LHS Varsity Football: Liberty vs Powdersville

The Liberty High School Red Devils will play conference rival Powdersville Friday September 19, 2014.

Kick off is at 7:30PM @ Liberty High School.

Liberty is now 2-1 on the season.

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Miss Liberty Pageant ...

From Miss Liberty Pageant:
We proudly announce the official Miss South Carolina Local Preliminary pageant crowning Miss Liberty & Miss Liberty Teen as well as Miss Pickens County & Pickens County Teen. Pageant will be held Saturday, November 8th with interviews on November 7th for the contestants. The pageant on the evening of the 8th will begin at 6:30pm, with a roaring 20's 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 24 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 atmisslibertypickenscountysc@gmail.com 

Pet Vacc @ The Rosewood Center In Liberty ...

September 2014 Pickens County GOP Meeting

The Pickens County Republican Party will meet Thursday September 18, 2014 at 7PM at the Rosewood Center in Liberty.

Discussion: Alex Saitta to discusss recnt School District tax increase

Mae Suddeth Of Liberty Passes ...

Mae Suddeth
Liberty, SC

Lola Mae Scruggs Suddeth, 62, of Hamlin Road, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late James and Alice Elrod Scruggs, Mae was formerly employed with the Ellison Plant of Alice Manufacturing Company and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are her husband, Leon “Buster” Suddeth of the home; two sons, Allen Suddeth and Scotty Galloway, both of Easley; a daughter, Sherry Suddeth of Easley; three brothers, Randy Scruggs and Winfred Scruggs, both of Norris, and Edward Scruggs of Easley; two sisters, Wanna Brittenham of Oklahoma and Belle Waldrop of Easley; twelve grandchildren, Bradley and Jacob Suddeth,, Brittany Reid, Brandon, Cole, Codie, Caleb, Chase, Chance, Corey, Christen and Colby Galloway. In addition to her parents, Mae was predeceased by two brothers, Horace Scruggs and W.T. Scruggs.

The family is at the home of Sherry Suddeth, 210 Anton Drive, Easley, SC 29642.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Dr. Joel Allgood Passes ...

Dr. Joel Allgood
(Formerly of Liberty SC)

Dr. Joel William (“Bill”) Allgood passed peacefully away on September 12, 2014 in Escondido, CA.  He was 78.  

Bill was born on January 4, 1936, in Liberty, SC, to Joel O’Dell and Hazel Rasor Allgood.  An only child, he was the star quarterback for the Liberty High School Red Devils and was valedictorian of his graduating class.  Bill graduated Clemson University and received his doctoral degree from the Medical College of Charleston (MUSC), again ranking first in his class.  He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, and a residency in Hematology at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He married Margaret Moss Watson in 1958 and they had three children.  After their divorce in 1966, he moved to San Diego, CA and served in the US Navy at the San Diego Naval Hospital.  There he further specialized in the then-nascent field of Oncology, and attained the rank of Commander.

He was married again, to Barbara Loos, and subsequently to Elizabeth Bryant, before meeting and marrying Sharon Beattie Kraft and adopting her young daughter Shelby.  Bill and Sharon were together for 35 years, until her death in 2012.

In Escondido, Bill was a founding member of the Palomar Medical Group, Director of Elizabeth Hospice from 1990 to 1996, and Medical Director of Oncology Services at Palomar Medical Center from 1990 to 2000.  He was an avid photographer, a talented athlete and passionate sports fan, and a world traveler.  In 2003 he and Sharon visited Africa on a photo safari and the experience changed their lives.  Bill wrote and published a book, illustrated with his photographs, entitled The Call of Africa, and donated all proceeds to Heifer International.

Bill is survived by his children Anne Allgood, Rachel Dofing, Joel William (“Will”) Allgood, Jr., and Shelby Swiatek; and his grandchildren Kaylin, Emily, and Jacob Dofing, Elliott and Dillon Swiatek, Anthony and Brittany Lordi, and Lexy and Harper Kendall.  No memorial service is planned as yet; in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Doctors Without Borders, the Vanessa Grant Trust (which underwrites a school for girls in Kenya),  or Elizabeth Hospice of Escondido, CA.

