Election set for Tuesday

By Ben Robinson Staff Reporter COUNTY — A handful of local seats will be decided Tuesday when voters go to the polls for the general election. Three seats on the Pickens More »

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Fall for Liberty

The city of Liberty hosted its third annual Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, featuring vendors, music, fun for kids, a chili cook-off and more. At right, children enjoy a hayride More »

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First Friday Harvest Market set for Nov. 7

BUFFALO BARFIELD CLEMSON — Local residents are invited to celebrate fall at the Clemson Farmers’ Market on Friday, Nov. 7, during the second annual Harvest Market. There will be something for everyone More »

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Derby Days raises more than $30K for charity

Sigma Chi Fraternity at Clemson University recently hosted its annual Derby Days, one of the largest charitable events by a Greek organization in the Southeast. More than $30,000 was raised this year, More »

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Buddy and Cisco’s Bistro set to open Saturday in Pickens

The staff of Buddy and Cisco’s Bistro invites the public to its grand opening on Saturday. PICKENS — Buddy and Cisco’s Bistro will open Saturday, Nov. 1, at 321 E. Main St. More »

GOLD STANDARD: Easley resident earns medals at National Special Olympics

By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier

EASLEY — Easley resident Todd McKinney, 48, won big at this year’s National Special Olympics last month in New Jersey, bringing home two medals for bowling.

Special to The Courier Easley resident Todd McKinney poses with his recently earned National Special Olympics medals for bowling and a past trophy for softball.

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Easley resident Todd McKinney poses with his recently earned National Special Olympics medals for bowling and a past trophy for softball.

Todd and his partner, David Wolf, won the gold medal in the Unified Doubles division, coming in with a score of 297. McKinney also won a bronze medal in the Singles division with a score of 370 points.

McKinney, a past gold medal winner in softball unified and bocce, said he has been bowling for about four years, and picked up the sport just to try something new.

“I like to play bocce, too, but bowling is my favorite now,” he said.

McKinney uses a different technique than most when he holds his bowling ball, using his index and middle fingers instead of the typical middle-and-ring-finger approach.

Help sought from public to identify suspects


PICKENS – The Pickens Police Department is looking for any information that will lead to the identification of three suspects shown in the pictures above. Just before 6 a.m. on June 11 a debit/visa card was stolen from The Hideout Club in Easley and later used by suspect #1 at the Pickens Wal-Mart located on Gentry Memorial Highway. A second suspect, shown above as suspect #2, is believed to be working with suspect #1. Suspect #3 appears to be the driver of a dark colored SUV the three were driving. If you have any information regarding the incident or the suspects, please contact the Pickens Police Department. At 878-6366.


County hires Delk as new administrator

COUNTY — Pickens County Council members voted unanimously last week to hire Matthew Delk as the new county administrator.

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Matthew Delk

Delk, who will join the staff on Aug. 25, will replace Chappell Hurst, who served as administrator for eight years before his retirement at the end of last year. County finance director Ralph Guarino has been serving as interim administrator.

Council voted at a special called meeting last Thursday to hire Delk, who has served as the assistant county administrator in Union County, N.C., since 2007.

Prior to his time in Union County, Delk served as the county manager for Halifax County, N.C.

According to a Pickens County news release, Delk’s service in North Carolina was focused on economic development, financial stabilization and working with a myriad of public boards and commissions.

Delk also has experience in South Carolina, serving as county administrator for Bamberg County for five years and as deputy county administrator of Allendale County prior to his move to North Carolina.

Tax holiday set for this weekend

COUNTY — With the beginning of a new school year fast approaching, there’s no better time to get started with back-to-school shopping than this weekend.

Retailers around the state will charge no sales tax from 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight on Sunday as South Carolina observes its annual sales tax holiday.

A wealth of items will be exempt from tax throughout the weekend, including clothing, accessories such as hats,

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