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Liberty author receives national recognition at 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards

The 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized “Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour? A Teen Girl’s Guide to Christian Living” by Karen Finn in the category of Young Adult/Non-fiction as a Finalist in this year's competition.
This prestigious national award, based in Beverly Hills, California is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers.
Winners and finalists are determined based on overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing. 

“Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour?” is a Bible study book, not just for young women; it is a great resource for Sunday school teachers, youth/camp ministry workers and parents who desire to be a spiritual influence to the women in their lives.
“We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work, said National Indie Excellence® Awards Award President & CEO, Ellen Reid.

The book is available at Liberty Family Pharmacy and 141 West in downtown Liberty.

Violet Seeley Of Liberty Passes ...

Violet Rampey Seeley
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor Violet's life will be 2:00PM Monday at Golden Creek Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Liberty Mortuary.

Violet Brooks Rampey Seeley, 80, of 562 Liberty Highway, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Six Mile, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Lula Mae Brooks.

She was a longtime member of Golden Creek Baptist Church, and the Joy Group.

Surviving are her husband, Rodney R. Seeley of the home; two daughters, Robin Cox (Mike), and Kathy Stancil (Allen), all of Liberty; a sister, Olean Garner of Pelzer; two brothers, Charles Brooks of Greenville, and Tom Brooks of Anderson; 9 grandchildren, Nathan and Adam Masters, Jessica and Vanessa Rampey, Jennifer Guthrie, Josh Stancil, Maggie McQueen, and Ragan and Noah Cox; 6 great-grandchildren, Landon, Asher, Alden, Eli, Avenley, and Rhiannon.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Marion Henry Rampey; a daughter, Judy Masters; a son, Jay Rampey; and great-granddaughter Ansley Claire Stancil.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Golden Creek Baptist Church, Joy Group, 477 Golden Creek Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements. 

Meals On Wheels Offers "Paver" Opportunity ...

Paving the Way: Building for the Future

Over the past 35 years, Meals on Wheels has touched the lives of thousands of donors, volunteers, clients and their families. Today, the reach and impact continues to expand throughout Pickens County.
Through the Pickens County Meals on Wheels’ "Paving the Way Program", we are inviting the community to help us build for the future and provide hope for our homebound elderly and disabled neighbors.
For just $100 you can choose a message to be engraved on one of the 4 x8 bricks paving the courtyard of the new McKissick Center for Senior Wellness.  

Recognize a special person in your life. 

Honor someone special. 

Cherish the memory of a loved one. 

Celebrate a special occasion.
Your contribution now will help us complete the construction of our new kitchen and senior center facility in Liberty, and enable us to serve our elderly and disabled neighbors for many years to come. 
For more information about the Paving the Way Program or other opportunities for commemorative giving, please contact Meta Bowers at: 

Florence Sargent Of Liberty Passes ...

Florence SargentLiberty, SC

Funeral services to honor Mrs. Sargent’s life will be 11:00AM Saturday at East Side Baptist Church. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary.

Florence Davis Sargent, 94, of 603 Anderson Drive, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Cannon Memorial Hospital. Born in Liberty she was the widow of Lloyd L. “Mutt” Sargent and a daughter of the late Rev. James A. and Etta Sue Owen Davis.

She retired from Dan River Mills where she worked as an executive secretary. Mrs. Sargent was a longtime member of East Side Baptist Church where she served as organist for 39 years.
Surviving are two sons, Mike Sargent (Lu) of Liberty, and Tim Sargent (Sandy) of Georgetown, TX; a sister, Alta Mae Bowen of Elko; a brother, Rev. Larry Davis of Liberty; four grandchildren, Derek Sargent of Liberty, Josh Sargent (LeAnne) of Wake Forest, NC, Lisa Kunitz (Logan) of Austin, TX, and Julie Arguello (Jader) of Nicaragua; 5 great grandchildren, Seth, Nathan, Caroline, Isabella, and Julianna. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by 6 brothers and sisters.

The family will be at the home of Mike & Lu Sargent, 5 Pineview Drive, Liberty SC 29657.
Memorials are requested to East Side Baptist Church, 920 Anderson Drive, Liberty SC 29657.
Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Congressional Medal Of Honor Day To Be Held In Liberty ...

Congressional Medal Of Honor Day To Be Held In Liberty ...

