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Easley lifts mask mandate

EASLEY — Easley officials recommend — but no longer require — that residents wear masks to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

At its meeting Monday night, Easley City Council unanimously approved a resolution terminating the city’s face covering mandate ordinance.
The city adopted the face mask requirement in December, city administrator Stephen Steese said.
The city never added any penalties to the ordinance.

The ordinance could have been terminated in two ways, one of which was if

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Southern Wesleyan names Crothers interim president

CENTRAL — South Wesleyan University’s board of trustees announced this week that the school has hired Dr. William C. Crothers to fill the role of interim president beginning on July 1.

Current SWU president Todd Voss has announced he will retire on June 30.

“It is a great honor and special privilege to step into the Southern Wesleyan University community for a year as interim president,” Crothers said. “I also feel fortunate to be able to serve as interim president-elect part-time, working with and learning from president Todd Voss before he retires. … Dr. Voss has provided outstanding leadership during perhaps the most challenging period in the history of higher education. Southern Wesleyan University is blessed with an excellent and highly dedicated faculty, staff and administration committed to preparing

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Hospital plans event to honor COVID victims

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A ceremony will be held this weekend, weather permitting, to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in Pickens County.

As of Saturday, that number was around 280, according to Wanda Waldrop, a scheduler at AnMed Health Cannon Hospital.
The remembrance celebration is set to be held from 3-4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of AnMed Health Cannon Hospital. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday, April 24.

“We’re going to put some balloons out on the fitness trail, put up a banner, have a

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ONLY 1 NEW VIRUS DEATH CONFIRMED

COLUMBIA — With another week of lower death numbers reported, Pickens County is pushing toward the light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported the confirmed COVID-19 death of one elderly Pickens County resident and the probable death of another in the seven-day period ending on Monday, when the latest DHEC numbers available at press time had been released.

As of Monday, the county had had 16,444 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,559 probable cases,

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Six Mile set to take down Dillard House

SIX MILE — A house on North Main Street in Six Mile the town had hoped to improve will instead be demolished after hazardous materials were found in the building.

Town clerk Rita Martin said asbestos and lead-based paint on the window trim were found in the town-owned property.
Known as the Dillard House, it was built in the early 20th century, according to Martin.

“We have an ordinance in town about dilapidated

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SCDOT’s Creech to speak at next COTU meeting April 15

PICKENS — Pickens grassroots group Conservatives of the Upstate will host a guest speaker from SCDOT at 7 p.m. this Thursday, April 15, at Cafe Connections, located at 319 E. Main St. in Pickens.

The public is welcome to attend. The guest speaker will be assistant director of public relations for the South Carolina Department of Transpiration Ted Creech. He will offer a chance to speak about roads in Pickens County.

For more information, call COTU leadership team member Johnnelle Raines at (704) 850-0648.

Festival fun finally returns

Lots to do locally this weekend and beyond

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — After a year of lockdowns and social distancing, spring brings with it a number of festivals and events this year, including many that are returning from last year’s cancellations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pickens Azalea Festival will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17.

Roads will close at 6 p.m. Friday evening before the cruise-in, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. and will feature cars and Jeeps from all eras.

o fees or applications are required for this year’s cruise-in. Organizers ask that those who would like to participate in the cruise-in enter from South

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Monthly Soapstone fish fry set for this Saturday

PICKENS — Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, this Saturday, April 17.

The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon-8 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish fry, barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings right from Ms. Mable’s kitchen.
For more information, call (864) 414-8470.

Neely earns Richard Heim Memorial Scholarship for Construction Technology

PICKENS — Gabe Neely was recently awarded the Richard Heim Memorial Scholarship for Construction Technology.
Neely is a senior at Pickens High School and a completer of the building construction program at Pickens County Career and Technology Center in Liberty.
Jeff Stephens is Neely’s building construction

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FEMA to assist with funeral costs for COVID-19-related deaths

EASLEY — Beginning this month, families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $9,000 in funeral assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Two pieces of legislation recently passed by Congress — the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 — authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to families that incurred

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