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Rally held to fight domestic violence

Ben Robinson/Courier Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark speaks at a rally held in honor of domestic violence victims on the steps of the Pickens County Courthouse last week. PICKENS — Representatives and More »

Pickens County Courier PHS Hall of Fame

2014 Pickens High School Athletic Hall of Fame, a night to remember…

John Bolton/ Pickens High School inducted another class into its Athletic Hall of Fame during Friday night’s game against county rival Daniel. Pictured above with PHS athletic director Stan Butler, brother and More »

Pickens County Courier Boil

‘An Upcountry Boil’ set for Pickens County Museum on November 8

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art and History and the Pickens County Cultural Commission will host “An Upcountry Boil,” a good-time fundraising event, on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. More »

Pickens County Courier Hatfield 100

Hatfield turns 100

On Oct. 14, Six Mile resident Mr. James D. Hatfield (Deb) celebrated his 100th birthday with a lunch at The Lighthouse restaurant, attended by 25 friends and family, followed by cake and More »

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Hinton and Marler celebrate 30 years of practicing dentistry

Dr. Don Marler, Dr Elizabeth Armstrong and Dr. Dan Hinton recently celebrated 30 years in Pickens. PICKENS — Thirty years ago, when Dr. Dan Hinton was getting ready to graduate from the More »

Owens receives state’s highest civilian honor

Pickens County Courier Phil Owens

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Rep. Phil Owens, second from left, receives the Order of the Palmetto from Sen. Larry Martin. Also pictured are Sen. Thomas Alexander, left, and Rep. Davey Hiott.

COLUMBIA — Local South Carolina House of Representatives member Phil Owens was recently awarded the state’s highest civilian honor by Governor Nikki Haley.

Owens, an Easley resident who represents District 5 in the State House and is the chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee, was honored with the Order of the Palmetto at a reception in his honor in Columbia.

The award was presented by Sen. Larry Martin, Rep. Davey Hiott and Sen. Thomas Alexander.

The Order of the Palmetto, first awarded in 1971, is considered to be the highest civilian honor and recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state of South Carolina. Past recipients have included

County council approves auditorium renovation

By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier

COUNTY — Pickens County Council members approved a renovation contract for the Liberty auditorium at their meeting Monday night.

A total of five bids were heard for the project, the lowest coming in at $670,000 from Northlake Construction. The renovation is estimated to take 120 days to complete, barring any unforeseen delays, county finance director Ralph Guarino told council.

Council also heard from resident Junius Smith during public forum. Smith expressed his concern over city recreation departments in Pickens County charging more money for out-of-city children to play sports.

Celebrating heritage

Pickens County Courier Founder's Day fest pictures

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 Local Civil War reenactors Delayne Masters, left, and Jim Bay pose with a Civil War-era cannon reproduction in front of the historic Bradley-Boggs House on Main Street in Pickens during the city’s Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday. Despite rainy weather, a large crowd showed up for the festivities and to celebrate Pickens’ history.


Guardian ad Litem to host benefit ride this Saturday

UPSTATE — A charity benefit ride for the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem is scheduled for this Saturday. Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem has been providing financial assistance since 2002 to neglected and abused children of Pickens County.

The charity benefit ride begins with registration from 11 a.m.-noon in the parking lot of Royal Spirits at 7104 Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley. Vehicles of all type are welcome at the event.

The scenic route features stops at the Lighthouse Lake Keowee in Seneca, Last Chance in Walhalla and Sardi’s Den

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