Daily Archives: 05/17/2022

DHEC approves change for controversial landfill

LIBERTY — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has approved a major change to the permit for a landfill project near Liberty that has been the subject of a six-year legal dispute.

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Local legislators and manufacturers have expressed their opposition to a project that could bring a coal ash dump to Pickens County.

The change will allow the disposal of 175,339 tons of waste material per year at the site at S.C. Highway 93 and Cartee Road — more than twice the amount originally approved 14 years ago.

The additional tonnage will allow the landfill to accept waste from Greenville, Anderson and Oconee counties

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Hiott chosen as new SC House majority leader

PICKENS — Rep. Davey Hiott  of Pickens was elected by acclamation as the new majority leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives last week.

Hiott replaces 30-year veteran Rep. Gary Simrill (R-Rock Hill), who decided not to seek reelection this year. Hiott has served 18 years in the House, including the last seven as chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. He officially took over as majority leader at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

“I have had the honor of serving District 4 for the past 18 years. Today, I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to lead the majority caucus of the South Carolina House of Representatives,” Hiott said, “I am looking forward to serving District 4, our great state and our Republican majority in this esteemed position to move South Carolina and our Republican agenda forward. I will lead as I always have — with strong conservative principles and values.”

Hiott acknowledged the success and tenure of Simrill, who he said “has always exemplified the meaning of being a conservative and a consensus builder.”

“I hope that I am able to live up to his legacy,” Hiott said.

The majority leader’s role is to lead the legislative and policy agenda of the majority caucus.

Republicans currently hold a 79-43 majority in the S.C. House.

Daniel Boys Soccer Team win first state championship since 2003

Man arrested after collision with SDPC bus

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — A man faces charges following a collision between a school bus and a pickup truck in Easley on Thursday afternoon.

Easley Police Department public information officer Sgt. Ashley Anderson said Drake Lesley is charged with driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana. He was being held at the Pickens County Detention Center at press time Tuesday.

Lesley was driving a pickup on U.S. Highway 123 at 4:45 p.m. Thursday when he attempted to make the exit onto South Pendleton Street, cutting off the school bus, she said.

The truck clipped the front of the bus, causing the small pickup to overturn, Anderson said.

The school bus was carrying the driver, an aide and one student, according to School District of Pickens County spokesman Darian Byrd.

“They were getting ready to go to their last stop of the day,” he said.

No one on the bus was injured, Byrd said.

“They did get checked out as a precaution, but they were fine,” he said.

Lesley was not injured in the collision, Anderson said.

“He was very lucky he didn’t get hurt,” Byrd said.

The collision occurred near Silver Bay restaurant in the outbound lanes of Highway 123, he said.

“The bus was in the right lane right there at the exit,” Byrd said. “The truck wanted to make that exit and pulled right over in front of the bus. The truck was going very slow. It was almost like one of those police maneuvers. The bus hit it in just the right spot to cause it to overturn.

“We are very thankful for the way this driver and the aide handled this situation, staying very calm throughout the entire incident,” he continued.

The bus sustained little damage in the collision “other than popping the hood up and a few dents on the hood,” he said.

This week, the school district is celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Week, Byrd said.

“We continue to be very appreciative of the hard work that our entire bus fleet does every day to safely transport students to and from school,” he said.

Six Mile Issaqueena Festival is this Saturday!!!

Groundbreaking held for new Easley YMCA

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — More than 60 years ago, Smyth McKissick was holding his father’s hand as his father was presented the very first membership for the Easley branch of the Pickens County YMCA.

On Thursday afternoon, McKissick took part in the official groundbreaking for the Easley YMCA at the McKissick Campus, named in honor

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Upstate Food Co-op set to hold grand reopening in Six Mile

SIX MILE — The Upstate Food Co-op is set to host a grand reopening event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday to celebrate its move to 137 S. Main St. in Six Mile.

The Upstate Food Co-op is a member-owned volunteer organization that has been in business for 44 years. Saturday’s even will offer an opportunity to take a tour of the co-op, see the co-op’s products, register for prizes and enjoy seasonal samples. The event is open to all. No membership is required.

The Upstate Food Co-op is the only food co-op in Upstate South Carolina. The co-op originated from a practical need in the mid-1970s, when several families

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Varisian wins chair

The winner of American Legion Post 11’s Azalea Festival Adirondack glider chair fundraiser raffle was Jon Varisian of Marietta. Post 11 would like to thank all the people who stopped by the booth and took a chance to win the chair. All the funds raised will go to support the many activities of Post 11. This year, the post sent five boys to Boys State and six girls to Girls State. The post also sent one young man to Law Cadet Academy. Post 11 is a key supporter of the Pickens High School JROTC program.

Festival planned at mill Saturday

PICKENS — Hagood Mill Historic Site will host the Mountain Roots Herb Festival and Get Out and Play Day this weekend.

Set for Saturday, the event is a great time to take in all that the mill site has to offer in terms of recreation and nature, according to a news release.

The site will be active all day. Workshops including guided bird walks, nature photography, growing microgreens and fly-fishing demonstrations will be occurring throughout the day. There will also be musical entertainment on the historic stage. Helen Campbell, Big Eyes Parker and Rachel Van Slyke will be providing a musical backdrop for the day.

Other activities at the site will include operation of the water-powered 1845 gristmill, living history

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Understand the past to help the future

I’ll never forget my first visit to Mathis’ Bar & Grill in downtown Macon, Ga.

It was 1974, the heyday of the Allman Brothers Band, and I had moved down there to get in on the music scene.

I had heard Mathis was a jazz-blues virtuoso on the Hammond B-3 organ and had a great band. So one night I slipped down there to check them out.

The music was incredible, as I expected. But that wasn’t why that particular night stands out in my memory.

It was because I was the only white person in a dark, smoky, packed room of about 200.

It was my first time ever being in that situation. And if you’re white and you’ve never been in that situation,

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