Monthly Archives: February 2024

LHS wrestlers dominate state individual meet

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor

ANDERSON — A little more than two weeks after a disappointing Upper State championship loss to Chesnee, the Liberty High School wrestling team put together a historic day at the South Carolina High School League individual wrestling state championships on Saturday.

Four Red Devil wrestlers took home state championships, and all nine Liberty participants

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Easley YMCA honors late EPD officer Matthew Hale

EASLEY — The Easley YMCA announced the unveiling of the Officer Matthew Hare Multipurpose Room in a ceremony at the new Easley YMCA at the McKissick Campus last Thursday. The room is dedicated to the memory of Hare, a local hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty while serving in the Easley Police Department.

Ms. Jessica Allsep, Officer Hare’s aunt, shared her sentiments on the tribute, saying, “Matthew loved this

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Pickens woman sentenced for meth trafficking

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — A local woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine.

Melanie Cromer McClain, 50, was found guilty on Feb. 7 of a third offense of trafficking between 10 and 28 grams of meth, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a release.

Testimony and evidence at trial established that on the night of Oct. 20, 2021, McClain was driving a vehicle on Hester Store Road when

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Roper discusses county initiatives

COUNTY — Parks and planning are among the initiatives Pickens County staff and officials are working on.

County administrator Ken Roper fielded questions from the public during an “Ask the Administrator” segment posted on the county’s Facebook page, including a question about current county initiatives.

“We’re in budget season right now,” he said. “A lot of the new initiatives

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Lions fall short at Upper State

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

FLORENCE — After failing to advance beyond the regular season last year, the Daniel High School girls’ basketball team found itself ahead of schedule in advancing all the way to the Class 3A Upper State championship game this season.

And though the Lions’ impressive run came to an unfortunate end on Tuesday, their future is looking plenty bright — something head coach Cosandar Griffin made sure to remind them of in the locker room following their 47-31 loss to

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Open Book Project has new home in Easley

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — A local nonprofit dedicated to nurturing a love of reading now has “a permanent home base in Easley.”

The Open Book Project held a ribbon cutting for its new space at 213 E. 1st Ave. in Easley on Friday morning.

The Open Book Project holds quarterly fundraisers each year.

“The proceeds that we make from each of those fundraisers fund our grant recipients through our Lottery Box of Giving program,” said Samantha Jones,

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Trump takes South Carolina

STATE — In his bid to return to White House, Donald Trump secured a huge victory over the weekend with voters in the state — and locally — giving the former president another big endorsement over former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.

Statewide, Trump received 451,905 votes (59.8 percent) outpacing former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who finished with 298,674 votes statewide (39.52 percent).

In Pickens County, the former president received 15,606 votes (67.6 percent), more than double the 7,328 votes (31.74 percent) for Haley.


Courier Obituaries 2-28-24


SENECA — Emily “Kate” Turner, 29, of Seneca, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024.

Born in Easley, she was a daughter of Donny Allan and Tonya Michelle Trammell Turner.

Kate was very creative and artistic and loved to express that through her drawings.

She also loved children, especially her nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Kate is survived by her sisters, Christy Thompson (Paul) of Pickens, Nichole Moore of Six Mile, Trish Turner of Seneca and

Upstate native Jackson’s place in history

I’ll never forget something one of my editors at The Greenville News told me as he was assigning me to cover Jesse Jackson.

He said every time we wrote about Jesse, our phones would start ringing with angry callers threatening to cancel their subscription.

“But we’re not going to quit covering him if he’s making news,” he said.

This was around 2005. The Greenville native had long been a national

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