Daylight Savings Time Change ...

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time is on November 2nd this year:

From The US Navy website:
"On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1:00AM local standard time. 
These dates were established by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. no. 109-58, 119 Stat 594 (2005)."

Arrest Made In Connection With Liberty Shooting

From LibertyPD:

On Thursday October 30, 2014, Officers from the Liberty Police Department arrested Benjamin James Pilgrim as he was released from care at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Center. Pilgrim is charged with two counts of Murder and one count of Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. These charges stem from an investigation into the shooting that occurred in Liberty on 10-10-2014 at Forestview Apartments. The first Murder charge is for the death of Houston Allen Chapman while the second is for causing the death of Steven Russell Chapman. Pilgrim was transported to the Pickens County Detention Center.


   Pilgrim was engaged to marry into the Chapman family and lived in the same apartment building. It has been determined that Pilgrim and Houston Chapman had an ongoing dispute for months. Investigators believe this dispute is what led to the shooting between Pilgrim and Houston Chapman.

Amanda Katherine Cothran Of Liberty Passes ...

Amanda Katherine Cothran
Liberty, SC

Amanda Katherine Cothran, 29, of Gray Fox Lane, Liberty, wife of Eric Cothran, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Greenville Health Care System.

Born on December 6, 1984 in Anderson to Clinton and Katherine Smith, she was employed with BOSCH and a graduate of Wren High School. Mrs. Cothran loved fishing, the outdoors, going to the Jockey Lot, trips to the mountains; and attended Galilee Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cothran is survived by two sons; Hayden and Caleb Cothran, of the home; a brother, Shane Smith (Adriann) of Liberty; her maternal grandparents, Eddie and Linda Hicks of Liberty; two aunts, Linda Young (James) and Dove Stewart (Tim), both of Liberty. Mrs. Cothran is also survived by a special four-legged friend, Meme.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Galilee Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Clyde Gravely Jr. Burial will follow at Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Rd. Easley SC, 29642.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00PM on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road.

The family is at the home of her parents, 1817A Christopher Road, Liberty.

Flowers are optional, or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

Condolences may be expressed online at, or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

Helen Ellenburg Of Liberty Passes ...

Helen Patterson Ellenburg
Liberty, SC

Mrs. Helen Patterson Ellenburg, 93, wife of Ralph M. Ellenburg, Sr, of Liberty, SC, died Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Helen was born September 29, 1921 in Pickens County, SC the daughter of the late Barney G. Patterson and the late Minnie Bearden Patterson of Salem, SC.

Helen was a graduate of Pickens High School, Pickens, SC where she was the Valedictorian and played basketball. As a young adult, Helen was crowned Miss Pickens. Helen was an avid reader and loved to garden. Her family remembers her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 70 years, Ralph M. Ellenburg Sr; her children, Ralph(Mac) M. Ellenburg, Jr & Heller Gwen Ellenburg of Liberty and Heather Rice McConnell of Black Mountain, NC and her brother, Jack Patterson of Pickens. She was predeceased by a daughter, Hollace Hamid of Easley and a brother, Roland Patterson of Pickens. Helen left behind five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Graveside service with family and friends will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:30PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park located at 2410 Gentry Memorial Hwy, Pickens, with visitation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Hospice of the Upstate; 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to Alzheimer's Association; 301 University Ridge, Greenville, SC.

Flat Rock Baptist Trunk Or Treat ...

LHS Varsity Football vs Pendleton

Liberty Red Devil Varsity football played the Pendleton Bulldogs on Friday October 24, 2014 @ Pendleton.


Liberty 14
Pendleton 17

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2014 Fall For Liberty ...

Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10 AM - 5 PM
Downtown Liberty

The third annual Fall for Liberty will feature hayrides, inflatables, arts and crafts, a cake walk, a large variety of food vendors, a chili cook off, and more.

Festivities begin at 10AM.
     Downtown Liberty 
         Oct 31, 2014
           4PM-6 PM

Helen Moore Of Liberty Passes ...

Helen Moore
Liberty, SC

Graveside services to honor Mrs. Moore’s life will be 1:30 PM Monday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Central. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 until 1:00 PM at the Liberty Mortuary.

