Daily Archives: 11/15/2023

Runoff election races are set for Tuesday!!

COUNTY — Voters will head to the polls one more time on Tuesday to determine runoffs in Central, Easley and Pickens.

The Easley mayoral seat will be up for grabs in the runoff as incumbent mayor Butch Womack tries to hold off Lisa Talbert. Talbert had over 300 more votes than Womack in the election last week, but Womack will look to fill the gap with candidate David Cox not qualifying for the runoff after getting 723 votes.

In Pickens, Allie Winter, Morrell Stokes and Floyd Rogers will face off again for the final two seats up for grabs on Nov. 21. Each candidate received over 230 votes in the previous election and will look to join Danny Adams, who earned the third open seat in the municipal election last week, on council.

Finally, incumbent Joe Moss and Doug Barry will compete in the runoff for Central City Council this week after falling within two votes of each other during the Nov. 7 election. The winner will join Lynn O’Dell Chapman and Curtis Peek on council after they were previously elected last week. There will also be a runoff in the special election for the seat formerly held by L.C. Hayes between Robert Carl Griffin, who gained 117 votes last week, and Bryan Schaupp, who gained 85 votes last week.

Runoff elections will be held from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 21 for the Central, Easley and Pickens races.

Two charged with attempted murder

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Two men are charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident in Easley last week.

According to a news release from the Easley Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of South 8th Street and West 4th Avenue around midnight Nov. 9 after multiple gunshots were heard.

Officers did not initially find a suspect or any victims, but after speaking with multiple witnesses, police discovered

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Honoring Our Veterans

Weathering the storm

Lions Weather the storm with big playoff victort over the Wren Golden Hurricane, Courier takes a look at the Green Wave and Red Devil’s seasons, Clemson clobbers Georgia Tech.

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Pickens United plans for future

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — For the last seven years, quarterly Pickens United meetings have sought to bring elected officials on the municipal, county and state levels into the same room with members of other groups to discuss and work on issues.

The brainchild of Rep. Neal Collins, the group has been meeting since 2016 “as a way to open up communication,” Collins said.

“When I first started, our school board had a little dysfunction going on,” he said. “Our first meeting was about

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Report: Thousands of SC residents face financial hardship

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

STATE — You may know an ALICE South Carolina resident.

You may even be an ALICE.

ALICE stands for asset-limited, income-constrained, employed.

Late last month, the United Ways of South Carolina, in partnership with research organization United For ALICE, released the ALICE Report, highlighting the financial

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Blue Flame athletes sign with colleges

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor

PICKENS — Pickens High School celebrated a successful signing day last week with three student-athletes committing to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.

Hannah Campbell will play volleyball at USC Upstate next fall. She played numerous roles in her time playing volleyball at Pickens earning

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Lady Blue Flame weightlifting team competes at state meet

BLYTHEWOOD — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame weightlifting team made school history on Saturday at the SCHSSCA Female State Strength Meet at Blythewood High School.

The ladies represented well, with half the team getting personal records on back squats, including three of these records reaching over 200lbs. Pickens also had two

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ladies finish in the top 10 in the varsity division.

Members of the Lady Blue Flame weightlifting team include: Anna Claire Durham, Charley Musslewhite, Charlee Blankenship, Sadie McKinney, Kinsley Simmons, Marissa Tate, Kayleigh Reichhart, Lynnlee Wilson, Aubrey Richardson and Ella Harned

While proud of the accomplishment, Pickens coach Brittany Kelley was most pleased with the fundraising efforts of her team.

“I am most proud that the class raised $1150 for Fisher House in honor of Veterans Day. These funds were raised in just three short days,” Kelley exclaimed. “The ladies proudly displayed the names of over 60 veterans in the gym as they competed. One of these special veterans, Frank Looper Jr., was in attendance. Frank is the grandfather of Aubrey Richardson.”

Kelley said her class was honored and grateful to have Col. Fisher of the Fisher House Foundation speak last week and educate them on how Fisher House Foundation helps veterans.

Kelley also made sure to thank the team’s many supporters.

“We’d like to thank Chief Beach and the Pickens PD for providing a police escort out of town,” Kelley said. “Thank you to Dr. Butler for joining us to help with anything the team needed and providing lunch! We’d also like to thank Coach Ellenburg for having t-shirts made in time for the meet, and to all of the parents and Coach Vining for making the drive to support. Special thanks to my father, Tim Alexander, for taking his entire Saturday to drive the bus for us!”


County Historical Society dedicate market in Dacusville

DACUSVILLE — Pickens County Administrator Ken Roper welcomed a crowd of over 100 people for the dedication and unveiling of the much anticipated Dacusville South Carolina State Historical Marker on Sunday afternoon.

Three years in the making, it is the 32nd State Historical Marker in Pickens County researched, documented, and funded by the Pickens County Historical Society.

Dr. Ronald Rich, PCHS Vice President, spoke on the special history of the community and the lasting importance of the State Marker.  Many Dacus family members from near and far attended.

Music was provided by the students of the Dacusville Elementary School and the Dacusville Middle School Ensemble.

Hero’s final resting place