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 More »

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2 dead, 1 hurt in Liberty shooting

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 More »


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 More »

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Blue Ridge Electric sets annual fall blood drive

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 More »

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Storytelling fest planned

PICKENS — All are invited to a special — and free — day of milling, stories, tall tales and lots of memories at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center from More »

Annual Mission Action Challenge event scheduled for August 23

EASLEY — The 2014 Mission Action Challenge (MAC) will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, and will once again include cycling events and a popular 5K run through downtown Easley.

Cycling events originating and concluding at Old Market Square will include 63-mile, 40-mile and 20-mile routes as well as a 10-mile family ride. Participants are urged to register online at

More than 1,000 area children received shoes this year courtesy of the Mission Action Challenge, Easley First

Local quilter semifinalist in international quilt show

Variegated by Paige Alexander photo by Margaret Hendricks

Page Alexander’s work “Variegated, shown above, will be featured at the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek, set for Charlotte, N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ­— Easley resident Paige Alexander is a semifinalist for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek, set to be held in Charlotte, N.C., from July 30-Aug. 2 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Paige Alexander

Paige Alexander

Alexander has been chosen to display her quilt, “Variegated,” along with 182 others in the AQS contest. First-, second-, and third-place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards, including best of show.

Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, More than $50,000 will be granted, including $10,000 for the best of show and $3,500 each for best wall, traditional, innovative, modern, and computer-aided quilt. Regardless of how Alexander’s quilt places in the final judging, all semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

“Quilting has a long history in North Carolina, (and) quilts in the AQS QuiltWeek

Pickens TD Club set to offer free lineman camp

PICKENS — The Pickens Touchdown Club will sponsor the fifth annual Blue Flame Lineman Camp for all rec age and middle school players July 21-24 from 6:30- 8 p.m.

The camp will focus on the fundamentals of playing offensive and defensive line. The free camp will be instructed by the Pickens High School coaching staff and players.

The past camps have been a success, and the Blue Flame staff is looking forward to a large crowd again. T-shirts will be available for sale on the first night of camp.


Courier Letters to the Editor 7-16-14

Wake up, SC residents

Dear Editor,

The article about the fish in South Carolina lakes being unsafe for human consumption is appalling.

Our lakes are still polluted, and our rivers still have contamination from waste. We have a toxic mess to clean up, and what is our governor doing about the problem? Nothing.

Before Nikki Haley became governor, she attended a conference hosted by ALEC. At this conference there were workshops on how to write legislation to bypass the EPA regulations so industries can dump more waste into our environment.

We can expect nothing from her, and our two senators were endorsed by the American chemical industries, so

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