Pickens County Board Of Trustees Votes 4-2 To Raise Property Taxes ...

School Board Votes 4-2 to raise property taxes ...

Press release from SDPC ...

On Monday September 15, 2014 ... 

"...the board of trustees approved an operating millage change in response to tax reassessment of the county. 

The vote was 4 to 2.

The board approved a rollup to 112 mills in order to maintain the same amount of revenues and avoid either running a deficit or making drastic cuts. 

The net assessed value of properties in Pickens County fell during this year's reassessment, and maintaining the current operating millage of 108 mills would have cost the school district approximately $1.1 million in revenues from the general fund, forcing cuts to programs and staff. 

The millage change does not increase the district’s local revenues from the prior year.

It is important to note that owner-occupied homes are not subject to operating millage, but businesses, second homes, rental properties, and vehicles may be impacted.

For some taxpayers, this could result in a tax decrease if their property was assessed at a lower value. 

Those whose properties were assessed at the same or a higher value will see a small tax increase.

Debt service millage was also set at 53.2 mills to meet the required debt service payments. This is an increase of 0.7 mills.

Please keep in mind three things about the change in operating millage:

1. Operating millage does not apply to owner-occupied homes.

2. The millage change goes hand-in-hand with reassessment, so whether individual property owners see a tax increase or decrease depends greatly on how their property was reassessed.

3. This is revenue-neutral, which means the district is getting the same amount of money from the people of Pickens County as a whole as we were before."

For more information or answers to your questions, contact:

John Eby

SDPC Public Information Specialist

(864) 397-1045, Office

Liberty School Board Trustee, Dr. Brian Swords was among the 4 voting in favor of the increase.

Pickens County Communications Group Meetings ...

The Pickens County Communications Group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month @ 7:00PM @ Pickens EOC. (Old Hinkle's Jeep / Near Pickens Flea Market)

The group focuses on Amateur Ham Radio and EMS & weather alert support.

Call (864)878-7980 for more details 

June Fendley Of Liberty Passes ...

June Fendley
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Fendley will be 2:00 PM Monday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Nazareth Presbyterian Church Cemetery, in Westminster, SC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

June Dyer Fendley, 88, of 202 Green Drive, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the McCall Hospice House. Born in Blockley, England she was the widow of Walton Bruce Fendley and a daughter of the late Alfred and Henrietta Middleton Dyer.

Mrs. Fendley was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church, and was retired from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She was an avid gardener, who loved to knit, and she also loved animals.

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Register (Kenneth), and Sylvia Taylor (Curtis) all of Fayetteville, NC, and Carol Lynch (Randall) of the home; a son, William “Bill” Fendley (Pamela) of Ellington, CT; a step brother, Andrew Lesley Dyer; 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

The family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville SC 29680.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary.com

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Meals On Wheels To Have Membership Drive To Help With New LibertySenior Center

On Thursday, September 18, Pickens County Meals on Wheels will hold a membership drive at its new senior center. 

The event will take place Rosewood Center 419 E. Main St. Liberty, SC. Music, games and fellowship will take place between 11AM and 1PM. 

Membership is open to all residents in Pickens County over 60 years of age.

On July 1, 2014 Pickens County Meals on Wheels (PCMOW) expanded its programs and service offerings to include not only home-delivered meals, but also congregate meals and activities including health promotion and disease prevention education.  

The center offers lunchtime meals and a variety of activities Monday through Friday between 8:30AM and 1:00PM. Activities include social hour, games, structured exercise classes, and nutrition education. Activities change monthly. 

For a full listing of scheduled activities visit www.pcmow.org. 

For more information please call 

or email

Liberty Cub Scout Troop Recognized ...

The Liberty Cub Scouts had the honor of being recognized by the City Council Monday, September 8. 

Since 1957, Pack 227 has been a thriving Cub Scout pack in Liberty. As the leaders of Pack 227, we focus on continuing to grow and improve the Cub Scout program for the youth of our community and neighboring communities. In addition to being an active pack in Liberty, we lead district events such as the Pickens District Cub Scout day camp, Pickens District Cuboree, and the District Pinewood Derby.  Through dedication and commitment, our Pack has grown to be one of the largest in the Blue Ridge Council.

