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‘I keep growing and growing’

‘I keep growing and growing’

Busy summer in store for Easley native, former ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — More »

Pickens family recognized for long history of military service

Pickens family recognized for long history of military service

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — The combined 100 years of military service of a local family was More »

Reflecting on the Keowee Valley area’s Native American heritage

Reflecting on the Keowee Valley area’s Native American heritage

  Reflecting on the Keowee Valley area’s Native American heritage By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr. Special to The Courier My More »

Pickens County FFA  teams win state titles

Pickens County FFA teams win state titles

COUNTY — Pickens County Career and Technology Center’s FFA chapter competed in the annual state competition and two teams received More »

One step further with peanut butter

One step further with peanut butter

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier ofowler@thepccourier.com Peanut butter is a universal favorite. It’s gone to school and work in More »

 

‘I keep growing and growing’

Busy summer in store for Easley native, former ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Ansley Burns is ready to get back out and sing.

The 14-year-old Easley native, known across the nation for her appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” has a busy summer of performances planned.

She’ll perform from 1-2 p.m. this Saturday at the Bounce Back, a family fun carnival at the Pickens County Performing

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School board OKs final budget with millage increase

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — During a special called meeting Friday morning, the Pickens County School Board voted 6-1 to approve third and final reading of a proposed $136.4 million budget that represents a more than $6.4 million increase from last year’s budget and includes a one-mill tax hike.

The FY ‘21-22 budget includes more than $7.5

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Library getting $3.4M in budget

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County Council members voted Monday night to locally fund the Pickens County Library System at $3.4 million in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget.

That money is less than library officials had asked for from the county, but when combined with state funding and other sources adds up to the amount the budget originally called for, officials said.

Councilman Alex Saitta moved for the county to fund the

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Pickens family recognized for long history of military service

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The combined 100 years of military service of a local family was honored during Monday’s Pickens County Council Meeting.

The Hendricks brothers — Floyd, Alfred, Donnie, Michael, Gregory and Charles — were recognized during the meeting. Four of the brothers were present at the meeting and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

County council chairman Chris Bowers told the crowd of

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School board awards Merck extension, raise

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — School District of Pickens County superintendent Danny Merck, who has been in his current position since 2014, is set to remain in place for at least five more years, with a salary increase to boot.

Following a positive evaluation, school board trustees voted unanimously Friday to extend Merck’s contract through June 30, 2026, and approved a salary increase to $168,000. The previous contract Merck was working

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DHEC expands homebound vaccination program to all South Carolina counties

COLUMBIA — The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) expanded its homebound vaccination project to all 46 counties in the state last week.

The statewide program launched June 1 and will run through December, a release from DHEC said.

“We are incredibly excited to offer this service to the homebound members of our state,” DHEC public health director Dr. Brannon Traxler said in a news release. “Reaching herd immunity means removing any and all

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Blondeau gets top Clemson job

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
goliver@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — After spending the past 17 months as acting city administrator, Andy Blondeau will now be able to remove the “acting” portion of his title.

Following executive session Monday night, city council unanimously voted to select Blondeau for the permanent position. Council also authorized Mayor Robert Halfacre and city attorney Mary McCormac to enter into contract negotiations with Blondeau.

Council gave a round of applause to Blondeau, who emerged as the top choice over Greer chief financial officer David Seifert and Jonathan N. Rorie, city manager for Peachtree City, Ga.

“Congratulations — well deserved,” Halfacre told Blondeau.

“Thank you for the honor,” Blondeau told council after its decision.

After serving as assistant city administrator for more than a decade, Blondeau was thrust into the role of acting administrator after Rick Cotton

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SC 7 expedition to visit Pickens County again

COUNTY — A campaign highlighting South Carolina’s natural wonders will continue this year after launching last summer.

Two of the seven wonders of South Carolina spotlighted in the S.C. National Heritage Corridor’s campaign are in Pickens County. County administrator Ken Roper discussed the South Carolina 7 campaign during a recent Facebook Live update video.

“The South Carolina 7 is an expedition that’s going on for the second year,” Roper said. “It follows the Palmetto Trail roughly and visits

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Pickens Presbyterian dedicates memorial to founding members

PICKENS — Pickens Presbyterian Church dedicated the Hollingsworth Memorial on May 15 to commemorate the vital role of Columbus Lafayette Hollingsworth and his wife Malinda McWhorter in the founding of the church in the new town of Pickens right after the Civil War.

C.L. Hollingsworth gave 2.4 acres for the church yard and was one of the three ruling elders. As a widow, Malinda, in her will, endowed a fund to maintain the church building and

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‘Fire’ golf tourney a success

PICKENS — The Carolina One Volleyball Club 16 Elite Pickens “Fire” Golf Tournament was a hit, according to organizers.

Eleven teams competed in the event, held June 5 at the Rock Golf Course and Resort. Team parent Steve Campbell organized the event, which raised around $3,000 for the team’s trip to the AAU Junior Volleyball Championship, which will be

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