Stolen Vehicle Speeds Past LibertyPD; Driver Goes Down Dead End Street

At approximately 2:15PM on Friday March 27, 2015 ... A vehicle sped past two Liberty PD officers in the downtown area.

From LPD report:

Stolen vehicle from Pickens county. Vehicle went down dead end on Clover St in Liberty & went through field and got stuck. 

Charges: Failure to stop, reckless driving, open container, possession of firearm by person convicted of violent felony. 

Four passengers total: two male and two female.

One arrested for the charges above. And one charged for open container and released and the other charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released. No charges for the fourth passenger. 

Fred "Junior" Crawford Of Liberty Passes ...

Fred "Junior" Crawford

Fred "Junior" Crawford, 66, of Liberty ,went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 26, 2015.

He is survived by a brother, Jerry Crawford and four sisters, Shirley Reece, Ida Bagwell, Emily Barnett, and Ruby Crawford. ,

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Sadie Crawford, and his sister, Martha Lollis.

Arrangements: The Palmetto Mortuary

Yack & Yarn ...

Total Lunar Eclipse ...

April 4, 2015 : Total Lunar Eclipse. 

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. 

During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. 

The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, eastern Asia, and Australia. 

The eclipse will last for 3 hours and 29 mins from beginning to end. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 5 minutes.

Liberty SC will be in view starting at around 5AM and reach totality sometime around 7am.

James Whitlock Of Liberty Passes ...

James R. “Jim” Whitlock
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor Mr. Whitlock’s life will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Flat Rock Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior the service at the church.

James Robert Whitlock, 84, of Liberty, SC, son of the late William Robert and Mary Frances Summey Whitlock, passed away peacefully Monday, March 16 at St. Francis Hospital. 

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 59 years, Zoe Kelley Whitlock, a daughter, Kelley Whitlock Norwine and her husband, Doug, grandsons Casey and Alex Whitlock (Tyra), one great-grandson, Cooper Whitlock, sisters Ida Nix, Alta Murrell, Wanda Norton, and Frances Hamlin, a daughter-in-law, Julie Whitlock, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a son, Christopher Neill.

Known as “Big Jim,” “Jimbo” or “Papa Jim” to many, Jim was the owner/operator of Whitlock Electrical Contracting for 30 years until he retired for medical reasons in 1990. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, where he was responsible for flying with confidential documents all around the world, and was a long time member of Flat Rock Baptist Church where he served in many capacities such as Sunday school teacher, RA leader, choir member, Deacon, and Director of Training Union.

He was proud to be a member of the “Table of Knowledge” at Yank’s Place in Liberty, where he and the guys would sit, drink coffee, and solve the world’s problems. The family would like to send a special thanks to the employees and patrons of Yank’s who always took such great care of him. Jim loved to garden, and many neighbors and family members were the recipients of his handiwork. Hardly a day passed that you wouldn’t catch him watching his favorite television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza. Jim grew up during a time where life was simple, friends were close, business deals were consummated with a handshake, and his family and relationship with God were everything. 

Flowers will be accepted, however, the family humbly requests that donations be made to Flat Rock Baptist Church Endowment Fund, 115 Slab Bridge Road, Liberty, SC, 29657, or to Anderson University’s Johnny Mann Center for Commercial Music, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621. 

The family is at the home.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Upcoming Events In Liberty ...

Upcoming Events:

March 24, 2015 6:00PM LES vs CRES "Teacher Tip Off" Basketball Game at LHS Gym.

March 25, 2015 Police Dept vs Fire Dept baseball games start

March 28, 2015 ... Classic Car Show / Ingles of Liberty Parking Lot

Saturday April 4, 2015 - Liberty Church Of God Easter Egg Hunt / Family Event at Freedom Park / time to be announced

Saturday April 11, 2015 9AM Community Clean Up

Saturday April 18, 2015 2PM - 10PM Relay For Life Run @ Old Liberty High Football Stadium.

Saturday April 25, 2015 Family Fun Day sponsored by local churches / All invited

Old Liberty Football Stadium

Free Food • Bounce Houses • More

Non perishable food will be collected for local food banks

May 2, 2015 9AM / Benefit run for Humane Society 

New Liberty Auditorium on Memorial Day Monday May 25, 2015 to honor Pickens County Medal of Honor recipients.

Liberty Rec Competition Cheer Clinic ...

Liberty Board Member; Swing Vote On Prayer Issue In Pickens County

Liberty District 4 school board member Dr. Brian Swords is the swing vote on the issue of prayer.

He voted to table the issue previously.

The decision could have an impact on prayer elsewhere in the County.

Please contact Dr. Swords and tell him you stand behind prayer at our school board meetings.

The proposed policy is backed in full by SC Attorney General Alan Wilson + two recent Federal District Court decisions.

Dr. Brian Swords email as posted on school district website:

If commenting, please keep comments kind & constructive.

Liberty Elementary Schools ... Teacher Tip Off

Updated March 2015 Precipitation Totals ...

Downtown Liberty has received 0.77" of precipitation in the week ending Tuesday March 10, 2015 at 8:45AM.

This brings the yearly total to 8.21 inches and the March total to 0.77 inches.

Temperatures are expected to be seasonal over the next week with lows in the 40's and highs in the 70's. There is a chance of showers throughout the week with predictions of early morning and late afternoon rain around 40%.

Editorial: The double "N" Word

I've read article after article from so called conservative blogs and social media saying that companies like Netflix will regret the decision to back "Net Neutrality" yet they NEVER QUOTE THE ACTUAL REGULATION. Instead I just see a lot of "coulds".

