Daily Archives: 05/21/2019

Letters to the Editor

The wrong direction for Hagood Mill

Dear Editor,

Concerning the Hagood Mill and the termination of its director, the county council has a responsibility to ensure employees are treated fairly. That means being on the lookout for bogus write-ups aimed to frustrate an employee so they’ll quit, and when that doesn’t work, firing the employee unfairly.

The mill is in Councilman Wes Hendricks’ district. He should be investigating this, learning all the facts and stating if he agrees with the firing. If not, then sticking up for the employee publicly and arguing for his reinstatement.

Second, is there truth to the claims employees have been ordered by the administration not to talk to their elected councilman? Have

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Time is right to enjoy outdoors

Winter has finally let go and summer is taking its first steps. But nearly all of us, no matter what kind of winter we experienced, are eager to get out and about. Here are some ideas for activities to do outdoors:

Community Garden: Do you have a community garden near where you live? These are often managed by local groups such as the senior center or the town. Each person who signs up is given a small plot of dirt to plant flowers and vegetables. Sometimes fertilizers and tools are provided. All you need to do is show up and plant something, keep the weeds under control and reap the harvest at the end. If you have a community garden but don’t think you can manage a whole plot, see if you can split it with a friend. If you end up with

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DAR presents annual awards

EASLEY — The Fort Prince George Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) held its annual Awards Day May 8 at the Capt. Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley.

The chapter presented several students with awards, and American Legion Post 52 of Easley also presented the winners with a booklet on the American flag and a small flag.

Families and teachers were also in attendance to help the students celebrate their successes, and refreshments were served.


Scholarship award winners recognized

The Charles F. Rogers Scholarship committee has announced this year’s selections for the Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award. Pickens High School seniors Savannah Noblitt and Nathaniel Hickey are the 2019 recipients of the Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award. The two will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to put toward their college education. “Congratulations to Savannah and Nathaniel for representing our basketball program and for their perseverance to achieve success on and off the court,” the scholarship committee said in a news release.


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program returns to Pickens County

EASLEY — The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) returns this summer with the goals of supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and supporting South Carolina’s small farmers.

The seasonal USDA grant program allows those 60 and older to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs May through Oct. 15.

Participants receive $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized locations. Checks are distributed on a first-come,

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Governor signs new rules for electric co-ops

COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster signed legislation last week that revises rules that govern electric cooperatives, increasing transparency to co-op members and adding limited government oversight.

Legislators chose not to impose prescriptions on such things as who can be elected to governing boards, how often boards can meet or board compensation, leaving those decisions to cooperative members. Instead, the new law requires co-ops to make more information available to the members, who are both owners and customers of the utilities.

“The new law is an important recognition that good governance starts with an informed membership, not with government directives,” said Doug Reeves, who was chairman of the state association of electric cooperatives when the issues arose. “The best cure for what ails democracy is sunshine. Then, let the owners of these private businesses take it from there.”

Reeves, who called together co-op leaders last year to address the issues, is also an elected member of the board of trustees and its

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Company hires students for new apprenticeship program

LIBERTY — King Asphalt has hired four Pickens County Career & Technology Center students for its newly developed apprenticeship program.

Each student will work through 10 modules over the course a the next several weeks to determine permanent placement within the company.

The building construction students hired are Austin Burkhart and Trevor Collins. Burkhart is a junior at Daniel High School and has completed building construction courses 1-3. Collins is a senior at Daniel High School and has completed carpentry 1 and 2 and building construction 3. Jeff Stephens is their instructor.

The global logistics and supply chain management students hired are Chloe Wilson and Christopher Austin. Both are juniors at

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Courier Obituaries 5-22-19



EASLEY — Dr. Larry Ross Winn, 79, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Columbia, Dr. Winn was the son of the late Walker Wilson and Mattie Marguerite Ross Winn. At age 13, he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated in 1958 from Columbia High School and at age 17, he joined the National Guard, where he served for seven years. He received his B.S. and master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Winn worked for NASA prior to attending MUSC, having graduated in 1974. He did his residency at Greenville General Hospital and was a physician, in Easley, for 41 years, until his sudden death.

As a volunteer for MUSC, Dr. Winn interviewed prospective medical school candidates for more than 30 years. He was past president of the MUSC Alumni Association. Dr. Winn was a gentle soul who loved and cared dearly for his patients. He was a great man of God and member of St. Matthias Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir. His adventuresome spirit led him on many travels, and he enjoyed running, biking, snow skiing, swimming and bird watching.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Wraellen Messex Winn, of the home; a sister, Patricia Winn Langston (Mark) of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law, Brenda Messex of Greenville; brother-in-law, Jerry Messex of Georgia; nieces, Gretchen Buchanan (Jack) and Leslie Collier (Matt) and Wramie Spafford (Harry); several nephews, Jason Gallagher, Derrick Messex (Jennifer), and Travis Messex (Teresa); numerous great-nephews and great-nieces; and a special pet Havenese, Annabelle.

Memorial services will be announced by Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 123 W. Antrium Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 or St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown Easley, which is assisting the family.


LIBERTY — Gary W. Gray, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019, at his home in Liberty.

He was born on July 29, 1933, in Six Mile, to the late Mary Jane Riggins Gray and Gary Stewart. He was the widower of Judith Nix Gray and Peggy Madden Gray.

Gary was a brick and rock mason and invented and patented the Brick Buggy. He loved working on cars and tractors and was always fixing or creating something. He had a huge heart for animals and enjoyed tending to his catfish ponds. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his three daughters, Sharon King (Tommy), June Coleman (Sam) and Tammy Coleman (Richard); five brothers, Jake Gray, Ray Gray, Wallace Gray, David Gray and Leroy Gray; four grandchildren, Josh Coleman (Kelley), Eli Coleman (Samantha), Lisa Swords (Chris) and Michael Madden (Beverly); and four great-grandchildren, Jonah Coleman, Finn Coleman, Connor Swords and London Lane.

Gary was also predeceased by one brother, Thomas Gray; one sister, Mildred Brewer; and one nephew, Michael Shane Fuller.

Funeral services were held on May 16 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Reverend Tony Stancil officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank Gary’s caregivers, Candice Teague and Renee Bennet, for their love, support and gentle care. Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice, 15 Brendan Way, Ste. 100, Greenville, SC 29615, or to Pickens County Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Rd., Liberty, SC 29657.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting


EASLEY — Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Rackley Mauldin, 88, wife of the late Osbone J. Mauldin, went to be with her Lord and Savior on

TCBWP seeks scholarship

EASLEY — The Tri-County Business and Professional Women’s Club awards educational scholarships annually to female students, with preference given to students with a financial need who are seeking education necessary for entry, re-entry or advancement within the workforce.

They must live in Anderson, Oconee or Pickens counties.

The club is now accepting scholarship applications for 2019-2020. The deadline to apply is June 7. Contact TCBPW president Jean

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Memorial Day missing man table planned at Chick-fil-As

UPSTATE — The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Keowee Chapter, Oconee County Veterans Affairs, the Pershing Rifles Unit of Clemson University and other local organizations will be setting up the missing man table display for Memorial Day Monday, May 27, at Chick-fil-A restaurants in Clemson and Seneca.

The ceremony and display honors the 2.5 million service members who died while serving our country and shows support and respect for those loves ones that they left behind.

The public is invited to attend the ceremonial setting of the table at the store’s opening at each location at 6 a.m., volunteer to sit beside the taAle during the day

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