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All Aboard For Fun – Central Railroad Festival is Saturday!

The festivities literally get a running start at 8:30 a.m. with the “Keep it Movin’ 5K Run,” sponsored by Central Elementary School. The Railroad Festival is proud to partner with our elementary More »

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Steve Lorch/Courier One With the Ride owner John Winchester is a former pro skater, and he and his shop are all about living in the moment. By Steve Lorch For The Courier More »

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Baptist Easley welcomes new members to board of directors

EASLEY — Baptist Easley Hospital recently welcomed returning members to the 2015 board of directors, as well as two new members. Jeanne Ward, Regional President of Greenville Health System, and Malcolm Rogers, More »

Azalea Fest

31st annual Azalea Fest coming up this weekend

PICK UP A COPY OF THIS WEEK’S COURIER FOR SPECIAL AZALEA FESTIVAL EDITION! On Sale at most quality Grocery Stores and Convenient Stores all over Pickens County. PICKENS — The 31st annual More »

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Miniature trains pulled by “live steam” locomotives are among the attractions at the Central Railroad Festival, which will be held April 25 in historic downtown Central. The family-friendly festival will also feature More »

High school football season set to kick off Friday night

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At left, Pickens senior James Ferguson carries the ball during the Blue Flame Jamboree on Friday night. At right, Easley quarterback Dalton Black launches a pass Thursday during the Easley Jamboree. The two teams will kick off the 2014 season with their annual rivalry showdown this Friday night at Pickens.

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

The 2014 high school football season officially kicks off this Friday night with the annual county battle betweenwe3b SW FFB Pickens and Easley.

This year’s game in Pickens again will feature the Sam Wyche Meals on Wheels Food Fight battle between the two schools to see who can raise the most money for the charity. This year, however, the student bodies at Liberty and Daniel are joining in the fundraising, which will run through Sept. 18.

Liberty will also kick off its season this Friday as it travels to Crescent.

The head coaches of Pickens and Easley appreciate the support their communities and student bodies have given

Man charged in shooting

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EASLEY — A 21-year-old Easley man was charged with attempted murder last week after another man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said Jeremy Lee Basquette, 21, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He is being held without bond at the

Miller, Ohlrogge earn top district honors

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County announced its 2014-15 teacher and support employee of the year at last week’s back-to-school celebration.

8-20 Page 1A.inddNikki Miller, a reading coach at Pickens Elementary School received teacher of the8-20 Page 1A.indd year honors and received a $500 cash prize, while Gettys Middle School ISS instructor Jennifer Ohlrogge earned a $250 prize as the district’s support employee of the year.

According to Pickens Elementary principal Allen Fain, Miller “realizes that her mission is to make an impact on all students, and not just the ones she teaches.”

“It’s her goal to help other teachers develop their craft, and many times throughout the year other teachers have requested to visit her in order to learn something new,” Fain said.

In a recommendation for Ohlrogge, Gettys assistant principal Pat Snider wrote that “her selection as our employee of the year

Filing closes for November races

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Filing has closed for all local races in the November general election, and one Pickens County School Board seat in particular will be hotly contested.

In the school board District 2 race in November to replace Jimmy Gillespie, who decided not to seek reelection, four candidates have filed. Phillip Bowers, Kevin McKenzie, Tony Qualkinbush and Jennifer B. Wood will be on the ballot vying for the seat.

The only other school board race that will be contested will be the District 6 contest, which will feature incumbent

County council meets new prison director

By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier

COUNTY — Interim county administrator Ralph Guarino introduced Pickens County’s new prison director to county council members on Monday night.

Drew Sisco has been with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office for nine and a half years, starting out on road patrol and quickly moving up the ladder, becoming lieutenant of the Pickens County Jail. In 2008, Sisco was named the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Officer of the Year.

During his address to council at its meeting Monday night, Guarino also asked for the approval of $2,000 coming

Six Mile’s Ponderosa Park vandalized

By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier

SIX MILE — Vandalism has become a problem at Ponderosa Park in Six Mile, and town officials discussed the issue at last week’s town council meeting.

“These reports are very upsetting,” mayor Roy Stoddard said.

More than 400 feet of copper wiring was stolen from eight of the lamps around the walking trail at the park recently. The theft came after a separate incident in June, when the equipment room at the park was broken into

Clemson vet elected to national advisory council

CLEMSON — Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health veterinarian Adam Eichelberger has been elected to the national Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine. The council advises the American Veterinary Medicine Association executive board about livestock and food health, food safety and communicable diseases.

Eichelberger is Livestock-Poultry Health director of animal health programs and is based in Columbia. He was nominated by the S.C. Association of Veterinarians and was voted to the position at the AVMA meeting in Denver.

Eichelberger will serve three years on the national council, which provides advice on food-related issues, health of livestock and food animals, diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals and the prevention, control

Mile Creek Baptist to host homecoming this Sunday

SIX MILE — Mile Creek Baptist Church, at 104 Lakeside Drive in Six Mile, will have homecoming this Sunday, Aug. 24, celebrating 136 years of service to God. Spirit-filled preaching and singing will start at 11 a.m.

Pastor Kevin Kuykendall and the church family welcomes all friends, former pastors and members. Lunch will be

Pickens Rescue 7 Rodeo planned this weekend

PICKENS — Heavy rains in the Pickens Area last Friday and Saturday forced the Pickens Rescue 7 Rodeo to be rescheduled. The event will now take place on Aug. 22 and 23.

The Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market and Pickens Rescue 7 will host the rodeo.

The event will kick off both days at 8 p.m.

The rodeo will be a fundraiser for Pickens Rescue Squad 7 to help with operating expenses. Many local cowboys and cowgirls will participate in the rodeo..

Rodeo fans will also get the chance to see a special exhibition by nationally renowned roper Jack Fullbright. Fullbright specializes in trick and fancy roping. The Mountain View Baptist Church Youth will be selling

Easley fall events schedule announced

EASLEY — On behalf of the City of Easley, DunBurks Premier Events has announced the fall/winter line up for the Gilstrap Family Dealership community events.

All events are free with free parking and are held in the amphitheater on Market Square.

The Back to School WaterBlast is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Movies on the Market will run from Sept. 6-Oct. 4, with the amphitheater opening at 7 p.m. and movies starting at 8 p.m. Sept. 6: RIO 2, Sept. 13: Frozen, Sept. 20 ET (Restored, Sept. 27: Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Oct. 4: How to Train

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