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INSIDE THIS WEEK’S FOOTBALL FRENZY

INSIDE THIS WEEK’S FOOTBALL FRENZY

Daniel enters region play unbeaten 2B, Green Wave take down Southside 3B, Red Devils can’t hang with Pickens 4B, Pickens More »

National Guard unveils renovated Easley facility

National Guard unveils renovated Easley facility

EASLEY — U.S. Army National Guard soldiers with the 2nd Battalion 263rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (ADA BN), South Carolina More »

‘A Murder Is Announced’ to open

‘A Murder Is Announced’ to open

EASLEY — It is Friday, Oct. 13, in the sleepy village of Chipping Cleghorn, England. A mysterious advertisement has been More »

Red Devils off  to hot start in  region action

Red Devils off to hot start in region action

By Bru Nimmons Sports Editor bnimmons@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — One year removed from an Upper State championship appearance and facing the More »

Pickens defense stymies Liberty in final test before region play

Pickens defense stymies Liberty in final test before region play

By Cheri Anthony Special to The Courier news@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — The Pickens Blue Flame could not have asked for a More »

Easley drops Southside for first four-game win streak since ‘12

Easley drops Southside for first four-game win streak since ‘12

By Eugene Jolley Courier Sports news@thepccourier.com GREENVILLE — The Easley Green Wave checked off a lot of boxes Friday night More »

 

State’s top court rules in favor of man convicted in ‘17 killing

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Liberty man appealing his 2017 murder conviction, claiming the trial judge did not adequately consider his claim of self-defense.

John McCarty’s case will be sent back to circuit court, following a ruling issued by state Supreme Court justices on Sept. 21.

John McCarty was charged with murder after the shooting death of Mitchell Bradley, which took place in

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INSIDE THIS WEEK’S FOOTBALL FRENZY

Daniel enters region play unbeaten 2B, Green Wave take down Southside 3B, Red Devils can’t hang with Pickens 4B, Pickens gets back on right track against
Liberty 5B, Clemson overcomes wake in overtime 7B.

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Sex offender sentenced for soliciting minor

By Jason Evans
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COUNTY — A Six Mile man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to criminal solicitation of a minor and other charges.

According to a release from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, special victims unit detectives initiated an investigation into allegations of criminal solicitation of a minor last September involving Avery Lee Cooper Smith, 23, a registered sex offender.

Detectives received information indicating Smith was knowingly disseminating explicit messages to an underage juvenile via the social media platform Snapchat, the release said.

When questioned by detectives, Smith admitted to sending sexual material to an underage child using various social media

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National Guard unveils renovated Easley facility

EASLEY — U.S. Army National Guard soldiers with the 2nd Battalion 263rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (ADA BN), South Carolina National Guard, conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovation of Battery B in Easley earlier this month.

In attendance at the Sept. 10 event were U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C. State Sen. Thomas Alexander, S.C. State Rep. Neal Collins, South Carolina National Guard

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New administrator on job in Pickens

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
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PICKENS — Pickens’ new city administrator has experience in both town and city government.

During its Sept. 12 meeting, Pickens City Council unanimously approved appointing Charlene Carter as the city’s new administrator

Carter served the city of Travelers Rest in the roles of treasurer, city clerk and special projects from 2019 to 2021.

Prior to that, she was the Town Administrator for Blacksburg, South Carolina from

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National health survey coming to Pickens County

COUNTY — The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population, is coming to Pickens County starting this week.

Why Pickens County? All counties and cities in the United States have a chance to be selected for the NHANES and, this year, Pickens County is one of 15 counties selected to be part of the initiative. Each year, only 5,000 residents nationwide are chosen to participate in NHANES, conducted by the National Center for Health

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‘A Murder Is Announced’ to open

EASLEY — It is Friday, Oct. 13, in the sleepy village of Chipping Cleghorn, England. A mysterious advertisement has been placed in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette that has caused a panic at the Little Paddock Home of Miss Letitia Blacklock. Someone has announced that a murder will take place at the home at 6:30 that very evening.

Little Paddock is a boarding house with an eclectic group of residents. Letty Blacklock owns the house and has opened its doors to boarders that include her lifelong friend, Dora

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Member of the Month

The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce’s September Member of the Month is Wellhouse Nutrition Smoothie and Juice Bar, located at 2700 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens. Wellhouse Nutrition is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-noon. The business offers healthy protein shakes, energy drinks, snacks, workout essentials and more to aid in weight loss, muscle gains or just good nutrition. Pictured, from left, are Bryan Owens, Bruce Tyson, Elian Tyson, owner Courtney Pelt, Jessica Callahan and Brandon Albertson. To find out more about Wellhouse Nutrition, visit http://courtneypelt.goherbalife.com or call (864) 507-4333.

Civil rights photo exhibit now at Hampton Library

EASLEY — A photography exhibit by photographer Cecil J Williams documenting the civil rights movement is currently on display at the Capt. Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley.

“Unforgettable: Celebrating a Time of Life, Hope and Bravery” will be on view now through Nov. 30.

Williams is an acclaimed photographer known for documenting many important South Carolina civil rights events. Through a collection of nearly 40 images,

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Site set for Family Promise barn dance and silent auction

EASLEY — Family Promise of Pickens County will present its first Barn, Boots & Brew and Silent Auction on Oct. 11.

Sponsored by Cornell Dubilier, Sealevel Systems, Palmetto Upstate Group and Uncommn, the event will be held at Arabella Farm, located at 125 Buck Ridge Road in Sunset.

The event will include a happy hour, appetizers, chili and baked potato bars with toppings, dessert bar and

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