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Rally held to fight domestic violence

Ben Robinson/Courier Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark speaks at a rally held in honor of domestic violence victims on the steps of the Pickens County Courthouse last week. PICKENS — Representatives and More »

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2014 Pickens High School Athletic Hall of Fame, a night to remember…

John Bolton/ Pickens High School inducted another class into its Athletic Hall of Fame during Friday night’s game against county rival Daniel. Pictured above with PHS athletic director Stan Butler, brother and More »

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‘An Upcountry Boil’ set for Pickens County Museum on November 8

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art and History and the Pickens County Cultural Commission will host “An Upcountry Boil,” a good-time fundraising event, on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. More »

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Hatfield turns 100

On Oct. 14, Six Mile resident Mr. James D. Hatfield (Deb) celebrated his 100th birthday with a lunch at The Lighthouse restaurant, attended by 25 friends and family, followed by cake and More »

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Hinton and Marler celebrate 30 years of practicing dentistry

Dr. Don Marler, Dr Elizabeth Armstrong and Dr. Dan Hinton recently celebrated 30 years in Pickens. PICKENS — Thirty years ago, when Dr. Dan Hinton was getting ready to graduate from the More »

Pickens Middle School teacher hikes to raise money for cancer research

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Photo courtesy Louise Hope

Pickens Middle School teacher Louise Hope recently completed a 28-mile hike in one day to raise money for children’s cancer research after one of her students was diagnosed with leukemia.

By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier

PICKENS — Many say there are teachers who make an impact on their students that lasts a lifetime.

Louise Hope, a community education teacher at Pickens Middle School, is one of those teachers.

When the news broke that one of Hope’s eighth-grade students and a fellow Pickens Presbyterian Church member, Kent Townsend, had leukemia, she began searching for a way to help.

She found her opportunity serendipitously.

“It was almost divine intervention the way I happened upon the email that led me to Ultimate Hike,” she said. “I had been thinking to myself ‘What can I do?’ when I scrolled all the way to the bottom of my list of mail, and clicked

Family members charged following convict’s capture

EASLEY — After nearly two weeks on the loose, an inmate escaped from the Pickens County Stockade was arrested last week, and two relatives were charged with helping him evade capture.

7-23 Page 1A.inddAccording to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe, deputies received an anonymous tip that James Christopher Townsend, 41, was at a home on Bakerville Road in Easley.

Officers arrested Townsend at the home at around 12:45 p.m. July 16.

Townsend had been held since June 2 at the stockade, located at 186 Prison Camp Road in Pickens, before he was discovered missing during a routine count at 7 p.m. on July 3.

Townsend, a convicted felon who has a lengthy criminal record for various types of crimes, was serving time for

Saying goodbye

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Pickens City Council said farewell Monday night to city administrator Katherine Hendricks, who is leaving the city after five and a half years for a position with the city of Mount Pleasant. Mayor David Owens presented Hendricks with a plaque and a flower vase after city council’s work session. Pictured, from left, are council member Patti Welborn, Hendricks, Owens, council member Carlton Holley, council member Donnie McKinney and council member Patrick Lark. The city will host a farewell for Hendricks next Monday from 11 a.m. to noon.


Pickens council awards contracts

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — In a brief special called meeting of Pickens City Council Monday night, council approved four contracts and some amendments to its 2014-15 budget.

The budget amendments were approved with a 5-0 vote, with councilmen Isaiah Scipio and Fletcher Perry absent.

A contract with Young Plumbing Company for a six-inch high pressure main project for $34,540 was also approved with a 5-0 vote.

A contract for $182,525 to J&M Construction for the Fox Squirrel Ridge and Hendricks Road Project was approved

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