Lisa Hellams James ...

Lisa Hellams James
(Formerly of Liberty)

Lisa Kay Hellams James, 44, of Old Pacolet Road, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at her residence. Born in Easley, she was a daughter of Kay Reece Ramey of Liberty and the late Jack Hellams. 

Surviving in addition to her mother are a daughter, Adrian Harris(Jason) of Pickens; a son, Tim Edwards(Anna) of Pickens; 3 sisters, Terri White of Pickens, Christine Burgess of Pickens and Becky Ramey Martin of Central; a brother, Daryl Hellams(Taffie) of Liberty; and 3 grandchildren, Calleigh, Abigail and Rayne Harris.

In addition to her father she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jadyn Harris; and her step father, Floyd Lee Ramey.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 PM Sunday at Liberty Mortuary. No service is planned at this time. 

The family will be at the home of her mother, Kay Ramey at 122 Patterson Road Liberty, SC 29657. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

2015 Pickens County Delegation Meeting Set ...

The Pickens County Legislative Delegation Annual Public Meeting has been set.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015 @ 5:30PM

EASLEY, SC 29640

Walter Perry Of Liberty Passes ...

Walter Perry
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Perry will be 2:00PM Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  Burial will be at Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 until 1:45PM at the mortuary.

Walter Woodrow Perry, 100, of 630 Winding Creek Road, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at his residence. 

Mr. Perry was born in Cateechee, and was a United States Army veteran of World War II.  He started the 1st ambulance service in Pickens County and later retired from Pickens County EMS.

He was a member and former deacon of Norris First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Melva Garrett Wooten Perry of the home; two step daughters, Regina Moore (Daniel) of Central, and Angela Elrod (Steve) of Liberty; a grandson, Ben Moore (Kelley).

The family will be at the home.  Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Norris First Baptist Church, PO Box 130, Norris SC 29667.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

November 2014 Pickens GOP Meeting @ The Rosewood Center

The Pickens County Republican Party will meet Thursday November 20, 2014 at 7PM at the Rosewood Center in Liberty.

Updated November 2014 Weather ...

Downtown Liberty has received 1.97 inches of precipitation in the week ending Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 11:00AM.

The weather over the next few days is expected to remain unseasonably cold.

PLEASE take precautions with your home, pets, and family.

The yearly total is now at 38.35 inches of precipitation.

While the area is slightly below average annual precipitation, area water remain two or more feet above pond and the water table is very stable. As ice or snow melts in the mountains, area ponds and lakes may rise to flood status causing flash flooding if the area receives heavy rains.

Fine Forgiveness @ The Pickens County Library System ...

Sarlin Library
15 South Palmetto St
Liberty SC, 29657

Please click on the tag "Sarlin Library" at the bottom of this post to see other events held at the library.

Southeastern Alumni Football Game @ "Old" Liberty High School Football Stadium ...

Vivian Stancil Of Liberty Passes ...

Vivian “Adelle” Stancil
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Stancil will be 2:00PM Wednesday at Camp Creek Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Prater’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Liberty Mortuary.

Vivian “Adelle” Barkley Stancil, 90, of 152 Stancil Road, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Stancil retired from the School District of Pickens County, and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.  She loved to grow her flowers and was an excellent seamstress.

Surviving are two daughters, Martha Jean Ferguson and Becky Ramey both of Liberty; four sons, Herbert and Allen Stancil both of Liberty, Roger Stancil of Easley, and Rev. Tony Stancil of Pickens; two sisters, Lucille Pilgrim of Six Mile, and Coleen Kennemer of Pickens; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, Greg Stancil, and a great granddaughter, Ansley Claire Stancil.

Floral arrangements are appreciated but memorials may also be made to Journey Hospice, 665 N. Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601. The family will be at the home of Dale and Becky Ramey, 880 Terrapin Crossing Road, Liberty SC 29657.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Bernice Pilgrim Of Liberty Passes ...

Bernice Pilgrim
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Pilgrim will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday at Maranatha Baptist Church. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:30 until 2:00 PM at Maranatha Baptist Church. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Bernice Reeves Pilgrim, 83, of 959 Breazeale Road, died Tuesday in Liberty. Born in Pickens, she was the wife of Nelson Wayne Pilgrim of the home and a daughter of the late Thomas and Nora Gravely Reeves. She was a hairdresser for over 50 years and was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are 3 sons, Charles “C.W.” Pilgrim, Randall Pilgrim and Scottie Pilgrim all of Liberty; a brother, Thomas Reeves of Pickens, 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a daughter, Melinda Davis; and a twin sister, Beatrice Johnson.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Providence Care Hospice, especially Angel Surett and Jessica Gasque for the love and care they gave to Mrs. Pilgrim.

