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FFRF still unhappy with school district’s decision

By Nicole Daughhetee

Courier Staff

COUNTY — As people filed out of the School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees meeting following a controversial vote on prayer at meetings on Feb. 25, one member of the crowd yelled out “this isn’t the end.”

That person was right.

Despite the board passing the adoption of a new policy of non-sectarian prayer before SDPC meetings, a decision that upset the hundreds of Pickens County residents who spoke against the policy, the board’s vote is still under the scrutiny of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and its members.

Under an “Action Alert” header on the FFRF’s website, the foundation is asking for help in persuading the School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees to drop prayers to begin its monthly meetings.

Longtime Liberty councilman dies

Walt McJunkin

Walt McJunkin

By Ben Robinson

Courier

LIBERTY — The city of Liberty is mourning the death of longtime councilman Walt McJunkin, who passed away Saturday at age 88.

“He was probably the councilman most in touch with the people,” Liberty Mayor Michael Sheriff said. “You could often find him at the post office, talking to people about their concerns.”

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.

Annual Reunion of Upcountry Families scheduled for April

The next Reunion of Upcountry Families is scheduled for April 25-27 and will include family history workshops, cemetery tours and historic family displays. Pictured is one of many historical family displays on the Southern Wesleyan University campus at last year’s event, which is like a “swap meet” where people share family information.

The next Reunion of Upcountry Families is scheduled for April 25-27 and will include family history workshops, cemetery tours and historic family displays. Pictured is one of many historical family displays on the Southern Wesleyan University campus at last year’s event, which is like a “swap meet” where people share family information.

COUNTY — The public is invited to the Reunion of Upcountry Families April 25-27.

The free event will include cemetery tours, workshops devoted to family history and a large display of photos and other items from local families of the Old Pendleton District, which became present-day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

The event kicks off April 25 at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley with a workshop on computer research. Also planned that day is an open house at Mary Oates Gregorie Genealogy Research Room, as well as a seminar about historic newspapers on the Internet.

On April 26, there will be a tour of the Zion and Pickens Chapel cemeteries, as well as Carmel Presbyterian Church in Liberty and the Pendleton District Commission.  At 6 p.m., there will be presentations about DNA research at Folger Fine Arts Auditorium on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central and a presentation by Dr. Eric Emerson on History and Upcountry Research at South Carolina Dept. of Archives.

On April 27, Southern Wesleyan will host historic displays from area families as well as local genealogical and historical associations in The Founders, located on the lower level of the University Dining Commons. Also, historic Freedom’s Hill Church, located on the university campus, will be open for tours and a presentation, as will be the Faith Clayton Genealogical Collection at Rickman Library.

For details, contact the Birchwood Center at (864) 898-0840 or email claytonroom@swu.edu. Also, more information can be found online at www.100yearreunion.com or on the Reunion’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ReunionOfUpcountryFamilies.

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.”