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COUNTY — The muchneeded rain didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of parents, teachers or the 16,000 plus students who began the 2011-2012 school year in Pickens County on Tuesday. Among the notable back to school highlights were the opening of ve new schools in the School District of Pickens County: Chastain Road and Dacusville Elementary EASLEY — An Easley man identified as the gunman in a shooting that killed a teen at a local bowling alley in 2016 was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison. Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Albert Lavern Taylor, 24, of Wallace Drive Apartments, pleaded guilty to murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a CLEMSON violent crime. — Wilkins Clemson said Taylor University is not will eligible hold for a remembrance will service have to mark serve the the 10th full parole and sentence anniversary handed of Sept. down 11. by The Circuit interfaith Judge Edward event titled Miller. “Looking Back–Looking During the plea Forward hearing, Toward Compassion, presented by assistant Peace and so- evidenclicitor Reconciliation” Baker Cleveland will be at showed 4 p.m. that Sunday, on Sept. Feb. 11, 17, at 2016, the Brooks Taylor, accompanied Center for the by Performing two other Arts. men and The a event juvenile, is free went and to open Tri-City to Lanes the public. in Easley. While there, an More than $100 in coupons and savings in this week’s issue! 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Postal only Patronlocally Permit owned #125 Courier Search: Pickens County Pickens, SC 29671 and operated Since 2007, serving Central, Clemson, Dacusville, Pickens newspaper County’s Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens, Pumpkintown, Six Mile and everything in between only locally owned Wednesday, January 31, 2018 • Vol. 11, No. 34 • Pickens, S.C. • (864) 878-6391 and operated Since 2007, serving Central, Clemson, Dacusville, newspaper Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens, Pumpkintown, Six Mile and everything in between Mother charged after Wednesday, September 7, 2011 • Vol. 5, No. 13 • Pickens, S.C. • (864) 878-6391 “ toddler found November in street municipal EASLEY — The mother who was found near Ross Avenue and Preston Street around verse 911 call to residents in the on Facebook and sent out a re- I hope that of a toddler found walking on a street in Easley has been arrested. The girl was wearing a black and Miller said. 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. area where the child was found, people will Easley Police Capt. Jeremy red dress with white tights and races About 45 minutes after the see Kathryn set Miller said in a news release appeared to be about 2 years Facebook post, officers were Tuesday morning that Teaunna old, the post said. able to identify the girl’s parents, and be Antwonesse Gantt is charged “We assigned several officers to walk door to door in that officers had determined the according to Miller. He added with unlawful conduct toward a inspired and child and is being held without the immediate area in an attempt to locate where the child home, child was left alone at a nearby bond. encouraged. Liberty though the investigation only city with In a post to the Easley Police Department’s Facebook “Officers were unable to locate The girl was placed with the belonged,” Miller said Tuesday. is ongoing. ”— Karen Hicks page, officers asked for the public’s help in identifying the girl, Police then made the post Miller said. GANTT anyone that knew the child.” Department contested of Social Services, mayoral election COUNTY — Filing closed Running for a vacant Easley Combined Utilities Com- last Thursday at noon for this fall’s municipal elections missioner seat will be Nick Rocky Nimmons/Courier throughout the county, so races School Crisis averted Caldwell, Rusty L. Jones and Kathryn Hicks, front middle, is joined at the Walmart in Central by company representatives and are now set for the November 8 Jerry C. Ross. Central fire chief Ed Reynolds as part of a Walmart Heart event in her honor. elections. In the city of Liberty, the Rocky Nimmons/Courier In the town of Central, three district race to ll the recently vacated Elizabeth Chapman of Behavioral Health Services of Pickens town council seats are available, mayor’s ofce will be between County speaks at a news conference with Pickens County Sheriff with incumbent council members Lynne O’Dell Chapman, current mayor pro tem Michael Rick Walmart Clark on Jan. 19. Heart honors Six Mile teen forgives Sheriff and Philip Rus Smith. Tony H. Craig and Harrison R. Daniel D. Graybeal, Lavant By Nicole Daughhetee started to help people with Holladay, Jr., running for reelection against Blake Magnus, man Brian Petersen will square Padgett and current council- Staff Reporter chronic mental and physical nicole@thepccourier.com conditions by making these Joe N. Moss and Will Mullinax. 