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Easley asking businesses to honor mask pledge

EASLEY — The city of Easley is asking all businesses within city limits to take the #MaskUPEasley Pledge in response to the city’s campaign encouraging social distancing, frequent washing of hands and face coverings when social distancing is not available.

When an establishment takes the pledge, they will be given material provided by the city encouraging all who step into their establishment to follow the guidelines set forth by city council in Resolution 2020-15, as well as all national and state guidelines as well.

“I pledge to make sure my establishment, to the best of my ability, will adhere to the #MaskUPEasley Guidelines that have been set forth by City Council, which reflect the CDC and

Blue Ridge distributes fest funds to nonprofits

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative this week announced the distribution of $144,000 to 12 local nonprofit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties through Blue Ridge Fest despite its cancellation due to COVID-19.

Since the event’s inception, Blue Ridge Fest has raised nearly $3 million for local human help organizations that provide individuals with necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care.

The charities receiving funds in 2020 include A Child’s Haven, CFK Inc., Feed a Hungry Child, Foothills Alliance, Foothills Care Center, Golden Corner Food Pantry, Grace’s Closet, Hospice of the Upstate, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Service Dogs for Veterans and United Christian Ministries. Check presentations took place in June.

“The 12 charities were selected last fall, and our employees remained committed to raising funds for them, especially during such a time of need,” Blue Ridge CEO Jim Lovinggood said. “This year was very different — no classic cars, music, food or crowds. However, it reaffirms our sponsors’ and community’s

County rolling out new brand

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter


Pickens County rolled out new branding last week following a presentation from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

County community relations manager Jamie Burns said in a release that a new slogan — “Adventure Starts Here” — was adopted as part of the rebrand, along with a new county logo modeled after the county seal with mountains, lakes and four stars representing the four Medal of Honor recipients in Pickens County.

Beginning earlier this year, Pickens County parks, recreation and tourism staff oversaw the branding process in collaboration with the National Heritage Corridor, Burns said.

SC National Heritage Corridor president and CEO Michelle McCollum gave a presentation to county council members at their July 13 meeting.

“My team has had a blast doing this project,” she said, before hitting the highlights of a branding

Berry, Berry delicious dishes

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

Almost everybody likes blueberry pie, but this year’s featured blueberry recipes are less well known.

The breakfast French bread casserole isn’t run of the mill. It is convenient, can be made ahead the day before and popped in the oven to fill up a crowd for breakfast.

The salad with cashews makes a light side dish, the blueberry lattice bars are a great snack and the blueberry lemon trifle satisfies the most persnickety taste buds.

So try something a little different and enjoy.


Easley encouraging, not requiring, masks

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Easley City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night encouraging — but not requiring — residents to wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Councilwoman Pat Webb led the committee that researched mask requirement ordinances. She reviewed the committee’s discussion during a city council work session held before city council’s regular meeting Monday night.

“We had quite a lively discussion in our committee meeting,” she said. “We had city council folks, lots of staff and members of the community who came,

School district officials unveil reopening plan

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — The School District of Pickens County has released a 30-plus-page reopening plan using six-week schedules containing both face-to-face and online instruction.

“In our first month of school, we will attempt to create a sense of belonging in all grade levels and to prepare for eLearning instruction,” superintendent Danny Merck said in a letter sent to parents last week. “The first two weeks of school will allow us to gather vital information from teachers, parents and students to adjust moving forward. To protect our students and to make sure we have a healthy workforce, these schedules will be updated periodically as we continue to monitor community outbreaks of the virus.”

Merck added that following the first two weeks of school,

Official: ‘This virus is real’

Roper says COVID response threatens fall events statewide

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Acting Pickens County administrator Ken Roper urges residents to listen to “established voices” when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and not to “fall into conspiracy theories.”

Roper discussed the pandemic during a Facebook Live update video posted Friday morning.

“Pickens County has right now, according to DHEC, 415 active cases going on in the county,” he said. “Those active cases are mainly focused around 29630, 29631, 29642 and 29640, although there are active cases as we speak in every ZIP code within Pickens County.

“There’s no area that’s not being impacted, but it mainly seems to be focused around the Central-

A scary encounter with wild boars in the Pickens mountains

I am almost ashamed to recount this frightening encounter with wild hogs in this article. Some may wonder about my mental acumen. However, I will recount exactly how I planned to avoid disaster, and that might mitigate your thoughts of my possible mental deterioration — at least somewhat.

Unfortunately, wild hogs are everywhere in our state, including the Upstate. It is important to note that the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources encourages the harvesting of wild boars. They are destructive to habitat and voraciously eat all the food that falls to the forest floor. They root with their snouts, make destructive gullies and cause mountain erosion.

A Serene and Successful Hunt in the Pickens Mountains

I was hunting up U.S. Highway 178 in the Pickens mountains when I found unbelievable gullies made by wild hogs while rooting for acorns that were falling. I made myself a natural blind out of downed logs in mountain laurel. I sat for several evenings waiting for a boar to appear. I was situated so I could see all the gullies. After sitting for several trips, I decided to try and call a buck since the fall deer season was underway. I would call about every 20 minutes with grunts that, I thought, resembled a big buck wanting

TCTC nursing scores surpass average rates

PENDLETON — Students in Tri-County Technical College’s associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs continue their status of surpassing state and national pass rates on the state certification exam — amid the challenges of shifting to remote learning mid-semester in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“I am so proud of our students and faculty for their dedication and resilience. These are challenging times. We all just had to do it a different way this semester,” nursing department head Jackie

Do-it-yourself ice creams and sorbet

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

With more time at home, a lot of us are experimenting with new recipes and improving old ones.

This week’s recipes focus on homemade ice creams and sorbets to enjoy during this scorching July

weather. Any left over that isn’t eaten the day it is made can be saved in the freezer, just like “store bought.”

The only difference is the homemade version is far superior.