Monthly Archives: May 2020

Easley man charged with murder

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — An Easley man is charged with murder after a woman was stabbed to death Sunday.

Gary Rowland Knight, 66, is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison said in a release Sunday.

Tollison said Easley police officers responded to a report of an assault at 106 Crescent St. early Sunday afternoon.

Upon arrival, officers found a woman with an apparent stab wound, he said.

Tollison said the woman did not survive the injury and was pronounced dead at the scene by Pickens County deputy coroner

Paying Tribute

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on most public gatherings across the state and nation, the virus has not quelled the spirit of American patriotism. In lieu of their usual service at Sunrise Cemetery in Pickens, members of American Legion Post 11 placed American flags around the grounds of the Pickens County Courthouse in honor of Memorial Day, which was observed across the country on Monday. To read about the Daughters of the American Revolution presenting a former county councilman with its annual Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award, below

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Graduations set to be held Friday

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County has announced some slight changes to this week’s graduations, which have already been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an email sent to parents last week, district officials decided that in light of Gov. Henry McMaster’s loosening of restrictions on public gatherings and attractions across South Carolina, the limit of attendees per graduate was raised from two to four for the ceremonies, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday at each high school’s football stadium.

Each graduate will receive two tickets

Virus continues to impact local summer events

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

COUNTY — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced area officials to delay, limit or cancel some events planned for this summer.

In a letter sent to town residents, Six Mile’s Independence Day Committee announced changes to this year’s 4th of July Celebration.

“Unfortunately, since our state and country are not yet fully opened due to COVID-19, we are going to have to limit this year’s event to a fireworks-only event,” the letter said. “This means we will not

30-plus new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county

COLUMBIA — Pickens County’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by more than 30 over the past week, according to the latest figures released Monday by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC reported Monday afternoon that the county was up to 124 cases of the virus, a jump of 31 from 93 the previous Monday. Tuesday’s figures were unavailable at press time.

Statewide, 10,178 people had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, and 440 people had died of related causes.

Pickens County’s rate of infection of 97.73 positive tests per 100,000 residents is eighth-lowest of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Neighboring Oconee County, which has had

New elections director ready for challenge ahead

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — New Pickens County voter registration and elections executive director Travis Alexander understands the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having statewide on the June 9 primary.

There will be an influx of absentee ballots as more voters are reluctant to participate in person due to the pandemic. Another challenge is finding poll workers and managers, since many longtime volunteers decided not to take part this election cycle for fear of exposure to COVID-19. Health and

Rep. Clary joins GOP effort to beat Trump

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Outgoing Republican state Rep. Gary Clary has been named to a committee of fellow Republicans looking to defeat President Donalda Trump this year.

“When you have someone who is just a demagogue who wants to attack — whether it’s women, the press, minorities, the disabled — it’s just not something I believe that a president should be doing,” Clary said Thursday of his decision to serve as legislative outreach chairman for National Republicans.

Clary said he didn’t support Trump’s initial presidential bid in 2016, backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead. But when Trump received the Republican nomination and was eventually elected president, Clary said he tried to be supportive.

“Just like every other president I voted for or against, I have always

DAR names Bob Nash annual outstanding veteran volunteer

By Lynda Abegg
Special to The Courier

CENTRAL — Lover of bugs and biology, soldier, teacher, county councilman and builder of monuments.

What one man in South Carolina has all these characteristics in common? Robert Nash, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biology at Southern Wesleyan University, better known as Bob.

Nash was awarded the Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The award is presented to a veteran in recognition of outstanding achievement in personal, professional and family life and for significant contributions of leadership and patriotism,

Nonprofit collects cards for elderly

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped a local nonprofit from assisting the elderly.

Tammy Ferguson is co-chair of Warmth and Comfort for the Elderly – Upstate, SC.

Ferguson said the nonprofit combined its collections for March, April and May due to the pandemic.

The group collected large-print Bibles, coloring books, colored pencils, Kleenex, bed bags, masks, lotions, canned drinks and sketch pads during those months, she said.

“Activities directors asked for things they could use during bingo, and large-print Bibles were requested as something they needed during devotions,” Ferguson said. “We collected 60 Bibles, 36 masks, 40 sets of colored pencils, 96 packages of

Courier Obituaries 5-27-20


PICKENS — Annette Finley Porter, 75, of 120 Terrapin Crossing Road, Pickens, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at St. Francis Regency Hospital.

A native of Pickens, Ms. Porter was the daughter of the late Wallace and Geneva (Chapman) Finley. She was a graduate of Daniel High School and Draughon’s Business College, and a retiree of Perry Ellis, formerly Jantzen, after 37 years of service. She was a faithful member of Mountain View Baptist Church and the Open Door Sunday School Class.

Ms. Porter is survived by daughters, Carol Sloan and husband Tony of Piedmont, and Elizabeth Brownell and husband Alan of Troutman, N.C.; grandchildren, Tori Brownell Happ and husband Justin of Dayton, Ohio, Codie Sloan of Piedmont and Alexa Brownell and Aaron Brownell of Troutman; and sister, Elaine Adams and husband Joe of Pickens.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Porter was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Lewis and Carrie Chapman of Salem,