Liberty Rec cheerleading sign-ups ...

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall ...

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls ALL products ...

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products on the market after two samplings of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement Monday night that the company "can't say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line.

The company last month issued its first recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with the disease.

The recall extends to retail outlets in 23 states; including South Carolina.

If you have said ice cream products ... Ingles of Liberty will accept your return opened or not and with receipt or not.

* sourced from usda.gov

LHS Names New Basketball Coach ...

Updated April 2015 Precipitation Totals ...



Downtown Liberty has received 2.54 inches of rainfall in the 5 day period ending Monday April 20, 2015 6:35PM.

This brings the yearly total to 15.33 inches and the April total to 4.74 inches.

The downtown area experienced heavy rainfall, loud thunder, lightning and large hail during a storm on Monday afternoon.

Please do NOT drive distracted.

Luna Moth ...

Shared by Mark K. on social media ...

Taken in Liberty near Liberty 1st Baptist Church / Liberty Elementary on April 20, 2015 ...


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Mike Shope Of Liberty Passes ...

Mike Shope
Liberty, SC


Memorial services to honor Mike’s life will be 4:00 PM 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

Floycie Holliday Of Liberty Passes ...

Floycie Carroll Holliday
Liberty, SC

Mrs. Floycie Carroll Holliday, 97, wife of the late Woodrow W. Holliday, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born in Jackson County, NC, a daughter of the late Rufus Newton and Emma Bryson Carroll, Mrs. Holliday retired from Easley Textiles and was a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Jason Holliday (Jean) of Liberty, and Rabon Holliday (Eleanor) of Easley; two daughters-in-law, Peggy and Lynda Holliday; ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Holliday was predeceased by a daughter, Judy Holliday; two sons, Preston Holliday and James Holliday; two brothers, John Carroll and James Warren Carroll; and a sister, Joycie Merck.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in the Smith Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 1:45 PM Saturday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Family members are at their respective homes.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Manna Health and Rehab, for the love and care they provided to Mrs. Holliday.

Memorials may be made to Smith Grove Baptist Church, 1220 Smith Grove Road, Easley, SC 29640.

2015 Relay For Life ...


The Relay for Life 2015: 
Saturday April 18, 2015 




A survivor’s dinner is scheduled for 11AM to 1PM where all cancer survivors and a guest will have an opportunity to take a moment and remember the trials they have overcome.

Survivor's Dinner:
Liberty First Baptist Church
403 Edgemont Ave.
Liberty SC 29657

All cancer survivors are invited to participate.

Following the survivor dinner, the walk will begin at 2PM and continue until 10PM with each team raising money with each step.

There are over 30 teams participating in this year’s Pickens County walk.

Along with the survivors dinner and the walk, there will be entertainment for the kids, food, and activities including musical performances.

Pickens County’s Relay for Life 2015 will be held at the Old Liberty High School football stadium.

To participate in the survivors dinner, volunteer or make donations, contact the Pickens County chapter of Relay for Life.

School District Of Pickens County Inviting Input ...

The School District of Pickens County is asking for public input regarding its 2015-2016 federal projects.

A public meeting is scheduled from 4:00-5:00PM Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Curtis Sidden Administrative Building at 1348 Griffin Mill Road in Easley.

The meeting will focus on the Title II project on Teacher Quality, the Title III project regarding English Speakers of Other Languages and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational-Technical Education Act.

The meeting will also focus on the Title I project entitled “Improving the Achievement of the Disadvantaged.”

The Title I project serves students in schools that have a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch and who may, therefore, be at a disadvantage educationally in the areas of English language arts and mathematics.

The school district also invites parents to discuss the effectiveness of parent involvement activities at Title I schools and offer suggestions on the best use of Title I parent involvement funding.

If you would like to comment on the projects, send your comments in writing to:

Sharon Huff
1348 Griffin Mill Road
Easley, SC 29640.

Comments may also be sent by e-mail to Huff at:
sharonhuff@pickens.k12.sc.us.

Quartet Singers ...


Yard Sale Planned ...


Brokenhearted?


Fill The Van ...


Sunday Sermon: I will erase you from the history books ...

This past week I've been responding (peacefully) on a few posts here and there on our local news media websites in regards to the "religious freedom laws" and on a few "Scientology" articles.

One commenter tried to "call me out" when I said that my faith has scientific and archaeological proof to back it up. He said, A) that I couldn't provide such evidence and B) that such a statement was an oxymoron.

I see and read of examples of proof of everything in the Bible.

Genesis 10:8-10
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."
This past week … Islamist extremists wiped out the actual city of Nimrod - the area named after Nimrod in the Bible - erasing it permanently from history. It has been discovered, but further "finds" may not ever be. 

Video: Islamic State group destroys ancient ruins of Nimrod.


This goes to show that Biblical events MUST be accepted as fact through faith because it is very possible that the Romans, Muslims, and just common vandals have erased evidence from discovery.