The family will be at the home of her son, C.W. at 5820 Moorefield Memorial Hwy. Liberty, SC 29657. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Editorial: Blindly Following The Circus Elephants

Blindly Following The Circus Elephants
by Rus Smith

Many of my friends are on the wrong side of "net neutrality".    

Most of you are against it simply because a party (the GOP) is against it.

Well, Verizon and AT&T, and Charter, and Time Warner are also against net neutrality. Think about that. Also know that broadband service providers were behind ALL important races with big $$ this past election.

To me ... Net neutrality is a regulation the government was MEANT for. 

What is net neutrality? 

Net neutrality says all internet traffic is equal. Meaning - my Netflix stream is just bits and bytes like my email downloading. It says that watching a YouTube video is just the same as viewing your facebook feed because it's all data.

IF net neutrality loses out ... Corporate America - greedy no conscious - no ethics - profit at any price - corporate America will exploit their monopolies on broadband and charge you for what services they don't like or that you use most often. Think of this just like a city charging you a toll for the roads you use most often and giving you discounts on slow side roads where they sold advertisements - advertisements placed on your property!

Understand that net neutrality is freedom of choice at its best. The Internet is the first "thing" in history where it's truly un-governed and THAT is the ONLY reason the Internet & all the companies that thrive on it are so successful.

Quick example. I pretty much make a living off the Internet ... If net neutrality were to be eliminated ... Corporate America ... Corporate media ... Corporate news ... Big brand name writers ... Big brand name consultants would be the only choice you had. I wouldn't even be "seen" because I wasn't paying for placement. (Because I couldn't afford it)

Think of net neutrality in the form of facebook. Instead of seeing my updates, most of the time you'd see celebrity gossip or some marketer that's paying to spread their $$ making scheme - be that through memes or recipes.

Whether democrat or republican or independent - you MUST be in favor of net neutrality and stop showing your ignorance of facts by blindly following the circus elephants in the GOP on this issue.

Prove it daily ...

Kenneth Anderson Of Liberty Passes ...

Kenneth Anderson
Liberty, SC

Kenneth L. Anderson, 65, husband of Gail Widman Anderson, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Anderson was born in Newark, N.J., and was a son of the late Kenneth L. and Mae Mulchany Anderson. He was a graduate of Stockton State College in Pomona, N.J., was the retired director of health and safety for Glen Raven Mills and was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Clemson.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Ken Anderson and his wife, Kelly of Zirconia, N.C. and Scott Anderson of Easley; a daughter, Robyn Taylor, and her husband David of Anderson; two brothers, Kevin Anderson of Rome, Colo., and Keith Anderson of Sayreville, N.J., a sister, Karen Sobieski of Middletown, N.J.; three grandchildren, Will and Allie Taylor and Russell Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2PM.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 6 - 7PM at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Holiday Happenings In Liberty ...

Holiday Bazaar @ The Rosewood Center ...

Saturday November 22, 2014 10-2

Liberty Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday December 6, 2014

Liberty Christmas Parade

Sunday December 7, 2014

Liberty Mortuary Candlelight Remembrance Service @ Liberty Memorial Gardens. 

December 13, 2014 @ 5PM

Hazel Eady ...

Hazel Eady
Liberty SC

The Unity Mortuary of Williamston announces the passing of Hazel Eady , age 80 , of Liberty, SC ,who departed this life Monday , Novemeber 10, 2014. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date . 

Family members will be gathering at 26 Pickens Drive, Liberty, SC.

Essie Lee Taylor Of Liberty Passes ...

Essie Lee Taylor
Liberty, SC

Graveside services to honor the life of Mrs. Taylor were held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.  No visitation is planned.

Essie Lee Barrett Taylor, 95, of 211 West Main Street, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at Manna Health & Rehab.  Born in Six Mile she was the widow of James Leland Taylor and a daughter of the late Jake and Ola Madden Barrett.  She was a homemaker and a member of Liberty First Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Jimmy Taylor of Liberty; two grandchildren, April Mahuen, and James Taylor.