Due to the commitment of our leaders, parents, and scouts we have achieved several accomplishments.  For the last three years, our pack received the summertime pack award as well as maintained gold status in the journey to excellence (a tool used by the council to evaluate the success of a pack).  Our pack is a gold star pack which is the highest level of excellence a Cub Scout pack can achieve. It takes dedicated leaders to achieve such accomplishments and in January of 2014 our leaders were recognized with the following awards: Den Leader of the Year, Scout Family of the Year, Spark Plug Award, Assistant Cub Master of the Year, and Cub Master of the Year. In March 2014 our Cub Master received a national honor award called Unit Leader of Merit Award. All of these awards require a lot of dedicated leaders committing time to keeping our youth growing and learning while having fun in the scouting program.

Our goal is to give each scout an opportunity to grow into strong young men by providing them with opportunities to serve their community through things such as an annual food drive and holiday care packages that help feed the community and an annual litter pick up to help keep the city clean. In addition to serving our community our scouts build lifetime friendships and get to go on trips such as camping on the USS Yorktown, camping at Stone Mountain, camping in Pigeon Forge, and much more. We welcome and look forward to any newcomers that want to join the fun and fellowship. If you are interested, please contact Gary Dean, Cub Master – Gary.Dean@LKQCorp.com864-451-1028

LHS Varsity Football: Liberty vs Walhalla

The Liberty High School Varsity Football team will play against the Walhalla Razorbacks September 12, 2014.

Game time is 7:30PM

Liberty is 2-0 for the season.

Liberty defeated Pickens last week 27-16.

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Updated September 2014 Precipitation Totals ...

Updated September 2014 Precipitation Totals …

Downtown Liberty received 0.48" of precipitation in the three days ending 8:30AM Thursday September 11, 2014.

A slow moving storm producing strong lightning, thunder, and precipitation will pass over the upstate over the next 48 hours.

The monthly total precipitation stands at 1.2".

The area usually receives 3.9" of precipitation in the month of September.

The yearly total for the area is 30.52 inches - which is consistent with the yearly average.

Jack E. Ravan Of Liberty Passes ...

Jack Edward Ravan, Sr.
(formerly of Liberty)

Mr. Jack Edward Ravan, Sr. passed away following a long illness in Mobile, Alabama on September 3, 2014. He was 77 years old.

Mr. Ravan was born, June 18, 1937, and raised in Pickens County, South Carolina. He was a son of the late James William and Lillian Mae Holder Ravan. He attended Liberty High School and graduated in 1955, lettering in Football and Wrestling. He went on to the United States Military Academy, West Point, and graduated with the class of 1959. He was an Army Ranger with the 81st Airborne. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded two Bronze Stars with valor. He remained with the US Army Reserves at the rank of Major once he left active duty until 1975. Mr. Ravan had a long career with the Federal Government. He served in the Senior Executive Service while at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. While with the E.P.A., he was the Region Administrator, Southeastern Region IV and the federal Assistant Administrator for Water Quality. He later served as the Director of the Alabama State Docks. Upon retirement, he settled in Mobile, AL.

Mr. Ravan is survived by three adult children, his first wife, one brother and many loving sisters. The family is grateful to Mr. Bill Luc, Mr. Greg Carwie, and the exemplary staff at Ashbury Manor and Ashland Place.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM, September 12, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, S.C. He will be interred following the Mass at Westview Cemetery.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary.com

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Sheila Burgess Of Liberty Passes ...

Shelia Burgess
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Burgess will be 1:00PM Thursday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00PM at the mortuary.

Shelia Ann Evatt Burgess, 59, of 208 Greenbriar Drive, died Sunday, September 7, 2014 at her home. Born in Greenville she was a daughter of Jo Ann Marchbanks Parsons and the late George Evatt.

