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Man sentenced for assaulting kids

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — An Easley man was sentenced to 45 years in prison last week after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two children.

A Pickens County jury convicted 37-year-old Jason Riley Galloway of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor on Feb. 19, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a release.

Assistant solicitors Britni McCall and Durham Hill presented evidence establishing Galloway sexually assaulted two victims on numerous occasions at his home in Pickens County, he

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Liberty school gets new name

LIBERTY — The Pickens County School Board approved Liberty Primary School as the new name of Chastain Road Elementary School on Monday night, effective at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

The name approval follows the board’s decision last year for Chastain Road to become a primary school serving all Liberty area students in Pre-K through second grade.

Chastain Road principal Jessica Patterson presented the name recommendation to the board

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Woman gets prison time for hit and run

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Greenville woman was sentenced last week for a 2018 hit and run that severely injured a Six Mile man.

Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Trista Sanders on Feb. 19 to 10 years in prison suspended to four and a half years, followed by five years probation, according to the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

The collision occurred at the intersection of S.C. 183 (Main Street) and Durham Mill Road in Pickens at 10:10 p.m. July 4, 2018, South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Sutherland said at the time.

The collision occurred as a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle driven

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Missing CU student found dead in Tenn.

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

CLEMSON — An investigation is underway after a missing Clemson University student was found dead in Tennessee.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chad Brooks said in a release Thursday morning that John Andrew Martin Jr. had last been seen at a home in the Clemson area at 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.

Martin, 21, was believed to be driving a gray 2006 Mazda MZ3 hatchback, Brooks said.

Brooks issued an update Thursday afternoon after Martin and his vehicle were found in Sevier

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Participants needed for cigarette study

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Those looking to kick the habit may qualify to take part in a new research study at Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County.

Director of research Elizabeth Chapman said BHSPC collaborates with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

“They’ve been awarded two studies and asked us to be a second site for those two studies,” she said.

Both studies involve the medication Chantix (varenicline), Chapman said.

She is seeking cigarette smokers for one trial.

“We’re looking for individuals who are currently smoking cigarettes who have a desire to quit,”

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Easley NJROTC orienteering takes Area Six competition

EASLEY — The Easley High School Navy JROTC orienteering team competed in the 12th annual Area Six orienteering championship at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington, N.C, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Easley’s cadets did extremely well against the other 17 NJROTC and NNDCC units from North and South Carolinas that competed. There are 66 total NJROTC and NNDCC units in Area Six. Easley won the competition, beating the second-place finisher by 470

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Clemson Scouts collect food donations

CLEMSON — On a recent cold, windy Friday evening and unexpectedly snowy Saturday, Scouts and adults from Clemson Scouts BSA troops 161, 235 and 7235 collected more than 3,245 pounds of food and $240 in donations from customers outside the Central Walmart and the Clemson Walmart Neighborhood Market.

The food and money were donated to Clemson Community Care, the local food bank.

More than 35 Scouts and adults

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Courier Community Calendar 2-26-20

• Conservatives to meet on March 12

Conservatives of the Upstate’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the large meeting room at Pizza Inn, located on Ann Street in Pickens. The meeting is open to the public. The guest speaker will be David Harrison, a candidate for Pickens County sheriff. The meeting will offer an opportunity to meet Harrison and ask any questions you have about why he is running and what his plans are for making Pickens County a safer place to live. For more information about Conservatives of the Upstate, find the group on Twitter or Facebook or visit conservativesoftheuostate.com.

• Local church plans ‘teach and preach’

The Church of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God is planning a teaching and preaching series featuring Apostle Glenn Petterson from Washington, running from March 5-9 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The Church of Jesus Christ The Lamb of God is located at 129 Winchester Mill Road in Pickens. For more information on the series, contact Larry Anderson at (864) 506-0689 or Harold Dobson at (816) 267-3237.

• Hannah-Patterson reunion is Sunday

The annual Hannah-Patterson family reunion is planned for 1 p.m. this Sunday, March 1.

The reunion will be held at the Mountain Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The church is

Easley man charged in theft of patrol car

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — An Easley man faces charges in connection with the theft of a Greenville County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

Roy Wood McDonald, 32, is charged with grand larceny and simple larceny, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chad Brooks said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office received reports Sunday of a vehicle accident involving a Greenville County patrol vehicle on Farrs Bridge

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City asks for help keeping drains clear

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — City officials believe hard work by staff helped Easley weather the heavy rains and flooding of Feb. 6, but said future weather events could be more costly if efforts aren’t made to keep trash out of storm drains.

Council members discussed the storm during their Feb. 10 meeting.

Councilman Brian Garrison commended public works and stormwater employees for their response to the storm and their work over the previous months.

“With all the rain we’ve had, they’ve had their hands full and

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