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Six Mile shopping center project gets conditional go-ahead from commission

Six Mile shopping center project gets conditional go-ahead from commission

By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com PICKENS — Big changes may be on the way in Six Mile following Monday More »

Publix bottle attack ends in man’s arrest

Publix bottle attack ends in man’s arrest

CLEMSON — A 29-year-old Easley man was arrested after police allege he hit another man over the head with a More »

Family Promise offering help to those without housing, jobs due to COVID-19

Family Promise offering help to those without housing, jobs due to COVID-19

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com COUNTY — Thanks to grant funding, Family Promise of Pickens County may be able More »

A Rich History

A Rich History

Above: Pockoy Island was once home to a community of Native Americans who established shell rings hundreds of years ago. More »

Girl Scouts honors Gold Award scouts

Girl Scouts honors Gold Award scouts

COUNTY ­— Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands has congratulated Lydia Branham, Sydney Weeks, Trinity Turner and Kayla Fireovid More »

Think light and mellow with pears

Think light and mellow with pears

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier The most important thing to remember about pears is to allow them to ripen More »

 

Six Mile shopping center project gets conditional go-ahead from commission

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Big changes may be on the way in Six Mile following Monday night’s Pickens County Planning Commission meeting.

The commission approved a proposal for a new commercial center located at the intersection of S.C. Highway 183 and Old Keowee Church Road in Six Mile, as long as certain conditions are met.

In the works for more than two years, the project, which was presented by Allan Fortner of Land Planning Associates, will include a 27,000-square-foot grocery store, a fine-dining restaurant,

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School start still on schedule

COUNTY — School District of Pickens County officials announced Monday that the district’s plan to return to school Aug. 24 is still on track, along with its schedule for the first six weeks of the school year.

“The trend of COVID-19 cases in Pickens County over the past two weeks has received a ‘low’ rating from DHEC, thanks to strong efforts in our community to wear masks and maintain social distance,” district spokesman John Eby said. “The incidence rate in our community remains ‘high,’ so please continue to take active measures to avoid spreading the virus and keep Pickens County headed in the right direction.”

The school district released its plan last month to begin the school year a six-week schedule that includes both face-to-face instruction and online learning for students to help mitigate

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Fall sports pushed back again

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — After setting schedules recently for the return of fall sports, the South Carolina High School League has once again made changes to its sporting calendar in response to the continued effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

During an executive committee session held last Wednesday, Aug. 3, the SCHSL board unanimously approved a new plan that pushes the coming season back further in sports including competitive cheer, cross-country, football and volleyball, while girls’ golf, swimming and girls’ tennis will remain on the

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Publix bottle attack ends in man’s arrest

CLEMSON — A 29-year-old Easley man was arrested after police allege he hit another man over the head with a champagne bottle last week, sparking a series of lifesaving events at Publix on Tiger Boulevard in Clemson.

Brandon Christopher Odonald, of Forest Park Drive, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and shoplifting. Odonald was being held on a combined $20,000 surety bond at the Pickens County Detention Center on Tuesday.

Clemson police responded to a shoplifting incident around 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 4 and eventually found a victim who required CPR from a nearby pharmacist after being hit in the head with a bottle of champagne, according to an incident report.

Store surveillance footage showed the victim being struck in the head by Odonald using a bottle of champagne, according to the report, and the pharmacist did not find a pulse on the victim but was able to successfully revive the victim through CPR.

Officers found Odonald at Foothills Community Care with a bottle of the same brand of champagne used to hit the victim in his hand after multiple calls came in about someone being in the roadway along U.S. Highway 123, according to the report.

Odonald also tried to hit a manager with the bottle before exiting the store, the report said.

EMS took the victim to the hospital for treatment, the report said. The victim’s condition was not released.

Publix has placed Odonald on trespass notice.

 

Roper: County ‘making progress’ on virus

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Hospital bed availability is “the real issue with COVID,” according to Pickens County administrator Ken Roper.

KEN ROPER

KEN ROPER

“We don’t want our hospitals to be overrun with cases,” he said during a Facebook Live update video Friday. “Since it’s a new virus to everyone, we don’t want our hospitals to be overrun, because if you get COVID and they can’t treat you, that’s a bad thing, but what if you break your arm and the hospital is full or you have a heart attack and the hospital is full? That’s part of the point here all along.”

Roper discussed state and county COVID-19 numbers in the video, saying the county had around 300 active cases and 1,793 total reported as of Thursday. That number has

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Recycle centers back to 6 days a week

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Residents who asked Pickens County officials to reopen the county’s recycling centers on Wednesdays got their wish.

County community relations manager Jamie Burns announced last week that the recycling centers are once again open on Wednesdays going forward.

The recycling centers’ new hours of operation, which went into effect Sunday, are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Wednesday closures began July 1, 2018. At that time, then-Pickens County administrator Gerald Wilson said the

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Family Promise offering help to those without housing, jobs due to COVID-19

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Thanks to grant funding, Family Promise of Pickens County may be able to help those who are at risk of being homeless after losing their housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If they’ve lost their job or their housing due to the pandemic, we can help them get back on track,” Family Promise of Pickens County executive director Armilla Moore said.

Her agency has received a two-year $50,000 emergency shelter grant through the Office of Economic Opportunity, Moore said.

“This is COVID-19 money that came down through the federal government,” she said. “A number of other agencies also got that money, but we’re the only one in Pickens County that received it.”

While other county agencies may provide assistance with rent or bills, the grant funding may allow Family Promise to help for a longer period of time.

“We may be able to help from zero to six months, depending on the person’s need,” Moore said. “We also provide case management. We have good relationships with those other agencies. We hope that they will refer to us.”

Family Promise of Pickens County usually works with local churches to provide shelter for families with children under

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Several planes broken into at county airport

By  Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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LIBERTY — Liberty police are investigating after several planes were broken into at the Pickens County Airport last month.

According to Liberty Police Department incident reports, the crimes involved three victims and three different planes.

A Liberty police officer responded to the airport on July 30 and spoke with a victim who said he’d flown into the airport on July 28, according to an incident report.

Upon returning on July 30, he discovered that his navigation

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Community Calendar

• Huge yard sale set for Amazing Grace

Bargain hunters will get another chance to find a deal at the big indoor yard sale at Amazing Grace Fellowship Church, which has been held over for a second week and will be open this Saturday, Aug. 15.

The event will again be held in the the church’s fellowship building, and hundreds and hundreds of great items still available. Amazing Grace Fellowship is located at 228 Pearl St. in Pickens.

Everyone is asked to wear a mask at the sale.

• Pickens Lions plan meetings each month

The Pickens Lions Club is in need of new members. The club meets the first and third Thursday of

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On Easley’s recycling situation …

Greetings from the Barnett summer residence — which is actually the same place as the Barnett winter, spring and fall residence, but with more live music on the front porch and more outdoor cooking in the back.

Only it’s just me doing the live music and grilling; no crowds of people who may be carrying the coronavirus are allowed within 10 feet.

COVID-19 is real, and it hit close to home a few weeks ago when a member of our extended family who was living in a nursing home in Pickens was stricken with it and taken from us. She was a character, and she will be greatly missed.

So I’ve been pretty much taking it easy for the past few weeks. It’s the first stretch of time in more than 30 years that I have stepped back from deadlines and tried

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