This scene from the movie "The 300" sums it up perfectly.

Updated April 2015 Precipitation Totals ...

Downtown Liberty has received 1.87 inches of rainfall in the 10 day period ending Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:05AM. This brings the yearly total to 12.79 inches and the April total to 2.20 inches. More rain is expected and flash flooding may occur. 

Katie Cook Of Liberty Passes ...

Katie Belle Whitener Cook
Liberty, SC

Katie Belle Whitener Cook, 76, wife of James Harold Cook, died Thursday, April, 9, 2015.

Born in Oconee, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Magrie Whitener.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by four daughters, Wanda Collins of Pickens, Nancy Durham of Anderson, Debra Cook of Abbeville, and Lynn Shirley of Cross Hill; one son, Jimmy Cook of Honea Path; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Eleanor Taylor and Margaret Cooper both of Greenville.

She is preceded in death by a son Wayne Jefferson.

The visitation will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4:30PM. until 5:45PM at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest with the memorial service to follow at 6:00PM in the Northwest Chapel.

Rhonda Alexander Of Liberty Passes ...

Rhonda Rhodes Alexander
Liberty, SC

1972 - 2015

Visitation:

Monday, April 13th, 2015, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Prayer Baptist Church 
421 Chastain Rd
Central, SC

Service following visitation at 2PM at the church.

Burial: 

Hillcrest Memorial Park
2402 Gentry Memorial Highway
Pickens, SC 29671

The Palmetto Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Julia Woodson Of Liberty Passes ...

Julia Jean Woodson
Liberty, SC

Julia Jean Harrison Woodson, loving wife of the late W.E. (Woody) Woodson Jr., passed away peacefully at her home on April 3, 2015. Born on January 21, 1918, she was the youngest daughter of the late Wade Hampton and Julia Ergle Harrison. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

Julia Jean is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Leland) White-Shirey of Columbia, SC and Nancy (Michael J.) Welborn of Lawrenceville, GA, seven grandchildren: Maria (Jay) Swygert, Dr. Tracie (Jeff) Brack, Bradford (Laura) White, Todd (Laurie) Welborn, Grace, Faith and Hope Woodson, and eight great- grandchildren: Morgan Swygert, Barrett and Bailey White, Julia, William and Katherine Brack and Olivia and Woodson Welborn. In addition, she had numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She also had many wonderful friends she loved who enriched her life especially her "adopted" daughter Alice Shove, her guardian angel neighbors Janie and Waldon Entrekin, and her friend/caregivers Susan Bowen, Christal O'Shea, and Missy Chastain. 

In addition to her immediate family, Julia Jean was predeceased by her son Charles H. Woodson in 2003 and her son-in-law Al White in 2012.

Julia Jean was a 1938 graduate of Montreat College. She was a lifelong member of Liberty Presbyterian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and Elder. In recent years she attended Carmel Presbyterian Church as an associate member. She always loved history and genealogy and was a member of several organizations that cultivated her interest; Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Society of American Colonists, Pickens County Historical Society and American Legion Auxiliary. In 1992, she co-wrote and published "The History of Liberty" with her dear friend Anne Sheriff.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Liberty Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery, Liberty.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

The family is at the home.

Many thanks to the kind and caring people of Blue Ridge Hospice, who helped our mom on her journey home.

Memorials may be made to Carmel Presbyterian Church, 492 Flat Rock Road, Liberty, SC 29657; or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 105 Lovett Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. 

Condolences may be expressed in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Visible Later This Month ...

The Lyrid meteor shower will be visible on April 22, 2013.

The meteors in this "shower" tend to be bright and often leave trails. The shower produces 10-20 meteors per hour at its peak. The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour.

The radiant for this shower is in the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10PM.

The greatest number of Lyrid meteors commonly fall in the dark hours just before dawn, so trying watching this meteor shower after moonset and before dawn on April 22, 2013.

* Information from NASA.GOV

Happy Easter ...

Ollie May Lusk Of Liberty Passes ...

Ollie Mae Lusk
Liberty, SC
Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Lusk will be 2:00PM Saturday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 until 1:45 PM at the mortuary.
Ollie Mae Sentell Lusk, 90, of 639 Odell Road, died Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at Baptist Easley Hospital.  Born in Liberty she was the widow of Ivory Lusk and a daughter of the late David G. and Alverty Roper Sentell.
She retired from the School District of Pickens County where she worked in the lunchroom at Liberty Elementary School for many years.
Surviving are a daughter, Elaine Chappell (Donnie) of Liberty; two sons, Thaylon Lusk (Nellie) of Six Mile, and Ron Lusk (Kathy) of Pumpkintown; a brother, David G. Sentell, Jr. of Greenville; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Gilstrap, a brother, Edward Sentell, and a granddaughter, Tammy Michelle Chappell.
The family will be at their respective homes.  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

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.