Monthly Archives: April 2023

Teen arrested in weekend killing

Facing murder charge, 17-year-old caught two days after Saturday shooting

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — A teen has been charged with murder after a deadly shooting in Central on Saturday night.

Wyatt Anthony Scott Pelfrey, 17, is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chuck James.

James said the sheriff’s office was notified of a shooting incident near the intersection of Old Shirley Road and Sheriff Road in Central shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

When deputies arrived, they found a 22-year-old man lying in front of the home with an apparent

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Welcome to the 39th annual Azalea Festival

“When the Azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates!”

For 39 years, Pickens has celebrated spring by throwing an arts and entertainment based and family-friendly celebration — the Pickens Azalea Festival.

Each April, the Azaleas bloom, artisans and crafters come out, and the community joins together to celebrate spring in the city of Pickens.

Special Olympics back after four-year absence

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — After a four-year absence, the Area 13 Special Olympics Spring Games returned in force Friday at the Southern Wesleyan University track complex in Central.

More than 600 athletes representing 25 schools and adult day programs from Oconee and Pickens counties took part. The athletes were assisted by 60 volunteers, 38 of whom were SWU faculty, staff and students.

Dianne Russom, in her 47th year with the Special Olympics, said getting the event

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Ledbetter picked to manage PMPA

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal

GREER — Two weeks after the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency’s general manager turned in his resignation, the agency’s board hired one of its own as his replacement.

On March 30, PMPA general manager Andy Butcher resigned from his post via email, setting his last day as June 27. The executive committee met in a special called meeting on April 10 to discuss the resignation,

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It’s so hard to say sorry

There are several very important words in the English language that have lost much of their power by overuse and by assuming multiple meanings.

Some of them are needed to express the deepest emotions and feelings of the human heart.

One such word is “sorry.”

“That’s the sorriest excuse for a bicycle I’ve ever seen!”

A colorful comment, perhaps, but an unfortunate twist on a word that should be reserved for more serious purposes.

Even used properly, “I’m sorry,” doesn’t seem nearly adequate to convey what one person needs

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Courier Letters to the Editor 4-26-23

Food stamp reform

Dear Editor,

Twelve percent of the U.S. and 12.8 percent of South Carolina uses SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

The No. 1 item bought on SNAP is soda. In fact, 22.6 cents of every dollar is spent on a combination of sweetened beverages, prepared desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar. This acts as a multi-billion-dollar subsidy for candy and soda companies, with Coca-Cola alone making $13 billion per year from SNAP benefits.

Although 40 percent of SNAP must be spent on essentials, such as bread, eggs and milk, the rest can be spent on anything that is EBT

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Why are seniors scammer targets?

In one year alone, seniors lost over $3 billion to scammers, and it’s gotten worse every year. The 60-69 age group was bad enough, but the dollar losses rose even more after age 70, and much more after age 80.

Why are we targeted?

The thieves believe two things about us: We’re all rich and have great credit, having worked our whole lives, and, worst of all, that we won’t tell anyone if we lose money to them. Those two things alone make us constant targets.

All scammers have to do to turn us into victims, according to a study by Stanford and AARP, is raise our emotions. Whether happiness or anger, it doesn’t matter, because either will push us to

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Taking a moment to share my life and appreciation

For those of you who read this column, I hope the insights and considerations are worth your time.

I have political and social speculations like all of you, but I would much rather stay focused on how awesome God is. I’m just a student desiring to understand what I believe, while also trying to listen carefully and be discerning about the convictions of others.

Everyone has their own opinions about everything, and when we become involved in endless

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Courier Obituaries 4-26-23


PENDLETON — Wyatt Kincaid Short, 22, of Pendleton, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Central.

Wyatt was born in Oconee County on Feb. 8, 2001, the son of Luke Short of Six Mile and Bertie Baxter of Mountain Rest. Wyatt graduated high school third in his class from S.C. Youth Academy in 2016. Wyatt was a self-employed auto and motorcycle mechanic. His passion was playing guitars and motorcycles — the louder the better for both.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Ada Short.

Surviving, in addition to his father and mother, are his stepfather, Clark Baxter of Mountain Rest;

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Blue Flame fall to Westside with region title on the line

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

ANDERSON — As Pickens catcher Kaylee Bolding drove the ball down the right field line to bring home Ava Belle Lawton in the top of the ninth inning on Monday night against Westside, it seemed like the Blue Flame were destined to bring home their first region title since 2002.

Add in the insurance RBI double by pitcher Sophie Duzan, who also had not given up a run in the circle since the third inning, and the 6-4

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