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SDPC budget includes raises, no tax increase

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — The School District of Pickens County’s budget review Monday night prompted some discussion among school board trustees over the question of millage rates.
The third reading of the $165 million budget includes a $2,500 raise for each cell of the teacher salary schedule and increases pay for bus drivers, nurses and support staff, all without raising millage.
Trustee Betty Bagley asked district chief financial officer Matt Owens how much the district could

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Local tech company recognized among South Carolina’s best

By Riley Morningstar
Courtesy The Journal

LIBERTY — A local tech company was recognized as one of the top places to work in South Carolina earlier this month.

KeyMark, an automation software integrator providing capture, workflow, case management and robotic process automation solutions, was named sixth in the South Carolina Top Workplaces for small businesses and best in communication on May 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. KeyMark vice president of human resources Stephen Middleton accepted the award for the company.

“Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge of honor for companies, especially because it comes authentically from their employees,” award presenter and Energage CEO Eric Rubino said. “That’s something to be proud of. In today’s market, leaders must ensure they’re allowing employees to have a voice and be heard. That’s paramount. Top Workplaces do this, and it pays dividends.”

The awards are based on employee feedback gathered by a third-party survey assessing 15 “culture drivers” key to the organization, a news release said. Some 70 companies qualified in the small business category, while there were 103 businesses included in the communication category.

“To be knowledgeable, trustworthy and responsive — our corporate values are not just a promise to customers, but to our employees and

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Clemson University breaks ground on new complex

By Andrea Kelley
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Clemson University department leaders symbolically broke ground with grins Tuesday at the site of the new Advanced Materials Innovation Complex (AMIC) across from Woodland Cemetery.

The 143,000 square foot building will become the new home for multiple departments and provide a

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Tired of potholes? Call SCDOT now

COLUMBIA — South Carolina residents can file eligible claims against a state agency to pay for car damage from a state-maintained road.

The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is

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Pieces of Pickens history

Local historian dives into one of city’s prominent early 20th-century businesses

By Barry Crawford
Special to The Courier

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the first-ever Pickens Bottle Show, planned for Saturday, Jun 3, at the Market at the Mill in Pickens, local historian Barry Crawford allowed the Courier to run this story about Pickens Bottling Works, which was located at the corner of Garvin and Main Street in downtown Pickens near the current location of the Courier office. This story is edited from a December 2017 Facebook post made by Crawford, who is also the facility manager at Market at the Mill.


Let me start by telling you this has been one of my favorite historic projects of all time.

This incredible adventure has taken me all around this country coast to coast, with one of my major sources of information being found in Bakersfield, Calif. I’ve been working on this project for almost 10 years, gathering all of the photos and

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Proposed new Easley budget has millage hike

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The proposed city of Easley fiscal year 2023-24 budget contains a three-mill increase.

Easley City Council held first reading of the budget during its May 8 meeting.

Interim city administrator Tommy Holcombe presented the proposed $25,739,334 budget.

“Staff started working on this in January and have worked very hard to get to where we’re at,”

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Issaqueena Fest set for Saturday

SIX MILE — Main Street in Six Mile will be abuzz with activity this Saturday, May 20, for the town’s 33rd annual Issaqueena Festival.

The family-oriented event will offer the 11th annual Issaqueena’s Flight for the Fight 5K, plenty of food, a wide variety of craft vendors, games and activities for the kids and live music.

The Flight for the Fight will kick off the day at Ponderosa Park at 8 a.m. There will be three events — a 5K, a virtual 5k and a half-mile fun run. All proceeds benefit Dabo’s All In Team