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Constables to handle code enforcement, litter issues

County commissions five employees for new positions

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Several Pickens County employees are now county constables, with the authority to tackle code enforcement issues.

During their Oct. 4 meeting, county council members approved a resolution commissioning five county employees as county constables.

Two of the employees are park rangers who’ll be able to address county ordinance issues on county properties.

Three employees work in the community development department and will

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SCDOR: Cafe owner did not report $269K

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — The owner of the Pumpkintown General Store and Café has been charged with tax evasion.

South Carolina Department of Revenue agents arrested William Alexander Jr., 75, on Friday and charged him with two counts of tax evasion, according to a DOR news release.

Alexander, a Greenville County resident, owns and operates the Pumpkintown

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Local business funds public safety app for Pickens, Easley police departments

EASLEY — Thanks to local donations, the Easley and Pickens police departments will be equipped with an app designed to keep drivers out of harm’s way during police chases.

During a news conference Tuesday morning, Donnie Wilson with DRW Transport presented the departments with checks that will pay for the Digital Siren app.

“I’m very proud to announce that, thanks to Mr.

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18 more county COVID-19 deaths reported this week

COLUMBIA — For the second week in a row, Pickens County has seen a decline in both cases and deaths from COVID-19, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

However, with 18 reported deaths again over the past week, the county’s battle

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Haley named to Clemson board

CLEMSON — Former United States permanent representative to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina Nikki R. Haley has been named to the Clemson University Board of Trustees, effective immediately.

Haley graduated from Clemson with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1994. After leaving Clemson, she worked for her family business and served as its chief financial officer.

Haley’s distinguished career in public service began in 2004 with her election to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 2010, Haley was

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Residents sound off over county’s millage increase

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — Pickens County residents told county council last week they were angry over a recent vote to approve a 9.6-mill tax increase to repair existing roads and a reserve fund for future road improvements.

Johnnelle Raines said council should be ashamed of its lack of transparency over what she called an “overtaxing … scheme

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Group seeking warm items for local seniors

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — A local nonprofit is collecting items to help keep area senior citizens warm this winter.

Members of Warmth and Comfort for the Elderly Upstate SC use their crochet skills to provide warm items for nursing home patients, hospice groups, home health patients

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Clemson Rotary Club celebrates oyster roast fundraiser results

CLEMSON — More than 400 people turned out for fresh oysters and barbecue at the Rotary Club of Clemson’s 16th annual oyster roast fundraiser earlier this month.

A release from the organization said the event has raised more than $250,000 over 16 years for various nonprofits.

“With a huge thank you to our sponsors and supporters, the Rotary Club of Clemson is able to do great things in our community” club president Sarah Elizabeth Pollock said in the release. “Funds raised from this (Oct. 1) event will go to the Rotary Club of Clemson Foundation (501(c)(3)) and will be used for the club’s Community Grant Program. This program gives annual grants to nonprofit community organizations such as Clemson Community Care, Clemson Free Clinic, Meals on Wheels Pickens County, Clemson Child Development Center and many more.”

The Rotary Club of Clemson meets weekly on Mondays at noon at Clemson United Methodist Church and hosts other service projects throughout the community.

 

DEA warns of increase in fentanyl and methamphetamine in fake pills

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A sharp increase in the number of fake prescription pills found to contain fentanyl and methamphetamine caused the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue its first public safety alert in six years last week.

The alert, issued Sept. 27, seeks to warn Americans of “the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine,” it said.

“The United States is facing

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Town hall to focus on substance use recovery

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A town hall meeting next week is aimed at reducing the stigma that those in treatment for and recovery from substance use can feel in the community.

The Road to Recovery Town Hall meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center.

More than 387,000 South Carolina residents are in recovery from substance use disorder, according to the S.C.

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