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Man charged with murder

OBRYANT SUNSET — A Pickens man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed a man following an altercation early Saturday morning. According to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s More »

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Officers from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Pickens Police Department responded to a shooting on Monday near the Store and More in Pickens.

Police still looking for suspect after Pickens shooting

PICKENS — Officers are on the lookout for a suspect following a shooting incident in Pickens on Monday evening. According to Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory, officers were dispatched to the area More »

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911 system to receive upgrades

Sen. Larry Martin and Rep. Davey Hiott stopped by the Pickens County administrative building Monday to present a state check for $170,977.81 to county administrator Ralph Guarino for use in updating the More »

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30th annual Azalea Fest coming up this weekend

SPECIAL SECTION IN THIS WEEK’S PAPER PICK UP ONE TODAY FOR ALL FESTIVAL INFORMATION PICKENS — Spring has always been special in Pickens County, with warm, sunny days and cool crisps evenings. More »

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All aboard for fun!

Central prepares to celebrate its Railroad Heritage The whistles will be blowing as the annual Central Railroad festival takes off April 26 at 10 a.m. In honor of the cherished tie that More »

Families for furry friends

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 Foothills Humane Society shelter manager Megan Brown holds a dog waiting to be adopted at the facility, located at 500 Five Forks Road in Liberty.

Foothills Humane Society finds

homes for unwanted animals

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

LIBERTY — The Foothills Humane Society animal shelter is under the leadership of a new director — Samantha Gamble, who began her duties in January of this year.

Gamble is already faced with a tough, overcrowded situation at the shelter.

During a recent day, the shelter was home to 39 cats, which is the shelter’s limit. New homes are needed for the animals before the shelter can accept more.

The shelter was also recently home to 38 dogs, which is close to its limit. Gamble said the shelter could probably handle up to 10 more dogs, depending upon their size.

Easley City Council moves to complete Couch Lane project

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

EASLEY — Monday night, Easley City Council moved toward completing its project on Couch Lane by awarding a contract to Premier Constructors Inc. to install pedestrian lighting along the path.

Bids on the project originally opened in January, but were too high.

The city adjusted the project, reducing the number of light poles necessary. The project was funded with C-fund money, so it required very little city funds, administrator Fox Simons said.

Council approved the motion with a 6-0 vote.

Young talent and old-time music headed to Hagood Mill Saturday

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PICKENS — Super KidsFest, to be held at Hagood Mill on Saturday, will offer a day of fun and entertainment for all ages, with a special focus on youngsters who are keeping old-time music traditions alive.

Steve McGaha and Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield — the “Wizards of Odd” — will kick things off with a performance at 10:30 a.m. and then serve as emcees for bands from the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program. Old-time musicians Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers also will perform.

As a special treat for kids of all ages, McGaha and Barfield will conduct a jug band workshop and

Old dog’s healthy new trick

On The Way

By Olivia Fowler

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Olivia Fowler

My brother, Matt, who has smoked since he was 16 years old quit smoking! He called and told me he hasn’t had a Marlboro cigarette in four weeks. This is the best news in the world to our family.

We grew up with tobacco as the big money crop. There was still cotton, soybeans and, lespedeza, but tobacco, unless something went wrong during the drying process, was where the money could be counted on.

Even back then we all had heard rumblings about lung damage. We had a science teacher, Charlie Parker, who referred to cigarettes as coffin nails, and said we’d all die early if we smoked.

Almost everybody in the family smoked, except for Grandmama and Uncle Walter. Grandmama never had


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