Saturday, June 6, 2015 has been set aside as a county wide Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication Day. The two hour event begins at 10AM in the newly renovated Liberty Civic Auditorium where the families of Pickens County’s four Medal of Honor recipients will be recognized, and a biographical video “The Life of Four Heroes” will be shown. The short film chronicles the lives of Furman Smith and William A. McWhorter, who were killed during World War II, Charles Barker, killed during the Korean Conflict and James Donnie Howe, killed during the Vietnam War.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Major General James E. Livingston, will speak.

Soloist Amy Evans will sing the National Anthem and the 282nd Army Band Brass Quartet from Fort Jackson will perform.

Following the program at the Auditorium, four individual dedication ceremonies will be held simultaneously for each recipient on the sites of three county fire departments and the Liberty Magistrate’s Office.

The dedication ceremony for Furman Smith will be held at the Six Mile Fire Department (629 Mt. Olivet Rd, Six Mile, SC 29682), with concurrent ceremonies being held for James Donnie Howe at the new District 2 Fire Department (110 Rice's Creek Rd, Liberty, SC 29657), William McWhorter at the Liberty’s Magistrate’s Office (310 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657), and for Charles Barker at the Concord Fire Department on (756 Concord Church Rd, Pickens, SC 29671).

OmniSource Closes Liberty Location ...

OmniSouce Metal Recycling Closes Liberty Location ...

In a brief press release OmniSource announced on Wednesday May 13, 2015 that they would close their Liberty location due to underperformance.

"OmniSource has closed our Liberty location. Please visit our Greenville or Anderson locations. 

Call with any questions 864-439-7039"

Mary L. Flasch Of Liberty Passes ...

Mary L. Flasch
Liberty, SC

Mary Snow Flasch, 91, wife of Raymond M. Flasch, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital.

Mrs. Flasch was born in Marion, IN and was a daughter of the late Ernest and Eula Imler Snow. She was a seamstress, enjoyed chalk drawing and was an acive member of Golden Grove Wesleyan Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are her sons, Rod Flasch and his wife, Vicki of Simpsonville and Jeff Flasch of Fountain Inn; two brothers, Bob Snow of Normal, IL and David Snow of LaPorte, IN; one sister, Lilly Johnson of Wabash, IN.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Trinity Wesleyan Church with burial to follow in Golden Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Trinity Wesleyan Church, Missions, 700 Issaqueena Trail, Central, SC 29630

Project Pinwheel ...

Mother Goose On The Loose ...

Aquarids Meteor Shower ...

The Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 5 and the morning of the May 6. The nearly full moon will be a big problem this year blocking out all but the brightest meteors. If you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Mike Shope Of Liberty Passes ...

Mike Shope
Liberty, SC

Memorial services to honor Mike’s life will be 4:00PM Sunday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  
Dennis Michael “Mike” Shope, 55, of 109 Sharon Heights Drive, died Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  Born in Franklin, North Carolina he was a son of Mary Wanda Matheson Jenkins and the late Dennis Shope.

For many years he worked for New Life Environmental.  He loved to be outdoors, and was an avid hunter.  He enjoyed watching wrestling, and cooked and sold boiled peanuts all over our area.
Surviving in addition to his mother of Liberty are three sisters, Denise Phillips of Liberty, Tracy Shope of Alpharetta, GA, and Chantel Whiten of  Toccoa, GA; a brother, Bobby Shope of Easley; and two nieces, Cricket West and Amber Phillips, and a nephew, Colt Shope; 4 great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a nephew, Jake Phillips.
The family will be at the home.  Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Patricia Phillips Of Liberty Passes ...

Patricia Bryson Phillips
Liberty, SC

Patricia Bryson Phillips, 82, of Liberty South Carolina, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Eloise Bryson, and her dear brother, Judge Fred "Bud" Bryson.

She is survived by a son, Ian (Linda) Phillips of Charlotte NC, daughters Carolyn Phillips of Ashland VA, and Kelly (Tim) Phillips of Kemah TX; loved sister-in-law Jean Bryson of Pickens SC; adored grandchildren; Matthew (Sarah) Phillips of Raleigh NC, Michael Phillips of Liberty SC, Caitlin Phillips of Culpeper VA, Stewart (Taylor) Myers of Borger TX, Ian Myers of Austin TX; and many great grandchildren.