2 off for days one at-large Liberty city individuals honorary Walmart In the city of Easley, mayor council seat, while incumbent CENTRAL — Before drivers and giving them the Larry Bagwell will run unopposed this November, as will city missed cine G. Powers for the council’s Joshua Harrison will face Fran- his passing in 1992, Walmart ride of a lifetime in a Walmart founder Sam Walton said of his truck. council members Brian Garrison (Ward 1), Chris Mann (Ward run unopposed for the Ward 4 Ward 3 seat. Eric Boughman will truck-driving employees “When Last Wednesday, August you’re out on the highway, you 31, Six Mile resident Kathryn 3) and Thomas H. Wright, Sr. for snow can bet your bottom dollar the Hicks was honored by the Walmart Heart program at the Wal- By Greg Oliver (Ward 5). See RACES on page 2A guy behind the wheel is a true professional. He’s not just driving a truck. He’s dedicated to “It was fun and exciting,” mart Super Center in Central. Courtesy The Journal goliver@upstatetoday.com serving our stores and he’s an said Hicks. “I wasn’t nervous at vs. ambassador to everything we all.” PICKENS — The Pickens stand for out on the road.” After Kathryn was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular By Greg Oliver it on the enforcement end, but County School Board voted last The Walmart Heart is a maybe — just maybe — we can week to forgive two inclement Courtesy The Journal volunteer program that began Atrophy (SMA) as a 13-monthold infant, her mother Karen save a few lives on the counseling end.” weather days from this month goliver@upstatetoday.com in 1998 when a young boy with for both students and district a congenital heart problem and Hicks said that the doctors told PICKENS — Pickens With that in Rocky mind, Nimmons/Courier Clark invited Elizabeth driver in the Chapman, Walmart direc- employees. a short life expectancy, was her and her husband Phillip to County Kathryn sheriff Hicks Rick was Clark made is an se-honorarriouvate about fleet fighting last Wednesday. the county’s She is tor pictured of the above research with department The district closed Jan. 17- pri- granted his wish to ride in one go home and enjoy their baby 18 due to snow and freezing her mother of the Walmart trucks. methamphetamine Karen Hicks and problem. Walmart driver for Antoine Behavioral Sadler. Health Services rain, marking the fourth and Truck drivers for Walmart See HICKS on page 2A fifth days the district missed this year. A decision by the Oconee Officials join forces to fight meth problem But the sheriff acknowledges that undercover drug operations, such as the one that recently resulted in 37 charges against 13 people, is only one New school year starts avenue. “When we came into office more than five years ago, we told people we were going to do everything we can to fight meth,” Clark said. “We’re going to do of Pickens County, to speak at a news conference announcing the arrests on Jan. 19. “We’re going to continue our law enforcement efforts as hard as we can at all times, but we have an alternative in an independent agency that Behavioral Health is, so that maybe Principals report on rstday goings-on in district See METH on page 2A Second man sentenced in Easley killing Clemson University, community to mark Sept. 11 anniversary The service will be a time of reection and remembrance as well as a call for compassion, said Pat Zungoli, a professor helping coordinate TAYLOR the event. The service will include music, argument welcome remarks ensued and from Wilkins Clemson Taylor Mayor shot Larry 17-year-old Abernathy Ke- said juan and University Brown. When President Easley James police F. Barker, arrived and at the personal scene, officers stories See See KILLING MARK on on page 2A schools; Pickens County Career and Technology Center (CTC); and Liberty and Pickens High schools. In addition to the grand opening of these recently