Daily Archives: 11/08/2022

Roper hopes shredding program will be model for state

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Pickens County is launching a glass recycling program, thanks to some funding from Duke Energy.

County administrator Ken Roper discussed the program during county council’s Nov. 7 meeting.

“Duke Energy provides certain grant money every year to Pickens County, as part of our

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Man hit, killed by car in Easley

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Authorities said a Marietta man died Friday after being struck by a vehicle.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said 66-year-old Douglas Casey of Hancox Way was walking in the roadway at 4044 Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley at 11:20 p.m. Friday when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma, she said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

School board OKs $12.5M package for improvements

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — The Pickens County School Board approved one portion of a sweeping $69 million capital improvement plan at its most recent meeting last month.

The five-year plan includes upgrades for district technology, facilities and student activities.

Though the entire plan was presented, the board only debated approval of projects slated for the 2023-24 fiscal year, which total $12.5 million.

School district chief financial officer Matt Owens shared the long-range plan so everyone could keep “the timeline of needs” in mind, but also reminded board members what they were investing in.

“While the plan is in terms of things — some of which we don’t notice day to day until they are not working — the things in this plan represent an investment in our students, our staff and our community,” he said. “While the plan being presented represents a large investment, let’s not forget who and what these numbers represent.”


The plan

Each phase of the plan is broken into three sections — technology, student activities and facilities.

Student activities will receive the least attention for the 2023-24 year, with just more than $650,000 being spread across school furniture, updates for the activity bus fleet, school radios and athletic funding. A portion of those funds are devoted to STEM learning opportunities, Owens said.

Technology came next, with an emphasis on continued investment in the district’s physical technology network, like servers, as well as security systems like badge access systems and security cameras. More than $2.5 million will be dedicated to student and teacher devices and classroom presentation systems.

Two-thirds of the funds for 2023-24 are allotted for facilities improvements. Along with operations equipment and alarm system replacements, some of those funds will go toward playground and walking track maintenance.

The biggest chunk will pay for door and window replacements, floor coverings, updating classroom cabinets and counters and plumbing work.

Work is being scheduled for West End, East End and Six Mile elementary schools, Owens said, but not all locations will have all types of work done.


The funding

The 2023-24 projects will be funded completely with capital project bonds without tapping into the general fund, Owens said.

He plans to issue $12.5 million in bonds in May 2023, so funds are available by July 1, and said the bonds won’t require an increase in the debt service millage rate.

Trustee Amy Williams said a lot of people reached out to her about funding and asked Owens to clarify the difference between the operating budget and capital projects budget.

He said the general fund is funded by operating millage, and the capital improvement plan is funded by debt service millage.

“The two big differences there is, on the operating side, the 4 percent property — which is your personal residence — is not taxed for the operating side,” Owens explained. “On the debt service side, all property in the district is subject to that 54-mill levy.”

Williams said in other states there is no distinction, and districts must take money from their operations budget to fund projects.

“Before we had the CIP, that’s what the board was faced with,” Owens said. “There’s been tremendous improvement in the district’s financial position in the last eight years.”

The board unanimously approved the first stage of the plan for $12.5 million.

Dacusville Middle School delivering excellence

Last week I said I was going to hang up my old education reporter hat for a while, after straining my brain on the national test scores that had just been released.

But I couldn’t do it.

Once the bug bit me, I couldn’t let it go without making sense of something else I noticed that seemed to stand out.

See if you can figure out what was gnawing at me, from this multiple choice question:

Out of these four schools, pick the one that is different: Clemson Elementary School, R.C.

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Lions pull away from Southside after slow start

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — After finishing the regular season strong, the top-ranked Daniel High School football team was expected to keep its momentum going in its first-round playoff matchup with Southside.

However, with two touchdowns called back due to penalties and some other uneven play, Daniel entered the second quarter on Friday night in a scoreless tie with Southside at Singleton Field.

From that point on, though, the Lions flipped the game on its head as they throttled Southside in a 49-14

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Easley season comes to an end at North Augusta

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

NORTH AUGUSTA — Easley High School football coach Jordan Durrah knew that his team would have to be successful on third downs if the Green Wave were to advance in the Class 4A playoffs against North Augusta on Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets converted on 10 of 15 third-down plays and twice more on fourth down en route to a 26-14 win to end Easley’s season in the first round.

North Augusta will host Catawba Ridge in the second

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Red Devils fall to Saluda in first round of playoffs

By Matthew Kannarney
Special to the Courier

SALUDA — It was an emotional scene after the Liberty High School football team’s season came to an end Friday night at Saluda.

The Red Devils had just lost 43-7 to the Tigers in a first-round playoff game, and the reality that the season had just finished had begun to set in, especially for Liberty’s six seniors.

Not many know how it feels to walk off the field after the final game of their life. It is a moment of many emotions. Not only is it a heartbreaking experience, it is also a time of grateful reflection — not just on the years of work put in to the game they love, but also on the time spent with their brothers on the field.

“We’ve made progress as a program and tonight we saw what it was like,” Liberty head coach Paul Sutherland said after the game. “Our kids have never

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Tigers bullied by Notre Dame in first loss

By Will Vandervort
Courtesy the Journal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Clemson defensive end K.J. Henry was pretty direct when he spoke to the media following the Tigers’ 35-14 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday night.

“We earned what we got tonight,” the senior said.

The Tigers (8-1) suffered their first loss of the year, and they earned it by playing bad in all three phases of the game. The offense turned the ball over two times, which led to 14 points. The special teams gave up a blocked punt, which directly led to seven points, while the defense gave up 263 rushing

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Courier Obituaries 11-9-22


SPARTANBURG — Kathy Yvonne Dinkins, 59, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Kathy was born on May 7, 1963, in Fairfield County, to John and Jackie Dinkins.

Kathy was a dedicated ER nurse for 25 years. She continued her education through Chamberlain University and in 2015 obtained a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

She was a Christian woman with a gypsy soul. A descendant of civil rights leader Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe, she was very proud and in tune with her Native American roots. Known for her restless energy, Kathy found many passions in life, including her family, raising horses, horseback riding, fitness, competing in triathlons, motorcycles, belly dancing, bicycling, the outdoors, art, singing and especially music. She loved all genres of music (much to the discomfort of others). During the last few years of her life, she remained faithful to her commitment as primary caretaker of her handicapped brother, John.

Always open minded toward new experiences and connections, she was a stranger to nobody and made memorable friendships with people of all walks of life, everywhere she went. Never a dull moment and always on the go.

Even in her “downtime,” she could be found at home rearranging furniture, sipping coffee, burning “sage” and blasting Pearl Jam.

Kathy is survived by her children, Kendra, Brian and Ashley; her 11 grandchildren; and her brother, John Dinkins.

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