She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

The family will be at the home.  Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Happy Veterans Day


Thank you to all men and women who have lived, loved, and served for this country.

Jo Ann Fincannon ...

Jo Ann Fincannon
Liberty, SC

Jo Ann Lesley Fincannon, 50, wife of Melvin Carlo Fincannon, passed from this life on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Jo Ann was a daughter of Charles Lesley of Six Mile and the late Dorothy Howard Owen. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved sewing and quilting, leaving her family many cherished items made by her hands. Jo Ann also liked to collect ceramic dogs.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Melvin Fincannon, of the home; daughters, Angela Galloway (Randy) of Easley and Sharon Phagan of Greer; step-son, Rodrick Kirk Fincannon of Liberty; and nine grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, David Lesley of Liberty, Danny Lesley of Spartanburg; and a sister, Elaine Pace of Lyman.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 2 to 3:30PM at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with a funeral service following at 3:30PM in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park

The family will be at their respective homes.

Dillard Funeral Home
Pickens, SC 29671

November 2014 Liberty City Council Meeting ...

The November 2014 Liberty City Council meeting will be held Monday November 10, 2014 at The Rosewood Center In Liberty at 6:00PM.


Liberty High School Varsity Volleyball –Upper State Champions; Coach Carla Simpson and Assistant Coach CJ Smith

October 2014 Budget Numbers

City Attorney

Community Development & Events Committee

Upcoming Events: Holiday Bazaar; Christmas Tree Lighting; Christmas Parade; Toys for Tots

RIA Grant Update

Commerce Street Grant

Topics from the Public


• Police Department Chief Gilstrap

• Fire Department Chief Rowland

• Public Works/Water and Sewer Department Olen Hamlin

• Recreation Department Tony Boiter/Jamie Burns


•  Josh Harrison – Fire Dept
•  Lisa Hunter – Community Development & Events
•  Lavant Padgett – Rec Dept
•  Brian Petersen – Commerce St Grant
•  Chuck Powell - Police Dept
•  Dwight Yates – Water Dept

LHS Cheer Team To Compete For State Title

The Liberty High School Varsity Competition Cheerleaders are wrapping up another great season. The team placed in the top five in the 2AA qualifer out of twenty upper and lower state teams. The State Championship will be held this Saturday, November 15th
beginning at 11:00AM at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville.​ Come out and support your LHS cheerleaders as they try for another title!

Pictured Left to Right:

Front Row: Brea Jenkins, Ashley Fowler, Lexi Bolding, Brandon Harris, Susie Whitmire, Lauren McGaha, Noelle Yardley

Second Row: Abigale Beason, Jasmine Roesch, Chloe Chappell, Bailee Anderson, Mazi Smith, Jaida Smith
Third Row: Ivy Grace Gibson, Breanna Briggs, Alyssa Shockley, Amber Hopson, Meghan Bryant, Raleigh Felton, Sarah Beth Markley

Movie Review: Interstellar

Went to see Interstellar last night ...

I was really let down.

This isn't the typical Christopher Nolan - have you thinking - kind of film.

Nolan, who co-wrote and directed the newest Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception - totally loses focus in this boring, borrowed plot. There's nothing original about the script. The movie drags on.

I don't typically give away plot elements to movies, but you need to know this one part to solidify that you don't want to see this movie. 

The movie is clearly set in the not too distant future, but obviously technology has advanced reasonably far. Robots have developed AI. Well, the robots are ridiculous. I mean silly. So outrageously ridiculous that it's almost comical. They are literally walking, talking 7 foot tall black bricks. The effect is mind numbing and laughable. You can't stop thinking - is that a guy inside a black spray painted refrigerator box?

The plot is weak and has real science  mishmashed among the cool mumbles of McConaughey to keep your attention but it only serves to  confuse you as you turn your ear to the screen.

There's really no dazzling visuals to see yet the effects budget is clearly high.

Do not waste your 2½ hours to see this.

If I wasn't in great company - I would probably have taken some time to get in a nap - Matthew McConaughey's voice just does that to me.

Jail Blotter: October 16 - November 6, 2014

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Veteran's Day Celebration At Liberty Middle ...

Liberty Middle School welcomes you to:

A Celebration of Heroes
November 11, 2014

* Light refreshments will be served at 1:30PM *

* Please RSVP to 864-397-3400 by November 5, 2014 *