors 7-17-19

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 MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice

Courier Trespass Notices 7-17-19

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

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Courthouse bomb suspect arrested

Police say man may have also

planted explosives at DSS office

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Police have arrested a man suspected of planting two homemade pipe bombs outside the Pickens County Courthouse on Sunday night, and authorities say he may have also planted explosives at the Department of Social Services office in Pickens.

Emergency officials closed off the area around the DSS office on McDaniel Avenue on Tuesday after the suspect mentioned something about the building during his arrest Tuesday morning, according to Pickens Police Department records clerk Susan Kinsey.

DSS workers were evacuated from the building as officials from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI helped Pickens police with the investigation at the scene on Tuesday.

Police had not released information on the suspect’s identity or the results of the search at the DSS office at press time on Tuesday.

Police said two explosive devices were detonated at the courthouse on Sunday night,

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3 charged in drive-by shooting

CLEMSON — Clemson police have arrested three people in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured one person Monday morning.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said in a news release police received a call of shots fired at the Clemson Motel at 835 Old Greenville Highway at approximately 6 a.m.

“Officers arrived to find one victim had been shot in the leg and was transported to Prisma Health–Greenville Memorial Hospital by

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Murder suspect caught in Easley

EASLEY — A man wanted for murder in Florida was arrested Sunday in Easley.

The Miami Herald, citing a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, reported Erick Noe Lopez, 24, was tracked down in Easley several days after authorities allege he shot and killed another man.

Marshals allege Lopez got into a fight with Arturo Arriga, 66, at a mobile home park near West Palm Beach, Fla., on July 4, the paper reported. Marshals allege Lopez shot Arriga and left the scene. Arriga was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.

Lopez is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, the paper reported.

In addition to the U.S. Marshals, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies, Pickens County Sheriff’s deputies, Easley police officers and Department of Homeland Security assisted in the arrest, the paper reported.

Lopez remained in custody at the Pickens County Detention Center as of Tuesday morning.


Wishing Wilson well

Sometime back in the early- to mid-1980s when I was doing a lot of guitar teaching, I had a father and son taking lessons together from me, which was a pretty interesting arrangement.

As I recall they both had the same name: Gerald Wilson.

The younger Gerald Wilson, who must have been 10 or 12 at the time, grew up to be the Pickens County administrator!

Now, I can’t claim much credit for grooming him for this high office, but I knew he had potential even then. For one thing, to be willing to take guitar lessons with your daddy — that’s pretty rare. And he was always very polite and attentive, and smart. Just the nicest little guy in the world.

And he’s still one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet — although not so little anymore.

He came over to me at a county council meeting about five years ago when I started covering Pickens County for the daily newspaper from which I recently retired and told me who he was. Of course, I never would have recognized him, but he knew me. He was heading up the public works department then, I believe.

“If I can ever do anything for you, let me know,” he said.

He still says that every time I see him — and I guess he probably says it to everybody. But you know, I believe he means it.

Maybe that’s why, at the tender age of 48 (but with 31 years in the state retirement system) he has decided to retire. He’s just too nice

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