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Police charge man in copper theft

James L. Chastain

James L. Chastain

CLEMSON — A 46-year-old Walhalla man was arrested Saturday in connection with the theft of copper from Clemson University property in Oconee County.

James L. Chastain was charged by Clemson University police with committing injury to real property, fixtures or improvements to obtain nonferrous metals, damage of $5,000 or more. He was arrested Saturday by Oconee County sheriff’s deputies.

Police said someone stole copper from transformers at the Clemson University impound lot in Oconee County Feb. 7. The damage to the transformers is estimated to be $11,000.

Chastain, who is not a Clemson student or employee, is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center pending a $10,000 surety bond.

School officials take precautions following meningitis diagnosis

By Nicole Daughhetee

Courier Staff

LIBERTY — Last Friday, the School District of Pickens County was notified by the parent of a Liberty High School student that the student had been hospitalized with a diagnosis of meningitis.

Immediately, school district nursing coordinator Angela Watson and LHS Principal Lori Gwinn began to work with DHEC to make sure that the school district took necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the disease. Friday morning, the LHS custodial staff thoroughly cleaned surfaces and areas that the student may have come in contact with while at school.

Courier’s Wright earns national recognition

COUNTY — The Pickens County Courier is proud to announce that graphic artist Emily Wright recently earned an honorable mention for her work on the 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness section featured in the newspaper’s pages in October.

The award is part of a national Facebook promotion by Metro Graphics. The award is open to all graphic artists world-wide that use Metro Graphics for artwork.

This honor adds to the numerous S.C. Press Association awards that Wright has earned since the Courier was established in 2007.

“Emily is the best graphic artist I have ever worked with in all my years in newspapers,”  Courier advertising director Mignonne Matheson said.

“We are very proud of Emily and so glad she has been recognized for her hard work,” publisher Rocky Nimmons said. “She is a truly talented graphic artist. It so wonderful that we have someone on staff like Emily, not only for us, but for all our valued customers.”