constructed school buildings, McKissick and Liberty Elementary schools boasted freshly renovated facilities and major renovations continue at Edwards and Dacusville Middle schools. Here is what some of Pickens County’s principals had to say about the rst day of school: “It has been an amazing day opening Chastain Road Elementary! With the start of any school See SCHOOL on page 10A PICKENS — Officials Pickens County Sheriff ’s are thankful after a fire at the Office chief deputy Creed Pickens County Detention Hashe said a jail trustee initially Center on Tuesday morning noticed the smoke and caused no injuries or major alerted authorities about the problems. The fire broke out shortly fire. According to Pickens before 9 a.m. in the laundry facility in Easley the rear High of the School deten- principal Johnson, Dr. Tim the Mullis fire poses was con- with County spokeswoman Sharon First-year EHS tion head center. custodian Carl Livingston. tained Easley and students was not arrived believed back to at school Tuesday for the final semester before moving to the new campus on Highway 8 in January. 2011 Sam Wyche expected next month. Food Fight Bowl this Friday night EASLEY — High school students in both Pickens and Easley have been working around the clock trying to raise funds for Pickens County Meals on Wheels over the past several weeks, and the wait is almost over to see which student body has raised the most money in this year’s fourth annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl. The Food Fight Bowl, played annually on the gridiron between the Blue Flame and Green Wave, will kick off this Friday night at 8 p.m. at An official looks over the damage after a fire at the Pickens County Detention Center on Tuesday morning. No injuries reported after fire breaks out at detention center County School Board on whether to forgive those missed days is The impact of Hurricane Irma last fall caused district officials in both Oconee and Pickens counties to cancel school See SNOW on page 2A historic Brice Field in Easley. The winner of the game will receive the Food Fight Bowl Merck trophy to display gets in their new trophy case at their new school, while a halftime announcement will reveal which extension, student body has raised the most money for Meals on salary Wheels, earning them hike the Ultimate Food Fight Trophy. Grasshopper Mowers By Greg representatives Oliver will also Courtesy be on hand The at Friday Journal night’s goliver@upstatetoday.com game to present a pair of ze- PICKENS — A year and a See BOWL on page 10A Courtesy Sharon Johnson/Pickens County half after approving a five-year contract extension for School District of Pickens County superintendent Worker dies Danny at Merck, the school board voted last week to add an additional Liberty Denim year, along with a pay increase. As a result, Wednesday, Merck, be suspicious in nature. LIBERTY — A 41-year “We believe the fire may Aug. 31, at 3:26 a.m., old man lost his life last week who and the was victim initially dead at named be mechanical and not intentionally set,” Hashe said. the scene, Kelley said. was pronounced in a work-related accident at the Liberty Denim plant on Mills Avenue in Liberty. dent at Greenville in 2014 superinten- An autopsy was MERCK “None of our employees or performed inmates is affected and will Memorial Hospital, with received results a five-year available contract in six to not need Pickens to be relocate.” County Coroner and Kandy Hashe Kelley said said the that fire Lewis ap-Ed- ward Smith II of Golden Creek his latest The accident extension is run under through inves- extension eight weeks, in Kelley July 2016, said. will see Road in Liberty was killed when 2022. tigation Merck by the will Pickens also see County his See FIRE on page 2A he fell into rollers at the mill. Coroner’s Ofce and the Liberty The accident occurred last Police Department. See MERCK on page 2A I N S I D E Pickens Rec Players of the Week honored Sports, Page 5A Scan to visit our website yourpickenscounty.com! I N S I D E Cooking with nuts Food, Page 3B Clemson’s Swinney gives his take on Friday’s game Opinion, Page 4A Fresh broccoli dishes are good for you Food, Page 7A Big flavor for the big game Lifestyles, Page 1B INDEX • OPINION 4A • OPINION SPORTS 4A5A • OBITUARIES 5A6A • LIFESTYLES FOOD 1B7A • COMMUNITY 2B8A • FOOD COMICS 3B9A • COMICS FOOTBALL 4B1B • CLASSIFIEDS 5B9B

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