I am a conservative through and through, but this issue to me, is what I feel the government was meant to do. 

I fault Rush Limbaugh most for the misinformation - saying it would require blogger licenses and such. 
When Limbaugh speaks about Net Neutrality, he always talks about government control of the Internet, yet he NEVER quotes the actual regulation - instead just says what some "expert" says it says. 

It essentially says this in legalese ...

"The Internet was created as an open market. Data is not different."

Essentially, net neutrality will not allow data to be labeled as a race - much as a human cannot be discriminated against as a race. 

It takes a lot of words to describe this issue because these companies that want to charge Americans more using their government sanctioned oligopolies WILL find a loophole.

Rus Smith
Editor, The Liberty Monitor

Lynn Turner Of Liberty Passes ...

Lynn Turner
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor Lynn's life will be 11:00AM Tuesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Charlotte Lynn Holder Turner, 60, of 162 Freedom Forest Drive, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015. Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Calvin and Ola Mae Brown Holder.

She was a homemaker and loved arts & crafts.

Surviving are her husband, Jerry L. Turner of the home; a sister, Carolyn Nix (Don) of Liberty; a brother, Thomas Holder (Ann) of Liberty; four sisters-in-law, Judy Howard, Dorothy Weber, Sharon Gray, and Vickie Black; a brother-in-law, Ed Turner; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will be at the home of Thomas and Ann Holder, 116 Griffin Circle, Liberty, SC 29657.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Chastain Road Elementary Team Places in STEM competition ...

On Monday, March 2, 2015 the district held the 5th Grade JetToy Challenge Competition. The JetToy Challenge is part of a fifth grade curriculum that blends science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lessons. 

The second place team was the "Yates' Greats" from Chastain Road Elementary, whose members are Halle Johnson, Gabbie Juan, Hannah Lauber, and Cadence Lollis. 

In the JetToy Challenge, a fictitious toy company asks students to provide a variety of interesting designs for a new line of balloon-powered vehicles that will appeal to other children. The vehicles are made from inexpensive, common materials. Working in design teams, students build and test model JetToys using different nozzles. Then, they collect and analyze data to understand the effect of nozzle size on the performance of the toys. The project teaches students in basic engineering principles through the fun of competition, and students compete in accuracy, time, distance, weight, and design. 

The top two teams will compete in a regional competition against students in Anderson and Oconee counties, and the top two teams from that competition will also earn a spot in the international competition.

March 2015 Liberty City Council Meeting

March 9, 2015 Liberty City Council Meeting @ The Rosewood Center 6:00PM ...


Approval of Council Meeting Minutes from February 9, 2015 and Work Session Minutes regarding TIF legal action and settlement from March 2, 2015

February 2015 Budget Numbers
Proclamation 15-0302 March for Meals
Rosewood Renovations; moving City Hall to Rosewood Center
Commerce Street Grant Update
Resolution 15-0309 – to purchase garbage truck and financing with BB&T
Community Enrichment Committee
Topics from the Public
(3 minute limit)

Daylight Savings Time ...

Don't forget to set your clock ahead by one hour Saturday night:

Daylight Saving Time 2015 begins at 2:00AM on Sunday, March 8, 2015

Liberty Man Assaults Police Officers At Easley Quality Inn Hotel

The Easley Police Department is reporting that officers were attacked when responding to an assault at the Quality Inn in Easley on Friday morning.

Officers said they received a report of domestic assault at around 4:15AM Friday morning at the Quality Inn and Suites on Calhoun Memorial Highway.

When police arrived on the scene, they said a suspect assaulted an officer when he entered the hotel room.

The man, Franklin Miles, 23, of Liberty resisted arrest and assaulted two more officers and two victims.

A witness on the scene told police that the suspect was staring at a bathroom mirror before he "snapped," attacking a woman and her brother. 

Miles has been charged with three counts of assault, third degree and three counts of resisting arrest with assault on an officer.

Norton said the assaulted officers suffered minor injuries.

Melvin Posey Of Liberty Passes ...

Melvin Posey
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Posey will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Melvin Woodrow Posey, 88, formerly of Anderson Hwy. died Monday morning at Countryside Village in Easley. Born in Liberty, he was the widower of Rachel Rebecca Roberts Posey and a son of the late Walter and Lucy Smith Posey. He was retired from Woodside Mills and was a lifetime member of Golden Grove Wesleyan Church. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are a brother in law, John Hunter of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters, Louise Posey and Lucille Hunter; and 2 brothers, Raymond Paul Posey and Walter Posey, Jr.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Louise Payne Scott Warren Of Liberty Passes ...

Louise Payne Scott Warren
Liberty, SC

Mrs. Louise Payne Scott Warren, 90, of 246 Alta Vista Drive, Liberty, loving wife of the late Jean Charles Warren, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. 

Funeral services were held at 4:00PM on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home - Downtown with the Rev. Mark Kannarney conducting.

School District Legal Issues w/ Liberty TIF To Be Discussed...

The public may attend a City of Liberty, Council Meeting regarding Liberty's potential obligation to the school District of Pickens County regarding Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

The cities of Easley & Clemson have settled with the district in regards to the matter.

The school district took a case before the SC Supreme Court. With a win; the school district is now working with the cities to settle.

Liberty's TIF district covers the area of The Rosewood Center & Ingles.

Monday March 2, 2015 6:00PM

Rosewood Center

School District of Pickens County Superintendent Dr. Merck & Liberty School board member Dr. Brian Swords will be on hand to discuss.

There is no public input.