Helen Porter Moore, 84, of 3 Jackson Street, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Baptist Easley Hospital. Born in Greenville she was the widow of Clyde D. Moore, and a daughter of the late James and Mary Morgan Porter.

She was retired from Emtex Textiles, and was a member of Liberty Church of God.

Surviving are three daughters, Deborah Freeman of Lowell, NC, Mary Lesley of Liberty, and Carol Moore of Easley; two sons, Randall Moore of Gray Court, and Robert Moore of Liberty; a sister, Betty Jo Shirley of Liberty; a brother, Jimmy Porter of Greenville; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Judy Bailey, and Shirley Gillespie, a brother, Willie Porter, and a grandchild, Drew Lesley.

The family will be at 910 Old Liberty Road, Easley.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Miss Liberty Seeking Contestants // Advance Tickets Available

The official Miss South Carolina Local Preliminary pageant crowning Miss Liberty & Miss Liberty Teen as well as Miss Pickens County & Pickens County Teen will be held Saturday, November 8th.  

The pageant on the evening of the 8th will begin at 6:30pm, with a "Night at the Gatsby" theme.  

Our focus this year is to bring the pageant back to the area and focus on some home town girls! 

The preliminary pageant is being held at the newly renovated Rosewood Center, 418 E. Main Street, Liberty. 

Tickets and seating will be limited! 

We are currently seeking contestants in the age range of 13 years to age 23 that will compete in all aspects of pageantry including interview, talent, physical fitness, and evening gown! 

Deadline for entry is October 22, 2014.

Contact Local Executive Director, Misty Medlin at 864.505.2148 or by email at for more information. 

Tickets will be available for purchase and pick up beginning October 16th at 141 WEST, 141 W. Front Street,Liberty. 

Advance tickets are $10 each, $15 at the door. 

LHS Varsity Football: Liberty vs Woodruff

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30PM, the Liberty High Red Devils took on the Woodruff Wolverines at home.


Liberty 7
Woodruff 42

The Red Devils are 3-5 on the season. 

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Editorial: School Board Candidates With Conflict

School Board Candidates With Conflict
by Philip Smith

After hearing the candidates for the Pickens County School Board Seat II, some critical distinctions can be observed in the candidates.

Tony Qualkinbush and Kevin McKenzie both receive significant household income from the school district since their wives work there. McKenzie also works for the State, so his whole household income is from the government. Jennifer Wood also works for City government. Phillip Bowers is the only candidate who does not receive household income from the government.

Qualkinbush and McKenzie cannot lawfully vote on any issue that benefits them personally. So, since the budget is roughly 90% salaries and benefits which include their wives paycheck, they will be almost useless on the board since they can't vote on budget matters.

If voters are not careful, we will end up with a board member that can't vote on ANY important matters.

I do not believe government employees should serve on boards that are designed to oversee the government on behalf of the citizens.

Indirectly, we already have a large teacher vote represented with Judy Edwards, retired School District Of Pickens County teacher.

* Seat II represents portions of Liberty towards Six Mile

Dehumanizing Danger ...

Dehumanizing Danger
by Philip Smith
EBOLA isn't just a deadly virus … It's a catchy buzzword.
Instead of the word "OJ" killing the word "Nicole Simpson" assisted by the words "gloves that don't fit" we have just one word killing ALL of us … "EBOLA"!
Instead of evil people by the names "Radical Muslims" … we have the names "ISIS" and "ISIL" and "Al Queda" which actually sound a little mysterious and friendly.
We aren't scared of people any more in the days of social media … "We are scared of buzzwords"
Stop falling for it!
Call a spade a spade and call out the media that's USING YOU for ratings.

Yack & Yarn @ The Sarlin Library In Liberty ...

October 2014 Pickens County Republican Party To Meet @ Rosewood Center

The Pickens County Republican Party will meet Thursday October 16, 2014 at 7PM at the Rosewood Center in Liberty.

Guest speaker will be Sheriff Rick Clark.

Liberty Rec Basketball Signups ...

