Easley Spring Fling

A week later than originally scheduled due to wet weather, the city of  Easley held its annual Spring Fling last More »

Official: Blue Ridge ‘smart meters’ not spying on customers

By Norm Cannada Courtesy The Journal CLEMSON — New “smart meters” being installed by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will More »

QBs highlight Clemson spring game

By Alex Maminakis Courtesy The Journal CLEMSON — There were fireworks early in Clemson’s spring game on Saturday afternoon, More »

It seems like just the other day

It was a hot Sunday morning in late spring. Uncle Walter was driving us to church in the Bel Air. More »

All Aboard For Fun

Railroad Festival to roll into Central April 28 By Jason Evans Staff Reporter CENTRAL — This year’s Central Railroad More »

Bake amazing treats with egg whites

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier All four of this week’s desserts have something in common. There’s not a More »


Courier Legals 1-31-18





Case No. 2017-CP-39-01021


Upon authority of a Decree dated the 9th Day of January, 2018, the undersigned Special Referee for Pickens County will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described

Courier Notice to Creditors 1-31-18

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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 to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the

Courier Trespass Notices 1-31-18

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

Courier Classifieds 1-31-18


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The fight continues

13 charged in meth sweep

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark announced Friday that 13 people are facing 37 criminal charges in a multi-county, multi-agency undercover drug operation that stretched for more than eight months.

Ten of those charged are Pickens County residents, Clark said.

The sheriff said his office joined with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, Easley Police Department and a U.S. Marshals task force to conduct the investigation, which targeted mid- to upper-level distributors of methamphetamine.

“This is not simple possession — it’s distribution and network type of distribution we’re going after,” Clark said at a news conference Friday morning in Pickens. “You don’t just pull people over to the side of the road and make an arrest. It takes months of hard work and very dangerous work and behind-the-scenes activity.”

Those charged in the undercover drug operation are as follows:

• Steven Kevin Bruening, 55, of Pickens, faces two counts of distribution of

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No arrests made yet in Easley shooting

2 hospitalized after Monday night incident

EASLEY — Easley police were still looking for answers Tuesday after a shooting injured two people Monday night.

According to Easley Police chief Tim Tollison, a woman called 911 shortly after 9 p.m. saying she and her fiance had been shot.

Officers responded to the home at 103 Coconut Street and found two

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Career center aiming ‘ahead of the curve’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — The director of the Pickens County Career and Technology Center believes his facility is one of the best career centers in the state.

Ken Hitchcock recently spoke at a “State of the City” event hosted by the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m always excited about talking to Liberty residents because we work so closely with the Liberty community, and also we work very closely with Liberty High School,” Hitchcock said. “We’re probably a mile from each other.”

Current enrollment at the career center is around 1,300 students. Of all the district’s facilities, only Easley High School has more

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Board approves rezoning for Easley-area schools

Officials: Move designed to use facilities more efficiently

EASLEY — Attendance lines for Easley-area elementary schools will change beginning next school year.

The School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees voted during their meeting Monday night to adopt the rezoning plan known as “Option 2.”

The option was recommended by demographic consulting firm Cropper GIS Consulting, which has worked with the district throughout the

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Central honors Cloer for 25 years

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — Tom Cloer is a living example of a jack of all trades, and he has proven in a quarter century of service to the town of Central that he is a master of the many responsibilities laid upon him.

Central officials presented a resolution to Cloer at a recent council meeting recognizing him for his 25-year milestone. A 1985 Pickens High School graduate who received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University

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Council hears more about proposed homeless shelter

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Pastor Tracy Gantt knows firsthand the effect a homeless shelter can have on a person’s life.

He found God at an area homeless shelter. That led him to a life in ministry.

Gantt and his wife, Sunshine, would like to create a homeless and

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