Former Blue Flame standout Boggs picked to lead program

Courtesy The Journal Former Pickens High School football standout John Boggs, pictured here during his final season at Walhalla High in 2011, was announced Monday as the new head coach of his More »


Easley’s Simons resigns position

By Ben Robinson Staff Reporter EASLEY — Easley city administrator Fox Simons has announced his resignation from the position. Simons, who has worked for the city for the last eight years, More »

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Nix promoted to division commander

Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark congratulates Lt. Marvin Nix for his promotion to captain and assignment to serve as division commander of the sheriff’s office’s Judicial Services Division. PICKENS — Lt. Marvin Nix, More »

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SWU hosts events in MLK’s honor

One Voice Jeremiah Dew gives Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, part of his presentation titled “One Voice: A Black History Narrative,” which combines his performances with video More »

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Mountain Moonshine, Malfaesance and A Mother’s Misery

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr. Special to The Courier recently attended a high school class reunion near Stinking Creek in Campbell County in the high east Tennessee mountains. My family lived there More »

Easley High school NJROTC erects wood duck houses

EASLEY — Easley High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) orienteering team in conjunction with South Carolina Department of Natural Recourses (DNR) erected four wood duck houses in the marsh area behind Easley High School. The NJROTC orienteering team spends many afternoons roaming the woods that back up to the marsh between the J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Center and Easley High School. When the opportunity arose to assist the DNR with wildlife preservation, the team jumped on it and proceeded to identify four locations along the marsh that met the suggested placement, matched up the supporting mounting poles, installed the required hardware and erected the four houses.

Members of the the Easley High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) orienteering team are shown erecting one of four wood duck houses in the marsh area behind the school.

Members of the the Easley High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) orienteering team are shown erecting one of four wood duck houses in the marsh area behind the school.

“The cadets were really excited about this project when I informed them that they had a special project to accomplish,” instructor Chief Mark Stauder said. “They worked great as a team and that teamwork reinforced the strong bonding that is required for a successful competitive team.”

The cadets involved in the project were Brandon Marsh, Jacob Davis, Hunter Nix, Freddy Juarez, Floyd Horne, Chase Wengerd, Leo Avedano, Ryan Jeanes, Eric Crenshaw, Brenda Lopez Perez, Tyler Burton, Justin Hill, Blake Hughey, Jordan Watt, Joey Sigler, Matt West, Natanael Lopez, Cassie Nix, Griff Von Schnittou and Savannah Kalainski .


Benefit planned for Charles Garrett family

SIX MILE — Gap Hill Baptist Church will host a community-wide benefit for the family of Charles Garrett on Saturday at the Roper building in Six Mile.

Garrett, who passed on April 21 following a courageous battle with cancer, affected the lives of many people who are interested in helping in this way.

The day-long event begins with a yard sale at 9 a.m. Ready-to-sell items will be accepted just before the sale time, and unsold donations will be collected and donated to a local charity.

Children’s outside games will begin at 10 a.m. Inside, barbecue plates will be sold from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Silent auction items will be on display for bidding from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. All events will then focus on the live auction, called by Billy Burton, beginning at 5 p.m. Auction items and homemade cakes will be accepted just before the auction. Everyone is invited to help by attending or donating items.


Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation names new board members for 2014

EASLEY — The Baptist Easley Foundation announced recently that Justin Benjamin, Mario DiPietro, Jeff Fogle, and David Whittemore, all of Easley, have agreed to serve three-year terms on the foundation board of directors.

In addition, the foundation announced that Dr. Samer Joudeh and Jennifer McAlister have each agreed to serve an additional three-year term on the board.

“We are thrilled to have these fine individuals bring their expertise and perspective to our Foundation,

Courier Legals 5-28-14





CASE # 2013-CP-39-1142

Pickens Savings and Loan Association, F. A., Plaintiff, vs- Joseph Terry Stewart, a/k/a Joe Terry Stewart; Tim Randolph Stewart; Melanie Suzanne Richards; Ken Towe, Emma Towe, Jose Abel Estrada Citi Bank, N.A., and Discover Bank, Susan Gayle Minyard; Steve Allen Stewart, Lesley Stewart, Olivia Stewart, Zoe Stewart (a minor over the age of Fourteen years) and all other persons unknown claiming through Tony Marvin Stewart, deceased any right Title, estate interest in orlien upon the real estate

Courier Notice of Creditors 5-28-14

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All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to

Courier Trespass Notice 5-28-14

In the state of South Carolina, trespass after notice is a misdemeanor criminal offense prohibited by section 16-11-620 for the South Carolina Code.

Those who enter upon the lands of others without the permission of the owner or manager shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor trespassing.

All persons are hereby notified and warned not to hunt, fish, cut timber or trespass in any manner

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52 indicted for drug trafficking

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Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark addresses reporters at a news conference announcing the indictments of 52 people on drug trafficking charges Friday morning.

Far-reaching operations target

meth, marijuana, prescription drugs

PICKENS — Local law enforcement agencies continue to wage a battle against drugs, and those efforts took a big step forward last week when officials announced that 52 people had been indicted in two different drug trafficking operations that reached as far as California.

As officers from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Oconee County, Anderson County and Greenville County sheriff’s offices stood in support at a Friday morning news conference at the Pickens County Courthouse, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark detailed the two operations — codenamed Operation Chill Factor and Operation Loud Tiger — which began as many as five years ago.

Chill Factor concentrated on an Upstate methamphetamine trafficking operation, and 17 people were

Blue Ridge Fest a success

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The 17th annual Blue Ridge Fest brought thousands to Pickens on Friday night to enjoy the Upstate’s largest classic car cruise-in and beach music from Lloyd Price, The Tams, and Jim Quick and Coastline. The festival, hosted by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative at its headquarters on Main Street in Pickens, has

Blue Ridge Fest 2014

Blue Ridge Fest 2014

raised more than $1.5 million for Upstate charities since its beginning in 1998. (Kerry Gilstrap/Courier)


Clark asks for jail study

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

PICKENS — Sheriff Rick Clark rarely asks county council for anything, but Monday night was an exception.

At its meeting Monday, Clark asked council for a study to determine the county’s needs in jail facilities.

Clark said the county facilities are overcrowded, calling the jail the “biggest liability and the biggest headache” he has to deal with.

Clark said he was not requesting a new facility, but to have someone look at the situation and determine what makes the most sense financially.

“We need to study what we need,” Clark said. “We need to come together and start looking at solutions.”

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