Daily Archives: 01/19/2022

County working to temporarily limit Highway 11 development

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Pickens County Council is seeking to put a 180-day moratorium on development along S.C. Highway 11.

Councilman Alex Saitta asked that discussion of a 120-day moratorium on development along Highway 11 be added to the agenda for council’s Jan. 3 meeting. Councilman Trey Whitehurst seconded his motion.

“The administration recommended this a few months ago,” Saitta said.

Last year, council voted to partner with the Appalachian Council of Governments for a corridor

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A winter wonderland is snow much fun!!!!

Community bands together in wake of Kentucky storms

By Rocky Nimmons

PICKENS — Following the devastating destruction of a recent outbreak of tornadoes in the state of Kentucky that left thousands with the terrible task of picking up the pieces, an area business owner and hundreds of community members stepped up to lend a helping hand.

Market at the Mill owner David Hosea, along with the staff at the market — located in the Hosea Industrial Park, the former site of the Singer/Ryobi plant in Pickens — took on the task of helping those in need.

Hosea, who owns multiple businesses in addition to the Market at the Mill, is based in Kentucky. Hosea said he was scheduled to be in Pickens for the annual employee Christmas party, but he told Hosea Industrial Park facility manager Barry Crawford he

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Staff in schools ‘exhausted’ as COVID surges

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County reported 402 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, with more than 1,500 students and staff in quarantine.

Though classes remain in person, district spokesman Darian Byrd said the district is “trying to fight through and praying for lots of snow.”

“I’ll be honest — if there was no threat of inclement weather next week, I think (virtual learning) would be a real discussion,”

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Six Mile presents awards

The town of Six Mile presented its Fireman of the Year and Good Citizen of the Year awards for 2021 at last week’s town council meeting. Above, Six Mile Fire Department Capt. Rodney Ellenburg received the Fireman of the Year award from Mayor Roy Stoddard and Fire Chief Michael Barrett. Barrett said Ellenburg has been with the fire department for 30 years and is a member of Pickens County’s Special Operations Team that does technical rescues, among other duties. “He is our most active member as far as the amount of calls he runs and meeting or events he attends,” Barrett said. “Basically, always there for everything.” Below, Eddie Freeman accepts the Good Citizen of the Year award alongside his wife, Jean, from Mayor Roy Stoddard. Freeman is the executor of the Bryson estate and donated 65 acres of land adjoining Main Street and Six Mile Elementary to Six Mile for a future children’s nature walk. “Having gone to Six Mile Elementary in the third and fourth grades when my dad was pastor of King’s Grove Baptist Church, graduating from nearby Seneca High and then Clemson, it was quite an honor to be recognized by the city, and I am truly appreciative,” he said.

Six Mile incumbents sworn in again

By Lauren Pierce
Courtesy The Journal

SIX MILE — Six Mile Town Council — again — welcomed two incumbent councilmen to another four-year term on council at last week’s council meeting.

Councilmen Jadd Smith and James Atkinson won a second and third term, respectively, in the Nov. 2 election.

Smith said his reelection was “an honor.”

“I am humbled to be able to serve the citizens of Six Mile for another four years,” he said.

His priorities for the new term involve “being the voice for the citizens” while “strengthening

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Quilting group planning yard sale

PICKENS — The UpCountry Quilt Guild will have a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

The group meets at Pickens Presbyterian Church, located at 311 W. Main St. in Pickens.

This month’s meeting will be a quilters yard sale, and any interested quilters are invited to join the meeting.

Local group collecting Valentines for seniors

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A local nonprofit is asking for help to bring some winter cheer to area seniors.

Members of Warmth and Comfort for the Elderly Upstate SC use their crochet skills to provide warm items for nursing home patients, hospice groups, home health patients and elderly people who live at home and can’t afford them.

They also hold regular donation drives.

The group needs some extra time for February’s drive, so it’s getting an early start, CEO Tammy Ferguson said.

“We will be collecting Valentine cards and hearts for our elderly in health care facilities and our shut-ins,” she said. “These cards and hearts may be homemade or purchased.”

Items can be dropped at the Pickens YMCA, in Easley at Under the Carolina Moon, Taco Taco and Earth Works Unlimited and at Front Porch Fixins in Powdersville.

The cards and hearts are needed by Feb. 10, Ferguson said.

For more information about the group, email or call (864) 668-1021.

Learn more about the group at its Facebook page.


Report: Number of human trafficking victims rose in South Carolina in 2021

STATE — Two of Pickens County’s neighboring counties — Greenville and Anderson — were among South Carolina’s top counties for reported human trafficking incidents last year.

“Human trafficking continues to plague communities across South Carolina,” S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said Jan. 11 during a news conference to discuss the release of the South Carolina Human

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Harbor Freight Tools to open store in Easley Jan. 29

EASLEY — Harbor Freight Tools, which bills itself as America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, will officially open its new store in Easley on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 a.m.

The Easley store, located at 816 Saco Lowell Road, is the 25th Harbor Freight Tools store in South Carolina. The new store will bring approximately 25-30 new jobs to the community. The store will be

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