She was born October 15, 1932 in Birmingham Alabama. She was a retired federal government employee, serving the Departments of Agriculture and Treasury, and the US Customs Service. After retirement she moved from Fairfax, VA to Liberty SC, which she discovered during a trip to buy yarn. She enjoyed living in the Upstate, but not the drivers; she would like to remind all of you on the roads to "Watch out, hell ain't full!" She loved to knit, garden, and craft, but none more than she adored her kitties.

She was a cancer Survivor, volunteer with the Pickens County Literacy Association, and Guardian Ad Litem, an expert with the NY Times crossword puzzle, well read and travelled, packed full of wisdom; a woman before her time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Patricia's name may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, PO Box 326 Chamberlain, SD, 57326 and/or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC, 29621.

Rena Catron Of Liberty Passes ...

Rena Mae Catron
Liberty, SC

Rena Mae Catron, 90, wife of Leonard Perry Catron, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Mrs. Catron was born in Pittsburg, PA, a daughter of the late John and Nellie Sharpe Flasch. She was a seamstress and a member of Golden Grove Wesleyan Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Jonathan P. Catron and his wife, Sandra of Liberty, James M. Catron and his wife, Pamela of Okeechobee, FL, and Timothy G. Catron and his wife, Tammy of Anderson; twin brother, Raymond Flasch and his wife, Mary of Liberty; eight grandchildren, Rebecca, David, DeAnna, Alicia, Christopher, Joshua, Nathanael, and Jeremy; eight great grandchildren, Billy, Brian, Tyler, Hayden, Jacob, Jozlyn, Michael, and Sarah.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Catron was predeceased by a brother Charles Flasch, and a sister, Edith Boyd.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, May 4, 2015 at Golden Grove Wesleyan Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to, Golden Grove Wesleyan Church, 7997 Moorefield Memorial Hwy, Liberty, SC 29657.

Joyce Marie Immordino Mancuso Of Liberty Passes ...

Joyce Marie Immordino Mancuso
Liberty, SC

Mrs. Joyce Marie Immordino Mancuso, 78, of Liberty, loving wife of the late Joseph Mancuso, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at An-Med Health Medical Center in Anderson, SC.

Mrs. Mancuso was born in Trenton, NJ on January 17, 1937 to the late Anthony and Anna LaPenna Immordino. She graduated from Trenton High School in New Jersey and retired from New Jersey Fish Game and Wildlife. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, loved Atlantic City, loved going to the beach, loved animals and was an excellent cook. Mrs. Mancuso was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and then transferred to Our Lady of Angels Parish-Saint Joachim Church in Trenton. 

Mrs. Mancuso is survived by a son; Joseph Mancuso (Marie), of Hudson, Florida; a daughter; Jackie Mancuso (Dale Baranoski), of Liberty, SC; a son-in-law; Bill Beckett of Easley; a brother; Vincent Immordino (Peggy), of Willard, NC; and three grandchildren; Amanda Corwin (Marc), Samantha Holcombe (Chad), and Danielle Atkinson (Tom). She is also survived by four great-grandchildren; Kinley Grace, Kolton, Jackson, and Caleb; and two nephews; Vincent Immordino, and Marc Immordino. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Monday, May 4, 2015 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home - Powdersville Road. A Cryptside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum Building C in Trenton, NJ. 

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday from 1:45 PM until 2:15 PM at the funeral home. 

The family is at the home of her granddaughter; Samantha Holcombe in Easley, SC. 

2015 LHS Baccalaureate ...

Former LibertyPD Officer Terminated From Position For Assault ...

Former Liberty PD Officer Terminated From City Of Anderson Job ...

Lawyer Scott, who formerly served with the Liberty Police Department and served as The Liberty High School Resource Officer was terminated from The City Of Anderson for policy violations.

According to reports, Scott was terminated after an assault during a basketball game at the Anderson Recreation Center on Monday March 16, 2015.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called to investigate a few days later.

Scott was placed on administrative leave without pay that afternoon and terminated Monday April 27, 2015.

Community Alert: Mountain Lion Spotted In Residential Area Of Liberty

Community Alert:

A large mountain lion has been spotted in the Golden Springs area of Liberty.

PLEASE be aware of your children and pets and DO NOT try to feed or trap this dangerous animal.

It's best to call The Pickens County Sheriff's Office but if you decide to shoot by bow or gun take PROPER safety measures.

Call SCDNR at 1-800-922-5431


PCSO non emergency number