A Landmark Lost

‘Suspicious’ fire destroys historic tavern PICKENS — A “suspicious” weekend fire destroyed a Pickens County landmark billed as the oldest More »

Police: 3 caught during burglary at Liberty plant

LIBERTY — Three Upstate men were caught red-handed as they were trying to steal material from a Liberty manufacturing plant More »

Honoring heritage

  Local residents joined with members of the Pickens County Historical Society Saturday to commemorate the placing of more than More »

Scholarship winners

The Charles F. Rogers Scholarship committee recently announced this year’s selections for the Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award. Tori Morris More »

Dream Center provides A HAND UP for those in need

Opportunity Village shining on national stage By Jason Evans Staff Reporter EASLEY — A local effort to provide a More »

Fort Prince George DAR holds annual awards day

EASLEY — The Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its annual awards day. More »


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Playoffs at stake as Lions, Flame battle

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(Left) Pickens’ Jared Pace, seen here trying to tackle Daniel receiver Carter Groomes during their game last year, is hoping to lead the Blue Flame to a playoff berth with a win over the Lions this Friday. Pace is Pickens’ starter at quarterback after an injury to Tanner Stegall earlier this season. (Right) Pickens senior Brandon Batson, seen here swinging out for a pass against Daniel last season, has been one of the leaders for the Blue Flame this season.

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

PICKENS — For South Carolina high schools, November is usually reserved for playoff football, and Friday’s game between county rivals Daniel and Pickens will have that feel to it as the two teams close out Region I-4A play.

Wave blast Mann to close regular season

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

GREENVILLE — Easley wanted a fast start Friday night at J.L. Mann, and the Green Wave got exactly that, scoring touchdowns on two of their first three plays from scrimmage in a 35-0 win.

Playoff destination up to Red Devils

This week’s game to determine postseason seeding

By Jimmy Kirby
Courier Sports

LIBERTY — Call it wisdom, call it the luck of the draw or just plain silly, but the Liberty Red Devils entered the 2016 season with a guaranteed berth in the Class 2A playoffs.

Tigers come back to survive ‘Noles


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Third-ranked Clemson trailed Florida State 28-20 entering the fourth quarter on Saturday, but showed its mettle late in a 37-34 come-from-behind win to stun the Seminoles in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Jordan Leggett provided the go-ahead touchdown with 2:06 remaining, and Clemson pushed its perfect record to 8-0 (5-0 in the ACC) on the season. Florida State dropped to 5-3 (2-3) with the loss. It was Clemson’s first win in Tallahassee since 2006, and only the second win for the Tiger program at Doak Campbell Stadium since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992.

Pickens wins 2016 4A Region I Volleyball title

4A playoffs start Thursday at Pickens High

PICKENS — It’s in the books, another undefeated season in region play for the Pickens High Lady Blue Flame.

The team ended the regular season with a win against rival D.W. Daniel and completed another perfect season in region play. PHS holds a 204-13 regional and playoff record since head coach Jennifer Gravely became took the reins in 2003.

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues Live at the Liberty Civic Auditorium

LIBERTY — On Friday, October 28, 2016 legendary Blues artist and native South Carolinian, Mac Arnold will bring the Chicago blues to the Liberty Civic Auditorium. Joined by Austin Brashier, Scotty Hawkins and Max Hightower, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues will electrify the stage in what’s sure to be a riveting blues performance. Tickets available at

Attendees will have the opportunity to get the full Mac Arnold Experience with an exclusive VIP meet and greet with Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues prior to the concert. From 6-7pm, a limited 150 ticketed guests ($50 each) will be treated to drinks and appetizers prepared from local ingredients and seasoned with a southern flare. They can have their picture taken with the band and enjoy the colorful stories that only Mac Arnold can share before heading to their reserved priority seat to enjoy the concert.

At 7:30pm Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues will take the stage of the Liberty Civic Auditorium. A world-class entertainment venue, the 600 seat venue provides an intimate setting for concerts and every seat is considered the “best seat in the house.” General Admission is $25 and seating is on a first come first serve basis.

untitled-1Mac Arnold’s musical journey began in the 1950s when he and his brother Leroy fashioned a guitar from a steel gas can, wood, nails, and screen wire. He has performed with world renowned artists throughout his career including: James Brown, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Temptations and John Lee Hooker.

Mac was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of South Carolina in 2014 and was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist in 2012, Best DVD in 2011 and Best Historical Album in 2010 by the Blues Music Awards.

In addition to his passion for music, Mac Arnold also has a passion for farming. One of thirteen children, he was raised on a sharecropper’s farm in Ware Place, SC. Upon retiring from show business, he returned to his roots to be an organic farmer in Pelzer, SC. He currently serves up a mess of good food and music at his restaurant and music venue, Dr. Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues, located in Greenville, SC.

“Meals on Wheels has a proven recipe for caring for our senior neighbors. We are a trusted community partner and our long-term success is because of the outstanding support we get from the local community,” says Meta Bowers, Executive Director. “Fundraising events are crucial to meeting our annual budget and ensure we can meet our commitment to those we serve. We are looking forward to an awesome concert event with Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues.”

According to Bowers, this signature concert event will ensure that the seniors who took care of us are not forgotten, hungry or alone. All proceeds from the event will help provide services that help hundreds of seniors each year maintain their nutritional health, independence and quality of life.

Learn more about the ways you can get involved with Meals on Wheels by visiting, calling Marsha Robertson at 864-712-0289 or emailing to



Halloween events kick off this weekend

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Halloween is almost upon us, and area municipalities are offering chances for kids to show off their costumes and pick up some sweet treats.

Cannon Memorial Hospital and the city of Pickens are teaming up once again for the annual Trick or Treat on Main Street. This year’s event will be held from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday.

Local businesses, organizations and churches will set up booths along West Main Street. Participants are asked to line up at the intersection of Ann Street and Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Kids and their families will enjoy a variety of Halloween decor, candy, face painting and entertaining characters. Trick or Treat on Main Street is a smoke and alcohol free event. No animals are allowed to be part of the event.

spookyOld Market Square will be the site of downtown Easley’s Trunk or Treat. The all-ages event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Children will be able to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses. A costume contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a Halloween movie is set to begin by 7 p.m.

In Liberty, the annual trick or treat night will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the city stadium, the former Liberty High School stadium. Local businesses and organizations will line the track to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters and host games and activities.

Six Mile will host a trick or treat event from 5-7 p.m. Monday in downtown Six Mile.

Clemson will welcome trick-or-treaters 12 and under and their families to its Halloween Festival. The festival will be held in downtown Clemson from 4-6 p.m. on Monday. The festival will feature trunk or treating from downtown merchants, as well as outside businesses, a caramel apple station, a balloon artist, a Halloween green screen and more. There will be trick or treating opportunities from TD’s to Moe’s on both sides of the street.

Man facing sexual conduct charges

PICKENS — A 19-year-old Pickens man is behind bars after sheriff’s deputies say he engaged in sexual activity with at least two underage girls on separate occasions.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said last week that Brandon Cody Boyd Bundy, of Memanis Lane, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Police: Father charged after 4-month-old hospitalized

PICKENS — A 24-year-old Central man was arrested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with child abuse following an investigation into injuries discovered on his 4-month-old son.

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