Jail Blotter September 10 - October 15, 2014

For more details, including access to other Pickens County Sheriff's Office Arrest profiles, see:

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Severe Storms Dump Nearly Four Inches Of Rain On Liberty In 48 Hours

A flash flood was issued for Pickens County - effective until Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 6AM.

The flood watch was renewed at 5PM.

A tornado warning was issued and the Liberty Fire Department sounded the warning siren because formation was spotted in the area of Six Mile closest to Liberty.

Liberty has seen 1.94 inches of rain in the week ending Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 7:45AM and saw an additional 1.92 over the next 12 hours.

This brings the yearly total to 35.86 inches for the area.

Greenville & Oconee counties have seen nearly 14 inches more rain than Pickens County & Anderson C

The area usually averages 3.7 inches for the month of October.

Austin Bruder Of Liberty ...

Austin Bruder
Liberty, SC

Austin Barrett Bruder, 3 months, infant son of John D. and Anna Vaughn Bruder, went home to be with Jesus, on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Even though he didn’t spend much time with us, he touched our lives, and we loved him dearly.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, Colby Vaughn of the home; grandparents, Ernie & Stacy Vaughn of Six Mile, Carol Bruder of Central, Allen Bruder & Heather Kerr of Louisville, CO; great grandparents, Hettie Huskin of Ellijay, GA, Charles & Jean Clinard of Bowling Green, OH, and Clarence & Marjorie Bruder of Des Moines, IA; two uncles, Adam Vaughn of Pendleton, and Steven Bruder of Athens, OH; an aunt, Stacey Vaughn of Santa Monica, CA; great uncles & aunts, Dr. Ray & Fredia Longenecker of Six Mile, Rod & Susan Gist of Easley, Ed & Yvonne Palsha of Cleveland, OH, Wendy Stainbrook of Toledo, OH, Phil & Susan Clinard of Perrysburg, OH, Christie Stillwell of Ellijay, GA, Sheila Dickerson of Alto, GA, Bobby Trout of Blairsville, GA, Thomas Bruder of Des Moines, IA, Carol Hemphill of Urbandale, IA and Susan Bruder of Marion, OH; also surviving are numerous cousins and other family members.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 PM Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel by Reverend Dr. Ray Longenecker. Burial will be at Abbott Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 until 2:45 PM at the mortuary.

The family will be at their respective homes. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Bonnie Curtis Of Liberty Passes ...

Bonnie Curtis
Liberty, SC

Bonnie Curtis of Rotterdam Rd. Liberty passed away at her home on Saturday October 11, 2014. The daughter of Earnest and Clara Lee, Bonnie is survived by her sisters, Geneva, Doris, Cathy and Dianne and a brother Walter Lee. Also surviving are her husband of 62 years, Charles Curtis, her five daughters, Debra Gilstrap of Easley , Genell Cortright, of Greenville, Gayle Esancy of Pickens, Teresa "Charlene" McCall of Liberty and Rebecca Farmer of Travelers Rest. Bonnie was the proud grandmother of eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grand-children.

Having devoted herself to home and family, Bonnie considered her greatest accomplishments to be raising her 5 daughters and being a wonderful grandmother to all of her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of her greatest joys included spending time with her grandchildren, going for long rides in the mountains with her family, and watching birds out her kitchen window. Known to her grandchildren as "Granny", she always had a dollar, a treat or a surprise to give them in exchange for a big hug. Her family always looked forward to eating her delicious homemade biscuits, fried chicken and banana pudding.

Bonnie was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Roanoke Baptist Church for over 40 years. Her faith was unwavering and in her last hours she was comforted by God's promises, the prayers of her pastor and family and the comfort of knowing that Heaven was ready to welcome her home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 pm on Tuesday October 14 at The Liberty Mortuary. Funeral services will be Wednesday October 15 at 11:00 am, at Roanoke Baptist Church, 400 Roanoke Rd. Liberty SC. Her grandsons, Mark Esancy and Bryan Cole, Pastor Jack Shook and the Rev. Gary Gwinn will be sharing the message of hope. Burial will be at Roanoke Baptist Church.

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

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Liberty High School Blood Drive ...