Daily Archives: 11/15/2022

Official: Commerce park generates $1M annually

Plans for future site also taking shape

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Economic development was among the topics Pickens County Council members discussed at a recent Pickens United meeting.

Years ago, infighting between local officials caused Pickens County to have the reputation of being “closed for business.”

“We were closed for business,” county council chairman Chris Bowers said. “Then we were open for business, so much so that we have to

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Historic cabin rededicated at Hagood Mill

By Louise Hope and Jay Pence
For The Courier

PICKENS — Less than a year after being saved from complete destruction during a fire, the Murphree-Hollingsworth Cabin at Hagood Mill Historic Site was rededicated on Saturday.

The cabin caught fire on Nov. 21, 2021, but was saved by firefighters and restoration efforts have been ongoing since that day.

Charred logs inside the cabin were pressure washed with dry ice. The ceiling was removed, and a half loft has been built. The back porch and

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Native American Celebration this Saturday at Hagood Mill ** Online Exclusive**

PICKENS — In observance of Native American Heritage Month, Hagood Mill Historic Site will be hosting their annual Native American Celebration on Saturday, November 19th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This very popular annual event celebrates Native American history and traditions. A number of tribal groups from the Southeastern region of U.S. will be represented.

Visitors and guest performers will participate in the festivities of the day which will include: traditional drumming, singing, dancing, Native American flute playing, storytelling, Cherokee hymns in the Cherokee language, and traditional crafts. Demonstrations will be going on all day throughout the Mill Site including traditional Cherokee blow-gun demonstrations, traditional

Smith steps down as PHS football coach

PICKENS — Just two weeks removed from the end of its season, the Pickens High School Blue Flame football program is in search of a new head coach after Chad Smith stepped down from the position on Friday.

A PHS graduate and former Blue Flame football standout, Smith guided the program for six seasons, with a 17-41 record and two playoff berths. The Blue Flame finished 4-6 this fall.

“Pickens High School would like to thank Coach Smith for his leadership over the football program for the past six years,” Pickens principal Jeff Duncan said in a statement released by

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Daniel’s Williams wins state XC title

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — The amount of effort that Ashby Williams pours into honing her craft gives her ample reason to go into races with confidence.

But add in a touch of fear, and she’s particularly hard to hang with — something her opposition on Saturday morning in Columbia learned the hard way.

The Daniel High School sophomore was at her very best at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, as she captured the individual Class 3A

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Six Mile woman killed in wreck

SENECA — A Six Mile woman died and a man was airlifted to the hospital after a head-on crash early Saturday morning near Seneca.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the woman as 52-year-old Tina Kokay.

The accident happened around 6:15 a.m. on S.C. Highway 130 — also known as Rochester Highway — at Waterford Farms Lane, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. David Jones. Jones said Kokay was driving east on Highway 130 in a Chevrolet Volt. A 2000 Ford Expedition driven by Brett Millwood was traveling west on the highway, crossed the centerline and hit the car head on, according to Jones. Jones and Addis said Kokay died at the scene.

Millwood was airlifted by helicopter to a North Carolina hospital, according to Jones. He didn’t say if there were other passengers in the two vehicles.

A Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.

County athletes sign with colleges

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — With the fall athletic season nearing its end, the first signing period of the year is here for high school athletes, and students from Pickens and Liberty have already taken advantage by signing to compete at the next level.

Pickens High School hosted the first signing event last week, with Macie Gentry and Cooper O’Sullivan signing to continue their athletic careers next fall.

Gentry, a multi-year starter and 2021 Class 4A state champion on the Pickens volleyball team, will continue her volleyball career at North

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Goodbye to one of country music’s greats

Back in 1980, when my wife Kathy and I were dating, she told me a story about the adventures she had at Myrtle Beach when she was 18, hanging out with some guys who played in a band at a club called the Bowery.

It was the summer of ‘73. The band was called Wild Country.

She showed me a picture of them and told me how great they were.

“They’re going to be famous someday,” she said. “They made a record.”

“Yeah, right,” I thought to myself, having made a record with my own band in 1973 and not yet

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