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Festival fun, finally

Months after it was originally scheduled to be held in April, the annual Central Railroad Festival finally took place on Saturday, becoming the first major festival in Pickens County since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the spring. Although attendees wore masks and maintained proper social distance, the event maintained the look and feel of a traditional festival, with hallmarks including food, crafts, caboose tours, live music and fun for the whole family, along with one new addition for this year — a Halloween costume contest. Photos by Ed Welch



COUNTY — South Carolina officials reported three new COVID-19 deaths in Pickens County over three days to start this week, as well as one probable death last week.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported the confirmed death of three elderly people and one probable elderly death over the course of a one-week period from last Tuesday to this Tuesday.

The county added 327 confirmed cases over the same time frame, a 29 percent increase from last week’s numbers. Pickens County also continues to trend downward in the

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Doodle Trail cart program opens

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The city of Easley has released more information about a pilot program it and the city of Pickens are undertaking to allow a limited number of golf carts on the Doodle Trail.

Mayor Butch Womack discussed the pilot program during the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City virtual event Friday morning. He said officials had received a lot of questions about the program in recent days.

“I think once people find out what

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Pickens woman honored during SC AG victim ceremony

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

STATE — A Pickens woman was remembered in a ceremony held in memory of 42 South Carolina residents who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence last year.

Tracey Nix was one of 36 women and six men whose names Attorney General Alan Wilson called during the 23rd annual Silent Witness Ceremony, held Oct. 6 on the south steps of the State House in Columbia.

Deputies responded to a home on Allgood Bridge Road at 8:07 a.m. June 11, 2019, in response to a

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day planned this weekend

COUNTY — When prescription medication is disposed of improperly, or simply forgotten about, those drugs can end up in the wrong hands.

The American Medical Association’s Opioid Task Force reports that more than 70 percent of people using opioid analgesics for non-medical reasons get them from family or friends.

Simply throwing prescriptions drugs out in the trash or flushing them down the toilet doesn’t completely eliminate the

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Clemson hires new police chief

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — The Clemson Police Department will have a new leader come November, as city council Monday night unanimously approved Jorge Campos as police chief.

 Council voted on the recommendation made by acting city administrator Andy Blondeau after reconvening from the executive session portion of the meeting.

Campos, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, is currently serving as chief inspector for the Gainesville (Fla.) Police Department. During his tenure there, he

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Business raises money for Breast Care Center

SENECA — Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Lake Keowee Ford have joined with Harley-Davidson of Greenville and pledged to donate $100 for each vehicle sold in October to the Breast Care Center and the Cancer Institute at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

This is an annual fundraiser for Lake Keowee

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Six Mile Farmers Market holiday event is Saturday

SIX MILE — The Six Mile Farmers Market held at Town Hall on Main Street in Six Mile will

transform into a Holiday and Harvest Market that will showcase vendors from all over the Upstate from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Breakfast and lunch are offered, as well as baked items from professional baking families.

Many festivals are canceled this year because of COVID-19, but organizers say the open air shelter is a safe atmosphere where shoppers will be able to look, shop, eat and visit without closed-up germ worries. The event will offer jewelry, clothing, fruits, flowers, sewing, baking, knitting demos, crocheting, artists in action and much more.

For more, call Lisa Bate at (864) 650-0550. The event will benefit Calvary Home for Children.


SWU recognizes outstanding alumni

CENTRAL — The Southern Wesleyan University Alumni Association recognized five outstanding graduates during an awards ceremony Sept. 28. The following alumni were presented with awards:

Clark Camp received an award for Professional Excellence from Southern Wesleyan’s Benson School of Business. Camp is a 1997 Southern Wesleyan graduate and coaches basketball at North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. He’s also coordinator of CTE Pathway Development for

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Courier Community Calendar 10-21-20

• Fall book sale location has changed

The Pickens Literacy Association’s fall book sale will be at the Market at the Mill, located at 225 Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens. The sale will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and run through Saturday, Nov. 7. There will be daily specials, and Saturday will be $5 a box day.

• Concert and BBQ cook-off is Nov. 14

The Country Folks Will Survive Concert and BBQ Cook Off in Pickens on Nov. 14 will offer local