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‘Giving back’

Huge donation kicks off cancer care unit campaign at hospital By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com EASLEY — The Prisma More »

Pickens downs cross-county rival Easley in first volleyball match as region foes

Pickens downs cross-county rival Easley in first volleyball match as region foes

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame volleyball team traveled to Easley for its second contest of the More »

PRA announces new Pickens Revitalization Challenge

PRA announces new Pickens Revitalization Challenge

PICKENS — The Pickens Revitalization Association has announced the Pickens Revitalization Challenge — a new take on the Main Street More »

Quilt of Valor awarded to Bob Nash

Quilt of Valor awarded to Bob Nash

By By Lynda Abegg For the Courier news@thepccourier.com CENTRAL — The Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the More »

‘I expect us to win’

‘I expect us to win’

Blue Flame eager to take field after offseason of hard work By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com PICKENS — For More »

INTO THE UNKNOWN

INTO THE UNKNOWN

Devils entering uncertain season with two-week COVID-19 delay By Clay Counts Special to The Courier claycounts21@yahoo.com LIBERTY — The offseason More »

 

‘Giving back’

Huge donation kicks off cancer care unit campaign at hospital

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Prisma Health Baptist Easley Foundation was celebrating some big news earlier this year — just before the world changed.

The foundation had announced a huge step forward in the effort to create a cancer care unit at the hospital.

“We were doing this big reveal, saying Wraellen Winn has stepped forward with this amazing gift,” foundation manager Candi Forester-Smith said. “It was this big exciting thing for us, and then

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Tigers cruise in win over Citadel

By Eric Sprott

Courtesy The Journal

esprott@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — The atmosphere was a bit unusual in and around Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but the Clemson football team managed to deliver a few hours of normalcy with the performance it turned in against the Citadel.

Led by an impressive, if brief, showing by quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the top-ranked Tigers

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DNR denies permit for Jocassee Gorges event

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has denied a permit to a proposed cycling event in the Jocassee Gorges after a meeting last week in which residents said the event clashed with the management plan put in place to protect the gorges.

The Hincapie organization announced plans for the inaugural Gran Fondo Hincapie Jocassee, the latest in the Gran Fondo Hincapie series, named after 17-time Tour de France finisher George Hincapie, to be held

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Head-on collision claims Easley resident

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — A 72-year-old Easley man died Thursday morning after his pickup truck was hit head-on.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Mark Brent Smith of Davidson Drive.

The accident happened around 11:42 a.m. on S.C. 124, three miles east of Easley, according to the

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County records 3 more virus deaths

COLUMBIA — South Carolina officials have reported three new COVID-19 deaths in Pickens County over the past week, increasing from last week’s total of two.

As of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Monday release, the agency had reported the confirmed death of three elderly people over the previous week. Tuesday’s numbers

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Roper applauds SDPC approach to school, safety

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — COVID-19 is “a very nuanced and intricate foe that we’re fighting,” Pickens County administrator Ken Roper said.

KEN ROPER

KEN ROPER

Roper gave an update on COVID numbers during a video posted to Facebook Friday.

As of Friday, Pickens County had 315 active cases of COVID-19, Roper said.

The county had had a total number of 2,737 confirmed positive cases during the pandemic as of Monday afternoon, according to

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District provides six-week schedule, virus update

EASLEY — The School District of Pickens County announced its second six-week instruction schedule last week amid the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to feature a mix of face-to-face and remote learning.

In a letter to parents, superintendent Danny Merck said the second six-week schedule from Oct. 5-Nov. 13 will include face-to-face instruction for 3-year-old kindergarten through second grade for all six weeks, face-to-face instruction for grades 3-5 for five of the six weeks and remote learning Nov.

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Candidate town hall planned this week

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will be sponsoring a candidate town hall at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 24.

The candidates for Clemson mayor, South Carolina State House District 3 and Clemson City Council will speak to the public and answer a few questions about their campaigns. The League of Women Voters will also be present to help register voters and

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COVID Task Force plans virtual town hall meeting

PICKENS — The city of Pickens COVID Task Force will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 with a panel made up of local school officials.

Dr. Geanice Holton will serve as the moderator for the event.

The meeting will be livestreamed via Facebook by Around Pickens and the city of Pickens.

Citizens are encouraged to submit questions that they may have about the virus and local schools on the city of Pickens website under the Pickens COVID Response tab.

 

Pickens downs cross-county rival Easley in first volleyball match as region foes

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame volleyball team traveled to Easley for its second contest of the season and defeated the Lady Green Wave in an exciting match that went to four sets. This year the teams are in the same 4A Region 1, making the contest especially significant.

The Lady Blue Flame also defeated region foe Travelers Rest and played on Saturday in the Tournament of Champions at Dorman High School in Spartanburg.

The Easley match was played Sept. 15 at Easley High School, and a large contingent of fans was on hand from both sides. The Lady Blue Flame won the first set 25-19, but the Lady Green Wave stormed back and took the set second 19-25. The third set was a thriller, won by Pickens 26-24, and the Lady Blue Flame closed out the match in the fourth set 25-17.

“These girls put their words into action against Easley when we discussed the difference between hard work and competition,” said Lady Blue Flame Coach Rikki Owens. “They showed up ready to compete, and each one reached their goals they had written out in the practice before the match.”

In the Easley match, Pickens junior Caroline Lucas led her team with 11 kills, followed by junior Calie Covey with nine. Sophomores Faith Clarkson and Lauren Dow were tied with five kills apiece. Junior Bailee Earnhardt was the team leader in digs with 20, and