Daily Archives: 04/13/2021

Easley lifts mask mandate

EASLEY — Easley officials recommend — but no longer require — that residents wear masks to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

At its meeting Monday night, Easley City Council unanimously approved a resolution terminating the city’s face covering mandate ordinance.
The city adopted the face mask requirement in December, city administrator Stephen Steese said.
The city never added any penalties to the ordinance.

The ordinance could have been terminated in two ways, one of which was if

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Major Impact

Liberty residents and business owners were shocked last Wednesday when a Norfolk Southern freight train plowed through a mobile home. The mobile home had gotten stuck on the tracks on U.S. Highway 178 in the middle of town. The accident happened around 1 p.m. No one was hurt in the accident, but the mobile home was completely destroyed after being cut in two by the train. Parts of the home were scattered from the impact site all the way to the overpass bridge near Calumet Baptist Church. Liberty police and firefighters called in workers to clean up the mess. Pictured here from the south side of the tracks, a knuckleboom loader picks up parts of the mobile home in efforts to reopen the highway as the train sits at a dead stop in the background. The cleanup continued throughout the afternoon and evening, with the train finally able to pull away from Liberty around 4 p.m. Rocky Nimmons/Courier

Southern Wesleyan names Crothers interim president

CENTRAL — South Wesleyan University’s board of trustees announced this week that the school has hired Dr. William C. Crothers to fill the role of interim president beginning on July 1.

Current SWU president Todd Voss has announced he will retire on June 30.

“It is a great honor and special privilege to step into the Southern Wesleyan University community for a year as interim president,” Crothers said. “I also feel fortunate to be able to serve as interim president-elect part-time, working with and learning from president Todd Voss before he retires. … Dr. Voss has provided outstanding leadership during perhaps the most challenging period in the history of higher education. Southern Wesleyan University is blessed with an excellent and highly dedicated faculty, staff and administration committed to preparing

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Hospital plans event to honor COVID victims

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A ceremony will be held this weekend, weather permitting, to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in Pickens County.

As of Saturday, that number was around 280, according to Wanda Waldrop, a scheduler at AnMed Health Cannon Hospital.
The remembrance celebration is set to be held from 3-4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of AnMed Health Cannon Hospital. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday, April 24.

“We’re going to put some balloons out on the fitness trail, put up a banner, have a

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COLUMBIA — With another week of lower death numbers reported, Pickens County is pushing toward the light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported the confirmed COVID-19 death of one elderly Pickens County resident and the probable death of another in the seven-day period ending on Monday, when the latest DHEC numbers available at press time had been released.

As of Monday, the county had had 16,444 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,559 probable cases,

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Six Mile set to take down Dillard House

SIX MILE — A house on North Main Street in Six Mile the town had hoped to improve will instead be demolished after hazardous materials were found in the building.

Town clerk Rita Martin said asbestos and lead-based paint on the window trim were found in the town-owned property.
Known as the Dillard House, it was built in the early 20th century, according to Martin.

“We have an ordinance in town about dilapidated

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Liberty Primary named national Model School

LIBERTY — The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to encourage, inspire and support today’s educators, has named Liberty Primary a 2021 Model School for its relentless focus on student outcomes in an unprecedented year.

Liberty Primary recognized opportunities for growth, collectively established a vision and systematically worked together to take action.

Liberty Primary is one of 16 Model Schools from across the United States that will share its best practices at ICLE’s 29th annual Model

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Green Wave pitching staff dominating

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Sitting at 14-1 with more than half the season done, the 2021 baseball season has been a breeze thus far for the ninth-ranked Easley Green Wave.

Led by a dominant collection of bats that have scored less than seven runs just twice on the season, the Green Wave are a force to be reckoned with, and if you somehow manage to slow down their offense, good luck getting a hit on their pitching staff.

On Monday night, the Easley pitching staff picked up its third no-hitter of the year, as senior ace Josh Woody mowed down Walhalla batters

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Local volleyball team wins tourney

ATLANTA — During a grueling three-day event, Carolina One 16 Elite Pickens went 10-0 to win the 2021 Mizuno Big South National Qualifier Tournament on April 2-4 at the Georgia World Conference Center in downtown Atlanta.

The event is the largest girls’ junior indoor volleyball tournament held over a single weekend

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SCDOT’s Creech to speak at next COTU meeting April 15

PICKENS — Pickens grassroots group Conservatives of the Upstate will host a guest speaker from SCDOT at 7 p.m. this Thursday, April 15, at Cafe Connections, located at 319 E. Main St. in Pickens.

The public is welcome to attend. The guest speaker will be assistant director of public relations for the South Carolina Department of Transpiration Ted Creech. He will offer a chance to speak about roads in Pickens County.

For more information, call COTU leadership team member Johnnelle Raines at (704) 850-0648.