She was an R.N. at Majesty Health and Rehab in Easley, and previously worked from over 20 years at Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Arial Baptist Church. During her free time she loved to spend time with her grandchildren, and flower gardening.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Easley, are her husband, Jerry D. Burgess of the home; two sons, Josh Burgess (Lisa) of Pickens, and Caleb Burgess (Amanda Walker) of Liberty; two sisters, Theresa Seay of Lugoff, and Phyllis Roberson of Murphy, NC; 10 grandchildren, Savannah, Jeremy, and Zackery Burgess, Austin, Arika, Amrie’Lee, and Tanner Elrod, Jayson Walker, Christian and Allyssa Haynes.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her step father, Jerry Parsons, who raised her.

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

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Remembering those who lost their lives ...

Liberty Improves To 2-0 With Pronounced Win Over Pickens

The Liberty High School Varsity football team hosted Pickens on Friday September 5, 2014.


Liberty 27
Pickens 16

Key plays …
Liberty goes for it on 4th and 1

#15 Tyler Burgess connects with #9 Brayden Shirley

Then Burgess in for TD

4:57 left in 4th

Liberty 27

#21 Jacob Powell with interception

4:04 left on the clock in the 4th

Liberty at 24yd line

Liberty 27
Pickens 16

Liberty faces the Walhalla Razorbacks @ Walhalla on Friday September 12, 2014.

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Francis Bryant Of Liberty Passes ...

Frances Bryant
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Bryant were 11:00AM Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

 The committal service was held 2:00PM Friday at Pinelawn Memory Gardens in Clinton.

Frances Elizabeth Sheriff Bryant, 76, of 10 Iselin Street, died Wednesday, September 03, 2014 at Manna Health & Rehab in Pickens. Born in Princeton she was the widow of Joseph George Bryant and a daughter of the late Eugene and Artie Mae Gosnell Sheriff.

She retired from Central Textiles and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Runette Brown and her husband Larry of Pickens, and Janet Bryant Galbreath of Easley; three grandchildren, Dana Parks, Laura Pittman, and Katelyn Croom; 4 great grandchildren.

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

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Central Man Arrested After Shooting In Liberty

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Nathan Bryan Church (33) from Central for his role in an altercation between himself and another man which occurred at a residence on Railroad St in Liberty.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots fired on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at approximately 4:45PM in front of #160 Railroad Street. 

Deputies arrived on the scene where they discovered six, recently fired shell casings in the roadway and a damaged vehicle belonging to the resident. No one was injured during the shooting.

Sheriff’s Deputies interviewed several witnesses who stated that a Ford F-150 truck had stopped in front of a residence and fired several rounds from a rifle into the tires of the victim’s vehicle. 

The incident stemmed from an ongoing dispute between several subjects.

Church was subsequently located a short time following the shooting and was taken into custody for Malicious Injury to Personal Property and Pointing/ Presenting a Firearm. 

A .22 caliber rifle was also seized as evidence in the investigation.

Nathan Bryan Church is currently being held in the Pickens County Detention Facility and will be arraigned by a Pickens County Magistrate.

Liberty High ACT Scores Continue To Drag Down County ...

Liberty High School ACT (American Collegiate Test) scores continue to drag down the county, while Daniel High scores artificially inflate countywide averages …

Jail Blotter July 26 - September 1, 2014 ...

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Sarlin Library Branch In Liberty Announcements ...

Michelle Lee Hammond Of Liberty Passes ...

Michelle Lee Hammond
Liberty, SC

Michelle Lee Hammond, 42, of Liberty passed away August 24, 2014 at her residence.

She was the daughter of Robert Hammond Sr., of Florida and Glenda O. Lindsey of Liberty. Michelle was a graduate of Tri-County Tech with highest honors, member of Phi Beta Kappa, was accepted to Wesleyan College this fall and employed at Tech in the IT Department. She was also employed with Childress Shows 20 years.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her Step-Mother, Carol Hammond and brothers David Hammond of NC and Robert "Bob" Hammond of Ohio.

Funeral services were held 4PM, Sunday, August 31, 2014 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home, Westminster. The family will received friends from 2 to 4PM, Friday, August 29 and from 6 to 8PM on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Funeral Home, Westminster.

The family is at the residence.

Flowers are accepted.

Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com