Pickens County Courier

2 dead, 1 hurt in Liberty shooting

Liberty police chief Adam Gilstrap speaks to a reporter outside the Forestview apartment complex in Liberty, where a shooting Friday afternoon claimed the lives of two men and sent another to the More »


Woman struck, killed by train

Jessica Nelms/Courtesy The Journal Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman hit and killed by a Norfolk Southern train in Central on Friday. CENTRAL — A More »

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Blue Ridge Electric sets annual fall blood drive

Blue Ridge Electric employee Debbie Lyda gives blood at one of last year’s semi-annual blood drives. PICKENS — Giving blood is one of the greatest gifts we can give — a way More »

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Storytelling fest planned

PICKENS — All are invited to a special — and free — day of milling, stories, tall tales and lots of memories at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center from More »


Pickens High coach arrested

Police: Dorr provided alcohol, had sex with student PICKENS — A former Pickens High School assistant coach was arrested last week after police said he had sex with a student after drinking More »

Cassie Gravely joins Pickens High varsity volleyball staff

PICKENS — Former all-state volleyball player Cassie Gravely joined the coaching staff at her alma mater recently.

“I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled we are to have Cassie join us,” Pickens coach Jennifer Gravely said. “I had the pleasure of coaching her for four years and am ecstatic to have her back on the bench as an assistant.

“The experience and talent she brings to our program is a reflection of her passion for the game and her success as a player. An amazing setter and hitter, she helped lead our team to two state championships in 2006 and 2008, as well as another finals appearance in 2007. Her senior season she suffered an injury that kept her out of the lineup for the majority of the season, and I hated that for her.”

Cassie Gravely’s career numbers at Pickens were impressive. She was named an all-state player her junior year and

Genealogical society plans meeting Tuesday

 CLEMSON — “From Revolution to Reconstruction: Tangible Reminders that History Happened Here” will be the topic for the Old Pendleton District Genealogical Society meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Central-Clemson Library on S.C. Highway 93.

Guest speaker Will Hiott, director of historic properties for Clemson University, will highlight several cultural and historic sites on the Clemson campus and within the experimental forest, including Hopewell, Keowee Heights and

Hagood Mill set to host South Carolina Fiddling Championship

2012 SC Fiddlin Champ Robert Burns PICKENS COUNTY COURIER

Robert Burns, the 2012 South Carolina Fiddling Champion, performs during a past competition at the Hagood Mill near Pickens. The South Carolina Fiddling Championship will return to Hagood Mill on Sept. 20. For more, turn to page

PICKENS — As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains.

On Sept. 20, vintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as it becomes the host for the annual South Carolina Fiddling Championship.

Some of the best fiddlers in the southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina champion.

This traditional contest goes back to the 1920s, when Clemson University opened the doors of rustic Tillman Hall to the local musicians of the nearby South Carolina mountains for their music competition.

Hagood-Mauldin house joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

Hagood-Mauldin Quilt Tour Pickens County Courier

Pickens County Historical Society president Kenneth Nabors and Una Welborn stand beside the quilt block on display at the Hagood-Mauldin House in Pickens.

PICKENS — The Carpenter’s Wheel quilt block has been placed on the grounds of the historic Hagood-Mauldin house to become part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

The block was selected by Una Welborn since it is an 1850s pattern and the house was originally built in 1850 on the banks of the Keowee River at Pickens Court House.

In 1868, the upper corner of South Carolina was divided into Oconee and Pickens counties with the Keowee River becoming the county line.

At that time, James Earl Hagood, who lived in the house, had the house completely disassembled, loaded onto

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