Daily Archives: 06/06/2023

Company plans $5.3M Easley investment, 25 new positions

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Sulzer Pump Solutions Inc. announced last week that it will be investing more than $5 million to expand its Pickens County operations.

According to a release from the S.C. Department of Commerce, Sulzer Pump Solutions will be expanding to support new product lines.

“The Easley team is excited to add another product to its offerings,” Sulzer Pump

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Wreck claims Easley woman

EASLEY — An elderly woman died Thursday afternoon following a two-car collision.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Margaret Omega Kelley, 82, of Cedar Rock Church Road in Easley.

The collision occurred at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on S.C. Highway 8 near Rice Road, 1.5 miles east of Easley, according to South Carolina

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Feds: Upstate restaurant chain denied workers overtime pay

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

STATE — The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than half a million dollars in back wages and damages for more than 200 employees following an investigation into an Upstate restaurant chain with a location in Pickens County.

The Easley location of Tipsy Taco was among the six locations investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour investigators, according to a news brief issued by the agency.

The investigators found that Tipsy Holding II LLC, operating as Tipsy Taco, failed to pay the half-time premium to cooks, servers and bar employees for hours over 40 in a workweek, an overtime violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the brief said.

“As food service industry employers struggle to find people to fill the jobs needed to remain competitive, they should remember that keeping and finding workers is harder for employers who don’t respect workers’ rights and shortchange them of their full wages,” Columbia-based Wage and Hour district director Jamie Benefiel said. “Overtime violations are common in the restaurant industry, but they shouldn’t be. There are more than enough resources available to employers to help them understand their obligations to employees under the law.”

The employer also failed to keep accurate records for workers, the brief said.

The brief said $567,079 in back wages and liquidated damages for 215 workers were recovered.

In addition to the Easley location, the sites investigated were the Greer and Simpsonville restaurants and the locations on Wade Hampton Boulevard, Conestee Avenue and Pelham Road in Greenville, the brief said.

The agency’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $27.1 million for more than 22,000 workers in the food service industry in fiscal year 2022, the brief said.

Workers who feel they may not be getting the wages they earned may contact a Wage and Hour Division representative in their state. Representatives can be found by visiting




Life-saving opioid antidote to be given out June 15

EASLEY — Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County (BHSPC) will be handing out a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses later this month.

BHSPC staff will hand out Naloxone, also known as Narcan, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in the Branham Conference Room on the first

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Central passes first reading of budget with increases in rates and salaries

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — Central Town Council recently approved first reading of a proposed $3.9 million budget that features increases in water, sewer and sanitation, as well as salary upgrades for staff members and the town’s elected officials.

The projected budget represents about a $400,000 increase from the current budget that totals $3.5 million. It features a proposed $1

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Spying sealife, smiling selfies and senatorial selection

Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any crazier, a Russian spy whale was spotted some 900 miles away from where he was supposed to be.

A what?!

Yes, a Russian “spy whale.” First, their spy balloon blows off-course (supposedly) right over us, and now this!

But the story I saw was not about the Russians employing a Kraken to spy on us. Apparently we

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School board has authority

I read the story about the school board being sued for removing the book, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.” I read the complaint filed by three parents, the NAACP and the ACLU. It is a weak case, and I hope the school board has the courage to stand by their decision.

Whether or not you agree with their decision to remove the book, the school board has the

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The tax man taketh

Benjamin Franklin said that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Franklin, a philosopher, newspaper publisher and inventor of the lightning rod and bifocals, had also laid the groundwork for the Constitution. However, this balding, paunchy, nerdy guy was adored by women and would get the ladies all “aflutter.”

Franklin entered into a common-law marriage with plain and plump Deborah Read, a childhood

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Are we dedicated to accomplish His will?

We might as well lay all the cards on the table and establish that it’s easier to go to church and put some money in the offering plate than to develop a consistent relationship with God.

Along with our genuine love for Him is to recognize the need for a fervent prayer life. Being religious without praying is popular. Why is this? Because we do not care enough to pray. Prayer meetings? Really? The first thing that comes to our mind is that we can pray at home. This is true, but if you already have a faithful prayer life, it seems you would want to be the first one to

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Courier Obituaries 6-7-23


EASLEY — Margaret Omega Kelley, 82, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023. She was the loving wife of the late Jerry B. Kelley Sr.

Omega (Meg) was born in Oconee on Jan. 26, 1941, to the late Jesse Dyar and Marvin Jane Seaborn Dyar. Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker.

She loved to crochet and made many dish cloths and potholders to give to the community. Meg loved spending time with her children,

grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a faithful member of Free Wesleyan Church in Easley.

Mrs. Kelley is survived by her son, Michael Kelley (Jenny); a daughter, Junise Stracener; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Kelley. She is also