School board election results tossed

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PHS gym renamed for Peggy Anthony

By Rocky Nimmons Publisher PICKENS — Officials ensured a true Pickens legend will live on forever earlier this month, More »

Local Palmetto Trail passage opens

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter SUNSET — The newest passage of the Palmetto Trail is officially open in Pickens More »

Clusters for Kids

EASLEY — The fifth annual Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast was held on Nov. 10. Community sponsors, supporters and the More »


Daniel shocks defending state champions in double overtime By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter ROCK HILL — The Daniel High More »

Upstate mourns Alexander’s loss

JERRY LAMAR ALEXANDER 1937-2018 By Greg Oliver Courtesy The Journal PICKENS — Jerry Alexander will be remembered for his More »


Easley debates allowing food trucks

EASLEY — Easley City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance allowing food trucks downtown this week, but business owners say the trucks will hurt their brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Council passed the ordinance on first reading Monday night. The ordinance was first approved by the city’s food truck committee before being brought before the full council.

Councilman Chris Mann, who heads the committee, outlined the ordinance, which creates a six-month pilot program.

“To say that this has been quite possibly one of of the hardest things I’ve done in my 15 years on council would be an understatement,” he said.

Currently, food trucks are allowed in front of City Hall. Mann said a couple

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Upper State champ Flame fall short at state

The Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team finished another historic season over the weekend, coming up short against North Myrtle Beach in the state championship match Saturday after wrapping up their 20th Upper State title last week.

The Lady Flame’s road began against York after receiving a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Lady Flame came away with a win in three sets, 25-13, 25-9 and 25-17.

Leading the team with assists and serves against the Cougars was Kaylee Gillespie, who recorded 36 assists. She served 100 percent with four aces. Also serving 100 percent were Bailee Earnhardt and Jewell Porterfield.

Lexi Wierzbicki, Sydney Bolding, Abigail Durham and Olivia Dow led in

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Lady Lions win first golf championship

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School girls’ golf team entered this season on the cusp of greatness.

After finishing as the runner-up in last year’s state championship tournament, the Lions had a hunger that showed throughout the season, and it all paid off when the team wrapped up a Class 4A state championship on Oct. 23.

“We definitely felt there was unfinished business,” Daniel coach Andy Swords said. “Coming so close last year made this group hungry to get it done this year. Our message coming into the season was to finish what we

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Daniel girls take state XC crown

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School cross-country teams had a very successful day at the Class 4A State Championships on Oct. 27.

The Daniel girls’ team won the state championship for the second year in a row, while the boys’ team picked up a third-place finish.

The girls’ team was led by sophomore Ally Wilson, junior Mari Cagle Lockhart and junior Maren Sorber, who finished one-two-three in the

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Easley, Pickens bands win state titles

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — It was a big weekend for Pickens County marching bands as two of the four county high schools emerged victorious at the SCBDA state championships recently.

Easley picked up its first marching band state title, winning the 4A division, while Pickens added its second in three years in the 3A division.

The Easley band performed its “A Place of Peace” show. It was a seven-minute production with imagery set in a Japanese prayer garden with traditional Japanese bridges, pagoda, cherry blossom trees and symbols of harmony, peace and strength. The music, inspired by a Japanese folk song, was an original work of Shane Kelbley and Michael Skellet.

The performance earned the Green Wave a score of 91.1, with a tie in overall effect caption and the first state championship in program history.

“The feeling is something that I can’t put into words,” Easley band director

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Memorial honors life, legacy of longtime Six Mile coach Garrett

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

SIX MILE — Charles Alan Garrett gave more than 40 years of his life to the recreation programs in Six Mile.

A new memorial to Garrett at Ponderosa Park honors his legacy and highlights some of his final words before he passed away on April 21, 2014.

The memorial was unveiled during a ceremony last week at the park.

“What a beautiful day to recognize Charles Garrett and what he provided for the children of this community,” Mayor Roy Stoddard said.

Stoddard said God gave Garrett the “talent of serving.”

A longtime Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employee, Garrett served Six Mile in many capacities during his life, including as recreation director, recreation board member, baseball coach and football coach.

Sunday’s ceremony was the culmination of 18 months of work and several

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Holly Springs Center plans Harvest Festival

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Guests are invited to celebrate the season at the Holly Springs Center on Saturday.

The center will host a Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The festival will feature music from the Pickens Concert Choir and Band and an entertaining performance from the children of the preschool at Holly Springs Center.

Visitors will be able to do some of their Christmas shopping at the festival. Vendors and artisans will be selling an array of products to fill any need. Barbecue plates will be available for $6.

Those who have ever thought of taking some of the School of Mountain Arts classes at the center should be sure to attend the festival, as demonstrations involving some of the class offerings will take place

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Remembering Jerry Alexander

Jerry Alexander was a consummate newspaperman. Years ago, when I became a reporter at the Pickens Sentinel, one of the most important things I learned about Jerry was his understanding of the human condition. He cared about people and was a man of his word. He also had a good sense of humor and had a keen appreciation for the ridiculous.

He was loyal to the people he employed and was noted for his integrity in business dealings. If he told you he was going to do something, he did it. If he made a promise, he honored it. That can be a rare quality in business.

Jerry was a native son. He loved this region and wanted its history recorded accurately. He was a great historical researcher, and we owe a

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-14-17

Our elected leaders need to wake up

Dear Editor,

As you have read, the county is building a new jail, and the plan is to move the prisoners at the stockade and LEC to the jail when it opens in April.

The stockade prisoners are serving up to 90-day sentences, mostly for family court issues like failing to pay child support. A low-risk population. LEC prisoners are awaiting trial for things like too many unpaid tickets to murder. Some are high-risk.

I watched the video of the Aug. 27 county council meeting. Four pastors who work in the prison ministry requested the county move the chapel now

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State award pays tribute to local hero

Clemson resident Bill Funchess was awarded the Order of the Palmetto during a Veterans Day event in Liberty on Sunday.

And while the award is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, it seems it is the least the state could do for a true American hero who has sacrificed so much and demonstrated such courage in service to his country.

State Rep. Davey Hiott, one of the presenters of the award, even said as much, calling the opportunity to give the award to Mr. Funchess “an extreme honor and a privilege.”

And we agree.

Now 90, he was U.S. Army 1st Lt. Bill Funchess when he was captured by

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