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Daily Archives: 06/07/2022

SDPC teacher charged with exposure

TRAVELERS REST — A School District of Pickens County teacher was arrested over the weekend at a Walmart in Travelers Rest after an incident report alleged he exposed himself to two women.

John Joseph Gulius, 46, of Greenville, faces two counts of obscene exposure of private parts in a lewd and

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Wet and wild

Primary set for Tuesday

PICKENS — With less than a week remaining until Tuesday’s statewide party primary elections, Pickens County voters still have time to make their mind up on races in the area.

With incumbent Pickens County Councilmen Trey Whitehurst not running for reelection, current Pickens County School Board member Phillip Bowers and local businessman Chris Lollis are facing off

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Mail carrier killed in Friday collision

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Authorities said a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier died Friday after his truck collided with a dump truck on S.C. Highway 11.

Pickens County deputy coroner Heather Harrison identified the victim as Mark Douglas Hunt Jr., 41, of Beattie

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Behavioral Health helps clients find ‘a fresh start’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — It may be hard to believe that an agency that’s nearly 50 years old and is housed in three different buildings on Main Street in Pickens is unknown to people in the area.

But many people in Pickens County don’t know where Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County is or what it does for its clients and the community.

BHSPC’s staff and their work were celebrated at a Community Connections for Recovery benefit

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SC counties, utilities taking more active role in conservation projects

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

 

Last month,  the Greenville-based Naturaland Trust announced the protection of River Falls, a 170-acre tract located along the Middle Saluda River that ultimately will fold into and expand the footprint of Jones Gap State Park.

The property itself is quite impressive, with vistas of both the river and the mountainscape, diverse wildlife habitat and opportunities for trout fishing and other outdoor pursuits. Perhaps even more importantly, it will provide a new access point and much-needed additional parking for the larger park, which currently accommodates roughly 30 vehicles and often reaches capacity within moments of opening.

What makes this project exceptional — beyond the positive land protection and public access outcomes — is that

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Highway 11 standards headed to committee

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Pickens County Council will further discuss an ordinance establishing development standards along S.C. Highway 11 after residents, attorneys and council members questioned some of the details in the ordinance, as well as in a report from the Appalachian Council of Governments.

Council members discussed the issue before a proposed second reading of the ordinance during their meeting on

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SDPC budget squeaks through on final vote

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal
akelley@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — The School District of Pickens County’s fiscal year 2023 budget squeaked by on final reading at the school board’s Friday meeting.

The nearly $149 million budget was approved by a 4-3 vote, with chairwoman Betty Bagley and board members Phillip Bowers and Amy Williams voting in opposition.

Bowers said he was concerned the district was “growing spending too fast.”

“We’re doing a lot of good stuff. But I look back at ’19 … I think we

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Easley OKs fix for collecting grass clippings

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Easley officials have approved a fix that will allow the city to pick up grass clippings once again.

Citing expensive damage to the city’s vacuum trucks caused by grass clippings, Easley City Council passed a resolution

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Nonprofit collecting hats for elderly men

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — A local nonprofit that collects items for area seniors has announced its June donation drive.

Members of Warmth and Comfort for the Elderly in 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.

“During the month of June, we will be collecting hats for the gentlemen in health facilities and shut-ins,” said Tammy Ferguson, the group’s CEO. “These may

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