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State mourns

Photo courtesy Charleston Post and Courier Mona Lisa Staggers of Goose Creek cries out as she prays Friday during a memorial service held at the TD Arena in Charleston to honor and More »

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2 charged with aiding escapees

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people last week on charges of aiding escape from prison after the escape of two men from the Pickens County Stockade the week More »


CDE celebrates 20 years in Liberty

Cornell Dubilier Marketing is celebrating the 20th anniversary of manufacturing in its Liberty facility. The facility employs approximately 230 employees. On Saturday, Cornell Dubilier had a “fun day” to celebrate with activities More »


Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest: An Enduring Legacy part 2

This bridge stretches across the Santeetlah Creek inside the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr. Special to The Courier Nat Cloer Explains His Grandfather’s Fears My brother, Nat Cloer, More »

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Pickens PD chief stepping down

PICKENS — After nearly 18 years on the force, Pickens police chief Rodney Gregory announced Monday night that he will be stepping down from his position next month. Gregory, who said he More »



EASLEY — Community sponsors and supporters have come together for the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem’s  first ever Clusters for Kids oyster roast and silent auction.

The event is being held Saturday November 1, 2014 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, at Arran Farm 820 Lenhardt Road, Easley, SC.

Ticket prices are $50 individually and $90 per couple; with limited number of tickets available at the door for $75 each; and may be purchased online at (PayPal) or at several local businesses in Easley, Liberty, Pickens and Clemson.

The night includes an oyster roast, Southern style buffet, beer, wine, music, corn hole competitions and more, but the highlight of the evening will be a silent auction, with over 100 items to bid on including rounds of golf at some of the Upstate’s best courses,  sports memorabilia from SC’s finest athletes, jewelry, condo rental and much more.

“We have gotten so much support from the communities throughout Pickens County, we just want to make sure everyone knows about  this event that benefits the neglected and abused children of Pickens County,” said Tammy Clark, Chair PCGAL.

Proceeds for the evening will go to Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem program, which has been providing financial assistance to neglected and abused children since 2002.

In addition to the Oyster Roast, Corky’s Wine Room will be hosting an after party with proceeds going to support the program as well.  The block party will be held at 1350 Crestview Road, Easley, SC from 9:00pm until midnight and will include live music and shagging.


First 100 Guests Will Receive A Zaxby’s

Fanatic Pack of Free Dealz For A Year*


PICKENS — A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby’s is celebrating the grand opening of its first location in Pickens on Monday, Oct. 20 by giving away a Fanatic Pack of 52 Free Dealz – meaning a year of free Zaxby’s – to the first 100 guests. Located at 2631 Gentry Memorial Highway, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Kicking off at 10:30 a.m., the community is invited to the grand opening festivities, and the first 100 guests in line will

County student diagnosed with whooping cough

COUNTY — A Chastain Road Elementary student was recently diagnosed with whooping cough, according to School District of Pickens County spokesman John Eby.

Eby said the district learned of the student’s diagnosis from the State Department of Health and Environmental Control on Oct. 8.

“A letter was sent home with students at the end of the day, and the principal notified parents by phone and email,” Eby said. “According to DHEC, other students may have been exposed between Sept. 15 and Oct. 7. If parents notice any symptoms of whooping cough in their children, we strongly encourage them to keep them home from school and

2 dead, 1 hurt in Liberty shooting

Pickens County Courier

Liberty police chief Adam Gilstrap speaks to a reporter outside the Forestview apartment complex in Liberty, where a shooting Friday afternoon claimed the lives of two men and sent another to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Man, nephew killed, investigation ongoing

LIBERTY — Two family members were killed and another man injured in a shooting at a Liberty apartment complex on Friday afternoon.

According to Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley, 42-year-old Steven Chapman of Cooper Drive in Liberty and 22-year-old Houston Chapman of Forest View Circle in Liberty died from gunshot wounds.

Kelley said Houston Chapman was Steven Chapman’s nephew.

A third man, identified as Benjamin Pilgrim, 32, was airlifted to the hospital with

Woman struck, killed by train


Jessica Nelms/Courtesy The Journal

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman hit and killed by a Norfolk Southern train in Central on Friday.

CENTRAL — A woman was hit and killed by a train as she walked on the tracks Friday morning in Central.

Annjuanginissa McMillen, 34, of 700 Simpson Road in Anderson, was walking on the tracks when she was struck by the train just before 11 a.m., according to Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley.

Kelley said McMillen was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said police received a call from Norfolk Southern officials

School district gets good news on audit

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County received the best opinion possible on its 2013-14 financial audit, unveiled at Monday night’s school board meeting.
The county received an “unmodified opinion” from the auditing firm of Greene, Finney and Horton, CPAs, the best opinion a school district can receive on its audit.
“Receiving an unmodified opinion from the auditors requires a team effort from our

Easley gives first OK to dog limit

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Residents who accuse a neighbor or running a puppy mill returned to Easley City Council Monday night and were rewarded with the passing of the first reading of an ordinance putting limitations on dog owners in city limits.
James Carpenter and his wife, Jackie, returned for their fourth meeting to complain

Dacusville Crime Watch meeting planned Tuesday

DACUSVILLE — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Dacusville Business Association will host a meeting of the Dacusville-Area Crime Watch for volunteer training and to setup the group’s ongoing meeting schedule and leadership team on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.
More than 200 residents have signed up to participate in the Dacusville-Area Crime

Hagood Center offers senior activities

PICKENS — Join in the activities at the Pickens Hagood Community Center and be ready to share your projects and suggestions at “Show and Tell Tea” at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4 in the Fiber Arts Room. You will see what others have been doing this fall and will have a chance to suggest activities and add additional activities for the future.
Be sure to bring a friend and any activity projects you completed or began this year

Blue Ridge Electric sets annual fall blood drive

Pickens County Courier Debbie Lyda

Blue Ridge Electric employee Debbie Lyda gives blood at one of last year’s semi-annual blood drives.

PICKENS — Giving blood is one of the greatest gifts we can give — a way to celebrate life by giving life.

Blue Ridge Electric will be holding its fall blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 1-5 p.m. for employees and other interested community members.

Open to the public, the blood drive will be held at the Blue Ridge Co-op office in Pickens, located at 734 West Main St.

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