Runaway teen found in Georgia, man arrested

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia authorities joined forces last week to find a 14-year-old girl believed More »

Daniel’s Howard, Turner picked for annual honors

Dana Howard and Ute Turner CENTRAL — Dana Howard and Ute Turner were recently chosen as Daniel High School’s 2016-2017 More »

Pickens Rec gets $44,300 for new bathroom facilities

Pamela Dodson/Courier Pickens City Council members Patrick Lark and Patti Welborn, as well as mayor David Owens, look on as More »

Alma Carter Scholarship audition winners named

The 2016 Alma Carter Scholarship student monitors were, front row, from left, Taylor More, Avril Adams, Taylor Baldwin, Cross Davis More »

Dacusville Community Library celebrates first year, plans to launch summer reading program

Jason Evans/Courier The Dacusville Community Library is volunteer-driven. Pictured here are a few of the volunteers. Standing, from left, are More »


Oconee Nuclear Station fire raises alert

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A fire at the Oconee Nuclear Station on Sunday afternoon caused an elevated emergency notification protocol.

By Steven Bradley
Courtesy The Journal

SENECA — After a transformer fire at the Oconee Nuclear Station caused one unit to be shut down and an elevated emergency protocol declared, Duke Energy exited the alert classification at 8:16 p.m. Sunday.

Pickens Innovation Center applies for $90K ARC grant

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Owned and operated by Mark Burgess, right, the Burgess General Store was one of Pickens’ newest businesses who had a booth set up at the Pickens Innovation Center’s Commercialization Day “Launch” on Monday.

By Pamela Dodson

Staff Reporter


PICKENS — The city of Pickens is growing, and with this new growth comes opportunity.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, officials said the Pickens Innovation Center, which has helped start 13 new businesses within the city, applied for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant of $90,000 to help sustain the center in making plans for future growth.

SWU Concert Choir sings at Mother Emanuel


Teens charged in string of damages

DACUSVILLE — Pickens County Sheriff’s Office investigators announced last week that three teenagers had been arrested in a string of property damages, mostly involving mailboxes, last month.

align="JUSTIFY">Three Dacusville boys, two age 14 and one age 16, were charged in the rash of incidents, in which “multiple mailboxes were damaged or stolen, along with other incidents of damage” in the Dacusville and Easley areas in February.

Because the teens are under the age of 17, their names will not be released, and they will be tried in Family Court.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said the incidents occurred during the nighttime hours, and most of the activity was accomplished as the suspects were walking through the area.

Hashe also said the investigation is still ongoing and may lead to additional charges or additional suspects as it continues.

“We encourage victims to call the sheriff’s office to report incidents when they occur so that they can be properly investigated,” sheriff Rick Clark said. “Too often, we see the trend for people to post comments on Facebook about what they believe to be criminal behavior when the local jurisdiction has never been notified about the activity. Please remember that Facebook, which is sometimes great entertainment, will not investigate crimes in your neighborhood.

“As you can see from our recent arrests stemming from investigations into incidents of mail theft and in the above cases where personal property has been damaged, we take these problems seriously and make every effort to identify and solve cases where the community has been victimized.”

Investigators were able to clear more than 15 cases of damage with the teens’ arrests, Hashe said.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to prevent nor do we solve every crime, but the proper reporting of criminal activity is key in the mission to getting it stopped,” Clark said. “I want to personally thank our communities in the partnerships that have been formed with the sheriff’s office. Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and our neighborhoods has allowed us to work together as we continue to make Pickens County a safer place to work and raise our families.”



Lewis gets distinguished service award

CENTRAL — The South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education named Southern Wesleyan University Education Professor Lillie G. Lewis as this year’s Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award Winner.

“This is an incredible award, and the committee did an excellent job in naming Professor Lewis as this year’s recipient! Professor Lewis was also the first African-American female to serve as President of this organization. She will be recognized at the annual conference in March,” said Dr. Sandra McLendon, dean of Southern Wesleyan’s School of Education.

LewisLewis teaches the middle level curriculum course for Southern Wesleyan University’s School of Education.

“She has made noteworthy contributions to ensuring excellence in middle level education and is passionate about conveying her knowledge to the middle level education students,” McLendon continued.

Lewis is also a retired educator from the School District of Greenville County, where she served in many different positions, including teaching in middle and high school and serving as principal on the elementary, middle and high school levels.

She has a M.Ed. in reading plus 30 hours in administration from Furman University.

The South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SCAMLE) established the Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award to honor the work of Wall, who was passionate about middle level education, having served as a middle level teacher and administrator and serving the South Carolina Middle School Association as the first president to serve a two-year term. Wall was also instrumental in helping South Carolina become a nationally-recognized “Schools to Watch” state. The Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award recognizes significant contribution(s) of an individual, school, or organization. The winner must exhibit a considerable, long-term impact on the advancement of middle level education in South Carolina. The contribution could be in one or more of the following areas: service, leadership, and/or research.



Habitat hosts student volunteers for spring break

COUNTY — 35 students from Otterbein, Vanderbilt and Harvard universities will help build homes and improve the community during their spring break as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.

Pro wrestling show to help Special Olympics

PICKENS — Pickens Middle School will host 3 Count Pro Wrestling for “Locked and Loaded” this Saturday.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics, and

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office investigating Easley shooting

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — A shooting

Genealogical Society to meet March 15

CENTRAL — Guest speakers Lynda Colon and Bobby Martin will discuss the “New Easley Museum” during the next meeting of the Old Pendleton District Genealogical Society. The Chapter meeting will be held

The people’s will must prevail

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing is no doubt a great loss to his family and to our country. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family. His efforts to uphold the Constitution and our country’s founding principles will be sorely missed.

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