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Man gets 36 years in wreck that killed woman, grandson

Man gets 36 years in wreck that killed woman, grandson

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — A Pickens man has been sentenced for causing a 2021 wreck that More »

Ex-gov, CU trustee expected  to launch ‘24 White House bid

Ex-gov, CU trustee expected to launch ‘24 White House bid

CLEMSON — It doesn’t appear former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will have to step away from her lifetime position More »

Liberty downs Abbeville in round two

Liberty downs Abbeville in round two

LIBERTY — Ranked atop the South Carolina Class 2A high school wrestling standings, the Liberty wrestling  team opened its playoff More »

Easley girls stun Pickens

Easley girls stun Pickens

  By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com PICKENS — In many ways, Friday night’s matchup between the sixth-ranked Pickens and More »

Tri-County ECE program receives grant

Tri-County ECE program receives grant

By Lisa Garrett Tri-County Technical College news@thepccourier.com PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program was awarded $22,500 More »

 

Man gets 36 years in wreck that killed woman, grandson

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Pickens man has been sentenced for causing a 2021 wreck that killed a Pickens woman and her 6-year-old great-grandson.

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Jose Guzman Pliego, 31, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of felony DUI with death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury.

Assistant solicitor Seth Johnson presented evidence establishing that on Nov. 4, 2021, Pliego crashed into another vehicle driving southbound on U.S. Highway 123, Wilkins said.

The collision occurred around 6:45 p.m. that evening just south of U.S. Highway 178, South Carolina Highway Patrol

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Easley council member Moore dies at age 73

Election to fill seat set for April 25

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — A special election will be held in an Easley ward in April to fill the seat of an Easley city councilman who died last week.

Easley City Councilman Terry Moore passed away on Jan. 30. He was 73.

Moore was retired from the Easley Police Department.

Moore represented Ward 4 on Easley City Council and was elected to his third term in November 2021.

A special election will be held on April 25 to fill the unexpired term on Ward 4, according to the Pickens County Board of Voter

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$24M grant to expand county internet access

PICKENS — Local communities in Oconee and Pickens counties with little to no internet access could have access to high-speed fiber service by the end of 2023, thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant awarded to provide service to rural and underserved areas.

Upcountry Fiber, an internet provider created by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and WCFIBER, a subsidiary of West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, has been awarded a $24 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act funds appropriation bill to increase service, according to a news release from

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Collins, Carter talk legislative topics at Pickens United

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Growth and abortion were among the topics discussed by two Pickens County legislators at a meeting last week.

Rep. Neal Collins and Rep. Jerry Carter gave a legislative update during the Jan. 30 Pickens United meeting, held at the Carr Center in Easley.

Collins said Pickens County is “extremely well represented in Columbia, as far as seniority is concerned.”

“Like it or not, that is very important in Columbia,” he said.

Collins said since becoming Senate president in December 2021, Sen. Thomas Alexander “is extremely busy.” In addition to

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Ex-gov, CU trustee expected to launch ‘24 White House bid

CLEMSON — It doesn’t appear former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will have to step away from her lifetime position as a Clemson University trustee as she reportedly prepares to formally announce a 2024 presidential campaign.

The Post and Courier was the first to report last week that Haley planned to formally announce she is running for the Republican nomination at a special event Feb.

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Clemson hit with suit in deadly police shooting

By Riley Morningstar
Courtesy The Journal
rmorningstar@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — A lawsuit filed against the city of Clemson last week alleges a police officer had insufficient use-of-force training leading up to the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Greenville man nearly two years ago.

Charleston attorney Julian Allen filed the summons on Jan. 31, alleging the city was liable for “the negligence, gross negligence, recklessness and other liability

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Agencies encourage healthy habits during Heart Month

COLUMBIA — February is American Heart Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is taking the opportunity to share the importance of building — and keeping — a strong and healthy heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death both in the U.S. and worldwide, according to the American Heart Association. It was also the No. 1 cause of death in South Carolina in 2021, DHEC said in

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PHS Scholar-Athletes

Pickens High School’s January Scholar-Athletes of the Month are Christian McCrady (wrestling) and Emmaleigh Stone (varsity basketball). The pair were recognized at Friday’s home basketball game against Easley. This month’s award was sponsored in honor of longtime girls’ basketball coach Butch Morris. McCrady is the son of Gregory and Valerie McCrady. Stone is the daughter of Rory and Kristin Stone.

Liberty downs Abbeville in round two

LIBERTY — Ranked atop the South Carolina Class 2A high school wrestling standings, the Liberty wrestling  team opened its playoff run in the second round on Saturday against the Abbeville Panthers after receiving a first-round bye.

The Red Devils lived up to their lofty ranking, taking down the Panthers in less than 20 minutes with a 78-6 win.

“We know we’re going up against some pretty tough teams, but we’ve built a pretty good resume this year,” Liberty head coach Dale

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Blue Flame boys beat Easley for first time in two decades

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Just one week removed from its first region win in 62 games, the Pickens High School boys’ basketball team entered Friday’s contest against archrival Easley hoping to break an even longer against the Green Wave.

With a scorching start, the Blue Flame controlled the game from the opening whistle to beat Easley 69-56 — Pickens’ first win over the Wave in more than two

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