City of Pickens retains fire department, loses chief PICKENS – After six months of debate, the City of Pickens has decided to retain its own fire department but will be without the services of longtime fire chief, David Porter.
With Chief Porter in attendance, Mayor David Owens read his letter of resignation aloud at a city council meeting.
Porter was quoted saying that in light of new directions taken by the city, he felt that he had done all he could and that it was time for someone else ...
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Joey Martin prepares to announce the winner of tickets to the Clemson Blues Festival April 17-21 to be held in locations throughout Clemson and Central. Martin and the festival gave away the tickets at last week’s Business After Hours organized by the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce. Martin’s Red Minnow Restaurant and Red Minnow Lounge on Main Street in Central hosted the business networking event and will host...
Habitat for Humanity has new ReStore location EASLEY – The Pickens County Habitat for Humanity has moved its ReStore to a new location on Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley.
“We are in a much higher traffic location now,” said Executive Director Jill Evans. “We anticipate having a lot more drive-by shoppers.”
Evans said that the new location would also be more visible in the community.
“We probably have a little less square footage but we have a higher quality of merchandise,” Evan...
Developing a heart for service Approximately 200 volunteers from Southern Wesleyan University reached beyond the Central campus into surrounding communities in an effort to make a difference.
Organized by Southern Wesleyan’s Student Life office, Day of Service involved approximately 150 students and 50 faculty and staff members in various service projects that included ministry to senior citizens, distribution of food to needy citizens and landscaping work.
Shelton, Gillespie sound off on controversial topic PICKENS COUNTY—Amidst the debate on invocations at the beginning of Pickens County School Board meetings are two board members with very different opinions.
The board voted Monday to do away with its old student-led invocation policy and adopt a non-sectarian prayer that will kick off each monthly meeting.
Board Member Jim Shelton said this decision is a direct contradiction of what the people have asked for.
“All our public has asked u...
New principals named for three Pickens County schools PICKENS COUNTY—The 2013-14 school year will bring plenty of change for local Pickens County students.
New principals have been selected for three local middle schools, and district officials say they believe they have made the right call students in Easley and Pickens.
The Pickens County School Board recently approved new principals for Pickens Middle School, R.H. Gettys Middle School and J.C. Brice Middle School, taking effect at the beg...
Fifth-ranked Hurricanes off to hot start Billy Cannada
PIEDMONT—The Wren High baseball team is firing on all cylinders early, boasting a 10-2 record after taking down Belton Honea Path and Palmetto in recent wins.
The Hurricanes are currently ranked in the top five of South Carolina AAA schools, and dominating performances from key players have them looking for continued success down the road.
Wren grabbed its ninth win over BHP last week, edging out the third-r...
Board votes in favor of prayer policy despite community pleas PICKENS COUNTY—Despite cries from the public not to abandon student-led invocations at the beginning of Pickens County School Board meetings, a vote made a change in prayer policy final Monday night.
A motion to adopt a “non-sectarian” prayer was approved 3-2 Monday night with one board member (Jimmy Gillespie) abstaining. Jim Shelton and Ben Trotter voted against the decision.
More than 15 resident made their cases against the decision a...
Powdersville gateway sign unveiled The “Welcome to Powdersville” sign unveiling ceremony was held on Thursday, March 28 at the corner of Hwy. 153 and Hwy 81. “The Powdersville Business Council is very happy today,” said Cindy Hopkins, president of the Easley Chamber of Commerce. “The sign has been under development since the fall of 2011 and it has been a long effort through fund raising. The total cost of the sign was approximately $4,000.” U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R), Laurens,...
Skateboarder struck by oncoming traffic in Clemson CLEMSON—Clemson police say a skateboarder was hit by oncoming traffic on Tuesday afternoon and is now being treated at a local hospital.
Clemson authorities say 20-year old Jacob Chase Morris was hit at approximately 1:19 p.m. Authorities Jim H. Payne was driving his 2006 Honda mini-van when he struck Morris.
Morris was transported to the hospital by EMS. He is currently in neuro-intensive care for a head injury at AnMed Health Medical Ce...
Judiciary subcommittee passes open carry bill PICKENS COUNTY—South Carolina residents could soon be allowed to carry firearms openly without a permit.
A State Senate Judiciary subcommittee passed legislation that would eliminate the current requirement of concealment and allows any legal gun owner to carry a firearm, without obtaining a Concealed Weapons Permit.
The bill, which has seen several key amendments according to Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens), heads back to the Judiciary Com...
PICKENS SCENE Jeannie Gilstrap, owner of Stockade ‘N Stuff in Pickens shows off leg chains she found in the former Pickens County jail. Her father bought the building, which now houses her antique shop in 1969 at county auction. The building ceased service as a jail under former Sheriff David Stone in 1968, and the current location became the site for the county lockup. The building on Gentry Memorial Highway became a warehouse before being used for the an...
Students Named to Tri-County’s Academic Distinction List PENDLETON —- Thirty students have been named to Tri-County Technical College’s Academic Distinction List for fall 2012.
To be eligible for the Academic Distinction List, a student must be enrolled in six to eleven credit hours for two consecutive terms, and earn at least twelve credit hours during the two consecutive terms, with a grade of A in each attempted course.
Darren Blake Besser, General Technolo...
Coloring contest winners to be announced Check next week’s papers for announcement of the Annual Easter Coloring Contest.
“I am very excited that we can offer this opportunity for children of all ages to get involved and show off their handiwork,” said Advertising Director Chris Wyatt.
The coloring templates were published for four weeks in area newspapers The Easley Progress, Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post. The contest invited children from 4-12 years of age to particip...
One Hundred and Eighty-Three Students Named to Tri-County’s President’s List for Fall 2012 PENDLETON —- One hundred and eighty-three students have been named to Tri-County Technical College’s President’s List for fall 2012.
To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must be classified as a degree, diploma, or certificate-seeking student; earn at least 12 credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above; attain a GPR of 4.00; and cannot earn a “F,” “WF,” or “U” grade for courses numbered 100 or below.
Police Blotter March 18: Michael Dustin Puckett was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic marijuana/bath salts. The arrest occurred on Roper Street in Easley.
March 18: Tammy Denise Brown was arrested for shoplifting. The arrest occurred at 220 N.W. Main St. in Easley.
March 18: Kacey O’Neal Merck was arrested for first degree assault. The arrest occurred on LEC road in Easley.
March 18: George William Hodge...
Powdersville baseball hits three game skid POWDERSVILLE—Powdersville baseball coach Josh Smith said eliminating mental errors and executing timely hits are going to be two key aspects in getting his squad back on the right track.
The Patriots have hit an early skid, losing three straight region contests and moving their overall record to 1-5 on the season.
After losses to Landrum, Pendleton and Chesnee last week, Smith said his team has found a way to learn from some very experien...
Easley softball posts pair of victories EASLEY — The Easley High School varsity softball team won two of three games last week, including one that gained them a measure of revenge on Wren and the other against previously undefeated Greenwood.
Easley opened the week with a narrow 6-5 loss to Laurens as the Lady Raiders scored a pair of runs in the last inning for the win. The Lady Green Wave then beat Wren 9-7 and closed out the week with a 3-2 decision over Greenwood.