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Light at the end of the pandemic tunnel

Light at the end of the pandemic tunnel

Despite hiccups, vaccine rollout gaining steam COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced early last week that anyone age More »

Liberty teams win big on senior night

Liberty teams win big on senior night

By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — The Liberty High School basketball teams held their senior night on Friday More »

Local DAR members recognize WWII vets

Local DAR members recognize WWII vets

COUNTY — Honoring World War II veterans of America’s Greatest Generation was a recent   privilege for the Fort Prince More »

History’s ‘American Pickers’ looking for places to pick in South Carolina

History’s ‘American Pickers’ looking for places to pick in South Carolina

NEW YORK — Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to South Carolina. They plan to More »

Cooking with grapes adds depth to flavors

Cooking with grapes adds depth to flavors

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier ofowler@thepccourier. com Years ago at my grandmama’s house, Fowler and my brother brought in More »

 

Courier Letters to the Editor 1-27-21

Observations on Opinion columns

Dear Editor,

Let me begin by stating that I am conservative — socially, morally and politically — but don’t think I am “radical” in any way. I’ve been called many things in my life, but have never been called “stupid” (my paraphrase) by a newspaper columnist before.

I subscribed to the largest daily paper in our area for 30-plus years, but stopped a few years ago because it was pushing the liberal agenda. My wife and I started picking up a Courier on the way to church each week. We’ve always appreciated the local news, sports, obituaries, etc., and felt the

Man facing explosives charge

By Jason Evans
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EASLEY — An Easley man has been charged with possession of an explosive device in connection with a federal investigation.

David Scott Halsey, 58, is charged with possessing, manufacturing or transporting a destructive device or explosive for damage, injury or death, according to a release from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

SLED agents arrested Halsey on Sunday.

Halsey possessed the explosive on Nov. 2, 2020, the release

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Light at the end of the pandemic tunnel

Despite hiccups, vaccine rollout gaining steam

COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced early last week that anyone age 70 and older would be eligible to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of last Wednesday, giving elderly residents a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.

But the process has been a frustrating one for many, as there has been great demand for the limited number of doses of the

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Upstate hospital systems talk vaccine schedule procedures

UPSTATE — As many South Carolinians 70 and older experienced a frustrating first day trying to sign up to receive their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations last Wednesday, the two hospital systems that operate facilities in Pickens County reviewed their current vaccination scheduling procedures for those who are on the list of people currently eligible for inoculation.

AnMed Health, which operates AnMed Health

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County adds nine more virus deaths

COLUMBIA — After weeks of double-digit death numbers, Pickens County added nine confirmed COVID-19 deaths over the past week.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, eight of the nine people who died in the six-day period from last Wednesday to Monday were elderly, while one was middle-aged.

Pickens County hasn’t gotten any better in the COVID-19 rate

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750-plus students quarantined in SDPC

COUNTY — Although the number of positive COVID-19 cases around the School District of Pickens County was down slightly last week, more than 100 staff members and more than 750 students were quarantined to prevent spread of the disease.

According to weekly figures released on Friday by the district, 78 students and 24 staff members tested positive for the virus last week, down from 81 students and 30 staff members the

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SDPC bus driver killed in collision

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — A longtime School District of Pickens County bus driver was killed in a car wreck last week.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Treasa Carol Norton, 56, of Pace Bridge Road in Marietta.

The collision took place at 2:40 p.m. Thursday on S.C. Highway 186 near Rhymes Lane, three miles north of Pickens, according to Master Trooper Brandon Bolt of the South

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Easley house fire claims man, 98

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — An elderly Easley man died in a house fire Saturday.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Charles Hamilton, 89, of 302 N. 1st St.

Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

The Easley Police Department, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the South Carolina Fire Marshal’s Office and the Easley Fire Department Origin and Cause Team are investigating the

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No changes to mask ordinance in Easley

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — Easley officials warn they may have to make the city’s face coverings ordinance stricter if COVID numbers keep rising.

City council discussed the face covering ordinance during its Jan. 11 work session and regular council session.

Mayor pro tem Brian Garrison presided over the meeting, as Mayor Butch Womack was out with COVID-19.

Council adopted the face covering ordinance at its Dec. 14 meeting, city administrator Stephen

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Liberty teams win big on senior night

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — The Liberty High School basketball teams held their senior night on Friday night, and all four seniors went home happy after dominant wins over the Greenville Tech Charter High School Warriors.

The girls kicked off the action on the night and put up arguably their best performance of the season in a 55-21 win.

“That’s probably one of the best games we’ve played,” Liberty girls’ head coach Greg Thomas said. “We played as a team and as a group. We have some things we have to clean up, but overall I think they played really well.”

The Red Devils got out to an early lead in the first

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