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Airport expansion officially opens

Airport expansion officially opens

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — Officials cut the ribbon Friday morning on a long-awaited project at the More »

Habitat for Humanity brings Hope to Pickens

Habitat for Humanity brings Hope to Pickens

  By Marquis Mittelstet Staff Reporter marq@thepccourier.com PICKENS — Homes, community, hope – such is the motto of the charitable More »

Let the games begin

Let the games begin

Senior League World Series to open play on Saturday By Bru Nimmons Sports Editor bnimmons@thepccourier.com EASLEY — An Easley mainstay More »

DAR holds annual awards program

DAR holds annual awards program

COUNTY — Fort Prince George Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gave out 10 awards to Pickens County students More »

Courier Community Calendar 7-24-24

Courier Community Calendar 7-24-24

• Anderson family reunion is August 25 The family of Joseph Rugless Anderson and Nancy “Nealy” Anderson will hold its More »

 

Man charged with Central murder

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — A man has been charged with murder after a shooting in Central on Saturday night.

According to a Sunday morning news release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brett Barwick, authorities received a 911 call at 11:25 p.m. Saturday about a man being injured in a shooting in Central.

Upon arrival, deputies found a man with an apparent gunshot

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Pickens to pull out of joint water system

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Less than five years after forming the Pickens Joint Regional Water System (PJRWS) along with other local municipalities and water districts, the city of Pickens has voted to withdraw from the group, citing other needs with the city’s infrastructure that have led to discolored water, water main breaks and other persistent issues, as well as higher costs to the city under the previous plan.

“Our primary goal is to ensure that the residents and businesses of

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Airport expansion officially opens

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Officials cut the ribbon Friday morning on a long-awaited project at the Pickens County Airport — the expanded north ramp.

“In total, this was right at a $10 million project,” Pickens County Airport administrator Carlos Salinas told those on hand for Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “That included the runway resurface, a new taxiway and the apron that you see in front of you here.”

Salinas said the project included “seven different types of funds.”

“That’s federal, state and local,” he said. “That’s just to give you an indication of the kind of creativity that happened to make this thing come together.”

The project increases the Pickens County Airport’s ramp space by 60

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One killed in Pickens crash

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Salem woman died Monday after a two-vehicle collision on S.C. Highway 11 in northern Pickens County.

Pickens County chief deputy coroner Andrew Wilson identified the victim as Emily Whitten Hafner, 30, of Cross Creek Road in Salem.

The collision occurred at 9:24 a.m. Monday, on S.C. 11 near Sliding Rock Road, two

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Nimmons, Wright lauded by SC Press Association

COLUMBIA — Two Pickens County Courier staff members were honored by the South Carolina Press Association recently for their work in 2023-24.

In the SCPA’s advertising Palmy Awards and in the annual SCPA News Contest, Courier graphic artist Emily Wright and sports editor/staff reporter Bru Nimmons received awards voted on by their peers in the newspaper industry.

Wright, a longtime ad designer and graphic artist who has been with the paper since its inception, received three first-place awards and two third-place awards in the recently announced Palmy awards. Wright won first place in the under-7,500 circulation category in

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Pickens County introduces new way to contact 911

PICKENS — Pickens County has announced a new way for residents to contact 911, according to a Pickens County social media post.

Residents can now text 911. This change was implemented in hopes of creating an easier way for residents who are hearing impaired, have a speech disability, are in an unsafe environment, have phone anxiety or can not make

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Woman sentenced to 55 years in Prison Empire case

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A woman was sentenced in a Pickens County court last week to more than 50 years in prison for her role in a drug trafficking organization investigators have called “Prison Empire.”

The Prison Empire investigation targeted a drug trafficking

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Habitat for Humanity brings Hope to Pickens

 

By Marquis Mittelstet
Staff Reporter
marq@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Homes, community, hope – such is the motto of the charitable and “for the people” Habitat for Humanity organization, a chapter of which is based right here in Pickens County (Pickens County Habitat for Humanity or PCHFH).

The organization strives to help construct homes for new and struggling families every year across the nation, including locally, Habitat for Humanity has repeatedly spoken on behalf of the American people, perhaps most notably with their advocacy for the Self-Help Ownership Program (SHOP) at their Habitat on the Hill annual legislative conference which takes place at our nation’s capital.

Pickens County Habitat for Humanity (PCHFH) is also committed to revitalizing Jaycee Park, in Pickens as part of its ongoing mission to build safe, affordable homes and strengthen communities. For over 40 years, the local organization has worked to create spaces where families can thrive, and recognized the vital role that shared community spaces play in fostering vibrant, connected neighborhoods. As work is done to expand our capacity, PCHFH believe that enhancing this essential nexus of community fellowship is a natural extension of our calling.

On Saturday, thanks to the help of a donation of $5,000 from Lowes and labor volunteered by members of community, work began at the park.

“We are thrilled to announce that Lowe’s, through their national grant program, has generously allocated $5,000 in funding to support the Jaycee Park revitalization project. This grant, coupled with the support of our local Lowe’s stores, will be instrumental in bringing this project to fruition,” said PCHFH Executive Director Tamara Dourney.

Pickens County Habitat for Humanity enlisted Habitat for Humanity’s Clemson University chapter, providing students studying construction with real-world experience in a practical and suitable environment.

Pickens County Habitat for Humanity’s executive director Tamara Dourney was pleased with the turnout to help, especially the younger volunteers, which she says is a consistently recurring and refreshing trend to see.

“I cannot tell you how many of our volunteers are younger people,” Dourney said.

The day of service dedicated to the beautification and enhancement of the Park beginning at 9 a.m. with volunteers spreading mulch next to the tennis courts, panting azaleas to add color and vitality to the park, Painting the playground equipment to create a fresh, inviting play space, painting the block portion of the stadium seats and installing new lumber where it was needed.

The hope is to enhance Jaycee Park and create a vibrant gathering place that will serve our community for generations to come.

Blind snakes and mad dogs

Dogs, stars and the moon collide in July to create the dog days of summer.

The phrase “dog days of summer” is used to describe the hot, humid, sticky days from July 3 through Aug. 11. The dog days could also be called the sweaty days, because you sweat so much that sunscreen melts

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The church equips Christians for ministry

I’ve been in church all my life and I know people who believe that attending an assembly fulfills the majority of their Christian obligations.

Somewhere down through the centuries, the idea of the Ekklesia being a boot-camp to train soldiers and a school to teach disciples how to engage in spiritual warfare and develop their ministries,

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